Fall 2017

Section 3676 of ESL714
High Beginning Non-Credit English as a Second Language -- : Aug 21 - Dec 13 2017

Summer 2017

Section 8277 of ESL714CP
Beginning-High Non-Credit ESL Conversation/Pronunciation -- : Jun 19 - Aug 09 2017

  • Deutsch als Zweitsprache C1/German as a Second Language¬†C1, Volkshochschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg "Gilberto Bosques"
  • M.A. in English, focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, San Francisco State University
  • Certificate in the Teaching of English Composition, San Francisco State University
  • TESL Certificate, Sonoma State University
  • B. A. in Russian, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Originally from Chicago, I have lived in the Bay Area since 1973. After working 25 years as a manufacturing engineer with a focus on machine tool technology, I attended San Francisco State University to obtain a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (M.A. TESOL) in order to become an ESL teacher. I have been fortunate enough to teach at SRJC since June, 2006.

I think preparation for a career is very important, so I like teaching at SRJC, where certificates and degrees provide pathways to many different types of work.

In my spare time, I play fiddle in "The Roadoilers," a traditional old-time string band, providing music for music festivals, contradances, square dances.

I speak German, Spanish, and Russian. I enjoy traveling, and I always attempt to learn at least a little of the language of my destination.

Professional Areas of Interest: 

  • Teaching Composition
  • Teaching English to immigrants who are long-term residents
  • Computers and technical literacy

Professional Involvement and Community Service: 

Professional Organizations:

  • CATESOL (California Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Community Organizations:

  • North Bay Organizing Project
  • Board President, Vital Immigrant Defense Advocacy and Services (VIDAS), a charitable organization providing low-cost immigration law services.


Presentations and Publications: 

  • February, 2008: "Strategies for Including Second-language Learners in Mainstream Classrooms," presentation for Professional Development Day, Santa Rosa Junior College.
  • March, 2007: "The Roadoilers," a CD of traditional American string band music.
  • May, 2006: "Talking about Sexual Orientation in the ESL Classroom," presentation for the MATESOL Spring Conference, San Francisco State University.

Schedule for Fall, 2015, August 18 to December 19