Current Tutors at Lewis University’s Writing Center
Spring 2017 Tutors
| Alexis: Hello! My name is Alexis. I’m currently a senior here at Lewis majoring in athletic training with hopes of becoming a physical therapist. I’m also a member of the Flyerettes dance team and a sister of Theta Kappa Pi sorority. In my downtime I like to dance sing, shop, go on Instagram, and watch my abundance of dance channels that I’m subscribed to on YouTube. Along with this tutoring job I also work at Harrah’s Casino in Joliet as a cashier/host and I’m also a dance instructor to little kids through Fitness4Change.
I believe I will bring a bright and positive atmosphere to the Writing Center. I’m very optimistic and always willing to help others. I was a former tutor back in high school and I absolutely loved it. Not only did I get to encounter different writers and styles, I also learned discovered new things I didn’t know about writing. I’m looking forward to being a Writing Center tutor and helping others as much as I can!
|Angelica: My name is Angelica and I am super excited to be tutoring in the writing center this semester! This is my fourth year here at Lewis. I am an English and Secondary Education major. I am also involved in the ROTC program and I work at the Rec Center. Therefore, you could say that I have a wide variety of interests. One of my biggest passions in life is writing poetry. Most importantly, I have always loved writing, both for school and recreation. Helping my fellow students in their writing process is something that I cannot wait to begin.|
| Bree: Hello! My name’s Bree (not like the cheese and I promise it’s not short for anything). I earned my Associate of Arts degree at College of DuPage and I’m well on my way to earning my Bachelor of Arts in English, Writing/Professional Writing, and a Minor in Social Media here at Lewis University. People have always told me since I was in middle school that I had a knack for writing. Well, I never really thought much of it other than I really loved to write. It took some trial and error, but I realized a year ago what I truly wanted to study in college and what kind of career I’d strive for once I graduated. I really want to help companies establish their own web presence, whether that be through a blog, social media, email, website, etc
I’ve already had some fantastic experiences and achievements surrounding writing. Not only was I an assistant editor on an issue of College of DuPage’s literary magazine, The Prairie Light Review, I was also published in two of PLR’s issues with a total of five original poems. I’m thrilled to have also been given the opportunity to expand my experiences with writing this semester by joining The Flyer as a Story Writer, working with The Jet Fuel Review, and of course, becoming a Writing Tutor for The Writing Center.
Outside of my college life and part-time job, you can find me hunting Pokémon (no shame), longboarding, seeing movies, going to concerts, jumping out of vehicles to rescue animals, or going on camping/fishing trips. I will be available for tutoring in The Writing Center on Thursdays from 1pm to 3pm. I’m extremely excited to begin, so don’t hesitate to book an appointment!
|Brother Chris: Hi! My name is Brother Chris and as a graduate writing specialist, working with Master’s or Doctoral level, I can assist students with any aspect of writing. Scientific, technical, business, and online writing, as well as APA and IEEE writing conventions are areas of particular expertise. My interests include the study of scientific and intercultural rhetorical communities, with an emphasis on how these communities communicate with other audiences. **Please note that I am not available for real time online response appointments.|
|Carl: Hello, my name is Carl Roach. I’m a graduate tutor at the Writing Center. I’m also a faculty member in the English Department. For the past ten years, I have had the opportunity to teach a number of writing courses at different colleges and universities. Some of the courses include American Literature, Multimodal Writing, College Writing I, College Writing II, Rhetoric and Composition, and Developmental Writing. Here at Lewis, I teach College Writing I, College Writing II, and Writing in the Disciplines. Writing in the Disciplines is a course designed for criminal justice majors and focuses on professional writing and writing police reports. Before teaching, I completed my undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Literature. I loved the subject and material as a student, and I love it as a teacher. I can help students work on essays and assignments from a variety of disciplines. I can also help develop resumes and cover letters. Outside of teaching, I love taking black and white photographs, reading fiction, watching science fiction movies, and playing baseball. I look forward to working with you this semester.|
|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!|
|Jasmine: My name is Jasmine and I am the graduate ESL specialist here at the Writing Center. 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 currently teach in the English department here at Lewis University. 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 find writing to be a thrilling task. I believe that bilingualism is a super power people should be proud of. 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, and/or understanding assignments. When I am not teaching, or grading, or tutoring, I enjoy reading, cooking, traveling with my husband, and spending time with my Teacup Yorkie named Oliver. I look forward to meeting you and collaborating with you on developing your writing.|
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!
|Julia: “Hello, its me/I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet…” for a scheduled tutoring secession with the one, the only, Julia. I am a senior here at Lewis University and I would like to help guide you through your quest of writing and leveling up as a writer. My majors include English and Secondary Education with a certification in Athletic Coaching. I also do have an educated background in medical terminology due to getting my C.N.A certification back in high school. I am from the suburbs of Chicago or, more specifically known as, Mount Prospect. In my free time, I like to take long walks on white, sandy beaches, read mystery or tragic stories, watch movies, go see or watch musicals (big fan ), and slowly wither down my three, full-page bucket list. I am also known for my amusing sense of humor (really good for satire essays), my overall dorkiness/cheesiness, and random quotes from movies, musicals, songs, etc. When I was a child, I use to struggle with writing and reading due to being adopted from Russia at three years old, which caused me to fall behind, according to U.S. standards. I struggled throughout grade school, often needing multiple tutors for multiple subjects, but when I got to high school my teachers began to challenge me. Not in English at first, but it gave me the confidence to push myself, as a writer and as a student, to push my limits. I would not be where I am today if I had not been encouraged by my teachers who went above and beyond to help me. I hope that I can encourage you and give you the confidence you need to become a better writer.|
|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 currently a senior at Lewis University majoring in Biology with the hope to someday be a research scientist. I am also a member of Lewis’ pep band, the Flight Crew, so you may recognize me from athletic events here on campus. 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 tutee 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 video games, and spend time with friends. I look forward to working with you!|
| Liz: Hello! My name is Liz and I’m a senior here at Lewis. I’m studying to get my B.A. in Middle Level Education with a second major in English. I can’t wait to be a teacher! I’m also a children’s librarian, which is pretty cool because it combines my two passions- books and children. I also work in small tutoring groups with the kids at my library. Through those groups, I help children with their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing structures. Helping kids with their studies is fun for me because it gives me a way to connect with them while also feeling like I am inspiring and motivating them! When I’m not at school or work, I enjoy writing- anything and everything. I’m also a huge horror film fan, avid concert-goer, and Stephen King book collector. In general, I love creating and making things with my hands, whether that be in the way of baking, cooking, or crafting. I came in first place for Creative Non-Fiction for the Lewis Fine Arts Windows Magazine in Spring 2016. I’m super excited to submit again!
This is my first semester working at the Writing Center and I’m looking forward to helping others with their writing. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but I definitely do have my struggles. Writing is a great way to let everyone express themselves, but I understand that sometimes there are barriers that prevent you from saying exactly what you’d like to say. That’s what I’m here for- to help you get your creative thoughts flowing and aid you in the process of writing exactly what you want to say. Because a lot of us share the same struggles, I believe we can all work together to achieve the same end goal- to make you a better writer! I can’t wait to meet other students and help them find their own passion and confidence within writing!
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 second year as a tutor. I’m also currently the president 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, ELL/ESL students, or students with diverse needs. 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: 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.|
|Natalie: Hi, everyone! I’m Natalie and I’m here to help you achieve your goals! I’m a senior here at Lewis with a Theology major, but I specialize in making sure your paper flows like you want it to, as well as ensuring your ideas are being communicated effectively and clearly. Writing has always been one of my favorite pastimes, regardless of whether or not it was academic. While I enjoy all types of writing, I most enjoy narrative reflections because I love watching a piece come together including material from the class and personal stories. I hope that with me, you’ll learn to love expressing yourself in writing as I do! I’ve always believed that writing is a window to the soul, and I hope that we can work together to find your own voice. When I’m not working or studying, I love to listen to music and talk with my friends about all matters under the sun! I also enjoy reading books and watching Netflix, like my favorites, Life of Pi, and Lost, respectively. I hope to see you in the Writing Center!|
|Sam: I am a fourth-year English major with a concentration in Creative and Professional Writing and a minor in film studies. I am also the managing editor of the literary journal Jet Fuel Review where I mainly deal with fiction, creative nonfiction, artwork and poetry from an editorial standpoint. My minor in film, coupled with the artwork I review for the journal, causes me to value the importance of visual rhetoric and how images can enhance any kind of text. Creative writing is my forte, but I also understand and enjoy rhetorical writing. I believe that writing of any type has the power to persuade and ultimately enhance the world by contributing to conversations that have been and will be going for centuries. When I’m not tutoring, I’m either working at Whole Foods or doing yoga.|
|Taylor: Hi, everyone! My name is Taylor, I am a senior here at Lewis majoring in Psychology and am looking forward to working at the Writing Center 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 analysis, but am willing 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 am willing to assist as much as a specific person needs. I am open-minded with my writing and learning new ways to let creativity show through and 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 it being such a daunting task and that is something I would like to show the peers I work with. Besides working at the Writing Center at Lewis, I plan on joining Psychology Club. 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.