Mentorship Program Successes
Dental assisting instructor, with more than 30 years of experience, is a ‘mover and shaker’
By Marylin Crawford, AFT 6157 Mentor and SJCC WIN/CalWORKs Counselor/Educational Therapist
I am delighted to have the pleasure of introducing Edna Dolatre to our AFT community and to serve as her mentor. The AFT Mentorship Program was designed to provide support for new full-time faculty members and to also present the opportunity for us to become acquainted with our newest faculty member.
I was first introduced to Edna through an email she sent requesting that we schedule a time to meet – to get the semester started in an orderly manner.
During our first meeting, I learned that Edna is a “Mover and Shaker” – she gets things done. Edna jumped right into the new semester by developing relationships within her department, asking questions, scheduling meetings and stepping immediately into the classroom with her lesson plans ready to go.
Edna enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring her education, experience, knowledge, passion and vision to San Jose City College’s long-standing and well- respected Dental Assisting Program. Edna radiates professionalism, confidence and an eagerness to help students succeed. Her energy is exciting – like a breath of fresh air.
Edna has extensive experience as an instructor and a professional expert in the field of Dental Assisting. She completed her degree in Dentistry at Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines. Edna has worked in the dental field for more than 30 years.
Prior to moving to the United States, Edna practiced dentistry in her own office in the Philippines. She is also a practicing RDA (registered dental assistant) that specializes in orthodontia. She has been an educator for various dental assisting programs in the Bay Area. Edna has taught and coordinated programs at Heald and Unitek colleges.
Edna’s vision for the Dental Assisting Program: The SJCC Dental Assisting program will provide the community with competent dental assistants and serve as catalyst for individuals and businesses to excel in providing the best dental care.
Edna said she loves to teach Dental Materials and Chairside Assisting. Dental assisting students must master these skills before going into practice. It was great to share Edna’s passion with my information about the college and our union AFT 6157.
Edna is passionate about traveling. She has travelled to various cities in Asia and Europe. Her most recent experiences are shopping in Guangzhou, China, and swimming with whale sharks and sea turtles in Dumaguete, Philippines. Edna is planning to take her parents on a religious pilgrimage to Israel and visit the Holy Land and Jordan this summer.