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!
Like many ACC students, I began as a transfer student, attending Piedmont Community College before earning my B.A. in Music from UNC-Asheville in 2014. While attending UNCA I took a number of writing-intensive courses and developed a love for writing, especially poetry. My tutoring career dates back to when I was still a student, hired by TRIO: Student Support Services at PCC to work as a peer tutor/mentor. In my time since graduating, I have worked at both PCC and ACC as a writing and English tutor. I also remain active in music as a performing guitarist, bassist, and singer/songwriter, and as a private guitar instructor. My favorite thing about working in the ACC Writing Center is getting to know students from all walks of life and doing my part to help them on their individual journeys.
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 afforded 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.