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.

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