Alyssa Dembek holds a B.S. in Secondary Education: English and Communications from Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. in Literacy from Long Island University. Alyssa is currently a grader for The University of Michigan’s Language Assessment Department where she evaluates student examinations from all over the world. Previously, while teaching at New Rochelle High School, Alyssa held several leadership roles. She served as multiple grade-level representatives and was a co-chair for Middle States; both positions required her to ensure that teachers were working collaboratively for the greater good of the students and school. Additionally, Alyssa was the head coach of New Rochelle’s Varsity volleyball team from 2011-2018. Her responsibilities didn’t end with simply coaching; she ran study halls, communicated with student-athletes, their teachers, and the students’ parents on a weekly basis to ensure each student-athlete reached her full academic and athletic potential. In 2017, Alyssa was named the New York State Public High School Section 1 Coach of the Year. For eight years, Alyssa taught various grade levels of English, which included senior electives such as Creative Writing, World Literature, Shakespeare, and College Reading. In addition to the regular integration of SAT and ACT preparation into her curriculum, Alyssa equipped her students with the skills necessary to be successful on the NYS Common Core English Regents. She continues to work with a myriad of students with their college applications and college essays and enjoys the process of working with students to craft a truly original and inspirational essay. In 2017, Alyssa won the New York State English Council’s Educator of Excellence award.