June Sylvester Saraceno

June Sylvester Saraceno

Essay Coach

June has an MFA in creative writing and has taught literature, writing and humanities courses at university level for 20+ years. During that time, she earned numerous teaching awards including Nevada’s Outstanding Teacher in Humanities Award and the Ansari Gold Medal for Distinguished Teaching at Sierra Nevada University.


As a professor and chair of an English department, I worked with students in many capacities, both inside and outside of the classroom—as an advisor, mentor, advocate and more. I also pursue my own writing goals, including publishing my first novel Feral, North Carolina, 1965 along with three collections of poetry. Even though writing can be challenging, the rewards are deeply satisfying.

Counseling Style:

I believe in hard work and having fun, so I try to include both while working with students. Sometimes, a playful approach works best to start a difficult task. I also listen closely when conversing with students.


I enjoy long walks with my chocolate lab, Luna. Traveling and experiencing other cultures, meeting new people and hearing languages is another one of my passions. Additionally, there are always towers of books throughout my house, various worlds all waiting for me to enter.


  • Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
  • BA English Literature with a minor in psychology, East Carolina University, North Carolina


“June amplified my voice and helped me to receive recognition for my academic and creative accomplishments. I cannot overemphasize how lucky one would be to work with June.”

–Lauren Rose, Sierra Nevada University graduate 2021, former student

“June is a superb communicator, absolutely thorough and detailed, and highly creative. In addition, June is humble and easily accessible to everyone.”

–Kathrin Nikolussi, President and Co-Founder of Goode Health, former student

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