Writing Center

Meet the Tutors

 

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.

 

Mike BerntsenMike Berntsen

I am a lecturer in the English Dept. My greatest accomplishments include completing the Boston marathon in 4 and ½ hours, being nominated for Sundress Publication's Best of the Net 2012 Award, and starring as The School Master in Wild West City Amusement Park.

 

 

Mari DeRuntz

Mari DeRuntz

After teaching classical art in a private atelier for nearly a decade, I decided to return to university to finish a degree in English education. I'm a junior, and this year received the English department's writing scholarship, the Grace Loving Gibson Endowed Scholarship. I fell in love with writing in high school, with reading long before, and I'm very excited to return to literature studies with a more focused and critical eye, and for the opportunity to work with students who come the writing center at all stages of their projects.

 

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 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.

 

Heather Wade

Heather Wade

I am originally from Savannah, Georgia, but I grew up in the Hope Mills/Fayetteville area. I am an English education major with a minor in biblical studies. Once I finish my degree, I hope to get a job as an English teacher at a local high school and continue on to my master's degree.

 I enjoy working in the Writing Center because not only does it provide valuable experience for my future as a teacher, but also because I am able to help fellow students improve their writing skills.

Teagan Decker

Teagan Decker

I am the director of the University Writing Center and I also tutor students for several hours each week. I am originally from California, where I earned my B.A. and M.A. in English. I then lived in Seattle for nine years, directing a writing center and earning my Ph.D.

I enjoy teaching courses at UNCP but I am glad that I am also able to meet with students one-to-one as a tutor in the writing center. I love to hear about students' ideas and collaborate with them as they improve their writing.

 

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