Meet the Tutors
Barbara Hall - Faculty Affiliate
Barbara Hall is completing a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she also holds an MS.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society. Her areas of specialization include kinship, adoption, education, ethnography, and contemporary multicultural societies. Barbara has worked extensively with international students and immigrants to the United States as an English as a Second Language teacher in both Japan and the United States. She has also taught academic writing and research skills to students of all levels at Penn, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford. Barbara currently teaches a Writing Seminar called "Perspectives on Immigration and Education in the United States".
Barbara is available in the Writing Center at Stokes on Mondays from 9 AM to 3 PM and in the Writing Center at Magill on Fridays from 9 AM to 3 PM.
Raquel Esteves-Joyce - Faculty Affiliate
Raquel Esteves-Joyce has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in English and Sociology, a M.Ed. from Eastern University in Multicultural Education and an Ed.D in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Raquel has gained experience supporting people in their writing through her work at the Philadelphia Writing Project, where she is a Teacher Consultant, and a collaborative effort with the National Writing Project and NIOST where she has worked as a Writing Coach and a Facilitator in support of OST Professionals as they seek to publish their site-based inquiry work. Raquel also works as a 21st Century Coordinator for the Oxford Circle Christian Development Association, a nonprofit whose vision is to provide support through youth development, family enrichment and support as well as economic and community development. She looks forward to working alongside Haverford Students as they engage in the art of writing.
Raquel is available in the Writing Center at Stokes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.
Liza Alpert '13
Liza is a senior psychology major and Spanish minor from Needham, Massachusetts. Although she will always be a Boston girl deep down, she also loves eating cheesesteaks and wandering around Philly, and she left a small part of her heart in Mendoza, Argentina, where she studied abroad last fall. She enjoys listening to music, taking photos, sitting around outside, traveling, and drinking smoothies. Her secret talents include making intricate six-sided paper snowflakes and raising one eyebrow at a time.
Cruz Arroyo '15
Cruz is a sophomore who was born and raised in New York. He plans to major in English and minor in Japanese. His favorite stage in the writing process would be planning an outline of the essay’s main ideas before the writing begins. He loves to talk through complicated topics and would love to talk with anyone looking to add some structure to their ideas. Outside of the classroom, Cruz’s hobbies include singing and dancing at karaoke, baking cookies and treats, and button-mashing in various fighting games. He is also working in the Student Activities Office.
Emily Bailinson '13
Emily is a senior majoring in Political Science and History (with a minor in Philosophy). Born and raised in San Francisco, Emily's deep attachment to her hometown has grown with distance. Between finding new favorite nooks in Magill and novel ways to procrastinate, she enjoys watching baseball, catching the insomnia plague, reminding herself why she loves French and British history, pretending she's on a first name basis with her favorite philosophers, and planning a theory based civic education program. Her favorite book is Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog. Emily will be studying at Cambridge in the spring.
Jemma Benson '13
Jemma is a senior from the suburbs of Boston. She is an anthropology major and also pre-med. On campus she is on FAB and Speakers' Committee. She loves Indian food, The New York Times crossword puzzle, and her Harry Potter Lego set!
Charlie Birkel '14
Charlie is a junior English major from Washington, DC. He is partial to comic books, brass bands, hockey, short fiction, spaghetti westerns, Walter Pater, and the idea of space travel. On a typical day, his favorite author is Graham Greene, though this superlative is subject to frequent change. Charlie is a member of Lighted Fools, Big Donkey Ultimate, and spends much of his free time pursuing a career in folk heroism. He will be studying this coming fall semester at the University of Edinburgh.
Simone Crew '13
Simone is a senior from San Francisco. She is an Anthropology major with a concentration in Africana Studies, and a potential creative writing minor. Aside from her passion for seemingly mundane documentaries (e.g. The Parking Lot Movie) she enjoys spoken word poetry, theater, and long novels. Simone also works at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and is one of the proud founders of the Crafts Collective, the premiere crafting club on campus.
Raymond Deluca '14
Raymond is a junior double majoring in History and Russian. He comes from Red Bank, New Jersey, what the Smithsonian rightly recognized as the third best small town in all the nation. He will be studying abroad in the spring of 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia where he will hopefully master the Russian language, walk away with a collection of authentically Russian experiences and get the blood flowing for a thesis idea. Besides history and Russian, he has a real passion for literature, roller coasters, the outdoors, politics and dogs. He has historical crushes on both Orwell and Trotsky, but more importantly, can be found on campus working in the admissions office, giving tours, spending time with his three generations of Customs teams and, well, here!
Lizzie Douglas '13
Lizzie is a senior History major with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. Originally from England, she now lives in New England. When not reading about history, Lizzie is an HCO for the Class of 2016 and works in the Admission Office. Her favourite things include chocolate, books, and cute baby animals; her least favourite things include spiders, brussels sprouts, and her allergy to cute baby animals.
Sarah Eppler-Epstein '15
Sarah, a sophomore, grew up in a purple house in the fairy tale woods of Connecticut. She will most likely study Political Science, Psychology, or Linguistics. She does not like the word “undecided.” Sarah enjoys reading in the Rufus Jones room of Magill, singing with the Oxford Blues, eating Phish Food ice cream, and hugging people. She is learning to love running.
Gavi Fried '14
Gavi is a junior, an English major, and a Taurus. Since her birthday actually falls on the slight cusp between Taurus and Gemini, Gavi is fated to be determined, whimsical, approachable, mysterious, responsible, flighty, and bewildered. She enjoys taking online personality tests, doodling in class, reading tag sale novels, and talking with her mouth full. She also enjoys sloppy parallelism. Gavi is spending the year at Oxford; she’ll return to Haverford when the planets align, in fall 2013.
Sonia Giebel '14
Sonia is a junior English major and Education minor from Seattle, WA. She loves her hometown – from the Sounders to the mountains to Pike Place Market – but feels equally at home at Haverford. On campus, she is a member of FAB, an AMA for the class of 2016, and works as a tour guide and host in the Admissions office. Other than that, you can find her watching as much live, televised, local, club, or international soccer as possible, in the kitchen making something including onions, or walking the nature trail with friends. She has a phobia of any and all olives. Come Spring 2013, Sonia will be in Europe, specifically Germany or Sweden, and looks forward to frolicking in foreign lands. Feel free to bring her essays written in English or basic German.
Sarah Harrison '13
Sarah is a senior Chemistry major and Classical Studies minor, hailing from sunny Fort Pierce, Florida. She spent her junior spring at Stockholm University in Sweden. Besides working at the Writing Center, Sarah also works at the College Bookstore, and in her free time you can find her brushing up on her Latin grammar and vocabulary, having way too much fun in lab, and keeping the US Postal Service in business by sending tacky postcards to friends in far off places.
Sara Jaramillo '15
Sara is from the overwhelmingly beautiful Small Town of Northfield, MN, world-famous for its defeat of the Jesse James Gang. She has a hard time staying in one place for very long because every time she travels she gets to see Life from fresh eyes (also the food is really delicious). She will probably major in Philosophy because she is deeply in love with it, as she is also in love with Mozart, every single book she reads, the ocean, rice and beans, and probably everything else in the universe.
April Lin '13
April Lin is a senior anthropology major from Ambler, Pennsylvania. She is looking forward to studying abroad in the spring. She loves the woods and long car trips through the more scenic parts of PA. In her free time, she enjoys making music, writing short stories, studying Internet memes, and psychoanalyzing characters in movies. A major cinephile, she would love to do something in film or screenwriting in the future. You can usually find her doodling in class or hanging out in the campus center. She is happy to work with essays written in Chinese or basic German.
Chelsea Mitchell '14
Chelsea is a junior Political Science major with a minor in Environmental Studies. She hails from Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area and is still learning how to live in snowy weather. Chelsea loves Haverford, but always dreamt that her degree would be from Hogwarts. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys being outside, exploring Philly, and scouting out delicious food spots. Her favorite things include going camping, shopping at farmers markets, and serenading other drivers on the highway. Chelsea plans to spend the spring abroad, but has not quite decided where (Spain and Italy are top contenders!).
Joshua Mussa '13
Joshua is a film junkie. His favorite motion pictures include Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Shining, and Little Miss Sunshine. At Haverford, he is a senior (yikes!) pursuing a major in Religion, a minor in Africana Studies, and a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. When not in Tritton, Magill, or the DC, he spends his time in the Admissions Office as a Senior Interviewer, Multicultural Recruitment Intern, Host, and Tour Guide. He aspires to continue his studies at Oxford, even though his parents would much prefer that he return home to Lake Geneva (in Washington state, not Switzerland). Do you have great films that you think he would enjoy? Do not hesitate to contact him with recommendations!
Mary Clare O'Donnell '14
Mary Clare is a junio currently torn between her love of the Humanities and Social Sciences, who might be found schmoozing with professors as Officer of Academics for Students Council or rambling about Judith Butler and normativity as co-head of Sexuality and Gender Alliance. Aside from that she enjoys a full night's sleep, messy cooking experiments, Almodóvar movies, her mother's Irish accent, and The New Yorker. She's looking forward to reading papers about anything and everything, in English or Spanish.
Koreana Pak '15
Koreana is a sophomore who grew up in Philly, but now hails from a little cul-de-sac in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. She's considering a Political Science major, but also has an interest in Economics and Environmental Studies. She enjoys reading and writing creative fiction far too much to be healthy, and while her favorite book is The Lord of the Rings, she also holds great respect for the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, Jonathan Stroud, and Frank Herbert, among others. She also likes fine arts, fancies herself a Latin scholar (an egregious self delusion), and is passionate about multicultural issues.
Anna Pedersen '15
Anna Pedersen is a sophomore from Portland, Oregon. Her current plans include a possible double major in Comparative Literature and Spanish, though this plan seems to change on a daily basis. She also plans on studying abroad, most likely in Spain, in the hope of fine-tuning her Spanish while gorging herself on tapas. While not in the Writing Center, Anna might be found CP-ing, volunteering, ponathon-ing, crossword-ing, or frolicking in the rain, which reminds her of her hometown. She looks forward to working on papers in both Spanish and English!
Stephen Profeta '15
Stephen is a sophomore, as of yet undeclared but most likely an English major with a minor in philosophy (and a headache from Arabic). His interests and life goals change with the wind (or Mitt Romney's political platform--badum bum), but right now he is either listening to the new Beach House album or reading something by Franz Kafka or checking his fantasy baseball team. He has a soft spot for his grandparents' house by the beach. Though his skin is far too fair to risk venturing out to the water, he finds its proximity comforting. He is a member of the Lighted Fools comedy troop and Big Donkey Ultimate (frisbee). During freshman year, he earned the nickname "Fat Joe" and spent three months eating matzoh. Let's make his sophomore year even better.
Annie Reading '13
Annie is a senior from Salisbury, Maryland. She plans to major in English with a concentration in Africana Studies, and will probably be abroad in Cape Town, South Africa in the spring. Though her love of nature, horses, and her home, Maryland's Eastern Shore, has earned her the nickname "country bumpkin" among some Haverfordians, Annie also greatly enjoys spending time in Philly, trying new foods, and traveling. In her free time, you'll probably find her reading, wandering around campus, or attempting to play the ukulele.
Ryan Rebel '14
Ryan is a junior English major with a possible concentration in Creative Writing. He has also studied sociology, philosophy, linguistics, and a smattering of other disciplines. For three years he has been involved in Customs, and for three years he has lived on Gummere 3/3. Ryan is a creature of habit, but he is trying to change. He enjoys fiction, Christopher Nolan, funny things, and 90s cartoons starring insane blue superheroes (there are at least two). Ryan, much like Joshua Mussa (above), is a self-proclaimed film buff, and he couldn't help but notice that Josh listed three fantastic movies that all have some form of the word "shine" in the title. Weird. Bring Ryan your papers, essays, stories, theses, spoils of war, etc., and he will help you craft them as best he can.
Zachary Reisch '14
Zach is a junior history major from Needham, Massachusetts. He desperately wants to become fluent in Spanish, and is therefore considering studying abroad in Seville in the spring of 2013. In his spare time he enjoys reading, thinking up jokes which are, upon further reflection, probably only funny to him, and writing fictional stories. Zach particularly enjoys the science fiction and fantasy genres, and is the proud author of a fantasy novel. He considers the novel a success because he can now tell people that he has written a book. Zach is a member of the Mainliners a capella group, the Bi-College Chorale, and the Lighted Fools comedy troupe.
Sam Rodriques '13
Sam is a senior from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is proud to be the only Physics major on the Writing Center staff. He is deeply interested in the world, and is fascinated by a variety of topics, including abiogenesis (the study of how life arises from nothing), quantum computing, artificial intelligence, and such every-day mysteries as why air bubbles in a slowly freezing water bottle arrange themselves in rows, and why it is easier to hear echoes on campus early in the morning. In his spare time, he directs theater, plays Dungeons and Dragons, writes, programs for FIG, plays the ancient Chinese board game Go, cares for his plants, and thinks. Sam is studying in Cambridge, England in 2012-13.
Susanna Sacks '13
Susanna is a senior, an English and Sociology double major, and a fly-by-night superhero. In spite of a deep and abiding love for her New England home, she is obsessed by the South and its literature and may dissolve into a passionate monologue on the subject at a moment’s notice. Given her druthers, she may most often be found reading, saying the word "druthers", and/or swinging in the rain. She is also a research assistant in the English department and departmental assistant for the sociology department, as well as a coxswain on the crew team and co-head of Haverford's Student Political Network. She will be studying abroad in Cape Town in the Spring, studying the role of narrative in communal identity in the townships, but until then, loves to help with papers written in French and/or English!
Neilay Shah '14
Neilay Shah, class of 2014, is from the suburbs of Cleveland, OH. He is a history major, with particular interest in economic and financial history. For the 2012-2013 academic year, Neilay will be studying abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His interests include music, film, and cricket. Neilay's intellectual bias could be described as a post-constructionist, pre-post-modernist attempt to re-imagine trans-Cenozoic mindscapes within extra-mesospheric contexts. Neilay also likes to dance and to eat tasty treats.
Abby Sweeney '15
Abby is a sophomore from Bethesda, MD. Although she is still labeled “undecided” in major, she is decidedly passionate about teaching and education reform; she becomes “Miss Abby” each summer as she teaches (which some days just means chasing 6th graders down the hallway) at a summer school in Washington, DC. She loves playing unnecessarily competitive games of charades, trying new recipes, and making lists of places to travel. Most importantly, Abby is looking forward to reading some really creative papers in the Writing Center this year.
Katie Ulrich '14
Katie is a junior from Sammamish, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. She is majoring in Anthropology and Biology with a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. In addition to working at the Writing Center, her on-campus activities include working in a biology lab and volunteering for the Spectrum, an after-school program designed to be accessible to kids with autism. She enjoys soccer, sarcasm, and Saturday Night Live.
Sally Weathers '13
Sally is a senior Philosophy and Spanish major with a concentration in Peace, Justice, & Human Rights. She lives on a farm in the small town of Peterborough, NH, but when she was little she wanted to replace her house with a log cabin just like Laura Ingalls Wilder’s home in Little House in the Big Woods. She recently returned from a semester in Buenos Aires, and is happy to read papers written in Spanish.