Faculty

Archana Alwar

Adjunct Spanish Instructor

  • Email: aalwar@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2127
  • Office Location: R 230

  • Bio:

    ¡Bienvenidos! I am originally from Puerto Rico. I received my B.S. Degree in Business Administration with a major in Organizational Studies from the University of Puerto Rico. I went on to earn a M.A. Degree in Romance Languages with a concentration in Spanish Literature from The University of Memphis. I have been a part-time faculty …more about Archana Alwar


Brenda Aron

Adjunct ASL Instructor


Carolyn Bilby

Carolyn Bilby

Full-time French Instructor

  • Email: carolyn.bilby@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-6169
  • Office Location: A245 E

  • Bio:

    I have been teaching French at Bellevue College since 1989. My undergraduate degree comes from Seton Hall University where I majored in French and minored in Spanish, Art History, and Education.  My M.A. comes from Penn State University.  In France I have studied in Caen and Nice.  For fun I enjoy being outdoors with my …more about Carolyn Bilby


Mari Brunson

Full-time Japanese Instructor

  • Email: mari.brunson@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2069
  • Office Location: A245 A

  • Bio:

    Mari Brunson was born and raised in the Tokyo area. At 17 she moved to Rochester, New York, with her family and spent two and a half years attending an American high school and college before moving back to Japan. Upon arrival in the United States as a teenager, Mari was surprised to learn how …more about Mari Brunson


Hakim Chakour

Adjunct Arabic Instructor


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J. Engel Szwaja-Franken

Full-time Spanish Instructor

  • Email: jozef.szwaja-franken@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Office Location: A 245 B

  • Bio:

    I earned my Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine in 2013. My academic training focused on Latin American literature, and I taught Spanish, English and French at several institutions before coming to Bellevue in 2014. I completed my B.A. in history and comparative literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. …more about J. Engel Szwaja-Franken


M. Renatta Fernandez

M. Renatta Fernández

Adjunct Spanish Instructor

  • Email: mfernand@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2177
  • Office Location: A245

  • Bio:

    I was born and raised in Mexico City. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from the Universidad Intercontinental in Mexico City, Mexico. I worked in educational services at the “Casa-Estudio Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo” and worked as a translator for National Geographic (en Español) in Mexico City.  I began my teaching …more about M. Renatta Fernández


Weighong Geiger

Full-time Chinese Instructor

  • Email: wei.geiger
  • Phone: 425-564-2755
  • Office Location: A245 F

  • Bio:

    Ni hao (‘hello’ in Chinese), my name is Weihong Geiger. Thanks for checking out the BC World Language department webpage! I would like to take some time to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Beijing, China. Beijing has a population of more than 20,000,000, and it is a …more about Weighong Geiger


Rocio Gonzalez

Rocío González

Adjunct Spanish Instructor

  • Email: rgonzale@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: R 230

  • Bio:

    My name is Rocío A. González, I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco México. I came to the United States in 1986. I earned a BA in Spanish. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2002, and a Master’s in Education; Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix in 2006. I’ve been  teaching at …more about Rocío González


Yuko Hanamure-Stalter

Yuko Hanamure-Stalter

Adjunct Japanese Instructor

  • Email: yuko.hanamure@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-4176
  • Office Location: A245

  • Bio:

    Yuko Hanamure-Stalter was born in Tokyo and raised in Kagoshima, the southern part of Kyushu. She received her BA in English from Kagoshima University and a MA in Japanese Pedagogy at the University of Hawaii. Yuko spent her teenage time with her deep love for music. When she was a sophomore she took a 6-month …more about Yuko Hanamure-Stalter


Zhiling Hu

Adjunct Chinese Instructor


Rick Mangan

Rick Mangan

Full-time ASL Instructor


Melissa Massie

Melissa Massie

Full-time Spanish Instructor

  • Email: melissa.massie@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2743
  • Office Location: A245 H

  • Bio:

    In high school, I took Spanish because I had to take something. Why not Spanish? In college, I majored in psychology, but because my minor was Spanish, I spent a semester living with a host family and studying in Costa Rica. There, my Spanish moved from theoretical to practical. I earned a B.A in Psychology, …more about Melissa Massie


Rosanna Militano

Rosanna Militano

Adjunct Italian Instructor

  • Email: rmilitan@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2058
  • Office Location: A245

  • Bio:

    I was born and raised in Italy. In 2003 I obtained my master’s degree in Languages and Literature at the University of Messina. I obtained my post graduate teaching degree in 2006. After that I moved to the States to join my Seattleite husband. I started teaching Italian at the Seattle Language Academy, and I …more about Rosanna Militano


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Tomoko Nakaone

Adjunct Japanese Instructor

  • Email: tomoko.nakaone
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: A245

  • Bio:

    Tomoko Nakaone was born and raised in Tokyo. She earned her B.A. in English literature from Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo and moved to Seattle in the early 90’s.  She received her M.A. in Japanese applied linguistics and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Washington. She started teaching Japanese in 1996 and has taught at …more about Tomoko Nakaone


Eva Norling

Eva Norling

World Language Dept. Chair/French & German Instructor

  • Email: eva.norling@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2298
  • Office Location: A245 D

  • Bio:

    Eva Norling was born and raised in  Germany.  She earned her M.A. and her 1st and 2nd Staatsexamen in French and German from the University of Freiburg, Germany.  She spent some time working at Renault in France as well as studying at the Sorbonne in Paris and the university of Tours.  After teaching in Germany …more about Eva Norling


Ron Podmore

Adjunct ASL Instructor


Jeremy Quiroga

Adjunct ASL Instructor


Xiaojing Shen

Xiaojing Shen

Adjunct Chinese Instructor

  • Email: xj.shen@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2341
  • Office Location: A245 A

  • Bio:

    My name is Xiaojing Shen. I am so excited to start teaching mandarin Chinese at Bellevue College (BC) in this coming fall. I was born and grew up in Shanghai, China. This life experience makes me have native proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and Shanghai dialect. I acquired my Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature …more about Xiaojing Shen


Anne Stewart

Anne Matsumoto Stewart

Full-time Japanese Instructor

  • Email: anne.stewart@bellevuecollege.edu
  • Phone: 425-564-2739
  • Office Location: A245 C

  • Bio:

    Anne Matsumoto Stewart was born in Washington D.C. and was raised in Hiroshima and Honolulu. She received an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Hawaii, completed two years of graduate studies in Japanese pedagogy at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in Japan and then taught Japanese at the elementary, high school and college levels …more about Anne Matsumoto Stewart


Yasuko Wyatt

Adjunct Japanese Instructor