“As a professor, I love teaching my subject. As a tutor, I love teaching my students.”
Grant Bergland has interned at The New Yorker, taught at Columbia University, worked as a part-time Professor at The New School, and helped countless students earn top tier (and sometimes perfect) scores on standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, and ISEE tests.
Part of Grant’s secret to being a great educator is that he comes from a family of teachers and has worked as a special education teacher. Over the past 19 years, Grant has taught students from the ages of 8 to 89 as a classroom teacher, private tutor, wrestling coach, curriculum writer, Executive Function coach, and Adult Education instructor.
Grant published his thesis at Columbia University and holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Writing. A Master’s degree in English Literature and dual teaching credentials in English Rhetoric/Composition and Art History/Design round out Grant’s background as a master educator. Grant is a member of the National Education Association (NEA), holds a Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification, and has a College Reading and Language Association (CRLA) Master Tutor certificate.
As an undergrad, Grant wrestled for Arizona State University’s Division I program and met Dan Gable, Dave Schultz, J. Robinson, Lee Roy Smith, Dan Severn, and trained with two time Olympian Zeke Jones. Grant was a Sun Devil “Spark” award-winning athlete and followed a pre-med curriculum before being hired by Arizona State’s Writing Center where he discovered his love for composition.
“I’d never seen how important writing was until I started looking at my student’s successes and near-misses. Being able to present your thoughts in a way that any other person can feel is hard work. Actually, when you think about it, getting someone to understand you is the most important work we do in our lives.” Grant says.
Within a month of graduation, Grant was hired by Mt. Diablo Unified School District where he remained for ten years. His first assignment was teaching Economics, Earth Science, and Biology in Clayton Valley High School’s Special Education department. “I really learned how to be a great teacher while teaching students with learning differences. To do a really good job, I had to learn how to teach several classes simultaneously through a combination of various levels of scaffolding to fit my students’ needs. Also, I learned to be an entertainer and “sell” whatever it was that I was teaching at the time.”
Grant was a case manager for several high school students and managed their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), which involved anticipating ways meet the needs of students with learning disabilities and other obstacles to their education. To complete these IEPs, Grant conducted collaborative meetings with curriculum specialists, speech pathologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers, principals, and parents.
Grant also worked in the English department where he taught every level of High School composition (Grades 9-12), standardized test preparation, wrote curriculum approved to meet the A-F requirements for the University of California, and served as the department chair.
Under the banner of having big dreams and working to achieve them, Grant helped many students write admissions essays for applications to top tier colleges: “I can’t tell you how satisfying it was when I’d see a student run towards me across the school quad with an acceptance letter in his hand saying: ‘I never thought I’d ever get in!’ It’s a great feeling to know you helped someone start living the life of their dreams,” Grant says.
In 2010, Grant moved to New York City, aided by a full tuition scholarship from Columbia University and 97th percentile ranking on the Verbal section of the GRE. At Columbia, he studied with notable writers and interned in the Fiction department at The New Yorker magazine.
As a tutor for My Learning Springboard, Grant has coached students to earn perfect scores on their SAT and ACT writing prompts and top 1% or perfect scores in the verbal sections. He also tutors middle school students the same skills for the SSAT and ISEE exams with the same level of passion and success. He’s worked as a homeschool teacher for Manhattan families, helped hundreds of students write term papers and admissions essays, and gained a reputation for being able to advise, inspire, and work with any student.
Currently Grant is a part-time Professor at The New School where he teaches “Writing for Jazz Students” in the Fall and “Writing the Essay” in the Spring. He also professes Fiction Writing at Columbia University during the summers and taught “Introduction to Fiction Writing” in the Spring of 2013. He is currently seeking a part time position in composition at Harvard University.
Grant studies math daily and is working towards becoming a Kumon math instructor as a hobby. Grant likes dogs, being a tourist in the city where he lives, and, of course, writing.