Skip to main content


Annalisa photo compressed

Annalisa L. Raymer, the director of CLASP, is delighted to have the best job in the world—challenging and cheering on learners who are pursuing their goals.  She has been involved in education of one form or another all of her adult life, in cultures and places ranging from Appalachia to Alaska to Germany.   Before she began teaching in the Education Minor here at Cornell, she taught in undergraduate and graduate programs in Community and Organizational Leadership, Public Policy, Gender Studies, and Appalachian Studies, as well as in Education.  She enjoys designing faculty development in the scholarship of teaching (SoTL) and in community-engaged teaching and research.  Annalisa does indeed have a Kentucky accent and is still just a little bit proud of being a first generation college student at Berea College and going on to complete a doctorate at Cornell.

Annalisa can be reached at

Maria Vargas  began at CLASP in April 2015 and currently serves as a resource mentor and staff tutor for the program.  She has over fifteen years of college teaching and administration experience, particularly working with first-generation, low-income students.  She has also worked as an English Language Trainer since 2010 and enjoys teaching and curriculum development in the area of English as a Second Language.  Maria enjoys helping Cornell employees and tutors achieve their educational  goals.

Maria can be reached at


Skip to toolbar