Faculty In Review

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library & Learning Resource Center

( Language Center)

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Dinorah Olivia Alvarez-Bianchi

Language Center

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Leslie A Pahl

Language Center

B.A.(Political Science and German), M.A. and Ph.D. (German literature specializing in the Weimar period): University of California, Berkeley

Ms. Pahl has taught German at CCSF from 1991-2003 and 2013-2014. In 2001 she began non-instructional work in the Language Center, where she provides student services, assisting students and instructors in using language-learning technology and various multi-media resources.

Blogs? Yes! Ms. Pahl keeps a nifty blog updated for the German Language Program (http://ccsfdeutschnaklar.blogspot.com/), where she posts items and news of interest to those students learning German at CCSF.

Since German is perceived as a "difficult to learn" language (what with 4 declension cases, primary and secondary adjective endings, and, um Himmels willen!, 10-syllable compound words), Ms. Pahl has evolved her teaching philosophy to include some salesmanship, much encouragement ("If can learn German, you can too!") and a class-by-class refutation of T.L. Peacock's quote that "Life is too short to learn German." In the Language Center, Ms. Pahl is able to extend her encouragement and support to a wider group of students in their quest to learn any one (or more!) of the credit languages taught at CCSF.

Ms. Pahl served as committee chair of the International Education Advisory Committee from 2005-2009.

When she is not working in the Language Center, Ms. Pahl keeps up with political events and commentary (she is the proud owner of a Political Junkie t-shirt and button) and plans at least one new meal per week taken from her extensive cookbook and recipe collection.

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Nancy Pennekamp

Language Center

B.A. UC Davis, French and Italian. M.A. Humboldt State University, Education/TESOL emphasis. B.T.S. (B. of Theological Studies) Episcopal School for Deacons. Ordained Deacon, Episcopal Church.

Prof. Pennekamp has been teaching at CCSF since 2001. Prior to that she worked at College of the Redwoods for many years teaching French and ESL, and as Assessment Coordinator.

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Stanford A. Rappaport

Language Center

B.A., University of Arkansas, M.A., University of Texas, Austin

Mr. Rappaport has been a member of the facutly at CCSF since 1998

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Qing Wang

Language Center

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Christina Yee

Language Center

B.A., National Taiwan Normal University; M.A., San Francisco State University

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Alan K S Young

Language Center

Biography is unavailable at this time.

( Learning Assistance Center)

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Elaine M Avrus

Learning Assistance Center

Ms. Avrus earned her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development from San Diego State University. She later earned her Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from University of Colorado Denver.

Professor Avrus has been teaching at CCSF since 2011.

Ms. Avrus believes that every student has the ability to be successful both in and out of college. It is her passion to support students in discovering and reaching their own academic and personal goals by providing the tools and resources necessary for achievement.

Ms. Avrus is also working on her Counseling Licensure with the State of California. She is a professional member of the American College Counseling Association (ACCA), American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC).

Her hobbies include hiking, camping and spending time with family and friends.

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Carol Heard

Learning Assistance Center

B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., San Francisco State University

Ms. Heard has taught at CCSF since 1982..

Since 1986, Ms. Heard has been working for CCSF's TRIO project, the Writing Success Project, serving low-income and first-generation college students.


In her leisure time, Ms. Heard enjoys playing latin jazz piano and browsing in thrift stores

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Josephine S Loo

Learning Assistance Center

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library

B.A., M.S., San Francisco State University

Professor Loo has taught at CCSF since 1992.

Professor Loo "wants students to feel that I am supportive of their goals and dreams of education. Being educated about the resources available at CCSF is very important - that is why I got actively involved with the all-day .5 unit new student orientations. Students should feel that they have some friendly faces and contacts on campus. I encourage all students to take their time at CCSF to learn about themselves and other students in our diverse student population."

She is involved in Enhanced Self-Study, which brings Mission High School Law Academy and Health Pathway students to CCSF to be concurrently enrolled, and has also provided outreach support to the Biotech program.

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Leon J Luey

Learning Assistance Center

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Nadine Rosenthal

Chair, Learning Assistance Center

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library

B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.Ed., Northeastern University, Boston

Professor Rosenthal has taught at CCSF for the past eighteen years. She has been involved in the Mentoring Students and Technology Committees and is a Learning Assistance Center Coordinator.

She believes students succeed best when they work with others to achieve their goals. Academic support services, in the form of tutoring, small groups and college success classes, provide students with the structure necessary for success.

Professor Rosenthal has published "Speaking of Reading", "Teach Some One to Read", and "Career Readers."

In her spare time, Professor Rosenthal enjoys reading historical novels, stained glass, quilting, working-out and hiking.

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Shaun E. Rowley

Learning Assistance Center

University of Texas, Austin: BA in Psychology
Sonoma State University: MA in Counseling
University of San Francisco: Doctorate in Multicultural Education

Professor Rowley has been an academic counselor, career counselor, and student development instructor since 1999. Currently, Dr. Rowley is a College Success instructor and coordinator.

He states: "It is my responsibility as a community college instructor and counselor to continually work towards providing students with the experiences and tools needed to pursue, realize and achieve their goals - both educationally and personally."

Dr. Rowley has completed a dissertation entitled "The Internal Worlds of First Generation Community College Students: Students' Critical Reflections on the Role of Resilience in their Academic Success."

In his leisure time, Dr. Rowley enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.

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Elizabeth W Stewart

Learning Assistance Center

B.A., Anthropology, San Francisco State University.
M.A., Education, San Francisco State University. (emphasis instructional design and use of technology in instruction)
TESOL certificate University of California, Berkeley ext.

Instructor Stewart has taught at CCSF since 1999. She has taught in the classroom, through telecourse and online. Currently she teaches College Success (LERN 50) online and Successful online Learning (LERN 55), a course to help new or previously unsuccessful online learners. For more information about these courses, visit her instructor website:


Instructor Stewart also implemented the Mobile Learning Assistance Center through the Learning Assistance Department. This enables her to take online learning and tutoring to incarcerated youth in the San Francisco Juvenile Justice System and later refer them to CCSF's 2nd Chance Program when possible.

Instructor Stewart states: "my reason for teaching online is so that I can reach students who may otherwise be unable to attend college or who do not have time to come to campus for all their classes. This includes a range of students such as those with demanding family and work commitments and those who are institutionalized."

Her highest goal is to serve her students and to address their needs - mental, emotional and spiritual. She identifies with her students who struggle to juggle work, family and other compelling issues with getting an education, as she has. She also enjoys sharing her love of learning and encourages students to overcome obstacles which hinder their success.

Other hats Instructor Stewart wears include hosting and tutoring international students. She has been an international home-stay host for over twenty years. She loves reading multicultural literature and traveling, when she can, especially to the U.K. and The Gambia in West Africa where she has friends and family. She also enjoys writing and intellectual inquiry. She is currently exploring the ongoing discussion and debate about the connection between quantum physics and consciousness.

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Amber C Straus

Learning Assistance Center

Bachelor's Degree in English, Swarthmore College, Master's in Education, San Francisco State University.

Professor Straus has been teaching at CCSF since 2001

Ms. Straus believes every student has the ability to identify and achieve his or her goals and dreams. She encourages students to get connected to the many wonderful resources City College offers (find links on her website).

Hobbies: Yoga and art making.

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Joan Wilson

Learning Assistance Center

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library

B.A., M.A., University of California, Berkeley

Biography is unavailable at this time.

( Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library & Learning Resource Center)

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Maggie F Frankel

Louise & Claude Rosenberg, Jr. Library & Learning Resource Center

Biography is unavailable at this time.

( Library Information Technology)

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Carole Anne Chapman

Library Information Technology

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Jerry Dear

Library Information Technology

B.A., San Francisco State University; M.F.A., University of San Francisco; M.L.I.S., San Jose State University

Mr. Dear has been teaching at CCSF since 2007.

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Vivian N Kobayashi

Library Information Technology

B.A., M.L.S., University of Hawaii

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Mary M Tahir

Library Information Technology

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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