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The Writing Center - About the Tutors

Director

David R. DiSarro, Ph.D.
David earned his doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition from Ball State University in July 2011.  He has a M.A. in English from Southern Connecticut State University, where he was also a Graduate Research Fellow, and a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington.  David has taught an array of courses at Endicott, including freshmen composition, argumentative writing, creative writing, professional writing, and literature.  In addition, David has tutored writing across the disciplines, presented at national and regional conferences, and has published several poems and short stories in print and online literary journals.  His first published chapbook of poetry, entitled I Used to Play in Bands, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.  In addition to tutoring alongside peer and professionals, David also works as the Associate Dean of Academic Resources.  He can be reached by phone at (978) 232 - 2237 or by e-mail at ddisarro@endicott.edu

Professional Writing Tutors

                      Susan Archer                         

       Julie Jensen                          

    Melissa (Sam) Sherman          

                      Robert Connolly

       Judah Leblang

    Juliana (Julie) Studer

                      David DiSarro

       Patricia Shepherd

    Samantha Williams
                      Ellen Goldstein
      
 

 

Peer Writing Tutors

                    Kaleigh Brown

  Sagun Limbu*
                Brenna Shannahan*

                    Paige Colombo                               

  Ariana Mackey
                Alyson Stearns

                    Samantha (Sam) Garrity 

  Ashley (Ash) Monks     
                Eliza Steadman  

                    Michael Goodwin

  Kimberly Pavlovich
               Kara Summerly
                    Ben Horgan*
   Billy Restivo
               Olivia Weinmann
 

*2015 - 2016 Endicott College Writing Fellow 

Professional Writing Tutors

Susan Archer
Susan Archer has a B.A. in English from Rutgers University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education (English) from Boston College.  She taught high school English classes at Waltham High School and worked as a mentor/tutor in the Hingham and Cohasset school districts.  After moving from Hingham to Topsfield, she began teaching an introductory college writing class at Northern Essex Community College.  In her self-started business Essay Angel, she coaches students through the college application essay process.  She also volunteers her time at Salem Cyberspace in Salem, MA, teaching low-income students how to write a strong college essay.  Her favorite book is J.I. Rodale's The Synonym Finder - a wonderful writing tool that she highly recommends to all students.  She has three children and loves to read, write, ski, and go to the beach.

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Robert Connolly, D.P.M.
Bob Connolly comes to Endicott with experience teaching writing and grammar in the English as Second Language (ESL) department at North Shore Community College.  He also acted as a tutor and night coordinator of the ESL Multimedia Lab.  Bob is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.A. in Chemistry (1985).  He received his Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 1990, followed by a two year podiatric surgical residency at the Affiliated Hospitals of New York.  In 2011, Bob graduated from Salem State University with a Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language.  Bob lives in Lynn with his wife and two sons.  Bob is also involved with many community organizations, mostly dealing with the protection and advancement of young people, including the Advisory Board of the Lynn Division of Children and Families, the Lynn Youth Street Outreach and Advocacy (LYSOA), Straight Ahead Ministries, the Community That Cares Coalition (CTC), as well as other organizations.

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Ellen Goldstein
Ellen has a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and an M.F.A. in poetry from Emerson College in Boston. She began tutoring at Carleton and has also tutored at the Boston Architecture College. She has been a copy editor and a bookseller, and has published poetry in a wide range of journals. When not tutoring, she is a freelance editor. 

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Julie Jensen
Julie holds a B.S. in elementary education from Salve Regina University and an M.A. in foundations of teaching and curriculum from Fairfield University. Julie was a public elementary school teacher for 10 years in Connecticut and Massachusetts school systems. During this time she was a cooperating teacher for graduate and undergraduate education majors, and a district mentor to beginning teachers. She has also served as the assistant program director for the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English. In addition, Julie was awarded a fellowship through the University of Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut Writing Project, where she developed and ran a workshop on maintaining student voice in non-fiction writing. Julie lives on the North Shore with her family.

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Judah Leblang
Judah holds a B.S. in Education of the Deaf from the University of Tennessee, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University, and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies/Creative Writing from Lesley University.  He has worked as a special education teacher, a career counselor, a sign language interpreter, and a creative writing instructor.  He is also a professional storyteller, newspaper columnist, and radio commentator. 

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Patricia Shepherd
Tricia holds a certificate in business administration from Katharine Gibbs (1972), a B.A. in Individualized Studies (2008) involving 33 Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) credits, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (2010) from Goddard College.  Tricia worked in business for seven years before having children.  Since then, she has lived in/worked as a teacher, librarian, and administrator in Casablanca, Morocco; Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain; Cairo, Egypt; Blue Hill, Maine; and Asmara, Eritrea.  Interested in educational leadership, she served as student trustee while at Goddard and is on the Miss Hall's School Board of Visitors.  She has been Class Reunion Chair four times at Miss Hall's and two years on the Boards of Stewards for the Clockhouse Writer's Conference at Goddard.  She researches genealogy and writes poetry, fiction, short stories, and nonfiction.  Four mornings a week, she works in the Division of Academic Resources and three afternoons in the Writing Center (since September 2011).  She currently lives in Gloucester, MA and has an engineer son and a culinary daughter, both live on the west coast.

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Melissa (Sam) Sherman
Sam holds a B.A. in American Studies from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from Goddard College.  Her experience is varied, but most of her jobs have revolved around words.  She has worked as a proofreader and reporter at a community newspaper group, publications coordinator at an independent high school, English composition instructor at a community college, and online writer and copy editor.  She is also the author of a nonfiction book of local history, Ipswich:  Stories from the River's Mouth.

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Juliana (Julie) Studer
Juliana earned her B.A. in English at Villanova University in 2011, and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Lesley University in 2015.  She first experienced writing center work as an undergraduate tutor, and became quickly convinced that writing is a collaborative process which provides inherently valuable learning for both student and tutor.  Her work, both in fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in various literary magazines.  She believes that Writing Centers and Tutoring Centers are the most vibrant, warm, welcoming places on college campuses.

 

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Samantha Williams
Samantha graduated from Endicott with a B.S. in Psychology in 2010 and worked as a tutor at the Endicott College Writing Center from 2007 - 2012.  She recently completed a year-long master's program at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  Her degree in Research Methods of Psychological Science has expanded her background in psychology and neuroscience research, as well as her main interest in studying Alzheimer's disease.  Samantha is excited to apply her freshly learned skills to her previous writing center experience and is passionate about encouraging students to get excited about writing.  She currently resides in Rhode Island and is looking forward to rediscovering New England after a full year of living in the UK.

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Peer Tutors
Peer Tutors are certified by the
College Reading and Learning Association  

Kaleigh Brown
Kaleigh is a Communications major from Sandown, New Hampshire.  She is a member of the Endicott Scholars Program and Lighthouse, as well as a staff writer for the Endicott Observer.  She is passionate about traveling, reading, writing, and learning.  Kaleigh loves spending her spare time outdoors and in nature.  After graduation, she hopes to make a difference and help people.

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Paige Colombo
Paige is a sophomore Nursing major.  She is from Mendon, MA.  Paige plans on being a nurse anesthetist later in her career.  She gained her interest for the medical world from her mom and Grey’s Anatomy.  In her spare time, Paige enjoys reading, going to baseball games, the beach, and being around her family and friends

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Samantha (Sam) Garrity
Sam is from Berlin, MA, she is a senior Psychology student, but was once a Nursing student. She enjoys traveling around the world and hopes to one day live in many different countries. She is also a volunteer EMT and volunteers with multiple animal rescue and advocacy groups. Sam spends most of her free time either with her dogs or on a lake water-skiing."

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Michael Goodwin
Michael is from Lawrence, MA.  He is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Computer Science.  Aside from being a writing tutor, he is a member of the Endicott Scholars Program, Sigma Tau Delta, and works as a copywriter for GreenbananaSEO and Voldea.com.  Outside of school, Michael loves to play soccer, write poetry, and practice web development.

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Ben Horgan
Ben is from Charlton, MA. He is an English Major with a concentration in Creative Writing. Other than being a writing tutor, he is also a New Student Mentor and a member of The Agency. Outside of school, Ben enjoys spending time with friends, playing and watching sports, free-writing, Netflix, and reading The Great Gatsby.

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Sagun Limbu
Sagun is a sophomore in Endicott College majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing.  She is originally from Nepal, but was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Sikkim, India. She discovered her love for reading and writing in high school through the help of her teacher. She loves learning new things. With the education that she is receiving/received, she hopes to return home and help her community.

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Ariana Mackey
Ariana is from Pelham, New Hampshire majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is an editor for the illustrious creative writing magazine, The Endicott Review, and writes for the creative writing column in The Endicott Observer. Her life dream is to become an editor at a publishing firm as well as publish her own novel. In her free time she prefers hanging out with her friends, reading, writing, and binge watching TV shows on Netflix.

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Ashley (Ash) Monks
Ash is an honors student majoring in Communication with a concentration in Digital Film and a minor in Creative Writing.  She's traveled here from the not-so-far-away land of Londonderry, NH, where she discovered her passion for telling a good story.  Alongside writing, she has a strange addiction to research, organization, and planning surprises.  Since starting school, she has published four short stories.

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Kimberly Pavlovich
Kimberly is from Northampton, MA. She is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communication.  She hopes to work in either publishing or advertising.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, making jewelry, and spending time with friends and family.  

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Billy Restivo
Billy is a sophomore English major with a concentration in creative writing.  Growing up in Burlington, MA, he discovered his passion for reading, writing, and music.  Billy is currently a member of the Endicott Scholars Program and hopes to expand his involvement in the school newspaper.  As an avid supporter of American athletics, he hopes to someday attend the Olympic Games, and/or marry gold medal-winning gymnast, Mckayla Maroney.

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Brenna Shannahan
Brenna is a sophomore from Shelton, Connecticut. She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Communications. She is a staff writer for the Endicott Observer, an editor for the Endicott Review, and a rower on the crew team. Brenna likes handwritten letters, long hugs, and the smell of new books. 

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Eliza Steadman
Eliza is a sophomore English major with a concentration in secondary education. Eliza is from Nantucket an island of the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. When she graduates Eliza would love to work as a high school English teacher. Eliza is a part of the Endicott Honors program and is a contributing writer for the Endicott Observer.  She loves being outside, playing softball with her team from back home, hanging out with her three sisters, going to farmers markets, and exploring new places. 

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Alyson Stearns
Alyson is a Psychology major with a minor in Human Services.  She is from South Windsor, CT.  Alyson hopes to become a substance abuse counselor when she graduates from Endicott and go to graduate school for a masters degree.  In her spare time she enjoys playing softball, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Kara Summerly
Kara is a senior Graphic Design major and Studio Art minor from East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Along with tutoring, Kara is a member of the Endicott Scholars Program. Outside of school Kara does freelance design work, paints, and spends time with friends. In addition to traveling after graduation, Kara would like to influence the world of "play" by working at Hasbro, Inc. in their Games Department. 

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Olivia Wienmann
Olivia is a junior Psychology major from Laconia, New Hampshire. She loves to help people and hopes to make a difference someday. Though she is unsure of what she would like to pursue as a career, she is excited to be exploring opportunities through internship at Endicott and eventually graduate school. In her free time, Olivia loves spending time outdoors and at the lake. She has a passion for animals and enjoys being in the company of her friends. 

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