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
Hello, my name is Wendy van Woerden. I have been working at Nova Southeastern University since March of 2013 after a long career in a managerial position with Entenmann’s Bakery. Recently, I have completed my undergraduate studies here at NSU with a major in Business Management.
My career in higher education started at Broward College where I worked part time as a proctor in their testing center. Soon after I joined the NSU family as the Administrative Coordinator at the Testing Center.
I absolutely love working with students and the professors here. 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.
Graduate Assistant for Razor’s Edge Shark Teach and Supplemental Instruction
Hello! My name is Mallely Rodriguez. I was born and raised right here in South Florida, where I studied and received a bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education at Broward College. During my undergraduate studies, I learned about the education system while focusing on diverse populations such as Title 1 schools, autism clusters and alternative specialized schools. I was also able to expand my knowledge at Junior Achievement of South Florida, a non-profit experiential learning center which educates over 10,000 K-12 Broward County students a year in financial literacy and personal finance curriculum. In both my time earning my bachelors and working for an educational non-profit I have been able to grow my passion and I hope to apply my knowledge through pursuing a Master’s in College Student Affairs at Nova Southeastern University.
The best part about working with students is helping in any way I can and I find purpose in guiding students to academic achievement through their own growth and potential. In my own journey and experiences, I have learned that students can reach new heights of success as long as they have the resources and support available. As a graduate assistant, it is my personal goal to provide all that is needed for each student to reach heights unimagined.