We’d like to take a moment and recognize our newest employees to Green River. Please take a moment to learn more about them, in their own words.
Please tell everyone your new title and a little bit about your professional background.
New title: Vice President of Instruction
Brief professional background:
- 4 years in sales/customer service
- 6 years K-12 teaching experiences
- 20 years in the WA community college system
- Highline College-adjunct faculty, full time tenured in Communication Studies, Dean of Instruction for Transfer and Pre-College Education, and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
What drew you to apply to Green River?
I was drawn to apply for Green River because I would be able to work for an institution that has great strengths, an engaged faculty and staff, and be able to continue to serve our students and communities in South King County.
On the car ride to work, what do you listen to?
I listen to a variety of music from rhythm and blues, gospel, hip hop, Nigerian, Hawaiian, Samoan, and more Pacific Islander music.
What was the very first job you ever had?
My very first job I ever had was working for Burger King in Honolulu, HI. I was 15 years old.
What about your new position is most exciting for you?
To be able to make a positive difference and provide equitable experiences in higher education for our students, potential students and communities.
What is one thing you’d love to accomplish in your first year at Green River?
Build positive and solid relationships across campus and collaboratively work on ways to for our students to be successful.
What three accomplishments are you most proud of in your life?
Three accomplishments that I am most proud of are:
- Starting and finishing my dissertation and earning a doctorate degree
- Participating in 3 half marathons
- Being a mom to my children, Chinwe (19 years old) and Chike (14 years old)
If your coworkers were to give you an office nickname, what would that be? Why?
I would choose this word/nickname because I grew up in Hawaii and have seen the spirit of “aloha” as something tangible. To me it is seen as choosing to live each day with a spirit of joy and life.
For Green River’s annual talent show (this doesn’t actually exist), what hidden talent would you showcase for everyone?
My hidden talent would be some form of dance.
If G.R.E.E.N. were an acronym for something, what would each letter stand for?