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Kyle Cushman has her Master's in English:Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She is now pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Vermont College of Union Institute and University. A 7-12 English teacher for many years in Maine, Colorado and New Mexico, she currently works as an Academic Support Specialist at the Academic Support Network (ASN) at Vermont College. She writes for MasterTeacher.com and has co-published an article, "An Integrated Model for Academic Support" in Purdue's Writing Lab Newsletter. She has also led workshops on integrated academic support and learning style awareness at colleges and organizations around the state of Vermont.
Dennis is currently a learning skills specialist and academic advisor at the University of Central Florida. He has also served as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Coordinator for 18 years and is a Nationally Certified SI Trainer. He has trained staff from over 100 institutions in setting up and running SI programs. Dennis has consulted on learning skills and SI in England and in Jordan. He has also published 24 articles in professional journals on college level learning skills and SI. He has been director of a counseling center, learning center and career development center and has presented at many conferences on learning skills and SI.
Elke Kleisch is the Coordinator for the Chicago campus Center for Academic
Development, the learning center of National-Louis University. She specializes
in working with students to develop their reading and writing skills.
Elke earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications from Illinois
State University and a Master of Arts in Developmental Studies from
National-Louis University. Prior to her work at NLU, she taught adult
basic education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and GED classes
at local community centers. Currently, she is pursuing her doctorate
in Reading and Language at National-Louis University.
Julianne Scibetta is the Academic Support Coordinator for Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, NY. While there she tends to the peer tutoring program, advises first-year students, and runs a first-year student academic survival program. In May 2005 she became a certified academic advisor through the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). She attends SUNY-Albany part-time in pursuit of her MS in educational administration for higher education.
Mon is the founder and editor of the Learning Center Newsletter. He is also the developer of AccuTrack, a learning center reporting software. Mon received his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in 1993, and followed it by an MS in Engineering Management in 1996. Mon is a software development manager at Engineerica Systems, Inc. You can contact Mon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Burns is the Tutorial Specialist for the General Tutoring and
Supplemental Instruction programs at Antelope Valley College. Stephen
received a BS in Computer Imaging from Charter Oak State College, a
graduate certificate in Web Programming from City University, and a
MS in Computing Technology in Education from Nova Southeastern University.
He is currently pursuing a doctorate from NSU.
Mona Pelkey serves as editor for The Learning Center Exchange. She recently left her position as a course director for the Center for Enhanced Performance, United States Military Academy, West Point, to relocate to her husband's hometown in New York's "North Country." She is currently finishing her PhD in Leadership in Higher Education from Capella University.
Linda is an assistant professor with National-Louis University in the Department of Adult, Continuing, and Literacy Education. This department came about from merging Adult Education and Developmental Studies. National-Louis has one of the few master's levels programs for developmental education (Adult Literacy) in the entire U.S.. Linda is also program director of Technology and Online for ACLE. She has developed graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as taught online for more than five years.
Barbara McLay is a faculty member and instructor of Critical Reading at the University of South Florida, LEARN Program in Tampa, FL. She has her master's degree in reading education from the University of South Florida and has recently resumed work on her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Her ever-widening areas of interest include reading rate, study reading, recreational reading, gender and writing, grammar instruction, year-round schools, and learning disabilities.
Yolanda Debose Columbus
Yolanda Debose Columbus is currently a Learning Center Assistant at Blinn College and a graduate student at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology Foundations with a specialization in Education Technology. She worked as a computer programmer for seven years. During her tenure at Blinn College, she has created three online professional development courses for tutors. Her goal is to utilize her computer programming experience and doctoral studies to create effective quality online professional development courses for educators.
Robin Geery oversees the daily activities at Schenectady County Community College’s Learning Center. She has taught Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Study Skills at SCCC and other post secondary schools for more than fifteen years.
Kimberly O. McManus, a native of South Carolina, has been in the DC Metropolitan area for about six years. She is the Coordinator of Disability Services at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. She brings with her a wealth of information regarding the student population on various levels and their desires as young people. Kimberly has a Bachelors in Special Education and a Masters in Counseling from Clemson University. As well as working with students on the counseling/administrative side, she has also taught developmental studies (Reading and English) on the college level. It is in that teaching experience, coupled with teaching special education and language arts on the public level, where she learned to promote learning in students. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys writing songs, singing, and writing fiction and poetry.
I have worked in public education since 1976 when I earned my B.A. in English from the University of Texas. I have an M. Ed. in Reading from the University of Central Oklahoma and an M. Ed. in English from Georgia Southwestern State University. I am also a teacher consultant/educator for the National Writing Project and have trained with that organization over the past two years. I am currently in the process of writing the results of research I completed in the lab last year. I have worked for Darton College in Albany, GA since the summer of 1993, and as the director of the Writing Lab since the spring of 1995. My husband and I have lived and worked in several states, so I have had the opportunity to teach all ages from pre-school to college level, and the opportunity to teach all types of students from gifted to severely learning/developmentally disabled, ESL/ESOL, and currently work with students in the learning support classes.
My most interesting teaching times were the summer work outside of Philadelphia with the Migrant Education program where I went to the fields and mushrooms houses with a bag of materials, a blanket, and a bell. I set up shop, rang the bell, and “taught” everyone who came – from little children, to their siblings, parents, and even grandparents! I am an active community volunteer as well as supporter of my school. My husband and I are supporters of the 50% League as well as other philanthropic efforts in our community.
Loren has appeared or is forthcoming in Nimrod, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Resurgence as well as many others journals. She received her B.A. from Drew University and an M.A. from the University of Sussex (UK). She was the recipient of the Spire Press Poetry Prize and was a 2000 and 2003 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Kleinman was also a Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Finalist for 2004. She was the Assistant Reviews Editor for Sidereality, and was an editor for the travel publications Luxury Travel Advisor, Travel Agent Magazine, and Home-Based Travel Agent Magazine. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Academic Support Center at Berkeley College-NJ.
DR. Roseanne Torsiello received her EdD Higher Education Leadership/Adult Education at Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. and B.A. at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has taught at Berkeley College, where she was also chair of the English department, and Montclair University. She is currently the Director of the Academic Support Center (ASC) at Berkeley College-NJ.
Ms. Linton has worked at California State University, San Bernardino for nearly twenty years, initially as the Tutorial Program Coordinator, and later as the Learning Center Director. She received her BA in International Relations from Pomona College in Claremont, and her MA in Social Sciences/Political Science from CSUSB.
Mr. Wentworth has worked at California State University, San Bernardino for over fifteen years. He taught math courses and served as Tutorial Program Coordinator before becoming the department's ITC (Information Technology Consultant/Computer Consultant). He received his BA in Astronomy/Astrophysics from San Diego State (California) and his MA in Mathdematics from CSUSB.
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