Professional staff

Linda Williams, MA Psychol.

Senior Learning Strategies Advisor

I meet diverse students at Queen’s individually or in group workshops.  Some are struggling to pass and others are competing for a highly prestigious fellowship, but they are all relieved that there are supports available and they don’t have to “do it alone”.

I am often struck by the determination and energy that students display as they try to adapt to new learning situations or different academic expectations in their undergraduate or graduate program.  It is a privilege to be able to help students develop new learning and studying techniques and maintain a positive attitude, or help them find ways to complete a thesis, or enhance their presentation skills, or change their daily habits to be more productive and happier.

I have previously taught at the post-secondary education level and worked with people with disabilities or disadvantages related to their physical, emotional, and/or cognitive functioning. Working in Learning Strategies enables me to combine my long-standing interests in education, research, mental health and counselling individuals to meet their potential, regardless of their situation.

I welcome students to call or drop by the Learning Strategies office in  the Learning Commons, Stauffer Library (613-533-6315) and see how we can work together to have a satisfying Queen’s experience.

Please contact Linda at linda.williams@queensu.ca

 

Elizabeth (Beth) Pero, BA (Hons), BEd, MEd, OCT

Learning Strategies Advisor

I love supporting student success! More specifically, I love the privilege of experiencing a “light bulb” moment that leads to increased confidence, self-awareness, and achievement of potential. Finally, I love the challenge of making content accessible, providing strategies that work, and researching new strategies.

To that end, I advise Queen’s students individually based on a variety of topics from habits of mind like motivation to study skills like effective reading and note-making strategies.

My own experience as an undergraduate student at Queen’s left me feeling overwhelmed. I turned to Student Wellness Services for support and spent a year working with a Peer Mentor. The connection helped me to feel less isolated and gave me the confidence that I needed to succeed. I continued for another two years with the program as a volunteer.

I have previously worked for ten years with the Limestone District School Board as a part of the various literacy programs that support students between Grades 6 and 11 who are at risk of not passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test. I have also worked for three years as an Occasional Teacher with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board.

Book appointments with Beth via our online booking system. You can also visit the Reception Desk at Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

 

Claire Hooker, BA (Hons), BEd, MA, PhD (in progress)

Writing and Learning Specialist 

I work with a variety of students who have a range of interests and concerns related to their academic success – self-management skills, study and learning skills, and more. Every student I see has his or her own story, and I very much enjoy listening to these stories and helping students develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge that support their learning and development.

Students interest me very much. I’ve spent the last twenty years or so working and volunteering with students in different roles and contexts – in Learning Commons at three different universities, in Residence Life departments at two different universities, at Queen’s Ban Righ Centre for Mature Women Students, as an Ontario teacher, as a college instructor, and more. I thoroughly enjoy working collaboratively with students to help them understand and reach their potential, and I’m pursuing a doctoral degree in Education to develop more skills in this area.

To book an appointment with me, visit our online booking system, drop by Student Academic Success Services, Stauffer Library (ground floor), or call 613-533-6315.

 

Cassandra de Bartok, BA (Hons), MA

Mentor Program Coordinator

University is an amazing place to learn new things, make friends and to gain experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Being a university student can be challenging at times but you don’t have to do it alone. Our amazing team of mentors is here to support you if you need help. Sometimes having someone to connect with who remembers what it’s like to be in first year or to navigate a similar course/issue can make all the difference. Whether you’re in your first year, finishing up your degree, or even navigating graduate work – we’ve got a Mentor for you!

As the Mentor Program Coordinator, I run three mentoring programs: GAELS 201, Bounce Back, and the Peer Mentoring Program. These programs employ seventy student staff and volunteers who are eager to support you by sharing their own experience navigating challenges and through sharing a holistic model of student support. Their aim is to empower you to meet your academic and personal goals during your time at Queen’s. The Mentors and I are committed to providing all participants with a safe, non-judgmental, and supportive experience in our programs (and we hope you also have fun along the way!).

Working as a Mentor Program Coordinator is an incredibly rewarding experience, especially when I get to see Mentees, some of whom join one of our programs in their first year, decide to give back through mentoring in their upper years. If you’re interested in helping your peers and giving back to the Queen’s community through mentoring, email mentoring@queensu.ca to learn about the opportunities available and how to get involved.

If you are interested in being matched with a Mentor through the Peer Mentor Program you can book an intake appointment with Cassandra via our online booking system.

I look forward to meeting you at some point during your time at Queen’s, whether it’s as a Mentee or Mentor. Cha Gheill!

TBD

Outreach Coordinator

You can  see upcoming workshops here.