Ailes has extensive experience teaching and tutoring students of multiple ages and language abilities in multiple subjects. She holds a minor in Educational Studies from Bates College (2014).

At the University of Strathclyde, she taught the first-year course Introduction to Creative Writing in the autumn of 2016 and the third-year course Writing Real Life in the spring of 2017.

She has led creative writing workshops both solo and with the collective Loud Poets with organisations including Glasgow Life (2018), Annexe Arts (2017-18), StAnza (Scotland’s International Festival for Poetry) (2017), the Audacious Women Festival (2017), and at Bates College (2016).

At Bates College,  she trained and worked as a Peer Writing Tutor (2011-2014) offering assistance to fellow college students with writing-related work across all disciplines. In addition to working the drop-in assistance service, she served as a course liaison for four courses, coordinating with the courses’ professors to offer targeted feedback on student work.

As a Student Volunteer Fellow and the America Reads Tutor at the Lewiston Public Library (2011-2013), she tutored and mentored students three time weekly (for two-hour periods), assisting with whatever assignments they brought in. Due to Lewiston’s high population of resettled Somali refugees, the majority of these students were English Language Learners.

Through her Educational Studies minor degree, in addition to completing courses on educational theory and practice, she also completed fieldwork in multiple educational settings, including with young students and children on the autism spectrum.


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With workshop participants at the University of Edinburgh, 2015. Photo credit: Perry Jonsson.