Andrea Scott, Faculty Director
Andrea Scott is assistant professor of academic writing at Pitzer College. Before coming to Pitzer in Fall 2013, she taught in the Princeton Writing Program for five years, serving as an associate director from 2010-13. Her research focuses on the often tacit ways that experts are socialized into their disciplines. She’s spent the past several years collaborating with faculty and fellows to develop curricula and teaching practices that make this knowledge explicit and accessible to students so they can participate in their fields as apprentice scholars. She hails from San Diego, considers Berlin her second home, and harbors obsessions for experimental poetry, memoirs, and niche perfume.
Jenny Thomas, Coordinator
Jenny Thomas has worked in Writing Center administration since 2008 and formerly directed the International Writing Center at Azusa Pacific University. She holds a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and has taught academic reading, writing, and research skills at the undergraduate and graduate levels for over a decade. Jenny is passionate about grammar and writing, ranging from the nitty gritty details to macro-level sociolinguistic implications. Her research interests include ways in which the linguistic norms of dominant speech communities can marginalize or stigmatize members of less powerful social groups. She has lived in four US states, Central America, and Eastern Europe, is a crochet addict, and enjoys life as an adoptive and biological mom with an active, multi-cultural family.
Zavi Engles, Fellow
Zavi is a Pitzer senior pursuing a double major in English and Urban Studies with a minor in Spanish. Her passion for both the joys and challenges of the writing process naturally led her to become a tutor. Though Zavi appreciates all different forms of writing, she is especially interested in poetry and creative nonfiction. In her free time, she enjoys writing late at night, cooking elaborate meals, and hiking California’s stunning and varied landscape.
Danielle Frankel, Fellow
Andy Frias Graterol, Fellow
Andy is a senior double-major in Psychology and Creative Writing with a minor in Spanish. They became a Spanish-English bilingual after studying abroad in Spain. They has a lot of experience workshopping and offering professional editorial feedback on writing. An active member of the LGBTQ community in the Claremont Colleges, they is a QQAMP mentor and has performed in Queer Burlesque. When not doing school-related activities, you can find them at Psyko Taiko, Cooking Club, or practicing their guitar to de-stress. They is also an avid webcomic fan.
Kaily Heitz, Fellow
Kaily is a senior majoring in Environmental Analysis with a minor in Studio Art Photography. As the leader of the 5Cs club MERGE for multi-ethnic students, she is also very interested in topics of race, class, gender and sexuality. Her favorite part about working at the writing center is being able to engage with students from a wide variety of disciplines. You can usually find her baking, climbing up walls, or listening to Jim Dale read Harry Potter on her iPod.
Audrey Kolb, Fellow
Audrey is a senior and New Resources Student, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Leadership. She has always been a passionate teacher and has been doing so in a variety of professional capacities for over a decade. Her life is about helping people develop and expand their capabilities. Outside of the Writing Center, Audrey is the NRS senate representative, president of the Psychology Club, editor-in-chief of The Encephalon, and student representative in the Psychology Field Group. She is also an artist and proud geek, and she loves to combine the two by making Harry Potter and Whovian jewelry.
Minji Lee, Fellow
Minji is a senior at Pitzer pursuing a double major in English Literature and Psychology with a minor in Spanish. Her curiosity in exploring the complex human psyche and the way in which an individual creatively expresses his or her inner being through writing is the primary reason why she is enthusiastic to be a tutor. Apart from the Writing Center, Minji facilitates a mind and body art class at Prototypes Women’s Center and is actively involved in Jumpstart. In her free time, she enjoys blasting 80s pop music in her room, visiting farmers markets and thrift stores, and exploring new cities.
Teddy Menard, Fellow
Teddy is a sophomore at Pitzer College planning to create his own major in English Literature, Writing, and Education and to pursue a minor in Music. He is fascinated by words and the varied ways in which they can be used. His interest in the shared experience of learning and teaching has drawn him to the Fellow position at the Writing Center. Outside of school, Teddy enjoys spending time exploring and immersing himself in the natural beauty of Southern California, rock climbing, and watching sports with his friends.
Samantha Morse, Fellow
Samantha is a senior at Pitzer College double majoring in English World Literature and Spanish on the literature track. She spent the fall of 2012 studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain and won a State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic at the University of Nizwa in Oman during the summer of 2013. After graduating, she intends to pursue a PhD in 19th Century British Literature with an emphasis in Gender and Gothic Studies. Samantha loves The Lord of the Rings series and uses “stupid hobbit” as a term of endearment.
Biz Pedersen, Fellow
Biz is a senior at Pitzer working towards completing her double major in Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies as well as a triple language minor. She is interested in travel and will be spending time in Lebanon this coming year to further her Arabic studies and to satisfy her need to wander. Her experience as a tutor ranges from working as an au pair and tutor for eight-year-old Italian triplets to helping peers and high school students develop their writing skills. Biz enjoys all forms of writing, from academic to creative, but has a special passion for the memoir. In her free time you can most likely find Biz on her balcony, listening to music and enjoying the stunning LA sunset.
Tessa Tweet, Fellow
Tessa is a sophomore and is excited about majoring in anthropology at Pitzer College. After working at the Museum of Flight in Seattle for five years, she has become interested in attending graduate school for museum studies. One day she sees herself working in a museum and exploring the world of education outside of the classroom. In addition to her position in the writing center, she enjoys her job as East Hall representative and loves getting involved in on-campus activities. She has traveled to Amsterdam as a nanny and to Sweden for a game convention and hopes study abroad will take her back to one of those places next year.
David Zachary, Fellow
David is a fourth-year Pitzer student with a self-designed major entitled Healing Pedagogy for Social Change. He is a New Resources Student who prior to entering Pitzer taught in Waldorf schools as a class teacher, Education Support teacher, and middle school PE teacher, primarily working with students in kindergarten through 8th grade. David has also worked in the film industry in commercial, feature film, and video production. He is a Marine Corps veteran and has been active in sports throughout his life. Once as an amateur boxer, he fought Evander Holyfield in an All South Boxing Tournament . David is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and a longtime resident of Southern California. He is sociable and loves to converse about a wide range of subjects.