Meet Our Advising Team

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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: in progress

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!

José Flores

Academic Advisor, Center Coordinator & Men of Color in Education Coordinator

Jose Flores 

Joined the Center for Careers in Teaching: 2019

Prior Work Experience: I worked in the Academic Advisement Center at CSUF and advised students in the area of General Education. I also have experience working directly with first-generation college students from under-resourced backgrounds when I worked as an EOP Academic Counselor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Latin American & Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz

Master of Arts in Education from Cal State Long Beach (in progress)

Language(s) Spoken: English & Spanish

Pronouns: He/Him/El

Ally Training: LGBTQIA, UndocuAlly, Veterans

What I Love About Advising: I enjoy engaging in meaningful and authentic dialogue with students who are curious about becoming educators for social justice. During advising sessions, I sometimes end up being the one to receive some form of guidance or validation from the students themselves. The reason being, students constantly demonstrate their resilience and determination, especially first-generation Students of Color. As a result, I make the effort to incorporate and center students’ identities and lived experiences into their pathway to becoming teachers.

Fun Fact: I went on a road trip with my dad that started in Los Angeles and ended in his hometown of La Esperanza, Honduras. It took us two weeks to get there, but it was completely worth it and I would definitely do it again.

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:  Sh e/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

Recruitment & Retention 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) 278-4161

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

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.