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ASC: About Us - Our Team

Meet our Tutors and Coaches

Adam Abbas

Picture of Adam AbbasAdam 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.

Aklilu Abraha

Aklilu is a recent graduate of the Electrical Engineering Technology program at Red River College Polytechnic. While completing his program, Aklilu was helping students as a Peer Tutor in courses including Physics, ath, Analog Devices, Semiconductors, and C Programming. Aklilu enjoys studying electronics and helping students in related courses. Currently, Aklilu is working as an Electrical Controls designer and part-time staff tutor at Red River College Polytechnic!

Maryanna Arendse

Picture of Maryanna ArendseAs the Academic Student Success Coach at the Portage la Prairie Red River Campus, Maryanna Arendse supports students throughout their academic career.  She understands expectations put on students and how stress can sneak up while going to school and living everyday life.  She works with students to set goals and supports their efforts to reach them and helps clarify assignments, aids with finding supplementary study material and coordinates peer tutoring on campus. 

As well as doing one-on-one work with students, she also shares academic skills based on research through group Lunch and Learn sessions. These sessions cover topics such as study skills, test taking strategies, time management, stress reduction,  and the use of social media in a job search.  

Marc Beaudry

Picture of Marc BeaudryMarc joined the Academic Success Centre as a math/skilled trades Tutor and Academic Coach in 2018 and is happy to be here! He spent most of the last decade teaching and tutoring math to apprentices and students just entering the trades. He enjoys teaching, and loves watching his students succeed.

“My most fulfilling moments as a tutor have come from helping individual students who have been struggling to break through. I look forward to helping students make their time at the College as manageable, rewarding, and successful as possible.”

Lena Bender

Picture of Lena BenderLena Bender joined the Academic Success Centre as a Nursing/Science tutor and Academic Coach in 2018 and is thrilled to be here!

With a BA and a background in Kinesiology, Lena has over 13 years of experience in Medical Education and private tutoring, in both French and English. She supports students in Nursing and Applied Health/ Sciences programs. Her special interest is Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Lena loves teaching, and enjoys watching her students succeed. She recognizes that each student has their own unique learning style, and works to create an environment tailored to each student’s strengths and interests.

Sharon Erazo

Picture of Sharon ErazoHi! 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.

Dolores Haggarty

Picture of Dolores HaggartyI 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 work with students, I concentrate on helping to polish writing and reading skills; I also work closely with students on presentations and more intensely on job interview skills. I believe that as a tutor my goal is to build confidence and to help students navigate from class studies to co-op and job placements.

Emilie Jackson 

Picture of Emilie JacksonHi, 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!

Michael Kozakewich

Picture of Michael KozakewichSince 2011, Michael has been tutoring the Business IT program and other computer-related areas at the Exchange District Campus. He graduated from Red River College Polytechnic in 2007 as a Computer Programmer and Analyst.

He’s passionate about how information systems work: “I spend a lot of time exploring computers and their software. The ways in which we design user experiences in modern operating systems are finally making computing accessible to everyone. Thinking carefully about these systems is the key to making them relatable and easy to work with.” He likes to promote humane coding and thoughtful design when he engages students with their coursework.

Michael’s favourite thing about tutoring is that he can explore the beauty and expressiveness of all the different programming languages. Even though they look similar on the surface, each language has its own inner workings and they each excel at different tasks. There are often too many details to distinguish in a single semester, so the deeper complexity is glossed over during regular study. When needed, he’ll draw up sample material to explain weird concepts found in students’ courses.

Connie LaBossiere-Gervais 

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I am the deaf mother of five kids. I grew up in a rural town, Treherne. Trust me I am very patient, have a sense of humor, and a natural. I am so honoured for the opportunity to work with students at Red River College Polytechnic. For over 2 years, I have had numerous experiences tutoring students in American Sign Language anywhere from 2 hours to 10 hours per week. I drive to Winnipeg to fit all students’ time on the same day to make it worth my trip. I love helping the students learn ASL while developing confidence in their skills.

In the past, I did set up a “Communication Skills” Workshop in my hometown to explain how to deal with a deaf person in the small community.  And I did another one called “Learn American Sign Language with Crafts” for 2 years with kids. The kids kept saying they had good memories and enjoyed it. At ASL Immersion I did teach sometimes and enjoyed meeting many new people!

I enjoy cooking, camping, sports, travelling and doing creative projects. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends. 

Jordn-Micheal McCarthy

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Hi, I’m Jordn-Micheal! I’m a recent graduate of the International Business programme, with a professional background in finance and accounting. I’m an experienced peer tutor from my undergraduate days in university and assisted my fellow peers during my tenure in 2018-2019 with International Finance and Accounting.  Having been exposed to a variety of international students, there’s one underlying principle that shines through.

Once the material is presented in your “language” and made relatable to a situation that you understand, it becomes easier to absorb and apply. I look forward to helping you develop strategies to translate the confusing and mundane into your language to make your time at Red River a little easier.

Suzanne Mouflier

Picture of Suzanne MouflierSuzanne 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.

Mike Okrainec

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Hi. I am Mike Okrainec, and I have been with the college for 5 years, first as a staff tutor, later adding Academic Coach and Academic Attendant to my duties. Prior to that, I worked for over a decade with adult learners at adult learning centres and with Workplace Education Manitoba.  before that time, I taught in public schools in northern Manitoba and Nunavut. My specialty tutoring area is pre-trades math.

My favourite part of any tutoring session is seeing students go from "stuck" to "unstuck", and watching their confidence grow with each passing day.

Cody Rogers

Picture of Cody RogersHi, my name is Cody, and I’m a new academic coach at the academic success center. My background is in applied psychology and am currently working towards a Master’s in Sports psychology.

I have a passion for health and well-being and like to keep that in mind when coaching. It’s my goal to get you engaged in learning, and from studying psychology, I have learned that students who take charge of their own learning will show a lot of growth and improvement from where they started. I’m always happy to discover shared interests with students, some of mine include sports, movies, music and games to name a few. I like to help students find a way to apply something their interested in, towards their school work. Any way to bring something familiar to the college setting is a doorway to taking charge of their learning.

Catherine Seitz 

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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.

Scott Shabaga

Picture of Scott ShabagaHello, I have been a tutor at Red River College Polytechnic since 2013 and have loved (almost) every minute of it. I typically tutor students in math for trades and technology programs.

One of my favourite aspects of tutoring is seeing the confidence grow within the students as they realize more of their their abilities and potential. I very much enjoy working with the students at Red River College Polytechnic and hope to do so for many more years to come!

Ariy Shilshtut

Picture of Ariy ShilshtutI have a Master’s Degree in Mathematical Education.

I have over 30 years of experience in teaching and tutoring different math and statistics courses.

Since 2010 I have been working as a tutor of Academic Success Centre.

I am a tutor for all math and statistics courses.

Naomi Warkentin

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Hello! I am thrilled to be part of the staff at the Academic Success Centre as an academic coach and staff tutor. I began my teaching career as a high school math teacher, followed by years of learning about people through running a home day care, and now working with students at Red River College Polytechnic.

Through all these years, I have been privileged to tutor a number of students, in math and in general studying strategies. In all of my experiences with schools and academics, I have come to realize that my favourite and most fulfilling moments have come in my tutoring roles. I love to be able to provide an alternate way of looking at concepts and to be able to truly listen to a student’s struggles and questions.

I look forward to helping students make studying, math, and school work manageable and rewarding. This job could only get better done on a picnic table by a campfire!

Alex Shatokhin

Hi! I joined Red River College Polytechnic in early 2019 to help students achieve their goals in Science and Business courses. I hold a BSc in Mathematics and graduated with a BBA in Accounting to pursue a career in Accounting/Finance. I plan to start SPA PEP in September, 2021. I am passionate about learning and try to learn something new every day. 

If you need help with science, math, physics, statistics, or any Business/Accounting/Finance course that Red River College Polytechnic has to offer, please do not hesitate to book a session with me. Looking forward to working with you!