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.


Bethany Campbell

School of Library and Information Science / Children's Literature

I am a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in Children;s Literature and Library and Information Science. I hold a B.A. in English from Hamilton College, where I also worked as a circulation assistant in the library. After graduation, I worked in schools, starting at a boarding school on Long Island. From there, I went on an adventure and moved to North Carolina to be the inaugural Middle School Librarian and Creative Writing teacher at an independent school. These experiences have allowed me to work with learners and writers of all different ages and subjects. I love working with students to craft their writing to ensure that they are expressing their best ideas and work! In between classes and my work at the Writing Center, I can be found running around the Charles (getting overly excited about the fall foliage I was missing during my years down South!), baking bread from scratch, listening to YA audiobooks, or curling


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.


Laura Houston

Writing for Children

I am a graduate student working on my MFA in Writing for Children. I hold a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. After graduation, I pursued a career in magazine publishing and have worked at both Elle and Glamour in New York. As someone who spent time in the professional sphere in between my academic pursuits, I understand the unique challenges posed by academic writing and I'm enthusiastic about helping writers work through those challenges. In between spending time on my own writing projects, I can be found exploring new running routes, nestled in the couch with a YA novel, or happily cooking vegetables in my kitchen.


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 Riviello

School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science.  I received my B.A. in English and Communication Studies from Saint Joseph's University, where I also worked as an undergraduate peer tutor in the writing center.  After graduation, I worked for a few years as a copywriter in a branding and marketing agency in Philadelphia.  I love helping students find their voices through writing, and I look forward working with students on all subjects and writing styles.  In my free time, you can find me baking, traveling whenever possible, or curled up on the couch with a good book.  


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.

I am a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science. I received my B.A. in English and Communication Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, where I also worked as an undergraduate peer tutor in the writing center. After graduation, I worked for a few years as a copywriter in a branding and marketing agency in Philadelphia. I love helping students find their voices through writing, and I look forward working with students on all subjects and writing styles. In my free time, you can find me baking, traveling whenever possible, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
I am a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science. I received my B.A. in English and Communication Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, where I also worked as an undergraduate peer tutor in the writing center. After graduation, I worked for a few years as a copywriter in a branding and marketing agency in Philadelphia. I love helping students find their voices through writing, and I look forward working with students on all subjects and writing styles. In my free time, you can find me baking, traveling whenever possible, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
I am a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science. I received my B.A. in English and Communication Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, where I also worked as an undergraduate peer tutor in the writing center. After graduation, I worked for a few years as a copywriter in a branding and marketing agency in Philadelphia. I love helping students find their voices through writing, and I look forward working with students on all subjects and writing styles. In my free time, you can find me baking, traveling whenever possible, or curled up on the couch with a good book.