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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 and the Supplemental Tutoring Program. 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.    


Writing Lab Tutors

John Cahill    

John Cahill graduated from Columbia College Chicago's Fiction Writing Department and has tutored at Columbia's Writing Lab and Fiction Department. He also taught creative writing workshops to fourth graders at Blue Island's Paul Revere School and has been a part of other writing and education initiatives. Cahill began tutoring at Harold Washington College in 2008 and currently splits his time between HWC and tutoring at Northeastern Illinois University. After moving to Chicago from his hometown Milton, Massachusetts Cahill became an avid urban agriculturalist and community servant. His three primary life goals are to: one day own land in the city with cherry and walnut trees; continually devote time and effort to lending a hand to those with less than himself; and to ensure, through innovation, grass roots organizing and sabotage that Chicago is always cooler than Detroit.    

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.  

Carly Johnson 

Carly has her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Louisville, and her BA in English from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!). She hails from Toledo, Ohio and spends her free time watching college football and knitting scarves to survive Chicago winters. Carly has tutored both at U of L and OSU, and has taught several English 101 courses in the past. Carly particularly enjoys working with personal statements and helping students create outlines for their papers. She believes that writing is the most difficult and rewarding academic task there is, and her goal is to help writing become less intimidating for students for many years to come. 


Ilene Sandman    

Ilene Sandman, MA earned her BA at Northeastern Illinois University in English and Speech/Performing Arts with emphasis on Drama. She has been writing non-fiction and poetry for many decades. She was among the original Slam Poets at The Green Mill Lounge in Chicago in the 1980s. In 1996, Ilene began her career as a teacher and tutor at Harold Washington College. She has also taught about three semesters at Harry S. Truman College, both in Chicago. A life long Chicagoan, Ilene believes in the multicultural evolution that has become a vital dynamic in Chi-town. She has been a writing tutoring in the Writing Lab for quite a few years or more. About the Writing Lab, Ilene says, "We are good close team of college graduate and post-graduate professionals who believe in our students and continue to proceed with excellent concerns and focus for our students who come to the Writing Lab for assistance with their coursework."    

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.   

Supplemental Tutors    

Jerome Cusson

Jerome Cusson is a supplemental and writing lab tutor. His BA is from Columbia College Chicago in Journalism, but he is now an English Composition and Rhetoric student at Northeastern Illinois University. He is technically a first generation college student and very proud to work with students of all levels. In addition to tutoring, Jerome is a lover of all Chicago sports teams (except the Cubs) and a reader of many a non-fiction book.  

Claude Fethiere

Claude Fethiere is a supplemental 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.   

Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson is a Supplemental Tutor in the English Department. She completed her BA at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Originally from Des Plaines, and tired of the rolling hills of Northeast Iowa, she spent one year abroad studying in Nottingham, England, and soon after returned to Chicago. She started here at Harold Washington in June 2012.    

Nancy McAllister

Nancy McAllister is a Supplemental and Writing Lab tutor at Harold Washington College. Her BA is from Ohio State University in Ancient History. Nancy has worked in publishing and social work during her career. She loves to talk about sentence structure and grammar problems, and when she’s not busy tutoring, she can usually be found trying her hand at sewing and the millinery arts.

Lon Wehrle  

Lon Wehrle is an adjunct professor of English and a supplemental 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.​ ​