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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
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Jill Haberlin

Title: Instructional Aide II
Degrees: Postgraduate Diploma, Sustainable Development, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; BA, International Studies, University of California, San Diego
CSM Experience: Since 2017
Hobbies: puzzles, traveling, spending time with her nieces and nephew, exploring the Bay Area
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Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang

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
Contact Professor Hwang
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Evan Kaiser

Title: Associate Professor
Degrees:
 M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Linguistics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching Experience:
 Since 2012
Career Highlights: 
Teaching ESOL at the American Language Institute (San Francisco, CA) and Composition at San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)
Hobbies: Seeing live music, playing the drums, spending time with cats, and cooking elaborate meals with friends
Contact Professor Kaiser

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Emily Kurland

Title: 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
Contact Professor Kurland
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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
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Colleen Olle

Title: Instructional Aide II
Degrees: MFA, Bennington College Writing Seminars, Vermont; BA, English, Teaching Certificate in Secondary Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
CSM Experience: Since 2006
Hobbies: Fiction writing, editing, reading, hiking, photography, clarinet, and traveling with her husband
Quote: "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement." – Helen Keller
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Liz Schuler

Title: Adjunct Professor
Degrees: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A. English Literature, California State University, Fullerton
Teaching Experience: Over 30 years teaching English
Career Highlights: Taught English in Gabon, Central Africa; taught at Sequoia Adult School; taught at Cañada College since 2008 and CSM since 2018; taught at Silicon Valley Intensive English Program (SVIEP)
Hobbies: Hiking, baking, camping, reading, travelling, spending time with her family and friends, and watching British miniseries and telenovelas.
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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
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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
Contact Professor Sobel
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Elinor Westfold

Title: 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)
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Todd Windisch

Title: Assistant Professor
Degrees: M.S. Education (TESOL), California State University, Fullerton; B.A. French & Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
Teaching Experience: Since 2013
Career Highlights: Taught at credit and noncredit ESL Programs across Southern California, including Mt. San Antonio College, Saddleback College, and California State University, Fullerton
Hobbies: Seeing live theater & music, watching & discussing films, playing video games, and exploring the Bay Area
Contact Professor Windisch
Flex Day
No classes Oct. 13, 2021
Veterans Day Holiday
No classes Nov. 12, 2021
Thanksgiving Holiday
No classes Nov. 25-28, 2021
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