Karen Nguyen
Department Chair
CP chemistry
knguyen@syvuhsd.org (best way to contact me)
688-6487 x2365
I'm looking forward to a great year with your students!
Teacher Bio
Hi my name is Karen Nguyen. I grew up in the Inland Empire of Southern California in Rancho Cucamonga. I graduated from Chaffey High School in 1984. I then went to Cal Poly, Pomona and graduated with a B.S. in microbiology.


In August 1989, I married my high school sweet heart and moved to the Bay Area. I worked at a biotechnology company named Cutter making antibodies to fetal and early childhood viruses. After 6 months, I found out I was pregnant with my first child and was not able to work with the live viruses any more. After David was born, my husband and I decided to move to Iowa for better housing and jobs.


I became a stay at home Mom for 12 years raising 4 children. When my smallest child was 1 year old, we moved back to California to Santa Maria, Ca. I decided to go back to school and get a single subject credential in science at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It took a year and a half, but I finally made it with credentials in introductory science and chemistry.


I have been working now for 11 years. I started out as just a part-time teacher and am now teaching college prep chemistry at Santa Ynez High School in Santa Ynez, Ca. It is a very rewarding job. The students are awesome and my department is very supportive. It has been a long road getting to where I am, but it was worth every minute. I am looking forward to working with all the students and having a great year!


Karen Nguyen