Our Tutors

Our educators are chosen on the basis of a demonstrated ability to teach because we are committed to true academic enrichment in addition to improving test scores.

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Chicago Tutors

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Matthew Pietrafetta

Matthew holds an M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Columbia University in the City of New York. At Columbia, Matthew was selected as a Writing Fellow in the English Composition Department to instruct Columbia undergraduates in a number of composition courses. His work with students concentrated on logic, reasoning, and argumentation. At the same time, Matthew prepared hundreds of New York City high school students in standardized tests and numerous academic subjects. His teaching experience includes tutoring standardized tests such as the SAT, the SAT Subject Tests, the ACT, the SSAT, the ISEE, the LSAT, the GMAT, the GRE, and the MCAT. Through his work with high school and college students, Matthew found that the logic skills required for successful test taking were also necessary rudiments for success with the more complicated tasks of reasoning, analysis, and argument on the college level. The Academic Approach is Matthew's attempt to bridge these two levels of education by developing a standardized testing curriculum that imparts both sound academic knowledge and the salient reasoning skills necessary for optimal test performance and sophisticated critical thinking in the classroom. Matthew supervises the training of all Academic Approach instructors, produces all materials for student instruction, and works constantly to ensure the quality and efficacy of all Academic Approach programs to fulfill the company's mission of improving student achievement for all students.

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Amy Abramowitz

Amy graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar with a BA in psychology. She has taught English in a school for monks in Thailand and in a primary school in Peru. Amy has also taught Suzuki violin lessons for the past three years and was an anatomy teaching assistant at UNC. As an undergraduate, Amy conducted neuroscience research at the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology in London and completed a thesis with highest honors in UNC’s Department of Psychiatry. She also enjoys volunteering as a doula, running, and learning the mandolin. Amy teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Samantha Adler

Samantha holds a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Haverford College and is currently completing her Master in the Science of Education degree from Northwestern University. Samantha has taught math and general subjects in a variety of settings including Philadelphia and the Boston area. Samantha taught for over two years in the Chicago Public Schools system as a high school math teacher. Samantha was the curriculum developer and lead teacher for Geometry, Algebra II and College Algebra courses. Samantha teaches all subject areas of the ACT/SAT.

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Amanda Aisen

Amanda graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology. She completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Dominican University. She has endorsements in teaching social science and Spanish. Before coming to Academic Approach, she taught for two years with Teach for America, where her 8th graders made 1.7 years of reading growth in 9 months of classroom instruction. Amanda teaches all sections of the ACT, SAT, HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT. Amanda also serves as an Academic Approach Director, representing programs to families, customizing solutions for each student, and supporting families and tutors throughout the course of instruction to ensure the most successful outcomes for all Academic Approach students.

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Jacob Algrim

Jacob graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics with an interdisciplinary focus in Koine Greek. He is currently working towards a certification from Cambridge for teaching English to speakers of other languages. Jacob started tutoring at Garden City Community College, where he earned his certification as a “Master Tutor” from the College Reading and Learning Association. While attending Moody Bible Institute, he worked on campus as an ESL Writing Tutor. Jacob has a deep and ongoing interest in languages and cultures. He tutors all sections of the ACT.

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Matthew Amyx

Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts in History, with an English minor, from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is currently finishing requirements for his M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He enjoys his job at the Oriental Institute, giving tours and teaching children history and anthropology. He also has a research assistant position there, editing and transcribing the letters of a turn-of-the-century archaeologist. Previously, he interned and volunteered at a rural agricultural museum in Lindale, TX, reenacting historic characters and demonstrating bizarre folk instruments to visiting families. His current research is on the African American history of Chicago.

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Nicole Anderson

Nicole holds a BA in Geological Sciences and History from the University of Florida. She is currently completing the thesis research for her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, also from the University of Florida. Nicole is researching school capacity issues within the Chicago Public School system. As a Teach For America corps member in Chicago, Nicole taught life science, earth science, and physical science. She also has prior experience teaching test prep for the GRE. Nicole also works with our School Programs Department, both in the office and the in the classroom. Nicole teaches all sections of the ACT and the SAT.

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Megan Augustiny

Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received honors in her major for completing a senior thesis. Megan has tutored students in Chicago Public Schools for over 5 years. Additionally, she has worked as a docent for elementary and high school students at the Smart Museum of art and has served as a mentor to middle school students for over four years in Chicago Public Schools. For a year, she worked as an individualized instructor in mathematics for 6th through 8th graders, after which she transitioned to a paraprofessional position with ninth graders at a college preparatory school. She teaches academic English and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Brooke Bacon

Brooke has been tutoring students for over seven years. She holds a bachelor's degree from the education department at MBI and she also has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Western Governor’s University. Brooke is a certified teacher in the state of IL. She has taught Language Arts and Social Studies to middle school students for the past four years. Many of her middle school students scored ‘Post High School’ on standardized tests and improved two grade levels in reading within just nine months. Brooke has piloted exercising and technology classes and also teaches piano lessons. She specializes in both the verbal and mathematics portion of the high school entrance exams. She is passionate about creative, individualized teaching and is excited to see her students develop a motivation for learning that will lead to academic success! Brooke teaches all sections of the 7th grade standardized tests and high school entrance exams.

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Adam Balasco

Adam holds a bachelors degree in Secondary Education from DePaul University’s College of Education. Having completed over 100 hours of field experience and student teaching within Chicago Public Schools, Adam is certified by the State of Illinois in Secondary Teaching with endorsements in Social Science and History for both Middle and High Schools. Adam became a certified AVID tutor during his time in CPS. Throughout college he also worked for the America Reads program, tutoring K-8 students in reading. Adam teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT as well as the History SAT II.

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Beth Barancik

Beth received her Bachelor’s degree in Math from Northwestern University and her Master’s degree in Applied Math from DePaul. She has taught a variety of math classes at the K-12 and collegiate levels, from foundational math to calculus. Through a state grant, she served as a coordinator with the Learning Sciences Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Most recently, Beth was clinical faculty in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, in the field of educational statistics. While she continues to advise and consult in this field, Beth has returned her focus to math coaching. She teaches mathematics for standardized tests and academic subjects.

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Jonathan Bressler

Jon graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a dual Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Rhetoric, and a minor in Chemistry. Before joining Academic Approach, he served for two years with the Peace Corps in the West African country of Burkina Faso, where he taught life science, physics, chemistry, math and English at a village school, and coordinated the opening of a school resource center. Upon completion of his service, Jon was certified with advanced proficiency in French. As an undergraduate, Jon taught and tutored elementary school students in science, math and language arts. He has experience teaching science for a non-profit organization within Chicago Public Schools, and he has tutored high school and middle school students in a variety of subjects. Jon teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Steven Bridges

Steven received his B.S. in Mathematics Education from Illinois State University in 2006 and his M.A. in Educational Leadership from North Central College in 2011. He is currently in his 6th year of teaching mathematics at Willowbrook High School. Steven teaches AP Calculus BC, Computer Science and AP Computer Science. He has taught Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Algebra. He also spends time being a coach on the Willowbrook Math Team. Steven teaches academic Mathematics and the Math sections on both the SAT and ACT.

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Michael Bulfin

Michael Bulfin graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in History. After Northwestern, he served for two years with the Peace Corps teaching English in Mozambique. He has a Masters Degree in African Studies from UCLA and a second Masters Degree in Geography from the University of Iowa. As a result, he has extensive experience teaching at all levels and is proud to bring this experience to Academic Approach through one on one instruction. Michael enjoys tutoring English, Reading Comprehension, History, ACT, and middle school exams.

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Chris Call

Christopher Call completed his undergraduate work with a B.A. in Marine Biology at Boston University, including two years of study and research at the Boston University Marine Program at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He received a M.S. in Biology from Loyola University Chicago for his research in the population dynamics of the zebra mussel in southwestern Lake Michigan. More recently, he served as a senior biology editor and a technical producer of educational new media products at Encyclopædia Britannica. Chris has taught a variety of classes in biology and environmental science as an adjunct faculty member at Triton College, East-West University, and Elmhurst College. Most recently he has taught Integrated Science and Honors Environmental Science at St. Ignatius College Prep. and served as an instructor in science for middle and high school-level programs at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. In Chicago. He is also a volunteer in the Caribbean Reef and Marine Mammal dive programs at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Chris teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Peris Castaneda

Peris graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Environmental Analysis. She has been involved in academic tutoring since her days at Lincoln Park High School, where she provided homework help to students as her service project for the National Honor Society. While in college, she tutored local students in various AP subjects and ACT/SAT test prep. She also volunteered as a tutor with the Claremont GED Tutoring Program, helping Pomona College staff members prepare for the GED. After graduating, she returned to Chicago as a Teach for America corps member and spent a year teaching in a bilingual classroom. She is currently finishing up her Masters in Teaching at Dominican University. Peris enjoys writing songs on the ukulele, swimming, and playing ultimate frisbee. She teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Stefan Castellanos

Stefan graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in Linguistics & Cognitive Science. During his time at Pomona, he worked extensively with high school students from surrounding communities, providing academic and non-academic mentoring. The Walter Payton College Prep graduate and West Side native has since returned to Chicago and works as a freelance writer. The recipient of a scholarship from the Posse Foundation, Stefan is still closely involved with Posse Chicago and passionate about building both academic and leadership skills in young people. He enjoys running, writing, and exploring Chicago's bustling restaurant scene. Stefan teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Annie Chiado

Annie holds a Masters degree in Reading Instruction and Curriculum Development as well as a Bachelors degree in English Education from Indiana University. She has a decade of classroom experience as well as two years as English Department Chair at Northtown Academy. Annie is a founding member of Hard Core Bard Core, a professional development organization at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater available to a select group of English teachers. She has taught a variety of English and writing classes, including Literature Enrichment, Survey of Literature, British Literature, World Literature, Reading in the Language Arts, Topics in Literature, and Senior English. Annie has worked extensively on improving standardized test scores and even authored a workbook which was utilized by Roosevelt High School to raise scores. She has coached cheerleading and sponsored LinkCrew, a mentoring program for incoming high school freshmen. Annie tutors in English, reading, writing, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Blake Cirks

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While attending UIC he was a member of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society and graduated with departmental distinction honors for his 4.0 major GPA. He has prior experience as a MCAT instructor focusing on teaching physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and biology to aspiring physicians. Blake tutors academic math and science courses.

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Robert Clark

Robert holds a B.S in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska. He has spent the last four years as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago studying ovarian cancer metastasis and is a published author in the field. Robert is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Robert has formally taught or tutored students ranging from the high school to graduate levels. Additionally, he volunteers his time discussing all aspects of science (and generally having a great time) with upper elementary students in their classroom. Robert teaches academic biology, physics, and chemistry.

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Nicole Conrad

Nicole holds a bachelors degree from DePaul University with high honors. She was awarded Outstanding Philosophy Student of 2003 recognizing her academic achievement within the department. While at DePaul, she worked with America Reads, providing one-on-one tutoring in Chicago Public and private schools and acting as Team Leader, providing communication between school administration, tutors, and America Reads program directors. She has also taught folk music to elementary students at in-school music camp sessions in rural Alaska. She speaks basic Spanish and Greek, and enjoys running, playing piano, and traveling. Nicole teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Christine Conzett

Christine graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, with a BS in Elementary Education. Her concentration and endorsements received are in middle school math and science, and she is currently pursing her Masters’ degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She teaches math, social studies, and religion to middle school students at a small private grade school. Christine has previous experience preparing students for the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and Terra Novas. Along with teaching, she is part of the marketing team at her school, which works to promote the school within the local community and increase enrollment. Christine tutors middle school tests as well as the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Christine Cook

Christine holds an M.A. in Teaching and B.S. in Biology both from Aurora University. She is currently in the research phase of an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation studies the motivational factors for females pursuing STEM degrees. Christine worked as a science teacher for three years, and taught sections of Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Honors Biology. She has also worked as an elementary mathematics curriculum designer. Prior to joining the Academic Approach team, Christine independently tutored individuals in math, science, and ACT/SAT preparation.

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Alex Curlee

Alex holds a bachelors degree in Economics from Northwestern University and completed a Language and Culture Program at the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. In 2010 Alex served in Peace Corps Ecuador working with youth and families. She taught sex education, parenting classes, and basic economics courses and initiated programs to boost self-esteem and provide support for young people in the area. Alex is currently employed in the financial services industry and is pursuing a degree in psychology. Alex teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT, SAT IIs, and high school entrance exams.

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Margaret Daly

Maggie graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Chemistry and a certificate in Environmental Studies. For the past year, Maggie taught physics to 12th graders at a charter school on the south side of Chicago. Maggie's work with students is infused with an awareness of the need for students to be well-rounded in academics as well as extracurricular activities. In her classroom, her self-created curriculum focused on physics content, scientific design skills, and lab writing. At Princeton, Maggie rowed on the varsity women's crew team for 4 years. She started teaching through Princeton Chemistry Outreach, teaching chemistry and college skills to visiting middle- and high-school students from Trenton and New York. Maggie has a Type 25 Illinois Certification to teach high school science. Maggie tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT, academic math and physics.

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Sophie Darugar

Sophie Darugar graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor's in International Relations in Latin America. She is a Chicago native and has worked with Chicago Public School students for the past two years to reach their college goals. As a tutor at Hubbard High School she worked with high school students to improve in their core subject areas and draft personal statements to supplement their college applications. Sophie is working towards her teaching certification to teach Social Science in High Schools. She loves exploring Chicago on her bike and visiting all of Chicago's free festivals and museums. Sophie teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Christopher Davis

Chris holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. Chris has recently returned from a Fulbright Scholarship in Brazil and is currently finishing his Ph.D in Archaeology from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association and Society of American Archaeologists. His teaching experience spans nearly ten years as a graduate assistant and college instructor, having taught subjects ranging from Geography to Human Evolution. Chris has taught students at every skill level and has three years previous experience as a private tutor of SAT, ACT, Math, and Science. His special contribution to student learning emphasizes the integration and application of knowledge so that students can utilize what they know instead of only knowing what they use. Chris tutors Chemistry and Math.

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Lauren Davis

Loie graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.S. in Neuroscience. She is currently a second-year medical student at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate, Loie was a peer tutor in both physics and calculus. She also was a volunteer coordinator for Duke SMART, a tutoring and mentoring program for patients at Duke Children’s Hospital. In medical school, Loie is co-president of the Pediatric Interest Group and has tutored with Chicago Youth Programs. She also works with several neonatologists as a co-investigator on a clinical research study on cerebral palsy. Her other interests include traveling, running, cooking, and college basketball. Loie teaches all sections of the ACT.

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Jason de Stefano

Jason graduated with a B.A. and special honors from the department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. He has served as a grammar tutor and writing coach at Richard J. Daley and Malcolm X City Colleges, working with a Chicago-based nonprofit devoted to providing scholarships and educational services to Chicago youth, recent immigrants, and refugees. In addition to working with Academic Approach, Jason serves on the editorial staff of an academic journal published by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently applying to PhD programs in English. Jason teaches academic and essay writing, the Literature SAT II exam, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Sara Dreiser

Sara received her bachelor’s degree from Knox College in Biology and Environmental Studies. While at Knox, she spent a semester living in Vietnam studying the social and natural ecology of the Mekong Delta, and completing an independent research project. During her summers, Sara interned with a root and soil biologist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Sara also served as a captain of her water polo and swim teams. After graduation, Sara volunteered with AmeriCorps NCCC. She was based in Sacramento, California, and her projects ranged from building trails in state parks to teaching a wide array of subjects to students of all ages and abilities. Sara is currently employed with Community Health Partnership of Illinois where she is an advocate and helps coordinate health care for migrant farm workers throughout Illinois. She also works with the Chicago Public Library to help promote science education and interest in high school students. Sara teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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John Duszynski

Jack holds a B.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. During his time there, Jack worked as a tutor in the English department’s Writing Center, where he counseled students on issues that ranged from spelling and grammar to research. After graduating, Jack worked for three semesters at Rasmussen College’s Aurora campus, where he taught Success Strategies (a college readiness course) and Foundations of English II. Jack teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Sean Dyer

Sean graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Physiology and a minor in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. He is currently finishing medical school at Rush University. During medical school, Sean has enjoyed teaching his patients on health education and was a leader of the Buddies Program at Rush, which assists children with their homework while in the hospital. After graduating he will be conducting his Emergency Medicine Residency at Cook County-Stroger Hospital. He currently teaches high school students in Biology and Chemistry, as well as the SAT Subject Tests.

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Justin Egge

Justin holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Theology with Honors from Valparaiso University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Bioethics at Trinity International University. Justin has had opportunities in a variety of educational settings throughout the past 6 years. His collegiate experiences included tutoring students in an array of biology and chemistry classes and aiding freshmen biology labs. Upon graduation, he worked closely with students through AVID (an in-school tutoring program), volunteered at the Saint Louis Science Center, and worked as a substitute teacher in the Sioux Falls School District. Justin teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, along with a variety of SAT Subject Exams.

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Russell Ehler

Rus holds a B.A. in short fiction from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Since graduating, he has taught high school English for ten years at a Chicago Public School. He earned his Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University in 2007. In his ten years teaching, Rus has taught all four high school grade levels, including the AP Language and Composition course. He also has taught ACT test prep since 2006. Rus has been recognized as a Golden Apple Award Nominee (2003-2004), a Suave Performance Plus Award Nominee (2003-2004), a Fellow for the American Society of Newspaper Editors (2006 – 2007), was the High School Journalism Advisor of the Year from the McCormick Tribune Foundation/Roosevelt University Awards committee (2009 – 2010), and, most recently, was selected as a 2013-2014 Emerging Leader with the national organization New Leaders for New Schools.

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Melinda Eshelman

Melinda holds a B.E in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and is currently working on her MD at University of Illinois at Chicago. While at Vanderbilt she was awarded the Thomas G. Arnold Prize for Biomedical Engineering design for her work on an imaging project. Melinda has experience tutoring at the high school level in the subjects of Math, Chemistry and Biology. Prior to returning to school, she spent a year volunteering at a school through AmeriCorps where she implemented a math tutoring program and helped to raise the standardized test average by five percentage points. Melinda teaches Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and the Math I and IIC SAT subject tests as well as academic subjects.

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Abrahim Fahs

Abrahim graduated from Benedictine University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During his time at Benedictine, Abrahim worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in Calculus, Chemistry, and Biology. While working as a Teacher’s Assistant, Abrahim tutored and mentored students both in and out of class. He has also tutored high school students in a variety of subjects. Most recently, he worked as a research assistant in the Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension lab at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He teaches all areas of ACT and SAT.

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Amanda Falls

Amanda graduated from The University of Chicago with an MA in the Humanities in June of 2007. Her graduate work primarily focused on contemporary North American fiction; her thesis explored notions of secrecy, identity, and intimacy in the work of Alice Munro. Amanda did her undergraduate work in English and philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, spending a semester abroad in Budapest, Hungary. Amanda has experience tutoring ESL and teaching in the Grand Rapids Public School System; she has also taught a variety of writing courses at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio and Triton College in River Grove, Illinois. Amanda serves as an Academic Approach Director, representing programs to families, customizing solutions for each student, and supporting families and tutors throughout the course of instruction to ensure the most successful outcomes for all Academic Approach students.

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Jesse Falls

Jesse holds a B.A. in Biblical Languages from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. In college, Jesse was a part of Big Brothers and Sisters of America and an after school tutor at The Joshua Center in East Garfield Park. After college he taught English to students and professionals in New Delhi, India for two years, where he also developed courses in English grammar. Before coming to Academic Approach, Jesse worked as a senior instructor at Second Nature Wilderness Program in Duchesne, Utah, where he mentored high school students and provided instruction in both academic subjects and wilderness skills. In addition to serving students at Academic Approach, he currently is accredited in statistics and probability with the Society of Actuaries and is working towards further accreditation in the field. He is also a portrait artist and avid rock climber. Jesse teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT and academic math.

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Catherine Farkas

Catherine holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Pomona College and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her chemistry thesis, conducted jointly at Pomona College and the University of Padua, analyzed the structural effect of ring-closing metathesis reactions on helical peptides. In 2009 she was awarded thesis honors in mathematics for proving an original knot theory result and presented her work at a conference in Tokyo. She has 10 years of tutoring experience with all levels of high school math as well as all subject areas of the SAT I. She has also taught college mathematics at UIC for 2 years and was selected to conduct enrichment workshops for the Emerging Scholars Program. She currently volunteers in Guest Experiences at the Museum of Science and Industry, where she engages guests in discussions about anatomy and genetics. Catherine teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, Subject Tests, and academic math.

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Andrew Ferguson

Andrew holds a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemistry from Wichita State University. Andrew is a member of the American Chemical Society and holds Master's Certification in the following areas: Physical, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Electrical, and Biochemical chemistry. Andrew has spent the last five years teaching at Our Lady of Tepeyac High School in Chicago. He teaches a variety of mathematics and science classes, including AP Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry. Andrew has been the Department Chairperson in Math and Science since 2002 and is also the National Honor Society Induction Committee Chairperson and the Advanced Placement College Board Coordinator. Instructor in mathematics, verbal, and writing for a variety of standardized tests and mathematics and science for academic subjects.

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Collin FIelds

Collin is pursuing a Masters of Education from DePaul University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in History, with a minor in Chemistry, from Valparaiso University. While in school, he was a member of the Honors College. He began tutoring middle school students in both Chemistry and Math. He enjoyed his experience so much so that he continued to tutor students throughout college and into his professional life. Collin teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT and high school entrance exams.

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Charles Fitzpatrick

Charles Fitzpatrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Florida A&M University and a Jurisdoctorate and Masters of Business Administration from University of Pennsylvania's Law and Wharton Business Schools. He has tutored and taught since high school, working with several tutoring programs and providing extracurricular academic offerings for youth and adults. He believes education is access and learning is power. Charles is an avid music lover, enjoys being outdoors, and relishes having new experiences in the company of loved ones. He teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Reannon Froehlich

Reannon holds a J.D. from Albany Law School and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before attending law school, Reannon served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, where she worked primarily in small business development. Reannon also taught high school social sciences and developed a “vocational training” curriculum which is still taught throughout the country. The project was presented to Congress in 2008 as one of two representing Peace Corp Peru’s achievements. Reannon teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Ashlee Gabrysch

Ashlee graduated with honors from the University of Chicago in Interdisciplinary Slavic Studies, with a concentration on Polish language and literature. She has lived and taught middle and high school mathematics as well as English as a Second Language in Poland. After graduation, she moved to New York and taught Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry for the New York City Department of Education. She has spent the last few years in education consulting, facilitating professional development programs in special education policy for teachers and administrators. Ashlee volunteers her time with organizations like the Jane Addams Resource Corporation, the Chicago Foundation for Education and Chicago Public Schools. Ashlee is currently pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where her focus is health and education policy. She teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Katherine Gaudyn

Katherine graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Public Affairs and a certificate in East Asian Studies. During her time at Princeton, she was a volunteer with the Pace Center, where she tutored middle school students through the Community House After School Academy and promoted early childhood literacy through the preschool program. After graduating, Katherine spent a year working in Hong Kong, where she also tutored high school students. She is an avid concertgoer and sports fan who enjoys tennis, soccer, and football. Katherine teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Paul Giallorenzo

Paul graduated with departmental honors from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies. He began his studies in Northwestern's rigorous Integrated Science Program, where his studies included physics, chemistry, biology, and experimental mathematics. His work in science inspired Paul's interest in the history of mathematics and science, an interest that culminated in his comparative literature thesis: "The Paradox of Self-Reference in Scientific Methodology". Paul has worked for Fermilab, the nation's leading high-energy physics laboratory, and currently works, as a jazz pianist/producer, at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Elastic Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization he co-founded. Instructor for physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics as well as all sections of the ACT, SAT, SSAT, ISEE.

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Greg Gilbert

Greg holds a B.A. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. He has been tutoring for over six years and has been with Academic Approach since 2008, first starting with our Boston office and now tutoring full time in Chicago. Before moving to the Midwest, Greg worked as a program director for the Boy Scouts of America in New Hampshire, where he developed over 200 hours of educational curriculum for both traditional and outdoor environments. Outside of tutoring, Greg can be seen performing improv comedy at various locations throughout Chicago. Greg teaches physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics (algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics) as well as high school placement exams and all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Chris Girman

Chris holds an M.F.A in classroom pedagogy and education law from the University of Texas-Pan-American, a J.D./M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University. Over the past ten years, he has worked as a project coordinator for Americorps, an immigration attorney for the UT law clinic, and a pro bono attorney for the Asylum Representation Project (PROBAR) in Texas. He has traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America and most recently taught middle school in the Edinburg Independent School District in Texas. Chris teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT as well as academic Spanish.

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Ian Goller

Ian graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in Physics. He has been teaching, in some form or another since high school in subjects ranging from teaching English as a second language to children in the town of Petite-Anse in Guadeloupe, to teaching gymnastics to university students. Ian is currently working on building the qualifications and experience necessary to go to graduate school to study Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, and is extremely passionate about all forms of movement, including ballet, martial arts, yoga, and circus. Ian teaches all sections of the ACT.

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Maggie Goodman

Maggie holds a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Rhodes College. While at Rhodes, she served as a Pan-Hellenic Counselor, member of the College Publications Board, columnist for the Sou'westerner and as assistant to the dean of European Studies. She holds teaching certifications in English and AP Literature. Having previously taught through Kentucky's Transition to Teaching program which places educators in high needs school districts, Maggie has extensive training in test prep and diversified instruction. While teaching in Kentucky, Maggie created a New Media Department for the high school where she served, taught the first AP classes offered by the district and raised the school's NCLB Reading scores from the 30th to the 90th percentile. After four wonderful years within this school system, Maggie moved to Chicago to attend the Second City Conservatory. In her spare time, she performs, directs and writes shows throughout the city. Maggie teaches all sections of the ACT, SAT, HSPT, ISEE, and SSAT.

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Katherine Goulde

Katherine Goulde graduated from the College of William & Mary as a Monroe Scholar, with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics. Catherine received her Masters of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University and taught high school Mathematics for two years in Chicago through the Teach For America program. Katherine is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Economics at the University of Illinois- Chicago and works part time as a Teaching Assistant at the undergraduate level. At Academic Approach, Katherine teaches all subject areas of the ACT and SAT and assists with Mathematics curriculum development.

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Jennifer Gowins (Johannesen)

Jennifer holds a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in communications from Northwestern University. She began her career in book publishing, working in publicity at Random House in New York and as a promotions manager at the University of Chicago Press. After five years of promoting books, she returned to the classroom to focus on reading and discussing literature. Jennifer has taught English to all levels of secondary students at both private and public high schools in the Chicago and North Shore areas. A former tutor at 826 CHI, she currently volunteers at the National Runaway Safeline and serves on the Alumni Admissions Council at Northwestern. Jennifer teaches academic English and all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Julia Green

Julia holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in fiction writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Before attending graduate school, she lived in New York, where she tutored high school students in English, French, Spanish, and the SAT. She also taught an SAT preparatory class at a charter school in Harlem. As a graduate student, Julia taught composition, literature, and creative writing to undergraduates. She has also spent time abroad, including a year in western France, where she taught English to high school students. For three years, Julia volunteered as a writing instructor at the Iowa City Senior Center; currently, she devotes her volunteering efforts to Working Bikes, a nonprofit organization that recovers and repairs used bicycles. Julia teaches French, academic and essay writing, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Marion Gutwein

Marion holds an MA in Political Science, as well as a graduate certificate in Critical Theory, from Northwestern University. She spent her undergraduate years at the University of Mannheim in Germany studying Political Science, Philosophy, and Media and Communication Studies. During that time, she was awarded a DAAD scholarship and studied at Johns Hopkins University for a year as a visiting graduate student. Marion has tutored math and ESL as well as being a teaching assistant in ten college level classes, in fields reaching from business to environmental studies to political philosophy to criminal justice. Marion tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Tim Hampson

Tim holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a Master of Arts in Education from Loyola University Chicago. Tim has experience working in both private and public schools in the Chicago area and is one of the most experienced instructors with Academic Approach. Tim teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, a variety of SAT Subject Exams, and high school placement exams.

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Vince Hayner

Vince holds a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois-Chicago and an M.A. in Teaching social studies from National Louis University. He has spent most of his time over the last several years working as a tutor and Director of Education. ACT and SAT prep has been his concentration, but he has also spent a considerable amount of time working with students of all ages on math skills, reading comprehension, and writing/language arts. Certified to teach English as a foreign language, Vince has volunteered with World Relief as a teacher's aide in ESL classrooms and has spent some time abroad teaching English. He teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, academic history and writing,SAT II math subject tests, and academic math.

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Michael Hession

Michael graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. A native Bostonian, Michael moved to Chicago to teach secondary science in a public charter school through the Teach for America program, receiving his teaching certification in the spring of 2011. Michael spent the next few months sailing competitively with his team in England, Ireland, and Texas, rounding out a successful season with second places in both the world and US team racing championships. In addition to teaching, Michael works part time in a hematology lab at Northwestern, studies for his own standardized test—the MCAT—and hopes to attend medical school.

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Timothy Higgins

Tim received a B.A. in History from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholarship recipient and a member of the 2006 National Championship football team. Tim also holds an M.A. in Teaching from The Citadel, and is currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. A former classroom teacher and football coach, Tim brings the relentless enthusiasm of a coach to his tutoring. Tim teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Michael Hines

Michael holds a B.A. in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A. in Cultural and Education Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago, where he recently began his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Education Policy. A 2007 Teach for America corps member, he is also an experienced classroom instructor, having served as a 9th grade English teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He continued in the classroom after his TFA commitment by teaching 7th and 8th grade students in Washington, D.C. with Friendship Public Charter Schools. Outside the classroom, Michael takes part in interests as diverse as theater, spoken-word poetry, golf, and basketball. Michael teaches Reading Comprehension and English for the ACT, as well as Critical Reading, Writing, and Grammar for the SAT.

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Jessica Isner

Jessica holds a B.S. in communication and English from Boston College, where she graduated cum laude, and is currently pursuing a master’s of journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University. She has served as an editor, production assistant, and reporter for such organizations as The Heights Inc. (MA), the Boston Globe, and the New England Sports Network. By managing a staff of writers and participating in writing workshops, she has over four years experience in mentoring students and peers in honing their writing skills and mastering the copyediting process. Jessica teaches academic English and writing, college essay writing, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen graduated from the University of Chicago with an honors degree in English. Before coming to Academic Approach, he had tutored literature, writing, math, ACT, SAT, and GRE. While in college, he volunteered for the tutoring service 826Chicago, which provides free one-on-one tutoring. Peter has worked as a Resident Assistant in UChicago student housing, both in the college dorms and in the high school summer program. In addition to working for Academic Approach, he helps coach a swim team. In his free time, Peter loves to read, run, and attempt to learn to play the piano. Peter teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Karen Johnson

Karen holds a Ph.D. in Virology from Harvard Medical School. She graduated cum laude from Bucknell University with a B.S. in Biology and minor concentrations in physics, math-statistics, and biochemistry. While at Harvard, Karen served as a Teaching fellow, leading discussion sections, writing exam questions, and holding office hours to help support students working through college biology and biochemistry. Karen has extensive tutoring experience and possesses a strong command of standardized test content. Karen provides ACT & SAT instruction as well as academic math and science tutoring.

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Luke Johnson

Luke holds a B.S. degree in Architectural Engineering, with a Structural Emphasis, from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He is currently employed as a Senior Structural Engineer. He has experience tutoring and mentoring students ranging from young children to adults in various subjects, especially math. For the past two years, Luke has volunteered for NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) on the structural engineering licensure exam committee where he is involved in exam grading and test preparation. Recently, Luke has been involved in project SYNCERE (Supporting Youths Needs with Core Engineering Research Experiments), which is a program to mentor junior and senior high students interested in the fields of engineering, construction, or architecture. He enjoys teaching academic math, Subject Tests, and all sections of the ACT and the SAT.

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Caitlin Kane

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (UC) where she was recognized as the Top Female Undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences. While at UC, Caitlin completed a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Middle and Secondary English and drama. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Caitlin has 7 years of experience teaching and tutoring in middle school, high school, and university classrooms and most recently completed a year teaching in Bulgaria through a Fulbright grant. Here at Academic Approach, she tutors all sections of the SAT and ACT, middle school tests, and high school placement exams.

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Alexandra Katzman

Alexandra holds a B.A. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J. D. from the Chicago-Kent College of Law. In her undergraduate studies, Alexandra focused on the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia, and the role of the Russian Federation in orchestrating the dissolve. As a law student, Alexandra has held internships with General Electric, immigration law firms, and insurance defense firms. Alexandra began working as a tutor for K-5 students while in high school, and has continued to tutor in an informal capacity as she progressed through the ranks of higher education. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, snowboarding, and reading classic literature. Alexandra teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT, as well as the standardized testing administered in middle schools.

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Wahid Kidwai

Wahid holds a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wahid's tutoring experience began in 2004 at John Hersey High School's learning center as a Math and English tutor. The following year, Wahid tutored students in ACT prep classes at Hersey. Since then he has tutored high school students in both Chemistry and Physics. Most recently, Wahid was an ACT and SAT tutor. Wahid teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Hayley Kleyman

Hayley Kleyman received her B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is pursuing her Masters Degree in Education. She has spent an extensive time studying, working and traveling abroad. During college she began her tutoring career while working for Wisconsin Emerging Scholars with upper-level calculus students. Since graduation, Hayley has worked as a full-time tutor with a focus on mathematics. She has also worked with students with learning disabilities, ESL students, and upper level college students. Hayley tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as academic Math and Math SAT II tests.

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Rebecca Kling

Rebecca holds a bachelors degree in Communications from Northwestern University, where she also earned a minor in Computing and Information Systems and an adjunct major in Animate Arts. An Evanston native currently living in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, Rebecca has taught circus arts skills at The Actors Gymnasium and continues to teach theatre, acting, and directing skills at the Piven Theatre Workshop. She teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Jessica Krueger

Jessica graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and also received Phi Beta Kappa honors. Jessica began her career designing educational programs for children in low income communities. After three years working in school programming, Jessica received her K-12 teaching certificate from National Louis University with an endorsement in learning and behavior disorders. Jessica also spent three years working for the Indiana Reading Corps as a tutor for students needing early intervention in reading. Currently, Jessica works for Chicago Cares as a coordinator to help improve the physical learning environments for students across Chicagoland. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout leader and a little league softball coach. Jessica teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Bryn Laubacher

Bryn holds a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. Bryn has been tutoring since 2008 and has tutored in many subject areas, including Chemistry, English and Biology for high school and undergraduate students. She also has taught English as a Second Language and Ohio Graduation Test prep. She is currently a second year medical student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in North Chicago. Bryn is studying podiatric medicine and surgery and looks forward to opening her own practice someday. She has volunteered at various elementary schools in the area teaching basic first aid and medical care to children to spark interest in the sciences. Bryn teaches all sections of the ACT, as well as biology and chemistry.

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Mary Lovett

Mary graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies, as well as a minor in Public Service. She went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Special Education (K-12) from Vanderbilt University. Originally from Long Island, Mary moved to Chicago, where she currently teaches math and science at a middle school in Evanston. With her background in special education, Mary is very skilled at differentiating instruction so that all of her students receive the education that best meet their individual needs. She has experience tutoring students in standardized tests as well as academic subjects. In addition to tutoring, she works sports camp during the summer and coaches girls’ lacrosse. Mary teaches high school entrance exams and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Kristy Lueshen

Kristy Lueshen received her BA with High Honors in Cultural Studies and Creative Nonfiction from Columbia College Chicago. For two years, she tutored college-level creative writing within the Humanities Department where she developed students' core writing abilities as well as basic grammar and rhetorical skills. She is also involved in the after-school program at 826Chi as a middle-school tutor in English and Reading. Kristy intends to pursue a dual MA in Library and Information Science and Secondary Education. Kristy tutors for the ACT, SAT, and academic subjects.

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David Lurie

David Lurie is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts program, and is currently pursuing a Ph. D in English literature. He earned his bachelors with honors from Binghamton University, where he majored in Comparative Literature. An experienced test preparation tutor and former teacher, David has taught test prep and writing at the middle school and collegiate level, and worked as a math and English teacher in a high-need Milwaukee Public School through Milwaukee Teaching Fellows. He tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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McKendry Marano

McKendry holds B.S. degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from University of Richmond and a M.T. in Secondary Mathematics Education from University of Virginia. . After graduate school, McKendry spent two years volunteering in Philadelphia with the AmeriCorps program City Year, providing tutoring, mentoring, and after-school programs at K-8 school. Since September of 2009, he has taught mathematics at Walter Payton College Prep & coached the mathematics team, which has won the state title in 2010 and 2011. Prior to joining Academic Approach, McKendry has done part-time mathematics tutoring for over 5 years. McKendry specializes in academic math and teaches the math and science sections of the ACT, math for the SAT, and math SAT II tests.

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Sheryl Markman

Sheryl holds a B.S. in Public Relations from Boston University and a Masters in Human Services and Counseling from DePaul University. Sheryl's research at DePaul focused on college readiness among freshmen and prompted the development of a student manual and curriculum designed to improve organizational skills, time management, note-taking, critical thinking, and reading comprehension. Sheryl is the mother of an Ivy-leaguer and therefore understands the college preparation process both as an advisor and as a consumer. Sheryl is also spear-heading many of The Academic Approach's outreach efforts into the Chicago Public School system. Instructor in study skills, organization and time-management techniques, verbal and writing for all standardized tests.

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Wayne Martini

Wayne graduated with honors from University of Rhode Island. He holds a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry. During the pursuit of his undergraduate degree he worked with Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program for underprivileged students, tutored in Math, Biology, and Chemistry, and was a Resident Assistant (RA). As his work as a RA and Tutor, he enjoyed helping students assimilate into the University, overcome challenges in classes and reach out a helping hand to the community he was a part of. He is currently in his clerkships of Medical School at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He tutored during his first two years teaching Biochemistry, Anatomy, Biostatistics, Chemistry, Histology, Physiology, and Pathology. One of the most gratifying feelings for him is the experience of helping others to grasp seemingly challenging topics by breaking them into more digestible parts. He enjoys helping a student to understand a concept, and the sense of accomplishment it grants when the hurdle is surpassed.

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Jackie McAndrew

Jackie graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Criminal Justice. During her senior year in college, she studied abroad in Rome at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center. She then pursued a law degree and graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina School of Law. During her last two years in law school, she was a member of South Carolina Law Review. As a member, she edited publications and assisted students with writing articles that analyzed controversial legal issues. Jackie has worked as a tutor throughout college and law school, tutoring math and writing. In her free time, Jackie enjoys reading, running outside, and traveling. Jackie tutors all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Scott McKinsey

Scott holds a B.A. in Theatre from Arizona State University, and is an alumnus of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Manhattan. Scott is currently the Artistic Director of a non-profit, education-based theatre company in Chicago, where he specializes in the development of emerging talent. Scott has extensive private classroom experience and has been a guest lecturer in Literature and Performing Arts History. He has also served as a mentor in performing arts organizations throughout the country. He teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Tully McLoughlin

Tully graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in Humanities, which he finished with a capstone essay in media and political satire. Tully has tutored students for the SAT in New York City and taught middle-school mathematics with the Breakthrough Collaborative in New Orleans. As a Freshman Counselor at Yale, Tully lived with incoming students to provide constant academic and personal support. Upon graduation, he received a Cohen Public Service Fellowship to teach radio journalism and broadcast in Somanya, Ghana. Tully is a writer, actor, and independent radio producer. He tutors all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Veronica Metz

Veronica holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Since 2006, she has tutored students ages 12-24 in a variety of subjects , including all areas of mathematics, English, Spanish, and physics. Veronica is also a competitive chess player, and she has worked as a professional chess teacher. She is an avid swimmer and participated on the swim team and championship water polo team at the University of Chicago. Veronica teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT as well as all areas of mathematics, academic writing, Spanish, and physics.

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Jennifer Meyer

Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a major in education and a minor in mathematics. She also received her Master’s Degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning from UWGB. A veteran teacher of ten years, Jennifer has taught various levels of mathematics from pre-algebra through geometry. She currently teaches sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math. She is interested in T.V./movies, music, and reading. She also dabbles in cooking and enjoys running. Jennifer teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Justin Miller

Justin graduated from Grinnell College with a B.A. in Mathematics. Before coming to Academic Approach, he was a camp counselor for teenagers, after which, he worked as a test prep tutor in both a one-on-one and classroom setting. Justin teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as academic math.

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Madison Mindiola

Madison graduated summa cum laude from Lakeland College in Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education. She holds an educator’s license from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for English and Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10-21). As a student, she volunteered for a local Girl Scout troop, worked on campus as a writing tutor, and was a summer music camp counselor. In her student teaching experience, Madison instructed high school and middle school students in general language arts and English courses. During this time, she gained experience teaching English language learners and exceptional learners, including gifted students and those with learning disabilities, emotional-behavioral disorders, and ADHD. Madison teaches English and Reading Comprehension for the ACT.

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Annie Minoff

Annie holds a B.A. in American Studies from Columbia University where she graduated summa cum laude. As an undergraduate, she tutored juniors at New York's Frederick Douglas Academy in the verbal sections of the SAT. She also served as one of two undergraduate teaching fellows in the Columbia University / Teagle Foundation "Freedom and Citizenship" summer philosophy program, helping to expose New York City high school students to college-level academics. In addition to tutoring, Annie works as a production assistant for public radio in Chicago. She teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Joseph Monahan

Joseph graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. While attending the university, Joseph participated in an immersion program called "UR Potential," which allowed him the opportunity to tutor high school students in Math, Physics, and Writing. Additionally, Joseph studied jazz at the Eastman School and he was President of WRUR, the university's radio station. Joseph currently teaches English as a second language at the Ethiopian Community Association. Joseph teaches all sections of the ACT and the SAT.

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Jaimeson Musich

Jaimeson graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics & Mathematics. He has research published through RREDC of Humboldt County's Intra Region Activity spanning 15 years of metropolitan sector data and economic indicators. Prior to working with Academic Approach, Jaimeson has tutored many years of subjects ranging from guitar to higher order Calculus and Economics, as well as the GMAT. He finds that the key to learning is accepting your mistakes and working through the struggle. Having a positive outlook and confidence in your ability to succeed is an exceptional way to progress in any subject. Jaimeson teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Brandon Newton

Brandon holds a B.A. in English and Rhetoric from The University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and a Master's Degree in Education from DePaul University. Brandon is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English. He has spent the last three years teaching at Walter Payton College Prep teaching a variety of courses: Honors American Studies, Honors American Literature, Honors World Literature, and AP English Language and Composition. Brandon has also been an instructor in Payton's writing center (a one-on-one writing tutoring program), and taught various academic seminars such as Graphic Novels as Literature and Philosophy in Harry Potter. The last two years, Brandon has taken Payton students on literary international trips to Ghana and Prague, focusing on Globalization in literature and the influences of daily life on Franz Kafka. Additionally, Brandon spent the summer of 2010 teaching at the University of Chicago's Center for International Studies. He teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT in addition to essay writing and the SAT II test in literature.

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Tony Parrillo

Tony holds a B.S. in applied mathematics with a minor in math and science education from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for upper level math courses and as president of the Math Club. For the past three years, he has helped students to improve their math SAT and ACT scores through both tutoring and classroom instruction. He received a perfect score on the math sections of both the ACT and SAT. Tony specializes in academic math and teaches the math and science sections of the ACT, math for the SAT, and math SAT II tests.

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Carla Pedersen

Carla graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BA in Government as well as a minor in Biology. She spent five years of her childhood in Kuwait and a semester abroad in China during her junior year of high school, homeschooling and studying Chinese. While in college, she was an Undergraduate TA in Evolutionary Biology. Since graduation, she has tutored for the MCAT in topics ranging from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Verbal Reasoning. She also worked for Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth for three consecutive summers. Currently she is applying to medical school and is considering a career in pediatrics. On her downtime from teaching, Carla does watercolor and pencil drawing, runs, bikes, and recently got into autocross. She is currently available to tutor all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as SAT II subject tests in the sciences.

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Tienlong Pham

Tienlong graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics. A recent transplant to Chicago, he taught an experiment-based course for CPS students as part of a non-profit organization with a focus on developing pedagogy and curriculum in early science education. As both a teacher and tutor, he has a strong foundation in teaching the physics, biochemistry, chemistry, calculus, and statistics. During his 6+ years of tutoring, he has also been engaging in biochemistry research and is currently working with green-gloving E. coli in the lab. Tienlong teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT. In his free time, he enjoys taking things apart, playing music around Chicago, and watching bacteria glow in the dark.

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Sebastian Radloff

Sebastian graduated with honors from Pitzer College with a B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience. While in college, he tutored introductory neuroscience and pre-medical courses. The Latin School of Chicago graduate has since returned to Chicago while applying to medical schools. Sebastian enjoys playing basketball, sports writing, and Chicago’s music scene. Sebastian tutors academic Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.

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Saira Raja

Saira graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minors in Political Science and Spanish. As an undergraduate, Saira was awarded numerous academic scholarships and was on the Dean’s List. Saira held various leadership positions with philanthropic student organizations while in university, engaging in local community service as well as organizing campaigns for global charities. Saira studied abroad for one semester at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and worked as a tutor of America Reads America Counts for two years. Saira teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Jessica Reaves

Jessica holds a B.A. (cum laude) in English from Duke University. She has worked for 15 years as an editor and reporter at a variety of publications, including TIME magazine, TIME.com, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and the Chicago News Cooperative (in collaboration with the New York Times). Her specialties include medical, health and political reporting as well as book and film criticism. She is the recipient of numerous journalism awards, including the 2009 Peter Lisagor award for Feature writing. In 2007, she won an International Reporting Project fellowship and traveled to Senegal, West Africa, where she reported on challenges to women's health. Jessica teaches college essay writing.

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William Ridgeway

Billy has a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Illinois and is currently earning his Masters degree in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago while he studies to begin work on a PhD in health economics. He has conducted research on ancient Near East artifacts at the Oriental Institute and at the Spurlock Museum in Urbana, Il, where he worked for 2 years. Billy has tutored privately in math, history, and economics throughout his undergraduate and graduate career. Billy tutors all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Jean Roberts

Jean holds a Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois–Chicago with a certification in School Social Work and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California–Berkeley in Mass Communications. Jean has been working with youth for over 10 years through organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, and the Y.M.C.A. This past year she interned as a School Social Worker at Lane Technical High School where she worked individually with students to develop their school functioning skills. Jean has been tutoring high school students in mathematics for over 6 years in Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and AP Calculus. Jean teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT as well as academic math and writing.

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Russell Rolffs

Russell holds an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Calvin College. Russell has been a supportive mentor and inspiring instructor with Academic Approach for over four years, helping hundreds of students meet their educational goals. Prior to Academic Approach, Russell taught college prep students in New Jersey, college freshman English students in Chicago, and English language learners in Germany. With Academic Approach, Russell teaches all mathematics and verbal sections of the ACT and SAT, SAT Subject tests in Math (both I and II) and Literature, and the ISEE, ISAT, SSAT and HSPT. Russell's interests range from to calculus to Southern Italian cuisine, philosophy of ethics to gardening. Russell brings all of this dedication to his students at Academic Approach.

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Charles Rose

Michael graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing in 2007. After managing a restaurant for a few years he decided to pursue a career in education and received his Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate in 2009. Prior to coming to Academic Approach, Michael spent the past year living and teaching in Busan, South Korea. Teaching students from kindergarden up to high school, Michael specialized in reading and writing. However, he also taught math, science, and even a robot building class. In addition to teaching he enjoys writing and traveling, and has spent time backpacking through South America and Asia.

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Jon Rosen

Jon received his B.S. degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.S. degree in Statistics from the University of Iowa, where he received an award for outstanding teaching assistant and subsequently taught his own introductory course in calculus-based statistics. He has worked as a synthetic organic chemist in the field of pharmaceutical drug design and as a pension actuary for a Chicago consulting firm. He has a number of peer-review publications in chemistry journals and has tutored mathematics, chemistry, and physics at the high school level and chemistry at the collegiate level. Jon volunteers with Ladder Up, an organization that provides tax preparation services to those in need, as well as Working Bikes, an organization that builds and repairs bicycles for local and international donation.

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Alex Rosenthal

Alex holds a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California Santa Cruz, a M.E. in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York, and he is currently writing his doctoral thesis on a novel microbiological process used to treat wastewater. Alex’s teaching experience over the past twelve years includes positions in collegiate math and engineering instruction, high school science instruction, and elementary special education. Teaching mathematics and science is Alex’s favorite professional activity, and he takes great pride in making students feel more confident in their scholastic life. Alex teaches the math and science sections of the ACT.

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Peter Ruestow

Peter attended school at the University of Michigan, where he earned a BA in Economics and a MPH in Health Management and Policy. After obtaining his master’s degree, he returned to his hometown of Chicago to work as a clinical data analyst with Advocate Health Care. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health, with a focus on Environmental Epidemiology. Peter’s expertise is in statistics and quantitative reasoning. When he is not tutoring or working, Peter keeps himself busy with soccer, history books, and his ukulele. He teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Jaycie Ryrholm Martin

Jaycie holds a B.A. in Linguistics with minors in Spanish and Anthropology from the University of Arizona, where she graduated Summa cum laude and with honors. As a research assistant, Jaycie studied language acquisition with a focus on learning Spanish as a second language. She published an honors thesis on this topic and received the department's Richard A. Demers Award for outstanding achievement in Linguistics. Jaycie teaches academic and SAT II Spanish.

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Sarah Safdar

Sarah graduated with honors from Elmhurst College, with a BS in Biology and a minor in English Literature. She went on to pursue a Masters degree in Public Health from Benedictine University. While in college, Sarah worked as a Molecular Biology Research Assistant. She also became a Certified Emergency Medical Technician and volunteered in hospitals. Sarah has taught English and Science workshops in schools. She has also taught ESL students in the Chicago suburbs. Sarah enjoys playing the piano, reading, baking, and traveling. She teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Nasir Salim

Nasir holds an M.B.A. in finance and a B.A. in economics from Loyola University Chicago. He began his career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He then went on to work at the Chicago Stock Exchange as a specialist. After 8 years of being in the business world, he has returned to school to focus on the sciences. He is currently preparing to take the MCAT and will be applying to medical school in 2013. Nasir has volunteered as a tutor since 1998, working with students of varying ages and abilities, to help increase their confidence in academic areas of math and science. Nasir also tutors college students at Benedictine University in Biology and Chemistry. As an Academic Approach tutor, Nasir teaches academic math, chemistry, and biology.

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Yusuf Samara

Yusuf holds a B.A. with distinction from Yale University. At Yale, Yusuf volunteered in a number of activities, from community service in the local community to working as a tutor in the America Reads program, in which he taught English reading skills to a local student. Upon graduation, he was awarded the James Andrew Haas prize, which recognizes a student who has inspired in others “a love of learning and concern for others.” For over one year after graduation, Yusuf taught the SAT in Central Florida to high school students, focusing on improving students’ test scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the SAT. Just before relocating to Chicago, Yusuf spent a year abroad, where he taught English reading, writing, and speaking courses to middle and high school students, in both classroom settings as well as one-on-one tutoring. In his free time, Yusuf enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and reading. At Academic Approach, he teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT, Subject Tests, and middle school tests.

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Jorge Sanchez

Jorge Sanchez holds degrees from Loyola University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago in English, Writing, and Divinity. Before coming to Academic Approach, he taught at the college and high school levels for ten years. In addition to being a tutor and teacher, Jorge is a published poet, having received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He teaches all sections of both the ACT and SAT.

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Laura Schoenfield

Laura received her B.A. in psychology from Colorado College, and she also holds an M.S. in clinical psychology from the University of Florida and a M.A. in special education from Roosevelt University. Laura began teaching in December of 2007 and has a wide range of experience. She has taught ages 7 to 16, and she also tutors on the college level in writing, literature, and the social sciences. Laura has experience teaching students with learning disabilities and ADHD, as well as students on the autism spectrum. In 2004, Laura co-authored a chapter on working with parents in the Psychologists’ Desk Reference. Laura teaches all areas of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, and SSAT.

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Rebecca Schultz

Rebecca holds a B.S. degree in Human Communication Sciences from Northwestern University, and is pursuing a masters degree in Special Education. She began her tutoring career as a peer tutor in high school, and continued to tutor throughout college and after. Rebecca has tutored in many academic subjects, including math, secondary physics, chemistry, and English. She has worked with students who possess a wide variety of learning needs both privately and through the Schools of Hope program. As an undergraduate, Rebecca also worked as a clinician at Northwestern’s Learning Clinic, providing academic remediation for students with learning disabilities. She is currently working as a TA in an ELS special education classroom at Deerfield High School. Rebecca teaches academic mathematics and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Nina Sethi

Nina graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Masters of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Her graduate work gave her the opportunity to explore many different schools and classrooms, and after completing her degree she remained in New York City to teach 3rd grade ESL (English as a Second Language) at a public school in the South Bronx. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught elementary school, high school, and worked training teachers and instructing adults at home in Chicago and abroad in the Marshalls Islands, Germany, and India. She received her elementary teaching certificate as an undergraduate through the Dartmouth College Teacher Certification Program and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dartmouth College. Nina has worked with students of all ages, many backgrounds, and many different needs and talents. She teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Sabeen Shamsi

Sabeen graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago. She holds a B.S. degree in Psychology and a B.A. degree in Film Production. During her time at Loyola, Sabeen worked as a research assistant in a Social Justice and Intergroup Relations Lab and an Emotion and Cognitions Lab. Sabeen volunteered at LIFT, working one-on-one with clients to help gain employment, housing, and public benefits. Sabeen has experience tutoring high school students in Math and Spanish and adults in preparation for taking the GED. She teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT and high school entrance exams.

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Anne Shaw

Anne has studied at Yale University, George Mason University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a B.S. in English and Psychology. Anne has worked as a college professor and tutor for over 12 years, teaching subjects including English, literature, writing, composition, sociology, and psychology. She is also a poet and visual artist. Her book of poems, Undertow, won the 2007 Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize; other poems have been widely published in literary journals. Subjects she has tutored include ACT and SAT test prep, TOEFL prep, ESL, writing, science, reading, and mathematics.

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Eric Siegel

Eric holds a Bachelors degree in Education, as well as middle school endorsements in Social Studies, Language Arts, and Spanish, from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has taught a variety of subjects to a variety of age groups, most recently teaching seventh grade Social Studies and Language Arts in the Chicago Public School system. After teaching over one hundred students in a single grade level, he is excited to return to the world of tutoring so that he can have the chance to work with students on a more focused, individual level. Eric teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT, in addition to Mathematics as an academic subject.

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Colin Sphar

Colin earned a Bachelors Degree with Honors from DePaul University where he majored in Acting. While at DePaul, Colin worked as a Mentor and Peer Advisor for the Honors Program where he taught writing skills and test taking strategies, and advised on course selection. He also served as the Mentor Program Coordinator for DePaul's Theatre School. Colin was the recipient of the President's Scholarship from DePaul University -- the highest honor awarded for academic excellence. A National Merit Finalist himself, Colin understands the pressures and challenges of standardized tests and how to excel at them. Colin teaches all sections of the ACT, SAT, PSAT, and all middle school tests.

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Jessica Thomas

Jessica graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in French from Georgetown University and a Master’s degree in social service administration from the University of Chicago. She also spent a year studying French literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris. Jessica has tutored students in numerous subjects, including English, math, French, and ESL, since her time as an undergraduate. She has been fortunate to serve young people in diverse communities across the country, including Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Chicago. She currently works as a social worker in an alternative high school, where she provides clinical services to adolescents with a range of emotional and behavioral issues. Jessica teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Amy Thompson

Amy graduated Summa Cum Laude with highest honors from Brandeis University in 2011, receiving her BA in both English and Theater Arts. She first began working with students while in high school as a summer camp counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area and later in college as a Senior Admissions Interviewer for Brandeis University, interviewing potential admissions candidates for the class of 2015. Amy relocated to Chicago to pursue her passions for sketch comedy, creative writing, improvisation, and teaching. She writes and performs at various venues around Chicago, and studies with both the Second City Conservatory and iO training center programs. Amy teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT as well as academic English.

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Eric Tiede

Eric graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a B.A. in mathematics and an educational background in courses ranging from economics to Shakespeare. At Carleton, Eric tutored students in calculus, physics, and computer science, while serving as captain of the ice hockey team. Eric understands the importance of a well rounded student; at Carleton he was awarded the prestigious Patricia V. Damon Scholarship for excellence in academics and dedication to extracurricular activities. Eric has researched in mathematics and statistics at Iowa State University and UCLA, and he is a member of the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. After graduating college, Eric taught sailing to cancer patients and members of disadvantaged groups in Seattle then moved to Chicago to work in a medical clinic for social security disability applicants. Eric teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as academic math and science.

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Prescott Tolk

Prescott graduated from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. He has served as an editor and reporter for several publications. Working for The Academic Approach for the past 8 years, he has gained extensive experience and a solid reputation as an excellent instructor for the SSAT, ISEE, SAT and ACT. He also has assisted many students in writing personal essays for college applications. In addition to tutoring, Prescott has pursued stand-up comedy for the past 10 years, making his television debut on Comedy Central's Premium Blend in 2006. Prescott has served hundreds of Academic Approach families as an inspiring mentor and responsible guide through the test preparation process. Prescott also serves as an Academic Approach Director, representing programs to families, customizing solutions for each student, and supporting families and tutors throughout the course of instruction to ensure the most successful outcomes for all Academic Approach students.

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Bo Turek

Bo Turek graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2012 with a BA in International Political Economy and minors in Economics and Chinese Language & Culture. In 2008 he spent an academic year as an assistant in the counseling department of Jones College Prep, during which he assisted students in researching and preparing for the college application process. He has also tutored students individually in Mandarin Chinese instruction. Bo has study-abroad experience in mainland China, as well as experiences with Mandarin Chinese college-readiness exams. Bo teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Dan Unangst

Dan holds a B.S. in Radio/TV/Film from Northwestern University, where he made the Dean's List multiple times. After college, he worked for several years in Los Angeles as a screenwriter and professional reader for several Hollywood production companies. During this time, he also gained experience teaching test-prep classes at a private institution. In 2007, Dan moved to Chicago, where he has worked as both a classroom instructor and one-on-one tutor. He teaches all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT, as well as SAT Subject Tests (Literature, U.S. History, World History, Math I and II), academic Algebra & Geometry, English, and college essays. He also oversees curriculum development for Academic Approach as a team lead in English and Reading.

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Laura Urbaszewski

Laura holds a Ph.D. in Russian Literature from the University of Chicago, where she taught and assisted courses in the humanities, Russian language, and Russian culture, and served as writing lector in Chicago's Academic/Professional Writing course. She has taught ESL in Romania and the US., and has taught Russian language at DePaul University. Laura is the author of several published articles and book reviews. While at the University of Chicago, Laura also worked part-time conducting interviews and evaluating applications in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She teaches essay writing as well as verbal sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Sylvia Vadakara

Sylvia holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing & Publishing from the University of Baltimore, as well as a Bachelors degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also completed minor concentrations in Pre-Medicine and Psychology. For years, Sylvia worked extensively with the Office of Women's Programs at the University of Illinois, teaching at seminars and conferences throughout the Midwest to educate college students on gender and race topics. She has also volunteered as a tutor for high-school students, and taught classroom courses on Seven Habits for Highly Effective Teens. Sylvia teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT

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Ankur Varma

Ankur holds a B.S. in Premedicine and Psychology from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Counseling, with a Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. He works as a therapist in Chicago and has always enjoyed working with young people in both therapeutic and educational settings. Ankur has tutored students in after-school programs, Kumon Math & Reading, and worked with them as a behavioral coach at a weight loss camp. He teaches all sections of the ACT.

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Mary Veeneman

Mary holds a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University, and has published several articles in her field. Mary is also a frequent reviewer for the Association for College and Research Libraries’ Choice, which offers book reviews for academic libraries. Currently, Mary teaches both first-year and upper-level undergraduate students in six courses per year in philosophy and interdisciplinary general. Mary also works with high school students in the context of various admission events and scholarship competitions at her university. When not teaching or tutoring, Mary loves exploring Chicago and doing animal rescue work. Mary teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Lindsey Wander

Lindsey holds a B.S. in Biology, a B.A. in Chemistry, and a Minor in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno. She also possesses both California and Illinois Teaching Credentials in Biology and Chemistry. Over three years after her college graduation, Lindsey was involved in a variety of science-based internships around the world. Her experiences led her to choose the education field as her career focus. Lindsey has since taught middle and high school science and math for the past 5 years. During her career as a teacher, she was Science Department Chair, started an after-school engineering club, and won many grants and awards for her classroom teaching. Lindsey has also tutored all subjects, both in the corporate and private realm for the last 7 years. Lindsey teaches academic math, science, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Adam Weg

Adam Weg holds an M.A. in Clinical Social Work from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and a BA in English Literature, also from the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, Adam won several awards for his writing. Adam has worked with adolescents one-on-one and in classroom settings since 2005. In addition to tutoring, Adam is a clinical social worker practicing at several area mental health agencies, and a publishing poet. Adam teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Lauren Wetherbee

Lauren studied Economics and Marketing at the University of Illinois and went on to complete a Master’s Degree at the University of London. Professionally, she worked as a writer and editor in fields as varied as music, medicine and finance. She just completed her MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Indiana University and recently launched her own fashion tech startup in Chicago. A seasoned tutor, Lauren has volunteered at 826CHI since 2004 (where she teaches creative writing, SAT and ACT) and tutors in both the GRE and GMAT. Lauren has also coached tennis, soccer and hockey for children. If you let her, Lauren can talk for hours on end about sports, music, fashion and math!

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Emily Winter

Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from the University of Chicago. Her thesis, a study of African-American migration to Liberia following the Civil War, was a finalist for the Anna M. and George N. Barnard Prize in American History. While in school, she volunteered as an after-school tutor—assisting with creative writing workshops and giving homework help. Emily teaches academic English, History, writing, and all portions of the SAT and ACT.

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Sally Wippman

Sally is a Chicagoland native and has always had a wide array of academic interests. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in Saint Louis with a B.A. in Drama and minors in Business and Modern Dance. Sally’s passion for learning has always led her to seek new, enriching experiences from taking math courses at the local college as a senior in high school, to writing about cosmopolitanism for a university magazine, to studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin. She has previously tutored a range of students in high school math, and she has spent the past year working in academics with IES Abroad. Sally tutors academic math, high school entrance exams, and all sections of the ACT.

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Max (John) Wise

Max graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor of Arts in English and concentrations in Philosophy and Spanish. A former in-home tutor to middle school and high school students from Chicago's private schools, Max also has experience in outdoor education in Wisconsin's Northwoods and teaching English in Thailand. In his free time, Max studies t'ai chi, enjoys bike riding, and cooking. Max currently teaches both sections of the ACT.

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Matt Wishnoff

Matt graduated with honors and distinction from Connecticut College with a B.A. in Molecular Neuroscience. He spent the majority of his time in Connecticut researching the role of nicotine and acetylcholine in memory formation, and studying the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders. He spent several semesters tutoring students in general and organic chemistry. This past summer Matt taught a course in bioengineering at the Summer Institute for the Gifted. Matt graduated from the Latin School in 2009, and actually prepared for his ACT at Academic Approach. In addition to tutoring at Academic Approach, Matt is conducting research in neurovascular diseases at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He is in the process of applying to medical school. Matt tutors all sections of the ACT as well as academic science courses.

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Hannah Withers

Hannah graduated Cum Laude from Kenyon College with a degree in English and Creative Writing, with departmental distinction. Hannah has taught reading, writing, science, and art to all ages at Polytechnic Summer School, Duke Youth Programs at Duke University, and the Kenyon Review Young Writers' Workshop, and completed coursework in Neuroscience the Mathematics of Scaling at Kenyon College. Hannah has worked with Filter Magazine, The Kenyon Review literary quarterly and publishing house, and McSweeney's. She moved to Chicago last fall to intern at NPR's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!, and is currently interning at Chicago Public Media's radio station, Vocalo 89.5, and studying improv at Second City.

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Chrystal Young

Chrystal holds a Masters degree in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College, and a Bachelors degree (double major) in the Comparative History of Ideas and International Studies from the University of Washington. Chrystal has been an educator since 2007, where she got her start teaching middle school English and Language Arts in Portland, Oregon. Since then, she has spent time teaching English to junior high school students in Fukuoka prefecture in southwestern Japan and, more recently, taught English and Journalism at South Shore High School in Chicago. In addition to classroom teaching, Chrystal has tutored students in reading, led an after-school newspaper program, and volunteered as a running coach for young girls through Girls on the Run. Chrystal teaches academic English and all sections of the SSAT, ISEE, ACT, and SAT.

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Gabrielle Zenoni

Gabrielle received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa, where she authored a collection of short stories as her thesis. Previous to that, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Marquette University with a double major Honors B.A. in English Literature and Spanish, and a minor in Philosophy. She taught English literature and composition to undergrads at the University of Iowa, where she won several teaching awards. Gabrielle has also studied high level math, completing work in multivariable calculus and differential equations. She is comfortable teaching all sections of the ACT and SAT, literature, Spanish, composition, and psychology.

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New York Tutors

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Cary O'Brien

Cary holds a Master's Degree in English from Columbia University in New York and has taught numerous undergraduate writing courses at Columbia College, while working towards his doctorate. Cary was selected in 2001 as a Writing Fellow to tutor at Columbia University's Writing Center. There, he instructed undergraduate and graduate students on writing projects, ranging from first-year composition course work to doctoral dissertation chapters. In both his one-on-one and his classroom instruction, Cary has always sought to explore the relationship between sound reasoning and good writing, emphasizing the importance of both the logical reasoning and the rhetorical skills necessary for constructing sound arguments. Cary is an instructor of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, ACT, the SAT Subject Test in Literature, the GRE and GMAT. As Director, Cary represents programs, designs courses for students, meets with clients to explain Academic Approach services, trains instructors, and serves as a liaison between clients and instructors.

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Emma Alexander

Emma holds a B.A. in Music from Dartmouth College, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. An opera singer, pianist and composer, she has served as the musical director of a singing group, sang with Opera North, and premiered an original piano composition at the New Music Festival in New Hampshire. She has received numerous academic and musical awards, including Rufus Choate Scholar, the Eugene Roitman Memorial Award, and the Martin Heiman-Rosenthal Award. She has also studied voice at the Royal College of Music in London and Italian in Rome. For years she has taught musical ear training, sight reading, and voice lessons, and teaches all sections of the SAT, ACT and SSAT for Academic Approach.

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Austin Bernhardt

Austin holds a B.A. with honors in the writing concentration of the English major from Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. While an undergraduate, he spent a year as an editor of the Yale Daily News helping numerous students improve their writing. In the past, he has been a mentor for a college counseling nonprofit and tutored high school chemistry. He teaches all sections of the SAT and ACT.

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Anthony Caragiulo

Anthony holds a BA in biology from Colgate University (2003) and a Master's degree in biology from Villanova University (2008). He is currently working toward his doctorate in biology at Fordham University. Anthony has taught undergraduate biology laboratory courses at both Villanova and Fordham, and has experience as a one-on-one SAT, ACT, SSAT, and academic tutor. Anthony tutors all aspects of the SAT, ACT, SSAT and ISEE with Academic Approach.

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Andrew Colford

Andrew Colford is from the California Bay Area and attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where he received a B.S in International Political Economy. He was active in a variety of student activities including performing in a children's theater troupe and observing elections in El Salvador. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in three years and relocated to Houston, TX where he worked at a non-profit criminal defense law firm through Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Andrew teaches all sections of the SAT and ACT as well as the SSAT and ISEE. At Academic Approach, Andrew has taught both classroom programs as well as private students preparing for the SSAT. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys running and working as an extra on television shows.

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Alexandra Dickson

A native of Connecticut, Alexandra (Alex) Dickson has been tutoring with Academic Approach since 2009. She holds a BA in Religion with a Spanish minor from Emory University and later graduated from the two-year acting conservatory at Circle in the Square Theatre School here in New York. When not tutoring, Alex works as an actor and a finance admin. She teaches all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT and ISEE and the Literature and Math I SAT II subject tests. She also has classroom experience teaching SAT prep at the Lycee Francais and ACT prep at The Spence School.

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Max Elder

Max holds a B.A. in philosophy from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he graduated magna cum laude with distinction in his senior exercise. At Kenyon, Max was the recipient of the Virgil C. Aldrich prize awarded for dedication to, and excellence in, the study of philosophy. He spent his junior year abroad studying philosophy at Mansfield College, Oxford University. Max has been an Existentialism teaching assistant at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where he received the Best Staffer award, during the summers of 2012 and 2013. Currently, Max is an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, a global think tank pioneering ethical perspectives on animals. He has published in the Journal of Animal Ethics on this topic. He teaches all sections of the SAT and ACT.

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Joshua Espinoza

Joshua holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He began his formal career in education working for Blue Engine as a Teaching Assistant and Team Coordinator and has since taught secondary mathematics courses of various levels within the New York City public school system. During this time, he created lesson plans, collaborated with a team of lead teachers, and acted as a lead assistant to help push student achievement at all levels. Joshua teaches mathematics, all sections of the ACT/SAT, and SAT Math Subject tests.

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Sean Firko

Sean holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University and an M.A. in Performance Studies (a field in the humanities) from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has tutored professionally and on a volunteer basis in New Orleans and Cape Town, South Africa, and performed service work in New Orleans, South Africa, and South America. Film, music, and web design occupy his spare time, but his passions is teaching and learning. He has researched theories of pedagogy at both the graduate and undergraduate level and developed his technique in practical as well as academic-philosophical environments. He provides instruction in the verbal and writing sections of the SAT, ACT as well as verbal and math tutoring for high school entrance exam preparation.

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Matthew George

Matthew holds a B.A. with honors in American Studies from Yale University. At Yale, his senior essay focusing on American Literature and Flannery O'Connor was nominated for the Norman Holmes Pearson Prize for excellence within the field. As a junior, he taught playwriting at the New Haven Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, both in the classroom and after school. He also was the recipient of the Thomas C. Barry Fellowship, which he used to help lead theatrical workshops about health in Kigali, Rwanda. Matthew teaches all areas of the ACT and SAT.

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Jordan Halpern

Jordan holds a B.S. in European History and Film from Wesleyan University. He spent four summers providing educational and recreational experiences to children with behavioral, emotional, and learning problems at Ramapo for Children. After college Jordan spent time working in film and tutoring the SAT for The Princeton Review. After moving to California he worked as an associate director for Sage Educators in Marin doing academic tutoring in math and english and running the company’s standardized test preparation program. Jordan teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Helise Harrington

Helise Harrington has a B.A. with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University; an M.A. in African History from Columbia University and a J.D. from New York University of Law. Upon graduating law school, she was a clerk for a federal district judge in the Eastern District of New York. Thereafter, she practiced corporate law at a large New York law firm until 2010. In addition to tutoring high school students in Critical Reading and Writing sections of the SAT and ACT, Helise works as a business and career coach for young attorneys and law students and is a family mediator with Hudson Mediation Group. Before entering law school, Helise taught elementary and high school English and American History at a private school in Brooklyn, New York. Her educational career also includes teaching at a reading clinic associated with York College and at the Women’s House of Detention on Rikers Island.

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Michael Hearn

Michael graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in History and continued his studies at King’s College in London where he earned a M.A. in American Studies. Michael has more than four years teaching experience at the High School level in New York City where he developed both curriculum and lesson plans in US History, US government, economics and global history. Michael has been privately tutoring students for the Regents, SATII and AP History exams for almost ten years. Michael received his M.A. in Social Studies Education from NYU in 2008.

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Irvin Hiralall

Irvin Hiralall holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian-Linguistics/Pre-Medicine from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Johns Hopkins University. Throughout college, Irvin tutored second-graders in literacy and mathematics at the Greenwich Village Elementary School. He also worked as a teaching assistant in chemistry, for which he received numerous accolades, including a nomination for best adjunct faculty. His passion for health care and education met in 2009, when he joined AmeriCorps in Washington, DC to work as a middle school health educator. Today, he is a Registered Nurse at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Irvin teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT and a variety of subject tests, including biology and chemistry.

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Jamil Kabir

Jamil holds a Master's degree in Mathematics and Education from Columbia University. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, with a minor in Economics, from Queens College. Starting in the Spring of 2012, Jamil will be working on his PhD in Mathematics Education at Columbia. He plans to do research on the psychological and neurological aspects of math performance among school children. Jamil also plans on researching integrating the latest technology with math education. His passion for teaching mathematics started when he was in high school, where he volunteered as a tutor to struggling students. He also tutored as an undergraduate at Queens College tutoring centers while also tutoring students in the SAT and ACT for a local nonprofit tutoring company. Jamil taught Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, Calculus and Statistics at La Guardia High School and MS 326 from 2009-2011. At Academic Approach, Jamil tutors students in all levels of Mathematics academically and for the SAT/ACT/SAT II subject tests.

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Stephen Keating

Stephen holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and the Human Sciences at Chicago Theological Seminary. Stephen has over 10 years of experience teaching and mentoring students from middle school through the graduate level in a broad range of settings. He loves music, fashion, philosophy, and baseball. Stephen teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Timothy Kita

Timothy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston College with a B.S. in Biology and is applying to medical school for 2013 matriculation. He has been tutoring for the last three years in the Greater Boston area, working with students ranging from 5th grade to college and graduate school. Timothy has a lot of outside volunteer experience working with children: he is a volunteer ambassador at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a coordinator of Boston College’s annual “Festival of Friendship” that benefits special needs children, and a co-Founder of a program that provides free tutoring to cancer patients at Tufts Medical Center’s Floating Hospital. With Academic Approach, Timothy tutors all sections of the SAT, SAT, ISEE and SSAT, as well as academic math, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology.

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Nick Kokkinis

Nick graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Mathematics and Studio Art. In addition to high honors recognition, Nick also graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler prize for an outstanding senior thesis. Throughout high school, Nick worked as a peer tutor in mathematics and has had several years working with students as a summer camp counselor. At Wesleyan, he was a teaching assistant and he has extensive experience with the SAT, ACT, and expertise in Proof-Based Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, and AB, BC, and Multivariable Calculus.

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Julie Kumar

Julie Kumar earned her BA in Visual Art from Brown University in 2007, graduating magna cum laude. During that time she was employed as a Teaching Assistant for the Computer Science Department, working on a National Science Foundation project entitled Design for Science. In 2013, she earned her Masters of Fine Art in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was chosen to be a Presidential Scholar. She has taught intensive welding courses for undergraduates and foundational glass courses for continuing education students. She has also worked individually with junior high and high school students, teaching all sections of the SAT as well as English, mathematics, and writing. Julie is a teacher for Academic Approach's classroom programs and tutors all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Noah Kumin

Noah Kumin holds a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago. While living in St. Petersburg, Russia, he taught English grammar and composition to college students. Since then, he has worked for the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at the U.N. and for Internationals Network Publics Schools. At present he is an editor at PoetryGenius.com. He teaches academic English and all verbal sections of the SAT, ACT and other standardized tests.

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Matt Lerner

Matt Lerner, a California native, graduated from New York University, where he studied mathematics, logic, philosophy and the Arabic language. Combining his skill in Arabic with his desire to teach, Matt spent a summer teaching English at a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Before returning to NYC, Matt worked at a D.C.-based think tank and as a freelance writer, with pieces published in The Daily Beast, Haaretz and BlackBook. Matt tutors students in all sections of the SAT, ACT & SSAT as well as several academic subjects.

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Sam Levine

Sam Levine holds a Masters degree from Yale University and Bachelors degrees from Oberlin College. He has tutored undergraduates at both of those institutions, freelanced as an editor for published and soon-to-be published works of both fiction and non-fiction, and spent three summers as a mentor to middle-school aged boys at Camp Becket in the Berkshires, in his native Massachusetts. He teaches a variety of subjects including German, writing, all middle school tests, and all sections of the ACT and SAT.

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Lev Mendes

Lev studied as an undergraduate at Brown University and Columbia University. He received his BA in English from Columbia, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude. He was also the recipient of the Professor John Angus Burrell Memorial Prize for distinction in English and Comparative Literature. Currently, he is enrolled in Columbia's postbaccalaureate premedical program. Lev has extensive experience working with high school and college students on their academic writing. In addition, he has trained as a visual artist and has worked as a teaching assistant at a number of New York City art schools. Lev teaches all aspects of the SAT/ACT as well as a number of science and humanities-based subject tests.

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Quinn Miller-Bedell

Quinn Miller-Bedell graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics. Most recently, Quinn completed his Pre-Med Post Baccalaureate at SUNY Purchase. While in the Palo Alto area, Quinn worked extensively as a one-on-one test prep tutor and joined an online education start-up in Silicon Valley as an online video SAT lesson host and curriculum writer. Continuing to work in a mix of video, photography, and academic tutoring, Quinn spent several years working in television journalism at NY1. He has been published in National Geographic and his photos have over 90,000 followers on Instagram. Quinn tutors all sections of the SAT & ACT as well as several subject tests.

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Quinn Miller-Bedell

Quinn received his degree in Political Science from Stanford University where he also minored in Economics. While in college, he worked extensively as a one-on-one test prep tutor in the Palo Alto area. After graduation, Quinn joined an online education start-up in Silicon Valley as an online video SAT lesson host and curriculum writer. Outside of tutoring, Quinn enjoys photography and working with video. Since moving to NY, he has spent several years working in the television journalism field as an employee at NY1. His work has also been published in National Geographic. During his free time, he plays frisbee, hikes, and photographs nature. Quinn teaches all areas of the SAT and ACT.

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David Pedersen

David Pedersen is currently a Ph.D. student in Medieval Literature at Fordham University. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Nebraska, an M.S. in English Education from Lehman College CUNY and an M.A in Medieval Literature from the University of York in York, England. After finishing his undergraduate education, David joined the New York City Teaching Fellows and spent five years teaching ninth through twelfth grade English in the city. As a teacher, David worked extensively to prepare his students for college readiness and successfully guided numerous students through applications for prestigious scholarships and fellowships. David teaches academic English and all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Nathan Rayman

A native Californian, Nathan holds a dual BA in Fine Art and Italian (focus on Business) from the University of Southern California. He is an active and internationally-exhibiting artist with a vibrant studio practice. After graduating from college, Nathan taught in public and private schools and prepared students for standardized tests in Los Angeles. From 2006 until 2010, Nathan lived in Italy facilitating active travel vacations. Upon his return to the United States, he began working with Academic Approach where he teaches all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT and ISEE as well as Literature and Math I SAT IIs. Nathan also enjoys teaching in several of Academic Approach's classroom programs.

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James Seol

James Seol holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a Diploma in Acting from the The Juilliard School Drama Division. He has extensive classroom instruction experience and has tutored privately, both in the United States and abroad. From 2007 - 2010, he taught SAT reading and writing in Seoul, South Korea. While in Seoul, he also had the opportunity to work in curriculum research and development. Integrating dynamic lectures/discussions, guided, in-depth text analysis and multimedia presentations, his programming focused on providing students with a more immediate understanding of and facility with the plays of William Shakespeare. The semester-long programs also sought to introduce students to plays not conventionally taught in the classroom, among them, Richard III, Twelfth Night and Titus Andronicus. James teaches the reading and writing sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE and SSAT, as well as the Literature SAT II Subject Test.

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Ben Sieff

Ben Sieff is a graduate of Brown University where he earned his degree in Biology. Ben has wide-ranging tutoring experience in math, biology, chemistry, and physics at both the high school and collegiate level. Ben has utilized his biology background at Project SHARE, a CDC-funded research project evaluating hypertension-reduction strategies in Harlem, at a microbiology lab at Tufts Medical School in Boston, and during several volunteer opportunities in Uganda and South Africa. Ben tutors biology, chemistry, physics, and math for middle school and high school students as well as college level students.

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Susanna Stephens

Susanna Stephens holds a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. She is currently in her fourth year as a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, where she specializes in providing psychotherapy and psycho-educational assessments for adolescents and young adults. In addition to working as a therapist, Susanna has found a way to merge her interests in literary studies, psychoanalysis, and philosophy by writing her doctoral dissertation on creative processes in postmodern fiction authors. Susanna tutors Writing and Critical Reading sections on the SAT and English, Reading, Writing, and Science sections on the ACT.

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Stephen Ursprung

Stephen Ursprung holds a Bachelors degree in Economics and Italian Studies from Brown University, a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Choreography and Performance from Smith College, and completed coursework at the Universitá di Bologna in Bologna, Italy. Stephen has been on faculty at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he taught dance technique, dance history, and performance theory. As an artist, Stephen has performed throughout New England, New York, and in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to dancing and choreographing, Stephen currently teaches dance technique and choreography in Westchester County. Stephen tutors students in all sections of the SAT/ACT as well as in academic English and Mathematics.

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Laura Veit

Originally from Napa, California, Laura Veit holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago. She is currently working as a freelance photographer and as a production assistant for a small design company in New York City. She plans to pursue a career in architecture and is currently learning German. She has tutored students in mathematics and English in Chicago and San Francisco and works with Academic Approach students on all sections of the ACT/SAT.

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Boston Tutors

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Glenn Blakney

Glenn Blakney holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Finance from Boston University. He is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Teaching at Salem State University. Glenn is in his fifth year of at the Marblehead Community Charter Public School where he is a 6th Grade Science and Math teacher. He is the co-coach of the Science Olympiad Team, and the faculty advisor to the Astronomy Club. Glenn taught in the Lawrence Public School System for two years prior to coming to the Charter. Glenn holds a teaching license from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in Mathematics, Science, and History, and he tutors all sections of the SSAT/ISEE and the SAT and ACT. Glenn lives in Rowley and teaches the Confirmation Class at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts.

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Rebecca Blomberg

Rebecca received a B.A. from Brandeis University with a triple major in English and American Literature, Creative Writing, and Film, Television, and Interactive Media. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Lesley University as a short fiction writer. Previously, Rebecca taught middle school drama workshops and tutored students in various middle school subjects. She has worked with high school and college-level students on writing. Rebecca teaches all sections of the SAT and ACT.

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Adam Bradshaw

Adam graduated cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY with a BS in Physics in 2000 and then received his MAT in 2001. For the past several years, he has taught junior and senior level Physics classes, as well as Biology to freshmen at Norwell High School. Additionally, he has spent two summers teaching Physical Science at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School. Adam’s teaching extends beyond the classroom as he also coaches football at Norwell High. Adam has extensive experience teaching the math portions of the SAT, ACT, SSAT; the science portion of the ACT; and academic science and math to students individually as well as in classroom settings.

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Helen Cespedes

Helen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Barnard College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Literature (French, Italian and English). She went on to receive an Artist’s Diploma in Acting from The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Helen grew up in Boston but her love for theater and literature has led her around the world; she trained in Commedia dell'arte in Italy and, while living in France, performed in a French production of Chekhov's The Bear. For the last six years, Helen has worked as a private language tutor and writing fellow at the high school and college level. She has also taught acting and singing and worked as a dialect coach. Helen has received high honors for both her literary and her acting work: she was the 2008 Norton Scholar and is the 2012-13 Recipient of the John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical theater. Helen teaches French, Italian, English and Latin and prepares students for the SAT II in these subjects.

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Ben Durheim

Ben holds a BA in Chemistry and Theology and an MA in Theology from Saint John's University in Collegeville, MN. During his undergraduate studies, Ben was a TA for general and organic chemistry and also tutored students in those subjects. Additionally, while at Saint John's, Ben volunteered as a tutor/mentor for the Fast Forward Youth Program (an after school/college prep program for Latino/a youth), Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Saint Joseph's Parish. Currently, Ben is in his third year pursuing a PhD in Theology at Boston College. At Academic Approach, Ben tutors academic math and science and all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT and ISEE. He also tutors the math and science SAT II Subject Tests.

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Carol Huben

Carol graduated from the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College with a dual degree in Linguistics and Japanese, as well as a certificate in Native American Indian studies. She has tutored students from the elementary school level to the college level, and is currently pursuing her teacher's certification. In her free time, she studies martial arts, wilderness survival, and issues of social justice. She teaches all levels of the SAT and ACT, and also offers instruction in upper-level math, sciences, and English.

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Mythri Jegathesan

Mythri holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from Columbia University and a Bachelors degree in Classics and Anthropology from Georgetown University. She is currently writing her doctoral thesis in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia and completed her dissertation research with funding from the National Science Foundation. At Columbia, she was a teaching fellow, instructing undergraduates in culture, theory, media, and colonial studies. At Georgetown, she was a Latin tutor, working with high school and undergraduate students in all levels of language study. She has held positions at Sakhi for South Asian Women, Funders Concerned About AIDS, and Barnard College and is also a co-founder of Lanka Solidarity, a space of dialogue and writing on Sri Lanka. She has volunteered as an English and Math teacher with tsunami survivors in Sri Lanka and as an ESL instructor with recent immigrants in Washington, DC. With Academic Approach, Mythri tutors Latin, the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT and all sections of the ISEE and SSAT.

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Leah Kosch

Leah Kosch holds a Bachelor’s of Music from Ohio State University and a Master’s in Music from the Longy School of Music. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ohio State University. Ms. Kosch is currently on faculty at the Longy School of Music and at Boston College, where she teaches keyboard harmony to undergraduates. Her interests as a teacher, however, extend beyond music. Ms. Kosch has experience teaching all sections of the SAT and ACT, and is well-trained in customizing to students’ needs. She is available to teach any section of the SAT and ACT, and AP Music Theory.

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Jason Leary

Jason Leary graduated with high honors from from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BA in History. He has an MA in Professional Writing from University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where he also taught English. In addition to his tutoring work, Jason is also the Director of Publications at AMR Research. For more than 10 years, he has educated students and clients in academic and professional settings on writing improvement. Jason was also the co-creator and editor of Some Other Magazine, an online culture publication. He lives in the North Shore with his wife and two children.

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Jacob Lehrhoff

Jake graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in psychology, and he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in psychology at Brandeis. He spent six years teaching English/Language Arts at a school devoted to the psychosocial and educational needs of students with emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as those on the Autistic spectrum. Outside the classroom, Jake has four years of experience tutoring students in middle and high school mathematics. In his free time, Jake writes fiction and runs extensively, often at the same time. He teaches all sections of the ACT and SAT and academic math.

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Joseph Liskowsky

Joseph received his BS in Physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After working in finance for several years, he earned his MS in Physics from Clemson University and completed his PhD in Physics in 2012. His research focused on the interaction between young stars and circumstellar disks. While in graduate school, Joseph taught courses in physics, astronomy, and programming as well as tutored students in a variety of subjects. He enjoys working with students to help them achieve their academic goals. Joseph teaches all sections of the ACT/SAT as well as several SAT II Subject tests.

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Eric Misiano

Eric holds a B.A. in English from Tufts University and an M.A. in English from Washington University. He has over ten years' experience in teaching and tutoring, having taught English and math for two years at Revere High School in Revere, MA, and undergraduate writing and literature for several years at Washington University where he also worked as a writing tutor. In 2004 he received an English Department Award for Excellence in Teaching from Washington University. At Academic Approach, Eric tutors academic English and all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE and SSAT.

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Zach Reynolds

Zach holds a B.A. in Psychology from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. He graduated cum laude and was named an Honorary Undergraduate Scholar by the New England Psychological Association. While at Gordon, Zach tutored writing for three years and mentored high-achieving first year students through the AJ Gordon Scholar’s Program. Zach spent three years studying low vision at The Schepens Eye Research Institute (an affiliate of Harvard Medical School), and is a published author in the Journal of Ophthalmology and Vision Science and Philosophy Study. Zach tutors all sections of the SAT & ACT and volunteers his spare time coaching improv comedy and writing for the baseball website NotGraphs.

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Juan Gabriel Sanchez

Juan Gabriel Sanchez holds a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University and an M.S. Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently in the second year of a Ph.D. program at Boston College. Prior to his current educational pursuit, he was a faculty member four years at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, where he taught 9th and 10th grade Social Studies. While at the Academy, he took part in several fellowships, including a National Writing Project practitioner fellowship and the Fulbright-Hays study abroad program in Turkey. Juan Gabriel has over ten years of tutoring experience, including SAT and ACT prep, as well as high school math, English, Social Studies, and Spanish. Juan Gabriel teaches all sections of the ACT, SAT, and SSAT; and History subject tests as well as a variety of academic tutoring.

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James Sanguinetti

James Sanguinetti graduated from Boston University with a degree in Philosophy. He has worked as an archivist at the John Hay library at Brown University and recently returned from extensive traveling across Europe and Central America. He taught the SAT's with Kaplan for 3 years and has been a private tutor in Calculus and Philosophy for 4 years. James also tutors Biology, Chemistry, Physics for the SAT II subject tests as well as all sections of the ACT's. James resides in Beacon Hill.

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Raghav Seth

Raghav holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University. His undergraduate program included completion of course work in both Philosophy and premedical studies. Raghav’s interest in teaching began while volunteering as an ESL tutor for working adults. His tutoring experience was enriched by tutoring undergraduates at Tufts as well as by designing summer science courses for 8th and 9th graders. Raghav has frequently tutored AP science courses and currently tutors students in all areas of the ACT, SAT, SAT II Science tests and AP Sciences. Raghav was a research assistant at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT until September 2013 and will be starting at Tufts University School of Medicine in August 2014. He is currently working full-time as an EMT-B for Patriot Ambulance. Raghav approaches tutoring with great enthusiasm and as an opportunity to encourage students to love science.

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Curt Shonkwiler

Curt holds a B.A. in Modern Languages from Kenyon College and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at Harvard, and his areas of interest include theories of the novel, post-war Soviet satire and prose rhythmic devices. He has taught courses on literature, philosophy, religion and English at Nankai University (China), Shanghai University and Harvard. He is proficient in French, German and Italian among other languages. Curt tutors students for the SAT, ACT and GRE as well as a variety of academic subjects.

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Alyssa Torjesen

Alyssa holds a B.S. in Physics and a B.A. in Spanish from Pepperdine University. At Pepperdine, she was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She began her career in education as a tutor for high school and middle school students, focusing particularly on math, science, and study skills. Later she taught English as a second language in Taiyuan, China where she helped students as young as age four up through adults improve their English fluency. with Academic Approach, Alyssa teaches all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE and SSAT as well as a variety of SAT II subject tests.

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Tom Weismann

Tom earned his Bachelor's Degree at Fordham University in New York City with a major in Economics and a minor in Finance. He earned his Masters in Business Administration at IE Business School in Madrid, one of Europe's most respected business schools. Prior to college, Tom spent four years on the Hilltop at St. George's School in Newport, RI. Tom has experience tutoring in a variety of subjects ranging from high school math to graduate level quantitative analysis and modeling. He approaches tutoring with a highly individualized and adaptive style. Tom tutors all math sections for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, as well as the science section for the ACT. He also tutors for academic math as well as SAT II Subject tests and AP tests.

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