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 teaching practices that make this knowledge accessible to students so they can participate in their new fields. 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 been working in Writing Center administration since 2008 and brings to her role as Coordinator of Pitzer’s Writing Center over a decade of experience working with undergraduate and graduate students to develop academic writing, reading and research skills. With a Masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Jenny is passionate helping students deepen their communicative competence, ranging from small details to macro-level sociolinguistic implications of language use. Her research interests include ways in which the linguistic norms of dominant speech and writing 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, multicultural family.
Carlos is a Senior transfer student who transferred to Pitzer College last fall from the University of California, Irvine. Carlos is majoring in English and World Literature with a creative writing emphasis and minoring in Sociology. Carlos lives in South Gate, California, about forty-five minutes away from Los Angeles, is passionate about writing poetry and fiction, and is interested in all types of creative writing. Carlos created the Pitzer College Creative Writer’s Guild, is the transfer student mentor, has officer positions in M.A.G.E. Club, TerraCycle Club, and Legal Society, and sits on the curriculum committee on Student Senate.
Lucas Ayenew is a sophomore Neuroscience major and Philosophy minor, but more genuinely he is a kombucha-brewer kelp-forest-swimmer. Lucas is easily excited by things like fruit fly cognition, the effect of language on personal reality, and sleeping early. Lucas is interested in the self-discovery that occurs concurrently with written expression. The novelist, essayist, and short story writer E.M. Foster puts it well: “How do I know what I think unless I see what I say?” In his spare time, Lucas can be found practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, teaching yoga, or writing.
Divya is a sophomore and a potential English major. After teaching in India over the past summer, she is also interested in incorporating education into her major. She is passionate about environmental issues and is a founding member of the environmental club A Cleaner Tomorrow on campus which educates schools in the Claremont area on the environment. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading and traveling. Something you may not know about her is that she’s lived in four countries: U.A.E, Thailand, England and India.
Tashi is a sophmore from Brooklyn, New York. She plans on majoring in Political Studies and minoring in Anthropology. She loves traveling, swimming, and listening to music. When she’s not on campus, Tashi likes to go hiking around Southern California.
Will Duke is a junior majoring in Organizational Studies with a minor in Spanish. His passions lay within the international community, which was first sparked by the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in high school, an international socio-political focus at Pitzer, and most recently trips to South America, Europe, and Africa. In his free time, Will enjoys playing music, going on outdoor adventures, and exploring all that California has to offer. His experience as a teacher ranges from violin lessons to economic courses. However, he has always considered what he tutors to be much less important than the way he approaches each activity.
Spencer is a senior at Pitzer College majoring in English & World Literature. He has writing experience in history, philosophy, creative writing, literary and writing studies. His interest in writing across the disciplines lead him to pursue becoming a fellow at the Writing Center. He is fascinated by the possibilities opened through the combination of academic and creative writing. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys playing rugby at the Claremont Colleges.
Jordan is a sophomore at Pitzer planning on creating her own Education and Public Policy major with a Spanish minor. A service trip to Peru, where Jordan taught English to 1st through 6th graders, sparked her desire to study education in order to benefit educational systems around the world. Upon returning from the mountains of Peru, Jordan began her tutoring career helping out 3rd and 4th graders and is now looking forward to making the switch to college tutoring. Jordan is also a first-year mentor and encourages all of her mentees to visit the Writing Center. In her free time, you will find Jordan running, writing, reading, listening to music, watching silly TV shows, or generally being quirky.
Teddy Menard, Fellow (Fulbright ETA Specialist)
Teddy is a junior at Pitzer College planning to create an independent major in English Literature, Writing, and Education. 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 rock climbing, playing music, art and craft, and exploring the beauty of nature.
Sarah Nelson, Fellow
Sarah is a Pitzer sophomore who is planning on studying global health and taking advantage of the diverse range of courses the liberal arts education has to offer. While working at the Writing Center in her high school she discovered her love of working with words on the page as well as working with her peers. She is looking forward to continue doing both in the Pitzer community. When she’s not in the Writing Center Sarah can usually be found pursing her passions: learning languages, attempting to play music, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Kate Niven, Fellow
Kate Niven is a third year student from Boston, majoring in Organizational Studies and Sociology. She plays for the Claremont Women’s Rugby team and is involved with Latino Student Union. Kate has a love for creative writing and enjoys helping students see the influence behind their own words in academic papers. She appreciates that everyone comes into college with different skills and abilities in the writing process and is passionate about working with students to see past the challenges they may face while writing. In her free time Kate likes to paint, dance, and binge watch Netflix.
Mari is a senior majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Spanish. Her propensity for intelligent wit and the precise arrangement of words for optimum expression are what fuel her enthusiasm for writing. She has developed a love of travel and has lived in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Italy. She hopes to one day work in the field of health care. Her life loves are all things aquatic, philosophical conversations, making people laugh, and sweet potatoes.
Leah Pomerantz, Fellow
Leah Pomerantz is a senior pursuing a Biology and Studio Art combined major. She is the president of the 5C Pre-Veterinary and Animal Science Club and is working on becoming a small animal and avian doctor. Her artistic focus is in drawing, but she also adores painting colorful, large scale murals. She feels most confident in scientific writing, but is always excited to write and read papers from other disciplines to broaden her knowledge of the world. Most of her free time is spent caring too much about television shows, baking elaborate desserts, or cooing over adorable critters.
Harry Rappaport is a senior at Pitzer pursuing a major in Psychology. He is interested in the complex systems underlying interpersonal interactions and individuals’ unique modes of relating. His experiences as a tutor range from working with 3rd-6th graders at a local school to helping peers develop their writing skills. Harry enjoys both academic and creative writing, and he is particularly passionate about poetry. In his free time Harry loves dancing west-coast swing, geeking out over Firefly, and telling puns.
Lily Simon is a Senior Environmental Policy major with a minor in Economics. She has rejoined the Writing Center after her year abroad, and helps students reach their international goals as a Writing Center Fellow for Fulbright Awards. After spending a year studying food and water systems in the Netherlands, Lily has a passion for global perspectives in terms of environmental issues and serves as the External Studies chair on Pitzer’s Student Senate. Lily loves to blog about traveling and cuddle with any available dogs in her free time, but you will most likely find her pounding dirty chai tea lattes over economics problem sets. Say “Hi” anyway!
Mariah Stovall is a fourth-year student at Pitzer. She studies English Literature with a minor in Linguistics and plans to pursue a career in book publishing. She is open to engaging with all genres of writing, including recipes and the instructions on cleaning products. Mariah co-founded Pitzer’s Boxcar Club to support live music and is part of the Kohoutek Music and Arts Festival’s planning committee. She also loves pizza and New Jersey very, very much.
Summer Sturtevant is a senior majoring in English World Literature. In Spring of 2014, Summer spent her semester abroad in Botswana and enjoyed having the opportunity to teach English to middle school and high school students. She looks forward to working with Pitzer students and reading various styles and pieces. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and playing with dogs. You can find Summer at the Pit-Stop pretending to do homework or in the dining hall eating raisins.
Tessa is a junior 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.
Andy Wright is the Web Editor of the Claremont Port Side, a Junior majoring in English and Media Studies, and a lover of sunshine. After he gives up on being a starving artist, Andy plans to sneak his way into grad school for either of his majors, hopefully ending up in the hallowed halls of Academia. Andy specializes in working with English, Film, and journalism papers, but has an open mind to the universal language of learning.