Meet The WELL tutors

Anna Torrezan de Sousa  Anna Torrezan de Sousa

Hello to all - I'm looking forward to working with you this semester!  I'm originally from Missouri and moved to Southern California in 2011.  Shortly after, I took a class called CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and just loved it.  I later taught English in Tehuacan, Mexico, for several months and then came back and enrolled at Mesa College, eventually transferring to SDSU.  I play the oboe (sort of looks like a clarinet) and majored in music but minored in teaching English.  I've been an Instructional Assistant in many classes and really enjoy interacting with community college non-native-speaker students.


Eugene Phillips Gene Phillips

I am from San Diego and attended Miramar College for several years before transferring to SDSU, where I attained a BA with distinction in History. Although I have studied numerous regions, eras, themes, and topics across the last five thousand years, I focus on the eternal power struggle between social classes over control of production and resources. Currently, I am enrolled in a History master’s program at SDSU where my research focuses on American imperialism. Besides history, I also love running, swimming, literature, rock music, philosophy, exploring and adventuring in the great outdoors, cooking, politics, woodworking, and thinking. Writing has always been a challenging and rewarding process for me and I hope to help others become more effective writers.



Jiyun Lee Jiyun (June) Lee

Hello! My name is Jiyun Lee and I am so thrilled to work as an Instructional Apprentice at Miramar College. I moved to San Diego in 2011. After earning a Bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature, I worked with adult ESL students. My desire to become a teacher inspired me to enroll in a TESOL program, and I recently graduated from Alliant International University with a Master's degree in TESOL. My teaching approach focuses on the employment of authentic materials and technology in language learning through a variety of communicative activities. I enjoy traveling, reading, watching movies, and working out at the gym. Most of all, I like spending time with my husband and two energetic children. I also love to take a walk with my dog. I look forward to meeting all of you in the WELL!


John Stanek John Stanek

Hello Miramar College students! My name is John and I am very excited to be working as a tutor in the English Center. I am originally from New York and moved to San Diego in 1998. Recently, I lived in Taipei, Taiwan for almost five years and then New York City for a year. In both these cities I was an ESL and TOEFL test prep instructor. I have a BA in Economics/Business Administration from University at Albany (in Upstate New York) and my TESOL Certificate through St. John's University. I am currently researching options in pursuing a Master's degree in TESOL. When I'm not working I like to read, take walks and hikes, do yoga, go to the gym, and spend time with my friends. I hope to see you in the WELL at Miramar College.



Andrew Cerda Andrew Cerda

Hello, my name is Andrew and I am a San Diego native. I received my BA in English from CSULB and decided to stay in Long Beach after graduating.  I eventually made my way back to San Diego, and after working for a number of years in the logistics field I decided to take a TESL/TEFL certificate course at CSUSM.  After completing this program I wanted to teach English to adults, so I worked part time as a classroom facilitator and instructor for the American Language Institute at CSUSM. In August 2018, I received my Master's in TESOL from Alliant International University. I enjoy spending time with my wife, reading, watching movies, listening to music, going to the beach and staying active.


Zahra Kushkaki Zahra Kushkaki

Hi! My name is Zahra, and I’m currently a second-year student at Miramar College. As a San Diego native, I love trips to the beach, dining with friends, and spending weekends at Mission Bay. I grew up in a bilingual household, and enjoy spending time with my sister and parents. An engineering major myself, I want to focus on structures and one day lead my own firm. I am excited to meet and work with all of you this semester!


Wismmy Lee Wismmy Lee

Hello everyone! My name is Wismmy, and I've been a Senior Tutor since Fall 2016. When I'm not in The WELL, you can find me chasing sunsets at Gliderport, stuffing my face with salmon sashimi, or listening to Rex Orange County. I currently study Molecular and Cell Biology at UCSD, and I hope to work in the ever-growing field of genetics or regenerative medicine. As an alum from Miramar College, I'm happy that you've chosen to have this community college be a part of your educational journey. I look forward to working with all of you.


Rebecca Tedesco Rebecca Tedesco

Hello, Miramar College!  I'm Rebecca, a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Master Level 3 writing tutor.  The most important things for you to know about me are that I love tutoring and that community colleges are my favorite places to work. I became a writing tutor at UMass Boston and realized soon after that I wanted to pursue a career in learning assistance.  In addition to tutoring, I have coordinated tutoring programs at two universities, most recently at San José State, and taught college reading and composition courses. I completed a Bachelor’s in sociology from Brandeis University, a Master’s in English literature from UMass Boston, and a post-Master’s in developmental education from Boston University.  These qualifications might make me sound kind of fancy, but I am actually a pretty down-to-earth person. I hope you will come by the WELL this semester. I am looking forward to meeting you!


Karthik Thirunigari Karthik Thirunigari

Hello everyone! My name is Karthik. I am a former Miramar College student, and I recently graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts in Consumer Affairs. I have always loved education and I hope that I can learn as much from all of you as you can from me. I hope one day to be a professor at Miramar College so in many ways this is the path to my dream job. I have a passion for writing since it presents an opportunity to create a masterpiece from several parts and I often compare constructing an essay to writing a script for a film, another interest of mine. In my spare time I like to play tennis and practice yoga and I look forward to seeing everyone this semester.