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Aaronn C

college counselor
study skills counselor

Education Graduated from CSU Fresno with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Criminology; graduated from CSU Dominguez Hills with a M.A. in Education
Hobbies Playing golf, traveling, watching sports, touring universities (over 150!), following the Denver Broncos, and script writing
Academic Subjects American Literature, Composition, US History & Government, US History, AP US History
General Strengths Academic writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, College-level coursework, college research and advisement, college list building, major advisement/selection, course selection for undergraduate programs, editing and proofreading college essays, UC specialization, Cal State specialization
Related Experience 15+ years of teaching and advising students; 10+ years presenting to students on the college application process


Alex T

college counselor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in French Language; completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at UCLA
Hobbies Cycling, cooking, beach volleyball, tennis, loving the New England Patriots, road-tripping, and finding the best food trucks (still looking)
General Strengths Fluency in French language, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Study Skills, College-level coursework, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, public health programs, medical school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, interview skills
Related Experience Northwestern Alumni Admissions Council since 2011; served as an application reader in Evanston and an alumni admissions interviewer in Los Angeles


Ali K

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.F.A. in Acting
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, writing, comedy, movies, and browsing used bookstores
Test Prep SAT, ACT
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP US History, AP World History
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety
Related Experience Spent three years working in public schools, was a teaching assistant all through college, and worked with students in various capacities since she was a student herself.


Amanda R

study skills counselor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Speech; graduated from CTI (Coaches Training Institute) earning a CPCC title (Certified Professional Coactive Coach); graduated from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute with an SEP certification (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner)
Hobbies Creative writing, documentaries, trapeze, hiking, comedy
General Strengths Personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, interview skills
Related Experience Academic Life Coach for 12 years; designs individualized action plans that develop positive study skills and life skills for students and gets students motivated, organized, and able to handle stress effectively; creator of the first academic program on self-esteem implemented into the California Public School System; enrichment teacher at The Gooden School; published author and public speaker; runs workshops on successful learning for students at high schools and middle schools in Southern California


Anna R

college counselor

Education Graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in English; graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a M.A.Ed. in School Counseling; completed the College Counseling Certificate through UCSD
Hobbies Eating good food with good friends; going on adventures with my hubby; curling up with wonderful books
General Strengths college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, interview skills
Related Experience Current school counselor within the Orange County public school system


Anna V

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in International Studies and Music
Hobbies Violin, movies, cooking, hiking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World History, Macroeconomics, International Relations, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media, Music Theory, AP Music Theory
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, arts & music programs
Related Experience Editing essays, tutoring math since high school, feedback on screenplays for film production companies, and teach violin and piano


Anne B

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Professional Communication; graduated from Alaska Pacific University with an M.S. in Environmental Science
Hobbies Scuba diving, knitting, cooking, hiking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, AP Statistics, AP Biology, Genetics & Biotechnology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Marine Biology, Oceanography and Marine Biology, AP Environmental Science
General Strengths Specialize in concept accessibility; breaking down complex concepts for full comprehension, Academic writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience Tutoring STEM subjects for many years; worked as a college teaching assistant; worked as peer leader for team learning


Annie E

academic tutor

Education Graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences
Hobbies Clarinet, swimming, hiking
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, College-level coursework


Annie M

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from University of Chicago with a B.A. (with honors) in East Asian Languages and Civilization with a focus on Japanese media; received a M.A. in East Asian Studies from USC, after spending a year at the Inter-University Center at Yokohama studying Japanese language; completed a Ph.D. in Critical Film Studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts
Hobbies Cooking, exploring historic Los Angeles, movies and television, entertaining, and exercise
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, TOEFL, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History)
Academic Subjects Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP European History, AP US History
General Strengths Research papers, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Experience as a private tutor specializing in English language skills and academic writing; preparing students for standardized tests, including SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, AP exams, and TOEFL; teaching assistant and writing tutor for undergraduates in the Critical Studies department at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts; taught Introduction to Japanese Film at Sophia University in Tokyo as a Fulbright-Hays scholar


Bianca C

college counselor

Education Graduated from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a B.S. in Journalism, receiving Dean's List honors; received a M.Ed. in Children's Media from Harvard University; graduated with a M.B.A. from a dual program at Columbia University and UC Berkeley
Hobbies Traveling, family time, knitting, snorkeling, watching and attending college sporting events (especially March Madness)
General Strengths Standardized test advisement, transcript analysis, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs, financial aid (need-based aid)
Related Experience Alumni admissions interviewer for Harvard University and Northwestern University


Brianca C

test proctor

Education Graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communication and minor in English; received M.A. from Emerson College in Integrated Marketing Communications
Hobbies Avid fiction reader, binge-watching savant, cooking fan, pop-culture junkie, mammal lover, world vacation marveler, Instagram peruser, native Los Angeleno-making me a bit of a unicorn
General Strengths Attention to detail, observant, curious, compassionate, focused, resourceful, prompt, advanced writing


Chelese B

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor
college counselor

Education Graduated with honors from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History, and from The Actors Studio Drama School with an M.F.A. in Theatre
Hobbies Photography, hiking, yoga, baking/cooking, watching/making movies, traveling, writing
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP US History
General Strengths Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, medical school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, interview skills
Related Experience Worked as a college essay consultant/counselor and taught SAT classes; presents to high school students around Los Angeles on the college application process; tutored in Oakland/Berkeley after-school programs during college; volunteers with the Young Storytellers to bring creative writing and arts to underserved youth in Los Angeles


Chris L

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Italian Language; completed two years of graduate study in the Ph.D. track at ASU in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Hobbies Gardening and plant biology (especially cacti and succulents), personal investing and finance, foreign language study, and cooking.
Test Prep GRE (Verbal), SAT Subject Tests (US History, World History, Biology, Spanish, Italian)
Academic Subjects Composition, AP English Language & Composition, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics & Biotechnology, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, AP US History, Human Geography, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Latin I, Latin II, German (any), Italian (any)
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Academic writing, College-level coursework
Related Experience High school peer tutoring, college-level biology lab instruction during graduate studies (with one-on-one assistance during office hours)


Clair M

academic tutor

Education Graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Integrative Biology; graduated from UCLA with an MS in Biology
Hobbies Reading (fiction and non-fiction), dogs, cooking, and working outdoors
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics & Biotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, US History & Government, European History, US History, French I, French II
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Technical writing, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework
Related Experience Tutored all subjects for grades 4-9 while in high school and college; 2 years of teaching and research mentorship in the biological sciences to UCLA undergraduates while in graduate school


Deana D

college counselor

Education Graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology; received College Counseling Certification with Distinction from UCLA Extension
Hobbies Spending time with my husband, 2 teenage sons and 2 dogs, extended family and friends, traveling, aerial arts like the flying trapeze, watching TV, and doing Zumba
General Strengths Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, transcript analysis, college research and advisement, college list building, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience College counselor at an independent school; 15+ years in the television business as an executive producer, writer, and network executive; member of NACAC, WACAC, and ACCIS


Denisse M

academic tutor

Education Graduated from Brigham Young University with a double B.A. in Political Science and Spanish with a minor in Philosophy
Hobbies Skiing, salsa and bachata dancing, racquetball, playing the piano, opera singing
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Spanish)
Academic Subjects Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, Philosophy
General Strengths Academic writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Worked at Brigham Young University's Department of Spanish to assist and tutor students in their written compositions by helping them develop their writing and grammar skills; improved the conversational skills of Spanish students by creating lessons catered to the interest and needs of the students in the Spanish major; native Spanish speaker


Emily A

college counselor

Education Graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in English and Theater; received a M.F.A. in Acting from Harvard University's American Repertory Theater
Hobbies Playwriting, sketch writing, and the Green Bay Packers
General Strengths Creative writing, international student application process, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, interview skills


Emmeline K

academic tutor
test proctor

Education Graduated from USC with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and Spanish
Hobbies Baking, doing flower arrangements, calligraphy, pilates, yoga, running, exploring and trying new food hot spots
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Biology, Spanish)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, AP Chemistry, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, AP Psychology
General Strengths Academic writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience Tutored kids from as young as 3 years old to high school students in various academic subjects


Erica F

Founder's Circle
college counselor

Education Graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in History with High Distinction before earning an M.A. in counseling with an emphasis in college counseling
Hobbies Cinema, travel, and tinkering with vintage automobiles
General Strengths Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, business school applications, law school applications, medical school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Former Assistant Director of Admissions and Undergraduate Programs with The School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA; previously consulted for the Admissions Office at Pepperdine University and Chapman University; former freshman and transfer application reader at UC Berkeley; current UC Berkeley scholarship application evaluator and interviewer; professional Member of NACAC, WACAC, and IECA


Gabby M

test prep tutor
academic tutor
operations

Education Graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in English
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, writing, cooking, baking
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History, Math I and II, Biology)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science, US History & Government, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Lead tutor at Muhlenberg College Writing Center; embedded peer tutor in courses teaching collegiate writing to first-year college students; drop-in center peer tutor; Cognitive rehabilitation assistant for individuals recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) with therapies specializing in memory recall skills and language re-acquisition


Horatiu S

career counselor

Education Graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science; received a M.B.A. in Management, Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Hobbies Collecting contemporary art, getting lost in new cities, reading spy fiction, visiting galleries and museums, skimming magazines, and yoga
General Strengths Professional development, career planning, personal branding, job search strategy, interview preparation, and networking
Related Experience Has 10+ years of experience as an alumni ambassador, career coach, and interviewer at Swarthmore College, Northwestern University, and the Kellogg School of Management; has 12+ years of management experience in Fortune 500 multinationals and Silicon Valley Startups in industries including management consulting, consumer electronics, finance, retail, e-commerce, and on-demand services


Jen K

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
college counselor
career counselor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in both English (concentration in Creative Writing) and European History
Hobbies Writing, traveling, cooking, golfing, hiking, crying about the Bears, cheering on the Cubs, and finding the best macaroni and cheese in existence
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT Subject Tests (Literature, US History)
General Strengths English, European History, US History, grammar, reading comprehension, creative writing, academic writing, counseling, transcript evaluation, course selection, test advisement, college research, college essays, application review, interview preparation, organizational skills
Related Experience Head of the Writing Center at Northwestern University; worked with undergraduates on graduate school applications and with graduate students and professors on preparing papers for publication; served as liaison between university and local high school applicants; member of NACAC


Jenn Y

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.S. in both Biological Sciences and Music; matriculated at Keck School of Medicine of USC
Hobbies Hiking with my dog, eating out with friends, playing violin, watching TV shows
Test Prep ACT
Academic Subjects Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Psychology
General Strengths Elementary education, reading comprehension, organizational skills, study skills, ESL (Korean)
Related Experience Worked at the McGraw YMCA as an elementary school tutor; worked as a a high school teaching assistant; tutored Biology and Chemistry to high school students


Josh S

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from Boston University with B.S. in Film and Philosophy; matriculated at The University of Chicago's M.A. program in Humanities
Hobbies Reading, running, listening to music, watching soccer and playing tennis
Test Prep SAT, ACT
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Environmental Science, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/Politics, AP World History, Microeconomics, Western Philosophy, Eastern Philosophy, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Middle East Studies, Psychology, Ethics, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengths Reading, writing, grammar, composition, and story-structure


Joy O

academic tutor

Education Graduated from USC with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and Global Health with a minor in Spanish; graduated from USC with a M.S. in Global Medicine
Hobbies Yoga, spending time with friends, reading novels, and outdoor activities
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Physiology, Chemistry, US History & Government, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, AP Spanish Language and Culture, International Relations, Ethics, Gender Studies
General Strengths Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Almost a decade of tutoring students from pre-school to high school students in a variety of subjects


Katherine E

admin / HR

Education Graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Communications – Media with a minor in Television, Film & New Media Studies
Hobbies Writing, walking the beach, biking, reading books on inspiration, and spending time with her fiancé and family
General Strengths Multi-task oriented, organizational skills, attention-to-detail, writing, interview skills and entrepreneurship
Related Experience Worked in the Real Estate / Property Management Industry for over 9 years; acted as an Administrative Assistant for a property of over 300 units by maintaining day-to-day business operations


Katie C

college counselor
athletic recruitment counselor

Education Graduated from Juniata College with a B.A. triple major in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Economics
Hobbies Volleyball, beach volleyball, traveling, reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends
General Strengths international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Played volleyball at Juniata College, competing in four Elite Eights, three Final Fours and winning a National Championship in 2004; played one year of basketball at the college level as well; continued on coaching both Men's and Women's Volleyball at the college level for nine years at schools ranging from Division III to Division I


Kelsey B

operations

Education Graduated from Concordia University with a B.A. in Business Administration
Hobbies Spending time with family, going to hockey games, baking, crafting, listening to music, and going to the beach
Related Experience Worked as an Account Manager for a health insurance brokerage; served as an assistant to the CEO; worked as a Real Estate Professional in Orange County


LaToya F

college counselor

Education Graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Sociology; received J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law; studied at Harvard Law School through the Berkeley-Harvard joint degree program; received full merit scholarships to attend all three institutions
Hobbies Binge watching ABC, improv shows, spending time with friends and family
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, AP European History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/Politics, AP World History, AP Human Geography, AP Psychology, Criminal Law/Pre-Law, World Religions, Ethics, Gender Studies
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, law school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience Director of College Counseling at a high performing independent school; 10+ years teaching, advising, and mentoring students; experience with international, underrepresented, low-income, first-generation students; host workshops to high school students and parents on the college and financial aid application process; scholarship interviewer for the Coca-Cola and Posse scholars programs; particularly passionate about helping students attend college on scholarship


Leigh H

test prep tutor
college counselor

Education Graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Art History; graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.A. in Psychology
Hobbies Yoga, reading, Netflix binge-watching, iPhone photography
Test Prep GRE (Verbal), GMAT (Verbal)
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL, international student application process, transcript analysis, college research and advisement, college list building, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related Experience Current academic advisor and “Admissions and Success” instructor for the Pre-Master's Program for international students at UCLA Extension; taught English as a Second/Foreign Language at the college level for 9 years; taught and developed the "English for Artists" course at the California Institute of the Arts; several years of test prep experience (SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, TOEFL, and GMAT)


Lorraine P

operations

Education Graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Communication and minor in Business Administration
Hobbies Cooking/baking, traveling, photography, hiking, running, shopping, pinning on Pinterest, Instagramming, and learning to sew
General Strengths Resume and cover letter writing, interview coaching and preparation, career counseling and planning, job search strategies, networking, salary negotiation, public speaking, organizational skills
Related Experience Worked in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Loyola Marymount for 3 years; served as a campus tour guide, an Orientation leader for incoming students; 10+ years in HR as a Recruiter and Trainer, as well as Public Relations, Sales & Marketing, and Operations Management


Makeda E

college counselor

Education Graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Science, Technology and International Affairs; graduate coursework in Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin
Hobbies Dancing, choreographing, reading obscure magazines, blogging, and searching the city for instagram-able spots
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, Spanish I, Spanish II
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs
Related Experience 5 years of experience tutoring and counseling middle and high school students, including after-school programs, ESL advising and standardized state testing prep; currently works as a journalist who covers breaking news, business, entertainment and technology; previously worked as a science and technical writer at a university supercomputing center and grant writer at a nonprofit; help private clients brainstorm and edit college essays


Marie L

academic tutor

Education Graduated from Baylor University with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Statistics. Graduated from Columbia University with a MS in Biostatistics.
Hobbies Traveling, cycling, thrift shopping, basketball (obsessed - yes, I have League Pass), and ordering from GrubHub too often
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, Statistics, AP Statistics
General Strengths Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience Tutored middle/high schoolers for 3 years; tutored collegiate student-athletes for 3 years; tutored college students/grad students for 4 years


Mataya O

college counselor

Education Graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Psychology; graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a M.A. in Educational Counseling
Hobbies Hiking, yoga, baking, scuba diving, snowboarding, ice hockey, organizing, and going to the beach
Academic Subjects Psychology
General Strengths Organizational skills, Study Skills, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience Two years as a College Readiness Coach for the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) of the University of California, San Diego; holds an active Personnel Pupil Services Credential in School Counseling; worked with middle and high school students in the Sweetwater Union High School District as a counseling intern; attended the 2017-2018 University of California Counselor’s Conference and the California Student Aid Commission’s annual High School Counselor Financial Aid Workshop


Meghan D

Founder's Circle
test prep tutor
academic tutor
college counselor

Education Graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in English; studied abroad at Oxford University; received a M.A. from St. John's College; completed a Ph.D. in English with a specialty in Renaissance poetry from USC
Hobbies Cooking, jogging, assembling IKEA furniture, and buying books faster than I can read them
Test Prep SAT, ACT, GRE, SAT Subject Tests (Literature)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Western Philosophy, Philosophy
General Strengths Home-school curricula, Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, foreign college/university application process, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, law school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), highly selective colleges/universities specialization, interview skills
Related Experience Experience as a Lecturer for Honors and Writing Programs at USC; prepared students for the SAT, ACT, and GRE; winner of UCLA's biannual Allegra Johnson Prize for creative nonfiction (a literary genre closely related to college application essays); worked as Guest Lecturer of Renaissance literature at USC; Italian language instructor at Arts High School; writing instructor to gifted elementary and middle-school students; violin teacher and high school orchestra coach; tutor and student mentor in various capacities over the years


Michelle W

academic tutor

Education Graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French.
Hobbies Traveling, hiking, camping, reading, video games, baseball, general nerdiness
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, US History, AP US History, AP World History, Human Geography, Spanish I, Spanish II, French I, French II, French III, French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, French Literature Arts, Chinese (any), Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengths Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, ESL
Related Experience Taught high school in China for three years, taught elementary school in Ecuador for six months, taught high school French for 1.5 years (and still going!), six years of both classroom and individual tutoring for test prep (ACT, SAT, TOEFL)


Nick N

academic tutor

Education Graduated from Cal State University of Long Beach with a B.S. in Biology; currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Science at Oregon State University.
Hobbies Volleyball, running, hiking, traveling, playing the piano and ukulele
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer Science, Biology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Web Design/HTML
General Strengths Organizational skills, study skills, test taking skills, reading comprehension, college-level coursework
Related Experience Tutored STEM courses at StudentNest Tutoring; web developer proficient in HTML, CSS, C++, and Javascript


Nicole P

academic tutor
college counselor

Education Graduated magna cum laude from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Drama and English
Hobbies Writing, singing, yoga, dance, consuming far too much french toast, and hanging out with my two cats, Eva and Boo, and my dog, Dobby
Test Prep SAT Subject Tests (Literature)
Academic Subjects American Literature, British Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, social science programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience 9 years tutoring students (5th grade through college level) in both Los Angeles and New York City; worked at acclaimed NYC Charter schools Harlem Village Academy and Leadership Village Academy as a Language Arts tutor, and English teacher for their summer semester


Parviz N

academic tutor

Education Graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Mathematics; received a M.S. in Finance from USC
Hobbies Playing squash, culinary arts, traveling, and film
Test Prep GRE (Quantitative), SAT Subject Tests (Math I and II)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, Business
General Strengths Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, College-level coursework
Related Experience Freelance tutor for Algebra, Calculus, Multi Variable Calculus, Statistics, and Probability as well as Economics (Micro, Macro and Econometrics) for over 3 years


Roberta L

college counselor
study skills counselor

Education Graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology; received a College Counseling Certificate with Distinction from UCLA Extension
Hobbies Milk chocolate, short stories, mid-century modern architecture, disco, Sudoku, dog and cat adoration, writing poetry, seeing movies in movie theaters, making stupid puns, and hanging with friends and family
General Strengths College visit preparation, student/parent stress reduction, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, transfer student application process, summer enrichment planning, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), interview skills
Related Experience Independent college admissions consultant with track record of successful student/college matchmaking; ongoing pro bono college counseling at charter high school; extensive experience as career coach; 15 years experience as instructor at UCLA Extension teaching 21st century workforce skills; parent of an actual high school student; member of WACAC


Rosanne T

operations

Education Graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in both Finance and Real Estate; received a Master of Business degree with a concentration in Sport Management from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia
Hobbies Traveling around the world, analyzing stock chart patterns, watching and playing sports, attempting crossword puzzles, spending time with family
Related Experience Worked as Operations and Assistant General Manager for professional baseball team overseas - helped young players and their parents navigate their way from grassroots to high performance baseball


Salvador D

test proctor

Education Graduated from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Sociology
Hobbies Running, playing basketball, watching sports, listening to music, eating pizza, finding new places to eat pizza
Academic Subjects American Literature, Criminal Law/Pre-Law
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Academic writing, Study Skills, Managing test anxiety


Sam B

test proctor

Education Graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English Literature; graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.B.A. in Organizational Change and Leadership
Hobbies Traveling, creative writing, fantasy sports, pick-up sports, loving the New England Patriots, the stock market, and spending time with my dogs
General Strengths Business analysis and business technology, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience Published ghostwriter in a variety of subjects; 7+ years experience for S&P 500 corporations; 3+ years experience in IT Management


Tayler R

test prep tutor
academic tutor
test proctor

Education Graduated with honors from NYU with a B.F.A. in Drama
Hobbies Writing, reading, hiking, improv, and anything/everything dog-related; also eating (that's a hobby...right?)
Test Prep SAT, ACT
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, American Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP US History, Psychology
General Strengths Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Organizational skills, Study Skills, college audition preparation for performance tracks


Vivia C

test prep tutor
academic tutor

Education Graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Music Management & Psychology
Hobbies Fitness, exercise (lifting heavy weights!), cooking, reading, NFL Mondays/Thursdays/Sundays
Test Prep SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests (Chinese with Listening)
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry
General Strengths Chinese (Mandarin), test prep, organization, college prep, first generation students, ESL, Elementary education, Speed reading skills, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills
Related Experience Northwestern University Admissions Counselor; experience tutoring elementary, middle and high school students


Wesley Y

test prep tutor
academic tutor
study skills counselor

Education Graduated from Yale with a B.A. in American Studies; currently enrolled in USC's Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A. Program
Hobbies Reading, writing, watching movies/television, and exploring LA
Test Prep SAT, ACT, ISEE, HSPT
Academic Subjects Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, American Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, Biology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, US History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, Spanish I, Spanish II, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengths Elementary education, Reading comprehension, Literary analysis, Academic writing, Creative writing, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, Test-taking psychology, Managing test anxiety, College-level coursework
Related Experience Spent nine months in Sitka, Alaska working as an Academic Coach (in writing and math) at the University of Alaska Southeast—Sitka Campus; tutored throughout high school and college


Whitney E

college counselor

Education Graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a B.A. in African American Studies/Ethnic Studies; Dean’s List and awarded merit scholarships; graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business with a MS/MBA in Social Entrepreneurship with relevant coursework from the USC Rossier School of Education in Educational Counseling
Hobbies Traveling (22 countries and counting!), cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, watching random documentaries, hiking, and snorkeling
General Strengths Academic writing, Creative writing, Technical writing, Students with learning differences, Organizational skills, Study Skills, Standardized test advisement, College-level coursework, international student application process, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, journalism programs, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, business school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation
Related Experience 6+ years in college admissions experience, former Assistant Director for USC Office of Undergraduate Admission and USC Marshall School of Business (Undergraduate Admission); previously served as a staff advisor for alternative spring break and study abroad trips; worked as a graduate assistant for USC Center for Academic Support, current guest speaker and presenter at Servite High School and St. John Bosco High School on the college essay/personal statement, former mentor to 1st generation college bound students at Downtown Magnets High School, past presenter at NACAC on strategies for students to communicate their unique value and stories in the college admissions process, current professional member of IECA


Yolanda W

college counselor

Education Graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology; graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.A. in Psychology
Hobbies Traveling, movies (Sci-Fi in particular), poetry, spending time with family and friends
General Strengths 4 year high school planning, extracurricular and summer enrichment planning, resume building, major and career pathways counseling, organizational skills, college tour and fly-in program coordination, Managing test anxiety, transfer student application process, non-traditional student application process, high school selection, transcript analysis, summer enrichment planning, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, major advisement/selection, course selection for high school, course selection for undergraduate programs, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, editing and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, journalism programs, film programs, arts & music programs, humanities programs, public health programs, business programs, social science programs, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, business school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), financial aid (need-based aid), UC specialization, Cal State specialization, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, resume review/evaluation, athletic recruitment process
Related Experience Director of a college access program at UCLA; developed student support programs to improve student retention and success; high school college counselor; professional member of NACAC


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