It’s a new month and we are excited about one of our new tutors: Hannah! Not only is Hannah a great chess teacher, but she’s the daughter of a great chess teacher as well! She comes to us from sunny San Diego and currently studies Art History and Biology at Fordham University. Here’s some more about Hannah!


How long have you been teaching chess?

I’ve been teaching chess since I was 15 years old, and I’ve loved every interaction I’ve had so far.

What’s your favorite book?

My favorite book is The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck. I love the main story, which follows the Joads and their struggles during the Dust Bowl, but what I love most are the intercalary chapters. They poetically describe the colors and emotions of the family’s struggles in between the regular narrative chapters. It’s a unique take on a novel’s organization and I like that I can experience both poetry and literary narrative in one novel.

What’s your favorite spot in NYC?

My favorite spot in NYC is the Hall of Ocean Life in the American Museum of Natural History. It’s spacious and calm, like the ocean, and has a life-sized blue whale hanging from the ceiling!

What’s your favorite teaching moment?

I genuinely look forward to lessons with my students. I love hearing about their day, their goals, their new toys. They live entirely in the moment and spending time with them is utterly refreshing. But I think I’d have to say my greatest strength is my killer prize box. I even make my own chess piece keychains!





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