Catherine Woodard, of Glover, has been named a writing coach at Saint Michael's College in Colchester, Vt. for the fall 2012 semester. Woodard, a junior English major, was selected from nominees submitted by the college faculty to be one of 27 student coaches at the college.
The coaches are an elite group who do professional work-one-on-one with their peers at the college, diagnosing writing problems, designing strategies to help. The coaches work with clients who seek guidance regarding writing assignments for their courses. The selected coaches have to pass an entry test to get into a Writing Center Internship course which they take prior to being named coaches. They are also given special instructions for working with students with learning differences and working with non-native speakers of English. International students comprise a substantial portion of the visitors to the writing center. Coaches are selected because of their language skills, patience, flexibility, good humor, and a good knowledge of written English.
Woodard is a graduate of Lyndon Institute, and is the daughter of Carol and Roland Woodard of Glover.