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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 numerous courses in writing, rhetoric, and research at Endicott, Southern Connecticut State University, and Ball State University, as well as designed courses in the History of Women’s Writing and Rhetoric and Writing for the Digital Age.  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 current research involves use of activity theory in creative writing classrooms and examining the assessment practices of undergraduate creative writing programs.  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                         

       Ellen Goldstein                          

    Melissa (Sam) Sherman          

                      Amy Cohn

       Julie Jensen

    Juliana (Julie) Studer

                      Robert Connolly

       Judah Leblang

    Samantha Williams
                      David DiSarro
       Patricia Shepherd
 

 

Peer Writing Tutors

                    Kaleigh Brown*

  Michael Goodwin
                Alyson Stearns

                    Kevin Duffy                                

  Ashley (Ash) Monks
                Kara Summerly*

                    Mary Fitzsimmons   

  Kimberly Pavlovich     
                Michael Turner  

                    Samantha (Sam) Garrity

  Emily Pineau*
               
 

*2014 - 2015 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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Amy Cohn
Although Amy grew up in New York City, she has spent almost her entire adult life in the Boston area. She graduated from Binghamton University with honors in history and election to Phi Beta Kappa and went on to work in publishing for a year. Then she returned to school to earn an M.A. in children's literature at Simmons College. A long career in children's literature and publishing ensued, part of which included (and still includes) wearing an educator's hat (teaching courses in children's literature to undergraduate and graduate students). Amy came to Endicott College and the Division of Academic Resources seven years ago, splitting her time among the Writing Center, one-on-one work with students, and occasional teaching. She enjoys every part of this community tremendously--students, colleagues, and those breathtaking ocean views.  Amy is married with two high-school age children.

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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, ages 10 and 13.  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 is in her second year 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 Center for Teaching and Learning and three afternoons in the Writing Center (since September 2011).  She currently lives with her husband in Gloucester, MA and Blue Hill, ME.  They have 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
Julie earned her B.A. in English at Villanova University, with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric.  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.  She continued her education at Lesley University where she is earning her MFA in Fiction.  Her work, both in fiction and nonfiction, has appeared in various literary magazines.  She continued to pursue writing center work while at Lesley, and is eager to dive in to the thriving and exciting atmosphere of the Endicott Writing Center.

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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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Kevin Duffy
Kevin is a junior honors student from Reading, MA.  Even as a finance major, Kevin knew immediately the Writing Center would be a critical academic resource.  He adores both his Endicott family and the surrounding North Shore community.  At Endicott, Kevin serves as the Vice President of the Class of 2015, and as a Residence Hall Associate for Healthy Living.  Along the North Shore, Kevin works as an industrial sales associate at Fastenal in Peabody, volunteers for the North Shore Habitat for Humanity, and plays in the North Shore baseball league.

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Mary Fitzsimmons
Mary is a senior English major with a concentration in Secondary Education.  She is from Westford, MA.  After graduation, Mary hopes to work as a high school English teacher.  She is a member of the Endicott Scholars Program and English Honor Society.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, skiing, listening to music, and reading.

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Samantha (Sam) Garrity
Sam is from Berlin, MA, but has lived in Hurricane, UT and Kilmarnock, Scotland and hopes to move to Wellington, New Zealand.  She is a sophomore Psychology student and is involved with REACH.  In her free time, she water-skis and competes in national competitions.  In addition, she is a volunteer EMT and volunteers with a Pit Bull rescue league.  She tries to spend as much time as she can with her two dogs.

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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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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.  Her dream is to be a published author before she graduates.

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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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Emily Pineau
Emily is from Stoneham, MA and is majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.  She currently writes book reviews and conducts interviews for Ibbetson Street Press, and writes articles for The Visiting Author Series at Endicott College.  Emily is also writing a young adult novel and putting together her second poetry collection.  Besides writing, Emily enjoys a good cup of coffee, anything that has to do with cats, books she can stick her nose into, and organizing everything around her.

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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 Summerly is a Visual Communications major with a concentration in Graphic Design, and she is from East Greenwich, RI.  Along with tutoring at the Writing Center, Kara is also a member of the Endicott College Scholars Program.  In her spare time, Kara loves to paint, draw, spend time with friends and family, relax at the beach, and travel as much as possible.  

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Michael Turner
Michael is a senior English major with a minor in Communication.  He is interested and involved in poetry, writing, and community programs with the Spokenbird Poetry Club and Residence Hall Association.  His passion and interest in writing, along with his interest in becoming closer to the Endicott community, were significant motivating factors in his applying to be a writing tutor.

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