Teacher Feature: Dr. Leslie St. Martin

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It’s not her love for hiking and cooking that makes Dr. Leslie St. Martin a good English teacher, although it does help. It is her fun personality and passion for teaching that makes her numerous English courses fun and worthwhile.

English hasn’t always been her first choice though. When she studied at UCLA for her bachelor’s degree in pre-med, she had a change of heart a month before graduation. After enrolling in literature and foreign language classes out of curiosity, she ultimately fell in love with English literature.  She got her B.A. and masters degree from UCLA in English then she transferred to The University of Hawaii where she got her doctorate.

Being in college for so many years may seem shocking to some, but Dr. St. Martin actually loves school. Which is why she chose to become a professor saying, “the only way to stay in school forever was to become a professor.” Before she was even out of school, she landed her first job at a private all girls Orthodox Jewish junior high school in Los Angeles. It wasn’t long before she realized it wasn’t exactly the right fit for her. She took up a job teaching at UCLA while in their masters program. It was then she realized that she wanted to be a college professor.

She was teaching part time at a private university when she saw a job listing for COC and had heard it was a “wonderful place to work.” With experience in technical writing under belt, she landed the job as an English professor. She was COC’s first English 071 coordinator, which is the developmental writing course. COC seemed like a good fit for her, and it is – she has been teaching English at College of the Canyons for the past 10 years. You can catch her currently teaching English 101 and English 102, as well as various technical writing courses, including English 094 and English 204.