Who we are
I am a graduate with honors in Philosophy from Cornell University and hold a Masters degree from Columbia University. I became the Director of the Cornell Education Department Tutoring Program, for which I won the “Innovation In Public Service Award.” I later won the National CINDY Silver Prize for “Best New Educational Material” for my curriculum “Teaching Peace,” and was lucky enough to co-author the book “The Enemy Has A Face” for the United Institute of Peace and to become a contributing writer for The American Prospect Magazine. I then became a Presidential Management Fellow with the US State Department, where my analysis was delivered directly to the Secretary of State, the White House and the National Security Council, but I left politics to become a writer and teacher. In addition to teaching and freelance writing, I had the great fun and opportunity to write the screenplay for the Hollywood movie “The Bay” directed by Oscar Winner Barry Levinson. I love writing and teaching, and every year at Central Park Tutors I am re-inspired by the creative approaches and joyous approach of our tutors and students. Based on the work of our teachers and youngest students last year, I am writing a new book “Beautiful Puzzles For Children” which I hope you will soon enjoy.
I began my teaching career in 2000 as part of the first cohort of the New York City Teaching Fellows program and taught ninth and tenth grade humanities for four years. Then I became the Academic Director at a small private school for the nation’s premier young tennis players. I was also the founding librarian at P.S. 126, where I had the opportunity to steep myself in children’s literature and learn about the books and curricula that students really love.
For seven years I also worked as a full-time tutor and was fortunate enough to work with the same seven students at they progressed from middle school to high school. My students were amazing. One student went from a third grade reading level to an eighth grade reading level in one year! Another student overcame learning difficulties to gain admittance to a top tier university. I loved tutoring. I loved the relationships and I loved how clearly it was possible to make a profound difference in a student’s life.
I graduated with a B.A. in European History and French from the University of Vermont, a Master’s degree in Secondary School Social Studies Education from City College as part of the NY Teaching Fellows program and hold a Diploma in Advanced Studies of French Language and Culture from the Sorbonne.