Our Tutors

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

I am a graduate student in the School of Nursing 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.

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 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!

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 to 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.