Avril Angevine

Laurie Brion (Co-chair)

Matt Davis

Shelley Dykstra

Grace Ebron

Kevin Fitchett

Rex Ganding

Karolina Garrett

McCabe Jones

Linda King

Katie Koelle

Chris Lebo-Planas

Lynn Lebo-Planas

Marc Lispi

Anna Mantzaris

Haley Martin

Glenda Robinson

Ellen Rosenfield

Jim Seger

Karen Seneferu

Jeremy Somer

Frank Spinelli

Elizabeth Waddell

Sonya Wozniak

Ana Wu

Amy Zink

Laura Zink

Sharon Coleman holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a minor in English from U. C. Berkeley and an M.A./ M. F. A. from New College of California in Poetics.  She also studied two years at the graduate level at Universite de Paris 8 in France.  Her essays and reviews have been published by Poetry Flash and her poetry appears in several journals and art galleries.  She's taught at Berkeley City College since 2002 and enjoys the students a lot. She's a fifth generation Californian and plans to keep it that way. 


email:  scoleman@peralta.edu

Scott Hoshida was born in San Luis Obispo, CA and grew up in Sacramento. In between earning a BA in American Studies at UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in English and Creative Writing at Mills College in Oakland, he spent time teaching English in Japan, traveling the Pacific Rim, and working for youth-service organizations in the Bay Area. While he loves reading, writing fiction, and teaching, he also enjoys riding his bike to work, cooking, and waiting for a baby that is scheduled to make its appearance sometime in November 2009.


email:  shoshida@peralta.edu

Dr. Loretta Kane received her BA from Queens College (CUNY), majoring in English literature and minoring in creative writing and education. She received her MA in language studies from San Francisco State University, where she also received a certificate in composition studies and the teaching of writing. She received her PhD in Education from U.C. Berkeley. She taught all levels of composition at San Francisco State University, where she was the assistant director of the Reading and Writing Lab. She taught for the Subject A Program at U.C. Berkeley and was head of the English Department at Alhambra High School in Martinez. Dr. Kane was a field supervisor, guiding student teachers enrolled in the Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) Credential and Master’s program at U.C. Berkeley, and currently teaches education courses at San Jose State University. She teaches reading and composition, critical thinking, and an introduction to education course at Berkeley City College. Dr. Kane has presented her research at professional conferences nationwide and recently published a book entitled Conceptualizing Academic Essay Writing.


email:  lorettakane@sbcglobal.net

Julianne Leigh has been writing poetry since she was a child.  As she grew up, she discovered the various beauties of all forms of writing.  After receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, she began teaching English Composition in PACE, a program about which she is quite passionate.  When asked how she feels about her work, she says, “You know, after twenty years of teaching, I still get excited before class – you never know what may happen in a room full of people whose minds are growing.”  When Ms. Leigh isn’t teaching or grading papers (over and around her two very fluffy and rather spoiled cats), she continues her work on a series of fantasy novels for young adult readers.


email:  jleigh222@hotmail.com

Jenny Lowood loves, more than anything, teaching English classes at Berkeley City College, spending time with her family and friends, and writing poetry and short fiction.  She received her B.A. in English literature from U.C. Berkeley and her M.A. in English literature from San Francisco State University, where she also received a certificate in composition studies and the teaching of writing.  She has taught at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley, Foothill College, Sonoma State University, and Berkeley City College, and has just marked her thirty-fifth year of teaching.  She was the chair of the B.C.C. English department for many years and, for the last ten years, has been the co-chair of the English, ESL, and Education departments, along with Laurie Brion.  She has published poetry in a variety of literary journals.


email:  jlowood@peralta.edu

Sandy Niemann’s work life has been quite eclectic—she’s been a nurse, an editor and medical writer, and a health researcher. Yet through it all she’s been teaching English to PACE students at BCC, now for over 20 years. She initially chose teaching because she loves ideas, and she feels lucky to have a profession where there is always more to learn. But over the years her motivation to teach has shifted—now it’s the fascinating students she’s been privileged to meet. 


email:  sandyniemann@yahoo.com

Meredith Paige is currently an MFA candidate in San Francisco State University’s Creative Writing Department.  She writes poetry; her work has been published in The G.W. Review and Frequency.  She receieved a B.A. in English and Cultural Geography from The George Washington University.  She was born in Los Angeles, has lived in Europe, volunteered with Americorps at a Junior High School in Goleta, California, and worked at a recycled Art Studio in Santa Barbara – where she helped kids make art from trash.  Meredith Paige loves dogs, especially her Spaniel mutt named Sophie.  Some of her favorite books include For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery, and The Pink Institution by Selah Saterstrom.  Some of her favorite poets are Pablo Neruda, Daisy Zamora, Yusef Komunyakaa and Tsering Wangmo Dhompa. She teaches English 1A and English 5.


email:  merpaige@gmail.com

By day, Annette Roman is a mild-mannered editor at a company that publishes Japanese comics in English. By night, she is a passionate P.A.C.E. English instructor. She is also the author of a comic book series entitled 1 World Manga, which addresses problems facing children in the developing world, such as H.l.V./AIDS, child soldiers, and girls' lack of access to education.  She is currently developing a solo performance piece at The Marsh theater in San Francisco about her heritage as the child of a Jewish Holocaust survivor and a member of the Bundesmädel, the girls' Hitler Youth. She has a bachelor's degree in the College Scholar program (focus on writing and literature) from Cornell University and a master's in journalism from U.C. Berkeley.


email:  annette.roman@viz.com

Adam Sandel is an instructor of English composition, literature, critical thinking, and creative writing, as well as a successful local playwright.


email:  adamsandel@yahoo.com

Cleavon Smith teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at BCC.  He received his BS in General Engineering and English from the U.S. Naval Academy and his MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College.  Before joining the staff at BCC in 2004, Cleavon was a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellow and taught at Contra Costa College, the College of Alameda, Merritt College, and Patten University . 


email:  clsmith@peralta.edu

Novelist Mary Webb (author of The God Hustlers and Dark Roads, under the pseudonym Leah Ross) is also a playwright who founded The Living Room Theatre and directed her own plays at Julia Morgan Theatre (Artaud and His Double and The Incest Project).  Her play, Arguing About Every Single Thing, was featured as part of The Page to Stage Theatre Festival at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 2004.  She has just finished a novel entitled Wrestling The Sufi, and is working on a documentary film with film-maker Kate Mayer about Dialogues on Race, Racism & Ethnicity in the U.S. that have gone on in her living room for the last nine years.  Mary has taught creative writing at BCC (English 71-74; English 86-89), at Los Medanos College, and in her own home for years.


contact information:  (510) 548-6476

The following instructors also teach in the English and ESL Department at Berkeley City College:

Lisa Gonzalves teaches English as a Second Language at Berkeley City College.  She received her B.A. in Philosophy at San Francisco State University and her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second language at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California.  She has taught in a variety of settings, including adult schools, private intensive English programs, and non-profit organizations.  She is also the ESL Department Coordinator at Alameda Adult School.  She has presented at a variety of conferences and led various teacher training workshops, specifically focusing on teaching non-literate ESL students.


email:  lisagonzalves@yahoo.com

Hollie Hardy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where she has also taught courses in Creative Writing and English Composition. An active participant in the local literary scene, Hardy co-hosts the popular monthly reading series, Saturday Night Special, An East Bay Open Mic, co-produces Beast Crawl, Oakland's annual literary festival, and co-curates Litquake's Flight of Poets. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Her poetry collection, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, contains titles ruthlessly appropriated from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Her poetry has appeared in Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLINK, The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals.


email:  holliehardy@gmail.com

Tomas Moniz is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award winning zine, book and now magazine: Rad Dad. His novella Bellies and Buffalos was release on Black Hill Press.  He also is co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges as well as the more rambunctious open mic, Saturday Night Special. He’s been making zines since the late nineties, and his most current zines Dirty and The Body is a Wild Wild Thing are available, but you have to write him a postcard: PO Box 3555, Berkeley CA 94703.


email:  tmoniz@peralta.edu

Adán Olmedo began enjoying English when he took College Writing 1A his first undergraduate semester at UC Berkeley (his Subject A scores placed him below English 1A). The passion he developed for English at Cal lead him to Oakland, where he earned his MA in English and won an Ardella Mills Prize for Literary Criticism (2nd place) from Mills College. After three years as a Century Fellow at the University of Chicago, Adán returned to the Bay Area and began volunteering, not knowing just how greatly his public service would shape his career. He began volunteering at Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES), located in Oakland's Chinatown district. As good fortune would have it, two Oakland Technical High School students he tutored at OASES would urge him to try teaching in the Peralta Community College District (he would later teach transfer-level English to the very two students he once tutored). His other volunteering endeavor took him into Patten University's Prison University Project, where Adán co-taught Introduction to Literature with Hsuan Hsu, Associate Professor of English at UC Davis. Adán's rich experience in San Quentin immediately showed him how rewarding teaching can be, and it solidified his desire to teach college level English. In 2010, Adán began teaching basic skills English in College of Alameda’s Adelante Learning Community, a hub of student, faculty and staff collaboration and professional stimulation. Adán's path to Berkeley City College is the continuation of his family's legacy of service: his father started his career as an advocate for migrant workers and opened migrant healthcare clinics in Washington and California; his mother retired after serving many years as a public high school counselor and teacher (French and Spanish), and his brother works alongside foster youth, giving them mentorship and behavioral assistance. Adán views his work at BCC as a contribution of a larger struggle--the fight to empower the working class as they struggle for daily bread: "Arriba los pobres del mundo / De pie los esclavos sin pan" (The Internationale in Spanish).


email: amolmedo@peralta.edu

Gabe Winer has been very happily teaching ESL at Berkeley City College since 2007 and helping to coordinate BCC’s Teaching and Learning Center since 2011. Before that, she taught English and ESL at Contra Costa College and Berkeley High School, and before that, she had too many jobs to count, mostly in construction, restaurants, and retail. She has a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University, and an M.A. in Cross-cultural Communication/Teaching English as a Second Language from St. Mary’s College. She grew up in assorted small towns mostly in the West, and enjoys anything involving bikes, boats, trees, her family, and/or snow.

Georgie Ziff teaches composition and critical thinking at Berkeley City College, Merritt College, Los Medanos, and California State University East Bay, and in her (sparse) spare time, memoir workshops. She follows the advice that there are only two rules to writing:  have something to say, and say it well. Clear up the clutter. She received her B.A. and M.A. from CSUEB, and also studied at the University of North Carolina, and at the SF Bay Area Montessori Institute. She enjoys teaching both in the classroom and online, and finds online education an exciting opportunity for both teachers and students, as the words on the page are actually what matters.