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Meet the Writing Center Team

Karen Best


Karen Best has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing, both from the University of Central Florida. She has professional experience in research, editing, and teaching academic writing. Karen can help with any writing assignment, but her areas of expertise include APA and MLA citation styles, literary analysis, poetry, literature reviews, synthesis, rhetorical analysis, and research papers in any subject.


Alex Chabot  

 I have been an educator for fifteen years now. I was a high school English teacher the majority of that time. At EFSC I have been a student, an instructor, and currently a writing tutor. As a student, I have taken a variety of classes, but the most notable were in the education department where I started my journey to becoming an educator. As an instructor, I have taught developmental reading and writing and a variety of education courses. Currently as a tutor, I help students with all steps in the writing process. The bulk of my work is with students in Communications and Humanities courses, but I have helped students in any class that has them reading and writing. Other examples include medical based classes, economics, business, classes that require capstones, or any other class which requires writing. 


Denise D. Chatoor-Harris 

I am an Advanced Level Tutor with EFSC for over two years. I have over ten years of experience in the Education Sector, as an Administrator, Lecturer, and Tutor. I am based at the Academic Success Center, Palm Bay Campus as a Learning Specialist/Writing Tutor. 
 help students by guiding them on the various writing techniques and processes, so that they can meet the requirements of their assignments. 


Rebecca Cobb 

I am an NTA Certified Advanced Level writing tutor. With background as an editor at the University of Central Florida, I now serve as a Learning Specialist at Eastern Florida State College. My experience includes helping students at all stages of the writing process and covers a variety of classes including composition, speech, history, humanities, psychology, developmental writing, and creative writing. In addition, I am happy to assist students in MLA, APA, and CMS formatting. 


Amy Covel 

I am an NTA Certified Advanced Level writing tutor. I tutor students in writing for many classes, including composition, speech, history, humanities, psychology, developmental writing, and creative writing. With an eye for detail and as an APA workshop presenter, I am happy to assist students in both APA and MLA styles.

Lexi Langdon 



Lexi Langdon is a current EFSC student and an ENC 1101 Peer Tutor. Lexi mostly tutors ENC 1101 but can help students with their general writing skills or in other MLA disciplines by request. 

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Karen Loffler 

 As the Coordinator for Palm Bay, I can help with questions about the tutors and getting course work help. I can tutor writing and help with SLS courses.  

Wendy McLallen joined EFSC in 2014 and teaches ENC 1101, ENC 1102, and LIT 1000 on the Cocoa campus. Prior to coming to Eastern Florida, she taught for Florida State University, Georgia Military College, and Park University.  She has a BA in English from Stetson University, an MA in English from Florida State University, and a PhD from Florida State University with specialties in Rhetoric and Composition and Early American Literature.  During her graduate studies at Florida State, she worked extensively with the FSU’s Reading/Writing Center first as a tutor and then as the assistant director. In 2017 Wendy joined the EFSC Writing Center team as the EFSC Writing Center Coordinator on the Cocoa Campus.

In her free time, Wendy enjoys the many outdoor activities the Space Coast has to offer, but her favorite hobby is travelling. She especially likes trying local cuisines in each destination. Some of her favorite dishes to date include huckleberry pie in Montana and homemade pierogis in Poland.

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Patti May 

I love being a full-time Writing Tutor at EFSC. Along with education, my passions are painting, plants, and the beach! Certifications currently held include Advanced Level Tutor-English Communications from the National Tutoring Association, and Adult Education Instructor from both Brevard County School District and Indian River State College. 

Madeline Pitchford 

Hi!  My name is Madeline and I have a Bachelors in English-Literature with a minor in Psychology. I tutor writing in multiple subjects such as Composition 1 and 2, Developmental Writing, Psychology, History, Humanities, and more.  

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Gary Rhine 

Gary Rhine, Learning Specialist at Eastern Florida State College, is an NTA- Certified Advanced Level writing tutor. He tutors students in writing for many classes, including composition, speech, history, humanities, psychology, sociology, developmental writing, and creative writing.  He can also help with university application essays and the like.  As well, he is knowledgeable in APA, CMS, and MLA manuals of style.  Finally, Gary is known for his expertise in English grammar and other sentence-level fundamentals. 

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Eryn Shorthill 

My background includes teaching high school English Writing and Grammar, working at various levels of government and in politics, and serving as wife and mother to a nomadic family up and down the eastern seaboard. Holding a National Tutor Association Advanced Level certification, I can assist with all stages of the writing process across many curricula, stressing both the pre-planning process and the final polishes in APA, MLA, and CMS styles. I teach workshops using active and passive voice, outlining, and formatting and citing in MLA and APA, and offer appointments to help students strengthen their writing and communication skills in these areas and more. 

Patty Smith 

I am a former high school English teacher with experience in journalism and editing. I am currently working toward a Master's degree in English with a focus on non-fiction writing. I tutor general writing skills and can help in any class that includes a written assignment, such as Comp 1 & 2, Humanities, Speech, World Religions, Government, Business, etc.