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
Jenny Baron holds an AA in English literature and is currently completing her BA in liberal studies at AUSB. Jenny completed a summer program in performance theater and creative writing at Oxford University, is trained as a yoga instructor, free-lances as a photographer and journalist, and has interned for an independent record label. Jenny brings her love of the English language and writing to the writing center, where she supports academic and creative writers.
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. Hannah regularly journals and assesses her own writing/thoughts/dreams, and hopes to share her love of language and self-expression with the students who come to the 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.
Michelle Greenspoon, MA comes to us from Miami, FL by way of New York, NY. She holds a BS in Electronic Media as well as a Post Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a MA degree in General Psychology. Currently, Michelle is a student in AUSB’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program. Michelle has published numerous articles in several academic journals, presented posters at academic conferences, and has completed and presented a MA thesis. Her experience with literature reviews, manuscript preparation, and data analysis enables her to assist students of all levels with their scholarly work. In addition to her many accomplishments, she has also worked as a Teaching Assistant, Adjunct Instructor, and Adjunct Lecturer at CUNY.
Melissa Cervantes holds a BA in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in psychology from Antioch Santa Barbara, and is a current doctoral candidate in the AUSB PsyD program. Melissa credits her writing abilities to her German mother, who has always encouraged her to strive for excellence in language and writing. Busy writing her dissertation from her home in LA, Melissa now works solely for Antioch’s Virtual Writing Center, a resource available to all Antioch students and accessed through the AU Portal.