When summers roll around, Jason Ewas is a familiar face in the Tutors for All office. A recent Cornell University graduate, Jason has been working with Tutors for All since 2010. He’s coming back for his last summer, and the Tutors for All paparazzi managed to get him to answer a few questions. Read on to find out about his crazy children’s book and where his dancing skills lie.
T4A: What is your full name?
Jason Joseph Ewas
T4A: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
I attended Cornell University and studied English.
T4A: What’s your hometown?
T4A: When did you start working with Tutors for All?
T4A: What drew you to work in education?
At first, a vague desire to help students and, quite frankly, simply needing a work-study job. T4A had an opening, and it seemed like something I might like. During my time at T4A, however, I became increasingly interested in education and committed much of my spare time to tutoring and research.
T4A: What’s your favorite thing about Tutors for All?
Its student-centered approach, and the input that it takes from its tutors. As a tutor, I always felt that I understood the immediate and long term benefits of the content I was teaching. The T4A staff always encouraged tutors to design individualized lessons for each of our students.
T4A: What are your plans now that you’ve graduated?.
I will work in the government or non-profit sector full time, while pursuing a Master’s in Public Affairs (MSPA) at UMass Boston in the evenings.
T4A: What’s your favorite thing to do outside of tutoring?
Reading and writing. I’m currently writing a children’s book about a talking cat named Larry who journeys into the woods. This may seem a little crazy, but it’s loosely based on Dante’s Inferno.
T4A: What’s your favorite food?/Place to eat in Boston?
Anything made by my lovely girlfriend, of course. Since I’m a vegetarian, this includes broccoli Parmesan “meatballs” (I’m not joking), and various other veggie delicacies. My favorite place in Boston is True Bistro in Somerville, even though I’ve only been there twice. It’s delicious vegan food.
T4A: What’s the most interesting thing about you that we didn’t know?
Well, the T4A staff knows this, but most people don’t, and are often surprised and disbelieving when I tell them: I am a very talented hip-hop dancer.