Russell Scholars Program

Meet Our TAs

TAs . . .

are selected for their academic strengths as well as their readiness to interact in a leadership role with new students in first year classes.  RSP 100: College Writing fulfills the University Core requirement for writing, giving students opportunities to practice drafting, revision, peer review, research, and multimodal projects.  RSP 103: Community, Culture, Environment is a co-taught course that focuses on complex global issues while exploring opportunities for individuals to better the world.  TAs may contribute in class, assist with study sessions, and help teach new technologies.  They are friendly, knowledgeable liaisons who have recently completed these courses themselves.  

JOSH PELLAND, Senior TA for RSP 100 College Writing 

I’m a Mathematics major/Chemistry minor who plans to teach high school. I’m looking forward to graduating as a Russell Scholar. The past two spring semesters, I mentored a middle school student through the partnership between the Russell Scholars Program and Gorham Middle School. I’m from Bolton, Massachusetts, where I grew up with three older siblings. At USM I’ve found a variety of ways to enjoy myself—from being an officer in the chemistry club and gaming club to playing intramural sports and exploring Gorham and Portland. When I’m not at USM, I enjoy being outside biking, fishing, and hiking with friends and family.


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JORDANNA FORD, TA for RSP 103/EYE Culture, Community, Environment

Hey everyone! I’m a senior psychology major with a minor in education...and big hopes to go to med school next year! Being a Russell Scholar coming into Freshman year three years ago was probably the best decision I could’ve made, and I’m happy to help make that transition to college easier for you all as well. Last spring and this fall I have been participating in the Russell Scholars service-learning partnership with Gateway Community Services, for which I tutor students in English, Biology, and Algebra.  I grew up in a small town in New York called Westtown, living on my family farm with 1,100 cows. Some things I love to do are going to the beach, adventuring, and lately it’s also been baking! Looking forward to getting to know you all and help you have a great year!



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CHARLOTTE AUCOIN, TA for RSP 103/EYE Culture, Community, Environment

Hi everyone!  I am a third year student and Russell scholar here at USM majoring in Hospitality and Tourism. When I am not busy working or doing my school work you can find me at the gym or outdoors with my family. I grew up and currently live on Moosehead Lake in a very small town called Greenville. You could say home is my favorite place in the world. I am excited to get to know all of the new scholars and hope we can make the best of this crazy year.