Meet the Tutors
Writing Center tutors are undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Idaho with a range of academic backgrounds and interests. Read more about us below!
Dakota is a second-year student work toward a double major in secondary education and English studies and a minor in creative writing. In her free time, Dakota loves being involved with different places on campus, including but not limited to the honors program, student media, Greek life, and housing. Dakota is a resident assistant for McCoy Hall, in the Tower, and she enjoys helping people find their own connections here on campus. As a Writing Center tutor, she is excited to work with students as they develop their skills as writers, researchers, and students.
Annabelle is a third-year education major with an emphasis in English and a minor in journalism. She is from Jerome, Idaho, and is interested in helping students become more confident in their writing. Her favorite author is Edgar Allan Poe because of the aspects of psychology represented in his poetry. Annabelle is a member of the agriculture sorority on campus, Sigma Alpha.
Austin is an English Major with an emphasis in creative writing and a focus on fiction. He is also pursuing a minor in pre-health studies, and plans to study physical therapy as a graduate student. Austin is an army brat, has lived and traveled all over the world, and is currently the captain of the U of I men’s club volleyball team. He has been a hobbyist writer since he was young, and alongside his passion for writing (and eating ramen), he loves meeting new people.
Callen is the Writing Center’s graduate student TA. A native of Coeur d’ Alene, Callen recently graduated with a double major in psychology and English and is currently pursuing a master’s in English literature. He enjoys badfilm—movies that are so bad they’re good (like The Room or The Amazing Spider Man 2)—and playing complicated board and role-playing games like DnD. Callen also enjoys opinion writing because of the individual expression the writer can reveal. One interesting fact about Callen is that both his eyes are differently colored, much like his dog, Tucker.
Carlie is a sophomore hailing from Boise, Idaho. She is majoring in political science and plans on going to law school. A creative spirit, she loves painting and writing short stories, but she also works on bigger projects from time to time. She tends to be drawn toward sci-fi and dystopian fiction. She is a dog person. Some of her biggest strengths in writing are academic and argumentative writing, which she very much enjoys.
Cyndi, an English major with a professional writing emphasis, is from Meridian, Idaho. Cyndi enjoys yoga, crochet, and, of course, reading. Her favorite genre is science fiction (although she is drawn to nearly all genres of fiction) because she appreciates the appeal of its otherworldly qualities. However, when Cyndi is writing, she prefers to explore creative nonfiction. Her favorite book is I Want to Kick You in the Back by Risa Wataya because of its relatability. She also enjoys the philosophy present in the first notable work of science fiction: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Cyndi looks forward to working in the Writing Center.
Dylan F. is from Driggs, Idaho. He is majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. Fiction genres like dark fantasy, sci-fi, and Lovecraftian are big favorites of Dylan’s, and he is an avid reader of such books. Dylan is passionate about one day taking part in the world building of a video game and loves diving into the lore of fictional universes. His favorite author is Oscar Wilde and he loves the Witcher series in particular. When he’s not reading, Dylan is big on video games and hanging out with his cats, OJ and Black Cat. Even though he’s much more of an indoors guy, Dylan still loves to meet new people and learn things every day.
Dylan R. is an easy-going U of I student from Moscow. Not only is he an English major with an emphasis in literature (who is focused on school), he is also an avid mountain-biker and trail-runner. As a junior, he makes sure to fit interesting electives into his schedule. In the future, Dylan would like to travel more, and possibly study abroad in Spain. After college, he hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a college professor.
Emma is a senior double-majoring in English literature and secondary education, with an emphasis in English and a minor in Spanish. She is from Idaho Falls, where she gained a love of spending time outdoors doing things like cycling, paddle boarding, and camping. As a writing tutor, she takes a holistic approach to a paper but is also good at zeroing in on the more specific aspects of writing too. In her free time, Emma enjoys growing and caring for indoor plants, which she believes is a fantastic way to relieve stress.
David grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and is a junior majoring in English with an emphasis in professional writing. While his writing preference is for fiction, particularly short stories, his preferred genre for reading is nonfiction. Some of his favorite books include Paddle Your Own Canoe, by Nick Offerman, and Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson. In his free time, David enjoys going out for long walks or having a coffee while listening to music.
Esther is a second-year student majoring in English, with emphases in teaching and secondary education, and minoring in music. She is from Meridian, Idaho, and has a passion for academic and research writing. Esther’s work was recently published in the first edition of an independent magazine addressing the issue of racism in Idaho. She is inspired by the way words can come together in just the right ways to articulate the human experience and is excited to help students in the Writing Center begin creating their own masterpieces. You might find Esther outside playing her bass drum with the marching band on Saturdays. Some of her other hobbies include reading classics and painting animal portraits.
Jackie recently received her B.A. in English with an emphasis in linguistics and minor in ESL, but she likes school so much that she has re-upped for a new double major in History and Apparel/Textile Design. She is a self-proclaimed “grammar geek” who enjoys fishing, gardening, and Star Trek (the original TV series).
Jake is an English major with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. He loves all things poetry but has recently discovered an interest in creative non-fiction as well. When studying writing, Jake is interested in pretty much everything, from the effects of choices in vocabulary and syntax, to the effects of structure and form. If stranded on a desert island and only allowed three books, Jake would pick Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith, The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, and Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut. He also loves exploring all the national parks and forests of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and son.
Jessica grew up in Moscow, Idaho, and is a senior majoring in English with an emphasis in literature. After graduation, she plans to work in publishing. In Jessica’s free time, she is either backpacking, baking, or partaking in one of her favorite board games with her loved ones. She also enjoys east and west coast swing dancing, along with a variety of ballroom dances. She is drawn to tutoring because she enjoys reading the work of others and seeing different perspectives; she believes that writing empowers people to express the words that can’t easily be spoken.
Jonna was born in California, raised in Idaho, and is now a junior studying English with a literature emphasis. Jonna is a kinda movie buff who, after watching it approximately seventy times, is still not sick of the Coen brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou? (her favorite movie). An adventure enthusiast, Jonna prefers the path less traveled; when there’s tourism in sight, she heads the opposite direction. Her hope is to study abroad in the Basque Country capital of Spain, Bilbao, where she plans to get in some hiking (hold the hills, please) and experience the city’s unique culture. In her downtime, Jonna enjoys quality Netflix time with her friends and, when in need of a little getaway, heads to Ireland, where she is a citizen.
Lauren comes to us from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and is working toward her bachelor's degree in philosophy. When she’s not researching or writing about philosophy, Lauren loves to write poetry and short stories. The only activity she loves as much as writing is DnD (Dungeons and Dragons). Along with playing magical RPGs (role-playing games), Lauren loves the genre of magical realism, and her favorite author is Ray Bradbury. Lauren’s favorite animal is a crow or raven, but she also feels an innate love for cats.
Maddie is a senior at the University of Idaho. She is majoring in secondary education with an English emphasis and minoring in art teaching. As a tutor in the Writing Center, she wants to help lead students through the writing experience and be a guide for proofreading and other aspects of writing. Maddie grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, with her identical twin and her three dogs: Romeo, a wiener dog; Clare, a chihuahua; and Roxy, a wiener-chihuahua mix. Maddie advocates for volunteerism around the community and abroad; during spring 2019, she went on an ASB (Alternative Spring Break) trip to Uruguay.
Megan is a second-year student from Nampa, Idaho. She is double majoring in English and secondary education, and is minoring in creative writing and Spanish. Megan enjoys writing and reading poetry, particularly Edgar Allen Poe. She is so excited to tutor at the Writing Center, as she has an interest in how people learn and in helping them work toward their goals. In her free time, she loves reading, running outside, and creating paintings inspired by nature.
Preston is a sophomore hailing from Meridian, Idaho. He is majoring in secondary education, with an emphasis in English, and plans on becoming a teacher. His favorite activities are playing video games, hanging out with his friends, and playing instruments. He also stays busy as a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Preston enjoys the Romantic and Gothic literary genres, and his favorite book is Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. As a tutor, he is excited to meet new people and help get them more comfortable with writing.
Sarah was raised in Grangeville, Idaho, and is currently a fourth-year student studying English and sociology. Sarah has a deep appreciation for the fantastical stories of Roald Dahl, which has consequently marked fantasy as her favorite book genre. While Sarah’s means for expressing her passion for writing take form in tutoring, her ends are without form or motive, something like the winds of literacy taking her where they may. What is certain, however, is that she looks forward to helping as many people as possible.
Christina is a fourth-year student from Priest River, Idaho. She is triple majoring in psychology, English, and secondary education. After graduation, Christina plans to pursue a master's degree in psychology to become a marriage and family therapist. She loves writing, tutoring, and teaching, and she is excited to help people in the Writing Center pursue their own journey to create written work they are proud of. In her free time, she enjoys quality time binge-watching television shows with her roommates.
Sierra is originally from Alaska, and she’s here at the University of Idaho to study secondary education, English, and history. In her free time, she can be found beading clothes or jewelry and reading. Her favorite literary book is Little Women, though she does have a soft spot for fantasy fiction (a.k.a. the Harry Potter series.)