Jubilee Rodriguez, a summer 2010 graduate of Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a B.S. in mathematics, is this year’s winner of the Tom Pasternack Outstanding Tutor Award, given by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).
Established by the CRLA International Tutor Program Certification committee, the award was created to honor the late CRLA newsletter editor Tom Pasternack and to reward an outstanding tutor.
“Jubilee is an exceptional tutor,” said Vanessa Najpauer, associate coordinator of Tutorial Services of CSULB’s Learning Assistance Center (LAC), where Jubilee tutored on campus. “She really makes math accessible to students who come to the LAC looking for help. The LAC is honored to have one its tutors be recognized for such a prestigious award.”
Rodriguez was hired at the LAC in spring 2008. Her employment included two semesters of training (CRLA certification levels I and II) and then an optional third level for which she conducted original research and prepared training sessions for newer LAC tutors.
Rodriguez’s has tutored at Millikan High School in Long Beach, Long Beach City College, CSULB’s Learning Assistance Center, West Carson Kumon Center and Narbonne High School in Harbor City.
In applying for the award, Rodriguez submitted an essay on the topic, “Tutoring: Helping Create the Future.” In addition, nominees had to have a 3.0 minimum grade point average and a letter of recommendation by a faculty member of the institution.
Since graduating, Rodriguez has been employed as a full-time math quality control specialist for ALEKS Corp., an online education company, where she reviews hundreds of math problems and fixes minor bugs in the program’s algorithm. In the near future, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in mathematics at CSULB.
In existence since the mid-1960s, CRLA is an international professional association of faculty and staff active in the fields of reading and learning assistance. It encompasses developmental education, the range of learning support that includes tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. The organization’s most vital function and overall purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.