Meet the Staff

Front Office Staff


Dr. Bettina Lee

Bettina Lee, Ed.D. (Dr. B)

DRC and PCC Director

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:leeb@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Dr. B joined Cañada College on July 1st, 2020. Her career in education spans two decades of teaching and leadership in a variety of educational settings (e.g. charter school, high schools, hospital schools, group homes, home schools). She co-created a literacy program at UCLA Hospital, developed salary-point courses for faculty in the Los Angeles Unified School District, and started a nonprofit organization called Fors Humanitas in 2012 to mentor students and future educators.

Her experience in post-secondary settings include being an instructional specialist and professor at two community colleges in California – Mount San Antonio College and Oxnard College.  Most recently, she was the Director of Accessibility and Disability Services at Dominican University of California.  In addition to a doctorate in Educational Leadership and a master’s degree in Special Education, she is also studying to become a Certified Access Specialist. As a lifelong learner, she is dedicated to learning skills that will enhance her ability to play a positive role in social justice and accessibility. 

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises staff, advises for DRCSA, and assists with DRC Counseling duties 

Fall 2021 Work Schedule:

  • Monday: 7am to 12:30pm
  • Tuesday thru Friday: 7am to 3pm

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Nicolette Navarrete

Front Office Assistant

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: navarreten@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises CART Services, ASL Interpreters; Also manages appointments, coordinates events; and offers general information and support for students and visitors.

Fall 2021 Work Schedule: (starting 10/18)

  • Virtually Monday & Tuesday: 7:30pm to 3:00pm
  • In person Wednesday thru Friday: 7:30am to 12:30pm
  • Virtually Wednesday thur Friday: 1:30pm to 3:00pm

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DRC Counselors


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Jenna French

Accomodations Counselor and Learning Disability Specialist

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:frenchj@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

I have been the Learning Disability Specialist/DRC Counselor at Cañada College since July 2015.  I possess a BA in Art History with a minor in Education from UCSC, MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from SFSU, and I earned the Adult Learning Disabilities certificate from Sacramento State University in 2015.  I experienced the most thrilling accomplishment of my life in June, 2013. I earned my Masters from the San Francisco State University in Rehabilitation Counseling. I accomplished this in spite of being diagnosed with a learning disability (LD) in third grade. Throughout my life, I was continuously told my disability could keep me from being a successful student. Contrary to what I was told, this setback has been the very source of motivation for me to strive for academic excellence. Overcoming my own barriers and obstacles to academic achievement has provided me with a foundation upon which I could readily help others. I feel strongly drawn to a career in counseling, assessing students for LDs, identifying barriers, and find strategies to meet these challenges. I help students set up disability accommodations and teach them study strategies. I want students to understand how their brain process information and give them strategies/tools to use when learning. My advice for students is to use office hours with professors and ask as many questions as you can.  A fun fact is that I was born and raised in San Francisco.

 Fall 2021 Schedule:  

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 7:30am to 3:30pm
  • Tuesday: 11:00am to 7:00pm

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To Nhu Do

Academic Counselor

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:dotonhu@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Hi! My name is To Nhu (pronounced like “canoe” but with a “t”). I have been the adjunct academic counselor for the DRC since Spring 2015. I also worked full-time as both an accommodations and academics counselor for the DRC from 2018-2020. I’ve worked at Cañada and Evergreen Valley College in the general counseling and EOPS offices. I’m originally from orange county, but moved to northern California for my undergrad (go Ags!). I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Educational Counseling. During my graduate program, I worked as a paraprofessional for the special education department working with local elementary school children. I’m excited to help you reach your academic goals at Cañada! Please feel free to email me or stop by my drop-in hours if you have any questions. Welcome to Cañada!

 Fall 2021 Schedule:  

THURS 10/21/21 OFFICE HOURS CANCELED

  • Tuesday thru Thursday: 7:30am to 1:30pm

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Teresa Aguilar-Rabago

Counseling Trainee

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:aguilar-rabagot@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Teresa Aguilar-Rabago was born and raised in Ventura, California. She received her Associates Degree from Ventura Community College in 2009, her Bachelor’s of Art Degree in Studio Art and Digital Media from California State University Channel Islands in 2013, and her Master’s of Science Degree in Counseling and College Student Personnel from California Lutheran University in 2020. Teresa has worked in several capacities with people with disabilities. Currently she works for the Oxnard High School District as a Para Educator serving the severely handicapped population ages 14-22 and the autistic program. Teresa also works as a behavior interventionist for the Laurie Singer Behavioral Services. She works with adult clients who need support with behavioral intervention. As a member of the disabled population Teresa is passionate about working with people who need assistance attaining higher education. Her focus is to aid students with disabilities to persist in higher education and reach their goals for success. Additionally, Teresa is proficient in American Sign Language and has a good understanding of the deaf community. Teresa is excited to be part of the Canada College Disability Support Center and looks forward to working with their students.

Fall 2021 Work Schedule:  

  • Monday and Tuesday: 4pm to 7:00pm

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Alternative Media / Instructional Aides


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Donald Lariviere (Don)

Alt Media Specialist

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:lariviered@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises course materials for Kurzweil, transcribing audio recordings of lectures, Bookshare, and available for any technology needs.

Fall 2021 Schedule: 

OUT THURS (10/21) AND THURS (10/28)

  • Monday thru Thursday: 5:00am to 3:00pm

Drop-In Zoom Office Hours: [OUT 9/23, 9/30, 10/4]

  • Monday- Tuesday: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Just as it would in person, students will be seen on a first-come-first-serve basis.  The wait time can range from 5 to 15 minutes.

Zoom Info:

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Celeste Kidd

Alt Media Specialist

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:kiddc@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DRC DUTIES:

Training for Kurzweil, smart pens, and Dragon. Also  available for time management/organization assistance and any technology needs.

Fall 2021 Work Schedule: 

  • Monday thru Thursday: 9:00am to 5:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Charlene Suda

Instructional Aide

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:suda@smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DRC DUTIES:

Supervises notetaking and proctoring; Also offers one-on-one training for Microsoft Office.

Fall 2021 Work Schedule: [OUT 9/22]

  • Monday thru Thursdays: 10:00am to 3:30pm

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Student Assistants


Bella Zhang

Bella Zhang

DRC Ambassador and Specialized Tutor

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:jirouzhang@my.smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DUTIES:

  • Provide specialized tutoring in math and ESL English
  • Assist front office with various duties, such as:
    • Routine correspondence with students
    • Preparing of spreadsheets for the front office
    • Data analysis for reports
    • Customer service (e.g. assisting students to complete forms)

Fall 2021 Work Schedule:

  • Tuesdays: 9:30am to 11:30 am AND 3pm to 4pm
  • Thursdays: 9:30am to 11:30 am AND 3pm to 4pm
  • Friday: 10am to 2pm 

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Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim

Technical and Marketing Assistant

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:chloekim@my.smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Chloe is a first year student in Cañada's 3D Animation and Videogame Art Certificate Program.

 

DUTIES:

  • Website management (e.g. creating graphics, editing content)
  • Assisting front office:
    • Creation of interactive forms and technical writing (e.g. fillable PDF’s)
    • Preparation of presentations (e.g. PowerPoint, Prezi)
    • Customer service (e.g. greet visitors to office, assist students to complete forms)
  • Assisting Alt Media team:
    • Training students with assistive technology and software (e.g. Kurzweil, Microsoft office, Google Drive, Canvas)

Fall 2021 Work Schedule:

NEW SCHEDULE STARTING WEEK OF 10/18 - 10/22

  • Wednesdays: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 10:00am to 1:00pm
  • Friday: 11:00am to 2:00pm

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Etivise Latu (aka Tivi)

Technical Assistant

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email:elatu1@my.smccd.edu

 

BIOGRAPHY:

Coming soon!

 

DUTIES:

  • Assisting Alt Media team:
    • Training students with assistive technology and software (e.g. Kurzweil, Microsoft office, Google Drive, Canvas)

Fall 2021 Work Schedule:

THURS 10/21 OUT

  • Monday thru Friday: 10:00am to 12:30pm

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