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G r e e t i n g s ! After 17 years on the Santa Rosa campus, I transferred to the Petaluma campus last year. So ALL my classes are held on the Petaluma campus. I do have the same email address, though; don't hesitate to contact me. |
One of my primary (and favorite) roles here is the English instructor of the Puente Program, this time with counselor Geoff Navarro. For further information about this amazing statewide program at the Petaluma campus, please contact either Geoff or me any time during the semester (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). The Santa Rosa Puente team is counselor Liz Giron (email@example.com) and English instructor Lauren Servais (firstname.lastname@example.org). Puente is a program for students serious about transferring to a university. Si se puede.
NEW this fall, my one and only English 1A class this fall will be linked with Anthro 2 (Cultural Anthropology), taught by Michelle Hughes Markovics. What does that mean? ALL students in my English 1A class (TTh 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.) will also be taking Michelle's Anthro 2 (TTh noon - 1:30 p.m.). As a learning community team, Michelle and I will be working together to combine some assignments and activities in our courses. It should be an amazing experience for all. (N.B.: Students may enroll in Anthro 2 without taking my English 1A class, but all of my English 1A students MUST take Anthro 2.) Please email Michelle/me with any questions.
Below is my schedule for FALL 2013 -- all at the Petaluma Campus (PC). Office hours subject to change.
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. English 100 - Puente PC 694
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Puente Meeting TBA
2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Office hour PC 688
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Office hour PC 688
9:30 a.m. - 11:30.m. English 1A -- Learning Community PC 243
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. English 100 PC 124
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. PFF Meeting TBA
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. English 100 - Puente PC 644
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Office Hour PC 688
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Meeting TBA
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Office Hour PC 688
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. English 1A - Learning Community PC 243
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. English 100 PC 124
3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Meetings as scheduled Hither & yon
Ever since I can remember, I aspired to be an educator and writer. My teaching experience ranges from English as a Second Language (both here and abroad) to high school to community college to university. Since 1994 I've had the honor of teaching in the English department at SRJC, with a particular focus on ethnic American literature, cultural studies, equity & justice, and collaborative learning. I've most recently been interested in emotional intelligence and non-violent communication.
I adore books, flowers, sports, live music, animals, and traveling. A few of my favorite books of all time are A Gesture Life by Chang Rae Lee, Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros, Seventeen Syllables by Hisaye Yamamoto, Love Medicine & Tracks by Louise Erdrich, Beloved by Toni Morrison, & The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Whenever I can, I exercise (mostly Bikram yoga, kick-boxing, walking our dogs), watch the NBA (I go way back with the Lakers, but am digging the Warriors and OKC these days), garden, and spend time with family and friends.
Thesis: "Growing Up on the Edge: Children of Gay & Lesbian Parents"
Master's of Education, UCLA
Secondary Teaching Credential, English, UCLA
Bachelor's of English, U.C. Berkeley
Senior thesis: "The Japanese Influence on William Butler Yeats"
Head Start Program, Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA
English Dept., El Camino College, Torrance, CA
College Writing (nee Subject A), U.C. Berkeley
English Dept., Saugus High School, Santa Clarita, CA
International Education Services, Tokyo, Japan
Work and Consulting Experience
Writer -- short fiction, journalism
Puente Project English Instructor
Consultant to the National S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project for Inclusive Curriculum, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Educational Testing Services Reader
MCAT-LSAT Review Instructor for the Columbia Review, San Francisco, CA
Professional Areas of Interest
Interdisciplinary Learning Communities
Collaborative learning and teaching
Cultural Studies: ethnic studies, women's studies, American Cultures, visual studies
Presentations and Publications
"Why 'Give a Rat' About Huck Finn?" Work of Literary Merit lecture on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. October 27, 2008.
"Literature Through a White Privilege Lens," White Privilege Conference 9, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield, MA. April 2-5, 2008.
"Seeing Literature Through a White Privilege Lens," White Privilege Conference 8, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, Colorado Springs, CO. April 19-21, 2007.
"Inter-racial Relationships," White Privilege Conference 6, Central College, Pella, Iowa. April 27-30, 2005.
“Moving Toward Racial Literacy,” part of colloquium titled “Something’s Got to Give: Transforming the Role of Whiteness in Learning Contexts,” The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning, Havana, Cuba. June 27, 2004. (Published version online in International Journal of Learning, 2005.)
Readings: Women’s History Month 2000 and 2001, Jasmine Nights & Monkey Pluck readings 2003.
“Historical Memory: Camp Notes and Barbed Wire,” Work of Literary Merit lecture on Snow Falling on Cedars, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. March 22, 1999.
"Journeying Beyond Gold Mountain: The Unbound Feat of The Woman Warrior," Work of Literary Merit lecture on The Woman Warrior, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. April 29, 1998.
"SRJC's College Success Program: a Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Alternative for Under-Prepared First-Year College Students," panel presentation, 1998 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Chicago, IL. April 2, 1998.
“A Journey Toward Cultural Literacy,” The International Journal of Learning, online, Common Ground Publishing, 2005.
Contributing editor, The International Journal of Learning, Common Ground Publishing, 2005.
“Tea Divinity,” Jasmine Nights & Monkey Pluck: Love, Discovery and Tea, Floreant Press, 2002.
"Issei Choices," short fiction, Women's Words, Winter 1998.
"Taking Liberties: Theaters Struggle to Adapt Shakespeare to a Multicultural California," East Bay Guardian, June 1991. (Nominated for Arts Article of the Year, Association of Independent Newspapers 1991.)
"Matrons of a Movement: Portraits of African American Women Who Have Fought for Change in America," The Daily Californian, April 24, 1991.
"Collisions and Contrasts: Alternative Visions of Japanese Society from a New Generation of Filmmakers," East Bay Guardian, April 1991.
"Steven Okazaki's 'Days of Waiting': Estelle Ishigo Stood by Her Man," Datebook, San Francisco Chronicle-Examiner, August 26, 1990.
"So, You Want to Get into Cal!" Diablo Magazine, August 1990.
"In Search of the Japanese Woman," Transpacific Magazine, September-October 1989.
Other work available on request
Honors and Awards
Regina Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award nominee, 2008.
Hayward Award for Excellence in Education nominee, 2005.
International Who's Who of Professional & Business Women, 7th edition, 2003, American Biographical Institute, North Carolina.
Marquis Who's Who in the West, 2000-2001.
Excellence in Education Award winner, Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, 1998.
Who's Who in American Education, 1996-2007.
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