Director of Tutoring and Testing & Razor's Edge Shark Teach Program Coordinator
Hello, my name is Cortney Stein. I am a born and raised South Floridian, who has always had a passion for learning and reading. During my undergraduate studies at FIU, I was fortunate to be exposed to many different subjects and topics while earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts. I started my career at NSU in the University Call Center in 2002. It was during my time in that office that my passion for helping students, education, and writing drove me to complete my graduate degree here at NSU. I earned an M.A. in Writing, and then started working in the Tutoring and Testing Center in 2010.
One of the best parts of my job is getting to work closely with so many students. As I was forming my educational and professional goals and philosophies during my own schooling, I made many mentors in the supportive and interesting faculty and staff I met. Getting to be a part of that experience for students here at NSU is one of my favorite aspects of my role. I believe in fostering a creative, intellectual curiosity in students that fuels their passion to learn and explore the world beyond the obvious.
Assistant Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
Hello! My name is Melissa Villalobos. I was born and raised in sunny South Florida. I received my Bachelor’s in English with a minor in Gender Studies right here at Nova Southeastern University. While an undergraduate, I was inspired by several members of the faculty to pursue my Master’s in English, which I later completed at Florida Atlantic University. During my graduate studies, I taught First-Year Writing courses, worked as a writing consultant, and acted as a community workshop speaker. My experiences both inside and outside the classroom showed me how important it is that students have access to academic support and that these services are equipped to meet their needs.
As an NSU alumna, I was thrilled to continue my career as a Shark and contribute to the resources that were so instrumental to me during my undergraduate career. As Assistant Director of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, I work to provide the best tools and training possible for tutors and SI Leaders, who are such pivotal members of our academic support team. I find it very rewarding to be part of the academic support system that assists students to timely graduation and rewarding careers.
Assistant Director of Testing and Academic Success
Hello, my name is Stephanie Soto. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Business Management with a minor in Legal Studies. During my time at UCF, I was able to participate and work in college student affairs; this developed my passion for working in a university setting. I went on to pursue my Master of Science in Higher Education Administration at Florida International University. I worked at FIU within Residential Life for 2 years and as an Academic Advisor for 4 years. At the beginning of 2018, I began my role as the Tutoring and Testing Center’s Assistant Director of Testing and Academic Success at Nova Southeastern University.
I enjoy helping students in their pursuit of personal, academic, and career goals. I hope to connect students with the many resources available that can help them during their time at Nova Southeastern University.
Wendy van Woerden
I have been at Nova since March of 2013. I retired from Entenmann’s Bakery after working for them in a managerial capacity for over 32 years. My career in higher education started at Broward College where I worked part time as a proctor in their testing center. I absolutely loved working with students and the professors there. With that experience under my belt, when the opportunity arose to join NSU as the Administrative Assistant in Testing Services, I jumped at the chance and I love it as much as I thought I would. I really enjoy helping the students and it is my goal to take some of the stress out of their test taking experience here at the center.
I have been blessed with 3 wonderful daughters and my first grandchild, a grandson, arrived this past February and he is my heart. My husband and I have been members of the BMW Car Club of America for many years, and we go to their yearly Oktoberfest events all over the United States and I love it. Some of the things I really enjoy are walking, reading and evening picnic dinners on the beach with my husband and I am starting classes here at NSU in the fall.
Graduate Assistant for Razor’s Edge Shark Teach and Supplemental Instruction
Hello! My name is Maria Gamio. I was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and I moved to South Florida shortly after. I completed my undergraduate education at Florida International University with a dual major in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies. I’ve been working with students for approximately 10 years in a variety of capacity. Most recently, I taught as a 5th Grade Math and Science teacher, and I am currently pursuing a Masters in College Student Affairs.
I’ve always been passionate about student development and through all of my experiences have found a real love for helping students find a path that works best for them. I look forward to working with the wonderful myriad of students that Nova Southeastern University has to offer.