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May Instructor Spotlight

Wanting to work with high school students, Jermaine Duffie was excited to join the University Instructors and PCG team in September of 2017.  During the school year, he supports the Atlanta Public School District (APS) through PCG’s TutorEd™ daytime intervention service in Atlanta, GA.

Prior to becoming an instructor, Jermaine earned his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University, in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Science.  He furthered his education and received his Master of Science at Auburn University.  Upon graduation, he spent the first fifteen years of his career as a Research Administrator at both Spelman College and Morehouse School of Medicine.  His primary responsibilities included training and preparing students for graduate/professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), via the provision of research opportunities, professional development, as well as formulation, development, and implementation of various K-16 initiatives.  Jermaine prides himself in his plethora of experience, as he has tutored privately for the past fifteen years, primarily servicing students in grades K-9.  He has also worked extensively with grades 3-5 as part of an initiative with APS in 2015 and has been slowly transitioning to K-12 over the past two years.

Jermaine is a flexible instructor, recognizing students different learning styles and various levels in their development.  “I also take into consideration when a child is having a bad day. Sometimes, they bring issues from the home to school and I realize that I may be the most stable presence a student may see in a day.  So, I try to take time and get to know my students. It makes me much more effective as a tutor, because I establish trust.”


Wanting to make an impact on students’ learning, Jermaine enjoys working with students in small groups and on a 1:1 basis.  He believes content, discipline, critical thinking, and collaborative and life skills are the most important things students should learn in the classroom.  His favorite part of being an instructor is seeing the “light bulb come on” when his students make the connection and realizes that skills acquired in earlier grades will be used, just in a more complex manner.  Regardless of level, he knows that all students can learn.

“The opportunity to help mold young minds is what keeps me motivated.  When you establish a good rapport, you become in tune with how the student is feeling that day.  When their minds aren’t focused on academics, it’s a good time to use that as a mentoring opportunity.”

Jermaine says his favorite story as a PCG instructor sticks out in his mind very particularly, and he described it this way; “I have a student in 9th grade, learning Algebra One.  When we started working together her average was a 43 percent.  I spent time assisting her with makeup work, as well as any new assignments that she would have.  She was initially quite apprehensive due to a lack of confidence, but once we conquered adding ‘like terms’ she was off to the races.  She ended the quarter with a 95 percent and I’ve been with her since September!  I wasn’t in her class next quarter, however, she made a personal request for me to return to her classroom.  Every time I see her I get a warm greeting!”

We would like to thank Jermaine for his constant dedication to students and the APS community. He continues to do great things and we are extremely grateful to have him on our team.

Article written by Summer Tarpley.