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Academic Support Center

Main Office
Building 39, Rm 111| phone 202.274.5938

Helping students excel through tutoring, skill-building workshops, and resource referrals


Meet the ASC Tutors

Andrea Rachael White - Writing & Spanish

Andrea Rachael White is a native of Northern New York state, a graduate of South Glens Falls Sr. High School, and has been an undergraduate in the University of the District of Columbia since 2008. Ms. White is the current Vice President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, and President of the Literary Club; in 2010 she was selected for the Norma Holloway and Julius A. Johnson Scholarship, and in 2011, she received the Verizon Scholarship. Ms. White has nearly a decade of teaching and tutoring experience in multiple contexts, and she has been a Peer Tutor in the Academic Support Center (formerly The Writing Center) since January 2010.

Amanda S. Porter - Writing

Amanda S. Porter is a graduate of Howard University where she received her B.A. in Business Management as well as an M.A. in Mass Communication and Media. She is now pursuing a second degree in Music at the University of the District of Columbia. Her tutoring focus is in the area of APA research writing.

Arnold Thomas Bigger - Writing

Arnold Thomas Bigger is a native of Washington, DC, a graduate of the DCPS’s School Without Walls, and has been an undergraduate at the University of the District of Columbia since 2007. He is majoring in English with a focus on education and nonprofit leadership. Mr. Bigger is the current President of the UDC Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, a Member of the UDC Theta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international Honor Society in Education, and was selected as the recipient of the 2010-2011 Paul Phillips Cooke Scholarship by the UDC Teacher Education Program. Mr. Bigger has also been a Project Leader for the UDC Office of Community-Based Learning, Research, and Service Civic Engagement Corps since July 2010, served as a Peer Tutor for the UDC 2009 Summer Bridge First Year Experience Program, and has been a Peer Tutor for the Academic Support Center (formerly The Writing Center) since January 2008.

Awet Kidane - Math

Awet Kidane was born Ethiopia, a country that is full of numerous cultures due to its unique geographical location in the Horn of Africa. He entered UDC in 2006 and is now a senior in the Electrical Engineering department. He loves playing soccer, but has taken time off due to his heavy study load. However, he finds the sacrifice worthwhile and especially enjoys sharing his love of mathematics with the students he tutors.

Catalina Peele- Spanish

Catalina Peele is a native of Paraguay and the proud mother of three wonderful children, who were her first students. Currently she is a junior at UDC majoring in Spanish, which she has tutored at the university since 2009. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree in Linguistics after graduation and hopes to one day serve as a counselor.

Iris Maroundou - Math, French

Iris Zéllia Maroundou is an international student from Gabon, a small country located in Central West Africa. After graduating from high school, she moved to the US in November 2005 and mastered English at The International Language Institute (ILI). Then in August 2006, she enrolled in the business program at Montgomery College where she graduated in May 2009. She is now majors in Finance at the University of the District of Columbia and assists students with Algebra, Calculus, statistics, and French.

Ollo Jean-Bosco Pooda - French

Ollo Jean-Bosco Pooda is a junior majoring in Business Management and Finance. He is a native francophone from Burkina-Faso in West Africa, where he earned a baccalaureate degree in accounting from the University of Ouagadougou. Because of his extensive experience with learning in a foreign language, first at La Roche College and later at University of District of Columbia, he is sensitive to the needs of students trying to master the French language. And as evidence of his dedication to both learning and teaching, Mr. Pooda is also a member Phi Sigma Theta National Honor Society.

Philip Dubois - Writing

Philip Dubois is a native of the sunny Fort Lauderdale and is currently a junior Biological Science major at the University of the District of Columbia. In addition to working as writing tutor in the Academic Support Center, he holds a position as Managing Editor of UDC’s student publication, The Trilogy, and serves as a research analyst for LegacyForHealth, a non-profit organization whose focus is ending smoking. Moreover, Philip is a strong advocate for civic responsibility, justice and community leadership so he regularly volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in northeast DC as well as volunteers with SOME, a community-based organization that offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to caring for the poor and homeless.

Regmi Prakash - Math

I was born and raised in Chitwan, Nepal, which is a beautiful country in Asia. I enjoy sports and drawing, but have always maintained high academic standards. After completing college in my native country I chose to further my education at The University of the District of Columbia by pursing degrees in Mechanical and Computer Engineering. Leaving Nepal was not an easy decision to make, but I do not regret it.

My studies have gone smoothly so far. In addition, I have been involved in tutoring mathematics, science and engineering to students in K-12 as well as college level students. I am also doing an internship in DC WASA and I am eager to find more learning opportunities. Most importantly, I enjoy life to the fullest and this positive attitude brings out the best in me and my overall approach to tutoring.

Office Hours
ASC's hours of operation change each semester. Please call 274.5938 for the latest schedule.

Walk-in tutorials are for up to 30 minutes. For longer tutorials, please call 202.274.5938 or email