I believe that a good teacher is a good learner and in this I cannot get enough. I am like a hummingbird that likes to taste the essence of every flower. My life experience is rich in many different fields: Small business owner, paramedic, permanent student, artist, teacher, mechanic, major dabbler in alternative energy specializing in solar design and electric vehicle building and repair. Some key descriptive personal words might be: non-traditionalist, non-conformist, lover of life.
Because I had worked ten years as an educator before I entered the building trades, by nature, I paid attention to the best ways for me to learn new skills and knowledge. In my classes, I share my experiences of initial frustration, gaining skills then attaining confidence with my students to help demystify the techniques and concepts used in the construction field. As a perpetual learner, I have attended more that 50 construction related seminars, workshops, or courses. I began teaching construction at CCSF in 1994. --- B.A. - UC Berkeley; Teacher Education-CSUH; M.A.-John F. Kennedy University; Inactive General Contractors License.
Bo (Walter) Hong has been teaching construction classes at the Evans Campus of City College of San Francisco since 2002. He has taught classes in Carpentry Framing, Advance Carpentry Framing, Exterior and Interior Finishes, and has taught advanced workshops in the construction of spiral staircases. He encourages his students not to rush through projects; he coaches them to take the necessary time to do the project safely and correctly. He acquired his General Contractors License in 2004. He is a certified instructor for Carpenter's Local 22 and is a Certified and Qualified Home Inspector.
I strive to share the knowledge, life experiences and skills as they pertain to each aspect of the building trades. I enjoy working in the construction field as well as teaching construction. I have been a general contractor since 1985, and I try to bring to my classes what we practice in the field. I studied architecture at both CCSF and UC Berkeley. I have been teaching construction/trade-skills classes at CCSF since 1998. My philosophy of teaching could be summed up as---Learn It; Prove It; Share It.
John McNees has taught furniture making and woodworking at CCSF for
the past 21 years. Prior to CCSF he served as a trade skills
instructor and coordinator in the U.S. Peace Corps in Honduras; ran
a small business making custom furniture; and earned a Certificate
in Wood Technology from Laney College. John also holds a B.A from
Occidental College. John strives to provide students with the necessary skills and
knowledge for entry level
employment in the building trades. In line with his belief that
students learn best by doing, his shop provides a safe environment
where students have ample opportunity to practice their skills
Max Parsley has been teaching Construction Technology classes at City College since 1998. Recently he has been teaching Photovoltaic Installation, Electrical Code, and Construction Safety. Max has worked in the construction industry since 1959 and got his General Building Contractor's license (B1) in 1988. His teaching philosophy is geared to students understanding rather than memorizing. He holds a BA in Linguistics from California State University but continues to learn every day.
I have been teaching Blueprint Reading at CCSF for 8 years. The goal of this course is for students to acquire the basic skills of blueprint reading, enabling them find information on plans and specification and to give those who have some knowledge of construction enhanced skills in interpreting drawings. An architect, Mr. Romero has more than 12 years of experience in residential and commercial construction as well as in space and furniture design. He was the co-founder of the Construction Training Program at City College of San Francisco, and has extensive educational advising experience for students who want to pursue a degree in the construction field. Mr. Romero also works for the Financial Aid Office at Evans Campus and helps students -- including displaced homemakers, single parents, single pregnant women, and underrepresented populations -- to reach their educational goals by providing the necessary information to apply for financial aid. Mr. Romero has more than 18 years of experience working as a mental health counselor.
From a very early age, Arcadia knew she was going to be a designer of some sort, she just didn't know it would be in construction! As luck would have it, her job as a fashion stylist for department stores is what lured her into construction. Having a lot of creative ideas for large displays, Arcadia lacked the skill to build these ideas. A carpenter on their design team introduced her to the trade and she immediately turned in her glue gun for a nail gun. For over 15 years Arcadia has worked as a journeyman carpenter, design consultant for various residential projects, and now a general contractor which allows her to combine both passions. Arcadia currently teaches construction at CCSF and is the Coordinator for the CityBuild Academy Program. She also sits on the Program Committee and Construction Advisory Committee for Rebuilding Together San Francisco.
Dan O'Connell has been an ESL teacher for more than 20 years, and has taught
in Asia for seven years, where he learned to speak Chinese and Japanese. He
has been at City College for ten years and has been teaching vocational ESL
for construction workers for four years, at Evans campus. This course provides ESL students with the language of foundations, framing,
electrical, and plumbing trades. The course takes students beyond the
vocabulary of tools, materials, and safety equipment by breaking down the
building process to a series of steps. Job search skills are also part of
this course, including resume help, job search strategies and resources,
practice making job inquiries, and job interviews. Students can expect
training in listening and speaking, and appropriate reading and writing as
well, that will help them to understand their other courses at Evans and be
understood by teachers, coworkers, and managers.