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Alyse Scicluna Lehrke, Director and Writing Coach

Alyse began tutoring students in her first year of college when her English 101 teacher asked her to be a peer mentor in the writing center. Since then she has served as an editor, writer, writing teacher and coach, and a college professor. She loves helping students discover their gift for writing. The Bible teaches that our words are of life and death importance. Therefore, we must learn to use them wisely and effectively. Alyse's passion for "good" words led her to complete a B.A. and M.A. in Communication. She is excited to share her knowledge so the next generation will be able to influence their world through the written word. Get to know her more on her website.


Kris Mugge, Writing Coach

“Writing is like molding clay,” Kris tells her students, encouraging them to try an angle and rework it if it doesn’t communicate the idea. For the last twelve years, these students have been her three homeschooled sons, and before them, college students. Kris started her career at Miami University studying literature. Needing money for college bills, she began working as a peer tutor in the writing center on campus and eventually managed that center, an experience that foreshadowed Kris’ future. Later, she completed a master’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in composition, hoping to open writing labs in local high schools. Instead, Kris found herself homeschooling her three sons, two of whom are dyslexic. Kris found her true love in homeschooling as this “job” gave her the opportunity to read, write, and teach great ideas to great kids. Now her sons are off finding their own way, and Kris desires to help others discover the joy of writing, reading, and learning. Kris still feels her best inclinations lie in teaching writing, sharing ideas, and encouraging students. When not teaching or preparing for classes, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, cooking, gardening, and traveling.


Mariah Bentz, Writing Coach

Mariah has always enjoyed sharing the things she has learned.  When she was a student at home, that meant telling her sister how the book was going to end or what the answer to the brain teaser was.  As she got older, her parents encouraged her to find more helpful ways of sharing, like coaching a younger brother in English or guiding a friend in history.  Eventually, that turned into unofficial tutoring lessons.  While earning her Bachelor of English, Mariah enjoyed helping her classmates through peer-editing lessons.  She also began tutoring in a more official capacity.  Today, Mariah lives in Wisconsin with her husband, where she uses the internet to continue tutoring new students.  When not working, she likes reading, baking desserts, and learning how to garden in a pot.  And yes, she still sometimes tells her sister how the book is going to end.