I was born and raised in a small, working
class, refinery town in southern New Jersey.
The youngest child of first generation Italian
immigrants, I was the first in my family to
successfully finish college (by putting myself
into debt), and the only one to pursue a graduate
I have been teaching English to Speakers of
Other Languages since 1984. I have lived and
taught ESL/EFL in Philadelphia; Tokyo, Singapore,
Taipei and am currently teaching ESOL at City
College of San Francisco.
I am currently serving as the coordinator
of the Intercultural Communication Interest
Group in CATESOL, am a member (and founder of)
the Sexual Harassment/Gender Bias Prevention
Subcommittee; former chair and member of the
Sexual Harassment/Gender Bias Subcommittee and
member of the College Diversity Committee (all
at CCSF). I served as newsletter editor for
the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and
Friends Caucus in TESOL from 2000-2002.
My goal for the future is to continue to work
for social justice and change through education
and activism; to do what I can to eradicate
violence and discrimination based on difference,
especially that which is based on sexual orientation
and gender identity; and to end the continued
oppression and genocide of indigenous peoples
around the world.