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Our Tutors

Eliza Curtis

Graduate School of Social Work

Hello! My name is Eliza, and I'm a full-time, second-year student in the School of Social Work. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but I went to Connecticut College for undergraduate and have been gradually making my way up the Northeast. I am really excited to be working as a Writing Center tutor this year. I have always enjoyed writing, but I know that it can be overwhelming, and I'm here to listen to you and to help you through any of the stages of the writing process! My goal, above all, is to keep your voice and your ideas at the center of it all.

Stephanie Gildart

College of Arts and Sciences, Children's Literature

This is my first year at Simmons College, but I had the privilege of working as a writing tutor while I studied Education at Central Washington University. Writing Centers have always been a valuable part of my college experience. My fellow writing tutors always helped me as I brainstormed and revised essays. I graduated with a degree in education in 2010, taught as an Assistant English Teacher in Japan for a year, then moved to Miami to teach at an online high school. All throughout these experiences, I never stopped writing. My passion for Children's Literature drew me toward Simmons. In those rare moments when I'm not reading or writing, I can be caught making costumes, singing, and pretending that I know how to play the guitar. I enjoy helping writers move their thoughts from the ambiguous spaces in their mind to confident words on paper. I look forward to helping you!

Alexandra Holliday

School of Library and Information Science

I am a first-year graduate student in the History and Archives dual degree program. I am originally from Nashville, Tennessee and I received my undergraduate degree in History from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. I served as a writing center tutor for two years at Agnes Scott and tutored everything from lab reports to personal statements to English theses. I enjoy brainstorming sessions and I get excessively excited about citation formatting. I look forward to working with the Simmons community in all areas of composition.

Meredith Jones

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in my second and final year in the School of Social Work. I received my B.A. in International Relations and Spanish, and am delighted to bring a social work lens to the writing center this year. I have conducted my own research in Paraguay and Ghana, which means I am well equipped to help the social work students taking the SSW 441 Research Methods class! I enjoy sitting and talking to students from all disciplines about their writing, and I look forward to meeting you in the Writing Center!

Michelle Montalbano

School of Library and Information Science

I'm a graduate student in my first year at the School of Library and Information Science. I'm originally from Rhode Island, but I spent the past ten years living in Vermont, Europe, and New York City, where I was working in the publishing industry. I got my B.A. in Literature and Religious Studies from Marlboro College in 2007. I've worked with writers of all kinds and skill levels over the years, from non-native English speakers to published authors. I can get real nerdy about grammar, style, and language, but what I'm most excited about is helping students articulate their great ideas as clearly and effectively as possible, whether that's through drawing up outlines, brainstorming sessions, or focusing on a single paragraph in a paper. I'm a strong believer that the best learning is done in dialogue, and I'm looking forward to helping all of my tutees feel proud ownership of their writing.

Molly Prottas

Graduate School of Social Work

Hi! My name is Molly and I'm in my final year of the extended graduate program at the School of Social Work. I see writing as such a powerful tool, particularly in the field of social work. It allows us to define and explore the seemingly intangible elements of human behavior, bringing clarity to our interpretive ideas and understanding of others. When I'm not analyzing humans, I'm spending time with my 18-pound bunny, Leo. Unfortunately, he hasn't yet learned how to proofread my papers. I am truly excited to be at the Writing Center and am honored to be able to support and collaborate with my Simmons peers on the writing process. I look forward to working with you!

Sandy Rago

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a second 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.

Ashley Vitale

College of Arts and Sciences, English

I am an undergraduate senior 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

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.

Ilana Zablow

Graduate School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in my second and final year in the School of Social Work. Originally from Montpelier, Vermont, I've been proud to call Boston my home for nearly 10 (!) years. I have a BA from St. Olaf College in Anthropology and Sociology, with a concentration in Women's Studies. I love writing academically and thoroughly enjoy helping others to grow and develop their own confidence as writers through a collaborative and supportive process. I look forward to working with writers from all disciplines within the Simmons community!

Laney Zuerlein

College of Arts and Sciences, Children's Literature/English

I'm a first year graduate student in the Children's Literature and English dual program. I consider Florida and North Carolina my home states, but I love traveling and will adopt just about anywhere as my home! I have a B.A. in English and History, and the Victorians are my true love (along with coffee, which I consume like I'm paid to). I've worked as a writing tutor for the past two years, and I'm looking forward to getting to know the community here at Simmons!