Mehr Gunawardena

Mehr is a published writer and journalist with a strong interest in fantasy and science fiction. She obtained her BA from Clark University with dual degrees in English and political science, where she developed a deep understanding of the power of language, the importance of self-expression, and the transformative role it plays in personal and communal growth.
Even as Mehr pursued her higher education in the United States, her dedication to teaching remained unwavering. Alongside her academic pursuits, she actively engaged in teaching English to refugees at a Masjid in Worcester, MA, and served as a teaching support at an elementary school. Recognizing the significance of trauma support in educational environments, she also received training in this field, equipping her with the tools to provide emotional guidance and create a nurturing space for her students.

Mehr has experience teaching the GCSE/IGCSE syllabus at an international school in Sri Lanka and currently holds a position as an ELA teacher at a private university.

Additionally, she founded and serves as the faculty advisor for the university newspaper, providing a platform for students to explore their writing abilities and engage in critical thinking. Committed to nurturing creativity, Mehr conducts workshops and short programs tailored to students of all levels.

Teaching Philosophy & Approach

My teaching philosophy is to be in service to others by helping individuals and communities explore the depths of their thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, and in turn allowing them to create their own stories and connections. In addition to this, it is important to provide exposure to different worlds and narratives, challenging them to be critical and analytical. I design my classroom to be unpredictable, forcing my students to leap between the edges of their imagination and strengthening their creativity and the tools they need to bring it to life. I keep in mind different learning styles and personalities, to not only accommodate them, but celebrate them.

Creativity is a muscle and needs to be exercised for it to take shape. I aim to work this muscle in a practical and tangible way.

“Creativity is a muscle and needs to be exercised for it to take shape. I aim to work this muscle in a practical and tangible way.”
Teaching Level:
  • Middle
  • High School
Teaching Type:
  • Tutoring
  • Learning Coach
  • Full-Semester Classes
  • Full-Year Classes
  • Partial Year Classes (Mini Courses)
Teaching Subjects:
  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Comprehension and Grammar
  • Classics


Courses that Mehr Gunawardena Teaches

  • 12th Grade English
    This course is an intensive introduction to advanced literary study.…
  • English Writing Course
    This course aims to transform high school students into amazing…

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