Daniel Pollock, Managing Editor
Students begin gathering in the Gaspard Administration Building, Room 162, at 2:15 p.m. This is English Professor Corrina Wycoff’s creative writing class. It’s a small class, only 12 students, but the group is closely knit. Wycoff takes a seat on top of a desk and the class time begins with students reminding one another of inside jokes.
But, this is Wycoff’s last spring quarter at Pierce College Puyallup. Though she’ll be teaching a few classes in the summer quarter, Wycoff will begin solely teaching at the Fort Steilacoom campus in the fall.
This isn’t the first time Wycoff has worked at Fort Steilacoom. When she first began working at Pierce in 2001, Wycoff worked part time at both campuses, and in 2002 she started working full time at the Fort Steilacoom campus.
Wycoff moved to the Puyallup campus in 2010, when the campus needed an additional English faculty member. There was a hiring freeze at the time due to the economy, so the college couldn’t hire any new employees. Puyallup requested for one of the faculty members from Fort Steilacoom and Wycoff, because of her low seniority at the time, volunteered.
“It was never supposed to be a permanent move,” Wycoff said.
Wycoff said she’s excited to work with the larger international education program at the Fort Steilacoom campus again. But, while she’s excited for several elements of the move, there are still aspects she’s sad to leave behind.
“I’ll miss the kids that I know, obviously,” Wycoff said. “I’ll miss, especially, the creative writing class that I’ve been working with a lot. I’ll miss a lot of the faculty. There’s a lot that I’ll miss.”
Wycoff’s students say they’ll miss her. Jessecah Zavala, who is currently taking Wycoff’s creative writing class, is sad she’s leaving.
“It’s really, really, really, really sad because she’s such an amazing teacher and she’s very thoughtful and she’s funny and she’s just the best teacher on campus,” Zavala said. “The fact that she’s going to Fort Steilacoom is really sad for the Puyallup students.”
Student Toni Lane, who wasn’t aware Wycoff is leaving the Puyallup campus, is upset.
“It’s kind of upsetting because Corrina Wycoff is like the best creative writing teacher I’ve had and she’s just so fun and full of energy and like really nice and just so thoughtful,” Lane said. “It bugs me that she’s leaving, so suddenly too.”
But there’s still a chance Wycoff will return to the Puyallup campus in the future.
“You never know,” Wycoff said. “If there’s a need and things get shuffled again it’s always possible.”
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Pollock is a Running Start student in his second year at Pierce, pursuing an AA degree. After Pierce, he plans to transfer to a 4-year university.
Beyond journalism, Pollock also writes short stories, personal essays and screenplays. He is found cooking and eating food, writing, making movies and playing piano as often as his schedule allows. He also is a latte advocate and self-proclaimed film anthropologist.
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