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Faith B.
Faculty Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Faith. I am currently a graduate student in Monmouth’s Creative Writing M.A./MFA program and a graduate research assistant in the English Department. I received my B.A. in English from Thomas Edison State University. Aside from being a writer, I am also an amateur dog trainer, herpetoculturist, and all-around lover of animals. If I have free time, you can probably find me hiking a trail somewhere with my dog, Taurus. I believe that every student deserves to be confident in their writing, and I am excited to work with you to help you achieve that!

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Scharina B.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello, My name is Scharina and I’m currently a sophomore here at Monmouth. My major is English with a concentration in creative writing, minoring in Psychology and Spanish. I’m the Vice President of LASO, writer for The Outlook, EOF scholar and First to Fly member. I look forward to working with others in enhancing their work!

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Prof. Cavallo
Faculty Writing Assistant

I received my M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and I’m currently enrolled in our new MFA Creative Writing program. I’ve spent the last two summers tutoring with Monmouth’s EOF program, and I’ve been teaching composition courses for five years (EN 101 & 102). My favorite thing about teaching composition is connecting with my students through their writing and helping them grow as both writers and thinkers. In turn, I’ve found that I learn quite a bit from them! I’m looking forward to my third year tutoring for Writing Services. In my free time I can be found photographing wildlife, pets, and concerts, as well as working on my first collection of creative nonfiction personal essays, and playing clarinet in local concert bands.

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Prof. Connelly
Faculty Writing Assistant

I received my M.A. in English from Monmouth University, and I’m currently enrolled in our new MFA Creative Writing program. I’ve spent the last two summers tutoring with Monmouth’s EOF program, and I’ve been teaching composition courses for five years (EN 101 & 102). My favorite thing about teaching composition is connecting with my students through their writing and helping them grow as both writers and thinkers. In turn, I’ve found that I learn quite a bit from them! I’m looking forward to my third year tutoring for Writing Services. In my free time I can be found photographing wildlife, pets, and concerts, as well as working on my first collection of creative nonfiction personal essays, and playing clarinet in local concert bands.

Caroline D.

Caroline D.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Caroline and I am a sophomore at Monmouth University. Along with being a Writing Assistant, I am also a Resident Assistant at a freshman dorm on campus. I am a member of the sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and a student in the Honors School. I chose to be a Writing Assistant because I have a passion for writing. I look forward to helping students feel confident in their writing and submit work that they are proud of. 

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Zafria D.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Zafira, and I have just transferred to Monmouth after completing my associate’s degree at Brookdale Community College. I am a junior studying English and Secondary Education. I really enjoy reading or listening to short stories and novels in my free time, as well as playing on my guitar and bass. I am also interested in environmental science as well as political science, so I try to stay updated on current events relating to those subjects. I think that strengthening one’s skills as a writer benefits any career path that they may choose in the future, and I am really excited to work with anyone who may need help in the writing center this year (regardless of the topic)!

Charlotte Edwards - MU Writing Assistant

Charlotte E.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Charlotte and I am currently a Sophomore at Monmouth, majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. On campus, I am a peer mentor for the Transfer Students Mentorship Program and am working with the Monmouth Artists for Diversity and Inclusion program in the development of their second compilation album, MADI 2. I have always had a love for writing; however, my passion tripled in my courses this past semester as a new transfer student at the university. This was, especially, facilitated in my Introduction to Creative Writing during the Fall 2021 semester, as we mostly worked on creating and developing upon personal poems, short stories, and satires ranging from human-kind’s relationship with nature to overcoming both personal and community hurdles, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Being able to take a specific emotion or concept and expand upon it utilizing relevant details and intricate descriptions is one of writing’s most powerful capabilities, and I feel that it has allowed me to forge more meaningful connections with peers as well as myself. Venturing outside of my academic studies, I enjoy reading, writing poetry and short stories, spending time with my family and my dog, Tootsie, going on walks, and dancing. I am so excited to join the Writing Services team and to use my deep passion for writing to help students further cultivate their creative palette!

Olivia Frew - MU Writing Assistant

Olivia F.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Olivia, and I am a sophomore English and Secondary Education major. When I’m not doing homework, I’m either reading or playing Animal Crossing on my Nintendo Switch. I love writing and I am excited to help others build their skills and feel confident in what they create.

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Emma G.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! I’m Emma, and I’m a sophomore here at Monmouth. I have switched my major four times since committing to college and recently changed it to undecided because I am totally lost. I have loved to write since I first learned how, and I am hoping that my time as a writing tutor guides those I work with towards a feeling of confidence in their writing ability. My hobbies include music, travel, longboarding, and Asian soups. If you are looking for a pho or ramen spot near campus, I have some recommendations. I look forward to working with everyone!

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Prof. Hansen
Faculty Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Adrienne Hansen. I am a tenured sixth grade Language Arts teacher and an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the School of Education. From Monmouth University, I earned my B.A., in English and Education and a Master of Science in Education: Reading Specialist Degree. In addition, I earned Post-Masters Degrees in Supervision and Teaching Students with Disabilities. I first started as a Peer Writing Assistant in 2007 as an undergraduate student. After being hired as an Adjunct in 2015, I eagerly joined the staff as a Faculty Writing Assistant.

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Anna H.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi there! My name is Anna and I am currently a Junior here at Monmouth. I am majoring in English and Literature with minors in Criminal Justice and History. With all that I am also working on an undergraduate thesis with the University’s Departmental Honors program. In my spare time I like to read, write short stories, listen to podcasts, and play Dungeons and Dragons with my friends. I have a passion for writing and enjoy helping others learn the tricks and tips I’ve learned in my college journey. I am eager to meet you and assist you in Writing Services!

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Kaylee J.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Kaylee and I am currently a sophomore double majoring in both English and Elementary Education. I hope to also attain an endorsement in TSD and work with students with disabilities in the future. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, art, astrology, and traveling. I am so excited to work in the writing center this semester and look forward to working with you!

Melissa, Writing Assistant

Melissa M.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Melissa, and I am currently a sophomore at Monmouth. I am a Social Work major aspiring to work in the field of child welfare after graduation. One of my favorite things to do in my free time is to read on the beach (when the weather is warm, of course). As a future social worker, I have a passion for helping others, and I look forward to helping others improve their writing skills here at Writing Services!

Emily M.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! I am currently a graduate student studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Monmouth. I received my M.A. in English Literature concentrating in Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2020. While I love counseling, reading and writing are my academic passions and I’m excited to help students find their voice and hone the power of their writing.

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Erin M.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Erin. I am a junior at Monmouth University majoring in Secondary English Education. I have always had a passion for writing that has only been strengthened by Monmouth University’s incredible English department. In my free time, when I am not reading or writing, I love to sing and listen to music. I also have an innate love for teaching and helping others, so I am looking forward to guiding you to become an effective and confident writer!

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Zachary M.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Zach, and this is my second semester since transferring to Monmouth. I’m currently majoring in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing but had previously majored in Design. I enjoy writing stories and reading comics or manga in my free time. I hope that by working for Writing Services that I might be able to help someone gain confidence in their own writing like someone did for me.

Nick Morris

Prof. Morris
Faculty Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Nick Morris and I’ve received my B.A. in English/Secondary Education as well as my M.A. and M.F.A. in English Creative Writing here at Monmouth. I’m currently an adjunct professor in the English Department teaching composition and literature courses. In the past I’ve also been the vice president and editor-in-chief for the Monmouth Review. My main area of focus during my graduate studies was poetry, but I’m experienced in a variety of different genres and formats of writing. I’m excited to help students improve their writing and sharpen their literacy skills!

Sarabeth Nemetz, Writing Assistant

Sarabeth N.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Sarabeth, and I’m a junior majoring in Communications and minoring in Art. My other hobbies include reading, traveling, and going to concerts. I’ve always loved writing and editing, so I’m looking forward to working with Writing Services!

Jenna Puglisi, Graduate Writing Assistant

Jenna P.
Faculty Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Jenna. I received my M.A. and B.A. in English from Monmouth University. I’m currently enrolled in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program. Throughout my graduate studies, I’ve been a Teaching Assistant for multiple courses, and I previously served as Writing Services’ Graduate Assistant. When I’m not reading or working on my manuscript, I can be found at the beach or a concert. I’m looking forward to helping students strengthen their unique voices and writing styles!

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Lori P.
Peer Writing Assistant

I am a marketing major with a minor in communications. Outside of school, some of my favorite things to do are shopping, cooking, and traveling. I’ve always enjoying writing and helping my friends with their papers, and I’m looking forward to working with my peers at Writing Services this year!

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Katie R.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Katie, and I am currently a junior majoring in English with a passion for reading. When I am not reading or studying, I am volunteering at a local museum where I help with exhibits and reorganize the archives. I am excited to be part of the Writing Services team, and I cannot wait to help others strengthen their skills as writers!

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Marci R.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi! My name is Marci. I am a graduate student in Monmouth University’s English/Creative Writing M.A./M.F.A. program. I received my B.A. in English/Education from Rider University and my M.Ed. in Special Education from Rutgers University. I am a high school Special Education English teacher. When I’m not reading or writing, you’ll find me cheering for the New York Yankees or enjoying a country music concert. I have previous experience as a Writing Assistant during my undergraduate time at Rider. I am very excited to help students at Monmouth achieve success with their writing!

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Prof. Sampson
Faculty Writing Assistant

I am proud to say that I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from Monmouth University, and have been an adjunct professor at Monmouth since 2002, and at Kean University since 2009. Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to work as a writing assistant with Monmouth’s EOF Program. In 2007 I began tutoring in the Writing Services department at Monmouth, and the experience has been truly rewarding. Writing on an academic level can be extremely challenging for students, so our goal in writing services is to help students become better writers and, in turn, increase their overall academic success. I try to bring my love for writing to the students I work with, and encourage good writing in all aspects of life.

Kendall

Prof. Turchyn
Faculty Writing Assistant

Greetings! My name is Kendall Turchyn and I received my M.A. from Monmouth in Rhetoric and Composition, a field that I am very passionate about. I am an adjunct professor in the English department where I teach first-year Composition. In addition to that, I am a historical fiction author. As an educator and writing assistant, I firmly believe that it is our duty to empower students to find their own, unique voice through writing and to equip them with the necessary tools to succeed in school and beyond. I am entering into my fourth year here at Writing Services. In my free time, I enjoy reading, conducting research, and writing creative fiction.

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Hana V.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hi, my name is Hana. I am currently a sophomore at Monmouth majoring in Psychology with the hopes of becoming a psychologist. In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting, and watching movies. I have always loved peer reviewing my friends’ papers, so I am looking forward to continuing this passion here at Writing Services!

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Sarah V.
Faculty Writing Assistant

Hello! My name is Sarah, and I am currently enrolled in the English/Creative Writing M.A/MFA program here at Monmouth. I received my B.A in Creative Writing and Communications Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Writing has always been a passion of mine, and I am looking forward to helping students find their voice through words.

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Adriana Z.
Peer Writing Assistant

Hello! I’m a sophomore studying psychology as well as philosophy with the aspiration of being a professor one day. This year I will also be president of Monmouth’s Spectrum club in addition to working as a research assistant in Professor Greenspon’s psychology lab. Outside of school, I’m either practicing on a drum kit or carefully editing my Spotify playlists. I’m absolutely thrilled to fulfill my passion for helping others with writing this year!

Ashley Z.
Peer Writing Assistant

My name is Ashley. I am a junior pursuing a major in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. My two minors are in Computer Science, and in Communication Sciences and Disorders. I adore writing; therefore, I’m thrilled to support others in improving their abilities and gaining self-assurance in their work.