Meet the WASC Team


Meet the Warhawk Academic
Success Center Team

The team of staff and tutors at the Warhawk Academic Success Center are here to help you.  We have you covered whether you need mentoring from one of our student success advisors or help in a specific class from one of our tutors.  Stop by the WASC and start your journey to academic success. 

Paul Fox

Director, Warhawk Academic Success Center

Clinical Assistant Professor of History

MA, PhD, Auburn University

Bio: Dr. Fox joined the AUM family in fall 2016.  He serves as Director of the Warhawk Academic Success Center (WASC) and is a member of the History Department.  His passion for teaching and helping students inside the classroom led him into the arena of student success and retention.  Assisting students achieve their academic goals and become lifelong learners motivates his work.

Outside of the WASC, Dr. Fox is an historian of seventeenth and eighteenth century Britain with a focus on Scottish ecclesiastical politics.  Prior to coming to AUM, he taught at Kennesaw State University, Columbia State Community College, and Auburn University.

Christine Cash

Tutoring Services Coordinator

Bio: After graduating high school, Christine attended Huntingdon College here in Montgomery where she majored in art and psychology.  She later received her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Eastern Michigan University.  For the past seven years she has been an ESL Instructor at AUM.  She and her husband have three boys, all of whom give her ample opportunities for teaching and learning every day.

Growing up, she often interacted with people from other cultures through her father’s job. This fostered a love of not only learning about these cultures, but also supporting others’ growth through teaching. To Christine, it’s very gratifying to witness a student suddenly understand a concept they had been struggling with.  She believes these moments create confidence and motivate students to continue putting in the work it takes to be successful academically.

Mary Green

Administrative Associate

Bio: What I love about working with students, is being able to match them up with a tutor that will assist them in their academic studies and seeing their faces light-up when they are making positive strives forward in their studies.

Tammy Riggins

Program Associate

Bio: Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day out.  It is my job as Program Associate with the Warhawk Academic Success Center to help students realize their true potential. Being in this position for over 5 years, I’ve had the pleasure of helping students from their first day of college to their graduation day.

Van Orum

Student Success Advisor

Bio: Van Orum is a Student Success Advisor in the Warhawk Academic Success Center here at AUM. As a student success advisor, he manages the Curtiss Check Early Alert System and serves as bridge connecting students to faculty and other campus resources. He conducts a collaborative and solutions focused approach in his interactions with students and works to help students maximize their potential and increase their awareness. He received his Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Auburn University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at AUM.

Erin Woods

Student Success Advisor

Bio: Erin Woods is a Student Success Advisor from Birmingham, AL. In her role with the WASC, Erin manages the Curtiss Check-In early alerts and serves as a liaison to students, faculty, and campus support. Erin is devoted to supporting students as they navigate the intricate parts of higher education. Her professional interest includes first-generation students, leadership development, and undergraduate retention. Erin obtained a Master of Science in Student Affairs Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Troy University.

Schedule a meeting with Erin today to develop an academic plan, discuss time management, and success tips.


Leah Anderson

Hello AUM students, my name is Leah! I enrolled at AUM in the Summer of 2019 to finish my bachelor’s degree and started working at the ISL in October 2019. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry in May 2020. My concentration is General Chemistry, and I have a minor in Biology. During my time at AUM, I was a member of the volleyball team, participated in the undergraduate research seminar, and worked as an undergraduate research student in the Organic Chemistry/ Biochemistry laboratory.

After switching to remote learning in March 2020, I moved home to Illinois and continue to tutor entirely remotely. I tutor chemistry and biology courses, including Organic Chemistry I & II, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Instrumental Analysis, as well as the introductory chemistry and biology courses. The thing I find most rewarding about my job at the ISL is the opportunity to see students work hard to advance and succeed within these difficult subjects. I love to help in any way that I can! My advice to students is to find a way to make chemistry fun and to always ask questions if you do not understand – the professors and staff at AUM genuinely care about the success of our students!


Kasey Badger

My name is Kasey and I am a writing tutor in the Learning Center! I am a political science major and am in the University Honors Program. I can help with writing across disciplines. From Biology  lab reports to analyses on advertising campaigns, I have seen and helped with a wide variety of topics and formats. Whatever the assignment, I am always happy to help!


Taylor Baker

I am a second-year law student originally from Tallassee, AL. Before entering law school, I attended Auburn University at Montgomery and the University of Alabama for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees. I also was fortunate enough to study in Germany and China through Auburn Montgomery’s study abroad programs. I enjoy helping people and currently offer my assistance to anyone meandering through the writing process or brave enough to venture into the humanities and social sciences.


Hyacintha Bisimwa

Hi, my name is Hyacintha Bisimwa.  I am a sophomore international student majoring in Biology/ Pre-health. I am a front desk assistant and a tutor for the Learning Center and the Instructional Support Lab. I tutor all math through Calculus I, General Chem I and II and Physics I (including labs).


Jayla Brown

My name is Jayla Brown and I am junior here at AUM. I am majoring in Communications with a concentration in journalism and a minor in marketing. I’m a front desk worker for the Learning Center. After AUM I plan to pursue my masters at Auburn University and eventually work as a sports reporter.


Jamese Cain

Hi, Warhawks! My name is Jamese, and I am a nursing major here at Auburn University at Montgomery. I am a Junior and in my first semester in AUM’s Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing/Registered Nursing Program. I am also a member of AUM’s all female acapella group, AUMcapella. I am able and willing to help you in subjects like biology and anatomy lectures and labs. I will also be able to assist you in NURS 3111, 3120, 3131, and 3900 after the Spring 2021 semester.


Skylar Coppinger

My name is Skylar Coppinger and I am currently a senior here at AUM. I am earning my Bachelor’s Degree, majoring in Health Studies and minoring in Biology. Here at the ISL I tutor various subjects including: all math through Calculus 1, Biology 1/lab, Biology 2/lab, Microbiology/lab, Anatomy & Physiology 1/lab, Anatomy & Physiology 2/lab, Genetics/lab, and Chemistry 1/lab. While being a dedicated tutor, I also do many other things around campus. I have been a member of the volleyball team since my freshman year in 2017, Student Athlete Advisory Committee president, a member of the Intercollegiate Athletic Council for AUM, part-time employee for Campus Services, and other various things. I am definitely proud to be a Warhawk and enjoy helping as many students as I can in the subjects they in which they need guidance.


Graeme DePace

My name is Graeme DePace, I am a history major at AUM, and I am also working towards a minor in philosophy. I am a writing tutor at the Learning Center and can help with most writing assignments for many of the classes offered at AUM. I specialize in tutoring for history and philosophy classes.


Sarah Fredericks

Sarah Fredericks has a Ph.D. in Literature with a minor in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona and a B.A. and M.A. in English from Auburn University at Montgomery. Her specializations include the Long Nineteenth Century, Multi-ethnic American Literature, Narrative Fiction, Mark Twain, and Digital Humanities. She tutors writing in all subjects, especially at the graduate level, as well as study skills and computer literacy.


Tonja Foessmeier

Hi! My name is Tonja Foessmeier. I am majoring in International Business and tutor English Writing and beginner’s Spanish. I am from Germany, therefore fluent in English and German, and have advanced language skills in Spanish and French. I am also a student-athlete and play for the AUM Tennis Team.


Louise F. Gunawan

I am currently majoring in Biology Pre-Health Sciences. I tutor math subjects; Elementary Algebra up until Calculus 1 and Biology 1 & 2 and Anatomy & Physiology 1. I started working as a tutor because I understood how an extra guidance can push me closer towards my goal and the Instructional Support Lab and Learning Center had helped me before. So, I am determined to help others achieve theirs.


Cole Hamric

Cole Hamric mainly tutors for subjects related to writing (or where writing is a major component), literature, and history. Cole is also experienced in helping ESL students practice conversational English. He is currently a graduate student in AUM’s Master of Liberal Arts program and plans to teach at the college level while pursuing writing and other goals after graduating.


Ashley Hudson

My name is Ashley Hudson and I am a Nursing major. I am a senior & graduate in Fall 2021. I have a passion for volleyball and play here at AUM. After I graduate I plan to be a Labor & Delivery nurse or a pediatric nurse.

Nelson Jancaterino

Hello, my name is Nelson Jancaterino, and I am a graduate student. I received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in History, from Troy University, and I am continuing my education at AUM. I enjoy writing and playing music, podcasting, Political theory, and helping people learn. As a former camp counselor, I understand people have many ways of understanding things and I hope to bring what I’ve learned there to tutoring. If you have any History, Political Science, Philosophy, or creative writing problems, I am here to help!


Joy Kalu

My name is Joy Kalu, and I am senior pursuing a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration with a major in finance. At the Learning Center, I work as a multi-use tutor, and I specifically tutor math all through pre-calculus algebra, writing, business, and finance courses. After getting my bachelor’s degree, I plan to get a master’s degree in actuarial science and hopefully work towards getting a Ph.D. degree in Finance. 


Ngan Le

Hi everyone, my name is Ngan Le, or you can call me Janet. I am a sophomore in Medical Laboratory Science major. I tutor all math through Pre-calculus, and Chemistry 1. I believe that extra help is highly meaningful to college students, so I decided to be a tutor. Furthermore, I used to receive help from the ISL and Learning center, so I want to help other students like me. ​


Matthew Little

My name is Matthew Little.  I am a senor, graduating on Dec. 12 2020.  I am a Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics.  I tutor all Computer Science (grad and undergrad), as well as almost all Math.


Brandon Litzinger

Hello. I am Brandon Litzinger and I have a BS degree in Computer Science and working towards my masters.  I currently tutor math through pre-cal with trig and all computer science courses except cyber security and information technology. I enjoy creating and playing video games as well as 3D printing and basic modeling. I also enjoy taking care of pets like my iguana and turtles.


Alex Maynard

My name is Alex Maynard. I graduated from AUM with a degree in Computer Science in December 2020. Some of the courses I tutor include all Math courses up to Calculus III. I am hoping to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when I was four years old and I have learned more than ten computer languages.


Juan Melara

Hi everyone,

My name is Juan Carlos Melara and I am currently majoring in Computer Science. I am a tutor in the following subjects: Structured Programming I and II, Intro. To Programming with Python, All Math through Calculus 2, General Physics I, and Elementary Statistics. I am from El Salvador and my favorite sport is soccer.


Andrea Morgan

My major is Finance and I am currently a junior come rising-senior. I am getting my undergraduate Bachelors of Science in Business Administration degree. I can tutor for the lower level math like 0703, 0803, etc. up until 1050. I also tutor some of the lower level classes in the Business College such as the economic classes, business statistics, introduction to accounting etc. I also can tutor for theater appreciation, Spanish 1, environmental biology and the lab, and world history 1 and 2. I am the President of Circle K International (CKI), a club on camp that focuses on service, leadership, and fellowship. Also I am the secretary for the Warhawk Disability Alliance (WDA), a club the focuses are advocating and spreading awareness of disabilities. I am excited to help students understand and feel more confident in learning and growing their knowledge!


Safa Motallebi

  • Tutoring in Mathematics, Physics and Statistics since 2012
  • ESL Specialist since 1997
  • ESL Program Developer at Auburn Montgomery, Fall 2002-2008
  • Undergrad student majoring in Mathematics
  • MA in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • BA in English Language

Dheeraj Ganesh Nedunoori

I am Dheeraj Ganesh Nedunoori and I am a computer science major. I teach and learn almost all the subjects in Computer Science including mathematics and coding. I believe learning from our friends has a great benefit as we explain in a friendly tone. In addition, I travel and explore new places, play tennis, and read books.


Tafadzwa Njanike

Hello! My name is Tafadzwa Njanike, but most people call me Taffy. I am an International Student from Zimbabwe studying Accounting, and I am currently completing my junior year. I am mainly an Accounting/Math Tutor, but I do tutor other subjects which I have taken and I can help in such as Statistics and Economics. I am a member of the AUMcappella, Beta Alpha Psi, a member of 2 honor societies- NSCS and NSLS, and the current secretary for the Accounting club. In my free time I enjoy doing make up, hanging out with friends, singing and dancing. When I graduate I plan completing my CPA, and later on working at Ernest & Young, Deloitte or Grant Thornton in Zimbabwe so I can be closer to my family.


Lance Norris

I graduated from AUM in December 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design.  I can tutor any basic math up through Calculus I as well as Finite math, Elementary Stats and Business Stats.  In a pinch, I can explain the statistical part of classes like Bio Stats and such.  In my free time I love to draw, read, and play video games.


Jaena O'Kelley

My name is Jaena O’Kelley and I am a first-year psychology graduate student. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Psychology in the Spring of this year. I hope to earn my master’s degree in psychology then move on to earning my PhD. The areas of psychology that interest me the most are social psychology and neuropsychology. I love learning about the brain and how the overall nervous system influences our behaviors and thoughts.  I tutor all psychology courses, writing/English, and a few math courses as well. When I am not tutoring or in class, I spend my time practicing calligraphy or playing video games. I cannot wait to help you with all of your psychology courses!  ​


Rose Patel

My name is Rose Patel and I am a senior Biology Pre-Health student. I mostly tutor biology courses such as Biology 1010 and 1020, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Genetics. I also tutor both General and Organic Chemistry courses and some math courses. I like learning new things and am currently practicing to become ambidextrous.


Kale Pratt

My name is Kale Pratt.  I have an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies from Central Alabama Community College, and I am currently working toward a dual major in biology and chemistry from Auburn University at Montgomery.   Since the fall semester of 2019, I have been a tutor of biology, chemistry, and all math through calculus I.


Kennedy Smith

My name is Kennedy A. Smith and I am a junior at Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM). While attending AUM, I major in Biology/Pre-Health with the hopes of earning my B.S. from AUM in the Fall of 2022. After I receive my B.S., I plan to go to graduate school and at the moment I am undecided on my future plans. At this time, I am a tutor in the Instructional Support Lab (ISL) and tutor a variety of different subject from Biology to Chemistry. In addition, one interesting fact about me is that I currently have three pets, two dogs and one pig. Their names are Kobe, Kam, and Kevin!


Michelle Smith

I started tutoring in the AUM Learning Center in 2002 while working on my bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education Language Arts at Auburn Montgomery.  Following graduation from AUM in 2003, I taught high school English for three years and now homeschool my own children.  I currently tutor asynchronously online for all graduate students who need assistance in writing.


Prakhar Singh

Major: Finance, Financial Accounting (minor)

Degree: BSBA

Subjects I tutor: Math (0700-Finite), Business statistics (1, 2), Economics (2000-2020), Accounting (2010, 2020), Chemistry (1) w lab, Biology (1010 w lab)

Currently enrolled in and can tutor: Acct 3110, FINA 3610, and FINA 3370

I am pursuing bachelor’s degree in finance and minor in financial accounting; I am an active money market investor and currently gaining more knowledge in technical and fundamental analysis. After graduating from AUM, I will be working towards completion of CFA certification.


Ngoc Tran

Hi! My name is Ngoc Tran (Kylie). I’m an international student from Viet Nam. I’m currently majoring in Computer Science. I tutor almost all Math to Calculus 2, Structured Programming 1 & 2, Database System, and Chemistry 1 & 2.


Lovely Varghese

My name is Lovely Varghese. My husband and I moved to Alabama in 1999 from New York. My husband works for the State of Alabama. We have three children, Alex Joseph Varghese (sophomore at UAB), Ann Mary Varghese (Senior at LAMP) and Angel Rose Varghese (Junior at LAMP). I graduated from AUM in 2010 with a degree in Liberal Arts and Science. I took a long break from studies to take care of my family. Now I am back to finish my master’s degree in Public Administration. I have been tutoring at AUM since 2015. I teach Algebra1 & 2, Finite Math, and Statistics.


Jasmine Walker

Hi, my name is Jasmine Walker and I am a senior at Auburn University at Montgomery with a major in general biology. I was born in Tuscaloosa, AL. I am pursuing a general biology degree with a concentration in pre-vet. My future goal is to go to vet school and become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In the ISL, I tutor all math through Precalculus with Trigonometry, Biology, and Chemistry. I enjoy sleeping and watching Netflix during my free time!


Tyson Wilson

My name is Tyson Wilson. Currently, I am a sophomore who is majoring in English. In addition to my major, I am pursuing a minor in Creative Writing. I am able to tutor numerous courses, especially those that include argumentative papers and speeches such as English 1020 or Intro to Human Communication; I’m also able to help with creative assignments such as those you may encounter in Playwriting.


Christine Windon

Christine Windon graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in foreign languages, specializing in French. Since graduating, she has been certified as a Laubach Literacy volunteer and an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher; she teaches English classes in local churches twice a week. Creating teaching materials to enable both native English speakers and English Language Learners to grasp grammar concepts more easily is one of her pastimes. As a short-term volunteer, she has taught English in Moldova, Serbia, and Bulgaria. During those overseas visits, she gained more empathy for people learning English; she experienced the challenges of being a foreigner with a very limited vocabulary of the language(s) spoken in each of those countries.  A writing consultant for AUM, she strives to give students the writing skills and confidence they need to communicate their thoughts effectively so that they can succeed in their classes and in the workplace. She tutors writing across all subjects and helps International students improve their English speaking, listening, and writing skills.


Kara Wooke

I am an undergraduate student majoring in Sociology with an Anthropology concentration and minoring in English and Spanish. The main subject I tutor is general writing, though I can provide some assistance with classes pertaining to my major and minors. I have been attending AUM as a full-time student since Fall of 2017.

Specific subjects/classes I can tutor:

  • General Writing
  • ENGL 1010 (English Composition I)
  • ENGL 1020 (English Composition II)
  • ENGL 2580 (Survey of American Lit II)
  • ENGL 4002 (Four Genres: Creative Writing)
  • ENGL 4140 (Multilingual Composition)
  • SPAN 1010 (Elementary Spanish I)
  • SPAN 1020 (Elementary Spanish II)
  • SPAN 2010 (Intermediate Spanish I)
  • ANTH 2110 (Cultural Anthropology)
  • ANTH 2120 (Introductory Archaeology)
  • ANTH 3810 (Language in Culture and Society)
  • INTL 3000 (Intro to International Studies)
  • SOCI 2000 (Introduction to Sociology)

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