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About: Meet Our Administrative Writing Assistants

Administrative Writing Assistants

The Administrative Writing Assistants (AWAs) interact with Walden students in the Writing Center by responding to inquiries about writing resources, grammar, APA, and other various writing topics at As Walden students themselves, the AWAs are enrolled in various programs and can understand the spectrum of Walden students’ writing needs and questions. Get to know the AWAs by reading more about them!

Amanda Archer

Amanda ArcherMy name is Amanda Archer. I live in the Chicagoland area with my wife, Phyllis, (now legally in all 50 states) and two sons. Reid is 2-years-old and Drew is 1-year-old. They are a year and twenty days apart. They are my motivation for all that I do, and I do a lot!

I work full time for McDonald's Corporation as an Instructional Designer. I have only been in the position for about 2 months but have been in the training and development field for over 10 years now. I began my career as a teacher in early childhood, but it didn't take long for me to find my passion for adult education especially within a corporate setting. I have developed multiple new hire training programs and management development curriculums. Having the ability to impact adults and how they learn is my passion. This is part of the reason I choose to spend part of my busy schedule answering the questions students have about writing. Knowing I am helping adult learners motivates me to continue to grow and learn as well.

Ashley Hill

Ashley HillI was born in Ohio. My childhood was an idyllic upbringing. I grew up riding horses, barrel racing, and playing with the numerous animals that we had at our house. The town in Ohio I grew up in has as its "claim to fame" that it was the birthplace of John Glenn, the first astronaut to orbit the earth. I moved to Oklahoma when I was 10, and my interest shifted into writing poetry and short stories, something that has continued to be a hobby and passion of mine.

After three years of switching colleges and majors, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine from Everglades University. The last year of my bachelor's program was my first year of experience with online classes. I thoroughly enjoyed the freedom that I had to set my own schedule through the online environment. As a result, when I started to research graduate schools, Walden University was my top pick due to its online setting and the overall mission for the university. I started the MPH program in December 2009 at Walden and graduated in February 2012. During the program, I gave birth to my one and only beautiful child! She is the funniest and sweetest person and I truly cherish being a mother.

Plugging on, I started in the doctoral program in Public Health (Epidemiology) in June 2012 (my daughter's first birthday)! I anticipate my degree completion in June 2016. My research interests are mainly in infectious diseases with a special concentration in zoonotic diseases. I am ecstatic to start working at the Writing Center and incorporate one of my passions into my new job! I am already learning a few new things through the plethora of resources at the Writing Center.

"What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: Curious and teachable." -- Roger Ebert

"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." -- Meister Eckhart

Camoia Koffi

Camoia KoffiI graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Bachelors in Psychology and am currently a graduate student here at Walden University studying Human Resource Management. I am a full time student as well as work full and part-time jobs. I enjoy helping other people and volunteering. I also enjoy reading in my spare time and spending time with family. I am from the big Apple (New York), but currently live in Sun Valley (Arizona). I am very motivated and ambitious. I plan on continuing my education after completing my Master’s program, somewhere along the lines of teaching.

Favorite quote:

“Rejection should be deemed as protection and/or a set up for progression.” -- Camoia Koffi

David Yeary

David YearyI graduated from Georgia State University in 1981 with a B.A. in journalism. Later I earned my M.A. in Secondary Education from Piedmont College in Athens, GA., and I am pursuing a Doctor of Education degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University.

After a successful career as a sports writer and editor, twice being named the top sportswriter in Georgia by the Georgia Press Association, I began my teaching career as a junior high English teacher in 1986. It was almost the realization of a life-long dream. I hoped to be a social studies teacher after high school. Social studies--English language arts--missed it by that much. I have taught English language arts in four Georgia school systems and was on the team that reviewed and revised state units aligned to the Georgia version of the Common Core State Standards in 2013.

As a writer, I have found the greatest challenge has been learning to shift from the conventions and methods of popular writing to the requirements of academic and scholarly writing. Although I understand and support the need for scholarly voice, mechanics, and style, I still believe academic writing does not have to be boring.

My wife, Pam, and I live in northeast Georgia. With have six adult children and a beautiful granddaughter. We are proud to say that all six of our children have attended college, four have already graduated and two are still working on degrees. Our oldest daughter, also an ELA teacher, is in the doctoral program at Walden, as well.

Leah Silverman

leah silvermanI currently live nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the southwest part of Virginia. It’s a wonderful place for hiking, which I love and often do. My husband and I have three sons, ages 8, 6, and 3. They are Minecraft kids, and 90% of the conversations in my home are about building plans.

I am pursuing my PhD at Walden in the Public Policy and Administration program. My emphasis is policy analysis, and my research focus is policy on women’s issues. I am also on the executive board for a small nonprofit that focuses on activism for gender equality. My aim is to work as a professor, engaging in activism on the side.

I’m thrilled with the opportunity to help fellow Walden students with their questions about APA and writing. I’ve gained so much from my experience with Walden, and I hope to pay it forward.

Sohna Shook

sohna shookI was born, raised, and still reside in Wichita, Kansas. I have a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in counseling. I started my journey with Walden University in 2012, as a human service major, but realized that psychology is and always will be my first love. I completed my classes in 2015 and have been working on my dissertation since then. I consider myself a lifelong learner, always reading articles on mental health issues or problems in the schools. I am a licensed mental health therapist and addictions counselor working in private practice. I work with a wide range of clients such as children, adolescents, couples, and families. In addition, I work with adults who have addictions and co-occurring disorders. I have been married for 4 years to the love of my life and have a 3-month-old daughter who is a handful but such a joy in my life. In my spare time (which is minimum at best), I love watching guilty pleasure shows, practicing yoga, running, reading, and knitting and crocheting. I am excited to be working as an administrative writing assistant for Walden University. Being able to give back to others is something that I am passionate about and, I am grateful for the opportunity.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel" ~Maya Angelou~