Meet the Modern Languages Department Professors!
Ms. Zapata is a native Spanish speaker. She earned a Masters Degree at Purdue University.
She also completed three semesters towards her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University
of Kansas. Ms. Zapata has taught different levels of the Spanish language at Purdue
University, the University of Kansas, the University of California-Riverside, San
Bernardino Valley College and several other Community Colleges.
Ms. Zapata is the lead professor of the online classes in the Spanish Department at
San Bernardino Valley College.
Professor Che was raised and educated in Quito-Ecuador until she was 21 years old.
She has earned her BA in Spanish & Linguistics and MA in Applied Linguistics from
UCLA. She has taught elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish language classes
at different Universities and community colleges such as UCLA, West Mont College,
Glendale Community College, Citrus Community College, and Santa Barbara City College.
She has been teaching at San Bernardino Valley College from fall 2005.
Bert Reins is my name. I am Deaf. I am a full-time American Sign Language instructor
at San Bernardino Valley College. I came from an all Deaf family. I am married and
have four grown up children: 3 Deaf and 1 hearing. Again, I have 3 Deaf grandchildren:
2 deaf and 1 hearing.
I have received a B.A. degree in Liberal Studies from California
State University, Northridge in 1984.
I have been teaching American Sign Language
for nearly 22 years.
Spanish Professor and Department Chair
“Hola y bienvenidos. My name is Dr. Jose Recinos, and I was born in El Salvador.
I graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1992 with a B.A. in Spanish
and French and received my Ph.D. in 2003 from UC Davis. I have taught Spanish and
Literature for several years at the university and community college level and enjoy
my time here at San Bernardino Valley College.
I really love traveling, dancing, playing basketball, and reading about diverse cultures
and issues. My interests include bicycling, hiking, camping, and writing poetry and
short stories. Come visit me and we can practice Spanish or discuss current issues.
Nori Sogomonian-Mejía earned both her BA and MA in Spanish with an emphasis on linguistics
She also studied at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico and the University
of Madrid, Spain. She has been teaching Spanish at SBVC since spring 1994. In fall
of 1999 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and spent the semester teaching courses
in linguistics at the Central American University in Managua, Nicaragua.
her Ed.D from California State University at San Bernardino in Educational Leadership
in spring 2011.
She enjoys teaching all levels of Spanish and interacting with the diverse student
population at San Bernardino Valley College.
- Adamiak, Ann
- Burns - Peters, Davena
- Charcas- Salazar, Rosalinda
- Chavoushi, Maria
- Che, Yon C
- Flores, Norma A
- Fuentes Rivera, Pedro
- Godwin, Angelina
- Marquis, Matthew O
- Martin, Micah J
- Murtada, Samira
- Polopolus, Jason
- Rafel, Zeina T.
- Recinos, Jose M
- Sogomonian, Nori E.
- Strom, Brian
- Strom, Ann M
- Yardumian, Suzanne