“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.

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.

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.

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.

Lee Emrich, PhD

  • University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
  • PhD in English
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing


University of California, Davis

  • English Grammar
  • Renaissance Love Poetry
  • Pop Culture Shakespeare
  • Writers’ Workshop
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Expository Writing
  • World Cities
  • History of Western Civilization
  • Introduction to Film
  • Shakespeare
  • Law & Literature

Lee Emrich has taught English and History in university classrooms for the last eight years. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California at Davis. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University where she graduated with honors and research distinction, winning awards for her research. At the college level, she has taught canonical courses on European history, Shakespeare, Renaissance Love Poetry, Women’s Writing, and English Grammar. She has also pioneered such courses as Medical Humanities and Pop Culture Shakespeare. Lee has also worked in editing on The Norton Anthology of Poetry and for Cambridge University Press. She loves sparking curiosity about the world and history through literature, but also focuses on rhetorical positioning in writing. In her spare time, Lee loves cooking, traveling, seeing art, playing the piano, and photography.

Lena Tsykynovska

  • Yale University
  • B.A. in Literature
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MFA in writing
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.

Kelsea Jeon

  • Yale University
  • BA in History
  • University of Oxford
  • Master Degree in Socio-Legal Research

Kelsea Jeon is from Arcadia, CA and attended Arcadia public schools from K-12. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, earning a degree in History (with distinction). Her senior thesis focused on understandings of access to justice in early America and was one of four full-length theses to be selected for publication in the Yale Historical Review. She is studying Socio-Legal Research for her Master’s Degree at the University of Oxford. Her current dissertation examines how nonlawyers provided legal aid to impoverished Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Kelsea also writes for the Oxford Women in Law Student Society and is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant Scholarship.

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.

Julia Chin

  • Yale University
  • PhD candidate in English Language & Literature
  • Gettysburg College
  • B.A., English ​

Julia is a PhD candidate in English Language & Literature at Yale University. A summa cum laude graduate of Gettysburg College in English with a Writing Concentration and East Asian Studies, her doctoral research focuses on 19th-century British literary culture, the global legacy of the Victorian novel, and Japanese translation and reception history. As an aspiring college professor, Julia first discovered her passion for teaching early on in her teen years, when she founded and directed a theater troupe for middle school students in her local community in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Since then she has served in a variety of pedagogical roles as a language tutor, peer learning associate, and scholarship program mentor in her high school and undergraduate career. Her enthusiasm for collaborating with and learning from other scholars led her to an editorial internship at J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists, as well as her current responsibilities as a co-convener of Yale’s 18th-/19th-Century Colloquium. When not ensconced in an armchair with a novel in hand, Julia enjoys writing letters to friends, drinking all kinds of tea, and singing Broadway showtunes.

Caitlin Doyle, PhD

• University of Cincinnati
• PhD, English Literature
• Boston University
• MFA, Creative Writing
• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• BA, English Literature

Caitlin Doyle is an educator and writer whose work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, Yale Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Best New Poets, American Life in Poetry, the PBS NewsHour Online Poetry Series, and elsewhere. She has received awards, scholarships, and fellowships through the Yaddo Colony, the MacDowell Colony, and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, among other organizations, and she has been honored as a P.E.O Presidential Endowed Scholar. Caitlin has taught writing and literature as the Writer-In-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Emerging Writer-In-Residence at Penn State Altoona, a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University, an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, and the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans School. Most recently, Caitlin taught as Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Writer-In-Residence at Washington & Jefferson College. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the University of Cincinnati Excellence in Teaching Award, the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Award, and a William C. Boyce Teaching Award. Caitlin is passionate about helping students develop a nuanced sense of literature’s power, purpose, and pleasure. She earned a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she was the Associate Editor of The Cincinnati Review. Caitlin teaches as a faculty member in the Frost Farm Poetry Conference and serves as Interviews Editor for Literary Matters.

Matt Flores

  • Arizona State University
  • MFA in Creative Writing-Poetry
  • The University of Houston
  • BA, English with an emphasis on Creative Writing

Matt Flores (they/them) is an essayist and poet originally from South Texas. They have taught English courses at the college level that emphasize rhetoric and various forms of narrative storytelling, as well as creative writing workshops in poetry. Matt has also been an educational coach at the elementary, middle school level helping students solve their individual academic problems through creative solutions. They have served as a mentor for young students who want to fully realize their academic and intellectual interests into polished and rigorous essays. Matt obtained their undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in poetry and critical writing on visual art, and has received fellowships and grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Ideafund-Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, and The Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. Matt’s poetry has been published widely and they are also an associate editor for the literary journal Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Rory Wakeford

  • Harvard University
  • B.A in Integrative Biology
  • Columbia University
  • M.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology

Rory studies master degree at Columbia University in the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology department. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a degree in Integrative Biology. Although her degrees are in biology, Rory is an avid reader and writer. She filled her schedule with literature, acting, creative writing, and journalism classes in college and wrote for the school newspaper. Communicating effectively and creatively is a skill that is crucial in both the sciences and the humanities. Rory has been a teacher and peer tutor in every stage of her academic career and was an acting and playwriting teacher for young students in Boston through Harvard STAGE. In addition to teaching, Rory loves poetry, hiking, and cooking elaborate meals.

Kayla Soyer-Stein

  • University of Iowa
  • MFA in Fiction
  • Oberlin College
  • BA in Creative Writing
Kayla was born in New York City and has been teaching writing in various capacities since receiving her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow. She has taught creative writing to undergraduates at the University of Iowa. Additionally, she has taught critical writing, critical reading, and grammar to high school students. As a college essay consultant, she also works with students to craft compelling personal statements for their college applications. Besides reading and writing, Kayla’s interests include painting, swimming, vegan cooking, and dogs.

Margaret Shultz

  • Yale University
  • B.A. English Literature
  • Arizona State University,
  • MFA in Creative Writing

Margaret Shultz is a writer and teacher originally from Iowa City, Iowa. They studied English with a concentration in Creative Writing at Yale University and are currently in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where they teach undergraduate classes in poetry and composition. Margaret’s writing has been published widely and they have received awards and fellowships from Yale University, The Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, and the Virginia G. Piper Center, among others. Margaret has many years of experience as a writing coach, teacher, and tutor working with students to develop their creativity and foster their critical reading and writing skills.

Megan Rilkoff

  • Relay Graduate School of Education, NY
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • University of Southern California, CA
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Institute Catholique, Paris, France
  • Study Abroad

Megan Rilkoff is a middle-school place-based educator in Maine where she holds her professional teaching certificate in English Language Arts, grades 5-8. She has seven years of teaching experience across multiple subjects. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature and French from the University of Southern California where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received The Comparative Literature Major Prize. Megan received a Fulbright grant as an English Teaching Assistant in Laos and was a 2016 Teach for America corps member. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in channeling students’ natural curiosity and passions as a driving force in the classroom.

Orion Vigil

• Harvard University
• A. B. Integrative Biology
• Secondary Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Orion Vigil is from Albuquerque, New Mexico currently based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although he majored in biology at Harvard, Orion has an extensive love of critical reading and analytical writing, having taken courses in topics ranging from Realism in literature to the Art of Rhetoric. They also possess a strong background in theater, and most recently performed in King John with Hyperion, Harvard’s Shakespearean dramatic club. Orion teaches English and has worked as an editor for Practical Neurology in Harvard. He also keeps exploring the relationship between writing, literature and people’s cognitive, intellectual development from the perspective of the brain. He hopes to someday merge his love of writing and medicine while as a physician and being a writer.

Gabriel Mesa

  • Yale University
  • B.S. Physics and History
  • Yale University
  • M.A. History
  • Yale University
  • Ph.D. candidate in History

Gabriel is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale, with a wide array of research interests. Most recently, he has worked on Russian/Soviet diplomatic history and the origins of the Second World War in the Pacific. Coming from a Physics background, Gabriel is interested in the development of quantum physics in the USSR. He also works on early 20th century European intellectual history more broadly. He speaks Spanish and Russian fluently, and is currently working on reading proficiency in German and French. After moving from New York to New Jersey, Gabriel settled in Connecticut, where he was heavily involved with the Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), an extracurricular science education program for students statewide. As a participant, volunteer, and later board member, he loved mentoring students in their individual projects. Heavily influenced by this experience, Gabriel believes that learning is most effective when incorporating students’ individual passions into their studies. Outside of academics, he enjoys singing and conducting in the Yale Russian Chorus as well as speaking at weekly political debates. At home, one might find him cooking Argentine asados or listening to classic rock.

Alexander Koenig

  • Harvard University
  • A.B. In Social Studies
  • University of Chicago
  • PhD in Comparative Human Development

Alex is a PhD at the University of Chicago studying how schools incorporate new arrivals into their classrooms. Prior to his graduate studies, Alex was a school teacher in Tulsa Public Schools and a school data officer in Boston. Alex has tutored students of all ages on AP history tests, PSATs, SATs, and the GRE and taught at the college level. His research involves archival analysis and situates ongoing social issues in their historical context. Alex grew up in Europe, visiting battlefields and churches on the weekends all throughout his childhood. Up to now, he has kept that passion for history alive, criss crossing the country on road trips to learn about its past. Alex is a big fan of Seattle sports teams and loves to read and cook.

Mathilde Sauquet

  • Princeton University
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Princeton University
  • Master of Arts in Art and Archaeology
  • University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Master of Studies in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies, History Faculty,
  • Trinity College
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Language and Culture Studies

Mathilde is an educator, linguist, and art historian, currently a PhD candidate from Princeton University. She received an MA in Art and Archaeology from Princeton as well as an MA in History from the University of Oxford in the UK.  A first-generation college graduate, Mathilde earned her BA in Art History and Modern Languages from Trinity College, CT where she was Valedictorian and a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. She owes most of these accomplishments to the incredible teachers and mentors who have supported her along the way, inspiring her to follow in their footsteps by bringing passion, empathy, and creativity into her classroom. She primarily works on the Middle Ages and the many historical instances in which communities from diverse cultures, religions, and linguistic backgrounds found productive and peaceful ways to co-exist with one another. By looking to the past for inspiration, she helps her students foster a greater understanding of the world in all of its diversity.

Benjamin Blackman

  • University of California, Davis
  • PhD in English
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BA in English (honors) & Communication Arts

Benjamin Blackman has taught literature, history, philosophy, and composition at the university level for more than seven years. He holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Davis, and a BA in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he won undergraduate awards for his honors thesis. His research focuses on British literature, science fiction, and Romanticism, and he has presented much of his work at academic conferences. Benjamin also has experience tutoring students on the GRE and GMAT. His passion for working with young people began with being a camp counselor as a teenager, and he’s thrilled to be able to continue this work in the classroom. Benjamin believes that reading and studying literature and history can help students (and teachers!) see the world anew. When he’s not teaching, reading, or writing, he loves to hike, go to the movies, and fix old watches.

Avery Meinen

  • Columbia University
  • Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature( in progress)
  • Arizona State University
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., English

Avery Meinen is a poet and writer born and raised in Ohio and Pennsylvania. They hold a BA in English from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University, where they served as a June Jordan Teaching Fellow with Poetry for the People. They have taught literature, composition, and creative writing courses at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate level. Their teaching draws from a number of critical pedagogies, and they especially look forward to discussions with students about literature, and the moving and complex ways that students think about language. Previously they’ve worked as an editor, tutor, and teaching artist, and coached high school spoken word poets in the Philly Youth Slam League. Their writing has received support from Tin House, the Poetry Foundation/Crescendo Literary, and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State, among others. They are currently a doctoral student in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

Angelina Shoemaker

  • Harvard University
  • Degree in Chemical and Physical Biology
Angie, a recent college graduate and proud New Yorker, possesses a love for her home as well as traveling the world (both physically and through the world of fiction).
After successfully completing her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical and Physical Biology at Harvard University, her next big goal is to embark on a medical school journey, driven by her aspiration to contribute to the field of healthcare. Alongside her academic pursuits, Angie has developed a passion for mentoring the younger generation, nurturing this interest through teaching and tutoring experiences that have taken her to South Korea and various online and in-person settings over the past three years. Through her love of literature, writing, and the English language, she hopes to inspire students to challenge their preconceived notions of the world. Recognizing the power of diverse viewpoints, Angie strongly believes in the value of learning from others.
Drawing from her extensive background in scientific, journalistic, creative, analytic, responsive, and persuasive writing, Angie aims to motivate students to read and write with a fresh perspective. Her mission is to motivate them to explore new literary territories and perceive the world from angles they may not have previously considered, fostering a broader and more nuanced worldview.

Laura Prince

  • University of Chicago
  • MA in Humanities
  • University of Florida
  • BA in English
  • University of Florida
  • BA in Sociology

Laura Prince is an enthusiastic educator and researcher passionate about helping students learn and grow. She was a high school English and AP Language and Composition teacher, where she developed her love for improving student outcomes and built her expertise in teaching analytical reading and writing. Currently, she is working on an MA at the University of Chicago, writing a thesis on South Asian poetics and comparative literature. She also strongly advocates for social justice and believes education is the key to a more just and equitable world. In her free time, she loves playing with her cat, Bagheera, cooking and baking, and reading cozy mystery novels

Evelyn Kuo

  • Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
  • Minor in Theater and Performance Studies

Evelyn Kuo is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in English. For three years at Stanford, she supported undergraduate and graduate students as a peer writing tutor at The Hume Center for Writing and Speaking. She was also the first teaching assistant for writing classes within the Leland Scholars Program (LSP). LSP facilitates the transition to college for incoming Stanford frosh who may be the first in their families to attend college, attended under-resourced high schools, or are from low-income backgrounds. She currently works at a multicultural feminist press and enjoys reading and teaching.

Hayley Byrnes

  • Yale University
  • B.A. in English

Hayley is an educator and screenwriter from Michigan. She graduated from Yale with a B.A. in English and a concentration in creative writing. Hayley has tutored students in literature, creative writing and college essay writing for many years. She works in television writer’s rooms, with shows for Hulu, AMC, FX and National Geographic. Her role as a filmmaker is inextricable from her approach as a teacher: to lead with a generosity and collaboration that brings about the best creative work.

Robert “Forest” Malley

  • Harvard University
  • A.B., Cum Laude in History & Literature
  • New York University
  • M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing

Forest is an arts educator, playwright and actor originally from Beverly, Massachusetts. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History & Literature, and received his MFA in playwriting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts , where he also studied arts education. He has been teaching creative writing, literature and French language courses since he was in high school, and has continued to teach students throughout his time in college and graduate school. Forest is passionate about bringing his love of literature, writing, and the creative arts to all of his work in education, and strongly believes that students succeed most when their creativity and expressivity are nourished. Outside of the classroom, he is an avid reader, karaoke enthusiast, and backgammon player.

Abigail Romero

  • Harvard University
  • B.A in Applied Math and Economics
  • Minor in humanities

Abigail is a graduate from Harvard, where she earned her B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and a humanities minor. At Harvard, Abigail was a writer and news reporter for the Harvard Crimson. Abigail has also written and scripted for other publications and productions as an undergraduate. Abigail is an avid reader and lover of literature; during her first semester in college she read 14 books, and continues to read, on average, a book a week. She has taught at dozens of programs and schools across the Northeast, and has been a tutor/teacher for many years on subjects including English, the SAT writing section, essay writing and editing, and more. Abigail loves writing, cycling, ice skating, ballroom dancing, and talking about her dreams (both literally and figuratively).

Courtney Vaughan

  • M.A., University of San Diego
  • TEFL, Center for Applied Linguistics
  • CELTA, Cambridge University
  • Masarykova University, Brno, Czech Republic
  • B.A. Literary Studies, Roanoke College

Courtney has a combined 6 years of teaching experience of all age levels and subjects, such as English Language Arts, Literature, Civics/Social Studies and Human Rights. She also has a variety of experience developing and designing curriculum and training materials for both students and teachers. After graduating with her B.A. in Literary Studies and from Roanoke College with Honors in the Major, Honors Program designation, and Phi Beta Kappa, she received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant. While in undergrad, she was a Writing Center Tutor and Resident Writing Tutor for an intro rhetoric course. Currently, she works with supporting industry professionals who are interested in volunteering in the classroom as an approach to closing the education inequity gap. Her passion for education is rooted in equity, cultural responsiveness, and inclusion to ensure the needs of all learners are met. Whenever she’s not educating, she’s reading, cooking, marathon training, traveling, or cuddling with her two tuxedo cats.

Beau Bayh

  • Harvard University
  • B.A. Government
  • Harvard Law School
  •  Juris Doctorate Candidate

Originally from Indiana, Beau Bayh is in his third-year at Harvard Law School. Prior to Harvard Law, Beau was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marine Corps, Beau served within the intelligence community and as an Infantry Officer. At Harvard University, Beau concentrated in Government, was a four-year member of Harvard’s Division One Men’s Varsity Lacrosse team, served as a member of the Harvard Honor council, and belonged to a student-run investment fund.
Beau’s work experience spans both the public and private sectors, including positions held in the White House, a bulge bracket investment bank, Barnes and Thornburg LLP, Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, and the general counsel’s office of Cummins Engines.
Beau has many years of experience studying United States history and civics. Beau’s experience at Harvard Law School uniquely positions him to improve student’s analytical reasoning, critical thinking, writing, and contextual understanding of American history. Beau’s service in the Marine Corps allows him to impart leadership skills and discipline-building habits to his mentees.

Sophia Moreira

  • Stanford University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Classics (Latin track)
  • Honors Degree, Mathematics

Mrs. Sophia Moreira graduated from Stanford University with a double-major in math (Honors) and classics (Latin focus). Her research includes translating 12th century Latin scrolls from Admont Monastery and exploring computational complexity classes on closed timelike curves. In her youth, she won 1st Place on the International Medusa Mythology Exam and in the Illinois Latin Tournament before giving a speech in Latin to over 500 peers. During college, she was Co-Editor-in-Chief of Stanford’s classics journal and a contest writer for the Junior Classical League. Since graduating, Mrs. Moreira has brought her love of learning and interest in competitions to hundreds of students across a wide variety of subjects and ages, and specializes in helping kids exceed their learning goals while upholding a strong commitment to a positive and nurturing environment. Outside of teaching, she enjoys teaching dance fitness and going on walks with her husband.

Marie Ayiah

  • Harvard University
  • B.A. in History of Science
  • Minor in Global Health and Health Policy

Marie is a graduate of Harvard, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in History of Science and a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Her experience in education ranges from directing after-school programs, instructing aspiring pre-med students, and mentoring as a summer counselor. She is passionate about empowering students through education and fostering their growth through meaningful dialogue and connections. When teaching, Marie aims to broaden students’ perspectives of the world through engaging literature and thoughtful discussions. Outside of the classroom, Marie enjoys graphic design, learning how to crochet, and trying out new recipes.

Beatrice Smigasiewicz

  • Stanford University
  • PhD Candidate in Art History
  • University of Iowa
  • MFA in Writing

Beatrice Smigasiewicz has taught creative writing and art history in front of paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cantor of the Arts, Stanford University, and the University of Iowa. 

She has worked as a writing instructor, tutor, and mentor with young artists, students, and writers. In addition to teaching the building blocks of essay and prose writing, Beatrice works closely with each student to help raise sensitivity to cultural and historical contexts that shape each writer’s narrative and voice. Her writing has been recognized by the Fulbright Foundation, the Sutzkever Essay Prize, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. 

Camille Patrao

  • University of Southern California
  • B.A. in English

Camille is an educator and writer from Los Angeles, California. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. Camille is deeply passionate about education and worked with the nonprofit WriteGirl for years, which provides creative writing/college preparedness workshops and one-on-one writing mentorship for teen girls in Los Angeles. Camille has also worked with independent publisher KAYA Press, where she edited experimental literature of the Pan-Asian diaspora. Her work with KAYA sent her to events like the LA Times Festival of Books and the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference, where she facilitated writing exercises for students of all ages. Camille also writes for television, and her work in both adult and family programming has appeared on ABC and Disney+. Camille brings her multidisciplinary background to her teaching style and encourages students to use the skills they learn in the classroom to analyze any and all media they encounter, from song lyrics to video games. She hopes to inspire students by showing them that story and narrative shape their worlds—and that a mastery of language will open more doors for them than they could imagine.

Scott Borgeson

  • Stanford University
  • PhD in Linguistics
  • MA in Linguistics
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • BA in Linguistics, Italian, Arabic

Scott earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University, and now serves as a professor of linguistics at Michigan State University. There, he teaches phonology at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as an undergraduate course on constructed languages like Elvish and Klingon. Honing his students’ writing skills is an essential part of his teaching mission. In his classes, students learn how to identify a viable research topic, formulate an analysis, build their arguments, organize them into clear and convincing prose, and submit for feedback and revision. Additionally, he has studied numerous languages, including Latin, Italian, Arabic, Polish, Finnish, Estonian, and Slovak, with most of his professional research focusing on the latter two. In his free time, he writes and reviews sci-fi / fantasy, leads a creative writing workshop of fellow Stanford alums, and invents languages for fun.

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.

Amelia Christmas Gramling

  • University of Iowa
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Otterbein University
  •  B.A. in English

A graduate from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and the recipient of Iowa’s Postgraduate Provost Fellowship, Amelia is an educator, writer, and mentor with many years of experience teaching literature and writing. While in Ohio, Amelia served as an Artist in Residence at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Pages Program where she designed and taught integrative arts curriculum to high school English students. As a professor at the University of Iowa, Amelia has continued to pursue her passion for K-12 education by serving as a master teacher for the Advanced Studies Program at Saint Paul’s School during the summer, and—as a Buckley Fellow—by designing and teaching virtual writing master classes for students from The Buckley School in California. Amelia loves writing, reading, roller skating, hiking, and travelling. When she’s not working, she’s pursuing her dream of visiting all fifty states.

Dawn Adrienne, PhD

  • University of Malta
  • Postgraduate Studies, Dept. of Classics & Archaeology
  • State University of New York Binghamton University
  • Ph.D., English
  • New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
  • MFA, Musical Theatre Writing
  • State University of New York
  • BA, Dramatic Studies

Dawn is an educator, poet, and playwright from New York City with over fifteen years English teaching experience at all levels—from preschool to graduate school. She is passionate about creating engaging, memorable, and academically robust experiences for her students and often mixes the creative arts into the critically analytic curriculum. A specialist in Early Modern Drama (especially Shakespeare), Dawn is currently investigating prehistoric theatre and ritual on the Mediterranean Island of Malta and is currently working with a Science in the City / Malta Chamber of Scientists / Malta Arts Council grant to build a replica of a prehistoric theatre to stage a show about archaeological heritage. She is the author of several academic articles and theatre reviews; two poetry chapbooks; a forthcoming monograph entitled King James and the Theatre of Witches; and a children’s novel, Lily in the Enchanted Forest (as yet unpublished). In her spare time, Dawn also loves playing the piano, writing songs, hiking in nature, and playing with her pet rabbit, Cupid!

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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