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

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

Kelli, a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program (MCB), is a member of Professor Dean Madden’s group in the Biochemistry Department. In her current research, she is developing strategies to prevent the harmful effects of the bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) in patients with underlying pulmonary conditions (such as cystic fibrosis).

Kelli hails from eastern 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. When not at her "home address," Vail 408 in the Biochemistry department, she may be found at the pottery studio or lost in the wilderness hiking and trail running. She enjoys reading science, fiction, and science fiction.

Yuqian Cai

  • Hometown: Suzhou, China

Yuqian, a MALS student concentrating in Creative Writing, studies fiction writing with novelists Alan Lelchuk and Ernest Hebert. He serves again this year as a Teaching Assistant for Writing 2-3 courses, working specifically with international/multilingual students.  Yuqian hails from Suzhou, China, and earned his B.A. in Classical Civilization from Kalamazoo College. His favorite subjects range from archaeology and urban history to education and political philosophy, that is, everything but writing and anchovies. Just kidding--EBAs is the best! While pretending to work on a novella that he will submit as his master’s thesis, he is at the same time translating into Chinese a forthcoming book by a Dartmouth professor, entitled Buried Ideas

Tutors for Undergraduate Students

Queenie Sukhadia

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Mumbai, India

Queenie was born and raised in Mumbai, and she absolutely loves cities and their energetic, constantly happening vibe. In her free time, she can be seen writing short stories, reading voraciously and trying new food. She loves observing people and fulfills this interest by travelling the globe, her last adventure leading her to Scotland. At Dartmouth, she studies English and Psychology. She's highly allergic to pseudo intellectuals and a lack of humor.

Clara Wang

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Harvard, MA

 Clara was born in Toronto, Canada and thus spent her most formative years learning to spell like a Canadian. After moving to the U.S. at age five and failing  many, many spelling quizzes, she eventually overcame her affliction of spelling the word "color" as "colour." Fortunately, the Dartmouth admissions officers were willing to overlook her poor elementary school spelling grades and offer her a place at Dartmouth, where she plans to major in Government. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming laps, listening to chill tunes and watching cheesy '80s teen movies or cooking shows. Feel free to check out her Dartmouth College Radio show and listen to her incredibly suave radio voice.

Andrea Fox

  • Year: 2016

Andrea grew up in Maryland as the middle of three children. She likes listening to film scores and writing children’s stories, and she wishes she could illustrate them but never broke out of her stick-figure phase. The best non-sarcastic question she has ever heard from a tutee is: “What do you major in? Grammar?” Andrea studies German and linguistics and will be spending her junior year at the University of Munich.

Myles McMurchy

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Myles McMurchy is a senior from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, studying history and public policy. He has a particular interest in education: during his off-terms, he taught 8th-grade writing in San Francisco and worked in education policy in Washington, D.C. Besides serving as RWIT's Head Tutor, Myles is also a Research Assistant in a lab in the Education Department. Myles is working on an honors thesis and considering going to law school after he graduates from Dartmouth.

Caroline Sohr

  • Year: 2016

Caroline comes to Hanover from the suburbs of New York City, where she has lived her entire life.  In addition to trying new restaurants, sleeping in hammocks, listening to country music, Caroline enjoys playing badminton and spending time with family and friends. She also loves puzzles, and one of her life goals is to solve a Sunday New York Times crossword.

Mariel Wallace

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Wilton, CT

Mariel was born in San Francisco, but moved cross-country to her hometown of Wilton, CT at the tender age of seven weeks. She loves following elite gymnastics, arguing with people, and tweeting the inane things she hears other people say. When Mariel is not examining issues prominent in international security or researching for the Rockefeller Center, she enjoys running and spending time with friends, but avoids contact sports and glass tables at all costs.

Evelyn Fernandez-Lizarraga

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: San Diego, CA

[English & Spanish]

Evelyn spent twelve years of her life in Mexico perfecting the art of making chilaquiles. She now enjoys spreading her expertise to the rest of the Dartmouth community. On almost any day of the week, Evelyn can be found singing in Spanish, reading an interesting book, or using sarcasm on her beloved friends. She also likes journaling, teaching, deep conversations, sit-coms, and the occasional Bollywood movie.

Nicole Collins

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Boxford, MA

Nicole was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has remained a wicked loyal Bostonian ever since. She is an avid English Premier League Soccer fan, which means that she doesn’t know or understand any other sport. She also enjoys participating in mock trial, teaching, spending time with family/friends, and cooking. If you are not careful, she will sneak up on you and bring you cookies when you’re not looking. Nicole is a government major who enjoys The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, and other world renowned, accredited news programs. Someday she hopes to study human rights law and women’s rights in the Middle East.

Anna Driscoll

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Anna has lived in Syracuse, a small city in central NY, for her whole life. She is very proud of her hometown despite the fact that it is not quite the "New York" that comes to most people's minds! Anna is two minutes older than her twin brother, which she is also a bit proud of. She loves dancing, baking muffins, listening to slightly unexpected music given her calm demeanor, hanging out at the Organic Farm, and speaking French. Nothing in the world makes her quite as happy as Harry Potter.

Jaki Kimball

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Jaki was born and raised in San Francisco, and with a major in computer science with a digital arts modification, she may very well return there. Cooking, eating, or even just talking about food makes her happy. One Wheelock is her prime study spot, because tea is tasty, but she can also be spotted studying at other locations that are not as scarily quiet as the stacks.

Sophia Gish

  • Year: 2016

Sophia was born in Massachusetts but spent her early childhood in Italy and southern France, where she learned to speak French. An avid Harry Potter fan, Sophia has read all the books numerous times and can recite many of the scenes from the movies by heart with her sister. At Dartmouth, she has acted in many theatrical productions and was even given the opportunity to fly in one of them since she played the role of an angel. In addition to her thespian pursuits, Sophia enjoys running, travelling, hiking in the Swiss Alps, eating Mediterranean food, and watching Downton Abbey.  

Margaret (Lacey) Jones

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Austin, TX

Lacey (a romantic with a cynical streak) was born and raised in Austin, Texas. On campus, she plays club volleyball, writes poetry, and studies English and Religion. When she’s not watching Girls, House, or Suits (or other television shows with one-word titles), Lacey takes pride in how often she says y’all and likes going on long car rides (she does her best thinking at sixty miles per hour). After graduation, she hopes to overcome her strong aversion to kitten heels (and her reliance on parentheticals).

Kyle McGoey

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: New Orleans

Kyle was born and raised in New Orleans and, apart from a brief “hurrication” in 2005, has lived there his entire life. His favorite pastimes are squash, writing and Mario Kart, and he loves soul music, good barbecue and the works of David Foster Wallace. He is a middle child and proud of it. In his free time you can find him on the Connecticut River, enjoying the sunshine and trying to convince himself that a ten minute swim counts as enough physical exertion for one day.

Dennise Hernandez

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Queens, New York

Dennise was born in Mexico, but has lived in Queens for most of her life. A New Yorker through and through, she appreciates wandering serendipitously throughout the five boroughs of New York City in search of good places to eat and eye opening exhibitions. In her free time she enjoys pondering the meaning of life on some hidden nook on campus, hitting the tennis court,  and catching up on the latest episode of Doctor Who. At other times she can be found reading, baking anything but brownies, or fiddling with her fountain pens.

Julia Marino

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: New York, NY

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.

Yerin Yang

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

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 interested in studying psychology and government 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

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Emily Chu is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in English and Chemistry. 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, and Primary Care Progress. 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

  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Greenwich, CT

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 social justice and sustainability. When Spencer is not working at RWIT, he enjoys swimming and kayaking in the Connecticut River, walking around Occom Pond late at night, and people watching in KAF.

Jordan Kastrinsky

  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: Denver, CO

Not necessarily a conventional tutor, Jordan strives to draw outside the proverbial writer's box and enrich student's writing through attention, care, and a bit of craziness. Jordan is in search of adventure and when not gallivanting through the Middle East or setting up the best shot on film, he spends time doing most other things. A mover and a connector, Jordan prides himself on challenge and connecting with other people. While at Dartmouth he studies Arabic, Linguistics, and Film, he also considers himself a student of life, and figuring out the winding road. Wherever it may be, he hopes it is the one less travelled by.


  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Patricia was born and bred in Baltimore, with dreams of expanding her worldview by setting foot on all seven continents. After winning a pseudo Amazing Race challenge around Montreal, she hopes to someday compete on the actual show in attempts to satisfy her wanderlust. As an avid people-watcher and lover of inspirational quote art, she is majoring in anthropology modified with biology, with a minor in human-centered design. A few of her favorite things include the smell of fresh laundry, I Love Lucy reruns, Mitch Albom novels, picnics, puzzles, and freshly baked apple samosas.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Concord, MA

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.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Charlottesville, VA

Rachael was born in Dallas, Texas and now lives in Virginia. She plans to major in History and Government. In her free time, she likes to jog slowly and read the newspaper. Despite being a very bad cook, she still loves to bake with her sister. At Dartmouth, she spends her time writing for the Jack-o’-Lantern, reading in Sanborn Library, and perfecting the art of the Foco Panini.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Stockton, NJ

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.


  • Year: 2016
  • Hometown: MD

Andrea (or Sandy) was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Maryland as the middle of three children. She likes listening to film scores and doing crossword puzzles. In addition to tutoring for RWIT, she works for the German Department as a drill instructor and an administrative assistant. Andrea studies German and Linguistics and spent her junior year at the University of Munich.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Boulder, CO

Mariana is a proud native of Boulder, Colorado where she has lived since day one. Because of her affinity for the arctic, social issues, and the world in general, she is a potential Earth Science major with a Spanish and WGST minor. On campus she works as a research assistant in a stable isotope lab, enjoys finding rare moments of solitude on quiet Tuesday afternoons, and riding her bike along the Connecticut River. You can also find her at an occasional DOC event, but only if it involves food.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Springfield, MO

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.


  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Singapore

Holly was born to Korean parents but grew up in Singapore. She is
fascinated by history, biographies and mythology, and what they might
reveal about human nature. She is majoring in Economics and Government, two
fields which tell compelling stories about our world. Whenever she gets the
chance, she loves traveling to new places, exploring city streets, visiting
old buildings and going on day hikes.


  • Year: 2018

  • Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Guillermo was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and moved to Hanover only a year ago 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.


  • Year: 2017
  • Hometown: Seoul, South Korea / Shanghai, China

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. In her free time, you can find her curled up in bed reading a book or watching Friends for the thousandth time. She studies Sociology at Dartmouth and absolutely, shamelessly, nerdily loves everything about this field of study.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland

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.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Denver, CO

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.


  • Year: 2018
  • Hometown: Lexington, MA

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.