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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.
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