Get to Know Us


picture david tookDavid Schmidt is an English Language Specialist and Senior Lecturer of English. He has worked in the English Language Program (formerly the ESL Center) since 2002. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Professional Writing (with a concentration in composition and rhetoric) at Kennesaw State University. As a faculty member, he teaches first-year composition and ESL courses. He has presented at state, regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to second language writing feedback, intercultural programming, and ESL learning center best practices. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading (especially classic American literature), and writing.


katherine and her dogKatherine Taylor is an English Language Specialist and Lecturer of Technical Communication. She has a Master’s in Education with a specialization in TESOL from St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada and RSA Certification in TEFL from the University of Cambridge, International House, London, England. She teaches composition to multilingual writers at Kennesaw State University. Her academic interests include second language writing feedback, global technical communication, and online tutoring. She has lived and worked in various countries around the word, such as Canada, France, Japan, Nepal, and the United Arab Emirates. In her free time, she likes to read, travel, and enjoy the great outdoors.


melanie and her dogBefore becoming an English tutor, Melanie Davis earned a B.A. in Spanish (with a minor in French) at Covenant College and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (with a TESOL concentration) at Georgia State University. She is an experienced English language tutor having taught at private ESL schools and in KSU's Intensive English Program before joining the awesome team at KSU’s English Language Program. Driven by care and compassion, she takes pride in providing a relaxing environment to learn English. As a tutor, her goals include helping students gain confidence in various aspects of the English language and getting to know students beyond their English language goals. When she is not excitedly assisting students, she loves going on long walks with her dog Samson, meeting and petting new dogs (pretty much anything that has to do with dogs), and spending time with her family and friends playing games, going out to eat and traveling. If you step into her office, you can get a glimpse of all of her favorite things through the photos she has hanging on the walls.