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.

Yazmeen M

ClassicAcademic TutorCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B. A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Film, TV, and Digital Media from UC Los Angeles with honors
HobbiesHiking, yoga, going to museums and galleries, making art and music, filmmaking, traveling, and reading
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionBiology, AP Biology, Physiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, AP ChemistryUS History & Government, World Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, US History, AP US History, Western Philosophy, Eastern PhilosophyGerman (any)Leadership, Psychology, AP Psychology, World Religions, Interactive Media, Ethics, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Parenting & Child Development, Food & Nutrition, Film Studies/Film Integration/Media
General StrengthsMiddle school selection, elementary school selection, health/science programs, pre-medelementary education, academic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, 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, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, 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, 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, personal statement brainstorming and composition, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills, film, television, and digital media
Related ExperienceOver ten years of experience as an educator, including college applications counseling, academic and test prep tutoring, curriculum development, executive function coaching, mentorship, confidence building, and more; well-versed in the UC system, the Top 100 schools, and the Ivies; served as the lead chemistry teaching assistant in high school and worked as a student assistant for the El Dorado County Office of Education; responsible for after-school academic development, homework/study hall, and enrichment programs for grades K-5

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
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
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