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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.

Barbara Fischer

I currently work as a private music instructor, among other things, so teaching is a pretty big part of my life. I completed a B.A. in Communication (with a PR emphasis) in 2013 and currently am enjoying pursuing an M.A. in English. Two of my favorite things about working in the Writing Center are tutoring students who come in from French classes and the amount that I've learned from working in the Writing Center.

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 and working in the Writing Center. 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 on 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 left my career to continue with my English education by pursuing a master’s degree in English at FGCU. I enjoy tutoring, and I especially love helping students through the paper planning process, focusing on organization, and brainstorming ideas.

Emily Vallier
I hold a B.A. degree in English and Anthropology from University of Rhode Island, and two M.A. degrees, one in English and one in Applied Linguistics, both from University of Massachusetts/Boston. I also studied Literature and History for a year in York, England.

Before joining the FGCU faculty and the Writing Center staff in 2008, I taught English as a Second Language in the Boston area, directed study abroad programs in Europe and South Africa, and owned a neighborhood market in New Hampshire. Here, I teach composition in the Department of Language and Literature as well as the interdisciplinary course, Foundations of Civic Engagement.

I love working in the Writing Center because I get to work with students from all disciplines, at all levels of their academic experience. I enjoy the collegiality of our staff and look forward every year to meeting the new consultants who join us.