Writing Center

Meet Our Tutors

  • Anna Harris ’17

    Majors: Sociology & Anthropology/History

    Academic Interests:

    Education Language Policy in multilingual societies, second language acquisition, ethnic enclaves, magical realist literature, medieval religious thought, technology and social networks

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Arts and Entertainment editor of the Stentor, Ally member, Social Justice Scholar, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Dean’s list, co-authored an article with Professor Odugu

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Instead of only focusing on the assignment at hand, I hope that my client leaves our sessions having developed the confidence and skills for all of his or her assignments, present and future. In doing so, I hope to aid both my client and myself in becoming more meaningful participants in the Lake Forest College community. 

  • Camille Lemieux ’17

    LEAD TUTOR

    Majors:  Sociolinguistics & French

    Academic Interests:

    Language acquisition, cross-cultural relations, cognitive psychology

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow, Richter Scholar, Presidential Scholarship, Executive Board of Amnesty International, Secretary of French Club

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Each session at the Writing Center helps a client gain skills for both present and future endeavors at the College. I hope my clients leave feeling confident and prepared to tackle the friendly beast of college writing.

  • Grace Baumann ’18

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Major: Philosophy

    Academic Interests:

    Environmental Psychology, Philosophical controversy, Cultural studies

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Richter Scholar 2015, Deans List, Active member of Alpha Phi Omega, Archivist and DJ for WMXM, Member of the club rugby team

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Writing is part of what makes us human. Without the skills to effectively convey thought, meaning, and opinion to others, why write at all? I tutor to help clients feel as though they can cover a blank page with something they can be proud of. 

      

  • Kristen Whitney ’17

    LEAD TUTOR 

    Majors: Business & Communication

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Cross Country and Club Track, Dean’s List 2013-2014, Honors Fellow, MWC All-Academic Team, Cross Country Captain

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I love to write and I love thinking about writing. I also love reading others’ work and hearing their ideas and unique voice come out through the paper. I hope that I can help students become more confident in their writing abilities. I hope that this new confidence will allow students to see writing in a new light, one in which they no longer look upon essays and term papers with dread. At the very least, I hope to make the writing process seem a little less daunting and a little more enjoyable.

     

  • Kyle Sarabia ’18

    TRAINING ASSISTANT

    Major: Politics

    Academic Interests:

    American Law, Social Theory, Deviance, Forensic Psychology, Contemporary Philosophy

    Leadership and Involvement:

    LEAP, CHIC, CLC, Photography Club, Dean’s List, Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Honors Fellow, Secretary of CHIC, College Life Committee Student Representative

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I believe there is a certain power within one’s writing from commandeering words, inspiring emotions, and developing strength. In the English language, everything is a simple combination of twenty-six letters. All the most beautiful and provoking English writings came about from these twenty-six letters, which are available to anyone and everyone. Developing the capability to harness the potential of these letters can bring about confidence, something I believe you need in everything you do, wherever you go. I tutor because I want to see my clients grow, succeed, and be confident in their words and themselves.

  • Margo La Clair ’19

    Major: International Relations & Economics

    Academic Interests:

    International politics, studio art (painting and figure drawing), Spanish language, and art history (High Renaissance to early Cubism)

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Honors Fellow, Presidential Scholarship, Durand Scholarship, and 2016 Richter Scholar

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I struggled with writing for quite some time, as I lacked any confidence in my own writing ability. I was eventually able to gain confidence, and I hope to make my clients more confident and comfortable with the writing process.

  • Meghan Bellamy ’18

    Major: English

    Academic Interests:

    Ancient Greek Literature (Virgil, Ovid, Homer), Greek and Roman History, 17th century Literature (Milton, Spenser), Gender studies and Feminism throughout history, Marketing and modern consumerism, Interpersonal Communication (Plato, COMM 110), rhetoric

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Lacrosse, Stentor, WMXM Radio (Former WMXM Exec member–Folk music director), Ambassadors, Marketing and Research intern at Global Prairie Digital Advertising Agency, Going to Ireland in the Spring for Study Abroad

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor to both teach and learn new skills and to practice collaborative efforts in writing. I want the tutoring experience to be comfortable and open, and I want students to practice thinking in a way they may not be used to. My goal is for students to see their own growth and potential even within one session. As a tutor, I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients to provide them with the skills and confidence to succeed.

  • Michael Janecek ’18

    Majors: Neuroscience & History

    Academic Interests:

    “Les Poétes Maudits” (Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud), Feminist photography and the “male gaze,” Psychology of sexual abuse, Multi-culturalism and assimilation of values, Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and its impossibility of interpretation, Neurotheology, Modern European and Asian history

    Leadership and Involvement:

    International Student Organization, Secular Student Alliance, League for Environmental Protection, Muslim Student Association, Photography Club, Richter Scholar, First-Year Writing Contest 2015, Davis UWC Scholar, First Connection Mentor, Publicity Chair for International Student Organization, Vice President for Student Secular Alliance

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I value tutoring for the exchange of ideas that takes place within it. The client and the tutor grow through writing, forming a bond–a partnership. Ultimately, I tutor to cultivate a love for learning.

     

  • Rachel Jones ’17

    Major: English Literature & Music

    Academic Interests:

    Modernist Poetry, Postmodernist Literature, Shakespeare (primarily Much Ado About Nothing), Feminist Theory, American Dialects, Fandom Culture, The Multiverse Theory

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential Scholarship, Patterson Academic Scholarship, Dean’s List, Writing and Thinking Workshop mentor, Concert Band, Bass Clarinet, Poetry Club, Writing Club

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    When I write, I thrive on the satisfaction that I feel as I see my ideas coming together on the page in front of me. I tutor because I want to help my clients become more comfortable with each individual step of the writing process so that, ultimately, they can experience the same satisfaction about their own writing.

  • Samantha Miller ’17

    Majors: Chemistry & Biology

    Academic Interests:

    Infrared Spectroscopy and applications to Biomedicine and Art Conservation, Moral Relativity, Dystopian and Post-Colonial Literature, T.S. Elliot Poetry

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Relay for Life, Circle K, Student Ambassador, PRIDE, Social Justice Scholar, Alumnae City Scholar, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Chemistry tutor, Founder and Manager of Busk ‘Til Dusk, volunteer coordinator of Circle K, Relay for Life Committee

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Communication is a skill crucial to success in any field, whether you are an English major or plan to live the rest of your life in a science lab. Developing strong writing skills is important because knowledge must be shared in a clear, accessible manner. I tutor because I believe everyone has something to share with the world, and I hope clients walk away feeling as if they have accomplished their short term goals while still growing as a writer and as a person.

  • Shannon Dacey ’19

    Majors: Elementary Education & English (Writing Track)

    Academic Interests:

    Educational philosophy, educational technology, English literature, American literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, contemporary poetry, Spanish, world history, American politics, Earth science, Surrealist painters

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential Scholarship, Carnegie Writing Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    Initially, I wanted to tutor because I believed I could acquire some experience in teaching. But now, I understand that tutoring is a peer mentorship. While I help my clients add more to their repertoire of writing skills, I am also learning how to think critically about my own writing. When I was a freshman, I gained a lot more confidence in my writing from visiting the Writing Center. I want my clients to feel more comfortable with writing and to be confident about their writing style. I aim to not only help them adjust to writing at the college level, but also to develop a love of writing for academic and recreational purposes.

  • Sophie Mucciaccio ’19

    Major: English Literature

    Academic Interests:

    English literature (especially Jane Austen), Period films, Progressive movements, the American political system

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Women’s Choir, Richter Scholar, Honors Fellow, Presidential Scholarship

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I believe that everyone can be intelligent and thoughtful and therefore capable of formulating his or her own unique ideas. It is a shame, then, that some people struggle to communicate those ideas to others through writing. I tutor to help others express themselves effectively on paper and become confident in their own intellectual abilities. You can accomplish whatever you set your mind to if you have the right resources at hand!

  • Tom Steen ’18

    Major: Psychology & Neuroscience

    Academic Interests:

    Anything that has to do with how the brain works, cognitive psychology, sensations and perceptions

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Team recognition manager for Relay for Life, Football, Rugby, Athletic Council

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I want others to be able to pick out their ideas and connect them to make a very clear, logical argument. I want my clients to be able to write papers that have arguments that are clear enough for anyone to read and understand what they are trying to say.

      

  • Tracy Koenn ’18

    Major: English Lit & Politics

    Academic Interests:

    Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, classical music, the American political system, modern art, philosophy, especially political theory, the Harlem renaissance, and all spans and periods of literature

    Leadership and Involvement:

    Presidential scholarship, Patterson scholarship, Kappa Alpha Theta, UMOJA, staff writer for the Stentor, Media services student supervisor, swim coach, swim instructor 

    Tutoring Philosophy:

    I tutor because I gain insight from human connection: every time I have a session with a client, we mutually reveal concepts and ideas that help us to further our knowledge while also enhancing our writing skills.