Ali graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a degree in History, and received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. She has years of teaching and tutoring experience, ranging from voice and speech training to working with children with autism. A Los Angeles native, Ali created the SAT curriculum for Los Angeles City College's (LACC) extension program in Koreatown. In addition to her work at LACC, she has taught classes at Prep for Prep in New York and at California Institute of the Arts. Ali has also taught study and organizational skills to students with learning disabilities and has tutored students from elementary school to college for the SAT, ACT, SAT2, ISEE, and SSAT exams, and in English, Writing, History, and Spanish. Ali is also one of Bespoke's college essay specialists.
Danny grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. He graduated with departmental honors from Boston College with a dual B.A. in Film and English. Danny started tutoring on a volunteer basis in high school, assisting elementary and middle school students during the summer with upcoming math and English curricula. He has worked with students of all ages in a variety of disciplines throughout Boston and New York City. Danny takes a holistic approach to tutoring, and he emphasizes building a foundation of good habits for lifelong learning. Danny tutors for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Badr grew up outside of Washington, DC where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. As an undergraduate, Badr studied mathematics and physics at Yale University, graduating summa cum laude. Badr completed his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics instructor at Fordham University. At Berkeley, Badr was recognized with a Teaching Effectiveness Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Badr tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE exams, as well as all levels of math and science. He enjoys working with students to help them understand challenging material and gain confidence in their studies.
Stephen grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and received a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University’s elite College of Letters program, where he specialized in history and literature. At Wesleyan, he was twice the recipient of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize in non-fiction writing. After college, Stephen founded The Assembly, an award-winning theater company based in Brooklyn for which he serves as Co-Artistic Director. Stephen also holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, where he was awarded two Himan Brown Prizes for Fiction Writing and the Ross Feld Writing Award. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Brooklyn College. Stephen tutors students in Latin, for the History, Literature and Latin SAT2 exams, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT.
Nathaniel Basch-Gould is a native of Newtown, Connecticut. Perfect scores on the SAT Verbal, AP US History, and AP Literature exams paved his way to Williams College, where he graduated with a BA in Theatre. During his time at Williams, he founded an independent student theatre company and received the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship for artistic excellence. Nathaniel has taught chess for several years and currently tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT.
Ben received his B.A. in English from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Alan Downer Thesis Prize for his senior independent work on James Joyce and Tom Stoppard, as well as the Director’s Prize for his outstanding contributions to Princeton’s theater community. He was valedictorian of his class at Rockbridge County High School, and was honored with a Writer’s Eye Award from the University of Virginia and a Scholastic Writing Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Ben helps students with organizational work and study skills. Ben also tutors in English, history, and math, and prepares students for a variety of standardized tests, including all sections of the SAT, ACT and GRE, as well as the SSAT, SHSAT and ISEE tests.
Kate began her tutoring career at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating from NYU, Kate has taught enrichment and test-prep classes in English and mathematics at the Excel Center in Chinatown, at the Tutoring School Learning Center in Manhattan, and founded and ran her own tutoring business for six years. Kate has been with Bespoke since its founding, and has taught thousands of hours with students with a wide range of aptitudes and learning styles. She tutors for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and the SAT 2 Math Level 1 and 2 exams.
Adrienne graduated with departmental honors from Northwestern University, and went on to pursue a Masters degree in American literature at Yale University. Adrienne completed a one-year fellowship at Oxford, and also holds a second Masters degree in Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has published commentary on corporate social responsibility and articles in numerous literary journals and magazines, and is currently editing a collection of short stories. A Los Angeles native, Adrienne has many years of private tutoring experience. Adrienne is also a freelance editor, web content producer, and, most recently, assistant to the Deputy Editor at The New Yorker Magazine. She specializes in essay writing, study skills and organizational support, practical rhetoric and French, as well as test prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE exams.
Johanna grew up in New York City and attended Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights from Kindergarten until graduation. She received her BA in Greek and Latin from Swarthmore College, a post-Baccalaureate in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Classics from the University of Maryland (where she also won an award for teaching excellence). Currently, Johanna is working on her PhD in Classics at the City University of New York. Her dissertation looks at the representations of Helen of Troy in archaic Greek lyric and epic literature. Johanna is an avid teacher who has taught extensively both in college and graduate school and also privately with students from elementary age through graduate school. She tutors students in Ancient Greek, Latin, English, grammar, math, SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL, SAT, college applications, and with homework help and organization.
Diana received a B.A. in Economics and Hispanic studies from Columbia and an M.S.Ed in secondary math education from Lehman College. She grew up in New York City and attended Chapin and Bronx Science. She began teaching through Teach for America and is currently in her 9th year of teaching middle school math. She was awarded a Master Teacher fellowship through Math for America. Diana tutors all sections of the ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Lana graduated from The Honors College at the University at Albany with both a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Secondary Education. Lana has taught high school Living Environment and currently teaches middle school science in a public school in Brooklyn. She takes pride in creating lessons that inspire student interest and incorporating activities for all learning styles. She tutors all levels of Biology, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Melissa graduated from Yale with a degree in American Studies. She taught English as a TFA Corps Member in Brooklyn, while also earning her Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Melissa tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and for the Subject Tests in US and World History.
Originally from New York State's Capital Region, Richard received his B.A. in Math and History from the University at Albany in 2004, and returned there to earn his M.A. in Math with a concentration in Mathematical Logic in 2011. With over ten years of experience as both a tutor and teacher of mathematics at the middle school, high school, and college levels, Richard is highly qualified to assist students in their study of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and AP Calculus. He also has a proven track record of successfully preparing students for the SAT Subject Tests in mathematics and the math sections of the SAT and ACT. Richard's goals as an educator are to communicate, develop understanding, and inspire. Outside of his professional life, Richard is passionate about music and maintains a blog documenting his experiences as a collector of vintage jazz records.
Erin grew up in San Diego and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, with degrees in English and Theater Studies. She received her M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from King's College, London, where she wrote her dissertation on gender and the law in the plays of Shakespeare and Webster. Erin is an actor and costume designer, and co-founded the Brooklyn-based Old Hat Theatre Company. She is a warm and supportive tutor with years of experience working with students in New York, Connecticut and London. She specializes in preparing students for the SAT and ACT, as well as the SAT Subject Tests in Literature, U.S. and World History.
Meghan graduated from New York University where she studied Chemistry and minored in Mathematics. As part of a dual-degree program, she also received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Meghan has tutored middle and high school students primarily in STEM topics with several organizations. She has also facilitated workshops for high school students in topics fundamental to careers in STEM. Meghan tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and all levels of math, chemistry and biology.
Michelle grew up in Westchester, NY, and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Political Science. She received her M.A. from the Laban Dance Conservatory in London. As a PhD Candidate at Brown University she focuses on the theatricality of immigration law. Michelle is an engaged and empathetic tutor with years of experience as an educator at the middle school, high school, and university levels. She specializes in preparing students for all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as the Literature, History, and Spanish Subject Tests and APs.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Molecular Biology, and completed an additional undergraduate research thesis in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. In college, Michael helped underclassmen with organic chemistry, molecular biology and Spanish, and volunteered with Let's Get Ready, a partner program to Teach for America. Michael works as a research assistant at The Rockefeller University, and tutors all levels of Biology.
Ravi attended Phillips Exeter Academy where he was captain of the math team. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Political Science at MIT, with a minor in Physics. Ravi started teaching Math Counts in high school and later taught competitive math enrichment classes and summer camps in Boston and the Bay Area. He's developed curriculum for high school physics textbooks, and tutors all levels of Math and Physics.
Steph grew up in Westchester County and graduated from Horace Mann. She attended Columbia University and holds a BA in Mathematics. She was a teaching assistant in the Columbia Mathematics department and has tutored all levels of middle and high school math. Steph's teaching methods focus on helping students "learn how to learn" and can be applied to any area of life. In addition to math, Steph tutors physics, Chinese, symbolic logic, homework help, organizational skills, application essay writing, and many standardized exams: ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, PSAT, SAT/ACT, NYS Regents in math and physics, AP Calculus, and AP Physics. She also teaches saxophone, piano, and general musicianship. A saxophone player and singer, she frequently relates playing music to learning math. She performs regularly around New York with her band - which plays Chinese-inspired jazz/world music - and has written pieces for Susan Jaffe and China Institute in America, among others.
Brian grew up in Los Angeles and attended Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to tutoring privately in a wide array of subjects, he has taught composition at Columbia and currently teaches English at Brooklyn Friends School. Brian tutors writing and for all sections of the SAT and ACT.
A St. Louis native, Paul graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with degrees in Biology and Public Policy and earned an M.F.A. in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. Over the past few years, Paul has tutored students in biology, organic chemistry, and writing, and taught MCAT classes through Kaplan. Paul currently tutors students in biology, chemistry, math, and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT and ACT.
Tommy attended Yale University where he graduated with distinction as a Theatre Studies major. He also studied English and Russian Literature and won the Metcalfe Prize in Theater Studies for his senior essay. Tommy specializes in prep for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SHSAT, TACHS, and SSAT exams. He is passionate about working with students of all ages and learning profiles, helping increase test scores, teaching good study practices, and making what can normally be a stressful process something fun, stimulating, and invigorating. Tommy has a vast amount of experience in test prep tutoring from the humanities to high level high school math. He has performed in theater productions nationwide and has a band, The Lobbyists, in which he sings and plays guitar.
Born in Argentina, Andrés holds a B.A. with dual majors in Psychology and Economics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Education (with a math specialization) from Brooklyn College. An aspiring author, Andrés recently earned a creative writing M.F.A. from the The New School. Through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, Andrés taught public high school for five years and has served as an advisor for the National Honor Society. He’s a step away from a black belt in Aikido and applies the discipline and focus he has learned to his work with students. Andres has many years of private tutoring experience in math, English, organizational and study skills, and test prep (SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and NYS Math Regents).
Kim attended Detroit Country Day School on an academic scholarship, and, as a National Merit Finalist, won the full-tuition Paschal Carter scholarship to attend Denison University. At Denison, Kim completed her BA in cinema and theater in three years while receiving several creative writing awards and theater scholarships. She went on to receive her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, where she won the prestigious Himan Brown Award. Before coming to Bespoke, Kim worked with test-prep students throughout New York City, served as a consultant on admissions essays, and taught English at Brooklyn College. She specializes in SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT preparation, along with math, history and literature Subject Tests and APs.
Sally earned an A.B. at Harvard and a Master’s at Columbia, and completed Cal State’s teacher preparation program. She has taught English and writing in New York and California. Her experience as a writer/editor includes speechwriting for the University Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at CUNY. Sally tutors in reading, grammar, study skills, and is one of Bespoke's college essay specialists.
Sean earned an MA in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College, an MFA from New York University, and an MA in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Alabama. He taught for seven years in the New York City public schools as an English teacher and literacy specialist, and has taught English as a second language abroad in West Africa through the Peace Corps. He tutors history, writing and reading, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT and SAT.
Jared grew up outside of Boston and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. Jared began teaching in high school as a sailing coach, and continued tutoring while in college where he volunteered as a homework helper at the local Boys and Girls Club. After spending 3 years as a construction engineer working on environmental projects at power plants around the United States, he moved into his current role as a management consultant in New York City. He tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, Physics, and all levels of Math.
Ryan is a native New Yorker who went to Fieldston for middle and high school. He holds a B.A in English from Dartmouth College. In addition to tutoring privately in a wide array of subjects, he has taught test prep courses, led college counseling seminars, and held mentorship positions in New York public and charter schools. When he is not tutoring, Ryan works in the music industry as a songwriter, performer and producer. His particular tutoring specialties and interests include the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT/ACT (all areas), and Math and Literature Subject Tests, as well as English, algebra I & II, trigonometry and geometry.
Tica graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. She has been tutoring in New York City for over six years, specializing in test prep, History, English, Math, essay writing support, and homework help. Tica is a singer-songwriter who has produced several albums. Tica tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Robert holds degrees in Physics and Education from The University of Rochester and San Francisco State University and has completed advanced coursework at Columbia and UC Berkeley. Robert has been a physics teacher at Scarsdale High School for many years, and has instructed all levels of physics from non-Regents to Advanced Placement. Robert tutors for all levels of physics including for the AP and Subject Test, and for algebra, geometry, and trigonometry.
Sean graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and a concentration in Theater and Performance Studies. After graduation, Sean moved to Nanjing, China to work as an education consultant, helping students gain admission to top US universities. Sean tutors a wide array of standardized tests including all sections of the SAT and ACT.
Kelly is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Biology Department of Brooklyn College, and is pursuing a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from CUNY. She did her undergraduate work at UMass Boston. After graduation, she worked with the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School as a research technician. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelly provided in-home educational services to children along the autism spectrum, and as a result, she has learned to adapt science lessons to a variety of learning styles. Kelly tutors Biology, the Biology SAT Subject Test, and AP Biology. Outside of teaching and research, Kelly spends her time running and painting.
Ben attended Fieldston for middle and high school, and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with Highest Honors in Literary Studies. Ben has taught students of all different ages, learning styles and abilities, and specializes in English, history, math, and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, and SAT. Ben also works as a writer and translator, and his first book, The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, was published by Oxford University Press.
Raised between Michigan and Texas, Andrew attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors and receiving degrees in both Physics and Astrophysics. Andrew is a doctoral candidate in Astronomy at Columbia University, where he studies the formation of galaxies using high-performance computers. He conducts his research in association with the American Museum of Natural History. Andrew tutors all levels of physics and mathematics. In his free time, Andrew writes for an Astronomy blog, Astrobites, and he enjoys rock climbing both indoors and out.
Ariel Finch Bernstein is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, as well as a PhD Candidate of Organizational Psychology at Columbia University. Upon the completion of his bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, Ariel earned a master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health & Wellness from New York University. He has over 7 years of experience supporting students with all aspects of studying, including test taking anxiety, time management, and exam day confidence. Ariel tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT, and GRE.
Bobby was born and raised in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou High School. Bobby received his B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College. During his time at Yale, Bobby tutored Yale undergraduates in microeconomics and also received two prestigious Light Fellowship awards to study abroad in Japan. As an actor, Bobby has performed in numerous films, national commercials, and world premier theatrical productions. Over the years, he has tutored students in a variety of different subjects and settings, from working with LD children in Hawaii to coaching New Haven fifth-graders in reading and math. Bobby has years of experience teaching test preparation throughout New York City. He is a passionate and patient tutor who specializes in Economics, SAT I, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SAT II preparation.
Jossie grew up outside of Boston and attended Newton South High School. She graduated cum laude with distinction from the University of Rochester with a BS in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Psychology. She is currently working towards a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jossie tutors all levels of math and physics.
Lizzie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Williams College with a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin Language. Lizzie has taught Shakespeare to high school students in India, studied French at the Institut International d’Études Françaises in Strasbourg, and worked as a journalist and women’s health activist in Manila. Lizzie tutors writing, history, Latin and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Abe grew up in Washington, DC, where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He went on to the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors from the English department, won the Margaret C. Annan Award for creative writing, and worked as a tutor with local middle school students. After graduating, he taught high school English, history, and creative writing as a New York City Teaching Fellow, while simultaneously earning a Master's degree in the Science of Teaching and Education from Pace University. Recently, Abe has spent time traveling in Africa, teaching English and math to primary school students in Tanzania and working on a novel. Abe tutors students of all ages in English language, literature, history, and math, and for the SAT, ACT, GRE, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams.
Quinn was born and raised in Hawaii, and attended Punahou School. In high school, he obtained perfect scores on both the Subject Tests and AP Exams for Chemistry and Math. While in Hawaii he was a competitive sailor, regularly racing all sizes of boats in local and national regattas. He graduated from Williams College with a BA in Theatre. At Williams, he received the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship for excellence in artistic pursuit. Quinn tutors for the Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT.
Jeremy holds a degree in English from Harvard University. For nearly ten years Jeremy served as Resident Teaching Artist at New Haven’s acclaimed Elm Shakespeare Company, where he designed and executed curricula for Shakespeare programs that were both academic and performance-based. Jeremy has extensive experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests in Math, Literature and Physics, and specializes in math support through calculus.
Robert holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in history, a Masters in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and an Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University. Robert is a talented, long-time educator and administrator: the former head of the History Department and Director of Academic Affairs at Riverdale Country School, where he taught for over twenty years and was a member of the faculty team that created Introduction to Liberal Studies (ILS); Upper School Principal at Ranney School; Education Director of The Huntington Learning Center New York City; and, Curriculum Coordinator at Brooklyn Friends School. Robert has worked with students from a diversity of backgrounds and tutors in a wide variety of areas including writing, AP History (US, European, and World), SAT I and II (History), SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, and ACT exams.
Brett grew up in Massachusetts and went to Dover-Sherborn High School. He holds a BS in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a BA in Biochemistry from Colby College, where he was Magna Cum Laude and participated on the college ski team. He currently works as a technology consultant after pivoting from a role as an engineer at a biotech company. Brett is an experienced tutor for the IB program and for the ACT, SAT, and ISEE/SSAT exams. Brett also tutors chemistry, biology, physics, math, and for SAT 2 and AP exams in those subject areas.
Hanson was a Teacher Assistant and a tutor at the University of Massachusetts, where he received a Masters degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Engineering. He later worked as a software developer and a computer programmer for several high-tech companies. Eventually, Hanson decided to pursue an old passion of his; he moved to New York City to become a writer and graduated from the New School with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Hanson is currently working on his second novel. He tutors students in Arabic, the Literature Subject Test, all levels of math and physics, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT. Hanson is also a fierce chess player who practices Yoga and meditation daily.
Kara grew up near Seattle and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Music-Dance-Theatre and a minor in Mathematics. In high school, she earned a National Merit Scholarship and won The National Superbowl of High School Calculus. As a musical theater performer, Kara has toured and taught workshops to children of all ages in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain region, China, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. Kara has tutored for years in all levels of mathematics, provides homework help, and prepares students for all sections of the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, SAT and ACT. She also works with Bespoke in curriculum development to create materials and mock tests.
Tom grew up in New York and attended Fieldston from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He received his B.A. in English from Pomona College with a minor in Media Studies. Tom received his MFA from Brooklyn College where he is currently teaching writing as an adjunct professor. He has written several books for children and adults, and his published writing can be found in print and online. He specializes in tutoring the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, the World, US History, and Literature Subject Tests, as well as high school and college writing.
Brad began his tutoring career in Santiago, Chile, where he served as a mentor for COANIL, an organization that provides assistance to developmentally-challenged orphans. He graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Sociology and Spanish. He tutored all throughout college and for many years has been helping students of all ages who have trouble with Spanish, social studies and English. He has experience with high school students who are taking both the NYS Spanish Regents exams and the SAT II in Spanish. Brad also teaches a weekly English class to a group of Spanish-speaking restaurant workers in New York City.
Rey was born and raised in New York City and attended Bronx High School of Science. After graduating with a B.S in Environmental Science from Antioch College, Rey received an M. Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Rey has taught high school chemistry for over fifteen years, including at LaGuardia High School for the last ten. Rey was awarded a Master Teacher fellowship with the first cohort of science teachers by Math for America. Rey tutors all levels of chemistry.
David graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. David has tutored hundreds of students and trained dozens of teachers in the GMAT, SAT, and ACT. He also helps students develop and edit their college and business school application essays. As a writer, David has published two original musicals (most recently collaborating with Motown legend Lamont Dozier) and written for Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan magazine, and the MLB Fan Cave. Born and raised in Massachusetts, David loves all Boston sports teams.
Ethan grew up in New York City and graduated with honors from Hunter College High School. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University, where he majored in English and Creative Writing. At Northwestern, he was a recipient of the Marion Meyer Bergin and J.G. Nolan Fellowships for academic excellence. Ethan began tutoring in high school and spent several years teaching English and International Relations in Hong Kong, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Queens College. He has worked with students of all ages, and stresses the importance of setting good habits to achieve consistent progress. Ethan is one of Bespoke's US and World History AP and Subject Test experts, and tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.
Mehak graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering where she earned a BS degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In recognition of her scholarship, Mehak received the Douglas P. Mercado Academic Persistence Award. She is a strong advocate for promoting the STEM field to young women in middle and high school and has attended panels and been nominated for awards pertaining to women in STEM. Mehak tutors students for the Chemistry and Math Subject Tests.
Sonja is a native New Yorker who went to The Taft School. She graduated from Smith College on the Dean's List with a B.A. in Spanish literature. She holds an M.S. Ed. and is an MFA candidate at City College. Sonja has over 10 years' experience teaching Spanish in the U.S. and teaching English in China and the Dominican Republic. She tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT.
Nate graduated from Yale University with degrees in History and Theater Studies. He has taught SAT classes at Poly Prep in Brooklyn and SAT/ACT prep courses at Bespoke's offices. Nate focuses on demystifying the daunting process of test-preparation and helps each student achieve his or her maximum potential in an engaging environment. As a professional actor, Nate toured with the national company of The Lion King and appeared on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Nate is one of Bespoke's most sought after tutors and prepares students for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, ISEE, and Math Subject Tests.
Michael graduated cum laude from Boston College with a degree in Economics. He has been published in several academic journals for his work correlating prostate cancer treatments and patient survival. During medical school at NJMS, he was recognized for his research in chronic myelogenous leukemia. He has tutored for over 12 years in a wide variety of subjects including math, sociology, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, writing, and all varieties of test prep. Michael tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT.
Rich earned a BS summa cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He's worked extensively as a technologist and business leader in digital products and services. Rich prepares students for a variety of standardized tests, including all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, the Math, Chem and Physics SAT Subject Tests, as well as all levels of math and chemistry.
Simon graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in history after attending Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. While at Brown, Simon took a significant number of courses in math and science and tutored Rhode Island high school students in all levels of math, physics and history helping his students prepare for a wide range of AP and SAT II exams. He also worked as an instructor at Brown University's summer programs for high school students, teaching courses on environmental science and international relations. He is an experienced outdoor educator who guides rock climbing and backpacking trips, and has conducted original research in both colonial American history and biology. Simon currently tutors for the SAT/ACT, ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, all levels of US/World History, Literature, Math and Physics, and helps students with organizational work and study skills.
Sarah grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Noble and Greenough School. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Psychology and received her M.P.H. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Sarah began tutoring in college and has served as a health educator in various NYC schools, and as a graduate teaching assistant for several Master’s level courses. Sarah helped develop a mental health education curriculum for teens on stress reduction and management, healthy decision-making and communication skills. Sarah is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Health at NYU. She tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, as well as organization and study skills, math, statistics, and writing.
Connor grew up in Virginia, attended high school in Baltimore, and graduated from Yale University with a dual degree in Political Science and Theater. After 4 years suffering through New England winters, Connor relocated to sunny Los Angeles, where he wrote humor and lifestyle pieces. He has been a highly sought-after SAT/ACT tutor in both Beverly Hills and now, in New York. He has also worked with students all over the country on their college admissions essays to elite institutions. Connor teaches the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE, and he specializes in college admissions essay prep.
Lina was born in Belarus and raised near Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in English, and she earned an M.A. in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She received an M.S. in English Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows, and she has over ten years of experience as an English and history teacher at the middle and high school levels. In 2014, Lina presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on tailoring instruction for students with diverse academic needs. She specializes in preparing students for the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests, as well as academic tutoring in all levels of English and history.
David earned a BA in History from Harvard College, a Masters in History from the University of Heidelberg, and a PhD in European History from Harvard University. He has taught European and World History at Harvard College, the Colorado School of Mines, and Dowling College. At Harvard he was also a residential and academic adviser to first-year students for nearly a decade. David encourages students to understand the big patterns, themes, and turning points of history. David tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, and is one of Bespoke’s US and World History AP and Subject Test experts.
Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a BA in Film Studies. She received her MSc in Conservation Science with a focus on cetacean conservation from Imperial College London. Michelle scored in the 99% on the SAT, and was a National Merit Finalist in high school. She tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT.
Sarah graduated from Smith College with degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish. She also holds a Masters from Columbia University Teachers College. Sarah is the Dean of the 12th grade at Saint Ann's School and just celebrated her 10th year in the classroom. Sarah is an enthusiastic tutor in English and Spanish, and for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams.
Carroll was educated at St. Bernard’s School in New York City, Portsmouth Priory in Rhode Island, and Harvard College. He earned his Ph.D. in Classics at Yale University. Carroll has taught at Yale, Princeton, and Duke. He has been a freelance writer and editor in educational publishing for over three decades and is the author of numerous books and articles. Carroll tutors in English, French, Latin, and history, as well as for the SAT, ACT, many SAT 2s, and all sections of the ISEE, SHSAT and SSAT exams.
Maureen holds a BS in Chemistry from the College of New Jersey. After graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught middle school and high school general science, earth science, and chemistry and served as her school’s science department chair. While teaching, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching at American University. Maureen earned her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and now works as a research genetic counselor at Columbia University Medical Center. She tutors all levels of chemistry and biology, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT.
Chris attended The Lawrenceville School where he was an AP scholar and President of Honor and Discipline. He holds a BA in English and a certificate in Theater from Princeton. Chris was awarded the Peter B. Lewis grant to study abroad at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Chris tutors all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.
Claire Neumann graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Psychology. Claire is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Social Work at NYU. She launched an arts residency program for fifth graders in a Bronx public school and established a debate program using theater games and creative drama techniques for an elementary school in Park Slope. Claire tutors essay writing and language arts, and for the Biology Subject Test.
Dorothy graduated from Rutgers University's pre-med track with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Music. She has tutored students of all ages, learning styles, and abilities, and she specializes in helping students with executive functioning and study skills. Dorothy provides STEM enrichment tutoring and tutors a wide array of standardized tests, including the Biology Subject Test and all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Dorothy is also a comedian and writer, who performs improv and sketches with several comedy groups.
Alexandra attended Wellesley College, where she obtained a B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences. Her independent research has focused on bilingualism, language acquisition and language learning methodology. Alexandra tutors algebra, geometry, creative writing, Spanish and all levels of the SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT.
Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University’s Honors College with a BA in Women’s Studies/African Studies. After working as an editor, writer, and media justice organizer in Detroit, she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Math Education from Brooklyn College, and an MFA in creative non-fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She has over eight years of experience as a math classroom teacher in New York City, as well as leading after-school programs in radio journalism and production. She was awarded two teaching fellowships through Math for America (MfA), a selective and dynamic organization that aims to innovate math education nationwide. Rachel brings skill, creativity, and enthusiasm to her work. She tutors students in math and writing, as well as test prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT and SAT Math Subject Tests.
A summa cum laude graduate from Vanderbilt University, Katie earned her BA in Psychology with Honors. Katie first began tutoring high school Physics while enrolled at The Taft School, a preparatory boarding school in Connecticut. She graduated from the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University with a merit-based scholarship, and earned a student service award for co-creating a learning community in which she led bi-weekly study groups in Biology and Chemistry. Following graduation from Columbia, Katie was employed by the University as a student coach, and facilitated group discussions relating to time management and study strategies. Katie tutors high school math, all levels of Biology and Chemistry, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT and SAT.
Trace attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a B.A. in English. He then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he received a M.A. in Classical Acting. He has several years of tutoring and small-group teaching experience with students of all ages. Trace views tutoring as an opportunity to honor the educators who have made an impact on his own life and learning. Trace tutors for all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and for the SAT Subject Tests in Literature and Math.
Neil graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware, where he studied Anthropology and minored in Theatre Performance. At UD, he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Anthropology Department. Originally from San Antonio, he has taught at the PREP program in Texas, a science and math summer camp which teaches middle and high school students topics fundamental to careers in engineering and math. As an actor, he has performed in regional theaters in the Berkshires, Delaware, and San Antonio. Neil tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT, and all levels of math.
Victoria graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University, where she studied Psychology and Philosophy. Now she is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at Princeton University, where she does cognitive neuroscience research. Victoria studies the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying memory and learning. Victoria has taught students of a variety of ages, learning styles, and abilities, and tutors all sections of the SAT and ACT.
Ida graduated from Wellesley College magna cum laude with a dual degree in English and Sociology, and received both her M.A. (English and American Literature) and Ph.D. (American Literature) from Boston University. She has delivered papers at scholarly conferences both nationally and internationally, and has had critical work published by Oxford University Press and Leviathan. In addition to her ten years of experience teaching writing and English courses in a university setting, Ida has worked for six years as the Writing Elective Director and college counselor for high school students with the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College and Stanford University. Since moving to New York in 2011, Ida has worked as a college essay specialist, test prep counselor, and academic tutor for middle and high school students. Ida’s specialties and interests include academic tutoring in literature, English, writing, and history, as well as preparing students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and Literature and History APs and Subject Tests.
Ken grew up in New York City, attending the Ramaz School, and holds a BA in economics from Columbia University and an MD degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He has many years of experience tutoring students for the SAT I, ACT, MCAT, SAT II, ISEE/SSAT, SHSAT and Hunter HS exams. Ken has also worked with students to craft personal statements and admissions essays. He is a nationally ranked scrabble player and expert test taker who has achieved top scores on numerous standardized tests, including 99th percentile on the SAT, GRE and GMAT. Ken tutors in all levels of math and science and for nearly every standardized test offered.
Graham holds a B.A. Honors in Physics from Harvard College, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is currently working on his PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a New York native and attended Stuyvesant High School. Graham has worked as a management consultant for both American Express and Morgan Stanley and as a professional actor on Broadway. He scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and GRE exams and tutors physics, economics, statistics, and mathematics to any level in addition to the GMAT, GRE, SAT I, ACT, and SAT II exams.
Originally from Hawaii, Eric graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in pre-professional (pre-med) studies. Following college, he taught high school biology and chemistry in Los Angeles. While teaching full-time, he earned a M.A. in Teaching from Loyola Marymount University. Eric then spent a year in South Africa volunteering for a soccer and HIV education program. He currently works as the Education Director for South Bronx United, a soccer and development youth non-profit. He tutors math, biology, chemistry, and all sections of the SAT and ACT.
Begonia grew up in Madrid and received a combined degree in law and business from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She earned an M.B.A. from Fordham University and worked in international finance in New York for 10 years. Begonia has received teacher training at NYU Steinhardt, Instituto Cervantes, and Alliance Française. She has tutored French and Spanish to students of all ages and has taught French and Spanish at an Upper East Side independent school. Begonia tutors all levels of French and Spanish as well as for the SAT Subject Tests and AP tests. Begonia enjoys foreign movies, French contemporary literature, and skiing in the winter.
Erica graduated Cum Laude from Pomona College with a degree in Economics, and received the Lorne D. Cook Memorial Award and Distinction for her senior thesis. She currently attends the MFA program in fiction writing at Brooklyn College, and is working on her first novel. Erica is an engaged, empathetic tutor with many years of experience. She tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, and SAT, as well as math, English, and writing.
Peter has been an educator in New York City for over twenty years, having taught high school English and social studies in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Raised in New Mexico, Peter attended Albuquerque Academy. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History. Peter also holds a Master of English degree with a concentration in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. The past four years, he has concentrated on preparing students at Brooklyn Technical High School for the A.P. U.S. Government and Politics exam. Fluent in Spanish and passionate about language and history, Peter has been involved in theater, documentary films, and many literary pursuits. Peter prepares students for the U.S. History Subject Test as well as the ACT.
Sam grew up in New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Philosophy and English. She has tutored students in middle school, high school, and college in essay-writing, academic French, Italian, Latin, math, and physics. Sam tutors for the Subject Tests and AP exams in Math, Literature and French and for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. In her spare time, she performs standup comedy and competes in road races and triathlons.
Greg graduated from Yale University with degrees in Music and Theater Studies, and he won the Alfred Bildner Prize for Achievement in Spanish. While at Yale, he served as musical director for the singing group Shades, producing its acclaimed studio album Sankofa. He subsequently moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked in arts and entertainment for four years. Greg has years of experience as a teacher, tutor, vocal coach, and youth mentor and has worked with a broad range of learning styles and students of all ages, from elementary school children to adults. He tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, and in English, Writing, and Spanish.
Matt attended Allegheny College, attaining a Bachelor of the Arts in both Music and Spanish and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He studied in Seville performing research for his undergraduate thesis on the history and lyricism of flamenco. Matt holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Foreign Language Education. Matt has held a wide variety of roles in education, including behavioral support therapist for students with ASD, high school and elementary school teacher, online school instructor, and test prep and academic support tutor. He tutors the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and all levels of Spanish.
Christine grew up in Athens, Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Theater Studies. She taught gifted 7th and 8th graders with the Duke TIP Summer Academy and taught in the middle school drama department at Athens Academy. While working in Chicago as an actor, playwright, and culinary instructor for teens, Christine tutored students of all ages in academic subjects and standardized tests. She tutors all sections of the SAT (with particular love of the new SAT math), the ACT, several SAT subject area tests, as well as a variety of high school and middle school subjects.
Jamie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University, where she studied both Latin and Ancient Greek as a Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies major. At Bucknell, she tutored privately and ran study groups in Latin for the Teaching and Learning Center. She received President's Awards for the highest achievement in both Greek and Latin language and literature. Jamie teaches study and organizational skills and tutors Latin, Ancient Greek, the Latin Subject Test and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT.
Michael attended Phillips Andover and graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry. Michael then earned a Master’s in the History of Science at Johns Hopkins, and, fulfilling a lifelong dream, attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in songwriting and guitar. He has been a teacher and tutor for over twenty years working with elementary through high school students across the curriculum. Michael excels at making the complex understandable and enjoys tailoring lessons to the specific learning styles and needs of each of his students. Michael tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT and GRE.
Claire received a B.A. with honors in Theater Studies from Yale University and a graduate degree in Acting from The Juilliard School. Claire is passionate about helping her students feel like vital collaborators in their school environments. She tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT, with particular focus on homework help and analytical writing.
Lauren grew up in New York City, where she graduated from The Spence School. After receiving her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, Lauren went on to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her M.F.A. in Acting. Lauren works as a speech and dialect coach for film and theater, and as an actor has developed new work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Lauren specializes in prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT, as well as study/organizational skills and academic tutoring in English and math.
Benny grew up outside of Cleveland and studied biotechnology at Kent State University, where he graduated cum laude. As an undergraduate, he worked for the Department of Energy researching fuel cells at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Benny earned a Master of Engineering degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he researched algal biofuel and took courses focused on energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and business. After working in the pharmaceutical industry, he has decided to focus on tutoring and teaching. Benny is currently an adjunct professor of chemistry at F.I.T. and tutors geometry, algebra, all levels of Biology and Chemistry, and for all sections of the SHSAT, ISEE, and SSAT.
Nick grew up in New York City, where he attended Hunter College High School. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Nick worked at Citibank for several years in their Capital Markets/Foreign Exchange before pursuing his own ventures. Nick tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, GMAT, Spanish Subject Test, and all levels of math. Nick also enjoys playing tennis, golf, squash, and basketball.
Nick graduated from both Eton College and Oxford University. He has tutored for over 13 years in a wide selection of subjects including math, literature, essay-writing, Latin, French and all varieties of test prep. He is a specialist in logic and arithmetic development and has written books about both topics; he has also written a regular column about math for the Guardian newspaper and placed second in the UK's first ever National Sudoku Championship. Nick is one-half of a married couple sketch comedy team We Are Thomasse. Nick tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT.
Taylor graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English and Philosophy. He received his Master’s in General Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family concentration. He has authored and published numerous works and presented extensively on the psychology of early childhood development and early childhood education. Taylor has years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages, from early childhood through undergraduate studies. He has worked with children therapeutically as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, supervising therapist, and trainer for over five years and as a psychoeducational evaluator for three years. In addition to assisting Dr. Reina with psychoeducational evaluations, he tutors a variety of academic subjects and standardized tests, including the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and SAT Math and Literature Subject Tests.
Nick grew up in Minneapolis and studied math, science and music at the University of Minnesota. He completed his B.M. at New England Conservatory in Boston, graduating with distinction. Nick has been teaching and tutoring for over ten years and has taught SAT and ACT prep classes for a variety of test prep companies in New York area high schools. He is also a jazz saxophonist and performs regularly in New York. Nick tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. He also tutors math and music and has experience working with home-schooled students in middle and high school.
Lian Walden graduated with honors in Political Science and Theater Studies from Yale University. While at Yale, Lian organized an arts mentorship program in Accra, Ghana, and founded an after-school program at Amistad Academy, a charter high school in New Haven. Upon graduating, Lian won a fellowship to run a community theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she remained for several years teaching English and directing plays. Lian is a 2013 Drama League Directing Fellow and was a resident director at the Hangar Theatre, where she taught improvisation and text analysis to a company of young actors. Lian is one of Bespoke's resident US History experts and tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. She enjoys discovering how different people learn and coming up with creative lesson plans to suit each student's individual needs. She also loves languages and is fluent in Spanish.
Matt grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and is a magna cum laude graduate from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark where he taught writing composition to undergraduates. For years Matt has taught language arts, creative writing, and math skills to elementary and high school students across New York and New England with Story Pirates, an arts education and media organization. Matt is a versatile elementary, middle school, and high school tutor who works with students in reading, writing, math, organizational skills, and ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT test prep.
Rachel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology and minored in English Literature and Studio Art. She holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from San Francisco Art Institute and is currently a practicing artist. With over 8 years of experience teaching and tutoring students with a wide array of learning styles, Rachel is one of Bespoke's most sought-after tutors. Rachel has written curricula for Bespoke's textbooks and has designed and implemented syllabi for high school and undergraduate students. She tutors for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and for several SAT Subject Tests and AP exams, including French, math, and literature. Rachel is passionate about teaching expository writing and has helped many students craft compelling college essays.
Ben majored in International Relations at Pomona College. After graduating, he worked in Shanghai as a college admissions consultant and academic tutor. He was awarded funding by the Department of State and Rotary International for the study of Mandarin. Ben has worked in tutoring and test prep since his return to New York City in 2013. He tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT.