Humanities Faculty

    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 Anker graduated from CSU, Chico with an MA degree in English and a credential in 2008. She lives in Chico with her two teenage daughters and an ill-behaved rat terrier.  Now in her second year at Inspire, she is thrilled to be teaching English 9 and 11, as well as Creative Writing and History of Rock electives.  She brings to her teaching a passion for literature, writing, and music, as well as a sense of gratitude for the privilege of working with such a committed staff, supportive parents, and sparkling kids.
     
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Theron Hopkins

Language Arts

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    Marysol de laTorre-Escobedo

Social Science

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Marysol de la Torre-Escobedo has taught World History, U.S. History, and AVID for over 6 years.  Marysol was born in Chico and raised in Hamilton City.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley and her full Social Science Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University.  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 currently teaches AVID at Pleasant Valley High School.  Marysol and her husband Marcelo welcomed their first child in November, a baby boy named Joaquin Antonio. 
     
    Deborah Travers

Social Science

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Deborah Travers has taught World History, Geography and US History at both Chico High and Pleasant Valley High Schools for 14 years which includes working closely with Stanford University and the World Affairs Council in San Francisco to pilot the Contemporary World History Project (a UN style approach to teaching World History) at Chico High.  She is also the Project Director for CUSD's federally funded Smaller Learning Communities Grant for both comprehensive high schools and an original member of the District Advisory Council.  She began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Thailand, teaching English and Agriculture in a rural community high school and has twice volunteered with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India.  Deborah returned to San Francisco to work for both the Institute of International Education and with the Peace Corps again as a Recruitment Specialist for all of 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.  With a profound desire to 'bring the world home', she received a full Social Studies Teaching Credential and M.A. in Education from Stanford University in 1996 and immediately moved to Chico.  She is an outdoor enthusiast and avid traveler who lives with her husband, Bill and three sons, Jasper, Ben and Jesse, next to Bidwell Park.
     
    Beth Reid

Foreign Language - Spanish

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Beth Reid has been teaching all levels of Spanish for the last 7 years, working in Colusa, Paradise, and Oroville. She earned her BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and teaching credential at ChicoState, and has also begun her Master's there in Teaching International Languages.  She has overseen Spanish Club and MEChA and loves to get to know her students through projects in and outside the classroom. 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 children, Maia (3 yrs) and Wiley (1 yr). 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 living downtown and being outside with her family. Beth is very excited to be a part of Inspire!
     
    Antonio Isern
 
Foreign Language/Student Government

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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.
     
    Lee Holcomb

Foreign Language - French

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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 ou S.P.A.) 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 for the past 14 years and loves volunteering in the community. Lee has taught French at Paradise, Chico and Pleasant Valley High Schools, and is insanely excited for the opportunity to be at Inspire.
     
    Amy Hanford

Spanish, Yearbook, ELL, Digital Photography

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Amy Hanford graduated from East Liverpool High School, Ohio and Kent State University. High school Spanish provided the foundation for life-long language studies. (¡Mil gracias a Señor!) Sra. Hanford was a Rotary exchange student in Ecuador, who fell in love with the country and its people. She spent years living between New Mexico and Ecuador, while perusing higher education. Chico became her home in 2002 when she moved with her daughter for school. Sra Hanford holds a BA in English- with a PoliSci minor and a paralegal certificate. She has a bilingual teaching credential from CSU, Chico (English and Spanish). She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and recently graduated (again) with a Masters in Education.

Sra. Hanford is an avid volunteer and previously provided community legal services thorough CLIC. Since two of her kids have attended the two-way immersion program, she’s been volunteering in the K-3 classrooms, assisting with academics and baile folklórico. Sra’s oldest daughter is now in high school. In her spare time (ha!) she continues to pursue language studies, loves literature, travel, scuba diving, photography.… She plays on Inspire’s staff volleyball team and teaches yoga enrichment courses.  She’s very excited to join the Inspire Community.
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