Meet our team

“For the body is not one member, but many.”

Liz F. Bradley

  • Harvard University
  • Master’s Degree, English Education
  • Master’s Degree, Dramatic Arts
  • University of Rochester
  • B.S. in Microbiology, Humanities

A two-time Harvard alum (M. Ed. and MFA), and a graduate of the University of Rochester, Liz is an educator with over a decade of experience both as a teacher and college admissions specialist. While in Boston, Liz served as a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. After her first year of teaching English and writing classes at a college prep high school, she was awarded permanent teacher status, surpassing the five-year qualifying mark. Liz loves writing, acting, illustrated journaling, yoga, and spicy Thai food.

Lizzie Torres

  • Harvard University
  • Master’s Degree, English Education
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts, English

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley, Lizzie Torres received her Ed.M in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. From Boston, Lizzie moved to New York City where she spent a decade teaching AP Literature and Language Arts in New York City. As a teacher, her classroom served as a lab site for city-wide inter-visitations focusing on reading and writing conferences. Throughout her tenure in New York, Lizzie served as Department Chair, Instructional Coach, College Counselor, Testing Coordinator and Coordinator of Student Affairs. More recently, Lizzie worked as the Senior Manager of Teaching and Learning for the LEARN Network in Chicago. In this role, she oversaw the professional development of teachers and school leaders across several K-8 schools. Lizzie worked with a broad range of training models from coaching individual teachers to presenting for large-scale conferences. Lizzie’s training style is collaborative, supportive and interactive. Lizzie loves green tea, and because she cannot choose her favorite, her Kindle has at least 20 great books.

Kristin Nelson

  • Oxford University – M.St in English
  • University of Michigan – MFA in Fiction
  • Exeter University – BA in English

Kristin has spent her life ping-ponging back and forth over the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, she’s accumulated a pair of Master’s degrees, seven years of teaching experience, and an abiding fondness for Keats. Her work as a high school teacher gave her particular zeal for teaching poetry and writing – subjects that can feel intimidating at first, but that will reward you more richly than you can imagine. Her hobbies include writing stories, reading novels, hanging around in art museums, and animatedly explaining why Dante and Virgil always turn left.

Rebecca Freedman

  • Princeton University
  • A.B, History
  • DePaul University. Chicago IL
  • Modern German Philosophy (Heidegger), Linguistics

Rebecca grew up in Paris, France, benefiting greatly from a bilingual upbringing and the strict French secondary school curriculum. While others have their sights set on the city of lights, she looked forward to the flexibility and intellectual openness of American academia. While a student at Princeton University, she was able to indulge in her academic curiosity to the fullest, culminating in a degree in the History of Science.

Rebecca has been a writer and teacher since moving to New York after graduation, and takes great joy in sharing her enthusiasm for the Humanities and Social Sciences with her students. She takes pride in tailoring her teaching style to fit the individual needs of her pupils, and in helping them realize their full intellectual potential through patient pedagogy, believing that learning is best achieved through support, collaboration, and constructive challenging.

When not found sorting through dusty archives, Rebecca is salsa dancing, reading French poetry, and inventing new vegetarian recipes.

James A. Dievler

  • New York University
  • Ph.D. in American Studies
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A. in Philosophy
  • Temple University
  • M.F.A. in Radio, Television, and Film

James has lectured in the university/college classroom for over twenty-five years. He has taught American History and Literature, Writing, World History, Western Literature, and Contemporary Literature at The Fashion Institute of Technology, Long Island University, Rutgers University, and Monmouth University. Today, he teaches World History and Philosophy in a virtual classroom and is ghostwriting a book on the sports industry. His passions are his creative writing, including short stories, long fiction, and screenplays, and New York/New Jersey history and culture. He resides in Jersey City where he celebrates the local history through his many community involvements. He is a member of the Bergen Square Historical Society and is the lead organizer for Bergen Square Day, an annual Jersey City festival of cultural heritage. He loves to travel and experience different cultures.

Jennifer Gersten

  • Yale University
  • B.A., English ​
  • Stony Brook University
  •  ​M.M.

Jennifer Gersten is an educator, writer, and violinist from New York. A Yale graduate (BA, English and creative writing), she has many years of experience teaching literature as well as ACT, SAT, ISEE/SSAT, and SHSAT and college essay and academic writing. She delights in helping students defuse academic challenges through conscientious, empathetic collaboration. For Jennifer, the excitement of teaching lies in helping her students realize new curiosities. Jennifer is the winner of 2018 Rubin Institute Prize in Music Criticism awarded by the leading writers in the field. Her reporting, profiles, essays, and classical music reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, NPR Music, Guernica, Harvard Magazine, and The Kenyon Review (online), among other publications. In February 2019, she was invited to appear on the PBS NewsHour’s “IMHO” segment hosted by Judy Woodruff as an on-air essayist and violinist.

Maggie Rymsza

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Major: History, Concentration in American Studies
  • University College of London, London, U.K
Maggie is a writer, researcher and educator based in Pennsylvania. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history, specializing in American studies. Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she has spent the past several years traveling in America and Europe, continuing her work in academia through pursuing historical research, working as a mentor, and writing about her adventures along the way. She has worked for the Kislak Center for Special Collections and the American Philosophical Society and published her first book, entitled Images of America: Muncy, chronicling the history of her hometown. Finding happiness in learning, Maggie strives to bring her passion for writing and history to students to help them discover new ways of seeing the world. In her free time, Maggie loves cooking any meal with pasta, reading biographies, and amassing new vinyls for her collection.

Austin Gorman, PhD

  • Brown University
  • Doctoral Degree in American Literature and Languages
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • BA in English

Most recently, Austin was the Director of Writing Programs at Clemson University, where he specialized in teaching students the fundamentals of English grammar, rhetoric, and style. In this position, he worked in close collaboration with Clemson Honors College, where he advised dozens of applicants for the Rhodes Scholarship, the Truman Fellowship, and Fulbright Fellowship, respectively. For this reason, Austin is interested in finding writing contests, scholarships, and other awards that your elementary, middle school, and high school student can enter.  A professional mentor in the areas of SAT/ACT test preparation, the academic essay, and a variety of personal/competition essays—from the common application essay for rising high school students to the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay competition and Ayn Rand Essay contest for grades 8-12—Austin expertly employs forms and templates (the instruction manual for American English) in his training of writers as young as seven. One of his points of pride comes from having served as the referee for the first successful Rhodes Scholar finalist at Clemson in 38 years. Austin has previously published two, peer-reviewed academic articles: “Stealth WAC,” which is a case study derived from his experience working with international students on writing, published in The WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum) Journal in 2018, and “M*A*S*H, The Longest Yard, and the Integrationist Imagination in the Post-Segregation Era” in the Journal of American Studies. He is currently working on a novel, Onyx: American Celebrity, a roman clef about NBA superstar Dennis Rodman.

Lena Tsykynovska

  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MFA in writing
  • Yale University
  • B.A. in Literature
Lena Tsykynovska is a teacher and poet from Odessa, Ukraine and Newton, Mass. She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is currently finishing up her Masters in Fine Arts. After earning her undergraduate degree in literature, she received a Fulbright grant to study Russian poetry at the University for the Humanities in Moscow, where she also taught literature courses at a school for adult learners. In addition to her work at the university, Lena is an instructor for the Juniper Young Writers Program, a week-long writing workshop for high school students. Her experience growing up between two languages and two cultures is what brought her to teaching literature, and is the reason she loves helping students find themselves in books.

Molly Horan

  • The New School
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • BA in Creative Writing and Globalization
After completing her undergraduate degree, Molly moved to New York City to pursue an MFA in writing for children in young adults. After graduating, she worked as an online journalist for many years, writing for The New York Times, Glamour, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications. For the last four years, she’s worked as an adjunct professor at NYU teaching creative writing, and as a professor at The School of Visual Arts teaching literature and writing for the web. She has also taught technical writing, creative writing, and journalism at Fordham University, Baruch College, and The School of the New York Times. When not teaching, Molly enjoys musical theater (watching and writing it), swimming, and exploring every corner of New York.

Divya Sharma

  • Columbia University
  • Master’s Degree, Teachers College, Post Secondary Higher Education
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Bachelor of Arts, Global Studies

Divya Sharma is a California native that is passionate about education. He has had 9 years of experience with teaching students. Divya has taught and developed curriculum of English with context of history. During his undergraduate career he was elected as the Academic Affairs Commissioner   — where he was charged with representing 30,000 undergraduate students while implementing programs to positively impact retention efforts on campus. Divya followed his passions and attended Columbia University to further his studies as a higher educational professional. In his spare time, Divya enjoys photography, running, and cooking!

Zulema Renee Summerfield

  • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing/Fiction
  • San Francisco State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, English/Creative Writing
  • San Francisco State University
• Books: Every Other Weekend, Little, Brown (2018); Everything Faces All Ways At Once, Fourteen Hills Press (2010)
• Short Stories: Guernica, The Threepenny Review, Heavy Feather Review, Transfer Magazine, Chaffey Review, Sand Canyon Review, 580 Split, Invisible City, We Still Like
• Semi-finalist, VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, 2019
• Barnes and Noble Discovery Award Selection, 2018
• MacDowell Colony Fellow, 2017
• Winner, Michael Rubin Book Award, 2010
• Winner, Clarke-Gross Novel-In Progress Award, 2008
Zulema Renee Summerfield is a writer, educator, and creative coach. She is the author of Every Other Weekend, out now in paperback from Little, Brown, and her short fiction has been published in a number of literary journals. She has taught writing in venues ranging from elementary to high schools and online classrooms. In addition to teaching elements of story and structure, Zulema specializes in goal management and creative problem-solving for students. A MacDowell Colony fellow, she is currently at work on a new novel and a collection of short stories. When she’s not teaching or writing, Zulema enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.

Carla Troconis

•Harvard University
•Bachelor of Arts and Science in Government

A cum laude graduate of Harvard University in Government and French, Carla is an educator, director/writer, and entrepreneur based in Brooklyn, NY. She has many years of teaching experience, with success in multiple areas from SAT prep to college consulting to French to high-level debate and public speaking. Carla is passionate about helping students grow into their fullest potential and develop their own unique passion and voice as thinkers and writers. She believes that, no matter what anyone wants to do when they grow up, being a skilled writer and creative thinker is key! When she’s not teaching, Carla enjoys taking dance classes, biking around New York, reading novels, and watching movie marathons with friends and family.

Fatinah Judeh

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Master of Arts in Education
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Fatinah is an experienced educator who has served in many roles in education: teacher, curriculum specialist, assistant principal, and county program coordinator. She has spent many years as an educational facilitator building enormous capacity in students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, and community members to establish shared responsibilities in achieving student success. Fatinah’s education and experience has prepared her to seek comprehensive systems-focused solutions that produce high-quality, robust learning accessible to all students. In the classroom, she found a true home teaching students in grades 6-12. Fatinah received rigorous training and effective preparation in the skills and knowledge necessary to create high-caliber, dynamic, inclusive, equitable, and culturally-responsive schools. As an educator, Fatinah strives to create cohesive learning experiences for students in all grade levels across the curriculum by using 21st century skills (the Four C’s): critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Finally, as a teacher of English Language Arts, Fatinah focuses on creating meaningful and supportive learning experiences that give students agency, voice and ownership of their own learning.  Fatinah loves hiking, traveling, cooking plant-based foods, meeting new people and hearing their stories.

Kelsea Jeon

Kelsea Jeon is a senior at Yale University majoring in History, with a concentration in Early America. At Yale, she is the Co-President of the Roosevelt Institute, Yale’s only student-led public policy think tank. She is also a member of the Yale Mock Trial Association, one of the top college Mock Trial teams; and in 2018, she competed in the final round of the national championship, earning her title of an All-American Attorney. In her free time, Kelsea enjoys hanging out with her sisters in Yale’s Zeta Xi chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma, journaling, and doing yoga.

Lois Huang

Lois Huang is an entrepreneur and business executive. She studied at University of McGill in Canada, after which she joined the fashion industry, developing world famous brands for companies in North America (US and Canada). Lois Huang has had a strong passion for education since she began her university studies. Her inspiration and ambition are to deliver comprehensive learning solutions to help students become more productive throughout their learning journey. She wants to help students and families to pursue better educational opportunities and achieve innovative success.

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