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Math Performance Success counselors offer comprehensive academic counseling services to support students enrolled in the MPS program. 

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Our counselors can assist you with

  • Choosing classes to reach your academic goal, such as earning a degree or certificate or transferring to a university
  • Creating an educational plan
  • Finding resources on campus, such as tutoring or other academic assistance
  • Exploring career options
  • And more!

MPS counselors can also answer questions about the MPS program and MPS course registration – and they can help with your math anxiety! Scroll down or click on a counselor's name to learn more about them – and how to reach them.

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Now you can make an appointment to meet with an MPS counselor by using our online scheduling system. It's easy!

Sheldon Fields

MPS Counselor

Office hours

Sheldon supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 114 - Instructor Kelly Lundstrom
  • Math 41 - Instructor Cheryl Balm

I am an alumnus of De Anza College, where I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. I was also a student in the First Year Experience (FYE) program and in Math Performance Success (MPS). I transferred to San Francisco State University and graduated in 2012 with my bachelor's degree in Communication Studies. I then received my master's degree in Counselor Education from San José State University in 2014.

I worked at the University of California, Santa Cruz for two years as the College Nine academic advisor, before becoming an academic advisor at the De Anza College Transfer Center in March 2018.

I am happy to become an MPS counselor and to assist students in their educational journey. I am looking forward to working with you. 


Alma Garcia

Alma Garcia

MPS Counselor

Office hours by appointment

Alma supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Instructor Maurice Geraghty
  • Math 10 - Instructor Fatemeh Yarahmadi
  • Math 10 - Instructor Doli Bambhania

I am a first-generation college student and a former community college student, with a master's degree in Social Work and a master's in Counseling Education from San José State University. My educational journey was a transformative experience for my family and me. 

I have been a counselor at several community colleges. Outside of academia, I have worked as a social worker for the state of California, San Mateo County and the Kaiser health system.

I am passionate about assisting all students, particularly underrepresented students, in meeting their educational goals. If I can do it, so can you! 


Melissa Maturino

MPS Counselor 

Office hours: (Melissa will return to the office on October 14)

Melissa supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Intructor Rani Fischer 
  • Math 41 - Instructor Salvador Guerrero
  • Math 41- Instructor Nahrin Rashid

I was an MPS student at De Anza College, where I earned an associate degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Social and Behavioral Science in 2009.

I transferred to Santa Clara University and received my bachelor's in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies in 2011, and then earned a master's degree in Counselor Education from San José State University in fall 2013.

I’ve also had the opportunity to work in the EOPS office at De Anza as a part-time counselor, and as a manager for a college access program, called Destination College Advising Corps, through UC Berkeley.


Khoa Nguyen

MPS Counselor/Coordinator

Office hours by appointment

Khoa supports the following MPS sections:

  • Math 10 - Instructor Gregory Stachnick
  • Math 43 - Instructor Danny Tran

I have been at De Anza since 2017, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the diverse student population here.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2013, a master’s in Counseling from Santa Clara University in 2016, and a master's in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Walden University in 2018. Currently, I am working toward completing a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Prior to working at De Anza, I served as an academic advisor and program coordinator for the Associate's to Bachelor’s Program and the University Center at Cañada College.

I look forward to meeting you and assisting you in exploring, planning, and achieving your academic and professional goals.

Students who aren't in the MPS program can visit the general Counseling and Advising Center or a counselor within their division or program.

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