Ali hails from Charlottesville, Virginia. Extremely interested in mathematics and inspired by arts-focused extracurricular activities, she attended the University of Virginia with the intention of double-majoring in chemistry and drama; eventually, though, her career intentions crystallized and she created her own interdisciplinary major with concentrations in arts business and non-profit management. At graduation, thanks to her academic performance and her service to the university community, Ali was one of ten students from her 3700-person class to be highlighted as an “Amazing Grad of 2013.”
While pursuing work in the entertainment industry, Ali began teaching the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE tests for a nationally ranked test-prep company. She took a two-and-a-half-year hiatus to complete her MFA in Acting from Harvard, and began tutoring for A-List upon her return to New York City.
Now, she has worked with over 100 students and is passionate about providing rigorous, entertaining education. Her relaxed, positive attitude puts otherwise discouraged students at ease, and helps them to address the pressures of academic performance. She loves test-prep, yoga, The Parent Trap, and macaroni and cheese.