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The Applerouth Company
Behind each of our students stands a proud team of experts.
We're building student success on a lifetime of expertise.
We hire the best and empower them to do the most.
Founder & CEO of Applerouth Tutoring
Jed Applerouth is a teacher and an educational innovator.
A Nationally Certified Counselor with a PhD in Educational
Psychology, Jed has researched student cognition, memory,
motivation, and learning strategies to enhance the
pedagogical strategies of Applerouth Tutoring Services.
Jed is also a trained artist. He has found a way to merge
his counseling and educational insights, visual talents,
and whimsical sense of humor into a highly effective and
original method for teaching academic subjects and
preparing students for college and grad-school admissions
tests. Jed continually seeks new ways to improve the
methods and materials of ATS, researching the most
innovative pedagogical strategies to keep his tutors
on the cutting edge of the education industry. No stranger
to assessments, Jed scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT and a
super-scored 36 on the ACT.
Read Jed's thoughts in and news and in our blog!
In Jed’s monthly column, Jed Said, he shares his insights on education, testing, and college admissions. Check out the links below for his most recent articles:
When he's not touring the country speaking to parents, teachers, and counselors about educational psychology and admissions testing, Jed is a counselor, painter, and globe-trotting photographer. In the studio, Jed works in acrylic and pastels. During his many travels he shoots landscape photography. Jed also enjoys playing the djembe with his West African drumming group.
Chief Operating Officer
Natalie runs all daily company operations. A Woodruff Scholar at Emory University, Natalie earned her Bachelors Degree in Mathematics/Economics. After earning her J.D. from Yale Law School, Natalie went into consulting, where she led projects supporting the Departments of State and Homeland Security until she accepted her current position with Applerouth in August 2012.
Enrollment & Client Services
Heather J. Bergnes
Director of Client Services and Operations
Heather leads both the Operations and Client Services teams at Applerouth. She earned her B.B.A. in Entrepreneurial Management from Stetson University in 1996. After 15 years in customer service at IBM and several small start-ups, Heather returned to school to earn her J.D. at Georgia State University before joining Applerouth in 2013.
Senior Enrollment Specialist
As a graduate of Georgia State University, Bronwyn completed a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and post-baccalaureate studies in Pharmacy. She joined the Applerouth team as a tutor in 2008 and was quickly promoted to premium tutor status. She is currently the Senior Enrollment Specialist and helps guide families through the process of SAT/ACT test preparation.
Senior Enrollment Specialist
Natalie Murphree is an Enrollment Specialist with Applerouth. She completed her Bachelor's degree at Vanderbilt University and her law degree at Georgia State University College of Law. She was the 2014 Premium Tutor of the year at Applerouth, and enjoys her role assisting families with developing customized test prep plans.
Spencer Breidenbach studied psychology at Emory University because of his interest in understanding learning and the mind. Spencer started at Applerouth as a tutor; as an Enrollment Specialist he loves helping answer families' questions and learning about their students to help tailor a prep plan that will be a strong fit for them.
Bryan holds a BA in International Affairs and French from The George Washington University and a MA in French Literature from the University of Michigan. He started tutoring with Applerouth in 2012 and joined the Enrollment team in 2016. When he's not helping families navigate the test preparation process, Bryan enjoys running, boating, and traveling.
Kelli studied British Literature at the University of North Alabama. She started tutoring when she began her graduate studies in 2012 and joined Applerouth in 2017. Kelli loves consulting with families to find the best test prep and academic support plans for their students.
Client Services Specialist
Sarah is earning her Masters degree in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and has a Bachelor's in Philosophy. In addition to working on the Client Services team, she is a Premium Tutor. In her free time, she loves to cook and consume good food, read on politics and fiction, swim, and catch up on sleep!
Client Services Specialist
Client Services Specialist
Shara Sue Crump
Client Services Specialist
Shara-Sue received degrees in Art Marketing and Art Education from Georgia Universities. She spent eight years teaching Special Education, Math, and Visual Art to public middle and high school students. She worked as a private tutor before joining the Applerouth team, where she enjoys working with students who have low confidence and test anxiety.
Katie received an MA in English Literature from NC State University in 2013; before coming to Applerouth, she taught English at Georgia Gwinnett College. Here at Applerouth, Katie manages the reception desk and works in Client Services.
Director of Business Development (New York)
A graduate of Cornell University, Jill holds a Master’s degree in Education from Manhattanville College. When she isn’t pondering the differences between the SAT and the ACT, Jill hosts animals for the puppy socialization program of Guiding Eyes for the Blind. She lives in Westchester with her husband, two daughters, and their dog.
IEC Account Manager
Diana brings a love of learning and a commitment to effective communication to her role as Applerouth's dedicated liaison to educational consultants. As a parent and a professional with degrees from Duke and Yale, she is thrilled to be part of an innovative team working to put cutting-edge educational research into action for its students.
IEC Account Coordinator
Amy graduated in 2005 from Oglethorpe University with a Bachelor's in English before receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University in 2012. An actor and musician in her spare time, Amy serves as the IEC Account Coordinator for the Atlanta and online tutoring markets.
Account Manager, International IEC's and Institutional Clients
An Atlanta native, Emma graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Political Science and Music. Since 2011, she has been tutoring students in the SAT and ACT, writing and editing print curriculum, creating online educational content, and lending her voice to all of our video content.
Account Manager, Atlanta
Claire is a graduate of Sewanee (BA, English) and Georgetown (MA, English), and she worked in independent school admissions for 15 years before coming to Applerouth. As an Enrollment Specialist, she consults with students and families seeking assistance with academic support and test preparation and makes tutoring recommendations based on students' needs and goals.
Director of Marketing
Senior Marketing Coordinator
A Marketing major from Kennesaw State University, Lauren began working at Applerouth as a Marketing Intern. After graduating, she joined Applerouth's full-time team as the Marketing Coordinator and has recently been promoted to Senior Marketing Coordinator. Lauren can be found creating flyers, sending marketing emails, managing Applerouth's social media, and fulfilling any other marketing need.
Director of Tutor Services
As Director of Tutor Services, John oversees all Applerouth tutors and trains teachers throughout the world on how to teach the SAT and ACT. John triple-majored in undergrad at Emory and earned two Masters, the latest in teaching. He has taught professionally from middle school to collegiate levels. John's favorite word is "metacognition."
Tutor Manager (Emerging Markets)
Bess received a B.A. in Theatre from the College of William and Mary and began her career teaching theatre and directing plays in middle and high school classrooms. A tutor since 2010, Bess now manages Applerouth tutors across the country. She works primarily with students with learning differences and accomodations for SAT and ACT testing.
Tutor Manager (DMV)
Jenna is the Tutor Manager for DMV and IEC Account Manager. She graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia, earning a BA in English and Drama. She then traveled to London and earned a degree from LAMDA, after which she returned to the DC area to be closer to her family and decent Mexican food.
Tutor Manager (Atlanta)
Tom has been an educator for 15 years. He has taught AP US History and AP Economics classes to thousands of students and has tutored over 500 students for standardized tests. Tom's breadth of experience and extensive background in education allow him to connect with, motivate, and educate a broad range of students.
Tutor Manager (Atlanta)
Education has been at the heart of Marshall's endeavors since high school. Having served as mentor and teacher's assistant at Davidson College, his alma mater, Marshall went on to teach in the People's Republic of China and Charlotte, NC. He now manages Applerouth's preferred tutors and continues to tutor high school and college students.
Andrew is responsible for finding the best tutor match for every Applerouth student. He received his degrees from Georgia State University in Studio Art and Sociology and has a professional background in management and customer services. Andrew earns commissions for his artwork and musical talent, allowing him to do what he loves the most: create.
Since receiving her BA in Sociology from Emory University in 2013, Kayla Edgett has helped students of all ages reach their academic potential and test score goals. She tutors SAT, ACT, SSAT, and subject areas, and assists with instructional design and tutor training. She enjoys working with students with anxiety, learning differences, and accommodations.
Matt Kiesner came to Applerouth after nine years of teaching at Emory University. A lover of puzzles, Matt works on our instructional design team creating practice problems and curriculum. Matt also trains tutors in Atlanta and is one of our most requested tutors, as families appreciate his record of success and creative approach.
Tutor Hiring Manager
In addition to teaching group classes and individual students in Atlanta, Grace recruits and hires tutors throughout Applerouth’s markets. She holds degrees in English and Journalism from the University of Georgia, as well as an M.A. in British Literature from the University of Virginia. Grace enjoys getting unenthused students excited about learning.
Inventory & Logistics Specialist
Harry grew up just outside Boston, attending Littleton High School and Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. He tutored for nearly five years before joining Applerouth in 2015. Today, he is a Premium Tutor and Logistics Coordinator, keeping things running inside the office while continuing to work with students in the outside world.
A graduate of Florida State University, Joshua enjoys working in the music field as a professional horn player and educator. As the Inventory Assistant at Applerouth, Joshua keeps the wheels turning, making sure everyone has the materials they need for tutoring, mock testing, and group classes.
Director of Software Engineering
Originally from Chicago, Ryan graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science. He manages the team of software engineers that develop Applerouth's game-changing digital test prep tools and resources.
Shugo graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Computer Engineering. As part of the Software Engineering team, he develops features for our students and tutors to make their jobs easier, more efficient, and more fun.
Director of Instructional Design
A graduate of Emory University and Emory Law School, Richard has followed a passion for communication and education throughout his career. As Director of Instructional Design, Richard leads a team of writers, teachers, and animators to create our print and digital curriculum.
Our fun and enthusiastic Lead Artist and Animator earned a BFA in Animation from Savannah College of Art & Design. Tina leads the art team and is the talent behind the motion graphics in our animated instructional videos.
Artist / Animator
A graduate of The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, Azekeal has refined his skills to bring characters to life through drawing and animation. He uses these skills to create art for our books and character animation for our instructional videos.
Sarah majored in Math at Harvey Mudd College and then did a few years of graduate studies at Georgia Tech. She came to Applerouth when she realized that her passion is in teaching mathematics rather than research. She currently works both as a tutor and a writer in the Instructional Design department.
Applerouth’s tutor acceptance rate is just 17%,
meaning we choose and train only the most
talented and motivated people to help our
students achieve their academic goals.
Hello! My name is Kristen and I'm currently a Master's student in Literary Studies at Georgia State University. At Georgia State, I also work part-time as a Writing Consultant under the Writing Across the Curriculum program.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in English from Kennesaw State University. I have a diverse professional background as a Tutor, Writing Consultant, Literature Editor, Gymnastics Instructor, and Technical Recruiter.
Be confident and be yourself!
At Georgia Tech, Phil earned the Outstanding Sophomore and Junior Awards. However, one of his fondest memories in his education was in high school as a member of the Math Team. He helped his school win several first, second, and third place State tournaments in Georgia. Phil taught algebra, algebra II, trig, statistics, and calculus at two private Atlanta high schools.
"He whose laughs last, laughs best."
Take extra care in reading the exam questions. Did you realize that the quotation above is probably not what you thought it said?
-SAT/ACT/Math/Physics tutor for Appelrouth Tutoring Services, 2010-Present.
-SAT/ACT/Math/Physics tutor for Summit Educational Group, 2003-2010.
-Vice president, Eta Kappa Nu Elec. Engineering Honor Society, University of Maryland, 1986. Directed Peer Tutoring program.
-Tutor, Center for Minorities in Engineering and Science, University of Maryland, 1985-1986
-Lots! of unofficial tutoring in math, physics in all the years in between
Be patient, organized and refuse to be intimidated.
A perpetual student, Pete has enjoyed in depth studies in Mathematics and multiple fields of Science. He also loves languages; favorites include Spanish, Latin, Japanese, and Russian.
Don't think of things as easy or hard, that implies that you have no control over them. Instead realize that they are familiar or unfamiliar, complicated or simple. That is a state that you have the power to change simply through practice and approach.
Sarah graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2009 with a BS in Mathematics and a concentration in Literature. She came to Atlanta to pursue a PhD at Georgia Tech, but discovered that teaching is much more rewarding than research. She has worked as a TA/tutor at both schools.
It is good to keep the big picture in mind, but the best approach to most any problem is to take things one step at a time. The small steps can be completely manageable even when the big picture seems overwhelming.
Erica is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Emory University, working on her thesis looking at the effect of participation in drama on adolescent depression. She has a decade of tutoring and teaching experience in a variety of subjects (K-12 and adult). She also trains teachers in sexuality education for middle and high school students.
Matthew has taught at several colleges around Atlanta including a successful nine year tenure at Oxford College of Emory University. Matthew has since decided to focus primarily on tutoring, preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and SSAT, as well as general academic success. Additionally, Matthew works on Applerouth's Instructional Design team, helping to write new problems and explanations. He also helps train new and current tutors.
With standardized tests, it's key to understand the expectations of the test writer. Generally, if you understand what they're asking and why they are asking it, the test becomes a much easier experience.
Ariel's first experience with the world of tutoring occurred while she was a freshman in college. She tutored a classmate in Biology 101 & 102 and it really ignited a passion for teaching in her! Since graduating in 2009, she has spent time tutoring at public and private middle and high schools. She has experiencing tutoring the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), subject specific tutoring, and the SAT/ACT.
She loves to see kids of all ages grow through learning!
Active Reading is surprisingly important! Before Applerouth, I wasn't a believer in underlining or circling within passages, but the techniques from the FAB book are so amazingly useful!
My tutoring style is nurturing. I am extremely patient and treat my students with the respect and consideration I expect from them.
Group Experience: Student teaching. English - 3 months. Classroom experience in middle and high school English and Drama.
Tutoring Experience: Applerouth
Teaching Intern at Atlanta Girls' School
Student Teaching at Arabia Mountain High School
Tutor at Brown Middle School
Drama Camp Counselor at TheatreWorks of Georgia
Stay positive; you're much more capable than you think.
Natalie started on several majors at Emory (including Spanish, English, and Religion) but finally settled on Math and Economics. She spent three years helping ATS students prepare for their college entrance exams before she left Atlanta to attend Yale Law School. After graduating, she worked in the consulting world. She returned to ATS in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer.
Don't worry about solving the math problems the "right" way. There are no style bonuses on the test, and no one cares how you go about selecting the right answer. Plug and chug works fine! Besides, most of us think better in concrete terms (2's and 3's) than in abstractions (x's and y's).