It’s time to announce our February Tutor of the Month: Nola! Nola is one of our best tutors. She came to NYC from Denver to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In addition to being an excellent chess teacher, Nola is also a repertory member of the American Mime Theatre! Let’s learn a little more about Nola.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite book right now is The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. It’s a wickedly beautiful, realistic fairy tale.
What’s your favorite NYC spot?
My favorite spot in NYC is Little Italy!
What’s your favorite Chess at Three story?
Definitely the Knights because I love to dance. Gallop-Gallop-Step-To-The-Side could be the next Whip/Nae Nae.
What’s your favorite part of teaching?
When they surprise themselves with a strategic move, or when they make a significant improvement in their understanding of the game. We always find a way to celebrate these moments, from mastering the very first lesson to first chess tournaments. It’s also fun to look back and see just how far we’ve come in our chess voyage.
What makes you a great Chess at Three Tutor?
I understand that there is so much that goes into chess that my students can apply to every aspect of their lives. As a former coach, I emphasize sportsmanship, determination, and growth mindset as essential life skills. I make a true effort to get to know my students and understand what motivates them to get better, while supporting them every step of the way. In my classroom, “losing is learning,” which means that we can choose to see difficulties as opportunities for growth. I encourage my students to actively step into their imaginations and to always remember that while it is important to set goals and work hard, they should have fun and remain curious along the way.