Learning Support: Staff

Resources for students in the Suzanne Dworak Peck School School of Social Work's MSW, MSN, and DSW programs.

Meet our Staff


Director of Learning Support

Shunit Mor-Barak is the director of Learning Support at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.  She earned a BA and MPW from USC and has spent many years teaching and tutoring.  Since beginning her work at USC, Shunit has learned to incorporate wisdom gleaned from theories and concepts shared with her by social work students, staff, and faculty.  In Learning Support, she emphasizes goal-setting through collaboration between tutor and student as well as viewing the art and practice of writing as a permutation of systems, from the micro (grammar, sentence) level to the macro (research, outline, thesis).  

 


Content Specialist

Jennifer Nichols is Learning Support's Content Specialist and a graduate of USC's Master of Social Work program. She joined the Learning Support team as a student in the program. She is a licensed master social worker and certified teacher with 15 years of experience as a professional educator. Her primary goal is to help graduate students solidify their understanding of evidence-based theory and concepts so they can apply these approaches to their academic and professional endeavors.  

 

 

 

 

Writing Coach

Rosemarie DiMatteo received her dual genre MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles and MA in Pedagogy and Creative Nonfiction from SUNY Brockport. Among her publications, her nonfiction, “Waiting Room,” was published in the anthology, September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, Etruscan Press. Rose is inspired and humbled by students' passion to improve lives. 



 

Writing Coach

Michael Grimm's background is in professional writing and secondary education, but he is also an active screenwriter and lover of film. Michael harnesses his positive attitude and abundance of energy to work with all types of student in making the writing process as enjoyable as possible. He enjoys working with students because they are passionate about serving others. He is inspired by their humility, gratitude, and kindness.

 


Writing Coach

Nahal Navidar's journey as a teacher began in 2006 in the Micronesian island of Saipan where she taught speech and drama at Hopwood Junior High School.  ​Nahal believes that students will learn best when they believe in themselves, and highlights students' strengths during the writing process.  Nahal loves working with students who are determined to socially motivate the world.  In addition to serving as a writing coach, Nahal is a playwright who continues to develop plays about the marginalized and underrepresented voices in society, and finds the intersection of art and social work truly inspiring.  Nahal holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from the University of Southern California.