Dr Shawn Fawson recently joined JWL as a tutor, having heard about us and the tutoring programme through a Denver University peer. Shawn enjoys working with others on their writing and has done so for nearly a decade, most recently in her work as a Teaching Assistant at the Iliff School of Theology where she tutored students with their academic writing assignments. She also enjoys working with creative writers. In both cases, her goal is to create an environment in which writers discover and articulate their voices, without imposing her own. She has a PhD in the Study of Religion from the Iliff School of Theology/University of Denver, Colorado and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont, USA. In her spare time, Shawn enjoys taking long walks with family and friends in the forest, participating in community service, and learning about different cultures.
Lucien joined JWL as a tutor in summer of 2019. Born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States. As the first in his family to graduate from college, he is “alert to how we navigate systems of power and generate more inclusive spaces”. His previous experience includes working at schools and non-profits to develop "Safe Space" training modules, leading city-wide committees to implement more inclusive policies, and teaching subjects ranging from literature to wilderness safety, ensuring that all voices and perspectives are welcome whilst doing so.
Currently in the second year of a PhD in English at the University of Denver, Lucien is researching the interconnection of identity, environment, and poetic form in labouring-class British Romantic writers, while pursuing adjacent interests in translation, Indigenous studies, and folklore. He heard about JWL through a fellow PhD student (and JWL tutor) and was inspired to help support our students grow as writers.
Kathryn is originally from New York, USA but currently lives in Brussels, Belgium and works with Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. She earned a Master’s degree in Global Social Work with a focus on refugee and immigrant issues from Boston College and studied English and Theology during her Bachelor’s at Loyola University Maryland. From 2012-2014 she was a high school teacher at Saramen Chuuk Academy in Micronesia teaching subjects such as literature, creative writing and English skills. Despite the shift in her professional path to become a social worker, she is passionate about helping students succeed and working with them one on one through tutoring. Most notably, she was a writing tutor and instructional assistant for ELL student athletes at Boston College.
Evelyne Ello Hart is the senior online tutor for JWL. She is originally Côte d’Ivoire. She earned a Master’s degree in Social Communication from the Università Pontificia Salesiana, in Rome, Italy and currently is pursuing her PhD in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Her interest in refugee issues started in 1988. In 2003, in Portland Oregon, she formed the first Pan African organization (on the US West Coast) led by refugee and immigrant women. She worked with more than 500 women from 32 African countries. As the senior online tutor, Evelyne brings her cultural expertise and her understanding of what it is to study in a different educational system. So far, this fabulous voyage has transformed her ways of learning and teaching.
Sandra Steiger was born in Switzerland, grew up in Australia and has been living again in Geneva, Switzerland for the past 10 years. She has spent this time teaching English in various language schools and at the International School of Geneva, where she also coordinated the Service Learning programme. In 2006 she spent 4 months in Kenya, where she developed a keen interest in multilingualism in education in this context, motivating her to pursue a Master's degree in Education and Development, which she completed in 2013 at the Institute of Education in London. Sandra currently works at the University of Geneva coordinating the "Higher Education in Emergencies" course. She has a particular interest in the role of action research in teacher professional development, and the social-emotional development of learners.
Jody Allen Smith serves JWL learners as the administrator for the online tutoring program. She is a graduate of Colorado State University (BA Spanish ’73), University of Colorado Denver (MBA ’88), and Kaplan University (MS Higher Education ’14). She has professional background in Human Resources, and has also provided Career Services and Student Services support to ground campuses for the past ten years. She considers it an honor to be involved with JWL, and looks forward to continuing to serve the students, faculty and learning center staff.
Ameeta Scott joined The Learning Commons at Regis University as writing center coordinator in September 2013 and now serves as the Manager. Originally Scott is from Mumbai, India, but moved to the United States in 2008. Scott obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts with a major in English and minors in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Mumbai. Public relations and writing centers comprise the core of Ameet’s career. She thrives on diversity and exchange of thought, and is a firm believer in the role writing centers play in the academic journey of student-writers. She is excited for the opportunity to serve the students of JWL.
Margaret Hodson is a tutor for Jesuit Worldwide Learning. She is an undergraduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a minor in Arabic. She currently works at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs and volunteers with the Virginia Refugee Student Achievement Project (VRSAP) at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Arlington. Through VRSAP, Margaret leads a college readiness workshop for refugee high school students. Previous work experience includes two consecutive summers at Catholic Charities of Southwestern Ohio interning in the refugee resettlement division. While at Catholic Charities, Margaret taught employment readiness classes, worked with the job developer, and created a computer lab curriculum. As an online tutor, Margaret brings a student’s perspective and passion for learning to the feedback process.
Sita has worked in adult education for the past 15 years, working primarily in academic and student services. She most recently worked at Georgetown University in Qatar as their Writing and Learning Specialist where she helped students with their academic writing and study skills. She holds a Master’s degree in Education (specializing in adult education) from Memorial University of Newfoundland Sita is currently pursuing her Doctor in Education through the University of Southern Queensland. Sita has a great deal of experience working with students from diverse educational, linguistic and cultural backgrounds. She is passionate about helping students achieve their educational goals by empowering students in their own learning.