Meet The WELL tutors

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 transfer student at SDSU. Although I'm an engineering major, I have always loved English and writing. As a San Diego native, I enjoy all things outdoors, especially trips to the beach. In my free time, I like watching movies, shopping, and spending time with friends and family. I am excited to meet and work with all of you this semester!


Jiyun Lee Jiyun (June) Lee

Hello! My name is Jiyun Lee and I am so thrilled to work as a tutor 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!


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.


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 WELL. 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.


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!