Yolanda Johnson is entering her first year as the Puente Counselor and co-coordinator of the program.
Yolanda was born and raised in California. She is a graduate of De Anza College and a participant of our very Puente Program. “Once a Puentista always a Puentista!” After obtaining her A.A. from De Anza she completed her B.A. in Sociology, with a concentration in Family at San Jose State University. Yolanda later obtained her Masters in Education Counseling, also at San Jose State.
As a former community college student Yolanda is prepared to assist the students of the Puente Program navigate the education system. She is ready to help students transfer to the 4-year institution of their choice and reach their educational goals.
Today, Yolanda lives in Santa Clara with her husband Sean and daughter Savannah. She is excited to begin her journey working with the Puente Program and Student Success and Retention Services.
Lydia Hearn has been the English instructor and co-coordinator of the Puente Program since 2013.
Born of Korean immigrant parents, Lydia has lived most of her life in California. She attended UC Santa Barbara, where she received her B.A. and M.A. in English. During her time as a graduate student, she had the privilege of teaching for a program called ACE, which targeted students from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom were first-generation college students.
Lydia began teaching at De Anza College in 2000. While at De Anza, she has served as an English instructor, Honors Program Coordinator, English department co-chair, Academic Senate President, Interim Dean of Language Arts, Interim Associate Vice President of Instruction, Umoja English instructor, and REACH English instructor. She hopes to use the knowledge and experience she has gained in these roles to help Puente students navigate their transition to college and their successful transfer to a 4-year institution.
Lydia lives with her daughter in Sunnyvale and spends her free time playing sports, singing, and reading.