Hello, Biology and Environmental Science students!
My name is Dr. Apostol, and this is my 12th year as a high school teacher. I grew up in Los Angeles County and have attended and worked at A LOT of different colleges, so my educational history is a little wild. Okay, here goes... after high school, I began my undergraduate education at El Camino Community College in Lawndale, California for a year and a half before transferring to UC Davis for a year. I returned to Southern California and completed my bachelor’s degree at UCLA. After graduating, I worked at the California Institute of Technology in a research lab, which is where I fell in love with molecular biology and biochemistry and decided I wanted to pursue those subjects. I went on to attend graduate school at UC Irvine and after 6.5 years (yes it was a long time!) I received my Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry (which is why there is a Dr. before my name). I then did research at Colorado State University, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Puerto Rico, Tufts University in Boston, and then eventually ended up back at UC Irvine. Along the way, I have also done some teaching at GWC, OCC, Cal State LB, and UCI. When I turned fifty, I retired early from my position as a researcher at UC Irvine and again went back to college to get my teaching credential in Biology and Chemistry.
Why did I put myself through even more school? I passionately believe what I think was best stated by Malala Yousafzai - "There are many problems, but I think there is a solution to all these problems; it's just one, and it's education." So... after doing research and some college teaching for almost 25 years I jumped into teaching all of you! When I'm not teaching, I enjoy hiking and camping, gardening, and hanging out with my 21-year-old daughter (who is doing her own college education as a senior at UC Berkeley), my pets (I have two cats and a dog), and friends. I also am passionate about seeing the world and have traveled to Mexico, Guatemala, China, Russia, Mongolia, Indonesia, Philippines, western Europe, India, Nepal, Japan, Ecuador, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe to name a few.
I am hopeful that the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control soon and we can get to in-person classes!