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Meet the Faculty: Gilbert H. Cardenas


Assistant Professor of Early Education and Child Development


Year Joined CCAC



Courses Currently Teaching

Early Education and Child Development courses at Boyce Campus


Most Memorable CCAC Experience

Growing up where I did, becoming a college professor seemed like an unreachable, crazy dream. So, the first day I became a full-time faculty member was quite memorable. It was a childhood dream come true. I share this memorable experience with my students during the first day of class - that I started out with very little, worked hard, went to community college, worked as a teacher and continued my education. I share that what may seem unreachable or unlikely may not be as crazy as they think it is.


Why I Teach What I Teach

Nothing in my life has been more rewarding than serving children, families and communities. Children need teachers that believe in their potential, and families need the support of teachers to help them realize the dreams of their children. Communities everywhere need teachers to be leaders, advocates and champions. I teach with the passion and conviction that what my students have chosen to pursue - to become educators - is one of the most important, relevant and rewarding professions anyone could choose.


Something People Might Not Know About Me

I've run and completed an entire marathon. I've driven and wrecked a race car in a NASCAR event. My favorite place to spend long periods of time is anywhere I'm surrounded by books. I like grapes, but not grape-flavored things. I don't like strawberries, but I like strawberry-flavored things. I don't like cucumbers - in any form.


Favorite Quote

"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men for they may act their dream with open eyes and make it possible." - T.E. Lawrence