English/College Essay Coach
Shaina is a Senior Producer at a national public radio show called Snap Judgment. In addition to Snap Judgment, her stories have been distributed by outlets including Public Radio International, National Public Radio, Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting and many others. They’ve taken her to a thorn forest in India, mushroom houses in the Rwandan hills, and a home for retired movie stars in Myanmar.
Along with her expertise in audio production, Shaina has been teaching for over a decade. For years, Shaina taught classes on Podcasting for adults with a company called Writing Pad, based in Los Angeles. She also led workshops at San Franscisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum, where she taught high school students how to conceptualize and create audio stories about family. These stories were displayed in the museum.
Shaina also mentors individuals working on their own podcasts. Prior to her career in Journalism, Shaina worked at George Washington University's Writing Center as a writing tutor, and edited college essays through a private company (if private company sounds shady, we can say "Sharon Lackstein LLC"). She has experience working with students who speak English as a second language, college and graduate students writing technical papers, and high school students. Shaina has a BA in International Affairs and Fine Art from the George Washington University, a MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Masters of Journalism from UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Takoma Park, MD, and makes bagels on the weekends.