Zack De Piero earned his Master’s in Education with a specialization in Secondary English at Temple University in Philadelphia. He also completed additional graduate-level coursework to earn a TESOL endorsement (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). He holds two B.A. degrees from James Madison University in International Affairs as well as Philosophy and Religion. Zack worked as a full-time English teacher in the Philadelphia School District before becoming an Adjunct Instructor at Temple University. Prior to these experiences, he wrote for ICON, an arts, entertainment, and culture magazine.
As a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE, a Professional Association of Educators in English Studies, Literacy, and Language Arts), and NCTE’s Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) he stays informed of the latest college writing practices. In addition to these credentials, Zack is also working on his Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Composition Studies at UCSB.
Peer Writing Coaches
Rosemary Schwartz stumbled upon Antioch through the advice of Darin Gerard, an instructor at Santa Barbara City College. As soon as she visited Antioch, she immediately knew that this was the perfect fit. She is currently in the BA program to obtain her degree in Communications of Mass Media. After finishing her degree, she plans on venturing into the world of fashion journalism. She also hopes to share her love of the writing process with her fellow students.
While working on her BS in Psychology and Equine Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Suzannah Taylor was in a major car accident and decided to leave school to pursue her passion for horseback riding. After working as a professional equestrian for ten years in the real world, she decided to return to school to finish my education. As a Santa Barbara native with a deep love for humanitarian issues and holistic healing, she believes that AUSB is a perfect fit.
After graduating from UC Davis, Tracy Hill held various jobs in the “real world” before deciding that it was time for a change, and so she moved home to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles to pursue her Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Tracy is in her second year at Antioch and spends her time working in the writing center, the library, and interning at Cottage Hospital. As a Santa Barbara local, she enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, and learning how to get the most out of life. After graduating, Tracy hopes to use her experience to work with those who suffer from substance abuse and addiction.
Paul Pasternak is from Connecticut, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Paul was part of AmeriCorp for two years in the Bay Area, where he worked with low income children, using the power of play to bring healthy, inclusive, and fun atmosphere to elementary schools. He moved to the Santa Barbara area in 2013 and became the curriculum specialist at McKinley Elementary School, with a specific focus on physical education. Currently, Paul is a graduate student at Antioch, seeking his Master’s in Education with a Special Education credential.
Former Peer Writing Coaches
Hannah Yanow, a San Francisco native, migrated south to earn her Masters in Clinical Psychology here at Antioch. She graduated from University of Oregon with a BA in Family and Human Services and a minor in Dance. Hannah has explored many career paths: stage manager for a small theatre company, personal aide for people with developmental disabilities, art curator, and community programs assistant at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center. When Hannah isn’t working at Country Catering or the Writing Center, you may find her creating a Prezi, watching a Bollywood movie, or composing a paper. She enjoys sharing her love of language and self-expression with the students who visit AUSB’s Writing Center.
Jessica Soon holds a BA in Psychology from California State University Long Beach. Since completing her degree, she has worked for various non-profits, including populations from court-ordered community service, to first-time juvenile offenders, to aging adults. Jessica is currently working toward her Master’s in AUSB’s MACP program, emphasizing her studies on Healthy Aging. She hopes to use her love of writing to encourage and support other students while continuing to develop her own skills as well.
Whether he is reading a good book, or working on his own contributions to the literary canon, Jesse Kimball is enthusiastic about the written word. Jesse is a firm believer in the idea that no one gets it perfect the first time around, including himself. Friendly and gracious, you can be sure that he will put his fullest effort towards whatever project you bring to him, no matter how “rough” you feel your rough draft may be. Jesse has attended SBCC and UC Berkeley (majoring in Political Science) and is currently working on a BA in Liberal Studies, which he hopes to turn into a MFA in English in the near future.
Stephanie Navarrete is a Santa Barbara native who currently works at Starbucks, Hotel Goleta, and the AUSB Writing Center. While attending SBCC she came across the Antioch University booth on campus and met Sharisse, who made it easy and exciting to enroll at Antioch! She is also working on her BA in Applied Psychology and graduating this spring. The human body is her passion and she wants to continue her education after Antioch; she wants to pursue a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy. When she is not running from class to class or job to job, she enjoys kayaking at the harbor, rock climbing, and hiking the endless hiking trails of Santa Barbara!