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Chad Brodbeck

I am currently an M.A. candidate in the Department of Language and Literature. Prior to this, I studied Philosophy and Biology at FGCU, my alma mater. I worked previously in genetics and neuroscience research, and I like to play Bach and Beethoven on the violin.

Jason Forrest

I have been a writing consultant for five years. I am also an instructor for ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 here at FGCU. I hold a B.A. in English Writing & Rhetoric from St. Edward's University (Austin, TX) and an M.A. in English where I focused on rhetoric and the teaching of composition from Texas Woman's University (Denton, TX). I have helped many students with their revising and editing concerns, but I particularly enjoy exploring ideas, talking about language, and enabling students to write everything they want to convey.

Tom Goldman


I am a practicing lawyer licensed in the State of Florida. I am currently attending FGCU as a graduate student in English. I am a francophone, having lived and worked in France/Monaco for fourteen years. In particular, I enjoy working with French-speaking students.

Matt Jacobson


I am an FGCU alumnus currently completing my master’s degree in English. I also teach ENC 1101 and 1102 at FGCU. My writing and tutoring interests include both academic and creative writing.

Vanessa Lynch
Although I am originally from Detroit, Michigan, I grew up in Naples, Florida, and earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from FGCU. In addition to tutoring at the FGCU Writing Center, I also teach middle school English. I enjoy helping students at all stages of the writing process.

Cathy McLaughlin


I have worked as a tutor in the Writing Center for three years, and prior to that, I worked for Adaptive Services at FGCU for three years. In the past, I have worked as a Reading Specialist, Special Educator, and French Teacher for grades 7-12. I taught for 25 years and tutored reading throughout my teaching career. I am a certified Orton Gillingham Specialist for dyslexic students, and I am fluent in French. I enjoy working with students who need pre-writing help, and I also like helping students clarify the meaning of what they have written.


Angel Taylor

I have been tutoring at the FGCU Writing Center since 2008 when I was a graduate student. I completed my bachelor's and master's degrees here at FGCU, and I have also been teaching here since 2009 -- first as a teaching assistant, then as an adjunct instructor, and now as a faculty member. While I enjoy helping students with all kinds of assignments in the Writing Center, I most enjoy working with creative writing pieces and literary essays. I find the psychology, sociology, and forensics assignments to be fascinating as well.

Rebecca Youngblood


I graduated from UCF in 2010 with my bachelor’s degree in English Literature. Upon graduation, I started a working in the clinical research field for retinal diseases with the National Ophthalmic Research Institute and stayed in that career for almost three years. I always wanted to teach, so I am continuing my English education by pursuing a master’s degree in English at FGCU. I enjoy tutoring, and I especially like helping students with the paper planning process and brainstorming ideas.