The Writing Center Team

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Mr. Duarte (Writing Center Coordinator)

I’m Mr. Duarte; I’m a Bay Area native, and I have been teaching English for over 20 years. I came to M-A in 2014 after teaching English and Drama for 14 years at another district in the Bay Area. I attended Santa Clara University where I earned my B.A. in English and Theater Arts (as well as my teaching credential), and then a few years later, attended San Francisco State University for graduate school where I earned my MA in English, and my MFA in Creative Writing.  I have worked in M-A’s Writing Center since 2015, and took over as the Writing Center Coordinator in 2020.  I have spent years designing and implementing new and creative ways to help students develop and hone their writing skills, and I thoroughly enjoy working with students and helping them find their voices through writing.  I’ve enjoyed working with students in the Writing Center, and look forward to doing so in the years to come!

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Ms. Walsh (Writing Center Associate) 

I'm Ms. Walsh, and I am brand new to M-A! I am native to the Bay Area, and grew up in Pleasanton, but went to college in Santa Barbara. I attended UC Santa Barbara during my undergraduate years, and received my B.A. in Global Studies. I stayed at UCSB a year longer to earn an M.Ed. and a teaching credential. I recently moved to the peninsula and have already loved working with our wonderful students and staff here at M-A. I look forward to helping students discover the power of their own words!

Mr. Paz (Writing Center Associate) 

I'm Mr. Paz and this is my third year teaching at M-A. I grew up in the redwoods of Humboldt County, in a small town called Eureka. I received my BA in English from Amherst College, then my credential and MA in Education from Stanford University. I currently teach English II and English III as part of the Computer Academy (which is an amazing program offered here at M-A that you should definitely ask me about!). I believe writing is something that can never be perfected, no matter who you are. There's always room for improvement and revision. Being able to help others improve is a privilege I do not take lightly, and I can't wait to help emerging writers find their voice!