Supplemental Instruction Leaders

Bartek Ciesla

Bartek Ciesla

Major: Computer Science (CSCI.AS)

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

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Chicopee, MA

Age: 19

Languages Spoken: English and Polish

SI Leader Since: Spring 2021

Semesters At STCC: 3

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 & IT Security (CITS.AS)

Courses Supported: Modern US History, Statistics, Cont Math Apps

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA 

Age: 24 

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021 

Semesters At STCC: 8

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!

Riley Fanning

Riley Fanning

Major: Computer & IT Security

Courses Supported: Windows 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Feeding Hills, MA 

Age: 20

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 3

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Movie: All Marvel Movies

What I Love About The SI Program: The ability to help others

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I have 7 siblings.

Chloe Gerhardson

Chloe Gerhardson

Major: Computer Programming

Courses Supported: Unix 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Chicopee, MA

Age: 26

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 3

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Movie: A Waking Life

What I Love About The SI Program: It’s a great resource available that offers a perspective from someone who has already taken the class.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I have a twin brother.

Sarah Girard

Sarah Girard

Major: Computer Systems Engineering Tech (CSET.AS)

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

Hometown/Country Of Origin: United States

Age: 35

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Fall 2020

Semesters At STCC:  9

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Movie: Mean Girls

What I Love About The SI Program: Helping as many students as I can to succeed with their goals and dreams

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I love animals and could open a Zoo if I had enough land and money to do so!

Craig Krikorian

Craig Krikorian

Major: Computer Science

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

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Lowell, MA

Age: 23

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021

Semesters At STCC: 3

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: Computer Basics, Business Decision Tools, and Computer Applications in Engineering

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Manta, Ecuador

Age: 58

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, and Chinese

SI Leader Since: Fall 2021

Semesters At STCC: 5

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

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

What I Love About The SI Program: It 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.

Ben Lockwood

Ben Lockwood

Major: Biology

Courses Supported: Chemistry

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Agawam, MA

Age: 20

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Fall 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 :). 

Johnny

Johnny Nguyen

Major: Computer & IT Security (CIT.COC)

Courses Supported: Networks 1

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA 

Age: 20

Languages Spoken: English and Vietnamese

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 5

Favorite Food: Fried Noodles

Favorite Movie: The Thing

What I Love About The SI Program: The communal aspect and the people to learn and grow with right beside you

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I am a self-taught programmer.

Nikolay Ostroukhov

Nikolay Ostroukhov

Major: Programming, Computer Science Transfer 

Courses Supported: Intro to Java, Intermediate Java

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA

Age: 27

Languages Spoken: English and Russian

SI Leader Since: Fall 2020

Semesters At STCC: 13

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!

Jackson Perez

Jackson Perez

Major: Computer & IT Security

Courses Supported: CIT Foundations 101

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Windsor Locks, CT

Age: 21

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 3

Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza

Favorite Movie: Harry Potter (All of them)

What I Love About The SI Program: Being able to help fellow students, as well as practice what I have learned. I believe being able to give back is one of the best ways to improve as a person.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I am a Chicago Bulls super fan.

Heather Quinones

Heather Quinones

Major: Health Science

Courses Supported: Anatomy & Physiology 1, Microbiology

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Chicopee, MA

Age: 31

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 4

Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo

Favorite Movie: The Parent Trap

What I Love About The SI Program: Helping my peers succeed

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I've never gotten a speeding ticket.

Julie Renaud

Julie Renaud

Major: Computer Science Transfer (AS)

Courses Supported: Pre-Algebra and Algebra 2

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Springfield, MA

Age: 33

Languages Spoken: English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 5

Favorite Food: Burritos

Favorite Movie: Interstellar

What I Love About The SI Program: I love being able to give back and have a positive impact in someone’s academic journey. I’ve personally benefited from the SI program and understand what a valuable resource it is.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I enjoy rock climbing in my spare time.

Tim Rudenko

Tim Rudenko

Major: Computer & IT Security

Courses Supported: Python

Hometown/Country Of Origin: Kazakhstan & Westfield, MA

Age: 23

Languages Spoken: Russian/English

SI Leader Since: Spring 2022

Semesters At STCC: 2

Favorite Food: Poke Bowls

Favorite Movie: Blade Runner

What I Love About The SI Program: Having the opportunity to lend a hand and help someone avoid my mistakes.

One Fun Fact About Me Is: I’m a bass guitarist and I produce music regularly.