Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Michael Buckley

Michael Buckley

Major: Computer Science

Courses Supported: Intro to Computer Science and Algebra 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, Ma

Age: 30

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021

Semesters At STCC: 3

Favorite Food: Mexican Food

Favorite Movie: Barb and Star

What I Love About The SI Program:

It’s like having a classmate you can reach out to, get help, or just find out when your homework is due. My SI leaders have helped me, so I want to give back.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I love playing board games.

Mike Casey

Mike Casey

Major: Health Science

Courses Supported: Statistics

Hometown/Country Of Origin: East Brookfield

Age: 20

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: 2021

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Peanut Butter & Jelly

Favorite Movie: Blade Runner

What I Love About The SI Program: Helping peers and being a positive influence.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I watch Jeopardy! almost every night

Bartek Ciesla

Bartek Ciesla

Major: Computer Science (CSCI.AS)

Courses Supported: Physics I, Classical Phyisics I, Classical Physics II

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Poland

Age: 19

Languages Spoken: English and Polish

SI Leader Since: Spring 2021

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Cheese Fries

Favorite Movie: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

What I Love About The SI Program: It gives everyone a chance to succeed.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I like making simple, terminal-based games in my spare time.

Lyly Dixon

Lyly Dixon

Major: Computer Security (CITS.AS) 

Courses Supported: Math Basics, Statistics, Technical Math 

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA 

Age: 24 

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish. 

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021 

Semesters At STCC:

Favorite Color: Blue 

Favorite Food: Corned Beef and Rice with Mixed Vegetables 

Favorite Movie: The Master of Disguise 

What I Love About The SI Program: I love being able to help people find success in school, because there are so many different techniques and learning styles to use and develop! 

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I am a musician and I sing, and I'm currently learning to play bass guitar!

Tomas Fialho

Tomás Fialho

Major: Computer & IT Security

Courses Supported: Unix 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Ludlow, MA 

Age: 24

Languages Spoken: English and Portuguese

SI Leader Since: 2020

Semesters At STCC: 3

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings

What I Love About The SI Program: Working with lots of different people and assisting in independent learning habits

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I have had three years of classical voice training.

Yanni Garcia

Yiannis Garcia

Major: Computer Information Technologies

Courses Supported: Database and Security

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA

Age: 30

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

SI Leader Since: September 2021

Semesters At STCC: 4

Favorite Food: Popcorn

Favorite Movie: Howl's Moving Castle

What I Love About The SI Program: I like helping out when I can and I believe that teaching someone is a great way to further the understanding of everyone involved.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I like playing video games in my free time.

Sarah Girard

Sarah Girard

Major: Computer Systems Engineering Tech (CSET.AS)

Courses Supported: Technical Math 1, Cisco Routing and Switching Essentials

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Brimfield, MA

Age: 34

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: September 2020

Semesters At STCC:  6

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Movie: The Notebook

What I Love About The SI Program: Meeting new people, along with sharing my knowledge and still learning at the same time.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I love playing video games in my spare time!

Craig Krikorian

Craig Krikorian

Major: Computer Science

Courses Supported: Calculus 2, Calculus 1, Technical Math 2

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Lowell, MA

Age: 23

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: 2021

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: None

What I Love About The SI Program: The opportunity to help fellow STCC students achieve their goals.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I play chess.

Eddy Lam

Eddy Lam

Major: Electrical/Robotics Technology

Courses Supported: CMP-122 & BUS-222

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Manta, Ecuador

Age: 58

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and Chinese

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021

Semesters At STCC: 4

Favorite Food: Any food, as long as it tastes good

Favorite Movie: Star Wars, 1st one

What I Love About The SI Program: Is a great opportunity to give back, I can practice what I’ve learned. As a bonus, it looks great on a resume.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I have a small wood and metal shop at home.

Adam Lee

Adam Lee

Major: Computer & IT Security (CITS.AS), Programmer (PROG.COC), and Microcomputer Specialist (MCRC.COC)

Courses Supported: Python Programming, Unix, Networks 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Agawam

Age: 37

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: September 2020

Semesters At STCC: 4

Favorite Food: Anything without tentacles 

Favorite Movie: Top Gun

What I Love About The SI Program: I enjoy helping my peers and assisting them in their academic success. Giving back is important to me.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: Don’t be offended by my dark sarcasm. 

Ben Lockwood

Ben Lockwood

Major: Biology

Courses Supported: Chemistry, Statistics and Tech Math 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Agawam, MA

Age: 20

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: 2021

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Eggs

Favorite Movie: Revenge of the Sith

What I Love About The SI Program: The SI program is a great opportunity for both the student and instructor to gain a new perspective on learning processes. 

One Fun Fact About Me Is: If I could live next to pipeline, Hawaii with 20 dogs I would (or Bali, I'm not picky :). 

Rafeal Miranda

Rafael Miranda

Major: Computer & IT Security

Courses Supported: Computer Basics

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Chicopee, MA

Age: 24

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: September 2021

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Movie: Count of Monte Cristo

What I Love About The SI Program: Helping others to succeed and gain a better understanding. 

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I enjoy customizing shoes.

Nikolay Ostroukhov

Nikolay Ostroukhov

Major: Programming, Computer Science Transfer 

Courses Supported: CSC-111, CSC-220

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA

Age: 27

Languages Spoken: English and Russian

SI Leader Since: Fall 2020

Semesters At STCC: 12

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Movie: The Shining, Mulholland Drive

Favorite Show: Lost, Twin Peaks

What I Love About The SI Program: I love meeting and getting to know people. I enjoy helping people solve their problems. It’s a great feeling hearing that “oh!”, or eureka, moment when the student figures out their problem.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I love fishing! Especially bass fishing.