I have just completed my thirty-fifth 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 fall semester on August at Modesto Junior College and Columbia College, and 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.
Students in online classes: you will be able to access the Blackboard classes on Wednesday, August 19. You may begin exploring the course in the "Start Here" learning module, and I have even opened the Week 1 Learning Module for your convenience. You may begin interacting with others in the class as you write and post your first discussion and complete the assignment based on the Online Student Contract.
If you are on a wait list for any of my classes, either face-to-face or online, you must send an e-add card, available on PiratesNet on the first day. I add students in order on the wait list on the first day, but you must send the e-add card to let me know that you are still interested in adding. After the first day, I add in order of the e-add card requests that I received on the first day.
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.