Faculty

Spanish Instructor Alwar

Archana Alwar

Adjunct Spanish Instructor

Biography:

¡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


Mari Brunson

Full-time Japanese Instructor

Biography:

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


Hiroki Danshita

Adjunct Japanese Instructor


M. Renatta Fernandez

M. Renatta Fernández

Adjunct Spanish Instructor

Biography:

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


Weihong Geiger

Full-time Chinese Instructor

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

Biography:

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 Weihong Geiger


Rick Mangan

Rick Mangan

Full-time ASL Instructor


Melissa Massie

Melissa Massie

World Language Dept. Chair/Full-time Spanish Instructor

Biography:

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


Anne Stewart

Anne Matsumoto Stewart

Senior Associate Professor of Japanese

Biography:

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


Rosanna Militano

Rosanna Militano

Adjunct Italian Instructor

Biography:

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


Tomoko Nakaone

Adjunct Japanese Instructor

Biography:

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

Full-time French & German Instructor

Biography:

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


Mae Sellers

Adjunct ASL Instructor


Noriko Shiomi

Adjunct Japanese Instructor

Biography:

Noriko was born in Kyoto, Japan. When she was 20, she attended an international Girl Scout camp in Switzerland. She was the only non-English speaker in the camp. When the other scouts asked her to teach the Japanese Language and Japanese songs, she realized that teaching Japanese to people from other countries was a lot …more about Noriko Shiomi


J. Engel Szwaja Franken

J. Engel Szwaja-Franken

Full-time Spanish Instructor

Biography:

I have been a full-time Spanish professor at BC since 2014. When the opportunity arises, I teach French and courses in the English department as well. I am a literary scholar by training. I completed a Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in history and comparative literature at the …more about J. Engel Szwaja-Franken


Patrick Zambianchi

Adjunct French Instructor