“I knew this was something,” said feminist artist, author, teacher and performer Angela Aguirre. “I didn’t know what it was gonna be but … I surprised myself because the only time I’m confident is when I’m doing a poem or speaking some type of message like that or being empowering towards other people but in my regular daily life, you know, I’m pretty insecure about a lot of things and so I think it gave me kind of this super power that I didn’t know …
The board of trustees voted March 11, 2019, to deny tenure and terminate psychology instructor Dr. Jennifer Koontz, effective in June, after four years at PCC.
At first glance, the classroom seemed to be in disarray. Stacks of paper lay haphazardly on Charmaine Cordero’s work desk. Vintage posters hung precariously on the walls. The tiled floor was heavily marked by shifting room arrangements, furniture and the shuffling of students.
In an empty room, replete with chairs, is a music professor preparing to go on stage and perform. Except he isn’t performing music. He is passionately teaching students about the history of rock music but does it with such dedication and precision, it feels as if it is a lively music performance happening right before the students’ eyes.
When asked why she pursued art, Claudia Carballada, a former student and current art professor at PCC, responded, “I just followed my heart.”