Dr. Donald Pearl
Dr. Donald Pearl has 28 years of experience in higher education as a professor of physics and mathematics and as an academic administrator. He has primarily taught the introductory courses in physics, pre-calculus, and calculus at a number of colleges in his career and particularly enjoys working with first and second year students. Additionally, he has worked with many programs that provide tutoring and academic skill development, which promotes student success and graduation. Most recently he was responsible for the Complete College Georgia initiatives of Georgia Perimeter College and supervised the advising offices, tutoring centers, and dual enrollment program.
Dr. Pearl received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he investigated the dissociative electron attachment process in monochloroalkanes . Additionally, he has an M.S. in Mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
His interests include traveling to historical locations, reading fiction, and playing guitar.
Liz brings 10 years of academic coaching experience to the Center and is a certified Strengths based Mentor and Advisor in higher education. She coordinates the academic coaching program, success workshops, CAS website, and the Reboot program. In addition, she instructs GT2100 course for students on their path to academic recovery. With her background in Student Development and Cultures, she is an avid proponent of the Learning Partnerships Model and utilizes this theoretical framework in practice. She believes that in our work with students’ we should validate their capacity to know, mutually construct knowledge, and situate learning within their experience.
Throughout her career in higher education, Ms. Kazungu has worked closely with students to make the most of their transition through college. In addition to serving as an academic advisor, academic coach, and career counselor, she has worked with undecided students, domestic students studying abroad in East Africa, assisted with pre-departure orientation at the US Embassy in Nairobi, assisted pre-health and pre-law students, and advised student organizations. The highlight of her career was meeting Oprah and spending time with her in Australia. When she’s not at work, Liz works on philanthropic efforts related to education. She enjoys movies, theater, cultural outings, watching the Oprah channel, and time with friends and family.
Liz earned her MS in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Miami University of Ohio and a BA in Communication Media with a Minor in Theater from Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.
Justin Boone earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalton State College and an Master's of Science in Mathematics from Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the Center for Academic Success, he worked in Georgia Tech's School of Math as a graduate teaching assistant. Justin has been an instructor for CAS's Tech Prep program, and he strives to maximize the benefits that students receive from their college experience.
Outside of work, Justin's interests include reading, camping, fishing, and learning.
Fiona Brantley earned her M.A. in English from Rutgers State University and her B.A. in Literature, Linguistics and Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). She has an extensive record of achievement and professionalism in the field of higher education, training and educational assessment as well as demonstrated expertise in student success programs.
Prior to becoming a part of the Center for Academic Success, Fiona was the Director of Supplemental Instruction at Kennesaw State University and a Senior Lecturer in English. She believes in and has repeatedly experienced the power of various academic support interventions to positively impact students academically, socially and emotionally. Students who receive the support and students who help provide the support come away changed and better because of these experiences.
Family is very important to Fiona and her new-born grandson is a source of unbound love and delight. She also loves the arts – music, singing and drama in particular. To quote Shakespeare, “If music be the food of love, play on . . . ”
Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC
Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has over ten years of experience working with high school and college students in the areas of recruitment, retention, and student development at private and public universities. Beatriz is currently a Learning Specialist/ Academic Coach at Georgia Tech where she provides individualized academic coaching to students who want to improve their study strategies. She always looks forward to meeting new students and learning about their interests and aspirations.
Beatriz's teaching experience includes GT1000: First-Year Seminar, GT 2100: Seminar on Academic Success, and most recently CETL 2001: Fundamentals of Peer Tutoring. As it relates to her work, her areas of specialty are in intrinsic student motivation, self-efficacy, and peer support.
Beatriz is certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Beatriz was born in Colombia and enjoys traveling to places, near and far.
Savitra Dow is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communications with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Center for Academic Success, Savitra worked as a premedia specialist/emerging technology developer at Perfect Image in Marietta, Georgia. She is no stranger to the academic setting. While at Clemson, she worked in the Department of Campus Life as a reservationist and student manager. Savitra finds it gratifying to serve, support and meet the lifelong learning needs of students.
Aside from work, Savitra serves the community as a dedicated volunteer for Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.) of Greater Atlanta as a peer tutor. She supports the organization’s mission by inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. She enjoys volunteering for an organization that promotes academics, character and success for our youth.