School of Languages and Learning Resources
Outstanding Full-time Teacher of the Year
Winnie Dinh has been educated locally, receiving her BA in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her MS in TESOL from California State University, Fullerton, as well as abroad in Mexico and Peru. She brings a wealth of cultural and linguistic experience to her work at IVC.
Throughout her career, Winnie has taught English in multiple countries, and since joining IVC in August 2021, she continues to contribute to the IVC community by teaching several courses in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Department.
Students have expressed that Winnie’s patience, encouragement, and enthusiasm have given them the courage to speak and practice their new language skills enabling them to better acclimate to their environment. They also praised her teaching style as engaging and specifically acknowledged their enjoyment of the cultural activities she incorporated into their lessons.
She goes above and beyond her teaching responsibilities with her active involvement in various facets of IVC, including serving on the Student Success and Equity Council, Guided Pathways task force, and ESL full-time hiring committee. Winnie’s dedication to the students of IVC is evident in her commitment to co-curricular support as a co-advisor for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Club.
Through innovation and experimentation, such as the use of case study, she focuses on fostering an inclusive learning environment for her students and works diligently to provide the students with the tools they need to succeed.