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COUN 5: College Success Strategies

Languages Spoken

English, Farsi, Assyrian, and German

Favorite Quote

A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. -- B.F. Skinner

First Year at West Valley


Most Memorable Campus Experience

Watching and helping students get ready for the commencement ceremony is one of the most memorable and rewarding events I have experienced.

Favorite Place on Campus

Flight Deck – Backyard patio for veterans special events

Affinity Words/ At-Promise Factors

I had so many doubts and questions in mind when I started taking lower-division courses at West Valley and Mission College. My dream was made with numerous obstacles and one passion. However, I was fortunate to meet with good counselors and teachers. Their inspiration and support helped me to overcome the challenges and to hold on to my academic goal. I was an immigrant, first-generation, adult re-entry, and ESL student.


As an embedded counselor at West Valley College, I aim to offer support and guidance to students throughout their academic journey. With a diverse community, each student brings unique talents and needs, and I am dedicated to helping them overcome any obstacles and celebrate their achievements.

Academic Service

Classified Senate, Vice President

DSPS Counseling

ESL Counseling

Guided Pathways Pillars II & III, Co-Chair

South Bay Consortium for Adult Education, Co-Chair

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Member

Student Equity Office for Middle Eastern Students Faculty Fellow

Student Equity Planning Institution


Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counselor Education with extended education for Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC)
San Jose State University

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Communicative Disorders and Sciences (CDS)
San Jose State University

Last Updated 8/24/23