Cardenas, Samuel A
Counselor - Career and Academic
LC 402-Q
(801) 863-6945
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Last Updated: 6/21/18 -

Born and raised in a small rual town in Northern California, ended up in Utah after serving an LDS mission here.  Afterwards, came back and ended up meeting my wife while pursuing my education here and have been here ever since.  Currently have 4 children and I enjoy being with my family.  I have an professional interest in helping students, specifically non-traditional students get started on their academic journey, and finish along the way.  If you consider yourself a non-traditional student, please feel free to contact me. 


Utah State University   Logan, UT

  • Masters of Education- Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences

Utah Valley University   Orem, UT

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Secondary Education



Academic Advisor (Utah Valley University) Orem, UT  April 2011-Current

  • Advise General Studies students for the evening and weekend students on main campus and at extended campus sites for the Extended Studies department
  • Member of the UVU Advisement Assessment taskforce that develops assessments for the improvement of student advisement
  • Presented at UVU advisor conference (Advising Students in Live Interactive Classes)
  • Presented training to advisors within the University
  • Representative of Advisement Council that serves as a committee to address the increasing growth and complexity of advising at UVU
  • Committee member of the Advisement Technology Advisory Board


CTE Academic Assist/Math Teacher (Mountain View High School)  Orem, UT   August 2011-May 2012

  • Taught remedial math to underserved students who needed additional math instruction.


Substitute Teacher (Nebo School District) Spanish Fork, UT  January 2010-May 2011

  • Substitute taught courses in Junior High to High School as needed


Student Teacher (American Fork High School) American Fork, UT   August 2009- December 2009

  • 14 weeks teaching and assessment of student learning
  • 11th Grade U.S. History


LET Mentor (Latino Educators of Tomorrow) Orem, UT    May 2009-July 2009

  • Mentored Latino high school students to achieve academic success while attending college in summer
  • Assisted in teaching the course Student Success to students
  • Educated students on the many different resources for them on campus


UV Mentor (Utah Valley University) Orem, UT    August 2006-April 2009

  • Mentored first year college students to achieve academic success and find a  career path frequently meeting with them to advise, make goals, and guide them to campus resources
  • Participated in and conducted trainings, outreach activities, and recruitments of the mentors
  • Assisted in teaching the course Student Success to students under the direction of the professor creating many presentations


Professional Skills

  • Fluent in reading, speaking, and writing Spanish
  • Canvas, HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Camtasia, Jing, Adobe Photoshop, Google Apps, Schoology, Audacity