Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Reading/Writing Center - Meet the Staff Meet the Staff

Lisa - Supervisor

Favorite Books/Literature: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Charles Dicken's Bleak House, Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, and anything by Kawabata Yasunari

Favorite Resources: Noodle Bib- has made life easier for students and tutors!

Favorite thing about my job: listening to tutors talk about their job- we are so lucky to have such a professional, engaged group of tutors!


Barry - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Tolkien

Favorite Types of Writing: everything, especially screenplays

Favorite Movies: Cleopatra, Stay, Elizabeth, Diabolique

Favorite Classes: those with stimulating discussions

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Read, read, read!

Writing Suggestions: Read, read, read!


Pat - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: It's hard to say because I am "picky" about what I read and therefore, love almost all the books I read. I only have so much time to devote to reading, so I try to select what truly interests me.

Favorite Types of Writing: biography, autobiography, newspaper, magazine or web features, books of intrigue based on reality. Having said that, two of my favorite books are fictional: The Lotus Eaters and Life of Pi

Favorite Resources: grammargirl.com;slate.com (great feature stories); NPR (radio and website)

Favorite Movies: almost anything Woody Allen, foreign films (I like to learn about other cultures.)

Favorite Classes: psychology, English, anthropology (I also love languages but never reached a leave of fluency in any of them--sad!)

Suggestions to students coming into the Writing Center: Try to bring in your best "try" at your paper. In other words, if you have been thoughtful in your approach to your work (Always ask yourself, "What am I really trying to say here?") , the tutor can help bring you to even a higher level.

Writing Suggestions: Stay focused; keep it simple; rely on what you know; be an aggressive researcher; respect your own voice.


Nelly - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: The Lives of a Cell, The Immortal Cell

Favorite Types of Writing: Poetry in Spanish

Favorite Resources: Arts and Literature Daily

Favorite Movies: Like Water For Chocolate, The Matrix trilogy

Favorite Classes: biology, anatomy, physiology

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Do not come in right before your assignment is due; give yourself enough time to revise your paper.

Writing Suggestions: Let your writing sit overnight. Then review it the next day for a better perspective.


Sherry - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: science fantasy, historical fiction, thrillers

Favorite Types of Writing: poetry and novels

Favorite Resources: Grammar Help, Vocabulary Building, Barron's Painless Grammar, and Grammar Revolution

Favorite Classes: creative writing

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Don't worry that your paper isn't perfect. Writing is a process.

Writing Suggestions: Keep a journal. Keep writing and revising. If you're writing an essay, an outline can be very, very helpful.


Josh - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

Favorite Types of Writing: Honest

Favorite Movies: Jaws, Repo Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon

Favorite Classes: philosophy, history

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: If possible, please bring any handouts, textbooks, or other materials that will help us better understand your assignment.


Chris - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: nonfiction books about events that happened in history

Favorite Types of Writing: short stories

Favorite Movies: Inception, Lincoln, Lord of the Rings, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes

Favorite Classes: English, history, math

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Please proofread your papers first before asking for our help.

Writing Suggestions: Reading a variety of literature will help you be a better writer.


Jacob - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: I love old things such as Plato, Locke, Hume, Kant, and philosophy books. My goal is to read and understand them all.

Favorite Types of Writing: scholarly journal because I love how well these articles are organized and how they present new ideas to whatever subject they study

Favorite Resources: I love YouTube because there are so many videos. I love using it to find lectures or to research music.

Favorite Movies: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Monster's Inc., The Hunt for Red October, 13 Days, The Prestige

Favorite Classes: analytical or based on discussion because I like learning to understand complex topics and discussing them

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Be prepared to stop by several times to perfect an assignment; it often takes more than one edit to perfect a paper.

Writing Suggestions: The best writing, in my mind, has the greatest understanding of the topic. Spending a large amount of time digesting a topic can be more helpful than worrying about the mechanics of language.

School Success Suggestion: You should try to be friendly with instructors and be willing to ask questions. Good teachers love helping students who are willing to learn.


Krista - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: Emma & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Witching Hour by Anna Rice, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zara Neale Hurston

Favorite Types of Writing: Fiction, British Literature and supernatural

Favorite Movies: Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Favorite Classes: any literature class or theater class

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: Come prepared with a typed copy of your assignment, your assignment sheet, and something to write with.

Writing Suggestions: Make lots of drafts; no matter how good of a writer you may be, your paper will improve the more drafts you make. Ask your instructor questions; make use of their office hours. Make sure you understand your assignment.


Emily - Tutor

Favorite Books/Literature: The Millionaire Mind, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Host, Tuesdays With Morrie

Favorite Types of Writing: process analysis

Favorite Resources: ProQuest and the library

Favorite Movies: Matilda, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Pitch Perfect

Favorite Classes: chemistry, humanities, business

Suggestions to students coming into the writing center: We are more willing to help you if you are willing to be helped. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of a consultation.

Writing Suggestions: Remember that writing is a process; everyone takes more than one draft to write something they like!