With a passion for travel and studying foreign languages, Lalita had the privilege of living on three different continents in 2009, having spent over a month each in Asia, Europe, and North America. Growing up bilingual as a Thai-American in Los Angeles, she learned early on to experiment with the rules, boundaries, and interplay of mixing different languages. At Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School, her lifelong love affair with philosophy, the humanities, and intellectual exploration was piqued. While earning her Bachelor’s Degree at UCLA in American Literature and Culture (with minors in Asian American Studies and Comparative Literature), Lalita also took Intermediate Thai, which afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Study of Thai summer program at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. During her undergrad years, she also spent a summer studying “Multiculturalism in Hawai’i” (through UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She then got to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in New York City when she was accepted to the prestigious English and Comparative Literature program at Columbia University, in which she earned her MA while being enthralled by the ideas of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Since that time, Lalita has gone on to earn certificates from Le Cours de Langue et Civilisation de la Sorbonne and TEFL Paris.
Teaching has been a longtime passion and talent for Lalita, as she has over a decade of experience tutoring and teaching various academic subjects, including: test prep, Thai language, ESL, Asian American Studies, and University Writing. Most recently, she has spent two years as a Thai Town foodie tour guide, four years as a lecturer at Cal State University, Northridge, and three years as a Literacy Program volunteer for the Los Angeles Public Library.
She looks forward to demystifying the SAT for her students and (hopefully) even making it fun!
Real reviewsI was very glad to be one of her students.
Lalita was an excellent teacher, she personally helped out throughout the course and even through emails during the week. I was very glad to be one of her students.
I give her a 10!
Lalita was very helpful and motivational. I could understand her in every way. She was very helpful when I asked questions. On the scale of 1-10, I give her a 10!
Would love to have a class with her again.
Excellent teacher. Would love to have a class with her again. I will definitely recommend this course to my friends. She helped us out a lot, was caring and was always prepared for class. Very happy with this course!!
My instructor Lalita was amazing!
My instructor Lalita was amazing! She helped me so much! In class and out of class she was very helpful giving me great feedback on the essays I sent her.
Clio graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in English and Theater Studies. While at Yale, she acted in a number of productions with the Yale Dramat and the Yale Drama Coalition and was selected as an O’Neill Playwriting Fellow to work at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School teaching writing and playwriting to freshmen students. She enjoys getting to know her students personally in order to ensure her teaching sessions remain both fun and informative, and focuses on helping her students to develop an independent interest in the material they are working on. When not tutoring, she is a working actor in New York who enjoys running in Fort Tryon Park, reading, and watching Wes Anderson films.
BA, Knox College
Mandy spent her last term at Knox College working as a teaching assistant in the psychology department and was asked to stay and teach at Knox after graduation. Mandy researched, developed, and taught a learning skills class designed to help students who were doing poorly in their classes to improve their study habits. When Mandy isn't helping Veritas Prep students score in the 99th percentile, she continues to teach and work on applications to graduate schools to study Clinical and Counseling Psychology.
Real reviewsHelped me tremendously!
My instructor helped me tremendously! I highly appreciated all the information that she gave me. Ms. Mandy did a great job at helping me prepare for the SAT!