Staff Report

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College student Jamie Cousineau has been named an "Outstanding Tutor" by the Learning Assistance Association of New England.

Organized in 1983 as a regional affiliate of the National Association for Developmental Education, LAANE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the acceptance, advancement, and improvement of developmental education through research and practice.

Cousineau, who was honored at the organization’s 30th annual conference in Greenfield, Mass., this month, is a senior majoring in psychology and a student leader, or community advisor on campus.

According to the college, Cousineau is an outstanding student and an active member of the college’s TRiO Student Support Service program in the Center for Teaching and Learning.

As a TRiO student, Cousineau has taken advantage of tutoring, career counseling, and cultural enrichment activities.

Two years ago, Cousineau decided to give back to the program by becoming a tutor.

After completing her tutor training, Cousineau also became a skilled course apprentice for SVC’s Anatomy and Physiology stretch class, according to the release. That class allows students who could benefit from additional support and time to take the course over two semesters.

"Jamie developed into a peer leader, who led laboratories and proposed alternate ideas that helped the students learn difficult concepts," said Dr. Jennifer Ufnar, who teaches the A&P stretch class.

According to the college, Cousineau has already started thinking of ways she and Dr. Ufnar can share with next year’s LAANE conference participants what they have undertaken in the A&P stretch class.