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Melissa Giddens

Melissa Giddens

Hometown: San Jose, CA

School: I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2017.

Major: Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and minor in Communication Studies

Career Goal: To continue helping students achieve their college and career goals!

Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Costa Rica, where I bungee jumped over the rain forest.

Nicole Linman

Nicole Linman

Hometown: Kingsburg, CA

School: I transferred from Fresno City College to Cal Poly SLO and finished my undergrad in 2018. I am currently finishing my Single Subject Credential at Cal Poly SLO.

Major: Mathematics with a Teaching Concentration

Career Goal: To be a Math teacher. I will be teaching at SLO High next year!

Fun Fact: I went to Italy to play volleyball one summer in high school.

Kevin Coulombe

Kevin Coulombe


School: Undergrad at Cal Poly, Single subject credential in Physics and Earth & Space Sciences from Cal Poly.

Major: I majored in Physics with a double minor in
Astronomy and Communications.

Career Goal: To create a job that allows me the freedom to pursue my passions while staying involved in education.

Fun Fact: I used to break dance and can be seen doing
“stalls” at different locations around the world!

Christopher Apple

Christopher Apple

Hometown: Templeton, CA 

School:  Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Major: Environmental Engineering with minor in Gender, Race, Culture, Science, and Technology; Teacher Credential in progress.

Career Goal: Be helpful for people and our natural environment and stay inspired by the world. Next year, I'll be teaching science and robotics at Paso Robles High School.

Fun Fact: I love nature documentaries.

Ryah Cooley

Ryah Cooley

Hometown: Paso Robles, CA 

School:  Cal State Long Beach for undergrad and Cal Poly for credential

Major: Journalism and English

Career Goal: To inspire my students to love reading and writing, whatever that looks like for them. I'd also love to write and publish a young adult fantasy novel.

Fun Fact: I'm a proud pit bull dog mom and Hufflepuff.

Max Estrada

Max Estrada

Hometown: Salinas, CA 

School: UCLA

Major: History B.A.

Career Goal: I have always wanted to work with student athletes to facilitate a successful athletic program that emphasizes performance not just on athlete performance, but academic performance
as well.

Fun Fact: I will be starting my Masters at Cal Poly in Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs.

Noelle Eben

Noelle Eben

Hometown: Clovis, CA

School: Clovis East High School (the best one - #Timberwolves for life). After graduating from high school in 2009, I attended UC Santa Barbara. 

Major: Undergrad Global Studies, French; Master's Degree in Global Studies; credential from Cal Poly in English

Career Goal: I will be graduating from Cal Poly with a credential in English and will be teaching English and Theater at San Luis Obispo High next fall.

Fun Fact: Directing theater is one of my favorite things to do; I love how each cast turns into a family. Also, I enjoy living close to the beach, because I love to surf terribly and read myself silly on the sand! I also studied abroad in Lyon, France for a year, as well as lived in both Denmark and Germany for two years.

Bryan Telleria

Bryan Telleria

Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA

School: Cal Poly Class of 2018

Major: Bachelor's of Science in Liberal Studies

Career Goal: Become a guidance counselor, helping under-served youth succeed in obtaining their dreams 

Fun Fact: I am super geeky when it comes to anything to do with comics, Star Wars and Disney.

Cristian Guerrero

Cristian Guerrero

Hometown: Healdsburg, CA

School: Current Cal Poly Student

Major: Physics

Career Goal: After finishing my undergrad, I plan to be a high school physics teacher. 

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I've flown in a hot air balloon before!

Baylee Wickham

Baylee Wickham

Hometown: Bakersfield, CA

School: I graduated from CSU, Monterey Bay and am currently pursuing a teaching credential through Cal Poly.

Major: Mathematics, concentrated in teaching

Career Goal: To be a math teacher! I'm excited to teach for Upward Bound and will be teaching at Templeton Middle School next year.

Fun Fact: I recently completed a challenge to rollerskate 365 days in a row.

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Teaching assistants

Gavin Chan

Gavin Chan

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

School: Cal Poly SLO Class of 2020

Major: Liberal Studies

Career Goal: I want to become an Elementary School Teacher.

Fun Fact: I’ve seen Conan O’Brien live and I was also in one of his episodes which can be found on YouTube.

Luis Lopez

Luis Alberto Lopez Zarate

Hometown: Nipomo, CA

School: Cal Poly SLO

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Career Goal: I intend to switch into sociology with a concentration in criminal justice. After graduation, I plan to become a sheriff officer with either the Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo County. As a Sheriff officer I would love to help out the community and put a stop to the bad being done in this world.

Fun Fact: I am really obsessed with tacos. I love tacos more than I like certain people.

Nicole Segovia

Nicole Segovia

Hometown: Guadalupe, CA

School: UC Merced - Class of 2021

Major: Psychology with a minor in Political Science

Career Goal: I want to be a counselor for high schoolers, hopefully working in a juvenile detention system.

Fun Fact: I am a research assistant for the political science department at UC Merced!

Estela Navarro

Estela Navarro

Hometown: Los Alamos, CA

School: Allan Hancock College, will be transferring 2020

Major: Business Administration

Career Goal: Becoming a Financial Planer/Advisor for a Financial Service Company

Fun Fact: Won Congressional Art Competition that came with 2 tickets to Washington D.C.

Alexis Lozano

Alexis Lozano Velasco 

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

School: University of California, Merced

Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Career Goal: To attain a Masters degree

Fun Fact: I haven’t broken any of my bones.

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Residential Staff

Maria Christina Rodriguez

Maria Christina Rodriguez

Hometown: Paso Robles, CA

School: Undergraduate at Cal Poly

Major: Child Development

Career Goal: Social Worker

Fun Fact: My favorite thing to do is karaoke!

Cristina Carrillo

Cristina Carrillo

Hometown: Santa Maria, CA

School: Cal Poly

Major: Credential Program (Spanish)

Career Goal: Spanish Teacher

Fun Fact: I was part of the UB program at Cal Poly from 2007-2010!

Kristine Sandoval

Kristine Sandoval

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Class of 2020

Major: Child Development with a Minor in Psychology 

Career Goal: To be able to travel and experience the world in combination with my career.

Fun Fact: I have participated in the Rose Parade 4 times!

Kristine Sandoval

Emma Zamora

Hometown: San diego, CA

School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Class of 2019

Major: History 

Career Goal: I want to get my PhD in History and write an award winning book someday.

Fun Fact: In the fourth grade I went dressed up as Selena Quintanilla to my schools career day.

Kristine Sandoval

Savanna Carreno

Hometown: Nipomo, CA

School: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Major: Liberal Studies

Career Goal: To one day teach second grade.

Fun Fact: I love to watercolor and hammock!

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