Yalda Heshmati

Yalda was born and raised in Tehran. Her first teaching experience was at the age of 15 at Vahdat House of Charity in Tehran, teaching singing and piano lessons to blind and disabled children as a volunteer. She also taught sketching and drawing to children age 3-10 at Arshia Art Gallery in Tehran. When she was 18 years old, she moved to the U.S and got her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Marketing. Later, she moved to Barcelona and finished her masters’ degree in Cognitive Science and Language. Her research was on language acquisition in Persian Speaking children with Autism, and her paper is being published at the Catalan Journal of Linguistics this year. Yalda is currently a masters student at Columbia University in Teaching Students with Intellectual Disability/Autism and Students without Disabilities at Childhood (grades 1-6).