Writing Center Tutors
Meet the Team
Paula Abboud Habre
- Years at LAU: 25, which can work as my chronological age also!
- Mentoring strengths: patient, starts with positive feedback then moves to weak spots, and goes the extra mile for students to improve.
- Favorite book: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder, for it makes one contemplate the concept of man’s fate in different situations.
- Favorite word: serene
- Significant Breakthrough: When I wrote a poem in Arabic and it got published in the school literary magazine, I felt a boost in my writing confidence
Hala Daouk, Assistant Director
- Years at LAU: 14 years
- Years teaching: 10 years
- Mentoring strengths: patient, knowledgeable, and able to give feedback
- Favorite books: I, The Divine; Season of Migration to the North. Both books explore the human condition.
- Favorite Word: Rapture
- Years at LAU: 5 months
- Years teaching: Over four-and-a-half years as a writing center tutor, and three years as an instructor of English
- Mentoring Strengths: Ability to give writers “authority” over their own work, and familiarity with APA, and different genres of writing—essays, proposals, theses, resumes, cover letters, and so on
- Favorite book: John Fowles’s The French Lieutenant’s Woman
- Years at LAU: 3 years
- Years teaching: 6 years teaching at the International College
- Favourite book: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I read it as a teenager, and it struck me for its reminder of mankind’s limitations.
- Favourite word: wanderlust
- Mentoring Strengths: Good listener, Able to give constructive feedback, Non-judgmental
- Significant breakthrough: My eighth-grade teacher, Mrs. Thornton-Grey, helped me discover a passion for reading and writing. Always encouraging us to listen to the news, she awakened in us a sense of belonging to a global community where we learnt of our potential powers to act and not only react to events around us.
- Years at LAU: 9 years
- Years teaching: 3 years
- Mentoring Strengths: Good listener, caring, objective, honest, and willing to devote time to help others.
- Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, for it highlights the significant impact, which both parents and environment, have on a child’s personality and life.
- Favorite word: Care
- Significant breakthrough: During my last year at school, the English teacher asked me to write a story in order to publish it in the school gazette. I received two awards for Best Academic Performance and The Creative Writing Award. I realized that I should develop my writing skills at that stage.
- Years at LAU: This is my first semester as a tutor at the writing center and an instructor of English.
- Favorite Quote: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music”- Neitzche
- Favorite Book: The Iron Wall by Avi Shlaim
- Significant breakthrough: Writing my dissertation at Kings College London about the representation of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through graphic novels.
- Years at LAU: 2 years
- Years teaching: 7 years
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, positive, and persistent
- Favorite books: DeNiro’s Game, The Bastard of Istanbul, The Great Gatsby
- Favorite word: Brouhaha
- Favorite quote: “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien
- Years at LAU: 4 years
- Years teaching: 6 years
- Mentoring Strengths: My tutoring experience have enabled me to guide students in a non-directive manner, allowing them to assume control and responsibility over their own work.
- Favorite book: Gender Trouble by Judith Butler, since it refers to socially created female and male roles, feelings, and behaviors. Her writing motivated me to question and change my ideas about gender identity while taking into consideration the issue of social, political, and economic equality between men and women.
- Favorite word: Patience
- Favorite quote: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”-Carl Sagan
- Significant breakthrough: When I joined four other writers for an informal research, reading, and writing group. As we shared our thoughts, texts, and made critical comments on each other’s’ work, I realized how inspiring it is to question, discuss, create, and transform thinking to writing. This experience allowed me to write in order to understand and consequently evolve as a listener, reader, and writer.
- Years at LAU: This is my second semester as a tutor at the writing center.
- Years teaching: 3 years
- Mentoring Strengths: patient, understanding and has the ability to give constructive feedback
- Favorite books: Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll and Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Favorite word: hullabaloo
- Favorite quote: “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – Lewis Caroll
- Significant breakthrough in writing: I was in grade 3, and I got the highest grade in a Mothers’ Day-related essay. The teacher went on to read it in front of the class, and I kept thinking that maybe I should use those skills for song-writing for my ‘future band’.
- Years at LAU: 6 years, one of which is at the Writing Center
- Years teaching: 3 years
- Mentoring strengths: patient, innovative, and constructive
- Favorite books: Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell; they, both, tackle different political situations and concepts
- Favorite Word: Rhapsody
- Significant Breakthrough: Writing my thesis at LAU about the power of language in delivering subliminal political messages while referencing Lebanese newspapers. This process enriched my writing experience as I started to view how language can be used as a constructive tool in, clearly, communicating ideas and thoughts.
- Years at LAU: This is my first semester as a tutor at the Writing Center.
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, caring, able to see the bigger picture
- Favorite texts: “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka; Endgame by Samuel Beckett; The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- Favorite word: Persistence
Therese Chalhoub Nasrallah, Associate Director
- Years at LAU: 29
- Mentoring strengths: Friendly, treats tutees consistently and with respect, provides a safe learning environment
- Favorite book: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, for it is about growing up in search of answers to life’s questions, and it teaches me that a strong family and community are the means of survival
- Favorite word: Peace
- Significant breakthrough: When I got positive and warm affection from the very student that every other teacher had warned me about. This incident has inspired me to work on finding ways to motivate my students
- Years at LAU: This is my second year teaching at LAU Byblos and fourth as a Writing Center tutor
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, friendly, knows how to put people at ease
- Favorite book: Currently tackling an 800+ page biography of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the American republic. Additionally, I have special affection for the works of Tolstoy, Chekov, and Dostoyevsky
- Favorite word: Schadenfreude
- Favorite quote: “…All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.” – From Tolstoy’s War and Peace
- Significant breakthrough: First time I walked into a bookstore and picked up a book. What a life altering moment that was!
- Years teaching: Four years
- Mentoring strengths: Patient, knowledgeable and able to make you feel at ease
- Favorite words: Love and grace
- Favorite book: Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
- Favorite quote: “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments; Love is not love when it alters when alteration finds” from Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare
- Years at LAU: First year
- Years Teaching: 14 years (started in 2003)
- Mentoring Strengths: Tutoring and facilitating the learners learning process through constructive feedback and motivation is one of my priorities.
- Favorite Quote: “Replace anger with love and you will be happy” by Buddha
- Favorite Book: The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
- Favorite word: Family
- Significant breakthrough in my development: The Junior Fulbright for Junior Development Faculty Program I participated in year 2015 enhanced my knowledge in several fields. It helped me identify different new teaching skills and methodologies. It made me differentiate between the traditional teaching approaches and the nontraditional ones. In addition to that, it opened my ideas to the andragogy and see student centered approaches in terms of active learning.
- Years at LAU: 2 years
- Years teaching: 7 years (started in 2009)
- Mentoring strengths: good listener, wide array of knowledge, experienced in writing and translating technical English
- Favorite books: The Secret History of the World, Gulliver’s Travels, The Black Swan, Out of a Silent Planet, Contemporary Power Struggles
- Favorite word: Serendipity
- Favorite quote: “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Aristotle
- Signification breakthrough: Never stopped learning.