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World Languages Faculty and Staff

French Program

Caren Barnezet Parrish, Ph.D.

Learning a foreign language is a journey. I like to remind myself of my own experience as an ESL speaker when I teach my students French. Thus, I emphasize genuine interactions and communication in French, and promote a positive learning environment for them to gain confidence and skills in the target language. I earned my Ph.D. in French from UC Davis (Designated emphasis in Second Language Acquisition) and my MA in French as a Second Language from Grenoble 3 (in France). A resident of Hayward since 2008, my family of 4 is thankful for the opportunity to apply urban "farming" to our daily life with our garden, chickens, goats, and bees!

Spanish Program

Cristina Moon, Ph.D.

My parents are Koreans but I never lived in Korea. I was born in Guam and moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina when I was 3 years old and lived there until I was 16. At the age of 16, we left Argentina and moved to Glendale, California where I attended Hoover High School. After high school, I went to UC Berkeley where I majored in Spanish Literature. After receiving my BA in Spanish, I went to UCLA where I earned a MA and a PhD in Latin American Colonial Literature. I have taught Spanish at UCLA, Scripps College, Western University of Health Sciences, and San José State University. I have been a full-time Spanish instructor at Chabot College since Fall of 2006. I speak Spanish, Korean, and English fluently. I have studied Italian, Portuguese, French, and Latin. I live with my husband (Moon), daughter (Emily), son (Alexander), and cat (Ellie) in San José, California. As a former language student of several foreign languages including Portuguese, Italian, French, Latin, and Korean, I believe I can relate to my students’ struggles when it comes to learning a new language and all the frustration that sometimes comes with it. In my classroom, I strive to create a safe community where students are encouraged to learn about the Hispanic culture as well as the language. What is truly important to my teaching is to foster an inviting learning environment for my students by being an opened, flexible, creative and dynamic instructor.

Francisco Zermeno

Francisco Zermeno earned his BA and MA from UC Santa Barbara. He has taught Spanish at Chabot for many years. Teach on!