Sheela is a musician and public interest attorney who has never been able to stick to just one career. She received her BFA in Vocal Performance and BS in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with triple honors from the university, the College of Fine Arts, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. She then moved to London as a Marshall Scholar, getting a Postgraduate Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Royal College of Music (singing opera) and an MSc in Cognitive & Decision Sciences from University College London (studying juror decision-making). Finally, she received a JD from Yale Law School and decided that was enough school for now. After law school, Sheela clerked for a federal judge, passed the California bar exam, and received a Skadden Fellowship to represent youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation (a form of human trafficking). Most recently, she was a director at a nonprofit dedicated to preventing this kind of trafficking. Meanwhile, Sheela has continued to work as a composer and music director. Nowadays, Sheela splits her time between an active music career, nonprofit work, and teaching.

Thanks to her eclectic background, Sheela has nearly 20 years of teaching experience across a number of disciplines–starting with her high school job as a tutor for a children’s education center. She was a Lead Teacher for Kaplan Test Prep in London, where she earned the title of “Elite Teacher” after receiving the highest student feedback scores in the country. She's been a TA for undergraduate courses in writing, philosophy, psychology, music, and more, and has taught at music/theater programs for middle school through college-age students. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Outside of work, Sheela enjoys dangerously spicy food and time with her baby daughter and husband, a fellow Cambridge tutor.


Education & Qualifications
  • Yale Law School, JD
  • University College London, MSc in Cognitive & Decision Sciences
  • Royal College of Music, Diploma in Vocal Performance
  • Carnegie Mellon University, BS in Psychology and BFA in Vocal Performance
  • Legal Studies
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Law School Admissions
  • College Admissions
  • SAT
  • GRE
  • LSAT