Writing Center

Meet the Tutors


Mike BerntsenMichael J. Berntsen, Interim Director

I want to welcome everyone to the Writing Center. Before I became an English professor, I worked as a Lyophilization Specialist and Chicken Embryo Operations Team Leader for Lohmann Animal Health International with plans of becoming a mad scientist. Realizing the market was cornered, I transferred my skills to teaching. I've been teaching college for over ten years, with focuses in Composition, British Literature, Literature & Film, Drama, and Creative Writing.


Ashley Allen, Assistant Director

Hello, everyone! My name is Ashley Allen, and I am a graduate student here at UNCP. I recently graduated with a B.S. in zoology and a minor in journalism in May 2016, and I am currently working towards a M.A.T in Science Education Specialization (grades 9-12) degree. I have worked at the University Writing Center for a year now, and I am very excited to continue my experience as a graduate student. I am a fairly active volunteer and mentor on campus, so you may see me around a lot! As of fall 2015, I have maintained the presidential position of the UNC Pembroke Biology Club, and I am a student writer for the UNC Pembroke campus newspaper, The Pine Needle.

Amber Hestor, Assistant Director

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.

Citori Swink

Hello, everyone! My name is Citori Swink, and I am from Shelby, North Carolina. I am currently pursuing a degree in Secondary English Education. I have always had a passion for helping others learn and writing fiction. One day I hope to become a published author, but for right now I am focusing more on school. I also love to read. Harry Potter is my favorite book series, and my favorite characters are a certain pair of ginger twins. I have a black cat named Blitz, but I had to leave him at home when I moved on campus. I also have two younger brothers, and they are the reason I decided to work in the Writing Center. I have worked with them a lot over the years. They are both wonderful little brother, and even though we don’t always get along, I still love them and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I am excited about working in the Writing Center and working with students that need help on their assignments!

Carli Thompson

Hi, everyone! My name is Carli, and I am from the beach in Southport, NC! I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education Grades 9 -12. I fell in love with literature and reading in elementary school, and it has been my passion ever since. Once I graduate, I hope to obtain a Master’s Degree in English Education, as well. I have always enjoyed writing and hope to help others have a good experience with writing in any subject area. Tutoring at the Writing Center will allow me to gain one-on-one experience to help me once I am in my career as a high school English teacher. Helping others is very important to me, and the Writing Center is a great place to do that while also doing something I enjoy!

Jordan Williams

Hello, everyone! My name is Jordan, and I am originally from the small town of Fairmont, which is not far from UNCP. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Upon graduation, I plan on obtaining an M.A. and becoming a community college professor at a local institution. From a young age, I have had a great love of the written word. I have a passion for helping individuals become better writers, and I love the experience of meeting new people in different majors and from all walks of life. I look forward to meeting new student writers and helping everyone who needs assistance!

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