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Heather Altfeld | Associate Faculty, Englishheather

Heather Altfeld (aka Heather Fisher) grew up in Claremont, CA and traveled a lot before moving to NYC and then to Chico twelve years ago. She has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Columbia University and an MFA in Poetry from CSU Chico. She serves on the board of the Blue Oak Charter School, a Waldorf-methods public school in Chico. She teaches English (primarily composition, and creative writing whenever possible) at both Butte and CSU Chico, and she integrates interesting, contemporary work from some of the best current writers into her syllabus each semester. She loves to teach and honors the profession by appreciating creativity and engagement in the classroom. In her free time, she loves to travel, cook, bake, garden, and hike. She is a published poet, with recent work featured in literary magazines like ZYZZYVA, Pleiades, The New Guard, and the Squaw Valley Review. She has been invited to do poetry readings both locally and beyond, and she is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Even in composition classes, she tries her best to bring a love of poetry and poetics to her students!

Amy Antongiovanni | Fulltime Faculty, Englishamy

Amy Antongiovanni is a poet and writer who regularly teaches the following courses at Butte Community College:  Creative Writing (Engl. 6), Existentialism as Literature (Engl. 31), Intro to Poetry (Engl. 20), Critical Thinking and Communications (Engl. 11), and Reading and Composition (Engl. 2).  She invites and expects student participation in her all of her classes by using the Socratic method of discussion-based learning and teaching. She has an MFA in Poetry from Saint Mary’s College of California and is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Napa Valley Writers Community. Her work has been published in Watershed, A Room of One’s Own, Squaw Valley Review, and other literary journals. She is co-chair of the Literary Events Committee, which organizes the year-round Writer’s Reading Series on campus and the annual Creative Writing Conference, WordFire. In her spare time, Amy teaches yoga and enjoys riding bikes and running in Bidwell Park with her family.

LRC 343 | 530.895-2273 |


Cheryl Battles | Associate Faculty, Englishcheryl

Cheryl Battles teaches English 2 with an emphasis on manipulative media, cultures under threat, and local social issues. Her 119 class is an introduction to sustainability, and her English 11 includes the analysis and writing of satire. She prefers a student-centered classroom, as she finds it the most engaging and effective for practicing the writing process; class time is most often in a workshop format, filled with group discussion, analysis, and students sharing their ideas on the board. Battles studied literature and pedagogy at CSU, Chico and UC Davis, gender and film at UC Berkeley, and she occasionally writes and directs a zombie movie.

Kenneth Bearden | Fulltime Faculty, English | Academic Senate, Presidentkenneth

Kenneth Bearden is an English instructor and currently teaches sections of Composition as well as Critical Thinking, although he has also taught Greco-Roman Cultures, Introduction to Literature, and Mythology classes in the past. He focuses attention on discussion-rich classroom environments, encouraging students to draw connections between class content and current local, national, and worldwide events. Kenneth received his B.A. in English (with a minor in Mathematics) from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas; his M.A. in English from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas; and his PhD in English (with an emphasis in Folklore) from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, Louisiana. Outside of the classroom, Kenneth serves as the President of the Academic Senate and the Faculty Co-Chair for Accreditation. In his down time, Kenneth enjoys playing with his two young boys and working on home improvement projects with his wife.

LRC 354 | 530.895-2213  |



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