Our Tutors

Claire Brislin

Writing for Children

I am a Simmons graduate student currently pursuing an MFA in Writing for Children. I graduated from Haverford College with a BA in English and from Middlebury College with an MA in Literature. I spent ten years before Simmons teaching high school English, creative writing, and humanities in diverse settings including Denver, Singapore, Chile, Arizona, and Oregon. I love supporting the writing process from early brainstorming to those final polishing edits. Besides trying to write young adult and middle grade novels, I have way too many interests, including singing, piano, running, hiking, social dancing, mountain biking, and general adventuring with my sweet pup, Haiku.

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.

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.

Daniel Lyerly

Children’s Literature

I am a graduate student pursuing an MA in Children’s Literature. In 2013, I received a BFA in writing, literature, and publishing, and a minor in marketing communications from Emerson College in Boston. My earliest years were spent in the Piedmont of North Carolina, where I mostly avoided the terrible humidity by hiding away in libraries, stapling together my handwritten storybooks, and daydreaming about becoming an author. Today, I still write in my spare time, mostly YA speculative and Queer fiction, and posses an unhealthy fear of writer’s block. Otherwise, I enjoy nature walks, strong espresso, and a good fantasy novel. Whether it’s editing, brainstorming, or outlining, I love doing whatever I can to facilitate the writing process.

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.

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.

Jillian Tsacoyeanes

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student pursuing my Masters of Social Work here at Simmons. As a clinical student, I spend several days a week in a field placement in Dorchester. I received my B.A. in International Development Studies & History from UCLA, where I primarily studied American Indian History. You could often find me in the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center, where I got my tutoring start. After graduation, I moved to Lesotho (a small country in Southern Africa) where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer for 2.5 years... and also where I fell in love with the scrappy village dog I ended up taking home with me. Immediately before starting my program at Simmons, I spent some time working at a nonprofit in Somerville. I am so excited to be back in school and back in the Writing Center setting. I love connecting with a student and seeing their confidence and voice grow as we tackle problems from grammar to organization to flow. I am always amazed by how much we can accomplish in such a short time frame! On the weekends, you can find me tending to my excess of houseplants, exploring the city with my pup, and planning my next international trip.