Yesenia Beas Ramirez

Academic Counselor/Tutor

Yesenia was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico; grew up in Guadalupe, California; and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in psychology and a minor in childhood studies. She plans to become an academic counselor for college students with a focus in career counseling. During her two years at Allan Hancock College, she became involved with student government and served as president of the DREAM Club and student trustee on the community college board of trustees. Along with peers, she successfully fought to create a DREAM Center on campus. At Cal Poly she was a resident advisor for housing. Yesenia also works as a community organizer for Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy. 

Ian Cummings

Project Director

Ian taught college preparatory classes in English, Spanish, and history for over twenty years at Midland School, a boarding high school in Los Olivos, CA, where he lives with his wife, a college counselor and writing teacher, and two children. He earned his BA from Stanford University and his MA in educational leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Irvin Martin


After graduating from Whitworth University with a BA in business management and a minor in French, Irvin delved into the educational realm, primarily teaching French, Spanish, and ESL. His experience involves working with students from both independent and public schools in the US and abroad, including his latest endeavor, teaching in China for the last six years. He is excited for the opportunity to support and advise LoyalTeach students in their academic journeys. 

Eduardo Pena


A native Spanish speaker and the first in his family to graduate from college, Eduardo has over twenty years of experience as a counselor in public high schools, college access programs, and community colleges, including Allan Hancock College and Santa Barbara City College, where he currently serves as an academic counselor. Eduardo earned his BA in sociology and MS in counseling from Fresno State University. He lives in Solvang, CA, with his wife, a school psychologist, and three sons.

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