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Rohanna Ylagan-Nicanor

Rohanna Ylagan-Nicanor

California State University, Fullerton

Fullerton, CA USA

"If you like helping others, working with others, and value fostering relationships, teaching is such a rewarding job."

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Rohanna's work combines: Education, Writing, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Faculty Lecturer

I mentor and teach future teachers, current teachers, and first year students.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Bachelor of Science

    California State University, Fullerton

  • Certification

    Elementary Education and Teaching

    California State University, Fullerton

  • Graduate Degree

    Masters of Science

    California State University, Fullerton

  • Graduate Degree

    Masters of Research

    King's College

  • Doctorate

    Doctor of Philosophy

    King's College

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Faculty Lecturer:

Bachelor's Degree: Bachelor of Science

Certification: Elementary Education and Teaching

Graduate Degree: Masters of Science

Graduate Degree: Masters of Research

Doctorate: Doctor of Philosophy

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    After my first year as an art major, I changed my major to Child and Adolescent Studies, and then graduated with my BS in Child & Adolescent Development.

  • 2.

    Then, I continued at Cal State Fullerton to earn my teaching credential. I gained experience by working with kids in Summer Camps and tutoring.

  • 3.

    Thankfully, through networking and being proactive to start my teaching career, I was hired right after earning my teaching credential and started my first job teaching in a local elementary school.

  • 4.

    While I was teaching full-time, I earned my Masters in Elementary Education with a concentration in Curriculum & Instruction (from CSUF).

  • 5.

    After several years teaching 6th grade (which I loved), I decided to pursue my PhD and applied to a doctorate program in London.

  • 6.

    It was quite an adjustment living and studying abroad, but I remained determined and earned my PhD from King's College, University of London.

  • 7.

    After a couple of years applying for jobs and facing rejection multiple times, I was fortunate to get hired at my stomping grounds, California State University, Fullerton.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Questions and uncertainty about not following the same path as my relatives. First considering art and then becoming a teacher was different as many relatives are in the medical field.

  • How I responded:

    I’ve dealt with obstacles by focusing on my personal goals and becoming the best at what I do and what I want to do. Also, I'm happy being an educator and love my job!

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • After leaving a stable teaching career to study aboard, I worked in unrelated fields while earning my PhD. After moving back from London, I worked various jobs for a couple of years before starting my career at CSUF.