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UWM-AOC Instructors' Profiles

Dr. Karen P Baker

Linda Chesky

Ludmila Dementiva

Dr. Angie Izard

Irina Kleyman

Christine Klingbiel

James Stoner

Mary Walz-Chojnacki



Dr. Karen P. Baker


UWM AOC Dr. Karen P. Baker
Dr. Baker is a chocoholic who hails from Cincinnati, OH. She is responsible for the AOC's instructional activities. She has worked as a resident assistant, band camp counselor, resident director, Student Support Services program coordinator/academic advisor, graduate faculty associate professor, and postsecondary education consultant for the U.S. Department of Education. She is married with two children enrolled in local colleges. Dr. Baker is passionate about helping students realize their collegiate dreams just as she was helped to achieve her own.

Education:
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., Miami University(OH)
B.S., University of Rio Grande(OH)


Assistant Director of Instruction
Office: Mitchell 165C
Phone: (414) 229-3748
E-mail: bakerkp@uwm.edu


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Linda Chesky


UWM AOC Linda Chesky
Linda Chesky became a writer in first grade when the principal handed her a stapled stack of paper and said, "Now you're going to write the stories." She has learned much about the joys and challenges of writing since then, and shares those lessons with her students.

A Milwaukee native, Ms. Chesky first came to AOC as a class assistant in the mid 1980s and rejoined the program in 2001. Along the way, she taught high school and college English, wrote grant proposals, supervised parenting programs, and helped McNair Scholars with their research writing. She teaches English 095, 101, and 102 and has also taught in AOC's summer Bridge program. As a first generation college student who balanced single parenting with earning her master's degree, she knows what it takes to succeed and appreciates the drive and motivation of her students. She loves the energy, diversity, and community that AOC instructors, advisors, students, and staff create together.

Ms. Chesky has a daughter, two greyhounds, and too many books. She believes the best thing you can do in college is challenge your comfort level, her hair has been this color since she was an undergraduate, and her guilty pleasure is sports talk radio, especially the Petros and Money Show. She knows that writing is hard but satisfying work: she spent two hours writing and revising this bio!

Education:
M.A., Marquette University
B.A., Carroll College


Senior Lecturer - English
Office: Mitchell 185D
Phone: (414) 229-3760
E-mail: lchesky@uwm.edu


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Ludmila Dementiva


UWM AOC Ludmila Dementiva
For 11 years in the AOC, I have worked with a population of students with various levels in Mathematics, different learning styles as well as students with diverse cultural backgrounds. My mission in teaching is to promote the learning of the subject matter, and at the same time help students learn to think logically, as well as learn problem-solving methods and techniques. In addition, I help my students to see course material in both a historical context and its application in the real world and to actual problems. My most important golden rule is "work together with the student towards a common goal while putting your entire soul into teaching".

Education:
M.S., Mathematics, Moldova


Senior Lecturer - Math
Office: Mitchell 165A
Phone: (414) 229-3786
E-mail: ldement@uwm.edu


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Dr. Angie Izard


UWM AOC Dr. Angie Izard
Dr. Angie Izard teaches Educational Psychology 100. Dr. Izard received her undergraduate and Masters Degrees from the UWM School of Education and her Doctorate degree in Education from Cardinal Stritch University. She started teaching for the Academic Opportunity Center in 2004. In addition to teaching on campus for almost 8 years, she was also a UWM program manager for 10 years.

Education:
Ph.D., Education, Cardinal Stritch University
M.S., Adult Education Administration, UW-Milwaukee


Lecturer - Educational Psychology
Office: Mitchell 165D
Phone: (414) 229-2397
E-mail: adizard@uwm.edu


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Irina Kleyman


UWM AOC Irina Kleyman
I have 47 years of teaching experience, love to teach and work with students who needs my help. I hope students feel comfortable in my classes and are not afraid to ask questions. My goal is to give students good knowledge in mathematics the best way I can. Studying psychology is my hobby - I like to give students advice on how to improve their memory skills and how to be successful in math.

Education:
M.S., Mathematics, Russia


Lecturer - Math
Office: Mitchell 165E
Phone: (414) 229-3959
E-mail: irinak@uwm.edu


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Christine Klingbiel


UWM AOC Christine Klingbiel
Christine Klingbiel is a senior lecturer for the AOC program. She has taught the range of English composition courses (090, 095, 101 & 102) for the English department and AOC program at UWM since 1997. She is also an active writer of both academic and creative writing. An academic essay has most recently been published in the book, Hermione Granger Saves the World (2012, McFarland), and short stories in Twisted Ink, Doorways, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. As a published author, she focuses her classes on rhetorical awareness and strategies. She does not believe in natural talent but rather that anyone can become a good writer. Talent =interest & skill. Her teaching style is student centered and collaborative. She loves her Sheba Inu puppy and Nutella, hates centipedes and mean people.

Education:
M.A., English, Composition and Rhetoric, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
M.A., English, Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.A., English, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Senior Lecturer - English
Office: Mitchell 167B
Phone: (414) 229-3762
E-mail: klingc@uwm.edu


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James Stoner


UWM AOC James Stoner
I have been a psychiatric specialist in the Army, a group home counselor and supervisor, and a Program Director for a department of over 100 staff treating children with behavior and cognitive disabilities as well mental illnesses. I have been teaching since 1997 and have been here at UWM since Fall 2005. My students are very important to me. My ability as a teacher relies not only on how I go about teaching critical reading, writing and thinking, but in how I can motivate my students to give their very best, while treating them as independent adults. As part of my role here in AOC, I co-coordinated the Bridge program from 2009 through 2012, was a Senator-at-Large from 2009-2011, and a member of the Academic Staff Orientation Committee from 2009-2012. I am also a Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Trainer. I often conduct forums and professional development activities for my peers. I teach English 095, 101, and 102. I have a lovely wife and five kids ranging from age six (twins) to nineteen.

Education:
Masters in Liberal Studies from UWM
Masters of Arts in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from UWM


Lecturer - English
Office: Mitchell 185B
Phone: (414) 229-2410
E-mail: jwstoner@uwm.edu


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Mary Walz-Chojnacki


UWM AOC Mary Walz-Chojnacki
I have deep roots in the Milwaukee community and I am committed to promoting student success at UWM. I believe that when students clarify their goals, identify their strengths and seek the necessary support , they will achieve their dreams. My goal is to assist students with this process by offering knowledge and practice for academic success in college.

Education:
M.S., Curriculum and Instruction, UW-Madison
B.S., Education, Marquette University


Senior Lecturer - Educational Psychology
Office: Mitchell 185A
Phone: (414) 229-6040
E-mail: marywc@uwm.edu


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