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Main office ETS: Educational Talent Search
TELEPHONE: 805-756-6208 (Hablamos español)
E-MAIL: ets@calpoly.edu
LOCATION: Educational Talent Search
Bldg 58, Room 109A
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Staff

Susie Sandstrom

Susie Sandstrom

Director

Susandst@calpoly.edu

Susie Sandstrom is a California native and has worked in the field of education for the past 33 years. She graduated from University of Redlands with a single-subject teaching credential and taught high school Spanish in Los Angeles, Long Beach, and San Francisco while obtaining her Master’s Degree from UC Santa Barbara. In 1997, she moved to Chile for several years where she worked for Torreon de Paredes Winery, and later as a ski guide on an active volcano. Before coming to Cal Poly, she returned to her home-town of Big Bear Lake where she taught high school Spanish again, and later opened a health food store, Sol Food Market. Sandstrom now lives on the coast with her son, Benji, and their dog, Valley. They spend their free time exploring the coast looking for hiking spots, farmer’s markets and music venues.

Antoinette Gonzalez-Ramirez

Antoinette Gonzalez-Ramirez

Program Coordinator

agonza62@calpoly.edu

Antoinette is an alumnus of the Talent Search program from Pioneer Valley High School and earned her Bachelor's Degree from University of California, Berkeley. More recently, she has done incredible work with Fighting Back Santa Maria where she has worked with youth and their families to help reduce alcohol and drug use, gang involvement, bullying, and truancy. She also has experience as a Foster Youth Program Specialist and has co-facilitated classes for the Parent Project, Nurturing Parenting, and Within Our Reach -- all programs which are designed to promote positive and healthy relationships. In Antoinette's own words, "I am passionate about education because I believe that it's the pathway to success."

Max Estrada

Max Estrada

Outreach Coordinator

MESTRA23@CALPOLY.EDU

Max is a Monterey Bay native from Salinas, CA. He received his A.A. in Social Sciences from Hartnell Community College. He then transferred to UCLA to earn his B.A. in History, all while competing in Division I soccer. Previously, as a Student Success Mentor in the Los Angeles area, his role was to monitor and guide at risk youth towards a high school diploma or GED. He also served as a Parent Education Specialist at his childhood elementary school district where he provided resources, workshops and guidance for parents and students to create a lasting bond between the school district and the surrounding community. Max’s goal is to create an opportunity for those who rarely see one to begin with. “I grew up not knowing the potential I had to be successful academically, until a mentor reached out to me and told me it was possible. My goal has always been to pay that wisdom forward.”

Alicia Tedford

Alicia Tedford

Administrative Support Assistant

ATEDFORD@CALPOLY.EDU

Alicia is a born and raised local from the Central Coast of Arroyo Grande, CA. She is currently a full time Cuesta College student with hopes to transfer to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to pursue an education in Agriculture Business. Alicia enjoys hiking with her Golden Retriever, Remington, in her free time and also enjoying the local wineries around town with her friends.

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