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Fallon Middle School Teacher Allyson Lightbody Shares her Passion for Mathematics

August 14, 2018

DUBLIN, CA—Ms. Allyson Lightbody has been teaching mathematics at Eleanor Murray Fallon Middle School for more than a decade. Ms. Lightbody completed her degree in mathematics from California State University, East Bay in Hayward. “My first teaching experience was homeschooling my children for about 6 years,” she recalls. “I later moved on to teach through the state of California, which I’ve been doing for the past 13 years.”


Fallon Math Teacher Allyson Lightbody

Ms. Lightbody joined Fallon as a mathematics teacher in 2007, first teaching in room F4. Three years later, she moved to room J4—a room which her students have fondly associated her with ever since. For the 2018-19 school year, she will be teaching Math Course 3 (eighth-grade math), Algebra, and Geometry at Fallon.

Even though I visited Fallon on Monday’s Teacher Work Day, this passionate, dedicated, and caring teacher took the time out of her busy schedule to sit down with me for an interview. Here, Ms. Lightbody shares more about her passion for math, her teaching philosophy, and the importance of getting the basics right. Read more…


Life After College: Camille Chabot’s Journey to Teaching in Paris After Beating Cancer (Twice)

August 11, 2018

Camille Chabot in Paris

DUBLIN, CA–Our latest Life After College profile closes the circle on Dublin High School Class of ’13 alum Camille Chabot (who has shared her story several times through high school and college). Camille’s public battle with cancer not once, but twice, is an important part of her story – but is not the whole story. Since we last spoke with Camille, after she graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a BS in Liberal Studies, she has gone on to complete teacher’s college (also at Cal Poly) and land a teaching job in Paris. We recently caught up with Camille to learn more about her life after college. You finished teacher’s college at Cal Poly – congratulations – where will you be teaching next year?

Camille Chabot: “I’ll be teaching English to 3 to 5 year olds at the Ecole Internationale Bilingue (which is an international bilingual school) in Paris for at least one year. It’s a pre-school through high school for French students, with multiple campuses around Paris (I’ll be in the 8th arrondissement).” How did you find an opportunity in Paris? Read more…

Life as a Highlander at UC Riverside – from Dublin High School to SoCal

August 8, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–Our Life in College Series takes us to UC Riverside, where Dublin High School Class of 2016 alum Anaswar Jayakumar is pursuing a major in mathematics. We caught up with Anaswar to learn more about his college journey.

Anaswar-Jayakumar-DHS-grad Why did you select UC Riverside? What was the decision process?

Anaswar Jayakumar: “I selected UC Riverside mainly because I wanted to stay close to home, yet be able to fully embrace the college experience. I also chose UC Riverside because, like all UCs, it has a strong science and engineering program.” What is your major and why?

Anaswar Jayakumar: “My major is applied mathematics. I chose applied mathematics because math was a subject that I was good at in high school.” Read more…

Biomedical Engineer Dr. Giada Gerboni on Creating Soft Robotics for Surgeons

August 6, 2018
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Dr. Giada Gerboni

As part of our Women in STEM Series we recently spoke with Dr. Giada Gerboni who was a featured speaker at TED2018, “The incredible potential of flexible, soft robotics”. Dr. Gerboni received a BE and MS degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Pisa and a PhD in biorobotics from The BioRobotics Institute of Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy. Dr. Gerboni is currently a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University, in the Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab. How did you get interested in engineering?

Dr. Giada Gerboni: “I’ve always done well in technical and scientific courses. I originally wanted to study medicine but realized that while I didn’t want to be a doctor, I enjoyed the technology that helps doctors. That interest led to biomedical engineering. What I’m doing now, robotics for surgery, is applying technology to medicine in order to help the surgeon be more precise.”

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The Disney College Program and Becoming a Cast Member – One Student’s Experience

August 2, 2018

ORLANDO, FL–Earlier this summer we had a blast reporting from Florida at the opening of Toy Story Land and along the way met some cool Cast Members. We recently circled back with a Cast Member and recent graduate of the Disney College Program about her experiences being part of the opening of Toy Story Land. Mary Kathryn Phillips earned a Bachelors degree in Television and Film at The University of Alabama before entering the Disney College Program.


Mary Kathryn Phillips in Toy Story Land

OneDublin: What attracted you to apply to the Disney College Program?

Mary Kathryn Phillips: “I found out about the Disney College Program during my last Spring Break in college. My best friend and I celebrated Spring Break at Walt Disney World during our last year in college. We ended up speaking to many Cast Members who thought we were Cast Members enjoying a day off because of our energy and personality. Because of how we presented ourselves and our enjoyment of life, we had Cast Members recommending we apply to the Disney College Program.

“We also heard from Cast Members how much they loved the Disney College Program. Because of the timing I ended up applying on one of the very last days before applications closed and found out within a week that I’d been accepted, despite being really sick during my phone interview. I was relieved, I was honored, I sat down crying!” Read more…

Dublin High School Alum Hania Guiagoussou on Combining Computer + Political Science at Sciences Po + Columbia

July 30, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–A few years ago we profiled Hania Guiagoussou after she was awarded Oracle Duke’s Choice Award for her Java-based water saver project. Fast forward to 2018 and Hania has just completed her first year of college at Sciences Po Reims (France) where she started a dual degree Sciences Po / Columbia University program, with the unique combination of political science and computer science. We recently spoke with Hania as part our popular Life in College series of articles (over 80 Dublin High School alum have been profiled).

IMG_2984 How did you decide on a joint degree program?

Hania Guiagoussou: “After the Canadian election, when I was doing a lot of research on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, I found out that his father [and former Canadian Prime Minister] Pierre Trudeau went to Sciences Po. I discovered that there were Sciences Po alumni from all over the world including most of the French Presidents. I became super interested in Science Po when I learned the school has joint programs with Berkeley, UBC and Columbia.

“I had to work really hard to convince my parents about how cool and enriching it would be to spend two years in France, improving my French and learning a new culture, and then coming back to New York for Columbia. After getting into the school my parents said yes!” Your combination of majors is really cool and unique. What led you in that direction?

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Life at UC Berkeley: Dublin High School’s Lily Hu Turns Passion for Math into Data Science + Economics

July 24, 2018

BERKELEY, CA—Dublin High Class of 2017 graduate Xuenan Lily Hu is a rising sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, double majoring in Data Science and Economics.

“A lot of people think that Data Science is a combination of computer science and statistics,” Lily says. “While it does encompass these two studies, Data Science is a discipline of its own. It combines skills outside of these two spheres, making it applicable in diverse fields.”

“At Berkeley, we can take data intensive courses in subjects ranging from social welfare to business analytics,” she adds. “Students go on to become machine learning engineers, artificial intelligence engineers, business analysts, and much more.”

This past week, I caught up with Lily to learn more about her experiences at UC Berkeley so far, as well as reflect on some of her internship experiences, favorite classes, and memorable moments as a Dublin High Gael.

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Neha Harpanhalli: Data Science will be introduced as a new major at UC Berkeley this fall. How did you become interested in this field of study? Read more…