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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meet Our Writing, Speech, & Language Tutors

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Ben ~ French


 Hello! I'm Ben.  I am an international student and a native French speaker! I volunteer my time in the CAS, tutoring French.  To take French lessons from me, just contact the CAS by email: 

Alyssa and Balencia~ Public Speaking


 Hi! We're Alyssa and Balencia, Graduate Assistants in the Communcation Studies Department. We assist with any kind of public speaking assignment for any course at MSU.  We also teach classes in public speaking and give classroom presentations on any aspect of speech preparation and delivery to instructors who request this service from the CAS.

We're available for scheduled appointments in the CAS and also hold a drop-in speech lab once a week.  We love helping people prepare for their speeches!

Em ~ Writing


Hello! I am a third year graduate student in English: Technical Communication. I am also enrolled in the Nonprofit Leadership graduate program because I aim to work for a nonprofit advocacy group and/or public policy.

This is my third year at the Writing Center. I specialize in technical/business writing, so I see a lot of students hoping to polish their resumés, create cover letters or Statements of Purpose, etc. I majored in literature and minored in film studies for my undergraduate degree, though, so it is fun to help a student work on a literature/film analysis or humanities theories.

I tailor my tutoring style to the needs of each student. I am familiar with APA, MLA, and CMS styles, and enjoy working with students on a wide variety of writing genres. I look forward to helping you be comfortable with and enjoy your writing!

Leah ~Creative Writing


My name is Leah Alsaker, and I am a second year graduate student in the creative writing program.  I am currently specializing in poetry. However, I am adept at many other kinds of writing, so please feel free to come to me about any type of academic, professional, or creative writing. 

I am most familiar with MLA and APA styles, but am comfortable using online resources as well as resources in our center to help students with other styles. 

I completed my undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University and earned a degree in English education with minors in history and professional writing. When not working or studying, I love playing piano, painting, singing, juggling, and reading. I look forward to working with you! 

Padam ~ Writing/ESL


 Hi. I am Padam Chauhan, originally from Nepal. I am a Graduate Assistant here at the Center for Academic Success, Minnesota State University, Mankato. I am in the MA TESL Program here at MSU majoring in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I am also in the Ed. Doctoral program. I love visiting different countries, meeting people, knowing about their culture, language, etc., listening to the all types of music, reading and dancing.

I equally love academic writing so much, and I am most familiar with the MLA and APA citation styles. I look forward to welcoming you at the CAS and working with you !!!

Lisa ~ Writing


Hello!  My name is Lisa Crockett.  I am a graduate student in Education, getting a master's degree in English and Communications Education.  I am most used to using MLA and AP style, but I'm also proficient in APA.  In addition, I have some experience with Chicago style.  Writing is my true passion, and I can often be found with a notebook or a computer in my lap, jotting down ideas for what I might want to write about next.  Prior to coming to study at MSU, I spent many years working as a journalist, so in addition to being comfortable with writing, I'm also comfortable with impending deadlines and have developed some personal strategies for working under pressure.  Deadlines are an important part of college life, and I'm happy to share my thoughts about how to deal with the stress of due dates.

When I'm not at school, I can often be found in the kitchen, whipping up some tasty treats, One of my greatest pleasures is feeding the people I love.  


Kourtney ~ Writing and Norwegian



Hello, my name is Kourtney and I am a junior here at MNSU, Mankato. I am double majoring in English and Scandinavian Studies. I have a lot of experience with writing, so I know it can be difficult at times! My goal is to make writing a less daunting task for other students; whether that means grammar, brainstorming ideas, making revisions, citations, etc., I will try to help in any way I can. Aside from writing, I have taken two years of Norwegian, so I am willing to help students out with that as well. I am most comfortable with MLA and APA formats, but I will do my best to use our available resources to work through whatever format is required for your paper.

In my free time, I can often be found with a book as I love reading. I also enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, watching movies, spending time with friends and family, watching football, and cheering for the Vikings. One fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin sister named Kaylee!



Alyssa ~ Writing/ASL


Hey, everyone! My name is Alyssa Monahan and I am an undergrad here at MNSU. I love to help with papers and sign language! I am always learning about new types of papers and citations, and we have many resources to help! My coworkers are amazing and they are always willing to assist if needed. I have had my share of difficult papers, so chances are, I will understand your questions. I love talking and helping people understand the cryptic ways of the English language. Come stop by and don't be afraid to ask any questions! Some fun facts about me are: I love the TV show Modern Family, I have a pet bearded dragon named Merle, and my parents own a bowling alley!! Hope to see you soon! 

Cristian ~ Spanish


Hi, my name is Cristian.  I am from Costa Rica and am bi-lingual.  While my major is Computer Engineering, I like working in the CAS because I have the chance to help people learn my language--Spanish!  I am involved in SHPE on campus, and I enjoy riding and caring for my horse. My favorite show is Stargate.


Sara ~ Writing


My name is Sara.  I enjoy working in the writing center because I always nerd-out about writing, so it's an amazing feeling to be able to use my skills and excitement to help others.  

Besides writing, I am a Learning Community Coordinator for ISET and Natural Resources Students.  A fun fact about me is that I have many pairs of Converse so that I can always match my shoes to my shirt.  My favorite book is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.  My favorite movie is Dan in Real Life, and my favorite bands are Wilco and Train.

Jacob ~ Writing


 I am an undergraduate student majoring in Marketing and minoring in Mass Media/Journalism. This is my first year as a writing tutor, but I enjoy writing and have had many articles published in the Mankato Free Press.  I like working in the CAS because I love helping others and meeting new people. I also enjoy that it allows me to learn about new things.

A fun fact about me is that in high school, I attended the Washington Journalism and Media Conference in D.C. where I was the only correspondent from Minnesota.

When I'm not tutoring, I enjoy participating in Intramural Soccer and marketing club.

My favorite book is The Godfather.  My favorite movies are Cinema Paradiso, It's a Wonderful Life, and Schindler's List. My favorite music is that of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett.


Kelsi ~ Writing


Hi. I'm Kelsi.  My major is English and my minor is Philosophy.  I like working in the CAS because I enjoy helping people improve their writing skills. 

A fun fact about me is that I grew up in Colorado.  My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

Noel ~ Writing/Software


I am a graduate student in the Manufacturing Engineering Technology field. This is my second year as a writing tutor and I am enjoying meeting new students as well as reading multidisciplinary papers.

Working with students that are not native speakers of English is my favorite thing to do. I enjoy brainstorming content ideas with students for their papers when they feel that they don't know where to start. It is great to see relief on a student's face when they realize they were more prepared than they thought they were.

I speak some French and am hoping to take on Spanish some day. In my free time I dabble in automotive repair as well as occasional cycling.

Jessica ~ Writing


 Hello!  My name is Jessica Welch, and I am currently a second year student at MNSU!  I am originally from a small town in southeastern Wisconsin named Elkhorn. I am double-majoring in Dance and Creative Writing.  My area of expertise is prose, but I can help you with any type of writing!

 I usually use the MLA citation style, but can help you with APA or any other style as well as point you in the direction of online resources for further help!

In dance, I specialize in ballet, which I have been studying for 15-16 years. I usually spend my time reading or writing when I am not doing homework and can often be found at reharsals or in a dance studio.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!

Tianna ~ Writing


Hello. My name is Tianna.  I am a first year graduate student in the MFA program.  My specialty is creative writing, fiction, but I can help with writing of all sorts. I like working in the CAS because I like discussing people's writing and helping them improve.  Writing is an essential skill, so I'm happy to help.

A fun fact about me is that I am a huge nerd. Huge.

Some of my favorites are Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the Phantom of the Opera, and musical showtunes.

 Lindsy ~ Writing


My name is Lindsy Mason. I have taught composition for the past six years here at MSU, and I love working with students through all aspects of the writing process.  I have an MFA in Creative Writing as well, and I enjoy writing fiction and creative non-fiction. I am comfortable with MLA and currently teach all of my own courses in APA, so I can definitely help with both. I am especially eager to work with students from other English 101 courses since that is where I teach most of the time! I am originally from the Duluth area and very much miss Lake Superior (although the Minnesota River is nice, too).