Mrs. Bedford's passion for college counseling began in high school and went through the college process in quite an unorthodox way (ask her!). Mrs. Bedford has always loved Spanish language and culture, and spent her junior year of high school living in Bogotá, Colombia as an exchange student. She currently holds a M.A. in Educational Counseling and B.A. in Spanish with a Minor in Deaf Education from San José State University. She also holds a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Spanish from the University of North Carolina, a State of California Bilingual Fluency Certification in Spanish, and a College Counseling Certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mrs. Bedford worked for ten years at the California School for the Deaf using her Spanish and sign language skills as a residential counselor and interpreter. She has worked as a volunteer college and essay writing coach for a non-profit organization, serving students in Northern and Southern California. Her tenure at Pinewood includes teaching Spanish from 2008-2013 and from 2014 to present as the college advisor. Personal passions include volunteering with Guide Dogs for the Blind as a vet tech assistant, NorCal Collie Rescue, playing percussion in a local community band, and cycling.