MEET THE TUTORS
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 4-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 email@example.com.
Dylan is a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in biology and chemistry. After McDaniel, Dylan plans to obtain an MD/MPH in order to combat health care disparities. McDaniel employ’s Dylan not only as a Writing Center peer-tutor, but also as a transfer peer-mentor, and a student-worker at the IT help desk. Dylan is involved with numerous campus groups, including the NAACP, Black Student Union, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Dylan also volunteers on the weekends as a math tutor for middle-school students. Dylan’s favorite subjects are biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology. In his free time, Dylan enjoys watching documentaries, playing chess, and powerlifting.
Michie is a sophomore interested in double majoring in Biomedical Science and or Writing and Publishing with a minor in Computer Science. I love to read and write stories and enjoy watching anime for fun. I love to play volleyball even though I’m not so much of the athletic type haha. I also love to work out during my free time to keep my body in shape, and my mind healthy!
Julianna is a junior 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.
Natalie is a junior majoring in Psychology with minors in Writing and American Sign Language. She is from Northern Virginia and is a part of the Honors Program, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, and the Dance Club on campus. She also loves to travel, and she spent a semester studying abroad in Budapest. In her free time, she likes to paint, write, crochet, hangout with my friends, eat Chinese food, and watch scary movies. Her favorite color is lavender, she have two cats, and she would love to become a therapist in the future. Writing is one of her passions, and she hopes to help as many people as she can while working at the Writing Center!
Nicole-Antoinette is a sophomore from Rockville, MD. She is pursuing a major in Political Science with a focus in International Relations. After McDaniel, Nicole-Antoinette hopes to attend and earn a JD at law school to serve the immigrant community through her practice of law. She is involved with various campus groups, including the Cross Country/Track and Field teams, Hispano-Latinx Alliance, LULAC. Outside of her studies and work at the writing center, Nicole-Antoinette enjoys singing, hiking, dancing, and advocating for the Hispanic/Latine community. Schedule a tutoring session with Nicole-Antoinette!
Brooke is a sophomore from Cambridge, Maryland with a plan to major in English and minor in Secondary Education. She plans on becoming a High School English teacher and soccer coach. Along with tutoring for the McDaniel College Writing Center, she works as a Peer Mentor. Brooke is also on the McDaniel College Women’s Soccer Team, is a part of FCA on campus, and is in the Honors College. In her pastime, Brooke enjoys reading, writing, painting, spending time with friends and family, coffee, ice cream, and going to the beach!
Evie is a junior 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.
Ella is a junior 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.