Humanities Faculty

LANGUAGE ARTS

Danielle Alexich

Language Arts
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Danielle Alexich has taught in the English Department at CSUC for the past 23 years.  In addition to a wide variety of courses in writing and literature at the college level, she has taught high school English and French, worked as a poet/teacher in the public schools and Juvenile Hall, served as Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools and worked as a presenter for the Northern California Writing Project.   She has designed and directed several summer institutes for teachers and led numerous seminars and workshops for teachers and students in and out of the state.  She brings to Inspire a respect for the imagination and a love of literature, writing and teaching.

Becky Brown

Language Arts
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Becky Brown graduated with a Masters in English and a teaching credential from Chico State University in 2008.  She teaches American Literature, AP Language and Composition, Creative Writing and History of Rock at Inspire School of Arts and Sciences, and publishes the student poetry anthology, Incendio. She is the mother of two grown daughters, Emma and Helen, and lives in Chico with her husband, stepdaughter Molly, and an ill-behaved rat terrier.  

Theron Hopkins

Language Arts 
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Theron Hopkins graduated from San Diego State University. He teaches English 9, English 10, and Creative Writing, and is pleased and proud to be a part of the Inspire Team.

Sheri Kauffman

Language Arts
 
Sheri has a BA in English literature from CSU, Chico and an MA in English literature from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. During her MA program, Sheri was a tutorial instructor for a first-year English (writing intensive) course and found that she loved teaching just as much as researching and writing. That experience inspired her to start the credential program after moving back to Chico. Sheri lives in Chico and enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, yoga, traveling, the beach, and outdoor adventures. Sheri has always loved the study of English and is excited to join the Inspire staff and the English department in creating enriching learning opportunities! 
 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo

Social Science
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Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley and her full Social Science Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. In 2003, she began her teaching career as a founding member of East Palo Alto Academy High School in the bay area. As a founding member of EPAAHS, Marysol worked closely with the Stanford University Redesign Network and their efforts in meeting the needs of all students and creating a model of school reform. She has taught AVID, World History, US History, Economics, and Spanish in the Bay area, the Dominican Republic, and Chico. Marysol is married to one of Chico PD's finest and they have two children.‚Äč

Deborah Travers

Social Science
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Debbie Travers joined Inspire as an early member of its original Planning Committee in 2009. She has taught Geography, World History, Government and AP Government at Inspire since its inception, as well as at both Chico and Pleasant Valley High Schools since 1996. She has also served on Inspire’s Advisory Board since our planning year. Debbie began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years in northern Thailand, teaching English and agriculture in a rural community high school. She returned to San Francisco to work for both the Institute of International Education as a Study Abroad Advisor and with the US Peace Corps again as a Recruitment Specialist for northern California. Wanderlust led to a return to Asia with her husband, teaching English in Kathmandu, Nepal, and leading treks throughout the Nepalese and Indian Himalaya for three years. She has also twice volunteered with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Fluent in four languages (German, Thai, Nepali), and with a profound desire to ‘bring the world home’, she received a full Social Science Teaching Credential and Master of Arts in Education from Stanford University in 1996. Debbie has studied overseas, both in Germany and Austria, and is an outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler who lives with her husband Bill and three sons, Jasper, Ben and Jesse, next to Bidwell Park.  
 
 

WORLD LANGUAGES

Lee Holcomb

French  
Lee Holcomb is a graduate of Gridley High School where he began studies in French, music and theatre. After high school, he spent two years in the south of France where he taught English and worked for the French versions of the SPCA (La Société Protectrice des Animaux) and Food for Families (les Restaurants du Cœur) in la Provence. He attended Chico State where he continued his studies, earned his BA degrees in Theatre and French, and continued on to earn his teaching credential. He is a volunteer at the 1078 Gallery where he is a member of the Exhibitions Committee. He has lived in Chico since 1998 and loves volunteering in the community. Lee has taught French at Paradise, Chico and Pleasant Valley High Schools, and is proud to be at Inspire.

 

Antonio Isern

Foreign Language / Student Government

Born and raised in Seville, Spain, Antonio moved to Chico along with his family at the age of 12. Growing up in Chico, Antonio attended Bidwell Jr. High and Chico High School. At Chico State, Antonio had the opportunity to strengthen not only his native language of Spanish, but also his cultural and historical knowledge about his native country of Spain as well as all other Spanish speaking countries of central and South America. Along with a credential in Special Education, Antonio possesses an incredible understanding for all students’ needs and wants.   Antonio has been teaching Spanish for three years. Antonio brings to his classroom an environment that is energetic, passionate, fun, dynamic, diverse and rich in culture, yet professional and full of rigor. Lastly, as a second language learner himself Antonio has the ability to understand students’ progression of a new language from personal experience. Focusing on 100% target language in the classroom, Antonio is determined to make his mark on students at Inspire. Antonio is married to his lovely wife, Jessica Isern, who is currently a school counselor at Pleasant Valley High School. Antonio is a soccer coach and enjoys many outdoors activities including, hiking, snowboarding, running, camping, golf, Frisbee-golf, and white water rafting to mention a few.  Antonio also enjoys dancing and acting as he was involved in a few theatrical Spanish productions while attending Chico State.  Antonio is also very passionate about traveling and hopes to be able to bring the experience to his students at Inspire by arranging yearly trips to visit foreign countries. 
 

Beth Reid

Foreign Language - Spanish
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Beth Reid has been teaching all levels of Spanish since 2004. She earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and teaching credential at Chico State. She loves to get to know her students through projects in and outside the classroom, and advising Spanish Club. Beth is originally from Fresno but fell in love with Chico--and in Chico--while a student here. She is married to Luke and has two young children, Maia and Wiley. She loves to be with people, go to local concerts, cook, and travel, especially to Mexico and Central America. She is excited about her involvement with Agros International, an organization to help the rural poor develop and own land. She also loves being downtown and outside with her family. Beth is very excited to be a part of Inspire!
 
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