Staff - Writing Center in Broken Arrow

Meet the Staff

Monique Brinker, Coordinator

Monique BrinkerI arrived at NSU in July 2006 after living and working in California since 1994. I have been a reading and writing instructor at the developmental, freshman, and advanced level (community college and university) since 1998. I have also worked for six years as an academic counselor for a federally funded student retention program that provided academic and social services to low-income, first-generation, and learning or physically disabled students to retain and graduate them from California State University, Bakersfield. Since July 2006, I have worked as the Writing Center Coordinator and English Instructor for NSU. I have master's degrees in English and Counseling from CSU, Bakersfield, and hope to blend those into providing enhanced learning and academic assistance for students. I got married in spring 2012, and on April 21, 2014, my husband and I welcomed our son, Benjamin, into our lives, which has been turned upside down in the best possible way ever since! I have one dog, Sasha, a German shepherd mix and my running buddy. I enjoy gardening, baking, reading, and running. I participate in many local races, only this time while chasing a toddler!


Jin

Pialli! Notoka Jin. That's Nahuatl for: Hello! I'm Jin. I'm an English Literature Graduate student and the president of NSU's Write Club. I am currently working on my Thesis and plan on pursuing a PhD after grad school. I want to be an English Professor. Before Grad School, I worked as a TA at an elementary school where my primary responsibility was to work one-on-one and in small groups with students who needed extra help during class-time. I had the privilege of teaching Composition II at NSU for the Fall 2021 semester. This semester, I am assisting Dr. McBride in his Linguistics/Theoretical Linguistics class. I love using games to teach, and developed a game to teach conjunctions in grammar based on a DnD-style campaign. I am currently designing a game to help students understand rhetoric and rhetorical analysis. In the spring of 2020 I constructed a semi-agglutinative, semi-gestural language based on euphonic sounds and will be running a panel on Constructed Languages for NSU's Spring 2022 Visions conference. In my spare time I am studying Nahuatl (a language in the Uto-Aztecan family) and am just a beginner. I'm so excited to be working in the Writing Center this semester and look forward to working one-on-one with students.


Kellyn

Hello! My name is Kellyn. I am a Graduate Student here at NSU, working on getting my Master's in Literature. I believe it is important to be able to accurately communicate what a student (or person in general) is trying to say through written word, regardless of the person's major. Because of this belief, I want to help as many students as I can develop their writing skills and confidence so they feel ready to take on the world of written communication. I have a dog named Olivia and a cat named Smidge, and I enjoy reading, cooking/baking, and collecting hobbies.


Lilac

Hello! I am Lilac! I’m currently taking graduate courses at NSU and hope to graduate with my Master’s of English in 2022. I am passionate about education and helping students and peers succeed. When I am not doing homework or tutoring, I can be found substitute teaching, reading, or spending time with my many pets.