Front Row from l to r: Jose O, Jamari S, Luciano M, Dylan E, Larry T, Patrick H
Back Row from l to r: Alondra R, Andrea R, Evelyn W, Brianna M, Isabel M, Jazmin R, Nancy M, Nora O, Briana S
I am enrolled at CSUSB and will obtain a BS in Biological Sciences. I plan to then pursue a Ph.D. in Biology and hope to teach at the college level. I am currently pursuing my own research in microbiology at CSUSB. In addition to working with our GEAR UP students, I am also employed as a chemical Lab Technician at Chaffey College.
I am currently attending CSUSB from which I expect to graduate in 2019 with a degree in Human Resources management. As a GEAR UP tutor, I want to help the younger community with any questions they might have about school, college, or life. I want to make sure to provide our students with the best academic support they can have, because that is what our community deserves!
I was born in Covina and raised in San Bernardino. I graduated from Rialto High School in 2015 and am currently a sophomore at the University of La Verna, where I am majoring in Political Science. I aspire to become a prosecutor at the federal level, and one day maybe Attorney General of the United States. I enjoy learning about our history, and hope to share this passion with our GEAR UP students.
I am currently starting my second year at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Liberal Studies. I was born in Fontana and raised in Rialto, and I enjoy playing musical instruments (especially the violin), as well as listening and being there for others. A fun fact about me is that I have a twin brother. I enjoy working with our GEAR UP students and hope to help them get into college!
Larry Thompkins II
I am a communications major and a senior here at CSUSB, and expect to graduate in the spring! I already have an AA in Health Wellness and am also a father of two. I also have a great passion for sports, and plan on becoming a sports broadcaster. In my long road through collegiate sports and higher learning I have learned that people should never give up on their goals!
I attend Cal Poly Pomona, where I am in my third year as a Sociology major. After completing my BA, I plan on attending CSULA and pursuing a Master’s Degree. I played basketball in high school, and I love doing my nails and change the color of my hair frequently. I can’t wait to kick off another year with our GEAR UP students.
I am in my third year here at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Nursing. My favorite hobbies are drawing Disney characters and going out to new places to try new things. I’m also very outgoing and like to help people. GEAR UP has a special place in my heart because I am a GEAR UP alum!
Nora Nickoel Ortega
I was born in Palm Springs and raised in Coachella, and am the youngest of a family of ten! I attended Coachella Valley High School and graduated 13th in my class. This year I will be entering my fourth year of college, where I am majoring in biopsychology with a minor in finance. I am part of a number of different clubs and organizations on campus, including the Psychology Club and EOPSA Club, and during my free time I enjoy playing basketball, going on hikes, and going shopping. This will be my second year working with our GEAR UP students!
I am from the San Bernardino area, where I attended Arroyo Valley High School. I also recently completed a B.A. in Political Science at UCI. In the future I would like to work in the legal field, but at the moment I am working for GEAR UP during the week, and at Denny’s on the weekends. I am trilingual in English, Spanish, and Sign Language, and I love dancing and travelling.
Hello, my name is Patrick. I am a recent graduate from CSUSB with a dual Master’s in English Composition and English Literature. I have worked as a tutor for both the Writing Center at CSUSB and for the CSUSB Upward Bound program, and also teach freshman English at the CSUSB Palm Desert Campus. I enjoy working with students and helping them to find the joy in writing. In my spare time I am an amateur artist and creative writer.
My name is Patrick Huynh. I was born and raised in Van Nuys, California, and later moved to Fontana, where I attended Kaiser High School. I graduated from high school in 2010, and was accepted into CSUSB, where I originally studied as a Nutrition Major. Sadly, things didn’t go as planned, and after my first two years at CSUSB, my grades began to slide as a result of family and health issues. I was not proud of myself, but the following year I began to turn my life around. I started working out, got better grades, and even got a job with GEAR UP! I changed my major to Liberal Studies, with a Criminal Justice minor, and graduated in the spring of 2016! I am currently working to get into a credential program so that I can continue working with students.
Hello there, my name is Jamari Simmons, and I am a CSUSB alumnus who graduated in the spring of 2015. I was born and raised in San Bernardino, and attended Cajon High School, where I averaged a 3.4 GPA. I also played basketball, which enabled me to receive a scholarship from SFSU. I completed one year at SFSU, but decided that San Francisco wasn’t the place for me, and returned back home. With the help of my mentor and former coach, I was able to get accepted by CSUSB and, after three years, received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. The best advice that I can give to our students is to accept that there will be struggle in both academics and life, but that once you accept this fact, things will become easier.
I am a second year student at CSUSB, where I am majoring in Liberal Studies in the hopes of becoming a math teacher. I was born in San Bernardino, raised in Rialto, and I love going to the beach. I am always supportive and encouraging when it comes to education.
I am a Liberal Studies major in my second year here at CSUSB. I want to be a teacher at Eisenhower High School, and I like playing soccer, hanging out with friends, and going to concerts. I am excited to start my second year working with our GEAR UP students!
I am a first generation college graduate. I acquired my Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science in June of 2016. Education was not always my priority. I dropped out of school at 17 and began working in retail, but at the age of 23 I returned to school. I attended Valley College where I received my AA, and plan to attend graduate school to obtain my Ph.D. I enjoy math, video games, and learning about computers.
I am going to be the first in my family to receive a college degree this upcoming spring, and I am very excited! I never believed I would reach this far, and I want to inspire other students to believe, and strive for their dreams. I enjoy watching movies in my spare time, and going on hiking adventures. I am really looking forward to working for the GEAR UP Program.
Hello, my name is Flor Hernandez. I was born and raised in San Bernardino and I attend California State University of San Bernardino where I am pursuing a degree in Business Administration. My favorite subject is math, and I hope to help our students enjoy math too!
Hello, I am a recent graduate from UC Irvine, where I studied Psychology with an emphasis in cognitive science. Like many of our students, I am the first in my family to attend college. I am excited to work with GEAR UP since I am an Upward Bound alumna, and know how much of an impact programs like this can have on students.
I am a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, and have had significant experience tutoring other students as I was finishing my degree. My interests are drawing, music, learning, and sports. I volunteer at middle schools and high schools.
I am a first generation college student and am excited to start my first job here with the GEAR UP Program. College has been an amazing experience so far, and I can’t wait to encourage students to come to college. Some of my favorite hobbies include hiking, taking pictures of nature, and studying/practicing Tae Kwon Do.
After graduating from Carter High School, I have gone on to study Psychology at college and am scheduled to graduate in 2019! Academically, I enjoy public speaking, and I would also like to study abroad, as I really enjoy travelling. In my spare time I love to hike, and to both play and watch soccer!