Lisa Ikeda has been a preschool teacher, a waitress, a cashier, a jewelry engraver, a tour guide, a journalist, and then for many years, an ESOL teacher. She’s a proud graduate of the University of Texas located in the beautiful city of Austin and since then she has thoroughly enjoyed her experiences teaching English in Barcelona, New York, and the Bay Area. When she’s not traveling, or dreaming about traveling, she likes to read, watch PBS, and play her ukulele.
Beatrice “Tris” Roost
I have been teaching ESOL at Laney for about 15 years. Before that I was teaching French and anthropology at Berkeley High School. I have a BA in French from UCB, an MA in anthropology from Cal State East Bay, and a PhD in education from UCSB. I grew up in a family that spoke both English and French because I was born in Canada and my father’s native language was French. I love to travel and have lived in Switzerland and India. I am single with an adopted daughter from China and an eight-year-old grandson. I can be reached through the inbox in canvas as well as through firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been teaching in the ESOL Department at Laney since 2005. About 4 years ago, we began offering hybrid courses to our students as an option for students who might not be able to attend class on campus regularly due to heavy work schedules or emergency visits to their native countries. I had been taking courses in teaching online at @ONE for a while, mostly because I wanted to learn about it and I wanted to see if ESOL students could thrive in a hybrid environment. I found that I really enjoyed teaching online and the creativity of developing interesting and useful assignments. I also really wanted to be an advocate for students as they learned about technology and online course work. Our students needed to be technologically literate for future employment opportunities. It has been a great journey watching students grow and feel proud of all they were learning. Although our current circumstances are very different and online teaching is now the only way to reach our students, it can still be a great learning experience for ourselves and our students.
Hello Everyone! My name is Judy Wong. I’ve been teaching ESL at Laney College since 2004. I’ve also taught at many community colleges, UC Davis, and tech firms throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. My first teaching job was in Japan. I was born and raised in San Jose, CA to a Chinese father and a Japanese-American mother. Now I live in Walnut Creek with my family. We enjoy discovering delicious food and exploring new places through travel. I like to keep very active through exercise, yoga, dance, and attending theater and live performances of my favorite musical acts.
Barbara H. Yasue has been a full-time tenured instructor at Laney College since 2003. In addition to teaching immigrant students, she has taught in teacher training programs in Portugal under a Fulbright grant and for the UC Berkeley TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate program. Ms. Yasue has also taught in Korea and Japan and in Gabon for the Peace Corps. She received her MA in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language from San Francisco State University. She is also the author of Transitions: Stories of Immigrant Students. Barbara Yasue’s passion to work with immigrants and bring to light their concerns and gifts comes from her own experience growing up in an immigrant family.