Current Tutors at Lewis University’s Writing Center
Fall 2017 Tutors
|Adrianna: Hi, everyone! My name is Adrianna Polit. I am a second-year master’s student at Lewis University and am pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. I will also be earning both middle school and ESL endorsements. Prior to Lewis, I received a B.A. in Communications at Benedictine University. After various event planning and administrative positions, I realized my true calling was teaching. Now, I’m following my passion, and that path has, fortunately, led me here!Since English is my area of study, writing is a great strength of mine, whether it be music, personal reflections, or research and persuasive essays. Through my years as a student, I have come to appreciate all styles of writing, which is why I am so passionate about helping others effectively express themselves through the written word. In the words of J.K. Rowling’s Albus Dumbledore, “Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.” When I am not on campus, you can find me working as a server at Redstone American Grill in Oakbrook Terrace or as the Assistant Sales Manager at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero.|
|Ashley C.: Hello, writers! My name is Ashley and I am one of the Graduate Writing Specialists here at the Writing Center. I received a B.A. in English Professional and Creative Writing in Spring 2014, and I am currently working towards obtaining my Master’s in Secondary Education for English with endorsements in Bilingual Education and Middle School Education. I started tutoring at the Writing Center in Fall 2012 and am happy to have the opportunity to continue helping our Lewis writers. I can assist students with any aspect of writing, from brainstorming to developing to revising. As a writing specialist, I am able to help with different types of writing such as nursing research papers, literary analysis, and reflections among others. Aside from writing assistance, I can also offer APA Format help and can assist in the creation and revision of resumes, both in regards to content and design. While writing is a huge part of my life, I am also an avid reader and Korean drama watcher. I enjoy learning about different cultures and languages through music, shows, and anything I can get my hands on. I am currently teaching at Gompers Junior High and am enjoying every second of it, even the grading and meetings. I believe that strong, creative writers are not born but are made through hard work and perseverance. I look forward to working with you to strengthen your writing pieces and your writing skills.|
|Ashley M.: Hello All! I am currently a senior at Lewis University, majoring in English and secondary education with a minor in theology. I spent eight years in the Marine Corps, where I visited many different countries. I speak polite ASL, and I am currently learning how to speak Ukrainian. Previously I have taught 7th grade English Language Arts at Dirksen Junior High School and science and creative writing at the Bridgeview Public Library. I am currently teaching in a local high school, and I hope to someday teach middle level English at a private school in Illinois. Here at Lewis University I have held various roles in both Jet Fuel Review and The Flyer, which include serving as a layout, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Jet Fuel Review and the religion and head opinions editor for The Flyer. I have won two first place writing awards for both research/academic essay and fiction genres. I have experience with Adobe InDesign and Microsoft programs and also with MLA, APA, and AP formats. I especially enjoy working with creative writing, theology, and sociology assignments, although I am enthusiastic about working with a multitude of different disciplines and topics. I am knowledgeable in and enjoy helping writers with brainstorming and finding credible sources. In my spare time I like to read, exercise, and spend time with my family. I look forward to helping students grow as writers and learn how to better express their ideas through language.|
|Dominique: Hi, writers! My name is Dominique, and I am a graduate assistant, graduate writing specialist, and undergraduate tutor in the Writing Center. Currently, I am studying secondary education with the aspiration of becoming a high school English teacher. I first began tutoring writing as an undergraduate student at Lewis, and instantly, I fell in love. Working with students in the Writing Center helped me to discover my passion for teaching writing and ultimately, inspired me to pursue my graduate degree in education, so that someday I might have a classroom of my own. Since graduating with my bachelors from Lewis in May 2015, I have tutored at two different schools and even earned my tutoring certification from the College Reading and Learning Association. I have experience working with students at all different stages of the writing process and on all different types of assignments though, I especially enjoy helping with rhetorical or literary analyses, argumentative papers, and graduate level writing assignments. In addition to my background in English, I have graphic design knowledge and I’m excited to help you with any creative projects, such as creating power points, designing documents, and compiling resumes. If I could spend every day curled up in bed with a book, I probably would, but right now, I spend most of my time either in class or studying. I love animals and live on a small family farm where I care for my horses, chickens, and goats. I enjoy chatting about writing and I hope that I have the chance to collaborate with you this semester. Stop by soon, so we can get to work!|
|Darette: Hello fellow writers! My name is Darette and I am currently a medical-surgical registered nurse who is enrolled in the Adult Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program here at Lewis University. I attended Lewis for my undergraduate in nursing, so I am quite familiar with what professors are looking for, the writing rubrics, and APA formatting. When I’m not busy at work or with school, I like to spend my time exploring new places, playing with my dog, or doing arts and crafts! I frequented the writing center during my undergraduate studies and hope I can help students with their writing too!|
|Haley: Hello! My name is Haley Anderson. I am a junior here at Lewis University who is currently majoring in Secondary Education with a focus on English and a minor in ESL. I originally attended Illinois State University with a major in Public Relations, but decided to transfer to Lewis University my second year along with changing my major. Outside of classes, I am working as a teacher at a daycare, but in my spare time, I enjoy staying active, volunteering at senior homes and staying busy with family, friends, etc. Writing has always been a major influence in my life whether it be personal or academic. If I had to pick out a couple of my strengths as a writer they would definitely have to be my ability to create a voice along with being able to efficiently and thoroughly elaborate on my ideas. I have always had a passion for writing along with helping others improve their own writing. I am delighted to have the opportunity to help other students with their writing and could not be more excited to use my own knowledge and experience to help others not only grow a better understanding of the writing process, but also expand their confidence with their work.|
| Jasmine: Hi! I’m Professor Jasmine Castillo and I am the Writing Center’s graduate ESL specialist and the ESL Coordinator here at Lewis. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English-Professional Writing from Lewis in 2010 and received my Master’s degree in Teaching Writing from DePaul University in 2012. I also have a graduate teaching certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I teach College Writing 1, College Writing 2, and ESL Essay for the English department.
I believe that we become better writers by reading thought-provoking texts and responding to those texts through conversation, collaboration, and experimentation with writing and rewriting. I hope to help you become comfortable with participating in the writing process and all the learning that occurs along the way. I have always been fascinated by language and although writing is challenging for even the most experienced writer, I find writing to be a thrilling task. I believe that bilingualism is an ability people should be proud of. Being able to understand the world and communicate one’s beliefs through more than one language is an exciting skill. I have extensive experience writing undergraduate and graduate level papers, and can assist students with any aspect of writing. I am also happy to work with you on any ESL issue you may be struggling with such as grammar, vocabulary, understanding assignments, and/or practicing conversation. As a graduate specialist, I have helped many Lewis writers craft effective cover letters, resumes, and nursing papers and better understand how to write in APA style.
When I am not teaching, or grading, or tutoring, I enjoy reading psychological thrillers, cooking Mexican food, and watching Sesame Street with my son Dean. I look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on developing your skills as a writer.
|Jessica: Hi! My name is Jessica and I am a Writing Center Graduate Assistant/Tutor. I am a first-year graduate commuter student studying to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker! Before Lewis, I graduated from Loras College with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. At Loras, I was part of the swim team and worked as a co-editor on our school’s yearbook. Being an editor allowed me to provide feedback to peers and work one on one with students in improving their stories and designs. I have grown to love writing because it gives you freedom in your assignments and allows you to create something that is completely unique. When it comes to writing, I enjoy brainstorming, planning, connecting ideas, and integrating research. As an undergrad, I created and presented a research study at the Iowa Sociological Association Conference. I enjoy working with students who are seeking to share their writing with a wider audience. If you are interested in submitting work for Lewis’s Celebration of Scholarship, I would be enthusiastic in helping you. I can work with students of many different disciplines; however, I particularly enjoy working with psychology, sociology, social work, and philosophy. For me, the best feeling as a student is turning in a paper that I am proud of, and I want you to have that same feeling! Outside of Lewis, I work with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities in conjunction with mental illnesses. I like working in an environment where I can problem solve and actually see change happen. I also love hanging out with friends and family, eating, trying new things, exercising, listening to country music, and watching Shameless.|
|Joe: My name is Joe and I am a graduate student at Lewis University. I am currently pursuing my secondary education teaching certificate in English. I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Arts and Sciences from DePaul University with a concentration in English and Literary Studies. Throughout my years at DePaul I tutored many of my fellow students, and the writing subjects ranged over a variety of different fields and topics. Aside from writing I also enjoy running, watching the Chicago Blackhawks, kickboxing and spending time with family and friends.First and foremost, I understand that not everyone loves writing and that some experiences in this area aren’t always positive. My personal goal as your tutor is to make your comfort level with writing better than it was before you came into the Writing Center. I also aim to improve your writing process as well as specified mechanical skills like grammar. Focusing on and developing these techniques will vastly enhance your work. I look forward to working together!|
|Leah: Hello, and welcome to my bio. My name is Leah Roberts, and I am a junior here at Lewis University! I would be absolutely honored and delighted to assist your writing skills, or assist you in the writing process of your paper. As an elementary education major with an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL), I have a passion for working and communicating with others. I want to do everything that I can to help you achieve your very best. I have experience tutoring students at my local elementary school, and this has helped me to realize that my heart truly does lie in the field of education. Thank you for helping make my dream of working as a tutor for other students come true. My love for reading and writing came at an early age when I began reading the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling inspired me as a young girl to write my own stories. I hope to start my own blog in the near future or begin a blog for teachers when I become one. When I am not in the library studying, I have a number of passions. I am crazy about running, and I plan on running a marathon in the near future. My love for running definitely gives me a good appetite, which has led me to my love for cooking and trying new recipes with my very talented mom. My family means absolutely everything to me, and I love spending time with them. I truly treasure our yearly summer adventures in Michigan. Thank you for your time, and I want you to know that you are in great hands with me as your tutor!|
|Lillian: Hi! My name is Lillian and I am a Biology major with the hope to someday be a research scientist, so I am very familiar with scientific writing and lab reports. For a majority of my educational career, I was very reluctant when it came to writing, but being able to explore different writing styles and topics in a college setting has allowed me to cultivate a greater appreciation and patience for writing and the writing process. Being a former clarinet tutor, I believe that the writer has as much to offer as the tutor. I enjoy working one-on-one with others and having an opportunity to learn from them as well. In my free time, I love to jam on my saxophone, play videogames, and spend time with friends. I look forward to working with you!|
|Liz: Hello, writers! My name is Liz and I have been tutoring here at the Writing Center for two years. I am currently pursuing my bachelor’s in Middle Level Education with a second major in English. I am a senior and plan to graduate in December of 2018 and then, I am on to teaching middle school Language Arts! Last semester, I taught in an 8th grade classroom at Dirksen Junior high and next semester, I will be completing more student teaching. I am very happy to be returning to the Writing Center for a second year and am excited to work with different writers! I can help writers with all types of writing styles and assignments, but specifically, I enjoy working on literary analyses, reflections, summaries, and creative pieces. Along with that, I am also on my way to pursuing my ELL/ESL certification through the Writing Center and have experience working with students who speak English as a second language. My experience here at the Writing Center along with my coursework at Lewis has taught me different approaches on how to assist writers and better help them with brainstorming, developing ideas, and making connections. Outside of the Writing Center, I am also involved with the Lewis University newspaper, The Flyer, and participate annually in the university’s fine arts magazine, Windows. I also work part time at my local library in the children’s department and love to spend time reading, going to concerts, and hanging out with my cat, Minnie. I look forward to working with you and strengthening your skills!|
|Melissa: Hello! My name is Melissa and I am a senior at Lewis University. I am majoring in special education and minoring in psychology. This is my third year as a tutor. I’m also currently on the executive board of a great organization here on campus called Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an international organization dedicated to the inclusion of adults with intellectual disabilities. In my spare time, I love to figure skate and cook! My love for writing stems from my love for reading. Some of my favorite books are Harry Potter and Wuthering Heights. As a special education major, it is my mission in life to promote inclusive learning. I am excited to work with students with disabilities or students with diverse needs. I am also an ELL/ESL specialist and am excited to support students with needs in this area. I believe everyone is capable of being a great writer and I am willing to support your unique needs to help you become the best writer you can be!|
|Michael B.: My name is Michael and I am a doctoral student at Lewis in Educational Leadership. As a graduate writing specialist, working with Master’s, Doctoral, and SPCE-level writing, I can assist students with any aspect of writing as well as resumes and graduate school personal statements. In addition to writing two Master’s theses and peer-reviewed journal articles, I have extensive experience writing undergraduate and graduate level papers, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. I particularly enjoy working with assignments in history, political science, economics, philosophy, english, theology, communications, sociology, education, cultural studies and the liberal arts in general. I can also assist with CMS, MLA, APA citation styles and ELL/international student writing as well. I believe strongly in emphasizing organization, focus or unity, and content development when writing. In my spare time I enjoy grilling meats, 5 on 3 power plays, the future, the sea, and coaching the Lewis University Rugby Club. I look forward to working with you and hope to be a part of the Lewis community for a long time.|
|Mike K.: Hi, I’m Mike Kyburz, and I’m new to working at the Writing Center. I’ve taught Writing at Lewis since 2014. I teach College Writing 1 and College Writing 2. Previously, I taught Writing at Utah Valley University for 6 years. I also served the Athletics Program at Arizona State University by tutoring many of their student athletes. I studied at the University of South Florida (English, History, and the Humanities), where I also worked as a DJ at WBUL, our university’s student-run radio station. Later, I became their Music Director and enjoyed supporting creative artists and their fans by providing our services. I continue to support creative vision as a Theater Manager at the Sundance Film Festival (16 years!). I don’t have any kids, but I have four nieces and one nephew that live in the area and I enjoy seeing their school projects. I love Writing, teaching Writing, and helping writers. I look forward to working with you!|
|Noah: Greetings fellow Lewis University students! My name is Noah Slowik and I am a fourth-year junior currently pursing my Bachelor’s in English Language Arts and Secondary Education. I am transfer student from North Central College now entering my fourth semester at Lewis where I am scheduled to graduate with the class of 2019. In my time here, I have been fortunate to celebrate some academic success whereas I currently maintain a 3.9 GPA. During my undergrad thus far, I have also discovered strong fascinations in the areas of Psychology, Theology, and Philosophy in addition to the interests in my major classes. In addition to academics, I also played on the school’s Men’s Club Volleyball team for a semester, and I am about to enter my third year coaching high school boys at Breaker Volleyball Club in Naperville. Starting this fall semester, I am also getting involved with the school newspaper, The Flyer, and the school literary magazine, Jet Fuel Review. I also spend as much time as possible participating at the Philip Lynch Theatre on campus. This summer, I worked as a barista pouring coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts and loved it. During my free time, I am learning to speak Polish, I enjoy reading sci-fi novels, I love visiting the plethora of awesome museums in Chicagoland, and I also like discovering the newest and grooviest indie music that millennials can find.|
| Rich: Hello, everyone, my name is Dr. Rich Foss and I happy to join the Writing Center staff as a graduate specialist this semester because this will allow me to further use my experience as an English teacher to help students get the best out of their writing. I teach for the English Department, mostly College Writing 1 and 2, but I have also taught Creative Writing, Business Writing, Literature and Writing for Law Enforcement at Lewis and in my twenty-one year teaching career. I’ve also tutored online for a number of years where I worked with students from 7th grade to doctoral level from all over the world. This teaching and tutoring experience gives me the tools and insight to be of use to students looking to improve their writing.
I grew up in Chicago and now live in Crest Hill with my wife and kids. When not teaching or tutoring, I am with my family, watching Game of Thrones or a British mystery with my wife Stacey, playing basketball, soccer or chess with my kids Ethan, Leah and Zoey and hanging out with my two dogs, Callie and Raven. I have a blast coaching my son’s soccer team each spring and fall. And as you might imagine, I love to read. I read history, biography, poetry, and fiction, but if I’m honest, more often than not these days you will find me reading a detective or mystery novel.
I believe that effective writing comes from a sustained writing process including free-writing, annotating texts, drafting and proofreading, etc. I believe Writing is a process of discovery and when we work this process over time writers have their best chance to develop substantive, meaningful texts. This process also helps writers de-stress, by breaking down the overall writing task, which can often feel overwhelming, to smaller steps that allow the writer to relax enough to bring their ideas forward and give them the best expression possible.
Do take advantage of this great resource you have in the Writing Center, where I look forward to assisting you with your writing.
|Sam M.: Hello there! My name is Samantha Moffett. This is my second year at Lewis University and I am majoring in Secondary Education and English. Before coming here, I went to College of DuPage for two years and graduated with an Associate in General Studies. Writing has been a big part of my life ever since I was little: I wrote short stories and poems for fun as well as for school magazines, I worked for the Lemont High School newspaper, the Tom-Tom, as a Features Writer for two years, and I was also a tutor at the LHS Writing Center. I love the process of writing, particularly when it comes to working with creative writing and poetry. My other passion is drawing, and I love to work on charcoal portraits or little doodles whenever I get the chance. I cannot wait to help those who come into our Writing Center! I look forward to working with you!|
|Taylor: Hi, everyone! My name is Taylor, I am a senior here at Lewis majoring in Psychology and minoring in Social Work. This will be my third year working at the Writing Center and I am looking forward to working at the Writing Center again this semester. I love writing persuasive papers because there are so many different routes you can go with them, allowing you to be unique with your writing. In addition to persuasive papers, I also enjoy memoirs and rhetorical analyses, but am excited to help with any type of paper that comes my way. With my abilities in writing and experience working with others one-on-one, I feel that I am prepared to help anyone that needs it and to assist as much as a specific person needs. I am open-minded with my writing and enjoy learning new ways to let creativity show through. I will bring that to the table during my tutoring sessions. I do not believe that there is one “right” way to write and would never try to tell someone that they are wrong. With the right skills, students can enjoy writing rather than feeling that it is such a daunting task. That is something I would like to show the peers I work with. Besides working at the Writing Center at Lewis, I am a member of Best Buddies and Psi Chi. Outside of writing, I enjoy being around friends. You’ll always see me around campus with them. I also have an unhealthy addiction to Netflix; I watch way too many TV shows. I look forward to working with you this year!|
Writing Center Director
Jennifer Consilio: Jennifer Consilio, Professor and Writing Center Director, began her career at Lewis in 2005. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in Rhetoric and Composition, with secondary areas in digitality and minority rhetorics. She has taught courses including Writing for the Professions, Document Design, The Electronic Word, Advanced Technical Writing, Writing in the Disciplines: Law Enforcement, Theories of Composing, Rhetoric for Writers, Advanced Writing, and courses in the First-Year Writing sequence. Recent scholarship presentations include “Reuse, Recycle: Constructing a (Re)New(ed) Ethos for Composition Studies,” and “Playgrounds of the Mind: Online Play with Identity.” She serves as the area chair in Virtual Identities and Self-Promotion for the National Popular Culture/American Culture Association and is currently working on a project examining technology and identity.