Writing Center Staff
I came to ACC over 27 years ago as an adjunct English instructor and eventually joined the Academic Skills Lab, where I tutored English in the evenings. During this time I was also teaching Junior and Senior English (College Prep, Honors and Advanced Placement) for Alamance-Burlington Schools, first at Southern Alamance and then at Western Alamance. Teaching English has been my career (32 years) and, I might add, one that I have loved. I am delighted that ACC has a Writing Center, and I feel honored to be a small part of this program. I love to write and I love to teach, so this is a perfect fit.
I have been involved with some form of coaching, teaching, advising and or mentoring for the past 25 years of my life. My professional journey started as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher for three years at Holy Cross Catholic School in Kimball, MN. Shortly after that, I started my coaching career as a diving coach at the University of Kansas and then at UNC-Chapel Hill. Following 20 years of coaching, I joined the Peace Corps, volunteering in Mongolia as an ESL/Teacher Trainer in the city of Erdenet. After returning, I earned my master’s degree in student affairs, with a concentration in counseling education. In my spare time, I enjoy cross fitting and coaching Crossfit, as well as working on landscaping projects in my yard. I am one of the biggest Star Wars fans on the planet!
Originally from Alamance County, I graduated from UNC-Pembroke in 1994. I wanted to be a marine biologist, but after taking swimming lessons (TWICE) and still couldn’t swim, I thought it just “might” be a sign to make another career choice. As such, I began a career in law enforcement in April 1995. But just being an officer wasn’t enough. In 1997 I went through Instructor School and began teaching in Police Academies throughout North Carolina. In 2004 I accepted the position of Director of Law Enforcement Training here at Alamance Community College.
I held that position for 10 years before becoming a Professional Tutor in the Tutoring Center, and I now hold the position of Coordinator of the Writing Center. Working in a tutoring center is much different than teaching Police Academy. In the academy, everything was regimented and militarized. You had to wait until the end of the academy to feel (or at least show) some type of excitement. But I have found that being a part of the Tutoring Center gives me instant gratification. It feels amazing to see “the light bulb go on” when a student realizes that they actually grasp and understand what it is that they are attempting to learn.
I have taught English for many years at many different schools: UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and St. Augustine’s University, to name a few. I have two degrees in English Education and a Ph.D. in English from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I have taught business writing, technical writing, freshman composition, scientific writing, and a wide range of literature classes. I love literature, history, social sciences, and health topics, and would like to help you with any type of writing, including resumes and cover letters (another specialty) and college application essays.
I am from Chapel Hill and joined the staff in January 2020. I graduated with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in English Literature in 2016. I like working at the Writing Center because I enjoy helping others develop their talents and abilities. In my spare time, I enjoy playing games online with friends and exercising.
For the past four years, I have been tutoring students of a variety of academic backgrounds in English as a Second Language (ESL). My tutoring experiences have granted me a greater understanding of the language, as well as afford me a deeper appreciation for the challenges students face in communication through the effective use of the written language. While my tutoring experiences have honed my academic skillset by helping my students maximize their writing potential, they have also broadened my understanding of the unique challenges students face in their writing assignments. I have worked with students with learning disabilities and students who have only recently begun to develop their literacy skills. I strive to be patient and mindful of each students’ academic background and take care to treat students with compassion and respect.
Kate Lewis Mansfield
I began working for the Writing Center in April of 2019. Originally from Wilmington, I settled in Alamance County two years ago after marrying a Burlington native. We share two grown sons, two cats, and one dog. I also recently retired from Davidson County Schools where I spent my career teaching English and theater before finally transitioning into the role of a librarian. Although I love the world of books, I also enjoy spending quality time with friends and family. Reading, shoe collecting, and shell collecting are three of my favorite hobbies. The thing I love most about my job as a writing consultant is that I work with a diverse group of motivated students – who all seem excited to be learning and writing at ACC. I learn something new during every consultation and it is a true pleasure meeting and working with new students every day.