BA, English, Humboldt State University
MA, English (composition concentration) San Francisco State University
1996-present: English instructor, Santa Rosa Junior College
Spring 2013-present: English lecturer, Sonoma State University
2011-2014: English instructor, Mendocino College
2007-2009: on-line English instructor, Casa Loma College
2003-2007: on-line English instructor, Sonoma College
1989-1996: English instructor, Modesto Junior College
1989: English instructor, San Francisco State University
1982: Journalism instructor, Lassen Community College
Like many of you, I am a California native, born to an immigrant father and a mother who came to California from Wisconsin during the Dust Bowl. I come from solid blue-collar roots. I was the first in my family to attend college, and remained the only college graduate until my niece graduated from Sonoma State University some 20 years later. She, my 25-year-old daughter, Sofia, and I remain the only college graduates in our family so far. My 21-year-old son, Peter, will begin his fourth year at Fresno State University in August.
I attended a community college for one year right out of high school before transferring to Humboldt State (with a brief stop at Chico State), where I earned my bachelor's degree with a double major in English and journalism.
I began my journalistic career as a sports writer for a daily newspaper in Eureka, long before women were common in the sports reporting field. Undeterred by that experience, I worked as a print and radio journalist for 10 years throughout California before returning to school.
I graduated from San Francisco State University's graduate program in composition studies and immediately began teaching. I haven't stopped.
I have lived in many parts of California: Lake Tahoe, Arcata, McKinleyville, Eureka, Susanville, Morro Bay, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, Vacaville, Davis, San Francisco, Modesto, Los Angeles and, finally, Santa Rosa. I also spent several months living in Mexico City.
I love teaching and expect to do it for the rest of my career...unless my dream of becoming an R&B singer comes true (but I wouldn't bet on it).
Professional Areas of Interest:
I am especially interested in helping armed forces veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life. As a part of that, I incorporate writing as a part of the healing process for combat and other traumas.
Professional Involvement and Community Service:
English editorial board member, peer reviewer, Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
Member, National Council of Teachers of English
Member, Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Founder and director, Seat of Our Pants Players, a Shakespearean theater company
Presentations and Publications:
I have published both poetry and non-fiction prose in numerous monthly, weekly and daily newspapers and other small publications.
"Freedom begins between the ears." --Edward Abbey