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Cathy Gillis

Professor of English



BA English,

MA English,

ABD Ph.D English


Originally from Southern California, Cathy Gillis began teaching at Napa Valley College in 2002 after teaching at various Southern California colleges including UC Riverside. Cathy has taught SAT prep, Scholarship prep, Composition, Creative Writing, and literature courses. She co-coordinated the Puente Program at Napa Valley College for 15 years as the Puente English Instructor. She has been the Napa Valley College Honor Society Advisor for over 20 years. She is also the Faculty Distance Education Coordinator.

Honors and awards

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, TA of the Year UC Riverside, Graduate Study Award, McPherson Teacher of the Year 2020, PTK Advisor Excellence, Certified Peer Online Course Reviewer, Bi-Cultural Mentor

Additional roles

Distance Education Coordinator
Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Coordinator