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Alissa

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University and a Masters of Humanities degree in Philosophy of Language and Ethics from the University of Chicago. I also have a Certificate in Publishing from NYU's intensive Summer Publishing Institute, and I am currently working on a TEFOL/TESL certification to teach English as a Second Language.

My background in tutoring and teaching is wide and varied - I served as a kindergarten teacher assistant for many years, a private tutor in my time as an undergraduate, a Visiting Professor of English Language at Pammukale University in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar, and a preschool teacher on the South Side of Chicago. I am a published poet, a children's book author, and have developed curriculum for elementary, high school, and university-level students in early literacy, English Language Arts, and test prep. I currently work for a nonprofit organization that trains young adults who have committed a year of their lives to service in the community to provide critical interventions (tutoring, after-school programming, class assistance) in the most under-resourced public schools. I love to tutor because I believe that education can be the key to opportunities that change the course of a student's future - it's why I have traveled the world to work with and teach the neediest students, and it's why I am so excited to be a Varsity Tutor! With students, I focus on developing a way of thinking and an enjoyment of learning, rather than rote memorization or endless worksheets.

When I'm not helping a student achieve academic success, I volunteer with a therapeutic horseback riding program. I also love to build and drag race performance cars, snowboard, bake cupcakes, and spend quality time with my family and friends!

Undergraduate Degree:

 Pepperdine University - Bachelors of Arts, Creative Writing

Graduate Degree:

 University of Chicago - Masters of Humanities, Philosophy of Language and Ethics

ACT Composite: 34

ACT English: 36

ACT Math: 32

ACT Reading: 34

SAT Composite: 1430

SAT Math: 720

SAT Verbal: 710

GRE: 1420

Building and drag racing performance cars, snowboarding, baking, and spending quality time with family and friends