Reading & Writing Center
Meet the Tutors
Salem Admassu studied journalism and creative writing as an undergraduate and has
a master’s degree in English: creative writing, as well as a master’s in English:
composition. She has taught and tutored at College of Marin and San Francisco State
University and has been teaching at LPC since 2014. Outside of her role as an educator,
she enjoys reading and writing fiction.
A line from one of her favorite books : “That’s a true story that never happened.” — Tim O’Brien, The Things They Carried
Manette has taught ESL for almost 25 years, mostly in the Adult Education programs in Pleasanton and Dublin. She has a bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Literature from Amherst College, a teaching credential in English and ESL from San Jose State, and a Masters degree in Second Language Education from Stanford University. She has taught ESL at Las Positas College since the fall of 2015 and tutored in the RAW Center since the fall of 2016. Manette is so pleased to be a part of the LPC community. It is a dream come true for her!
Steve Budd has been teaching college writing classes for 15 years. He has also worked as a writer, editor, and actor. He enjoys helping students improve their writing.
Tess Brandt received her masters in Early Modern English Literature from CSU East Bay. She has taught college English since 2004. Her publications include a writing website called Flying Words, poetry, academic papers, and short stories.
Favorite Book: "Oh, so many. My last favorite book is Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. "
Erin DeBakcsy loves music, language, the language of music, and the music of language. She has a B.A. and M.A. in German literature from UC Berkeley and a M.A. in English (TESOL) from Cal State East Bay. She taught German courses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for many years, and is delighted to have joined the LPC ESL team in 2015! When she is not teaching ESL classes, tutoring the awesome RAW center students, or reading and re-reading the fantastic musings on linguistics by John McWhorter, you can find Erin happily playing violin in Oakland’s Prometheus Symphony Orchestra.
Megan Garcia received her B.A. in English Education and M.A in Composition from San Francisco State University. She currently teaches English at LPC and is an Instructional Assistant for the English Department and has taught at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College. Megan is also a former LPC student. She has tutored in a variety of diverse settings, ranging from public middle and high schools throughout San Francisco,and she has also tutored for San Francisco State's English Tutoring Center and was a student tutor at Las Positas when she was a student here.
Favorite book: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Heidii as a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine as well as multiple teaching credentials. She taught high school for ten years before teaching at LPC, and this is the start of her 13th year here!
Favorite Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Amy Moellering obtained her degrees from the State University system of New York. Her teaching experiences began in Germany, teaching soldiers English through the University of Maryland and have included stints in Savannah, Georgia and West Point, New York. During a 15 year break in teaching she worked as an editor, journalist, columnist, and team writer in Corporate Communications. This semester begins her 5th year at Las Positas. If she's not grading essays, she's reading, hiking, traveling or skiing.
Favorite Book: One of her absolute favorite novels is One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Megan Stein is an instructor in the English Department at Las Positas College. She has an MA in English from Southern Methodist University and is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Riverside. She has been teaching at the college level since 2004.
Favorite Book: Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch. Jonathan Franzen's Freedom is a close second.
Dan is a part-time teacher at Las Positas College, and has been teaching for quite some time. He thoroughly enjoys it! He is looking foward to meeting new students.
Favorite Book: The Poetry of Tu Fu
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