Faculty Spotlights

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

Medical Assistant instructor Josh Farquharson

An unexpected career as an SJVC instructor ignites passion in shy guy

by Nyla on December 23, 2014

Joshua Farquharson never aspired to be a teacher. Even though his mother, Usha, and his father, Manley, are retired educators, Josh never seriously considered going into the ‘family business.’ “I was very timid, as a kid,” says Josh. “I never thought I’d become a teacher; it didn’t match my character.” Instead, Josh was drawn toward

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Online Division

Construction Management instructor Andria Marrs

Breaking the Construction Management gender barrier is a snap

by Nyla on December 16, 2014

In 2007, 24-year-old bartender Andria Marrs came home one day and told her parents, Pamela and Jerry, “Mom and Dad, I’m going back to school, and I’m not paying you rent anymore.” Andria and her 4-year-old son Jakob were living with them, and Andria just could not seem to get a financial foothold to be

Posted in Construction Management / Faculty Spotlights / Ontario

Financial Aid Officer Grace Plascencia and husband Salvador

Financial Aid Officer’s background helps her connect to prospective students

by Nyla on December 2, 2014

Grace Plascencia grew up in a family of 10 girls and 3 boys. A teacher helped her get her first job at age 13, making $2.00/hour in her high school’s office. Her meager salary went into the family pot and contributed to the many expenses of a large family. “It was really tough; my parents

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Temecula

SJVC Medical instructor Sandy Schiffner

Mid-life career jump just what the doctor ordered

by Nyla on November 25, 2014

Sandy Schiffner spent almost twenty years as a Medical Assistant in an internist’s office performing pretty much the same procedures each day. She was comfortable and she was appreciated; but, she was not stimulated to use all of her medical knowledge or to grow in her profession. “I was ready for a new venue, something

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Temecula

Online spotlight on Connie Stowell

Online staffer gets maternal with medical students

by Nyla on November 11, 2014

As Clinical Requirements Coordinator for the Online division’s medical programs, Connie Stowell gets in touch with her maternal instincts. “I’m part mom and part cheerleader to get students to focus on giving me their documentation of immunization so that they can pass along to the next step,” she says of her process to fulfill an important

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Online Division

Falling through the cracks is not an option for Medical Assisting instructor

by Nyla on October 28, 2014

Thirty years in the military have taught Medical Assisting instructor Richard Moriarity a few things about focus, discipline and respect: Three attributes his medical students sometimes scramble to achieve, while they struggle with the demands of their  programs. “I remind them of the decision they already made to be here,” says Moriarity. “There are a thousand

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Medical Assisting / Temecula

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor Kalisha Gessesse

Victor Valley Career Services Advisor is woman about town

by Nyla on October 14, 2014

She’s here, she’s there, she’s everywhere. Kalisha Gessesse does not stay in one spot for very long. As a Career Services Advisor for the Hesperia campus, she is constantly on the move. “It is something new every day,” says Kalisha, who likes the flexibility of her job best. “I wouldn’t want a position where it

Posted in Faculty Spotlights / Hesperia / Victor Valley