Our Tutors

Theresa Blackman

School of Social Work

I'm a graduate student in the Social Work program. I finished my undergraduate degree as a Dix Scholar at Simmons (Women's and Gender Studies/Political Science). As an adult student, I know a lot about the anxiety that can come with writing a paper and love helping students work through their doubts. Outside of school, I'm a volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and an avid consumer of popular culture. I also dabble in cross-stitching and quilting.


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.


Alexa Higbee

Children's Literature

I am a graduate student at Simmons in the Children's Literature MA program. I am also a member of our Children's Literature Advisory Committee, and upon graduation I hope to enter the wonderful world of publishing. I completed my undergraduate studies at Virginia Wesleyan College as a double major in English and Criminal Justice. Throughout those four years I was a Teaching Assistant in two English classes, working one on one with students on their writing journeys, and loving the opportunity to help students become stronger writers. When I'm not camped out in the Library or working in the Writing Center, I love going on adventures, seeing new places, and trying new things!


Terra Mikalson

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in the School of Social Work. Back in my California days at Mills College, I was a teaching assistant and Writing Center tutor for Ethnic Studies courses. I am passionate about helping students use the power of writing to express themselves clearly and with conviction. When not as Simmons or out in the field working with court-involved adolescents, I like to take tap and foxtrot lessons and bake dozens of cookies for my four housemates.


Sara Mueller

School of Library and Information Science

I'm a graduate student student in the School of Library and Information Science with an archival concentration. I have a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. As an undergrad I served three years as a staff writer for the newsletter of a non-profit, student-led organization with one year as editor. I enjoy helping students have that "aha!" moment when things finally click and they are able to understand that pesky citation or re-write that tricky paragraph. In my free time I enjoy reading, experimenting with recipes, and binge watching Netflix.


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.

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.