Michael J. Berntsen, Interim Director
I want to welcome everyone to the Writing Center. Before I became an English professor, I worked as a Lyophilization Specialist and Chicken Embryo Operations Team Leader for Lohmann Animal Health International with plans of becoming a mad scientist. Realizing the market was cornered, I transferred my skills to teaching. I've been teaching college for over ten years, with focuses in Composition, British Literature, Literature & Film, Drama, and Creative Writing.
Brittani Allen, Assistant Director
Hello, UNCP Braves! My name is Brittani, and I recently graduated from UNCP with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. I returned to UNCP in the Fall of 2016 as a graduate student, and I am now pursuing a Master of Arts in English Education. I have always enjoyed literature, specifically British Literature and the works of Shakespeare, and it is my hope that I will be able to share my passion with others through teaching. After obtaining my Master’s degree, I plan on teaching at the university level before beginning a PhD program. I am excited to be working in the University Writing Center! It will allow me to gain experience with students throughout every step of the writing process. Since everyone has their own approach to writing and specialized interest, every session will be different. I look forward to learning with and from you!
Amber Hestor, Assistant Director
Hello, everyone! My name is Amber, and I am from Rockingham, North Carolina. I pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and once I am finished, I plan to attend graduate school here at UNCP. My long-term goal is to teach linguistics at a college level. Growing up as an only child influenced my love for literature and writing. There were no siblings to play with, but there were always books to read. Working at the Writing Center not only allows me to gain experience that I can use in my future classroom, but it also allows me to meet new people while helping solve problems.
Hello! My name is Krista Langley. I’m a senior and an English major with a minor in Creative Writing. I’m from Wadesboro, North Carolina, and I graduated from Anson County Early College with an Associates in Arts degree from South Piedmont Community College. I have had an interest in creative writing for as long as I can remember, and I’m striving to improve my writing abilities more and more each day. I’m also involved in a number of clubs on campus, such as Genshiken and The Geeks and Gamers Guild. I look forward to another good year working at the Writing Center!
Howdy! My name is Yuri Moore, and I am pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Education (9-12). I’m from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and this year is my second at UNCP. Reading and writing used to be my least favorite subjects growing up, but towards the end of my senior year of high school I found an appreciation for the art of literary analysis. Since then, I’ve carried around a notebook which I use to write down my ramblings and critiques on movies, TV shows, and pop culture articles. I found that as long as you keep writing, you’ll improve. It doesn’t really matter what you write about because you’ll see improvement so long as you continue to work those creative muscles. As long as you’re seeking improvement or reassurance, I’ll look forward to seeing you at the Writing Center.
Hi, all! My name is Andrew Strickland, and I am a native of Pembroke, NC, and member of the Lumbee tribe. I’m working toward a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education and hope to one day obtain a Ph.D. in American Literature to teach at the college level. I have seven siblings (and one on the way) and am addicted to introverted activities: cooking, baking, sewing, and playing the piano. My aim as a tutor in the Writing Center is to help tutees as much as I can, and I hope to use the experiences created here to help me become an effective teacher. Make an appointment with me!
Hello, everyone! My name is Citori Swink, and I am from Shelby, North Carolina. I am currently pursuing a degree in Secondary English Education. I have always had a passion for helping others learn and writing fiction. One day I hope to become a published author, but for right now I am focusing more on school. I also love to read. Harry Potter is my favorite book series, and my favorite characters are a certain pair of ginger twins. I have a black cat named Blitz, but I had to leave him at home when I moved on campus. I also have two younger brothers, and they are the reason I decided to work in the Writing Center. I have worked with them a lot over the years. They are both wonderful little brother, and even though we don’t always get along, I still love them and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. I am excited about working in the Writing Center and working with students that need help on their assignments!
Hi, everyone! My name is Carli, and I am from the beach in Southport, NC! I am pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English Education Grades 9 -12. I fell in love with literature and reading in elementary school, and it has been my passion ever since. Once I graduate, I hope to obtain a Master’s Degree in English Education, as well. I have always enjoyed writing and hope to help others have a good experience with writing in any subject area. Tutoring at the Writing Center will allow me to gain one-on-one experience to help me once I am in my career as a high school English teacher. Helping others is very important to me, and the Writing Center is a great place to do that while also doing something I enjoy!
Hello, everyone! My name is Jordan, and I am originally from the small town of Fairmont, which is not far from UNCP. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Upon graduation, I plan on obtaining an M.A. and becoming a community college professor at a local institution. From a young age, I have had a great love of the written word. I have a passion for helping individuals become better writers, and I love the experience of meeting new people in different majors and from all walks of life. I look forward to meeting new student writers and helping everyone who needs assistance!