Cardenas, Samuel A
Counselor - Career and Academic
LC 402-Q
(801) 863-6945
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Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

I was born and raised in a small rual town in Northern California, then ended up in Utah after serving an LDS mission here.  Afterwards, I came back and ended up meeting my wife while pursuing my education here, and we have been here ever since.  Currently we have 5 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