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Dr. Amanda Johnston
Director, Learning Support Services

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Amanda holds a Ph.D. in English from Georgia State University, where she taught composition and world literature. She is a two-time alumna of UIW (B.A. and M.A. in English). She has worked in academic support full time at UIW since 2006 and has been director of the WLC since its inception in 2012. The best parts of her job involve learning from the tutors, creating a supportive environment in the center, collaborating with colleagues, and seeing students grow in and through writing.

When she's not in the WLC, Amanda can be found singing, attempting to become something of a scientist in the kitchen, reading translations of German and Icelandic folklore, watching British crime dramas, and eating potato & egg tacos.

Charlie Briggs
Part-Time Professional Writing Tutor and Mentor

charlieCharlie received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of the Incarnate Word in December of 2015. During his time there, he worked as a peer writing tutor at the Writing & Learning Center from the fall of 2014 through the fall of 2015. He is now working as a professional writing tutor and mentor. He plans to pursue writing instruction and creative writing professionally, while obtaining his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in English.

When he is not working or writing, Charlie enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, Stephanie, playing Call of Duty and Gears of War with his friends, watching basketball, drinking coffee, eating Mexican food (including tacos), and watching his favorite TV comedies, Louie and Parks and Recreation.

Christina Cuellar
Writing Tutor
Major: Nursing

christinaChristina is a nursing major at the University of the Incarnate Word. When she is not sleeping or studying the night away, she enjoys working out, the company of her friends and family, and reading novels from her favorite author, Nicholas Sparks. She seeks to help those in need in any aspect and loves meeting new people. Christina also runs her own website that features the stories of the meanings behind the tattoos from the locals in her hometown of San Antonio, Texas. She looks forward to mentoring her fellow Cardinals.

Jose Deanda
Writing Tutor
Major: Nutrition
Minor: English

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Jose has a deep interest in poetry and writing. He began writing poetry two years ago. His interests were then propelled forward by a writing conference that Wounded Warrior Project provided and the poetry workshop offered here at UIW. Particularly, Jose is fascinated by the healing powers of writing and one day aspires to facilitate this process for others. In the meantime, he feels like the day isn’t complete if he hasn’t read a poem.

Cindy Estrella
Receptionist
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Criminal Justice

cindyCindy is a junior at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is a biochemistry major with a minor in criminal justice. She hopes to work in the forensics science field, bringing justice to victims of crime. She is part of the Cardinal Community Leaders Program from the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership, where she is developing leadership skills, serving the local community, and reflecting on social issues. She enjoys spending time with her parents and sister. During the weekends, she likes to catch up with friends, finding new places to enjoy a nice meal. During the summer, she enjoys visiting friends and family from Mexico, where she can appreciate a traditional Mexican dish. 

Kimberly Feucht
Writing Tutor
Major: Nursing
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Kimberly is currently a sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word and dreams of becoming a registered nurse and maybe becoming a nurse practitioner. Kim has a knack for writing and enjoys helping people get their thoughts onto paper.

She is an eccentric dance instructor on the weekends and an active member of the Epsilon Eta chapter of Alpha Sigma Tau. Kimberly was born in Louisiana, making her especially fond of spicy seafood, Cajun music, and French culture. Her hobbies include dancing, listening to Led Zeppelin, spoiling her Yorkshire Terrier (Margeaux), and eating chocolate.

Julia King
Writing Tutor
Major: Religious Studies
Minor: English and Pastoral Ministry

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Julia is a religious studies major with a double minor in English and Pastoral Ministry. She hopes to either teach theology at a Catholic high school as a campus minister or be a youth/young adult minister.

In her free time, she enjoys sitting outside reading books and blogs, drinking coffee, eating Whataburger, and watching both college and major league baseball. Her favorite team is the Houston Astros because she was born and raised in Houston, and she loves anything Texas and quotes Star Wars.

Tatyana Lewis
Receptionist
Major: History
Minor: Secondary Education and Special Education

tatyanaTatyana is from San Marcos, Texas and is currently a sophomore at UIW. She is majoring in history and is minoring in secondary and special education in hopes of becoming a middle school history teacher. Her goal is to help break the stigma that history is boring and all about dates.

She is an Undergraduate Leader for the piccolo section of the Marching Cardinals in the fall and a member of the UIW Wind Ensemble in the spring. Throughout the school year, she competes in ballroom dancing competitions and participates in a modern dance class outside of school. On the weekends when she doesn’t have a competition, game, or recital, she spends her free time doing acrobatics and studying. On long weekends and breaks, she enjoys spending her free time with her family and cat (Dani), as well as travelling across the country to visit her fiancé.

Nina Medrano
Writing Tutor
Major: English
Minor: International Business

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Nina is an English major with a minor in International Business. She is passionate about spreading knowledge and hopes to inspire others on their journey to achieving their writing goals. She plans to attend graduate school and expand her travels to Asia.

Nina's hobbies include painting, watching Spurs games, horseback riding, and attending concerts. She listens to music 24/7, recycles often, and never runs out of things to write about.

Vivian Nguyen
Writing Tutor
Major: Biology
Minor: English

vivianVivian received an Associate's degree in Liberal Arts from Northeast Lakeview College in 2015. She loves exploring different subjects and being able to expand her knowledge on a variety of topics. Vivian is now working on a Bachelor's in Biology, with a minor in English. She plans to go into a research career dealing with genetics and microbiology in order to help find cures for pathogenic diseases.

Some of her hobbies include indulging in British literature, writing satire, learning different languages, and being around her two very beloved dogs. She also does a lot of volunteer work for many school clubs, including being an International Ambassador for incoming international students where she helps with airport pickups, shopping trips, tours around San Antonio, and having them become accustomed to eating Tex-Mex tacos.

Hannah Robinson
Writing Tutor
Major: English
Minor: Philosophy

hannahHannah is currently a junior at the University of the Incarnate Word, pursuing an English major with a minor in philosophy. Hoping to one day work in the publishing world, Hannah is striving to learn all that she can about creative writing through courses offered on campus, as well as reading books on the craft. In addition to working at the Writing and Learning Center, Hannah is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which has helped push her to work towards being not only the best student she can be but also the best version of herself.

Outside of her student life, Hannah can often be found reading one of her many unread books that reside on her bookshelf. Other hobbies include spending time with friends and family (including her dog, Nina), visiting locations around the city, and cooking or baking in her kitchen.