Liza is from Brooklyn, NYC and studied at Vassar College, where she majored in Educational Studies and minored in Chinese. She worked at the Writing Center, meeting one-on-one with her peers to discuss their essays. There, she conducted research for her ethnography on democratic pedagogy in writing instruction. She continues to draw on the concepts from her research in meetings with ESC students. Through volunteering at a community center, interning with educational non profits, and working in classrooms in the US and Denmark, she deepened her interest in social connections in educational settings. Some of Liza’s favorite parts of working with ESC students are learning about their academic and personal goals for college life as well as discussing the cultural quirks of American college classrooms. In her free time, Liza enjoys watching stand up comedy, learning about different kinds of personality tests, and knitting.