Teachers College Columbia University, 2016, M.A. Initial Certification in Art and Art Education; Williams College, 2012, B.A. in English Literature; Class of 1960 Scholar, 2011-2012; Gates Millennium Scholar, 2007-2016; National Merit Scholar, 2007; National Honor Society, 2006-2008; Scholastic Writing Awards, 2004; Prep for Prep Valedictorian, Contingent XXIV; scores of 5 on AP exams in U.S. History and English Literature and Composition; scores of 800 and 790 on the Writing and Critical Reading sections; perfect scores on Essay sections of the SAT and GRE.
Raised in New York City, Paisley attended Hunter College High School and the Brearley School. While attending, she was involved in the literary journal and school newspaper, and was the President of the Music Appreciation Club. On Saturdays, she first attended the Parsons School of Design Precollege, then the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Jazz Division. During her time at Williams College, Paisley was a leader in the Student Government, serving as Neighborhood President. Always active and thirsty for outdoor adventure, she was a member of the Equestrian and Cross-Country teams. Her curious nature led her to take courses abroad in Argentina and Egypt. In addition, she contributed to the Williams Record newspaper 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 she gained many valuable skills in lesson planning, curriculum design, classroom management, and fostering the most effective student-teacher relationships. Some of the schools she worked in include 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 such as the Scholastic Writing Awards. A methodical tutor, she believes in zeroing in on any weaknesses right away and constantly drilling the difficult concepts (grammar, math, science, reading comprehension, or vocabulary) until they are internalized. However, her aim 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. With her sense of humor, she strives to make students laugh and to make tutoring an experience they can look forward to.
When she is not tutoring or planning lessons, Paisley spends her time cooking, exploring new restaurants, going to museums and jazz concerts, or playing music.