Transfer Achievement Program (TAP) Faculty

 

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Heather Halverson
TAP Counselor

I have been a full time counselor at Fullerton College since 2001 (which is easy for me to remember since that was the year my first son was born. In fact, I started my job 4 weeks before he arrived!) Prior to that I worked as a part time counselor in our Cadena/Transfer Center and taught college success and career planning courses at Santa Ana College. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cal Poly Pomona and my Master’s Degree in Counseling from Cal State Fullerton. And, because I liked school so much, went to Chapman University for a Certification in Career Counseling. As part of the TAP program I teach COUN 101 The College Experience course as well as work individually with students to help them plan their courses and fulfill their goal of transferring to a university. I am also the “future teacher” counselor here at Fullerton, and work with students interested in pursuing a career in teaching. I often tell my students that being a counselor is my “third favorite” job, right after being a wife and mommy to two boys.

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Sunshine Vidal
TAP Counselor

 

If you are wondering how Sunshine got her name… she was born in Niagara Falls, NY in late April during a snow storm. A product of the California community college system, she attended Golden West College. She received her Associate of Arts degree and transferred to California State University, Long Beach where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She worked in the social work field for 8 years before she returned to school at California State University, Fullerton to receive her Masters in Counseling. Her career as a Counselor/Instructor began at Santa Ana College. She was hired at Fullerton College three years later. She was part of a team of administrators, faculty, staff and students who wrote the original proposal for the Transfer Achievement Program (TAP). In addition to counseling the TAP students, she also teaches the Career and Life Planning course for the program.

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Brandon Floerke
TAP English Instructor

 

 

Brandon Floerke is a product of the community college system, starting his post secondary education right here at Fullerton College. In fact, Brandon began his path toward teaching as a Student Facilitator for the TAP program. Brandon earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Cal State Fullerton, where he was named the Graduate Student of the Year by his professors. He has been part of the English Department for four years, and considers it a tremendous privilege to now work as a professor in the TAP program that was so instrumental in starting his career. Brandon primarily teaches English 100 and 103, but he also enjoys teaching the Bible as Literature. He is also involved in the Honors Program and the advisor for the local chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. the international honors society for community college students.