“I’m not just a customer…I’m also a contributor.”

Cassy Beckowski of Cabrini University provides a first-hand look at how being a contributor who currently teaches with Hawkes materials has benefited her classroom experience.

As a contributor for Hawkes, Cassy helped develop content that will resonate with students and challenge them to engage with the process and practice of composition. In her own classroom, Foundations of English has helped ensure that her first-year students are mastering writing principles and strategies that will empower them as writers.

About the Presenters:

Cassy Beckowski 1

Cassy Pressimone Beckowski is an Engagements with the Common Good Faculty Fellow and writing instructor at Cabrini University in Radnor, PA, where she previously served as Writing Center and Peer Tutoring Coordinator. She has a particular interest in first-year student writing and served as a founding faculty member of a learning community designed to help first-year students develop college writing skills. Currently, she is exploring best practices for using technology to promote academic success and student engagement. Research interests include the scope and impact of faculty-student relationships in and beyond the writing classroom and the intersection of scholarship and advocacy.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown has been working as an English Content Specialist for Hawkes Learning for over three years. She specializes in developing and editing instruction and managing contributor-centered projects that build and enhance Hawkes resources. Prior to working with Hawkes, Laura spent seven years teaching high school English. She taught a variety of writing and literature courses while also working as a writing tutoring and soccer coach. Additionally, Laura taught several writing courses as an adjunct instructor at Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. She focused on introducing basic writing and analysis skills to incoming or recently-returning students.