Irma Peña (UC Berkeley) • Irma Peña is a full-time Lecturer in Tagalog at the U.C. Berkeley where she has been teaching since 1992. She received a Masters degree in French from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and was a Teaching Fellow in French at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1980-1981. She taught French for eight years and transitioned into teaching her native language of Filipino at the University of Hawaii and subsequently at U.C. Berkeley. She worked at the American University in Washington, DC as Supervisor of the Instructional Resource Center in the Dept of Language & Foreign Studies. She has worked extensively as material developer for several textbooks in Tagalog/Filipino and Ilocano in the U.H. system and the Hawaii State Deptartment of Education. In 1998, she received an instructional fellowship from the Berkeley Language Center for curriculum development in the area of heritage language teaching of Tagalog/Filipino. In 2000, U.C. Berkeley awarded her a “special recognition for Extraordinary Service to the Group in Asian Studies.” She is indebted to her mentors Prof. Emerita Terry Ramos (U. Hawaii), Dr. Claire Kramsch, (UC Berkeley) and Prof. Emerita Videa de Guzman (U. Calgary) for their guidance and inspiration.
CO-INVESTIGATORS (In alphabetical order):
Jiedson Domigpe (Defense Language Insitute, Monterey, CA) • Mr. Jiedson Domigpe is an assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute. He selflessly shares his knowledge and skills to ensure effective teaching and learning Filipino at his department. Prior to joining DLI, his extensive experience in foreign language instruction includes teaching at University of California at Los Angeles, University of California at Irvine, University of Wisconsin at Madison and Foreign Service Institute where he was nominated as the Best Teacher in the prestigious Cox Award. Mr. Domigpe is dedicated to developing materials that will enhance his students’ acquisition of the language and their appreciation for the target culture. It is evident that his students are encouraged by his enthusiasm and passion to facilitate learning. Moreover, he has also facilitated “Fun and Engaging Ways to Teach Grammar in Class” workshop at the University of Wisconsin, Madison last summer 2005. Mr. Domigpe is subsequently pursuing his graduate studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies majoring in Teaching Foreign Language.
Rosalina V. Idos (Morse High School, San Diego, CA) • Sally Idos is a pioneer in the teaching of Filipino as a World Language in the state of California. She started the first class of Filipino at Morse High School in San Diego Unified School District. She has developed curricula from the first year to the fourth year level of learning the language. Because of her, San Diego Unified School District takes pride in being the only district that offers Filipino Honors Program accepted at the UC system. As a teacher, she has been voted upon by the students of her school in different categories as the Most Dedicated to her Students to the Most Encouraging. Her colleagues in the Foreign Language Council of San Diego (FLCSD) have voted to give her an Outstanding Service Award, and the San Diego Area International Languages Network (SAILN) of the California Foreign Language Project (CFLP) has given her the same award on different occasions. The Filipino Language Teachers Association of San Diego County (FILAMEDA) awarded her with an Educator of the Decade Award and the Filipino American Educators Association of California has honored her with a Recognition Award. UCSD has given her an Outstanding Teacher Award. Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Who’s Who Among American Women have included her in their selection. Her commitment with the teaching of Filipino language has brought her to work with the University of California Consortium on Language Teaching and Learning (UCCTL), the Language Acquisition Research Center (LARC) of San Diego State University (SDSU), the Alliant International University, and the political movement that made the passage of AB 420 ( a bill that would authorize the Commission of Teaching Credentialing to create a credential test for teachers of Filipino) possible.
Juanita Santos Nacu, Ed.D. (UCSD, Miramar College) • Dr. Juanita Santos Nacu is an internationally known motivational speaker and progressive educator with a mission to help bridge generational gaps in Filipino immigrant families. A powerful voice for the Filipino American youth, young adults and families, she has worked tirelessly establishing Filipino as a Foreign Language Program at Palomar College and Poway Unified School District and been instrumental in expanding the program at San Diego Mesa College. She started teaching and developing UCSD's first Heritage Tagalog class. Dr. Nacu received her Master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the University of San Diego and went on to earn her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from USD. In 2006, Dr. Nacu received the
Alumni Honoree/Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the School of Leadership & Education Sciences at the University of San Diego.
Nenita Pambid Domingo, Ph.D. (UCLA) • Dr. Nenita Pambid Domingo holds a Ph.D. in Philippine Studies from the University of the Philippines, Quezon City (1996). She has taught Filipino at UCLA, USC, and at Peking University, Beijing. She has led many acting workshops in the Philippines and in San Francisco, California, and has been active as a writer, director, and performer in many Filipino theatre, film, and video productions in both countries. She received the Best Director for Theater, Virgo Awards, Los Angeles, 1997, for "Gabi ng mga Bayani" (Night of the Heroes) 1996, and for "Grandma's Diary" performed at CSU, Dominguez Hills. Her short film IANFU received a Special Jury Award at the 37th San Francisco International Film Festival in 1994. It also won awards in the Philippines and was a finalist in the 42nd Melbourne International Film Festival in 1993. She has published numerous essays in Philippine-language magazines and journals.
Leo Paz, Ph.D. (City College of San Francisco, USF) • Currently Chair of Philippine Studies, and Instructor in Foreign Languages (Filipino) at CCSF. Adjunct Professor in Teacher Education, Bilingual Teacher Credential Program, USF. Completed M.A. in ESL, Doctorate in International Multicultural Eductation, and Bilingual Education Teacher Credential at University of San Francisco. Graduate studies in Social/Industrial Psychology at Ateneo de Manila University. Human Resources Director at Kraft Foods, National Semiconductors, and San Miguel Corporation with work stints in Hongkong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines (1973-1985). U.S. experience includes Training Adminstrator work at UCSF Medical Center, adjunct faculty appointments at Stanford University and University of San Francisco. Developed courses on Filipino language for Stanford University, Skyline College, Diablo Valley College, and CCSF. Introduced college-level courses at Daly City and San Francisco high schools.
Oscar Peñaranda (James Logan High School, Union City, CA) • Oscar Peñaranda was born in the seacoast town of Barugo on the Island of Leyte, Philippines. He was trilingual and tricultural at a young age, with Waray as his first language, then Tagalog and English his second and third. He lived in Vancouver, Canada for five years, between the ages of 12 to 17. On his senior year of high school his family was transferred to San Francisco. In the summers, he worked in the fields of California picking all sorts of fruits. He also worked in Alaskan fishing canneries for 15 consecutive summers. From San Francisco State University, he received his B.A. in Literature and M.A. in Creative Writing. He has taught at San Francisco State for 12 years, and is currently teaching Filipino at James Logan High School. He now lives in San Leandro, California, with his wife, Luisa, and daughter, Milena.
Rhodalyne Gallo-Crail (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb)
Ed Lim (Bonita Vista High School, Miramar College) • Ed Lim is writer, photographer, lexicographer, and a recovering kindergarten teacher who is now teaching at the high school and college level. A former president of the Filipino American Educators Association of San Diego, he successfully lobbied the California Department of Education to start counting students studying Filipino as a separate and distinct category (October 2006), in order to secure accurate data needed continue Filipino classes statewide. Currently, he is pursuing a Master's in Applied Linguistics focusing on language acquisition. He speaks Filipino, Mandarin Chinese, Fujianese, and is rumored to dabble in English.