has been an ESL teacher and an ESL department chair. She is currently the ESL coordinator for the Continuing Education Program at San Diego Community College District. Under Gretchen’s leadership, the ESL program has developed several products – for example, an ESL oral interview placement test and writing rubrics for assessing writing for level exit – now used by other agencies. She is a co-author of English for Adult Competency, has been an item writer for CASAS tests, and chaired the task force that developed the TESOL Adult Education Program Standards.
Dennis Johnson had his first language-teaching experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Korea. Following that teaching experience, he became an in-country ESL trainer. After returning to the United States, he became an ESL trainer and began teaching credit and non-credit ESL at City College of San Francisco. As ESL Site Coordinator, he has provided guidance to faculty in selecting textbooks. He is the author of Get Up and Go and co-author of The Immigrant Experience. Dennis is the demonstration teacher on the Ventures Professional Development DVD. Dennis holds an MA in music from Stanford University.
began her ESL career teaching EFL in Madagascar. She is currently Associate Professor of ESL and Vocational ESL/Technology Resource Instructor for the Continuing Education Program, San Diego Community College District. She has served as an author and a trainer for CALPRO, the California Adult Literacy Professional Development Project, co-authoring training modules on contextualizing and integrating workforce skills into the ESL classroom. She is a recipient of the TESOL Newbury House Award for Excellence in Teaching, and she is author of Skills for Success. Donna holds an MA in Linguistics from San Diego State University.
started as an instructional aide in ESL. Since then she has been a part-time teacher, a full-time teacher, and a program coordinator. As program coordinator at Mira Costa College, she provided leadership in establishing Managed Enrollment, Student Learning Outcomes, and Transitioning Adults to Academic and Career Preparation. Her more than forty years in adult ESL includes multilevel ESL, vocational ESL, family literacy, and distance learning. She has also provided technical assistance to local ESL programs for the California State Department of Education. In 2011, she received the Hayward Award in education. Her MA is in education/counseling from Point Loma University, and she has certificates in TESOL and in Online Teaching.
first taught English in Japan. She began teaching ESL at City College of San Francisco in 1974, where she has taught all levels of non-credit ESL and has served as Vocational ESL Resource Teacher. She has trained teachers for adult education programs around the country as well as abroad. She chaired the committee that developed ESL Model Standards for Adult Education Programs (California, 1992) and is the author, co-author, and editor of many ESL materials including Crossroads Café, Teacher Training through Video, Parenting for Academic Success, Building Life Skills, Picture Stories, May I Help You?, and English That Works. Lynn holds an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.