By Ema Sasic, editor, Bakersfield Life Magazine

This story originally appeared in the October 2020 issue of Bakersfield Life Magazine

The Branson household has a lot of glowing computer screens these days. 

Christina Branson, a 21-year veteran teacher, has been teaching classes virtually since mid-August for her students with mild and moderate disabilities. Calvin Branson, who works in the oil and gas industry, has also transitioned to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their daughter, Mikaila, is an elementary school clerk who has been helping students with technical difficulties as they log into their classes. 

On top of their daily work responsibilities, all three are also engaged in distance learning themselves—as students at Fresno Pacific University. 

Calvin Branson is earning his master’s degree in school psychology and counseling; Christina Branson is studying for an administrative credential; and Mikaila Branson, a junior, is majoring in liberal arts. Read the entire article at



Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations