Our tutors are people of extraordinary intelligence and experience. Over 60% have Masters or Doctoral degrees and over 75% have been or are currently full- or part-time teachers.
Tutors : Paris, France

Paul Chouchana

Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Paul moved to the US to study Russian literature at Columbia University. As an undergraduate, he worked in the admissions office and volunteered his time to tutor Harlem high school students in math, English, and SAT skills. After graduating with honors, Paul moved to Paris, where he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in literary theory at the École Normale Supérieure. At Bespoke, he tutors the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. 

Taylor Coffman

Taylor grew up in San Diego and attended the University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. While working towards his BS in mathematics, Taylor played on the university's NCAA Division I golf team. Taylor remained at UNR to pursue his master's degree in applied mathematics; his work was focused on discrete mathematics with an emphasis in game theory and operations research. During that time, he also taught algebra and provided one-on-one math tutoring to university athletes; his summers were spent teaching geometry at Saint Augustine High School in San Diego. At Bespoke, Taylor tutors the SAT, SAT subject tests in math, and a wide range of math-related subjects. 

Adam Eckmier

Adam graduated with honors from the University of Western Ontario in Canada, where he earned a BS in medical science and a BA in French. He also holds a master’s degree in medical molecular imaging from the University of Paris XI and the Curie Institute. Throughout his educational career, Adam has used math, physics, biology, and chemistry extensively. Since high school, he has been tutoring students in science and math. At Bespoke, Adam helps students prepare for the SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests in math, physics, chemistry, and biology. 

Marine Galvez

Marine grew up in San Francisco and Paris. She went to high school at EJM, where she successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. She attended Columbia University and graduated with a double major in political science and gender studies. During college, Marine’s passion for teaching inspired her to volunteer in underserved NYC high schools, where she taught health education and civic engagement. After graduation, Marine was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue research in Argentina, where she combined her passion for investigative journalism and writing. Marine’s research has been published in scholarly reviews in Argentina and Brazil, and she has presented her work at several anthropology conferences. At Bespoke, she tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and various school subjects. 

Jacob Hamburger

Originally from Chicago, Jake holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy from Columbia University as well as a master's degree in contemporary philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He taught high school students in New York City, has worked in music production, and currently writes for a number of French and American journalistic publications. At Bespoke, he specializes in the SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT, and college essay writing. 

Melissa Kenzig

Born and raised in Ohio, Melissa attended Ohio State University as an undergraduate. She subsequently earned a master's degree and a doctorate in public health from the University of South Carolina and Columbia University, respectively. Melissa teaches university courses in public health and serves as an external consultant for private organizations and institutions of higher education. At Bespoke, Melissa tutors students in the sciences. 

Chris Knapp

Chris is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, where he majored in English and American Literature. For six years, he lived in Brooklyn, where he tutored while working on a novel. He also occasionally wrote book reviews and opinion pieces for the literary journal Electric Literature. Each year, he volunteers with the non-profit organization Builders Beyond Borders: in the spring, he travels with 20-30 high school students to a community in Latin America, where they work together to complete a construction project aimed at meeting a community need (e.g., access to running water, classrooms, latrines, and medical facilities). Now in Paris, Chris continues to write fiction and non-fiction. At Bespoke, he tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE, English, and literature. 

Will Lefferts

Will grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and earned BAs both in anthropology and in French and francophone studies with honors from Vassar College. As an undergraduate, he worked as a research assistant and was awarded fellowships by the National Science Foundation and Vassar’s URSI program. After graduation, he spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in Marseille and another year teaching math and English with the AmeriCorps (City Year Boston). Will is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the Sciences Po School of Communication.​ At Bespoke, Will tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, ISEE, and SSAT. 

Meg Mahon

Meg grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in English. She then obtained an MA in French from Middlebury College and a PhD in French from Duke University. Her research led her to spend a year in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she studied contemporary African literature and culture. Now in Paris, she teaches public speaking and human relations skills to adults at the Dale Carnegie Center. At Bespoke, Meg tutors the SAT, ACT, IELTS, ISEE, and SSAT, as well as English and writing. She also helps students develop college entrance essays. 

Rebecca Oudin Shannon

Rebecca grew up in Paris, France but studied English at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with honors. As an undergraduate, she volunteered in the advising office and tutored both in an elementary school and at San Quentin State Prison. After completing her BA, she joined the Teach For America program and taught first grade in Mississippi for two years. She is now studying literary theory at the École Normale Supérieure and gender studies at the University of Paris VIII. At Bespoke, Rebecca tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, ISEE, and SSAT; she also helps students with writing and essays. 

Jessica Pearce

A California native, Jessica has a PhD in biology from the University of Utah. She worked as a research associate at the CNRS in Montpellier, France and the CSIC in Seville, Spain before leaving academia to start her own scientific editing and translation business. Throughout her scientific career, she worked extensively with high school and undergraduate students, teaching lecture, laboratory, and field courses. At Bespoke, Jessica is the Director of Paris Tutoring Services. As time allows, she also tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests in biology and math, IB Biology, AP Biology, and AP Statistics. 

Aysegul Savas

Aysegul spent her childhood and adolescence in London, Copenhagen, and Istanbul. She successfully completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and went on to received a BA in anthropology from Middlebury College. Aysegul was awarded highest honors for her senior thesis based on her fieldwork with Kurdish immigrant women in Istanbul. As an undergraduate, she also studied abroad in Russia and France. Aysegul went on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in writing from the University of San Francisco. Today, she lives in Paris, where she is working on a novel and essays. Aysegul has taught creative writing workshops for college students, designed a creative writing class for inner-city children in Istanbul, and continues to give literature classes to master's students. At Bespoke, Aysegul tutors the reading and writing sections of the SAT. She also helps students with English courses as well as with college and grad school application essays. 

Madhavan Somanathan

Madhavan is a professional classical guitarist from India who is currently teaching and studying in Paris. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Columbia University. As an undergraduate, Madhavan was a teaching assistant in the Computer Science Department and helped lead an undergraduate computer science seminar. Madhavan worked as a software engineer at tech companies such as ZocDoc and Amazon. He is now involved in a venture that creates networking platforms for classical musicians. At Bespoke, Madhavan tutors the SAT, ACT, and SAT subject tests.