I was raised in California's Silicon Valley by my mother, an artistic woman with a passionate voice, and my father, a man with a passion for reading who became a research chemist. My parents are both first generation Americans. In the 1960s, my father left his family in New Jersey to drive across the country to California and pursue his dream of being the first in his family to attend college. At this time, tuition for California's community colleges was free for residents. He began his journey at Porterville Community College and eventually earned his Ph.D. with the support of my mother. This story inspires me to support public higher education and the needs of diverse learners. Risk-taking, creativity, and innovation were part of my back-drop growing up in Silicon Valley. I connected these values in graduate school, by studying the history of art and photography. I believe that being an educator today is a gift, as we are amidst the greatest learning revolution in history. Technology will continue to enable a future where learning is inclusive and accessible to all, but teachers -- not tools -- will fuel this shift. Designing human-centered learning experiences is our new focus. Follow your heart.
Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation, California Community Colleges
Ed.D. Educational Leadership and Management, Capella University
M.A. Art History, University of California, Riverside
B.A. Studio Art/Photography, San Jose State University