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Our Team

Noelle Ballmer PhD, CASA Director

Chimene

B.A. in English; M.A. in English

Chimene received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M-College Station where she studied English. She earned her Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition at TAMUCC. As a member of the Coastal Bend Writing Project, she stays involved with the local writing community by participating in and planning writing workshops and conferences for educators in the Coastal Bend. Chimene really enjoys working at the Writing Center and working with people in a one-on-one setting. Chimene believes that working in the Writing Center has really helped her with her own writing and teaching.

Clare

B.A. in English/Psychology (Minor in Linguistics); M.A. in English

Clare enjoys working with all students at any stage of the writing process. Clare graduated Suma Cum Laude with a B.A. in English/Psychology (Minor in Linguistics) in August 2011 from SFA. She is sought her master’s degree in Rhetoric & Composition and British Literature because she believes that every individual is a great writer, and she has a crazy love for Chaucer. She earned her M.A. in the Spring of 2014. In 2011, Clare received a HAAS Award in Rhetoric/Composition, and in 2014, she received a HAAS award for Technical Writing. She has worked as a writing consultant for 5 years and has worked with international students for almost 5 years, in both writing consultations and conversation groups. Clare has been teaching Freshman Composition 1301 and 1302 for 2 years. She loves analysis and Rhetoric and thinks that Aristotle is sexy. She feels that her work in Psychology and English has given her a greater understanding of both APA and MLA styles. Outside of Academia, Clare loves Japanese animation; she has been cosplaying for at least 12 years and is the Events Coordinator for RealmsCon, Corpus Christi’s Anime, Sci-fi, and Gaming convention. She is an avid computer and console gamer and loves to use gaming and video games as examples of English concepts. She is the proud and excited mother of her 1-year-old daughter. The best part of writing consultation, for Clare, is that moment when students wrangle the English language, and its conventions, into a powerful tool to accomplish their goals!

Cris

B.A. in English; M.A. in English, December 2015

Cris is originally from Virginia, where she attended and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Longwood University. While at Longwood, Cris studied children’s and young adult literature and completed an independent study of Latino young adult literature. She also wrote a paper about the representations of Latinas in the popular American Girl series, which she recently presented at the national conference of the Children’s Literature Association. Cris is currently working on her Master’s degree with an emphasis on Borderlands and American Literature at TAMUCC. One she completed her M.A., she plans on pursuing a PhD in Children’s Literature so that she can become a professor. Though new to the CASA Writing Center, Cris knows that she won’t just be helping other students grow as writers, they’ll be helping her grow, too!

Daniel

B.A. in English; M.A. in English, May 2015

Daniel graduated Magna Cum Laude from TAMUCC with a B.A. in English and minor in Creative Writing in the spring of 2012. The following Fall semester he began the English Graduate program, focusing on American Literature as well as Composition and Rhetoric. Since becoming a Writing Consultant at the CASA Writing Center, Daniel has learned quite a bit about working with students and has come to thoroughly enjoy discussing students’ writing. Daniel has won the HAAS Award twice (once for rhetoric as an undergraduate and once for theory as a graduate student), and has had poems published in TAMUCC’s literary magazine The Windward Review. In his “free time,” Daniel reads, writes, listens to a large spectrum of music, and hangs out with his wife and step-daughter, as well as the many cats (and one dog) that have occupied his house.

Ed

B.A. in English; M.A. in English

Ed graduated with a B.A. in English and a minor in Creative Writing from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, The Island University, The Wave of the Future. He also graduated with an M.A. in English focusing on Rhetoric/Composition and Borderlands. Ed facilitates any part of a student’s writing process and specializes in collaboration, imagination, and the creation of ideas. He code-switches, mashes, and freeplays with the languages of English, Spanish, Spanglish, and Tex-Mex; he gets excited about learning other languages and cultures…so bring it on, sisters and brothers! Along with working in the CASA Writing Center, Ed currently teaches seminar and English 1301 & 1302 in the First-Year Learning Communities Program.

Jessica

B.A. in English; M.A. in English

Jessica graduated with a Master’s degree in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Composition and Borderlands from TAMUCC in 2013. She is currently a Composition instructor for the university’s First-Year Learning Communities Program. In graduate school, Jessica earned a 1st place HAAS award in the Graduate Composition/Rhetoric category, she presented at two professional conferences, and she was the president of SAGES (Student Association of Graduate English Scholars). As a third year Writing Consultant, Jessica enjoys working with students and helping them become stronger writers. Students can count on Jessica to welcome them to the center with a smile and a positive attitude. Jessica is known in the Writing Center for her expertise in both Composition 1301 and 1302. She was also a Sophomore Literature grader for 2 years while in graduate school, so she is knowledgeable with that genre of writing as well. In the future, Jessica plans on earning a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition so that she can continue to help students become active readers and writers.

Kelsey

B.A. in English; M.A. in English, May 2015

Kelsey graduated with a B.A. in English/Writing from McMurry University in May of 2013 and is currently pursuing her M.A. in English at TAMUCC. Her interests include analyzing British literature and helping students with their writing. Kelsey plans to go on to earn her PhD in British Literature. Kelsey has been with the CASA Writing Center for one year and also had experience as a Writing Consultant at McMurry University. She enjoys being a Writing Consultant because she likes inspiring and helping students to reach their full potential through their writing.

Mary

B.A. English-Creative Writing, M.A. English

Mary majored in English-Creative Writing and minored in French at Bucknell University. After graduating with her B.A. in 2011, she attended The University of Oregon where she received her M.A. in English in 2013. Mary's academic interests include modern and contemporary poetry, French literature, and Native American studies. In addition to working at the CASA Writing Center, Mary teaches Composition and freelances for two blogs. Mary loves working one-on-one with students at the Writing Center and especially enjoys helping students connect the dots between concepts in their writing. The "light bulb" moment never gets old! Outside of work, Mary relishes cooking, yoga, and ballet.

Meghan

B.A. Radio-TV-Film; M.A. English, May 2016

Born in Corpus Christi and raised in Waco, Meghan graduated from the University of Texas-Austin in December 2008 with a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film. Since then, she has spent four years working with faculty, staff, students, and parents for the Waco Independent School District in a variety of roles. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys reading comics, eating sushi, writing fiction, and hanging out with her pet dwarf rabbit. Meghan is new to the CASA Writing Center, and she is looking forward to helping others. In the future, she hopes to pursue a doctoral degree after completing her M.A.

Misty

B.A. in English; M.A. in English-Rhetoric & Composition; M.A. in TESOL

Misty graduated from TAMUCC with a Master's degree in English with a focus in Rhetoric & Composition. After graduate school, she traveled to Cape Verde, West Africa with Peace Corps and taught at University of Cape Verde. Recently, she also attained a Master's degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Misty has been teaching and tutoring writing for 8 years. She has experience teaching a variety of courses, including writing, linguistics, and a plethora of ESL courses and topics. Her areas of interest include: second language writing, business writing, and applied linguistics. She is also one of the Writing Center's Online Consultants.

Natalie

B.A. in English; M.A. in English, Rhetoric & Composition

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Patricia

B.A. in Spanish; M.A. in English, Rhetoric & Composition

Patricia, Professional Online Writing Consultant, spent the previous 14 years at Del Mar College where she was a professional writing tutor, undergraduate writing instructor, and freshman seminar instructor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish with an emphasis in English and a Master of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Composition with a focus in Texts, Cultures, and Communities from TAMUCC. Patricia enjoys swimming, walking, reading, and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she edits and proofreads for her daughter's photography business, dabbles in sewing anime Cosplay costumes with her youngest daughter, and crochets baby blankets.

Victoria

B.A. in English, May 2016

Victoria attended Coastal Bend College (CBC) in Beeville, Texas as a dual credit student while in high school and went on to receive her Associates of Arts in 2013. While attending, Victoria was a tutor for multiple subjects, including English, philosophy, ethics, speech, and math. In addition to being a tutor, she became a supplemental instructor for math at CBC, which gave her more preparation for working in education. Victoria was very involved with theater productions and she enjoyed participating as an active member and officer in CBC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Now attending TAMUCC, Victoria is pursuing her B.A. in English as well as working as a Writing Consultant at the CASA Writing Center. Victoria plans to one day become an English professor.