Ciena is a native Californian, born and raised in Orange County. Staying close to where her roots were planted she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University Fullerton. She then went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Cross Cultural Education. With a passion to inspire today’s youth she has been a UCI Young Writers Instructor every summer for the past fifteen years. Ciena is most inspired when she can transfer her love of writing to today’s youth. Placing much emphasis on the creativity of her students, she is able to help the students draw from their own well of imagination and knowledge to create their own unique masterpieces.
Over the years, Ciena has found that the one thing she enjoys most about Literature,are the many life lessons that are taught.
One of Ciena’s greatest assets as a teacher is bringing the subject matter to life. She enjoys bringing the student to a place where they can appreciate and take part in the learning process. She has found that if students are drawn into whatever it is that they are learning, they take so much more out of the experience. Her students in the past have always remarked that she was able to make them laugh and that she made learning memorable.