Teaching Strategies for Success in School and Beyond

Kristen Pizzo
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4 min readJun 5, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Kelsey Komorowski

Kelsey Komorowski studied political science in undergrad and went on to receive a master’s in Global Affairs with the intention of pursuing a career in the government sector. She went all in, taking an internship at the Canadian Embassy in Cuba and conducting research at NATO headquarters, only to get into her “dream” field and realize she hated it. During her time in the government, she started tutoring on the side and eventually founded Komo Consulting, a revolutionary education consulting company that not only equips students with study strategies but also transferable life skills.

At what point did you decide to pursue your tutoring/consulting business full-time?

I’d put up a tutoring ad in the fall of 2013 and within a few weeks, I had more clients than I could handle. It got to the point where I was working full-time at my government job and almost a second full-time job tutoring on nights and weekends. The reactions and referrals I was getting from my clients told me I was on to something; I didn’t know what exactly but I loved it (and was increasingly disenchanted with government work). I quit my government job to pursue my own business full-time in December 2013.

What skills from your college education and/or former career, if any, do you use now when managing your business?

Love this question, especially as my work focuses on building the core skills needed to succeed on the high school — college — career continuum (and it IS a continuum — how you show up in school is a great indicator of how you’ll show up at work, and the skills you need to succeed in both are the same).

Kristen Pizzo

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