Faculty Spotlights

SJVC students turne employees Greg Kailynn

Former Classmates Together Again as SJVC Employees

by Nyla on May 12, 2015

Imagine taking your seat in the first class of your new career training program, already a little nervous about meeting a lot of other people, when you realize that there is just you and one other student in the room. Now, that’s a nice student-to-teacher ratio! That is how it was for Greg Serrano and

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

Business instructor David Morra

Business Administration instructor witnesses generations turning to education

by Nyla on May 5, 2015

As a 16-year veteran instructor at the Visalia campus, David Morra has had the rare chance to see a couple of generations of families embrace higher education. “Most of our students are first-time college students because their families have never been in higher education,” says Morra. He knows that many students are blazing a new

Posted in Business Administration / Faculty Spotlights / Human Resource Administration / Visalia

Fresno Career Services Advisor Veronica Behringer

Career Services Advisor shares secret of successful student placements

by Nyla on April 21, 2015

If there is a melody going through Veronica Behringer’s head throughout her work day, it must be along the lines of “Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match,” for that is how she sees herself. A matchmaker. As a Fresno campus Career Services Advisor, it is her responsibility to pair SJVC students and graduates with their

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Fresno

Madera instructor Maziar Aminsalehi

Medical Assisting instructor sees himself in his students

by Nyla on March 10, 2015

Dr. Maziar Aminsalehi does not allow his academic and medical achievements to divide him from his students. He wants them to know that he once sat where many of them now sit; with an unimpressive education and work record, uncertain about a career direction and insecure about their future. “I got kicked out of two

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Madera / Medical Assisting / SJVC

Accreditation Liason Officer Crystal Vandertuig

Central Office staffer plays major role in SJVC’s accreditation

by Nyla on February 26, 2015

Most SJVC students have never heard of her, and probably will never meet, Crystal VanderTuig. They have no idea that Crystal spends her days making sure that campus doors stay wide open and that the education they are getting is provided by a college that has standards of quality and continuous improvement. Crystal is SJVC’s

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / SJVC / SJVC Central Administrative Office

Medical Assisting Instructor Sujana DeAlmeida

Dedicated Medical Assisting instructor to celebrate 25 years at SJVC Visalia

by Nyla on February 3, 2015

In February this year, Sujana De Almeida will enjoy a career milestone that might invite a long look back. It was 1990 when she joined SJVC’s Medical Assisting (MA) program faculty, and except for a year with a School Readiness program in 1999, it will be a very full 25 years with the Visalia campus. She

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Visalia

Dental Hygiene instructor Angela Barnett

Dental Hygiene instructor has important message for students

by Nyla on January 20, 2015

Angela Barnett knows something about struggle. She grew up in a family where her parents, Ken and Barbara, worked all their lives in “Blue Collar America,” as she describes it. Although her parents never went to college, they had a different dream for Angela and her brother. “They wanted a better life for me than

Posted in Dental Hygiene / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

online gen ed instructor Melissa Brewer

Gen Ed instructor enjoys unique world of Online classes

by Nyla on January 13, 2015

Melissa Brewer made the switch from ground campus General Education instructor in Visalia to an Online spot for the same reason many students choose the Online education experience: the ability to work from home. Five years ago, when her son Dylan was born, Melissa knew that life with husband, Philip, and 3-year-old Seth was going

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Program / SJVC

Respiratory Therapy instructor Ann Marie Nawn

Turning a respiratory crisis into a career as an RT instructor

by Nyla on December 30, 2014

What inspired Ann Marie Nawn to become a Respiratory Therapist instructor and what keeps her there are two very different things. Over twenty years ago, when Ann Marie’s daughter Kristen was just nine months old, her asthma took her into respiratory failure. “The RT was very negligent and almost killed my daughter,” says Ann Marie. It

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Ontario / Respiratory Therapy