We Can Help!

Math Performance Success counselors offer comprehensive academic counseling services to support students enrolled in the MPS program. 

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Our counselors can assist you with

  • Choosing classes to reach your academic goal, such as earning a degree or certificate or transferring to a university
  • Creating an educational plan
  • Finding resources on campus, such as tutoring or other academic assistance
  • Exploring career options
  • And more!

MPS counselors can also answer questions about the MPS program and MPS course registration – and they can help with your math anxiety! Scroll down or click on a counselor's name to learn more about them – and how to reach them.

Speak With A Counselor Online Via Zoom!

While you won't be able to visit us in person during the 2020 spring quarter, you can still meet with counselors via Zoom videoconference. When you use our online scheduling system to make an appointment, the MPS counselor will reach out to you with a Zoom meeting link.


Alma Garcia

Alma Garcia

MPS Counselor

Office hours: See schedule for drop-in hours

Alma supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Instructor Maurice Geraghty
  • Math 10 - Instructor Fatemeh Yarahmadi
  • Math 10 - Instructor Renuka Kapur
  • Math 42 - Instructor Zack Judson

I am a first-generation college student and a former community college student, with a master's degree in Social Work and a master's in Counseling Education from San José State University. My educational journey was a transformative experience for my family and me. 

I have been a counselor at several community colleges. Outside of academia, I have worked as a social worker for the state of California, San Mateo County and the Kaiser health system.

I am passionate about assisting all students, particularly underrepresented students, in meeting their educational goals. If I can do it, so can you! 


Melissa Maturino

MPS Counselor 

Office hours: See schedule for drop-in hours

Melissa supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Instructor Gregory Stachnick 
  • Math 43 - Instructor Cheryl Balm
  • Math 43 - Instructor Gul Yayli

I was an MPS student at De Anza College, where I earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Science in 2009.

I transferred to Santa Clara University and received my bachelor's in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies in 2011, and then earned a master's degree in Counselor Education from San José State University in fall 2013.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the EOPS office at De Anza as a part-time counselor, and as a manager for a college access program, called Destination College Advising Corps, through UC Berkeley.


Khoa Nguyen

MPS Counselor/Coordinator

Office hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Office Hours Zoom Link)

Khoa supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Instructor Kelly Lundstrom
  • Math 42 - Instructor Nahrin Rashid
  • Math 41 - Instructor Usha Ganeshalingam

I have been at De Anza since 2017, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the diverse student population here.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, a master’s in Counseling from Santa Clara University in 2016, and a master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Walden University in 2018. Currently, I am working toward completing a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Prior to working at De Anza, I served as an academic advisor and program coordinator for the Associate's to Bachelor’s Program and the University Center at Cañada College.

I look forward to meeting you and assisting you in exploring, planning, and achieving your academic and professional goals.

Students who aren't in the MPS program can visit the general Counseling and Advising Center or a counselor within their division or program.

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