Meet Our Coaches
City Park Writing Coaches:
A New Orleans native who speaks some Arabic, Amnee is a 2014 Loyola graduate who enjoys working as a writing coach due to her lifelong passion for English. As a member of a large family of writers and creative people, she has always worked together (and competed!) to improve various projects. In addition to composing her own fiction and nonfiction pieces, she spends time working on surreal drawings, paintings, and photography.
Brian is fluent in Spanish and is also a Creative Writing Workshop MFA student in Screenwriting at the University of New Orleans. He loves to wax poetic about movies and comic books, and believes good writing can set you free, helping you better navigate the world. Brian is a big fan of story structure and also an avid NPR listener.
Charlene began working as a writing coach in the 1990’s at the Delgado City Park English Composition Lab. Charlene received her BA in English from LSU and completed graduate courses there. She enjoys coaching the many diverse students at Delgado, asking them questions, and encouraging them to come up with their own ideas.
Chris has taught college-level literature and writing in North Carolina, where she received her Ph.D., and locally at Tulane, SUNO, and Delgado. She also taught high school English for ten years in the New Orleans public schools. As a coach, she enjoys the opportunity to work extensively with students one-on-one as they journey to become self-aware and successful readers and writers.
Donna has worked at the Writing Center for three years and is particularly expert in working with ELL students. She is a published writer, researcher, former high school English teacher, and college instructor with years of experience teaching and coaching writing. She enjoys seeing students' writing improve over time and the feeling students get when they experience academic success. She wants every student she coaches to win in life and at college.
Isabelle is bilingual in French and English and has lived in New Orleans for 16 years. She has an MA in English from UNO. In addition to coaching at the Writing Center at Delgado, she teaches Verbal Reasoning for the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) at Xavier University. Currently, she is writing a book, due for publication in 2021, about her experiences teaching incarcerated men and women in Orleans Parish Prison
Jacquelyn is a writing coach and an English Composition instructor at Delgado. She received a BA in English with a concentration in Writing from Loyola University and then earned an MFA in Creative Writing/ Poetry from the University of New Orleans. As a writing coach, she finds it rewarding to help students gain the confidence and skills they need to tackle their writing assignments.
Liz graduated from the University of New Orleans with an MFA in Creative Writing, concentration in creative nonfiction. She has twelve years of teaching experience, including high school special education, ELL adult education, as well as rhetoric and composition. She is working on her first book, a memoir, which will be published in spring of 2021.
Lizzie, whose first language is Spanish, is a writer and film director obsessed with building terrariums. Born in Honduras, and raised in New Orleans, she has a B.A. in Photojournalism and Political Science from Loyola University of New Orleans. Her work has been featured in City Limits, InvadeNola, and Timeout New York. Her pilot script, Token Empire was selected for the 2015 New Orleans Film Fest Emerging Voices Mentorship Program
Michael graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2013 with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing. He taught English, directed the theater program, and coached the Speech team at De La Salle High School from 2013 to 2019. Though his primary focus as a writer is fiction, he is experienced in coaching students through academic writing on both literary and social topics. He is also trained in helping students develop original speeches.
Nora is a writer and editor originally from Michigan. Prior to making a home in the Upper Nine, she lived in Chicago for eight years and taught English and Special Education in Chicago Public Schools. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of New Orleans and is a certified yoga/mindfulness educator with a focus in trauma-informed practices. She is currently working on an essay collection about race, marriage, and motherhood.
Rachel graduated from University of California Santa Cruz in 2015 with a degree in English Literature. She feels strongly about wanting to help students make the most of their time at Delgado. Rachel is in the Writing Center four days a week and available for online students.
Robert is a Louisiana certified English teacher with almost 5 years of experience in the Delgado Writing Center. He is also a writer and editor for Antigravity Magazine, a small New Orleans alternative-culture publication. As an educator, Robert believes that education is about guiding students toward their strengths and harnessing that in the context of their education to build their confidence.
Vanessa is a creative writer from California. She is presently at work on a novel, and loves to travel, ride her bike, play with her cat, and drink coffee. She teaches professional writing and composition, in-person and online. Her cross-genre manuscript, The Flat Woman, was recently longlisted for the Tarpaulin Sky Press Book Award.
Westbank Writing Coaches:
Ann is a writer and producer. She has a BA in Art History from New York University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her work has been featured in the Times-Picayune, the Shreveport Times, Pelican Bomb, and BURNAWAY.
Anna graduated in December 2019 from the University of New Orleans’s Creative Writing MFA program. Although new to Delgado, she has been a writing tutor and teacher for several years. Her play Life on the Moon has won two national awards and will be produced this summer at Detroit Repertory Theatre. When not coaching students, Anna can usually be found befriending feral cats, posing as the female reincarnation of Tennessee Williams, and/or eating ice cream.
Callie is an English faculty member on the West Bank campus and a screenwriter, actor, songwriter, and chantress. Her motto is that she’s saving the world one sentence at a time.
Cameron is a graduate of the Creative Writing Workshop at the University of New Orleans, where she studied fiction. She is a professional writer, educator, and editor; a part time short story-writer, and a full time West-Banker. She believes that most things in life boil down to communication, and that writing is one of the greatest ways we can learn to express ourselves
Elle is an English Instructor at Delgado Community College. Her writing has been published in Kenyon Review, The Appalachian Review, and others. She enjoys brainstorming, re-structuring, and re-organizing until the final product is like a work of art.
Kamisha has been working at the Westbank Delgado Learning Resource Center for 10 years. She has a Bachelors of Arts in English from Dillard University and a Masters of Science in Counseling from Capella University. She is an educator in the public-school system and enjoys working with youth getting them prepared for the next level of their academic journey. Kamisha also loves working with the students at the LRC and witnessing their enthusiasm about becoming better writers and developing a liking for English Composition and Literature.
Mai is an English instructor and also a writing coach at Delgado. She speaks fluent Vietnamese, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and listening to music. She especially enjoys writing. She believes that writing is another way to express our thoughts and feelings towards something. Regardless of our ability, the more we write, the more we improve.
Missy has worn many hats, some with feathers: news photographer and writer, non-profit director, radio personality, and academic administrator, spending some 13 years as manager of the Music Department at UNO. By night she is The Dominatrix of the Blues, playing jazz, blues, and R & B on WWOZ-FM. Her award-winning essays on nature, family, and music have been published in several literary journals, and she was a contributing author to “Voices Rising: The Katrina Narrative Project.”
Michael Welch has taught English at Delgado for over three years. He is also an author and journalist, whose writing has appeared in The Guardian, Vice, Vox, Newsweek, and many other great venues.
Theresa (Teressa) is a native of New Orleans who obtained her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of New Orleans, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Teressa has worked at the Learning Resources Center at Delgado Community College for nearly ten years, and it has been her favorite job, besides being a mom. She has written many poems, short stories and a book.