Jarod Middleton
Foothill College

Jarod Middleton is a seasoned educator in the Paramedic Program at Foothill College. Armed with a Bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount University, Jarod's journey in higher education was inspired by his service on the School Board in San Jose. His dedication to teaching has made a significant impact on the community college landscape. 

When it comes to teaching, his dream class would revolve around the art of food and wine paring, showcasing his passion for the culinary arts. Despite being a community college teacher and faculty member, Jarod's alternate career choice would have been a math teacher. However, his most rewarding experiences come from working with community college students, particularly the thrill of running 911 calls with past paramedic students. Having recently retired from the San José Fire Department, Jarod brings a wealth of real-world experience to his teaching.

If he could change one thing in the California Community Colleges, it would be the funding formula, advocating for an increase to better support education. Among the memorable moments in his career, reviving a heart attack victim with a former student stands out.

Jarod's interests extend beyond academics. A professional coin collector and an explorer of shipwrecks and WWII wreckage worldwide, he has ventured as deep as 170 feet below the surface. Despite these unique skills, he harbors a desire to master the piano. Having traveled extensively, Sydney holds a special place in Jarod's heart due to his attendance at 27 different events during the 2000 Olympics.

Reflecting on his time in higher education, Jarod emphasizes the importance of recognizing students' social and emotional well-being, particularly in a time when mental health issues are prevalent. He has learned that students often hide personal trauma, prompting him to create a safe environment for them to confide in him.

For those starting their careers as community college professors, Jarod offers valuable advice: 

Be aware of the student's social and emotional well being as the mental health issue is much greater now than when we were in school.