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Campus Locations and Hours of Operation

Supplemental Instruction, eSuccess, and Business, Engineering & Languages Learning Lab


Science Learning Center 

Location: General Classroom South (GS-2 Suite 223)
Boca Raton Campus


Location: Schmidt Family Complex for Academic and Athletic Excellence (SF Suite 146)
Boca Raton Campus

Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Hours: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(Closed all official university holidays.)


Meet the team 


Jennifer Bebergal, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Support and Student Learning

Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 4 Lifetime through the International College Learning Center Association

About Jennifer

My name is Dr. Jennifer Bebergal and I have the honor of serving as the associate dean, academic support and student learning within the Center for Teaching and Learning. 

A little about me, I have worked at Florida Atlantic University in a variety of roles since fall 1995! After completing my bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California and master's degree in Student Affairs administration at the University of Miami, I started at FAU in Admissions and Community College Relations. I transitioned to New Student Orientation programs and became the director for Student Retention in 2001. I earned my doctorate in educational leadership here at FAU while working full-time and have been working with student success and retention ever since. I developed FAU's first learning community programs, mentoring programs, and many of its academic support programs. Through my work, I have earned Level 4 Lifetime certification as a Certified Learning Center Professional. I currently co-lead FAU's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Education Reimagined: Engaging Students through Peer-Assisted Learning, as we work to expand the Learning Assistant (LA) model to support more students across the university.

My husband Marc is a personal injury attorney, and we have two daughters - Rachel and Emily, and a yellow lab mix rescue dog, Goldy. I enjoy teaching first-year honors courses and graduate courses in educational leadership.



Patrick D. Dempsey, MBA, M.Ed.
Director, Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) 

Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 3 through the International College Learning Center Association

About Patrick
Patrick oversees the center's leadership team and diverse portfolio of student success programs, including the center's supplemental instruction program, peer tutoring programs in the Business, Engineering & Computer Science and Languages (BEL) Learning Lab and the Science Learning Center (SLC), and online student success programs (called eSuccess). In his current role, Patrick's finds fulfillment in supporting an amazingly talented and dedicated staff of full-time learning center leaders, graduate assistants and a team of over 70 undergraduate staff as they support over 30,000 student visits each academic year. Their excellence keeps him humble and accountable as they do the most important student-facing work while he keeps the lights on. 

Patrick earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Florida Atlantic. He is proud to be an owl and grateful for the opportunity to serve his alma mater. When he isn't working, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, enjoying the outdoors, and experiencing different cultures' cuisines.



Comfort Olugbuyi, Ed.D.

Associate Director, Online Academic Support and Educational Technology (eSuccess)

About Comfort
Comfort recently joined the FAU community in Fall 2022 as the Associate Director of eSuccess where she supports all the eSuccess programs in the Center for Learning and Student Success.
Prior to joining FAU, she oversaw disability services, academic support initiatives, and adided in academic advising support for Palm Beach Atlantic University for over ten years. Comfort recently earned her Doctorate in Education, from Bethel University in 2021 focusing on the college perspective of students’ taking developmental course work. Previously earned degrees included a Master of Arts in Youth and Family Services from John Brown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Comfort is grateful to be an Owl and excited to blend over 15 years of higher education knowledge and experiences with the amazing students at Florida Atlantic University.
When she is not on a college campus, Comfort enjoys volunteering in her community, line dancing, watching musicals, and power lifting. 



Nicole Perez, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Science Learning Center

Certified Learning Center Professional - Level 1 through the International College Learning Center Association

About Nicole

Dr. Nicole Perez is  the Assistant Director of the Science Learning Center. She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her master’s and Ph.D. in Psychology. Since obtaining her doctorate in 2020, Dr. Perez has worked as an adjunct instructor at FAU, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and recently joined the CLASS team at FAU. 




Elizabeth Abraham, M.S.
Coordinator for Academic Support Services of Peer tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI)

Certified International Center for Supplemental Instruction through the University of Missori -Kansas City 

About Elizabeth

My name is Elizabeth Abraham, and I have the privilege to serve as the new Coordinator for Academic Support Services of Peer tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) at the C enter of L earning A nd S tudent S uccess (CLASS) after being an SI leader and a peer tutor for General Chemistry I & II, and Cell Biology for two years. I am proud to call FAU my second home where I completed both of my Bachelor's in Biological Sciences and Master of Biomedical Science degrees. Before transitioning to my current position at the CLASS office, I was fortunate to be employed as a Teacher’s Assistant for both Biodiversity and General Chemistry Laboratory I & II where I taught undergraduate major- students the fundamental science principles for over 2 years. Prior to that, I worked in Admissions Office at Broward College where I earned my associate in arts in Biology, and I had the opportunity to work with students from different backgrounds to commence their educational careers. I am honored to work with my fellow undergraduate FAU owls in my community to make a difference and to help them succeed.

When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time at the beach, working out and experimenting new cultural cuisines. I am also fluent in Arabic.




Christiaan Adrian Lecky
Graduate Assistant for Online Academic Support and Educational Technology (eSuccess)

About Christiaan

Christiaan Adrian Lecky is the Graduate Assistant for eSuccess at the Center of Learning And Student Success. He received his bachelor's degree in Economics from Florida Atlantic University. Chris is currently a master's student in the Traditional Master of Business Administration. In his free time, Chris likes to write, work out, and spend time with friends. 



Ivan Heerdegen, M.S.
Science Learning Center Part-time assistant

About Ivan

Hi, I'm Ivan! I earned my master's degree here at FAU, during which I studied the feeding behavior and kinematics of hammerhead sharks as part of my thesis. 

I have over 5 years of experience in higher education and scientific public speaking— I really just love science and making it fun to learn. I have been supporting a variety of subjects (such as Organic Chemistry, Biology, and Japanese) through my work in FAU's Center for Learning and Student Success and as a Teaching Assistant for a variety of labs in the College of Science. I have recently become an assistant at FAU's Science Learning Center to aid in the supervision, training, and certification of our team of peer educators. 

My love for science extends into my work as a scientific illustrator as well, but when I have free time, I enjoy doing all kinds of art in general.




Kaylah J. Scott
Graduate Teaching Assistant Science Learning Center

About Kaylah

Kaylah Scott is the Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Science Learning Center. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. Kaylah is currently a master's student in the Experimental Psychology department working alongside Dr. Forbes studying stereotype threat. During the summertime, Kaylah works as a Behavior Technician in a clinic with kids. In her free time she enjoys going to the beach, weight training, and trying new food spots around the city.