Writing Center Staff

A diverse group of faculty, peer, and professional tutors staffs the Writing Center. We have expertise in virtually every aspect of academic, professional, and creative writing. You are welcome to request any of us by name when you make an appointment or come to drop-in tutoring. Not sure if we are tutoring on your campus? Call your Learning Commons of choice to see who is on the schedule.

Amanda Beaulieu-Smith is an Instructor of English, Reading, and College Success. She has experience tutoring ESL students, students of diverse learning abilities, and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She received her B.A. in English from Regis College in Weston, MA, and her M.A. in English from Rhode Island College. She peer-tutored writing at Regis College and interned at the Warren Times-Gazette in Warren, RI. She will be happy to help students write essays for any class, resumes, cover letters, journalism articles, literary criticism, and any creative writing projects.

Meredith Brady has an Associate degree in Human Services from Bristol Community College, is certified as a Master tutor by the College Reading & Learning Association and has tutored at Bristol Community College for the past six years with more than half of those years tutoring students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring center. She especially enjoys assisting students from other countries learn how to write in English. Helping all students unlock the complexities of the English language so they can share their ideas with the world brings her great satisfaction.

Deborah A. Earle grew up in New York State with family ties in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, she has taught math and science on the middle school level in New York State and then fell into business in New York and Connecticut. Deborah started with the Writing Center in 2015 and is a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified Master Tutor. She is a 2018 recipient of the Bristol Community College Silver Shield Award for service. Deborah works with all ages and all subject areas, loves clarifying APA and MLA, annotated bibliographies, and has an emphasis on the sciences. Bring on the lab reports!

Corey Ehly has spent his career supporting students as they learn and grow. He has held many roles in education, from being a tutor and academic coordinator at YouthBuild New Bedford to his current position where he organizes job/internship experiences for special needs high schoolers in Tiverton, RI. Corey received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Clark University and his MSW from Boston University. While obtaining his advanced degrees, Corey was cited as one of the best writers in his class.

Michael S. Geary is an Associate Professor of English and the Writing Center Coordinator. He received his B.A. in English from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and his M.A. from Rhode Island College. He teaches ENG 090, 101, 102, 215, and several literature electives. He has also taught and tutored writing at Roger Williams University and Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT. He is happy to help you with MLA & APA essays from any class, research papers, technical reports, resumes, cover letters, and any creative writing project. He recently had an article published in The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning.

Lisa Jolicoeur is a veteran high school English Language Arts with experience teaching graduate literature courses for teachers. She holds a B.A. in English from Stonehill College, an M.Ed. from Cambridge College, an M.A. in English from Bridgewater State University, and a CAGS in TESOL from Bridgewater State University. She is a literacy volunteer with adult English Language Learners and enjoys working with all types of writing projects in the BCC Learning Commons!

Brooklynn Smith is a student and Peer Tutor in the Paralegal Studies program. She excelled in her English 101 class with flying colors and was awarded a certificate from the Portfolio Assessment Project which earned a pass with distinction. One piece of her writing was published in the HAWK Student Newspaper August edition. She has an enormous amount of appreciation for the written word and loves to read crime novels when she can! She’ll gladly help her fellow students with MLA, APA and any other kind of writing assignments.

Chrisanne Souza holds an AA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from Bristol Community College, a BA in Literature from Wellesley College and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. She has published fiction, memoir, and poetry. She tutors across the disciplines and specializes in humanities writing such as literature, poetry, film, and art. She particularly enjoys tutoring creative writing, close reading, and critical thinking skills. She is also available to assist faculty and staff with advanced degree writing, academic or creative.

Joan Thomas-Mello is a veteran teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She earned her M.Ed. from Lesley University in Curriculum and Instruction. Joan studied dance professionally at the Hartford Ballet graduating with her teacher’s certificate. Her interest in writing began while teaching at inner-city schools. She integrated language arts and dance by adapting and narrating stories and poetry for her students to perform in public venues. Joan particularly enjoys working with students who are developing their reading, writing and speaking skills. She is committed to student success both in the classroom and in life.

Kris Thompson holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Bristol Community College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Westfield State in criminology/sociology. In addition to being a Writing Center Tutor, she works as a Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader in Criminal Justice/Sociology courses. Kris is passionate about helping guide students’ towards excellence in writing, particularly in the areas of annotated bibliography, opinion-orientated essays and research papers. She believes good writing comes from putting your heart into the work.

Lillie Wilson is a veteran journalist, science writer, and editor with a portfolio of more than 2,000 by-lines. She received her B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.A. in English from Brandeis University, and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. She teaches professional writing at Roger Williams University and has been tutoring Bristol Community College students in the Writing Center since 2014. She encourages students to bring in writing projects of all kinds, academic and non-academic.