Meet Our Tutors
College English Writing Center
Administrator & Senior Tutor
John was born in Austin and has spent most of his life in south, central, and west Texas. He is still trying to decide what he wants to be when he grows up, and along the way he has worked as an elementary school teacher, framing carpenter, field biologist, and computer technician. His academic career has earned him a BA in psychology from Southwestern University and an MS in interdisciplinary studies (Biology and English) from the University of Texas at Brownsville. John is passionate about the written word, and has been happy to spend the past fifteen years applying that passion to his work with Northwest Vista College students.
Priscilla was born and raised in San Antonio and attended Northwest Vista College. After finishing high school in 1999, she received her Associates degree in Liberal Arts. After NVC, she pursued working a full-time job for a few years. However, as time passed by, Priscilla decided to go back to school to continue with her education at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a B.A. in English. She has been an English tutor at NVC’s College English Writing Center for almost two years, and she absolutely loves her job. When she is not at work, Priscilla is usually busy running every day of the week, or hanging out with friends at coffee shops. You can find Priscilla in the English Lab in JH216, Monday through Friday from 12:00-5:00.
As a recent graduate of St. Mary's University, Alexis really would like to work on her writing. She aspires to be a novelist and professor in the next few years. She has been working at Northwest Vista College for a short time, but greatly enjoys all the students that she has been able to help, and the students she's been able to see improve in their college-level writing. Alexis really enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies. Her favorite books are by Richard Yates and she's begun writing short stories to expand them into novels. Her favorite movies are all British with strong soundtracks, like Pirate Radio. She loves to travel and has been to London twice, Greece, and all over the U.S. Alexis is in the college level writing lab Monday-Thursday from 8am.
Adolfo Butch Cárdenas
A native son of South Texas, Butch is a former Vietnam era Marine and has worked as a veteran newspaper journalist throughout the American Southwest and Mexico. He is a 2005 honor graduate from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi with a degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Butch has also completed his graduate coursework in Composition and Rhetoric at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. As a graduate assistant, he served as technical writer for two years with A&M-Corpus Christi’s Department of Computers, Media & Telecommunications. An avid writer, he has been previously published in academic literary journals and his Young Adult Literature book Por la Calle Claremont: The Beto Stories has been published by Floricanto Press of California. He is currently completing his next fiction writing project titled Dreams y Realidad: A South Texas Sojourn. Aside from writing, his hobbies include playing acoustic guitar, cooking, and gardening. You can usually find Butch in the College Level Writing Center in JH 216 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays or in the Developmental English writing and reading labs as well.
When Jennifer was young, she lacked the confidence to go to school, and waited until fifty to begin further education. However, she has learned that it is never too late. She started at San Antonio College with one class, a Sociology course, and made a B. She surprised herself, and then knew she could make it in college. The math courses were brutal, and she discovered that you sometimes have to struggle to get to where you really want to be, and for Jennifer that is the environment of teaching. She is a dedicated dancer, currently working on a minor in that subject and has earned an Associate’s of Arts degree in English from NVC. She loves writing and many times, to keep a student from being discouraged, remarks, “Remember, even Shakespeare had an editor”. Jennifer tutors in both the Developmental Reading and Writing labs, Monday – Friday.
A native New Yorker, Stacy moved here 17 years ago. As an alum of NVC, she earned her A.A. in English. Stacy then earned her BAAS and MSIS degrees at Texas State University. Her hobbies include reading and crocheting. She tutors and teaches all developmental Reading and English courses and labs in addition to the new Integrated Reading and Writing (INRW 0305) courses set to being in Spring ‘14.
Denise has been a tutor for over six years, and has tutored core curriculum classes, but is currently is tutoring in the Developmental English Lab. She knew from an early age that teaching was something she wanted to do and began working on her undergraduate degree. When she applied for a tutoring position with another Alamo District college, she found that she loved tutoring and have since tutored in three different Alamo District colleges. She notes that she enjoys her job as a tutor and looks forward to helping students succeed in their courses. In her spare time, Denise likes to spend time with her grandchildren and says they “keep her young”. She and her husband are also motorcycle enthusiasts and are in a club that meets once a month for friendship and riding. You can find Denise in JH 229 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday evenings.
Virginia has been a school teacher for 41 years. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in English at the University of Idaho and a Master’s Degree in Education/Administration at A&I in Kingsville, Texas, now a part of the Texas A&M University System. She taught public school in Lytle, Texas for 31 years. For the other ten years she has taught Developmental Writing and tutoring at Northwest Vista College. Given her academic teaching background, it is no big surprise that she finds reading to be among one of her most favorite hobbies. Meanwhile, one of her favorite activities is camping with her family in their RV. You can find Virginia in the Developmental English Lab in JH 229 Monday-Thursday.
Diana E. Jiménez
Diana is a San Antonio native with many years’ experience in several industries including corporate retail, television, higher education, and non-profit. She is currently a supervisor at Nationwide Insurance in Corporate Real Estate. She has two business degrees: a Bachelor’s degree with a major in Human Resources Management from Our Lady of the Lake University, and an MBA from the University of the Incarnate Word, conferred respectively in 2006 and 2011. Diana has always had a passion for writing and loves to help and work with students. She has previous tutoring experience at Northwest Vista College and noted that she is excited to be back. She loves Zumba, dancing, and spends a lot of her free time with family. Diana also has a long standing goal to one day teach undergraduate/graduate business courses. Students can find Diana in the College Level Writing Center in JH-216 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, as well as on Saturdays.
Jo Ann Martinez
Jo Ann is one of many tutors who assist in the Reading and English labs. In addition to tutoring, she teaches one or two Developmental Reading classes during the Fall and Spring semesters. She has been in the education business for about seven years and has taught in public school for four years while tutoring for four years. She earned my Associates of Applied Science in Child Development from San Antonio College, a Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Specialization in Reading from the University of Texas – San Antonio, and has earned twelve hours towards a graduate degree. She reminds all students that education opens so many doors and in more ways than one can ever imagine. Her hobbies include gardening, star-gazing, and watching musicals. You can find Jo Ann in the Reading Lab on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Joe holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and an M.F.A. in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. He works at an independent bookstore, writes, and putters around the garden when he is not tutoring students here in the Writing Center, or writing books. He is an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America with numerous short story credits and a few novels. His first book, Last Dragon, was #6 on Amazon.com's Year's Best SF/F of 2008, shortlisted for a Crawford Prize, and on Locus Magazine's “Recommended Reading List for Debuts”. Subsequent titles include Never Knew Another (Night Shade 2009), When We Were Executioners (Night Shade 2011), and Disintegration Visions (Apex Publications 2012). Forthcoming titles include the mosaic novel Maze from Apex Publications in early 2014, and We Leave Together, from Word Horde, also in early 2014. When he is not writing or working, Joe is often found sitting on his back patio, trying to figure out how to squeeze more fruit trees into his little, suburban lot. Joe is available for tutoring and Creative Writing advice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. He is also available on Thursday afternoons.
Margaret “Peg” Newell
Margaret “Peg”has recently joined the CARES team in both the Developmental and College English Writing tutoring labs. “I come to Northwest Vista College all the way from Upstate New York, where I was born and raised”. She attended Le Moyne College, a small liberal arts institution, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with minors in secondary education and communications. “Soon after earning my degree,” she explained, “I began teaching in the East Syracuse-Minoa Central School district while also working toward my master’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Oswego”. While enjoying a successful and rewarding 16-year tenure as a high school English teacher, Peg noted that she was ready for a fresh environment with new challenges. She also explains that when she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, playing and writing music, spending time with family, friends, and running with her rescue dog, Seamus. Peg will be available floating among the developmental and college writing labs Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
A native of Illinois or what she calls “Corn Country”, Alice has been in Texas for over thirty years and is a University of Texas - San Antonio alumna having earned a degree and teaching certificate in English and German. Alice makes no secret that she is enamored with certain aspects of the English language and proudly proclaims, “Grammar is my passion!” She is not only adept in English grammar, but also in German, French, Spanish, and Greek. Alice also enjoys teaching students who have learning disabilities Alice’s advice to students who come to the CARES Developmental labs is for them to block out enough time in their hectic academic and personal schedules to maximize their tutoring time. She reminds all students that, “Grammar is a process and not an event. It takes a while”. Aside from her passion for tutoring, Alice enjoys reading various genre books, but also likes cooking, and in particular, Asian cuisine. Alice can be found in JH-229 on Mondays and Tuesday from 11am to 4pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 2 pm.
David returned to college after a 30-year absence. He started his college career at San Antonio College where he earned an Associate's Degree. While there, worked in the Development Grammar lab of the English Department. First, as a student assistant, this taught him how to tutor in grammar and then became a writing tutor. David enjoys the work and the challenges it presents, and he has been tutoring for twelve years. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started working at the Gardner Writing Center at UTSA in May 08 right after graduating from UTSA. Now, he works at both Northwest Vista College and at UTSA. Both provide him with different challenges and experiences. You can find David in the College Level Writing Center in JH 216 in the evenings Monday-Thursday.
Kathryn Tovar is a native Texan and she earned her B.A. in Communication/Public Relations from the University of Texas – San Antonio. She then earned her M.Ed. from The University of The Incarnate Word, and a specialization in postsecondary disability services from The University of Connecticut. Kathryn tutors in the English writing and reading labs as well as teaches Student Development.
Zita Barbara Sanders was born in Europe and raised in Mexico City. She has an AA in Business Administration from Northwest Vista College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Antigua Academia de San Carlos, integrated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She also has an English/Spanish Interpreter Translator Degree obtained at the Universid Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Currently, she is a Certified Swimming, Lifeguard, CPR, and Aquaerobics Instructor as well as being Certified Chess Tournament Instructor by the US Chess Federation. She is an avid chess-player. Her hobbies are swimming, cycling, running, playing chess, painting, and teaching, among others. She has been at Northwest Vista College since 1999. Previously she worked as an Interpreter Translator for the United Nations. She has been tutoring in the English Department since 2009.
Linda has lived in San Antonio or Floresville all her life. After high school, she started working at Lackland AFB and attended SAC at night. Her civil service career lasted over 37 years with positions at Lackland AFB, Brooks AFB, and OSHA. She graduated from UTSA with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies. She taught 6th grade math and science for 1 year. She has worked at a church for 4 years and had several part-time jobs working as a waitress, a billing clerk for a trucking company, taking orders by phone, fast food, and now as a tutor here at Northwest Vista College. This position as a tutor is a wonderful job. Linda gets to meet so many students who are just out of high school, are veterans, returning to school after a few years, and some who are joining their children at college. She has a lot of hobbies and is never bored, but the best part of life is being around people. Each person has a story, and she loves to learn each one’s story.