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.

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

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

Anush A

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Los Angeles, graduated with honors
HobbiesExploring urban wilderness, living Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”, playing historical grand strategy PC games, staring at Netflix’s titles page
Test PrepACT (English, Math, Reading, Science, Writing)
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BCWorld Literature, Composition, Creative Writing, Journalism, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & CompositionPhysics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism, AstronomyWorld Civilizations/World History, European History, AP European History, AP World History, Microeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, Western Philosophy, Eastern PhilosophyLatin I, Latin II, Latin IIIInternational Relations, Ethics, Philosophy
General Strengthselementary 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 courseworkinternational student application process, International Baccalaureate (IB)
Related ExperienceTutoring experience with students of all ages and abilities; serve as a volunteer tutor for differently-abled students; work as writing assistant, journalist, and experienced copy editor

Brigette A

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in History from Rice University; earned an M.A. in International and Public Affairs from Columbia University
HobbiesRock climbing dancing, beach clean-ups, movies, cooking and traveling
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsEnvironmental ScienceUS History & Government, European History, US History, Human GeographySpanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV, Spanish V, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Spanish Literature and Culture, French I, French II, Italian (any)International Relations, Business
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, study skills, technical writing, ESL, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceServed as Admission Interviewer for Rice University; tutor Spanish to all ages and levels; certified as a Spanish Interpreter for the US State Department and Municipal Courts of Houston, TX; serve as environmental consultant specializing in reducing plastic waste to protect the oceans; worked in investment banking and private equity in Latin America; native Spanish speaker

Caroline M

ClassicTest Proctor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University; earned an M.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University
HobbiesHiking, exploring LA, going to comedy clubs, watching the Patriots
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, literary analysis, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceServe as graduate assistant and writing tutor to graduate students, research writing editor presenting scientific research, and social skills coach for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorder

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 & Government, US History, AP US History
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, study skills, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level courseworkinternational 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
Related Experience15+ years tutoring and college essay/counseling experience; conduct presentations to Los Angeles high school students about the college application process; volunteer 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

Cheyenne O

ClassicAcademic Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Chemistry from Occidental College with a minor in Latinx and Latin American Studies
HobbiesReading, cooking/baking, hiking, watching movies, visiting museums, going to the beach
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, Precalculus, CalculusChemistry, AP Chemistry, Physics, AP Physics, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, study skills, technical writing, college-level coursework
Related ExperienceTutoring experience with college students, specializing in STEM coursework; teaching assistant for organic chemistry teaching labs

Eric B

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned a B.A. in Economics from Brown University
HobbiesVideo editing, weight lifting, creative writing, watching movies, love watching NFL and NBA
Test Prep
Academic SubjectsPre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Calculus, AP Calculus ABComposition, Creative Writing
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension
Related ExperienceClassroom-based math teaching experience for high school students; provided 1-on-1 private math tutoring up to AP Calculus AB for middle school and high school students; helped high school students with essay structuring and writing

Gabby M

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorOperations
EducationEarned a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in English from Muhlenberg College
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
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

Heather S

ClassicCollege CounselorOperations
EducationEarned a B.A. in Theatre cum laude from Northwestern University’s School of Communication with a minor in Business Institutions
HobbiesFantasy football, theatre/film/tv, traveling, and crosswords
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsveterinary school applications and pre-vet tracks; theater programsorganizational skillssummer 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, college list building, film programs, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, interview skills
Related ExperienceCurrently serve as UC Application Reader; served as Admissions Counselor and Tour Guide at Northwestern University; conducted alumni interviews as a member of Northwestern University’s Alumni Admissions Council; worked for Aristotle Tutors as a peer tutor

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 skills
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 Bachelor'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 StrengthsI love working and interacting with people. I also have experience with resume review, interviewing skills, and overall professional development
Related ExperienceWorked in graduate admissions at USC; served as Campus Recruiter for a large accounting firm; served as Orientation Advisor and Campus Tour Guide as an undergraduate at USC

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, editing and proofreading college essays, resume review/evaluation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, college research and advisement, humanities programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceAcademic tutoring and college counseling experience; served as U.S. college counselor at a British independent school, specializing in East Coast universities, liberal arts colleges, and UCs; served as Creative Writing & Computer Science teacher to middle and high schoolers; completed continuing education through UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program

Kathleen Q

ClassicAcademic 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

Lorraine P

Operations
EducationEarned a B.A. in Communication from Loyola Marymount University with a minor in Business Administration
HobbiesCooking/baking, traveling, photography, hiking, running, shopping, pinning on Pinterest, Instagramming, and learning to sew
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General StrengthsResume and cover letter writing, interview coaching and preparation, career counseling and planning, job search strategies, networking, salary negotiation, public speaking, organizational skills
Related ExperienceServed as assistant in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at Loyola Marymount University and as campus tour guide and orientation leader for incoming students; served as human resources recruiter and trainer, public relations coordinator, sales & marketing consultant, and operations manager

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 Master in Social Work from Simmons University
HobbiesBody surfing, surfing, swimming, going to concerts, writing stand up comedy, and hanging out with friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsart programsstudents with learning differencesmajor 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

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 Acadamy
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

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
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
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

Rosanne T

Operations
EducationEarned a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from Florida State University; earned a Master of Business degree with a concentration in Sport Management from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia
HobbiesTraveling around the world, analyzing stock patterns, watching and playing sports, attempting crossword puzzles, spending time with family
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengths
Related ExperienceServed as operations and assistant general manager for professional baseball team overseas; helped young players and their parents navigate the path from grassroots to high performance baseball

Ryan S

ClassicAcademic 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 Strengthsorganizational 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

Soliana H

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in English and Spanish Literature from Harvard College; earned an M.A. in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths; earned MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
HobbiesTraveling, yoga, cooking, gardening, family time
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writingsummer enrichment planning, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, transfer student application process, pre-college summer programs, course selection for high school, UC specialization, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, Cal State specialization, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), interview skills, art portfolio building and review
Related ExperienceTutored and worked as a college essay consultant/counselor in London and Los Angeles; worked with students from around the world on applications; ability to connect and collaborate with people from all over the world, bringing that same enthusiasm for people to each new student

Tayler R

ClassicAcademic TutorTest Prep Tutor
EducationEarned B.F.A. in Drama from New York University
HobbiesWriting, watching movies, traveling and exploring the great outdoors, reading, cooking
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 & CompositionUS History, AP US History
General Strengthselementary education, organizational skills, managing test anxiety, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, literary analysis
Related ExperienceExperienced academic and ACT tutor; led group classes on SAT Reading and Writing; interview and audition coach

Vivia C

Founder's CircleAcademic TutorTest Prep TutorCollege Counselor
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, speed reading skills, creative writing, study skills, reading comprehension, standardized test advisement, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differencesediting and proofreading college essays, college audition preparation for performance tracks, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, interview skills
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

Whitney E

Founder's CircleCollege Counselor
EducationEarned B.A. in African American Studies/Ethnic Studies from California State University Fullerton; Dean’s List and awarded merit scholarships; earned an M.S./M.B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business with relevant coursework from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education in Educational Counseling
HobbiesTraveling (22 countries and counting!), cooking, baking, listening to podcasts, watching random documentaries, hiking, and snorkeling
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthsacademic writing, organizational skills, creative writing, study skills, technical writing, standardized test advisement, students with learning differencesinternational student application process, summer 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, International Baccalaureate (IB), non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, Cal State specialization, film programs, public health programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceServed as Assistant Director for USC Office of Undergraduate Admission and USC Marshall School of Business (Undergraduate Admission); served as staff advisor for alternative spring break and study abroad trips and graduate assistant for USC Center for Academic Support; served as mentor to first-generation college-bound students; serve as guest speaker and presenter at several high schools on college essays/personal statements; presented at NACAC on strategies for students to communicate their unique value and stories in the college admissions process; current professional member of the IECA

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, extracurricular and summer enrichment planning, resume building, major and career pathways counseling, organizational skills, college tour and fly-in program coordinationmanaging test anxietysummer 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, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization
Related ExperienceServe as Director of a college access program at UCLA and developer of student support programs to improve student retention and success; served as high school college counselor; experience working with Dreamers; 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, college list building, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, arts & music 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

Zachary E

ClassicCollege Counselor
EducationEarned a B.A. in History and Political Science with a minor in Russian Language from Colorado State University; earned a Masters degree in Middle Eastern and Central Asian Security Studies (School of International Relations) and a Masters degree in Iranian Studies (School of History) from the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland
HobbiesAddicted to learning by doing and exploring the world and developing connections with new people and places. Traveled to nearly 100 countries on all 7 continents. Hiking. Camping. Listening to live music. Eating delicious cuisine and cooking new recipes. Spending time with friends
Test Prep
Academic Subjects
General Strengthselementary education, academic writing, managing test anxiety, study skills, reading comprehension, technical writing, ESL, literary analysis, students with learning differences, college-level courseworkinternational student application process, major advisement/selection, editing and proofreading college essays, social science programs, financial aid (need-based aid), resume review/evaluation, transfer student application process, course selection for high school, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs, UC specialization, International Baccalaureate (IB), non-traditional student application process, college research and advisement, course selection for undergraduate programs, journalism programs, humanities programs, business school applications, social science Masters and Ph.D. programs, Cal State specialization, foreign college/university application process, college list building, course selection for Masters and Ph.D. programs, public health programs, law school applications, STEM Masters and Ph.D. programs, highly selective colleges/universities specialization, transcript analysis, extracurricular/resume development, application review, personal statement brainstorming and composition, business programs, medical school applications, humanities Masters and Ph.D. programs, scholarship search (merit-based aid), liberal arts school specialization, interview skills
Related ExperienceServed as international admissions reader on U.S. and Canadian academic credentials/transcript evaluation for University of Saint Andrews; advise university students recently returned from study and internship abroad programs on how to articulate their experience and communicate their value academically, socially, and professionally in the job search and interview process; served as proofreader and editor of personal statements, application essays, and statements of purpose for hundreds of international and American students applying to undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs; serve as public speaker on various topics regarding international admissions, student recruitment, and student affairs