Academic Support & Access Center


  • Academic Support & Access Center
    Fax: 202-885-1042
    Mary Graydon Center, Room 243

    Monday-Thursday 9:00a.m. - 7:00p.m. Friday 9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m.

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Meet the Writing Lab Counselors

Our writing counselors are experienced and trained to work with all AU students, including those with learning disabilities or ADHD, as well as students for whom English is not a native language.

Katie P.

Katie earned a degree in English and minor in Spanish from Connecticut College, where she worked for three years in the school's Writing Center. She's worked as a writer and editor since 2004, including several years with the D.C. local newspaper The Current and various academic editing gigs. A DC-area native, she started working in the Writing Lab in fall 2012.


Daniel K.

Dan graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science and a minor in French. He frequently worked with international students as a Resident Advisor and tutored elementary school students throughout his college career. He spent time studying abroad in France and briefly in Jamaica. Dan recently moved to the Washington area and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Public Administration at American University's School of Public Affairs.


Katelyn S.

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in English, political science, and secondary education, Katelyn spent a year teaching English in New Delhi, India on a Fulbright scholarship. She then worked for 3 years at Heartland Alliance in Chicago as an ESL and ABE instructor. In August 2014, Katelyn relocated to DC to start graduate school at AU. Katelyn is studying at Public Administration with a social policy focus.


Alana P.

Alana is an international student from Venezuela. After completing her License in Psychology at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, she began working in the private sector as a Change Management Analyst for an important local bank, while also continuing her social work and her passion for teaching by working in an education-based NGO. On August 2014 Alana came to DC to begin her Graduate Studies. She is currently pursuing a MA in Social/Personality Psychology at American University's College of Arts and Sciences. She hopes to focus her research on cross-cultural psychology, specifically looking at the experiences of international students. 


Elizabeth M.

Before coming to DC, Elizabeth attended the University of Central Florida, where she received Bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and International Relations. As an undergraduate, she worked as an English teaching assistant in Spain and interned with the U.S. Department of State in Peru. Elizabeth is currently pursuing a Master's degree in International Development at American University's School of International Service.


Jennifer R.

Jennifer graduated from American University with a BA in Justice and went on to earn her JD from the Washington College of Law. She spent over ten years at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &Flom LLP, where she worked as a legal assistant and an attorney practicing corporate law. After years of writing and editing contracts and memoranda, Jennifer joined JKG Writing and Consulting where she works with high school students to enhance their college application essays. Jennifer also mentors a Generation Hope scholar and serves on the Board of Director's at CCBC Children's Center.