Margaret Payerle, Coordinator of the Academic Learning Center
Though retirement may sound appealing, departing from the workforce left Margaret Payerle eager to find a new challenge. This search led her to become the Coordinator of the Academic Learning Center (ALC) at Lake Erie College, a position where she is responsible for organizing all tutorial and learning support services on campus.
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Margaret attended The University of Akron where she earned a bachelors degree with majors in English and French and a minor in math, as well as a Master of Arts degree in English. Following her second degree, Margaret made the move to Cleveland to attend graduate school at Case Western Reserve University, where she earned her Ph.D. in English. She briefly lived in University Circle and then moved to Cleveland Heights, where she has lived ever since. Margaret loves the area for its diversity as well as its proximity to museums and the orchestra.
Margaret spent the majority of her career at Cleveland State University (CSU), where she taught courses in college reading and study skills, English, math and womens studies. She also worked part-time for Lakeland Community College (LCC) and Cuyahoga Community College (CCC) where she taught courses in the humanities.
Nearly four years ago, Margaret retired from CSU and began teaching part-time in the Veterans Upward Bound program at CCC, but was later drawn to her current position at Lake Erie. Margaret appreciated that LEC would appreciate her skills and experience while allowing her to make an impact on the ALC program and the College itself.
In her job, Margaret most enjoys the ability to think critically and solve problems for others. "I love brainstorming solutions and then presenting them to people and getting feedback, she said. "Im a people person. I see my job as helping other people--students and faculty--do their jobs more easily.
Margarets day-to-day tasks allow her to make the most of her people skills. "I think one of my greatest strengths is that I work well with people and I can bring people to consensus, she said. "To me, winning means everybody wins. I feel that I'm successful when everybody leaves the table feeling that their concerns have been taken into account and their voices have been heard.
At Lake Erie, Margaret feels that she is able to make more of an impact than she could at a larger institution such as CSU. Though she was always able to make an impact on her students in the past, working in the ALC lets Margaret touch many more lives. "I really enjoy the fact that I get to interact with so many students, faculty, staff and administrators, she said. "I love the fact that there are so many connections between what I do and the rest of the campus.
Margarets favorite place on campus is the Louise Price Social Parlor in College Hall, as it reminds her of the Governors Palace in Williamsburg, Va. "I love the elegance, the architectural detail and the symmetry of it, she said. "The first time I walked into it, I said to myself, I want to work here. I feel like I belong here!"For students considering attending Lake Erie College, Margaret stresses the value of attending a small higher education institution. "Take advantage of the smallness and intimacy of the College, she said. "Enjoy the fact that you can know everyone here and everyone can know you. At Lake Erie, you will never feel lost or alone!