Our Staff

 

Name: Deanna Pierro
Position:
Student Success Resource Faculty & MESA Director
Areas of Interest:
Building student academic programs and all things associated with student success.
What you enjoy about working at WCC:
My dissertation research is around informality in higher education and the impact informal learning environments have on student success. What I love most about working at WCC are the informal learning opportunities created for students that lead to genuine relationships between them, their peers, and other professional staff and faculty on campus.

 

A photo of Carmelo. Name: Carmelo Miranda
Position:
MESA Assistant Director
Areas of Interest:
Technology is a main interest of mine. I want to understand how to incorporate technology into our classrooms, curriculum, and help students expand their digital skills. For this reason, when I was working on my master’s degree, I focused on understanding the digital gap and methods on how to integrate technology into education. Currently, I am working on my doctorate at UC Davis and conducting research on DACA, AB 540, and other policies that impact our undocumented students. I’m a first-generation student myself, which is a reason I enjoy working for educational support programs. When I’m not busy, I enjoy baking mini-cupcakes, French madeleines, and other baked goods.
What you enjoy about working at WCC:
I just started working at WCC, but I enjoy our small campus. This will allow me to connect with our students so that I can understand how to assist them with their academics. Also, I enjoy being surrounded by positive and caring staff and faculty that enjoys working with students.

 

Name: Jolene TorresThis is a photo of Jolene Torres, the IA of Student Success and Language Arts at the SSC.
Position:
Instructional Associate – Student Success & Language Arts
Areas of Interest:
Books are my passion!  After graduating from ARC in Sacramento with AAs liberal arts and social science, I transferred to UC Davis, where I graduated  with an A.B. in literature with a minor in philosophy (epistemology). I recently completed my M.S. in Education (literacy/reading) at CSU Fullerton. I want all students to recognize their own potential as readers and writers and use it to achieve their dreams. Other interests include caring for my two adorable kitties, cooking, baking, music of all kinds, train and plane trips, and online gaming.
What you enjoy about working at WCC:
I love getting to know students. I think the best part of my job is when students I’ve met and have worked with come back to work with me again or even visit after graduation. Here at WCC, I have connected with so many students—more than I ever had at other colleges. The campus has a community I simply love!

 

Photo of Cay Tamse.

Name: Cay Tamse
Position:
Instructional Associate – Student Success & STEM
Areas of Interest:
I love anything science and have extensive experience in biomedical research. This has led me to teaching and pursuing various research interests over the years including calcium dynamics in neurons, epilepsy and neuronal development, imaging and microscopy, learning and memory using invertebrate models. My experiences in the biological and medical fields allowed me to work closely with science and prehealth students helping them prepare and be successful for careers in science and healthcare. When not busy helping students with their academics, I spend my downtime by running and working out, listening to different genres of music, reading non-fiction, watching (American) football, or trying out various ethnic cuisines.
What you enjoy about working at WCC:
I so enjoy meeting and working with students, especially as I see them gain confidence in their academics and acquire life-long learning skills in the process. To be a first-hand witness to students taking ownership of their academic, and ultimately, career goals, is just invaluable. What I also like about working at WCC is that it is a small campus making it easy to connect not only with students, but with faculty and staff as well.

 

A photo of IA Kaitlin Leaf.Name: Kaitlin Leaf
Position:
Instructional Associate of ESOL & Supplemental Instruction
Areas of Interest:
I’m endlessly curious about how learning takes place on a social and neurological level, especially with language acquisition.  I’m also interested in how much people’s beliefs impact their abilities and learning outcomes. Once I completed a B.A. in English Literature, I went on to get an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
What you enjoy about working at WCC:
The staff and student tutors at the Student Success Center are very helpful and go above and beyond when it comes to maximizing students’ learning potential. This helps make WCC a great place to learn and grow academically.