Ms. Kashima began her career with the District in the ESL Department at Mission College and taught for seven years as an associate faculty member. She was hired as a full-time faculty member in 2001, earned tenure in 2005, and continued her distinguished teaching career until 2010. Ms. Kashima then served for one year as Dean of Instruction at Mission College, six years as Dean of Instruction at West Valley College and two years as Vice President of Student Services at West Valley College. In addition to her service to the District, Ms. Kashima has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and Yonsei University in South Korea.
Ms. Kashima holds a bachelor of arts in English from New York University, and a master of arts in English with an emphasis in applied linguistics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education program at the University of Southern California with degree conferral anticipated in 2021.