Mt. Lebanon High School Writing Lab

Writing Handbook

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What's that?

The Writing Lab is a resource for all stages of the writing process. The lab (B521) houses a number of desk top computers in addition to ample space for students to work on their own devices. The lab is staffed with a full-time Writing Clinician, who is certified in secondary English and holds a certificate in Teaching Writing. In addition to offering a place for students to brainstorm, draft, revise, and edit their written work, the Writing Clinician offers support for students and teachers alike for writing conferences on student writing, including work for English class as well as across the curriculum; college, scholarship, summer program, and apprenticeship application essays; independent writing; and standardized testing essay preparation, including the SAT and ACT. Writing coaches, trained and friendly peers, are also available for consultation. 

Who's there?

Mrs. Shine is the Writing Clinician and can be reached via email ( or phone (412-344-2000 x10521)

Mrs. Shine started and continues to run the Writing Coaches Program for peer-to-peer tutoring in writing. In her twenty-three years of education she has taught a variety of English, literature, and writing classes to high school students spanning two states and three buildings. She proudly holds a Bachelor of the Arts in literature from John Carroll University, a Master of the Arts in literature from Duquesne University, and a Teaching Writing Certificate from Johns Hopkins University.  Mrs. Shine believes that all students are writers, and she also supports the Oxford comma. 

How do I get there? 

Come to room B521 and sign in with the Writing Lab Sign In QR code. 

All students are welcome in the Writing Lab during their study halls, even if no writing help is needed.

Students wanting to work with Mrs. Shine are encouraged to make an appointment. However, pop-ins are accepted if Mrs. Shine is not working with other students.

What time?

Regular Hours: 

Monday through Thursday: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Fridays: 7:30 am to 3 pm

Lab closed during 5th period unless appointment is made in advance

Conferences can be requested via email (  

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