Hello! My name is Kaleigh, and I joined the Academic Success Centre in January 2016 as an EAL Specialist. I work with students, tutors, and program staff, to assist students to develop the language skills they need to be successful in their academic programs and in the workplace; we provide supports through individualized and small group tutoring, workshops, and classroom embedded supports.
I have a B. Ed, M. Ed, and a TESL Certification, and have experience supporting EAL learners in K-12, university, college, language training, and government capacities. I value the opportunity to support EAL students in their Red River College Polytechnic academic programs, and am passionate about finding creative ways to support students’ language needs. Please stop by the ASC if you’d like to learn more about our EAL supports!
Hi everyone! My name is Stephen Sawchyn and in June, 2017 I joined the team at the Academic Success Centre as an EAL Specialist. I work with students, instructors and programs to provide the language supports needed for students to be successful in their college courses and in their field after graduation.
Send me an email or stop by the ASC to learn more about the supports we offer and how we can help.
Hello! My name is Rebecca Hiebert and I am an EAL Academic Support Specialist in the Academic Success Centre.
I deliver workshops to international students within a number of Red River College Polytechnic programs, teach the Diversity Training workshops, and am an Academic coach. I have also been an instructor for the Runway program for International Business. Prior to working at RRC, I worked with the Canadian Muslim Women's Institute teaching English for Employment to newcomers who wanted to work in Winnipeg's sewing industry.
Before moving to Winnipeg, I taught high school science in California to blended classes as well as newcomer cooking and baking workshops. I have a Masters of Education from Pepperdine University in California, a Bachelors of Science in organic chemistry from the University of Toronto, and an EAL certificate from the University of Winnipeg.
I am passionate about developing student specific activities and programs so that students gain independence with their learning. I am a lifelong learner and am currently learning to play the fiddle and guitar.
Hi! My name is Meg Loewen and I have been working at the Academic Success Centre since 2017 as an EAL Tutor, Academic Coach and Diversity Trainer.
Since receiving my Bachelors of Education in 2009, I have worked in education both in Manitoba and abroad. I taught in Manitoba’s public school system for six years and spent time volunteering in educational settings on five different continents.
I have a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Education and the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA).
I am deeply committed to teaching and excited about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Individual learning styles, goals, motivations, and stories shape us as learners, and I aim to support my students’ learning in the way that best suits them.
Adam Abbas received his BA Hons. in English from York University in Toronto and obtained his CTESL from the University of Winnipeg. He is currently in the process of obtaining his CAE from Red River College Polytechnic. He has worked with the Language Training Centre for 2 years and counting as an EAL Instructor, and has also taught EAL classes and workshops at a variety of schools and organizations around Winnipeg. In addition, he has also worked as a freelance tutor.
He has lived across Canada in Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, and Victoria. He advocates for the Oxford comma and the singular they.
Hi! My name is Sharon Erazo and I am an ESL Tutor in the Academic Success Centre. I have experience teaching ESL in both South America and Canada and have my Masters in English Language Teaching. In addition to teaching, I have worked as a Career Coach with new immigrants here in Winnipeg.
I love meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds and am passionate about helping students improve their communication skills.
I joined the ASC in March 2016 and am delighted for the opportunity to work with students at Red River College Polytechnic. I obtained the Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) in 1996 in Montreal. Since then I have taught ESL extensively in Montreal, Prague, Istanbul and Winnipeg. In addition, I hold a BA in Theatre and English from the University of Winnipeg and a Bachelor of Social Work from McGill. Before entering the world of ESL/EAL, I was a full-time journalist with CBC Radio, which included five years as a morning show co-host in Saskatchewan and several years as a host/producer with Radio Canada International (RCI) in Montreal.
In my recent work with ESL students, I have concentrated on helping to polish writing and reading skills. I have found that my main task as a tutor is to help students realize that they know far more than they think they do, and with careful planning, each and every student can produce work that far exceeds their own expectations.
Hi, my name is Emilie Jackson and I am an EAL Tutor in the Academic Success Centre. I taught my first English language class during a trip to Ecuador in 2011, and decided then and there to study language instruction.
After completing a BA Honours degree and ESLTCP at the University of Winnipeg, I began working as a Language Instructor at Red River College Polytechnic’s Language Training Centre, where I enjoyed teaching students academic language and college readiness skills.
I am excited to join the ASC team and look forward to working with students to reach their academic goals!
Suzanne has been with us since 2010. She is proficient in several Red River College Polytechnic programs and academic content areas such as ECE, ESL, Social Sciences, Writing & Biology.
I truly enjoy working one on one with adult students and getting to know them. I am very interested in different cultures and love learning about them. I also appreciate learning about how difficulties affect people and how I can facilitate their moving forward in their chosen area of work. When I tutor, I always encourage ESL students in particular to listen to English as often as possible and to read to improve their communication and writing skills.
Degrees that have helped me are: Special Education & TESL. I’m interested in art, especially pottery & I really like learning Spanish.
Hi, I am Catherine Seitz and I have been an EAL tutor with the Academic Success Centre since June 2017.
I have experience working one on one with adults individually and in a classroom setting using an ESP (English for specific purpose) style of teaching. Prior to obtaining my Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate, I graduated from the University of Manitoba with my Bachelor of Social Work Degree.
I truly enjoy working with adults from all different backgrounds, getting to know them and helping support them in reaching their future academic goals.