I am the son of immigrant parents who traveled across three continents to find the best educational opportunities for my sister and me. I am grateful and cognizant of the sacrifices my parents made and the values of education they instilled in me. These values led me to be the first in my family to attend college, to become a teacher in Santa Ana, to pursue an administrative credential and becoming a school director, and ultimately to enter the Ph.D. program at UCI. Along my journey I have been truly blessed with amazing mentors who support my growth as a student, educator, and researcher. It is on their shoulders that I have been able to succeed and I am grateful and indebted to them. My hope is to give back and support others as I have been and continue to be supported.
I am excited to be part of the UCI School of Education DECADE program and especially appreciate its inclusive nature. Graduate school is a long and arduous journey that can’t be undertaken in isolation. First year graduate students especially need support as they transition from college or prior careers into a Ph.D. program. I am happy to be part of DECADE’s mentoring program as a mentor. I am also appreciative of the support I receive from others within DECADE. My hope is that the DECADE program continues to grow and expand its mission within the school of education, serving and supporting more students, and becoming a model for student support across campus.