Spring 2023

Section 5864 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 25 - May 10 2023
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class that is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Section 5868 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Jan 25 - May 10 2023
This is a Petaluma Transfer Track class that is open to all students. Transfer Track classes start late and end early and do not meet during finals week.

Fall 2022

Section 0572 of ENGL50
English 1A Support Course -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2022
This section offers students support in college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A. Students who enroll in English 50 are automatically co-enrolled in English 1A, MW 11am-1pm with the same instructor.

Section 0772 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Sep 12 - Oct 13 2022

Section 2937 of ENGL1A
College Composition -- : Aug 15 - Dec 07 2022
This section of English 1A is a co-requisite for English 50. Students are automatically enrolled in both English 1A and English 50, MW 12 - 1pm with the same instructor. English 50 offers students support in college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to help them succeed in English 1A.

No office hours

I grew up in a working-class family on the East Coast. I'm also a first generation college-student. My mother  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 role models who had made it to college and a 4 year degree in my own life, when 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 those books about far away places, I left the East Coast over 30 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 local. 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.

Professional Areas of Interest

Student Success
Online Collaboration and Digital Literacy

Censorship and Banned Books
The Beat Generation

Professional Involvement and Community Service

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 some information 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. 

Course information and content like the reading list and schedule are posted to Canvas. Make sure to have reliable access to a laptop or other device for success in the course. If you think you may need help from the college to obtain a loaner laptop reacho out to Student Services as soon as possible. 

Do I need to buy the textbooks?
Yes!  New, used, digital and/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.

Click the link below to go to an optional class facebook page where I post campus events such as lectures, concerts, etc.

https://www.facebook.com/SRJC-English-1001a5-274657112549868/