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Julianne Zvalo Martyn Ed.D.

SCHOOL OF Education

Julianne Zvalo-Martyn, Ed.D.

Associate Professor


Early Childhood Education



Julianne has 20 years of progressive experience in the field of early childhood education, school readiness, workforce development and parent education. She was on the Early Childhood Education faculty for Diablo Valley College, where she specialized in mentoring and coaching cohorts of dual language learning immigrant women. She simultaneously served as the School Readiness Specialist for San Lorenzo Unified School District, where she spearheaded the development of the Transitional Kindergarten program, implemented a district-wide PreK-3 transition framework, increased PreK-K teacher collaboration, developed a Kindergarten “passport” system, and improved school readiness outcomes for children and families.

Julianne also works as a trainer, writer, curriculum developer and early education consultant. She creates curriculum and workshops for teachers and families, develops school readiness guidebooks and materials, and consults and coaches on classroom management, positive guidance, and coaching school administrators on developmentally appropriate practice and PreK-3 transition.

Julianne’s background includes leading the Program department of Raising A Reader’s national office, where she revamped training, created new programs and conducted research. She began her career as a parent educator, speaker and preschool teacher for Mt. Diablo Unified School district. Julianne’s specialties include administration of PreK-3 transition programs, early literacy, social/emotional development, positive guidance and classroom management, ECE workforce development, family involvement, and school readiness. She holds an Adult Education Teaching Credential and a Child Development Program Director Permit.


  • Early Childhood Education


M.S.  Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education

California State University, East Bay

Dissertation: Emergent Literacy in Children with Disabilities

B.A. Biology

University of California, Santa Cruz
Area of Concentration: Psychobiology


Scholarly Activities

Consideration for Technology and Interactive Media Use in TK and K
San Lorenzo Unified School District

The Case for Investing in Early Education- research document regarding efficacy of developmentally appropriate practices in early elementary grades
San Lorenzo Unified School District

Comparative Analysis of School Readiness Data for Child, Family and Community Service
San Lorenzo Unified School District

Professional Experiences

School Readiness Consultant

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Created new school readiness guide “Are You Ready?” for San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Parent Education Consultant

First 5 San Mateo

Designed, wrote and piloted “Play to Grow” - 9 turnkey, research-based, train the trainer, parent education workshops for San Mateo County’s highest risk populations.

Program Director

Raising a Reader

Ensured program fidelity for large-scale evaluation research projects, including University of Texas Health Science Center study on program effectiveness.


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