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 Getting to Know SDCOE: Uyen Quach Keeps Students First

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 said.