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Loving to Help Others

By Regina Gonzalez
Writing Center Tutor Sean Tingle

It can be easy to feel intimidated by the idea of seeking out tutoring, but students should not feel that way. Sean Tingle is a tutor at the Writing Center in Estrella Hall at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC). Tingle has a lot of patience with his students.

Tingle grew up in an inconsistent home; he would move to different states since the age of one.  His father was in the Air Force and his family moved constantly. He lived in California, Texas, Washington, D.C., Mississippi and finally Arizona by the age of 13. He resided in Glendale, Ariz. until the age of 17 and graduated from Mountain Ridge High School.

He attended Glendale Community College (GCC) while still in high school and then transferred his credits to Northern Arizona University. There he received a bachelor's degree in Humanities and later a master's degree in English. 

He found his passion for helping others when he was attending GCC.

When Tingle was a baby, his father would carry him around, point to things all over, tell him what they were called, and explain what they were. This sparked a lifelong desire to learn and help others.

Tingle's parents would help him a lot and it lead him to helping others. He would help his little brother and cousins with schoolwork.  He also worked at Paradise Education Center where he helped students after school.  Tingle said, “Working with the children at Paradise Education Center was a wonderful and rewarding experience.”

Tingle taught English in Japan during the 2012/13 school year. As a result of his journey to Japan he learned the Japanese language. He taught at EMCC for one year before leaving to Japan, and then returned to EMCC the day after coming home. He loved his experience there, but he was excited to return to EMCC.

His passion for helping others grew because he thinks learning is very important.  Tingle said, “All students are capable of success. I want to help them achieve their goals”.  In the future he wants to continue teaching and helping students. He hopes to eventually earn a doctorate degree.

He is now a tutor and professor at EMCC. Many students call him “Mr. Sean”. He teaches English 081, 091 and 101. He recently received an award from EMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society for being an exceptional mentor.