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About Our Tutors

We employ both peer and professional tutors in the ASC, and we work closely with faculty members to provide assistance that in linked to particular courses. All tutors, peer and professional are evaluated by USCL faculty to determine their level of expertise.


Shelby Dampac

Subject Areas: Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, Italian, and Nursing.  I am from Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Upon graduation in 2017, I wanted to pursue a degree in higher education. I decided to go to college at USCL to get my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. I became a tutor in the ASC because one of my teachers recommended me for the ASC.  I have been tutoring for about one year, and it has been an enjoyable experience.  I like working as a tutor because I get to interact and work with many different students.  Make an appointment or drop by to see how I can help.  In my free time, I usually draw, read, or spend time with my family.

Ann Garner

Subject Area: Math. I am originally from Seneca, SC, but spent most of my youth in North Carolina. I earned my BS degree in Mathematics from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, then married my high school sweetheart and moved to Hagerstown, MD. After my husband’s tour of duty in the army ended, we moved here to Lancaster where I taught mathematics at Buford High School until I retired in 2010. During my time at BHS, I earned my MAT degree in Mathematics from Winthrop University. Once retired, my friend and former colleague, Betty Stroud, encouraged me to come to USCL and apply for a tutoring position in the ASC. I’m so glad I did!! It is so rewarding to work with the students I’ve met here, as well as, to see and talk with some of my former students from Buford High School. With my 34 years of experience in teaching high school mathematics, I think I am able to communicate well with the students I encounter in the ASC.

Joshua Hunter

Subject Area: Chemistry, Spanish, and Writing. After completing my first two years of college at USCL, I graduated from USC in May 2015 with a BA in philosophy. I am currently a graduate student at Columbia International University, pursuing an MA in theological studies with a concentration in Koine Greek. Because I was homeschooled for a number of years, I had no idea of what to expect when I began college, but I had a very rewarding, productive experience at USCL, and I learned a great deal about which direction I wanted to take as a student. I thoroughly enjoy working as a tutor in the ASC, which I have been doing for the past four years. I tutor writing, Spanish, and general chemistry, and I have a unique interest for each of these subjects. There are few things I enjoy more than helping students succeed academically in areas which challenge them, and I often find that I learn quite a bit during the process as well. Whenever I’m outside the classroom, I enjoy jogging, weightlifting, playing bass guitar, and researching medieval philosophy.

Phyllis Jarvis

Subject Area: French and Writing. Having taught a French course at USC-L in spring 2012, I was pleased to be given a chance to tutor in the ASC. I missed teaching French and English students at Andrew Jackson High and am enjoying seeing and helping former students and meeting new ones. I have a BA degree from Western Carolina and a Master’s from Francis Marion plus 30 more hours from Winthrop. When I am not in the ASC, you will typically find me on the golf course, in my yard, reading a book, or out with friends. My husband and I like to travel and go as often as time and dollars permit! Baton Rouge is a regular visit for us since my daughter, her husband, and three great grandchildren live there. Drop by the ASC for me to help you with either French or writing.

Ryan McGee

Subject Area: Writing I was born in Matthews, NC but I grew up in Lancaster, SC.  I graduated from Lancaster High School in 2017 and enrolled at USCL in the fall of that year.  I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and plan on obtaining it entirely through USCL. I decided to become a writing tutor when I helped proofread some of my friends’ papers and they suggested that I should work in the ASC. I have been working in the ASC since the fall semester of 2018 and have enjoyed helping fellow students become more successful in their writing across various subjects.  So stop by and let me help with your writing needs.  Outside of the ASC, I enjoy playing pickup basketball, watching sports, and playing video games. I am also a USCL Peer Advisor and help with numerous campus activities such as Registration and Orientation.

Margeret Page

Subject Area:  Math I am originally from Wilmington, North Carolina where I received my BA degree from Wilmington College (currently UNCW).  While attending Wilmington College I met and married by husband, Samuel K. Page of Woodruff, SC.  Sam was an outstanding pitcher for Wilmington College and led them to a National Junior College National Championship.  Pursuing a career as a coach and athletic director, my husband and I moved to five different locations in North Carolina and South Carolina from 1967 to 1984– Wilmington, Charleston, Estill, Shallotte, and ended up at Buford High School in Lancaster in 1984.  We have three beautiful daughters and four wonderful grandchildren.  I started tutoring at USCL in the fall of 2017 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend and colleague of 26 years, Ann Garner, who also tutors math at USCL.  I have had a wonderful experience thus far tutoring in the Academic Success Center and the job has been instrumental in filling a huge void in my life.  I love working with students and helping them to understand the wonderful world of mathematics.