Assistant Professor, English, Los Angeles Southwest College
Professor Stephanie Arms-Gradington is an Assistant Professor of English at Los Angeles Southwest College. A Compton native, Stephanie was first enticed to teach literature after being introduced to such authors as Zora Neale Hurston and William Faulkner in her 7th grade English class. Arms-Gradington attended Clark Atlanta University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and after years of working in the finance sector in New York, she decided to return to her passion for literature. Upon moving back to the Los Angeles area, she obtained her Master of Arts in English Literature with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition from CSU Dominguez Hills in 2013, while also working as a tutor in the LA Southwest College and CSUDH Writing Centers. Professor Arms-Gradington has taught at LA Southwest College for the past 6 years, and has taught classes ranging from Accelerated Composition, Freshman Composition and African-American Literature. Professor Arms-Gradington’s aim is to encourage students to make their mark in the world through writing. By connecting literature with the world around them; a direct link between what they already know, and what they hope to achieve is accomplished.