English Instructors






Jennifer Browning

Office: Elm 205 
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 345
Email: jenniferlbrowning@abtech.edu

Education: B.A. in English, University of North Carolina at Asheville; M.A. in English, Georgia State University

Work Experience: An English instructor since 1993, Jennifer teaches a variety of courses including Writing and Inquiry, Writing/Research in the Disciplines, and American Literature I and II.

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 231, 232

Favorite Literary Works: The Optimist's Daughter, Eudora Welty;anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald; The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay; Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg; Escaping Into the Open by Elizabeth Berg; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Favorite Quotation: 
"... all experience is an enrichment instead of an impoverishment." Eudora Welty


Jennifer Browning


Peggy Hammond

Office: Elm 200
Email: peggyghammond@abtech.edu 


Courses Taught: ENG 111, 114


Peggy Higgins

Office: Holly Library
Email: margaretahiggins@abtech.edu


Courses Taught: ENG 111



Lisa Johnson

Coordinator, A-B Tech Writing Center
Instructor, English
Office: Holly Library 124
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 324
Email: carolynljohnson@abtech.edu

Education: B.A. in English and M.A. in English Education, Western Carolina University; post-graduate studies in Rhetoric and Linguistics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Work Experience: Lisa began her teaching career in Georgia's public schools (Johnson County High School and Lithia Springs High School), where she taught a variety of literature, composition, and research methodology courses and coached tennis. She has been a member of the A-B Tech faculty since 1989 and Coordinator of A-B Tech's Writing Center since the Center opened in 2008.

Courses Taught: ENG 111

Favorite Quotation: "I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination."  John Keats

Lisa met her husband Bob in the Asheville Community Theater's 1971 production of Fiddler on the Roof. Bob teaches choral music and drama at Erwin High School. In their spare time, Lisa and Bob take Chen Pan Ling and Yang Family tai chi classes. They also enjoy gardening, taking long walks, boating, and reading to each other from The Complete Works of Mark Twain. Lisa's most memorable moments in her classroom are those in which she learns all over again, with the help of her students, the wonder of extraordinary writing: its power, as Pablo Neruda explains, "to widen out the boundaries of our being."

 Lisa Johnson

Ken Knight

Office: Elm 200
Email: kennethwknight@abtech.edu


Courses Taught: ENG 111


Erin Lesh

Office: Elm 200
Email: erinolesh@abtech.edu

Education: B.A. in English, College of Charleston; M.A. in English with a concentration in Education in the Community College from Appalachian State University

Courses Taught: ENG 111

Favorite Literary Works: Bob Dylan, Ernest Hemingway, biographies, letters and memoirs

Favorite Quotation: "I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame and every time I pass that way I always hear my name."  B. Dylan

Erin's roots are on John's Island, South Carolina's beautiful sea island layered with old oaks. Growing up, she remembers visiting her aunt in Asheville several times a year; as she crossed the border, she would always imagine the mountains were blue ladies lying on their sides lounging. That peaceful image stayed with Erin, and she has always felt most comfortable protected by mountains.


Roy McGinnis

Office: Elm 200
Email: roycmcginnis@abtech.edu 


Courses Taught: ENG 111, 114


Erik Moellering

Office: Fernihurst Annex B
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 7632
Email: eriksmoellering@abtech.edu

Education: B.A. and M.A. in English, James Madison University

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 261, 262

Favorite Authors: Czeslaw Milosz, Joseph Brodsky, Rebecca Solnit, Stuart Dybek, Don DeLillo, Stephen Dunn, Annie Dillard 

Favorite Quotation: "There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grapenuts on principle."  G. K. Chesterton


Erik Moellering


Ellen Perry

Office: Elm 337
Phone: 828-398-7829
Email: ellenjperry@abtech.edu

 M.A. in English, Appalachian State University; B.A. in Literature and Language, UNCA

Work Experience: UNC-Asheville: Co-Director of Advising and Registration, Director of University Peer Tutoring, Coordinator of Liberal Arts Learning and Disability Services, Assistant Director of the University Writing Center, Adjunct Instructor of Literature/Language and Humanities; A-B Tech: Adjunct Instructor of English and Humanities

Courses Taught: British Literature I and II, American Literature I and II, Writing and Inquiry, Writing/Research in the Disciplines

Favorite Literary Works: Fair and Tender Ladies, A Confederacy of Dunces, The Rover, The Way of the World, The Country Wife, Birdsong, A Farewell to Arms, Storming Heaven, Moll Flanders, Evelina, Madame Bovary, Sense and Sensibility, Frankenstein, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Maytrees, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Help, Year of Wonders

Favorite Quotation: "I suppose she can sing, dance, and jabber a little French; but I'll be hang'd if she knows how to make a pye or a pudding." The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless (1751), Eliza Haywood

Ellen grew up in Weaverville, North Carolina, where she continues to live near her family and friends. She loves teaching students from all walks of life and working with the talented faculty in the A-B Tech English Department. Her academic interests include 17th- and 18th-century British life and literature, Restoration drama, and Southern and Appalachian culture. The recipient of the 2010-2011 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year award at A-B Tech, the 2003-2004 Distinguished Teacher Award for part-time faculty at UNCA, and 2009-2011-2012-2013 Golden Apple Awards at A-B Tech, Ellen enjoys traveling (especially to Paris and any beach), reading, and dancing.


Maggie Poist

Office: Elm 233
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 318
Email: margaretfpoist@abtech.edu

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 242, 243


Eric Steineger

Office: Elm 200
Email: charlesfsteineger@abtech.edu


Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 114


Heather Vaughn

Office: Elm 221
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 315
Email: heatherkvaughn@abtech.edu

Education: B.A., Elon University; M.A., University of Nebraska

Work Experience: A full-time instructor at A-B Tech since 2000, Heather received the Adjunct Instructor of the Year award.

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 114, 231/232

Favorite Literary Works: To Kill a Mockingbird, Atlas Shrugged, Cider House Rules, My Antonia, Fair and Tender Ladies 

Favorite Quotation: "I've put up with too much too long, and now I'm just too intelligent, too powerful, too beautiful, too sure of who I am finally to deserve anything less." Sandra Cisneros from Woman Hollering Creek


Heather Vaughn

Beverly Williamson

Office: Elm 231
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 7499
Email: beverlydwilliamson@abtech.edu

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 231


Lisa York

Office: Fernihurst Annex B
Phone: 828-254-1921, Ext. 882
Email: lisasyork@abtech.edu

Courses Taught: ENG 111, 112, 232, 242, 243


Julie Young

Office: Elm 200
Email: joyoung@abtech.edu


Courses Taught: ENG 111, 114