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Department Information

Oswaldo Lucca | Co-Department Head
425.640.1480 | olucca@edmonds.edu | ALD 209

Hanifa Yahiaoui | Co-Department Head
425.640.1279 | hyahiaou@edmonds.edu | ALD 206

Employee Listing

Name Title Office Phone Email
Machiko Akasaka Associate Faculty - Japanese SQL 301 425.640.1339x7211 makasaka@edmonds.edu
Oswaldo Lucca Tenured Faculty - Spanish ALD 209 425.640.1480 olucca@edmonds.edu
Kate Strack Associate Faculty - ASL   425.640.1339x7255 katherine.strack@edmonds.edu
Hanifa Yahiaoui Tenured Faculty - French ALD 206 425.640.1279 hyahiaou@edmonds.edu


Oswaldo Lucca


Oswaldo has taught at Edmonds College for 31 years.

Classes Taught: Span 100, Span& 121, Span& 122, Span& 123, Span& 221 and Span 230.

Kate Strack

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  • MS in Multidisciplinary Studies from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY; both Graphic Design and Teaching.
  • Teacher of the Deaf for K-12 grades for 12 years in Maine.
  • Currently teaching American Sign Language at Edmonds College, going on 3rd year.

I am originally from Maine, which is a smaller version of WA state. :) I love both places dearly. I am Deaf, my husband is Deaf, and I am a step-mom to two wonderful CODAs, and step-grandma to a lively 6 year old! We all use ASL in our daily lives. I was inspired to teach by my mother who was a Professor of Biology at a college in Maine.