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June 19, 2019

The 4Schools 4Schoolers MIT Success Story

My name is Parama Chattopadhyay. I am a product of 4 different public high schools in
4 different towns and in 3 different states. My father is both my best friend and family
hero, and my mother is a force of nature who has always told me that I should do
anything, but to always make sure I do it my very best. I graduated from MIT in 2006 in
Neuropsychology and Sloan Management Science. I became a certified teacher in 2008,
received my Masters in Educational Curriculum and Instruction in 2010, and have
taught music, science, mathematics, and diversity in the Department of Youth Services,
Belmont Hill, Fenn School for Boys, Shaloh Jewish Day School, Harvard Summer
Institute for the Gifted, Everett High School, and Medford High School. I have also
taught through several educational centers while also working as a teacher full time,
teaching SAT, SSAT, ISEE, HPST, and SAT Subject tests. I currently mentor and teach
all subjects at 4Schoolers while utilizing my Management Science degree to help
brainstorm and create marketing materials for the organization.

  • Going to 4 high schools was a difficult thing, for sure. Colleges told me that with thevarious grading systems in schools across the country, it was imperative that I involvemyself in extracurricular activities, ace my standardized tests, and write top-of-the-linecollege entrance essays. My parents have always been working class, and so I knew Ihad to excel in everything and try and get scholarships to gifted programs. In highschool, I attended Bread Loaf Poetry camp as a public speaker and honored poet, won“Best Nebraska Actress” for my performance in “A Wrinkle in Time” as the HappyMedium, was a runner-up for “Miss Teen America Nebraska,” received close to perfectscores on all my standardized tests from SAT Subject Tests to the SAT, won State 2 ndPlace in Washington for Girls Breaststroke Swim Championships, received the HowardNemerov Best Writing Award for short stories, and won the International Science FairAward and Bausch and Lomb Distinguished Scientist four years in a row for laboratoryresearch on breast and brain cancer. I also attended the International Music Festival as afirst violinist, performed ballet, tap, and jazz through the O'Brien's School of Dance atthe State Level, toured Russia and Italy through the Vermont Youth Orchestra/VermontSymphony, won 1 st and 2 nd place in Washington and Vermont state art competitions, andGold Place National Tagore Singing Awards for traditional Bengali vocals withharmonium. I attended and placed 1 st and 2 nd Place All State for choir and orchestra forfour years. I also won 1st place in The Spelling Bee in the State of Vermont, receivingan endless supply of Britannicas as my achievement prize!

    Growing up, I looked up to my Dad, who has always been very quiet and reserved,immune to work politics, and always up for a challenge or a transition as a professor ofEngineering. My mother worked in early childhood education when I was just a toddler,but decided to focus on being a stay-at-home mom as I continued to grow up. She laments now that I am an adult, as she loved to place my hair in pigtails and run after meto darken my eyes with kohl for dance performances and music recitals. Moneyinvesting was never the emphasis in my family, for better or for worse, but educationalways was and continues to be. My father has no thoughts of retiring anytime soon,and my mother continues to love education by completing multiple Masters at theschools my father teaches in while also writing and illustrating children's books andBlack Box screenplays. She most recently wrote and directed her play “The SpiralStaircase” at the Black Box Theatre at Georgia Southern University, where I washonored to play the leading role and direct the musical choir.

  • I never had the luxury of sporty cars growing up or a fancy home, but the classiness I do
    have is my love for learning. I feel overly blessed to come from a family of academics,
    and to succeed in academics every step of the way. Just as my parents instilled a love of
    education, theater, music, art, and dance, I encourage all of my students to do the same.
    Education is a never ending road: You can't continue to be a teacher unless you also are
    a perpetually evolving learner. So I live by that very idea, immersively preparing for my
    math and music lessons with students and participating in community outreach roles
    with International Frontier of Knowledge MIT Professor Noam Chomsky for the 2016
    Presidential Elections.

    Irina and I spend many hours at 4Schoolers encouraging students and their families toget involved with their communities to stand apart from other students, as I wasencouraged to do as I grew up. I believe in the efficacy of tutoring and private schoolsin the right settings. As well, I also believe that students can thrive going to publicschools, as I did growing up...BUT, students need to know that competition is brazenlytough, and you can't get by without scoring your best on standardized tests and writingyour very best college essay. I grew up in the internet age, where a lot of my peers copypasted from the internet or read Cliffs Notes online. I never bought into it, and I stilldon't, but Irina and I tell our students that the internet is just one resource and there isnothing like reading a book, studying Latin roots for vocabulary to expand ones publicspeaking skills, and constantly delving into competitive mathematics curriculum todevelop abstract thinking skills.

  • I am somewhat of a jack of all trades and a mixed bag of multiple professions, but Icontinue to contribute to 4Schoolers as a teacher, mentor, and marketer, because I amdrawn to Irina's passion to place students in great schools and to watch them grow intoglobal leaders. 4Schoolers has helped place many students into this nation's top collegeslike MIT, Harvard, UCLA, UCBerkley, Yale, Brown, and UPenn. I know many ofthose students, like me, had the talent to begin with, but aided with 4Schoolersstandardized test techniques, essay writing mentoring, and 24/7 homework help, thesestudents reached and exceeded the benchmarks they and their loving families hoped for.

    I am very honored to be part of a teaching team at 4Schoolers that really connects with
    their students and includes teachers that have all excelled in their respective subjects. I
    am blessed to learn from and mentor the gifted teaching interns who will embark or
    continue their studies at Duke, Harvard, MIT, and RPI. I am also in awe of the
    Professors of Physics and Chemistry and Mathematics that surround me at 4Schoolers
    and whose stories inspire me to continue my studies further. I truly believe that, with
    the strength of our 4Schoolers instructional team and the loving 4Schoolers families that
    we serve, 4Schoolers will continue to develop as an academic community to bring the
    most well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.

  • Sincerely,
    Parama Chattopadhyay
    4Schoolers Chief Teaching Officer and Marketing Specialist


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