Juliet moved to L.A. from Ecuador in the mid 90s. She immediately set to the task of learning English and earning her high school diploma. Her family encouraged her to come to GCC, and she attended classes here from ’96–99 as a business major. With encouragement from math instructor Sid Kolpas, she entered the AMP Program, and not only loved it but had fun too! After that she became hooked on math and cites math instructor and Scholars advisor Gary Massion, math instructor Carol Paxton and Kolpas as her mentors. She later assisted Dr. Kolpas with the AMP summer program.
Juliet had planned on transferring to CSUN, but her husband’s UCLA ties “won out” and she chose to atttend UCLA where she received her Bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics, Economics, and Computer Science. She is continuing her studies at UCLA and concurrently working on her Masters and a Ph.D. Juliet believes strongly in the merits of the AMP Program. She thoroughly enjoyed her experience teaching GCC’s AMP summer program in ’03. Her dream is to teach and inspire an enthusiasm for mathematics in others. She was glad to have “discovered” her passion here at GCC, and will be returning in spring ’04 to teach an intermediate algebra class.