Academic Center for Excellence

Academic Coaches

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Cynthia Walker
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Accounting
Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30-3:30pm/ Wednesdays 9:00am - 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: Mondays & Fridays 8:00am-11:00am
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: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1:00pm – 7:00pm / 10:00am - 3:00pm
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: Tuesdays 12pm-3pm / Thursdays 12pm-3pm
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: Tuesdays 9am-12pm/ Thursdays 9am-12pm
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: Mondays 2:30-7pm
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: Wednesdays 2:00pm-7:00pm/ Thursdays 9:00am-2:30pm/ Fridays 1:00pm-4:00pm
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: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays: 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: Mondays 9:00am-1:00pm/ Tuesdays 12:00pm-7:00pm/ Thursdays 2:30pm-7:00pm/ Fridays 9:00am-1:00pm
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: Tuesdays 9:00am-10:45am
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: Mondays & Fridays 8:00am-11:00am
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: Wednesdays 2:00pm-7:00pm/ Thursdays 9:00am-2:30pm/ Fridays 1:00pm-4:00pm
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: Mondays – Thursdays: 9:00am – 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: TBA

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Lynn Bey
Academic Coach
Content Area(s): Writing
Hours: 2pm-7pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Editing and proofreading
Graduate of: Florida State & Florida Atlantic
Fun Fact: "I know how to make mincemeat."

Joe Drake
Academic Coach
Hours: Mondays 9am-2pm/ Wednesdays 9am-2pm/ Fridays 9am-2pm
Enjoys Assisting Students With: Papers that relate to a student’s personal experiences.
Graduate of: Niagara University
Fun Fact: "I like to read and discuss literature. I’ve read hundreds of novels by this point. Is it bad that I’ve lost count?"

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Caitlin Fox
Academic Coach
Hours: Monday 12-7pm / Tuesday 10-4pm / Wednesday 10-4pm
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: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 9:00am – 2:00pm
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: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 1:00pm – 7:00pm / Fridays 10:00am - 3:00pm
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."

Front Desk

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Scott Barrett
Front Desk
Office of Information & Technology
Hours: Wednesdays 8:30am - 3:30pm / Thursdays 8:00am - 9:00pm / Fridays 8:00am - 4:00pm
Enjoys Assisting Student With: Providing tech support and assisting students with whatever the conundrum.
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & Niagara University
Fun Fact: "I believe I'd excel in a zombie apocalypse scenario."

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Cory Hewitt
Front Desk
Office of Information & Technology
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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Laura Kowalczyk
Front Desk
Office of Information & Technology
Hours: Mondays & Tuesdays 8:00am - 3:30pm
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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Ryan Sessman
Front Desk
Office of Information & Technology
Hours: Wednesdays 12:00pm - 7:00pm / Thursdays 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Graduate of: Niagara County Community College & Elmira College
Fun Fact: "I enjoy snowboarding."

Administration

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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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