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Jesse Friedman, MLA, U.S. Fulbright Scholar


Jesse began his journey as a teacher and mentor in the Suburban Cultural Education Enrichment Program (SCEEP), working with underserved youth in Essex County, New Jersey. Upon moving to New Orleans, he built a theater arts course at Banneker Elementary and taught Shakespeare at a variety of public schools in Louisiana. He graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with degrees in Political Science and Spanish before earning his Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University. 


Jesse earned a teaching certification from the U.S. Fulbright program, after completing a Fulbright grant in Montevideo, Uruguay. He worked with the U.S. Embassy and public schools throughout the country to create a series of new language and arts courses. 


Jesse is a fluent Spanish speaker and a proud New Yorker. After studying at the University of Havana, Cuba, he had his research published in a peer-reviewed journal and was invited to present on the intersection of film and language pedagogy at the Regional Fulbright Teachers Conference in São Paulo, Brazil. 


Jesse was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard in Voice, Speech, & Public Speaking before moving to New York, where he is now the Director of Education at the SoHo Shakespeare Company. He loves working one-on-one with learners and currently mentors students attending Dalton, Collegiate, Horace Mann, Riverdale, Chapin, Hong Kong International, Cornell University, and Cambridge University. 


In addition to educational mentoring, he also specializes in subject-specific tutoring––in Spanish, History, English, Drama, ACT, and ISEE.


Jesse lives on the Hudson River in Washington Heights, Manhattan and loves long bike trips, rock climbing, theater, and travelling the world. For Jesse, mentoring and education are a calling and a craft. In the words of Maya Angelou, “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

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