I advise and I know things.
I have been working in various areas in the Advisement department since 2011. I genuinely love my job and I have been told on numerous occasions how much it shows. Currently I am one of the advisors for STEM, meaning that I work with any student who is interested in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or pre-health (doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and veterinarians). We work together to outline a plan for their time at Estrella Mountain Community College; this includes mapping out classes, seeking out volunteer and/or internship opportunities, and working with universities to maximize transfer credits. In STEM, every credit counts! Even so, I want my students to be able to explore their passions and have a little fun - this is college! - so our plan will include a little wiggle room.
I also teach English on this campus and enjoy every minute watching my students fall in love with the process (or at least learn to not hate it quite so much). My courses this semester are focused on villains and their place in pop culture.
I have my Master’s degree in English and my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, both from ASU. I am also an Alumni of EMCC, graduating with both my Associate in Arts and my Associate in General Studies. I grew up on this campus and my goal is for each of my students to enjoy their time here as much as I did/do.
Additionally, I am the advisor for Women Rising on the Estrella Mountain campus. We are a District initiative that aims to empower women to seek out leadership roles in their communities and beyond. Our focus is on Sisterhood, Leadership, and Empowerment. EMCC’s Women Rising members are recipients of the Presidential Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Medallion, the All USA Scholarship, assorted medals and recognition for research projects, among many other accolades. We meet every Friday during the academic year (Fall and Spring) at 1:00p in the Plaza Gallery.
I am also the co-advisor for the STEM Club which aims to connect STEM students to others in their field, both on campus and in the community. We want to increase awareness of the importance of STEM education and establish partnerships with STEM business, industries, and universities to provide more opportunities for students.
I speak fluent nerd and movie quotes and you shouldn’t be surprised to find me around campus with brightly colored hair, a superhero t-shirt or accessory, and no less than three visible film or literature based tattoos. Come up, say hello, and we’ll share some good laughs! My family has lived in Tolleson, AZ since the early 1930’s and my grandparents and great grandparents were field hands (pickers and packers) during the fruit and vegetable boom in Tolleson until machines took over in the 1960’s. Fun fact: every member of my mother’s family has graduated from Tolleson Union High School (Go Wolverines!) including my grandmother, my mother, and myself. I have moved out of Arizona multiple times in the past (always to the South so I apologize for the errant “y’all”) but I always end up back here. This is home.
Estrella Mountain Community College, Day of Learning 2019: Connecting STEM Advisement & Faculty to Foster Student Success