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Our Tutors

Courtney Bohr

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

I am originally from Southern California and just recently moved to Boston for the Simmons GSLIS Archives program. I majored in English at the University of Washington and received my English Masters from the George Washington University, concentrating in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. While at GW, I taught writing sections for students in the Business School and I am really excited that I can continue to work with students here at Simmons as a writing tutor. I know how terrifying and vulnerable the writing process can be at times. I believe that what most students (including myself!) need is encouragement and a safe space to bounce ideas around. I am here to ease anxiety and to help students along in the process of creating a successful piece of writing.

Leah Edelman

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student from the Washington, DC area, though I've lived in and around Boston for the past eight years. I received a BA in English and Creative Writing from Brandeis University and an MA in English from Boston College, and am now in my first semester in GSLIS at Simmons (I just can't get enough of school!). I hope to work in an archive or museum setting with rare books, and have a penchant for fairy tales and folk tales. I love to write both scholarly and creatively. I have taught and tutored at the middle school, high school, and college level, and look forward to meeting and working with writers in the Simmons community.

Kara Huselton

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in my second and final year in the School of Social Work. Although I am originally from Rochester, New York, Boston has been my home for the past several years. I have a BA from Boston College in International Studies, with a concentration on ethics and social justice. I love writing academically and creatively and enjoy helping others develop their skill in writing and refine their work. I am excited to begin working at the Writing Center this year, and look forward to working with students from all disciplines and schools!

Kathleen Keating

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a 2nd year, full time graduate student in the School of Social Work hoping to graduate in May (if all goes as planned). I received my bachelor's degree from Wellesley College with a major in psychology. I am originally from Northern Virginia but came up here for college and never left. I love to write in any form (social work essays, blog posts, witty Facebook statuses) and to help people with their own writing. True to my social work learning, I ascribe to a tutoring approach that involves collaboration and empowerment of the writer. I am looking forward to meeting you and working with you this year!

Melissa Lozada-Oliva

College of Arts and Sciences, English

I am an undergraduate senior studying English with a concentration in writing. I've previously been published, a company dedicated to getting writers published online, with two short stories, La Boda Blanca and Ana del Rio. In addition to the writing center, I also work as a blogger/content editor for and as a Resident Adviser for Dix Hall. While I love creative writing, I think academic writing is just as fun, and I deeply enjoy helping others work through their assignments. My parents are both from Latin America, so growing up, I've experienced first-hand the difficulties of mastering English. With this experience, I am confident and passionate about helping those who speak English as a second language with their writing. My hope is to help everyone who comes in grow as a writer and to become proud of the work they produce. I believe those who have confidence in their writing have the power to do whatever they want. So, come on in! Let's do some stuff with words.

Dorice Moylan

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

I just started GSLIS this fall and I'm so excited to be at Simmons on my path to becoming a reference librarian. I earned my undergraduate degree in English with a writing specialization from the University of Michigan-Flint where I began the adventure of being a peer tutor in the writing center. It is an honor to join the peer tutors at the Burns Writing Center. I have experience working with students in Social Work, Doctor of Nursing program, first year writers, and ESL students. I love to collaborate with writers as they craft papers for class assignments and personal statements. Helping others is a primary passion for me and encouraging others to become more in tune with their writing process fulfils that passion. I've also done much research about relieving writer's anxiety/writer's block, so stop by to see me if you're stressing about all of your writing assignments. I look forward to meeting and working with you.

Sandy Rago

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a first year graduate student in the School of Social Work. I am originally from Lindenhurst, New York, but most recently lived and worked as a first grade teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from Northeastern University in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in English Literature. I have experience working with writers of all ages and backgrounds--from teaching first graders narrative writing to reviewing PhD dissertations with Northeastern students. I love helping people to develop both their confidence and skill as writers.

Amanda Sherman

Graduate School of Library and Information Science / College of Arts and Sciences, History

I'm a graduate student, just beginning my studies in the archives and history dual degree. I'm passionate about narratives — hearing them, reading them, creating them, etc. — and I love old stuff and history, so my dream career would be to work in an archive or museum, tending collections while also developing exhibits. Before coming to Simmons College, I received a Bachelor's degree in English composition from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, which is about a three hour drive north of Syracuse, in a region called the North Country. I worked as a writing tutor, research intern, and PR intern at SUNY Potsdam's writing center for two years, and I've found a love for hearing the many, many ideas that pour from my peers' heads onto the page and helping them communicate those valuable ideas as best as possible! Besides being a graduate student and a tutor, I'm a passionate sci-fi/fantasy geek, an avid reader, an uncontrollable collector, and an aspiring comic writer. I'd love to get to know you and your writing, so come work with me at the writing center!

Ashley Vitale

College of Arts and Sciences, English

I am an undergraduate junior studying English Writing with a minor in Journalism. As you can probably guess, my favorite activity is writing! When I am not playing the piano, babysitting my adorable nieces and nephew, or reading the Brontë novels, I am busy working on my own novel or writing lyrical poetry. Most importantly, I love spending time getting to know others and seeking to eradicate whatever doubts stand in the way of their academic and personal growth. I am thrilled to be available to help my fellow students refine their writing skills and become confident, authoritative writers. I look forward to meeting you!

Emily Whitmore

Graduate School of Library and Information Science

I am new to Simmons this year, but additionally new to Boston as well. I am still trying to figure out the geography of the city. Yikes! I recently moved from a small town in Illinois called Charleston, where I received an MA in English from Eastern Illinois University. Before that, I received a BA in History and Literature from the University of Evansville in Indiana. I am a GSLIS graduate student with a concentration in archives. Ideally, I would love to work in a small archival library that specializes in the history of the city or district. I like to write academically, but a close second is my love of reading. I am so excited to meet and work with the writers of the Simmons College community, so please stop by the Writing Center with any piece of writing you are working on at any stage of the process. I cannot wait to read it.