Lily Nathan

Director of Tutor Development

Lily Nathan was a Zinc (then Veritas) student way back in 2003, and can attest firsthand to the powers of REAL Learning and skipping and coming back. After graduating from Georgetown University magna cum laude, Lily joined Teach for America’s New Orleans corps to teach 7th and 8th grade reading. She went on to earn her MA from NYU’s Gallatin School in 2014 (history and museum studies), and run the BridgeUp out-of-school-time program for New York Public Library’s Allerton branch for two years before rejoining Zinc as Director of Client Services. When she is not connecting students and parents to transformational educational services, she is most likely traveling, reading or cooking. She also loves exploring New York’s history and culture through its museums, theater and delicious restaurants.

…my favorite book

My (current) favorite book is Just Kids by Patti Smith. Her writing is so poetic without being precious, and she writes so well about her New York City, my beloved hometown. She makes this incredible time that I missed into a time I miss.

…a favorite place I’ve visited

I loved many things about Japan, in particular its famous gardens. Koke-dera, a Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, is known for its moss garden. It is from another planet entirely. Google image it.

…eight people living or dead I’d invite to my ideal dinner party

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Stephen Colbert, Daveed Diggs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Toni Morrison, Casey Wilson, and my grandma Leona

…something I can’t stop thinking about

Empathy and education. Can we harness empathy for educational purposes? Which medium works best to create empathy? If empathy is an aim, is it cheapened, even exploitative? Is it even remotely possible to know what it feels like to be someone else?