I have been a full-time automotive instructor at Rio Hondo College since Fall 2016. Prior to my teaching career, I worked for 29 years at Coastline Equipment, a John Deere construction equipment dealership, as a heavy equipment repair technician. I started at the bottom and worked my way up, eventually becoming a field repair technician. I have diagnosed and repaired equipment all over southern California. In 2011 I was approached to teach part-time in the then newly-formed Heavy Equipment Maintenance program at Rio Hondo College. I had never taught before, and found it to be quite gratifying. Eventually one thing led to another, and a full-time position opened for an automotive instructor. I got the job and here I am! I am very proud of my position and very fortunate to be working at such an awesome institution, with people that genuinely care about what they do.