Meet the ACT

The Academic Coaching and Tutor Center's tutors, mentors, and office assistants are here to help you! Let us introduce ourselves:

Evynand Akombi

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Major: Nursing
Class Year: Sophomore
Tutors: Nursing


Deema Alobaidi

Pronouns: She/Hers/Her
Tutor: Chemistry and Math
Graduating:  June 2021
Bio: I love sharing my knowledge with the tutees and helping them with the their academic journey.


Alicia

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Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: May 2021
Bio: I love peer mentoring because I'm able to share my experiences with other students and also help to make their time at FSU a successful and rewarding one.


Alyssa Annese

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Pronouns: She/Hers/Her
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: Spring 2022
Bio:  I enjoy being a peer mentor because I get to see the first year students growth from the first week of classes and beyond! I love being able help students by being their first point of contact for any school related questions or concerns!


Lorenny Arias

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Pronouns: She/Hers/Her
Tutor: Office Assistant
Graduating: May 2021
Bio:    As an Office Assistant at the ACT, I get to work with a very diverse and friendly group of people while also learning new skills to help others! :)


Ami Barry de la Cruz

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Major: Nursing
Tutors: Nursing
Graduating: Spring 2022


Jackolene Bertrand

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Major: Nursing
Class Year: Sophomore
Tutors: Nursing
BioHello. My name is Jackolene, but everyone calls me Jackie. I’m a sophomore nursing major and live in Oakham MA. A fun fact about me is that I use to show cows. 


Bailey Breen

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Pronouns: She/Hers/Her
Tutor: Writing, Psychology, Philosophy
Graduating: May 2021
Bio: I really enjoy helping fellow students navigate their way through academic challenges, and doing my best to see through that my peers get to where they want to be!!


Zoë Brazeau

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Pronouns: She/Her/He/Him/They/Them
Tutor: Writing and U.S. History I & II
Graduating: May 2023
Bio: I like helping people improve.


Molly Bruce

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Tutor:  Peer Mentor 
Graduating: 2023


Sarah Cahill

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tutor: Peer Tutor
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  I love mentoring because I know from experience how encouraging it is as a first year student to have a peer who was once in my shoes, and it is nice to know that my mentees hopefully get that same feeling of support.


Gabryelle Callahan

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tutor: Nursing
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  Great flexible schedule, helps me keep myself fresh on information and I really do enjoy helping people so it’s a nice way to help people succeed.


Aubrey Carter

Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor:  Tutor: Nursing, anatomy, chemistry, psychology and sociology
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  I love being able to help my peers when they need it!


Buffy Cautela

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2022
Bio:  I love mentoring because I get to help new students become accustomed to the place that I love.


Maggie Chase

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Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Tutor: Mathematics and Economics
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love meeting new people to help them learn and understand the concepts they are working on.


Caroline Collins

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Pronouns: She/Her or They/Them
Tutor: Writing History
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love finding new ways to approach learning to make it accessible for everyone.


Brendan Conlin

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Tutor:  Tutor: Computer science
Graduating: 2021


Bree Cousineau

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Nursing Pre-Reqs, Mental Health Nursing, Patho II, Psychology
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love tutoring because I get to share my tips and tricks that help me study!


Colleen Couture

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Pronouns: She/Her 
Tutor: Education & Education Math Courses
Graduating: 2022
Bio:  I love to help others!


Haleigh Craigen

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tutor: Applied Statistics, Nursing
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  I love helping others and assisting them on achieving their goals!


Emily Cummings

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Major: Game Design
Class Year: Senior
Tutors: Writing, Communications, Computer Science
Bio: I'm a writing and computer science tutor. I love telling stories and entertaining people. With computer science, I can combine the two and turn my stories into games!


Jessica Day

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Major: Nursing
Class Year: Junior
Tutors: Nursing
Bio: I am a nursing student and tutor here at FSU. Currently, I am tutoring Pathopharmacology. I am very interested in the study of drugs and disease in the human body and I enjoy helping others understand this material.


Theresa Dzierwinski

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Political Science 
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  It's a great opportunity to not only assist other students, but to help yourself grow academically.


Emily Eleuteri

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Nursing
Graduating: 2022
Bio:  I like tutoring because it gives me a chance to share my strategies for learning with others.


Mohamed Elsayyad

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Tutor: Nursing
Graduating: 2021
Bio: It truly is rewarding when you get to see how your efforts helped improve a student’s grade on a test. The smile you get to see on your student’s face as to how proud they are of themselves is really all the matters at the end of the day. I have learnt how to be myself through teaching.


Nicole Epstein

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Tutor: Peer Mentor 
Graduating: 2021


Andrew Esielionis

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Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Tutor:  Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  I like to mentor because I like to help! The first year in college can be confusing for a lot of people, and my favorite part of the job is simply being available to clear that confusion up!


Laurie Furtado

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  Peer mentoring connects me to campus in such a unique way. I get to share experiences, the ups and downs that I have experienced along the way, with those who are going through it now. In addition, I get to learn from my mentees as they share all new experiences that are completely their own.


Alexander Gemmell

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Pronouns: He/Him
Major: Computer Science (Game Programming)
Graduating: 2021
Tutors: Computer Science, Electronics
Bio:  It's always interesting to help solve problems and see how other people deal with problems.


Miranda Gustin

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Office Assistant
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  I have met some really great people while working here :)


Heather

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Exercise Science
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  It inspires confidence in me that the people I surround myself with (in this case, tutees and other tutors) understand me and challenge me to learn new ways to communicate and receive information.


Jody Holden

Tutor: Business & Economics
Graduating: Spring 2021
Bio:  My favorite part of tutoring is helping others with their courses. Seeing tutees have a breakthrough with the material is a great feeling.


Heather Holmes

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love being a peer mentor because if allows me to connect with students and help them navigate college. I love using my past experiences to be a resource and a guide for younger students.


Isabelle

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor:  Peer Mentor (I am a sophomore nursing major, especially interested in Postpartum nursing!)
Graduating: 2023
Bio:  As a peer mentor, I am able to connect with students on a deeper level and learn more about the university. I am able to be an outlet for my peers and provide comfort, knowledge and reassurance. Being involved at FSU has been one of the best decisions I have made since enrolling.


Jacob

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Tutor: Math and Computer Science
Graduating: 2022
Bio:  I love being able to help people in need! And sometimes, I’m able to learn something myself during tutoring sessions!


Olivia Kephart

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Tutor: Office Assistant 
Graduating: 2024


Kimberly Kovac

Pronouns: She/Hers
Tutor: History, English
Graduating: 2024
Bio:  It's great to be able to help students out and it's a learning experience for myself as well.


Joshua Kuffoh

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Tutor: Peer Mentor  
Graduating: 2023


Jillian Laabs

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Business/Accounting 
Graduating: 2022


Olivia Lepore

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Writing, Nursing
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love tutoring because I get to make difficult subjects understandable to students! I also love being able to share my strength of study skills with others!


Kerry McManus

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Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2021


Bianca Suero Mendez

Tutor: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Discrete Math, Computer Science, Spanish 
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I just enjoy the process of sharing knowledge.


Katelyn Musto

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Major: Business Administration (Accounting)
Class Year: Junior
Tutors: Business Administration


Sabrina Nogueira

Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Psychology course and writing
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love tutoring because I get to meet so many new people! I also get to learn so much about every topic and discipline that I am not familiar with!


Emily Patella

Emily Patella in front of a flower bush

Major: Elementary Education
Class Year: Junior
Tutors: Education, Math


Brooke Pelletier

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: English/Writing
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love having the opportunity to help others succeed in their courses and working with them to build on the writing skills that they already possess.


Marcus Perla

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Tutor: Engineering courses, Physics, Mathematics
Graduating: 2022
Bio:  Tutoring is a way to make education exciting and efficient. I've had a lot of fun learning with the peers I tutor and helping them conquer their challenges is always a great experience on both ends.


Samantha Poole

Pronouns: She/Hers
Tutor: Pediatric and Maternal-Newborn Nursing
Graduating: 2021


Madalyn Rafus

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Major: Nursing
Class Year: Junior
Tutors: Nursing


Angeline Rodriguez

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Tutor: Med Surg II
Graduating: December 2021


Sara Rogers

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Major: Biology
Class Year: Junior
Tutors: Biology, Chemistry


Nicholas Sachetta

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Major: Biology (Initial Licensure)
Class Year: Sophomore
Tutors: Biology, Chemistry
Bio: Future Career: High school Biology and Chemistry teacher. Also, coach high school track and field. Sports: Cross Country, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field.


Matthew Sadowski

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Tutors: Biology, Chemistry, Math
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  I love being a tutor because it gives me an opportunity to look back on past topics I learned (which refreshed my memory) and because it gives me a chance to help fellow classmates!


Cody Soderlund

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Tutors: Criminal Justice, Math
Graduating: 2022


Zach Stering

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Tutor: chemistry, philosophy, other math/science
Graduating: 2023 


Sofia Tarney

Tutor: Nursing
Graduating: 2022


Christian Velasquez

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Pronouns: She/Her
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: 2021
Bio:  Mentoring has made me feel closer to Fitchburg State by helping the academic coaching and tutoring center.


Hannah Wilder

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Tutor:  Tutor: Environmental & Earth Science 
Graduating: 2022


Morgan Wynkoop

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Pronouns: She/Hers
Tutor: Peer Mentor
Graduating: Spring 2021
Bio:  I really enjoy mentoring my peers. Not only to help and guide them through college but create a community where there is support and academic encouragement.