Integrity 1st Learning Support Solutions is dedicated to providing the highest quality of services for professionals and higher education students. Integrity is at the heart of our philosophies in every area.
Our approach to tutoring and professional development requires active participation on the part of the client with the foci on creating independence in and mastery of the learning process behind the material. Therefore, we emphasize the concepts and processes involved with an area rather than the specifics of an assignment in many cases. We use examples external to the assignment for practice and reinforcement so that you leave your session confident in your comprehension and application of the material you are studying and/or skill you are acquiring.
Our testing services are reflective of industry standards with proctors and managers who will treat you respectfully and patiently explain the processes. We will do our best to meet your needs and provide night and weekend options to work around your schedule.
For our learning center consulting clients, we offer contracts specific to your needs and budget. We want to provide you with the knowledge you need to run a fabulous center and a marketing approach that helps students, faculty, and administrators understand the importance of academic support services on students now and in the future.
While Integrity 1st LSS officially opened in March 2018, the owners possess a cumulative 60 years of experience in the higher education learning support services field.
Our objective with Integrity 1st Learning Support Solutions is to provide a supportive environment in which everyone learns according to their needs and to help each client become aware of the best ways to grow. We look forward to working with you!
Debbie Malewicki began as a peer tutor her freshman year of college at Roger Williams University and has worked in just about every position within a learning center over the years in public and private universities and within the Connecticut community college system.
For several years, Debbie served as associate director of the Writing Center at Norwalk Community College. In Jan. 2009, she became the director of the Center for Learning Resources (CLR) at the University of New Haven (UNH), a role she occupied through Feb. 2018.
While at UNH, Debbie and her staff earned the 2016 Program of Excellence Award through the Association for Tutoring Professionals. They also achieved College Reading and Association (CRLA) Levels I: Beginner, II: Advanced, and III: Master Tutor program certification and, in turn, trained and certified numerous staff.
Debbie earned the 2012 award in Excellence for Student and Faculty Support at the University of New Haven, given to one staff member annually for outstanding efforts and results. She was also featured as the February 2018 "Tutor of the Month" through the National Tutoring Association.
Debbie is a regular presenter at national conferences such as for the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), Association for Tutoring Professionals (ATP), National Tutoring Association (NTA), and the Association for Colleges for Teaching and Learning Assistance (ACTLA). She holds a current membership with each group. Debbie also has presented at regional conferences for the New England Peer Tutoring Association (NEPTA) and the ACE Women's Leadership Network. She is an active contributor on the LRNASST-listserv.
Rebecca DeBiase is currently a J.D. Candidate, 2020, at Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Rebecca earned her B.S. in Legal Studies and minors in Psychology and Political Science from the University of New Haven. While at the University of New Haven, Rebecca began tutoring as a sophomore in the University's Center for Learning Resources where she also worked as a Senior Administrative Assistant.
As a peer tutor, Rebecca co-presented at the New England Peer Tutoring Association Annual Conference twice on effective communication and how to handle difficult tutoring sessions.
At Quinnipiac, Rebecca is on the editorial board of the Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal. She also serves as the president of the Women's Law Society, the Family & Juvenile Law Society, and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society. Rebecca is a fellow for the Center on Dispute Resolution as well as a research associate at a private law firm focusing on employment, education, personal injury, and family matters.
Professor NIcolas Zoghb holds a B. S. and an M. S. in Electrical Engineering. He's taught Math, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and other courses at several local institutions including the University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University, and the University of Bridgeport. Professor Zoghb also possesses several years of industry experience as an electrical engineer in addition to over 30 years as a higher ed. tutor. He has also worked as a proctor in the testing field for several years and edits technical manuals on occasion. He won the Center for Learning Resources award for "Outstanding Professional Tutor" through the University of New Haven.