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Meet the Faculty

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Natalia Ades
Shoshana Bianchi-McElwee
Tiina Hukari
Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang
Evan Kaiser
Emily Kurland
Erin Lake
Tim Murphy
Chris Opie
Frances Schulze
Amy Sobel
Elinor Westfold
Todd Windisch
Anniqua Rana
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
Tiina Hukari Tiina Hukari
Title: 
Adjunct Professor
Degrees: M.A., Linguistics, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), University of California, Davis; B.A., Linguistics, University of California, Davis; A.A., Liberal Arts, American River College, Sacramento.
Teaching Experience: Since 2005
Career Highlights: A full-time ESL instructor at Las Positas College, Livermore CA; taught at a community ESL program at the English School, Lawrenceville, NJ; volunteered as a conversation group leader at Princeton Public Library
Hobbies: Spending time with her two daughters and husband, sewing, knitting, crocheting, planning parties, traveling
Soonyoung (Sue) Hwang An 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
Evan Kaiser Evan Kaiser
Title:
Adjunct 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); editing local street name pronunciation for maps apps.
Hobbies:
 Seeing live music, playing drums in bands, spending time with other peoples’ cats, and cooking elaborate meals with friends.
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
Erin Lake Erin Lake
Title: 
Adjunct Professor
Education: M.A., English, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), San Francisco State University; B.A., Social Relations & Policy, Jewish Studies, Michigan State University
Teaching Experience: Since 2012
Career Highlights: Taught English in South Korea and worked at the American Academy of English
Hobbies: Cooking, running, watching period dramas, meditation, traveling to distant lands
Quote: "Courage invites critics. Endure"  Unknown
Tim MurphyTim 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
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
Elinor WestfoldElinor 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)
Todd Windisch 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

Anniqua Rana Anniqua Rana
Title:
 Professor
Degrees: Ed.D., International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco; M.A., English, San Jose State; Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate, UC Berkeley Extension;  M.A., Literature, University of the Punjab, Pakistan;  B.A. Philosophy, Literature, and Arabic, University of the Punjab, Pakistan.
Teaching Experience: Since the previous millennium
Career Highlights: Teaching at Cañada College, DeAnza College, Stanford University, University of San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz Extension, and Lahore University Management Sciences, Pakistan
Hobbies: Writing and going for walks