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Marquess Mildred Masterson von Breten

Rebecca Block, PhD

Director, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3208

Becca joined the faculty of DSC in June of 2010, in order to begin the Writing Center, after completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville. Her academic interests include writing center theory and practice, creative writing pedagogy, and multi-media composing. When she’s not at work, she indulges in reading (poetry, flash fiction, and sci-fi/fantasy), watching British comedies, blogging, creating mixed-media art, kayaking, and doting on her son and menagerie of pets.

Queen of Going Green

Jennifer Kranz, MA

Associate Director, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3995

Jenna is a proud Golden Knight. She received her BA and MA degrees from the University of Central Florida, and devoted the majority of her Master’s education to studying writing center theory. She worked for three years at the BCC/UCF Writing Center as a consultant, and upon graduation from UCF in August 2010, she was delighted to find employment with Daytona State College as the Associate Director of the Writing Center. In her spare time, she enjoys organic gardening, cooking, blogging, reading non-fiction, listening to live music, and rooting for the Red Sox.

Number One

Christopher Gebhardt, BA

Coordinator II, Writing Center 
Phone: 386-506-3034

Chris joined the Writing Center staff in August 2010 as a Learning Specialist following three years as a peer tutor at the Stetson University Writing Center. In October 2012, he became the Coordinator of the Writing Center. His academic interests include composition and rhetoric and American cultural studies – for which he earned dual BA degrees in American Studies and English Composition and Rhetoric. When not at work in the DSC Writing Center, Chris splits his time as the Executive Director for Florida High School Model United Nations, Inc. and as a reporter at the Kennedy Space Center covering various NASA and space-related endeavors. His literature interests include the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Douglas Adams. He is also an avid Science Fiction and British comedy fan.

Free His Soles!

Janson Jones, MA

UCF Coordinator, Writing Center 
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Phone: 386-506-3926

Janson Jones is a native Floridian raised in Volusia county. After graduating from Seabreeze High School, he studied biology and creative writing at Florida State University. For reasons perhaps unspeakable, he eventually transferred to the University of Oklahoma and completed his BA in Creative Writing & Composition and MA in Modernity & Theory. With a strong focus on composition, rhetoric, technology, and discourse communities, Jones taught composition for thirteen years at OU, Daytona State College, the University of Alaska Anchorage, and Valdosta State University. He also served as the inaugural director of the Digital Composition Studio at UAA. Jones is now a Coordinator for the University of Central Florida's Academic Support Services and serves as a Writing Specialist for the DSC-UCF Writing Center.

Cheffy Woo Woo

Shannon Murdock, AA

Senior Staff Assistant, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3976 

A Chef by trade, Shannon turned in her chef coat to pursue an academic career in July 2012 when she began working in the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a student worker. She soon displayed an interest in assisting the Writing Center full-time, allowing her to become our Senior Staff Assistant in January 2013. She is also the Career Employees Association president. Shannon is from Georgia, where she competed in various culinary competitions, resulting in three state championships, as well as a top ten ranking on a national level by the end of her senior year in high school. Shannon completed her Associate of Arts degree in December 2012 from Daytona State College and plans to pursue a career in education. When Shannon is not working or playing with her adorable daughter, she enjoys watching epic motion pictures, devouring food, playing card games or billiards, scrapbooking, baking, and taking long walks on the beach.

The flying Duchess in disguise

Joy Bancroft, MA

Writing & Media Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926 

Joy walked into the Writing Center on a fateful day in June 2012. She hails from Kansas and received her MA in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Kansas in December 2011. She has previously taught college composition for two years and worked in writing centers for five years; her research interests include writing center theory & praxis, digital/new media literacies, rhetorical grammar, and the literacy practices of graduate students. When not pondering the intricacies of language usage, she might be found romping with her dog, playing Scrabble, making breakfast food, watching anime, or updating her spreadsheets for her books, movies, LPs, and IPAs. She plans on eventually pursuing a doctorate in the field of composition and on owning a South African penguin.

Flamenco Dancer

Kristen Bales, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Kristen joined the DSC-UCF Writing Center forces in August 2012. Originally from the Hoosier State, Kristen left Indiana to attend Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her BA in Integrated Languages Arts and her MA in English Literature. While at Wright State, she also worked at the writing center for five years and taught composition courses. In addition to her love of English literature, Kristen prides herself on being a classic film buff, avid sports fan, and animal lover. When not practicing flamenco dancing with the other Writing Center tutors, she also enjoys playing tennis, walking on the beach, and exploring new places.

Pat Isringhausen

Pat Isringhausen, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Pat joined the Writing Center staff in January 2014. Originally from Illinois, Pat earned her BS in Mass Communication, MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in Teaching Writing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). She taught ESL for nine years, including two years in Seoul, South Korea, and English 101 and 102 at two community colleges. She finally found her true niche as a writing center tutor. After six years tutoring at SIUE, she has opted for warmer climes and ocean air. Pat was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Africa, an experience that has led her to 15 countries ... so far. When not traveling, she enjoys reading popular novels and living in her cat’s apartment.

Loren Cooper

Loren Cooper, BA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Loren returned to the DSC-UCF Writing Center as a full-time writing specialist in August 2014, but his history here follows back to his time as a student when he joined the newly-formed College Writing Center as a work-study peer tutor in 2010. After graduating Daytona State in 2011, Loren attained his BA in English at Stetson University, where he continued his focus on writing center pedagogy and practice, and where he currently is seeking his MA in English Literature. Loren most enjoys watching 1940s era film noir and fiction, ballroom dancing with his border collie mix, Bogey, and thoroughly indoctrinating his two brilliant sons with science and Doctor Who.

The Flash

Kyle Blochl, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Before starting at Daytona State College's writing center in 2014, Kyle worked at Appalachian State University's writing center in North Carolina for five years. Kyle also earned his BS in Secondary English Education and his MA in Instructional Technology: Educational Media/Media Literacy at Appalachian State University and may pursue further education in the future. Although he has worked in various educational settings, Kyle has enjoyed working in writing centers the most and seeks to be further involved in the writing center community.

No Yinz

Jess Smell, MA

Writing Specialist, Writing Center
Phone: 386-506-3926

Jess joined the Writing Center staff in September 2014. She studied English Language and Literature at Penn State University where she completed her BA and West Virginia University where she completed her MA. She worked as a writing tutor at both Penn State and WVU and as a composition instructor at WVU. Her research interests include non-traditional students in the writing center and writing as therapy. She moved to Florida from western Pennsylvania, and she totally loves it. She is no longer the only person in her circle to not say "yinz." Aside from the stereotypical English teacher hobbies of reading and writing, Jess enjoys distance running and mastering new things. Her current thing to master is golf because, well, it’s Florida.

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Last updated: 2015-02-26T18:10:13.564Z