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Who’s Who at Northwestern State
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Name: Krista Dowden Jenkins

Title: Counselor in Disability Support & Tutoring/Instructor in Language & Communication

Years at NSU: This is my first year as a Counselor in Disability Support & Tutoring, but I have been teaching as an adjunct in Language & Communication for the last five years.

Job Description: I feel like I learn something new every day about my job, but primarily I am responsible for the supervision of our student employees in the Academic Tutoring Center. Our goal here is to provide one-on-one tutoring to students who need extra assistance with homework and preparing for exams. We offer tutoring in a wide variety of courses and my goal is to make sure that every student who comes in seeking our help is satisfied and welcomed by our staff. Many of the methods I use to instruct our tutors here are the same methods I have used in my own classes. I feel like I continually learn from the students I teach and I try to encourage that same philosophy in our student employees.

Why I like working at NSU: There are a lot of reasons I enjoy working here, but if I have to choose I would say it is because of the students. I like to feel challenged in everything that I do and I think teaching is most definitely always a challenge. In the classroom, I am continually challenged to provide my students with challenges that make their learning efforts worthwhile to them. I have been blessed at NSU to have so many wonderful students from very diverse backgrounds. They have opened their hearts to me through writing, taught me about life and inspired me in ways that I never imagined. I am sincerely thankful for that. I am also thankful for the opportunity to work in the Academic Tutoring Center because it grants me the opportunity to see those students I have taught and to work individually with new students. I like to see the light in a student’s eyes when he/she realizes that it’s really true that with hard work anything is possible. To me, that is what life is all about.

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