ASC Staff Biographies

Marylen Jennings, Director

Marylen Jennings, Academic Success Center Director
Education
  • A.A., Seminole State College of Florida
  • B.S., English Language Arts, University of Central Florida
  • M.A., Liberal Studies, University of Central Florida
Biography

Marylen Jennings served as an English paraprofessional in the Academic Success Center's (ASC) Learning Center while attending Seminole State College as a student. She taught English Language Arts at Deltona Middle School from 1990-94 before returning to Seminole State as an ASC coordinator in August 1994. During her tenure at the College, Jennings has served on a variety of committees for purposes including faculty searches, diversity initiatives, strategic planning and program assessment. She also served as an integral contributor to the program development for a Title III grant. Jennings is a member of the Florida Developmental Education Association (FDEA) and the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA). She also is a proud graduate of the Kellogg Institute's class of 2005.


Kathleen Lynch, Oviedo Campus Support Specialist

Kathleen Lynch, Oviedo Campus Support Specialist
Education
  • B.A., English, Jacksonville University
Biography

Kathleen Lynch began her career with Seminole State in 1998 as an English paraprofessional in the Learning Center. In this role, she facilitated college preparatory reading and writing labs and assumed additional duties as a writing tutor. She moved to the newly opened Oviedo Campus in 2001 to serve as manager of the campus's ASC.


Evodney Speed, Altamonte Springs Campus Support Specialist

Evodney Speed, Altamonte Springs Campus Support Specialist
Education
  • M.A., English, Clemson University
Biography

Evodney Speed came to Seminole State in September 1997, where she served as an English paraprofessional, a college preparatory writing lab instructor, a library and media services liaison, an ESOL lab manager and a manager of the Learning Resource Center at the College's Hunt Club facility. In 2008, she assumed a management position in the Altamonte Springs Campus' ASC, where she is responsible for staff management, development and training; grant writing; and service on various committees. Speed has taught at the high school and college levels. Her professional interests include skills and strategies in student retention, learning theory and developmental education.


Joe Huston, Instructional Leader in Math and Science

Joseph Huston, Instructional Leader: Math   and Science
Education
  • B.B.A., Finance, Florida International University
  • M.A., Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida
Biography

Joe Huston joined the ASC staff in February 2008 as the instructional leader for mathematics and science. His involvement with the ASC has included staff management, development and training; strategic planning and program review; grant writing; program development and implementation; and service on various campus committees. Huston has a background in financial and personnel management and has taught in classrooms at the high school and college mathematics levels. His professional interests include retention and success strategies for developmental education, learning theory and the development of electronic resources to supplement classroom learning.


Matthew Norris, Computer Paraprofessional

Computer   Paraprofessional
Education
  • A.A., Seminole State College of Florida
  • A.S., Data Processing Technology, Seminole State College of Florida
Biography

Matthew Norris began his career with Seminole State in 1988 as a part-time computer paraprofessional in the Writing Center. He has remained with the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus ASC for more than 20 years, supporting its relocation, transformation and expansion, as well as its continual technological advancements. Norris became the ASC's full-time computer paraprofessional in July 2006.


Jean-Paul Swiatkowski, Instructional Leader in Writing

Jean-Paul Swiatkowski, Instructional   Leader: Writing
Education
  • A.A., Seminole State College of Florida
  • B.A., Humanities, University of Central Florida
Biography

Jean-Paul Swiatkowski began his career with Seminole State in 1988 as a student tutor in the Writing Center. He has remained with the ASC for more than 20 years, helping the center through various changes and transitions. Swiatkowski began working full time in the ASC in 1996, assuming the role of supervisor for English and writing tutoring. He served as a peer mentor supervisor from 2005-08, training exemplary students to help other students by guiding and acclimating them to the rigors of achieving academic success through their first year of college. In addition to working in the ASC, Swiatkowski has taught developmental writing courses at the College for more fifteen years.

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