Who we are

About Us

The River Literacy Project is a developing creation initiated by the Rio School District in conjunction with Krisanna Machtmes and Judith Green. We soon hope to include the many names and Biographies of participant educators, River Experts, and River Learners from around the world.

Jay Famiglietti

Executive Director

Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor and the Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to USask, Famiglietti served for 4 years as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to working at JPL, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine, and at the University of Texas at Austin. Famiglietti’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. A fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Geological Society of America, he is a frequent speaker, an avid writer, and he is committed to science communication. Prof. Famiglietti is a regular advisor to state, provincial, and federal government officials on water availability and water security issues, and his work is often featured in the international news media.

John Puglisi, Ph.D.

Superintendent of the Rio School District and long time adjunct professor in the educational leadership departments of California State University, Channel Islands and California Lutheran University. John has long been interested and engaged in a hands-on and Minds-on way in inquiry-based projects that connect teachers, learners, and experts of all kinds.

Krisanna Machtmes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Educational Research and Evaluation at Ohio University in Athens OH. Krisanna’s interests are in the fields of implementation science and program evaluation within the discipline areas of agriculture and youth development.

Judith Green, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor Emerita in the Department of Education in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (1990-Present). Judith has developed an ethnographic/discourse-base logic-of-inquiry in collaborations with teachers and researchers who are working overtime with students. Judith has a deep interest in how teachers are engaging students in developing inquiry and literacy-based repertoires for learning within and across disciplines in different educational contexts.