As of April 28, 2015, I will have completed my thirty-fifty 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 begin summer semester on May 4 at Columbia and on June 8 at Modesto Junior College, and I look forward to another rewarding summer 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 class.