Founded in 2014, our mission is twofold: to empower students to understand themselves as learners in order to learn more effectively and efficiently, and to train teachers to differentiate instruction and create curricula that teaches the modern skills relevant for a rapidly changing world. These skills include critical thinking, teamwork, self-reflection, applying skills in new ways and new contexts, and innovating. Here at ES Tutoring & Consulting we believe that rote memorization and passive learning are not only ineffective in teaching the skills students will use in the workforce today, but they alienate a significant percentage of the student population. Incorporating multiple pedagogical approaches in the classroom and adapting content to address the needs of a diverse group of learners is, quite simply, best practice. Making classroom content relevant and meaningful to students increases their engagement, and relevant content should and will provide multiple mirrors for a diverse student body to see themselves reflected in the content they are learning. This emphasis on social justice helps students to better understand themselves and the world around them and prepares them to become fully engaged global citizens.
Founder and director Eliza Wagner Srestha is a veteran educator with sixteen years of classroom experience. She has taught ages Pre-K through college, with the majority of her teaching experience in middle school English and History. A graduate of Buckingham Browne & Nichols, she is intimately familiar with what it is like to be a student at a prestigious independent school, and with her most recent teaching position at Milton Academy, she also understands what it is like to teach at one. Her experience as an undergraduate at an alternative college program, her time teaching seventh and eighth grade at a Montessori school, and her individual work with students with learning disabilities have shaped her expertise in progressive pedagogy and meeting the needs of diverse learners. In addition, her lifelong passion for social justice has driven her to adapt and revise curriculum in every teaching position she has held, and she has also founded faculty diversity committees and student diversity groups, in addition to running anti-bias workshops for the Progressive Educators Network and for AISNE conferences. Before becoming a teacher, Eliza worked as a writer for Natural Health Magazine and the newswire service Global Information Network. She has lived and traveled abroad extensively and often draws from those experiences in her work with students. Eliza received her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Boston University and currently works there as a University Supervisor, mentoring student teachers through their practicums.