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Katie Ha

Katie Ha
Katie holds a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from the U. of Mississippi where she also completed a year of post-graduate study in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. She later earned a M.A. in English Language Learning from Western Governors University. Since 2003, Katie has taught a variety of courses in Grammar, Listening/Speaking, and Reading/Writing at Houston Community College, Skyline College, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley. In addition to being fluent in Spanish, she also speaks intermediate level Portuguese and loves to travel.


Kacy Takamoto

Kacy Takamoto
Kacy holds a M.A. degree in English and American Literature from Mills College and a B.A. degree in English from UC Berkeley. She has taught English classes in both Oakland and Berkeley, and, prior to graduate school, she spent a year teaching English in Japan. She specializes in thesis development, grammar and punctuation, and voice development.


Mako Matsuda

Mako Matsuda
Mako Matsuda is a San Francisco State University graduate with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing and Master of Arts in English with Certificates in the Teaching of English Composition and the Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading. He has taught English 110, 1A and 1B at Foothill College and tutored at SFSU and Berkeley City College.


Dianthe Harris
Dianthe M. Harris holds an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Notre Dame de Namur University and a B.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She is also credentialed in teaching TESOL. Dianthe has taught Composition and Literature, Critical Thinking, Intro to College Writing, Creative Writing, Short Story Writing and ESL writing and conversation classes. In addition, Dianthe has worked as an editor for The Tarpaulin Sky Literary Magazine, Parthenon West Review, Bohemian Literary Journal, Fourteen Hills: SFSU Review, Transfer Magazine, and The Wordsmiths Guild.


Julie Kline
Julie has a BA in Literature from San Francisco State University and an MA in Literature from San Jose State University. She most recently taught first year composition at SJSU and has also tutored students preparing for standardized tests like the SAT. Her literary interests are 19th Century British novels and early modernism. Her goal as a teacher is to help each student tap into the power of expression through writing. Outside of academia, she is very active in local theatre.


Lara Kucera
Lara has a diverse backing in teaching ESL and her primary goals as a teacher are to provide students with the confidence and tools they need to communicate in English. She graduated with a Master's in TESOL in 2011 and worked at Intrax Institute in San Francisco, teaching high proficient general English, a speaking fluency class, and a pronunciation workshop. In addition to tutoring at Foothill, she is also currently teaching Basic Reading and Composition at Skyline College.


Jeanette Lehn
Jeanette Lehn holds an MA in English Composition from San Francisco State University and a BA in English from Reed College. She currently teaches at Foothill College and Contra Costa College. She also taught at SFSU, was a dedicated tutor at College of Marin, and worked in administration at the Academy of Art. Outside of teaching, Jeanette enjoys yoga and watching movies.


Josh Pelletier
Josh Pelletier is a native of Northern California, born in Sacramento. He holds a BA in Literature/Writing from University of California, San Diego, an MA in English from San Francisco State University, and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University. Josh has taught fiction writing, literature, and composition at a variety of local colleges, including Foothill, De Anza, West Valley, and San Francisco State University. His short stories and poetry have been published in Transfer Magazine and The Northern Line. In 2008, his short story "Copay" won the Leo Litwak Award for Fiction. His first novel On Our Way Home is available in paperback and on Kindle.


Amy Sarver
Amy Sarver earned her B.A. in Linguistics from San Jose State University. She is certified in TESOL and is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in Linguistics and TESOL. Amy began her teaching career as a private tutor for students with special needs, and joined Foothill College in 2014 as an ESL Instructor. She is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goals. Amy enjoys learning languages and about different cultures. She has studied Spanish, French, and Mandarin.


Miné Suer
The magic of knowing a language other than your mother tongue in order to communicate with people from other countries and learn about their cultures was the main reason Miné decided to learn English at an early age and completed a B.A. in English Language Teaching in Turkey. After working in language schools and a high school, Miné earned an M.A. in English with a concentration in TESOL along with certificates for the Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading and for the Teaching of Composition at San Francisco State University in 2012. She has taught and tutored students in Reading, Writing and Grammar since 2009 at Skyline College.


Stephanie Tran
Stephanie Tran received her B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of San Diego and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Northwestern University, where she also tutored and taught Business Communication. She has professional writing experience in many industries, varying from legal, manufacturing, defense contracting, and academia. She currently teaches English courses at Foothill College and San Jose City College. She is also an editor for TriQuarterly, Northwestern University's online literary journal.

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