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  • 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
  • Deutsch als Zweitsprache C2/German as a Second Language C2, Volkshochschulen zu Berlin Berlin, Germany

Originally from Chicago, I have lived in the Bay Area since 1973. After working for 25 years as a manufacturing engineer, mostly in machine shops, 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.

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. For example, before traveling to China, I studied Chinese here at SRJC. 

I spend a quarter of every year in Berlin, where I attend German as a Second Language classes that are very similar to the English classes I teach here. I enjoy being a language student at least as much as being a language teacher.

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

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.