Reading & Writing Center - Staff | Chattanooga State Community College

Reading & Writing Center - Staff

Hattie Peterson​

  • Credentials: B.A. in English Writing and Latin Language from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; M.A. in Environmental Policy and Management from American Public University
  • Favorite word: Cacophonous
  • Least favorite word: Insipid
  • What do you like about tutoring? Watching students grow more confident in their writing as their skills improve.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Elinor Dashwood

Adelia Soulje​​

  • Credentials: B.A. in English and Latin (with a Creative Writing specialty) from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Favorite word: Alpenglow
  • Least favorite word: Math
  • What do you like about tutoring? Watching students grow within their writing is one of the greatest joys of being a tutor, along with building relationships with my fellow staff members.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? I hope Anne Shirley of Green Gables would be a kindred spirit. We share a love of words and imagination.

Megha Patel

  • Credentials: B.A. in English Literature and Women's Studies from Agnes Scott College
  • Favorite words: Phenomenal, radiant
  • Least favorite words: Whatever, puke
  • What do you like about tutoring? I really enjoy talking through students' ideas, seeing the unique ways they interpret things and working through how these concepts can be translated into writing. 
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Margaret Atwood's narrator in The Handmaid's Tale, June/Offred, because her flawed yet resilient personality in an oppressive world is relevant and admirable.

Laura Beckler​

  • Credentials: A.A. from St. John's Community College; B.A. in Journalism from University of Central Florida; M.A. in English from University of North Florida
  • Favorite word: No
  • Least favorite word: Pus
  • What do you like about tutoring? I love the students! I enjoy learning about their dreams and aspirations, and I am genuinely interested in their academic success.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Scarlett O'Hara -- she's bright, resourceful, resilient, passionate, and clever. (These are her positive attributes...sadly, she also has a few negative.) 

Adrienne Siegenthaler​​

  • Credentials: B.A. in English from Covenant College; in-progress M.A. in English from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Favorite words: Opine, inelegant, glib
  • Least favorite words: Really, very
  • What do you like about tutoring? Writing tutoring is like doing a puzzle that has more than one answer.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Jane Eyre

Rachel Lesler

  • Credentials: B.A. in English Literature from Lee University; M.A. in Contemporary Literature, Culture and Theory from King's College London
  • Favorite word: Obvs (I love ironic text speak!)
  • Least favorite word: Panties 
  • Favorite part of tutoring: My favorite part of tutoring is when, after a tutoring session, students come back to me to tell me about their success! I love seeing writers realize their hard work has paid off.  
  • Favorite fictional character: I love Ophelia from Hamlet - I even named my cat after her! She's such a tragic character, but I think good productions of the play really reveal her potential and give her new life. I have such a soft spot for forgotten or under appreciated female characters (Ernestine from The French Lieutenant's Woman is another or Dorigen from The Franklin's Tale).​ 

Michele Hough​ - Andrews Center Lab Manager

  • Credentials: B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math and Science from East Tennessee State University. M.Ed. in Reading from East Tennessee State University. 
  • Favorite word: Wait a minute... (I said this as a kid constantly, and still catch myself saying it from time to time.)
  • Least favorite word: Can't 
  • What do you like about working in the Center? It is inspiring to watch the students engage with our tutors.  Each of our tutors has helped to create the positive learning environment that our students thrive in.  The Center is full of love, kindness and inspiration! 
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Winnie the Pooh!  When I was a kid I loved this guy. 

Danielle Huisman​

  • Credentials: Completed an AA degree in Canterbury, UK before moving to TN to finish a BA, English at Southern Adventist University.
  • Favorite words: Wanderlust, hullabaloo 
  • Least favorite word: Amazing (overused) 
  • What do you like about tutoring college students? I love watching students who claim to be "sucky writers" transform into storytellers. My goal is to tap into their passions and explain seemingly dull concepts (grammar, sentence structure, format) in a way that makes them genuinely excited about writing. Creativity = ability.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Jo from Little Women

Dr. Reed Sanderlin​​

  • Credentials: B.A. in English and Psychology from the University of Memphis; M.A. in English from University of Memphis; Ph.D in English and American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Favorite word: Fortitude
  • Least favorite word: Snot
  • What do you like about tutoring? Interacting with so many different people.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Hemingway's Nick Adams

Julie Jarnefeldt​ - Assistant Professor of English

  • Favorite words: Luminous, drizzle 
  • Least favorite word: Nubile
  • What do you like about working in the Center? I love watching students interact with our tutors; each one has his/her own "following" and a unique mentoring style. It is also great fun to work with staff members who embody both the technical elements of professional tutoring (solid knowledge base and strong communication skills), as well as the more "human" traits: kindness, patience, and good humor.
  • What fictional character do you identity with and/or love? Etta, an octogenarian wanderer in the novel Etta and Otto and Russell and James