I taught English for eighteen years at both the university and community college level. My classes included developmental writing, first-year college level courses in expository and argumentation writing, research writing, creative writing, literature, newspaper writing, and technical writing. I am recently retired. My last ten years of teaching were spent at Yakima Valley Community College in Yakima, Washington. Washington State has an extensive "Running Start" program that allows high school students to take college classes, and I taught many 11th and 12th graders in my classes. I also taught many returning adults and ESL students. While at YVCC, I founded the student literary journal, PRISM, and served for one year as the faculty coordinator for the student newspaper. I also initiated an annual campus-wide symposium involving faculty and students from a variety of disciplines that is attended by members of both the campus and the broader community (symposium topics have included Katrina, Hunger, and Climate Change).
Fostering critical thinking is the core of my educational philosophy. My classes are interactive and involve students in discussion and debate; my essay assignments usually relate to literature, reports, or articles we have read and discussed in class. I want students to be engaged and to think.
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2002. YVCC Associated Students Award for Best Program (revival of the student newspaper, which I facilitated). First Place Award, Allied Arts Council of Yakima Valley Juried Poetry Reading, 2001, as well as Honorable Mention in 2003.
B.A. in anthropology, California State University at Los Angeles. Graduate work in anthropology, UCLA. M.F.A. in writing, Columbia University, New York.
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