Adam Bacchus

Adam has been lending his unique educational style to the Academic Success Centre since early 2012. He is a graduate of the Adult Education and Educational Assistant programs at Red River College, and is currently progressing through a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Winnipeg.

Adam provides personal academic coaching support and facilitates group workshops on various study strategies, time management and academic writing. He also tutors students who need assistance in the applied humanities, such as the ECE, DCS, CYC, EA, CD/CED programs as well as with math in the trades and in the business programs.

“I believe that the first role of students is to find a passion, or at least a strong interest in the subject matter of each course they take. With a passion for the material secured, motivation to succeed remains high throughout their academic career. My role as an academic coach is to help students find that interest, and then connect them with the tools and resources they will inevitably seek once that interest has been sparked.”

Sharon Erazo

Hi! My name is Sharon Erazo and I am an ESL Tutor in the Academic Success Centre. I have experience teaching ESL in both South America and Canada and have my Masters in English Language Teaching. In addition to teaching, I have worked as a Career Coach with new immigrants here in Winnipeg.

I love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds and am passionate about helping students improve their communication skills.

Dolores Haggarty

I joined the ASC in March 2016 and am delighted for the opportunity to work with students at RRC. I obtained the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) in 1996 in Montreal. Since then I have taught ESL extensively in Montreal, Prague, Istanbul and Winnipeg. In addition, I hold a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill. Before entering the world of ESL/EAL, I was a full-time journalist with CBC Radio, which included five years as a morning show co-host in Saskatchewan and several years as a host/producer with Radio Canada International (RCI) in Montreal.

In my recent work with ESL students, I have concentrated on helping to polish writing and reading skills. I have found that my main task as a tutor is to help students realize that they know far more than they think they do, and with careful planning, each and every student can produce work that far exceeds their own expectations.

Betty-Jean Johnson RN; CTESL

I have been a Registered Nurse since the 1970s and received my Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2009. Since that time I have worked with Internationally Educated Nurses, volunteered as a Conversation Partner and I continue to work as an RN at the Breast Health Centre in Winnipeg. I joined the Academic Success Centre in October of 2014. I enjoy working with students in the medical/nursing sciences, as this is my long time area of knowledge.

Michael Kozakewich

Since 2011, Michael has been tutoring the Business IT program and other computer-related areas at the Exchange District Campus. He graduated from RRC in 2007 as a Computer Programmer and Analyst.

He’s passionate about how information systems work: “I spend a lot of time exploring computers and their software. The ways in which we design user experiences in modern operating systems are finally making computing accessible to everyone. Thinking carefully about these systems is the key to making them relatable and easy to work with.” He likes to promote humane coding and thoughtful design when he engages students with their coursework.

Michael’s favourite thing about tutoring is that he can explore the beauty and expressiveness of all the different programming languages. Even though they look similar on the surface, each language has its own inner workings and they each excel at different tasks. There are often too many details to distinguish in a single semester, so the deeper complexity is glossed over during regular study. When needed, he’ll draw up sample material to explain weird concepts found in students’ courses.

Alice Landry

Hi! My name is Alice Landry and I am a staff tutor with the Academic Success Centre. I started my teaching career as a high school English teacher and then joined Red River College and was an EAL Instructor at the Language Training Centre for a number of years. I have found that both of these experiences have given me the insight and the tools for assisting RRC students who need to work on some language skills and strategies for achieving success in their college programs.

Karen Loeb

I have been part of the Academic Success Centre since September 2014. My role so far has mainly consisted of delivering workshops on English language usage and academic skills. I also work as an English instructor at the Université de Saint-Boniface and I have worked in other community-based ESL programs since 2010 (Entry Program, Mosaic, Seven Oaks Adult Learning Centre, English at Work). In addition to teaching, I am a professional translator and interpreter (English and French). Learning my second language at university gave me invaluable insight into the challenges that students face when they are studying in a non-native language. I enjoy working with people from different backgrounds and from all walks of life.

Meg Loewen

Hi! My name is Meg Loewen and I am an ESL Tutor in the Academic Success Centre. Since receiving my Bachelors of Education in 2009, I have worked in education both in Manitoba and abroad. I taught in Manitoba’s public school system for six years and spent time volunteering in educational settings in Peru, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. I have a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Education and the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).

I am deeply committed to teaching and excited about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Individual learning styles, goals, motivations, and stories shape us as learners, and I aim to support my students’ learning in the way that best suits them.

Lynne Martin

Lynne is passionate about equipping people to be their best selves by discovering and building on their strengths. With over 35 years’ experience in people-related careers, Lynne enjoys interacting with students from various cultures and backgrounds.

At Red River College, she offers expertise in ESL, study skills, writing and oral communication, through tutoring and workshops as well as academic coaching. Lynne secretly yearns to get a dragon tattoo.

Suzanne Mouflier

Suzanne has been with us since 2010.

She is proficient in several RRC programs and academic content areas such as ECE, ESL, Social Sciences, Writing & Biology.

“I truly enjoy working one on one with adult students and getting to know them. I am very interested in different cultures and love learning about them. I also appreciate learning about how difficulties affect people and how I can facilitate their moving forward in their chosen area of work. When I tutor, I always encourage ESL students in particular to listen to English as often as possible and to read to improve their communication and writing skills. Degrees that have helped me are: Special Education & TESL I’m interested in art, especially pottery & I really like learning Spanish.

Roline Nguyen

Having graduated from Red River College in Business Administration and currently working in accounting field, I would like to bring both my academic knowledge and hand-on experience to students, helping them not only succeed in their studies but also provide insight into real working environment.

One of my favourite quotes is “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I believe every student has their own strengths. The tutor should have different teaching approach for each individual. My aim is to encourage students to build up their confidence about themselves and become independent learners.

While being a student at Red River College, I registered to become a tutor to reinforce my own learning and earn extra income. But the experience from tutoring has given me much more than what I expected. Knowing that you can help people and seeing their progress is the biggest reward. I truly appreciate Red River College for giving me an opportunity to be a companion of students on their learning journey.

Mike Okrainec

I have taught for over 20 years throughout the province (and even a stint in Balmy Rankin Inlet). My specialty is in foundation math for the trades. Over the last several years, I delivered many programs in this area around the province for a couple of government organizations. One of my favourite things to experience is when a learner has that “Light-Bulb” moment, when they go from uncertainty to confidence in their abilities.

Scott Shabaga

Hello, I have been a tutor at RRC since 2013 and have loved (almost) every minute of it. I typically tutor students in math for trades and technology programs. One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is seeing the confidence grow within the students as they realize more of their their abilities and potential. I very much enjoy working with the students at RRC and hope to do so for many more years to come!

Ariy Shilshtut

I have a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Education.

I have over 30 years of experience in teaching and tutoring different math and statistics courses.

Since 2010 I have been working as a tutor of Academic Success Centre.

I am a tutor for all math and statistics courses.

Charanjit Singh

The one thing I enjoy more than Accounting and Stats is helping others understand the course material more fully. I am a recent grad from the Business Administration program and moved right into being a staff tutor. I primarily tutor in Business Admin, Applied Accounting and BIT.

My favorite thing about tutoring occurs in my Math and Accounting workshops – when I see a student or a group of students work together to find their own way to the solution. Being a recent graduate, I try to relate with the difficulties students face, and provide them with the guidance needed to move forward and succeed in achieving their goals. I encourage our students to study in small groups when it comes to solving complex problems because through team-work students find different ways in finding the solution.

My interests are varied and include travelling, sports and language learning.

Deanne Spiegel BN MN

Prior to my retirement I was a classroom and lab instructor in Nursing Techniques at Red River College. I currently conduct review labs two afternoons per week for Nursing students who want more practice time.

 

Ming Hua Xu

Ming is the voice and face of many Wise Guys Videos and a ASC Math and Science Blog.

She has helped hundreds of students in all the Technology Programs of Red River College. She’s also tutored in over 20 different courses.

Students can’t speak highly enough of Ming and her expertise in the math and sciences. She is approachable, patient and learner-centred.

View Ming’s math videos

If you’d like further tips and practice in math and science here at Red River, visit Wise Guys Tutoring

Naomi Warkentin

Hello! I am thrilled to join the staff at the Academic Success Centre as an academic coach and staff tutor. I began my teaching career as a high school math teacher, followed by years of learning about people through running a home day care. Through all these years, I was privileged to tutor a number of students, mainly in math. In all of my experiences with schools and academics, I have come to realize that my favourite and most fulfilling moments have come in my tutoring roles. I love to be able to provide an alternate way of looking at concepts and to be able to truly listen to a student’s struggles and questions. I look forward to helping students make studying, math, and school work manageable and rewarding. This job could only get better done on a picnic table by a campfire!