I have begun my thirty-sixth year of teaching, and I still enjoy it immensely. I have taught in Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and since 1985, in California. I teach all levels of composition, as I think it is important to know the range of expectations and help students strive for success so that when they transfer, they are confident that they can meet or exceed the standards of higher education. In addition to teaching, I also write fiction and creative non-fiction. For example, I am working on a book of short stories about women in West Africa. I spent an eventful year in West Africa, learning about the amazing people who live there. Oddly enough, I find that when I am skiing in the Sierras, I often reflect on my writing and how I can revise and improve it to engage the reader even more deeply. I look forward to another rewarding fall session with interested, motivated students.
I would also like to let students know that my English 1A, Section 0943 online course at Columbia College in fall 2015 is part of the pilot of the state's Online Education Initiative (OEI). One of the benefits of being in this section is that students will receive access to free, online, professional tutors to help them with their writing assignments, through NetTutor. I hope that this resource will be as valuable to future students as it was to students in the spring and summer classes. In addition, the NetTutor is also available to students in my online English 151 class. I hope that you, too, will benefit from having tutors answer your questions and interact with your writing drafts.
*Students in English 151, Sections 1740 and 1040: the required textbooks are Writing First with Readings, Fifth Edition, by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen Mandell, and A Fabricated Mexican, by Rick Rivera, Arte Publico Press. You may purchase these at the Manzanita Bookstore.
Please note that my office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays are virtual office hours from 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM. I will have activated Blackboard Instant Messenger (IM), which is open to all of my students, whether they are in online or face-to-face classes. I will not be in my office in Sierra Hall 249 at that time; I am only available for the live chat on those days. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I am in my Sierra Hall office during office hours, which are from 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM. Please stop by. If you are an online student, please email me if you want to come to the Sierra Hall office hours, as I announce to my face-to-face classes when I have to reschedule office hours for meetings. You are always free to email me, of course.