Alison grew up in Concord, MA, known for its literary and revolutionary history (local authors like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson inspired the name of her first dog, Walden). From a young age, Alison has loved reading, writing, and finding quiet or unexpected places to do both, like independent coffee shops and the sunny benches outside her university's English department. At Brown University, she studied Comparative Literature and Italian Studies, which immersed her in the meaningful exchange that comes from reading across languages and cultures. (Her favorite Italian word – and food – is tiramisu, which literally means "pick me up.") While studying abroad for a year at the University of Bologna in Italy, she tutored English as a Second Language to Italian children, and that experience clarified her desire to pursue teaching. After graduating magna cum laude with honors for her senior thesis about children in adult literature who grow up too quickly, Alison remained at Brown for a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English program, which she is about to complete.
Alison has enjoyed many opportunities to hone her skills as a writer, editor, and tutor. She was Features Editor for the Brown Daily Herald, a peer mentor, and a language tutor in French, Italian, and ESL throughout college. Courses on literature from a variety of genres and time periods have exposed her to many writing styles and assignments, including expository, analytical, comparative, journalistic, and legal writing. Now as a graduate student, Alison has gained a range of teaching experiences with students in urban and suburban classrooms, at the Honors level and in Special Education. During her student teaching, she developed all of her own lesson plans, observing the Common Core Standards while integrating supplemental texts and technology into the curriculum she taught. She especially enjoys working with students on writing, as she contributes her expertise on grammar and conventions while asking probing questions that inspire students to realize and articulate their own ideas.
She is excited about tutoring students of any age in English Language and Literature, Writing, Reading Comprehension, Test Preparation for the SAT (2370) and SAT Subject Tests, Italian, and French. Outside of academics, she likes to bake (and eat) desserts, laugh with friends, and see live music when she can.