Fall 2017 Writing Center Team


Director: Kayleigh Few

Kayleigh graduated with her MA in English is 2014. Since then, she has worked full-time with the English department teaching freshman composition and the writing center tutor training course. She enjoys helping students navigate their individual writing processes and all the creative energy that happens in the WC!


Assistant Director: Sava Kolev

Sava graduated with his MA in English in 2015, and started working in the Writing Center as a graduate student. In Spring of 2016, he come aboard as assistant director. He supervises and coordinates the undergraduate writing seminars offered each semester, and he also teaches freshman composition courses for the English department.


Templeton Coordinator: Loree Long

Loree received her Associate’s degree from Hinds CC, her Bachelor’s from MUW, and her Master’s from Mississippi State. She has tutored at all of our WC locations over the past 5 years, and she loves helping students brainstorm and organize their ideas.


Project Coordinator: Jen Childs

Jen has an MA in English from MSU, and she has taught Basic Comp, Comp I, and Comp II at MSU, EMCC, and Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. In addition to working at the MSU Writing Center, she has also tutored for MSU athletics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletics, and she currently teaches online for Southern New Hampshire University. She especially likes to work with students to learn/refresh revision strategies, brainstorm, develop ideas, and learn self-editing practices.


Technology Coordinator: Kris Robinson

Kris began attending Mississippi State University in the fall of 2004, and he received his bachelor's degree in English, as well as a minor in History and a TESOL certificate, in 2009. He began graduate school in the summer of 2009, and graduated at the end of July two years later. After that, he began working for the English department full-time, and has been doing so ever since. Also, he has tutored for the Office of Athletic Academics for 10 years, and teaches ELI Center classes during the summer. He also specializes in web design and desktop publishing, and enjoys working on technology-focused writing projects.


Tutor: Casey Baumgartner

Casey is currently a graduate TA for the English department. Her interests center around creative writing and working with ESL students, though she can assist with all levels of the writing processes. Before coming to MSU, Casey was a tutor at Ole Miss for over a year with both the writing center and the athletic writing lab, and she now tutors at Templeton.


Tutor: Caroline Brandon

Caroline completed her undergraduate degree in English literature at Millsaps College. She enjoys studying Southern literature and the British Romantics.


Tutor: Mark Burr

Mark has a degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and is studying poetry for his Master’s degree here at MSU. Originally from Ocean Springs, Mark likes dogs, watching tv, sleeping, and eating cheeseburgers.


Tutor: Will Clingan

Will holds a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in History from the University of Mississippi, where he graduated in 2012. He is now pursuing his second Bachelor’s in computer science here at MSU. While this is his first year working at the MSU Writing Center, he previously worked as a writing tutor at the University of Mississippi’s Tupelo campus.


Tutor: Anna Collinsgru

Anna is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Spanish and English. Originally from the Gulf Coast, Anna now attends MSU full-time. She’s loved literature and writing all her life and frequently writes outside of class. In her free time, you can find her taking pictures around town or eating an Einstein’s muffin outside of the library.


Tutor: Mikel Cotton

Mikel is an English major with a passion for all types of writing, and he enjoys movies, music, and writing poetry. He is from Clarksdale, MS and dreams of being a teacher after graduating from MSU. As a writing center tutor, he strives to gain experiences while helping people create beautiful pieces of writing.


Tutor: Whitney Crawford

Whitney is a senior studying Elementary Education. She graduated from Itawamba Community College in 2015. Whitney enjoys reading and writing, and in her spare time she loves to watch Marvel movies. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority here on campus.


Tutor: Sara Creel

Sara is originally from Meridian, MS, and she has a Bachelor’s degree in English from MSU. She is currently working on her Master’s in English with a focus on early modern British literature.


Tutor: Jessica Flowers

Jessica received her B.A. from MSU and recently graduated with her Master’s in English this past May. Now, she works full-time in the English department and helps out with the Writing Center’s seminar series for undergraduate writers and tutors at the Templeton location. She enjoys working with creative writing, historical essays, and communications projects.


Tutor: Thea Furby

Thea has a Bachelor’s in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism from MSU and a Master’s in English from Mississippi College.


Tutor: Craig Gentry

Craig graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s in English. He previously worked at the Tupelo-University of Mississippi Writing Center for five semesters. He is from Baldwyn, Mississippi, where his two dogs and parents still live. He enjoys reading fantasy, sci-fi, and mystery novels.


Tutor: Hayley Hampton

Hayley comes from the small town of Sulligent, Alabama and grew up writing. She also enjoys reading. She got her Bachelor’s in English with an emphasis in creative writing, and she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Literature. Her specific interests include African American studies and race issues. In short, helping others is what she likes to do, and it comes second nature to her.


Tutor: Antoinette Hayden

Antoinette (Ann) is a lecturer in the English department who completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English at MSU. Her concentration was in literature, and she is interested in multi-ethnic literature, creative writing, and developmental English.


Tutor: Karleigh Kimbrell

Karleigh has a Bachelor’s in English, and she previously worked at the BCOE Writing Center as an undergraduate. Now a TA for the English department, she plans to study American literature, and she enjoys creative writing, as well.


Tutor: Amy LaFleur

Amy is from the Meridian, MS area. She received her BA in English from Mississippi University for Women. She is skilled in literary analysis and can help with Comp I and Comp II assignments. She enjoys reading, baking, and coloring.


Tutor: Tom Lammert

Tom completed his Master’s in English at MSU in 2015. He is now a full-time lecturer in the English department and also tutors at the Templeton location.


Tutor: Jared Lemus

Jared graduated with a Bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in creative writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He mainly writes short stories, and his work has appeared in the JMWW, Hot Medal Bridge, and the Mochila Review. He has presented at the Arkansas Philological Association and is currently working on a collection of short stories.


Tutor: Jessica Moseley Lockhart

Jessica received her Master’s in English at MSU, and she is now an instructor in the department. Her areas of interest include creative writing, literature, drama, and grammar.


Tutor: Tamara Mahadin

Tamara has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Jordan, and she is now working on her Master’s in English at MSU. In her spare time, she loves to read and write.


Tutor: Greg Marcus

Greg is a graduate student in the English department completing his thesis project. This is his second year working in the Writing Center.


Tutor: Kayla Mattox

Kayla is an English major from Tupelo, MS. She worked at Itawamba Community College’s Writing Center for two years before transferring to MSU. Her main interest is in creative writing, but she wants to work in editing/publishing when she graduates.


Tutor: Leslie Pevey

Leslie completed her Master’s in English here at MSU and graduated this past May. She is now a full-time member of the English department and has been working in the Writing Center since 2015.


Tutor: Patrick Sistrunk

Patrick is your one-stop guide to all things English related. Patrick deals in information exchange of idea of the literary, political, and philosophical bent.


Tutor: Devan Torrence

Devan recently graduated with her Master’s in English with a concentration in linguistics from MSU. For her undergrad, she studied English, Social Studies, and French at MUW. She loves working with students whose favorite subject is NOT English. Her interests include linguistics, language policy, cultural studies, and mimicking SNL sketches.


Tutor: Noah Van Hartesveldt

A Michigan native, Noah is a Geoscience major with a strong interest in writing across disciplines. He has worked in the writing center at Grand Rapids Community College, and he currently spends much of his time work on his research papers and writing grants. Noah enjoys exploring language and literature in a scientific light and spends his free time playing hockey and skateboarding.


Tutor: Rachel Wolfe

Rachel has a Bachelor’s in English, and is currently a TA working on her Master’s in English with an emphasis in Victorian literature.


Tutor: Michael Woods

Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in History. He is currently working on his Master’s degree and enjoys studying literature, history, and philosophy.


Office Assistant: Eva Hagman

Eva is a junior Kinesiology major originally from the Chicago area. This is her third year working as an office assistant in the Writing Center.


Office Assistant: Athena Kavanagh

Athena is a senior Business Economics major originally from Hunstville, AL. She is also the President of MSU’s Speech & Debate Council. This is her third year working in the Writing Center.


Office Assistant: Dylan Sink

Originally from Starkville, MS, Dylan is a sophomore majoring in software engineering. This is his first year joining the Writing Center team.


Office Assistant: Gabbie Taylor

Gabbie is a freshman from Columbus, MS. This is her first year joining the Writing Center team.



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