Yale Center for Teaching and Learning

Mentor Bios

Meet our Academic Strategies Peer Mentors!

Eva Albalghiti

Originally from the DC area, Eva graduated from Yale College in 2017 with a degree in Environmental Engineering (ask her about nanoparticles!). She is now pursuing a dual degree at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Tsinghua University School of the Environment. Eva’s natural habitats include the PWG dance studio, the belfry of Harkness Tower, and especially the CTL, because she loves her job as an Academic Strategies mentor and want to help other Yalies find their natural habitats, too.

Hannah Nikole Almonte

My name is Hannah Nikole Almonte (I go by Hannah Nikole or HNA). I’m a junior in Silliman from Sun Valley, California. I’m a Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major, but there’s a special place in my heart for literature and math. I’m involved with several educational outreach programs such as Splash at Yale and Pathways to Science. For the past two summers, I’ve coached for ONEXYS and most recently I was a counselor for First-Year Scholars at Yale. In my free time, I like to read, jog, watch Netflix, and drink tea.

Nathaniel Barbour

Nathaniel is an intensive physics major in Morse College. He works in the lab of Dr. Charles Baltay studying Type Ia supernovae for the purpose of better understanding dark energy. He loves the ocean, is passionate about climate change, and hopes to dedicate his life to the cause of developing magnetic confinement fusion reactors to secure a clean, sustainable source of energy.

Luna Beller-Tadiar

Luna Beller-Tadiar was born in Manila, Philippines but grew up under Bay Area eucalyptus trees and New York City pigeon droppings. She is a senior studying (comparative) Literature, and enjoys all forms of the arts (including the martial ones!). When not working as an Academic Mentor, she can be found in the center as a Writing Partner, or in a hammock in the far-off grasslands of TD. In all locations she is more than happy to embarrass herself speaking Spanish or French with you, as long as you don’t laugh (too hard) at her rusty grammar.

Carlene Ervin

Carlene is a rising senior in Morse College from Oakland, CA. She is studying history, focusing on Black history and education. She is passionate about education and ensuring access to equitable education. Carlene spent Spring 2017 studying abroad in Ghana, so she is a great resources if you’re interested in similar opportunities! She was a counselor for First Year Scholars at Yale (FSY) for two years and is passionate about making first generation college students feel empowered at Yale.

Graciela Garcia

Hello! My name is Graciela, and I’m a senior math major in Grace Hopper. Although I’m a senior, this is actually only my second year at Yale since I transferred in my junior year from Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. This is my first year as an Academic Strategies Mentor, and I’m so excited to be a part of this program. I cannot wait to help provide you all with the tools you need to navigate Yale and be successful at this college!

Mary Chandler Gwin

Mary Chandler is a senior in Saybrook from Chattanooga, TN and is majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Outside of classes, Mary Chandler is a member of A Different Drum Dance Company and Yale Dance Theater. She is thrilled to be working with the Academic Strategies Program and to help Yale Students feel more confident in their abilities in the classroom.

Tori Hass-Mitchell

Hi, I’m Tori Hass-Mitchell, and I’m a junior in Pierson majoring in chemistry (but would love to double with physics if I had the time). Most of my time is spent in SCL labs, but in my free time I also tutor for Bridges ESL,  teach for DEMOS, and am a chair in Pierson College Council. 

Sarah Pearl Heard

Sarah Pearl (or SP) Heard is a senior in Ezra Stiles college from Eastern North Carolina. She is an English major, with a focus on creative writing and journalism. She is also a member of the contemporary African dance group Dzana, in addition to dancing ballet and salsa. She is amateur photographer and model whose work can occasionally be found in various shows on campus.

Ayotunde Ifaturoti

Ayotunde Ifaturoti is a senior from Princeton Junction, New Jersey majoring in psychology. Her main interests are in the psychology of prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping. She is an associate editor of Broad Recognition, one of Yale’s premier feminist publications. She also has worked as a research assistant in the Cognition & Development Lab and the Intergroup Relations Lab, both in the psychology department. Besides these interests she loves writing, specifically screenwriting, and making short films, photography, fashion, and photography.

Jamie Ko

Hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Jamie is in her last year of the BS-MPH program (Chronic Disease Epidemiology) at the School of Public Health. While at Yale (SM ‘17), she was a premed majoring in MCDB and Sociology. She is interested in addressing health disparities through the intersection of public health and medicine. During her free time, she enjoys playing the violin, watching figure skating videos, and coloring. Due to her rewarding experience last year as a mentor for Academic Strategies, she is excited to return and continue helping others make the most of their education.

Opelo Matome

Opelo Matome is a senior Economics major from Gaborone, Botswana. She is interested in international development and law, African studies and literature. During the last three years she has been particularly active in the international and spoken word communities. You can find Opelo at any Africa related event, listening to Erykah Badu and Drake, or cozied up in a cafe. She is looking forward to working with the Academic Strategies Program and helping Yalies achieve academic fulfillment and success

Lily Mirfakhraie

Lily is a junior in Davenport College from Morgantown, West Virginia. She is a pre-med History of Science, Medicine and Public Health major, and conducts research in the lab of Dr. Megan King. As an HSHM major, Lily is also interested in rural health care in Appalachia and health inequities in the United States. Outside of academics, Lily enjoys swimming, hiking, teaching health to fifth graders in New Haven, watching Parks and Rec, and listening to Bruce Springsteen. 

Sana Mojarradi

Salam (peace//hola)! I’m a junior in Silliman college majoring in Chemical Engineering and Global Affairs. Outside classes, I attempt to make ample time for delicious cooking experiences, go on off-campus adventures, and work on creative projects. I believe my purpose in life is to learn as much as I can from the world, to give as much as I can back, and to pet all the bunnies. 

Dasia Moore

Dasia is a senior studying Ethics, Politics & Economics with a concentration in rural and urban poverty. Besides working as an academic strategies mentor, she is a first-year counselor for Pierson College (the P is for the P!) and a member of political groups on campus. Dasia is excited to help students acquire the tools they need to thrive at Yale.

Maddy O’Neal

Maddy is a junior in Ezra Stiles college and she hails from the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix, AZ). She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. On campus she is involved with QuestBridge and other first-gen/low-income student groups. She can also be seen with the Yale Precision Marching Band playing the rhino shaker or flipping eggs in the Stiles Buttery. When she’s not too busy working on PSETs, she enjoys watching Grey’s Anatomy, napping, and crocheting Star Wars figures.

Jemimah Orevaoghene

Jemimah is a junior double majoring in Economics and Global Affairs and the Vice-President of YAAPD. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in Ghana and currently lives in South Africa.  Growing up, she witnessed the political trade- offs of foreign aid in Africa and she is particularly interested in analyzing the socio- economic effects of aid in West Africa. She hopes to increase financial inclusion on the African continent, where she has experience working as a financial analyst for both Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and Juhudi Kilimo Microfinance. In New Haven, she engages with the local community as a weekly volunteer for the Hunger Heroes soup kitchen and as the House Manager of the Yale Afro- American Cultural Center. Outside of Yale she works for the United Nations Youth Assembly and is an organizer of the annual Ivy League Leadership Summit. In her spare time, she enjoys watching basketball (#Cavs) and dancing as a member of Yale’s Afrogroove dance-group Dzana.

Sebastian Perez

Sebastian Perez is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies writing his dissertation on the visual and popular culture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. His interdisciplinary work finds its home within the fields of American Studies, Latina/o Studies, Urban Studies, and Cultural Studies. A Mellon Mays fellow and Yale undergraduate (PC ‘10), Sebastian is committed to enriching the intellectual and social lives of students as they navigate the demands of undergraduate life.

Coryelle Pondy

Coryelle is a senior in Ezra Stiles College and a proud Environmental Engineering major. In her research, Coryelle works on flood mitigation and water quality. When she is not doing class work or research, Coryelle is an active member of the STEM and LGBT communities at Yale as a STARS peer mentor and the head of oSTEM and Sappho. In her off time, Coryelle loves listening to podcasts, attempting to fix things, and learning jewelry making.

Kate Raphael

Kate is senior in Pauli Murray College from Bloomington, Indiana. An Anthropology major, she focuses on women’s health and how underserved populations are treated in the healthcare system. She is currently writing her senior thesis on the opioid epidemic in her home state, after doing ethnographic research there this past summer. Kate runs varsity cross country and track, but finds time for crafting, watching Rick and Morty, and singing folk music.

Isabella Trierweiler

Isabella is a senior in Saybrook College from Birmingham, Alabama. She is majoring in astrophysics and is currently conducting research on planet formation and the evolution of our solar system. On campus, she is involved in Women in Physics, builds rockets with the Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association, and paints sets for various theater productions.  

Alejandra Trujillo-Elizalde

Alejandra Trujillo-Elizalde is a Sociology major from the metropolitan border area of San Diego, CA/Tijuana, Mexico. At Yale she is involved at La Casa Cultural Julia de Burgos, where she has worked as a staff member for the past three years developing programming for Latinx students. Last summer she worked as a counselor for the First-Year Scholars at Yale (FSY) program, helping ease the transition of 60 Yale students into college. She is ecstatic to continue working with the Academic Strategies Program, and looks forward to sharing and exchanging knowledge and strategies so that more students can have a chance at a better academic experience at Yale. During her free time, she enjoys watching movies/television, riding her bike, and searching for the best eggs Benedict in New Haven. 

Jesús Yáñez

Hi, my name is Jesús Yáñez. I’m a junior in Trumbull College majoring in History. I am a first-generation low income student from West Haven, CT. by way of Castaños, Coahuila, México. Aside from being an Academic Mentor, I am also a member of Yale’s only Mexican Folkloric Dance group–Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Yale, a Public School intern, and a lover of all things cat related.