Cypress was born in a log cabin on the coast of Washington State and raised in Buffalo, New York. She holds a B.A. in classics from Bard College; her focus was on Greek and Roman literature, and she wrote a thesis on memory and landscape in Virgil’s Eclogues. (There are no honor societies at Bard; however, Cypress graduated with a 3.8 GPA, which is often recognized by colleges and universities with the distinction of magna cum laude.) Before attending Bard, Cypress was unrepentant math nerd and took college-level math classes at University at Buffalo’s Gifted Math Program. Also during high school, she completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction.
At Bard, Cypress tutored at the Bard Learning Commons and at Bard’s much lauded Prison Intuitive. In these roles, she has worked with, all told, more than 100 students on their writing. Cypress is especially good at first teaching students the techniques of close reading and then demonstrating the way in which these techniques can be used both as the fuel for writing and as a means of approaching the revision of analytical papers.