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.

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. “

Yolanda Baker

Yolanda Baker is a graduate of Grambling State University in Grambling State University with a Bachelors in Accounting. She continued to pursue her education earning a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University. Yolanda has always had a passion for serving and empowering youth that started at a young age. After college, she started working as a Substitute Teacher. Later, she became an AVID Instructor at Huston-Tillotson University while she
worked there as an Accountant. She has also worked as a mentor with the Seedling Foundation for children whose parents were incarcerated. Currently, she is enrolled in a Teacher Certification Program at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, TX while working as an Accountant at Texas Education Agency.

Melissa Pires

Melissa Pires graduated from North Central Texas College with an Associate Degree in Science. She is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. While in college, she tutored Algebra, Statistics, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus courses for the Student Success Center at NCTC. While at UT Austin she worked as a research assistant in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Her research focused on Hybrid Rockets Propulsion. Ms. Pires love for math, science, and technology started at eight years old when she questioned how it is possible that an airplane can fly. She has been fortunate to share her knowledge and passion for engineering with several students.


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.

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.

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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