• My name is Janis Guissi, and I teach English 2, English 4, and Film and Literature at Rio Americano.  I have been teaching at Rio for over 15 years now.  Previous to teaching, I worked for many years as a paralegal for the law firms of Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard and Orrick, Herrington.  I did not learn to write until I received my first job evaluation at Orrick, which as I remember stated, "She can't write."  After crying for two hours under my desk, I emerged bloodied but not bowed.  A kind attorney by the name of Howard Simon took the time to review a statement written by me showing all the reasons it was substandard.  I went back to Sacramento State and took every English class I could, gradually building up my skills, in great part thanks to a composition teacher (and Jane Austen afficiando) by the name of Professor David Bell.  The final piece of my writing education came when I began teaching.  There's nothing like 36 students staring at you during a lesson before a barage of questions to get one motivated to learn more.
     
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