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  • Academic Coaches/Professional Content Specialists

    Academic Coaches are faculty members with strong teaching backgrounds and knowledge of study strategies and learning styles. They provide a comprehensive service for students who want to improve their academic and self-management skills, such as time management, organization and study skills. Tutoring Services at Monmouth University offers this support to help students achieve their academic goals along with self-advocacy and independent, life-long learning.

    Professional Content Specialists are faculty members with strong teaching backgrounds and knowledge in content specific disciplines. They are committed to helping students by providing positive tutorial experiences in these content areas. The goal of each tutorial is to assist students in developing strategies that will help strengthen their knowledge, develop transferable learning skills, and achieve academic success.


    Elizabeth Brooks

    Academic Coach: Professor Elizabeth Brooks

    EDUCATION: Master of Arts, Reading Specialization-Adult Literacy

    SPECIALTIES: College-level reading and study strategy development leading to successful attainment of academic goals.

    CERTIFICATIONS:National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (2015)


    Academic Coach: Professor William Gorman

    EDUCATION: B.A. Villanova University, 1982 (English, History, Education major), M.S. Monmouth College, 1987

    SPECIALTIES: Member of the Department of History since 1986 teaching a variety of courses such as Western Civilization I and II, U.S. History, Business and Economic Growth of the United States, Critical Discourse, and Freshman Seminar. He advises undergraduate history majors in the Department of History. Currently serves as a Freshman Advisor for the First Year Advising Office. He assists first-year students with study skills, test-taking strategies, and adjustment to college life. Interests include politics, current issues, reading, writing, the beach, and the shore.

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Basic Academic Coach (2015).


    Warren Epstein

    Professional Content Specialist: Professor Warren Epstein

    EDUCATION: BS:Computer Science; MBA

    SPECIALTIES: Math 105, 117, 118

    CERTIFICATIONS:National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (2015)

    **Available Fall semester only.


    Academic Coach: Professor William S. Reynolds

    EDUCATION: B.A. Newark State College, 1972 (Education major), M.A. Kean University, 1980 (Science Education), Monmouth University 2004. (Supervisor of Instruction)

    SPECIALTIES: Member of the Department of Computer Science/Software Engineering since 1999 teaching a variety of courses such as IT 100, IT 102, IT 150, IT 200 and IT 500, as well as Freshman Seminar. Currently serves as a Freshman Advisor for the First Year Advising Office. He assists first-year students with study skills, test-taking strategies, and adjustment to college life. Professor Reynolds supervises student teacher and conducts focus groups for the School of Education. He also advises The Outdoors Club.

    CERTIFICATIONS:National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (2015)


    Chante Fernandez

    Professional Content Specialist: Ms. Chante Fernandez

    EDUCATION: Kean University, Union N.J. Masters in Accounting, MBA in Global Management, B.S. in Business

    SPECIALTIES: Content tutoring for upper level business classes:accounting, statistics, finance

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (2015)


    Colyn Gingola

    Academic Coach: Ms. Colyn Gingola

    EDUCATION: Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY M.S. in Special Education; New York University, New York, NY M.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education; SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY B.S. Art Education.

    SPECIALTIES: English language instruction to a wide variety of non-native English language learners in regards to reading, writing, and speaking skills. College-level reading and study strategy development leading to successful attainment of academic goals.

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (2015)


    Academic Coach: Professor Lauren Dempsey

    EDUCATION: Master of Education:English as a Second Language(ESL); The College of New Jersey. Bachelor of Arts:Literature/Language; Stockton College.

    SPECIALTIES: Teaching international students conversation skills, English pronunciation, and advanced grammar. Developing curriculum focused on practical English usage for writing emails, resumes, and cover letters; interviewing for jobs; making presentations.

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach (pending 2016).


    Academic Coach: Ms. Michele Martino

    EDUCATION: Masters in Education, Counseling Psychology; Rutgers University, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics/Economics; Albright College.

    SPECIALTIES: Helping students build social and academic skills and develop study habits appropriate to college level expectations; organization and time management skills.

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach(pending 2016)


    Academic Coach: Ms. Melissa Ciment (Graduate Student Fall 2016)

    EDUCATION: B.S. :Speech and Language Pathology & B.A. :Communication Studies; East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

    SPECIALTIES: Organization and time management skills; graduate assistant to Director of Tutoring Services.

    CERTIFICATIONS: National Tutoring Association (NTA) Basic Level Tutoring and Academic Coach(pending 2016).