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#237 Brianna Uhlhorn , Class of 2000, 2006
(Associate Degree Liberal Arts Early Childhood Education and Psychology Adjunct Instructor )

I grew up here in the Coachella Valley so I can easily relate to how College of the Desert has impacted people in so many different ways. In fact, I have memories as a young child of helping run my parents snow cone business at the COD Alumni Street Fair. Flash forward to a High School career fair on campus where I spoke with a representative from the Regional Occupational Program (ROP) for Early Childhood Education (ECE) and my ECE career begins. College of the Desert was a natural choice after High School.

I received a Teacher Certificate in ECE and began working in the field. Many twists, turns and detours later I returned to College of the Desert as an adult student. This time, I continued my education to the Master’s Level. My path has come full circle, today I teach the students who are in the same program that I once completed. I am honored to say that I once sat where they have and I can speak from the heart when I tell students they can finish their education and make an impact. I am proud to be the first in my family to graduate from college and I hope I can inspire my students to go above and beyond. Thank you COD!