Tess grew up in northern New Jersey, where, as an enthusiastic user of AOL instant messenger, she first discovered her love of the written word. That love carried her to Yale, where she completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the English major. Next, she went to Oxford, where she earned a Master’s degree in Post-1900 Literature with high distinction. Today, she is pursuing a PhD in English Literature at Harvard. At Yale, Oxford, and Harvard, she has won over fifteen prizes and merit-based fellowships for her essays and research. Her writing has been published in multiple scholarly and public venues.
Tess has also spent over ten years teaching and tutoring students in writing, literature, and other subjects. At Harvard, she has taught multiple courses in the English department, coaching students one-on-one through the steps of the writing process, from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. Each term, she has won Harvard’s Bok Award for Distinction in Teaching, reserved for the TFs who earn the highest scores on student course evaluations (over 4.5/5). She has also spent many years individually tutoring college, high school, and middle school students, typically in Writing, Math, and the SAT. With perfect scores on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the GRE, 99 percentile marks on the SAT, and fives on thirteen different AP exams, Tess has expertise across the academic spectrum.
When she is not writing or teaching, Tess can be found watching films, working on her coding, wandering the streets of Somerville, and spending time with her wonderful friends.