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cadets in the Wisconsin ChalleNGe Academy 22-week resident course at
Fort McCoy can thank two Soldiers for the improvement they showed in
their academic studies.
Lt. Col. Christoper Aycock
(right) helps cadet Anthony Koger-Plein with a mathematics
problem. (Photo by Paul
Col. Christopher Aycock and Maj. Andrea Shealy helped tutor the
cadets, Anthony Koger-Plein and Jessica Swanson, with their academic
studies during their off-duty hours.
is the commander of the Mobilization Support Battalion of the U.S.
Army Garrison, Fort McCoy, and Shealy is with the installationís
Inspector General Office.
and Shealy provided tutoring under the installationís Volunteer
said he was doing better in mathematics ó algebra, geometry and
angles ó with Aycockís help.
donít really like math, but he explains it to me in a relevant
perspective that Iíll actually use," Koger-Plein said.
"Like heíll explain (a mathematical principle) to me in terms
of deer hunting, and how fast deer move in feet per second."
provided the tutoring service for about three weeks. Koger-Plein said
he enjoyed working with Aycock.
said he first noticed the cadets in their distinctive uniforms.
canít help but notice these well-disciplined, sharp-looking young
men and women as they march around post," Aycock said. "I
was curious about the program and when I met Commandant (Keith)
Krueger at an installation program, I asked him about the program. I
was impressed with his reply, and was moved to offer to help."
has knowledge of mathematics through his training as a Field Artillery
officer and 30 years of experience, as well as college education. He
served as a math tutor in the 1990s.
was easier for cadet Koger-Plein to understand math when he could see
it related to his life experiences, Aycock said.
for example, was easier for Koger-Plein to understand when he was able
to view it in terms of something he enjoyed ó skateboarding.
the student Ďgets it,í that is a joyous sight," Aycock said
about volunteering. "The moment that he sees not only what to use
math for, but that indeed he can do it, thatís worth the time and
effort spent with him."
process helped teach Koger-Plein good study habits, which will serve
him well in his future endeavors and made this a success story. Aycock
said he not only recommends volunteering to others, but was planning
to do this again in the next session, when, and if, a need is
said she enjoyed her language arts tutoring sessions with Shealy.
Maj. Andrea Shealy (left) takes
time to explain a language arts principle to cadet Jessica
Swanson. (Photo by Rob Schuette)
had a hard time in school and didnít like it, but Major Shealy
explains English so I understand it," Swanson said.
""Sheís nice, funny and pretty patient teaching me
(English, including the grammar). Iím working on getting a better
said she decided to volunteer when she came to visit the academyís
10-year anniversary event at Fort McCoy in August 2008.
was really impressed with the program and decided I wanted to
volunteer," Shealy said. "I feel I connected with (cadet
Swanson) because she was a gymnast like my daughter is and could give
me advice to tell to my daughter about gymnastics."
is a great program for youth; they do a great job here," Shealy
said. "It teaches youth not to give up, and I wanted to get
involved in it."
was a good time for her to get involved in the program because she is
studying for her masterís degree. Shealy did the tutoring in two
90-minute sessions each week, which was a schedule similar to Aycockís.
Wedwick, the lead instructor for the ChalleNGe Academy staff, said in
addition to the academic assistance the tutors also provide a valuable
role model for the cadets.
helps the cadets build a relationship with adults who are successful
and are successful role models in a positive way," Wedwick said.
"Weíre very thankful and appreciative of their help. Some of
the cadets needed it."
said she is hopeful that more military and civilian personnel will
volunteer to be tutors to the cadets in future courses. Anyone who
volunteers their time at the ChalleNGe Academy or elsewhere in the
installation community is encouraged to register their volunteer hours
on the Army Community Service volunteer tracking system.
is important because it supports the volunteerís unit/organization
chain of command and the installation, providing the command with the
big picture as to how Fort McCoy volunteers are supporting Soldiers,
families, and the mission.
in the Fort McCoy community can register to become a volunteer at http://www.myarmylifetoo.com.
more information about the ChalleNGe Academy or future courses, visit
the Web site http://www.challengeacademy.org
or call (608) 269-9000.