Meet the team


Frances Greathead is a writer and educator from Brooklyn, New York. She has a Master’s in Fine Arts from the Bennington Writing Seminars and a Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Frances is an adjunct lecturer in the English Department at City Tech, as well as a tutor at the Writing Center. Her short fiction has been published in the Massachusetts Review and she is at work on her first novel.


Inma Zanoguera is a PhD student of English at CUNY’s Graduate Center. She’s taught English Composition to native English speakers and English Language Learners. As a tutor, she specializes in writing strategies, rhetoric, translation (from and to Spanish), and academic research. As a researcher, she investigates humanity’s resilience, particularly in the face of colonial oppression, and its manifestations in the literary arts. Based between Brooklyn and Mallorca, she sporadically works on projects related to sports and activism, primarily around the running community in the Sahrawi diaspora.


Jacquelyn Blain is Assistant Director of the Writing Center, adjunct lecturer at CityTech and at the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, and has taught technical and professional writing, film studies, screenwriting, and narrative writing for video games. She has an MA in English, MFA in Screenwriting, and PhD candidacy in media studies, and is a WGA writer-producer with close to 100 hours of produced network television.


Joseph Franklin is the Writing Center Director and Assistant Professor in the English department at City Tech. Previously, he started up and directed a writing center at the University of Southampton in England and completed a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Louisville. His primary research is part of the global turn for writing studies, looking specifically at transnational writing program administration as a source for new knowledge.


Julia Ait-Ziane is a life-long New Yorker with over 20 years of experience helping students reach their full reading and writing potential in various venues throughout the five boroughs. She has taught in various non-profits and colleges in the area, ranging from the Brooklyn Public Library to St. Francis College. She currently teaches composition courses and tutors for the ESOL program here at City Tech.  She enjoys teaching students how to use new ideas and approaches to their own writing processes. She has both a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing.


Maeve Riley is a NYC-based adjunct lecturer in English Literature and Theatre as well as theatre artist and writer. Maeve obtained her M.A. in Drama & Performance Studies at University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland. She will be pursuing her P.h.D in Theatre History and Performance Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA this fall. Maeve spends her time going to theatre performances, hiking, and curling up on the couch with some tea and a good book. She always appreciates any and all book recommendations!


Margo Goldstein has worked as an adjunct lecturer and a tutor at the CityTech for over 16 years. She has taught a number of composition courses and tutored for multiple programs. In addition, she loves to dabble in a number of creative projects, including playing guitar and providing lead vocals in her band and acting in various short films. Her creative background and experience working with multilingual learners allow for a fun, productive environment for students.


Maria Ulfah is a Professional and Technical Writing student at City Tech. She is also an intern at the City Tech Writing Center. She writes technical/User Documentation, web content, and social media content.

She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She enjoys exploring her city and spends much of her time crafting, creating conventional and digital art, and learning languages.


Sherana Jackson has worked as an educator of English as a New Language and Reading in the public-school system for over 15 years. Formerly an adjunct lecturer at CUNY for over ten years.