Writing Tutors & Student Assistants


Aya Abdelhadi

Aya Abdelhadi, Student Assistant

  • BS student in Management Information Systems 
  • Goals: Eventually earn a Master's degree in Business, learn to speak Spanish fluently, and never stop learning
  • Special Interests: Reading, watching movies, and trying different restaurants and cafes


Ariel Andrew

Ariel Andrew, Writing Tutor

  • MFA student in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction 
  • Teaching Associate in the Department of English & Comparative Literature
  • Goals: Publish a novel, climb Half Dome, teach in a university, learn to surf, and have a giant dog
  • Special Interests: Traveling, being outside, trying new foods, and reading novels and short stories




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Brooke Blankenship, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in Linguistics
  • Course-embedded tutor for English 100W with Professor Karen English (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Teach at either the K-12 or post-secondary level, become multilingual, and learn to be competent in the kitchen
  • Special Interests: Ballroom dancing, visiting tide pools, and studying the chemistry of soap 


Jack Brady

Jack Brady, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in Animation/Illustration
  • Goals: Learn Spanish, see Kendrick Lamar in concert, learn how to play piano proficiently, and earn a minor in Creative Writing
  • Special Interests: Sketching life, playing at the arcade, watching Steven Universe, and reliving childhood on the beach





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Christina Cantero, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in TESOL
  • Goals: Become a professor of English in a university, move to Colorado, learn to play the bass guitar well enough to play a Primus song, improve painting skills, backpack Europe, learn how to Tango, obtain abs, and own five big dogs and two fluffy cows
  • Special Interests: Singing jazz, playing ukulele and bass, reading, online streaming, swing-dancing, video-gaming, drawing comics, camping, going to concerts, and not taking anything seriously


Luke Coulter

Luke Coulter, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English Education
  • Course-embedded tutor for Communication Studies 100W with Professor Mary Anne Sunseri (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Be kind, be wise, become a competent and inspiring English teacher, and get a few more goals
  • Special Interests: Reading, writing, playing video games, and obsessing over grammar


Evin de Leon Sanchez

Evin de Leon Sanchez, Writing Tutor

  • BM student in Music with a concentration in Composition and BA student in Japanese
  • Department-embedded tutor for graduate students in the MST (Master's Taxation) program 
  • Goals: Finish the first saga of my comic, release a solo album, create a band that stays together, and make a living doing what I love
  • Special Interests: Composing music, recording music, mixing music, staying up way too late, and playing Super Smash Bros. Melee for the Nintendo GameCube


Alejandra Galindo

Alejandra Galindo, Student Assistant

  • BS student in Management Information Systems
  • Goals: Earn a Master's degree in Business, travel all over the world, and buy a Tesla
  • Special Interests: Going to concerts, hanging out with friends, and going on hikes


Enya Gomez

Enya Gomez, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in Design Studies with a minor in French
  • Course-embedded tutor for Communication Studies 100W with Professor Ching Ching Tan (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Pet a wolf, have at least four dogs, create a design studio, and go on road trips across the country
  • Special Interests: Reading, hiking, making puns, and trying new foods 


Jenn Hambly

Jenn Hambly, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in Linguistics and TESOL
  • Goals: Earn a PhD, write a book, teach at a university, bake the perfect croissant, and travel the world
  • Special Interests: Cooking and baking, reading literature, going to concerts, being a mom, and trying new foods 


My-Tam Hoang

My-Tam Hoang, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in Child and Adolescent Development Teacher Prep with a Minor in Elementary Education 
  • Course-embedded tutor for English 100WB with Professor Laimin Lo (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Become an educator, make the writing process fun, improve my communication skills, and keep an open mind
  • Special Interests: Baking, painting, ballroom dancing, playing Pokemon, reading fantasy novels, and watching anime


Kerri Jensen

Kerri Jensen, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English with a Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing and a minor in Humanities
  • Course-embedded tutor for Psychology 100W with Professor Naomi Wagner (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Earn a Master’s degree, write a memoir, and visit every country in Europe
  • Special Interests: Reading, watching documentaries, spending time with my children, traveling with my husband, and learning anything new

Megumi Kamikawa

Megumi Kamikawa, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English, Creative Writing with a minor in Sociology
  • College-embedded online tutor for graduate students in the iSchool
  • Goals: Publish a book of poetry, record a studio EP, own anywhere between 2-5 pets, travel to all 7 continents, and live in the Northwest at some point
  • Special Interests: Journaling, songwriting, eating potatoes of any kind, doing nothing with friends, and making puns to annoy said friends




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Masako Kamoto, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in TESOL 
  • Goals: Own three cats, travel across Japan and Europe, work as a video game translator, write and illustrate a comic, and learn to play guitar
  • Special Interests: Reading, drawing, spending time with friends, playing video games, and singing for hours on end at karaoke


Nicky Lai

Nicky Lai, Writing Tutor

  • BS student in Kinesiology
  • Goals: Study abroad, adopt a rescue dog, and become an occupational therapist
  • Special Interests: Cooking, traveling, collecting scarves, watching old cinema, and making homemade crafts


Aparna Mahalingam

Aparna Mahalingam, Writing Tutor 

  • MS student in Electrical Engineering
  • Department-embedded tutor for graduate students in Mechnical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering
  • Goals: Learn French, quit procrastinating, become a great Deep Learning Software Engineer, attend all four Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments and the Olympics, walk 25km of the Great Wall of China, and play the violin at Thiruvaiyaru
  • Special Interests: Hiking, cooking, reading, micro-cleaning, playing and watching tennis, listening to music and podcasts, watching Phineas and Ferb on Disney, and learning the violin and foreign languages

Ines Marjanovic

Ines Marjanovic, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in Communication Studies
  • Goals: Visit Greece, become trilingual, adopt a pack of dogs, and earn a Master's Degree and potentially a Ph.D
  • Special Interests: Makeup artistry, hiking, visiting museums, reading poetry, and dabbling in graphic design


Holly Michaelsen

Holly Michaelsen, Writing Tutor

  • BS student in Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics
  • Goals: Become a Registered Dietitian, teach yoga, travel the world, and grow a garden
  • Special Interests: Hiking, cooking, face-painting, practicing yoga and meditation, listening to Brazilian music, and watching foreign films


Richard Struck

Richard Struck, Graduate Assistant 

  • MA Student in Linguistics
  • Goals: Eventually earn a PhD, teach at a university, reconstruct my family tree from fragmented records and travel, learn every major Asian language
  • Special Interests: Looking at the sky lying down on some grass, listening to music, playing video games, participating in martial arts, watching anime, reading manga, and enjoying life as it comes

Daniel Tafoya

Daniel Tafoya, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English with a Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing
  • Goals: Write and sell a screenplay, publish a book, move to Washington (preferably Seattle), own a food truck specializing in GF treats, and have a pet pig
  • Special Interests: Watching and critiquing films from all genres, drinking coffee, hiking and camping, and eating GF baked goods


Ajoy Thamattoor

Ajoy Thamattoor, Writing Tutor

  • MA student in Sociology
  • Associate degrees in Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology
  • Goals: Live to be 120, stay out of politics, build a new world, and die in my sleep
  • Special Interests: Rollerblading, attending to the stock market, watching Westerns, and diving into deism




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Basil Thompson, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English with a Concentration in Professional and Technical Writing
  • Goals: Learn ancient Greek, cultivate inner stillness, and achieve perpetual gratitude
  • Special Interests: Reading, hiking, and philosophizing


Marcos Verbera

Marcos Verbera, Writing Tutor

  • BA Student in Social Science, Multiple Subject Teacher Preparation
  • Goals: Create a genealogy, learn Vietnamese, and become an excellent elementary school teacher who can make an impression on students' lives
  • Special Interests: Reading historical non-fiction, playing video games, watching live theatre, and viewing religious art


Michelle White

Michelle White, Writing Tutor

  • BS student in Environmental Studies
  • Course-embedded tutor for Environmental Studies 100W with Professor Shannon Bane (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: To aid my peers and community in making the transition to a smarter, more sustainable, and more equitable society
  • Special Interests: Taking months off to travel the world, taking way too many pictures of my chocolate lab, and escaping frequently to landscapes unaltered by man



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Ajah Yee, Writing Tutor

  • BA student in English Literature with a minor in Journalism
  • Course-embedded tutor for Recreation & Leisure 100W with Professor Monique Duphily (Spring 2018)
  • Goals: Earn a Master's degree in Journalism, write for the entertainment industry, go whitewater river rafting, travel the country, and eat at all the best food spots
  • Special Interests: Going to the movies, working out, cooking and baking, learning about different cultures, and enjoying water sports