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  • The Writing Centaur

    Mission: Improving writers—one paper at a time.

    The purpose of The Writing Centaur is to provide a hands-off method of tutoring to help writers improve.

    No matter your place in the writing process, feel free to take a trip to The Writing Centaur. We can help you do anything from brainstorming to editing a final draft!

    The Writing Centaur is available to anyone—whether you’re a student with a paper, or a faculty or community member with an independent piece. As long as you have two copies of your paper and a head full of ideas, we’re happy to help!

  • Who? The tutors are students who have completed a full credit training course in peer tutoring and writing.

    What? A hands-off tutoring method that ensures the writer remains the “expert” on his/her her paper. Students may bring work in any stage of the process or of any genre: essays, lab reports, homework prompts, creative writing, and more!

    Where? The writing centaur is housed in the library conference room.

    When? A, B, C, and D blocks and before and after school by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, or schedule an appointment and you will receive an appointment card ahead of time to confirm your session.

    How? Stop in during a free period, lunch, or after school. If your teacher will permit you to visit the writing centaur during class time, you can obtain an appointment card ahead of time to confirm your session. After your conference with a tutor, your teacher will receive a “tutor note” via Google doc summarizing what you worked on.

  • Interested in becoming a Writing Centaur Tutor?

    Students who have successfully completed English I are eligible to enroll in the tutor training course, Writing Center Theory and Practice. Potential tutors should see Mrs. Zieger for details; come prepared with the name of a teacher or guidance counselor who is willing to serve as your reference.

    Tutors and future tutors: Confused about which writing center course to enroll in?

    Writing Center Theory and Practice (English 102):

    This course is for students wishing to work in the writing center. It is a prerequisite for The Writing Center Internship. In order to take this course, students must have taken English 1 and have spoken with Mrs. Zieger.

    The Writing Center Internship (English 180):

    Students who have completed Writing Center Theory and Practice must enroll in The Writing Center Internship for at least one semester, though they may work as many subsequent semesters for additional credits as their schedules permit. Students may register for a half credit if they wish to work every other day in the writing center or for 1 credit if they wish to work every day in the writing center.

The Writing Centaur Tutors

 Daniel "Alex" Antunes

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Daniel "Alex" Antunes

Daniel "Alex" Antunes is peacing out of The Woodstock Academy in 2018. He is a massive music nerd. You are most likely to find him loitering around record stores and other music shops at any point in time. His favorite subjects are English, history, and music. He's a member of Jazz Band and Chorale, not to mention multiple bands outside of school. He collects vinyl and obscure musical instruments and will actually panic if he forgets his headphones on any given day. Seriously, it's a problem. When he isn't obsessing over sick jams, he will most likely be napping or reading any number of web comics/books. He became a tutor during his junior year and doesn't regret it in the least. He's excited for what the future holds and can't wait to see you in The Writing Centaur!

 Haley Armstrong

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Haley Armstrong

Haley Francesca Armstrong is a member of the year of 2018. She became a tutor for the Writing Centaur in the fall of her Junior year. Haley is most often seen with her best friend Hannah and playing either Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, or Softball. Haley’s favorite subjects in school are Psychology, English, and Spanish. She has taken ECE Spanish 4 and plans on participating in an exchange with Spain for two weeks in the spring of her senior year. Among other things, Haley enjoys eating everything except for celery, working out, pretending to rap in her mini van (also known as the “party bus”) and laughing hysterically. Feel free to visit her anytime in the Writing Centaur!

 Caity Bavosi

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Caity Bavosi

Caity Bavosi is a member of the class of 2017 at Woodstock Academy. She became a Writing Center tutor in 2015. You will often see her at Victoria's Station, eating a cannoli, while doing her homework. She enjoys writing in the third person, long romantic walks on the beach, drinking coffee, and laughing at jokes 20 minutes after they are told because she thinks they are funnier than they actually are. Her favorite movies are Brother Bear, Varsity Blues, Forrest Gump and Good Will Hunting. She has taken up to Spanish 3 and is a member of Student Council, Class Council, Ambassadors, FRESH, Softball, and the Indoor Track team. Her favorite subjects are science, specifically biology, and English.

 Brianna Bradley

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Brianna Bradley

Brianna Bradley is a part of the class of 2019 and is often found drinking 3+ cups of coffee a day. Her caffeine addiction is accompanied by her tendency to always be in a cast or brace. She is usually found crutching around campus or bumping to some lit playlists on Spotify. She watches too many political talk shows and enjoys spending weekends at her best friend Regan’s house. She has taken a year of Italian and a year of Latin. She thoroughly enjoys English classes and plans on working in the field of English literature when she’s older. She has participated in many volunteer opportunities at WA and hopes to see you in the Writing Centaur so she can continue to contribute to the WA community.

 Allison Brady

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Allison Brady

Allison Brady is part of the graduating class of 2017. She's taken Honors Spanish 4 but she doesn't know why because the rules of the language make her insane. Her favorite subject is either History or English, and she detests science. She spends many nights sitting in the same position for hours while watching Netflix, only occasionally pausing to take food and bathroom breaks. If you were to flip through any of her notebooks you'd find doodles of eyeballs and squirrels because she thinks they're fun to draw. You can occasionally find her trying to get her iPad back from Laura because she takes it quite frequently. Laura Looby is the best person ever. (That's debatable.) Also, she can sometimes be found after school doing something for either Artist’s Outreach, most likely doodling more squirrels and eyeballs, or FCCLA.  

 Eleonora Chervenkova

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Eleonora Chervenkova

Eleonora Chervenkova is a member of the class of 2018. She lives in Woodstock with her family and loves to travel. Her favorite school subjects include science and math. When not in school, you can find her on the tennis court playing varsity tennis or in the kitchen baking delicious food. Binge watching The 100, New Girl, and Once upon a Time are other guilty pleasures. Eleonora has taken Spanish up to level 4 Honors and loves practicing the language. She is a proud member of SNHS and the Putnam Interact Club. She loves writing, especially flash-fiction and is eager to help you with your paper!

 Courtney Dehler

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Courtney Dehler

Courtney Dehler belongs to the Class of 2018! Her goal in life is to become a doctor or a dentist. She enjoys learning math, and English, and one of her strengths is history papers. When Courtney is not reading, she makes time to watch Grey’s Anatomy and The Walking Dead. Courtney has taken Spanish through level two and enjoys speaking the foreign language. Sometimes, she finds herself humming without recognizing it because she does it so much. She listens to many different genres of music, from country to rap music. Though she is quiet some of the time, she is into politics, a lot. Courtney is excited to see you come into the Writing Centaur!:)

 Carly Deluca

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Carly Deluca

Carly DeLuca is a member of the class of 2017. She resides in Canterbury with her dog, and her brother sometimes brings his cat home; his name is Toothless, like the dragon. Her family lives with her too. She also thinks Harry Potter is really cool, and she has a Buckbeak key chain which sadly, people sometimes think is a unicorn. She also gets very sad about the death of Sirius Black. She is involved in FRESH, class council, student council, ambassadors, and you probably see her dashing around the school running errands or getting forms filled out. She is a raging feminist and one day she hopes to be in the Peace Corps. Her favorite subject is math because it always has a correct answer. She is occasionally seen mothering Caitlyn Bavosi in the hallway, but they have a healthy friendship due to their mutual love for the TV show Friends. She hopes all reading this got a good laugh, so they will hang out with her in the Writing Centaur.

 Brianna Dennett

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Brianna Dennett

Brianna Dennett belongs to the class of 2019. She enjoys learning math and English, and has taken Spanish through level 2. Brianna is part of The Woodstock Academy Cheerleading Team and enjoys cheering for her fellow student athletes. When Brianna is not at practice, she finds herself spending hours in her room watching Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, and The Fosters. She listens to all kinds of music including rock, rap, country, and today’s hits. Brianna hopes to see you in the Writing Centaur!

 Cylus Gould

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Cylus Gould

Cylus Gould is a Junior, class of ’18, at The Woodstock Academy. He moved to Connecticut from Taos, New Mexico —where he lived for eight years prior— his freshman year. His favorite sports athletic activities are Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Indoor Track, and Varsity Outdoor Track. In his free time, he likes to read fiction novels/screenplays and… and… nope, I guess that's it. Some of Cylus’ favorite books are The Great Gatsby, The Giver, I am Malala, Life of Pi, and, of course, Nothing Lasts Forever (the book that inspired the all-time-best Christmas-movie, Die Hard).

 Dalton Hawie

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Dalton Hawie

Dalton “Hype Master” Hawie will be graduating with the class of 2018. Dalton has attended Woodstock Academy since 2015 and has filled his time with classes such as AP U.S. Gov and Pol. Honors Biology, and AP English 3 and is a part of WA’s own Deep End literary club and magazine. When not crushed under a cascade of self-inflicted procrastination and school work, Dalton can be found training his Olympic-style fencing skills or spending time at the gym. Having spent seven years at an international boarding school, Dalton has long been eager to use his experiences working with peers who may not have English as their native language to become more confident and active members of the WA community.

 Laura Looby

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Laura Looby

Laura Looby is part of the 2017 graduating class. She resides in Woodstock on a cold and windy hill. She prefers math classes but is good in English. She spent three semesters en la clase de Español. She can be found after school on Thursdays at Student Council meetings and at All Abilities Alliance meetings on Friday mornings. If she's not in classes or running around with an inflatable monkey, you can find her sitting in the library watching Netflix on her iPad. She likes watching old-school Nickelodeon shows which aren't usually on Netflix (which makes her mad). But she usually settles on Friends or The Office. She hopes to be a teacher when she grows up. But, for now, she is in the Writing Centaur one block a day and would love to see your smiling face when you come in for a session.  

 Noah MacAlister

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Noah MacAlister

Noah MacAlister is a part of the graduating class of 2019. His favorite subjects are English and math. If you don't see him after school, that's because most of the time he is at home doing homework, watching YouTube, and playing video games. During lunch, he doesn't eat, he just sits in front of his classroom waiting for the teacher to open the door to the students again; what a weirdo. Anyway, he participates occasionally in Bible club and anime club, if he doesn't forget that he is a member of them. He loves seeing people come into the writing center and actually have fun working on their papers!

 Selena Muniz

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Selena Muniz

Selena Muniz is part of the graduating class of 2019. She knows a bit of Spanish and can help with English papers. She enjoys bopping to bops and poetry. If you’re ever looking for her, just listen out for her loud voice, and you’ll be sure to find her within seconds. She loves Bob’s Burgers and watching cute puppy videos. She appreciates Scooby snacks and really corny puns. Don't worry if you hear her yelling in the hallways overdramatically; she's just being overly-dramatic. Even though she could be loud and possibly even obnoxious at times, she will come to any session with a helping hand and a positive attitude.

 Myles Murren

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Myles Murren

Myles Murren is a member of the class of 2017. History is his favorite school subject, but he thinks that the Writing Centaur is also cool. He enjoys using his phone, a lot. Myles has a lizard named Sassy who is super cute and kind of spiky. He only wears Hollister which goes along well with his hairstyle and his obsession with Skittles. Although he is far from fluent, he is making his way up from Italian II. Myles is interested in various music artists ranging from Vampire Weekend to Miley Cyrus. Most of all, Myles shares a passion for helping people who need succor with their school work because he knows what it is like to need help himself.

 Madison Palmerino

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Madison Palmerino

Madison Palmerino is in the class of 2017 at Woodstock Academy. She loves English class even though the reading part of it is the only part she's interested in. You’ll usually be able to find Madison in the band hallway if you need her. She never really leaves it, except for class. And if there are too many people in the band hall that day, making it hard to locate her, simply play the Doctor Who theme song, the Sherlock theme song, the TARDIS noise, or yell “WHAT TEAM!” And it should only take a few moments from there. Madison has a passion for music, writing and acting and understands the stresses of a busy schedule. Tests, gigs, concerts, show dates, and writing deadlines are just some of the things that have made their way into Madison’s busy life. But, she couldn't love it more, the business reminds her that she is being productive in the best way.

 Olivia Perry

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Olivia Perry

Olivia Perry is a member of the class of 2018. She has been a resident of Woodstock since she was born, but still is not accustomed to the weather. She enjoys English and math classes specifically, but doesn't see a problem with any class in particular. She has taken Spanish through level 4; however, she has not spoken it fluently in recent times. She can be found after school every day either getting grass stains on the soccer field, squeaking her shoes up and down the basketball courts, smashing golf balls into the trees, or riding horses around a ring. If she is not busy with sports, she is usually procrastinating on homework by watching Netflix. She enjoys watching a wide variety of series from The Office, to Vampire Diaries, to Sherlock, and The Walking Dead. She loves writing of any sorts but especially fictional stories. Olivia would love to see you achieve academic greatness in your next paper by coming into the Writing Centaur.

 Emily Rainville

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Emily Rainville

Emily Rainville is a hard­working individual at Woodstock Academy and is in the graduating class of 2017. Not only does she tutor at the Writing Centaur, but she participates in many extracurricular school activities such as the Spanish National Honor Society, Athletic Honor Society, Women's Leadership, and soccer every fall. Her favorite class is either Spanish or English because they are very interactive and fun. She likes the outdoors and nature walks. Sometimes she tends to have an uncontrollable obsession with Hunter Hayes. She is very eager to help everyone with their papers.  

 Jillian Savoie

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Jillian Savoie

The Woodstock Academy will be rid of Jillian Savoie in 2018 but, for the time being, you can come see her in the Writing Centaur. When not struggling to stay awake in school, Jill can often be found Irish step dancing, listening to music, or taking pictures on one of her old film cameras. She spends gratuitous amounts of time on the internet, and loves fiction more than real life. Her favorite books are The Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black and The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. She is an active member of the music department and a proud host of Radio Woodstock Academy. Don't be thrown by her intimidating appearance or her lack of social skills; she doesn't actually hate you. She looks forward to seeing you in the Writing Centaur.

 Bryn Sconzo

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Bryn Sconzo

Bryn Sconzo is a member of the class of 2017. Her favorite subjects are English and math. She loves all animals besides insects and rodents. Bryn has been an Irish dancer since she was five, but do not ask her to dance in front of you. She never will. She was born in Florida, it makes sense since she's the light of many lives. Bryn lives off of coffee and apples and can't go a day without them. Her mother limited her to three apples a day when she was six, and Bryn has only broken that rule a few times since then. She can't wait to see all the beautiful students of WA in the Writing Centaur.

 Azya Thornton

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Azya Thornton

Azya Thornton is a member of the graduating class of 2018. She participates in Glee Club, Cheerleading, and Student Council. Her hobbies include crying over fictional characters, writing poems, spending every ounce of free time watching reality TV, and bumping to some good jams. She can usually be found with a grumpy look on her face, but don't worry because deep down she's actually a chill person who is just really overly-sarcastic. She enjoys English and has struggled all her life with anything science or math related--but she will offer you a helping hand anyway!

 Ame Tsamaase

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Ame Tsamaase

Ame (Ah-may) Tsamaase is part of the class of 2019. She joined the Writing Centaur as a sophomore in 2016. Her homeland is Botswana, Southern Africa; and although English is not her first language, she’s pretty boss at it. When she's not daydreaming in math class or acing science tests, she wastes her youth getting lost in a world of old paperbacks, black coffee and grey rainy days. She breathes songs, stories and laughter, always hums the same house tune under her breath and occasionally, you can spot her dancing. Beneath her stony face, Ame wishes she was Beyoncé, is obsessed with Swiss chocolate and Grey’s Anatomy makes her cry. Once she gets over her fear of blood and babies, she'll become a sassy obstetric surgeon. Outside of school, she is a savage in international blood drives, has set foot in a refugee camp and just last year was spotted painting cute little cartoons on a preschool in a rural village in Botswana. When she's not saving the world, she’s drowning in tears while reading The Book Thief or The Notebook or laughing hysterically from watching  Clueless or White Chicks. Ame hopes that her unusual hobbies have left you gobsmacked and encourages you to visit the Writing Centaur.

 Krista Wolslegel

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Krista Wolslegel

Krista Wolslegel is a member of the class of 2018. She became a Writing Center tutor in 2016. Krista is a part of the Woodstock Academy cheerleading team and the club All Abilities Alliance. She took three years of Spanish which she managed to get through with few tears. Krista enjoys watching One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy for days on end while also listening to Justin Bieber. Her favorite classes are English and history, and she loves research papers, even though everyone thinks she's lying when she says that. Krista aspires to be a nurse practitioner although she's not great at math and science, which might become a problem in the future. Krista’s favorite food is pasta and she could eat it every meal if her mom would let her, but she doesn't.

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