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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, Fullerton; then, he transferred to
University of California, Riverside where he finished a M.A. and completed
a doctorate in Spanish Literature. His dissertation highlights works created
by Spanish Female Playwrights of the Twentieth Century. He began to teach
at Chaffey College on fall 1998. He has taught and created different
courses from beginning Spanish to literature courses.
Professor Duno is the president of the Inland Empire Chapter of the American
Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. He is an active member
of Modern Language Association, California Language Teachers Association,
and Inland Empire Teachers of Foreign Languages among others. He initiated
the language program with Cuernavaca, Mexico and supports the various
study abroad programs in the college.
Professor Duno who plays “el cuatro” sings with the Claremont
Chorale and is a paid soloist for several churches in the
area. He enjoys the theater, the opera, reading, dancing, gardening and
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 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 www.oaal.org. 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
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.
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.