This community member directory lists participating consultants and educators who are available to contact and networking.
Danielle Casas – New Rochelle, NY
I love learning about my student’s stories. I love watching them tell me about something they loveand I am in awe when they share painful events. I volunteer with first generation, low income students and their stories have a depth of reflection and challenge that makes them unique.
Diana Daymond – Walnut Creek, CA
Well truthfully I don’t really enjoy essay coaching very much. I really do enjoy brainstorming with students but my challenge is to help the students advance their ideas into a personal statement… This is why I am working with your program.
Kristina DeVesty – Annandale, VA
I’m a former high school English teacher, so I enjoy working with teenagers on writing. I love hearing their stories and watching the culmination of years of effort come together.
Sarah Falbo – Pittsburgh, PA
Interacting one on one with students and helping them to demystify this process and gain confidence in their writing voice.
Kerry Folan – San Carlos, CA
Working with this age group to explore and help them generate ideas.
Coco Jin – Livermore, CA
I find essay writing a good opportunity for students to reflect on their strengths and passions.
I enjoy hearing their stories and coach them through the writing process. To get a wonderful story out of them.
Stephanie Kennedy – Downers Grove, IL
Helping students grow their stories and recognize that their “small” actions can have big impact in an essay; seeing their writing improve!!
Amy Mednick – Rochester, NY
I especially enjoy really getting to know the students on a deeper level and that often happens when we’re working on essays.
Alison Merzel – Columbus, OH
I love getting to know the students better through this process. The essay coaching is where the personal anecdotes come out, where I learn about what the student is truly passionate about, where they have struggled.
Audrey Slaughter – Walnut Creek, CA
Asking questions to find out what really makes the student happy and engaged. I enjoy hearing the student have an ‘aha’ moment of self reflection when we talk.
Leanne Soulard – Dartmouth, MA
I love helping students discover their creative side, which isn’t something that is encouraged a lot in traditional English classes. It’s inspiring to help a young person set their story free!
Nancy Steenson – Danville, NH
I love brainstorming topics with students. I love to see them dig in, reflect, and go deeper than they thought they could. I love to see their faces when they realize they’ve actually written something great.
Marilyn van Loben Sels – Clarksburg, CA
Helping my students pull out their ideas and learning to appreciate themselves.