Dr. BernNadette Best-Green

Associate Professor



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Education: Language, Literacy, & Culture - University of California at Davis
  • M.A. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A. in Sociology - University of California at Berkeley

Professional Credentials

  • Administrative Services Credential – California State University, Sacramento
  • Multiple Subjects Credential – California State University, East Bay

Prior to joining the San Joaquin Delta College faculty in the Social Science, Education, and Public Service Division, Dr. BernNadette Best-Green worked as a teacher educator for five years by teaching graduate coursework to teacher credential and Master of Arts degree candidates within a university-based school of education that prepared preservice and novice teachers to advocate for equity for all students. Dr. Best-Green is also a published author of peer-reviewed education research, as well as a veteran K-12 educator (teacher and administrator) and practitioner-researcher of culturally diverse students whose linguistic dexterity and plurality enables them to blend and alternate between the standard and nonstandard “Englishes” within their linguistic repertoires in creative, dynamic, and expansive ways.

During her doctoral studies at UC Davis, Dr. Best-Green was awarded several competitive fellowships, including the 2014-2017 Teacher Educator-Scholar Fellowship and the 2017-2018 Professors for the Future Fellowship. BernNadette is also a 2014-2015 alumna of the Los Rios Community College District’s Faculty Development Internship Program. Dr. Best-Green envisions K-12 schools as places that embrace and sustain students’ cultures and where educators reflect the cultural and linguistic richness of the students that they serve. This vision drives her passion for collaborating with others to organize activities that introduce and encourage Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) to pursue careers in K-12 education.

Through membership and affiliation with several local organizations, BernNadette engages in a variety of community service efforts that offer clothing and meals to homeless families and adults, and that provide mentorship, scholarships, and activities that promote higher education among youth and young adults from underrepresented backgrounds.

Courses Taught: 

  • Education 10 Introduction to Education
  • Education 12 Reading Tutoring Techniques
  • Education 13 Mathematics Tutoring Techniques
  • Education 14 Bilingualism in the Classroom
  • Education 15 Selected Topics: Education
  • Education 70 Paraprofessional Exam Preparation
  • Education 75 Selected Topics: Education
Humanities, Social Science, Education, Kinesiology, and Athletics Division