Welcome to my world!

I've been teaching English at Central since Fall Quarter 2008 (though I taught for 14 years before that at North Seattle Community College).  I got my start teaching French as a grad student in Comparative Literature at the UW where I received my PhD in 1994.
At Central I teach English 101 and 102, Intro to Fiction, World Literature, Literature and Society, Developmental English, and Coordinated Studies (and anything else they tell me to teach!).  I've team-taught with colleagues in Communication, Art, Psychology, Women Studies, Philosophy, Anthropology, Drama, French, Sociology, and History.  No matter which class or level I teach, I tend to design classes that put great emphasis on discussion, small group work, collaborative learning.  I want my students to be accountable to each other and themselves.  
For me, education is about asking questions, exploring what we don't usually think about (and examining why!).  I want my students to leave my classes not only feeling more confident about their writing, but more importantly, having thought through their place in the world.  Education is not a means to an end but an end in itself.
Some of my big heroes are Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, Margaret Atwood, and Malcolm X.
Books I would need to have with me on a desert island are Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Danzy Senna's Caucasia, Sherman Alexie's The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and Jhumpa Lahiri's Interpreter of Maladies.
An avid cyclist and gardener, I live with my family in south Seattle.  My guilty pleasures are cheesie murder mysteries, Molly Moon's ice cream, and America's Best Dance Crew.