Center for Academic Achievement

Director’s Update

The Way Things Look from Here

  • A Great Time was Had By All

    Posted by Juanita Wingo at 10/17/2014 12:00:00 PM

     

    October 2014

     Juanita Wingo, Director of CAA

    Juanita G. Wingo, M.Ed.

     

     

     A Great Time Was Had by All 

     

    Vice President Ron Smith calls her “Tammy-Lou.” The tutors call her Miss. Tammy. She will tell you that her name is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable – Tamara. She answers the phone, “This is Miss Hudson speaking. How may I help you?” In tutor orientations I introduce her to the group as “The lovely Miss Tamara Hudson.”

     

     

    Tamara Hudson  

      

    By whatever name she is called, Tammy is a joy to work with, and she is one of the CAA’s Keys to Success. Her functions and personality make our operation work like a well-oiled machine. She always gives her all in the daily execution of her duties. Her laughter and positive responses to the myriad demands of tutoring services administration make her a great asset to the team.

     

    Stop by and get to know Tammy. She can tell you all about Tutoring Services and the wonderful work we are doing.

     

    Spotlight on

    Ms. Tamara Hudson

    Administrative Assistant III

    410-462-8222

    thudson@bccc.edu

    MNB 117

     
     

    José Luis Barata joined our team in June as the Coordinator of the Science Resource and Learning Center (SRLC) and has already made his presence felt around the college. High energy, enthusiasm, and vision are what José has brought to our table, and we are feasting.

     José Barata
     
     

    José redesigned the SRLC to make it more functional, inviting and accessible to students and tutors. His suite of learning spaces in the Life Science Building now boasts dedicated spaces for individual and small group tutoring, study, hands-on learning activities, and computer usage.

     

    He aggressively pursued his vision to show students how to organize and function in study groups where students help students to learn and master content. Science study groups now meet several times a week in MNB 121. Don’t they look like they are having fun learning!

     
     October 16 Science Workshop
     

    In October – to date - the SRLC records 314 student visits.

     

    The way we see things...working in the CAA is not just a job – it is a great time!

     

     

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  • Is Grace Enough?

    Posted by Juanita Wingo at 9/2/2014

    Juanita Wingo, Director of CAA  

    Juanita G. Wingo, M.Ed.

     

    September 2014
     
    We had a good summer in the Centers for Academic Achievement (CAA). We provided tutoring services for 279 students in English, math, science, business, accounting and technology.

     

    We anticipate having a great year. The work may bring me joy, but I’m responsible for multiple Tutoring Centers at the college, and it is a lot of work.

     

    I have a great and efficient staff to help me with the work. You can meet them in the Tutoring Centers and take a look at them on the “Staff” page of our website. Everyone has a particular function to oil the wheels of our operation. I’m the one you come to if the wheels stop turning or if the wheels come off.

     

    Meredith Lowman joins us as the new Prescriptive Tutoring Manager on September 3rd. Meredith will be responsible for making sure our Prescriptive Tutoring Services operate smoothly for students and faculty in Developmental Education. She comes to us with over 12 years of experience working in post-secondary education. Her areas of expertise include program development and management, assessment, and learning strategy instruction. She is located in MNB 121A.

     

    I am located in MNB 117B, and my door is always open. I’m usually in there working on some aspect of the tutoring program, working out some strategy to make sure tutoring services are running smoothly, or meeting with a student, an instructor, or a BCCC administrator.

     

    Collaboration is the key to our services. We don’t work alone. If I’m not in my office, I am either in one of the Tutoring Centers talking with the staff and tutors to make sure students are signing in and are being served, or I am on my way to a faculty office with a gift or a question, or I am headed to the bookstore for a snack (though I’m trying to cut down on this one).

     

    Like I said, overseeing multiple Tutoring Centers is a lot of work, but I have a lot of help. Grace is a great help.

     

    My faith teaches me that grace is sufficient. When I want to pull my hair out because my F-drive is not working and I can’t retrieve a file I need for the day, I remember that grace is sufficient.

     

    When something I ordered that I need right away is slow in coming or work I need done is slow in getting done, I remember that grace is sufficient.

     

    When a distraught student unloads on me because I happen to be the person standing in front of him or her at the moment, I remember that grace is sufficient.

     

    I define grace as the safety net through which the experiences meant for me are filtered. Grace is enough to get me though the experiences meant for me. These experiences can be good, hard, easy, difficult, shameful, or wonderful. I can learn from them all. Book knowledge can teach me so much, but coupled with what I live through on a daily basis, the teaching moments are invaluable.

     

    These teaching moments have permission from grace to enter my life. Each experience brings me something with it: patience, perseverance, courage, understanding, love, boldness, and humor. I’ve learned how to multi-task, how to get creative in a pinch, how to meet deadlines, how to produce quality learning experiences within a budget, and how to perfect procedures. I’ve learned that I must take what experiences teach me, learn from them, and put in the time and hard work to continue to grow in wisdom and grace.

     

    We must cooperate with grace. We must teach our students about this mighty safety net so that they are not afraid of what experiences bring and so that they learn from it all. Learning does not just take place in the classroom. Experience is an extremely powerful teacher.

     

    Our students have a lot of experiences. If we think we go through stuff, think of what our students experience on a daily basis as they navigate through the worlds of academia, employment or unemployment and their personal lives. What has grace to offer them?

     

    The way we see things, grace can support us, protect us, and filter the experiences of the many worlds we live in so that we get something out of them, but we still have to put the time and work in to be fruitful.

     

    Grace is enough. Work with it.

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  • The Way Things Look from Here

    Posted by Juanita Wingo at 8/13/2014

    Juanita Wingo  

    Juanita G. Wingo, M.Ed.

     
     

     

    My daughter and I were spending a weekend in Ocean City, and we stopped on the way to dinner to snap this picture. I was with my daughter. I was happy. I put my “happy picture” on my page because this work brings me joy.

     

    We had a very good year. We traversed the forests of student need and witnessed the trees of fulfillment. We waded in the waters of student dependency and came out on the other side of learning.

     

    We welcomed a new member to the CAA family. Mr. José Luis Barata joined us as the Coordinator of the Science Resource Learning Center (SRLC) on June 4th. José hit the ground running and has not stopped since. José is in the process of getting the SRLC in the position to provide students with the best science learning spaces and tutoring. He will be introducing “Drop in Tables” for tutor-assisted group learning. I love his energy and enthusiasm for science education and for this work. He is located in LSB 321.

     

    We accomplished some things:

     

    ·         We provided Prescriptive Tutoring Services to 1577 students in Developmental Education with 3310 Tutoring Center visits in Business, Accounting, Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design, Disability Support Services, Nursing, Science, and Surgical Technology for individual and small group tutoring. As a result of tutoring services students report an increase in independence and skill mastery.

     

    ·   Our Math Mastery Sessions pushed developmental math students into the arena of achievement and independence as they worked together and with Prescriptive Math Tutors to prepare for their next level math.

     

    Tutors reached milestones this year:

     

    ·         Ms. Nada Mukhtar, Instructional Tutor for Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) and a BCCC graduate, presented at the spring conference of the MD-DC-VA section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) held at James Madison University. Her presentation was entitled “Exploring the Mandelbrot Set” - A friendly introduction to fractal geometry and to the definition of the Mandelbrot set, using recursion in the complex plane.

     

    ·         Mrs. Eva Joy Caballes, Instructional Tutor for Mathematics and a BCCC graduate, was invited to teach in Baltimore City Public Schools as a member of the 2014 corps of Teach for America. She attended summer training led by veteran teachers and Teach for America staff this summer. As a result of her experiences and training as a math tutor with the Center for Academic Achievement, Eva Joy has decided to make teaching mathematics her career.

     

    ·         Mr. Bayo Omolola, English instructor and Professional Tutor, is a contributing author in an upcoming book entitled Literary Crossroads: An International Exploration of Women, Gender, and Otherhood. His publication date is October 1, 2014.

     

    ·         Mr. Justin Foster, Tutoring Center Assistant and BCCC graduate, earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morgan State University. Justin is responsible for overseeing our evening tutoring services and serves as our Webmaster.

     

    The way we see things, Baltimore City Community College students have a rich future. They are in good hands.


     

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