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Hartnell College Hires Two New Instructors

August 15, 2002

Two new instructors have joined the full-time faculty at Hartnell College. They are Rhea Mendoza-Lewis, English instructor, and Ann Wright, biology instructor.

Mendoza-Lewis most recently directed the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at the LEN Business and Language Institute of San Francisco. She also has taught at San Francisco State University and the American Language Institute of San Francisco. Mendoza-Lewis holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a master's degree in English from San Francisco State.

Vearl Gish, acting dean of Hartnell's Fine Arts, Language Arts and Social Sciences Division, calls Mendoza-Lewis "an excellent instructor who has strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills." He says she will teach "interactive" English classes, which utilize computer software programs that assist students in improving their writing skills.

The other new hire, Ann Wright, has taught at Hartnell for the past 2 years as a temporary and part-time instructor. Previously she was an instructor at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, De Anza College in Cupertino, and California State University, Northridge.

Earlier in her career, Wright was an assistant research immunologist in the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. degree in medical microbiology from Stanford University.

Charlene Frontiera, dean of Hartnell's Mathematics and Science Division, said "Ann Wright has extensive teaching experience in biology, and also is a active researcher who will be able to bring valuable insights to our students." The author of scientific articles, Wright is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science.