Please tell us about yourself.
I am a Disability Support Program and Services Counselor (DSPS), and I will be the instructor for the HCD 89 Study Strategies Lab. The HCD 89 Study Strategies Lab is designed to support students with learning challenges and disabilities. My goal is for students to utilize the course as not only a support lab, but also a tool for learning strategies and techniques to apply toward academics, and life in general. I completed my masters in rehabilitation counseling and my bachelors in psychology at Fresno State. During my time off, I enjoy reading. Some of my leisure reads include Becoming Michelle Obama, The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, and Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyers. I also find gardening therapeutic.
What motivated you to enroll in the Certificate in Faculty Preparation program?
I was motivated to enroll because the curriculum is geared toward equity, inclusivity, and student-centered design. I will be the instructor for the HCD 89 Study Strategies lab in the spring, and I would like to be inclusive in my teaching.
How has the Certificate in Faculty Preparation program positively impacted your life?
The Certificate in Faculty Preparation program has connected me with other faculty and future faculty in my cohort who are as passionate and dedicated to student success as I am.
I enjoy the discussions and feedback from such a diverse group.
What were/are the most memorable growth moments for you in the program?
For me it was writing my teaching philosophy, and reflecting on my values and beliefs about the role of education. It challenged me to think about what concepts and methods I will use to encourage and facilitate learning.
What are your goals after completing the Certificate in Faculty Preparation program?
My goal after completing the program is to continue as a disability support program and services counselor (DSPS counselor) and also teach the Human Career and Development 89 (HCD 89) Study Strategies lab. Since the lab is supportive of DSPS students, I hope that the overlap will enhance student learning, along with the tools I gain from this program.
What else would you like to share about your experience as a student in the Certificate in Faculty Preparation program?
This program has brought me such insight. I think about teaching in a completely different way. The instructors make a point to utilize the concepts being taught, within the course itself, which brings a whole new level of learning. I am so glad I chose this program; it has exceeded my expectations.