Our Tutors specialize in providing Holistic Tutoring & Coaching designed for Teens and Young Adults. They are highly trained in the best approaches to helping these individuals find their way both academically and personally.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
Alex has taught English, coached, and dorm-parented for nearly 20 years at Dartmouth College, The King School, Kingswood-Oxford, Philips Andover and The Taft School. Author of How to Get Your Kids Into College & Keep Them There, he is an expert at college application and retention. He has tutored hundreds of adolescent teens and young adults from middle school through college level on all spectrums, behaviorally and academically. He attended Philips Exeter Academy and received an undergrad degree from Kenyon College and a Masters Degree from Dartmouth College. He lives in Farmington, CT with his three rug rats and wife, Alexa.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
-Henry David Thoreau
Ken Hincker has been in education for over 20 years, most recently teaching and serving as English department head at The Taft School. A multiple award-winning scholar and educator, Ken has tutored, coached, advised and taught thousands of high schools students over the course of his distinguished career. He has a BA from UVA in American Studies, a MA from Middlebury’s Breadloaf School of English where he won the John Kirk Memorial Scholar award, and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University.
“Keep your face always towards the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”
Geoffrey has taught courses in German language and literature, comparative literature, English literature and composition, world literature, journalism, history, philosophy, and art history at Brown University, the Université de Lyon II, and the University of California, Davis. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown and a Masters in Art History from UC Davis. He has been awarded the Fulbright, two DAAD grants (German Academic Exchange Service), and was a Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY.
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
Suin attended St. Paul’s School and received her undergrad B.S.E. degree from Princeton University, where she majored in Computer Science and minored in Engineering Biology. She recently completed her M.S. in Physiology at Georgetown University. She has been a private tutor since 2013 and has worked for several professional tutoring companies teaching Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, and English, particularly specializing in SAT/ACT/AP test prep. Through her academic tutoring and college counseling, she aims to bring out the best in each student and strives to be a mentor that her students can rely on for guidance and support.
“What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality.”
A fifteen-year veteran teacher, Alex has spent the last nine years teaching high school English at Boys’ Latin School of Maryland in Baltimore. Over his career he has taught both AP English courses (Literature and Language) as well as several electives including “Modern Short Story” and “Literature of Baltimore.” He holds a BA in English from Kenyon College, an MAT in English Education from Brown University, and an MA in English Literature from Bread Loaf School of English (a graduate program affiliated with Middlebury College). Alex regularly writes for various publications including Boys’ Latin’s own in-house magazine. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Maya and their four-year-old twins (a boy and a girl).
“When everything is coming your way, you’re probably in the wrong lane.”
Brian has taught economics, math and statistics courses as a college professor for over a decade at Whittier College, Willamette University, Portland Community College, Humboldt State University, the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Berkeley. He has tutored math, stats and economics for over 15 years from high school to Ph.D. levels. Tutoring, he strongly believes, is the optimal learning and teaching environment. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Economics. He has earned the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching award from UC Berkeley and the Teaching with Technology award from Whittier College. He lives in Portland, OR with two little ones and wife, Alice.
“It is in our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light”
Prior to joining the Cushing faculty in the fall of 2000, Stirling spent four years working as a counselor to high school students at an educational not-for-profit in New York City, and three years teaching English as a Second Language in Ecuador. He received his B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and his MsEd in Second Language Education (TESOL Concentration) from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Mr. Ince is also a graduate of Dulwich College (London, England) and St. Mary’s College (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad). In addition to his teaching duties, he is the head coach for both varsity boys’ cross-country team and varsity track and field team. He is the dorm head of Johnson House.
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”
Archer has attended Johns Hopkins University, where he received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Molecular/Cellular Biology in three years and where he also completed his M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently a senior PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. For the past seven years, Archer has taught a number of STEM classes including introductory and upper level math courses, college level Physics, and introductory and graduate level courses in Biology and Biomedical Engineering and is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics at SCSU. He has helped countless students in standardized tests excel in test preparation and has been involved with a number of high school and undergraduate teaching/tutoring programs offered at Yale University (Freshman Scholars at Yale, Yale Pathways to Science, and ONEXSYS).
“True education is a kind of never-ending story — a matter of continual beginnings, of habitual fresh starts, of persistent newness.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien.
Stephen attended the University of Oxford, where he received his B.A. in Philosophy & French, followed by his MSt in Ancient Philosophy. For the past five years, Stephen has taught and mentored students from middle school through college in positions all over the world, from the UK to South Korea. He focuses on language and humanities instruction, coupled with intensive writing skills and college application coaching. His language studies saw him teach English for a year in southern France, as well as holding a technical translation position in Spanish in Barcelona. He has received formal training in mental health support, and has substantial experience working with students with anxiety and depression. Stephen is a warm and dynamic individual, who focuses on creating an open and engaging learning environment. He is currently based in the UK, where he enjoys reading, taking long walks, and playing the guitar and piano.
“A good teacher is like a candle — it consumes itself to light the way for others.”
-Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Courtney is a career educator with nearly a decade of experience teaching, coaching, and dorm-parenting in boarding schools in the northeast. A current faculty member of Choate Rosemary Hall, Courtney has taught in the History Philosophy Religion and Social Sciences Department for the last seven years, and previously worked at The Masters School. At Choate, Courtney is the section head of World History, and has experience teaching history at all levels: introductory, Honors, and Advanced Placement. Courtney specializes in building skills in historical research, analytical writing, public speaking, and critical discussion. Courtney has also served as a Program Dean and can support students as they navigate the social and emotional aspects of adolescent development. She attended Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. Courtney received her B.A. in History and American Studies from Skidmore College – where she was a member of the women’s lacrosse team – and her M.A. in History from Boston College.
“An investment in Knowledge pays the best interest”
Jon Fermo earned his B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he won the prestigious Arnold Prize in Design, and an MA in Education from the City College of New York. He has taught middle school and high school math courses for over 10 years in private and public schools, including The Masters School and Horace Greeley, earning teaching certifications in both Connecticut and New York. Jon believes learning is most effective in an engaging and encouraging environment, inseparable from the academic experience. He enjoys playing tennis, following the stock market, and watching Jeopardy.
“Teach the children… So it will not be necessary to teach the adults.”
Melissa graduated from Cornell University, where she majored in History with minors in German and Latin American studies. Melissa started her teaching and tutoring career in college, where she helped students strengthen their writing across the disciplines, logging over 1000 hours. After graduation, she moved to Tokyo, Japan, where she taught English as a second language to middle school students. Presently, Melissa is pursuing her master’s degree in social studies education at Brown University. Melissa is also a private tutor, helping students of all ages excel in history, writing, English and Spanish, as well as the college admissions process. As a tutor and mentor, she strives to build meaningful connections with her students, empower them, and help them realize their full potential inside and outside the classroom.
“Your best teacher is your last mistake”
Daniel Riseman is a New York State certified teacher (Grades 7-12) in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Social Studies. He has an M.Ed., an Ed.M. in Mathematics, and an Advanced Certificate in Special Education. He is presently a Neuroeducation doctoral student at Johns Hopkins. For the past 22 years, Daniel has provided in-home, subject-based tutoring. He also customizes lessons to prepare students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, TACHS, GRE, and GMAT. He has been awarded “Best of Westchester” for College Prep the past nine years and has served as a featured education writer and contributor for Psychology Today, The Fiscal Times, Yahoo Finance, The Week, Education News, MSN Money, Institute of Sport, STEM Education Digest, Special Needs Digest, Entertainment News, and LifeZette. He has also served as an on-air educational expert for EWTN.
“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers”
Michelle is a PhD student in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she got her bachelors in Astrophysics from Brown University and Masters in Beam and Accelerator Physics from the US Particle Accelerator School – Indiana University. She did this while working as a theoretical neuroscience researcher in the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University. Michelle is passionate about all STEM topics and loves sharing that passion with her students. She takes a tailored approach to each student based on their interests and needs whether they want to explore a topic of their own interest or they need to prepare for an upcoming exam. She enjoys building a one-on-one rapport with each student and fostering that relationship across the student’s academic career. This often includes exposing the student to subfields that they may not have known existed but help enliven their own passions and confidence.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.”
Tressa Thompson received her B.S. in Civil Engineering, after which she joined the Peace Corps and taught secondary physics and math in Cameroon. Upon returning to the United States, she continued working in the realms of youth development and education. Tressa graduated from NYU in 2020 with her M.A. in International Education, after which she taught 8th grade STEM at an independent school in Brooklyn. She loves a lot of things, including wandering through the woods for days at a time, running, biking, eating delicious food with good friends, both reading and smelling books, and social justice. Tressa can help you crush the ACT/SAT or the AP Calc test, befriend algebra, and learn to love physics. She centers her work with students on relationship-building, and Tressa believes that “success” can mean a lot of different things for different people.
“Education is the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
Parker has taught physics and math at boarding schools in Massachusetts and Connecticut for five years. He has worked at Phillips Academy, Choate Rosemary Hall and at Taft School, where he currently teaches an introductory physics course to 9th and 10th graders. Parker attended Phillips Academy, studied physics and astrophysics at Harvard University and is pursuing a master’s of science degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University. Parker was a member of the rowing team at Harvard and pursued rowing after graduation for a couple of years. What Parker enjoys most about teaching physics is helping students connect with the physical world and develop problem solving skills that can be applied beyond the classroom. Using a structured and student-focused approach, Parker connects with young, motivated students on many different fronts and allows students to tap into their potential through hard work and persistence.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Lester has taught Mathematics for the past eight years in both public high schools and public middle schools. He currently teaches Accelerated Math at Ponus Ridge Middle School. He has taught or tutored all levels of math from Elementary through Calculus. Lester attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University. In addition to teaching math, Lester tutors elementary, middle school, and high school math as well as many of the standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and the ISEE. Additionally, Lester has created enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students. He believes in building relationships and empowering students with give and take instruction and discourse with the end goal of building self-reliance and confidence.
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet”
Nick Patel is a math and science teacher & mentor aiding students in the areas of mathematics and science. Nick earned his BA and MS degrees from New York University with a concentration in biology, chemistry, economics, and general science, and obtained his teaching credentials in science education from Fordham University and City College of New York. Nick has been actively involved in the education sector for almost twenty years, teaching in private and public schools, and providing services to educational institutions in the greater New York City area. Nick enjoys taking trips into nature, learning about health & nutrition, and exploring the area of personal development. Nick is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor, and has been practicing yoga and conscious living for over ten years.
“It always seems impossible until it is done”
Freda earned degrees from Princeton (B.A. Economics/Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), Yale (M.A. Political Science), M.P.A. Harvard (M.P.A. JFK School of Government), University of Houston (J.D. Law). She also completed the Post Masters Certification in Secondary Social Sciences from Manhattanville College, and holds teacher certification from the State of Connecticut. Freda has been videotaped by The Council for Economic Education (NY), teaching model lessons for their “Economics in US History” instructional series. She stays updated by regularly attending their workshops, as well as those sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of NY.
“One’s sense of failure is a measure of one’s feeling of potential”
-Alain de Botton
One of the nation’s leading interventionists, Dr. Dan Villiers has education, motivated, and inspired more than 700 families to pursue treatment for their children with acute anxiety, OCD and Trauma. In the spirit of entrepreneurism Dan has founded four anxiety treatment programs for school-aged children; most notably The Anxiety Institute in 2016, an intensive day program in Greenwich, CT, and Mountain Valley Treatment Center in 2010, the first non-hospital residential anxiety program in the United States. He has published articles, appeared on radio and TV, and given over 100 presentations in the US and in Europe on the nature, experience, and impact of Anxiety; and ways to address the epidemic individually and systematically.
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“The best way to predict the future is to create it”
Eve earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley and her MBA from Columbia. She’s been tutoring professionally for ten years, in all levels K-12 in English, Writing, AP English and History and Government, Social Studies, Exam Preparation, College Essays, Study Skills and Organization. Trained through a renown New England test preparation organization, she is an expert test prep instructor, offering SAT and ACT Reading and Writing, SSAT, ISEE, GED, ASWAB, PSAT and Praxis I and II. Guaranteed 30-50% score increase using her patented MC method. Her upbeat personality, knowledge of learning, role modeling and gentle guidance has enabled her to help many students go beyond their wildest dreams in her ten years of experience. Working with struggling students of all ages has taught her how important it is to possess patience, a sense of humor and the ability to instill a belief in students that they can and will succeed.
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“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Jon graduated from Pomona College, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He has taught writing, philosophy, literature, coding, and German language courses for over six years at Cornell, and has worked with many high-school students as a college admissions counselor and test prep tutor. Jon prides himself on working with students of diverse cultural, learning, and academic contexts. When not teaching, Jon is busy researching linguistics and computational approaches to language. He has worked with several top scholars in his field; edited and published academic books and journals; and been awarded several research fellowships. In his free time Jon enjoys woodworking, DIY electronics, cycling, and guitar.
“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.”
Eric is a former professor at Macalester College and UCLA, and has fifteen years teaching experience in both high school and college settings. He has been a professional tutor and college counselor for the past eight years and his specializes in ACT, SAT, and AP Preparation. He developed the ACT/SAT curriculums at two separate education centers in Southern California, and has been an official AP History grader for ten years, with extensive knowledge of all AP History curriculums. Eric earned a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota in 2012 and has published multiple articles in professional historical journals. Eric’s has also taught several nonfiction writing classes and can help people with all stages of essay writing, from brainstorming to final edits. After spending many years in many educational roles, Eric has found that his favorite kind of teaching is working with engaged students one-on-one. He takes pride in his ability to connect with people, and to take complex ideas and explain them in ways students can understand.
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“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ilya Gofman has worked in the test prep industry for over 15 years. He started tutoring shortly after graduating from Yale and continued tutoring through graduate school and as part of his professional life. His extensive experience allows him to break standardized test questions down into specific question types and provide strategies for each type. He has also worked with students of all skill levels and can adapt his approach based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition to standardized test tutoring, he has taught as an adjunct professor of philosophy at several universities including Southern CT State and Sacred Heart. Much of his experience teaching at the college level has involved helping students become clearer thinkers and better writers. Ilya’s background in the humanities allows him to provide academic help for any humanities-related subject, including English Literature, Philosophy, History, Psychology, and Sociology. He is also comfortable tutoring math up to the Pre-Calculus level.
Rene has been tutoring History and English curriculums in Fairfield County for over ten years, particularly focusing on composition and research. Rene holds a Masters of Education from National University in La Jolla California, and a Connecticut certification in secondary Social Studies. She enjoys helping her students achieve independence, through executive functions skill building. She believes that executive functions skills are the cornerstone of student success. Rene has been a member of the Learning Services Department at the Southfield Center for Development for the past 11 years, where she was an executive functions skills and academic coach. She teaches students how to apply organization, time management, planning, initiation, and study skills to their academics. For learners with ADD/ADHD these skills greatly improved comprehension, confidence and study strategies.
Deborah received her undergraduate degree from New York University, in marketing and sociology before matriculating to Yale University, where she earned two Master’s Degrees in Sociology and taught as an assistant. She went on to pursue a successful career in academic and corporate research, both in the US and abroad; she has traveled to over 35 countries. In her transition to elementary education, Deborah has more than a decade of professional and personal experience working with children grades kindergarten to five in the Spackenkill school district. Deborah provided special education services to elementary and middle school students in the Wappingers Central school district during the same time period. Deborah knows how to advocate for students so they can receive the support they need in order to be successful. In addition to loving children, Deborah loves exercise, especially tennis and yoga, along with art and current events.
Kristen has taught elementary and middle school in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey and most recently taught in the Fairfield and Westport Public School districts. Kristen has experience teaching all grades, K-6, and is a certified teacher in the state of Connecticut. Kristen holds an Undergraduate Degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Hartford. Kristen’s teaching style combines energy and passion with flexibility and clear, concise instruction. She is exceptionally good with working with a variety of learning styles, including those students who suffer from anxiety and other challenges. Kristen has coached ski club, Junior Varsity Field Hockey, worked with Girl’s on the Run and created and ran after school clubs for elementary, middle and high school students. She is an avid reader and hopes to instill a love of reading in all of her students.
Beth has a stellar performance record teaching diverse learning needs in the New Canaan school district. Her nurturing and positive approach is the foundation for providing a positive, safe environment that enables children to take academic risks that promote self-confidence and significant learning growth. Beth has 15 years of teaching experience, the most recent 4 years as a second-grade teacher at New Canaan South School. A world traveler, parent and former swimming coach, Beth holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Manhattanville, and an undergraduate degree in Communications and Journalism from Rutgers University. She also holds state certifications from Connecticut and Florida (K-6), training in E-Learning and has completed the Summer Reading Institute at Teacher’s College at Columbia University.