Welcome to the Washburn Writing Center

How to Use the Writing Center:

Students can...

  • Schedule 1:1 or small group appointments with Ms. Mennitt (click here),

  • Meet with Ms. Mennitt in an academic class during writing work time with teacher permission,

  • Connect online via Google Docs, email, or the help request form, and

  • browse the available resources on this website.

Students request appointments using the Writing Center Help Request form.

Ms. Mennitt will reply to the student via Google Calendar invite with an appointment time. Students can check their Google Calendar or their email to receive notice. Please accept or deny the Calendar invite.

Services Offered:

  • Pre-writing techniques and brainstorming

  • Organizing and outlining rough drafts

  • Proofreading for grammar and mechanics

  • Editing form and style

  • Work on citations, references, and bibliography/works cited pages

  • Polishing final drafts to turn in

  • General academic support, including organization and time management

  • College/Scholarship Application Essay workshops & appointments

  • ACT Writing Test support

About me

This is Ms. Mennitt's seventh year at Washburn High School. She is a licensed Special Education teacher (ASD) and Social Studies teacher.

After growing up in New Jersey, she attended Clemson University (BA History) and graduated in 2004. Go Tigers! After 2 years in AmeriCorps*NCCC participating in service projects with Habitat for Humanity (Portland, OR), the Cumberland Trail Conference (Chattanooga, TN), the Flagstaff Arboretum (Flagstaff, AZ), and FEMA Disaster Relief (Gulf Coast, MS & LA) she moved to Vermont to work with at-risk youth at a wilderness therapeutic school. This career move led to a Masters in Teaching at the University of Vermont (2010) before moving to Minnesota and starting work at FAIR School Downtown. Ms. Mennitt concurrently started taking Special Education courses at the University of St. Thomas, ultimately deciding to get her Doctorate in Leadership, graduating in May 2019.

Ms. Mennitt lives in the Standish neighborhood with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, and running.