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1. What inspired you to become a professor?
Mostly my mom, she taught at Orange Coast College all her life and I loved having her home during the summers so we could travel. Her schedule was always accommodating to my school schedule and I always thought it would be the perfect job if I decided to become a parent myself, which I did, almost 5 years ago. Most of my extended family is highly educated and most of them across the country are teachers or researchers at colleges. My dad also teaches in his field, so I guess I would have to say, teaching is just a large part of who I am; I come from a teaching family!
2. What do you love most about teaching?
I love working with students who REALLY want to learn. I have a lot of valuable information that I love to give to students who are interested. To be honest though, what other career can you have where you only go to work two to three days per week and only “work” 32 weeks per year? I do love the free time! Teaching is great for my family, my students and myself!
3. What was your goal in life as a teenager?
I always wanted to teach from the time I was 5 years old, but I was shy and terrified of public speaking, so I didn’t think it would ever be feasible. It wasn’t until I turned 30, went back and got my MBA and started doing more teaching as part of my job, that I started applying to schools to be a professor. I never knew what I wanted to teach; I was interested in many topics, but my degrees were in psychology and business. I never thought I would teach business writing, and I never knew I could enjoy it so much. Business Writing is, in my opinion, one of the most useful classes students can take to help in their business careers, and I love being a part of that.