Writing Center

Meet the Tutors

 Janae AikenJanae Aiken

I am originally from San Antonio, Texas but my mom is in the military so that is what brought me to North Carolina. I am an English education major and plan to teach high school English once I graduate from UNCP. In addition to being a full-time student, I am the goalkeeper for the UNCP women’s soccer team, a member of SAAC, and an employee at American Eagle and Starbucks. One could say that I like to keep busy and have a lot on my plate.

Ashley Allen
Hello, everyone! My name is Ashley Allen, and I am a senior here at UNCP. I am working towards my B.S. degree in biology with a tract in zoology and a minor in journalism. I am not quite sure what exactly I want to do with my degree yet, but I have dreams of working for a science magazine and one day writing my own series of science based children’s books. I am also an active member of the Biology Club, and hope to obtain an office position in the near future. I enjoy meeting new people and encouraging them to get involved on campus. I used to be a wallflower and never left my room, but during my junior year the Biology Club and friends encouraged me to come out of my shell. I am excited to begin my journey at the Writing Center and look forward to meeting many new names and faces!

Haley Bean

Haley Bean

I am from Seagrove, North Carolina and have lived there all my life. I am pursuing my B.S.W. in social work and intend to continue into the one-year master's program here at UNCP. Once I finish with school I plan to get a job working with children; however, I am not quite sure which direction I want to go with that yet. I enjoy working in the Writing Center and hope I am of help to whoever comes in.

 

Nestor Guerra

Nestor Guerra

My name is Nestor B. Guerra and I am originally from Honduras, Central America. I am working on my MA in English; I think English is an interesting language because of William Shakespeare, and as a child I wanted to learn it. I graduated from MacMurray College in a small college town named Jacksonville, Illinois and majored in English/Spanish. So, se habla espanol. Since graduating from MacMurray College in 2008, I was in the U.S. Army and left in 2014. I currently reside in Aberdeen, NC with my wife. I enjoy working in the Writing Center; it is a place where I can meet students who are majoring in different areas and it allows me to be exposed to many different ideas--very interesting stuff!

Amber Hestor
Hello, everyone! My name is Amber, and I am from Rockingham, North Carolina. I pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and once I am finished, I plan to attend graduate school here at UNCP. My long-term goal is to teach linguistics at a college level. Growing up as an only child influenced my love for literature and writing. There were no siblings to play with, but there were always books to read. Working at the Writing Center not only allows me to gain experience that I can use in my future classroom, but it also allows me to meet new people while helping solve problems.

 

Kelli Jacobs

Kelli Jacobs

Hello, my name is Kelli. Originally from Clinton, North Carolina, I moved to Pembroke with my family in 2009. I fell in love with reading and writing at a very young age, which often caused my passion for English to spill over into my conversations with others. My self-proclaimed titles of "bookworm" and "people person" made my choice to major in English education a natural decision. I look forward to one day becoming a teacher and sharing my excitement for books, words, and learning with my students. Working in the Writing Center gives me a chance to not only gain experience in my field of study, but to also help students develop writing skills that will hopefully stay with them for a lifetime!

 

Zach Lunn

Zach Lunn

I was born in Boston, but raised in Las Vegas. I left the bright lights for the U.S. Army in 2006, and have lived in North Carolina since. I am studying zoology and preparing for a career in medicine. I love teaching and helping others solve problems. It is personally rewarding to be a catalyst of improvement in others' writing.

 

 

Cheron McMullen

Cheron McMullen

I am from the Bronx, New York, but I grew up in Fayeteville, North Carolina. I am a criminal justice major, and I hope to have a career in forensic toxicology. I enjoy reading, writing novels, crocheting, and watching anime. I like working in the writing center because I enjoy helping others reach their full potential. I love to see people grow and develop the skills and imagination to be great writers.

 

Kenley Patanella

Kenley Patanella

I was born in Raleigh, and after several years in the state I moved to Knoxville, TN. I lived there for ten years and just recently moved back to North Carolina. I am an environmental biology major with a minor in creative writing. I hope to become a wildlife biologist, but am still keeping an open mind to other future possibilities. I am very passionate about writing and hope to help others recognize their true potential and feel more comfortable with writing.

 

 

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