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"I hope the fruits of my labor are ripe for many generations to come"- Donovan Nichols
ES 1- Intro to Environmental Studies; Energy Management; Facility Management, Building Science; Building Automation Systems; Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Sustainable Buildings, Real Career Technical Education, Sustainable Career Pathways, Solar, Renewable and Alternative Energy, Student Internships
BS Business Administration (Marketing), California State University Chico; AA - Energy Management and Climate Policy, De Anza College
I have been a part time instructor at De Anza College since 2010 and I was hired Full Time in September 2016. 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).
In Spring 2015, I entered 10 new Energy Management classes into curriculum to broaden our educational offering and to position De Anza Energy Management and Building Science students for emerging green energy and clean tech jobs and careers in Santa Clara County and throughout the State of California. A new Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Achievement -Advanced, and Associate in Science (AS) Degree were approved and will be in effect in the Fall 2016 Quarter. Any and all previous coursework you may have completed will still count in the new certificate and Degree ladder.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: I strongly believe that we all learn differently and I use a variety of different teaching methods in my classes. I strive to make each session engaging and try hard to get students involved. I make it easy for students to feel comfortable and participate, while gaining knowledge and insight into the environmental issues we face today.
I place an emphasis on learning and increasing awareness while making my classes fun at the same time. Feedback from my students tells me that they get more out of conversations and discussions about environmental issues affecting them today than one way lectures. Consider taking one of my GE ES 1 classes. My ES 1 classes have always been popular and fill quickly each quarter. Many of my ES 1 students find their passion in wanting to help solve environmental problems and seek careers focused on making our planet a better place to live. Some pursue educational and career paths in an ES/ESCI CTE program after taking my classes.
ENERGY MANAGEMENT and BUILDING SCIENCE PROGRAM (EM&BS): 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:
Our engagement with IFMA 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 paid internship in Spring 2016 was the first Community College career pathway program that graduated students from this IFMA accredited course.
BACKGROUND: 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 following their true passion 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.
Classes That I Teach