private-admissions-counselors

The Executive Team at Top Test Prep

  • Ross-Blankenship Ross D. Blankenship
    Ross D. Blankenship Chairman of Board
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Prep School, College, Graduate Admissions Expert
    Education:
    Northfield Mount Hermon, Cornell University, Washington University School of Law

    Ross Blankenship is an admissions expert, educational expert, and Founder of Top Test Prep. Ross attended the NMH School, Cornell University and Washington University School of Law. Ross has a tremendous amount of experience in higher education. He assisted with Cornell recruiting and admissions and is an active member of the Cornell Alumni Association, serving as former Vice President of the Cornell Annual Fund. Ross also was elected to Cornell’s Educational Policy Committee and Academic Integrity Hearing Board, where he helped develop courses and maintain academic integrity amongst the student body. While working on these committees, his passion for test prep and academic achievement grew further. Ross’ educational expertise comes through real-life experience and hundreds of articles on topics such as the SSAT and ISEE exams, how to improve SAT and ACT scores in schools, advice for parents on how to prepare their children for college, how to simplify the college application process, college financial aid, and how students can write better college admission essays. Additionally, Ross has written on prep school and graduate school admissions topics on themes such as improving GRE and GMAT standards and new standards for law school entrance exams. Ross loves hearing stories of Top Test Prep students achieving higher scores, and he personally helps students get into top schools (K-12), colleges, Ivy League schools, and graduate schools. Ross leads both the admissions consulting and private tutoring programs for Top Test Prep. Ross Blankenship is also the Co-Chairman of the Private School Advisory Board, which represents private schools through policies recommendations to the College Board and ACT.  He is also the Chairman of Study Hall Inc, an online learning and course management platform, and Founding Partner of Stonehawk Investment Group – and education-focused, private equity and venture capital fund.

  • Michael-J-Blankenship Mike J. Blankenship
    Mike J. Blankenship CFO
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    Admissions Team(s)::
    Prep School, College, Graduate Admissions Counseling
    Education::
    Phillips Exeter Academy, University of Rochester, Rutgers School of Law

    Mike Blankenship graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, an elite boarding school in New Hampshire. He then went to the University of Rochester, where he studied Economics. After Rochester, he received his MBA at Syracuse University and his JD at Rutgers School of Law, where he received a scholarship for his strong academic performance. Mike also received the Award in Finance during his MBA studies. Mike brings great experience and depth to Top Test Prep, as he has also studied at Oxford University.  In addition, he studied Mandarin Chinese while living in China. As brothers, Mike and Ross both value education and care deeply about the students they help at Top Test Prep.

  • private-admissions-expert-counselor Dov Landau
    Dov Landau Logistics Manager
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Private Schools, College and Graduate Schools
    Education:
    University of Maryland

    Dov Landau grew up in Baltimore and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Criminology.  Dov joined the Top Test Prep team after spending 4 years at a think tank in DC conducting research projects and consulting work for federal law enforcement agencies.  In his free time, Dov can be found at the gym or watching his Baltimore Ravens as they aim to repeat the 2012 season. Dov is a leader on the Top Test Prep Admissions team and helps families find the best program to ensure academic success.

  • 20130923_170209 Melissa Bojos
    Melissa Bojos Project Leader
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    Education::
    University of San Francisco
    Admissions Team(s):
    Graduate School Admissions, College Admissions
    Melissa grew up at the MD/DC/VA area, and went on to attend University of San Francisco to study architecture and become the next Howard Roark.  She tutored Algebra, Calculus and Tagalog while in college, and soon discovered her interests lie more on numbers and graphs, rather than blueprints.  Therefore, she changed majors and graduated with a degree in Mathematics.
    She enjoys watching cooking shows with the hope that she learns how to cook through osmosis.  She solves Sudoku puzzles while eating Reese’s Pieces to relieve stress.
  • Bobby Bobby Sanghyun Han
    Bobby Sanghyun Han International Business Manager
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    Admissions Team(s)::
    Private and Boarding School Admissions, College Admissions
    Education::
    St. Albans, Boston University

    Bobby is a graduate of Boston University with a degree in international relations. He is a DC native who graduated from St Albans School in 2008. He has lived and worked in Seoul, where he did foreign relations work for several companies. Bobby has attended 3 private and 3 public schools in his life, and he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience of the application process with other students.

    He spends most of his spare time running after his puppy, Venus.

  • photo 2 Oeuyown Kim
    Oeuyown Kim Sales and Marketing Coordinator
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    Education::
    James Madison University
    Administrative Team:
    Sales and Marketing

    Oeuyown is originally from South Korea and moved to the U.S. at a young age. She went on to study Marketing and Economics at James Madison University where she is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Business Administration. She has been a server and a tutor in Algebra and Elementary Level math during her breaks.

    When time permits, she enjoys cooking, painting and reading.

  • unnamed DJ Kim
    DJ Kim Project Designer
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    Administrative Team::
    Marketing

    D.J. is a manager at a family-owned business President Valet II Dry Cleaners located in Washington,D .C. He also works part time at a market research firm. He has experience with designing logos, signs, and labels.

    D.J. spends most of his time on his artwork and basketball.

  • RachelKenny Rachel Kenny
    Rachel Kenny Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team::
    SAT, AP Calculus, AP Biology
    Education:
    George Washington University

    Rachel is a New York City native with a passion for education! Throughout high school and college, she dedicated hours to tutoring under-served students in N.Y.C. and D.C. public schools. After graduating summa cum laude from The George Washington University with a degree in Psychology and Fine Arts, Rachel spent her summer working as a volunteer coordinator in a small fishing village in Ghana.

    She enjoys playing guitar, rock-climbing, drawing and graphic design in her free time.

     

  • img-26 Zach Bills
    Zach Bills College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Private School, College Admissions Counseling
    Education:
    Virginia Episcopal School, Yunnan University, Middlebury College

    Zach attended boarding school in Lynchburg at Virginia Episcopal School, before making his way to Middlebury College. While at Middlebury, Zach studied German, Spanish, Chinese, and History. His time there also included significant study abroad in China at Yunnan University in Kunming. Zach joined our team after working with Top Test Prep as a private tutor and admissions counselor. He now brings those experiences and his extensive contacts at NESCAC and boarding schools into the office to help our students succeed.  He enjoys sweet tea, rugby, and travel to Asia. Additionally, Zach is an expert on boarding school, private school and college admissions counseling.

  • img-31 Winslow Blankenship
    Winslow Blankenship Medical School Admissions Expert
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    Admissions Team(s):
    College, Medical School Admissions Counseling
    Education:
    Bowdoin College, Georgetown University School of Medicine

    Winslow graduated from Bowdoin College, and currently studies at Georgetown University’s School of Medicine. She also advises Top Test Prep’s Founder in dual capacities, as a wonderful wife and medical school admissions counselor. Winslow’s talents are in her sharp intellect and ability to counsel others as they prepare to apply to top medical schools. Winslow is an avid runner, yoga attendee, and dog lover. Both Ross and Winslow have a beautiful Australian Blue Heeler, “Tita,” who is the unofficial Top Test Prep mascot. In addition to her medical school admissions counseling, she also advises Top Test Prep and its curricula team on MCAT test preparation.

  • Margaret Lloyd, Private SAT/ACT Tutor Margaret Lloyd
    Margaret Lloyd Private Tutor and College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    College Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, ACT, Academic Tutoring

    Maggie studied Chemical Engineering at MIT, with minors in Biology and Theater Arts. Outside of the classroom, she wrote and edited for MIT’s student paper, The Tech, and ran Cross Country/Track and Field. As a new DC resident, Maggie has been discovering all that the District has to offer, and on the weekends she thoroughly enjoys exploring Rock Creek Park, either by bike or by foot. She became interested in tutoring after a five-month stay in Belgium, where Maggie tutored a student in Chemistry in return for French lessons.   Tutors for the ACT and SAT and helps with curricula development.  Maggie is also a star on our test prep YouTube Channel (Tutoring and Test Prep)!

  • pic Sultan Majid
    Sultan Majid Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, MCAT
    Education:
    University of California - Santa Barbara

    Majid is a recent graduate with a B.S. in biological sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He scored in the 99 percentile on the MCAT, with a perfect 15/15 in the biological sciences sections and a 14/15 in the physical science section.

    He aims to minimize the memorization of facts, and instead focuses on the mechanistic understanding of information. Accordingly, he focuses less on what a system is doing and more on why a system is doing it. This style of logical thinking creates a more fun learning environment while giving his students more flexibility in applying their knowledge, translating into significantly higher test scores.

  • img-29 Mary Kate Holman
    Mary Kate Holman Admissions Counseling Manager
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Admissions Manager, Prep School, College and Graduate Admissions
    Education:
    Georgetown University

    Originally from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mary Kate Holman is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she majored in English, with French and Theology minors. At Georgetown, she worked as a Writing Center tutor for academic papers, admissions essays, and cover letters. She was also involved in student theater, particularly acting and directing. As a student, she interned with the American Bar Association and the French Embassy. She is fluent in French after a semester abroad in Strasbourg, France, and she is currently learning Latin. Mary Kate is an Admissions Counselor and Admissions Manager for Top Test Prep, and she particularly enjoys helping students allow their own voice to shine through applications and admissions essays.

  • Farbod Farbod Abedini
    Farbod Abedini Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, DAT
    Education:
    University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Midwestern University

    Born and raised in Maryland, Farbod stayed local and attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After obtaining his Bachelors degree in Psychology from UMBC, Farbod went out West to complete an accelerated graduate program in Masters of Arts in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University in Arizona. Farbod will be starting dental school this summer back in Arizona. Immediately following his graduation, Farbod has pledged to join the United States Navy Dental Corps to give back to his country.

    In his free time, Farbod enjoys the outdoors playing golf, basketball and soccer. In addition to tutoring, Farbod also currently works as a substitute teacher working with all ages K-12.

  • img-32 Beryl Manning-Geist
    Beryl Manning-Geist College & Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Teams(s):
    College Counseling, Graduate Admissions Counseling (Medical School)
    Education:
    Williams College

    Spending most of her childhood trailing along on fieldwork or in the classroom with her volcanologist father, Beryl gravitated toward both the outdoors and ecology at an early age. After studying abroad in France during high school, Beryl moved from her home in Moscow, Idaho to Williams College to pursue research. There, she travelled to the Galapagos, continental Ecuador, and Australia to study sustainability and ecology. She also completed a senior honors thesis in physiology, for which she received national recognition from the American Physiological Society. At Williams, Beryl was recognized for her leadership in student government, athletics, and academics. She is now a fellow in pediatric oncology research and will be attending medical school beginning in the fall of 2012.

  • img-33 Daniel Ybarra
    Daniel Ybarra Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Daniel Ybarra graduated with honors from California State University, Northridge. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who served on active duty and Reserves for a total of 5 years. Daniel has been accepted to several medical schools including Cornell, UCSF, USC and others. He endured the application process over the last year and obtained useful information from his own experiences, and that of other applicants.  Some of his personal hobbies include baseball, football, basketball, golf and hanging out with my beautiful wife and 3 month old daughter.

  • Linda Powers Linda Powers
    Linda Powers Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, DAT, AP Chemistry, AP Biology
    Education:
    University of Maryland - College Park

    Linda is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is majoring in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, with a minor in Neuroscience. She was admitted as a Banneker Key scholar and completed the Integrated Life Sciences Honors program. Outside of the classroom she is a campus tour guide, a teaching assistant, and president of the Global Dental Brigades chapter at UMD. She is currently planning her third dental mission trip to Honduras. She has been tutoring since high school and loves to see the difference she can make in a student’s progress. Linda enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and eating fro-yo.

  • Graham Photo (2) Graham Akeson
    Graham Akeson Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    MCAT and Med School Admissions
    Education::
    Oberlin College, Case Western Reserve

    Graham Akeson received his B.A.s in biology and music from Oberlin College in 2011. Since then, he has been pursuing an MS degree in physiology at Case Western Reserve University and is currently applying to medical schools for admission in the fall of 2014. Of his interest in medicine, he states, “We are in the twilight of the antibiotic era, this is an exciting and essential time for medicine, biotechnology and humanitarianism.

  • mkatz_photo Miranda Katz
    Miranda Katz Private Tutor
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    Tutoring and Admissions Team(s)::
    SSAT, SAT, College Admissions
    Education::
    Brearley School, Wesleyan University

    Miranda is currently a student at Wesleyan University, where she studies cultural anthropology (with a concentration in producing and consuming culture) and creative writing. Outside of the classroom, she is an editor on the college newspaper, a tutor for local high school students, and an usher for campus events; she also enjoys cooking pad thai and running with audiobooks as her soundtrack.

  • img-34 David Dickson
    David Dickson College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Teams:
    Boarding School and College Admissions Expert
    Education:
    Bowdoin, Harvard (Ph.D.)

    David was a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Bowdoin College in Maine, and received his PhD in Political Science from Harvard University. He brings more than a quarter of a century of inside experience as a professor and administrator at universities and small liberal arts institutions to his advising role with Top Test Prep. David currently teaches in the Political Science Department at George Washington University and has taught a variety of international courses. He published one of the first comprehensive works on US African policy and also published works on American ethnicity and the foreign policy process. In addition to working collaboratively with the US Institute of Peace and chairing an interdisciplinary international relations program, David served as Director of the Governor’s School for International Relations in Memphis, Tennessee. He has long-term experience as a political commentator on international and American topics with the electronic and print media. David runs in his spare time and as an empty nester he and his wife relish their son’s trips home from Bowdoin College.

  • img-35 Dr. Mark D’Agostino
    Dr. Mark D’Agostino Medical School Admissions Advisor
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    Admissions Team(s):
    College, Graduate School, Medical School Admissions Counseling
    Education:
    UMass, Brown University Medical School, University of Nottingham, London School of Economics

    Mark D’ Agostino, M.D., MS, MSc is a Marshall Scholar and medical school admissions counselor for Top Test Prep. Mark received his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where he was awarded a full-tuition scholarship. Before medical school he was one of forty American students awarded a 2003 Marshall Scholarship. In Great Britain he earned a Master of Science (MS) in Biochemistry at the University of Nottingham Medical School, and a second Masters degree (MSc) in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics. During medical school Dr. D’Agostino conducted research at Brown and the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. Mark has also reviewed medical school applications for Brown University.

  • Priyanka Jethwani Priyanka Jethwani
    Priyanka Jethwani Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    SAT
    Education:
    Northwestern University

    Priyanka is from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and graduated from Northwestern in 2013 with a degree in History and English. While at Northwestern, Priyanka spent her time as an orientation adviser for incoming freshmen and interning with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Since graduation, Priyanka has worked at the UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia and in Washington, D.C. She hopes to gain additional experience in the field of human rights and refugee protection. Outside of tutoring, Priyanka enjoys yoga, gelato, and all things Harry Potter.

  • img-36 Michael Edgar
    Michael Edgar Customer Consultant
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    An actual, former customer of Top Test Prep, Michael decided to join forces and help the company reach out to students and parents facing the same situation as he once did – trying to find the best test prep and tutoring company. Well, Michael met his match, going on to attend Cornell University, Columbia and Johns Hopkins, where he received his B.S., and Masters from both schools.   After going through a TTP program, he was hired as a consultant.

  • 12401_1380861765216_2186695_n Nolan Nardoni
    Nolan Nardoni Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    MCAT
    Education:
    UCLA

    Nolan is an undergraduate senior at UCLA specializing in Human Biology and Society. He is graduating very soon and will be entering medical school thereafter, following a gap year. His hobbies include working out, playing baseball and serving the under-served, and he is also fascinated with Asian Culture. He intends to become a health professional with his life centered around serving populations in need, such as the homeless. Some of his current extracurricular work include volunteering at free health clinics in LA and with the Mobile Clinic Project of UCLA, coordinating health fairs in LA, and working in a neurobiology laboratory focused on researching cognitive function, learning, and memory.

  • img-37 Monika Adamczyk
    Monika Adamczyk Prep School and College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Prep School Admissions, College Admissions Counseling
    Education:
    Yale University

    Monika Adamczyk is a graduate of Yale University and certificate recipient from Oxford University, graduating with distinction in political science and environmental engineering. Monika is on the admissions counseling team at Top Test Prep. During her time at Yale, she was heavily involved in admissions activities and high school outreach programs by serving as a Yale student ambassador to local high schools, interviewing students for college admissions, and coaching debate at local high schools. Additionally, she was involved in a variety of tutoring and advising programs by working for the Yale Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center as a private tutor in mathematics and the sciences, advising Yale students on career planning and internship searches as a Peer Adviser and counseling incoming freshmen as a Freshman Counselor. She has a plethora of experience with applications for competitive programs and scholarships, receiving a full merit scholarship for college and becoming one of 50 National Coca Cola Scholars. In her free time, Monika is an avid tennis fan and social ballroom dancer.

  • img-38 Dr. Wasif Syed
    Dr. Wasif Syed College and Graduate Admissions Consultant
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    Admissions Team(s):
    College Admissions, Graduate & Professional (JD/MBA/MD) School Admissions Counseling
    Education:
    University of Alberta, Cornell University (Ph.D.)

    Wasif completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Wasif also led several international affairs initiatives and worked extensively with the Cornell administration. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Wasif was a research petrophysicist at Shell in Houston, TX. Wasif has been involved in educational consulting for several years and has extensive experience in college admissions as well as graduate/professional school admissions. Wasif is still very involved with Cornell through various capacities.

  • img-39 Carmen F.
    Carmen F. Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Private School, College, Graduate School Admissions Advising, Test Prep and Tutoring
    Education:
    Georgetown University, University of Notre Dame

    Carmen grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended Georgetown University. She graduated cum laude with a major in Theology and a minor in English. After college, she attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology and a certificate in teaching. While in college, Carmen taught English to new immigrants in the District of Columbia; because of this experience she developed a passion for teaching reading and writing skills. Carmen currently teaches high school religion and enjoys working with students to help them reach their highest potential. Carmen is a fan of Georgetown basketball and enjoys completing Sunday crossword puzzles as quickly as possible.

  • Lyuba Docheva, Private LSAT Tutor Lyuba Docheva
    Lyuba Docheva Private Tutor and Law School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    College and Law School Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, ACT, and LSAT

    Lyuba graduated with an A.B. in History and certificates in Eurasian Studies and Russian Language and Culture from Princeton University, and is currently a law student at New York University. She spent the time between graduating from Princeton and beginning law school as a Research Assistant for the Rockefeller Foundation and as a tutor. Lyuba speaks Bulgarian, Russian, German, and Spanish, and finished 7th at the Intercollegiate Fencing Association Championship in 2009   Tutors for the SAT, ACT, and LSAT.

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 4.58.45 PM Zach Levine
    Zach Levine Private Tutor, Boarding School and College Admissions
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    Admissions Team(s):
    Boarding School and College Admissions
    Tutoring Team(s):
    SAT, SAT II, GRE

    Zachary Levine is a 2012 graduate in Anthropology from Columbia College of Columbia University, where he finished with Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has three years’ experience in SAT and SAT Subject prep, essay editing, and college and boarding school prep mentoring, as well as one year’s experience in GRE prep counseling. He will enter a PhD program in the social sciences in the Fall.

  • 2013-09-16_1003 (3) Kent McCann
    Kent McCann Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    MCAT and Med School Admissions
    Education::
    Tufts University

    Kent grew up in the Boston area. While studying pre-med and working on his B.A. in Music at Tufts University, he was also given the unique opportunity to tour the world with his collegiate singing group. Since graduating in 2012, he has worked as an EMT, Medical Assistant, personal trainer, and private tutor. He plans on entering medical school in 2014 to pursue a career in emergency medicine.

  • private:SSAT:tutor Elly Teitsworth
    Elly Teitsworth Private Tutor and College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    College Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT and ACT

    Elly was a National Merit Scholar, and graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Arabic Studies. She is currently getting her M.A. in Developmental Economics at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Elly has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience as the Mathematics Department at Abaarso Tech University, and as an instructor for English language and computer courses.   Tutors for ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, SAT and ACT.

  • faceshot (3) Michael Zidar
    Michael Zidar Private Tutor, Admissions Consulting
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    LSAT, SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    Law School Admissions, College Admissions
    Education::
    University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown Law School

    Michael has taught and tutored students for most of his adult life; he has worked with students on many tests and subjects and has done everything from private tutoring to helping set up programs helping inspire students learn math in Philadelphia middle schools.  Michael enjoys various subjects and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and attended Georgetown Law School–he feels that having a wide variety of academic interests helps him teach various subjects and parts of test with efficiency and a high level of understanding.

  • Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 5.14.15 PM Will Li
    Will Li Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s):
    SAT, MCAT
    Education:
    Emory University

    Currently a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health, Will graduated with summa cum laude in Neuroscience and Music at Emory University in 2012. He has been tutoring since high school, and enjoys making learning calculus or chemical reactions exhilarating and fun. He will be attending medical school in the Fall of 2014 to pursue a combined MD/PhD degree in systems neuroscience. Outside of tutoring, playing music, and aspiring to be a physician scientist, Will can be found trying new food, traveling, dancing horrendously at concerts, and destroying his vocal cords cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.

  • Sam Faught, Private MCAT Tutor Sam Faught
    Sam Faught Curriculum Director
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    Admissions Team:
    College, Medical and Graduate School Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT

    Sam was a National Merit Scholarship finalist, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently working on circadian rhythm research, and previously conducted research for the University of Michigan’s Department of Surgery. Sam is an outstanding MCAT, GRE, SAT, and ACT tutor, who got a perfect score in SAT Math and both ACT verbal sections.   Curriculum Director and Private Tutor for several exams.

  • private:MCAT:Tutor:California Kelly Staves
    Kelly Staves Private Tutor and Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    Private School, College, and Medical School Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT, ACT, and MCAT
    Kelly is a health policy analyst from Redwood City, CA. She graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a BA in International Relations and will soon return to Stanford for Medical School. Kelly has over 6 years of tutoring experience and loves watching students gain confidence in their own abilities. Being one of those rare people who actually enjoys standardized test taking, Kelly is excited to focus her energies on helping students crack these tests. In her free time, Kelly is an avid cyclist, a skier, and an aspiring chef. She is forever in search of the next great adventure and will drag along anyone she can convince to join her on her quest.

    Tutors for SSAT, ISEE, HSPT, SAT, ACT, MCAT, and College and Medical School Admissions.

  • private:ACT:tutor Robert Nisson
    Robert Nisson Private Tutor and College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    College Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT and ACT

    Robert received the Rensselaer medal for excellence in mathematics and scientific studies, and went on to receive a bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering from the distinguished University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering. Currently pursuing his masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering with a focus on solar power and storage systems, he has interest and involvement in research and development of these renewable technologies.   Tutors for the SAT and ACT, and also advises on admissions.

  • headshot3 (2) Chris Wunsch
    Chris Wunsch Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    DAT, Academic Tutoring
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions

    Chris is a recent graduate from VMI. He receiving his BS in Biology along with a biochemistry and molecular biology concentration. Although medicine always interested him, he decided to take after his parents and pursue dentistry. He is currently taking graduate courses at Virginia Commonwealth University while also preparing his application for dental school in the Fall.

  • Isaac Lederman Photo1 Isaac Lederman
    Isaac Lederman Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team:
    Academic, SAT, SSAT

    Isaac graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and is now a junior studying in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He plans on receiving certificates from both the Portuguese Department and the Latin American Studies Department. As one of the co-presidents of SURGE, a student environmental group, Isaac is actively involved in the divestment movement at Princeton.  When he is not working, Isaac enjoys kayaking, swimming and watching Brazilian telenovelas. After growing up watching his mother teach high school history, he became interested in tutoring.

  • Work Photo (5) Nisha Cooch
    Nisha Cooch Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Teams::
    MCAT
    Admissions Teams::
    Medical School Admissions, College Admissions
    Education::
    Washington & Lee University, University of Maryland Medical School, National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Nisha graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Washington & Lee University in Virginia and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Nisha has worked as a Teacher’s Assistant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and in the Mathematics Department at Georgetown University. She enjoys applying her understanding of neural mechanisms underlying learning and memory to create efficient strategies for mastering test material.

  • applicationphoto (5) Bryan Boyko
    Bryan Boyko Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Teams::
    SSAT, SAT, ACT, MCAT
    Education::
    University of Washington

    Bryan received a B.S in physics and a B.S. in biochemistry with departmental honors from the University of Washington.  At the University of Washington he did research with the Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering Departments and was published in Applied Physics Letters for his efforts.  Since graduating in 2011, Bryan has traveled around the world to pursue his passions in rock climbing and traveling.  He is now living in Seoul, South Korea, learning Korean, teaching English, and applying for medical school.

  • Pic (4) Ashlie Prioleau
    Ashlie Prioleau Admissions Consultant
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    Admissions Team::
    College Admissions, Graduate School Admissions
    Education::
    Carnegie Mellon

    Originally from Pittsburgh, Ashlie graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Chemistry. Most of her undergraduate career was spent preparing for medical school, but after assisting other students with their dream to become a doctor, she discovered her passion for admissions consulting. She went on to complete her Masters degree in Higher Education Management (Magna Cum Laude) while working for the Carnegie Mellon Tepper School of Business MBA and Computational Finance Admissions Team. After two years there, she transitioned to working in admissions for The University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where she worked as an International Admissions Specialist. Throughout her career, Ashlie has traveled all over the world and consulted over a thousand students on how to achieve their dreams of pursuing higher education at top-tier institutions. In her spare time, Ashlie enjoys salsa dancing and teaching her one year old Pomeranian new tricks.

  • victoriaimage (2) Victoria Mackey
    Victoria Mackey Canadian Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    Medical School Admissions

    Victoria is a research scientist from Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Western University with a BSc in Chemistry and then attended McMaster University, earning a Master of Science with a concentration in medicinal chemistry. She conducts research for the development of new medical imaging and therapeutic agents. Throughout university, she has tutored and mentored many students and developed a passion for teaching chemistry and getting students interested in science.

  • AKumar_1 (2) Abhishek Kumar
    Abhishek Kumar Private Tutor and Admissions Consultant
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    Tutoring Teams::
    MCAT, SAT, ACT, SSAT/ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    Duke University
    Abhishek graduated from Duke University in 2011 as a triple major in biomedical engineering, chemistry, and biology. After Duke, Abhishek worked as a research associate in a regenerative cardiology laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco at the Gladstone Institutes. Abhishek has been tutoring since 2009 and looks forward to a career in healthcare.
    Abhishek is also a huge Duke sports fan and a Bay Area sports fan
  • jojupic (2) Joju Varghese
    Joju Varghese Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Teams::
    SSAT, SAT, ACT
    Education::
    Johns Hopkins University

    Joju received his B.A. in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University in 2011. After graduating, he decided to take some time off, during which he completed three feature length screenplays. He moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 2012 to try and fulfill his dreams of being a (paid) screenwriter. Joju tutors students for both private and boarding school admissions exams and college admissions exams.

  • DSCN0097 (2) Annie Prossnitz
    Annie Prossnitz Private Tutor and Admissions Consultant
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    Stanford

    Annie is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she completed a degree in history with honors as well as a minor in creative writing. When she wasn’t doing homework, Annie taught a political education class for low-income high school students and advised Stanford students on the benefits of studying abroad in Oxford. Currently living in Paris, Annie is enjoying writing in cafés and discovering French cuisine. She has tutored in various capacities for the past six years, and fell in love with it after tutoring adults in computer skills on a volunteer trip to Fiji.

  • MedSchoolPhoto (2) Sean McKee
    Sean McKee Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    MCAT

    During the course of his undergraduate studies in civil engineering, Sean was introduced to biological systems through his work in environmental engineering. After conducting research on the development of an ecological wastewater treatment system, Sean was coauthored on a publication titled “Optimizing Performance and Maximizing Beneficial Reuse in an Ecological Wastewater Treatment System Exposed to Variable Loading Inputs.” Sean’s involvement on the project inspired his decision to pursue a medical education and he is currently applying to medical schools for fall 2014.

  • admissions-consulting Michelle Blumsack
    Michelle Blumsack Tutor and Admissions Consultant
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    Admissions Team:
    Private School and College Admissions
    Tutors for:
    ACT, SAT, ISEE, HSPT, SSAT

    Michelle Blumsack graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis, and is currently an adjunct instructor at Texas Christian University. Michelle is also the director of the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Children’s Choir. Tutors for ACT, SAT, ISEE, HSPT, and SSAT.

  • img-30 R. F. Michael Snodgrass
    R. F. Michael Snodgrass College Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    Boarding School, College Admissions
    Education:
    Brown University

    Michael is one of Top Test Prep’s college admissions counselors and a dedicated team member.  He has served in various capacities over the last two years.

  • TTP headshot 2 (2) E Rust Elizabeth Rust
    Elizabeth Rust Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    LSAT, SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Counselor(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    Cornell

    Elizabeth is an alumna of Cornell University, where she graduated magna cum laude in English with a minor in French. She has since been living in Madrid, Spain and now Paris, France as a teacher and tutor of English as a foreign language, while interning at an international NGO and pursuing her passions for foreign language learning and travel. She hopes to put her experiences to good use next year when she begins a master’s in international affairs. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing tennis, singing, and playing the piano.

  • Tae Picture (3) Tae Min Kim
    Tae Min Kim Private Tutor and Admissions Counselors
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    George Washington University

    After graduating cum laude from the George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs, Tae Min became a Program Associate at the Results for Development Institute (R4D) in the Health Analytics and consulting department. He likes to incorporate the skills learned in the consulting field to his tutoring process. Tae Min also holds a De Base Diplome from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan.

  • SanFrancisco:MCAT:tutor Gianmarco Raddi
    Gianmarco Raddi Private Tutor and Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    College and Medical School Admissions
    Tutoring Team:
    SAT, ACT, MCAT

    Gianmarco received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology as well as a B.A. in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations from Rice University. He is currently a research associate in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology, and was previously a Teaching Assistant at Rice University.   Tutors for the MCAT, SAT, and ACT, and also advises on admissions counseling.

  • MCAT:admissions:counselor Raluca Tavaluc
    Raluca Tavaluc Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    Medical School Admissions Counseling

    Raluca is originally a Romanian native. She received a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University. Though she pursued her interests in politics, international affairs, and model UN in college, her passion was always medicine. She is currently attending Georgetown University School of Medicine. She will soon graduate and pursue a career in Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery. She has been on the Top Test Prep team as a MCAT tutor and is now ready to make the leap into admission counseling. Counselor for Medical School Admissions.

  • Tyler Roberts 4 (2) Tyler Roberts
    Tyler Roberts Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    LSAT, SAT, ACT
    Admissions Team(s)::
    Law School Admissions
    Education::
    Columbia Law School, Hamilton College

    Tyler recently graduated magna cum laude from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Economics and Government and he just finished his first year at Columbia Law School this past May. He ran several student organizations at Hamilton and gained a lot of experience teaching and mentoring younger students. Tyler really enjoys getting to know his students and he likes to bring a sense of humor to his lessons to help keep them engaged. Tyler has tutored students ranging from 3rd grade to seniors in college and has experience tutoring a variety of subjects, but he also enjoys law school admissions counseling. Outside of tutoring, Tyler enjoys basketball, football, hiking and the outdoors, movies, and cooking.

  • HarishniR Harishni Ramesha
    Harishni Ramesha Medical School Admissions Counselor
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    Admissions Team:
    Medical School Admissions

    Harishni graduated with honors from the University of Toronto with a major in Human Biology and a double minor in Physiology and English. She has volunteered for many years with health care professionals and has a passion for pursuing a career in this field. Harishni has traveled abroad to teach students English and Science and is motivated to continue aiding students in following their dreams and goals. After having written the MCAT and undergoing the process, her goal is to ease the anxiety and stress that comes along with thinking about applying to medical school for all students.

  • WoodstockFellowPhoto (2) Eileen McFarland
    Eileen McFarland Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Teams::
    LSAT, SAT
    Education::
    Georgetown

    Eileen McFarland received her B.A. in English from Georgetown University in 2012.  She has extensive tutoring and teaching experience, ranging from a summer job tutoring students with learning disabilities to teaching English to four-year-olds during study abroad in El Salvador.  Eileen is excited to view the world of standardized tests from a different perspective.

  • LARSON Kai Kai Larson
    Kai Larson Private Tutor and Admissions Consultant
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    Stanford
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    Kai Larson graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Social Psychology in 2010. She moved to Paris, France the summer after graduation and completed a bilingual MA degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution, and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris in partnership with La Sorbonne Paris I – Panthéon in 2013. With diverse instructive experience, she loves to teach and help her students reach their full potential. Kai is also a competitive salsa dancer and performer, has earned her black belt in Taekwon-do and has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old.

  • TimothyLeddy Tim Leddy
    Tim Leddy Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    University of Oxford; Regis High School

    Tim attended high school in New York City before travelling to the University of Oxford for his BA in History & Politics.

  • Headshot full (2) Ariel Ariel Mitnick
    Ariel Mitnick Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    New England Conservatory, Harvard

    Ariel Mitnick recently graduated Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a degree in Neurobiology and is now pursuing a masters degree in Violin Performance at New England Conservatory. An experienced educator, Ariel tutored college students through the Harvard Bureau of Study Council for three years in a variety of subjects including biology, chemistry, psychology, and economics. She has also worked with high school students on college applications and SAT/subject test preparation. Ariel’s academic interests are broad, ranging from biology to English to economics to philosophy to computer science to electrical engineering. She is also a concert violinist, having performed internationally and at renowned venues such as Lincoln Center’s Rose Studio and Alice Tully Hall.

  • Ren Belcher (3) Ren Belcher
    Ren Belcher Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    MCAT, SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    Medical School Admissions; College Admissions
    Education::
    University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College

    Ren earned his BA in Political Science at the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2011. His research interests were in political psychology, public opinion, and racial politics. After Chicago, he completed premedical coursework at Bryn Mawr College, and his recent professional experience includes managing the launch of a community health center and working in a research lab at a major teaching hospital. He plans to start medical school in Fall 2014.

  • adam_specker_picture (2) Adam Specker
    Adam Specker Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    MCAT, GRE, SAT, ACT
    Education::
    Duke, Georgetown University

    Adam Specker spent the first 24 years of his life in North Carolina. Born in Charlotte, Adam moved to Durham to attend Duke University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry minor. Afterwards, Adam worked for the Duke Reading Center, a research project designed for ophthalmic research through exploration of the limits of retinal imaging technology. Adam moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University, receiving a M.S in Physiology in 2012. In addition to tutoring the MCAT, ACT, SAT, GRE, and boarding school exams, Adam volunteers with a local Boy Scout Troop and an organization that provides aid to elderly and disabled neighbors.

  • fulllength2.jpg (1) Alexandra Wolitzer
    Alexandra Wolitzer Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, elementary academic tutoring
    Education::
    Skidmore College

    Raised first in Manhattan, then in Westchester County, I found a love of working with and teaching those around me at an early age. In middle school, I volunteered as a Teacher’s Aide in a Pre-K classroom for low-income families in the city of Portchester. After graduating from Rye Country Day School in Rye, New York, I attended Skidmore College, which further fostered my love for student psychology and education. I graduated with. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Creative Writing, and immediately afterward I participated in a summer-long rigorous teacher-certification program, DC Teaching Fellows (funded by The New Teacher Project). I have been teaching students of all levels and ages (Pre-K to 12th) since becoming a teacher here in DC, and find my greatest ability (second, of course, to teaching) is simply to inspire. Motivating students of all backgrounds is such a passion of mine; and I am excited to bring this gift–as well as my experience in Standardized Testing, Reading, Math, and Writing instruction–to the Top Test Prep team!

  • 965052_10201151780182252_282871090_o Tayler Bungo
    Tayler Bungo Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s): :
    SAT, ACT, GRE
    Admission Team(s): :
    College Admissions, Grad School Admissions

    Tayler Bungo graduated with Honors from Wake Forest University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience. Following graduation, she moved to DC for a Research Assistant position on a study examining the relationship between Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the military. She will be moving to St. Louis, MO this summer to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology/Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis. Until then, she is looking forward to mentoring students in the area as they prepare for the next big step in their academic careers.

  • griffith (2) Steven Feister
    Steven Feister Private Tutor
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, GRE, SSAT
    Education::
    Duke

    I was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD and then attended Duke University graduating in 2012. I tutor because I have a passion for my work. I knew I wanted a career that helps people and education is one of the most rewarding fields one can choose. There is no greater feeling for me than when a student figures out a difficult problem. If chosen to be your child’s tutor I will work as hard as I can to ensure that your child makes significant improvements. I tutor in a variety of subjects including Math, English, SAT and GRE test prep. I have tutored for several different companies, including some that work in low-income neighborhoods. For every student I always make sure to come prepared and bring a lot of positive energy. My teaching philosophy is that the first step for any tutor is to get the student to believe in themselves. I hope you will choose me to be your tutor and I look forward to working with you.

  • Photo on 5-20-14 at 1.54 PM (original) Spencer Leroux
    Spencer Leroux Private Tutor and Admissions Counselor
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    Tutoring Team(s): :
    SAT
    Admission Team(s)::
    College Admissions

    Spencer graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English in 2012. After electing to remain in the temperate climate of northern California, he graduated again from Stanford in 2013 with an MA in English, for which he wrote a thesis on the Irish author Flann O’Brien. Spencer recently moved to the D.C. area in pursuit of a career in editorial work and a climate with four distinct seasons. Spencer enjoys reading, writing, and helping students achieve their academic goals—especially writing great essays and getting into the best colleges.

  • VanDeusen2 (2) Adam VanDeusen
    Adam VanDeusen Private Tutor and Admissions Consultant
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    Tutoring Team(s)::
    SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE
    Admissions Team(s)::
    College Admissions
    Education::
    University of Michigan, Yale

    Originally from Michigan, Adam graduated cum laude with a BSE in Industrial & Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010 and earned his Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health in 2013. While at Yale, he served as a teaching fellow for biostatistics and engineering courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Adam currently works for a healthcare consulting firm where he performs research for Chief Medical Officers and Oncology executives from the nation’s leading hospital systems.

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