CUNY Graduate Center, currently matriculated, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature; The New School, M.F.A. in Fiction, 2007; University of California, Berkeley, 2002, major in German Language and Literature with a specialization in Philosophy, recipient of High Honors (graduated in top 4 percent of the class of 2002); Humbolt Universität, Berlin, Germany, 2001 and Georg August Universität, Göttingen, Germany, 2000, studies in Philosophy and Literature; enrolled in California State University, Dominquez Hills and Stanford University for a total of 33 credits before graduating high school.
While an undergraduate at Berkeley, Jesse began tutoring in a program called Break the Cycle and, as a junior consultant, taught seminars for the University’s microcomputer facilities. Shortly after graduating, he moved to Germany and taught English at several German corporations including BMW, Siemans and Schindler. In 2005, he returned to the United States to pursue an advanced degree in Fiction at the New School in New York City and later that year moved back to California, where he tutored autistic and emotionally disturbed children in mainstream and specifically dedicated public school classrooms. During that time, he taught himself Spanish, honing his skills by spending several months in Spain and Mexico and later tutored Test Prep for both the SAT and the ACT, specializing in English and Spanish.
In 2008, Jesse was back in New York City, working at the Bronx Preparatory Charter School in the South Bronx, where he taught high school English and assisted over 100 seniors in the messaging and execution of their college essays in the school’s College Prep program. Currently he teaches courses in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as German language, at Brooklyn College and the New York City College of Technology. He has also written professionally in the field of advertising for organizations including Charter Asset Management and the Asian American Music Festival.
Jesse’s years of work with a broad range of students, from the severely autistic to the highest achievers, has trained him in individualizing the learning experience according to each student’s personal style. If given the proper tools and framework, all students, he believes, can disassemble and conquer the barriers that hinder their scholastic achievement.
When Jesse is not tutoring or teaching, he is reading or writing about interpretation, perception and aesthetic psychology, as well as Post-War American literature. Aside from his academic interests, he practices yoga and loves to cook, working hard at maintaining the skills he acquired during a stint as chef in a Berlin café.