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START Program Staff and Instructors

Cherisse Brown

START Director


Donald E. Allen, Math Instructor

Donald E. Allen

Math Instructor


Don Allen likes math. He started math by playing cribbage, lotto, and other board games with his grandmother. He still likes math problems all the way from adding 2+2 up to group theory used in particle physics. No problem is too easy. No problem is… . Well, yes, some problems are very hard.

Don was born in Missoula, Montana. He graduated from Idaho Falls High School sometime during the last century. He attended college in New York, NY, Eugene, OR, and Pocatello, ID. He earned a Master's degree in Physics from Idaho State University as a nontraditional student.

Don has worked in variety of jobs, including farm, factory, retail sales, social service, and education. He worked more than ten years for USDA in a wonderful job which combined food and science. Getting paid to taste French-fried potatoes made him believe even more in higher education.

Don is delighted to be the Math Instructor for the START program. Working with the people, both students and staff, is the best part of the job.

Raushanna Byington Resource Center Coordinator

Raushanna Byington

Resource Center Coordinator/ Writing Instructor

Office: Roy F. Christensen Building, 3rd Floor Room 365


Raushanna Byington is a General Education Development (GED©) graduate. She began her academic career in 2003 by obtaining high honors in the College of Southern Idaho GED© program. She immediately began coursework in secondary education and soon transferred to Idaho State University where she discovered Adult Basic Education.

While tutoring others pursuing their own GEDs©, Raushanna found that the rewards of working with adults are great. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in English; all the while finding enjoyment in watching others learn and grow.

Raushanna's excitement for education is boundless. She seeks to help all college students see their potential. She is ready to help them see in themselves the confidence she gained as she worked her way from GED© graduate, to college graduate, to proponent of continuing education.

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