Ann Smith


Welcome, students!  I retired from full-time teaching at Modesto Junior College in December, 2015, but I returned as an adjunct.  This spring, I am teaching two online sections of English 101, your gateway to college success.   If you are on my wait list and would like to add, send me an e-add card as early as possible on the first day of the semester.  I have to add in order of the wait list on the first day, but if three people on the list do not send the request, I will add in order of e-add cards received, starting at 5:00 AM on January 14, 2019.  (I'm usually checking email by that time of day.)  
      Prior to retirement, I taught for 35.5 years in four states:  Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and California (chronological order.)    When I am not teaching, I may be working on my book of short stories about women in West Africa (where I used to live),  skiing, or catching up on all of the reading I had to put aside in favor of evaluating essays and responding to student emails!  If you see me skiing at Bear Valley, and you recognize me from my picture on the webpage, please introduce yourself.
     I'm also working on genealogy, hoping to shape my research into a book about my family, which includes some great-grandparents whose letters to each other were featured in filmmaker, Ken Burns'
Civil War series. I hope that I inherited some of Newton and Hannah's writing genes!  
   I hope that you will enjoy the class that you choose, and I will strive to help you succeed in any way that I can.   You may email me with questions during the semester, and I can return phone calls from my home.  I am on line every day of every semester (including holidays), and you should not have to wait too long for a response. 

Educational Background:

M.A. English, University of Hawaii 
B.S., Broad Fields English and Secondary Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 
72 units beyond the M.A., as I strove to take my own advice to be a lifelong learner!