Assistant Professor of English Literature and Director of the Writing Studio
“Yerboi” Jalal Gibson
Chrishana Keyara Simon
Julia Carey Arendell
Assistant Professor of English Literature and Director of the Writing Studio
Narrowly dodging a life as a restaurateur, Julia Carey Arendell received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in American Literature from Louisiana State University after completing a fellowship at Harvard. Pushcart Prize nominated for her fiction, she was also a winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize in Poetry. Publications can be found at Heavy Feather Review, VIDA, Mason’s Road, and Psychopomp Magazine, among others, as well as the anthologies Louisiana in Words and New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost. She has joined the editorial boards of The Dudley Review, The New Orleans Review, and New Delta Review and currently serves as Chair of the American Literature Program for the Bard Early College Network.
Sarah Allen is a first year student at Bard Early College. She has previous peer tutoring experience through her assistance with the projects and presentations of her previous AP teachers’ new classes. Reading and writing has been one of her strongest qualities and one she has always found great interest in. She became a Writing Fellow in the hopes of refining and developing her skills as a writer, while helping others do the same.
Jada Edwards is a First Year student at Bard Early College of New Orleans. She decided to go for becoming a Writing Fellow because she wanted to learn more about the Do’s and Don’t of writing. Another reason is that she wants to help others succeed in their writing. She is the nicest person you can ever meet. You don’t ever have to feel ashamed as long as you step outside the box and ask for help. She is right there to lead you onto the right path.
“Yerboi” Jalal Gibson is a Year 2 student at BECNO. He’s had somewhat of a history with tutoring prior to becoming a Writing Fellow and has learned more about his role to the student body thanks to Professor JC’s Peer Tutoring course in the Spring of 2020. Eager to help, you’ll find him in groups such as the Student Leadership Council and the Action Committee, as well as volunteering assistance to students, staff, and faculty alike. Jalal is a generally colorful person and is considered to be emotionally intelligent, so you can expect a pleasant and helpful tutoring session and meaningful correspondence with him, whatever that may mean for you specifically. He’s here to help you in academia and ease the stress connected with it so that you can grow as a student and otherwise! (He’s especially good with Mathematics and Essay Composition, but please inquire about other areas! 🙂 )
Angel Johnson is a second year at BECNO. She has constantly had a role in Bard’s community by creating clubs like Queen’s Society, a club that helps the young women in our community have a voice involving real life conflicts and tribulations that society tries to shun them from. She builds upon her role as a BECNO student by striving to take her classes to the next level of challenging. For example when taking Spanish she not only thinks about mastering that subject but goes further to learn French at the same time. She has made so much headway in her academics that she has been nominated to represent BECNO in a world joint class. She is an experienced writer and is ready to tackle any challenge with you(this is not limited to just writing i.e math, science, history). She’s here to help, so use her as a source when needed. Let’s make this a good year!!!
Katelyn Martin is a First Year student at Bard Early College in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her keen communication skills, and enthusiastic personality aim to help anyone in need. Throughout this year, Katelyn hopes to assist her colleagues in not only making an A+ on that paper but finding their own voice in their writing. She also plans on being more involved in the Bard community and establishing friendships that will last forever. Don’t be afraid to reach out, because she is always there to aid you in the direction of success.
Renajah Mayes, a.k.a, Ren is a second year student of BARD Early College located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ever since she became a member/colleague of BECNO, she’s been discovering different sides of her that she’s been falling in love with. One of the things she discovered is acting. Surprisingly, she met the writer inside of her which is pretty cool to her. Another surprising thing is she became a member of the Student Leader Council and Peer tutoring & Writing Studio. Let’s just say it’s cool to have people, including my professors and my peers, who have belief in you. She’s looking forward to bettering herself and being an inspiration to her younger peers. She’s looking forward to discovering more about herself while being a supporter to her younger colleagues. She’s planning on expanding her perspectives. She wants to learn things from her peers, and she believes that the Peer Tutoring & Writing Studio can help her with that. About right now, she’s a little nervous and afraid, but she’s ready to start her last year at BECNO & Douglass!
P.S. if you want to meet my little noodles a.k.a my snakes, you can reach me at those two emails above :)!
Zebiah McKinney is a second-year student at Bard Early College New Orleans. In her spare time, she enjoys playing games, hanging out with friends, and reading a book or two. She decided to become a peer tutor because she loves to help the people around her. She’s hoping that tutoring others will help her writing improve. (Don’t be shy to come for help (o^-‘)b)
Mary Nguyen is a First Year student at Bard Early College New Orleans. She has had experience in creative arts, such as writing and drawing and painting. Whenever time permits, you can find her commissioning artwork for her supporters, especially in the art world. She also enjoys fashion, so in her free time, she learns new ways to express her individuality. She styles her own hair and does her own makeup. Mary has experience in her academics, so she assists her colleagues in their academics through peer tutoring.
Myael Powell is a First Year student at BECNO and enjoys learning about and providing different ways to look at things. In her spare time she enjoys reading and discussing with her peers. She is eager to help her peers improve their writing and organizational skills.
Tashai Robinson is a First Year at the Bard Early College Program located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Joining the program, she hopes to grow not only academically, but mentally which in fact is a success so far. She became a writing fellow because she knows the struggle and frustration with writing long paragraphs and even the anxiousness and anxiety that comes with it. She hopes to build appropriate relationships with the ones she helps out in order to make them feel comfortable and safe -virtual hugs-. She welcomes all and judges none 🙂
Chrishana Keyara Simon is a second year student at the Bard Early College stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. She’s currently exercising and honing her leadership skills in BECNO’s inaugural committee, the Student Leadership Council. Chrishana has created a community at Bard Early College named The Action Committee – which is a BECNO club that advocates for the student body’s voice to be heard and for the policies to reflect that. She is an experienced peer tutor who specializes in writing and is always ready to help!
I am a First Year at Bard and I enjoy filmmaking and storytelling. I am currently a student advisory board member for Learnabi and I’m a part of a film program called Black Girl Film School. During my free time I enjoy binge watching shows and movies. I’m generally an extroverted person who functions well with communicating with others. While I’m in Bard and as I move forwards throughout my life, I don’t want to be seen as a role model. I want to be seen as a cool and understanding person that can make anyone feel comfortable.