Suzanne Christie is the Tutoring Center Coordinator/Academic Support Specialist who earned her B.S. and pursued her graduate work at Temple University. Suzanne has been working at RACC for over a decade in various positions such as Intern Job Placement Coordinator, Financial Aid Coordinator for the non-credit side of the college, TAACCT Grant Career Coach and Enrollment Services Specialist. Suzanne has taught college mathematics, GED and ESL classes for Career Programs at RACC. Her favorite book is Millington Valley. Suzanne enjoys selling antiques including vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry and old paintings. Her antique dresses have been purchased by movie set designers from the "Life of Lizzie Borden", Boardwalk Empire, and designers for Ralph Lauren. Her antique hats have been sold to collectors in Russia Japan, Australia, and Europe. Suzanne and her family have restored eight old historic homes and barns including the Hunter House in Oley, Spring Grove Forge in Lancaster County, the Mitchell House in Chestertown, Maryland and the Joanna Furnace School house in Morgantown.
Math and Science Tutors
Vivian Azur is a peer tutor and graduate of Oley Valley High School in the Science Learning Center who gets great satisfaction from helping others in Anatomy. As a child she wanted to become a vet but now she is not sure of her future career. She is very proud of her artistic achievements involving making pottery bowls and mosaics which have received awards from the Goggle works. Her favorite quote is one she heard at her sister’s graduation. The quote is “Take your work seriously but don’t take yourself seriously.” (Anonymous)
Jesse Bussell is a Math and Science tutor, primarily for Algebra, Chemistry, and basic Biology. He earned his Associate degree in Science from RACC. His favorite book is Cyrano de Begerac and his favorite films are Big Man on Campus and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. He enjoys collecting comic books and cards and tries to go camping once a month (when the weather is nice) in the Weiser Forest.
Natalie Clayton is a peer tutor who loves helping students in Anatomy and Physiology. She dreams of becoming a doctor someday. Natalie loves to cook and sew when she is not in school. She says.”I know how helpful tutoring can be. I want to help students succeed.”Natalie ‘s favorite movie is “Forrest Gump” and her perfect meal is spaghetti and garlic bread. Her best vacation was to the U.S. Virgin Islands and a 7 day cruise to Puerto Rico. One of her proudest moments at RACC was receiving an A in Anatomy and Physiology last semester.
Carmelo Lamantia is a volunteer tutor for Business Math, Algebra and Accounting and a work study in the Yocum Library. Currently, he is majoring in accounting and hopes to graduate in 2017. He enjoy reading and his favorite book is “Book of Blood” volume 1 by Clive Barker. Carmelo loves to cook and bake. His signature dish is sausage and peppers and his baking specialty is coffeecake. Prior to coming to RACC, Carmelo was a Financial Operations Consultant and traveled to cities in the Midwest. This tutor in his spare time performs magic for children as “Squish the Magish.”
Jane Mahoney is an Anatomy and Physiology tutor as well as a Biology and Physics tutor. Jane has earned a B.A. in English and Philosophy. She is also completing her prerequisites for her doctoral degree in Physical Therapy, and she is expecting to finish in Fall of 2018. Jane’s favorite books are The Collected Sherlock Holmes and The Brothers Karamazov. She also enjoys action movies. In her spare time Jane likes to read, listen to and play music. Interestingly, Jane has coached fencing for beginners through competitive for 8 years.
Michele Means is a Math and Science tutor, primarily for Biology and Math 020 and 030 courses. She earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida. She enjoys sewing, quilting, stained glass, ceramics, sketching, and painting in watercolor and oil. Along with all her artistry skills, she is also a Master Gardener.
Oduwa Ogbebor is a peer tutor in Anatomy and Physiology. Oduwa is a Science Transfer major and is hoping to become a physician. She would like to have a career as a cardiologist or a vascular surgeon. Oduwa states, “All fields of medicine inspire me and because of this I am mad that I cannot be all doctors.” Oduwa loves shopping, drawing and listening to music. When she is not in school, Oduwa cares deeply about her friends at RACC. Her favorite movie is the Nigerian version of the “The Wedding Party.”
Alpha Tall is a peer tutor in Biology, Anatomy, & Chemistry. Some day he would like to open a free hospital in West Africa and help poor children with health issues. He wants to help students conquer tough subjects. When he is not in school he plays soccer, video games and volunteers, Alpha would like to be a physician in the Air Force. Alpha overcame the fact that he hated Biology and became an A student in that particular subject. His most enjoyable vacation was visiting his grandparents in Guinea, West Africa.
E.J. Brown is a Writing tutor who has earned her B.A. in American Studies from Eastern University (Philadelphia) and her M. Ed. in Adult Education from Phoenix University. Her favorite movie is Out of Africa and she enjoys reading. She traveled to Italy and Greece in 2005 and truly enjoyed her time.
James DeNatale is a peer tutor in Writing and IFT who has eight years’ experience in the Air Force in Aerospace Maintenance. James is in the Social Science Transfer program and hopes to major in museum studies in the future. His favorite movie is Star Wars and he likes to watch the program Pretty Little Liars on television. James is a volunteer football coach for the mites in Exeter Township. Collecting vintage toys and actions figures is a hobby he pursues in his free time. His most prized possession is an Imperial Walker from Star Wars in pristine condition from his childhood. He is an avid fan of the Washington Redskins.
Christine Galanti is a writing tutor who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Teaching Certificate and a M.A in Education. Her favorite book is Shantaram and her favorite movie is Now, Voyager. In her spare time she likes to read, play an MMO called Guild Wars, and spend time with her family and friends. She loves to work out and enjoys knitting. Christine enjoys being a tutor and is proud to say at some point in time all three of her children attended RACC in their educational career.
DJ Plante is a peer tutor majoring in Creative Writing. DJ’s favorite book is Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, which started not only an enduring appreciation of the power of the written word, but an abiding love for all things spiritual. DJ attended Word of Life Bible institute in Schroon Lake, NY, was a member of a local Buddhist Sangha for several years, and maintains, to this day, a daily practice of prayer and meditation. DJ enjoys reading from the Bible, the Bhagaved Gita, the Upanishads, the Dhammapada, the Tao, and the Quran, and the themes of the divine are often prominent in his writings. DJ enjoys exploring other cultures through food, music, texts, and most importantly, through people.
Mallory Sunderland is a recent graduate of Wilson College with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. She has a minor in Biology and another in Environmental Science. In her spare time she enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy literature, writing and entertaining her three dogs, Rilus Cooper, Wallace and Rufus - all of which are monstrous in size and attitude. Mallory currently works in the Writing Studio as a writing tutor with lofty goals of publishing her many novel ideas.
Joshua Templin is a peer tutor in writing. He has served as the editor of the school newspaper, The Front Street Journal, for two years. Josh received his AAS in Communications from RACC and is pursuing a degree at Albright College in Journalism. He is a DJ on 91.3FM and particularly likes “post punk” music. His favorite book is If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino. Josh enjoys helping students improve their writing and hopes someday to be a professional writer for magazines. In the future, Joshua would like to explore England.
John A. Zukowski earned his bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers University and a master's degree in journalism from Temple University. After many years as a journalist at a daily newspaper, he now enjoys tutoring, teaching, freelance writing, and leading movie discussions at The GoggleWorks. His favorite book is The Wizard of Oz because it started a lifelong love of reading.
Information Technology Tutors
Seth Bardley is a peer tutor who helps students in IFT 110. He is working towards his A.A in Computer Information Systems. Seth’s favorite book is Highly Illogical Behavior and his favorite movie is Pursuit of Happiness. In his spare time he likes to play video games and watch T.V. Seth is fascinated with technology and he loves bird watching.