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English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet the Faculty

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Natalia Ades
Sue Hwang An
Fawnee Evnochides
Shoshana Bianchi-McElwee

Gail de Prosse
Deborah Ebert
Emily Kurland
Lisa Suguitan Melnick
Tim Murphy
Christine Opie
Nancy Paolini
Kristi Ridgway
Frances Schulze
Karen Sid
Brandon Smith

Amy Sobel
Venus Chung Tritasavit
Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang An Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang An
Title:
Associate Professor
Speaks: Korean
Degrees:
M.S. Ed., Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania; B.A., Fine Arts, University of Nebraska
Teaching Experience: Since 2005
Career Highlights: Taught at University of Pennsylvania (Philadephia, PA), Rice University (Houston, TX), and Stanford University; taught at Pagoda Language Institute and Chung-Ang University in Seoul, Korea; edited academic journals/booklets for TESOL Journal
Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and daughter, singing, watching movies, trying new foods
Shoshana Bianchi-McElwee Shoshana Bianchi-McElwee
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.S., Biology: Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, University of California, San Diego
Teaching Experience: Since 2004
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, hiking, playing music, dancing and spending time with her family
Quote: "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it." — Buddha
Gail de Prosse Gail de Prosse
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English, San Francisco State University; B.A., French Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching Experience: Since 1984 in the Unites States and Italy
Hobbies: Dancing, cooking, textile arts and languages
Deborah Ebert Deborah Ebert
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Spanish with Teaching, Western Illinois University
Teaching Experience: Since 1974 (Spanish); Since 2002 (Writing and ESL)
Hobbies: Traveling, boating, hiking and biking
Quote: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."  — Confucius
Emily Kurland Emily Kurland
Title:
Associate Professor
Speaks: Spanish
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching Experience: Since 2008
Career Highlights: Taught at Skyline College (San Bruno, CA), San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA) and the American Language Institute (San Francisco, CA)
Hobbies:
Painting, hiking, dancing, relaxing on tropical beaches and spending time with my friends, family and two cats
Lisa Suguitan Melnick Lisa Suguitan Melnick
Title:
Adjunct Professor
Degrees:
M.A, English, San Francisco State University; B.A., Liberal Studies: Humanities/Foreign Language, San Francisco State University; Lifetime Community College Credential, State of California
Teaching Experience: Since 1978
Career Highlights: Taught in the Summer Bridge program at SFSU's Educational Opportunity Program
Hobbies: Playing Afro-Cuban music (drum/song), creative writing and serving as an instructor-consultant in brain education systems training (yogo/tai-chi based)
Quote: "The way to 'make yourself happy' is to be happy. The formula thus goes in the direction of be-do-have. We begin by being in whatever state we wish to attain." — Ilchi Lee
Tim Murphy Tim Murphy
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English, San Francisco State University; B.A., Economics/Spanish, Denison University
Teaching Experience: ESL since 2003
Career Highlights: Taught ESL in China in 2006
Hobbies:
Running, spin cycling, listening to music, watching football and baseball
Nancy Paolini Nancy Paolini
Title: Professor
Degrees: M.S. Ed., Curriculum and Instruction and Reading, University of Southern California; ESL Certificate, California State University, San Jose; B.A., English, California State University, Sacramento
Teaching Experience: Since 1979
Career Highlights: Served as an elementary school reading specialist; has taught reading, English and ESL in community colleges
Hobbies: Traveling, exercising, reading, making jewelry, cooking and volunteering at the Animal Shelter (to learn about and work with cats)
Quote: "I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world."
Kristi Ridgway Kristi Ridgway
Title:
Professor
Degrees: M.S., Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), University of Southern California; B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, Drake University
Teaching Experience: Since 1993
Career Highlights: Taught ESL Conversation in St. Petersburg, Russia; taught at the University of Southern California and Ohlone College; has been teaching at CSM full-time since 2005; reported and edited at various newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the Contra Costa Times
Hobbies: Trail running, camping, photography, gardening, reading and traveling
Quote: "Work like you don't need the money, dance like no one is watching, love like you've never been hurt." — Mark Twain
Frances Schulze Frances Schulze
Title:
Professor Emeritus
Degrees: M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Mandarin/Linguistics, San Francisco State University
Teaching Experience: Over 35 years in ESL: Adult Schools, San Francisco City College, Skyline College, College of San Mateo
Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking, swimming, traveling, playing Scrabble, relaxing
Karen Sid Karen Sid
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Speaks: French
Degrees:
M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Experience: Since 2000
Hobbies: Dancing, baking, gardening, swimming, and languages
Quote: "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."
Brandon SmithBrandon Smith
Title:
Associate Professor
Degrees: M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San José State University; B.A., Anthropology, San José State University
Teaching Experience: Since 2000
Career Highlights: Not being recognized by students on Halloween for nine years
Hobbies: Traveling, biking, hiking, backpacking, cooking, reading, and climbing trees
Quote: "To be good is noble, but to teach others how to be good is nobler — and less trouble."
— Mark Twain, from a speech by Doctor Van Dyke, (1906)
Amy Sobel Amy Sobel
Title:
Professor
Speaks: Spanish
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Russian Literature and Political Science, Stanford University
Teaching Experience: Since 1995
Career Highlights: Taught in Indonesia for two years; taught at Stanford for one summer; taught at San Francisco State University for two years; has been teaching at CSM full-time since 1997
Hobbies: Spending time with her husband and two children, camping, reading and hiking
Venus Chung Tritasavit Venus Chung Tritasavit
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Speaks: Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; Graduate Certificate in Composition, San Francisco State University; B.S., Human Development, English minor, University of California, Davis
Teaching Experience: Since 1999
Career Highlights: Taught in China (Inner Mongolia and Shandong); team taught with her husband in China during the Beijing 2008 Olympics (Hebei); led international students from the American Language Institute (ALI) at San Francisco State University to Bay Area attractions
Hobbies: Traveling, reading, dancing (ballet, jazz, salsa and swing), figure skating and hiking
Quote: "The best way to learn something is to teach it." — Unknown