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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.

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.