"When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free"(Charles Evans Hughes)

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 degree.

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.


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