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Palomar College Learning For Success

Author: Rocco Versaci


I graduated from UCSD with a B.A. in literature and women’s studies. Since then, I’ve acquired more than ten years of experience as a tutor and editor. I was hired as an English tutor at Palomar College in the fall of 2013 and have really enjoyed working here. I developed an interest in words long ago, as a child who spent most of my free time reading and whose mother corrected my grammar at every opportunity. Throughout my years as a student, I’ve excelled at writing and remained passionate about all aspects of it, from analyzing literature to choosing quotations to using punctuation properly. I look forward to working with you.


Hi, I’m Carrie, a San Diegan who went to college in Massachusetts, and took a detour to live (“back to the land” style) in Canada and Vermont, before coming home to my native city. I am a former high school English teacher, and for eighteen years I taught everything “writing” from creative writing and expository writing, to AP Literature and Composition. I write poetry, and I understand the bumpy road of drafting, rethinking, and revising. But what is most important to me as a tutor, is to help each of my students discover and refine their own unique writing voice.


I have a Masters in English from San Diego State University, along with an ESL certificate. In the 1980s I taught in Reagan’s amnesty program. Later I taught noncredit ESL at California State University, San Marcos. After we moved to Colorado in 2001, I taught English at Trinidad State Junior College. I’m now semi-retired and spend much of my time writing fiction.


My education has led me to Mira Costa, Palomar, and most recently CSUSM, where I obtained my B. A. in Literature (Writing Emphasis). My experience from tutoring comes with a brief professional stint in-home combined with years of informal practice assisting my friends and colleagues as I pursued my education. Depending on what the future holds, I may push further. Until then, I’m content to help the students of Palomar brush up on their writing while I sharpen my own technique on the side.


I began my college career at Palomar College, and I transferred to CSUSM. I earned my B.A. and M.A. in Literature and Writing. My tutoring experience includes ten years of tutoring English at Palomar College. While tutoring students at Palomar, I discovered that I enjoy helping students with the writing process and look forward to helping you with any stage of your writing.


My name is Calomira, but just call me “Miss Milly.” I am first-generation of Greek immigrants; English is my second language. I am the first female of my entire family to graduate from college: San Diego State University (SDSU) (1968—1972). It was the height of the Vietnam War era, with history-making political unrest and cultural revolutions, not to mention the fabulous innovations in fashion, art, and music. (And yes, I did see Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin, and The Doors live in concert.) I hold a degree in Art (painting is my passion) and in English (teaching reading and writing is my vocation). I was a classroom teacher in Escondido and Oceanside schools for twenty-five years, most recently at El Camino High School, where I taught ESL test prep (CAHSEE), American Literature (11th grade) and British Literature (12th grade), and Expository Reading and Writing. Plus, I was advisor for the Black Students Union and coach for our award-winning Step Team. I just retired! I have two grown children, who received their AAs from Palomar, and a lovable yellow lab named Chevy. I look forward to helping young adults at the TLC achieve their goals in higher education.