Meet Our Team...

Each of our Advisors have extensive knowledge of the requirements to become a teacher in California. They are trained to evaluate and provide recommendations to assist your progress in General Education coursework and various graduation requirements in combination with the admission requirements to the   Cal State Fullerton Credential Programs.

Our Advisors are not major advisors. Students should also meet with their major department advisors for specific details regarding major requirements.

Jacqueline Calabrese

Graduation Specialist & Titan Future Teacher Coordinator

Jacqueline Calabrese

jcalabrese@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7657

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2016

Prior Work Experience: Previous roles include community college English instructor, CSUF English part-time faculty, Writing Center Tutor, and Academic Advisor in the AAC

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in English from Cal State Fullerton

Master of Arts in English from Cal State Fullerton

Language(s) Spoken: English & Spanish

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ally Training: UndocuAlly

What I Love About Advising: When a student sits in my office/Zoom advising appointment, I love witnessing their innate passion to teach. For many students, attending college poses many hardships, yet they persist because of an unyielding dedication to their families, themselves, and their future students. Our future teachers are filled with so much grit and potential, and it’s an honor to assist them in their vocation to the teaching profession.

Fun Fact: I signed up to study abroad one month before the plane was set to take off for the program! I didn’t even have a passport! I had always thought, “students like me (as in, Hispanic, first-generation) don’t do study abroad,” but I saw a flyer posted in a classroom and instantly knew I had to have that experience! Paying back the loans was a little tough, but other than that, I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone!

GUADALUPE GARCIA

Recruitment & Retention Coordinator

Men of Color in Education Coordinator

Guadalupe Garcia

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching:  2022

Prior Work Experience: Program Advisor for USC - (2018-2022) | Student Advisor for Educational Talent Search - (2014-2018)

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton | Master of Education in Educational Counseling from USC

Language(s) Spoken: English and Spanish

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella

Ally Training: 

What I Love About Advising: Helping students navigate their education has always been something I enjoyed. Getting to know and understand everyone's journey is definitely one of the many things I love about advising. 

Fun Fact: I love going on road trips and visiting nature-filled areas, especially National Parks, across the West Coast of the U.S. The longest road trip I've been on was 23 hours!

Jennifer Robles

Transfer Student Support Coordinator

Jennifer Robles

jerobles@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7895

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2019

Prior Work Experience: Prior to coming to CSUF, I worked in Adult Education. I have advised students in both Career Technical Education programs and High School Diploma programs.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Cal Poly Pomona

Master of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University

Language(s) Spoken: English

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ally Training: UndocuAlly

What I Love About Advising: It's so rewarding to support students as they develop their academic plans and see how they progress towards reaching their goals.

Fun Fact: I was a transfer student! I went to Mt. SAC before transferring to Cal Poly. Now, I advise students from the community colleges (including Mt. SAC) that would like to transfer to Cal State Fullerton.

Heather Terry

Academic Advisor &

Center Coordinator

Heather Terry

hterry@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-4736

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2018

Prior Work Experience: 17 years in the Department of Elementary & Bilingual Education at CSUF.

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Development with Counseling focus from Hope University;

Master of Science in Education with Higher Education focus from Cal State Fullerton.

Language(s) Spoken: English

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ally Training: Veterans, LGBTQIA, UndocuAlly

What I Love About Advising: I love learning each student's story and then being able to help them find the pathway that is most fitting for them. Advising to me is not just about the academics and getting a student from point A to point B but joining them on that journey of twists and turns that the college years promise.

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in Colorado and moved to California almost THREE decades ago to attend college and never left. I am also a non-traditional student who restarted my college journey a few times before completing my bachelor's degree.

Aimee Nelson

Director

Aimee Nelson 

anelson@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7130

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2014

Prior Work Experience: 21 years at CSUF - College of Education Assistant Dean (2008-2014), Nursing Department Academic Advisor (2000-2008), University Outreach Counselor (1999-2000); Part-time Counseling Faculty at Santa Ana College (2001-2002 & 2005-2007)

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton

Master of Science in Psychology from Cal State Fullerton

Language(s) Spoken: English

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Ally Training: LGBTQIA, UndocuAlly, Vet Net Ally

What I Love About Advising: I do not currently meet with students for academic advising, but I do have a background in advising and I have always loved it, which is why I love being in the CCT. I love being a part of the learning and growing that happens as students work toward their educational and career goals. I love being able to share the knowledge I have to support our students.

Fun Fact: I actually still have a baby tooth, never fell out because there isn't an adult tooth underneath.

Meet Our Student AssistantS...

We could not function without our CCT Student Assistants. They are often the first person you meet when you visit or call our Center. Our Student Assistant knows all the resources our Center provides and can point you in the right direction so you may access those resources as needed. They can also assist you if you need to meet with one of our Advisors.

Karina Alcantar

TFT - Student Assistant

Karina Alcantar

zz-kalcantar@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7130

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2021

Education: Sonora High School Class of 2020 and current CSUF Child and Adolescent Development undergraduate student

Language(s) Spoken: English 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What I Love About Being Student Assistant: I like that I can meet other future teachers and bond with them about our struggles and achievements. It brings a smile to my face knowing that I can help other students who are on the same teaching pathway. I'm also improving my professional skills, which will help me in the future. 

Fun Fact: I love reading and watching streams on Twitch in my free time. I also have a big collection of vinyl and candles from Bath and Body Works. 

Ariana Hernandez

Student Assistant

Ariana Hernandez

askcct@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7130

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching:  2022

Education:  Corona High School Class of 2018, and a current Economics  undergraduate student

Language(s) Spoken:   English

Pronouns:  She/Her/Hers

What I Love About Being Student Assistant:  I enjoy that I can meet other students interested in the same pathway as me in becoming a teacher. It makes me happy knowing others are passionate about wanting to be in the same field and the challenges that it comes with. This will help me engage with others on learning how to pursue this together. 

Fun Fact:   In my free time, I like to play video games with my friends and I also love watching movies. I also have some knowledge of how to play the piano, flute, and guitar.

Sofia Rubio

Student Assistant

Sofia Rubio

askcct@fullerton.edu

(657) 278-7130

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2022

Education: Schurr High School Class of 2021, and a current Liberal Studies
undergraduate student (sophomore)

Language(s) Spoken: English

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

What I Love About Being Student Assistant: I enjoy working with people who have
similar goals and share common interests with me. I have always had a passion for
helping others learn and grow and I am able to do that as a student assistant. I also love
creating content for social media and this position also helps me better my time
management skills.

Fun Fact: I enjoy going to the gym in my free time and I also love to read. I am a second
degree black belt which took me six years to earn and I was Captain of the wrestling team
for my high school during my senior year.