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Teachers College Columbia University, 2016, M.A. with Initial Certification in Art and Art Education; Williams College, 2012, major in English Literature; Class of 1960 Scholar, 2011-2012; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2007-2016; perfect score on Essay section of the GRE; National Merit Scholar, 2007; National Honor Society, 2006-2008; perfect score on SAT Essay section and scores of 800 and 790 on the Writing and Critical Reading sections; Scholastic Writing Awards, 2004; Prep for Prep Valedictorian, Contingent XXIV; scores of 5 on AP exams in U.S. History, English Literature and Composition.

Raised in New York City, Paisley attended Hunter College High School and the Brearley School. At Brearley, she was a writer for the literary journal and school newspaper, and was the President of the Music Appreciation Club. On Saturdays, she attended the Parsons School of Design Precollege, later the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Division. At Williams, Paisley was a leader in the Student Government, serving as Neighborhood President. Always active and yearning for outdoor adventure, she was a member of the Equestrian and Cross-Country teams. Paisley’s curious nature led her to take Winter Term courses abroad in Argentina and Egypt for choral singing and art. In addition, she contributed to the Williams Record as the restaurant critic. 

Paisley has been teaching and tutoring for over a decade, and she loves every second of it. After college, she taught in public and private schools in Massachusetts and New York City, during which time she gained valuable experience in lesson planning, curriculum design, classroom management, and how to foster the most effective student-teacher relationships. Two of the schools she worked in were Berkshire Arts and Technology and Coney Island Prep, where she taught grades 6-12 Visual Art and grades 6-7 English, respectively. Paisley tutors the SAT, ACT, AP, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT in addition to academic subjects including Social Studies, History, Algebra I/II, Geometry, and English. All of her students see clear improvements in their grades and test scores. She has also worked with students on college essays and applications for college and awards. Her students have won honors including the Scholastic Writing Awards.

A methodical tutor, Paisley subscribes to zeroing in right away on any weaknesses and constantly drilling difficult concepts (grammar, math, science, reading comprehension, or vocabulary) until they are internalized. However, Paisley’s goal is not only to teach her students the strategies and content knowledge they need to succeed on their tests and courses, but also to be a mentor and motivator. Lightening up the tutoring experience by injecting humor and laughs, she aims to have her students look forward to their sessions.

When she is not tutoring or planning lessons, Paisley spends her time cooking, exploring new restaurants, swimming, going to museums and jazz concerts, and listening to music.

A private Wisconsin elementary school is reportedly apologizing for a homework assignment that asked fourth-graders to list "good" reasons for slavery alongside "bad" ones.

Our Redeemer Lutheran School in Wauwatosa apologized Thursday in a letter to parents, agreeing that the homework assignment was racially offensive and “showed a lack of sensitivity,” The Associated Press reported.

“The purpose of the assignment was not, in any way, to have students argue that ANY slavery is acceptable — a concept that goes against our core values and beliefs about the equality and worth of people of all races,” the letter to parents read.

The assignment was originally posted online Monday night by a parent, Trameka Brown-Berry, who captioned an image of the worksheet "Does anyone else find my 4th grader's homework offensive?" The letter was shared thousands of times on Facebook and quickly provoked anger on Twitter as well.

“You wouldn’t ask someone to list three good reasons for rape or three good reasons for the Holocaust,” Brown-Berry told the AP.

The school’s principal, Jim Van Dellen, refused to comment to the AP on Thursday but signed the letter to parents, which was written with the help of Brown-Berry.

Brown-Berry told the news service that Van Dellen agreed with her suggestions, which included diversity awareness training for staff and an apology from the teacher to students.


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