Language Fellows

Writing Fellows

Language Fellows
McDowell Center 
18600 Haggerty Road 
Livonia, MI 48152

What We Do

  • Assist ESL students with reading and writing strategies
  • ƒPeer review writing assignments
  • ƒTutor in grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation
  • Host discussion groups to reinforce English conversation skills
  • ƒClassroom peer review
  • Provide workshops to support ESL curriculum

For scheduling classroom visits, faculty should contact Niran Kheder.

Hours of Service

To be determined. Check back soon.

Who We Are

Michael Polano

Michael Polano recently graduated from Schoolcraft College with Phi Theta Kappa honors. During his time at Schoolcraft, he spent two years as a Writing Fellow, encouraging students to see that the writing process can be both rewarding and enriching. He is currently taking classes at Schoolcraft and will transfer to Wayne State University in the winter to complete a BA in Middle Eastern Studies.

Michael studied philosophy and comparative religion at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After returning to Michigan, he went on to study art history at Oakland University. His passion for the humanities led him to Barnes & Noble Booksellers, where he spent twelve years as Department Manager. 

Michael’s early years were devoted to hockey. He played four seasons in the prestigious Ontario Hockey League, and attended training camps with the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. He also worked several years for the Calgary Flames as a professional hockey scout. In this position, he had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Michael lists The Godfather as his favorite film, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky as his favorite novel, and Prague as his favorite city.


Breanne Radke

Brianne Radke thrives on inspiration and the want to experience a little bit of everything. Her three younger sisters think it is quite funny to call her “Mother Earth” because of her passions for organic gardening, natural healing, and canning. However, they never turn down the beautiful vegetables, the massages, or the sparkling jams that she offers. Brianne loves taking in live music and art, and has special affinities for reggae, bhangra, and ethnographic art. Reading and grammar have been her loves since childhood, and she fondly recalls diagramming sentences for fun in elementary school. Writing is another passion, for which she has been honored with a number of awards and scholarships.

She rocked nearly every hat that the food and beverage industry has to offer from preparing food, waiting tables, and tending bar to visual merchandising, gift basket production, and event planning. Her eclectic background is also dappled with stints in floral design, administrative assistance, and artist management. Additionally, Brianne is a certified massage therapist. She hails from Milwaukee, WI, and does, in fact, love cheese.

Now Brianne channels her enthusiasm for working with people, specifically in the form of service, into a more rewarding career with a more lasting footprint. Previously at Schoolcraft, Brianne was the Arts and Entertainment Editor for the Schoolcraft Connection, the Writing Fellows Lead, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She currently instructs an afterschool ELA program for students at Garden City Middle School and serves as a Language Fellow at the College. She is pursuing a BS in Language, Literature, and Writing with a minor in Psychology at Eastern Michigan University. Upon her graduation in December of 2014, she will begin graduate school with the ultimate goal of securing a faculty position at the college level. She genuinely loves learning and is thrilled to spend a lifetime immersed in education.


Noor Charara

Noor Charara, a recent graduate of Schoolcraft College, is the Lead Writing Fellow and tutor for the newly created Language Fellows. She is pursuing her Elementary Education certificate with a double major in language arts and social studies, along with a minor in English as a Second Language (ESL). Her passion for teaching motivates her to be the best writer she can be.

One of six children, Noor was always by herself reading books and exploring the world of poetry. She greatly admires Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman, and E.E. Cummings. For the past four years, Noor has worked as a volunteer teacher aide at an Arabic school for children. Giving to the community is a quality Noor developed under the influence of her parents – as her father is the volunteer principal for the Arabic school, and her mother is the lunch lady.

Noor is a culturally conscious citizen of the world, well-aware of the constantly shifting society that we live in. Her experience in teaching Arabic and working as a Writing Fellow allow her to assist students of all backgrounds and stages of development.

Noor spends her spare time keeping up-to-date with the latest advancements in computer technology, allowing her to impart digital literacy to both her students and colleagues. Her desire to expand her knowledge on a daily basis has helped her to grow as an educator, and she hopes to spend her life motivating and inspiring others on their educational journeys.


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