Coaches & Staff

Meet the Academic Writing Excellence team! Are you interested in becoming a Writing Coach? Apply here! 


Jenna W.

Jenna is an English major, History minor, and member of the Honors Program. She loves to read and take walks in her free time, and helping others improve their writing motivates her work at AWE. Jenna is from West Palm Beach, Florida, and hopes to eventually work in the field of editing or publishing so she can get paid for reading. 


Emily L.

Emily is an English major, minoring in Spanish. She has always had a love for writing and hopes to impart some of that passion in those that she helps at AWE. Emily is from the small town of Gray, Maine, but she hopes to find a career where she can share her experiences and the experiences of others through writing and traveling.  


Chase J. 

Chase J. is double majoring in Studio Art and Dance BA. She currently claims Milwaukee WI as home, but she has lived a number of places. Writing fiction is a hobby of Chase's, but she finds pleasure in general brainstorming and problem solving. She also enjoys horse riding, gardening, theatre, and commas. 


Luke BLuke B. 

Luke grew up in a missionary family from Papua New Guinea. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in the spring of 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical and Theological studies. He is currently studying at Palm Beach Atlantic University pursuing his Master's degree in Divinity. His favorite part of writing is research and brainstorming.   


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Taylor G. 

Taylor is a graduate student in the M.Div. program. She graduated from PBA in 2020 with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. She loves reading, writing, rainy days, and good coffee. Brainstorming and storytelling are her favorite elements of writing. 


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Sarah P. 

Sarah is pursuing a double major in English and Secondary Education. She is from Titusville, Florida and her favorite part of the writing process is polishing papers so that they are ready to turn in. When she is not writing, she loves playing volleyball, painting, singing, and going to the beach. 


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Lilah Castle 

Lilah Castle is a junior at PBA studying Elementary Education. Her favorite pastime is drinking tea and reading books. She plans to study abroad in Oxford, England in Spring 2022.



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Bethany Conover 

Bethany Conover is majoring in English and double minoring in Dance and Creative Writing. She is a senior and in her free time she loves to read, write poetry, take care of her indoor plants, and paint! Her favorite part of the writing process is brainstorming and editing.  


Grace Cram  

Grace is a sophomore honors student majoring in English and minoring in Creative Writing. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN but now lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL with her family. Her favorite parts of the writing process are outlining and revising. In her free time, she loves thrifting, going to the beach, reading, and listening to music. 


Joseph Cress 

Joseph Cress is a junior, studying English. One of favorite hobbies is re-watching favorite movies for the twentieth times (instead of the dozen new movies he keeps telling himself he needs to watch)! Some of the top offenders: The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Tangled, and Spider-Man (the Tom Holland ones)! 


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Heather James  

Heather is a Nursing major who loves to write. Additionally, she has been playing soccer since she was four years old. Heather enjoys music and plays the flute and the bass guitar. She is always willing to help and is dedicated to achieving her own personal goals and the goals of her clients.  


Jessie Kieffer

Jessie Kieffer is an English major with a minor in Secondary Education. She is a senior at PBA and has been working with AWE (Academic Writing Excellence) for two years. She enjoys travelling internationally and learning Spanish. Her favorite part of working as an AWE coach is watching clients improve their composition skills and find pride in their writing.  


Mary Elizabeth Klein 

Mary Elizabeth Klein is a senior honors nursing student from Iron Mountain, Michigan. Her favorite hobbies include scuba diving and reading. 


Brandon MBrandon Maraj  

Brandon Maraj is a double major at PBA. He is studying Philosophy while also procuring a degree in Nursing. He is passionate about thinking abstractly about religion, reality, and even thinking itself. He also enjoys studying foreign languages and caring for others in need. Some of his favorite pastimes include reading, drawing, and listening to music. 


Nicole SNicole Straussman-Allen, Specialist 

Nicole Straussman-Allen oversees the scheduling, staffing, outreach, and development of AWE. She has been a part of the PBA family since her freshman year in 2010. She received her BA in Music Education and realized her passion for teaching at the collegiate level after her study abroad semester in Roehampton, England. She earned her MA in English Literature, with a concentration in science fiction and fantasy, from Florida Atlantic University in 2017 and began teaching at PBA as an adjunct instructor (English and Humanities) a few weeks later.   
Throughout her graduate school and teaching career, she has worked at university writing centers and has witnessed first-hand how writing coaching can positively impact students’ success in their academic careers and beyond. She has over six years' experience working as a writing center coach and administrative assistant and is CRLA certified Level Three.   
She currently serves as a deacon at Common Ground Church and participates actively on the preaching and discipleship team. Her and her husband (and their goldendoodle, Zelda!) live in Boynton Beach.   
She looks forward to meeting up with you at Academic Writing Excellence!