SPRING 2013 TUTORS
Vanessa Cordero I am a writer. I spend much of my time writing creatively and reading. So far, I have only experimented with short fiction and poetry, but I hope to write novels as I become a better and more confident writer. My other hobbies include music and art. I have been playing guitar since I was ten. I also use art to add to my literature and create visual aids for my work.
Rebecca DeLaCruz This is my last semester at Dutchess Community College. I will be transferring to SUNY New Paltz in September to major in international relations and minor in geography. When I first enrolled at Dutchess, I was apprehensive about my ability to be a successful student; however, after utilizing all of the resources available, including the Writing Center, I have been able to see myself improve as a student through my writing. In the past, writing was my catharsis to say something that I was not willing to say aloud because I was scared of the scrutiny my writing might receive. Presently, I still use writing as an outlet, but I am more comfortable with showing other people my writing and am open to constructive criticism. I hope that through tutoring I can make my peers feel more comfortable with English and recognize the beneficial aspects of free writing and academic writing. I also hope to convert all of the students who say they hate English because they associate it with merciless papers.
Hey everyone, I am Eileen Egan . This is my third semester at Dutchess, and I am thrilled to be part of the Writing Center community! I am currently going for a degree in elementary education with a concentration in English. My passion is helping others, and I look forward to pursuing that through the Writing Center. When I am not at Dutchess, I am either at work or off doing something spontaneous and fun. I look forward to meeting new people through this fantastic opportunity at the Writing Center, and I hope to help each individual to reach their full writing potential!
Hey, I'm Mike Fracentese, and this is my third semester here at Dutchess. I'm hoping to graduate this year so that I can transfer to a four-year school to pursue my bachelor's in… something. I'm not sure what I want to do with my life just yet, but I know that I want it to involve writing. Words are my passion and I'm almost always juggling several books and several writing projects. Usually these are on the shorter side, but for the past few months I've been working on my first novel. I jumped at the chance to work in the Writing Center because it seemed like an opportunity to improve my abilities while sharing my enthusiasm with others.
My name is Erica Lehnert , and I'm on my third semester here at Dutchess. I'm currently trying to achieve a bachelor’s in adolescent education, but my passion is creative writing, language and all things art. In my free time I enjoy practicing poetry, screenplays, short stories and personal essays. I also read daily, follow street fashion, work full time and work on my personal studies. I am very enthusiastic about my craft, and I believe that emotion, devotion and motivation help us reach our goals more than anything else. I hope as a tutor to inspire you to believe in your abilities to help yourself and possibly appreciate the art of written communication as well!
Hello, everyone! My name is Andrea Monteleone , and this is my second semester at Dutchess, and I am really excited to be a part of the Writing Center community! I am currently a Liberal Arts and Science-Humanities Honors major, but when I transfer I plan to major in museum studies. My goal in life is to become a museum curator in London, UK! My passions are history, reading, writing, and laughing. I look forward to this opportunity to meet new people and to help in any way that I can. I hope that I can influence my fellow writers that writing can be something that they can enjoy and excel at.
Andrew Morgan This is my fifth semester at DCC. I am happy to get a chance to work at the Writing Center and look forward to it as a part of my academic experience. Some of my interests are comics, movies, and reading cracked.com articles. Hope to see you in the Writing Center!
Cathy Schwarz-Sapeta I am very independent. I am a good listener, fun-loving and patient. My second language is Spanish. I enjoy singing, running and using technology. I have taught adult ESL students and am pursuing a Master’s of Education degree to teach ESL K-12. I have successfully used the Writing Center to improve my class papers. I aspire to write my first novel in 2013. As a tutor in the Writing Center I hope to assist my fellow students with their writing goals – whether you love to write or hate to write. Just do it!
Hi there. I’m Tracy Stano , and I’m currently a freshman at DCC. I like theater, reading, and attempting to catch the crazy plotlines running through my head and crafting them into some substantial words fit for a story. I have aspirations of becoming a high school English teacher, so the opportunity that the Writing Center is giving me is amazing. I’m looking forward to working with you all, but I can’t do that if you don’t visit the Writing Center. So do that, and maybe you’ll have me as a tutor, and I could help you with your paper, we could grab some food, and we could be friends.
Hello everyone! I'm Kate Sullivan , a business administration major, and this is my fourth semester at DCC. I have been looking forward to this semester and more specifically becoming a tutor here at the Writing Center! While I am very tickled to be a part of this wonderful group of tutors, I was once on the other side of the desk. I hope that my insight and experience can alleviate any stress or concern that anyone has about coming to the Writing Center. Outside of school I work at Starbucks as well as at a chiropractor's office; I spend my actual "free time" indoor rock climbing and kickboxing. I couldn't be more excited to be here and am willing help any way that I can!
Michelle Turner DCC is my second go at the whole thing; my first ended in a B.A. in English and theater from Barnard College, and a few years spent as a tutor for Princeton Review and freelance writer. Though I am currently a music major here at DCC, I keep finding my way back to both writing and tutoring, and finally gave in to the pull of the Writing Center as a way to strengthen my own writing and teaching skills in anticipation of a future career as a teacher. My experience thus far has taught me that no matter how much you think you know about writing, you can always learn more, and never underestimate the value of a second set of eyes when revising. When I'm not in the Writing Center, I can usually be found in one of DCC's music practice rooms or our theater, and I hope all of my fellow students will consider getting involved in the performing arts here as well!
Professor, English and Director of the Writing Center Last year was the Writing Center's busiest ever. More and more students are using our tutoring services to strengthen their writing and thinking skills, improve course grades, and enjoy a comfortable campus home where they find new friends. This year we aim to experiment with some new writing technologies that might give writers tools to capture and process their sessions, enhancing the opportunities for revision. firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor, English and Director of the Teaching Resource Project The focus of the Teaching Resource Project is the Roundtable Lunch Project, a bi-weekly discussion on issues of teaching that brings together faculty and staff from across the disciplines. The Writing Center also sponsors an annual professional development workshop for faculty. In addition, at instructors’ requests, we offer workshops to students and classes in subjects such as writing research papers and taking essay exams. email@example.com
Teaching Lab Assistant, Writing Center Computer Lab Hi, I am usually the first face you will see when you enter the Writing Center. I’ve been here for about twelve years now, and each semester presents its own challenges as well as joys. I am here to share both with you. I often get questions ranging from, "Do you know what time the bus comes to the Main Mall," to "How do I create a database in Microsoft Access?" So feel free to stop by and drain every fiber of my being! Just kidding, looking forward to your visit. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! My name is Stefan Spezio . I am the DCC Writing Center’s Professional Tutor (day) and when I am not in H503, I like to spend my time watching movies, reading, and traveling. I really enjoy working with students, and I look forward to meeting all of you. email@example.com
Henry Ri cci (professional tutor) I am excited to be here working with you on any and all writing assignments but very interested in seeing creative writing assignments as well. From my years of tutoring here in the Writing Center, I am again proposing the "money back guarantee" for your session because I know you and your paper will benefit from the experience, and you will enjoy yourself. How can you go wrong with that? I received my Master's from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut in English with a writing concentration and am a professional writing tutor here at Dutchess. PS. The administration has not (yet) approved my guarantee idea, but stay tuned!
Hello! My name is Jeff Paggi . I am the DCC Writing Center’s Evening Professional Tutor. I am a former DCC student who loved it so much I returned. I have a bachelor's in English literature from Binghamton, and have done graduate work at Binghamton and Bard College. My twelve-year-old son will gladly tell you how fun it is to work with me on writing assignments.