Certifications Director: Roberta Schotka

Roberta Schotka is the Director of Programs at Wellesley College’s Pforzheimer Learning & Teaching Center where she oversees the college’s multi-faceted tutoring, public speaking, supplemental instruction and academic coaching programs.

She holds an Ed.M. in Instructional Media & Technology, and a B.S. in Elementary Education. She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences and is recognized as a leader in the field of tutoring and academic support services.

Ms. Schotka is a contributing author to the CRLA Handbook for Training Peer Tutors and Mentors, the Innovative Educators Tutor Lingo training series and the lead author for the CRLA Standards, Outcomes and Assessments for levels 1, 2 and 3 tutor training program. She served as president of the CRLA Northeast Chapter; assistant coordinator for ITTPC; Coordinator of the Rick Sheets Outstanding Tutor Award; ITTPC Coordinator and her current position as CRLA Certifications Director.

ITTPC Coordinator: Shawn O'Neil

 Shawn O’Neil is the Assistant Director for Academic Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he and the other staff at the Academic Achievement Center manage a large and dynamic center, offering small-group and individual tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic coaching. He has been involved in CRLA's International Tutor Training Program Certification at every level — as a tutor, tutor-trainer, tutor coordinator, ITTPC reviewer, and ITTPC associate coordinator. Currently he serves CRLA as its ITTPC Coordinator. He has Masters degree in Education and graduates in May with a second Masters in Training and Development from North Carolina State University.

ITTPC Assistant Coordinator: Samantha Johnston

 Samantha Narad Johnston is the Assistant Director of CLASS. She earned her MA in Math and Science Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BS in Childhood Education from SUNY Oswego. She taught math in the K-12 sector and taught Foundations of Mathematics in the Real World at SUNY Oswego before becoming Math Skills Coordinator at Hood College in Maryland. She joined CLASS July of 2017 and hasn’t looked back! Samantha is a program reviewer and Assistant Coordinator for International Tutor Training Program Certification for the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). She is excited about the growth CLASS has experienced in such a short period of time. When not working, you can find her watching the latest horror movie or playing with her nieces.

IPTPC Coordinator: Michael Saenz

 Michael Saenz has been in higher education instruction, student development, and student retention for over ten years and currently works as an Assistant Director in the Student Success Center at the University of Texas at Dallas. In this capacity, he oversees peer tutor and peer educator training and certification, including the Peer-Led Team Learning program, Supplemental Instruction, Peer Tutoring, Academic Success Coaching, Writing and Communication Lab, and Financial Literacy Peer Coaching program. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies and serves on the CRLA Leadership Team as the IPTPC Coordinator and IPTPC Application Review Team.

IPTPC Assistant Coordinator: Ashley Lewis

 Ashley Lewis has over 17 years of experience in higher education with a background in diverse populations, student retention and leadership. Currently, she works as the Director of Student Diversity at the University of West Georgia and the IPTPC Assistant Coordinator. In her role, she oversees several mentor training programs/certification, establishes and monitors early intervention and retention strategies for diverse populations.


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