Dachia has enjoyed being a valuable member of the Counseling Department at MCC-Penn Valley since 2007. She is a Kansas native who is credited with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Education degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University. She later achieved a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Avila University.
Sudents say "Ms. Dachia," as she is affectionately called, is always honest, hardworking, and straight-forward when offering advice. She challenges students to go beyond their immediate knowledge and experience – to think beyond current situations and realities. "All students have a purpose and an opportunity to be great – even beyond their mishaps, shortcomings and negative experiences."
Dachia's passion for Diversity and Inclusion has directed her towards membership, and to chair many of the district’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. She enjoys finding ways to give voice to those who don't have opportunity. She credits her work ethic and resiliency to life experience, college education and being a student-athlete.
"The best parts to my job are lifelong learning, being accessible to students, and focusing on my personal and career development – it’s the only way I can prepare students, serve communities and create opportunities."