Meet Our Team
As a first-generation Filipino-American student educated in the California Community College system, I understand the trials and tribulations of navigating higher education. I transferred to the University of the Pacific to earn a bachelor’s degree in communication then went to California State University, Northridge for my master’s degree in communication studies. Currently, I am pursing a doctoral degree in education at California State University, Fullerton. I have been teaching and coaching speech and debate at Irvine Valley College since 2002 and have a unique vantage point to understanding today’s student.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are often viewed as the “model minority” and overlooked as an underrepresented group. Like others, these students need services, resources, tutoring, counseling, financial guidance and assistance. While the AANAPISI grant targets such students, the ELEVATE program is intended to serve all students. Great things are happening at IVC and ELEVATE is but one of many support mechanisms for growth and systemic improvements to the quality of our institution.
I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in classics. I also completed graduate coursework in art history, focusing on Roman art and archaeology. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college.
As a hard-of-hearing person, college was difficult for me at times and I struggled with navigating the various college processes such as registration, counseling, and disabled student services. In most cases, I muddled through silently and alone, not knowing where to turn for help. Finding the right kind of assistance when you need it can be challenging, but it can really make a difference in your success and improve your overall college experience. The CAANAPI is here to help students, so please feel free to drop by and I will assist you in any way that I can.
I have worked at IVC since 2003. When I am not at work, I like to knit, crochet and sew while watching TV. I love dogs and have two of my own at home as well as a bearded dragon.