About Me

"I hope the fruits of my labor are ripe for many generations to come"- Donovan Nichols

Classes I Teach

Spring 2019

40612ES 165ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
46270ES 166ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
45998ES 464ZEnergy, the Environment, and Society
45992ES 69A64ZIntroduction to Facilities Management

Winter 2019

00526ES 11Introduction to Environmental Studies
30360ES 163ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
35708ES 168ZIntroduction to Environmental Studies
35704ES 41Energy, the Environment, and Society
35707ES 7963ZRenewable and Alternative Energy Systems


I was hired Full Time in August 2016 after 6 + years  as a part time instructor at De Anza. In addition to teaching sections of ES 1- Intro to Environmental Studies, I am the Lead Instructor and Program Coordinator for the Energy Management and Building Science Program (EM & BS). 


I strongly believe we all learn differently. I use a variety of different teaching methodologies in the classroom to address the learning needs of all of my students. I strive to make each session engaging. I work hard to get my students actively involved in every single class I teach. I make it easy for students to feel comfortable in the classroom and I allow them to learn the way they learn best. Discover more about my teaching philosophy HERE! 

Feedback from students tells me they get more out of group collaboration, class discussions, and critically thinking about the environmental issues affecting them today than traditional one way lectures, standard testing or long videos.  

My ES 1 classes have been popular and fill quickly each quarter. Below are the latest student evaluations from classes I taught in Fall 2016.

Student Evaluations FALL 2016

  1. ES 1 - Intro to Environmental Studies (CRN 22351) Mon/Wed 9:30AM- 36 respondents
  2. ES 1- Intro to Environmental Studies (CRN 23058) Tue/Thu 9:30AM- 43 Respondents

99 % of my FALL 2016 ES 1 students would HIGHLY RECOMMEND OR RECOMMEND me and my class to others (sample size= 79 students).

I was rated very highly in the following areas:

  • Grading was fair and impartial
  • Motivating student interest and intellectual efforts
  • Maintaining a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning
  • Sensitivity in working with students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations and learning differences
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for and knowledge of the subject matter

I feel it is my responsibility to encourage students to think creatively and critically. Every student has a gift, a goal and a dream. My job is to influence students to build on those gifts and be confident in achieving their dreams. In my mind, being a teacher is more than teaching a specific subject. I feel it is an honor, privilege and obligation to inspire and motivate students to be all they can be- regardless of their educational major or career paths. 


I work hard to provide real life experiences, internships and hands on opportunities for EM & BS students to learn about the industry and the technologies associated with the advanced energy industry. I am always looking to bring instructors into our program who are subject matter experts in their fields.

Our department focus is on classroom education, hands on laboratory work and actual job related experiences that make our students leading career candidates in the growing advanced energy and renewable energy industries upon completion of our program.

I formed an Energy Management Advisory Committee comprised of community college energy faculty from other colleges, the Bay Area Community College Consortium, Workforce Investment Boards, Advanced Energy professional organizations and local employers looking for candidates to hire. The EM & BS Advisory Committee provides direction and oversight on curriculum and internships to insure that our graduates have the technical and soft skills required when they enter the workforce.

We have provided student internship opportunities with many partners in the community including:
The Cities of Cupertino and Sunnyvale
Grid Alternatives
The Clean Tech Open
Silicon Valley Energy Watch
SunWork Renewable Energy Products
International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
Our engagement with IFMA in June 2016 was the first of its kind and has become a model for the entire Facility Management industry and the California Community College system. Our Essentials of Facility Management (EOFM) educational and internship project was the first Community College career pathway program that graduated students from this IFMA accredited course. 


In addition to teaching, I have been the co- founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development for a utility scale solar energy start up company. Prior to 2010, I spent 28 years in Product and Channel Marketing and Sales Management at four different Silicon Valley Electronics companies. 

My experience raising two adult children who learn differently allow me to relate to the diverse educational needs of today's students. I enjoy teaching, mentoring and working with students to assist them in finding and achieving their true passion both personally and professionally. I take a dedicated and involved interest in helping my students be successful and in helping them to find a rewarding and sustainable career path.

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