ESL Faculty


Tim Harrison, Dean of Athletics, Communication Studies, ESL, Foreign Languages, Health, Kinesiology and Off-Campus Programs | 654-6400 ext. 3250
Office: AEC-212




Department Chair

karen_harrison_ESL_Department_chairKaren Harrison,  | 

I graduated from Ventura College with my A.A. degree in 1991, and then went on to the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) to earn my B.A. degree in 1993. I became a substitute teacher after that to try teaching. I spent two years teaching kindergarten through 12th grade and enjoyed it very much. Then, I got a night job teaching ESL at Oxnard Adult Education, and I fell in love with the job. That was in 1995, and I have been teaching English as another language since then. I went on to get my M.A degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Azusa University in 2001. After I earned my M.A. I began teaching at the community college level. I taught at College of the Canyons, Los Angeles Mission College, Glendale Community College, and Ventura College. In 2004 I was offered a full-time position at Ventura College, and have been here ever since. I have taught every level, and most skills and have found all of the students to be wonderful. I cannot imagine a better job.


ESL Faculty


geri_loe_esl_instructorGeri Loe

I completed my studies at UCLA and UCSB. I have a Masters in Education; Credential as a Reading/Language Arts Specialist; Life-Time Credential in K-14; and I am a Certified Teacher of English for Students of Other Languages.  I have over 25 years of experience teaching Kindergarten through University levels and designed and taught work-place programs for students of other languages.



Kathleen Mkathleen_mills_esl_instructorills

I have been teaching ESL since 1984. During that time, I have taught all levels from literacy to TOEFL preparation. Since I enjoy travel, I taught English as a Foreign Language in Taiwan and China.  Besides being a language teacher, I am a language student. I studied Spanish while living with host families in Mexico and Spain. The whole world of second language teaching and learning is fascinating and enjoyable. For me, ESL teaching is the best job in the world.



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kari_tudman_esl_instructorKari Tudman

I have been teaching ESL for more than 20 years at colleges and universities throughout Southern California and for the past 6 years here at Ventura College, both at the Main Campus and Santa Paula Campus. I cannot imagine a better or more rewarding career.

While studying French at the University of California, Los Angeles, I spent a semester in France before earning my Bachelor's Degree. I also have a Master's Degree in TESOL from the University of Southern California and a teaching credential from California State University Northridge. I have had the wonderful opportunity to travel to various countries throughout the world, and as an ESL teacher, I have an equally wonderful opportunity to learn more about these countries and others through the eyes of my students.



Nancy_Zelman_ESL_InstructorNancy Zelman

I have taught ESL for over 25 years in North Africa, New York and in California. After receiving a Masters in TESOL from Columbia University, I decided to pursue a law degree. My Juris Doctorate is from The University of the Pacific Law School. After practicing law for a short time, I realized that there was no better job than being an ESL teacher, so I returned to teaching.  



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