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Lee Pinkas

BS, Policy Analysis, Cornell; MA, Teaching of English, Columbia University; MFA, Poetry, University of Florida


Lee has been teaching English (and occasionally other subjects) for over a decade. She misses the early days of teaching when school guards would ask for her hall pass, but there are benefits to her experience. Having taught in a variety of schools, Lee has worked with a range of students with unique needs and interests. While she holds a B.S. from Cornell in Policy Analysis and Management, a major that prepared her for teaching A.P. US Government and Politics, her deepest passion lies in English, literature, and writing. After college, she pursued an M.A. in The Teaching of English (7-12) from Columbia’s Teachers College and an M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Florida. Go Gators!

Lee has taught at the Bronx High School of Science, The University of Florida, and York Prep. Currently, she teaches American history at LREI. Her teaching philosophy may be succinctly expressed by a phrase she often tells her students: you do you. Lee believes that students are most successful when they feel safe, supported, and self-confident. In tutoring sessions, Lee specializes in helping students gain confidence in writing through mirrored instruction, scaffolding, and skill-based lessons, though she also builds in time for the occasional conversation about pop culture, sports, or pets. In addition to writing instruction, Lee also supports students with reading skills, executive function, and math through geometry.

On her own time, Lee is a poet and translator, with works published in several magazines and journals. The proudest money she’s ever made was a twenty-dollar check from a literary magazine for a poem. In her figurative top drawer sit two unfinished novels, one of which is a young adult novel about the trials and tribulations of high school, a topic she understands thoroughly.

Alumni fellowship, The University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Published in Voices Israel Anthology, The Denver Quarterly, The Crab Orchard Review, Tampa Review 38, and Witness XXI