Dave Yundt: Teacher, Military Man, and Humanitarian

Posted on Jun 22, 2014

By Mark James Miller, PFA President Dave Yundt always wanted to teach, because for him teaching is a way into something else he has always wanted to do, and that is helping people. Teaching at Hancock, which he has done since 1990, enables him to help many different people in many different ways. Dave loves teaching adults, another benefit of working at a community college. “The students want to be there,” he says. He especially likes the...

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Psychology Instructor Gene Kuntz Did Not Let a Near-Fatal Accident Stop Him

Posted on Jun 1, 2014

By Mark James Miller, PFA President Neither a near-fatal auto accident in 1967, nor a debilitating stroke 23 years later could stop Gene from living his life and pursuing his dreams. “I want to live in a community where everyone has a chance to improve,” says Gene Kuntz, who not only speaks these words but lives them. Gene’s is one of those stories that can’t be repeated too many times—that of a person who will not give up in the face...

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CFT Spring Part-Timer Newsletter (featuring PFA President Mark James Miller)

Posted on May 9, 2014

Read the spring edition of the California Federation of Teachers Part-Timer newsletter that contains the following features: Mark James Miller: Meet one of the hardest working organizers of part-timers How does your pay rate compare to others? Ancillary pay programs: New strategies for part-timer inclusion on...

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Math Instructor Nahid Loghmani’s Long Journey From Tehran to Santa Maria

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

By Mark James Miller, PFA President Nahid Loghmani has come a long way. 7,523 miles, to be exact—the distance from Tehran, Iran, to Santa Maria, California. Nahid, however, is not complaining. While she is quick to point out that she loves her native country, she also loves her life in her adopted country. That includes teaching math part-time at Allan Hancock College, which she started doing two years ago, and being involved with the...

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