Dr. Donald Pearl
Dr. Donald Pearl has 28 years of experience in higher education as a professor of physics and mathematics and as an academic administrator. He has primarily taught the introductory courses in physics, pre-calculus, and calculus at a number of colleges in his career and particularly enjoys working with first and second year students. Additionally, he has worked with many programs that provide tutoring and academic skill development, which promotes student success and graduation. Most recently he was responsible for the Complete College Georgia initiatives of Georgia Perimeter College and supervised the advising offices, tutoring centers, and dual enrollment program.
Dr. Pearl received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, where he investigated the dissociative electron attachment process in monochloroalkanes . Additionally, he has an M.S. in Mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.
His interests include traveling to historical locations, reading fiction, and playing guitar.
Justin Boone earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalton State College and an Master's of Science in Mathematics from Georgia Tech. Prior to joining the Center for Academic Success, he worked in Georgia Tech's School of Math as a graduate teaching assistant. Justin has been an instructor for CAS's Tech Prep program, and he strives to maximize the benefits that students receive from their college experience.
Outside of work, Justin's interests include reading, camping, fishing, and learning.
Savitra Dow is a graduate of Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Communications with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Center for Academic Success, Savitra worked as a premedia specialist/emerging technology developer at Perfect Image in Marietta, Georgia. She is no stranger to the academic setting. While at Clemson, she worked in the Department of Campus Life as a reservationist and student manager. Savitra finds it gratifying to serve, support and meet the lifelong learning needs of students.
Aside from work, Savitra serves the community as a dedicated volunteer for Girls Incorporated (Girls Inc.) of Greater Atlanta as a peer tutor. She supports the organization’s mission by inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. She enjoys volunteering for an organization that promotes academics, character and success for our youth.
Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC
Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has over ten years of experience working with high school and college students in the areas of recruitment, retention, and student development at private and public universities. Beatriz is currently a Learning Specialist/ Academic Coach at Georgia Tech where she provides individualized academic coaching to students who want to improve their study strategies. She always looks forward to meeting new students and learning about their interests and aspirations.
Beatriz's teaching experience includes GT1000: First-Year Seminar, GT 2100: Seminar on Academic Success, and most recently CETL 2001: Fundamentals of Peer Tutoring. As it relates to her work, her areas of specialty are in intrinsic student motivation, self-efficacy, and peer support.
Beatriz is certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Beatriz was born in Colombia and enjoys traveling to places, near and far.