I am an Associate Dean of Students at a large public state university on the Central Coast of California. I’m a mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend, and teacher. I live a simple life in the small town where I grew up. I have two Great Pyrenees pups and a chinchilla named Chili. I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from University of California, Santa Barbara. Follow me on Twitter @JoyMPedersen.