Meet the Modern Languages Department Professors!


Spanish Professor

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.



Spanish Professor

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.



ASL Professor

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.   Hasta pronto!



Spanish Professor

Nori Sogomonian-Mejía earned both her BA and MA in Spanish with an emphasis on linguistics from UCLA. 
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.
She earned 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.