When tutors are hired in the Writing Center, they begin a training process that involves familiarizing themselves with the Writing Center Handbook. New tutors then observe tutoring sessions between clients and senior tutors, reflecting on their experiences with fellow staff members. The Beren Writing Center conducts monthly staff development meetings to continually foster dialogue amongst tutors to share their successes and struggles in an ongoing process of learning. If you are interested in applying to be a tutor at the Beren Writing Center, please review our tutor application and submit your materials to Director Dr. Joy Ladin and Coordinator Gina Grimaldi. 

Writing Center tutors are available to help you generate writing ideas, refine your rough drafts, or simply have a conversation about writing. Writing Center tutors not only support fellow student writers, but they are also prolific writers themselves.

Meet our current tutors!

Shayna Herszage is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She is studying Psychology(Neuroscience Track) and English(Creative Writing Track), and she loves finding ways to combine the two whenever she can. In her spare time, Shayna likes to watch plays around the city, read, and write. However, “spare time” is more of a theoretical idea, because, when she is not in class or doing homework, she is usually busy as an editor for The Observer, editor-in-chief of The Breather, and co-president of the Jewish Activism Club. She is so excited to help people and learn through their writing!

Sarina Hilowitz attended Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, followed by a gap year at Bar Ilan University. She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. Outside of the Writing Center Sarina can be found involved in Active Minds and working as a research assistant at a child developmental lab. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and loves meeting new people. She looks forward to working with you all this semester!

Katie Matofsky is from New City, New York. She is a speech pathology and audiology major. When she is not working at the Writing Center, Katie is most likely organizing events for Project IncludED, tutoring students in chemistry, watching Grey’s Anatomy, or listening to country music. Katie is very excited to help students with every aspect of their college writing, from brainstorming ideas for a freshman composition assignment to proofreading a graduate school application.   

Sara Verschleisser is a History major pursuing a career in medicine. In addition to working in the writing center, she is generally busy as president of the Martial Arts Club, the YU on Organ Donation Club, and SURGE.  She comes from Silver Spring, MD and greatly misses all of the nature, so she maintains an enormous number of house plants. She loves all manners of learning and can't wait to explore your paper topics with you!

Kate Weinberg is from Teaneck, NJ. She is currently a junior majoring in Finance and BIMA. She spent a year studying at Midreshet Harova and most recently has taken her online learning to Israel where she is excited to begin working at the Writing Center. Kate is currently based in Israel. 

Marnie Weingarten is from Queens, New York. She attended Central, Yeshiva University’s High School for Girls and then spent an incredible year in Michlalah Yerushalayim! She is currently a junior majoring in Psychology and hopes to pursue a career in nursing with the goal of ultimately becoming a Psychiatric  Nurse Practitioner. Outside of class Marnie loves learning and teaching Judaic subjects, baking, staying active, and getting involved in community service initiatives. She looks forward to working with you this semester!

Daniella Well is pursuing a degree in biology at Stern. After the completion of her undergraduate career, she plans to attend law school. She is from Chicago, attended Ida Crown Jewish Academy for high school, and spent a gap year studying in Jerusalem at  Midreshet Harova before coming to Stern. Her favorite thing to do when she needs a break from studying schoolwork is cooking and watching reruns of Friends on Netflix. She loves to read, she loves to write, and her all-time favorite book is The Great Gatsby!  

Avigail Winokur is from Queens, New York. She attended Yeshiva University High School for Girls and Midreshet Harova. She is a junior majoring in biology: neuroscience and minoring in creative writing. Beyond the Writing Center, she is involved with YUPAC, YUNMUN, College Edge, the Breather, and the Observer. She loves writing and is looking forward to working with you all this semester! Avigail is currently based in Israel.