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Up Close: People Profiles

Looking at Lone Star College-North Harris up close reveals more than 1,100 employees fulfilling the college's mission at LSC-North Harris and LSC-East Aldine Center. Their collective experience and dedication make the college a standout in higher education. This website shares the stories of some of those people.

John 'Cash' Carpenter

As a theatre professor in the LSC-North Harris Drama Department, John ‘Cash’ Carpenter can showcase his creativity through award-winning productions. See his story here

Jacobie Backstrom

Jacobie Backstrom, program coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services, understands firsthand the reluctance some have about community college. He also knows how to use his own experience to illuminate the benefits of attending a place like LSC-North Harris. See his story here.

Devethia Guillory

Teachers are often known for shaping and influencing the lives of their students – day after day, semester after semester, and year after year. History professor Devethia Guillory’s story demonstrates how the influences in one’s life can often lead to a particular career. See her story here.

Jon Wilson

Students in professor Jon Wilson’s history classes would be surprised to learn that his path to becoming a teacher didn’t begin until he was 40 years old. It took a life filled with twists and turns to land Professor J, as he’s become known around Lone Star College-North Harris, right where he belongs. See his story here.

Figen Bekisli

Bekisli, an LSC-North Harris physics professor, Figen Bekisli, has gone through an ambitious journey to bring her where she is today. Along the way, education was the driving force that brought Dr. Bekisli to the United States, and ultimately, to teaching at LSC-North Harris. See her story here.

Juan Argueta

As an EDUC 1300 instructor at LSC-East Aldine Center, Juan Argueta is in the perfect position to help students succeed. The course, designed to help first-time college students identify and develop good study habits, reminds Argueta of his own challenges when he was in school and what he did to ultimately arrive at his current role. See his story here.

Reyna Tippetts

As a child, Reyna Tippetts thought school was for the wealthy. She grew up in El Moralillo, Veracruz, a small town in Mexico, in a small shack with walls made of cardboard, pieces of metal and scrap wood. She and her mom would walk miles to get to the town dump and pick through the trash for something edible. See her story here.

Ovi Galvan

As Dean of Student Services at LSC-North Harris, Ovi Galvan is responsible for a variety of departments and teams. Galvan’s purview includes: advising, career planning and academic transfer, counseling services, diversity initiatives, Student Life, TRIO and veteran’s services. See his story here.



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