As educators, our experience spans more than 50 years, and we hold advanced degrees in English, education and mass communication. As parents, we understand the world our students navigate in their lives beyond the classroom.
Jane Hirschhorn has been offering writing support to students for more than two decades. She brings expertise, enthusiasm and a sense of humor to her work with students and their families. Jane has taught and tutored at several Boston-area schools, including two schools serving students with learning challenges. For nine years, Jane was a writing tutor at the Mount Ida College Writing Center, working with both and Stefanie Jeruss and Jane Kokernak and serving as the Writing Center’s supervisor during her later years there. Jane has also published articles about writing tutoring in professional journals. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Tufts, a Bachelor’s degree in English from Emory and has taken courses in Special Education from Boston College. Jane lives in Newton, MA with her husband and gray and white cat, Max. She is also the mother of a college student and a recent college graduate.
Sharon Finberg has been teaching and tutoring math and science for more than three decades. In the past, Sharon taught physics and mathematics at public and private high schools in Wakefield and Reading, MA and was a physics professor at Bentley University and Clark University. Sharon holds a Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in optical sciences from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in physics from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to tutoring, Sharon works as a long-term substitute teacher of physics at Reading Memorial High School and is a Science Olympiad coach at Parker Middle School, also in Reading. Sharon lives in Reading, MA with her husband, younger children, three cats and four gerbils.
Beth Herbert has been supporting high school students on writing assignments for nearly a decade, first as a high school English teacher and for the past five years as a college essay coach. Her blend of gentle encouragement and targeted feedback has helped hundreds of students with their college admissions essays. Beth holds two master’s degrees; one in public administration from Northeastern University and the other in Literary Cultures from New York University. Beth earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Boston College. She lives in Reading, MA with her husband, three school-age children and an inquisitive turtle named Peanut.
Jane Kokernak has more than 15 years of experience as writing coach and writing teacher privately and at many Boston area colleges and universities. Jane has taught and supervised students and staff at Simmons University, Wheelock College (now part of Boston University), Mount Ida College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the years, Jane has supported students’ application essays for college, graduate school and fellowship programs. Jane holds a master’s degree in English from Simmons University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Wellesley College. She currently works with graduate students and faculty at Northeastern University’s Computer Science program on professional communication skills. A mother of three young adults, Jane lives in the Boston area with her partner, Chris and their dog, Winston. She is currently at work on a collection of personal essays.
Cassandra Luca has more than five years of experience as a writing coach tutoring high school students who have been admitted to highly selective colleges. Cassandra holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English at McGill University. Her academic research draws on computational analyses and focuses on new forms of discourse on social media platforms, as well as the relationships between socioeconomic precarity and language change. A published writer, Cassandra also enjoys reading, writing and running in her spare time.