Monica Christina Barocio

Master of Arts in Teaching With a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Hometown

Martinez

My Greatest Supporters

To everyone who may not even have realized how key they were in helping me to push through and finish what I started. My wonderful husband Silvano, my happy Jiovanni, Dad, Mom, Tevan, Mari, Lupe, Laura, Mitchell, Adreanna, Dr. E, Hannah, Ashley, Ami, John, and Dulce.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Getting to create my own independent study to explore religion in the public school system!

My Next Chapter

Enjoy raising my newborn, finish the last steps of my bible basics book, and to see what else God has in store for me!

Favorite Quote

Philippians 1:6 ...I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. God is a Faithful God, He will never start something and not finish it...
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Eva Angelina Schoenrock

Master of Arts in Teaching With a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Summer Gill

Master of Arts in Teaching With a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential

Honors

Outstanding Student

Hometown

Petaluma, California

Award Bio

Summer Gill is a 23-year-old Bay Area native currently living in Petaluma, California. She earned her Bachelor's in Arts in English at Saint Mary’s College in 2020. She continued on to earn her Master’s in Teaching in 2021. While pursuing her degrees, she has worked at Kalmanovitz School of Education as a student assistant and was elected KSOE student ambassador. Summer is passionate about helping others and is eager to see what the future has in store for her.

My Greatest Supporters

Are my parents. They believe in my dreams and encourage me to be my best self.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

Working for the Graduate School Dean (Kalmanovitz School of Education) has been a wonderful experience.

My Next Chapter

I'm so excited to make a decision in my job offers teaching elementary school that I have received before graduation.

Favorite Quote

"Every story has an end. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning."

Angelica Raquel Lara

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Hometown

Richmond, Ca

My Greatest Supporters

My children have been a driving force behind my decision to return to school and complete my degree. My husband's support drove me to believe I would be supported during my journey to degree completion. Together, we outlined our priorities and set expectations so that we all knew how we could support one another during this process because it is not just my journey but the entire family's.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite SMC memory is hands down the first day of the BALOS program. The nerves I experienced that day were calmed by the amazing people I encountered in my cohort. I did not expect to make the connections I have and I am forever grateful to the friendly folks who befriended me on day one of ULD14.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter will include a Master's program. I am currently researching programs that interest me and suit my and my family's needs. Achieving this goal has opened various opportunities for me and solidified my thoughts about pursuing higher education.

Favorite Quote

“There is nothing more beautiful than finding your course as you believe you bob aimlessly in the current. Wouldn’t you know that your path was there all along, waiting for you to knock, waiting for you to become. It does not belong to your parents, your teachers, your leaders, or your lovers. Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus."
— Jodie Foster
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Ollie Maggi

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counselor and School Psychology With a School Psychology Credential

Micaela Morgan Mota

Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Clinical Counselor and School Psychology With a School Psychology Credential

Hometown

Richmond, CA

My Greatest Supporters

I want to thank my amazing and real-life angel on earth, my son, Julian. Thank you for being patient with me, understanding Mami was just doing what she needed to do for US ! I love you so much. To my other son, Madison. Thank you for reminding me to keep going. You motivate me with strength and energy. I also want to thank my husband, Genis, who understood the importance of my education. Mom. TY.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I finished my tape supervision during Fall 2018, and the next day, I had my youngest son. Everyone who I saw the day before his birth on-campus sent me good baby vibes.

My Next Chapter

My next chapter will include using my soapbox to advocate for social justice, especially in lower SES communities and BIPOC.

Favorite Quote

I'm past patiently waitin' I'm passionately mashin' every expectation
Every action's an act of creation
— - Hamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda)

Sara Irene Benavidez

Bachelor of Arts in Performing Arts: Liberal Education for Arts Professionals (LEAP)

Hometown

Dallas, Texas

My Greatest Supporters

My sons, Cinque & Iccauhtli, for supporting me by allowing my studies to work their way into our daily plans.
Dawn for lending me her "Mom Cave" anytime I needed to give my studies my undivided attention.
Mom for babysitting when college & work deadlines were due simultaneously.
My nieces & nephews (fosters) for times I unenrolled to help raise you was an education on its own and time well spent.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

My favorite time were my early days in the LEAP Program. Thank you Saint Mary's for flying our professors to teach our class of 15 to 20 retired dancers every Monday night in the boardroom of a hotel in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.  It was an amazing college experience. I am also very fond of these last terms when I really zeroed in on my area of focus and applied that focus to my future career.

My Next Chapter

Next, I will be working towards launching a Mediation practice specializing in Conflict Resolution and Restorative Justice.

Favorite Quote

“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” –
— Nelson Mandela 
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Dakota Haley Valdez

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry/Creative Nonfiction

Hometown

Pleasant Hill, California

Tanya Castro

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing: Poetry

Hometown

Los Angeles, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My parents and my younger brother have supported my dreams of becoming a writer since the very start. I owe everything I am to them.
My dog Oreo, who has sat next to me as I written and rewritten poems. You are the best dog a girl can ask for.
To the lifelong friends I have met in the program. Liala, Stella, and Dakota. Thank you for always cheering me on.

Favorite Saint Mary's Memory

I'll miss gathering with my peers and going to readings at De La Salle Hall. I'll miss walking by baby deer after hours when classes are over and the sun has set. I'll miss grabbing a late night cup of hot chocolate at Cafe Louis. I'll miss Dante Hall and poetry.

My Next Chapter

I hope to publish my first collection of poems within the next few years and to finish my fiction novel I have started working on. I know I'll continue writing for the rest of my life but I am excited to see what I'll learn next, what I'll see next and who will be by my side. I hope the next chapter is full of happiness above all.

Favorite Quote

What is done with love is done well.
— Van Gogh

Eduardo Silva

Master of Business Administration

Honors

Graduating With Honors

Hometown

San Rafael, CA

My Greatest Supporters

My wife, Sabrina. Without her support, the MBA journey would have not been possible. Thank you!

My Next Chapter

First, a vacation is in order. Soon thereafter, applying as much of the course learnings directly into my company and small business to expedite sustainable growth.

Favorite Quote

The definition of Hustle is to have the courage, confidence, self-belief, and self-determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunity you want in life.
— Unknown