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Elaine Cummings

I am a math tutor at the Learning Center. I enjoy seeing students make progress in their mathematical understanding, to be successful in their coursework, and to meet their goals. I enjoy traveling to visit out-of-state family members, watching sports, working with my plants, and doing math problems! 

Favorite Quote: “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”  –George Eliot

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Erin Curley 

I like being able to help students. I know when I had my first writing class in college it was anything but easy. I can relate to the struggles that students are having and offer advice that will help them with the problems they are having. It is very rewarding. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I also like to read in my spare time and listen to music.

Favorite Quote: “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”  ― Anaïs Nin

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Joey Pritchard

I am a writing tutor who works in the Learning Center three days a week. I enjoy reading science fiction by authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler, and Ursula Le Guin. I aspire to have something of mine—whether short story, poetry, novelette, or actual novel—published within the next year, or however long it takes. I started off in College Writing 1 reluctant to ask for help, but I did a lot of work at home and became better. Now I’m here to help and wish I would have taken advantage of the Learning Center when I was a freshman.
Favorite Quotes at this time: "If you don’t read the newspaper you’re uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you’re misinformed." ~Mark Twain
"Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company." ~Mark Twain
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Shonda Shannon Wilke

My name is Shonda Shannon Wilke and I am an accounting and ALEKS tutor at the Learning Center in the Kent Salem branch.I also enjoy helping with computers.I love being able to explain and show fellow students a different approach to learning and find tremendous joy when I see a student grasp a concept that they may have been struggling with.I truly feel that learning is a life-long experience, and that one is never too old to learn something new.I love spending time with my family as I am a wife and mother of three.
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Heather Haueter

I am a writing tutor, but I don't tell people how or what to write. Instead I guide them in learning how to do it on their own. I am working on my bachelor's  degree in Human Services so that I can help children. If I'm not at school for my own classes or tutoring, I am at home with my 4 children and 3 step children.

Favorite quote: "Everyone is a genius. but if you judge a fish on his ability to climb a tree he will spend his life thinking he is stupid." ~ Albert Einstein

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Cody Crawford

I tutor algebra and writing. It's exciting to be able to watch an idea click in a student's mind, and there's always something to be learned by interacting with another person. I enjoy reading, conversation, and long walks on the beach.

Favorite Quote
: “I need you, the reader, to imagine us, for we don't really exist if you don't.”  Valdimir Nabokov (Lolita)

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Wendy Pfrenger 

I coordinate the Learning Center and do my  best to help our talented staff in any way I can. I also enjoy tutoring writing whenever I get the chance. Watching someone become a better academic writer is exciting to me, because it's not just about performing a task for a class in college - it's about becoming a better thinker, a more engaged participant in our society. When I'm not on campus I enjoy playing with my kids, battling the pests in my organic garden at home, and reading everything I can get my hands on. 

Favorite Quote of the Moment: "Metamorphosis arouses the mind." - Richard Sennett

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Casey Yourex

I tutor Math and Genetics in the Learning Center. I enjoy being able to help students understand math and genetics in a different way, through critical thinking and application. I love watching students progress in understanding throughout the sessions. Math can feel overwhelming but you don't have to do it alone. I delight in making sure a student feels comfort and relief after a session and essentially will put in extra time as needed!

Favorite Quote: Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff,they comfort me. - Psalm 23:4

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Breanna McCreary

My name is Breanna McCreary, but I go by Bre. I am a receptionist at the Kent State Salem Learning Center, and I also work as a Library Aid. I'm only there on Thursdays, but I would be glad to help in anyway I can. I am a Psychology and Video Game Design Major. I enjoy drawing, reading, writing, playing video games, and watching movies. I hope everyone has a great year.   

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Stacie Crawford

Greetings...I will be a writing tutor as I recently have found this new gift. How awesome when  the mind grows with new ideas and the written word takes meaning on the page. I am sure many of you have that ability within you and it is waiting to come forth. Come see what we can discover in the Learning Center. When I am not here at Kent State Salem I enjoy singing, playing guitar and writing in my journal. 

My favorite quote changes constantly but I enjoy this one: "There are no ordinary people, You never entertain mere mortals". C.S. Lewis
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