At Cypress College, we are proud of our employees and realize that recognizing personal and professional achievements, along with establishing a human connection between students, faculty, and staff, promotes a collegial atmosphere imbued with the Charger Spirit! Our employees always strive for excellence and make significant contributions to the campus and surrounding communities every day. We are pleased to feature distinguished #CYProfessional educators.

Maha Afra, Department Chair, Instructor, Dance

What was your path to Cypress? I found out there is something called a dance major by pure coincidence. I was taking a ballet class and one of the students said, “I’m getting my MFA in dance.” And I said, “What?” I asked the teacher, and she said, “Oh, yeah; she’s a dance major.” IContinue reading “Maha Afra, Department Chair, Instructor, Dance”

Kathleen Troy, Department Coordinator, Instructor, Management & Marketing

What was your path to Cypress? I started as an adjunct in 1988, and was hired full time in 2014. I’m possibly the longest running adjunct. I knew Cypress was a really good school, I loved teaching here, and I wanted to be full time. Prior to working at Cypress, I taught for the UniversityContinue reading “Kathleen Troy, Department Coordinator, Instructor, Management & Marketing”

Ed Valdez, Aviation and Travel Careers Professor

What was your path to Cypress? It was a furlough from United Airlines, where I was a pilot. It was a not so good situation that became very good. I began teaching at OCC, and was an associate professor with them. I came to Cypress for more work, and was hired full time. My pathContinue reading “Ed Valdez, Aviation and Travel Careers Professor”

Katalin Angelov, Media Arts Design Professor

What was your path to Cypress? I graduated with an MFA in digital arts from USC. After graduation I taught at different colleges, starting in 2003. My courses focus on digital technology, and my classes range from 2D animation, storyboarding and motion graphics. I came to Cypress College in 2015 as a part-time instructor teachingContinue reading “Katalin Angelov, Media Arts Design Professor”

Ambika Talwar, English Professor

Ambika Talwar is a Cypress College English professor and has been teaching at the college for nearly three decades. Born in India, she is also an author, wellness consultant, artist, and poet whose “vision is to to realize her sacred destiny and invite others to find their brilliance.” She has published a number of books, poems, andContinue reading “Ambika Talwar, English Professor”