Who We Are

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Mr. Duarte (Writing Center Coordinator)

I’m Mr. Duarte; I’m a Bay Area native, and I have been teaching English for over 20 years. I came to M-A in 2014 after teaching English and Drama for 14 years at another district in the Bay Area. I attended Santa Clara University where I earned my B.A. in English and Theater Arts (as well as my teaching credential), and then a few years later, attended San Francisco State University for graduate school where I earned my MA in English, and my MFA in Creative Writing.  I have worked in M-A’s Writing Center since 2015, and took over as the Writing Center Coordinator in 2020.  I have spent years designing and implementing new and creative ways to help students develop and hone their writing skills, and I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them find their voices through writing.  I’ve enjoyed working with students in the Writing Center, and look forward to doing so in the years to come!


Ms. Walsh (Writing Center Associate) 

I'm Ms. Walsh, and I am brand new to M-A! I am native to the Bay Area, and grew up in Pleasanton, but went to college in Santa Barbara. I attended UC Santa Barbara during my undergraduate years, and received my B.A. in Global Studies. I stayed at UCSB a year longer to earn an M.Ed. and a teaching credential. I recently moved to the peninsula and have already loved working with our wonderful students and staff here at M-A. I look forward to helping students discover the power of their own words!

Ms. Ventura (Writing Center Associate) 

I’m Ms. Ventura, and I have been teaching English at M-A for fourteen years. In my time here, I have taught English I, English I with Support, Intensive English I, English III, AS English III, English IV: Creative Writing, Journalism I, II, and III, as well as AVID I, II, III, and IV. I graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English and Creative Writing, and later moved to San Francisco, where I attained my MA in English as well as my MFA in Creative Writing. I love writing and am happy to help students polish their writing skills, whether they’re working on literary analysis, a creative piece, a research essay, or any other form of writing.

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Ms. Denny (Writing Center Associate) 

I’m Ms. Denny, and I’ve been working at M-A since 2004. I began as a reader for the AP Literature and Language classes, and then expanded to grade essays for all English levels.  Six years ago, the after-school Writing Center opened, and I became a tutor. I’ve worked in the WC ever since, helping students with composing, editing, re-writing and organizing their written work. I enjoy interacting with students on a one-to-one basis, and seeing them make strides in their writing ability. As for my background, I graduated from the University of Oregon in 1974 with a degree in English Literature.  I obtained a California elementary teaching credential, K-8, from San Jose State in 1976.