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About Me

I’ve been teaching accounting at Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) since 2000.  My favorite courses to teach include Financial and Managerial Accounting.  I particularly enjoy assisting students in pursuit of their educational and career goals.  Much of that assistance is based on my prior professional experience, as well as, being able to help point the student in the right direction, as necessary.  My professional experience includes 10 years of public accounting in both audit and tax.
 
My educational background includes a B.A. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and an M.S. in Taxation, both from California State University Fullerton. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and a member of the California Society of CPAs (CSCPA).
 
One piece of advice I'd like to offer to students is to always stay a step ahead, both in their course work and life, in general. After all, when you are a little ahead and the unexpected occurs that sets you back a little, an illness for example, what's probably going to happen? You guessed it, you are where you should be, or even. If you struggle to just stay on top of everything and you have that unexpected event occur, then you are behind.
 
Always shoot for that A. It is attainable for those willing to put the time and effort into it and learn the material. What's generally the worst that can happen if you shoot for an A? You might get a B. If you shoot for just passing, or a C, what do you think is the best grade you will get? You guessed it, probably a C since that is all you set yourself up for. If you miss that, then you are looking at a D or an F.  Nobody wants a D or an F.  What's the point in devoting 18 weeks to a course and all that money just to get a D or an F? The moral of my words of wisdom...work hard and keep a step ahead of the game at all times and shoot for that A. Good luck and hope to see you in my classroom sometime.