Foreign Languages

Faculty Biographies

Renée Andrade Spanish
Professional Background Ph.D. Spanish/Theater, UC Irvine
M.A. Spanish and Linguistics, UC Irvine
Teaching Experience Profesor at Mt. SAC since 1984
Prof. & Dir. Lower Division Spanish, USC
Several community colleges
Personal Background Past chair of World Lanugages Department
Outstanding Educator
Educator of Distinction (5 times)
Outstanding Service
Outstanding Faculty (Alpha/Gamma)
Inspiring Woman

Marie Anglin French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Long Beach
Educated in French-speaking schools, Mauritius

Helen Bauch http://elearn.mtsac.edu/hbauch
Professional Background M.A. in Spanish, Bowling Green State University
B.A., Spanish from St. Louis University
Teaching Experience Spanish at Mt. SAC since
Bilingual Resource Specialist at University of Texas, Austin, TX
Spanish and ESL at Texas A&M University, College Station TX
Spanish at Wilmington College, Wilmington OH
Spanish at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
ESL at the Universidad Madre y Maestra, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Alba Breitenbucher Spanish
Professional Background A. B. D. in Spanish
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Personal Background  

Piedad Burmaz Spanish
Professional Background M.A. Spanish with emphasis on ESL, Cal State Fullerton
B.A. Spanish, Cal State Fullerton
Teaching Experience Teaching at Mt. SAC since 2004
Personal Background Native of Columbia, South America

Manuel Castillejos Spanish
Professional Background M.A. Spanish

Chih Ping Chang Chinese
Professional Background Ph.D.
Teaching Experience Coordinator for Chinese Language program since

Chiu-Chin Chang Chinese
Professional Background M.A. TESOL

Rae-Shae Chen Chinese
Professional Background M.A. Chinese Language & Literature, Taipei, Taiwan
B.A. Chinese Language & Literature, Taipei, Taiwan
Personal Background Special interest: Etymology of Chinese characters, language acquisition, analysis of modern Chinese fiction

Florance Erturk French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Fullerton
B.A. Spanish, Georgia State University
Educated in France, Baccalauréat
Teaching Experience Taught High School French and Spanish in Southern California since 1992.
Taught French to prepare students for the International Baccalaureate at the International School of Istanbul.
Personal Background Enjoy traveling, going to museums, reading, learning new things, such as belly dancing, doing aerobics, and volunteering at my local animal shelter.

Susan Fu Chinese
Professional Background M.A. Linguistics
Teaching Experience Teaching Chinese for more than 20 years

Solene Halabi French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Fullerton
B.A. Economy, Damascus University
Educated in French-speaking schools, Syria

Luisa Howell Spanish
Professional Background M.A., Spanish, Cal State Sacramento
Post graduate studies: Spanish & Latin American Literature; specializing in Afro-Hispanic literature
B.A., English (major), Psychology (minor), Cal State Sacramento

Kurt Kemp Spanish
Professional Background M.A. & A.B.D. Romance Linguistics, UCLA
Study Abroad: one year in Spain; six months in Mexico
Teaching Experience Teaching Spanish at the college level since 1984
Personal Background Past co-chair of the World Languages Dept
Past Advisor of the Spanish Club

Lina Lahham French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Fullerton
Educated in French-speaking schools, Syria
Teaching Experience 11 years teaching French, Spanish and Science
Currently teaching all levels French at Diamond Bar High school
Personal Background Best Tennis Player in Syria in 1975
Competed in many tennis tournaments in the 80s.
Led many educational tours with students learning French in France

Michelle Yoko Lin Japanese
Professional Background M.A., Linguistics

Natalia Lyon Spanish
Professional Background M.A. Spanish, Cal State Fullerton
M.A. Russian Language & Literature, Moscow State Pedagogical U
Certificate Teaching Russian, Moscow State University

Americo Marano Italian
Professional Background M.A. Italian, UCLA
M.A. Spanish, Cal State Fullerton
Coordinator for the Italian Languages program since 1979
Teaching Experience Teaching Italian and Spanish at the college level since 1979
Personal Background Past chair of World Languages Department
Co-chair of the World Languages Department for 2007-2008
Director of Study Abroad programs
Advisor of the Italian Club
Leading Mt. SAC Summer Programs in Italy

Yuki McPhail http://elearn.mtsac.edu/japanese
Professional Background B.A. Elementary Education – Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis. MA - Cross-Cultural Studies – Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Ca.
Teaching Experience Full time professor at Mt. SAC Since 1992
Adjunct professor at: Mt. San Antonio College (1988-1992)
UC Riverside
Pomona College
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State University, San Bernardino
Cypress College
Personal Background From: Osaka, Japan
Co-chair: World Languages Department
Adviser: Japanese Circle (campus wide culture club)
Outstanding Educator, Alpha Gamma Sigma
Instructional Grant “Communicating in Japanese” CD-ROM educational program
Who’s Who America’s Teacher 2005, 2006
President/CEO of Japan Translation Services (1988-1992)

Alis Panosian French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Fullerton, California
B. Ed. French and History, U. of Toronto
B.A. French, U. of Toronto
B.A. History and Political Science, Loyola U.
Teaching Experience French 1, French 2 and Conversational French at Mt. SAC since 1991
Contributed to the French Club by organizing various fundraising activities for The Todd Anglin Home for Children.
Organized Christmas dinner parties for 100 students and faculty members since 2000.

Emmanuelle Reny French
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Los Angeles
Educated in France
Teaching Experience Tenured teacher in the French public education system
Taught health and ‘nursing aid’
Taught children, teenagers, adults and the elderly
Personal Background Have lived in Southern France and Paris. I arrived in Los Angeles in 1999 to live with my husband. I love the LA. Area. I am a determined person, and I have the world’s sweetest sweet tooth.

Jane Rinaldi Italian
Professional Background M.A., Italian, Indiana University
M.S., TESL, Cal State Fullerton
B.A., French, Italian, Music, Indiana University
Personal Background Lived in Italy for many years

Saeko Saito Japanese
Professional Background M.A. Foreign Language Education, Soka University of America
B.A. Liberal Studies, Dominican College of San Rafael (now Dominican University)

Carol Spanier German
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Rainer Spanier German
Professional Background Ph.D. University of Insbruck, Austria
M.A. University of Cologne, Germany
Teaching Experience Teaching German at Mt. SAC in 1999
Teaching German at Chaffey College & Azusa Pacific University
Personal Background Native German, studied in Germany and Austria

Saori Tauchi Japanese
Professional Background M.A. Linguistics, Cal State Northridge
B.A. Linguistics, Cal State Northridge
Teaching Experience Teaching at Mt. SAC since 2006
Personal Background Born and raised in Japan

Barbara Vigano http://elearn.mtsac.edu/bvigano
Professional Background M.A. French, Cal State Fullerton
M.A. German, Cal State Fullerton
Educated in French-speaking schools (Switzerland)
Baccalauréat latin-anglais, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Teaching Experience Professor and Coordinator of French at Mt. SAC since 1989
French and German at Mt. SAC in the 1990’s
French and German at Cal State Fullerton
German at two Claremont colleges
French at other community colleges
Personal Background 2007 Outstanding Faculty
2006 Educator of Distinction (4 times)
Designer of all Mt. SAC French class-specific web pages
Advisor of the Mt.SAC French Club since 1989
Past President of AATG for Southern California

Guillermo Villarreal Spanish
Professional Background Ph.D.
Personal Background Past Chair World Languages Department

Roger Wei Japanese
Professional Background M.A. Japanese language, Tokyo University of Education, Tokyo, Japan
Teaching Experience Teaching at Mt. SAC since 2000
Previously taught Japanese for 10 years at University of Taiwan