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Faculty BiosLilia Becerra
Office: Holt 302
Tel: (209) 954 - 5260

Lilia Becerra-Quintor has a Master's Degree in English with an emphasis in writing, reading, and linguistics and a Bachelor's Degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) with a minor in Latin American Studies both from the University of the Pacific. She has been teaching ESL and composition for over ten years and taught reading for a number of years. During the 1988/1989 school year, she was the coordinator of the ESL program while the coordinator was on sabbatical. In the ESL program, she has taught English 180, 80, 81,70B, and 84. In the English program, she has taught English 70a-c, English 87, 79, 71, and 1A. Also, during the 1996-1997 school year, she was the Acting Director/Coordinator of the Tutor Center. That year she also taught English 32A-Tutor Training. Lilia worked with the EOPS counselors in the Success Within Reach Program for a number of years.

Farida Smyth
Office: Holt 211
Tel: (209) 954 -5237

Farida Smyth grew up on the island of Java, Indonesia. She attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where she received her B.A. and M.A. in Inter-American Studies with a major in English as a Second Language. Farida is fascinated with languages and has taken Spanish, French, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, German and American Sign language classes. Farida has taught at Delta College since 1981. She served as Writing and ESL Coordinator for a few years and has been in charge of the ESL Placement Testing for more than 10 years. Farida loves music and has incorporated many of her favorite songs into oral laboratory lessons.

Dr. Marcos R. Contreras
Office: Budd 303
Tel: (209) 954-5150

Dr. Contreras is an immigrant from Chile, who learned his first words of English while working upon his arrival in New York City. Today, he holds a doctorate degree in International Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco where he also earned his M.A. and B.A. degrees. In addition, he holds an A.A. degree from Laney College in Oakland, California and a B.S. from the Universidad Technica del Estado, Chile, South America. Dr. Contreras has twenty seven years of experience in community colleges including ESL instructor, educational workshops and seminars instructor at several colleges and universities, curriculum development specialist, dean of instruction, and program review and approval specialist at the California Community College Chancellor's Office. Dr. Contreras joined San Joaquin Delta College in July of 1988.

Kathleen Macias
Office: Shima 405
Tel: (209) 954-5571

Kathleen Macias is a native of Stockton and a graduate of San Joaquin Delta College. She received her B.A. in Liberal Studies and a M.A. in Education from the University of the Pacific. She also received a M.A. from the University of San Francisco in Counseling/Psychology. She has been an instructor for over 20 years. She taught ESL for Lincoln Unified and Lodi Adult School prior to becoming an instructor for San Joaquin Delta College. She is currently completing her Doctorate at the University of the Pacific.

Joseph A. Montes
Office: Lock 122
Tel: (209) 954-5448

Joseph A. Montes is a graduate of San Joaquin Delta College and the University of the Pacific, where he received B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. degrees in Curriculum and Education with an emphasis in Bilingual / Cross-Cultural Education. In addition, he holds a Bilingual Cross-Cultural Specialist Credential. Joseph's vast teaching experiences include teaching preschoolers at the Linden Child Development Center, elementary students at the American School Foundation in Mexico City, Mexico, and young adults at the California Youth Authority in Stockton, California. Joseph was an ESL. teacher for the Stockton Unified School District for twelve years prior to joining the Delta College ESL. Department in 1989. He also served as the ESL. coordinator from 1990 - 1993. Joseph loves teaching English and motivates his students not only to learn, speak, read, and write English, but also to have a lot of fun while learning English.

Mark Slakey
Office: Cunn 229
Tel: (209) 954-5316

Mark Slakey earned his B.A. and M.A. in English and Teaching English as a Second Language at California State University, Sacramento and his P.H.D. at the University of Wales Bangor. Since 1988, Mark has taught at Delta College, where he has also served as Academic Senator and ESL Coordinator. Mark has also taught English at CSU Sacramento, Tunghai University in Taiwan, Sacramento City College, Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, and UC Davis Extension. In addition, he has conducted numerous business writing seminars at corporations and governmental departments throughout the Sacramento Valley.

Teresa Valencia Drace
Office: Shima 231
Tel: (209) 954 -5554

Teresa V. Drace received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of the Pacific. She has been an ESL. instructor at Delta College for over 25 years. She has done additional course work at the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento.


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