Roland Estrella, Medical-Surgical Nursing Instructor
Roland earned his bachelor’s degree in Nursing at San
Diego State University and his master’s degree in Nursing at
University of Phoenix.
Roland has taught part-time at Grossmont College, as part
of the “Welcome Back” accelerated nursing program for
foreign trained medical professionals, and at Southwestern
Roland was employed for 13 years at UCSD Medical Center
Post Anesthesia Care Unit, serving initially as a technician
and nurses aide and then as a registered nurse. He also was
an operating room technician and field medic while in the US
Air Force Reserves for 8 years at March Air Force Base.
While a student, Roland was an active participant in the
SDSU Asian American Nurse Student Association. Since
graduating, he also has served as a member of the Board of
Directors and associate editor of publications for the
Philippine Nurses Association.
References consistently identify Roland as a leader, an
active participant, and a person who brings a calm and
caring approach to what he does. He has been seen as a very
positive influence with his nursing students.
Robert Henry, History Instructor with Emphases in World,
Western and Asian History
Robert attended Palomar College and then transferred to
UC Riverside, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History
and minored in Political Science. He completed his MA in
History at SDSU.
Robert has taught full-time for the last four years at
Skyline College in San Bruno, CA. Prior to that, he taught
part-time at Mira Costa, Riverside and Palomar Colleges.
Robert was an active committee member while at Skyline,
working with his colleagues on initiatives related to
cultural events, education policy, Title III grant-funded
activities and History Department program review.
He reports that his first college major was Film Studies.
Robert’s interest in story telling led him to History as the
discipline of his academic degrees. It is no wonder, then,
that he views teaching and learning history as more than the
rote memorization of dates and facts; more importantly, it
is developing an understanding of the incredible human
drama, full of triumph and tragedy. This is how he motivates
students’ interest in studying his discipline.
Tara Jacobson, Exercise Science/Health Education
Instructor (Temporary, Full-time for 04-05)
Tara earned her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and
master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from SDSU. She also
holds numerous professional certifications from the American
College of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America, and the Aquatic Exercise
Tara has served for seven years as a part-time instructor
for a diverse collection of courses at Grossmont, Mesa, and
Miramar Colleges, SDSU, and Chula Vista Adult School. She
was an intern at the Cuyamaca College Fitness Center, where
she provided instruction and Center orientations. Tara has
worked in the fitness industry for ten years, primarily as a
personal trainer, group exercise instructor and aquatics
Tara brings to her position an impressive versatility, being
equally well-suited to assignments in health education and a
variety of exercise science activity courses. Additionally,
Tara’s degrees, certifications and experience will serve the
Exercise Science/ Wellness Department and the Regional
Occupational Program (ROP) effectively as we launch two new
Certificates of Proficiency programs this fall
semester—Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Leadership.
Janice Johnson, Articulation Officer
Janice earned her first college degree from Grossmont
College and went on to earn her BS in Behavioral
Science/Personnel Management and an MS in Educational
Counseling from National University.
She has been employed at Grossmont College since 1977 in the
division of Student Services and has just completed more
than 10 years as Associate Dean, EOPS. In addition, she has
taught courses at Grossmont College for 13 years.
She has been involved in many aspects of the campus both on
the local and state-wide level. She is a first generation
college student and recognizes the importance of access to
education and has a particular interest in the issues of
transfer as it becomes more and more challenging and complex
for students. Grossmont College recognized the importance
and need for a full-time Articulation Officer and Janice was
named to the position as of July 1, 2004.
Michael Jordan, Exercise Science Instructor/Football Coach
Mike is a Grossmont College graduate, earning his
associate in arts degree prior to transferring to San Jose
State University. He completed his degree in Geography at
SJSU and went on to complete a master’s degree in Physical
Education at Azusa Pacific University.
Mike has been a part-time instructor at Grossmont College
for 12 years, teaching a variety of Exercise Science
courses. He has served as an assistant football coach since
1992, with leadership of quarterbacks and offensive
Mike’s academic pursuits have included the publication of a
strength training manual. He has also been involved in the
community, both personally and with his team, through
participation in activities related to the College’s grant,
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs (GEAR UP), and Adopt-A-School Program.
His perspective on the cycle of coaching is that it has
three phases: Recruiting, Retaining, and “Decruiting.” Mike
recognizes that last phase, “Decruiting,” as one of the most
important steps in coaching—i.e., seeing that student
athletes successfully transfer to the university level and
obtain a bachelor’s degree. The transfer statistics for
Grossmont College’s football student athletes certainly bear
As many as eleven new faculty, including one counselor—five
instructors and one counselor—will begin their service with
the College with the start of the Spring 2005 semester.
Recruitment and selection processes are at various stages of
implementation at this time.