RWIT Staff

RWIT tutors are skilled writers hailing from all academic disciplines. Tutors prepare for tutoring by attending a rigorous training program and pursue ongoing training throughout their RWIT careers. Tutors take pride in their professionalism, approachability, and knowledge.

Tutors for Graduate Students

Ruth Heindel

Graduate student – PhD, EARS

Ruth is a PhD student in the Earth Sciences Department, working in Professor Ross Virginia's soils lab. She studies current soil processes in the Polar Regions using a wide range of field techniques. In Greenland, she studies wind-driven soil erosion and in Antarctica, phosphorus cycling in the Dry Valleys.

Ruth is a proud Vermonter, and loves spending time hiking, skiing, and running through the New England woods. She earned her BS in Geology-Biology at Brown University, where she also worked as a Writing Fellow. Before coming to Dartmouth as a graduate student, Ruth taught middle and high school science for two years at an independent school in Vermont. Ruth is a cellist in the Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, and also enjoys cooking, reading, and drawing.

Kelli Hvorecny

Graduate Student – PhD, EARS

Kelli hails from Pennsylvania, south of "the town Billy Joel sang about," but not north enough to escape the grips of the Philly accent. She bleeds green, having attended Dartmouth for undergrad and returning, after a stint in the Big Apple, for graduate school. As a PhD student, Kelli is exploring the strategies employed by the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa to infect patients with underlying conditions. When not at her "home address," Vail 408 in the Biochemistry department, she may be found in the pottery studio or lost in the wilderness. She enjoys reading science, fiction, and science fiction.

Hannah Jung

B.A. Dartmouth, 2015
Academic Interests: Creative Writing, Sociology, International Human Rights Law

Born in South Korea, Hannah spent half her life in the U.S. At Dartmouth, she studied Sociology and English with a concentration in Creative Writing, and received the Class of 1962 Excellence in Peer Tutoring Award in 2015. Taking the non-traditional path, Hannah spent the year following as UN Advocacy Fellow at Human Rights Watch in Geneva and New York. She enjoys creative cooking with her toaster oven and being a morning person.

 

Tutors for Undergraduate Students

Hannah Doermann

Graduate Student – COLT MA
Academic Interests: Comparative Literature, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Originally from Germany, Hannah studied English Literature, Spanish and Queer Studies at Denison University in Granville, Ohio before coming to Dartmouth. In her MA program, she is researching representations of queer Black girls in Young Adult fiction, and she is hoping to continue this research in a PhD program next year. When she’s not reading about race and gender, she can be found eating excessive amounts of canned peas or online shopping to add to her ever-growing makeup collection.  


Zachary Benjamin

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: English

Zachary was born and raised in Lodi, California. Despite growing up in an area where snow is an unknown phenomenon, he has adjusted surprisingly well to Hanover winters. Outside of RWIT, he works as a managing editor for The Dartmouth and is a member of the parliamentary debate team. When not tutoring clients, he can be found editing news articles on the second floor of Robo, waiting in line at KAF or the Hop, or holed up reading in the Sanborn alcoves.
 

Zach Quayle

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: English and Classics

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Zach loves everything about Dartmouth except for its distance from his favorite cheesesteak spots. His favorite hobbies are playing on the Dartmouth Men’s Squash Team and explaining to anyone not from the northeast United States that squash isn’t just a vegetable. A writer for The Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern, he aspires to take inspiration from his favorite Dartmouth alumnus and write the Green Eggs and Ham of his generation.
 

Amanda Durfee

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: History, Linguistics, Russian, and Studio Art

Amanda was born and raised in small-town, central Wisconsin and has absolutely no logical reason to be obsessed with all things Russian, but nonetheless she is and has been since age five. Her hobbies include sketching various sites (and people) around campus, reading way more than is healthy, and annoying her friends with pictures of her cat, Sola. She can also be found working as a teaching assistant at the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio in the basement of the Hop, so stop by and learn how to make cool metal stuff.
 

Clara Chin

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: English and History

Clara was born in Maine and raised in LA. She founded an independent mixed-media magazine called Jar, in addition to writing for The Dartmouth and blogging. She enjoys writing in coffee shops while sipping on Americanos and listening to Nina Simone. She is a loyal reader of Haruki Murakami and Kazuo Ishiguro. Her favorite publications include Highsnobiety, Lucky Peach, and Pitchfork. She loves the cinema, especially anything by Ingmar Bergman or Stanley Kubrick. Her favorite boba chain is Kung Fu Tea and she greatly yearns for them to start a location in Hanover.
 

Amanda Sload

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: Economics

Amanda is from Connecticut, although she lived in Denmark twice growing up. She is an Economics major considering a minor in Computer Science, International Studies, or Chemistry, to name a few. At Dartmouth, she plays the baritone saxophone in the Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble and is a member of the Women’s Club Hockey team. A few of her favorite things include raspberry sorbet, the New York Rangers, and her dog, Layla. 

Audrey Bransfield

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: (forthcoming)

 

Maddy Kroot

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: Geography and Linguistics

Maddy hails from the backwoods of Connecticut, where rednecks drive Subarus and a hike is a walk on a flat surface between some trees. Perhaps to compensate, she goes hiking with Cabin and Trail every weekend, spent her freshman summer maintaining trails on Moosilauke, backpacked in Peru over winterim, and competitively makes wood smaller with the Woodsmen’s Team. When circumstances force Maddy inside, she is generally found reading cheap paperback fantasy novels or watching Chopped on Netflix. Other hobbies include drinking coffee, analyzing her friends’ speech patterns, and trying to decide how she feels about dams.
 

Sarah Kovan

Class Year:  2019
Academic Interests: Psychology, Film & Media Studies

 A proud Midwesterner, Sarah is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She will proudly tell you that she initially applied to Dartmouth because she knew that Mindy Kaling and Shonda Rhimes both went there. However, after arriving in Hanover, she soon gained an appreciation for the school’s top-notch academics, community feel, and unique traditions. In her free time, Sarah likes to go on walks around campus, see movies at the Hop and spend time with her friends.


Sonia Qin

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: Economics, Government, French, Languages in general

Sonia is an international student from the faraway land of Canada! She was born in Beijing, China but moved to Ottawa, Canada at a young age. She is an only child but considers her cat, Bamboo, to be her younger sister. Sonia played competitive table tennis in the past and is now part of Dartmouth’s Club Table Tennis team. On campus she writes news for The Dartmouth. She also enjoys golf, piano, reading, writing, learning new languages, and talking to people. Sonia is a loyal fan of Foco and is still trying to find the best study spot on campus.
 

Nathan Greenstein

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: Cognitive Science & Urban Studies

Nathan grew up in Seattle, where he fell in love with coffee, water, and the city itself. He has always spent much of his time thinking and reading about cities, and is now minoring in Urban Studies to feed his obsession. He is also fascinated by human thought and experience, interests he plans to indulge with a major in Cognitive Science. On campus, he is a writing tutor at RWIT, a photographer for Humans of Dartmouth, and a research assistant in the Geography department. In his spare time, Nathan can be found reading, biking, or people-watching.


Dorothy Qu    

Class Year: 2019
Academic Interests: International Relations, Political Theory, Environmental Law

Dorothy grew up in New Zealand and now resides in the equally lush suburbs of New Jersey. She named herself after a children’s version of The Wizard of Oz when she was four years old, and her real name is Yingtao. A majority of her time is spent conducting a cappella rehearsals, painting, writing for The D, and watching How I Met Your Mother. Her read receipts are on. Stephen Colbert quoted her tweet on The Late Show.

Julia Marino

Julia was born and raised in New York City. When she’s at home, Julia loves to explore museums and works in an independent bookstore. Julia is majoring in History, and she has also enjoyed her courses in Government, Religion, and Classics. Julia enjoys writing, running, travelling, and spending time with her nineteen first cousins.

Clara Wang

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Policy

Born in Canada, Clara grew up with a penchant for saying “sorry” like those moody teens on Degrassi. However, this quirk suddenly vanished when she moved to Massachusetts at age five - a perfect time in her linguistic development to drop her Canadian accent and pick up a slight Bah-stonian one. At Dartmouth, Clara studies government and spends her free time reading the POLITICO Playbook and swimming laps in the pool. If you want to stress her out, ask her how her thesis is going.

Yerin Yang

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Government and Psychology

Yerin comes from the Seoul Capital Area, which with over 25.6 million people is the second largest metropolitan in the world. She finds it a welcoming change to be in rural Hanover where stars shine at night and pedestrians come first. In Dartmouth, she is studying social psychology and international relations while taking PE classes that don’t actually require physical movement. In her free time, Yerin enjoys Finnish metal music, comic books, and fishing for compliments about her clean room. As a writer, she is blatantly unashamed that her love of literature came from a childhood obsession with fanfiction.

Emily L. Chu

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Neuroscience

Emily Chu is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in English. She is from Cupertino, California, where she lives 5 minutes from Apple’s headquarters. For someone who lives within such a prominent hub for high-tech development, Emily is not tech-savvy at all. In fact, she only knows how to use her iPhone to call, text, and take hundreds of pictures of her dog. Besides documenting every moment of her dog’s life, Emily also enjoys hiking, reading fiction novels, receiving packages of pineapples, and avoiding the gym. On campus, she’s involved with Nathan Smith Society, Dartmouth EARS, Dartmouth Cancer Scholars, and research. She is still on the hunt for a horror movie that can scare her, so let her know if you have any suggestions.

Spencer Blair

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Government, Quantitative Social Science, and Spanish

Spencer comes to Dartmouth from Connecticut but has come to love the natural beauty and political quirks of the Granite State. In addition to writing, Spencer is passionate about political science research, social justice, and sustainability. When Spencer is not working at RWIT, he enjoys cooking meals for his friends and family, swimming and kayaking in the Connecticut River, walking around Occom Pond late at night, and people watching in KAF.

PATRICIA BAI

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Anthropology, Biology, and Human-Centered Design

Patricia was born and bred in Baltimore, with dreams of expanding her worldview by setting foot on all seven continents. As an avid believer in the power of storytelling to connect strangers  - from the chef turned part-time Uber driver who shared his secret Thanksgiving turkey recipe, to the helicopter pilots who spend their days flying over the fjords of New Zealand, to next week’s Modern Love podcast - she loves listening to life stories. A few of her favorite things include the smell of fresh laundry, I Love Lucy reruns, Mitch Albom novels, picnics, inspiring TEDTalks, and freshly baked apple samosas.

JESSICA LU

Jess is from the famous and historical town of Concord, Massachusetts. (Famous because she grew up there. Obviously.) Jess plans to major in Government and double minor in History and Public Policy. An opinion columnist for The Dartmouth, Jess enjoys writing feminist columns and rolling her eyes at the salty Meninist comments. Jess also sings with the Sings, plays clarinet in the Dartmouth Chamber Orchestra, and is an unpaid intern/slave with the Clinton campaign. Jess is also an Associate Editor of The Dartmouth Law Journal and plans to pursue law, probably because she read To Kill a Mockingbird at a formative time in her life, and also because she watched a few too many episodes of Suits that one summer. An avid Boston Bruins fan, don't watch games with her - she'll probably shout a lot and get a little too emotional. Jess’s one great passion, however, is pugs. She would like to pitch a new app where, instead of finding singles in your area, it finds pugs in your area. She expects this brilliant idea will make her the next tech wiz kid, but her parents would probably explode if she dropped out of college, so maybe not.

RACHAEL JONES

Class Year: 2018
Academic Interests: History and Government

Rachael was born in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Virginia. In her free time, she likes to jog slowly and read the newspaper. Despite being a very bad cook, she loves to bake with her sister. At Dartmouth, she spends her time as a research assistant for a history professor, volunteering at the Haven and reading in Sanborn Library.

ABBEY CAHILL

Abbey grew up in Stockton, NJ, which is one hour from New York, one hour from Philadelphia, and one hour from the beach. In 2004, Abbey won a copy of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban for wearing the best Dobby costume in a Harry Potter parade. Abbey likes sci-fi movies, 1000 piece puzzles, puppies, and Worthy Burger. She also enjoys listening in on other people’s conversations at restaurants and writing with juicy felt tip pens. She dislikes the sound of Styrofoam takeout containers. At Dartmouth, she studies English and Studio Art.

EMILY SMID

Emily was born in Springfield, Missouri, a quaint town nestled in the shiny buckle of the Bible Belt. Luckily, she was able to escape to Dartmouth, where, in addition to basking in the diversity of both the student body and its thoughts, she plans to major in History and Government. In Hanover, Emily enjoys busting moves on SHEBA, exploring the great outdoors, getting crafty with her Foco meals, and writing feminist sketch comedy with her friends.

GUILLERMO CHACON

Class Year: 2018
Academic Interests: Economics, Government, and Rhetoric

Guillermo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Hanover only two years ago right after finishing high school. He is deeply interested in Latin American politics and economics, as he has been involved in both since high school. At Dartmouth, Guillermo likes to play soccer and golf, spend time with his friends, and ski through New Hampshire and Vermont slopes during winter. After college, Guillermo plans to travel the globe and hopefully return back to Venezuela to work in politics.

JENNIFER JIWON LEE

Class Year: 2017
Academic Interests: Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Political Theory

Jennifer was born in South Korea but spent most of her life in Shanghai, China. Having lived in two major metropolitan cities, she is still not used to Hanover’s love for nature and its pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. She studies Sociology and Government at Dartmouth and hopes to pursue a PhD degree in Sociology after she graduates this year. On campus, she serves as a Sexual Assault Peer Advocate (SAPA) and a Deans Office Student Consultant (DOSC). In her free time, you can find her curled up in bed reading a book or watching Friends for the thousandth time.

JACOB CUTLER

Despite hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, Jacob quickly became an avid New England Patriots fan and is excited to be surrounded by other fans for the first time in his life. A proud member of the Club field hockey team, he also loves to sing and play piano, walk in the snow, and relax with friends while at Dartmouth. He is majoring in History and Middle Eastern Studies, and is particularly interested in Islamic studies.

MICHAEL COBB

Michael Cobb was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He enjoys many outdoor activities like hiking and biking, sometimes with the DOC. Inexplicably, though, he did not know how to ski until he took lessons during his freshman year at Dartmouth. On campus, Michael works as a UGA and enjoys studying anything science. In his down time, he can be observed playing a quick game of pick-up basketball, listening to obscure music, and honing his Ping-Pong skills.

ETHAN ISAACSON

Ethan is a member of the class of 2018 and plans to major in chemistry and physics. He grew up in the town of Lexington, Massachusetts—home to the battle that started the Revolutionary War, and, more recently, regiments of reenactors marching around in colonial outfits. Ethan is a distance runner and plays soccer. He enjoys spending time outdoors. He also enjoys his two dogs, and believes that the American television series The Office is the greatest form of entertainment ever created.