Author Information Sheet

Most of the year, I am a high school English teacher at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, California, where I have also worked as the Diversity Coordinator, which included organizing trips to Camp Everytown for 12 years. In 1996 I received my district’s Teacher of the Year award, and in 2000 I earned my National Board Teaching Credential, later serving as Vice Chair of the Language Arts Standards Revision Committee. I have attended the San Jose Area’s Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute, am trained as a Teacher Consultant, and served as the institute’s Co-Director in 2000. Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I attended a summer seminar on Nathaniel Hawthorne in Buffalo, New York, in 1994. In 1989 I received my BA in English from San Jose State University, where I graduated with Great Distinction and Department Honors, and that year I also was awarded three Phelan Awards from SJSU, first and second place in the critical essay category and first place for familiar essay. I later continued at SJSU to earn my MA in Education in 2003. In 2005 I was chosen to receive a Fulbright Memorial Fund grant from Japan to visit their schools and learn about their educational system.

Due to my passion for travel, I have visited Europe 20 times, with 13 trips to Venice. On five of those trips I led student tours. Other trips include China, Japan, Greece, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States. Over the years I have published a number of travel articles, familiar essays, lesson plans, community news items, and stories about my students. Furthermore, I have written for two community newspapers. With the publication of my story “That Was Living” in Latina, I did readings in Bay Area bookstores with the other authors, and the story was later reprinted in the college text Colors. Putting my knowledge of Venice to good use, I worked as a Venice consultant for a software company called MegaMedia. As shown in the complete list below, I have two essays published in anthologies, and an excerpt from my first book Free Gondola Ride appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. I held promotional events for Free Gondola Ride, including bookstore readings, Italian festivals, and other community events.

Books: Narrative Nonfiction: Educational Writings (besides teaching-related familiar essays):

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