Spring 2024

Section 5416 of ESL714
High Beginning Non-Credit English as a Second Language -- : Jan 17 - May 20 2024
This class will be held at Healdsburg Community Center located at 1557 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

Section 5716 of ESL770
Supplemental Instruction: ESL -- : Jan 16 - May 17 2024
This is free IN-PERSON ESL tutoring on the Santa Rosa campus in Maggini 2802. Students can walk in to see a tutor (no appointment necessary) on Mondays and Tuesdays 8:00am to 9:00am and on Mondays through Thursdays 12:30pm to 2:30 and 5:00pm to 6:30pm. There is no afternoon tutoring on February 13. All ESL 781 and credit ESL students will be enrolled in this section during the first weeks of the semester. You will receive an email with more information. You can also register yourself just as you would any other class. See the ESL tutoring schedule here: https://esl.santarosa.edu/esl-tutoring-learning-center-tlc. Questions? Call the ESL Department at (707) 527-4382.

No office hours

SECTION 4516: ESL 714, Non credit: HIGH BEGINNING LEVEL for Eng.Language Learners                 

JAN.17-- MAY 20, Spring Term, 2024, Santa Rosa Junior College                                                         

DAY Schedule:  Monday/Wednesday: 8:45am-12pm, Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg Community Center, Room 78                                                                                                   

1557 Healdsburg Ave. , Healdsburg                                                                                              SECTION  5716:  TUTORING, Santa Rosa Campus               

Free parking                                                                                                                                  In-person, Free Tutoring:  Wed./Thurs. Evening: 

                                                                                                                                                        Spring Semester, 2024: Wed.,5-6pm; Thurs.,5-6:30pm   

                                                                                                                                                        Level 781 and Credit Level ESL (student-registration)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                         Main campus,  Maginni Hall (2802)


                                                                                                                                                                                                              Parking permit required. 






Degrees and Certificates:

MA, Sonoma State University, 1991, Education, TESOL Emphasis. 

BA, Spanish, Sociology;  UC Berkeley;

TESOL Certificate: UC Extension;  Bilingual/Bicultural Certificate; 

In-service training with online teaching focus, Distance Education, SRJC;  2019-present


Academic Experience

35-year experience, ESL: Community College Instructor, Credit and Non Credit classes; 

Adult Education, Workforce Training, and Private Industry

(See biography -BIO )above.)


ESL instructor, all levels, at 2 community colleges, first at College of Marin and afterward at Santa Rosa Junior College, plus prior instruction in adult schools and private industry sites. These are all part of a much loved career in second language instruction for English learners. Have created and established new classes, such as basic skills instruction for refugee populations and academic occupational content courses using ESL strategies for advanced students. Have handled testing and placement of new students, all levels, as well as curriculum analysis and development.

Worldwide travel and strong skills in Spanish have added to cross cultural sensitivity and appreciation of diverse educational backgrounds, varied work history, and diverse personal backgrounds.
I value all students and their needs.

Contact: Sally Gearhart, MA, Education, TESOL Emphasis
Email: sgearhart@santarosa.edu. Please allow 24 hours for reply.

Spring CLASS, 2024: ESL 714: High Beginning Non Credit Class for English Learners. 8:45am-12pm

Class Assignments:/Homework: Check class handout in class M/W -beginning of class
Report absences (on the same day)To: sgearhart@santarosa.edu

Instructor OFFICE HOURS: Mon./Wed. 8:15-8:45am before class( in person) at Healdsburg Community Center, Room 78
(+ after class by appointment)
Other times: By appointment Email to: sgearhart@santarosa.edu;    


Work and Consulting Experience

ESL Workforce Training Instruction in Private Industry:  SRJC Contract Education: on site:  Komag, Santa Rosa, CA

ESL Instruction, Private Industry:  Hewlett Packard : on site, SRJC: leveled classes for tech workers:  reading, writing, conversation and grammar

ESL Instruction for Hospitality Industry: Double Tree by Hilton, on-site for housekeeping staff

ESL Instruction, leveled classes for refugee populations, College of Marin -off site: Novato Human Needs Center 

ESL Instruction, Basic skills for agricultural/dairy workers, College of Marin-off site: Pt. Reyes, CA

ESL Instruction, Content-Based for Credit -level Psych students, College of Marin-off site: San Rafael, Ca


Educational Testing Service:  Test Scoring

Professional Areas of Interest

Longtime Reviewer for ESL textbooks prior to online versions: Examples : Publishers included Regents, Pearson Ed., Longman, Cambridge, Oxford, etc.

Placement/Testing for ESL student enrollment, College of Marin and Santa Rosa Junior College

Volunteer instructor for immigrant families awaiting college enrollment.

Volunteer instructor for Library ESL program focusing on ESL student literacy and oral skills


Professional Involvement and Community Service

Volunteer mentor to SRJC ESL Interns

Volunteer ESL Instructor:  Sonoma County Library

Volunteer ESL Instructor:  Afghan Refugee Program

Volunteer Spanish Instructor, First United Methodist Church Staff

Volunteer ESL (Online) Tutor:  Brazilian Supervisory Staff, Gympass Company, Sao Paolo, Brazil (current)

Volunteer Interpreter, Local Spanish speakers (on request)


Presentations and Publications

CATESOL articles, "IT WORKS," CATESOL News: 12/82 and 6/85


Honors and Awards


Curriculum Development Award, Santa Rosa Junior College (Academic Senate, May 1999)

Grant, Guide Book for ESL Students, Indian Valley College, Marin Community College Dist.