Shayna has lived in Montreal, Mumbai, Istanbul, Jerusalem and London—but considers herself a New Yorker at heart. She attended University of Michigan, majoring in Arts & Ideas in the Humanities and Creative Writing and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a few years of service work (in India and Turkey) and a stint as a Contributing Writer at Time Out New York, she earned her PhD in English and American Literature and her MA in Gender and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, supported by Brandeis graduate fellowships. The bulk of her dissertation, on Primitivism in women’s literature of the 1930s, was written while living in London with her husband and daughter. She returned to New York in 2013 and started teaching composition and literature at Baruch and Barnard Colleges. In addition to her passion for literature and writing, Shayna has been practicing yoga for 20 years. In 2014, she decided to make her relationship to yoga official and completed a 200-hour training to become a registered yoga teacher. She currently teaches yoga at Bend and Bloom Yoga, Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, Manhattan High School for Girls, Steps (a shelter for survivors of domestic violence) and privately.
Shayna’s teaching experience includes five years of university writing instruction, two years as an overseas educator, and one year of ESL graduate tutoring. She taught freshman writing seminars at Brandeis University and Baruch College. As a teacher, she enjoys one-on-one conferences with her students and finds it thrilling to watch students’ boldest ideas emerge as they draft and revise essays. At Cambridge Coaching she focuses on admissions coaching and all aspects of writing, always drawing on students’ particular strengths, experiences, and knowledge, and encouraging creative, incisive inquiry.
In her spare time, Shayna enjoys yoga (of course), writing poetry, cracking open geodes with her daughter, cuddling with her two cats, and learning about natural remedies and herbalism.