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Elizabeth Cowan-1Elizabeth Cowen M.F.A.

English Instructor

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Cowan received her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, where she began her teaching career. She has since taught college writing courses at a variety of institutions: public and private, four years and two, rural and urban. In 2008, she joined the Laney College English faculty, and she began teaching the APASS English curriculum in 2012. A big proponent of learning communities, Elizabeth has, in addition to her work with APASS, taught in specialized programs for students who did not complete high school, for first-generation college students, and for professional dancers. She has worked in curriculum development, writing center administration, and teacher training, but finds the most rewarding aspects of her work take place in the classroom, in dialogue with students.


ESL Instructor

Amy was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, where she studied Psychology, Anthropology, Interior Design, and classical Western and Indian music. She lived in Japan for 2 years teaching English to junior high school students and learning Japanese language, judo, and taiko. As well as teaching ESL, Amy has also designed and managed museum exhibitions in Honolulu and San Francisco, coordinated educational tours to Asia, and delivered lectures about Japanese culture on small ships. In 2012 Amy received her Master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and now teaches ESL at UC Berkeley Extension as well as Laney College. She is thrilled to be part of the APASS team, and says that her Filipino in-laws have prepared her well for the API experience.


Asian American Studies Instructor

Aureen Almario, adjunct faculty, graduated with a Master of Arts in Asian American Studies in San Francisco State University.  Aureen Almario explored the lived experiences of undocumented 1.5 Filipino/a immigrants in her master’s research thesis; “Documenting the Undocumented: Resisting Alienation.”  She is also a performance artist in the only Filipino/a American theater space, Bindlestiff Studio and served as apprentice teacher in San Francisco State University’s service learning project Pin@y Educational Partnership in Burton High School, Balboa High School, and City College of San Francisco.

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Communications Instructor

Darby Li Po Price completed his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication at UC Davis.  He teaches Asian American Studies, Communication, and Environmental Management as adjunct faculty for Laney College, San Jose State University, and Merritt College.

Darby Li Po Price, Ph.D. Ethnic Studies, M.A. Rhetoric & Communication Adjunct Faculty Asian American Studies, Communication, Environmental Studies.

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