M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Mathematics
B.A. Liberal Studies with a Mathematics concentration
Mrs. Olga Barahona found a love for teaching when she took a job as a math teacher’s assistant before graduating from college. Although her initial responsibilities were to assist the teacher in grading, lesson planning and offer more one on one help to the students, the large class size prompted an offer to teach an Algebra 1 section to freshman and sophomore students. Although her goal was to pursue a beach volleyball career, after playing on the women’s volleyball team at CSUN, she felt an overwhelming feeling of gratification as she taught math to these students, noticing they were leaving the classroom liking math more each day.
Mrs. Barahona has over 20 years of teaching experience in courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus, as well as in Biology and Chemistry. She will begin her third year at Providence teaching Pre-Calculus, Geometry Honors, and AP Calculus in addition to being the Math Department Chair. She continues to strive for more students to learn to love math and not be fearful of its challenges but enjoy the process.
Mrs. Barahona is married and has three children: Ivan (16) who is a competitive junior golfer and has committed to play golf at Cal State Long Beach for the 2022-2023 season, Eva (14) who loves art and is a freshman at Providence High School this year, and Marcus (4) who loves playing with his dinosaur toys.
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