Academic Coaching

Meet Our Staff


Kristen Jennings

Coordinator/Instructional Specialist

Welcome to Academic Coaching! I am the Instructional Specialist for this service area. I work with students, coordinate Academic Coaching, and create professional development & training for our staff. I hold a Master's in English from Sonoma State University and a TESOL certificate from CSU San Bernardino. I love to read, and I did my Master's thesis on Steampunk Literature and its connection to 19th Century speculative fiction (like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells). Before going into education, I was a web designer and coached professional writers for academic publication.


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Adam Lenz

Instructional Assistant

Hi! My name is Adam, and I am an academic coach as well as science tutor here at LBCC. Before I worked in our Learning Center, I was an instructor at Oregon State, a K-12 teacher, a park ranger at Yellowstone, and an animal behavior scientist (that's where I met Fred, the giraffe in my photo). This background means that I can offer several specialties to any appointment you may have with me, including: 1.) helping with your confidence and anxiety as a learner, 2.) reading and note-taking skills to help your retention of science content, and 3.) tutoring related to biology or other introductory science courses. Any session you have with me will always be held in a safe and supportive format that seeks to help your specific needs. I spend most of my free time hiking, reading, and playing nerdy fantasy games (D&D anyone?). I look forward to seeing you in our Learning Center!

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Josh Stickrod

Instructional Assistant

Hey everyone, my name is Josh Stickrod and I’ve been with Academic Coaching since Fall 2021. I also work in LB’s Writing Center as a writing assistant. I am an LB alumnus, graduating from here in 2019 with degrees in English and Journalism. In Spring 2021, I graduated from Oregon State with a BA in English. As a former student that completed many of his prerequisites and core classes as a Roadrunner, I have a lot of first-hand knowledge in regards to the expectations of various courses and disciplines at the college. This, paired with my experience as a tutor, has given me a unique perspective on several different assignments and classes. I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with anyone looking to further their educational goals. In addition to education, I am also deeply passionate about literature and creative writing so I frequently read and write in my spare time. I also love movies, video games, hiking, and playing basketball, among other things.

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Charissa Stone

Instructional Assistant

Hi Everyone! My name is Charissa Stone and I am excited to be working in Academic Coaching at Linn-Benton. I also work as an Instructor teaching Communication. I enjoy learning about the student experience and hope to help students advocate for whatever they need to be successful on their academic journey. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with loved ones, cooking, baking, and traveling.

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