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Sumino Otsuji

Sumino Otsuji

Interim Program Coordinator

Education: B.A. in Liberal Studies, M.A. in English, EdD in Education emphasis on Reading and Literacy

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, watching sports, playing Puzzles and Dragons, and traveling

Favorite Book: Anne of Green Gables

Karen Lugo

Karen V. Lugo

Tutor/Adjunct Professor

Education: A.A. of Music, El Camino College; B.A. of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder; B.A. of Music Education, University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A. of English: Teaching English as a Second Language

Hobbies: Classical pianist, singer, choral member, choral director, theater director, Realtor, English professor

Interests: I love my family, and my favorite thing in the world is to spend time with them. I love the beach, vacations, long drives, the mountains, and all the beautiful things in life.

Favorite Book: What Dreams May Come & The Clan of the Cave Bear series, the Harry Potter series (I know--crazy, huh?), the Divergent series, The Number One Ladies' Detective Agency series.

Beth Ceja

Beth Ceja

Tutor

Education: B.A. in English Language and Linguistics, CSU Dominguez Hills

Hobbies: Reading, watching movies, and collecting Disney pins

Favorite book: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Robin Arehart

Robin Arehart

Tutor/Adjunct Professor

Education: B.A., English and Psychology, Swarthmore College; M.A.T., English and Education, Brown University

Hobbies/Interests: Girl Scout troop leader, beach walker (with my dog), and writer of poetry, personal essays and young adult fiction

Favorite Book:Speak

Guadalupe Contreras

Guadalupe Contreras

Tutor

Education: A.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences, El Camino College

Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies mostly include being outdoors. I love going on hikes, doing photography, biking, sightseeing, and traveling. Aside from this, I really enjoy spending time with my parents and boyfriend.

Favorite Book: My favorite books would have to be Tuesdays with Morrie and The Alchemist.

Itzania Elizabeth Castro

Itzania Elizabeth Castro

Tutor/PASS Mentor

Major: English

Interests/Hobbies: Traveling

 Caitlin Yamamoto

Caitlin Waters

Tutor/PASS Mentor

Major: English, emphasis Comparative Literature

Hobbies: Reading, creative writing, spending time with my cats

Favorite Book: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami and Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin

Kenji Yamamoto

Kenji Yamamoto

Tutor/PASS Mentor

Education: B.A. Studio Art/Sociology, Loyola Marymount University

Hobbies/Interests: Attending Concerts, Dancing like no one is watching (when everyone is watching)

Favorite Book: Lamb by Christopher Moore

Sina Fifita

Caroline Sina Fifita

Program Assistant

Education: B.A. in Political Science - Law and Society, UC Riverside

Hobbies/Interests: Volleyball, traveling, arts & crafts, and Tongan tau'olunga (dancing)