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The Writing Center Staff

The Writing Center staff is dedicated to providing excellent tutorial services to Blinn students. The writing consultants are professional tutors with writing backgrounds. In addition to tutoring students, writing consultants assist instructors in the Parallel Studies labs, give presentations to classes, lead orientation sessions, present student workshops, and develop handouts, worksheets, and writing materials for students. Writing consultants also complete many hours of training and exceed all training requirements established by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), which certifies the Writing Center.

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Monica Byrne

Monica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Education degree in Education from Texas A&M University. She is certified to teach English Language Arts and Reading in grades 8-12. Monica taught first-year English for three years at Texas A&M as a graduate teaching assistant. She enjoys helping students become better writers. Monica started working in the Writing Center in 2004.

Jake Clough

Jake completed an M.A. degree in Bioethics and an MDiv degree from Trinity International University. He served as a medic in the Army Reserves while earning his degrees. He enjoys Texas winters and, after nearly three decades of being buried in snow, he does not dream of a "white Christmas." One of Jake's passions is helping students develop academic skills. He joined the Writing Center staff in 2017.

Patricia Henschen

Patricia earned her B.A. degree in International Studies at Austin College and her M.A. degree in Literature and Women’s Studies at the University of Houston – Clear Lake. Patricia taught at the college level, and she also worked as a technical writer for NASA-JSC and IBM. A published poet and essayist, Patricia is working on her first book. She is also a member of Toastmasters, through which she has earned her Advanced Communication Silver and Competent Leader awards. She enjoys helping students to explicate short stories, poems, and plays. Patricia joined the Writing Center staff in 2012.

Steven Jordan

Steven earned his B.A. degree in English and History and his M.A. degree in English from Louisiana Tech University. Since then, he has further honed his skills through writing for a Waco-based online blog and co-instructing a technical writing course at Baylor University. Steven spends most of his free time preparing for and participating in tabletop role-playing games with his friends. Steven enjoys helping Blinn students master the skills required to write college-level essays. He joined the staff in 2017.

Nicole Perkins

Nicole is currently a READ 0305 and 0306 instructor at Blinn College. She graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in English (creative writing) and a minor in film. She earned her Masters in Education degree from Texas A&M and is certified to teach Reading and English Language Arts in grades 8-12. She has also taught at the high school level. Nicole loves facilitating student learning and engaging students both in the classroom and in the Writing Center. Nicole joined the staff in 2007.

Lori Pieratt

Lori received her B.B.A. degree in Marketing from Texas State University. She then completed her education studies at Baylor University in order to obtain her secondary teaching certification. Lori has experience teaching in public schools. She began working in the Writing Center in 2015.

Valerie Purcell

Valerie graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in History. She has experience as a tutor and teacher, and she has served as the Education Assistant at the Star of the Republic Museum. She has a passion for learning and research, and she enjoys teaching art classes in the area. She is considering pursuing an M.A. degree in History. She joined the Writing Center in 2017.

Sharon Roe

Sharon earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at Austin College. She served as a Developmental English and GED instructor at Grayson County College from 1996 to 2003. In addition to her teaching experience, Sharon launched and administered two Conversational English schools in Japan. She enjoys writing and working with students in the Writing Center. Sharon began working in the Writing Center in 2010.

Bonnie Schroeder

Bonnie graduated from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching and a minor in history. She has 32 years of experience teaching in Texas public schools. Bonnie states, “I so love working with reading and writing students. It is very gratifying to watch students obtain knowledge, apply newly acquired skills, and achieve success.” Bonnie has been tutoring in the Writing Center since 2004.

Janalisa Soltis

Janalisa graduated with a marketing degree from Texas A&M University. She is a former published freelance co-editor, writer, and photographer for Flair magazine and writer and photographer for the Navasota Star. She is also a freelance copy editor and proofreader for My Writers' Connection. As a tutor, Janalisa enjoys being part of those "ah ha" moments with students as they discover and develop their talents as writers. Janalisa joined the Writing Center staff in 2011.

Dr. Richard Williamson, Director

Dr. Williamson earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Journalism, and French and his Master of Arts degree in English at Sam Houston State University. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas, with an emphasis on American literature and the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Before arriving at Blinn College, he taught English and coordinated the Writing Center at Muskingum University in Ohio. In addition to directing the Writing Center, he teaches English classes at Blinn.