Academy Resource Center

Academy Resource Center (ARC) Directors


Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.


79 New Montgomery St., 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94105

Kate Griffeath

Executive Vice President, Educational Support Services

Kate graduated from Columbia University with a MA in TESOL and a BA in Sociology from UC Santa Barbara, and holds a certificate after studying at La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain. With over 21 years of professional experience in teaching ESL, she has been a valuable addition at Academy of Art University since 1990. She is a member of TESOL, CATESOL, NAFSA, and a staff member/consultant with C-L/CLL. Kate regularly gives presentations at TESOL and CATESOL conferences, and studied Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Latin, and Greek.

Phone: 1-415-618-3917


Lynda España

Associate Director, Classroom Services

Lynda was born in California and grew up on the East Coast on a small island in Maine. She is happy to call San Francisco her home for over a decade now. Lynda received her B.A. in Marketing from Marietta College in Ohio, where she was also a student-athlete. She has a diverse vocational background including coaching collegiate basketball teams, a short stint as a paramedic, and several years as a sign language interpreter. She is inspired by the creativity and passion of the students and faculty here at the Academy. Lynda enjoys stand-up comedy, blogging, camping, sailing, rockabilly music, and collecting vintage clothes and mid-century memorabilia.

Phone: 1-415-618-3813


Chantelle Ferguson

Director, Online Language Support

Chantelle Ferguson has loved language and culture since the day she learned her first Spanish words from the children's television show, Sesame Street. She followed these interests by working as a newspaper journalist, traveling, and earning a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in English. After graduate school, she moved abroad and taught English at a private university where she developed one of the first online academic writing courses offered in the region. She has since designed and taught numerous onsite and online courses at numerous universities in the United States.

Phone: 1-415-618-3809


Aaron Field

Director, Online Academic Support

Aaron is a born and bred San Francisco native happily stuck in the cool, gray, city of love. His love of writing led him to pursue a degree in English with the University of California, Davis. Aaron has been with the Academy in the online support department for seven years.


Andrea Keklikian

Director, Classroom Services

Andrea has been facilitating equal access for students with disabilities at Academy of Art University since 2004.  She is especially interested in applying the principles of Universal Design wherever possible so that diverse groups of students can fully enjoy their curriculum and campus.  Andrea has degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education from the University of Delaware and holds a California state teaching credential.  Before joining the Academy, she taught in a K–8 school within a group home and was a public high school special day class teacher.

Phone: 1-415-618-3782


James J. O’Hara

ARC Tutoring Director

James J. O'Hara began his teaching career in 1984 while an undergraduate at Brown University in Providence, RI. Two years later, he joined the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher trainer and supervisor in Indonesia and Thailand. Returning to the U.S. in 1988 to teach in the Minnesota public schools, he then moved to the Bay Area, where he received his M.A. from U.C. Berkeley in 1992. From 1989 to 1996, he taught at Golden Gate University, and has worked to ensure student success at Academy of Art University since 1995.

Phone: 1-415-618-3875


English for Art Purposes (EAP) Directors
Bob McDonald

Director, English for Art Purposes

Bob studied American Literature at Boston U. and U.C. Santa Cruz as an undergraduate. He then attended The California Culinary Academy, but after a brief stint working as a chef, he decided to return to his passion of literature and language. He went on to receive an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from San Francisco State. Bob has travelled extensively through Asia, Europe and Latin America, with the most recent trips being to Cuba. He also settled in Buenos Aires, Argentina for two years to teach English. He began working at the Academy in 1994 as an ESL teacher and became ESL Director in 2000.

Sherise Lee

Associate Director, English for Art Purposes

Sherise brings her love for both teaching and art into her role at the Academy. She graduated from the University of California at Davis (Go Ags!) with degrees in Art History and Sociology. She later completed a masters degree in second language education. Her experiences range from working in event marketing to teaching elementary school in China. When she's not traveling, Sherise enjoys running and pursuing her design interests. You can also find her on the hunt for good eats in the city.

ARC Workshops & Tutoring

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3865



ARC Training & Tutoring is located at 79 New Montgomery St. (79 NM), 3rd Floor.

The ARC Tutoring Reception Area and Computer Lab is located at 79 NM, Room 311. The ARC Tutoring Drawing Labs are located at 79 NM, Rooms 313 and 314.

Classroom (Accessibility) Services

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-3775

Fax: 1-415-618-3676



79 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor, Room 356

Online Educational Support

Contact Information

Phone: 1-415-618-8524



79 New Montgomery, Room 316.


Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Multimedia Labs


Hosmer Lab: 79 New Montgomery St, 3rd floor Room 351 

Holbrook Lab: 180 New Montgomery St, 2nd floor Room 202 



ph. 415.618.3788 - Hosmer Lab

ph. 415.618.3787 - Holbrook Lab

Writing Lab


79 New Montgomery, 3rd Floor



Speaking Lab


79 New Montgomery, 3rd floor, Room 316.

Conversation Groups meet in Study Area F.


Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.