AccelerateU Instructors

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Nicole Askin

Nicole Askin

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Ms. Askin is a Spanish teacher at Canandaigua Academy, and has been an AccelerateU online teacher for 10 years!

Christine Bennett

Christine Bennett

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I am a National Board Certified Teacher and have been teaching middle and high school level English for 13 years. I live in Webster with my husband, two sons, dog, and cat. Traveling has always been important to me; I have visited China, Egypt, England, France, Spain, Italy and the Caribbean. In my free time I enjoy reading, writing poetry, trying new restaurants, shopping, and doing crafts with my children. My favorite part about teaching online courses is being able to meet and work with so many interesting students from around New York State.

Kimberly Blanchet

Kimberly Blanchet

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Ms. Blanchet teaches many Social Studies courses including, but not limited to U.S. History, Participation in Government, and Human Geography. Having spent approximately 8 years as a Social Studies teacher and department chair at Red Jacket Central School District, Ms. Blanchet has worked with a wide variety of students and teachers.

Currently, Ms. Blanchet works as the Assistant Academic Program Manager for Liberal Arts within the Post University School of Arts & Science. In this position, she supports the continued development of courses and instruction within the Liberal Arts department with a focus on history and political science.

Ms. Blanchet loves teaching and the process of learning. She is an advocate for educational opportunity as a means to promote leadership and growth in our society.

"I believe a lot of what we can apply to improving society comes from our understanding of history and politics."

Teaching and coaching defines Ms. Blanchet in her everyday life. As an active member within the American Association of University Women (AAUW), she is working on leadership projects aimed at empowering young girls in the community. As a former competitive gymnast, Ms. Blanchet continues to be involved in the sport through coaching at the YMCA and a private gym in her local community. She also teachers Sunday religious education classes at her church.

In hr leisure time, Ms. Blanchet enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children, cooking and running.

Bruce Carney

Bruce Carney

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I live in the town of York with my wife and two children. My son is a freshman at SUNY Geneseo and my daughter is a junior at York Central School, where I am employed. My wife is a Reading teacher at another local school distrcit. My hobbies include tennis, swimming, camping and spending time with my family.

My education background includes receiving an AAS in Business Administration from Genesee Community College, NY; a BS in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport, NY; and an MLS in Health (virtual) from Fort Hays University, KS. I currently hold NYS certifications in Physical Education, Health and Business.

I have been teaching for 14 years, including 6 years online with AccelerateU. Various subjects I have taught include PE, Health, Nutrition & Wellness, Exercise Science and Fitness classes. My philosophy is that education is the key-find your passion and the meas of education to obtain more knowledge that fits into your life.

Christine Cobos

Christine Cobos

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I have taught math at the high school level for 13 years, teaching pre-algebra, algebra, geometry and precalculus. Before entering education I worked as a mechanical / electrical engineer for Xerox and Pactiv, having degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. Outside of the classroom you will find me at cross country meets, track meets, and diving competitions cheering on my high school aged daughter and son. In my spare time I'm home in the garden, chasing chickens, or working my beehives.

I've taught online for six years. With online students, I always stress the importance of maintaining a steady pace throughout their courses, while asking lots of questions.

Vicki Cook

Vicki Cook

Departments: AccelerateU
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2017-2018 is my 29th year in Education! I started my career as a high school Chemistry and Biology teacher in Canandaigua, N.Y. I taught at the high school level for 12 years and then went on to be the Elementary School Science and Health Coordinator for grades PK-6 for five years. During that time, I earned my administrative degree and took a position as the Primary School Assistant Principal in Canandaigua for six years. I thought about how much I was missing teaching, so I returned to the classroom - teaching students who want to be teachers. I have taught Elmira College, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Brockport. I am now an Educational Consultant. I also teach online for WFL BOCES (AP Psychology/Science courses) and really enjoy my work with students from all over New York State!

Richard Cravatta

Richard Cravatta

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Michael Donner

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Martha Flower

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Melanie Frauel

Melanie Frauel

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I have been teaching Social Studies at Sodus High School for over 30 years. During summers (and after school), I am a drivers education instructor. I live in Walworth with my husband and daughter.

Tom Hollembaek

Departments: AccelerateU
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Hi. I am, of course, Mr. Hollembaek. Spelling my name will not be graded, but to save time if you would like, Mr. H will do just fine. I have been teaching for over 18 years in three different school districts in and around the city of Rochester.

The past 14 years I have been in Williamson High School teaching US History, HIS 110 & 111, PSY 100, and SOC 100. The college course are quite similar to the AP. Online I teach a wide variety of Social Science courses - PIG, Global 9 & 10, Sociology, trying to do my part to assist students in preparing for the next stage in life.

I have a son and a daughter to do PSY and SOC research on, observational with minimal changes to the variable to assure accurate data collection. Teaching online for almost 10 years means I truly look forward to this experience, it is great to see success coming in a non-traditional way. Try not to freak out, we will all be learning through this - so relax.

Deanna Hoobler

Deanna Hoobler

Departments: AccelerateU
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I graduated from Keuka College with a BA in Biology and Nazareth College with an MS in Education. Before teaching, I worked in Plant Pathology and Entomology at the NYS Agricultural Experiment Station. My twelve year teaching career includes teaching middle school science, Biology, and Chemistry. I enjoy running and being there for my son with his sports, volleyball and tennis.

Denise Liedmann

Departments: Technical & Career Education
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Ann Maine

Ann Maine

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I teach vocal music, grades 5-12 choir, and Gemini music theory in Marion. Additionally, I am the vocal director of the school musical and the principal accompanist for the Rochester Community Chorus. In my free time I enjoy running (including 3 marathons and 8 half-marathons), reading, knitting, yoga, thrift shopping and spending time with my husband and our pets (3 dogs and a cat).

Donna Mineo

Donna Mineo

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Being the best at what I do has always been my goal in teaching. I strive to show my students that even though they may not have been successful in math before, it can happen. I am currently teaching ninth graders in the Rochester City School District and have been an online instructor since 2006. I enjoy working with and getting to know students throughout New York. I am also a TV host on Homework Hotline on WXXI, so my instruction has expanded into other states. It is rewarding to know that I am truly helping others. I love all of my jobs and hope to inspire my students to become teachers, too!

Elise Mrzywka

Elise Mrzywka

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Ronald Pale

Ronald Pale

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I am a retired English teacher with forty-four years of teaching experience. During the past twelve years I haev been teaching online with AccelerateU. Since taking an online course can be very challenging, my primary goal is to help students to be successful in this endeavor.

Fun Fact: My wife and I love traveling all around the world.

Mark Pellegrino

Mark Pellegrino

Departments: AccelerateU
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Mr. Pellegrino received his Bachelors degree in Biology from SUNY at Buffalo and his Masters degree in Natural Science and Oncology from Roswell Park Memorial Institute. He has been a teacher for 26 years, and besides his work for AccelerateU, is the Departmen Chair and AP Biology teacher at Pittsford Sutherland High School.

He also teaches classes for FLCC and is a Nationally Certified Cheerleading Judge. He lives in Farmington with his wife, son, daughter, and three dogs.

Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Departments: AccelerateU
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I earned my BA with Honors in Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University, an MA from Michigan State University in Economics, and a MA in Mathematics Education from New York University. In my 20-plus year teaching career, I have taught a variety of mathematics, statistics, and economics courses at the Tashkent State Economics University (Russia), Michigan State University, New York University, SUNY Geneseo, and Harrison High School.

Currently, I teach math at Brighton High School and then in the evenings at RIT and AccelerateU. My professional interests focus on dynamic geometry software and mastery-based learning systems. I am a New York State Master Teacher and a member of both the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Ann Staiger

Ann Staiger

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I have lived in NY for about twenty three years now-originally from Western Massachusetts area. I teach full time during the school year and have been working with AU for about ten years with the online courses for students. I am married and have two sons. I love to walk our two dogs on a nature trail by our home. Interests: Hiking, gardening, and reading. I volunteer at the local SPCA.

Cheryl Tisa

Cheryl Tisa

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Hola a todos! I am Dr. Cheryl Tisa and I am proud to be your online instructor! I have been teaching Spanish with the Greece Central School District since 1998 and had taught 3 years part-time at a Catholic school prior to that. I have been teaching at Greece Olympia High School (Go Spartans!) since 1999.

I love being a student myself and hold four degrees. I own a part-time sports business giving opportunities for students in pro sports. I am a contract Group Leader with the Cleveland Cavaliers and have been working with them since 2002. Everyone asks, so I will answer the question now: No, I have never met LeBron, but have met many other players in the NBA...and YES, they have all studied Spanish in high school. I work part-time as a hotle security guard on weekends (I am writing a book about my escapades...some of which involve Snoop Dog, Little Wayne, Maroon 5...). This part-time job grew on me and I turned my safety and security training and expertise into a large-scale study for my doctorate regarding safety and security.

I am happily married to Joe, a Kodak employee, who also works two extra jobs; he is a part-time security guard in the Rochester City School District and also works as a hotel security guard on weekends. We have four sons, two of whom are Social Studies teachers who are married to teachers (one was my former student teacher). Our third son is a trucker and is out and about three days a week delivering in the City (not Rochester...but NYC, a real challenge!). Our youngest is a personal trainer and is comtemplating a Masters Degree in Education to teach Business. And...yes, we ALL work in security. I have my own "Dawg" family right here in Greece, New York (think Bounty Hunter).

Remember: when you are in my class you are on Tisa Time! I have high expectations and know that all of you will succeed. We will work together, work with one another, and work with the material and my resources to have you complete the course!