We distinguish ourselves by the quality of our instructors. Finding top-quality instructors is no easy task. We've hand-picked some of the best, including graduates of Ivy League institutions. Meet some of them here:
Keith graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA with
Distinction in Theater Studies and Psychology. While at Yale, Keith
directed and performed with the Yale Exit Players, Yale's oldest improv
comedy group, and performed in over a dozen productions through the
Yale Dramat and the Yale Drama Coalition. An avid musician, he was awarded
a Class of 1960 Fellowship to write and perform music in cities all
across the country. Passionate about both the arts and the sciences,
Keith also conducted research in Yale's Positive Emotion and Psychopathology
Lab that has led to a more nuanced understanding of bipolar disorder
and depression. In addition, Keith represented Yale athletics as a member
of the men's water polo team, and was named an All-American athlete
for his contributions to the team. Keith is a passionate instructor
who believes in a personal, student-centered approach both in his individual
tutoring and in group classroom settings.
With an SAT score of 2340, including a perfect 800 on the writing section,
Keith is an expert in helping students develop a tailored study plan
to meet and surpass their personal goals for each section of this standardized
test. While not tutoring, Keith is pursuing a career in theater and
elementary-school theater outreach in New York City. He is proficient
Cleo, originally from Los Angeles, is a recent graduate of
Yale University with both a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in
Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies. A National Merit
Scholarship Winner and an AP Scholar with Honors, she received Yale’s
Walter Parkes Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Dedication to
the Arts, and was nominated for the prestigious Louis Sudler Prize for
Excellence in the Arts. Excelling in both the arts and sciences, Cleo
was selected to be a Yale O’Neill Playwriting Fellow and taught
playwriting to high school students. She also worked in the Anxiety
Lab at the Yale's Child Study Center, where she conducted research and
designed and carried out her own psychological experiments.
Cleo scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and received perfect
scores of 800 on the SAT Subject Tests in English Literature and Chemistry.
An experienced and enthusiastic instructor, she excels in helping students
perfect their strategies for these standardized tests. Cleo has also
worked as a college consultant and editor, and has served in a literary
capacity at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and at Hasbro Studios. She
currently lives in New York.
Jason graduated from Yale Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude with a
degree in History. While at Yale, he acted in numerous productions,
sang in the Yale Glee Club, played on the Quidditch Team, and was a
member of the literary society St. Anthony Hall.
Jason is a gifted instructor with experience teaching students from
a variety of backgrounds. He scored a 2370 on the SAT (Critical Reading
800, Math 770, Writing 800), and earned a perfect score of 800 on the
SAT II French, Biology, and US History exams. He speaks Arabic, is fluent
in French, and has a reading knowledge of Latin and Old Norse. He is
particularly passionate about helping students improve their writing.
When not tutoring, he works as an actor and writer, and loves to play
Victoria graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from
Harvard with a degree in Literature. Her studies at Harvard also included
high level French and intensive German. Currently a director of opera
and theater, Victoria recently finished a Directing Fellowship in the
Vocal Arts department of the Juilliard School.
Victoria scored 2320 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 in the Reading
and Math sections. She also earned a perfect score on the SAT II Literature
exam and near-perfect scores on the SAT II French, Math, and World History
tests. Victoria is most passionate about language and writing, but is
also quite fond of geometry. As a tutor, she prides herself on her patience,
her communication skills, and her quick wit.
S. Boston University
New England Conservatory
Carnegie Mellon University
Elizabeth is currently completing a degree in Psychology/Comparative
Literature at Boston University. After graduating from Choate Rosemary
Hall, Elizabeth studied flute performance at Carnegie Mellon University
and the New England Conservatory. An avid concert flutist, she is the
winner of the 2009 Pittsburgh Concert Society Competition and was a
finalist in the 2009 Astral Artist National Auditions. Also an athlete,
Elizabeth was named to both the 2008 NCAA Division III All-Region Cross
Country Team and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association
Elizabeth scored 2320 on the SAT, with perfect scores on the Writing
section and on the AP exams in English and Latin Literature. Elizabeth
is fluent in German, holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology, and
is an expert in teaching her students to study efficiently and perform
well under pressure. Noted for her insightful teaching, she uses a strength-based
mindfulness approach combined with creativity and humor to help students
achieve their full potential. She is particularly passionate about helping
students improve their writing skills and combat test anxiety.
Remy Z. is a graduate of Columbia University, where she majored in Psychology with a focus on social cognition and emotion. Also a professional actress, Remy serves as a strong role model for students striving for academic excellence while balancing extracurricular and career interests. At Columbia, she was on the Dean's List for multiple semesters while performing a lead role in an Off-Broadway musical. She has also appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Spring Awakening and on TV in Gossip Girl and Law and Order.
Remy scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT and is a specialist in the strategies and content for all sections of that exam. She also received perfect scores of 5 on the AP exams in Biology and US History. With over 8 years of teaching experience, Remy is a skilled instructor who finds that students connect well to her warm, engaging, and energetic personality. She is passionate about teaching important study and organizational skills, and works with her students to manage test anxiety so they can reach their full potential on these exams and in their future academic careers.
Alex is a graduate of Hamilton College, one of the country's top liberal
arts colleges, where he earned a degree in International Relations with
distinction in the major. At Hamilton, he worked as a research assistant
for the Department of Government and was awarded the Constantine Karamanlis
Prize for his scholarship in world politics. He also taught courses
on political science and speechwriting for a high school summer program,
led outdoor orientation trips, hosted a radio show, and studied abroad
at Leiden University in the Netherlands. He currently works at a think
tank in New York City.
An expert on standardized tests for college admissions, Alex scored
a perfect 36 on the ACT and in the 99th percentile for the SAT. He also
scored perfect scores on the SAT English Literature Subject Test and
on the AP exams in English Language, Biology, and European History.
Alex has extensive teaching and mentorship experience and enjoys helping
his students hone their academic and test-taking skills. His other interests
include backpacking, traveling, cooking, psychology, urban design, and
Bonnie graduated cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Theater
Studies. As an undergraduate, she received research fellowships and
grants to write original plays, ran an organic farming program for freshmen,
and volunteered with numerous social justice organizations. She also
spent much of her time at Yale acting, directing, and designing for
over 20 productions with the School of Drama, DRAMAT, and the Yale Drama
Coalition. Upon graduation, Bonnie was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize,
Yale’s top honor in the performing arts.
A National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar in high school, Bonnie
scored 2350 on the SAT, with perfect scores of 800 on both the Reading
and Writing sections. She specializes in tutoring for all sections of
the SAT, SAT II Subject Tests, and AP Exams in History, Literature,
English, and Biology. Bonnie is an expert at helping students to perfect
their college essays and improve their core writing skills; she especially
enjoys watching writers develop clearer and more dynamic voices. She’s
also passionate about tailoring study time to the particular needs of
individual learners, allowing them to meet and exceed their academic
goals. When not tutoring or working as an actor, Bonnie enjoys traveling,
learning to play the banjo, and exploring the bakeries of Brooklyn.
Casey is a rising senior at Harvard College where he studies the Classics.
He has studied both modern and ancient languages, including French,
Spanish, Greek, and Latin. At Harvard, Casey interns at the Harvard
University Press, serves as an admissions representative at the Visitors'
Center of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and is a member of
his dorm's social committee. Casey has experience tutoring in a one-on-one
setting and in the classroom as a teaching assistant.
Casey scored 2370 on the SAT with a perfect 800 on the writing section
and near-perfect critical reading and math scores. He received perfect
scores on his Latin and Math Level 2 SAT Subject Tests as well as perfect
scores on his Biology, Calculus AB, and US History AP exams. As a member
of a big family of seven, Casey is naturally very patient and easy-going.
He brings his patience and easy demeanor to his tutoring, and loves
helping students to learn, grow, and succeed.
Clio graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts
in English and Theater Studies. While at Yale, she acted in a number
of productions with the Yale Dramat and the Yale Drama Coalition. In
her junior year, she was selected as an O’Neill Playwriting Fellow
and worked at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School teaching
writing and playwriting to freshmen students.
Clio scored a 2370 on the SAT, a 760 on the U.S History Subject Test,
and an 800 on the Literature subject test. She is experienced teaching
Reading, Writing, and standardized test-taking skills. She enjoys getting
to know her students personally in order to ensure her teaching sessions
remain both fun and informative, and focuses on helping her students
to develop an independent interest in the material they are working
on. When not tutoring, she is a working actor in New York who enjoys
running in Fort Tryon Park, reading, and going to the theatre.
Charlie W. graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 2015
with a BA in biology and a language citation in Spanish. He earned highest
honors in his department and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor
society. His involvement in life sciences research culminated in a senior
honors thesis on microbial ecology. Among other extracurricular activities,
Charlie was involved in peer tutoring and the Cambridge After-School
Program. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, music, and cooking.
Charlie achieved perfect scores on both the SAT and the ACT. He also
scored an 800 on three SAT II subject tests (Chemistry, US History,
and Math II.) As an AP Scholar with Distinction, he earned perfect 5s
on European History, US History, Government, English Language, English
Literature, Spanish, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Chemistry,
Yvonne is currently completing a degree in Engineering at Stanford
University, where she participated in Structured Liberal Education,
Stanford’s rigorous humanities- and writing-intensive program.
Yvonne scored a 2360 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 on the Math section.
An AP Scholar with Honors, she received a score of 5 on the AP exams
in Calculus BC, English Literature and Composition, Microeconomics,
US Government and Politics, Chemistry, and English Language and Composition.
Yvonne enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for learning with her students,
and helps them develop creative and critical thinking skills that build
their confidence and proficiency in their current and future academic
careers. She also enjoys dance and art practice, and competes on the
Stanford Equestrian Team.
B. Harvard Law School University of Pennsylvania
Amanda graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the University
of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology with distinction and a minor
in Classical Studies. Her studies at Penn also included Physics, Statistics,
and Latin. At Penn, Amanda was the director of a non-profit tutoring
group, a peer writing tutor, and a varsity cheerleader. Amanda is currently
in her second year at Harvard Law School.
Amanda scored 2330 on the SAT with a perfect 800 on the Writing section.
Amanda also scored in the 99.8th percentile on the LSAT with a score
of 177, and attained a score of 5 on the AP English, Physics, Latin,
and Psychology exams. Amanda has a passion for teaching and tutoring,
with four years of experience conducting group and one-on-one tutoring
for the SAT. She also has four years of experience as a general writing
tutor, and experience as a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania.
Amanda enjoys working with students of all levels and prides herself
on finding unique ways to encourage and empower her students.
Ian B. is completing a B.S. in Physics at Yale University. He has an
extensive background in physics and mathematics, including research
experience at a laboratory at Columbia University. A Brooklyn native,
Ian has tutored students in the New York City public school system on
a range of subjects and has prior experience as an SAT tutor.
Ian scored 2290 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 on reading comprehension,
and scored 800 on the Math II and World History SAT II exams. At Yale,
Ian sings and travels the world with the Yale Spizzwinks, Yale’s
oldest underclassman a cappella group. As a classical baritone, he also
participates in the Opera Theater of Yale College.
Laurel, a recent graduate of Yale University, is newly a New Yorker
and thrilled about it. She graduated with distinction in her major,
Theater Studies, and also specialized in English literature. For her
senior project, she co-wrote a new musical that was developed with the
faculty in a production seminar and produced in May of 2014.
Laurel received a 2360 on the SAT (800 Reading, 790 Writing, 770 Math).
She has seven years of experience tutoring and teaching students from
elementary school to high school. She focuses on the individual needs
of her students and creates a supportive environment in which they can
focus, take risks, gain confidence, and improve. When not tutoring,
Laurel works as a professional actor and singer.
Nick graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2015 with
a B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior. While in school, Nick pursued
both academic and artistic passions as demonstrated with his semester
dedicated to Clinical Psychology in Denmark and his status as Co-President
of UCI's pre-eminent music club. While in school, Nick also hosted a
weekly radio show on the internationally broadcasted radio station KUCI.
He has worked with students in various capacities including as a private
tutor, an after-school program manager, and an in-classroom behavioral
director. As an instructor, Nick believes that fostering confidence
is the first step toward ultimate success, and works to instill self-efficacy
as paralleled with individualized instructional strategies. In his free
time, Nick enjoys cooking, exercising, and playing guitar.
Camille is a native New Yorker who graduated from Yale University in
2013 with a degree in History. While at Yale she worked at the Yale
Center for British Art, the Yale School of Art, and spent a summer interning
at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. While studying abroad in
Cape Town, South Africa, she tutored middle and high school students.
She has worked with high school students preparing for the SAT and AP
history exams, and has helped middle school students prepare for the
SHSAT. She's a big fan of bikes, museums, and all things outdoors.
Jacob is a recent graduate of Wesleyan University, where he received
his BA with Honors in Government, and a specialization in data analysis.
His senior thesis on the influence of campaign subsidies on legislative
polarization is being prepared for publication.
Jacob scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, as well as a 5 on the
English Literature and Composition, Statistics, and Comparative Government
Advanced Placement exams. A tutor with 5 years experience and a devout
statistics scholar, Jacob's data-driven approach to teaching ensures
every lesson is as productive as possible. He spends his off-hours cooking
Marilyn is a rising senior at Columbia University pursuing a degree
in Film Studies. She has a diverse academic background in fields ranging
from world history, literature, media theory, and racial studies, among
others. Additionally, she is actively involved in the performing arts
and Greek communities at Columbia. Pursuing a career in the film and
television industry, Marilyn has held a number of competitive internships,
both abroad at the Cannes Film Festival and at NYC-based companies producing
Oscar-nominated work each year.
Marilyn achieved near perfect scores on the SAT Reading and Writing
Sections and a perfect 800 on the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History,
as well as scores of 5 on the AP Exams in U.S. History, World History,
European History, Literature, and Calculus. With an extensive background
in teaching and motivating students at a wide range of ages, Marilyn
is passionate about providing a low-stress but focused tutoring environment
to achieve each student’s individual goals.
Ben Chabanon is currently pursuing a degree from Harvard University
in Visual and Environmental Studies. On campus, Ben is on the editorial
board of The Harvard Advocate and oversees an agency at Harvard Student
Agencies. Ben is involved in the visual arts at Harvard and has worked
on several audiovisual projects on campus, including installations,
films, and live productions.
Ben scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, achieving a perfect score
in math and being granted National Merit Scholar. He has also achieved
scores of 5 on the AP Exams in U.S. History, European History, English
Language, Literature, French, Calculus BC, Statistics, US Government,
Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science. Working from
a broad range of experience with students of all backgrounds, Ben uses
clear and efficient teaching techniques to help students excel in their
Alicia graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University
of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Information
Management (Decision Processes) and a minor in East Asian Studies. While
at Wharton, she studied courses ranging from finance and statistics
to Japanese fiction and Chinese. She won the Seltzer Award at Penn to
work on "The Identity Project". She also traveled to Korea,
Singapore, and Japan through Wharton's Social Impact Research Experience
program to study how cultural differences impact the work environment
between America and Asia.
Alicia scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT. She had a strong passion
for tutoring, teaching, and sharing her knowledge with other students.
Alicia enjoys working with students of all levels to help them achieve
their individual goals, using creative ways to motivate her students
and teach difficult concepts. When not working, she is interviewing
artists from around the world for The Raw Book, her online journal of
conversations with creative individuals. She is an incoming consultant
at Accenture in the New York office.
Joey Longstreet graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in English.
While at Harvard, Joey worked extensively in the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic
Club as a director, actor, and staffer. He was also a member of the
prestigious Signet Society, Harvard's undergraduate Arts and Letters
social group. His passion is in comedy, with a focus on writing sketches
and television pilots.
Joey scored a composite 35 on the ACT, achieving a perfect score in
the reading and science portions. He was also a National Merit Scholar
and an AP Scholar with Honors. Besides having extremely effective test
strategies, he focuses on the mental well-being of his students, ensuring
that they are both intellectually and emotionally prepared for the rigor
of the test.
Adam is currently completing a degree in Economics and Mathematics
in Boston University's Kilachand Honors College. In addition to working
both academically and professionally on mathematical modeling, Adam
has a strong passion for the arts and has produced various short films,
screenplays, and collaborative television projects during his time at
Boston University. He is currently working on his honors thesis, which
combines elements of film theory and economics.
Adam scored 2370 on the SAT, with a perfect score of 800 on the Critical
Reading section, and received a score of 5 on seven different AP exams.
An experienced instructor, Adam is familiar with the stress that testing
can bring and is committed to helping students develop confidence, discover
helpful new strategies and hone their individual strengths in order
to achieve academic mastery.
Lauren C. Georgetown University New York University
Lauren holds a B.A. in Government and in French from Georgetown University, as well as an M.A. in French Studies from NYU. Prior to joining Ivy Global, Lauren worked as intelligence analyst for the US Government, where she briefed and authored papers for senior US officials, including the US President. Throughout her professional and academic career, Lauren has received multiple awards for her exceptional work performance, her academic excellence, and her strong standardized test performance.
An experienced instructor, Lauren has tutored students of all ages in standardized test preparation, ranging from high schoolers pursuing the 99th percentile in the SAT and ACT to elementary school students pursuing the 99th percentile in the NYC Gifted and Talented Test. In addition to standardized test preparation, Lauren also has tutored students in reading, writing, and cognitive performance enhancement. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys exercising, reading, and spending time with her family in Westchester.
Alex is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, where he had a double concentration in Computer Science and Theatre. While in school he performed in numerous plays, readings, and other theatre pieces. He also had the opportunity to design set and sound for several productions, sit on the theatre department Diversity Committee, sing in an all-boys acapella group, and study abroad in London.
Alex scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and achieved perfect scores on the AP Calculus AB exam and the IB Spanish SL exam. In high school he earned his International Baccalaureate Diploma, making him familiar with the IB curriculum. As an instructor, Alex enjoys working with students to help them feel comfortable and confident in their abilities so that they can more readily tackle their academic goals.
Hannah graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2014 with a B.A. in history with departmental honors. She also completed a minor in Spanish. While at Columbia, Hannah danced with Columbia Ballet Collaborative and worked on several environmental projects. She spent two years after college working in the public defender's office as a paralegal. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and choreographing around New York.
Hannah scored a 2330 on the SAT with 800s in both Writing and Reading Comprehension. She also received 5s on the AP exams in Spanish Literature, English Literature, European History, and Calculus (AB). She understands that standardized tests can be a cause of deep stress and believes that understanding each student's personal test-taking habits and mistakes can alleviate anxiety and increase learning.
William graduated with honors from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Brooklyn with a BA in Political Science and Film Production. Since graduating, he worked in a number of diverse fields, as a media producer, line and content editor, and a leadership coach, before committing full time to teaching. William scored 99th percentile on the SAT and has more than 5 years of experience tutoring in various standardized exams, such as but not limited to, the SAT, ACT, and various SAT II subject tests.
Meredith W. recently graduated with Honors from Johns Hopkins University with a BS in Environmental Engineering. Immediately after her high school graduation, Meredith attended the US Naval Academy for two years, achieving a 4.0 GPA before transferring. While at Hopkins, she was on the board of Ready, Set, Design, a volunteer organization dedicated to introducing young women to engineering concepts and design. She also has experience tutoring other young women in the Baltimore area, seeking to give them confidence in math and science as well as in standardized testing.
Meredith scored a 2310 on the SAT with a perfect 800 in the Critical Reading Section as well as a 36 on the ACT. In high school, she was a National Merit Scholar and earned an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Meredith's tutoring style focuses on developing a relationship with her students and working with them to develop a balance between school work, test prep, college applications, and overall well-being. In her spare time, Meredith enjoys reading, hiking, and sailing.
Dustin K. Harvard Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania
Dustin Kim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Biology and minor in English. After gaining experience as an international education consultant and high school counselor, Dustin went on to further his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he received a Master's degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education. He has a passion for improving adolescent literacy and is currently working on developing an E-reader application for children's books and graphic novels.
Dustin scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT and also received a 780 in SAT II: Biology and an 800 in SAT II: Math 2. Dustin has a keen eye when it comes to pinpointing misconceptions in his students' knowledge of grammar and math rules and uses focused practice to help them come to the right understanding. His use of humor and positive feedback encourages his students and helps build their confidence. He believes that an awareness of the student's thought process, abilities, and anxieties is the greatest tool in becoming a strong tutor and caring mentor.
Dan is an alumnus of the highly competitive Teach For America program-specifically, the New Orleans '13 corps-through which he acquired his teaching credential (and a healthy appetite for French-Creole cuisine). He's worked as a full-time teacher in some of the nation's most underserved public schools in his four years since receiving his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Dan even scored a commendable 167 Verbal and 162 Quantitative on the GRE. Dan's tutoring is unique: he combines the insights he's collected from four years of full-time teaching, including an insider perspective on how difficult tests are designed and the same winning preparation methods that allowed him to crack the GRE.
Sarah G. Boston College Boston Conservatory at Berklee
Sarah graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts before earning her MFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At Boston College, she pursued the true liberal arts experience, furthering her love of math, literature, and art history, and was awarded the Father Larkin, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Theatre. In graduate school, she earned her dual performance and teaching degree, and mentored undergraduates as a teaching assistant.
In order to provide the best and most up to date test prep possible, Sarah sat for the new SAT this past October and scored in the 99th percentile. As a tutor, she uses humor and empathy to help build trust and confidence, allowing her students articulate and achieve their goals. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys swimming, reading, and watching too much Netflix.
Jackie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles on a full merit scholarship, earning a degree in Asian American Studies with elective coursework in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science. As a high schooler, Jackie received Google's Talent and Outreach Award for his demonstrated excellence in math and science. Since completing his degree in 2015, Jackie has undergone rigorous training in computer science and programming literacy, all while helping dozens of students from diverse backgrounds improve their scores for both the SAT and ACT. As such, Jackie is an experienced educator and well-versed in numerous academic disciplines. In addition to standardized test taking strategies, Jackie is also excited to educate today's youth in the importance of social awareness, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Jackie scored in the 99th percentile on both the ACT and SAT. He also received perfect scores in all his AP coursework including AP Chemistry, Calculus, Government and Statistics. Jackie's teaching philosophy centers around developing a strong tutor-student relationship. His aim is not only to help his students meet their goals, but also to instill the skills necessary to help them succeed in college, in their future careers and beyond. When not teaching himself advanced programming concepts in his free time, Jackie can be found taking his beloved Labrador/Akita puppy on hikes and listening to music.
Spencer graduated with honors from New York University, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy and double minoring in Math and French. He participated in the rigorous Honors Economics Thesis program, where he developed econometric models for testing growth strategies of struggling sub-Saharan African countries. In the Philosophy Department, he completed a second honors thesis on Nietzsche and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence each year in the French Department.
Following graduation, Spencer tutored the SAT and PSAT before moving to Taiwan, where he studied Chinese and taught English for three years. His instruction garnered praise, earning a Rookie Teacher of the Year award in 2014, followed by a National Teacher of the Year award in 2015. With a wealth of experience, Spencer's classroom and one-on-one styles are both geared around employing a variety of quick didactic humor and stories to make learning efficient yet enjoyable.
Originally from the central coast of California, Makulumy graduated from Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in Music and Earth Systems. Now a theatrical music director and pianist based in New York City, he also serves as a mentor for students looking to maintain and balance academic and artistic elements in their lives.
A National Merit Scholar, Makulumy scored in the 99th percentile on both SAT and ACT tests, and earned top scores on 13 AP exams (National AP Scholar). In addition to academic instruction, he has extensive teaching experience in a variety of artistic fields, including piano technique, music theory, vocal coaching, and Irish dance. Makulumy has an empathetic ear and positive mindset, and is committed to inspiring students to reach their highest potential in whichever field of study they intend to pursue.