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Spring 2017

Section 4804 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 17 - May 18 2017

Section 7999 of ENGL100
College Reading and Writing -- : Jan 17 - May 18 2017
The above section is participating in the PALS (Peer Assisted Learning Specialist) Program, which provides embedded tutoring to students.

B.A., English and Drama, Queens College, City University of New York
M.A., English with a Writing Concentration, Sonoma State University

I earned my BA in English in 1974 in my hometown, New York, and I began and completed graduate work two decades later, at Sonoma State University as I desired to teach college writing. In between I traveled, living in Australia where I was a high school English and history teacher in Sydney. I moved to England to marry my English husband, and there I lived on the dairy farm where my husband was raised, and I grew to recognize that there is a world beyond big cities! Before returning to teaching in 2000, I worked as a legal assistant and raised two children with my spouse; during that period I wrote an environmental column for Sonoma West Times and News.  I have resided in Sebastopol since 1986 when we moved from San Francisco.

I  taught at the University of San Francisco from 2002-2016 where I primarily taught transfer students who had to meet stringent university level reading, writing and researching requirements as they transitioned from 2 year community colleges or previous 4 year institutions. I created a writing seminar for transfer students, Immigration Rhetoric, which focused on anti-immigration policies and attitudes in contrast to the idealized immigrant community.  I am passionate about the history of U.S. immigration and the "texts" (historical, personal, photographic, legal, cinematic, etc.) that reflect its complexity.

I strive to prove to my students that they all have the capacity to write eloquently and convincingly and that academic writing trains the mind for life beyond the classroom. And I am thrilled to be back at SRJC after a bit of a break!