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

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Jyoti is a senior from Germantown, MD. She is pursuing a double major in Accounting and Business Administration. After her time at McDaniel, Jyoti hopes to have a career in audit.  In addition to working at the Writing Center, she is also an admissions student ambassador and a STEM tutor. Outside of her work, she is the treasurer for Palabras to Words and a member of the Global Bridge Advisory Board. During her free time, she loves spending time with her friends, drawing, and reading. Her favorite genre to read is fantasy and she is always open for book recommendations!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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! 

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Micaela is a senior Honors student majoring in English. She serves as the president of Alpha Phi Omega – Coed Service Fraternity and the president of the Admissions Student Ambassador program. On campus she also works as a Resident Assistant, Hoover Library student intern, and serves on the Honor and Conduct Board. In her free time, she loves to walk 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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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.

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Ciara is a senior majoring in writing and publishing and minoring in marketing and environmental studies. She’s super excited to welcome students to the writing center this year! Around campus, she is co-editor-in-chief of the Free Press, coordinator and co-founder of McDaniel Yoga, and members of both Alpha Phi Omega and Phi Mu. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing and teaching yoga, taking care of her plants, and bragging about her chocolate lab, Hershey.

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Danielle is a senior 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) and as co-editor-in-chief of McDaniel’s literary magazine, Contrast. 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 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.

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Maddy is a senior from South Carolina, completing a Political Science major. She is also studying Mandarin 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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Raquel is a senior Honors student majoring in History and Religious Studies. She loves argumentative pieces and commas (maybe too much)!!! On campus, she spends time working at the CEO office and Admissions. Additionally, she is involved in McDaniel Dance Company, and McDaniel Yoga. When not in the Writing Center, Raquel is dancing in the studio, hiking in the woods, or participating in every OSE event known to man. She loves snacks, bananagrams, and dogs. Learn more about Raquel here!


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Becca is a senior 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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Molly is a senior double majoring in Economics and Environmental Studies and minoring in Writing. She is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McDaniel Free Press, Co-President of Green Life, Coordinator of Sunrise McDaniel, Coordinator of McDaniel Yoga, and on the Contrast Literary Magazine Editorial Board. As a peer educator, she has presented with Professor Flora-Nakoski on the ethics of care in learning centers at the National College Learning Center Association annual conference and currently serves as the student representative on the Maryland College Learning Center Association board. 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 getting coffee downtown. Learn more about Molly here!


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