Academic Center for Excellence

Academic Coaches

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Cynthia Walker
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Accounting
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00am - 10:30am / Wednesdays 9:30am 3:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Reviewing concepts that the student may be unsure of, in an effort to give them clarity so they can solve the problem on their own.
Graduate of: Niagara University

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David Mitchell
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): English as a Second Language & Reading
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8:00am - 11:00am (E-216) / Thursday 8:00am - 11:00am (NFCI Campus)
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Inference/Drawing conclusions
Graduate of: Notre Dame College, D’Youville College & Medaille College
Fun Fact: "I have been a professional stage actor for 25 years."

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Jonathan Tedesco
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): History & Writing
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: European History; more specifically wars, genocide, & terrorism
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "I am an avid reader of science fiction and philosophy."

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David Brown
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Algebra, trigonometry, calculus, & differential equations
Graduate of: SUNY at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "After retiring from teaching math for 32 years, I received the honor of an Emeritus Proclamation from NCCC."

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Kay Brown
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Algebra, trigonometry, calculus, & business math
Graduate of: Houghton College & State University College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I love to memorize the Bible."

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Dan House
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Tuesday 3:00pm - 7:00pm / Wednesday 1:00pm - 7:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Calculus, differential equations, & linear algebra
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College, SUNY Buffalo, & SUNY College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I am an avid outdoors person."

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Cody Kowal
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math & Physics
Hours: Monday 1:00pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm / Friday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Showing student’s alternative ways to approach challenging physics or mathematics problems, giving them a stronger overall understanding of the material.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "I graduated from NCCC last year with a 4.0 GPA in the Engineering program."

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Dawn O’Brien
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 10:00am - 2:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Algebra classes.
Graduate of: Houghton College & Niagara University
Fun Fact: "In August 2018, I became a mom to an adorable baby boy. When I am not tutoring in ACE, I am home taking care of my son, Kenny."

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Ryan Sessman
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Thursday 1:00pm - 7:00pm / Friday 9:00am - 12:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Solving algebraic equations
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & Elmira College
Fun Fact: "I enjoy snowboarding."

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Sue Schnure
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math
Hours: Tuesday 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Algebra & Geometry.
Graduate of: University at Buffalo & Nazareth College
Fun Fact: "I have been a member of the Lockport Community Band for 20 years."

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David Mitchell
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): English as a Second Language & Reading
Hours: Monday - Wednesday 8:00am - 11:00am (E-216) / Thursday 8:00am - 11:00am (NFCI Campus)
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Inference/Drawing conclusions
Graduate of: Notre Dame College, D’Youville College & Medaille College
Fun Fact: "I have been a professional stage actor for 25 years."

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Cody Kowal
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Math & Physics
Hours: Monday 1:00pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am - 1:00pm / Friday 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Showing student’s alternative ways to approach challenging physics or mathematics problems, giving them a stronger overall understanding of the material.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "I graduated from NCCC last year with a 4.0 GPA in the Engineering program."

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Tonya Lacey
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Anatomy & Physiology, Human Biology & Physical Therapy
Hours: Monday 9:00am - 9:50am & 1:00pm - 1:50pm / Tuesday 9:00am - 10:50am & 1:30pm - 3:30pm / Wednesday 2:30pm - 3:30pm / Thursday 11:00am - 1:00pm & 1:30 - 4:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Anything dealing with anatomy
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "I am a graduate of the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at NCCC."

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John Strong
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Chemistry
Hours: Thursday & Friday 12:00pm - 3:30pm

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Lynn Bey
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Writing
Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am - 3:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Editing and proofreading
Graduate of: Florida State & Florida Atlantic
Fun Fact: "I know how to make mincemeat."

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Caitlin Fox
Academic Coach
Hours: Tuesday 9:00am - 4:00pm / Friday 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Brainstorming ideas/topics for papers and revising papers
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & SUNY College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I participated in the Disney College Program in the Fall 2007 semester through NCCC. My role was merchandising in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. It was a great experience and I loved making friends from all over the world, many of which I still have contact with today."

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Laura Kowalczyk
Academic Coach
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Editing papers and helping students come up with ideas to write about.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & SUNY College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I am secretly a comedian. I am always making my family and friends laugh."

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Lynn Lytle
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Writing
Hours: Monday & Wednesday 2:00pm - 7:00pm / Tuesday & Thursday 11:30am - 7:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Planning to write, researching, and organization. She also enjoys assisting students with general student skills like test taking, note taking, and time management.
Graduate of: Seton Hall University, New York University, and Daemon College
Fun Fact: "Besides my hair being pink? I love music."

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Jonathan Tedesco
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): History & Writing
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: European History; more specifically wars, genocide, & terrorism
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "I am an avid reader of science fiction and philosophy."

Student Support Staff

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Caitlin Fox
Front Desk
Student Support Staff
Hours: Monday & Thursday 8:00am - 3:30pm / Friday 8:00am - 12:30pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Brainstorming ideas/topics for papers and revising papers
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & SUNY College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I participated in the Disney College Program in the Fall 2007 semester through NCCC. My role was merchandising in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom. It was a great experience and I loved making friends from all over the world, many of which I still have contact with today."

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Cory Hewitt
Front Desk
Student Support Staff
Hours: Mondays – Thursdays 3:00pm-9:00pm / Saturdays 11:00am-3:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Being able to give them positive direction and assist them with an issue to hopefully get a successful outcome.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College
Fun Fact: "Some call me a nerd. Some call me silly. Some call me crazy. Some call me shy. And some even call me smart."

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Ryan Sessman
Front Desk
Student Support Staff
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00am - 3:45pm / Friday 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & Elmira College
Fun Fact: "I enjoy snowboarding."

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Laura Kowalczyk
Support Staff - Academic Assistance Area
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Editing papers and helping students come up with ideas to write about.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & SUNY College at Buffalo
Fun Fact: "I am secretly a comedian. I am always making my family and friends laugh."

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Madison Ackerman
Academic Center for Excellence Coordinator
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Time management, study skills, and any NCCC-related questions!
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College, Niagara University, & Buffalo State College
Fun Fact: "Before coordinating ACE, I taught ENG 099, ENG 101, and ENG 102 at NCCC and at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute!"

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