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About the Tutors

Norah Bird

I am a third year student in the Honors College with a major in Philosophy and a minor in English. I plan on pursuing a master’s degree in social work after I graduate from UMaine. I am the president of my sorority, Kappa Delta Phi NAS, and I am the vice president of UMaine’s Mock Trial team. In my spare time, I enjoy playing the viola and dabbling in creating writing.

Megan Bishop

I just recently received my BS in English from Husson University and am now in my first year of my MA in English here at the University of Maine. I am the Teaching Assistant for the UMaine Writing Center, and I am probably too excited to be working here. I have a concentration in Composition and Pedagogy, and I love reading books and essays on rhetoric and pedagogy. I am widely known as a nerd among my friends and can be found reading and eating Mexican food (probably at the same time). I look forward to meeting you!

Jennifer Chalmers

My name is Jenn, and I’m a fourth year English and History double major and a Spanish and Education double minor. I am involved in a number of organizations on campus, such as Autism at UMaine, All Maine Women, and The Maine Journal Project. I am not sure what I’m going to do with the rest of my life, but I do know that my greatest passion is finding a way to express ideas clearly through writing. I love to find the words to convey my thoughts and emotions exactly as I experience them. In the Writing Center, I hope to help my peers to do that as well.

Maia Dendinger

I am a graduate assistant in the English Program, and I am currently teaching a section of English 101. I graduated with a B.A in English in 2011, and for the following two years I worked as a professional writing center instructor. I’m glad to be able to continue my involvement in writing center work while also working toward my next degree. When I’m not studying poetics and gender theory, I enjoy watching movies, going hiking, and petting cats (mostly my own).

J’ahn Deschambeault

I’m a third-year English major, with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in French. I’ll be studying in London in the fall of 2013 to kick off my senior year and am really looking forward to it. I’ve written a book, and try and mess with it in my free time. I’m also a Peer Mentor with disability services and think myself an amateur baker! And by the way, my name isn’t nearly as scary as it sounds.

Jared Escobar

I am a fourth year History and English Double major, so I will be taking a fifth year victory lap.  I am also pround brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  In addition to that I am the Manager for the University of Maine’s Phonathon.  It’s a comprehensive calling center that calls UMaine’s Alumni for donations, while I do get paid the program does allow for me to give back the University.  Furthermore, I am a site leader for the University of Maine’s Alternative Breaks, this is my second year of AB and first year as a site leader.  The program is probably one of the most fulfilling experiences I have ever had.  I can say those three parts of my life constitute my existence but I say so with joy!

Shelby Hartin

Shelby Hartin is a third year English and Journalism double major concentrating in Professional and Technical Writing. She is a founding member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority and works for the Honors College as a Course Facilitator for Honors 180. She is also a member of Alternative Breaks and Golden Key International Honour Society. Her interests include collecting classic literature, outdoor activities, horseback riding, writing, and spending time with family.

Katy Hein

Katy is a fourth year Studio Art and English double degree and Graphic Design and Art History double minor student; her concentration in English is Professional and Technical Writing. In any spare time you’ll find her at Sugarloaf Mountain or clicking away in InDesign. Expressing ideas through writing is hard, and she believes the process is greatly aided through conversation and cutting up drafts of papers. Katy looks forward to helping you express your ideas in writing. This is her second year working at the Writing Center.

Kathy Hill

I am a University Studies major with both an English minor and a Business Management minor.  I work at the Buchanan Alumni House and love to read, watch movies, or travel in my spare time.  However, it is time with my family, friends, and my furry kids that brings me the most enjoyment.

Lindsey Hutchins

My name is Lindsey Hutchins. I am studying Secondary Education with a concentration in English. One of my dreams is to teach 7th or 8th grade. I also dream of writing a book of Vignettes. (Total English nerd alert, I know.) My favorite things to do are cook, read, write, relax, and spend time with friends and family.


Michael Kennedy

Hi! My name is Michael, and I’m a third year Honors College student, double majoring in English and Philosophy with a concentration in analytical writing. Aside from dreaming about my future academic goals of obtaining a Ph.D in English and landing a teaching gig, I enjoy reading all kinds of literature, writing, chatting about philosophical ideas and helping other students formulate and organize their ideas into writing!

Jaclyn McCurry

My name is Jaclyn McCurry. I am a third year English major with a minor in legal studies. I also have a concentration in professional and technical writing. I love to read and write. I also really enjoy playing basketball and lacrosse. I’m not sure what I will be doing after college, but I know it will involve writing.

Paige Mitchell

Paige Mitchell is our resident ESL (English as a Second Language) specialist, trained to work with the specific needs of students for whom English is not their native language. While Paige is willing and able to work with non-ESL students, it is preferred that her appointment slots be reserved for those students who can best make use of her unique talents.

Jason Myers

My name is Jason and I am a third year English major concentrating in Analytical writing, as well as a minor in Philosophy. I plan on attending graduate school after college so I can take another 2 years to decide what to do with my life. I enjoy writing poetry and fiction (particularly short stories) and I hope to publish some day. In my free time, I play guitar, sing, and am a proud member of Team Maine.

Bailey O’Brien

I’m a fourth-year English major concentrating in creative writing and minoring in psychology. I have always loved to write, and I’m excited to help my peers clearly express their ideas through writing as well. Outside of tutoring, I am involved in All Maine Women, Alternative Breaks, and Improv in Sanity. I spend my free time watching Saturday Night Live and brainstorming titles for my memoir.

Peer Tutor Alumni

Cherith Baker

I am a fourth year English student, also majoring in Education and will be student teaching in the fall. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and playing video games, but not necessarily in that order.

Katelyn Connolly

I am a senior English major with minors in History and Psychology. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, writing and reading a good book.

Jeri Cosgrove

I’m a third year English major with Creative Writing concentration and a Psychology minor. I hope to write a novel one day. I spend most of my free time cuddling with my feline best friend, Samuel L. Catson.

Dorothy Goode

I am a senior Anthropology and English (Creative Writing concentration) major. I need two hands to count the places I’ve lived. In my spare time I enjoy writing and learning dances to Korean Pop songs.

Tobias Hrynick

I am a senior English and History double-major, with concentrations in European History and Creative Writing. I am from T2R6 WELS, Maine. I fence, and can frequently fool people into thinking I can play violin.

Being with the Writing Center is giving me the opportunity to talk to people about writing, and repeatedly learn things I thought I already knew.

Ezra Juskewitch

I am a “super senior” finishing my last semester as a philosophy and English double major with a minor in sociology. I attended Johnson & Wales for two years, receiving an associates degree, before returning to the University of Maine. I write a weekly column for the Maine Campus, but I enjoy writing for its own sake as well. I hope to move on to a graduate program in Philosophy after leaving Umaine, but in the meantime I enjoy helping people organize and hone the ideas in their writing!

Celeste Lozier

I am a senior English major with a concentration in Technical / Professional Writing. I have a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and plan to pursue a Doctor of Audiology at the graduate level. Outside of the university setting, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and painting watercolors.

Molly McGuire

I am a fourth year English major concentrating in Literary Critical writing, with a minor in Legal Studies. In addition, I am also a member of the Honors College on campus, and am currently writing my Honors thesis on the prophetic poetry of William Blake and its significance to the cultural decade of the 1960s. Next Fall I will be attending law school in Portland, where I hope to focus on women’s rights and environmental issues.

Wallace McWilliams

I’m a Senior majoring in Sociology. I graduated from UMaine in 2010 with a degree in English and a degree in History. I have an interest in languages as well, and am currently studying French, German, and Portuguese. While I may not have figured out what to do with myself yet, I know that this is a great community to be in while I figure it out.


Working at the Writing Center has not only allowed me to help others with their writing, but it has also helped me with my own.

Alexander Miller

I am a third year transfer student from Roger Williams University, where I was, and still am, a History major and Spanish minor. I plan on attending law school once I graduate. I enjoy sailing, golf, and lounging with friends.

Kaylie Reese

I am currently studying French, philosophy, and English, concentrating in technical writing and literary criticism. Since spring 2011, I have worked at the Writing Center and as a copyeditor for The Maine Campus newspaper. When I am not at school, I work as a piano accompanist, but I also enjoy reading, traveling, and studying style and design.

Andrew Tomes

I am wrapping up my last semester as a double major in English, where I focus on academic writing, and Biology, where I focus on plant science. In the past, I have participated in the Rezendes Essay in Ethics, where I focused on ethnobotany. My other academic interests include ecology and conservation, mycology, folklore and world religions, and writing about science. Presently I am employed by Facilities Management, where I work on the wetland restoration project.

Katie Wowk

I am an nth year English major with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy. I’ve worked in the Writing Center for several years and have enjoyed every moment, as I am privileged to learn from other students as I help them reach their goals. Outside of the Writing Center, I enjoy writing and revising novels, playing video games, and gamboling in the forest.

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Contact Information

Writing Center
402 Neville Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207-581-3828E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System