Bonnie Zelenak Excellence in Tutoring Award

Bonnie Zelenak Excellence in Tutoring Award

Stephani Kimmey, Ph.D. Candidate in Art History & Archaeology, with Rachel Harper, Director of the Writing Center

Spring 2017

Congratulations to Stephanie Kimmey, who was awarded a 2017 Bonnie Zelenak Excellence in Tutoring Award for her work as a Writing Intensive Tutor at the University of Missouri Learning Center. Rachel Harper, Director of the Writing Center, announced the award:

 "Our second award winner is finishing her fifth year as a Writing Intensive tutor with us, and frankly, has had this award in the bag since she showed up for training. Since that fateful day, she has changed 1,776 student lives. It’s fair to say that she has, over her time here, tutored more students than any of our other tutors. But as you math tutors know, quantity isn’t everything. This tutor truly loves working with students at every stage of the writing process. She knows instinctively that her job is not to “fix” student essays according to her own sense of what constitutes good writing, but to help the writers determine what they want to say and recognize the array of writing choices available to them. In other words, she empowers the students she works with in the best of ways. We have been very lucky to have had Stephanie Kimmey work for us these last five years and if we could conscionably sabotage the ongoing success that is about to take her away from us, we’d consider it: she is that good.”