Leech Lake Student Tutor Earns National Honors

Aug 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 22-1: Native Activism, Fall 2010, Tribal College News

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC, Cass Lake, MN)) student Lynda Morrison was honored at the Association for the Tutoring Profession (ATP) national conference in New Orleans on March 31, 2010. The ATP is a nationwide organization that provides resources and professional development for tutors and those involved in learning assistance. Morrison was selected as the ATP . of the Year from a pool of candidates representing two-year and four-year colleges and universities across the country.

The Peer Tutor of the Year Award honors students who are innovative in their approach to tutoring and who go above and beyond the normal duties of tutoring. Morrison is a second-year student studying Liberal Education with a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) emphasis. She graduated from LLTC in May.
Her tutoring was often about how to be a successful student—that is, teaching others how to learn, instead of just focusing on what to study. This emphasis has proven vital to the success of LLTC’s Learning Center.

Morrison also initiated a Talking Circle that gave students a comfortable forum to discuss challenges they faced, helping them overcome their problems and enabling them to focus during their tutoring sessions. In addition to her work at the Learning Center, Morrison has volunteered her time and money, tutoring middle school and high school students in remote reservation communities.

Last year, Morrison was elected to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Congress as the Great Lakes regional representative. In February, she visited Capitol Hill to advocate for better funding for tribal colleges.

After receiving the award, Morrison gave special thanks to LLTC Learning Center Director Deborah LeClaire and her fellow peer tutors, who she said were integral to her success, offered her support, and were “like her family.”

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