ACE / ESL Faculty


Melissa Lloyd-Jones, Department Chair

photo of melissa lloyd-jonesMelissa Lloyd-Jones is a native Californian, originally from the Los Angeles area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from the University of Redlands and a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA. While in college, she studied Spanish in Guadalajara, Mexico and Madrid, Spain, experiencing the thrill and challenge of learning a second language. Prior to working as an English teacher, she worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor helping people who had been injured at work to train for new jobs within their physical capacities.  She has always loved helping people to build skills to enrich their lives and expand their opportunities, and this passion is what attracted her to teaching. She began teaching ESL in Sacramento, California in 1994.  She taught in the Intensive English Program at UC Davis and at Sacramento City College. In 1997 she began teaching part-time here at MiraCosta College and Palomar College. She became a full-time instructor here in 2008.  She has taught all levels of English to people from other countries; she also has experience teaching writing to people born in this country.   

Melissa's highest priorities as a language instructor are to make learning interesting for students and to help meet students’ individual needs as they develop their writing, reading, and speaking skills. Believing deeply in the power of education, Melissa loves her work and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to get to know students. 

Mary Gross

photo of mary grossMary began her higher education as a student of Mount San Antonio Community College in Walnut, California. She then earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Cal Poly Pomona University, and her Master of Science in TESOL Education from Cal State University Fullerton where she was awarded the Outstanding MS Candidate in TESOL. She also holds a Certificate in Online Teaching from the UCLA.

In the 1980s, Mary taught Academic ESL Writing, Reading, and Listening/Speaking at Cal Poly University and local community colleges in the Los Angeles area. Upon moving to San Diego in 1993, Mary joined MiraCosta Community College as an Associate Faculty member where she taught all of the ESL course offerings as well as served as the Associate Faculty Representative to the Academic Senate.

In 1999, Mary attained a full-time position at San Diego Miramar College where she taught both English and ESL. She was a faculty leader in ESL program revision and development as well as served as the Team Leader for General Education course development for SDCCD Online.

Mary was thrilled to return to MiraCosta in 2005 as the Lead Instructor for the Credit English as a Second Language Program and is dedicated to helping ESL students succeed in college and meet their academic, personal, and vocational needs.


Sou Lackkaty

photo of Sou LackkatySou was born in Vientiane, Laos. She started her schooling in RoiEt, Thailand and continued her education in the United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts degree from Ohio University in Linguistics with emphasis in TESOL. In 2005, Sou went to Chile as a Fulbright Fellow and worked with the Universidad de Atacama.

Sou enjoys learning and teaching languages. She speaks, reads, and writes five languages. For the past 12 years, Sou has taught ESL and various other subjects with the San Diego Community College District in San Diego, California, The Northern Jiaotong University in Beijing, China, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and Universidad de Atacama in Copiapo, Chile. Currently, Sou is a part-time instructor with MiraCosta College and UCSD's ELI Program.

It is Sou's love for continued/lifetime learning and interest in peoples, places, languages, cultures, and customs that has motivated her to want to share this love and interest with others. Sou hopes to continue her lifelong "dream job" as a teacher who shares and inspires her students for the love of learning; the love of knowledge.

Richard Ma

photo of richard maRichard Ma graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Education. He began his teaching career as a Reading/Language Arts teacher at the middle school level and stayed in this line of work for six wonderful years.  During this time, he returned to school and earned a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology from Cal State, San Bernardino and acquired a Library Media Teacher credential from Cal State, Long Beach. Richard was promoted to the librarian position shortly thereafter, where he worked for an additional six years running the school's information literacy program. It was at this time that Richard began exploring online education, and he enrolled in and completed an online Masters in English Literature from National University.  In the ensuing years, Richard taught developmental composition courses and served as a faculty tutor in the Writing Center at Moreno Valley Community College. Eventually, Richard arrived at MiraCosta College and now works as a full-time library instructor and liaison to students at the Community Learning Center. Never one to pass an opportunity at an education, Richard earned a Masters in Library Science from Drexel University and a TESOL Certificate from Anaheim University in his first two years at MiraCosta.

Richard  recognizes that success comes from hard work and tries to instill that ethic in his students.  Having been an ESL student, Richard understands the struggles emerging English learners face and tailors his instruction based on proven, researched best practices to help students find success.  He deeply believes that a solid education opens more doors of opportunity and strives tirelessly to help students move toward that path.

Emily Packer

Photo of Emily MeyersEmily Packer grew up on the East Coast, was educated in the Midwest, and currently works and lives in the Golden State. After graduating from Miami University (OH) with a B.A. in English, Emily traveled for three years, which included living and teaching in Xi’an, China! It was here that she discovered her passion for teaching and gained a true appreciation of different cultures and walks of life.

After returning to the States, Emily moved to CA where she earned her M.Ed. in TESOL from the University of San Diego. As a graduate student, Emily researched and studied the effects of English being viewed as an International Language (EIL) in our classrooms and world. Since graduation, Emily has presented her findings at various conferences throughout California and continues to implement her understanding of EIL within her teaching practice.

Outside of the classroom Emily is the Executive Director for a nonprofit organization, Trek to Teach, which focuses on bringing English to rural Himalayan villages in Nepal. She also continues to work closely with USD as a professor, mentor teacher, and university liaison to the graduating M.Ed. TESOL students. In her free time, Emily enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and visiting nearby National Parks.

Tina-Marie Parker

Photo of Tina ParkerTina-Marie Parker earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Vermont in 2011. Upon graduation, she spent one year in Hunan Province, China, where she taught English at a public high school. When she returned to Vermont, she worked with students with developmental disabilities for two years. Although she loved this job, she missed ESL and began tutoring Bhutanese refugees living in Vermont. In order to enhance her career, she attended graduate school at the University of San Diego and earned her M.Ed. in TESOL, Literacy, and Culture. Her graduate researched centered on promoting intercultural competence and she has continued to present at workshops on this topic. Since graduation, Tina-Marie has been teaching all levels of ESL at various community colleges in San Diego County and loves her work.

Jose Rodriguez-Castillo

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Professor José A Rodriguez III is celebrating four years of teaching at Mira Costa College. Rodriguez believes strongly in student diversity and equity and champions accelerated learning practices in the classroom.  A specialty of his is PBL (Project Based Learning), which he uses as an effective medium for teaching English composition. He also has a passion for professional development as evidenced by his edgy Professional Development Workshop on Technology Addiction. He and a colleague recently presented this workshop at six San Diego County Community Colleges. Jose is also pioneering something he terms DJ Pedagogy which emphasizes music as a central theme for writing. He enjoys reading, collecting and viewing films and moonlighting as a DJ in his spare time. You can usually find José at the local cinema or dancing salsa somewhere in San Diego County.Professor Rodriguez has a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Pepperdine University and graduated with honors with a Masters Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico.  

Marie Webb

photo of marie webbMarie Webb graduated Summa Cum Laude with a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Culture, and Literacy from the University of San Diego. She has taught adult ESL since 2010 in a wide range of settings in the USA, Korea, Japan, and Macau. Her research interests include student and teacher beliefs, learner autonomy, and learning strategies and she enjoys presenting research at international conferences. After much time spent working abroad, Marie is happy to be home in Southern California and enjoys surfing, running, hiking, and snowboarding in her free time. She considers the TESOL field to be one of the most rewarding professions in the world and encourages her students to use technology in the classroom to aid not only their language skills, but also their digital literacy and learner responsibility.