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Writing Lab and Supplemental Tutors

Dr. Elisabeth Greer (Writing Lab Coordinator)    

Dr. Elisabeth Greer is an Assistant Professor of English and the Coordinator of the Writing Lab. Her BA is from the University of Notre Dame, and her MA and PhD are from The Pennsylvania State University. Originally from the south side, Dr. Greer is a second generation CCC professor and grew up roaming the halls of Olive-Harvey, where her mother was an English professor for 40 years. She has been at HWC since 2008 and enjoys teaching literature and all levels of composition.    


Prof. Megan Ritt (Embedded Tutoring Coordinator)

Prof. Megan Ritt is an Assistant Professor of English and the coordinator of the Embedded Tutoring Program. She holds a BA in English and Communications from the University of Michigan and an MA in Writing from DePaul University. She started at HWC as an embedded tutor in 2008 and began teaching in 2009. Her classes include composition and creative writing, and her professional writing interest is in creative non-fiction. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, listening to music, and reading sci-fi novels and comics.


Writing Lab Tutors

Ukaisha Al-Amin

Ukaisha Al-Amin specializes in children's and young adult literature and loves discovering new fairytales. She has a BA in Creative Writing and a Minor in Playwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and a MFA in Creative Writing from Roosevelt University. She currently teaches Composition 101 and 102 at Prairie State College, and is a tutor at Prairie State College as well as Harold Washington College. During past semesters, she taught developmental English courses (ENG098-099). She is interested in teaching children's literature and a broad spectrum of creative writing classes including Playwriting.  Ukaisha is an advocate for early childhood and young adult reading and literacy. She is working on opening a children's and young adult bookstore both online and within the Bronzeville community. If she could be compared to any Harry Potter character, it would be Hermoine Granger. If she were a princess, she’d be Cimorene from The Enchanted Forest Chronicles. She lives with her vampire-werewolf-ghost-alien-hybrid-hobbit-elf husband from the future. Her daughter is like Sunny from Series of Unfortunate Events, and her son is the doppelganger of Greg Hefley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. She would like to think that in the Hunger Games she would be Katniss, but she probably would have been more like Foxface. If she were a Tetris block, she’d be the long blue piece. She is a Chicago native, so yes, she is biased when it comes to deep-dish pizza. It is way better than New York style pizza. It is the Aslan of pizza.  


Christina Alexandersson

Professor Viggy Alexandersson holds an Associate of Science from Cottey College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Prescott College, and a Master of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico University. Her writing and research have focused on subjects including ethnomusicology, literature and cultures of migration, theater for social change, digital art, interactive educational technology, and intersectional identity. She is excited to further pursue studies at her alma mater, Prescott College. By spring 2020, she intends to complete her PhD in Sustainability Education with an emphasis in critical media literacy and education policy. Professor Alexandersson is active in creative civic engagement to promote peace and youth empowerment through spoken word, performance, and other media. At Harold Washington College, she teaches English composition courses, College Success Seminar, and Contemporary African American Literature. She is Safe Space and HWC certified as an LGBTQ Ally. Please feel free to knock on her office door anytime. Her interests include volunteering for service projects, playing violin and bass, listening to Delta blues-influenced jazz as much as progressive rock bands like Rush, and pondering the brilliance of James Baldwin and Simone Weil. She has been called Chicago’s greatest ailurophile.

Shana Cooper

Shana Cooper, an English instructor and Writing Tutor, earned her M.A. in Teaching Writing and M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia College in Chicago. Having started her school at the University of Iowa, she became interested how writing was taught and how students learned. Her belief that communication is a holistic art led her to teach and tutor students from preschool through college, beginning in 2001. Currently, besides teaching and tutoring at Harold Washington College, Ms. Cooper teaches summer College Prep classes and tutors year-round at Upward Bound at Robert Morris University. She enjoys helping students navigate research, news media, and current events and their connection to education. Ms. Cooper loves nothing more than getting to know her students and their goals and helping them engage in their learning experience through communication.



Mia Garrison

Mia Garrison is an adjunct English instructor and Writing Lab tutor at Harold Washington.  A native of Chicago, Mia was born and raised on the southeast side.  She earned a BA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College and a MA in English & African American Literature at North Carolina A & T State University (the finest HBCU in all the land-- Go Aggies!).  Before teaching on the college level, Mia was a pre-primary Montessori teacher at The Ancona School in Hyde Park. She also spent many years mentoring and teaching Creative Writing with several arts education organizations and park districts throughout the city.  Mia aspires to earn a PhD in Folklore & African American Literature and thereafter, found a non-profit, literary arts organization.  When she is not diligently grading compositions and thinking up new, creative ways to challenge and inspire her writing students, Mia likes to read, listen to music, attend plays and cultural events, and write.  


Ciera Lamb

Ciera Lamb has been working as a writing tutor at Harold Washington College since January 2017.  Originally from Alaska, she obtained a Bachelor's in Linguistics and a Bachelor's in Anthropology at the University of Hawai`i Hilo (UHH).  Her first love is travel, which sparked her interest in teaching English as a second language and led to her earning a TEFL certification through Via Lingua in Florence, Italy.  In her spare time, Ciera loves to cook, read, play around outside, and plan her future international adventures.   


Ian Liston


Mary Nishiura    


Douglas Rapp

Doug Rapp is a writing tutor and ESL teacher. He has degrees in English and journalism, and his master's in English focused on creative nonfiction. He has written for various publications throughout Chicagoland, Indiana, Ohio and his native Kentucky. A graduate of the iO (ImprovOlympic) and Second City writing programs, he recently finished a six-month term writing sketch comedy shows as part of the Artists' Lab at Stage 773. Best writing advice taken from a bumper sticker: eschew obfuscation. 

David Scheier  

Born in Germany and raised in El Paso, Texas, David Scheier is a writer & Illustrator. He holds a MFA in Writing from the School of Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in Film from The University of Texas at El Paso. In addition to tutoring at Harold Washington, he occasionally leads a workshop geared toward preparing incoming students for the Writing Placement Test. He is also a freelance editor and he writes for an artist blog, Chuco Artist Network. In the past, David has been a Teacher's Assitant for English and College Success courses, micro-taught study skills and time management workshops, worked as a note taker for disabled students, and has worked for four years as a substitute teacher for grades K-12. His work (both written and illustrated) has appeared in various journals and zines including Pacific Review, Meekling Press, Gather Kindling, Petrichor Machine, Rio Grande Review, and Front Porch. David fancies slipping on ice while traveling upon urban walkways, spilling coffee on himself when attempting to read, text, sip java, and tie his shoes on the CTA during rush hour, and finally complaining about the aforementioned activities.   


Embedded Tutors

Sarah Crow


Claude Fethiere

Claude Fethiere is an embedded and writing lab tutor at Harold Washington College. As a Chicago Public School teacher who taught English, reading and French classes for 10 years, Claude uses a variety of methods to help Harold Washington College students. He holds a BA in English Literature and Speech Broadcasting, and a Type 09 Teaching Certificate from Roosevelt University. Outside of tutoring, Claude loves drawing, reading, and working on film projects.   


Ian Fullerton

Ian Fullerton is an embedded tutor at Harold Washington College, where he helps students in English with essay writing and other tasks. He earned a BA in English from Salem State College (now Salem State University) and is currently enrolled in the Special Education master’s program at Northeastern Illinois University. When not at work or school, Ian enjoys thrifting, playing basketball and enjoying the scenery.


Erika Husby

Erika is an embedded tutor in the English Department. She will finish a MS in Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education in May 2017, and has a BA in Sociology. Erika also teaches and coordinates ESL classes at a community center for day laborers. Born and raised in Japan, Erika has also lived in Albania and Ecuador and loves learning about languages and multilingualism.


Madeleine Michaelides

Madeleine is an embedded tutor at Harold Washington College. She got her BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master's in English from the University of Chicago. Maddy loves working with her students both in and out of the class, and she particularly enjoys working on the brainstorming and outlining process for essays. Maddy hopes to one day teach her own IntComm 100 class because the students she has worked with in the past have been incredibly dedicated and all-around awesome individuals. 


Juliana Piscitiello     

Jules is a writer and teaching artist with roots in the woodsy bluffs of Minnesota's Mississippi river valley. Besides working as an embedded writing tutor at HWC, she has taught classical ballet to kids in Chicago Public Schools, works on personal creative writing projects, occasionally makes performance art, advocates for special needs animals (adopt, don't shop!), brings awareness to disability rights and ableism, and dabbles in stand-up comedy. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media from Columbia College Chicago and a BA in Performance Studies from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.


Lon Wehrle  

Lon Wehrle is an adjunct professor of English and an embedded tutor. He holds a B.A. in English and German from Augustana College in Rock Island and two Master's degrees from DePaul in Education and English. He grew up in Springfield, Illinois, less than two hours from the home of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. His many interests include literature, music, movies, baseball, skiing, bowling, politics, and ping pong. When he's not busy grading essays or working with students, he enjoys reading novels, writing and recording his own songs, attending concerts and plays, and adding to his ever-growing CD collection. He has taught for 15 years, the last five of them at Harold Washington College.