Canada College   
    Elizabeth Terzakis
    Instructor of English and Reading

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Bldg 3, Rm 213

Office Hours
M 12:10 pm-1:00 pm
W 1:10 pm-2:00 pm
T 2:10-3:00 pm & 4:30-5:30
Th 2:10-3:00

and by appt

Phone: 650 306 3327





Course Description

Spring 2009


Reading and Composition

Spring 2009


Reading and Composition (evening)

Spring 2009


What about that "American Dream"?

Spring 2009

ENGL 836 FL4

FYE: What about that "American Dream"?




Bachelor of Arts, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
Master of Arts in Creative Writing, Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia
Master of Arts in English, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Certificate in Teaching Reading, San Francisco State University, San Francisco






In 1995, after teaching for three years and receiving my Master's Degree in English, I went on permanent leave from the Ph.D. program at Brown University (the University does not allow you to drop out) and moved to California to work on a novel under the auspices of the Creative Writing Program at San Francisco State University. I worked at LexisNexis editing legal resource books for three years, until they laid me off, and then at the San Francisco Chronicle for eleven months, until they laid me off. At that point I recognized a need for re-training and returned to SFSU.

I earned a Certificate in the Teaching of Reading at the Community College Level in December of 2002, and started teaching at Canada in January of 2003. I have been here ever since, and I have never been happier at work than I am when working with Canada students, collaborating with my wonderful colleagues, and enjoying the views of the hills and the valley.

In addition to being a teacher, I am a social justice activist, with a focus on ending capital punishment. Towards this end, I am a member of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and spend a good amount of my "free" time, reading, writing, and thinking about how to solve social problems without killing people.

I also enjoy rock climbing, backpacking, watching the A's play baseball, spending time with my friends and family and reading novels, books about history, and books about politics.


 Gay/Straight Alliance


I am faculty advisor for the Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) here at Canada College. The GSA is dedicated to promoting awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, and transgender issues on campus, as well as making sure that Canada is a safe environment for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. If you are interested in becoming involved in the club, or have any questions about it, please email me at, or call 650-306-3327.