Annette Oliva enjoys helping people whether she’s volunteering in the community or working with students in OCC’s Learning Center. “I love meeting new students and developing semester-long relationships with my regulars,” she said. In recognition of her outstanding service Oliva has been named the Learning Center’s “Tutor of the Month” for September. She tutors most of the general biology courses including Microbiology, Genetics and Anatomy & Physiology.
Oliva brings a lengthy record of success in service professions to campus. She earned a degree in health education from Ithaca College, then served as a caseworker with Child Protective Services. Oliva also owned and operated a child care center in Cicero for 20 years. When she decided to attend graduate school Oliva realized she needed to refresh her science and statistics classes. She did so both at Le Moyne College and here at OCC.
Today she is a volunteer at St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Rescue Mission. At St. Joe’s she has given more than 1,000 hours, helping families whose loved ones are undergoing resuscitation. At the Rescue Mission Oliva helped paint and refresh the food pantry. She goes there often to keep it organized and stocked. She also interacts with clients and helps them make healthy food choices for themselves and their families.
“I really enjoy service professions. In particular, I love teaching and tutoring and I love working at the Learning Center,” she said. Congratulations to Annette Oliva, September’s “Tutor of the Month!”