Meet the Faculty

Liberal Arts Department

Lee Benjamins

Lee Benjamins – Chair

Southern Methodist University - M.A. History
University of Houston - Ph.D., History

Dr. Benjamins joined San Jacinto College in 2017 as a Professor of History at San Jacinto College-North after 18 years teaching high school as well as stops at Texas Southern University, Lone Star College, Blinn College, and HCC. He’s excited to join the students, faculty, and staff in opening the new Generation Park campus. Professor Benjamins’ areas of specialization include early America, nineteenth century U.S. slavery and abolition, gender, and history education and he has published reviews in the Journal of Southern History , the Journal of African American History, The History Teacher , and Men and Masculinities. He is currently writing an essay for the peer-reviewed Journal on Excellence in College Teaching tentatively titled “Writing to Learn/Learning to Write: Informal Techniques for Today’s Community College History Students.” 

Nathan Narragon

Nathan Narragon
M.S., Accounting
Lamar University

Professor Narragon has been with San Jacinto College for three years teaching ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302, BUSI 1301, and BCIS 1305. When asked about his classes he said: “My classes will feel challenging at first due to the subject matter, but I will always provide the resources for any student to have the ability to pass. New adventures await when a new campus opens, are you willing to take that adventure? I can guide you through this path.”

Ryan Navejar

Ryan Navejar
M.S., Economics
University of Texas, Austin

Professor Ryan Navejar teaches Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at San Jacinto College. When asked about his classes he said: “I love to help students develop their own voices, so my classes contain lots of opportunities for discussion and writing. I am looking forward to the studentcentered approach of the new Generation Park campus.”

Ashley Streeter

Ashley Streeter
M.A., English
Texas A&M University
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Comparative Literature
Columbia University

Dr. Ashley Streeter joined the faculty of San Jacinto College in 2019. With a focus on reading, writing, and inquiry, her student-centered courses focus on critical thinking and emphasize both intellectual and personal development as well as inclusivity. She will offer English and Humanities classes at the Generation Park campus and is thrilled to serve as founding faculty at a brand-new college campus. In her spare time, Dr. Streeter enjoys reading and exercising.

Monica Yancey

Monica Yancey
M.A., Communication
University of New Mexico

Professor Yancy has taught speech at SJC since 2013. She strives to create dynamic, meaningful educational experiences for students including live story hours or public debates which pull students from the classroom into the public sphere. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar and Niger, she brings unique perspectives to the classroom. Helping to build the community of the Generation Park campus was an exciting opportunity she just couldn't pass up!

Douglas Simmons

Douglas Simmons
M.A., History
Sam Houston State University

Professor Simmons has worked at San Jacinto College since 2005. When asked about his courses and his move to Generation Park he said: “My historical passions include Antebellum/Civil War, Texas, and World War II. I teach U.S. History I & II along with TX History in both traditional and online formats. My classes are audio/video rich environments open to students of all different backgrounds and ideas because history is most meaningful and beneficial to students, and society, when diverse ideas are examined and discussion about them encouraged. I'm excited to be a part of Generation Park's ‘founding faculty,’ opening the newest campus in a dynamic, fast-growing region of Harris County.”

Clare Zaborowski

Clare Zaborowski
M.A., Psychology
University of Houston, Clear Lake

Professor Zaborowski has been with San Jacinto College for over 20 years. When asked to introduce herself and her classes she said: “I’m Professor A. Clare Zaborowski, my student’s call me Prof. Z. I’ve taught honors, dual credit, hybrid and was the first to teach many of the psychology courses online for San Jac. My classes are interactive, fun, personally relevant and applicable. I have over 500 exstudents on my Twitter account that I have had since 2013 @ProfZPsychology. EVERYTHING is exciting about the new GP campus: the great leadership, the beautiful environment, the exciting faculty and the unlimited possibilities.

Robert Flynn

Robert Flynn
M.A., English
State University of New York, Brockport

Professor Flynn teaches Composition, Creative Writing, and Literature courses. Though he’s been with SJC since 2012, he hasn’t always been an English teacher. Over the years he has worked as a computer game developer, an actor, a writer, and, perhaps his favorite job, a costumed character at Disney World.


STEM Department

Tyler Olivier

Tyler Olivier – Chair
Ph.D., Biology
University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Dr. Tyler Olivier is Department Chair for STEM and a professor of biology. He’s been with San Jacinto College since 2015. When asked to introduce his classes and an interesting fact about himself he said: “Biology is one of those subjects that people tend to shy away from or be fearful of, so I try to make the topics applicable to my students’ everyday lives (I mean it is the study of life). I try to include everyone and make the learning environment welcoming to all ideas. Students often find it interesting that I played college football and won a National Championship (LSU 2003-2004). What excites me most about opening a new campus is the challenge of starting the STEM Department. In addition to the challenge of starting a new department, I’m also excited about interaction with a new group of students, faculty, and staff.”

Reza Marvdashti

Reza Marvdashti
Ph.D., Genetics
University of Manchester, UK

Dr. Marvdashti has taught Biology at SJC for 25 years. He says: “My classes are laid back, interactive and dynamic, filled with discussions focused on human health issues and healthy lifestyles, as well as exciting scientific topics that are crucial to our well-being on this planet. As a new faculty member at Generation Park, I am excited about utilizing my professional and academic expertise to educate our great students and serve our fast-growing Generation Park community. Students in my classes are fascinated with the complexities and intricacies of the diversity of life as they learn more about science in general and health issues in particular.”

JF Dzuryak

JF Dzuryak
M.S., Geology
Northern Illinois University

Professor Dzuryak has taught physical geology, historical geology, and earth science at SJC since 2013. He says: “Geology isn’t an easy subject for many, but I try to make it as enjoyable as possible with memes, Bill Nye clips, puns, on topic outfits and dance moves! I’m really excited lay the bedrock for the geology program and scientific outreach at Generation Park.” When asked about an interesting fact about him he said: “…my license plate is the word “FOSSILS”. I often have fossils in my car and have had a few trunk teaching moments!”

Danielle Morgan

Danielle Morgan
M.Ed., Math Education
Prairie View A&M University
M.S., Computer Science
J.D., Law
St. Mary’s University

Professor Morgan has been with San Jacinto College since 2001. When asked to introduce herself and her classes she said: “I was born and raised here in Houston. I attended Prairie View A&M University and St. Mary’s University. I have been teaching for 30 years, and I love it. I have worked at Prairie View A&M University, Lone Star College, University of Houston-Downtown, and St. Philip’s College in San Antonio. As a professor, I would like to create an environment where students feel comfortable learning new information and asking questions when they need help.

Shannon Solis

Shannon Solis
Ed.D., Curriculum & Instruction
Texas Southern University

Dr. Shannon Solis is recognized as a Distinguished Math Faculty at San Jacinto College since 2013. She earned a B.A. in mathematics and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce and an Ed.D. Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Southern University. Dr. Solis stays current in her field and has attended Texas Tech University and Harvard University receiving 33 additional graduate credit hours in math and education. She has six years experience in K-12 teaching and as well as 15 years’ experience as a college instructor. Dr. Solis is excited to open up San Jacinto College – Generation Park and meet the community and new students in Harris County.

Westley Trevino

Westley Trevino
M.S., Economics
Texas A&M University

An alum of Texas A&M, Westley’s main academic field was economics before changing to mathematics. He teaches applied and theoretical classes both with an eye towards intuition and understanding that extends an onramp for everybody. Expect Professor Trevino to put in the hard work just as you do to gain mutual understanding.