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You can reach the English department offices by calling 818-947-2343. Our front desk staff is in the office, Humanities 121, from Monday to Thursday and would be happy to help you. If you want to reach a particular instructor, here are some of our email addresses. You can also check LAVC’s general faculty phone and email directory here.

Full-Time Faculty 

Batty, Holly

(818) 947-7260 

battyhk@lavc.edu

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I started my journey in higher education at LAVC, so Valley is my home away from home. I started working at the Writing Center in 2006 and still work in the Academic Resource Center coordinating the embedded tutoring program, STEP. I also coordinate Puente, a transfer support program for disproportionally impacted students.

I received my B.A. in English from UCLA in 2009 and my M.A. in English from CSUN in 2014. I have an interest in British Romanticism, Children's Lit, Science Fiction/Fantasy, and Animal Studies.

When it comes to writing, I believe that it's all about the process, not the product. Revision is where the magic happens!

Bland, Jay

(818) 947-2586

blandjc@lavc.edu

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James Bland received his PhD in English and American Literature from Harvard University. His areas of concentration were Pre-Modern Literature, African American Literature, and Critical Theory. He has extensive experience teaching a diverse range of developmental, advanced, and honors composition, rhetoric, and literature classes at the community college and university levels. He's also interested in Comic Studies, Video Games as Literature, and Creative Writing. His creative work has been published in the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Callaloo, and Agni among other journals and anthologies. He has also been awarded a Breadloaf Writer’s Fellowship and two MacDowell colony residencies. 

Fornataro, Gayle (*Campus Center 230)

(818) 947-2445

fornatgl@lavc.edu

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Hunter, Patrick

(818) 947-2800

hunterpb@lavc.edu

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I lived my childhood, boyhood, and adolescence in the northeast side of the San Fernando Valley, close to the corner of Woodman and Devonshire.  The liquor store, where I as a teen-ager used to place bottles of beer and wine on the shelves, still exists.  After graduating from James Monroe High School, I volunteered to join the U.S. Navy, and, yes, I am a Viet Nam Era Veteran.  After honorably discharged from active duty, I then was able to afford college, and I graduated with an A.A. from LAVC, and with a B.A. and M.A. as well as an ESL Certificate from CSUN.  Today, I still live in the northeast part of the Valley, but in Panorama City.  I have always felt most comfortable with working class areas and working class people.  Whenever those who adore upscale housing regions (which often strike me as quite anemic) ask me how I can reside in such a scrappy neighborhood, I usually inform them that I don’t actually live in the whole neighborhood:  just in one house.   In fact, I have lived in the same house and been married to the same woman for over thirty years.

My passions are reading classic literature and viewing classic motion pictures.   I am a couch potato, but I consider myself as a couch potato with taste.  Spending ones evenings reading and conversing with ones mate might seem quaint for serving as leisure activities, but, as I am a sexagenarian, I prefer twentieth-century habits over those like video-gaming, friending, and tweeting.  My teaching philosophy is rather complex, but I ground it with this idea:  the most important lesson anyone can learn is that he/she/they counts as a free and equal member of a free and equal society.   Despite the evidence to the contrary, I really do believe that.      

Jeffries, Alison

(818) 947-2586

jeffriat@lavc.edu

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Alison T. Jeffries, Ph.D.

Professor of English, Los Angeles Valley College

1998    B.A. English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College, Los Angeles, with      Departmental Honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa

2001    M.A., English, University of Southern California

2010    Ph.D., English, University of Southern California

Alison T. Jeffries received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literary Studies from Occidental College, Los Angeles, with Departmental Honors, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa. She completed both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California. Dr. Jeffries is an expert in Early Modern English literature and culture and her literary interests include: classical poetry, genre studies, culture and classical transmission, political theory and philosophy, women writers, gender studies, and critical theory. She has presented her scholarship at numerous conferences. Most notably, Dr. Jeffries has presented her work at the Shakespeare Association of America annual conferences and at the Henry E. Huntington Library Renaissance Literature Seminar Series. She has extensive experience teaching a diverse range of developmental, advanced, and honors composition, rhetoric, and literature classes at the community college and university levels. She is trained in the teaching of reading through the Reading Apprenticeship model and in the teaching of stretch-acceleration composition. Dr. Jeffries also implements mindfulness strategies and growth mindset techniques to help her students develop confidence as active learners and critical thinkers.

Mintz, Jessica (*Campus Center 236)

(818) 947-2427

mintzjl@lavc.edu

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Education

Degree: M.A.

Major: English

From: California State University, Northridge

Areas of interest: Literature and creative writing

Degree: B.A.

Major: English

From: University of California, Los Angeles

Area of interest: Literature, with emphasis creative writing

Degree: Post-graduate studies

Major: Film

From: University of California, Los Angeles

Areas of interest: Film producing and screenplay writing

Duties

Professor of English

Director of Supplemental Instruction

Steering Committee for STARS

Learning Skills Specialist

Faculty Interests

American Literature (fiction, drama, poetry), World Literature (fiction, drama, poetry)

Contemporary Literature

Learning Skills and Teaching Methodologies

Learning Management Systems

Online Education

Personal Interests

Reading, yoga, art, fitness, conversation, concerts.

Courses Taught

English 21 – English Fundamentals

English 28 – Intermediate Reading & Composition

English 33 – Vocabulary Skills

English 67 -  Writing Laboratory (Learning Center)

English 69 -  Writing and Reading (Learning Center)

English 101 – College Reading and Composition

English 102 – College Reading and Composition II

English 208 – American Literature II

Nikoghosyan, Verzhine

nikoghv@lavc.edu

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Verzhine Nikoghosyan is an Assistant Professor at LAVC, English Department. Having completed her graduate degree in English, she never stopped learning, and her curiosity towards different religions and cultures lead her to complete another graduate degree in Religious Studies where she researched the relationship between the diasporas in the U.S. and their strong connection to their religious beliefs as a way to recreate new identities in a host society.

Verzhine teaches her classes from motivational perspective incorporating the concept of Growth Mindset to help her students succeed and strive. She has obtained certificates from UCLA Extension in Teaching ESL and Minnesota State University, Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing. She is also active at the LAVC Writing Center where she coordinates and conducts ESL tutoring, creates resources, and holds tutor trainings particularly addressing the ESL student needs at LAVC.

She strives to create an inquiry based classroom where students are able to raise questions, find answers, and think critically about current issues. Her teaching strategies involve a combination of recent composition methodologies, including Multimodal strategies where technology is an important factor, and the methods from the LACCD Teaching Innovations Academy. She incorporates all these current theories to foster a student-centered teaching style.

Pierce, Sue (*Campus Center 223)

(818) 947-2447

susanpierce@susanpiercelavc.com

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Susan Pierce 
AA LAVC
BA English UCLA
MA Folklore and Mythology UCLA
MA Educational Psychology CSUN
 
Valley College is where my eyes were opened to the world of culture and ideas. It changed my life. Teaching at Valley is my way of returning what I was given. I have been student worker, classified employee, adjunct instructor and counselor, Associate Professor of Counseling and now LAVC Professor of English. I currently teach English 103, and in the past, taught English 21, 28, and 101 as well as Personal Development 1,  
Developmental Communication 21, 23, and 36. For a brief time I was a tenured counselor at Monterey Peninsula College.

 
Seeing  students' eyes light up is one my my greatest rewards. In addition to students, I love deep conversations, gardening, photography, traveling, cats, the ocean and being in the presence of redwoods.
 

Publications and Presentations:

"Shifting Paradigms and Modes of Consciousness: An Integrated View of the Storytelling Process",  Folklore and Mythology, June, 1981.

"Hemispheric Specialization, Linear Processing and the New Student", CCCTA Presentation,  Burlingame, CA

Enhancing Tutor Growth: The Key to Tutee Success," CCCTA Presentation, Anaheim, CA

"The Elitist Appeal of Erica Jong's Fear of Flying", Popular Culture Society presentation,  Las Vegas, NV

"The Elitist Appeal of Erica Jong's Fear of Flying"The American Examiner, IX, Spring, 1976

 

Robeson, Kimberly

(818) 947-2595

robesokk@lavc.edu

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Kimberly K. Robeson is a Greek-American Assistant Professor at Los Angeles Valley College. She teaches World Literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and is the Co-Advisor for the college’s LGBTQ+ Club. She lived half her life overseas: in Venezuela, Borneo, Greece, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, and Peru (and has visited another 15+ countries). The other half of her life has been spent in the United States. She has a voracious appetite for travel, enjoys yoga and the gym, and loves to read (Jane Eyre and The Unbearable Lightness of Being are her favorite novels—ask her for a recommendation!). Kimberly attended Miramar Community College and then received her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University. She has taught English in Greece, Peru, and the United States for the past twenty-seven years. Kimberly’s other passion, apart from teaching, is writing. Her debut novel, The Greek Persuasion, will be released in April, 2019. Kimberly has always been a storyteller like her yiayia, and Greece is always in her heart. She is happy to have found “home” at LAVC and in Los Angeles with her husband, Hugo, and their three bulldogs: Achilles, Oia, and Opa.

Rosow, LaVergne 

(818) 947-2591

lrosow@gmail.com

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**Wallis, William, Department Chair

(818) 947-2343

walliswg@lavc.edu

 

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Bill Wallis was born in the American South and educated at Hendrix College, Southern Illinois University, the University of Nebraska (Ph.D.in Literary Criticism and Creative Writing, 1972), and the Hanover Conservatory (Opera Performance). In 1973, while a member of the faculty in Lincoln, he performed a supporting role in Napoleon, a grand opera that he co-authored. His opera The Vision, based on Lakota myth, story, and song, was set to music and performed as part of the American Bi-Centennial Celebration in the Great Plains.

Between 1978 and 1985, he worked as a stage director, then as a tenor singing operetta and opera in the European theater. After returning to the United States permanently in 1983, he began teaching and writing in Lincoln, Nebraska; and then Santa Barbara, California. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of English at Los Angeles Valley College. In 1992, he performed the World Premier of Robert Chauls’s Song Cycle “Songs of Great Men and Death” at the founding convention of the Emily Dickinson International Society in Washington, D.C. He is a contributing editor for Shofar Magazine at Purdue University Press.

He has published twenty volumes of poetry and prose. His volumes Joshua (1994), Twins (1996), and Selected Poems 1969-99 (2000) were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Poetry Division. In 2006, his novel Hawk won the Benjamin Franklin Award in Popular Fiction of the Independent Publishers of America. His latest publication is a biography, Prairie Symphony, the Story of Charles Leonard Thiessen, which appeared in 2010. (His works are available on Amazon.com.)

He lives with his wife Leslie and their four children just off the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles, where he is a cycling enthusiast.

Yasuda, Phyllis

(818) 947-2750

yasudapj@lavc.edu

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Yegoryan, Kristina

(818) 947-2686

yegoryk@lavc.edu

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Adjunct Faculty

Altman, Dylan

ALTMANDB@lavc.edu

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Dylan Altman is an alumnus of California State University, Northridge. He received for his Master of Arts in English(2014) and his double major in Honors Literature and Creative Writing in 2011. He teaches Business Writing, Creative Writing, Literature, Comic Studies, and Video Games as Literature at several colleges and community colleges in Southern California. In 2015, he formed a small Press called Select Start Press. Select Start Press is dedicated to writing and talking about video games in the same way people discuss literature. At his core, Dylan believes in the power of narrative to change the world one mind at a time. 

Antler, Abram

antlera@lavc.edu

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I received my undergraduate degree from Albright College in Philosophy and English (dual concentration) in May of 1997. I received my master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language, in December of 2003. I received my doctorate of philosophy degree from National Taiwan University in Foreign Languages and Literature in July of 2016. In addition to having taught in four universities in Taiwan from 2011 to 2013, I got started in my college teaching career in January of 2005 at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California and began teaching English composition and English advanced composition; I continued to teach there until 2010. My teaching at Los Angeles Valley College began in 2013 and I have been teaching English 21, English 28, English 101, and English 103.

Atkinson, Dustin

atkinsdg@lavc.edu

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Bachman, Tracy

bachmatj@lavc.edu

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Baldiwala, Fatema 

baldiwfs@lavc.edu

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Nearly a decade of highly diversified English teaching experience at the community college level. Highly experienced in teaching composition, reading, critical thinking, and debate. Specialized in teaching writing. An emphasis on writing for different genres, with a focus on research. A structuralist when it comes to organizing content in writing. An expert in creating contextualized classes that meet the needs of a diverse population while adhering to Student Learning Outcomes. Ability to conduct both face to face classes as well as online classes.

 

Berliner, Jonathan

berlinjd@lavc.edu

Jonathan Berliner received his PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. He enjoys working with students at Valley College as they develop skills of argumentation and analysis, particularly as they become empowered by finding their own voices through writing. Professor Berliner has published essays in major scholarly journals and given presentations at colleges and universities around the world, including Oxford, Dartmouth, and Shevchenko University in Kiev. He lives in Sherman Oaks.

Besikof, Rudy

besikorj@lavc.edu

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Bishop, Vanessa

bishopvl@lavc.edu

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Botel, Tara

boteltr@lavc.edu

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Brown, Beth

brownbm@lavc.edu

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Beth Martin Brown is an adjunct professor in the Los Angeles Community College District and has taught English and further writing courses at Los Angeles Valley College and other community colleges for the last twenty years. Some of her classes include short story writing, mythology, history of theatre, and playwriting. She enjoys helping students overcome their fear of writing and explore their abilities through writing.

She is a graduate of the USC Master of Professional Writing Program. Her first college experience was when she attended Gainesville Junior College, Gainesville, Georgia while a junior high school student.

As a playwright, she is the librettist for the children’s musical, The Little Witch of Wichita (www.stageworthy.com). This play won the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Award and has had numerous productions around the country and world. Productions include sold out performances at the renowned Geffen Theatre in Westwood, CA.  

Her love of writing plays originated when her one-act play, The Lonely Bull, won the USC Sixth Annual One-Act Play Festival and went on to gain honorable mention in several other play festivals. She studied with Jerome Lawrence (Inherit the Wind) while at USC. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP)

Capozzi, Lisa

capozzla@lavc.edu

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Lisa Ann Capozzi is an experienced journalist, editor, author and actor.  Her Bachelor of Arts is from the University of Minnesota, her home state where she landed her first reporting and anchoring job at an NBC-affiliate TV station at KTTC-TV. Capozzi's Master's degree is in English, with an emphasis on Fiction writing, from Southern New Hampshire University. She loves teaching English and has worked with High School students at Excelsior Prep, adult English learners at the University of South Los Angeles and most recently at Los Angeles Valley College since Fall 2017.  Writing credits include the play, "Yardsale," produced in Hollywood, 3 books: "Spirit Connections", "Marilyn Returns" and "99 Reasons to Write". Capozzi worked as a reporter on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, and as a Managing Editor for SalonCentric, The Magazine of Santa Clarita and Valley Scene Magazine. As an actor, she has appeared at The Dorothy Chandler Museum with the Los Angeles Opera, in Disneyland as the Fairy Godmother and Mrs. Claus, and numerous T.V., commercial and film productions. 

Carroll, Nancy

carrolnj@lavc.edu

 

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Nancy Carroll received her both BA and MA in English/Creative Writing from California State University, Northridge. A Valley College Alumni, she returns as a published poet, (Night Walks, Yak Press) and is a member of The Southland Poets & Writers, a local writers' consortium that hosts open-mic readings & writing workshops.  Also a photographer (mocro art, portraiture and nature), her art informs and energizes her writing. She has won awards for both her poetry and photography, but finds teaching at Valley and working with Valley students equally rewarding.

Collins, Glenn

collingj@lavc.edu

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Di Domenico, Marco

marcodidomenico@alum.calarts.edu

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Florian, Stephen

floriasp@lavc.edu

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Ghaffari, Ida

ghaffaim@lavc.edu

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Glick, Jessica

jessica.l.glick@gmail.com

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I graduated with my MA in English Composition in 2012 from CSUN.  I received my BAs in English and in History, also from CSUN in 2007.  I enjoy reading, writing, movies, Shakespeare in the Park, concerts, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.  In both of my degrees I focused on the role of women, both in literature and historically.  My central work throughout my MA career was focused on how students deal with the concept of identity in the composition classroom.  Although my degree is in Rhetoric and Composition, I’ve always been a big fan of Shakespeare, specifically his tragedies such as Othello.

I believe that the classroom works best when it is an open place where students can feel comfortable to speak/participate, engage and discuss the material presented to them. Pedagogically speaking Jonathan Alexander, author of Literacy, Sexuality and Pedagogy, was pivotal in my graduate career in guiding me, through his textbooks that I was assigned, in how I wanted to be as a teacher.  He focuses on the concept of identity and how students write about themselves and issues that are important to themselves and their futures.  I think that what happens inside the classroom has the potential to enlighten how students view their work in the classroom, but also how they engage with the world around them.  I try to pick essay topics and assignments that are relevant to today’s day and age. I strive to create an environment where every student feels welcomed and is encouraged to participate.

Glover, Star

gloveras@lavc.edu

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I earned an A.A. in English and another in history at College of the Canyons in 2011; then, I transferred to CSUN to earn my B.A. in English Single Subject Instruction in 2013 and my M.A. in English Rhetorical Composition in 2015. I currently teach at both LAVC and CSUN.

My various hobbies include comics, handcrafts, 3D printing, and vegan baking, although my real passion has always been communicating with and learning from other people. Since an increasing amount of our communication now takes place online, I hope to use my knowledge of rhetoric and composition to help others make themselves heard. As a first generation college graduate and community college alum, I place a great deal of importance on mentorship, so please come to me with any questions! 

Hall, Debi

halldd@lavc.edu

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Debi Hall has been a Professor at LAVC since 2010.  As a graduate of Oklahoma University, Debi began her early teaching career as Program Coordinator for Theater Arts in Oklahoma City.  As a College/University Professor, Debi has taught all levels of English at LAVC and other college districts. Debi was the recipient of the Turnitin Global Innovation in 2016.

Debi has received multiple honors and awards throughout her career and is thrilled to call LAVC home.  Debi believes in her students and participates in campus programs.  Her philosophy is:

When individuals collaborate with an educator to construct a solid foundation for learning, their capacity for success beyond basic skills is limitless. They see the possibilities of infinity.

Harrington, Deborah

harrindl@email.laccd.edu

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Hymes, Jaclyn

HYMESJR@lavc.edu

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Jackie received both her B.A. and M.A. in English-Creative Writing from CSUN, and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. As a poet, her work can be found in Chaparral, The Legendary, Winter Tangerine, NAILED Magazine, and the anthology We Will Be Shelter: Poems for Survival. She is also a scholarship recipient to the Community of Writers poetry workshop. Jackie's interests involve contemporary poetry, creative nonfiction, graphic novel and comic studies, and disability studies/activism. When she's not teaching, she can be found enjoying vegan delicacies and all things cats. 

Ige, Barbara

igebk@lavc.edu

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Kane, Robert

kanerm@lavc.edu

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I'm Robert Kane (as if you didn't know). I've been teaching at LAVC since fall of 2013. Courses that I've taught at Valley include English 103, 102, 101, 28, 21, and 33.

I also teach composition classes at CSUN during the Fall and have done so since 2009. My master's is in creative writing with an emphasis on playwriting. I enjoy being part of my students' learning process! 

Lager, Evelyn

lagerem@lavc.edu

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Marcelo, Susana

marcelsn@lavc.edu

Susana Marcelo is a lecturer at CSUN and LAVC. Her publications include The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States, In-Flight Literary Magazine, and Virginia Quarterly. She is also the creative director of La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of Central American Studies.

Moncada, Millie

ongmm@lavc.edu

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Niwa, Jennifer

jenniferniwa@yahoo.com

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Jennifer Niwa currently offers an Education 203 class through the English Department at Los Angeles Valley College.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at University of California at Los Angeles in 1990.  After working in the field of education as a preschool teacher, she returned to UCLA to obtain her M.E.d. in Teacher Education in 1994.  Ever since then, she has served in teaching, consulting, and administrative positions in elementary education and has fulfilled adjunct positions at Los Angeles Mission College and Los Angeles Valley College in Developmental Communications and Education.

Jennifer believes that educators guide students in pursuing the education they desire.  She offers a course of study that students embrace in varying degrees and at their chosen depth.  Students charter their own paths toward intellectual development, career readiness, and self-actualization.  Outside of living the dream of educating students, Jennifer loves to dance, hike, bike, practice yoga, and spend time with her three children, friends, and extended family.

Oberman, Tracey

obermatj@lavc.edu

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Tracey Oberman was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She finished high school at William Howard Taft and then continued on to Pierce Community College, CSUN for her BA in fine art, National University for a CLAD Single Subject Teaching Credential and an MA in English, and The University Of Wisconsin for a graduate certificate in Instructional Design. She is passionate about learning and has been in education since she begun college. She has been teaching for LAVC for ten years now! She has always loved explaining things - she even used to set up her dolls as if they were in a classroom, so she could pretend to be a teacher, when she was only seven years old. Besides teaching, she loves to draw, read, go hiking, and at times enjoy a glass of wine and an evening with friends. 

Tracey’s teaching philosophy is that all students are individual and everyone learns in their own unique way, and she sets up her curriculum to support that idea. She used multiple teaching methods to make sure that all of her students learn the content. She used visuals, videos, podcasts, articles… anything it takes to help get the message across. She believes that the ARCS adult learning theory is best used with college students because she can make the information relevant and even humorous at times, provides positive feedback, and she likes to give assignments that include group work and also she allows her students to understand that they will use the information learned in everyday situations throughout the rest of their lives.

Payte, Trista

paytetr@lavc.edu

 

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Petkovic, Sophia

petkovsb@lavc.edu

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Pincolini, Rebecca 

pincolr@lavc.edu

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While still in grad school, I began working within Valley's very own Writing Center. My experience being a writing tutor is one that I cherish so much because I acquired a multitude of skills that have proven to be positive influences in my life in many ways. After I graduated, I was fortunate enough to become a part of the English Department, where I've been lucky enough to teach and continue to learn all aspects of reading and writing alongside students. 

I earned both a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and my interests include fiction writing, fashion, yoga, art, film, animal welfare, and vegan cooking and baking. 

Poulos, Phil

poulosp@lavc.edu

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Requa, Virginia

requavl@lavc.edu

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Virginia Lee Requa has taught at Los Angeles Valley College for almost twenty years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Political Science from California State University, Northridge. She went on to attain her Master of Arts Degree in English from CSUN where she also earned an Adult Education Credential.  With her MA in English, she attained an Emergency Teaching Permit through Los Angeles United School District. 

With her Emergency Teaching Permit, she went on to teach English, English as a Second Language and Social Studies at Sun Valley Middle School.  After teaching Middle School for three years, she taught part time at several Community colleges including: Los Angeles Valley College, Mission College and College of the Canyons (COC).   In addition, she taught a variety of courses at ITT Technical Institute.  While an adjunct instructor at LAVC and COC, she also substitute taught at middle schools, high schools and elementary schools throughout the Los Angeles, Castaic and Saugus school districts.  Her students ranged in age from five years old to eighteen.  At the same time, she also tutored English privately, and professionally for all grade and age levels.  During this time, she also enjoyed teaching English as a Second Language at community adult schools.    She has taught students in their twenties to seniors.  Thus, Virginia Lee Requa has enjoyed teaching at a wide variety of schools, subjects, students.  She excels at teaching, tutoring, and substituting English and other subjects within her area of expertise at a wide variety of educational institutions.

Many years ago in her teaching career Ms. Requa decided to formulate her teaching philosophy.  Just as colleges have a Mission Statements, so too she believed she needed to include one her syllabus and daily practice in the classroom.  She adheres to the following principles: Mutual Respect, Open Communication and Active Participation constitute the basis of her teaching.  She has completed fourteen marathons and is training for her fifteenth. She loves reading, writing, bicycling and listening to all types of music. 

Sahgal, Padma

sahgalp@lavc.edu

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I have been teaching for almost thirty-five years and I enjoy it. My forte is teaching English: mainly reading and composition. I retired from the LAUSD, after teaching there for two decades. I have been with LACCD and with LA Valley College in particular, since 2005. I have also taught at Santa Monica College. 
I have a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Bombay and a Masters in Education  from the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, where I studied creative writing. 
My passion is reading and writing stories and interacting with students. I have been working on a novel which I hope to get published soo
n. I am a fellow of the UCLA Writing Project, since 1988.

Sakovich, Lauren

sakovilm@lavc.edu

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Salter, Lily

salterkc@lavc.edu

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I completed my BA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (1994). My graduate work (MA in Creative Writing) was completed at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA (2000). I am a freelance writer/editor, and have produced feature stories for national magazines, developed scripted material for radio and television, and published a memoir, Death-defying Nina.

I came to LAVC in 2015 after ten years at Cal State Long Beach, where I had the pleasure of being the Writing Specialist and Program Faculty for federally-funded programs devoted to the academic needs of low-income, first-generation college students: Student Support Services Program, Upward Bound, and The McNair Scholars Program. Prior to my tenure at CSULB, I was an Adult Basic Education instructor for an innovative parolee educational program sponsored by the California Department of Corrections. As an educator, my goal is to inspire students to become life-long learners and embrace their educational journey.     

Smith, Jennifer

smithja@lavc.edu

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Jennifer Smith has taught English here at LAVC for over eight years. She got her BA in English from Concordia University in Portland (2003), her MA in English from Chapman University in Orange (2006), and just finished her Ed.D in Education from UCLA. Her goals are to become an agent for change in the California Community College system and to lead educators to new paths of communication with students, while still teaching full time at the Community College level. She loves reading and writing, cooking, and going on impulse vacations. 

Stark, Jacqueline

starkjk@lavc.edu

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Professor Stark commenced her college education at El Camino Community College, an experience that enables her to empathize with the various needs of community college students. With the Associate of Arts degree, she transferred to the University of California at Los Angeles to study with a major in Literature and a minor in Education. Two years later she received her Bachelor’s degree and applied to graduate schools. After a semester at Columbia University in New York, where she took classes in Greek Literature and Old English, she enrolled in the University of Philadelphia. The graduate work was in American and English Literature as well as Literary Criticism. Having received a Master’s Degree in Literature, she returned to the West Coast and began teaching at The Bishop’s School, an Episcopal girl’s school in La Jolla, California. During the same time, she attended San Diego State for education courses and was awarded a Community College Teaching Credential. A new community college had just been completed, San Diego Mesa College, and she joined the new faculty to begin instruction in her first college courses. During the five years teaching at Mesa College, she published a Freshman Composition text titled The Search for Self. She started teaching at Los Angeles Valley College in 1969 and soon after published a second text titled The Involved Generation. At Valley, she has taught all of the developmental writing classes as well as Freshman Composition, Introduction to Literature and Critical Thinking. Additionally, she has taught most of the upper division Literature courses as well as English as a Second Language courses. She encourages a learner centered classroom with alternating lectures, student group workshops, applications, discussions, and field trips. Her emphasis for a composition course is the shaping of intellectual strategies to provide the students with a methodology to comprehend, evaluate and communicate about their academic and life experiences. She has been Vice Chair of the English department and assisted a large group of adjunct faculty. In addition to grants for projects such as “Comparative Cultural Literary Images”, and “Freshman Composition for Japanese Learners” and others, she received a Fulbright grant to exchange teach for a year in Norway. Her personal interests focus mostly on reading and listening to music, literature and art lectures on Audible. Also, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and applying her architect husband’s design principles to decorate her home and vacations when possible with her son and his wife.

Thorne, Worley

thornerw@lavc.edu

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Thornton, Elizabeth

thorntek@lavc.edu

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Watkins, Vita

watkinvm@lavc.edu

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Weigand, Scott

weigansm@lavc.edu

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Yablon, Brian

yablonba@lavc.edu

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I have been very blessed to have had the privilege of working at LA Valley College for twenty years.  During that time, I have taught a wide variety of courses in basic skills, writing, critical thinking, and literature – but how did I get so lucky to be here in the first place?  Well, a LONG time ago, I started off at UCSD studying theater and dance. That led to gaining a big ego at the time, so I auditioned and transferred to UCLA to get a toehold in the world of performing arts.  Alas, I was fickle, changed my mind, and then went on to earn a B.A. in English.  I have never looked back.

 Afterward, I graduated and began working in various writing endeavors: advertising, public relations, magazine editing, and corporate writing.  While in the corporate world, I taught a business writing class, and the teaching bug grabbed me. I then enrolled in graduate school and stayed there for a long, long time, earning three teaching credentials and two M.A.’s, all while working as a teacher in public schools. Right before my second daughter was born, I was able to secure a spot at LAVC.  That was in 1998. I am thrilled to be here and look forward to many more fun and productive years at “my second home.”