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Rachel Newlon - ACC English Faculty and Writing Center CoordiantorRachel Newlon first began tutoring in 2013 while finishing up her MFA in Creative Writing. She quickly moved from privately tutoring students from Colorado State University to working with clients from Red Rocks Community College, Colorado School of Mines, and Community College of Aurora. Her experiences eventually led to the position of Academic Learning Center Writing Studio Coordinator at Community College of Aurora in 2015. Rachel eventually left that position, joining ACC in 2018. In March 2021, she took on the position of Writing Center Coordinator.

When Rachel isn’t teaching or tutoring, you might just find her binge watching Netflix, exploring new and engaging documentaries, reading a variety of books, eating at a variety of fun restaurants across the Denver/Metro area, and practicing American Kenpo Karate.

Cara Allen, ACC Writing Center tutorThis is Cara Allen’s 2nd year tutoring with Arapahoe Community College’s Writing Center. She has Associates of Arts degrees in both history and English. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s in English with an emphasis on secondary English education. In 2018 she was the co-editor of the Progenitor and in 2020 she was honored by the Colorado Community College System as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa All-Colorado Academic Team. In her spare time, she works with Pikes Peak Writers where she helps with their annual conference, she’s working on a young adult novel, and loves spending as much time as she can with her family.

Christina Cantero, ACC Writing Center tutorChristina Cantero is a recent MATESOL graduate from San Jose, California. Before living and studying in California, she taught English in South Korea; the experience gave her a love for teaching, and she decided to pursue a master's degree in teaching English. During her time as a master's student, she worked as a university writing center tutor and trainer. While there, she wrote and gave multiple presentations on writing and tutoring topics. She even represented her school in the CATESOL 2019 conference where she presented on student/teacher motivation. Her specialties include working with freshmen and international students, creating workshops and writing resources, and taking her time getting to know her tutees on a first-name basis.

Outside of tutoring, she spends her days playing jazz with her husband and little brother, trying and failing to learn how to roller skate, and reading "The Lord of the Rings" for the millionth time.

Sean Elwood, ACC Writing Center tutorSean Elwood graduated from The Art Institute of Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, eventually specializing in screenwriting and storytelling. He has moved on to self-publish an anthology of short horror stories in 2016, and has one feature screenplay currently in production, with three more feature screenplays in talks for future production. Sean attends ACC to earn his Associate’s in English Literature and Creative Writing, with future goals to teach, and joined the Writing Center in the spring of 2021. Outside of school and writing, Sean loves to go dancing, watch horror movies, make banana nut bread, and spend time in the mountains.

Emily Jessen, ACC Writing Center tutorEmily Jessen has been tutoring with Arapahoe Community College’s Writing Center since 2016. She earned a BA in English (poetry) at CU Denver and has been a Lead Consultant at their Writing Center since graduation. She has particular experience with cover letters and resumes, scholarship/application essays, IMRaD, and rhetorical analysis, as well as other core composition genres. Her goal in sessions is always to teach new skills and improve students’ relationships with writing (even if only slightly), and to always be lowering stress around academia. She's a 4 on the Enneagram and an INFJ personality type. On weekends, she drinks wine, watches movies, and plays board games with friends. Post-COVID, you might find her enjoying a live show, a nearby hike, or a museum. Currently, she’s (slowly) learning how to cook and also attempting a 100% Breath of the Wild playthrough.

Alejandro Lucero, ACC Writing Center tutorAlejandro Lucero is a writer, tutor, and part-time student, from Sapello, New Mexico by way of Denver. He serves as an intern and assistant editor for the award-winning literary journal, Copper Nickel. Winner of the 2021 Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award and Pushcart Prize nominee, his most recent poetry can be found, or is forthcoming, in Thin Air Magazine, The Susquehanna Review, Sink Hollow, among other journals in print and on the web. He has worked in the Arapahoe Community College Writing Center, as a consultant, for six years. Alejandro’s favorite part about tutoring always changes, but is currently helping students realize how amazing they are.

Jennifer Muller, ACC Writing Center tutorJennifer Muller is a long-time teacher of various subjects including English, Composition, Grammar, and Creative Writing. Most recently, she taught at a public charter school in Loveland, CO and established the school’s Writing Lab. Last summer, she became a student again and is currently working towards her master's degree in Library and Information Science through Clarion University (PA), a life-long dream that merges her love of books, research, and teaching. For fun, Jennifer enjoys doing Yoga with Adriene, pickling cucumbers from her garden, and listening to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Jennifer hopes to use her experience as a former teacher and current student to help ACC students conquer their academic fears and write their way to success.

Lyn Poats, ACC Writing Center ConsultantLyn Poats holds a BA in literature and creative writing from University of Colorado Denver. In her first foray into college, she studied theater and sociology. She completed an AA in English at Community College of Denver before finishing her bachelor’s at UCD.

Lyn has been a senior editor for the literary journal, Copper Nickel, for more than six years. She has tutored writers at UCD since 2017, where she developed specializations teaching creative writing, literary, film, and music analysis, core composition, personal statements and cover letters, science and business writing. She has attended numerous national writing conferences; her peers say too many. She had the privilege of going to the Telluride Film Festival in the Student Symposium program.

Lyn believes that writing is a process that requires authors to embrace its universal pitfalls and successes through individual examination. Somehow, we are all in this together.

Nikkin Rader, ACC Writing Center consultantNikkin Rader is from San Antonio, Texas (Go Spurs Go!) where they got their BA in Anthropology, English, Creative Writing, and Philosophy at Trinity University. They moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to attend NMSU for their MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry focus) along with a graduate minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies. They currently reside in Denver with their dog, cat, partner, and many houseplants. They may pursue a PhD one day; until then, they adjunct at ACC and have recently become a consultant at the Writing Center. You can find their poetic works, creative nonfiction, and plays online.  Otherwise, maybe you’ll run into them in a CoD lobby or on campus one day.