About Shirley Esfandiari
Shirley Esfandiari has always wanted to be a teacher, and has been working in education ever since she became a teacher’s aide when she was in high school. She loves that on most days she “will have an ‘aha’ moment from the students, and know they can walk away from the day’s lesson knowing a little more than the day before.”
Ms. Esfandiari specializes in high-school US history and world history, including honors courses in both subjects. She has also taught the SAT verbal section, reading intervention, reading readiness, and both Spanish and English as second languages, and has broad knowledge in a wide variety of social sciences. While working as a high school teacher, she also served as a lead member of the school safety committee, the leadership academy team, the faculty advisory committee, the parent-teacher-student organization, and as an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) peer coach.
Her students have included many with IEPs, many who were just beginning to learn English, and many honors students. She finds it interesting and rewarding to change her lessons based on the needs of the students, to include plenty of visuals in presentations, and to allow for group work and collaboration as much as possible.
When she is not teaching for Tomorrow’s Genius, Ms. Esfandiari is busy home-schooling her two children and working as a property manager for rental units.
- Global History
- US History
Mr. Littler currently teaches anatomy/physiology, microbiology and chemistry at Rhodes State University and is certified by the state of Ohio to teach general science, biology, chemistry physics and earth science.
Prof. Elmor’s goal is “to inspire a love of the Arabic language in my students; to nurture an appreciation of Arabic culture through language, poetry and content curated to each student’s learning ability”.
Ms. Rinaldi’s experience includes working with a wide array of students from elementary school to adult education in nine different countries across 5 continents, including special needs students.
Ms. Odell has extensive experience teaching biology along with earth science, and worked for ten years as a math tutor. She is also a strong believer in innovative teaching methods making extensive use of smart boards and tablet computers.
Danny Didomenico is a veteran online instructor who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and music from Bennington College. Danny has been working with students for over 10 years, both in the classroom and online.
Ms. Ebs’ areas of expertise are biology and geosciences (earth science). She has also taught math and science for the ACT; foundational, middle-school, pre-algebra, and algebra math classes; general science; and chemistry.
Ms. Kaufman’s experience includes teaching both mainstream and special needs elementary school students. In addition, she has taught adult education classes and worked as a private piano teacher.
Momeena Garcia teaches math (K-12 and college), English language arts (elementary and middle school), special education (K-12), and Spanish, as well as preparation for exams such as the SAT and ACT.
Ms. Frias teaches elementary and high school literature, reading, English and college-level pedagogy and business. She also has training by the AVID organization in how to teach for college readiness.
Mr. Golabek holds an M.A. in teaching and an M.Ed. in educational technology. He holds an Illinois teaching license, and is certified in secondary education (English language arts grades 6-12) and special education.
Mr. Litwack loves to learn as well as teach, and brings his curiosity and knowledge on a wide range of topics into the classroom, such as history, sociology, philosophy, and more.
Ms. Powell is certified in New York to teach social studies and special education social studies to grades 7-12; in California to teach social sciences and special education (moderate disabilities) to grades K-12; and in Massachusetts to teach history and political science/philosophy to grades 8-12.
“I believe that all students can and will learn if they are motivated, engaged, and given enough time,” she says. “Students are individuals and so are their needs. I always want to know if there is a better way to teach a lesson, and go in search of tools or ideas that would take my lessons to the next level.”