Meet the Main Campus ASC Staff
Dr. Bird graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in educational administration. While living in Michigan, her career included serving as a K-12 substitute teacher, a para-legal to a large law firm in Grand Rapids, and as a management trainer for Grand Rapids businesses, industries, and health organizations.
After moving to Florida, Dr. Bird began her career at Indian River State College (IRSC) as an adjunct teaching Student Success (SLS 1101) classes. She then became Coordinator of Project MODEM, a federal grant designed to enable parents to complete their high school education. In 1992, she became Department Chair of Learning Assistance which, at the time, included Developmental Education, Student Success, Center for Personalized Instruction (now Academic Support Center) and Assessment. Presently, she is Chair of the Academic Support Center (ASC), the College’s tutoring facility. She considers herself extremely lucky to work with such talented and dedicated individuals who focus on assisting students achieve their academic and personal goals.
For fun, Dr. Bird enjoys traveling with her husband and visiting their seven grandchildren.
If you visit the Academic Support Center (ASC), you might encounter Jason as one of the contact persons for the After School program, or you might meet him when he visits classrooms and information sessions to tell students about the ASC services.
Jason received his Associate of Arts degree from IRSC in 1996 and his Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Florida in 1998. After graduation, Jason was employed by Thompson Publishing and Prometric Testing, but his appreciation for the quality and commitment of the staff at IRSC brought him back as an employee.
Currently, as the ASC Learning Facilitator he provides support for and information about a variety of services offered by the ASC. He has sought to apply lessons from his academic studies to support those who are pursuing education as a means of furthering their own personal and career goals.
On his own time, Jason loves nothing better than spending time with his wife while delighting in the balmy Treasure Coast weather.
Stephanie serves at the STEM program coordinator for the Academic Support Center (ASC). In this role, she coordinates resources for student and instructor use in various math and science courses.
Stephanie has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Baldwin Wallace University, with minors in biology and chemistry, and a Master of Science degree in mathematics from New Mexico State University. She worked for The Aerospace Corporation for six years as a mathematician and engineer, specializing in data analysis, algorithm development, spectral phenomenology, image analysis, and hyperspectral image exploitation. After moving to Florida, Stephanie taught math at St. Lucie West Centennial High School for a year before transitioning to teaching math at IRSC. She began in July 2014 as the STEM program coordinator for the ASC.
Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and four children. She volunteers at Exponential Church in Port St. Lucie as the children's ministry director and business manager.
Sherise serves as the liaison between the Academic Support Center and Enrollment & Student Services.
Sherise was privileged to join the Indian River State College Instructional Advisement team in 2013. Prior to that, she was a middle school guidance counselor. She received her bachelor's degree from the State University of New York in Albany and her master's in guidance and counseling from Sage Graduate School in Troy, New York.
Sherise has worked in the field of education in various capacities for the past fifteen years. Her entire career has been devoted to guiding students toward their goals of achieving academic and personal success. She believes that all students have the ability to tap into their full potential to realize their dreams and enjoys being a part of that process.
As a counselor, Sherise is here to support students on their academic journey. Students are encouraged to contact her for assistance.
Ann has been employed for more than twenty-four years at IRSC, ten years part time and fourteen years full time -- nine of them in the ASC. After sixteen years, Ann was pleased to earn her Associate of Arts degree from IRSC in 2001.
One of the special privileges she experiences every day is witnessing the determination and the accomplishments of our students.
Married 38 years, she is a proud mother of two children and grandmother of one grandchild. Ann enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.