The San Diego County Office of Education’s senior manager of
integrated applications and systems probably would have been a teacher if she
had stayed in Vietnam.
Instead Uyen Quach, her mother and two younger sisters moved
to San Diego in 1994 to join her father, who left the country years earlier due
to political tensions following the Vietnam War.
With the different education system in her home country and
limited English, Quach was unsure of her success in an American college, but
she persevered through Mesa College and then graduated from San Diego State
University with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.
Like many people, her career plans evolved from being a
teacher and then a nurse, before she found programming.
“I was much more comfortable with the language of computer
science than English at that time,” Quach said.
But her first goal of helping students has remained steady
during her nearly 15 years at SDCOE.
“I help school leaders and SDCOE divisions gather data and
look at the data in a better way, so that they can see the results more clearly
and make decisions faster to have a bigger impact on student achievement,” she