Compton College welcomes new faculty
(Left to right, front) Sarah George, Stephanie Atkinson-Alston, vice president Academic Affairs; Dr. Keith Curry, Compton College President/CEO; and Lynn Chung; (Left to right, back) Shaun Cook, Lynda Wilkerson, Michael Van Overbeck, Susan Johnson, and
(Left to right, front) Sarah George, Stephanie Atkinson-Alston, vice president Academic Affairs; Dr. Keith Curry, Compton College President/CEO; and Lynn Chung; (Left to right, back) Shaun Cook, Lynda Wilkerson, Michael Van Overbeck, Susan Johnson, and Evan Skorka. Courtesy Compton College
Compton College newcomers represent mathematics, English, chemistry, counseling, machine tool technology, cosmetology, and library science
COMPTON — Compton College welcomes eight new faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year. Each new faculty member brings extensive professional and academic expertise that will enhance student learning and help inspire students to create their own success stories in the classroom and beyond.
Lynn Chung comes on as the campus librarian. Chung earned a master’s degree in library and information science from California State University, San Jose, and bachelor’s degrees in both English and studio art with a minor in digital art from the University of California, Irvine. She most recently served as an adjunct librarian at El Camino College and Fullerton College. She has also worked at the Redondo Beach Public Library, Torrance Public Library, and the Dongguk University Library in Los Angeles. Chung is well versed in library management, reference services, cataloging, periodicals management, and academic instruction. She has taught bibliographic instruction orientations, embedded librarian sessions, and customized library instruction.
Shaun Cook assumes his new role as chemistry instructor. Cook earned master’s and a bachelor’s degrees in chemistry from California State University, Fullerton and has held various positions teaching chemistry at the college level. His teaching experience includes Cerritos College, El Camino College, and California State University, Fullerton. In addition to his teaching experience, Cook also worked as a laboratory technician and chemist for ExxonMobil and served five years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a nuclear, biological, chemical defense specialist. Afterward, Cook enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in the same capacity. He earned the rank of sergeant in both branches of military service. Additionally, Cook also received the American Institute of Chemists Award for Outstanding Undergraduate in Chemistry.
Sarah George will teach English instructor at Compton College. George earned a doctorate in philosophy and English from Claremont Graduate University, a master ’s in English from California State University, Sacramento; and a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in philosophy from California State University, San Diego. She has worked as an instructor and lecturer at California State University, Fullerton, Santiago Canyon College, Saddleback College, Victor Valley College, and California State University, Sacramento. George is a lecturer and author of several academic works and holds membership in the National Council of Teachers of English, the California Association of Teachers of English, and the Modern Language Association.
Citlali Gonzales comes to Compton College as Guided Pathways Counselor/CalWORKs. Gonzales earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology with a concentration in school counseling from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Santa Clara University. Gonzales previously worked as an adjunct counselor at Compton College, Chaffey College, Pasadena City College, and Rio Hondo Community College. She also has experience as a guidance counselor and activities director at Downtown College Preparatory High School in San Jose, Calif., and served as Upward Bound program assistant at the University of California, Riverside.
Susan Johnson will teach English in her new job at Compton College. Johnson earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English (Cum Laude) from California State University, Fullerton; and an associate degree with honors from Rancho Santiago College in Santa Ana, Calif. Johnson has taught a variety of subjects, including introduction to literary forms, critical thinking, freshman composition, writing fundamentals, and introduction to reading skills. She has worked as an adjunct English instructor at El Camino College, the Los Angeles Community College District, Cerritos College, Mt. San Antonio College, and Santa Ana College. She is a member of the California Association of Teachers of English.
Evan Skorka comes to Compton College as a mathematics instructor. Skorka earned master’s and bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. He previously taught mathematics at El Camino College Compton Center and Rio Hondo College. Courses Skorka instructed include basic mathematics, basic accelerated mathematics, pre-algebra, general educational algebra, elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, college algebra, statistics, trigonometry, and pre-calculus.
Michael Van Overbeck, the Machine Tool Technology instructor, earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts/3D media (metal, wood, and fiber) from California State University, Long Beach, and an associate degree in cabinet and fine woodworking from El Camino College. He worked at El Camino College more than 20 years as the tool room and instructional equipment attendant while earning his degrees. He also taught life drawing and painting at El Camino College. Overbeck owns and operates a fabrication business featuring custom-made designs.
Lynda Wilkerson is Compton College’s cosmetology instructor. Wilkerson earned a master’s degree in education, and a bachelor’s degree in career and technical studies from California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to that, she earned an associate degree in liberal studies from Fullerton College. She holds a California cosmetology and barber’s license, a cosmetology instructor training certificate, and a Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential. She has more than 17 years experience in the cosmetology industry. Her experience as an adjunct instructor includes intermediate and advanced cosmetology at El Camino College, cosmetology skin care and esthetics at Golden West College, and advanced cosmetology at Cerritos College.