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I am a graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts. I received my Bachelor of Arts in African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies and took several courses in Hispanic Studies. I am currently working on my Master of Social Work Degree. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad for an academic year in Puebla, Mexico where I was able to complete a project on the presence of people of African descent in Mexico. Since high school, I have been working with children and young people often as a mentor and in academic support. One of my first tutoring experiences was as a tutor for a reading program that provides extra support to first grade students who are struggling to read at grade level. In college, I taught eight grade US History and some elective courses to middle school students in a summer enrichment program in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, I have supported students in the college application process working with them on parts of their PSAT and in college essay writing. In past jobs, I have assisted students studying for Accupulacer exams to enter into Community Colleges. One of my favorite quotes is by Frederick Douglass and it sums up my beliefs on education: "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." I believe that education has the power to liberate people and from my personal experiences, I have experienced it as a transformational process. In my spare time, I like writing poetry and attending poetry shows, participating in Improvisational Theater, and reading.

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Karessa’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: Wheaton College (Massachusetts) - Bachelor in Arts, African,African-American,and Diaspora Studies

Graduate Degree: Smith College - Master of Social Work, Social Work


Reading, writing poetry, and participating in Improvisational Theater.

Tutoring Subjects

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills


College English

College Essays

College Level American History

Conversational Spanish


GED Prep

High School English

High School Level American History



HSPT Language Skills

HSPT Reading


ISEE- Lower Level


Public Speaking



Social Studies


Spanish 1

Test Prep


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