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For help choosing the Spanish course that best meets your needs and current skill level, please look at this flowchart.. If you do not meet the prerequisites of the course you wish to take, you will need to make an appointment to take a prerequisite challenge diagnostic with the Assessment Center (652-6224 or 6239).

Click here for major requirements for the Associate of Arts Degree in Spanish:

Modern Language Spanish A.A. Degree Major

Full-Time Instructors

Left to right: Victoria Tirado, Rachel Hanna, Douglas Duno, Tamari Jenkins, Mercedes Limón

Douglas Duno, Ph.D

Instructor, Spanish - (909) 652-6921

Professor Douglas José Duno Guerrero was born in the Paraguaná Peninsula in Venezuela where he began his higher education studies. He obtained a B.A. in Spanish from California State University, Fullerton. He transferred to the University of California, Riverside where he obtained a M.A. and completed a doctorate in Spanish Literature.

His dissertation highlights works created by Spanish Female Playwrights of the Twentieth Century. He has taught at different colleges in the area including California State University, San Bernardino. He was a student of Chaffey College and began to teach there in 1996. He was offered a tenure track position in 1998. He has taught and created different courses from beginning Spanish to literature courses.

Professor Duno is an active member of Modern Language Association, California Language Teachers Association, American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and Inland Empire Teachers of Foreign Languages among others. He initiated the Study Abroad language program with the International University in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He has been involved in many committees: Curriculum, Faculty Association, Calendar, Student Government, Transfer Center and Program Review. Presently, he is a Senator-at-large.

Professor Duno enjoys singing, reading, dancing, traveling and learning other languages.

Rachel Hanna

Instructor, Spanish - (909) 652-6919

Rachel Hanna is an Associate Professsor of Spanish at Chaffey College. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Comparative Literature from Indiana University and received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of California, Los Angeles with an emphasis in Peninsular and Latin American literature. In addition to teaching language and literature classes, Professor Hanna is the current co-chair of the Program and Services Review Committee. She is also a member of the Educational Master Plan Committee. She has lived in Madrid and Valencia, Spain. She is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the California Language Teachers' Association and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

Professor Hanna's teaching philosophy: "The ability to communicate in another language enriches your entire life. By learning Spanish, students grow academically and professionally and become more culturally aware of how diverse our world is. I believe the classroom should be an inspiring and creative place where collaboration is valued."

Tamari Jenkins

Instructor, Spanish - (909) 652-6926

Tamari Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Chaffey College and has taught here since January of 2002. She received her B.A. in Spanish from Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA. She then went on to complete a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from the University of California, Riverside. Her Masters emphasis was on Spanish Dialectology and she studied the influences of West African languages and dialects on the dialects of Caribbean Spanish. Professor Jenkins is also the founding member of an organization called African-American Linguists, which is dedicated to the promotion of world language learning in the African-American community. For more information go to In addition to maintaining a full-time teaching load, Tamari is the faculty advisor to the Spanish Club, and she is heavily involved with the promotion of study and travel abroad programs on campus. Every spring she takes groups of students and faculty on a tour of Spain, and she plans to begin taking groups to Cuernavaca, Mexico to participate in the college's summer study abroad program. Professor Jenkins resides in Rialto, CA with her husband and their two cats. She enjoys music, salsa dancing, reading, traveling, cooking vegetarian cuisine, and spending time with her church family and friends.

Mercedes Limón, Ph.D

Instructor, Spanish - (909) 652-6933

Mercedes Limón was born in Cuba and lived there until age 15 when she finished middle school and emigrated to Madrid, Spain. She soon moved to the United States and arrived with her brother in California the day before classes started at Huntington Park High School. She now holds a Ph.D in Latin-American Literature with a minor in Golden Age Literature and Contemporary Literature from Spain from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Mercedes Limón has taught Spanish and Literature at California State University Los Angeles, Mountain View High School, Pasadena City College, Citrus College, Claremont McKenna College and Chaffey College. She has taught Spanish full-time at Chaffey College since fall 2006. After 25 years of teaching Spanish, she is still passionate about her job and her students.

Professor Limón is also the advisor to the Spanish club which has received first and second place three years in a row in the Club Competition. Other professional activities include serving as the Assistant director and Literary Consultant of the California's Latino Academy of Dramatic Arts and Folgueira's Itinerant Theater as well as the Secretary to FITLA's International Latino Theatre Festival from 2001 to the present.

Mercedes Limón is also a poet, and some of her publications include Sabor de tierra amarga (Betania, 1995) and "El olor del café," "Pingüino," "Alexa," "Historia de amor viejo," "El bizco" in Poesía cubana: La isla entera (Betania, 1995). Currently she is working on her next collection of poems, Con las cuatrocientas voces del sinsonte and a novel La traición de Corín Tellado.

She is a woman of many passions. Besides teaching and writing, she loves theatre, film, dancing, and life in general. Her family is her inspiration; without them, she wouldn't be.

Victoria Tirado

Instructor, Spanish - (909) 652-6947

Professor Victoria Tirado has taught at Chaffey College since 1997. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from California State University at Sacramento in 1990, and went on to complete a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from the same institution in 1994. After completing her degrees, she moved to Southern California and began teaching at the college level. Although she enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish, she is especially enthusiastic about teaching native Spanish speakers and has worked hard to develop curriculum for this group. She enjoys teaching students who are dedicated to learning and have a good sense of humor. In addition to her teaching duties, Victoria is also a member of the Health and Safety committee and the Learning Outcomes and Assessment committee at Chaffey College. In her personal life, she is married with three sons. She enjoys good friends, good conversation, good books, and traveling.


Part-Time Instructors

Alberto Corona
(909) 652-7290

Carlos Drumond
(909) 652-7233

Lourdes Fajardo
(909) 652-7897

Dulce Garcia
(909) 652-7967

Victor Garcia
(909) 652-7072

Nelida Guillen
(909) 652-7081

Esther Hernandez
(909) 652-7923

Hsing (Angel) Ho
(909) 652-7927

Debbie Lin
(909) 652-7191

Oscar Rios
(909) 652-7200

Irma Vejar
(909) 652-7276

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