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English as a Second Language (ESL)
Meet the Faculty

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Natalia Ades
Shoshana Bianchi-McElwee

Helen Choy
Rachel Cohen
Gail DeProsse
Deborah Ebert



Alicia Frangos
Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang An
Emily Kurland

Lisa Suguitan Melnick
Tim Murphy
Chris Opie


Nancy Paolini
Kristi Ridgway

Frances Schulze

Amy Sobel

Stephanie Wells
Elinor Westfold
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 family
Quote: "Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart give yourself to it." — Buddha




Helen Choy Helen Choy

Title: Adjunct Professor

Degrees: M.A., Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of San Francisco; B.S., Biological Sciences; Preliminary Multiple Subjects Credential, San Jose State University; B.A. Mathematics, San Francisco State University

Teaching Experience: Since 2005

Career Highlights:  Currently teaching at the Mountain View Los Altos Adult School; taught at Foothill College

Hobbies: Hiking in different parts of the world, yoga, and communing with nature

Quote: “I want to make paintings full of color, laughter, compassion and love.” – Norval Morrisseau

Rachel Cohen Rachel Cohen
Title:
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English (focus in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), San Francisco State University; B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Teaching Experience: Since 1999
Career Highlights: Has taught at City College of San Francisco, Skyline College, and Cañada College; worked in restaurants for 17 years; worked at newspapers in Florida, Ohio, and Iowa
Hobbies:
Taking long ocean walks, traveling with my four children, singing, and reading
Quote: "At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel." — Maya Angelou
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
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
Alicia Frangos Alicia Frangos
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A., English (Concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), San Francisco State University; B.S. Business Administration/Computer Systems, San Francisco State University;
Years at CSM: Since 2012
Career Highlights:
current CSM Program Services Coordinator, Student Success; taught English Composition for Multilingual Speakers, San Francisco State University
Hobbies: Music, reading, hiking, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and cheering at soccer games

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 family and friends, singing, playing piano, and reading
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: Music, writing, and travel
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, and 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; reported and edited at various newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and the Contra Costa Times
Hobbies: Trail running, camping, reading, writing, cake decorating, and hiking with my dog
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, and relaxing
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
Stephanie Wells Stephanie Wells
Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Speaks: Spanish
Degrees: M.A., English, teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Global Studies and Spanish, San Jose State University
Teaching Experience:
Since 2012
Career Highlights: Taught at the American Language Institute (San Francisco, CA); volunteered at Canal Alliance (San Rafael, CA); leads a summer study abroad course to Guatemala through San Jose University
Hobbies: Hiking, camping, running, studying languages (currently Japanese), singing karaoke, and dancing to oldies or salsa
Elinor WestfoldElinor Westfold
Title
: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.A. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of Washington; B.A., Art History and Visual Culture Studies and Classics, Whitman College
Teaching Experience: Since 2007
Career Highlights: Taught ESL at Seattle Central College and the University of Washington in Seattle; taught at Antalya International University in Antalya, Turkey; taught at Shantou University in Shantou, China
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, hiking, sewing, visiting museums, and watching sports (especially soccer)