Meet The Team

Zoe Arispe

Program Supervisor

Zoe Arispe is a graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Tx. After moving back to San Antonio, Ms. Arispe became a City Year Corps Member in 2014-2015. In 2015-2016, Zoe worked for KIPP San Antonio as a Special Education Paraprofessional.  Ms. Arispe has been involved with tutoring, mentoring, and/or teaching since she was in high school. Currently,  she is employed as a Special Education Co-Teacher at New Frontiers Charter School.

Jarome Watts

Program Supervisor

Jarome Watts is a graduate of Michigan State University in Lansing, MI where he pursued his degree in Human Resources with Concentrations in Mathematics and English. He continued to pursue his education with a Masters in Social Work from Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University with a concentration in Mental Health. Jarome has always had a passion for inspiring and teaching others. He has been a tutor or some form of mentor since high school. He currently is working at the Department of Family and Protective Services where he trains new hires aboutpolicy, procedure and best practice of Child Protective Services.

Nancy Mora

Nancy Mora graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Ms. Mora also holds a Master of Arts degree in Teaching. She has 7 years of experience teaching math from grades 6-8. Ms. Mora has taught 5 years as a certified teacher in Las Vegas, NV. She started as a permanent substitute teacher teaching for 2 years straight. She then became certified working at an at-risk school for 4 of those years as the substitute then transitioning to certified teacher. She started her own Math club after school program during her 3 rd year of teaching. This is when she realized the need for one on one or small group tutoring for students. Nancy loves tutoring because it allows her to set focus on individualism versus whole group. Within the years she’s taught, she has been trained on different strategies to instruct on a variety of learning styles. In addition, she is bilingual. Nancy has experience working with 50% or more of the student population labeled, ESL students. Although, math is a universal language she specializes in teaching or tutoring math in Spanish when necessary. Nancy is currently substitute teaching for 2 districts in San Antonio and plans to get back into the classroom as a full-time teacher. 

Tearsa Foster

Tearsa Foster is a graduate of  Lamar University with a Bachelor’s in General Studies in Education & Psychology. Ms. Foster began her career as a teacher 21 years ago, teaching Resource Language Arts in Beaumont, Texas for grades 9th -12th . Throughout Tearsa’s career, she has taught students from diverse backgrounds and from all over the world. Most of the students she has had the pleasure to work with have been classified as At-Risk. Ms. Foster taught at Job Corps for 10 years helping students prepare to take their GED and Test of Adult Basic Education Skills assessment in Reading, Writing, Social Studies, and Science. In addition, she also tutored students to help them prepare take their military ASVAB entrance examination. Furthermore, Tearsa has also been a Reading Interventionist and was the Job Corps administrator for the Read 180 Program. As a State Certified teacher, Tearsa has taught many different grade levels ranging from 3rd grade-12th grade. Ms. Foster says “education is her passion and seeing children succeed is the most incredible reward for me as a teacher. “

Elise Mills

Elise Mills is a graduate of Tulane University with a major in Earth Science and minors in mathematics and Spanish. Elise’s previous education experience includes working in New Orleans as a teaching assistant/tutor of physical science to middle school students, promoting STEM education to New Orleans public school students of all ages via laboratory demonstrations and STEM-related events, and interning within the operations department of a rapidly growing chartered middle school. In addition, she has been a CASA Guardian ad Litem since 2014, volunteering as a Transitioning Youth Specialist to provide a voice of advocacy for abused and neglected children in the family court system. She now utilizes her analytical thinking skills as an air quality data specialist for the state of Texas. She is eager to share her knowledge and passion for learning with students of all ages, and aims to help students achieve their goals, no matter the magnitude.

Hannah Mollie-West

Hannah Mollie West is a graduate of Texas State University with a concentration Family & Child Development & Psychology. Hannah’s passion for working with children started at a young age. While in high school, she started working as a mentor in an after school program and from there she went on to be a youth soccer coach as well.  While in college she worked as a substitute teacher and was given the responsibility of being a teacher at the ExCEL After School Program. She worked as a Lead Pre-School teacher for over a year at a Headstart in Del Valle where she focused on making learning fun and hands on! 

Danielle Williams

Danielle Williams is a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy with a concentration in Elementary Education. While studying at the university, Danielle volunteered as a tutor & mentor for underprivileged and delinquent youth helping them with homework in all subjects. In addition, Ms. Williams has helped fellow classmates in math including Geometry, Algebra 1 & 2. Currently, she is attending Texas State University working on her Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Workforce Leadership Studies. 

Cassandra Alvarado

Cassandra Alvarado is a graduate of Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minors in mathematics and biomathematics. Cassandra’s previous tutoring experience consists of tutoring fellow high school students at Health Careers in mathematics as a part of the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society. She is continuing her education in an online Master of Science of Statistics program from Texas A&M. Currently, she hopes to be able to share her love of math and biology with students and encourage them to develop an investigative mind for these and other classroom subjects.

Bobbie Morales

Bobbie Jean Morales is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelors and a Masters in English, with a concentration in Language and Literature. While at University, Bobbie worked as the Writing Assistant for the Worden School of Social Work. She also tutored students at Northwest Vista College, where she worked for two years with students of various ages and learning levels. She published a non-fiction piece titled “No place to Call Home” in the Our Lady of the Lake University Literary Journal The Thing Itself. Her second publication “Julia” was published in 2011 by the UTSA literary journal The SageBrush Review. In 2011, she presented a paper at the Popular Culture Association Conference, which was held in San Antonio, Texas. After graduation, she taught high school English for over a year but had to leave to care for her health. Since then, she has been actively working to become stronger, so she can continue forward with her dream of being an educator.

Dr. Colonda Barnes

Colonda is a graduate of North Carolina Central University where she majored in English with a concentration in Education, a graduate of Regent University where she earned a graduate degree in Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language, and a graduate of Walden University (2016) where she graduated with a Doctorate degree in Education with a research focus in Second Acquisition. Her passion for education is evident. For over 10 years, Colonda has taught and tutored students from both the public school and the college level. She finds 1 on 1 and tutoring in small group environments (versus the classroom) to be extremely rewarding as she can personally nurture and witness the development of her students both academically and socially. The well rounded student key to being a successful student.

Kevin Parsi

Kevin Parsi is a graduate of  Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Economics & Mathematics.  Kevin has  been tutoring for 6 years, beginning at Rutgers University helping mainly with math and science, in subjects ranging from calculus and linear algebra, to chemistry and physics. Furthermore, Mr. Parsi experience includes being a tutor for Huntington Learning Center & test prep instructor for IES in New Jersey where taught in classroom settings as well as
one on one, in subjects ranging from ACT and SAT Test Prep, to statistics and geometry. 

Annesa Tabassum

Annesa Tabassum is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a major in Biological sciences and a minor in chemistry. Annesa has been tutoring on a 1:1 basis to clients from ages 6 through 14 in test preparation such as the SAT, ACT, and ISEE. She has also tutored how to read Arabic as well as how to crack pre-algebra and algebra. She has a passion to teach students and is always eager to volunteer and get involved in the community. During her undergraduate years, she actively stayed involved in fraternity and sorority community by taking on leadership positions and helping raising money for local causes. The best reward in her opinion is watching a student overcome a challenge they thought they couldn’t overcome. She cannot wait to implement her past experiences and enthusiasm in a learning setting..

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