Desiree Montenegro
Cerritos College

Desiree Ann Montenegro is a passionate Communication Studies instructor currently shaping minds at Cerritos College, Long Beach City College, and Palo Verde College. Armed with a Master of Arts (M.A.) from CSULA, she not only educates but also actively contributes to the field as a member of the FACCC Board of Governors and the FACCC Part-Time Committee.

Inspired by the supportive network she found during her own studies, Desiree embarked on a journey into higher education, driven by her desire to empower and inspire students. Her guiding principle echoes the words of Nelson Mandela: "Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world."

If Desiree could journey through time, she'd set her sights on the vibrant 1920s, drawn by the era's music, fashion, and art. Reflecting her belief in the transformative power of gratitude, she dreams of teaching a class on practicing gratitude in times of adversity.

Outside the classroom, Desiree's eclectic interests range from fitness and rock climbing to indulging her inner diva at karaoke sessions. Fluent in the language of empathy, she finds profound fulfillment in supporting first-generation students and young parents as they navigate their educational journeys.

Her vision for California Community Colleges is one of unity—a collective "One Faculty Body" dedicated to serving students and communities. Though it's challenging to pinpoint a single memorable interaction with a student, Desiree cherishes the shared triumphs when her students achieve their goals.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Desiree harbors a desire to master multiple languages and embraces the unexpected lessons that emerge from the symbiotic relationship between teacher and student. Her advice to aspiring community college professors? 

Stay courageous and persevere—it's a journey of growth for both educator and student alike.