Mission Middle College Faculty

 Sara SmithSara Kimball Smith, M.A.

 I began my studies at UCSC in the late 90's. Majoring in European History with a minor in Education, I knew that I loved discussing current events and historical trends throughout the world. Graduating in 2000, with Honors in the major, I stayed at UCSC to complete my California teaching credential and a Master's in Teaching/Education. I have worked throughout a variety of schools and classrooms during my student teaching year, and learned a lot about students, their needs, and desires in education. I was hired by Santa Clara Unified School District in August 2001 and began teaching history at Santa Clara High School. During these years, I taught U.S. History, A.P. European History, E.L.L. Economics and Civics, E.L.L. U.S. History, Civics, Economics, Psychology and Advanced E.L.L. English. During this time I accepted the leadership position of English Language Learner Coordinator and began serving on the planning team, which was focused on the total leadership of the school. In the spring of 2005, I accepted the position of Middle College Program Site Coordinator at Mission College. While still working within SCUSD, this move afforded me a lot of choice and flexibility in terms of how at-risk students were served within the district. In the fall of 2006, Jennifer and I began working towards our Master's in Educational Administration and Leadership through the Urban High School Leadership Program at San Jose State University. Completed in the spring of 2008, our joint Master's thesis, Cause and Effect: Educationally At-Risk Students and a Middle College Perspective, focused on the efficacy of the Middle College model in turning at-risk students around in their educational outcomes. In May of 2009, Jennifer and I attended the first statewide Middle College/Early College consortium in Sacramento and were nominated to the steering committee of the consortium. Never to shy away from a challenge, Jennifer and I both look forward to working at the state level to bring more middle colleges and early colleges to districts throughout the state.

I live in Scotts Valley, Ca. with my husband Nathan, daughter, Abigail (age 7) and son, Hayden (age 11 months). We have 5 dumbo rats, and 3 rebellious cats, Pepper, Romeo and Jack.

 

 

Jennifer Lang Jolliff, M. A.
 
I began my studies at UCSC in the mid 80 s and focused my major on English Literature. I have always struggled in my own learning and had a really difficult time with reading and literature analysis when I was a younger student. My turning point came when I was in graduate school and my instructors began to give me really positive feedback and were reading my papers aloud to the class. From this experience, I know how empowering it was to finally succeed at a very challenging task and I wanted to share that sense of accomplishment with students who struggled in school. I finished my B.A. at UCSC and later achieved my credential from Stanford in 2004. I began my teaching career in the small northern California town of Humboldt at Fortuna High School. While I started at the high school level, I found my love of teaching at the middle school level. Between 1991 and 2001, I taught a variety of subjects which included English, Core, Yearbook, Journalism and AVID. In August of 2001, I accepted the position of Mission Middle College Site Coordinator within SCUSD. I had the unbelievable opportunity to start a program to serve at-risk students from the ground up. This was an incredible chance and I leaped at it. Since 2001, I have served on a number of college committees aimed at increasing student success. I am most interested in developing bridges between public k-12 schools and community colleges. In the fall of 2006, Sara and I began working towards our Master's in Educational Administration and Leadership through the Urban High School Leadership Program at San Jose State University. Completed in the spring of 2008, our joint Master's thesis, Cause and Effect: Educationally At-Risk Students and a Middle College Perspective, focused on the efficacy of the Middle College model in turning at-risk students around in their educational outcomes. In May of 2009, Sara and I attended the first statewide Middle College/Early College consortium in Sacramento and were nominated to the steering committee of the consortium. I look forward to participating in state level work to increase the visibility of middle college/early college programs throughout California.

I live in Boulder Creek, Ca. with my husband and Perterson Middle School Woodshop teacher, James Jolliff. We have two wonderful dogs, Moxie and Grommit, who love chasing after mountain wildlife and going on long walks.