Denise Nealon

75000_10200543004166301_1691136207_n-5I am a Southern California native, born in Orange County. I have moved around a lot, so much in fact I went to four high schools during my freshman year before I settled into Oceanside when I was 14. I was raised by my mom (who is awesome), and while I have a biological father whom I have no contact with, my real dad is my stepfather. I married at 20 and for the last 17 years, I have been a mother to three girls. At 41 years old, I became a college student at MiraCosta College for the first time in 20 years. I graduated with two Associate’s degrees, and I discovered a passion for teaching. I went on to California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), majoring in Sociology with dreams of being a marriage and family therapist, particularly for victims of domestic abuse and child abuse living in low socioeconomic areas. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2014, and subsequently entered into the Master’s in Sociological Practice program at CSUSM.

Along the way, I realized my true passion found me; and that was to advocate for change in a system where “the game” is played but not everyone is told the rules and yet we’re all expected to play correctly.

Hobbies: Being in graduate school, reading has become a forced hobby of mine at this time. I also like spoken word poetry, photography, and hiking.

Interesting facts: I am very shy, usually being the one in the corner, hoping you will talk to me. But once you get to know me, you will disagree with that fact as I don’t shut up most of the time.

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