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.
Last Modified on June 8, 2015