McDaniel College Writing Center recruits peer tutors from across a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. What unites them is a deep love of writing and building a community of writers here at the college. All peer tutors participate in rigorous, ongoing training in accordance with the Association for the Coaching & Tutoring Profession standards. To work at the Writing Center, all peer tutors must complete the requirements for Associate Tutor certification by completing a 2-credit training course. Several tutors also choose to pursue either Advanced Tutor or Master Tutor certification by enrolling in an additional 2-credit course, completing an Independent Study, or participating in Writing Center research. Looking for the Writing Fellows? Click here.

Writing Center Director

Vanessa Flora-Nakoski graduated from UMBC with a BA in American Studies and the University of Iowa with a MA in American Studies. She also earned graduate certificates in TESOL from UMBC and Strategic Management from Harvard’s Extension School. As faculty in McDaniel College’s English department, she teaches a variety of composition and tutor-training courses. She currently serves as Vice President of the Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA) and actively participates in several other professional associations related to her work as Writing Center Director. As a Meyers-Briggs INTJ, she loves anything related to patterns — language, math, music, puzzles, etc. And when she needs to get out of her head, she loves working with her hands with crochet, quilting, painting, gardening, or renovating her 50 year old house in Sykesville, MD. You can reach Professor Flora-Nakoski at


Julianna is a sophomore majoring in English and Political Science and minoring in History and Writing. In the future, she would like to attain a Ph.D.. She participates in Global Fellows, Model United Nations, Hispanic-Latinx Alliance, and LULAC. Julianna is an avid reader of fiction novels and adores the work of Edgar Allan Poe. In her downtime she enjoys gaming, writing, learning languages, playing the cello and watching Parks and Recreation.

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Emmanuel is a senior from Camp Springs, Maryland. He is a Communication student, minoring in Journalism, with ambitions of becoming a sports journalist. Since being a student at McDaniel, Emmanuel discovered his love for writing, and now hopes he can help others discover this passion as a peer tutor. He is in involved in numerous clubs on campus: Black Student Union, Africa’s Legacy, Student Government Association, and Hispanic-Latinx Alliance. When he’s in not working at the Writing Center or attending a club meeting, Emmanuel is playing basketball, talking to one of his friends, or watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Other hobbies also include collecting sneakers, listening to music, and eating Chiptole.

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Micaela is a junior Honors student majoring in English. She is a member of many groups on campus, including Alpha Phi Omega – Coed Service Fraternity, Student Alumni Council, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Honor and Conduct Board. On campus she also works as a tutor for the chemistry department, a Resident Assistant, as the McDaniel Men’s Lacrosse Team Manager, and as an Admissions Ambassador. In her free time, she loves to play with her dog Clover, go running through downtown Westminster, read, bake, and take care of her plants. Learn more about Micaela here!

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Jyoti is a sophomore honors student from Germantown, MD. She is pursuing a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. Her dream job is to become a forensic accountant for the FBI or a similar agency. In addition to working at the Writing Center, she also works for the admissions office as a student ambassador and is one of the honors peer mentor for the 2020-2021 school year. Outside of her work, she is involved with numerous clubs. She is the treasurer for Palabras to Words, the Dungeons and Dragons Club, and the Anime Club. She is also involved with the Global Bridge program and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. During her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, drawing, and reading. Her favorite genre to read is fantasy and her favorite book series are the Harry Potter and the Percy Jackson series. For more information on Jyoti, go here!

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Evie is a rising sophomore at McDaniel College in Maryland, pursuing a major in Psychology and a double minor in Music and Writing. She is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, but moved to the States in 2019 to attend college. When she’s not pursuing her studies, you can find her working at the Writing Center, in the gym, singing her heart out in the Levine music building, or on the softball field with her teammates. She will also be working as a Peer Mentor for a class of incoming freshmen in the fall of 2020. Her passion for acquiring knowledge and helping others contributes greatly to her drive to be involved in the McDaniel community.

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Ciara is a junior majoring in writing and publishing and minoring in marketing and environmental studies. Around campus, she is co-editor-in-chief of the Free Press and members of both Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Mu. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, re-watching “How I Met Your Mother”, and taking care of her plants.

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Danielle is a junior double major in English and Environmental Studies with a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). As an aspiring YA author, she loves creative writing, especially poetry, short stories, and novels. On campus, she serves as the service vice president of Alpha Phi Omega (the service fraternity); she’s also involved with Contrast, the school’s literary magazine, Green Life, and McDaniel Sunrise. She has a healthy obsession with the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and in her free time, you can often find her reading and cuddling with her dog.

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Ella is a Sophomore majoring in Psychology and is an international student from New Zealand (not Australia ;)). She is a member of the swim team and can always be found at the pool. Ella really enjoys studying at McDaniel and is fully immersing herself in American college life. Her favorite parts are living on campus, having a roommate, and going to events. She is really into sports and loves being able to experience football and lacrosse for the first time. In her free time Ella enjoys the outdoors, sports, reading, and watching Guy Ritchie movies. Back in New Zealand Ella has 3 dogs which she loves to walk on the beach and cuddle of the sofa.

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Mikayla is a senior at McDaniel studying English and Secondary Education. Her favorite things to write are creative pieces and argumentative essays, but she loves to learn more about the other departments on campus by helping tutees in the writing center! Beyond working as a peer tutor, she is involved in Black Student Union and is also a member of the 2019 Advisory Board for the Peer Mentor program. In her free time, Mikayla likes to participate in intramural sports and write music. She also has a special appreciation for coffee, Oreos, and The Office.


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Raquel is a junior Honors student majoring in History and Religious Studies. She love argumentative pieces and commas (maybe too much)!!! When not in the Writing Center, Raquel is dancing in the studio, working at admissions, or vibing in the quad. She loves snacks, ATLA, and dogs.Learn more about Raquel here!


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Molly is a junior double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies and minoring in Writing. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McDaniel Free Press, Vice President of the Jewish Student Union, and a member of the Progressive Student Union and Green Life. She participates regularly in environmental activism efforts as apart of Sunrise McDaniel and Sunrise Baltimore and independently in local campaigns and community groups. Off campus, Molly pursues professional goals in the equestrian sport of eventing. In her pastime, she enjoys discovering new music, hiking and swimming with friends, and hanging out with her animals. Learn more about Molly here!


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Hailey is a junior commuter student who is majoring in Psychology and is minoring in Biology and American Sign Language. While on campus, she serves as the PR/ marketing chairperson for the Hispanic Latinx Alliance and is a member of a few other clubs. Hailey is also a member of the executive council and proud sister of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. She is very passionate for nature and loves caring of her various pets and plants while she is at her farm. In her free time, Hailey likes to watch movies, cook, paint, and do makeup.


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Maddy is from South Carolina, completing a Political Science major and German minor. She is also studying Chinese and her speciality is Taiwanese politics. She is a part of multiple student organizations, including Phenomenal Woman, Allies, and Model UN. She enjoys creative writing, cooking, and travelling. She loves meeting new people–come visit her in the Writing Center!


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Becca is a junior Honors student studying English and ASL. She is from Austin, TX, and is excited to use this experience in working as a peer mentor to help first-year students adjust to college and being away from home. Additionally, she is serving as a member of the Honor and Conduct Board, and enjoys reading and writing in her free time. Learn more about Becca here!

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