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Paige Schilt Paige Schilt

Paige is responsible for advancing Sanger Learning Center’s mission to be the university-wide learning resource dedicated to students’ mastery of course content and development of transferable academic and professional skills. She oversees the center’s three service areas, tutoring, academic counseling, and course support as well as taking learning specialist appointments and delivering oral communication workshops. She manages day-to-day center operations and leads the assessment and pedagogical efforts for the center. Paige earned a Ph.D in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and she has more than fifteen years of college teaching experience in disciplines as diverse as English, rhetoric, communication, film studies, and women and gender studies.

Nisha Abraham Nisha Abraham
Senior Supplemental Instruction Coordinator, Course Support & Instruction

Nisha coordinates the Supplemental Instruction program. She received her B.S. in cell and molecular biology from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and her M.S. in biology from Texas A&M University in 2012. During her time at Texas A&M, she was a teaching assistant for several undergraduate biology classes, worked for the Center for Teaching Excellence, and conducted research on improving student motivation and performance in science education. Additionally, Nisha has over five years of combined industry and science research experience, has worked recently as a senior bioscience associate at UT’s Austin Technology Incubator, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in biology for South University.

Darcy Barrick
Learning Specialist III, David Drum Tutoring Center and Peer Academic Coaching Program

Darcy Barrick coordinates the David Drum Tutoring Center for math and science and the SLC’s Peer Academic Coaching Program which she began in 2003. In her time at the SLC, she has also overseen developmental reading/writing services, supervised Supplemental Instruction teaching assistants, and directed Academic Counseling Services and Outreach. Her areas of specialization include instructional design, study effectiveness, academic/test anxiety, and ESL/foreign language issues. Prior to joining the SLC staff, she supervised student teachers/teaching interns for UT and taught in the U.S. and Japan. She holds a master’s in education and a bachelor’s in the Plan II Honors Program, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Craven Stephanie Craven
Learning Specialist III, Course Support & Instruction

Stephanie coordinates Supplemental Instruction for language arts courses. She earned her B.A. in classical languages and literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, and her M.A. in 2009 and Ph.D. in 2017, both in classics from The University of Texas at Austin. As an assistant instructor at UT, she has taught multiple levels of Latin, Intro to Rome, Intro to Greece, and Medical Terminology. 

Izaak De Leon Izzy De Leon
Learning Specialist II, Academic Counseling & Tutorial Services

Izzy provides academic counseling to students and supports the administration of Tutorial Services for the Sanger Learning Center. He has diverse experience working in higher education, including peer mentoring programs, admissions, TSI, and HSI grant programs. Izzy received his B.M. in Violin Performance and B.S. in Biology from Texas State University, as well as his M.S. in Biology. While at Texas State, he was an instructional assistant for undergraduate genetics, conducted research on Latino parents’ attitudes toward science and engagement in informal science activities with their children, and coordinated multicultural career-development workshops for marginalized undergraduate STEM students.

Ed Fernandez Edward Fernandez
Program Coordinator, Academic Counseling & Tutorial Services

Ed oversees the Academic Counseling and Tutorial Services team at the Sanger Learning Center, which includes tutorial services, peer academic coaching, learning specialist student appointments, and outreach services. He has held a number of positions at the Center and in 2005 was the recipient of the Eyes of Texas Excellence Award. Additionally, he has served as Managing Editor for the Journal of College Reading and Learning and as a member of the Executive Board of the College Reading and Learning Association. The depth of his knowledge of—and passion for—learning assistance in all its forms has increased with each succeeding experience. And the time he spends with student educators, their students, and the students he teaches and advises is, by far, the most fulfilling and engaging part of his job.

Rachel Jenkins Rachel Jenkins
Learning Specialist III, Public Speaking & Outreach

Rachel coordinates the Public Speaking Center, outreach programs, and academic workshops at the Sanger Learning Center as well as provides academic support to students through one-on-one counseling. Prior to joining the SLC staff, Rachel managed the Supplemental Instruction program and taught freshman seminar courses at Southern Arkansas University. Rachel also taught English at the secondary level in Little Rock, Arkansas, before transitioning into higher education. She received her B.S.E in secondary English education from the University of Central Arkansas and her M.S.E. in educational psychology with an emphasis in gifted and talented from Baylor University.

Kate Molina-Gallo Kate Molina-Gallo
Learning Specialist III, Coordinator for Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying

Kate coordinates the Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying (PLUS) program. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. While there, she served as a Supplemental Instruction leader for Principles of Botany. She also earned her M.S. in Science Education from The University of Southern Mississippi. Kate has been a teacher for the past nine years. She has course experience in biology, chemistry, and International Baccalaureate biology.

Kate Schoonhoven Kate Schoonhoven
Administrative Associate

As the administrative associate, Kate’s role is to provide administrative and accounting support for the Sanger Learning Center. She also assists with hiring, supervision, and training of SLC student associates. She completed her B.S. in actuarial science in 2015 from North Central College in Illinois.

Pamela Way Pamela Way
Learning Specialist IV

Pam currently develops content for and teaches the UGS 114 study effectiveness course, and coordinates research and assessment activities for the SLC. Pam also provides academic counseling to students, specializing in motivation, time management, and test anxiety. Previous program responsibilities include coordinating the Peer Academic Coaching Program, Graduate Student Writing Services, Drop-In Tutoring, and Appointment Tutoring. Pam earned a BA in psychology, a MA in program evaluation, and a PhD in educational psychology, all from The University of Texas at Austin.

Jay Whitehead Jay Whitehead
Instructional Designer, Course Support & Instruction

Jay assists with the supervision of the mathematics portion of the Supplemental Instruction program. Jay develops the content for Sanger’s mathematics classes, selects mathematics graduate students for leading many of these classes, and teaches the algebra refresher and trigonometry refresher classes each semester. Jay also provides academic counseling, primarily for topics related to the study of mathematics. Jay received his master’s degree in mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin in 2005.