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Staff

Meet the Academic Support Center Team

ASC is comprised of ultra-talented and experienced tutors.

Learn more about each person by reading their descriptions below:

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    Edwar Aguiar -Tutor II - Hardin Valley Campus

Edwar is passionate about technology, Networking & Security. This is his second year working as a Networking & Spanish Tutor for the ASC. In addition to his degree in Information Technology from Venezuela, he is also a proud graduate from PSCC where he got his AAS in CSIT Networking and Communications Systems. He tutors Windows Professional Courses, MS Office, MS Access, A+ Hardware & Software, Networking Fundamentals, Routing & Switching, and Security & Wireless. As a native Spanish speaker, he also helps students in their Spanish Class. From the professional perspective, he has the certifications Network + and Security + from CompTIA. Edwar Aguiar, happily married and with a child of seven years old, enjoys playing soccer in his spare time.

 
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    Barbara Alfonzo - Tutor III

Barbara joined the ASC in 2013 as a Spanish Tutor and Student Success Mentor. She is a proud graduate of PSCC (Business Management). She is from Venezuela and is a native Spanish speaker. She enjoys helping students learn and succeed in their Spanish Classes. Barbara enjoys the challenge of advising ESL students to reach their full potential. She works on the Magnolia and Division Street campuses. Her education also includes a degree in Industrial Engineering from Venezuela. She has learned how to mix engineering, management and education, as well as the importance of many things, such as the true meaning of commitment, which is very useful in achieving any goal.

 
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    Diane Benson - Tutor III

Diane tutors English and writing at the Hardin Valley Campus.

 
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    Mary Bogart - Tutor III

Mary has worked as an Academic Writing tutor at the Blount County Campus for four years. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio where she received a B.A. in English with a secondary teacher certification from Baldwin-Wallace College as well as an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Cleveland State University. She has enjoyed working in the education field for the past 20 years as a middle school and high school English teacher, college writing instructor, and writing center tutor.

 
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    Maya Bortters - Peer Tutor

Maya tutors chemistry at the Hardin Valley Campus.

 
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    Craig Bunch - Tutor I

Craig have over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology field and have been a Tutor for Computer Science for the last 2 years. He earned an A.S. in Business Data Processing in 1980 from the State Technical Institute at Knoxville and graduated with honors. Craig can provide tutoring in JAVA, C++, C#, HTML / CSS, PHP, Perl, UNIX, MS Office, Windows and database.

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    Leonard Butts - Tutor IV

Leonard tutors in writing for all classes including English, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, business, and science. He is also a tutor in speech preparations. Leonard has a Ph.D. in English and an undergraduate degree in journalism.

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    Pamela Carter - Tutor II

Pamela has worked with PSCC for 21 years and is looking forward to 20 more! She started teaching at Pellissippi State in Jan of 1994 and began tutoring that fall. Pamela has almost 40 years’ experience in teaching mathematics. Pamela enjoys working in all levels of Algebra, Pre Calculus, Business Calculus and Stats. Her husband has also been teaching math at Pellissippi for 23 years and their son was a math tutor as well.

 
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    Phoebe Chien - Tutor II

Phoebe tutors math through Calculus III as well as statistics at the Hardin Valley Campus.

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    Anna Childs - Tutor III

Anna has been an instructor of writing and literature at PSCC for twelve years, and have taught anything from traditional composition courses to learning support writing to hybrid/web classes. She obtained her MA in English with a concentration in American Literature from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and holds a BA in English from UTK as well. She is a strong creative writer, and enjoys writing poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Anna is married to her husband of nineteen years, and they live in Oak Ridge with our three children, a dog, and three cats.

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    Evan Creel - Tutor III

    Evan Creel - Tutor III

Evan earned his M.A. degree in English, and is currently an instructor of ESL classes at Pellissippi. Evan tutors writing for students in both ESL and traditional English classes at all levels along with grammar, reading, and literature.  He is also an experienced Spanish tutor. He lived in Spain for a time, and that experience of living in a new culture led to an interest in ESL teaching.

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    Andrew Crouch - Peer Tutor

Andrew began attending PSCC Hardin Valley the fall semester following his high school graduation in May 2014. With the intended major of Civil Engineering, he is finished with the fundamental classes Chem 1110 and ENS 1510 and is able to tutor those subjects proficiently, having recently completed those courses in a strong standing. He is now in Chem 1120 and ENS 1520, so if you need help with those he will try his best to help figure it out with you! In his free time, Andrew enjoys exploring nature and finding unique new hiking destinations.

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    Deb Daugherty - Tutor III

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    James Davis - Tutor II

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    Jessica Dean - Tutor II

Jessica is a graduate student at Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English. She tutors Writing and English at the Magnolia campus, UT, and Central High School. She is involved with Pellissippi State's Hiking and Outdoors Club and Good Food for All Initiative.

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    Galina Dudchenko - Tutor IV

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    Evan Creel - Tutor III

    David Fey - Tutor III

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    Evan Creel - Tutor III

    Gabriel Francisco - Tutor II

Gabriel tutors in the Writing Center of the Hardin Valley campus . He has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, with a minor in Cinema Studies, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Gabriel's ten favorite movies of all time are The Maltese Falcon (1941); Psycho (1960); Le Doulos; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; American Graffiti; Night Moves (1975); Jaws; Groundhog Day; Zodiac; and Inherent Vice. He also enjoys traveling.

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    Evan Creel - Tutor III

    David Gray - Tutor III

David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. David tutors math, through Calculus I, at the Academic Support Center as well as Developmental Math in the Transitional Studies Department. David enjoys showing students that many of the more advanced aspects of math are simply applying the simple aspects of math (which they already know) in more complex ways. David has been married for 40 years, and he has three children and four grandchildren.

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    Dixie Hall - Tutor III

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    Robert Harvey - Tutor III

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    Jack Heck - Tutor III

Jack is a retired mechanical design engineer from the Oak Ridge National Lab and the Y-12 Plant with 30 years of experience. While practicing as a mechanical engineer, Jack met the requirements and passed the test to become a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee. In 1971, Jack earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and in 2007 he earned a Masters of Mathematics degree from the University of Tennessee. Jack also has 20+ hours of graduate credits in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to working as an engineer, Jack was an electronics instructor in the United States Air Force, and served as an avionics maintenance technician in the Air National Guard both in Niagara Falls, NY and in Knoxville.Jack is able to tutor Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, some elementary Chemistry, and electrical circuits.

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    Marcel Holman - Tutor II

Marcel is a Ronald McNair Research Scholar at the University of Tennessee whose academic interests’ are Nutrition research and music composition and performance. He has degrees in music composition and music theory from the University of Memphis, also a biological sciences degree from Pellissippi State Community College where he tutors biological sciences including anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology, cell biology and nutrition. As a research assistant in the nutrition lab of Dr. Gouxun Chen, Marcel's investigation centers on the development of HPLC protocols for amino acids and retinal. His other duties are assistant director and composer of the University of Tennessee Studio Orchestra.

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    Cathy Hurrell - Tutor III

Cathy earned her B.A in botany from Miami University in Oxford Ohio. She was a biology lab instructor for six years and a science lab technician for ten years at Pellissippi State. She has tutored biology for eight years and currently is auditing Anatomy and Physiology. She leads a study session for the A&P class on the Hardin Valley campus in addition to tutoring on the Division Street campus.

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    Nick Jaser - Peer Tutor

This is Nick's first semester working as a peer tutor in the math lab, but he is looking forward to working with everyone. Math is one of his favorite subjects and that’s why he loves tutoring so much. In his spare time, Nick also enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and playing volleyball

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    Paul Kapcar - Tutor II

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    Nancy Keene - Tutor VI

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    Cheryl Koski - Tutor VI

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    Maggie Kubarewicz - Tutor II

Maggie is currently in the CSIT Programming tract at Pellissippi. She has a Bachelors in English and Psychology. Maggie mainly tutors in Computer Science and is competent in Java, Databases, web design, and some scripting.

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    Rebecca Lengfellner - Student Success Mentor

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    Nichole Lewis - Tutor I

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    Nathan Martindale - Peer Tutor

Nathan is currently a dual-enrollment student; he is being home schooled but is taking a calculus-based physics class at Pellissippi. Nathan tutors math up through calculus, Microsoft Office, and computer science. Nathan hopes to make computer science his career path, and he enjoys helping people with it!

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    Christopher McDaniel - Tutor I

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    Chuck McGee - Tutor III

Chuck has been tutoring at Pellissippi since January of 2011. He was a 20-year USAF career officer, a fighter pilot and flew with Delta Airlines for 13 years. Chuck tutors Writing, Math trough Calculus I, Accounting, Statistics, Economics, American and World History and German. He enjoys reading and plays in a rock and roll band.

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    Philip McKnight - Peer Tutor

Phillip has been a peer tutor at Pellissippi State for just over a year. He is a computer science major and has roughly two semesters left at Pellissippi before he transfers to The University of Tennessee. Phillip and his lovely wife had their first child on December 30, 2014. He is looking forward to working with and helping students any way he can.

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    Suzie Minehan - Tutor I

Suzie is in her 3rd semester as a math tutor. It has been a wonderful experience thus far and it just keeps getting better. Math is Suzie's specialty. She has loved math since she learned to count on her fingers. Her favorite area is trig specifically, but she is more than happy to help with any area she can. Suzie graduated in December with an associates in Electrical Engineering.

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    Nashwa Mohamed - Tutor III

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    Ethan Richardson - Tutor I

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    Raul Rivero - Tutor IV

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    Aaron Searcy - Tutor II

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    Ashley Slater - Tutor II

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    Micaela Snyder - Tutor III

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Laurie Spoon

    Laurie Spoon - Tutor I

Laurie tutors in Mathematics at the Academic Support Center. She tutors from Developmental thru Calculus III. She also tutors Elementary Probability and Statistics. Laurie worked 3 terms as a Supplemental Mathematics Instructor in the SI program and during those terms, she also tutored in the math lab which offers help thru Pre-Calculus. She has worked in the main Academic Support Center as a Tutor since June of 2013, but combines her SI experience and hours in the math lab. She has been employed at Pellissippi State Community College as a tutor since 2012. Laurie graduated with an Associates of Science in May 2014 from Pellissippi State, and now attends the University of Tennessee and is seeking a Doctorate in Pure Mathematics.

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    Bob Stern - Tutor IV

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Janie Stewart

    Janie Stewart - Tutor III

Janie is a proficient tutor in math through Calculus I and Statistics. Both of her degrees are in math. Janie has a bachelor's from the University of Tennessee and a master's from the University of Kentucky.

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    Janzen Sumner - Tutor II

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    Katherine Tanner - Tutor II

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    Dean Turley - Tutor III

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    Phylicia Washington - Tutor I

Phylicia is a proud graduate of Pellissippi State Community College. She enjoys working as a Peer Tutor for Brittany Mosby’s MATH 1530 class at Division Street. She is currently enrolled as a student at the University of Tennessee (Go Vols!) where she is studying Psychology (geared towards Research). Phylicia uses a lot of Statistics in her field of study and being able to practice statistics while working with others keeps her sharp as well as provides a great service to others. Phylicia is a true Pellissippi fan, and would love to see every student succeed in his or her preferred area of study. She is hopeful that each of you have a great semester!

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    Janet Westbrook - Tutor III

Janet has been a tutor with Pellissippi State for five years. She is proficient in all areas of mathematic through calculus III, Spanish, French and Chemistry I. Janet works on the Hardin Valley Campus.

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    James White - Tutor II

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    Robert E. Williams - Tutor III

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    Robert L. Williams - Peer Tutor

Robert is the SI leader for Dr. Chris Milne's Biology classes. Last year Robert attended SI as a student and was very happy to get the opportunity to actually lead SI this semester. He enjoys helping other students learn through active learning activities. Biology is awesome!! Every time He thinks about how humans, animals, plants, and really all living things are made up of tiny atoms and cells, it blows his mind. Robert looks forward to helping other students learn about the wonderful subject of biology.

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    Susanna Yonder - Tutor I

Susanna is in her second semester as an Anatomy and Physiology tutor. She is passionate about Anatomy and Physiology and believes that it is fascinating. She is currently studying at Pellissippi, but will be transferring to the University of Tennessee where she plans on earning a B.A.in recreational therapy. Susanna enjoys teaching and helping people study and learn all aspects of Anatomy and Physiology.

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    Alicia Young - Tutor I

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    Courtney Young - Student Success Mentor

Courtney is a sophomore at Pellissippi State working toward her Associates of Science before transferring for her BSN in Psychiatric nursing. She is a licensed CNA and a single mother of two teenagers. She is the Student Success Mentor for Magnolia Campus, Drama Club President, Phi Theta Kappa Officer, Fee Board member, and NSO leader. In her free time she writes poetry and has been published twice this year. She helps students on Magnolia Campus resolve obstacles hindering their academic success. She current tutors Psychology and Sociology, but also fills in where needed for English. If she cannot help a student in a given subject she will find someone who can.

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    Dillon Zinser - Tutor II

Dillon tutors Biology, History, and English in the Academic Support Center. He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Aside from tutoring, he is currently on the path to attending Law School in the fall of 2016.