Isela Santana
Building L-124
(510) 436-2442

I am first generation to graduate from college and have been a full time tenured English instructor at Merritt College since 2004. In my role as Learning Center Director and Co-Coordinator of the Puente Project, I work closely with a diverse population of students by helping them navigate through the college process. I am continuously developing innovative teaching and learning curriculum that engages students’ personal histories/backgrounds in order to expand their academic potential. I work closely with students and colleagues to help build community with staff, faculty, and administration while leveraging support to ensure we provide quality learning assistance to all students. I am thrilled to serve student and our surrounding communities in Oakland


Charlotte Victorian
Room L-121
(510) 436-2443

I grew up in West Oakland where I attended public schools within the OUSD system. After graduating from McClymonds High I attended Merritt College before transferring to San Francisco State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems. I began my career at Merritt College as the college Bursar and am currently the Learning Center Coordinator. The Learning Center gives me the continued pleasure of interacting with our students and witnessing their success as they embark on their personal journeys.

Computer Lab Coordinator

Walter Johnson
Room L-131A
(510) 436-2551

I served in the U.S Air Force from 1961 – 1964, on a line launch team.  Upon discharge I attended Howard University from 1965 -1969, earning a B.S. in Physics/Math. I worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory locating specific events as a result of bombardment of heavy water by high speed particles. I then became a community organizer in West Oakland advocating for health care for low income neighborhoods. I attended Colombia University and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1975 with a M.S. Health Sciences. Subsequently, I taught middle school in Richmond and Oakland Unified School Districts. Prior to coming to Merritt College I served as a nuclear engineer at Mare Island Naval shipyard overhauling and repairing nuclear submarines. I am presently employed at Merritt as a computer assistant/instructional aid and have served as an adjunct professor in Biology.