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.

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.

Brendan McKenna

School of Social Work

I am a graduate student working on my master’s degree in Social Work. I hold a Master of Journalism degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and a B.A. in History. Before changing careers I worked as a reporter and editor for online and print news publications for more than a decade, honing my personal craft as a writer and working with other journalists to ensure their work was clear and met professional style guidelines. In my free time I’ll often be found reading a science fiction or fantasy novel, cooking or messing around in online tabletop gaming communities (doing nerd things, as my friends call it).

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.

Emily Zieg

School of Library and Information Science

I am a graduate student pursuing an MSLIS degree in the School of Library and Information Science, and I have a B.A. in linguistics from the University of New Hampshire, where I worked as a writing assistant at the Connors Writing Center. Before coming to Simmons, I worked at a farmstand, a lutherie workshop, and finally a construction company. Besides writing, I like to spend my time watching TV, studying language, and editing Wikipedia. My favorite book is A Wizard of Earthsea, and my favorite food is mushroom risotto.