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.

Meghan D

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English from Stanford University; studied abroad at Oxford University; earned an M.A. from St. John's College; earned a Ph.D. in English from University of Southern California with a specialty in Renaissance poetry
HobbiesCooking, jogging, assembling IKEA furniture, and buying books faster than I can read them
Test PrepSAT (Reading and Writing, Math), ACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing), GRE
Academic SubjectsAmerican Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionPhilosophy
General StrengthsHome-school curriculaacademic writing, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, test-taking psychology, college-level courseworksummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, humanities programs, foreign college/university application process, college list building, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, film programs, law school applications, 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, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, interview skills
Related Experience20+ years teaching experience, including 4 years as Lecturer for Honors and Writing Programs at USC; 14+ years experience preparing 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 and Italian language instructor at Arts High School; serve as writing instructor to gifted elementary and middle-school students, violin teacher and high school orchestra coach, and tutor and student mentor in various capacities; experience supporting students with learning differences, giftedness, and autism spectrum disorder

Melissa J

Test Proctor
EducationEarned a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Photography from Yale University; earned an M.A. in Creative Writing from Full Sail University with a concentration in Screenwriting; earned an M.A. in Film and Media Production from New York Film Academy
HobbiesKickboxing, tennis, ballet, photography, painting, singing, writing
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, creative writing, reading comprehension, literary analysis, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceAcademic and test prep tutoring experience; tutored with Yale’s work-study program at New Haven Reads; served as peer tutor throughout high school