Meet Our Tutors

Ellie Wolf

Ellie Wolf is an English as a Second Language instructor with five years of experience as a writing tutor. She graduated from the MIIS MATESOL program in summer 2013 and currently teaches Reading and WritingOral Communication, and Active Listening Strategies in the MIIS Intensive English Program. In spring and summer 2013, she was an ESL instructor for the Kanda and Shimane University special English programs, as well as the writing tutor for the English Preparation for Graduate Studies program at MIIS. Writing instruction has been one of Ellie’s primary professional interests since earning a BA in Writing and Spanish at Pitzer College, where she worked for four years as a writing tutor in the Pitzer Writing Center.

Vincent Lauter

Vincent Lauter is a third-semester MATESOL candidate at MIIS and a veteran teacher of English to speakers of other languages. Before coming to MIIS, he earned a BA in English with an emphasis in writing from the University of San Francisco, worked at the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper, and then taught English as a foreign language for eight years in the Czech Republic. Writing instruction and tutoring for writers of various language backgrounds has long been Vincent’s primary focus, and he’s had the pleasure of teaching writing courses at many different levels both here and abroad.

Adrienne Matunas

Adrienne Matunas is a MATESOL candidate in the Peace Corps Master’s International program at MIIS.  She earned a B.A. in philosophy and religion at Middlebury College, where she worked as a writing tutor for three years and conducted research on tutoring outcomes at Middlebury’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research.  She also tutored calculus and astronomy, and taught English as a foreign language during a semester abroad in Italy.  This past summer, Adrienne worked as an ESL instructor for international students at Exploration Summer Programs.  Adrienne also has a special interest in writing poetry.  For the time being she is nervously awaiting her Peace Corps placement, where she hopes to teach English as an education volunteer beginning in the summer of 2014.


Danny McCarthy was born and raised in the Monterey area. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Oregon in Linguistics with a minor in Business Administration. During his time as an undergraduate, Danny tutored all steps of the writing process for the College of Education. Additionally, he worked with ESL (English as a Second Language) learners on improving their spoken and written English. In his free time Danny enjoys playing basketball and baseball recreationally as well as sitting down to read a good book.


Margaret Conant began working at the writing center last year.  She is working towards a degree in International Policy Studies with a focus on Human Security and Development and attempting to gain a career in either the human security or national security sector. Originally from Massachusetts, she received her bachelors degree in History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2012. Her research interests include security studies, human rights, conflict resolution, and Islamic studies.

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