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
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.
Valerie earned her BA in English from University of California, Davis and MA in American Cultural Studies at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Her English Professor career began in 2004, so this is her 19th year of teaching College Composition and Literature. Prior to teaching, she was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bob Matsui and a researcher at The Smithsonian Institution's-- National Museum of American History. She continues to have strong connections to Washington DC, so she frequently flies to the nation's capitol.
Favorite Quote: When she seeks inspiration and clarification about her life journey, she connects back to the words of Gloria Anzaldua, author of The Boarderlands, because she shares a similar self-analysis: " I am mad- but I choose this madness."
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
Amanda Heinrichs studied English and history as an undergraduate and has a master's degree in English Literature. She has taught at LPC since 2014 and also teaches at CSU Stanislaus. It was as an undergrad student at CSUS that she discovered her passion for tutoring and working with college students. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and learning about holistic health and nutrition.
Favorite Quote: "Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-next. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of her life in its meshes. She called in her soul to come and see." - Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Savanna grew up in the Midwest and traveled the world with her family at a young age. From this she learned a love of travel, appreciating new cultures, and making new contacts. She studied at the University of Iowa, earning a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in French Literature. Savanna enjoys social partner dancing, gourmet cooking, painting with watercolors, and camping. She has been teaching at Las Positas College since 2004.
Favorite Quote: "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer." -Albert Camus
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.
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