Anjeanette Oberg
Anjeanette Oberg

MiraCosta College associate psychology instructor has been honored with the 2016 Hayward Award, it was announced Tuesday.

Anjeanette Oberg, a former high school dropout and teen mom who became the first in her family to go to college, is one of four to be given the annual recognition.

Named for former California Community College Chancellor Gerald C. Hayward, the Hayward Award honors outstanding community college faculty who have a track record of excellence both in teaching and in professional activities and have demonstrated commitment to their students, profession, and college.

“I am so proud to work within the California Community College system,” Oberg said. “As a community college graduate myself, I greatly appreciate the diversity of our student population.”

Oberg teaches part-time at multiple community colleges. At every campus – including MiraCosta, Palomar and Mt. San Jacinto – Oberg is known as a tireless advocate for expanding educational opportunities and focusing on equity efforts, according to a press release.

Oberg graduated with distinction in earning her associate of arts degree from Riverside City College in 1998, then went on to earn her bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in psychology from Cal State San Bernardino. When she graduated with her master’s degree in 2007, her mother graduated with two bachelor’s degrees in the same ceremony at the age of 59.

Oberg’s previous honors include the MiraCosta College EOPS Service of Distinction Award and the Mt. San Jacinto Associate Faculty of the Year Award.

“I love my job, and I value the opportunity to support student success both in and outside the classroom,” Oberg said. “It is my goal to inspire and mentor students, so they can become strong advocates for themselves, their families, and their communities.”