Our members are our greatest asset at ACTP and we love to highlighting the work that they do and the resources they are proud of on a weekly basis. On ACTP Thursdays, we put the spotlight on a member of the week, a resource of the week, or a best practice of the week. We’re a community of learning. We work best when we share our passions and practices.
Today, we bring you the work of Brent Rummage of the University of Louisville’s REACH Math Resource Center and the winner of this year’s ACTP Peer Tutor of the Year Award. Brent has been working at the REACH Math Resource Center for 2 years. Here’s Brent!
ACTP: What drove you to the field of academic support and tutoring?
Brent: After being out of school for nearly twenty years, I enrolled at a local community college to pursue my degree. I struggled greatly with mathematics, yet had an amazing professor who mentored me and refused to let me give up! After passing her college algebra class with an A, she extended an offer for me to work as a tutor in the math lab…and the rest is history!
ACTP: What do you love the most about your job?
Brent: I enjoy working alongside a diverse student population and a cohesive team at REACH Math Resources! Without people, our job would be in vain!
ACTP: What’s a big challenge that you are facing at your center?
Brent: As with many centers, our biggest challenge is staffing. Peer tutors, by design, only stay for a limited time frame. We saw many of our seasoned tutoring staff graduate this past semester, and are working hard to staff our centers for the upcoming academic year.
ACTP: What’s one piece of advice you would give to your colleagues?
Brent: Never be afraid to utilize your resources! Your team members are your greatest asset, and we are all in this together. Teamwork makes the dream work!
ACTP: Describe a resource that has been particularly powerful and effective at your center.
Brent: Every semester, our master tutors observe the newer tutors. We use a peer observation form that highlights each phase of the tutor/tutee interaction, along with rubric, and opportunities for improvement/feedback. Peer evaluations bring a strong cohesiveness to our team and allow for continuous coaching and relationship building among the staff. We have found this model most effective as it turns the performance evaluation into an ongoing dialogue rather than an administrative formality.
ACTP: What’s a fun fact (not related to tutoring) that we should know about you?
Brent: I have a beautiful eleven-year-old tuxedo cat named Sox!