Meet Our Tutors

Betty Elsing

Betty ElsingBetty Elsing is originally from Worcester, Massachusetts but has lived in Orange County for 52 years. She taught English and Remedial Reading for thirty- three years in the Downey Schools. Since retirement she has fulfilled her dream of traveling throughout Europe, Asia and Australia. Her most recent trip was three weeks spent traveling in Israel and Jordan.

Betty belongs to an active hiking and bicycling club that does weekly conditioning hikes in the Chino Hills and longer weekend hikes in the San Gabriels. Each summer she takes her two older grandchildren on a five day campout in the Sierras. She also devotes her time volunteering for Habitat For Humanity, helping to raise funds for low income families to afford housing in Orange County.

This is her first year participating in all the classes, lectures and activities at OLLI. She is looking forward to working one on one with students involved in the writing process.

Jane Goodman, OLLI-CSUF Collaboration / Nursing Head coordinator

Jane Goodman(In her own words):I am not a teacher but over many years of practical and hands-on experience, I feel as though I have mastered the art of proper language and grammar. I did attend some college at the University of Wisconsin but after a short stint there, I decided that I was better suited to enter the work field and did so as a legal secretary. Years later, after moving to California, I returned to school and became a certified professional legal assistant/paralegal. In 1984, upon completion of the program, I went to work for a tax lawyer and remained there until my retirement in 2008.

My husband and I moved from Palos Verdes to Fullerton in 2010 to be closer to our grandchildren. Between our involvement with exercising, OLLI, our synagogue and other organizations, we are keeping very busy, both physically and mentally.

Tutoring students in need will allow me to give back some of the practical knowledge and experience that I have gained throughout my many years of employment. I also look forward to the one-to-one interaction that I will have with the students. Knowing that I might have even a small part in helping these students succeed in their chosen careers is both rewarding and satisfying to me.

Barbara Gossett

Barbara GossettBarbara spent her last 18 years of employment as a planner at Caltrans, writing reports and editing engineering documents. She retired in 2009, recently enough that she misses the fun and challenge of helping people construct readable reports that present sound arguments, peppered with well-chosen words, and she is looking forward to working with nursing students.




John Raphael

John RaphaelBA, English; MA, English; Credential: Language Arts and Literature.

(In his own words): I completed two years of college as physics major. When Kennedy gave his “ask not” speech I joined the Army, just as the Viet Nam war escalated, was wounded – so they sent me computer school instead of the jungle. I spent three years fixing computers for the NSA. When I got out, IBM sent me to school, so I could fix their computers at Caltech. Then Caltech made me a Carnegie Fellow, so I could fix their astrophysics computers. The list goes on for another twenty years. I became the teacher at Calcomp, Hughes and Boeing; writing 105 books as a consultant along the way.

I finished my BA in English at Cal Poly, where I met my wife of 44 years in poetry class. So we both earned our Master’s at CSUF, hers in Art, mine in English again. Boy do I love to read.

My wife opened Orange County’s 1st children’s art school because they told us our oldest daughter wasn’t “gifted and talented” based on a 2nd grade IQ. The schools didn’t support visual learners or the kids gifted in art. It wasn’t in the budget.We raised four kids. Each one had to learn an instrument, take dance or karate, and pursue a sport. All four taught art at our school and earned every cent they spent. The three grown girls own their art school; their brother is a doctor. All four went to college on art scholarships.

The Art House is alive and well after 25 years, but I retired. I’m here because our family spent so many great years at CSUF. I love to be here. And, there is almost nothing I’d rather talk about than writing.

Lorraine Thone Ritch

Lorraine Thone RitchThone Ritch, a Southern California native, earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature from CSUF. She taught English for thirty-three years in West Covina Unified School District, with thirty of those years at the high school level. She is the mother of one son with learning disabilities, so she understands firsthand the challenges these present.

Thone has traveled to Switzerland, France, Viet Nam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hawaii, and the Caribbean Islands. Her sense of adventure throughout her adult life led her to experience white water rafting, ballooning, kayaking and jet skiing. She has flown a Cessna 4-seater plane and parasailed over the North Eastern Sea (aka the China Sea).

Much of the excitement in her retirement years has come from Osher Life-Long Living Institute (OLLI) and CSUF’s Council for Successful Aging (CSA). Both groups have led her to staying physically and mentally active. Tutoring at CSUF is a way of giving something back to the university and the medical profession for all the help given to her in the past and the present.

Susan White

Susan WhiteTSusan White earned her Bachelor’s degree in English from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her Reading/Education Master’s from CSUF. She taught high school English and reading for 36 years, predominately at Esperanza High School in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District.

Susan enjoys golfing, reading, cooking, and traveling with her husband. She has recently begun taking piano lessons and finds learning to read music and to play with both hands on the piano to be one of her greatest challenges in life so far. She is determined to keep practicing!

Since she is new to retirement and still missing her interaction with young, bright students, Susan is looking forward to her tutoring experience. No doubt, working one on one with students involved in the writing process will be personally and professionally rewarding.