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Berta Parrish, Ed. D.

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Email:  Photo of Berta Parrish
Phone: (805) 546-3100, ext. 2484
Office: Room 3340
Address: Cuesta College, AS/DSPS
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106

Office Hours:

Also available for appointments at any time.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
  9-10 am   9-10 am  
  3-4 pm 3:30 pm 3-4 pm  


ACSK005 Academic Support Lab
ACSK 27 Test & Performance Anxiety
ACSK 36 Reading Essentials
ACSK 35 College Success
ART 119 Art, Dreams & Creativity


  • Ed. D. (Doctorate in Education) from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ


  • Reading Specialist, Arizona
  • Lifetime Community College Certificate, AZ
  • Supervisory Certificate, AZ


My biographical information is difficult to write because I can’t see the audience reading it and I know you don’t want to read my professional vita. So, here goes…

I started my educational journey as a first-generation college student, neither of my parents attended college, but I knew I had to. I graduated with a B.A. in English Education from Arizona State University. My first teaching job was with the Department of Defense in Kaiserslautern, Germany teaching remedial reading and English. When I returned to the States to begin graduate work, I taught remedial and college preparation reading at two high schools in Tempe, Arizona where I designed reading across the curriculum programs while working on a Masters and Doctorate in Reading Education.

After earning my doctorate in education, I went overseas again, this time to Australia and Papua New Guinea to join the teacher training departments at Kelvin Grove College of Advanced Education and the University of Papua New Guinea. My family and I had a wonderful time during this two-year period of constant immersion in cultural diversity.

Between this experience and coming to Cuesta College, I taught as a fulltime professor at two universities (Arizona State University in Teacher Education and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Humanities/Social Sciences) and a private college for Native Americans (Cook College). I enjoyed both teaching and being a department chair and dean of academic affairs at these institutions of higher education. However, I always wanted to live near the California coast and teach at the community college level where I believe quality teaching is most highly valued.

These desire were fulfilled with the opportunity to join the Cuesta College faculty in 1999. I am teaching the courses I love the most (College Success and Reading Essentials) at the educational level I value the most (community college) in a geographical region I appreciate (Central Coast) the most.

As a committed life-long learner, I completed over 20 graduate courses in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria. The courses include Jungian Psychology, Ecopsychology, Spirituality, Archetypal Psychology, Humanities, Mythology and other related areas in literature, theology, and philosophy. Applying the adage that “We teach best what we most need to learn,” I teach workshops in the community education program on dream interpretation, Jungian psychology, elder tales, and spiritual elderhood.

When I’m not teaching or learning, I am walking the beach, appreciating the sights, sounds, and even the smells of the magnificent ocean and its wildlife.

Now that you know a little about me, I hope to meet you and hear your story.

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