Student Employees

Rachel Castro
Graduate Assistant-Program Coordinator Support

Rachel Castro is a third-year nonfiction candidate in UNCW'S Creative Writing MFA program. Before becoming a Graduate Assistant in the Watson College of Education, she worked in the admissions office as a graduate reader and as the Media Graduate Assistant in the Creative Writing department, and taught creative writing weekly at Roland Grise Middle School through the Writers in Action program. She is originally from Falls Church, Virginia.

T 12:00-5:00
W 11:00-5:00
Th 9:00-2:00
F 10:00-2:00

Ashleigh Phillips
Graduate Assistant-Community Engagement Support

Ashleigh Phillips is third year fiction candidate in UNCW’s MFA Creative Writing program and works as Watson College of Education’s Community Engagement Coordinator. She’s taught Creative Writing courses to undergrads here as a TA and at Eaton Elementary as a Writers In Action instructor. Ashleigh is also the 2016 recipient of the Robert H. Byington Leadership Fellowship, a Meredith College alum, and Northeastern NC native.

M 8:00-1:30
T 9:00-1:30
W 8:00-1:30
Thurs. 8:00-1:30

Mike Loeffler
Graduate Assistant-Research Support

Michael Loeffler graduated high school in Prescott Valley, AZ in 2005 and immediately enlisted in the US Army. He was stationed in Ft. Richardson, Alaska for five years and was deployed for one year in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan. After returning from Afghanistan in 2010, Mike received an honorable discharge from the Army and moved to Wilmington, NC to pursue an education in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. As an undergraduate student, Mike worked full time at a group home for people with developmental disabilities, was a My Stand mentor and Peer Educator with the UNCW CARE office, and was hired as a Peer Coordinator in the CARE office his senior year. In 2014, he earned his Bachelor's degree in psychology, graduating magna cum laude with departmental honors, and was accepted into the graduate program with the UNCW psychology department. He has been a Teacher's Assistant for the psychology department as well as a Graduate Assistant for Watson College of Education for three semesters. In his last year of grad school, Mike was hired by Crossroads, the university's substance abuse prevention and education program here at UNCW. He has completed his coursework in pursuit of a Master's degree in general psychology and is currently completing a study for his thesis regarding the effects of alcohol on women's intimate relationships. 

M 11:00-4:00
T 11:00-4:00
Th 12:00-5:00
F 12:00-5:00

Makayla Hodge
Work Study-General Support

Makayla Hodge grew up on a small farm in Rutherfordton, NC. She is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Spanish with a Teaching Licensure. Also, she is involved with Watson Student Leaders, an organization of future teachers dedicated to representing Watson College of Education with leadership and professionalism. In her free time, Makayla enjoys oil painting and riding horses. 

M: 1:00-5:00
W 8:00-10:00
Th 1:00-4:00
F 8:00-10:30