Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College Administration Building

EMLS Faculty & Staff


Name Phone Email Office
John Hart (Chair) 395-4018 LA 206
Marcelyn Allen 395-4977 adjunct
Susan McQuerrey 395-4587 LA 103
Jeannie Parent 395-4543 LA 212
Elizabeth Rodacker 395-4793 LA 211
Yuri Sakamaki 395-4977 adjunct
Lianna (Le Phuong Nguyen) Tran 395-4977 adjunct
Phyllis Wachob 395-4977 adjunct
Michael Westwood 395-4977 adjunct

Meet our Faculty

John Hart

JOHN HART (Department Chair)
Professor John Hart teaches writing and communication in the EMLS Department, and sometimes teaches Spanish in the Foreign Languages Department. He received my bachelor’s degree in Spanish from California State University Bakersfield, and earned his master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Utah.

His interest in languages and teaching developed after spending two years living in Guatemala serving an LDS mission. He lives with his beautiful wife and five children, and enjoys playing soccer, singing in the Bakersfield Master Choral, and playing bass with his friends in their garage band.

Jeannie Parent


Professor Jeannie Parent teaches writing, reading, and oral communication courses. Most recently, in 2015, she earned Bakersfield College’s Shirley Trembly Distinguished Teaching Award. Jeannie taught English to adults in Japan, and returned to San Francisco State University to earn her MATESOL degree before teaching at SFSU as well as at other colleges in the Bay Area and Oregon. Studying languages and living abroad have always been her interests, and while studying in Sweden and at the University of Bergen Norway, Jeannie learned Swedish and Norwegian. When she was in Japan she learned conversational Japanese. In 2010, she was a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Scholarship recipient and spent a month in Vietnam and Cambodia to study the cultures in order to internationalize curriculum, and in 2012 earned the Levan Colloquium scholarship, presenting “Vietnam: Connecting Cultures, Changing Perceptions." Jeannie loves interacting with immigrants and international students, and feels teaching ESL is the ultimate career. She is a strong advocate for multilingual students, and has started scholarships to help Dreamers. Most recently, outside the classroom, she has also been assisting asylum seekers in immigrant detention centers.  


Susan Mcquerrey


Professor Susan McQuerrey has taught a variety of subjects and levels including sixth graders in the Richland School District, adults at the Bakersfield Adult School, and foreign students as a private tutor. She has a bachelor's degree in modern languages with a concentration in Spanish (Univ. of the Pacific) and a master's in English with a concentration in writing (Cal State Bakersfield). She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Madrid in Spain.

Her interests include reading, translating (Spanish/English), tutoring, sewing, singing in choirs, and tasting new foods from various cultures.

Beth Rodacker


Professor Elizabeth (Beth) Rodacker is a writer, activist, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and feminist. She feels most alive when she is with students, and her passion is being with those whom she loves.

Beth is also a peace activist and wants what most people want: to live in a green, safe, egalitarian community; she works, therefore, with countless others to make Bakersfield and the world such a place.

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