Our Tutors

Rachelle Alfred

School of Social Work

I am graduate student in the School of Social Work, pursuing the school license track. As an undergrad at Tufts University, in Medford, I studied Clinical Psychology and Child Development. Since graduating from Tufts, I have worked in various public schools and summer programs providing academic support, and tutoring. When I am not at Simmons or my internship, I can be found hiking, sewing, swimming or enjoying one of my many other hobbies.


Stacey Gallagher

School of Nursing and Health Sciences

I am a graduate student in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences pursuing a doctorate degree in physical therapy. In 2018 I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I earned a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. There, I served as a teaching assistant for a research-intensive writing course, so I have a lot of experience reading literature reviews and working with students one-on-one. Although my background is primarily science-based, I'm looking forward to being a resource for students with a variety of paper topics! In my spare time, I like to work out at the gym, attend Red Sox games, and binge watch Netflix.


Julia Greider

School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student pursuing my Master's in Library and Information science with a concentration in Archives Management. I graduated from Smith College with a double major in English and the Study of Women and Gender. In addition to tutoring in Smith's writing Center, I have proofread for Yale University Press and written literature study guides for LitCharts, an educational website. I now work at the Schlesinger Library, a women's history archive, along with tutoring at Simmons. I love learning new things from students' papers and helping students discover how rewarding writing can be! In my free time, I ride horses and read Victorian novels.


Marilla MacGregor

School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student pursuing an M.S. in the School of Library and Information Science. My primary focus is Academic Librarianship. I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a B.A. in English and a minor in Religion. I tutored at the Gustavus Writing Center for three years and enjoyed every session! In my former Master's program, I taught American Literature I to undergraduates, one of the best experiences of my life! I love the exchange of ideas and the growth of skills for both tutor and student that occurs in a Writing Center or classroom and I look forward to growing with everyone who uses the Simmons Writing Center! In my spare time I love to read, write, and play the piano. I also enjoy doing trivia quizzes!


Mitch Nakaue

School of Library and Information Science

I'm a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science, focusing on archives and records management. I have degrees in English from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Prior to beginning the program, I was a college writing instructor, a writing center administrator, and a professional writer (which is not as romantic as it sounds). Language is a tricky beast and I enjoy helping writers order and clarify their thoughts. When I can, I travel to cold climes, watch documentaries, and have existential discussions with my corgi.


Julia Newman

School of Library and Information Science / History

I am a graduate student at Simmons in the Library and Information Science Archives and History dual program. I worked as a writing center tutor for two years at Connecticut College, where I graduated with a double major in Religious Studies and History. I enjoy supporting students at all stages of their writing process from brainstorming to organization to the final edits. I understand all the anxiety that can surround writing and look forward to helping students conquer such worries. Beyond school, I love to cook and bake, watch funny TV, listen to music, play board games and do yoga.


Tegan O'Neill

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student at Simmons in the School of Social Work. As an undergraduate, I worked as a writing center tutor at Skidmore College where I graduated with a major in Sociology and minor in English. Prior to beginning the master's program at Simmons this fall, I lived and worked in Madrid, Spain for three years where I taught English (and ate lots of delicious tapas). When I am not studying or at my field placement, I love cooking, practicing yoga, and listening to all sorts of podcasts. I believe in working with students collaboratively at the Writing Center and meeting students where they are at--I guess that is the social worker in me!


Jessica Porter

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in the Master of Social Work program at Simmons. I have previously worked as an English composition instructor at the University of Illinois. I really enjoy working one-on-one with students to help them through the writing process. In my free time I enjoy running, swimming, and taking spontaneous day trips to explore new cities and towns.


Chalene Riser

Children's Literature / Writing for Children

I am a graduate student working on my MA/MFA in Children's Literature and Writing for Children. I completed my undergraduate degree in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains at Brigham Young University; earning my BA in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing. Amongst a myriad of jobs, I've worked as a content editor and curator, a community tutor, and a service volunteer in South Korea teaching English classes in the community. I love kimchi, camping, and exploring national parks. I am a voracious reader and an aspiring author and literary agent. I love all stages of the writing process—from the exploration of topics to the ordering and flow of the writing, all the way down to those pesky citations. Most of all, I love helping individuals be proud of the words they put on the page.


Abby Woodward

School of Library and Information Science / Children's Literature

I'm a graduate student in the Library and Information Science and Children's Literature Dual Degree program. I studied English and Art at Connecticut College, where I worked for four years in the circulation department of the library. What draws me most to libraries has been getting to help patrons with questions big and small, something I am happy to be able to do at Simmons through the Writing Center. I enjoy getting to meet students from every discipline through the Center, and especially love helping students gain confidence in their own writing. When I'm not at Simmons, I can usually be found eating ice cream, making zines, or keeping up with my french fry Instagram.