M.A., Pepperdine University 1977
B.S., State University of New York, Brockport 1968
Nancy Newell Bessette joined Saddleback College in September 1975. In addition to teaching Health and Fitness: her responsibilities were to create Equal opportunities for Women’s Athletics according to the Title IX standards. She coached the Saddleback Women’s Intercollegiate Volleyball team for 12 years and also coached AYSO Soccer teams for 10 years.
Nancy's current class offerings are Basic Yoga, Power Yoga, Anatomy of Yoga, Pilates and BOSU ball training. She has served on the college Curriculum Committee and the Academic Senate.
Prior to joining Saddleback College, Nancy was a consultant to the Tustin Unified School District training teachers in the Kinesiology of Movement Education. She has worked in the Inner City high schools of Rochester, New York and taught 7th and 8th grade in the Tustin Unified School District.
In her spare time, Nancy enjoys walking, yoga, gardening, flower arranging, reading, family, and entertaining friends.
California Community College Teacher of the Year 2010
Outstanding Young Women of America