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What’s on your desk? LeAnn Akins

March 02, 2015
LeAnn Akins and Buddy

LeAnn Akins and Buddy

It doesn’t take long for LeAnn Akins to locate the most important thing on her desk. It’s framed photo of Buddy, her Yorkshire terrier. The little dog (he weighs a mere 6.5 pounds) is her “entourage.”

Buddy is also a favorite of the students that Akins meets with as an academic advisor, and more than one has wanted to know if they could take him home. “He has a fan club,” she said proudly.

Akins has been advising students in person, on the phone and by email for almost two years at the Santa Maria campus. The former special education teacher and her husband wanted to leave the San Francisco Bay area and settled on the central coast. While Akins loved teaching, she was ready for a change.

“I love it here,” she said. She also loves helping Brandman students, particularly those who are working on their credentials to become teachers and uses her own experiences, first as a history teacher and then in special education, to help them navigate the process.

What’s on your desk? is a weekly feature of Brandman News Now. If you have a story about something you keep on your desk and want to be featured, send an email to

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