Corinne is a doctoral student in Anthropology and Education. She earned her BA in English from Yale University, where she worked as a public relations representative and interviewer for the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Through fellowships associated with the New Haven Public Schools District, Corinne worked as a Spanish-language kindergarten assistant, a playwriting and drama teacher, and a yoga instructor. She has also served as a research assistant for the Yale Law School. Research interests include: equity and college access, migration and immigration, media and ethics, and education as activism. Tutoring specialties include: narrative writing, personal writing, intersections of policy and practice, academic analysis, brainstorming and concept mapping. Always eager to chat about: baking, California, unlikely animal friendships, Shakespeare, linguistics, and cultural knowledge.
Zainah is an international student from Kuwait. She is currently enrolled in the Counseling Psychology Master's Program here at TC. Before TC, she attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she studied in Psychology and Political Science. During her time at LMU, Zainah was also a writing tutor. Her research/clinical interests include working with special needs children and children who have experienced trauma.
Natalija Trojanovic is an international student from Lebanon and Serbia. She received her
undergraduate degree in Psychology at the American University of Beirut, and soon after that
completed a masters in Clinical Neuroscience at King’s College in London. During her
undergraduate and graduate degrees, Natalija was a research assistant. Before joining the
graduate program in Mental Health Counseling, Natalija worked with children with special
needs and Syrian refugees. Her research and clinical interests include working in a
humanitarian setting with trauma victims – with a particular focus on children.
Dristi is pursuing her MA in Developmental psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has an extensive research background and training in analytics. For her thesis, Dristi is conducting an exploratory analysis to identify the predictors of early childhood education success. Dristi is fluent in three languages (Hindi, English and Nepali) and likes to hike and run in her free time.
Melissa Mitchem is a doctoral student in Social Studies Education. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses on education and academic writing at Teachers College, Hunter College, Marymount Manhattan University, and Temple University. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she taught middle school English/language arts and social studies at an international school in Morocco. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and African Studies and a Master of Teaching in Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include gender and education, teacher education, and global education. In her spare time, Melissa can usually be found watching a BBC drama, attending a barre class, drinking coffee, or eating pasta.
Aysha Jawed is a doctoral student in health education through the Department of Health &
Behavior Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is passionate about psychosocial
determinants of health and ethical issues in social work & public health. She earned her MSW
and MPH degrees from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and is currently working full-time
as a Pediatric Social Worker at a large children’s hospital. She is actively involved in healthcare
writing as well as research and quality improvement projects to improve adherence, patient-
provider communication, family-centered care, and health outcomes.
Avanti Chajed is currently a Doctoral student in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She earned her Masters in Education at a university in Finland where she did her thesis comparing Early Childhood Education in Finland and the US and fell in love with everything Finnish. She also has three years of teaching experience in low income schools in the US and in India. During her free time Avanti loves writing for her blog, reading, going running and practicing singing.
Kendra is a master’s candidate in Clinical Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Her current interests lie in the neural correlates of consciousness and its altered states (e.g., sleep, meditation, psychotropics), Abraham Maslow’s concepts of Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence, and the storied density of psychodynamic literature. She has been interested in and involved with writing for as long as she can remember, having worked at McSweeney's Publishing right out of college, and hopes to continue writing - both creatively and academically - throughout her career.
Meredith Schuman has an BA in Theater from Binghamton University and spent a semester at The Imperial College of London. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, where she studied Poetry with Allen Ginsberg and Lou Asekoff. She was an English Instructor at NYU Polytechnic Institute for many years and served as Graduate ESL Program Director. Her experience includes teaching literature, expository writing, and public speaking in various schools and centers, with a focus on adult ESL populations. She is an avid photographer, BBC binger, and obsessive knitter.