Graduate Assistants

Bobby Lith

Bobby Lith

Bobby Lith provides individualized support as an Academic Coach with the Rinella Learning Center and teaches EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success, an undergraduate course that supports students in the assessment of their academic standing, evaluation of their action planning, and determination in skills-based learning strategies that align with their learning styles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication from California State University, Long Beach, with concentrations in nonverbal communication, interviewing theory and techniques, and qualitative research methods. He is working toward earning his master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University. His research interests include non-traditional student pathways, college access, bridge, and transition programming, and instructional and curriculum design. He loves visual and performance art and sees culinary art as a way of creating a connection through cuisine.

Email: litha@miamioh.edu 

Sarah Grace McCollough

Sarah Grace McCollough

Sarah Grace McCollough serves as a graduate assistant in the Rinella Learning Center (RLC). Her responsibilities include academic coaching, supporting Supplemental Instruction, and instructing EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Cincinnati Christian University. After graduation, she worked as a Language Arts teacher and the First-Year Experience Coordinator at CCU. She is working toward earning her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. When not working at Miami, she performs and directs with local theatre companies and runs her own home made craft business. Sarah Grace aspires to be a student affairs professional in the near future and has interests in first-year experience, college readiness, academic advising, orientation, and bridge and transition programs.

Email: mccollsg@miamioh.edu

Valerie Olivares

Valerie Olivares

Valerie Olivares is a graduate assistant serving as an Academic Coach for the Rinella Learning Center. Through academic coaching, she provides guidance as students navigate the University system, develop and monitor progress toward appropriate goals, and make thoughtful decisions about their education. Additionally, she helps students develop effective organizational skills, learning strategies, and time management techniques. Valerie also teaches a section of EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success to help students develop greater awareness of their thought processes, study behaviors, and learning strategies. Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration: Management from California State University, Chico. Currently, she is working toward her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). Upon the completion of her degree, she aspires to be a student affairs professional in an area of interest, which include the following: academic advising, holistic advising, career planning and development, first-generation initiatives, and student support services.

Email: olivarv@miamioh.edu 

J Ravancho

J Ravancho

J Ravancho is currently serving as an Academic Coach to help provide one-on-one support for students who express desire on improving their study strategies. Additionally, he helps to coordinate the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program, where he leads, trains, and hires SI Leaders. J also teaches a section of EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success and EDT 310B: Applications of Peer Education for the incoming SI Leaders. Outside of his main tasks and small projects for the Rinella Learning Center, J is currently pursuing his M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University. Previous education includes a B.S. in Commerce with a focus on Small Business Management, a Thematic Sequence in Race and Criminal Justice, as well as a certificate in Customer Service from Miami University. Current research interests are First-Generation Student Retention Rates amongst Institutional Types according to the Carnegie Classification System, Prevalence of Identity in Student Leadership, and Student Development. J Ravancho aspires to work in Student Affairs as a professional in the potential areas of Academic Advising, Academic Support, Enrollment Management, and Student Activities/Leadership.

Email: ravancrr@miamioh.edu

Cody Sallee

Cody Sallee

Cody Sallee is a graduate assistant serving as an Academic Coach for the Rinella Learning Center. Through academic coaching, he helps students navigate the University system, develop and monitor progress toward goals, and make decisions about their education. Additionally, he helps students develop organization skills, goal setting skills, and time management techniques. Cody also teaches a section of EDT 110: Learning Strategies for College Success which helps students develop greater awareness of their thought processes, study behaviors, and learning strategies. Cody earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Idaho in 2018. He is currently a first-year master's student in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE). Before coming to Miami University, Cody traveled the United States as a consultant for his fraternity. He hopes to blend his professional experiences and what he learns in the SAHE program to better serve his students.

Email: salleecm@miamioh.edu

Jacqlyn Schott

Jacqlyn Schott

As a graduate assistant for the Rinella Learning Center, Jacqlyn Schott serves as an Academic Coach to provide one-on-one support for students. Along with providing academic guidance like testing and note taking strategies, she also loves connecting those things to having success in other areas outside of the classroom. Jacqlyn has always been passionate about helping others and guiding them along their journeys which is why she’s very excited to be obtaining her master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) here at Miami University. Though she’s from Fairfield, Ohio, her bachelor degrees in English (Literary Studies and Creative Writing concentrations) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies came from Otterbein University in the “quiet, peaceful village” of Westerville, Ohio in 2013. Jacqlyn aspires to continue with her passions by working with diversity/inclusion/equity initiatives and incorporating her love for theatre and other “nerdy” pursuits like Dungeons & Dragons into her professional life to make growth and learning more approachable to students.

Email: schottj@miamioh.edu 

Jacinta Spinola

Jacinta Spinola

Jacinta Spinola serves as a graduate assistant in the Rinella Learning Center as an Academic Coach providing one-on-one support for students who need guidance in anything from learning and test-taking strategies to success outside the classroom. Jacinta’s main priority is helping students to achieve their goals, both academically and professionally. She values the connection and relationship that she can build with students along with celebrating their victories, both big and small. Jacinta has made the change from being a high school classroom teacher after obtaining her bachelor’s in Secondary English Education from Miami University in 2013, moving toward being a professional in the collegiate setting as she works to earn her master’s in Student Affairs in Higher Education. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion, multiracial students, study abroad, and sexuality education.

Email: spinolja@miamioh.edu