MEET THE MAP STAFF!

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Loriann Negri, MAP Program Director

Loriann Negri is the MAP (Multilingual Achievers Program) Director and the Writing Center Manager. MAP is a TRIO program designed to support eligible multilingual students over the course of their academic career. On a daily basis, Loriann manages the operations of MAP and the Writing Center, including administration of the WEPT exam and training the tutorial staff. Loriann has a long, and loving, history with Sonoma State, as she completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in the SSU English Department. As Director of MAP, Loriann is diligently pursuing the goals of campus outreach, visibility for students in the program, and expanding student services. She feels honored to run a program that helps students have a successful undergraduate experience and reach graduation. When not singing the praises of MAP and the Writing Center, Loriann is raising 2 rambunctious children, reading young adult fiction (one of her favorite genres), and ruminating about her next travel destination.

 

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Brianna Bjarnson, MAP Writing Specialist

 

With a love of language and a passion for working with multilingual students, Brianna Bjarnson is excited to be the Writing Specialist for the Multilingual Achievers Program at Sonoma State. In her role as MAP Writing Specialist, Brianna works directly with students in the program, helps to implement supportive MAP services, and closely supports MAP tutors. She has a long and diverse background in education, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, is a certified TESOL teacher, and has been honored to have her own writing published. For the past four years, Brianna has been teaching and tutoring at Sonoma State. She is deeply invested in the success of SSU students. In addition to raising her three teenagers, Brianna loves to read a good book or run up a mountain with her dog.

 

 

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Katherine Therriault, Writing Tutor

 

This is Katherine’s first semester at Sonoma State University as both a student in the English M.A. Program as well as a tutor with MAP. With special interests in Medieval, Renaissance, and Victorian Literature, she completed her B.A. at California State University East Bay in Winter 2017 and is working toward the goal of becoming a writing and literature professor at the community college or university level, if fate is feeling generous. With five years of tutoring experience at the community college and university level, she is eager to involve herself in the new community of Sonoma and share her experiences. Her interest in literature has had a recent rebirth since teaching reading development classes over the summer, and her hobbies include reading (obviously), drawing, photography, baking, and hiking.

 

 

 

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Pam Rivas, Writing Tutor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Rivas is a fifth year English major, concentrating in literature and creative writing. As a first generation, multilingual college student, it is important for her to use her experience to give back to the community and empower other students to do the same. She is committed to working with students on an academic and mentorship level, hoping to bridge the gap between school and student life. Pam welcomes and encourages all MAP students to use our services to the fullest and to always feel safe in our spaces. This year will be full of growth, healing, and achieving!

 

 

 

 

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Zach Edwards, Writing Tutor

 

This is Zach’s second year working as both a MAP Tutor and a Lead Tutor. His previous tutoring experience includes four years of teaching Literacy and Phonics throughout Sonoma County to ELL students in grades K-12. He strongly believes in meeting the individual learning needs of each student so that each can have the best learning experience. Very organized, consistent, and a great listener, Zach wants to help students to feel more confident in their reading and writing abilities. In addition to tutoring at SSU, he also tutors high school students for success in the ACT/SAT tests at a Learning Center. As a recent graduate from Sonoma State University, earning his B.A in English: Single Subject Teaching, Zach has continued on as an SSU student in the Credential Program. His long-term goals are to be an English teacher, and he is determined to graduate in the spring of 2018 with an English, History, and Political Science teaching credential. While music, film, poetry, writing and reading are his passions, being a teacher and helping students means more to him. He is very artistic and enjoys conversing about these subjects whenever possible. If he is not here working with students, you can find him in nature enjoying the redwoods. He is very excited to help everyone at the Writing Center and looks forward to working with you!

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