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LAUNCH! Instructors and Staff

Terry Beich
Communications

Terry Beich brings energy and enthusiasm to his classes and makes learning fun. He has worked in the education field for over 20 years and has worked with a wide range of students, from elementary grades through high school, to active duty military, veterans and civilians. Terry has taught a variety of courses including Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Interpersonal Commun9ications, Physical Education and Early Childhood Development. He currently teaches course for Lake Region State College and Park University. He has taught for the LAUNCH! program since it's inception in 2010. He is a graduate of Southwest State University, Winona State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He holds BA and BS degrees in Speech/Theatre Arts, Physical Education and Education as well as an MA degree in Theatre Arts/Communications.

Dewitt Johnson
College Algebra

Dewitt Johnson has a degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC, a master's degree in Business Administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND.

Teaching for the LAUNCH! Program has been an enriching experience for him because there is always something fascinating to learn about his students. Whether it's a talent they have or how to better reach them academically, the journey taken through the course of the semester if full of enlightening moments. He strongly promotes students taking responsibility for their own learning, so he looks for ways to confront and encourage students' sense of self-belief. College algebra is historically difficult, so students must be ready for the challenge. However, he feels privileged to positively contribute to the lives of his students through support and communication.

Barbara Brenner
Developmental Math

Barbara Brenner is pleased to begin another year as a mathematics instructor with the program asshe has been with LAUNCH! since its inaugural year.Her experiences include teaching mathematics in middle and high school, as well as at the junior college level with LAUNCH! Additionally,she worked in the banking industry as a research and fraud analyst.Barbara isa proud graduate of both Lake Region State College and the University of North Dakota. She is looking forward to assisting students with the next phase of their academic careers in LAUNCH!

Kim Gasparini
History and Government

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/Social Sciences. In May 2000, she did post graduate work at UND in Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology and History. She has a Masters in History with an area of concentration in British Imperial History.

Kim graduated from UND in 2000 and began teaching high school social science classes in Grafton, ND in 2001. In 2007, Kim returned to UND to do post graduate work. In conjunction with her studies, she worked for the UND Student Success Center where she taught Introduction to Effective Study Skills, Introduction to University Life and College Reading. Kim has been with the LAUNCH! Program as a History and Government instructor since August 2011. She loves teaching and encourages her students to work hard, make good choices and to make the most of their college career.

Cindy Rerick
LAUNCH! Coordinator

 

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