Great Expectations only hires a mere 1-2% of its applicants — our staff is made up of the most experienced, educated, friendly, and charismatic education experts out there.

Abby T

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Neuroscience and a double minor in Acting and Music from UC Berkeley
HobbiesActing, piano, running, yoga, reading, watching movies, traveling
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsCreative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, Molecular BiologyFrench I, French II
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills, art portfolio building and review, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, classical performance and composition music programs, acting programs
Related ExperienceExtensive tutoring experience across various academic subjects, worked with students through their college admissions process, created and taught original theatre curriculum to middle school aged students, worked in a metalingual development lab at UC Berkeley with children, UGSI for Chemistry at UC Berkeley in Chemistry 1A; experience with individual coaching and planning for acting, vocal and technical theatre concentrations

Adrienne T

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Chemistry from Spelman College; earned a M.A. in English from Clark Atlanta University
HobbiesWriting, hiking, reading, walking in the park, watching movies, dancing, crocheting, rooting for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General StrengthsGrammar, college entrance essay writing, test prep essay writing, scientific writingelementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworkediting and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related ExperienceTutoring experience for over 20 years in a variety of subjects; specialized interests in various forms of writing; skilled in proofreading and editing; creating and revising resumes; excellent client relationship building; published magazine writer

Ali K

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Acting from Brigham Young University
HobbiesTraveling, hiking, writing, comedy, movies, and browsing used bookstores
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionWorld Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP World History
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis
Related ExperienceTest prep and academic tutoring experience, specializing in AP tests; served as teaching assistant to students with learning differences and test anxiety; tutored in the theatre department at BYU; volunteered as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club and for the Utah public school system

Angela Z

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
Education Earned a B.S. in Physiological Sciences from UC Los Angeles
HobbiesPhotography, hiking, exploring local cafes, collecting (and trying to read) new books
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), MCAT
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, PrecalculusBiology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics & Biotechnology
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceExtensive standardized testing tutor experience, served as a teaching assistant for AP Biology and college level biology courses providing 1-on-1 assistance, spent two summers working at a STEM-focused summer camp for middle schoolers

Annie M

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilization from University of Chicago with a focus on Japanese media, graduated with honors; earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Southern California; earned a Ph.D. in Critical Film Studies at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
HobbiesCooking, exploring historic Los Angeles, movies and television, entertaining, and exercise
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), TOEFL, ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsCreative WritingEuropean History, US History
General StrengthsResearch papersacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related Experience15+ years tutoring experience, specializing in English language skills, academic writing, and standardized testing; served as 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

Ara N

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. in Writing from Otis College of Art & Design
HobbiesMusic and video production, reading, screenwriting, travel and cooking
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, JournalismUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History
General Strengthsacademic writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, students with learning differences, students with ASDinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, film programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, liberal arts school specialization, homeschool student application process, art portfolio building and review, classical performance and composition music programs, contemporary music programs, music industry programs, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceExtensive experience in many areas of education, including college admissions, administration, and teaching; served as post-secondary counselor at a private high school for over 10 years; member of the American School Counselor Association; familiar with traditional and non-traditional post-secondary paths; well versed in all the current trends affecting both private and state school admissions; believes that mentorship is an integral component of the college counseling process and is passionate about helping students realize their hidden potential; multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar, drums, bass, and piano; very familiar with both conservatory and modern music programs, along with music production and studio recording

Ashwini G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. in Engineering Management from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
HobbiesWatching movies, trying new foods (especially desserts!), beach walks, and playing with my niece
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsAlgebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BCPsychology, AP Psychology
General Strengthscreative writing, literary analysis, college-level courseworkediting and proofreading college essays, interview skills
Related ExperienceWorked as an engineering tutor at the Cal Poly Writing and Learning Center; hosted a community event to encourage girls' involvement in STEM

Carlynn W

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Plan II (Honors Liberal Arts) and Italian from the University of Texas at Austin with minors in Classics and Religious Studies; earned a M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School; earned a B.F.A. in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design
HobbiesCooking/baking/eating, hiking, reading, visiting galleries and museums, experimental animation
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, liberal arts school specialization, art portfolio building and review, visual arts programs, BFA programs, studio art programs
Related ExperienceExtensive personal experience applying and gaining acceptance to extremely competitive academic programs; 2+ years developing workshop and arts enrichment curriculum for underserved children in South Boston; 5+ years teaching art and design in a variety of contexts to both children and adults; 5+ years writing professionally in a variety of formats and contexts; 15+ years as an award-winning freelance illustrator with a specialization in children’s books and editorial work; significant exhibition record in galleries and group shows; animations selected for screening in film festivals and showcases; working artist with a studio practice in Los Angeles; vast experience both conducting and receiving professional portfolio reviews, especially in a peer-to-peer context

Chelese B

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in History from UC Berkeley with honors; earned an M.F.A. in Theatre from The Actors Studio Drama School
HobbiesPhotography, hiking, yoga, baking/cooking, watching/making movies, traveling, writing
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionUS History, AP US History
General Strengthsorganizational skills, study skills, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level coursework, students with ASDinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, business school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, film programs, public health programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, medical school applications, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, art portfolio building and review, dance programs, visual arts programs, BFA programs, performing arts programs, classical performance and composition music programs, contemporary music programs, film, television, and digital media, acting programs, studio art programs
Related Experience15+ years counseling experience & tutoring experience; conducted presentations to Los Angeles high school students about the college application process; volunteered with the Young Storytellers to bring creative writing and arts to underserved youth in Los Angeles; tutored in Oakland/Berkeley after-school programs and taught SAT prep classes; filmmaker (10 years), actress (15 years), former competitive dancer (20 years)

Connor W

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.B.A. in Marketing from The University of Texas at Austin; earned a M.F.A. from the University of Washington
HobbiesSculpting, reading, conversations over coffee, knitting, hiking, singing and playing guitar
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsBusiness, Graphic Design and Photoshop, Studio Art, AP Studio Art
General Strengthsorganizational skills, study skillsmajor advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, business school applications, college list building, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, interview skills, art portfolio building and review, visual arts programs, BFA programs, design and media arts programs, studio art programs
Related ExperienceWorked as Sculpture lecturer at the University of Washington for 1 year; currently a working artist with a visual art studio in West Adams, and also working at a commercial fine art gallery in Miracle Mile; 5+ years of experience assisting community members in college applications, advising on college selection, and portfolio preparation for visual art applications

David G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned an A.B. in Physics from Harvard University with a minor in Philosophy; currently working towards an M.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Southern California
HobbiesPiano, music production, reading, hiking, biking, going to concerts
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable CalculusAP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionPhysics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AstronomyWorld Civilizations/World History, AP US History, Western Philosophy, Eastern PhilosophyPhilosophy
General Strengthsacademic writing, study skills, technical writing, standardized test advisement, ESL, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceServed as a National Honor Society tutor during high school; volunteer ESL instructor during high school and college; tutored math, physics, and ACT/SAT prep during undergraduate; worked as a college admissions counselor with AmeriCorps

Elizabeth C

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Political Science with minors in American Studies and Psychology from James Madison University; earned a M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University
HobbiesAuthor of a historical fiction novel about a World War II Naval aviator, tennis and Roger Federer, avid reader of classics, volunteer advocate for gifted learners, enjoys real estate open houses, ice cream and hot chocolate connoisseur
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsNew England and Mid-Atlantic colleges, single-gender high schools and colleges, boarding and day school selectionacademic writing, organizational skills, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, career assessment tools
Related ExperienceOver ten years experience in Admission and Financial Aid, served as Associate Director of Admission and Financial Aid at nationally top-ranked liberal arts college, Associate Director of Admissions at nationally top-ranked all-girls boarding/day school, President of association advocating for gifted students and their families

Elyse D

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology (pre-med) with a minor in Global Health from Northwestern University
HobbiesImprov, dance (Bollywood, salsa, jazz), cooking, writing funny songs, making silly videos for my nieces, non-dairy gelato, co-op board games, Survivor, watching League of Legends with my husband and being shocked that I actually understand what’s happening, and obviously...DA BEARS!
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2American Literature, British Literature, World LiteratureBiology, AP Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, PhysicsFrench I, French II, French III, French IVPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Parenting & Child Development
General StrengthsBreaking down complex scientific concepts, grammar rules, essay writing, breaking through creative blocks, design thinking, public speaking, story analysis, storytelling, making academic work fun elementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework, students with ASDsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, film programs, public health programs, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, medical school applications, interview skills
Related ExperienceWorked as a “standardized patient” - helping medical students prepare for high stress clinical exams; served as a teaching artist in Chicago Public Schools - teaching math and literacy with dance; worked with gifted students as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development; was a peer-tutor for Biology students in undergrad; studied the role of Performance in Public Health in Uganda; received the America India Foundation’s Clinton Fellowship to do research on the effects of domestic violence on public health in South India; wrote, edited, and hosted a show for NDTV-HINDU; assisted in new play development workshops at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis; served as a primary French translator for three weeks en Provence; individual coaching experience; career track switches

Gabby M

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorOperations
EducationEarned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in English from Muhlenberg College; currently working towards a M.P.H. at the University of Southern California
HobbiesTraveling, hiking, writing, cooking, baking
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, Statistics, AP StatisticsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Physics, Environmental Science, AP Environmental ScienceUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World HistoryPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Ethics, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level coursework, students with ASD
Related ExperienceServed as lead tutor at Muhlenberg College Writing Center, embedded peer tutor in courses teaching collegiate writing to first-year college students, and drop-in center peer tutor; served as cognitive rehabilitation assistant for individuals recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) with therapies specializing in memory recall skills and language re-acquisition

Grant T

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin; certified in education for Mathematics 7-12 from The University of Texas at Austin
HobbiesBiking, weight lifting, rugby, video games, getting people to enjoy math, dunking on OU fans
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Computer ScienceAP Chemistry, AP Physics
General StrengthsProblem solving skills, project analysis, goal oriented education, breaking down complex mathematical conceptsmanaging test anxiety, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceWorked in education as both a tutor and teacher for a combined 8 years; worked with students of all backgrounds to achieve excellence and instill confidence; extremely familiar with standardized testing; taught at a top 50 US High School

Jason A

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Spanish from Brigham Young University with a Business Minor; earned a M.Ed. in T.E.S.O.L. (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Grand Canyon University; currently finalizing exams for a M.A. in Spanish Linguistics from New Mexico State University
HobbiesRunning, coaching cross-country, spending time with my wife and 5 boys, doing home improvement projects, cheering on the Brazilian National Soccer Team, and watching adventure movies
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, reading comprehension, ESL, students with learning differences, college-level coursework
Related Experience20 years experience teaching Spanish (Levels 1-5) at the secondary level; 10+ years as adjunct faculty for Spanish/ESL; seasoned teacher of AP Spanish Language and Culture exam

Jen K

FounderFounder's CircleTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English (concentration in Creative Writing) and European History from Northwestern University
HobbiesWriting, traveling, cooking, golfing, hiking, crying about the Bears, cheering on the Cubs, and finding the best macaroni and cheese in existence
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsEnglish, 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 skillsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, college list building, public health programs, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs
Related Experience15+ years tutoring and college essay/counseling experience; served as 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 the university and local high school applicants; member of Northwestern University Leadership Circle Board and NACAC

Jenna B

College CounselorHR/Admin
EducationEarned a B. S. in Public, Policy, and Management from the University of Southern California. Fight on!
HobbiesMy two young children definitely keep me busy but I also enjoy time spent outside, hiking, being with friends and family, and college football
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsOverall professional developmentresume review/evaluation, extracurricular/resume development, interview skills
Related ExperienceServed as a Campus Recruiting Manager for a large accounting firm hiring new interns and associates across multiple offices; worked as an Associate Director in graduate admissions at USC, led professional development, resume writing, and interviewing workshops, assisted Career Placement office and achieved overall 97% job placement for graduating students

Jenny L

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English/Creative Writing with a concentration in Computer Science from Amherst College
HobbiesReading, writing, dancing, traveling, food blogging
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience5+ years of college counseling experience; specialize in East Coast universities, West Coast universities, liberal arts colleges, and UCs; advise students on the university application process in the U.K., Canada, and Hong Kong; served as U.S. college counselor at a top British independent school for 1 year; worked as a Creative Writing & Computer Science teacher to middle and high schoolers for 2 years; cofounded the Amherst Asian Alumni Network and lead the mentorship program between Amherst alumni and students

Joyce S

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Art History from Connecticut College; earned a Ed.M. from Harvard School of Education; earned a College Counseling Certificate from UC San Diego
HobbiesKnitting, cooking, pickleball, walking my dogs, and swimming
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsComposition, Creative Writing
General Strengthscreative writingsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related Experience20+ experience in college counseling and mentoring, including developing college application workshop for parents; broad knowledge of the financial aid application process; skilled in uncovering the uniqueness in every student; extensive knowledge of the New England and Mid-Atlantic small, liberal arts colleges, in addition to UC and CSU campuses; worked 10+ years with college access non-profits to counsel young girls who were the first in their family to go to college; former television producer in New York and Boston

Julianne L

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Northwestern University
HobbiesBackpacking, Hiking, Camping, Swimming, Acting, Stand Up Comedy
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionAP US Government/Politics, AP Comparative Government/PoliticsSpanish I
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, reading comprehensionsummer enrichment planning, editing and proofreading college essays, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, UC specialization, college research and advisement, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills
Related ExperienceHas served as an admissions consultant for several years; advises students through the college application process and helps brainstorm and craft college essays; teaches on faculty for Northwestern's National High School Institute Theatre Arts program, a pre-college preparatory summer intensive; experience with individual coaching for acting and musical theatre concentrations

Katherine D

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Mass Communication with double minors in Journalism and Women's Studies from University of Delaware; earned an M.A. and Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling & School Counseling from Columbia University Teachers College
HobbiesBeach days, yoga, reading, travel, wellness, hiking, discovering new music and artists
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsorganizational skills, study skills, standardized test advisementsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, career assessment tools
Related ExperienceServed as college counselor at high-performing high schools in New York and Los Angeles for 7 years; certified School Counselor in New York, New Jersey, and California; completed Columbia University's College Advising Program; attend campus tours and professional admission conferences throughout the US; worked as a student admission ambassador while in undergrad; currently supports the College Center at Palisades Charter High School by leading individual college meetings with students and families, advising regarding course selection and test preparation, and helping build college lists and individualized timelines for students with a variety of interests, preferences, and academic profiles

Kathleen Q

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Chemistry and Psychology from the University of Chicago; earned an M.F.A. in Costume Design from the Academy of Art University
HobbiesSewing, reading, writing, gardening, laser cutting, jewelry making, petting my cat
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable CalculusAmerican Literature, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, PhysicsUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, US History, AP US History, AP US Government/Politics, AP World HistorySpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Chinese (any)Psychology, AP Psychology
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceAcademic and test prep teaching experience, specializing in math and science for middle and high school students; taught group classes on essay writing and interviewing, particularly for college admissions; worked as an admissions interviewer for the University of Chicago

Katie C

ClassicCollege CounselorAthletic Recruitment Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. triple major in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Economics from Juniata College
HobbiesVolleyball, beach volleyball, traveling, reading, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsinternational student application process, summer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceCollege counseling experience specializing in high academic colleges; counsel students who need additional learning resources; played collegiate basketball; played collegiate volleyball, competing in four Elite Eights, three Final Fours, won National Championship in 2004; served as collegiate coach for both Men’s and Women’s volleyball for over 10 years at Division I, Division II, and Division III schools

Krystal G

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Biology with a pre-med focus from the University of Houston, Academic Excellence Scholarship recipient
HobbiesYoga, reading, writing poetry, oil painting, cooking, hiking, family time, watching films, going for walks in the park with my pup, Moby
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryCreative WritingBiology, AP Biology, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, standardized test advisement, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceExtensive test prep and academic tutoring experience specializing in math and science; served as peer-tutor throughout high school and university; spent two years as a PALS mentor

Lindsay J

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.S.B.A. in Marketing and International Business from Georgetown University; earned an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business with concentrations in Marketing and Strategy
HobbiesSwimming, cooking, reading, creative writing, hiking, discovering new TV shows and podcasts
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionEnvironmental ScienceUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, MacroeconomicsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish IIIPsychology, Ethics, Gender Studies, Business, Philosophy, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General StrengthsEast Coast schoolsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, business school applications, college list building, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceServes as an alumni interviewer for Georgetown University (undergraduate); serves as an admissions ambassador for the University of Virginia (Darden School of Business); served on the alumni board of high school alma mater, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC); served as a peer tutor in English Language & Literature, creative writing, and business writing while at Georgetown; worked as a branding consultant and freelance essay editor for MBA applicants; spent 8 years pre-MBA working full-time as a television writer/producer and journalist, most recently at NBC News

Luke L

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Sport and Event Management from Elon University; earned a Certificate in College Counseling from UC Los Angeles Extension; currently working towards M.S.W. from Simmons University
HobbiesBody surfing, surfing, swimming, going to concerts, writing stand up comedy, and hanging out with friends
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General Strengthsart programsstudents with learning differences, students with ASDmajor advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, film programs, extracurricular/resume development, personal statement brainstorming and composition
Related ExperienceServed as admissions reader at Pitzer College and college counseling intern at Venice High School; volunteer with the College Bound program at the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica; experience working with young adults with autism spectrum disorder and other learning differences; experience with Canadian college admissions

Lynelle K

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania
HobbiesExploring different types of creative expression (writing, tap dancing, cross-stitching, design, and more); community involvement; swimming; online word games; consuming way too much licorice; crushing the competition in charades
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General Strengthsorganizational skills, creative writing, study skills, literary analysissummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceExpertise in creative marketing and writing to help students define their interests and differentiate themselves authentically in the college application process; 6 years of college counseling for a non-profit company as well as private clients; 10+ years as a senior creative director/marketing executive at film studios; alumni interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, children's book author; marketing copywriter; personal biographer; creative writing instructor; Vanderbilt parent

Molly H

ClassicCollege CounselorAthletic Recruitment Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Feminist Studies with a minor in Applied Psychology toward Counseling from UC Santa Barbara; earned an M.A. in School Counseling with a PPS Credential from Saint Mary's College of California; earned Certificate in College Counseling through UC Los Angeles Extension
HobbiesBeach days, stand-up-paddleboarding, body surfing, hiking, camping, travel, photography, watching sports (Go Warriors!), exploring LA, and spending time with family, friends, and my golden retriever, Rio!
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General StrengthsTime management, managing/supporting general anxiety, HBCU universitiesacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, technical writing, students with learning differencesediting and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, college research and advisement, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, transcript analysis, interview skills
Related ExperienceCurrently a full time Counselor at Palisades Charter High School; served previous two years as a counselor at a public high school in Alameda, CA; certified school counselor with pupil personnel services credential; former NCAA Division I water polo intercollegiate student athlete; competed in the Big West division; former Student Athlete Association Board Team Representative; experienced in UC Education Abroad Programs; member of the American School Counselor Association; member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling; currently holds Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor certificate; experience working with a wide range of students with different backgrounds; familiar with 504 accommodations and IEPs

Nicole P

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.F.A. in Drama and English magna cum laude from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts
HobbiesWriting, singing, yoga, dance, consuming far too much french toast, and hanging out with my two cats, Eva and Boo, and my dog, Dobby
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General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, technical writing, literary analysis, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, UC specialization, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, college list building, film programs, arts & music Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, arts & music programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills, art portfolio building and review
Related ExperienceServe as academic tutor and college counselor in Los Angeles with a specialization in Performing Arts candidates and LGBTQ+ students; served as academic tutor in New York, tutored Language Arts and summer school English at NYC charter schools; experience with students from therapeutic boarding schools; track record of successfully assisting applicants to UCs, East Coast schools, and liberal arts schools

Royce C

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Environmental Biology with a concentration in Computer Science from Columbia University
HobbiesTabletop and board games, exercise and weightlifting, and reading
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsAlgebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer ScienceBiology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Environmental Science, AP Environmental Science
General Strengthsmanaging test anxiety, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceOver six years of experience tutoring AP subjects, standardized tests, competitive math, and more; competitor and coach for American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8, 10, and 12, and qualifier for American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); researched microbiology at UCSD over 2 years, culminating in a senior research thesis

Ryan S

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorTest Proctor
EducationEarned an A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University with a minor in Music
HobbiesCello, guitar, singing, bass, long distance running, hiking, watching TV, movies, going to concerts, writing
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Statistics, AP Statistics, Computer Science, AP Computer ScienceBiology, AP Biology, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, Web Design/HTMLUS History & Government, AP US Government/PoliticsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IVPsychology, AP Psychology, Music Theory, AP Music Theory
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, study skills, standardized test advisement, test-taking psychology, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceServed as National Honor Society tutor during high school; served as cello teacher throughout high school and college; tutored organic chemistry as an undergraduate; served as designer and teacher of a music curriculum for summer camps in Boston for children aged 5 to 16

Sara K

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Theater Cum Laude from Northwestern University's School of Communication with a certificate in Musical Theater and focus in Creative Writing, Psychology, and French
HobbiesSinging, acting, yoga, traveling, hiking, climbing, reading, writing, cooking, dog-sitting, holistic nutrition and wellness
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Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionEuropean History, US History, AP US HistoryFrench I, French II, French IIIPsychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Food & Nutrition
General StrengthsPrivate school applicationselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, college research and advisement, humanities programs, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, BFA programs, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, acting programs
Related Experience3 years tutoring experience with students of all ages, levels, and subjects including test prep and extensive writing help; skilled at proofreading and editing essays; admitted to several highly selective universities and gained a deep knowledge of top schools; certified coach in wellness and nutrition; specializes in English Language Arts and creative fields as well as test preparation and anxiety management

Sarah R

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communications Studies and a minor in Philosophy from UC Los Angeles; Earned a College Counseling Certification from UC San Diego
HobbiesWriting poetry, thrifting, fashion styling, exploring LA, attending concerts, spending time with my friends, 3 sisters, and 2 cats, binging too much Netflix, listening to the same songs on repeat
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General StrengthsDeadline managementacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, students with learning differences, students with ASDmajor advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, UC specialization, International Baccalaureate (IB), college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related ExperienceEight years of experience in independent college counseling, specializing in application essays

Sofia T

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in French and a minor in Anthropology; M.A. in French Literature and a TESL Certificate from University of Florida
HobbiesYoga, hiking, surfing, cycling, acoustic guitar, traveling, sailing, watching live comedy shows, and watching movies
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Academic SubjectsSpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, French I, French II, French III, French IV, French V, AP French Language and Culture, French Literature & Arts
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, speed reading skills, study skills, reading comprehension, ESL, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceExtensive experience in tutoring French, ESL and Spanish to children and adults; attained experience as a teaching assistant for French I and French II at University of Florida for two years; worked in Sydney, Australia at two institutions teaching ESL and helped students prepare for English exams to include the IELTS for one year; worked and lived in central Europe (Luxembourg) for almost 4 years, and tutored Spanish and worked in a francophone office environment at a top American financial investment banking firm

Vivia C

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Music Management & Psychology from Northwestern University
HobbiesWellness, reading, painting, sports, and taking care of plants.
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Trigonometry
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychologyediting and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, pre-college summer programs, college audition preparation for performance tracks, International Baccalaureate (IB), college research and advisement, college list building, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, interview skills, performing arts programs, musical theatre programs, classical performance and composition music programs, music industry programs, design and media arts programs, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceServed as Northwestern University admissions counselor; currently serve as tutor for elementary, middle, and high school students

Wesley Y

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in American Studies from Yale; currently enrolled in University of Southern California's Writing for Screen and Television M.F.A. Program
HobbiesReading, writing, watching movies/television, and exploring LA
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE, HSPT
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, TrigonometryAmerican Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiologyUS History & Government, US History, AP US Government/PoliticsSpanish I, Spanish IIFilm Studies/Film Integration/Media
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, test-taking psychology
Related ExperienceServed as writing and math coach at the University of Alaska, Southeast - Sitka Campus; currently serve as high school and college-level tutor

Yolanda W

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Psychology from the UC Berkeley; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
HobbiesTraveling, movies (Sci-Fi in particular), poetry, spending time with family and friends
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General Strengths4 year high school planning, career pathways counseling, college tour and fly-in program coordinationorganizational skills, managing test anxiety, students with learning differencessummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, college audition preparation for performance tracks, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, athletic recruitment process, non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, Cal State specialization, college list building, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, high school selection, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, arts & music programs, business programs, medical school applications, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, art portfolio building and review, dance programs, BFA programs
Related ExperienceServed as Director of a college access program at UCLA and developed student support programs to improve student retention and success; served as high school college counselor for LAUSD; experience working with Dreamers and underrepresented students; professional member of NACAC

Yoona C

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English Literature (with a specialization in Creative Writing) from UC Los Angeles with a minor in German
HobbiesEating, drinking, making merry, then exercising and eating broccoli to balance things out
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), ISEE
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition
General Strengthsacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, literary analysis, students with learning differences, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworkinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, business school applications, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, business programs, interview skills
Related ExperienceTest prep and academic tutoring experience at all levels; serve as writing/composition and grammar instructor at Santa Monica College; served as peer tutor at UCLA and member of UCLA Campus Events Staff; college counseling experience with understanding of individual UC schools, UC Regents scholarship program, and track record of coaching successful applicants to UC system; received fellowship for a workshop in conjunction with LACMA; received fellowship for an advanced course at the UCLA Special Collections Library