Vanessa Flora-Nakoski has joined McDaniel College as the new writing center director. In this role, she manages the day-to-day operations of the writing center and oversees McDaniel students who serve as peer tutors. She also teaches as a lecturer in the English department.
Previously, Flora-Nakoski worked for the Writing, Reading, and Language Center at Montgomery College, where she recruited, trained, coached, supervised and evaluated tutors. She was also a writing coach and tutor at the University of Maryland, University College, a tutor in the composition and literature center at Howard Community College, and a teaching assistant in the UMBC honors program. She has also taught composition and rhetoric at Montgomery College, Stevenson University, Howard Community College and the University of Iowa. She also serves on the executive board of the Maryland College Learning Center Association.
A resident of Sykesville, she earned both a bachelor's degree from UMBC and a master's degree from the University of Iowa in American studies. She completed graduate certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from UMBC and strategic management from the Harvard Extension School.