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Meet the Staff

Dr. Jane Nesmith

Dr. Jane Nesmith, Writing Center Director

B.A. English, The College of Wooster
M.A. English, Indiana University
Ph.D. English, University of Iowa

Contact information:

On-campus phone: 319.399.8754
Email: jnesmith@coe.edu

Dr. Nesmith began as Director of the Writing Center in 2015. Along with her work leading the consultant team, she is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, where she's taught since 1994. She has also been a freelance feature writer and has written hundreds of articles for various local publications. She loves making things with yarn, making things with words and working with consultants.

Class of 2021

Aaron McDermott.pngAaron McDermott

Major(s): Chemistry & Sociology
Hometown: Dubuque, Iowa

Astin Campbell.pngAstin Campbell


Caleb Rigdon.pngCaleb Rigdon

Major(s): Social & Criminal Justice
Hometown: Jesup, Iowa

Emma Fall.pngEmma Fall

Major(s): Communication Studies
Minor: Rhetoric
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Ethan Alsop.pngEthan Alsop

Major(s): Chemistry, Neuroscience
Hometown: Forest City, Iowa

Henry Hoyhtya.pngHenry Hoyhtya

Major(s): Biology & Philosophy
Hometown: Fraser, Colorado

Jeremy Lewis.pngJeremy Lewis

Major(s): Organizational Science, Psychology
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Kasi Rupert.pngKasi Rupert

Major(s): Biology​​​​​​​
Minor: Chemistry

Matthew Appler.pngMatthew Appler

Major(s): Physics & Computer Science
Hometown: Clermont, Iowa

Michael Banks.pngMichael Banks

Major(s): Creative Writing/Film Studies
Hometown: Beverly, Chicago, Illinois

Milo Schmitt.pngMilo Schmitt

Major(s): Political Science & Creative Writing
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Sarah Reilly.pngSarah Reilly


Sarah Yoerger.pngSarah Yoerger

Major(s): English & Communication
Hometown: Bettendorf, Iowa

Shey Hughes.pngShey Hughes

Major: History
Hometown: Forreston, Illinois


Teresa Knudson.pngTeresa Knudson

Major: Nursing   
Hometown: Morton Grove, Illinois

Class of 2022

Adam Dreismeier.pngAdam Dreismeier

Major(s): Biology & Neuroscience
Hometown: Council Bluffs, Iowa

Ally Roeker.pngAlly Roeker

Major(s): English, Communication Studies
Hometown: Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Ammar Abu-Halawa.pngAmmar Abu-Halawa

Major(s): Chemistry, Physics, and Religion
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Emma Hodges.pngEmma Hodges

Major(s): Art & Creative Writing
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Kailey Blunk.pngKailey Blunk

Major(s): Communication Studies, Public Relations, Creative Writing
Hometown: Plainfield, Illinois

Katie Krob.pngKatie Krob

Major(s): Mathematics
Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

Lila Dabill.pngLila Dabill

Major(s): Physics & Math
Hometown: Lindstrom, Minnesota

Luke Reynolds.pngLuke Reynolds

Major(s): Creative Writing & Theatre Arts
Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

MyKeisha Wells.pngMyKeisha Wells

Major(s): Psychology, Social & Criminal Justice
Hometown: Rock Island, Illinois

Natalie Hansen.pngNatalie Hansen

Major(s): Economics & Spanish
Hometown: Cumming, Iowa

Paige Waskow.pngPaige Waskow

Major(s): Political Science, Environmental Studies, Rhetoric
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Rae Anstett.pngRae Anstett

Major(s): Psychology & Spanish
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rheise DeTombe.pngRheise DeTombe


Taylor Nosekabel.pngTaylor Nosekabel

Major(s): English & Creative Writing
Hometown: Huxley, Iowa

Class of 2023

Andrew Sloth.pngAndrew Sloth

Major(s): Psychology & Film Studies
Hometown: Dike, Iowa

Bryonna Clay.pngBryonna Clay

Major(s): Biochemistry
Hometown: Matteson, Illinois

Anh Nguyen.pngAnh Nguyen

Major(s): Public Accounting & Business Administration
Hometown: Danang City, Vietnam

Coraima Camacho.pngCoraima Camacho

Major(s): Sociology, Social & Criminal Justice
Hometown: French

Autumn Klein.pngAutumn Klein

Major(s): Philosophy & Psychology
Hometown: Rochester, Wisconsin

Elliot O'Rourke.pngElliot O'Rourke

Major(s): Art History & Creative Writing
Hometown: Grayslake, Illinois

Emma Lassen.pngEmma Lassen

Major(s): English, Social & Criminal Justice
Minor(s): Education
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Evan Perry.pngEvan Perry

Major(s): Mathematics & Economics
Hometown: Altoona, Iowa

Hannah Hass.pngHannah Hass

Major(s): English & Writing
Hometown: Hopkins, Minnesota

Hannah Henson.pngHannah Henson

Major(s): Nursing
Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma                            

Jordan Oaks.pngJordan Oaks

Major: Social & Criminal Justice, Business Administration Hometown:Wales, Wisconsin

Rose Birgy.pngRose Birgy

Major: Religion & Creative Writing
Hometown:Hopkins, Minnesota

Jaxon Jung.pngJaxon Jung

Major: undecided 
Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska                                     

 Maggie Meiers.pngMaggie Meiers   



Sienna Stucke.pngSienna Stucke

Major: Biology & Neuroscience
Hometown: Rosemount, Minnesota

Jenna Meehan.pngJenna Meehan

Major: Political Science & Public Relations Hometown:Dubuque, Iowa

Myah Eggert.pngMyah Eggert

Major: Nursing Minor: Spanish         
Hometown: Saint Peters, Missouri                                      

Simon Walker.pngSimon Walker

Major: Creative Writing & Communication
Hometown: Rantoul, Illinois

Class of 2024

Andrea Glandt.pngAndrea Glandt

Major: Biology & Creative Writing
Hometown: Bangor, Wisconsin

Ashlyn Cook.pngAshlyn Cook

Major: Undecided
Hometown: Missouri Valley, Iowa

Arie Scott.pngArie Scott

Major: English, Education
Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Brett Porter.pngBrett Porter

Major: Education & Psychology
Hometown: ​​​​​​​Ames, Iowa

Emma Graczyk.pngEmma Graczyk

Major: Elementary education
Hometown: Orland Park, Illinois

Esme Valenzuela.pngEsme Valenzuela

Major: Communication Studies                                        Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona

Hailey Schipper.pngHailey Schipper

Major: English & Creative Writing                                        Hometown: New Hartford, Iowa

Izzy Craig.pngIzzy Craig

Major: History & Education      Hometown: Waterford, Wisconsin

Lauren Dufoe.pngLauren Dufoe

Major: Communications          Hometown: Center Point, Iowa

Logan Matthis.pngLogan Matthis

Major: Undecided                      Hometown: Lawrence, Kansas

Megan Norris.pngMegan Norris

Major: Biology                            Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ryan Eddy.pngRyan Eddy

Major: Undecided                    Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa

Sophia John

Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Stephanie Naskrent.pngStephanie Naskrent

Major: Kinesiology                    Hometown: Elgin, Illinois

Valerie Plesha.pngValerie Plesha

Major: Chemistry & Neuroscience                            Hometown: Aurora, Illinois

"Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."
— Mark Twain