ESL and EngM Faculty


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.


       Sarah Tamiian
Sarah Tamiian has been teaching ESL and EngM at Ventura College for ten years. Before settling in sunny California, she had the opportunity to teach diverse student populations in Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Oregon, and Ohio. When she is not busy teaching, she loves to read classic literature, watch British television, travel, and work in the garden with her four children. She loves to help ESL and EngM students achieve their goals!

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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