Meet Our Tutors & Teaching Fellows!

Carly Benson

Carly Benson is a student at Yale majoring in Statistics & Data Science. She is passionate about education and has experience teaching and tutoring with the Yale Education and Tutoring Initiative and the Houston Health Museum. She has also previously worked as a violin instructor. Carly is originally from Pasadena, Texas, and she enjoys cooking, writing poetry, and solving puzzles in her free time.

George Liu

George Liu graduated from Harvard in 2020 with a degree in visual arts. Passionate about education, George was a guest lecturer in the Harvard Art, Film, and Visual Studies department, served as a peer tutor at Harvard's Academic Resource Center, and acted as a student liaison between the art department's faculty and students. They've worked closely with students on artist statements and enjoy writing in their free time. George loves collecting things and making art.

Madeleine Walker


Madeleine Walker is a student at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where she intends to major in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy and Policy Processing, and minors in Arabic and International Development. Some of her key areas of interest are sustainable entrepreneurship, refugee employment, and youth development in the Levant in particular. She is also fond of reading, writing, running, and her pet pig, Olivia!

Heeral McGhee

Heeral graduated from Yale with a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He spent the last year in Americus, Georgia (his hometown), where he helped out with a couple of political campaigns. When he's not volunteering in the community, Heeral is running, reading, and playing tennis! He's excited to meet you!

Beatrice Schaeffer

Bea is an undergraduate at Yale University majoring in English and concentrating in Education Studies. She is passionate about teaching, and she has experience tutoring a wide range of students in a variety of subjects. Last year, she volunteered with Free for the Frontline Tutors, a nonprofit that offers free tutoring to children of healthcare workers. Bea is originally from Yonkers, New York, and she loves to play music with her friends, write poetry, and go on hikes.

Gordon McNeill

Gordon is an undergraduate at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he majors in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and minors in Computer Science. When he’s not in a Georgetown library grinding out a Computer Science project, you can find Gordon reading on a bench, crushing the competition at Georgetown’s chess club, or playing intense board games with his debate friends. Gordon is originally from Newport Beach, California, and one of his favorite pastimes is watching Jeopardy with his parents, four siblings, and his dog, Phoebe. Gordon loves to teach, often spending his summers tutoring local kids in chess, and is excited to meet everyone and get some writing done!

Silas Glaude

Silas is an undergraduate in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He intends to major in Global Business with a minor in Arabic. Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Silas enjoys reading, playing The Sims 4, and running (he just completed his first marathon in August). He is excited to join the EWC team and to meet the zealous writers he will be working with this fall.

Sadie Cornette Cook

Sadie is an artist and writer based in Rekjavik Iceland. She graduated from Yale Cum Laude and with the highest for achievements in the arts and humanities that Yale offers. She received a Fulbright to make work in Iceland, where she now lives with her girlfriend Diljá. Sadie teaches at the Iceland School of Visual Arts and the Iceland School of Photography. Sadie has worked at many small magazines as a contributor and editor, works with artists, students and high schools to write grants and applications. Sadie’s work has been shown and published nationally and internationally.

Meet the EWC Team!

Sam Benkelman

Sam Benkelman is Partner of Eyre Writing Center. In 2011, Sam graduated as a Linguistics concentrator from Harvard with a secondary in Computer Science. He is particularly interested in the cross-linguistic structure of language, and he recently won the Fulbright Fellowship to teach English grammar abroad in the Czech Republic. Sam also served as an Undergraduate Fellow at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching & Learning and as a research assistant for Harvard’s Linguistics Department and Graduate School of Education.

Jane Chen

Jane Chen is Co-Founder of Eyre Writing Center. Originally from New York City, Jane worked with students on their writing on a pro bono basis for nearly a decade. Prior to EWC, she worked as a Senior Investment Analyst for various asset management firms in New York and Europe. Jane graduated from Harvard University cum laude as a History concentrator (with a focus in financial history and secondary in Economics) and a Blankfein Family Scholar in 2012. She previously attended the Trinity School in Manhattan.  

Prateek Kumar

Prateek Kumar is co-Founder of Eyre Writing Center. Prateek has spent a decade in a number of hedge fund investing roles on Wall Street. He graduated from Harvard University in 2011 with a B.A. Magna cum laude in Economics (with a minor in Government) and as a John Harvard Scholar. He previously attended Phillips Academy Andover, where he graduated as a President George H.W. Bush Scholar. He was also one of 75 students selected to attend the Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT and was awarded the Gold Congressional Award by the US Congress. Prateek is an Eagle Scout as part of the Boy Scouts of America and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholar.

Joanna Tan

Joanna Tan is Partner at Eyre Writing Center. She has extensive experience in online education, management analysis, law, and program management. Upon graduation from Harvard Kennedy School with an MPA in 2016, Joanna worked as a management analyst in the areas of online education and e-commerce. A lawyer and simultaneous interpreter by training, Joanna used to work as a program officer with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative China Program, and interpret for many high-level international conferences including the Asia Security Summit: The Shangri-La Dialogue.

Max Su

Max is a student at Yale University majoring in psychology and economics. He graduated cum laude from Choate Rosemary Hall. An ex-pro mobile Fortnite player, Max spends his free time tapping heads regardless of the video game.

Jason Zheng

Jason Zheng is a student at Yale University majoring in biochemistry and economics. He graduated as valedictorian of Saratoga Springs High School. Jason enjoys playing football and was the captain of his varsity swim team.

April Zhu

April Zhu is a graduate student studying educational psychology. She graduated from Rockefeller College at SUNY Albany and is the head of the International Buddy Program at State University at Albany, where she has been helping international students adapt to their new life studying abroad over the past two years. April previously worked at a Bilingual Kindergarten program as a principal assistant. She also taught English at a Chinese Fellowship Bible Church. In her spare time, April enjoys cooking, and loves thrillers and detective films.