Yale University, 2017, major in Theatre Studies, graduated with Distinction in the Major, recipient of the Marina Keegan Award for Excellence in Playwriting 2017; recipient of the Robert C. Bates Summer Travelling Fellowship for playwriting 2016; attended American University Centre of Provence & Sciences Politiques Aix-en-Provence, Fall 2016; Deerfield Academy, 2013; recipient of the Murray Barclay Scholarship in English 2013; Recipient of the Bartlett W. Boyden English Prize 2013; Recipient of the Lynn Gordon Bailey Award in Theatre 2013. Score of 5 on AP exams in Calculus BC, English Language, English Literature, Chinese Language; Scores of 4 on AP Exams in Biology and U.S. History; 800 on SAT Writing; 770 on SAT Math; 720 on SAT Reading; 800 on SAT II Math Level; 780 on SAT II English; 750 on SAT II Biology.
A native of Hong Kong, Stefani grew up in Taiwan speaking fluent English, Mandarin, and Cantonese at the Diocesan Girls’ School. At age fourteen, she came to America to attend Deerfield Academy, where she developed her own voice and passion for learning and literature. At Yale, she further indulged her particular passion for English literature and also studied multivariable mathematics As a Theatre Studies major, she studied both acting and writing, and was the first writer selected by the Yale Dramat to put on an all-Asian production. It was also the highest grossing Dramat production to date.
Stefani began tutoring during her second year at Deerfield at Capstone Prep, a tutoring and college prep company in Hong Kong. She worked one-on-one with students on their college application essays, as well as standardized testing techniques and skills. Stefani continued this work at Yale, where she did online tutoring with Baker & Bloom, another Hong Kong-based test and college prep company.
These early experiences sparked the beginning of her teaching career, and she has been tutoring English in America, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and France for the past nine years. Stefani is also certified to teach English as a second language. In addition to the previously noted languages, she is fluent in French. Her students have ranged in age from 4 through 21.
Her work as a writer and artist has informed her work as an educator. Having tutored many students for the ACT, SAT, and other standardized tests, Stefani firmly believes they learn best one-on-one, not only because lessons can be personalized, but it also build a close teacher-student relationship. As someone who has taken many standardized tests, beginning with the SSAT in middle school, Stefani understands when it comes to test-taking, pressure and stress are some of the most difficult aspects students have to manage, and trust is an essential part of learning how to excel in an actual test environment.
As a playwright, Her play, Delicacy of a Puffin Heart was recently produced as part of the 2018 Corkscrew Theatre Festival, New York City. She has studied under writers such as Marsha Norman, Sarah Ruhl, and Elizabeth Alexander, and many others. As a performer, she was most recently seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2017 as an acting apprentice in Period Sisters, a new play by Ali Viterbi, at the HERE Arts Centre in Massachsetts.
In her non-teaching time, Stefani can be found at a theatre, rehearsing a new play, working on her own writing, or hiding in the mountains. One of her greatest accomplishments in life has been hiking 800 kilometers across Spain on El Camino de Santiago and around Mont Blanc on the Tour du Mont Blanc in France, Switzerland, and Italy.