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Dr. Amanda Johnston
Director, Writing and Learning Center

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Amanda holds a Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University, where she taught composition and world literature. She is a two-time alumna of UIW (B.A. and M.A. in English). She has worked in academic support full time at UIW since 2006 and has been director of the WLC since its inception in 2012. The best parts of her job involve learning from the tutors, creating a supportive environment in the center, collaborating with colleagues, and seeing students grow in and through writing.

When she's not in the WLC, Amanda can be found singing, attempting to become something of a scientist in the kitchen, reading translations of German and Icelandic folklore, watching British crime dramas, and eating potato & egg tacos.

Marisa Cheatum
Secretary, Writing and Learning Center

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Marisa graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in business administration. After graduating, she co-founded a production company where she wrote, directed, filmed, and edited videos. Marisa has worked at the Writing and Learning Center since 2012, and she enjoys bringing her creative background to the WLC by making flyers, videos, and handouts for students.

In her spare time, Marisa loves hiking, travelling, singing along to Disney movies, watching Star Wars, and eating tacos.

Charlie Briggs
Part-Time Professional Writing Tutor and Mentor

charlieCharlie received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the Incarnate Word in December of 2015. During his time there, he worked as a peer writing tutor at the Writing & Learning Center from the fall of 2014 through the fall of 2015. He is now working as a professional writing tutor and mentor. He plans to pursue writing instruction and creative writing professionally, while obtaining his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in English.

When he is not working or writing, Charlie enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Stephanie, playing Call of Duty and Gears of War with his friends, watching basketball, drinking coffee, eating Mexican food (including tacos), and watching his favorite TV comedies, Louie and Parks and Recreation.

Kylie Allison
Writing Tutor
Major: Communication Arts-- Media Studies
Minor: English

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Kylie is currently a senior at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is on the university’s women's soccer team. She is looking at pursuing a career in public relations. She specializes in writing and communication classes. She can help with creative writing or technical writing.

Kylie is from Bellevue, Washington. In her spare time, Kylie enjoys playing with her dog, trying out recipes, watching Disney movies, and traveling.

Christina Cuellar
Writing Tutor
Major: Nursing

christinaChristina is a nursing major at the University of the Incarnate Word. When she is not sleeping or studying the night away, she enjoys working out, the company of her friends and family, and reading novels from her favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. She seeks to help those in need in any aspect and loves meeting new people. Christina also runs her own website that features the stories of the meanings behind the tattoos from the locals in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. She looks forward to mentoring her fellow Cardinals.

Jose Deanda
Writing Tutor
Major: Nutrition
Minor: English

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Jose has a deep interest in poetry and writing. He began writing poetry two years ago. His interests were then propelled forward by a writing conference that Wounded Warrior Project provided and the poetry workshop offered here at UIW. Particularly, Jose is fascinated by the healing powers of writing and one day aspires to facilitate this process for others. In the meantime, he feels like the day isn’t complete if he hasn’t read a poem.

Kimberly Feucht
Writing Tutor
Major: Nursing
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Kimberly is currently a sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word and dreams of becoming a registered nurse and maybe becoming a nurse practitioner. Kim has a knack for writing and enjoys helping people get their thoughts onto paper.

She is an eccentric dance instructor on the weekends and an active member of the Epsilon Eta chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. Kimberly was born in Louisiana, making her especially fond of spicy seafood, Cajun music, and French culture. Her hobbies include dancing, listening to Led Zeppelin, spoiling her Yorkshire Terrier (Margeaux), and eating chocolate.

Regis Gosda
Writing Tutor
Major: Accounting

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Regis is currently a senior at the University of the Incarnate Word. He specializes in writing and accounting. He enjoys writing creatively and helping others engage in their writing. 

He played two years of baseball at UIW and now plans on pursuing his career in the business world. 

His interests include sports, music, photography, skateboarding, and travel.

Sergio Romero
Writing Tutor
Major: International Business

sergioSergio is an international business major. He believes that reading and writing are two of the most important mediums for education. He is passionate about helping people understand their power to affect the world. He is well-traveled, dabbles in horology, and absolutely loves a good al pastor taco. His business goal is to own and operate a boutique hotel in San Miguel, Mexico. He aspires to continue traveling the world, learn a third language, and retire early. 

Vivian Nguyen
Writing Tutor
Major: Biology
Minor: English

vivianVivian received an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Northeast Lakeview College in 2015. She loves exploring different subjects and being able to expand her knowledge on a variety of topics. Vivian is now working on a Bachelor's in Biology, with a minor in English. She plans to go into a research career dealing with genetics and microbiology in order to help find cures for pathogenic diseases.

Some of her hobbies include indulging in British literature, writing satire, learning different languages, and being around her two very beloved dogs. She also does a lot of volunteer work for many school clubs, including being an International Ambassador for incoming international students where she helps with airport pickups, shopping trips, tours around San Antonio, and having them become accustomed to eating Tex-Mex tacos.

Hannah Robinson
Writing Tutor
Major: English
Minor: Philosophy

hannahHannah is currently a junior at the University of the Incarnate Word, pursuing an English major with a minor in philosophy. Hoping to one day work in the publishing world, Hannah is striving to learn all that she can about creative writing through courses offered on campus, as well as reading books on the craft. In addition to working at the Writing and Learning Center, Hannah is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which has helped push her to work towards being not only the best student she can be but also the best version of herself.

Outside of her student life, Hannah can often be found reading one of her many unread books that reside on her bookshelf. Other hobbies include spending time with friends and family (including her dog, Nina), visiting locations around the city, and cooking or baking in her kitchen.

Vania Vasquez
Writing Tutor
Major: English
Minor: Theatre Arts

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Vania enjoys helping students express their thoughts and ideas through words. While she is up for helping with any type of writing, Vania’s favorite work to do at the WLC involves creative writing assignments or those involving technical communication. She is currently exploring career opportunities in technical communication, linguistics, and technical production.

In addition to being an avid lover of language and theatre, Vania enjoys outer space, nature, adventures, and pretending she is from the 1920s. She also has a particular affinity for stars, fairies, things that glow in the dark, and tacos.

Mariana Vela
Writing Tutor
Master's student in Communication Arts

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In December 2013, Mariana graduated from Southwestern University with a paired Bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish. She is currently completing her Master’s in Communication Arts here at UIW. She specializes in creative writing and minutia. Her hope is to inspire and help writers feel secure about expressing themselves. 

During her spare time, Mariana loves escaping into nature with her dogs and horses. (They used to call her “Mogley” as a kid.) She loves reading anything fiction or non-fiction––especially if it’s scientific, philosophical, dark and mysterious. Of course, she also likes a good romance. People may also find her star-gazing while drinking black coffee, or re-watching Lord of the Rings and Star Wars with parmesan popcorn.