The CAP Team

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Kristina Clark, M.S.

Director
SSC 265

Kristina Clark serves as the Director of  the Center for Academic Performance. She earned her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and a Masters of Science in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas. She has worked in higher education since 1999 and has been in the Center for Academic Performance since 2011. Kristina has extensive experience in providing accommodations for students with disabilities and training for assistive technology. She has worked with multiple universities and community campuses to provide training and consultation of services for students with disabilities. Kristina also has experience working in multiple capacities within the Center for Academic Performance including assisting students with academic counseling, tutor training, and testing coordination.

 

Kristina is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and reach their highest potential.

 

Strengths: Relator, Responsibility, Arranger, Intellection, Adaptability

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Dalenesia Kendrick, M.Ed.

Assistant Director
SSC 264

Dalenesia serves as the Assistant Director in the Center for Academic Performance and has worked in higher education for ten years. Her experience has included retention programs, residence life, academic advising and teaching first year orientation courses. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a Masters of Education in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.

 

Dalenesia enjoys helping students navigate through school so they can successfully reach their goals toward graduation and beyond.

 

Strengths: Relator, Adaptability, Maximizer, Arranger, Positivity

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Shannon Belden, M.A.

Senior Learning Specialist
SSC 263

Shannon has been working with students for 12 years. Her experience includes reading and writing tutoring, medical scribe recruiting and training, second language tutoring, and university library work. She aspires to help students work toward academic success by focusing on individual strengths and weaknesses, self-care, and strategic study habits. She hopes to help students build behaviors that will aid them in their lives through school and beyond. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre from Texas Christian University and a Masters in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

 

Shannon is passionate about building relationships and supporting students as they deal with the challenges of their academic careers.

 

Strengths: Context, Input, Learner, Responsibility, Intellection

Grace Colby

Grace Colby, M.Ed.

Learning Specialist
SSC 262

Grace serves as a Learning Specialist in the Center for Academic Performance and has worked in higher education since 2015. Her experience has includes conduct, first-year programs, leadership and service programs, risk management, and fraternity and sorority life. She enjoys working with students to develop plans based on their strengths and long-term goals. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Tarleton State University and a Masters of Education Higher Education from the University of North Texas.

 

Grace is passionate about connecting with students to the resources they need to be successful in their professional, academic, and personal lives.

 

Strengths: Restorative, Intellection, Developer, Arranger, Context

Pam Pleasant

Pam Pleasant

Learning Specialist
SSC 261

Pam serves as a Learning Specialist in the Center for Academic Performance. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in education from Texas Wesleyan University. Pam started working in education in 1994 where she began as a teacher before moving into higher education. Her experience in higher education started as a recruiter advising on best practices for a competitive applicant to now guiding in solutions for academic success.

 

Pam knows the value of education and aspires to assist all students as they navigate the journey to reach their career dreams while supporting them in the challenges along the way.

 

Strengths: Empathy, Individualization, Communication, Strategic, Arranger

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Brittney Bell, M.Ed.

Tutoring Services Associate
SSC 260

Brittney serves as the Tutoring Services Associate for the Center for Academic Performance and has worked in higher education for the last three years. Her experience includes working with retention programs, peer-mentoring programs, and student development initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Sciences and a Masters of Higher Education Administration from the University of North Texas.

 

Brittney is passionate about building relationships and connecting with students. She feels that empowering students to reach their goals, ultimately sets them up for success.

 

Strengths: Relator, Harmony, Input, Restorative, Ideation

Natalie Thomas

Natalie Thomas, M.Ed.

Writing Services Coordinator
SSC

Natalie serves as the Writing Coordinator for the Center for Academic Performance, and has worked with students of all ages for almost 20 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English, and Masters in Education in Reading and Writing Concentration from Texas Wesleyan University. Her experiences range from teaching at the secondary level to academically advising students in the TRIO Upward Bound Programs. Her studies have centered around inspiring the reluctant reader and writer, learning the science behind reading and writing, and incorporating literacy into the STEM fields.

 

Natalie has a passion for literacy, and strives to build confidence in every student who might doubt his or her writing ability.

 

Strengths: Deliberative, Input, Consistency, Competition, Intellection