Ms. Juanita Ledesma is a new Career Services Counselor for SDCE. Juanita has provided general, academic, career, and crisis counseling for SDCE students since February 2003. During this time she has worked at several SDCE campuses.
Juanita earned a BA in Business Management and an MA in Counseling with a minor in Career Development from the University of San Diego. She has certifications with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Career Development Association (NCDA). She has also worked at the South Metro Career Center, MiraCosta College, Palomar College, and outplacement agencies as a Career Counselor. Juanita has taught Career Development courses at Palomar College and at Poway Adult School. Her many accomplishments include being a published author.
Susan Yamate retired in June 2015 after spending 35+ years in education:
Chula Vista High School Home Economics/English instructor
Sweetwater Adult School ESL instructor, CTE mentor teacher, CTE TSA, Assistant Principal
California Department of Education – Adult Education Unit, Consultant (Visiting Educator)
San Diego County Office of Education – CTE Coordinator (ROP), Adult Education Liaison
National University – Adjunct Professor Designated Subjects Adult Ed and CTE Credential courses
Susan's education includes a BA in Family Studies/Consumer Sciences/English from SDSU, a Master's in Educational Technology from the University of Hawaii, and EdD coursework in Educational Administration at USC.
"While teaching is my passion, my recent work has been focused on helping teachers to be successful and helping students to navigate the educational system. I feel like being here at SDCE and working with the San Diego Adult Education Regional Consortium is like coming home. I take SDCE classes in the arts and have worked with so many staff who have inspired me during various stages of my career (Gretchen Bitterlin, Laurie Cozzolino, Donna Price Machado, Sylvia Swenson, Deb Jemmott, Robin Carvajal, Lorie Howell, Ingrid Greenberg, Pat Mosteller, Leslie Shimazaki to name a few) that now it’s my chance to give back! Thanks to everyone for being so welcoming."