Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Diana Diaz
Diana Diaz is a Shafter native and graduate of Shafter High School (Class of 2011). She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she double majored in Political Science and Italian, going on to graduate in 2015 (Go Gauchos!). During her undergraduate career, she lived in Bologna, Italy. She enriched her education by taking courses for her majors at the Università di Bologna, the first university in the Western world (established in 1088). Diana is currently applying to graduate school and hopes to obtain her master’s degree in Political Science.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Evelyn Belmontes
Evelyn Belmontes graduated from Shafter High School in 2015. She is currently pursuing a degree in Economics at California State University of Bakersfield. Evelyn plans on staying at California State University of Bakersfield and obtaining a master's degree in Business Administration. She believes that education is a very important key in life and wants to influence others to keep striving for more knowledge. Evelyn enjoys helping others achieve their goals and hopes to one day have a great impact on her community.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Joel Perez Govea
Joel Perez Govea is a Shafter High School graduate (Class 2011) who also graduated from the University of California Berkeley (Class 2017) with a double major in Marine Science and Environmental Science while minoring in Spanish Literature and Composition, Integrative Biology, and the Cal Teach Credential Program. He was the first in his family to graduate from both a high school and a university. Joel will be working on applying to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in teaching/counseling, or a Ph.D. program to do research on the MegaFloods that occur in California every 150-200 years. He plans to teach elementary school or high school students in the near future. Joel has lived in Shafter for most of his life and is looking forward to serving as a resource and giving back to this community.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Edith Lopez
Edith Lopez was raised in and currently lives in Shafter. Edith graduated from Shafter High in 2011 and then attended the University of California, Davis. Edith plans to attend veterinary school and become a large and small animal veterinarian. Meanwhile, Edith moved back to Shafter after graduating from UC Davis to be closer to family and to help give back to her community. She hopes to motivate and inspire students to continue their education after Shafter High. Edith is excited to be at the Learning Center and hopes to help students set and achieve their goals.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Gabriela Perez
Gabriela Perez was born and raised in Kern County and is a Shafter High graduate (Class of 2016). She is currently attending California State University of Bakersfield and pursuing a Bachelors degree in Biology. After graduating from CSUB, she plans to further her education by attending PA school and specializing in pediatrics. Gabriela enjoys working with children and ultimately plans to come back to Shafter to help families in the community.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Valente Trujillo Padilla
Valente Trujillo Padilla was born in the state of Guanajuato in Mexico. He was raised in Shafter and is a Shafter High School graduate (Class of 2018). He is currently attending Bakersfield College to obtain his associates degree in Business Administration and Welding. He plans to transfer to the California State University of Bakersfield to receive a bachelors degree in Business Administration. Valente's ultimate goal is to help the community.
Shafter Learning Center Team Member: Sandra Castillo
Sandra Castillo has lived in Shafter since 2013. She attended Taft college where she obtained an associate degree. Sandra is currently attending California State University, Bakersfield where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Mathematics.