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.​

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

Charles Gaston

  • Credentials: B.A. English from Mercer University
  • Favorite word:  Phantasmagoria
  • Least favorite word: Ruined
  • What do you like about tutoring: I really enjoy helping students figure out where their obstacles are and how to overcome them.
  • What fictional character do you identify with and/or love: Mat Cauthon

Austin Hooks

  • Credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Professional Writing August 2018.  Currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing Spring 2020
  • Favorite word:  Nascent
  • Least favorite word: Undergird
  • What do you like about tutoring? As a writing tutor at Chattanooga State Community College, I have found that many students are in the exact same position I was some ten years ago: struggling to close the gap between themselves and the expectations of academia. Therefore, I believe it is my role, as an educator, to show students that there is nothing more powerful than someone who can articulate themselves through speaking and writing; it is influence, respectability, and competence.
  • What fictional character do you identify with and/or love? Éowyn, Shield-Maiden of Rohan, is by far my favorite fictional character. In terms of self-identification, she is what I consider to be the ultimate hero. In her battle with the Witch King, she bears witnesses the “horror of her enemy’s eyes.” Yet she stands firm, unyielding, and in that moment she does what every true hero does—she looks inward, not outward. She confronts the chaos of existence and returns to myth itself, tales of old, and seeks order with her own will.

Megan Ray

  • Credentials: B.A. in Creative Writing from University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  M.F.A  in Poetry from Purdue University.
  • Favorite word: chrysalism
  • Least favorite word: gallbladder
  • What do you like about tutoring?  I prefer working with students one-on-one.  Tutoring allows me to do this.  Tutoring allows me to practice using multiple entryways into the art of communication. 
  • What fictional character do you identify with and/or love? Amélie Poulain & Matilda Wormwood