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ASC: About Us - Our Team

Meet our Admin Team

Carleigh Friesen – Acting Manager

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Hello! My name is Carleigh Friesen, and I am the Acting Manager of the Academic Success Centre. I have held a variety of roles supporting students to reach their post-secondary goals since 2011, previously at the University of Manitoba, and at Red River College Polytechnic since 2015.

I work with our team of educators to support students and staff in dynamic and evidence-based ways. Our team is passionate about student-centred learning, and we are committed to supporting Red River College Polytechnic’s diverse student population. We are enthusiastic about working with you to be successful in your program.  

Our services, in-person and online, exist to help students like you! Please feel welcomed to connect with us. We look forward to meeting you!

Chris Harder – Tutoring Supervisor

Picture of Chris HarderSee Chris at NDC for Coaching, Tutoring, and Workshop Requests.

Hi! I have been with the Academic Success Center since June 2015 where I tutored students in EAL and facilitated workshops on a variety of topics related to English language and academic skills. Prior to joining Red River College Polytechnic I worked as an EAL instructor, program coordinator and Business English coach in South Korea for over ten years.

I am passionate about teaching and will always do my best to help my students achieve their personal language goals. If you are feeling that your language skills are holding you back from academic success, I would be happy to work with you to develop the strategies and skills required to overcome these challenges!

Dayna Graham – Adult Learning Facilitator

Picture of Dayna GrahamSee Dayna at EDC for Coaching, Tutoring, and Workshop Requests.

Dayna Graham is an Adult Learning Facilitator primarily at the Exchange District campus. Dayna’s education degree, EAL certificate, and 15 years in the field of education, combined with a lifetime commitment to sport, has driven her to seek out practices which elevate students’ learning and academic performance. Dayna has a hand in administering several student supports at the ASC, including academic coaching, tutoring, student success workshops, group review workshops, support for incoming students, and partnerships with various programs across Red River College Polytechnic.

Nora Sobel – Diversity Initiatives Coordinator

Picture of Nora SobelContact Nora for Diversity Training for students across campuses and online.

Hi! My name is Nora Sobel and I am the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator with the Academic Success Centre.

I am originally from Argentina and have been living in Canada since 2001, and I am passionate about recognizing and celebrating our cultural identities and how we all contribute to our very diverse community!

I work with students, instructors and staff to provide educational opportunities to all students to support the development of their intercultural competence and enhancing their understanding and respect for gender and sexual diversity.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Kaleigh Quinn – EAL Specialist

Picture of Kaleigh QuinnContact Kaleigh if you need language support in these programs/schools: School of Community Services, Educational Assistant, Electrical/Electronic/Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Power Engineering.

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!

Stephen Sawchyn – EAL Specialist

Picture of Stephen SawchynContact Stephen if you need language support in any of the programs in the schools of Transportation Technology, Skilled Trades, or Health Sciences.

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.

​Melissa Coyle - Academic Support Coordinator

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Hello! My name is Melissa Coyle and I am the Academic Support Coordinator at the Academic Success Centre. 

Working between both campuses, I am responsible for the organization and implementation of tutoring services including individual/group tutoring, group review workshops, academic coaching, and in-class workshops. I help connect students with the best tutor/coach for their needs and share information about our fantastic supports with students, staff, and faculty. I also work with our staff and peer tutors to ensure their schedules are up-to-date and available to students both online and on campus.

Before joining the ASC team, I completed my BFA, B. Ed, and TEAL certification at the University of Manitoba and worked as a teacher for two years. I have over six years of experience supporting adults of diverse needs in our community and I am passionate about helping others achieve their goals.

If you require support in your studies, I invite you to access the ASC's many free in-person and online supports that are available to you. I look forwarding to meeting you and wish you all the best with your studies!