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 sunny benches in small towns where she has traveled. 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. Alison graduated magna cum laude with honors for her senior thesis about children in adult literature who grow up too quickly, and she remained at Brown for a fifth year to complete a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English program.
After returning to Italy to teach English for a year at a prestigious classical Italian high school in Bergamo, Alison is happy to be back close to home, teaching high school English in Acton (at her own high school rival!). She has experience working with children as well as adults in French, Italian, and English reading comprehension and writing, including for college admissions essays and SAT and AP exams. She also created and contributed regular posts to a grammar blog. What she loves most about teaching is the opportunity always to be surprised by the insight in the questions and comments her students come up with.
Outside of the classroom, Alison likes baking (and eating) desserts, seeing live music, laughing with friends and family, and being outdoors through New England's change of seasons.