Writing Support Center- East (Tutors)


My name is Chris, and in addition to being a writing consultant in the Writing Center, I am a sophomore sociology major here at Pasadena City College. I have been helping fellow students in our center for about a year now in a number of areas including, but not limited to, thesis development, argument structure, development of personal voice, MLA format, and grammar mechanics. Coming from a childhood where writing even the simplest of assignments was very difficult for me, I sympathize with anyone struggling like I once have. Like many things in life, good writing is a skill. With the right resources and strategies, anyone become a confident and effective writer!


After many years working in the tech world, I recently returned to school to pursue a career as a librarian. I have completed the Library Technology Certificate program here at PCC and am currently working on my AA, after which I will be transferring to Cal State Northridge for a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. From there I will be continuing for a Master’s in Library and Information Science.  In my free time I enjoy science fiction, reading, hiking, and spending time with my 11-year-old pug, Layla.


I moved to Pasadena from Massachusetts four years ago and have enjoyed every moment spent here in California. The time I’ve valued most has been the time spent on campus in class and participating in club activities. I am a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma, as well as the Salle Lancier Fencing Club, both of which have allowed me to network with more amazing people with every (quickly) passing semester. I hope to become a registered nurse, and while working on my education, I hope to help as many people as I possibly can, one tutoring session at a time.


I’m a first-generation college student majoring in business administration. I plan to transfer to a four-year university and continue my tutoring journey once there. My hobbies include film photography, dance, and crying to the newest season of This Is Us. I’m interested in learning about history, society, and pop culture. I have always had an interest in music and music history. I’m also a foodie open to any food-related recommendations! Hablo español!


My name is Xavier. I am new to the Writing Center and fairly new to PCC. I am working in the Writing Center because I like grammar and helping others with grammar. In my free time, I like to study, read, and sleep. My goal is to graduate from a UC with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and pursue an MSc in Political Economy or Econometrics. 


Currently I am working toward completing a Library Technology certificate which I expect to finish Spring 2019. While I’ve already attained a Bachelor’s degree in English, I decided to pursue this certificate because I have always been fascinated with libraries and all the behind the scenes work that goes on. Some of my hobbies include reading, attempting to write, going out with my family, researching, marathoning any TV series that catches my interest, equestrianism, and scamming various streaming services into giving me free one-month trials. Such is the life of a frugal college student.


My name is Kaelyn, and I’m a Psychology major. My end goal is to graduate with a PhD to become a Child and Adolescent Psychologist. I’ve always had a passion for writing and helping others, so being able to be a tutor here at the Writing Center is an amazing opportunity. Some of my hobbies include binge watching TV shows, discovering new music and hanging out with friends and family. A fun fact about me: I love singing commercial jingles.


This is my second year attending PCC and I am glad to have met amazing instructors and individuals who are very passionate about what they do. I am currently majoring in Psychology, although I am overall undecided in what field I would like to concentrate on. My hobbies include drawing/ doodling, gaming, reading, discovering new places, and scavenging thrift stores for their DVDs and CDs. I am interested in most subjects and I would like to take this opportunity of being a tutor as a learning experience to help build my skills as well as the skills of others. 


Many subjects from all sorts of fields interest me, but I decided to focus on Astrophysics in terms of academics. I plan to transfer to a UC once I'm done with everything I need to do here. As my ultimate career goal is to become a professor, I decided to become a tutor to gain some much needed experience! In my free time, I find myself drawing or playing video games


Selena is a nineteen year old student at Pasadena City College (PCC) passionate in the art of creative writing and educating. Starting since fall of 2018, she has been working at the Writing Success Center as an English tutor. Prior to that, she volunteered at an after school program teaching at the elementary school level. Salena's goal is to transfer out of PCC for Fall in 2019 and get into a four year University in the field of English and Education. 


I began attending PCC Spring 2017 during my last semester of high school. I hope to transfer to Northwestern University in 2020 to obtain a BA in English or Creative Writing and pursue a career in the publishing business as a copy editor for novels. I’ve written a lot of my own work, from poems to novels. Besides writing, I love singing, and I’ve actually taken a few music classes here at PCC. I also like drawing, watching baking shows, and running.


Born & raised in Malaysia for 17 years. I’m currently on my last semester at PCC as a double major in Communications Arts and Humanities. I believe in two things: everyone has a story and the best way to learn is to teach. Being a tutor at the Writing Center has taught me ways to help others to find their own voices and craft their own stories. The highlight of my work shift is when I get to practice my Mandarin or Cantonese with other international students who walk into the Writing Center!  I enjoy expanding my storytelling abilities through spoken word poetry & cinematic short films.


I have always been very interested in language and writing, and though it took a year at PCC and many major switches, I finally found my place as an English major. Being that both of my parents are teachers, I have always cared deeply about learning through helping other people learn, so the writing center seemed like a perfect fit for me. When I am not at PCC, you can find me riding my bike around Pasadena, shopping at Trader Joe’s, picnicking in the park, doing laps in the pool, and more often than not, reading or writing anywhere I can sit. I fantasize about getting a PhD but we will see if I can stand being on this side of academia for 6+ more years.


Hi! My name is Megan, and I am currently a first-year student here at PCC. My goal is to apply to transfer this upcoming fall. My major is currently undecided, but I am hoping to transfer to UCLA or UCSD. Although I would love to be healthier, my favorite foods consist of milk teas, instant noodles, chips, and fries. As for my interests, one thing I love doing the most is expressing my creative side. I love crafting, drawing, and creating things. Additionally, I enjoy napping, watching shows, and playing games. I also have an unhealthy obsession with The Office


I was born and raised in Ukraine and moved to the U.S. in 2016. In my home country, I have studied management at Kyiv National Linguistic University for 2 years.  I am planning to transfer to UC eventually to get my degree in Psychology. I am also a member and an event coordinator of Honors Club here at PCC. So, if you’re interested in Honor Program\Club, feel free to ask me. As for the hobbies, my personal interests include a broad spectrum of activities. I train dogs, ride horses, grow flowers, read, dance, hike, and love camping and backpacking. I’m also obsessed with Star Wars :) 


Hi! I’m Kaylin, a communications major trying to get my AA-T before I transfer to a university in 2021. I’m an aspiring journalist who has a blog filled with unpublished works that I feel are never quite finished, but seeing as it’s my job to encourage students to become confident in their own writing, hopefully I’ll soon learn to do the same. I like long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners, but above all else, I especially enjoy vine/meme references. I’m a sucker for the Twilight series (pun intended) and my favorite pastime is hunting through the sale sections at Target.



I am a first year PCC student who attended UCI last year and is majoring in music. Most of my time is spent practicing saxophone and playing in the ensembles that PCC has to offer. I enjoy watching sports, writing, helping people, and drinking coffee. Writing is a critical skill in nearly every field of study and thus, I decided to become a tutor to give others the tools they need to feel confident in their work. 



My name is Kazi, and I’m currently pursuing a major in math and biology. I was born in Bangladesh but raised in Los Angeles. For the last 7 years I was living in Seattle but decided to come back to finish my education. During my time in Seattle I was able to gain a better appreciation for the environment, animals, and natural resources and have gained interests in recycling, composting, and gardening. When I’m not at school I also enjoy hiking with my American Eskimo dog, Max. The reason why I wanted to be a tutor is because when I immigrated to the United States I barely spoke any English and looking back I did not have a lot of help. So, my goal as a tutor is to help anyone who needs help regardless of the amount of English they know.



My name is Laurel and I am currently majoring in English at Pasadena City College. I am working to transfer to a four-year university and eventually become an English Literature teacher at a local high school. Some of my favorite pastimes include embroidery, building miniature model structures, and yoga. My favorite author is James Joyce; his short story The Dead still gives me goosebumps every time I read it.



I’m studying English Literature and hoping to transfer in Northern California. I love guiding new writers in finding their voice. As well as, proving support in realizing ideas!



My name is Mia. I am a first year student at PCC. In the past, I’ve tutored students on different subjects and I look forward to continuing that here at the Writing Support Center. My major is nursing, but I may change it to be more statistics focused. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, exploring nature.



Hi, my name is Sarah and I am an English major here at PCC! I am currently working on my AA-T to hopefully transfer to a CSU or UC in Fall 2020. While I used to struggle with writing growing up, in my junior year of high school I finally had a breakthrough. I now adore writing (even essays!) and write poems or short stories in my free time. I hope to be able to share that passion with others and help everyone out with their writing! When I am not studying or writing, I am usually watching a comedy show such as The Office or Parks and Recreation, playing video games, or reading a good book. 



After attending Cal State Northridge as a music major, I decided to take my talents to the stage and try my hand as a performing musician for a few years. Now I'm back in school to study biology with an emphasis on zoology and ecology. I'm interested in art, music, history, science, and pretty much anything else one might be tasked with writing about. I love to write, and I love to help people better understand how they can improve their writing and find their own voice.



My name is Rosa, and I'm an aspiring nurse. I've always been passionate about writing and creativity. Writing short stories is one of my favorite hobbies. I'm hoping to one day work in gerontology, but I want to try a little bit of everything beforehand. My other hobbies include shopping at Trader Joe's, bullet journaling, and camping. My goal as a tutor is to help you develop your own writing style and confidence in your work. 

Writing Support Center-West Staff (Tutors)


Hello, my name is Samuel. I am a Language major here at PCC; currently at the beginning of my second year. My plan is to transfer to a four year university and double major in both the Chinese and Japanese languages. Memes, anime, and games are what I do on my free time. My end goal is to teach English in a foreign country, and maybe live my life there. I hope to help you all in your studies and wish you all the best at PCC.


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My name is Alex and I am a sophomore here at PCC. I am currently awaiting my AA to transfer, which I will receive this Spring in Anthropology. I plan to take a gap year and apply for transfer to a four-year university this Fall. I am hoping to minor in Business or Political Science once I am there, and major in Anthropology. Eventually, I would also like to get a Master’s, but I am not sure in what yet. Outside of school, I enjoy running, hanging out with friends and making videos. I am interested in being kind to everyone, while trying to understand the many perspectives of life. This is something about Anthropology that intrigues me!



My name is Phi Long Hoang. I am currently majoring in Psychology hoping to transfer once obtain my AS. While I'm here PCC, I hope to meet people and gain new experiences. On my free time, I like reading, cooking, watching movies, and going to the gym."

WSC Full-Time Staff 

Rob Lee

Writing Support Center Coordinator

UCLA, BA in English Literature
USC, MA in Applied Linguistics

An Altadena native, I graduated from John Muir High School a long time ago (Go Mustangs!). Soon after I graduated from UCLA (Go Bruins), I traveled to China to teach English at the Sichuan College of Education (a teacher's college) for a year.  After that, led astray by the promise of a tuition waiver and salary, I became a TA at USC (Go Trojans) and earned an MA in Applied Linguistics, a degree which no longer exists at that school and which almost no one understands.

After teaching ESL at South Pasadena High School, where I was the entire ESL department, I came to PCC as an ESL instructor in 1992. I took over leadership of the Writing Center in 2006. I have been an active member of the Southern California Writing Centers Association since 2007 (past vice-president and president) and am currently serving as the two-year college representative.

Mary Presley

Writing Center - Learning Asst. Assistant III

I am originally from the south, but moved to California many years ago. I have been working at the Writing Center for more than 17 years, but have been full-time and helping to run the Writing Center for about 10 years. I started at PCC as a student and student worker at the Writing Center and worked my way up to my current position. My hobbies include going to the beach, watching movies, and listening to music.

Arkova Scott

Writing Center – Center Technician

I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Pasadena. I attended all of the local schools for elementary and high school and was even a Pasadena City College alumni! After completing my AA degree, I transferred to Cal Poly Pomona as a Computer Information Systems major and eventually completed my Master’s degree at Cal State Los Angeles as an Instructional Designer. I’ve worked at Pasadena City College for over 17 years in a variety of positions, including teaching part-time for the Business Information Technology Division. I currently hold the Center Technician position in the Writing Center where I work very closely each day with our wonderful and dynamic tutors, faculty and staff! 

I love to travel, go to concerts in the park, and hang out with my close friends and family. I love to read technology books and take long walks on the beach! 

Giselle Miralles

Giselle Miralles

Writing Center – Faculty

CSU Long Beach, BA in English (Literature & Creative Writing)
CSU Long Beach, MA in English

I began my educational journey at CSULB, where I discovered my interest in social justice, intersectionality, critical race theory, and 20th Century American Ethnic Literature, the latter eventually becoming my emphasis in graduate school. As an undergraduate, I became a Writing Tutor for CSULB’s Educational Opportunity Program, which is when I realized I wanted to work in education after college.

As a grad student, I also worked at the Orange County Juvenile Hall as an English Language Development Assistant, an experience that was transformational for me as an educator. Before landing at PCC, I worked at Fullerton College’s Academic Support Center as an Instructional Assistant. When I’m not busy working, I enjoy traveling, camping, spoiling my dog, playing video games, and gradually making my way through my never-ending list of “good” TV series.

Genesis Montalvo


Writing Center – Faculty

Loyola Marymount University, BA in English and Spanish
San Francisco State University, MA in English (Creative Writing and Education)

The eldest of three—and the only girl—in a traditional Mexican-American family, I learned to take risks to get what I want. One of those risks—and future blessings—was attending Loyola Marymount University. As a first gen college student and graduate, LMU helped foster my love for education through First to Go (a learning community for first generation college students), and the continuous support from faculty mentors.

But the risks don’t stop there: on a whim, I decided to attend graduate school at San Francisco State University for my Master’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Education. It’s here where I discovered my love writing and learning resource centers as I worked at a literacy non-profit, 826Valencia, as a Program Associate, and City College of San Francisco as an embedded tutor. Unable to take the fog, I moved back to sunny Southern California after graduation where I began working at Santa Ana College as a Learning Facilitator and Long Beach City College as a Faculty Intern. To keep the calm during the storms, I enjoy running, hot yoga, writing poetry (keep an eye out for a published manuscript soon), and watching anime!