Sonoma State University
I grew up in a working-class family on the East Coast and I am originally a "Jersey Girl." I'm also a first generation college-student, my mother having dropped out of high school when she was sixteen to work and support her family. During a sometimes tumultuous childhood, I found refuge and escape inside the pages of my favorite books, often old classics I would find at my Grandmother's house, like Little Women. I was a regular at the local library and spent many hours pouring over the shelves in the children's section.
Despite my challenges growing up, I knew that college meant opportunity. Even though I didn't have any role models who had made it to graduation and a 4 year degree in my own life, whe I got to campus I was lucky to find mentors (usually favorite professors) who were able to show me a road map to academic success. From them, I found support and validation to explore my love of books, and the power that writing holds to free and transform us.
Maybe because of all those books aboyut all those far away places, I left the East Coast over 20 years ago for a place about as far away from my home as you can get and still be in the transcontinental USA. I came to California in the late 80's, with just my suitcase and a desire to see and experience something new. I fell in love with the Northern California landscape and now consider myself a native. I've been teaching at SRJC since 1996. I feel like the students here are a reflection of the journey I began all those years ago in the pages of a book, and one that continues even now. I learn from my students every day. I relish your optimism and believe in your power to make a difference.
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Read Aloud 15 Partner and Community Out Reach Leader
"Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion." Michael Jordan
Welcome to my homepage! I'm honored to be part of this outstanding SRJC community, and look forward to meeting all of you this semester. Here's a guide to some FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about my classes:
Classroom Environment/Teaching Philosophy:
I'm excited about the learning process, and expect you to be, too. Strive to be an active, engaged learner and set high expectations for yourself. These are key components to having a successful semester in just about any college-level class. You can expect me to do my best to facilitate the learning process, but you have to be part of the process by participating in the classroom community. Visit me in my office early and often, with any questions, concerns, to talk about the class, or just to say hello.
My course has a hybrid format. We meet in-person, however I combine classroom instruction with online resources such as an online reading and assignment schedule. Computer access is required. If you don't have regular home access to a computer, our campus has computers in the library as well as many open labs with computers for student use.
Do I need to buy the textbooks?
Yes! New, used or rental textbooks are perfectly fine options and will save you money, just make sure to get the correct edition.
Do you have a website with more information?
YES! These sites will be "open" at the start of the semester. Each class has a course homepage. You can get there from this page by clicking on the class section that you are enrolled in once classes begin, and sometimes sooner.
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