Our Tutors

Kaitlyn Goss-Peirce

School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student pursuing an MS in Library and Information Science with a concentration in Archives Management. I was born and raised in Wisconsin – only venturing to Iowa to obtain my BA in English from Grinnell College, where I also worked as a writing mentor in conjunction with various writing-intensive courses. I deeply enjoy both working one-on-one with students to help them master the writing process and acting as a second set of eyes to catch typos, misspellings, and the like, so I am very excited to be continuing this work at Simmons! In my time outside classes and the Writing Center, you can find me volunteering with local children’s organizations or tucked in a quiet nook with a book.

Rebecca Johnston

School of Library and Information Science/History

I am a graduate student pursuing a dual degree in History and Library and Information Science/Archives Management. I moved to Boston just before beginning my studies at Simmons from Pittsburgh, PA, where my family resides. Before Pittsburgh, I lived a little bit of everywhere, from New Jersey to Tennessee. I recently received my B.A. from The College of Wooster, in Wooster, OH (not Worcester, MA); I worked in the Writing Center there for three years. I studied English, History, and Education, and wrote a Senior Independent Study about Shakespeare's history plays and his portrayal of female leaders. At Simmons, I enjoy working in the Writing Center because I get to learn about new topics all the time! I look forward to working with students at all stages of the writing process and experience levels, and helping them grow in skills and confidence! When I'm not in the Writing Center, class, or the library, I'm most likely reading fantasy or historical fiction novels, cooking some new recipe from Pinterest, or enjoying a walk along the Charles.

Brinley Knowles

Children's Literature

I am a graduate student in the Children's Literature department pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children. In 2020, I graduated from a small liberal arts school called Maryville College where I double-majored in History and Writing. During my time there, I served as a Lead Academic Mentor in a study hall for student athletes. There, I helped with everything from essay composition to grammatical skills. I love writing and helping others glean a love for it as well. I have a passion for writing as a form of social justice. I truly believe that everyone has the ability to become a great writer! In my free time, I love playing TTRPGs, knitting, reading, and, of course, writing.

Emily Sun Li

Children's Literature

I am a graduate student pursuing a dual degree MA in Children's Literature and MFA in Writing for Children. I spent the last two years in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, as a Fulbright scholar teaching English as a foreign language while studying Mandarin Chinese. Prior to that, I taught 9th and 10th grade English literature at the Taft School in Watertown, CT. I graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2017, where I studied English/creative writing and environmental science while working at the university writing center. I am so excited to be back in the writing center world—there’s nothing more fulfilling to me than helping someone become more confident in their voice! When I’m not reading, writing, or tutoring, I’m probably rewatching Avatar the Last Airbender and drinking too much milk tea.

Mikaela Luke

Children's Literature

I am a graduate student in the second year of my MA in Children's Literature. I hold a B.A. in English with a minor in Journalism from UC Berkeley, where I worked in the copy-editing department at the independent newspaper on campus. Over the years, I have ventured from editorial work at digital magazines, to marketing and publicity internships at publishing houses, and even into the world of tech, as a part of the communications team at Facebook in San Francisco. The diversity of my experiences has given me exposure to different subjects and forms of writing and a love for helping others work through their words to express their ideas. Outside of class, you can find me exploring different neighborhoods of Boston, baking sweets, or calling my parents (and dog!) back home in Canada.

Johnna Purchase

School of Information and Library Science + History

I am a graduate student in the Archives Management + History dual degree program here at Simmons. Although born in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, I am the least Texan-Texan you’ll meet and have also lived in the Twin Cities, D.C., Dublin, and Heidelberg. I’m excited to now call Boston home! Prior to attending Simmons, I taught AP Literature and AP Capstone: Seminar (a collaborative research course) at a Title One public high school where most of my students were English Language Learners. I earned my B.A. in English Literature from St. Olaf College. While an undergrad, I worked as a writing tutor where I enjoyed helping students with everything from math reports to philosophy theses to medical school personal statements. I was also able to expand my creative writing skills through a number of college-level and professional publications. When I’m not wandering the stacks or tutoring, I enjoy singing classically, performing in musicals, immersing myself in sci-fi novels, writing up new worlds, and reading poetry. I look forward to working with you!

Nora Roche

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student in the Social Work program. With my MSW, I hope to work with children and their families while exploring different sectors of social work. I hope to work in many areas of the field- from healthcare to education to adoption services. In 2020, I graduated from UMass Lowell with a Liberal Arts degree, specializing in sociology and history. I spent my last semester of undergrad studying abroad as a member of the Spring 2020 voyage of Semester at Sea. While our semester was unfortunately cut short due to the global pandemic, I was lucky enough to travel to Hawaii, Japan, Vietnam, Mauritius, and South Africa, places that I don’t think I would have been able to visit otherwise, and meet lifelong friends along the way. For now, I am keeping busy by reading the stacks of books I’ve accumulated over recent years, adjusting to my first year as a grad student, and flipping furniture, a skill I picked up in quarantine!

Ari Scott-Zechlin

Writing for Children/School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children and an MS in Library and Information Science in the Youth Services track. I hold a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Puget Sound, where I also previously worked as an undergraduate writing tutor. After spending the past five years as a 911 dispatcher, I’m very happy to have returned to the world of academia, where I no longer have to keep explaining to people that spotting a raccoon in your backyard is not, in fact, a police issue. I am especially thrilled to be back at work as a tutor, as I always love seeing undergrad and grad students alike become more comfortable and confident in expressing themselves through their writing. In my spare time, I can usually be found watching YouTube videos about film making, creating fandom mix CDs, writing posts for my World’s Smallest Book Club website, and drinking a lot of tea.