Coaches & Staff
Meet the Academic Writing Excellence team! Are you interested in becoming a Writing
Coach? Apply here!
Caleb Bowman is a sophomore at PBA. He is a history major and is minoring in Intercultural
Studies while also studying in the Honors program. His favorite hobbies are working
out and hitting the weights, but he also loves picking up and reading some good historical
fiction in his spare time. He enjoys helping students with brainstorming, outlining,
and polishing final essays as well as all other aspects of the writing and creative
Lilah Castle is a junior at PBA studying Elementary Education. Her favorite pastime
is drinking tea and reading books.
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 is a sophomore majoring in English. She is originally from Minneapolis, MN but
now lives in Port Saint Lucie, FL with her family. Her favorite part of the writing
process is outlining and editing. In her free time, she loves going to the beach,
reading, and driving to good tunes with the windows rolled down.
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)!
Shelby is pursuing a double major in English and Education. She is from Sarasota; FL
and her favorite part of the writing process is research and editing. In her free
time, she loves drawing, listening to music, cleaning, and dancing.
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 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.
Sarah Kilpatrick is a senior politics major. In her free time, she enjoys cross stitching.
Mary Elizabeth Klein
Mary Elizabeth Klein is a junior honors nursing student from Iron Mountain, Michigan.
Her favorite hobbies include scuba diving and reading.
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
Anna Rose McIntyre
Anna Rose is a senior at PBA finishing her degree in English and Secondary Education. She is
passionate about helping writers improve their technique, gain confidence, and present
their ideas with clarity and correctness. In her free time, Anna Rose enjoys reading,
lifting weights, gardening, longboarding, and Netflix.
Shelby Parks is a junior studying Theatre with minors in creative writing, screenwriting,
and film. She loves to read, sew, thrift, and anything else crafty!
Nicole 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
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!