The picture isn’t a bad one,
he’s sort of blurry in real life, too.
Michael Grubb (Coordinator)
Mike, originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, came to Binghamton by way of Virginia and Indiana. He has enough academic credentials that people should take him seriously and enough personality quirks that some find that difficult.
He started working at the Writing Center as a professional tutor in August of 2005 and became the center’s Coordinator in the fall of 2011, just in time for the flood and the center’s subsequent “highly dynamic state.” Fortunately, under Mike’s leadership, the center has weathered the highly dynamic state and has reestablished itself in its home of L-012. Many people are of the opinion that he is genuinely a nice guy, an impression he fosters so he has an excuse in case he finishes last.
Lisa reached her overall educational goal of becoming Dr. in the spring of 2015 from Walden University. Climbing the academic ladder, she obtained her Bachelors in Human Development, and Masters in Community and Public Affairs while attending Binghamton University. However, attending Broome Community College was where it all began for her…. obtaining a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies. She is currently an adjunct professor teaching Composition and Academic Planning courses, as well as a professional tutor in the Writing Center here at SUNY Broome.
“I honor the ability to be part of the SUNY Broome Community College environment. The opportunities that I have been given working within higher education, the prior education I have received, and the hands-on training has given me the knowledge that I needed, helped me grow as a person, and gave me insight for setting my career goal. I have found an environment that enables me to use my strong organizational skills, utilize my educational background, and assist others in reaching their full potential and becoming successful in their endeavors.”
Braheney Kelley, spinning fire
(Do not try this at home!.)
Kelley has worked as a professional writing tutor and adjunct English professor at BCC for 10 years. She teaches ENG 090, 110, 111, 150, 220 and Intro to Literature.
She also does weird stuff like spinning fire and playing a character at the NY Faerie Festival.
Chris, pictured here,
working with a student,
Chris Divers gave up a VERY lucrative career running ’shine in the hills and hollows of West “By God” Virginia to sate his wanderlust for higher learning. He somehow managed to finagle a BA in English from Marshall, an MA in English from Cleveland State, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green, then fell off a turnip truck on the Kamikaze Curve and decided to teach and tutor writing here at good old BCC.
You can blame Chris for the fact that some tutees decide to open papers with “I reckon…” and “I’m fixing to…”. Despite being a rube, Chris likes to read history, pen a few poems, and write a bit of music, and he can also talk your ear off about the coming “Singularity” and all sorts of biotech-related tomfoolery. He’s also an avid sports fan, but if you don’t like his beloved Mountaineers (Montani Semper Liberi) or the Philly Flyers, you would do best to keep that knowledge to yourself. His commemorative nickel, once on proud display in the old Writing Center, was (alas) a tragic victim of the 2011 Library flood.
He may or may not know how to put together a still, but he can help you identify comma splices or boot down your writer’s block in no time flat.
Gwen, taken on Halloween
Gwen Jadwin Edwards
After receiving her BA in Psychology from SUNY Plattsburgh, she moved on quickly to earning her MA in English with a concentration in creative writing from SUNY Binghamton. She hadn’t planned on staying in the Binghamton area, but fate had different plans. Settling into the role of teacher, she has worked at a few institutions, like SUNY Cortland and SUNY Morrisville but now devotes her time and energy to the students on the SUNY Broome campus, where her heart has been from the beginning of her teaching career.
Josh earned his PhD in English from Binghamton University last spring. Before that, he earned a MA in English from Binghamton University and a BA in English from Washington College. Currently, he is teaching at Broome Community College and tutoring in the Writing Center.
This marks his fifth year at SUNY Broome Community College, and he wants nothing more than to continue serving the students who come through our halls. In his free time, he writes poetry, short stories, and short dramatic pieces.
John graduated high school a D student—and dropped out of BCC. After spending several years working odd jobs he returned, and transferred to BU. He studied Linguistics, Japanese, and Korean. He received his MA in English Literature and Creative Writing, and was recruited to teach in South Korea. Then he went off to Bangkok Thailand to earn his CELTA, and returned home to Binghamton.
John comes from the land of less tell more show, from revision skills to where commas go. The paper and ink will convey his words to new hands, to teach the hordes, MLA style: “Student, cite your sources!” On he sweeps with felt-tip pen, a lonely road, mixed metaphors.
Kathy joined the Writing Center as a professional tutor in the Fall of 2014
Peter S. Kleszics was born in 1959 in Edison, New Jersey. After enlisting and serving in the U.S. Navy as a young man, he has held jobs in a variety of fields, including retail, manufacturing, and management. Working as an on-call substitute teacher at Greene Central School inspired him to pursue a career in the educational field. That fall Peter enrolled in the Liberal Arts–Education program at Broome Community College. The idea of being a student again thirty years after high school led to some trepidation, but the faculty and staff of B.C.C. encouraged him to pursue his dream. During his time as a student, he worked as a Peer Tutor in the Learning Assistance Department’s Peer Tutoring Program and in the Writing Center. Peter graduated in 2012 with the following accolades: President’s List three times and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
In 2014 Peter applied to Binghamton University (BU), which, to his surprise, accepted him. His training from B.C.C. proved invaluable in helping Peter in his studies. In May 2016 Peter graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree Magna Cum Laude with a Major in History and a Minor in Education and an impressive slate of accolades, honors and awards. Peter is bringing his wealth of academic, military, and work experience to his role as a Professional Tutor at the Writing Center at SUNY Broome as he plans the best path to pursue a graduate degree in the field of education.