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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 & President 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.
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.
Program Advisement & Management
Director of Client Services
As the Director of Client Services, Lucia leads both the Program Advisement and Program Management teams at Applerouth. She earned her BA from Penn State University in 1999 and has been working in the tutoring and test prep industry for 18 years. She recently joined Applerouth in 2018.
Senior Program Advisor
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 Program Advisor and helps guide families through the process of SAT/ACT test preparation.
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 Program Advisor team in 2016. When he's not helping families navigate the test preparation process, Bryan enjoys running, boating, and traveling.
Christine graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Delaware, with a BA in Communication and Social Psychology. Her full-ride academic scholarship, earned via her SAT scores, inspired her to help students achieve their own admissions successes. She has been tutoring the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE since 2009, joining Applerouth as a Preferred Tutor in 2017, then as a Program Advisor in 2018. Outside of class, this former Texan and Hawaiian enjoys Hula Dancing and teaching Zumba Fitness.
Ben holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Georgia State University. In addition to Program Management, he's been an active tutor with Applerouth since 2015. When Ben isn't assisting parents and students with test prep, he enjoys hanging out with family and friends, watching baseball, and tuning up on his reading, writing, and arithmetic skills.
Emma is a graduate of UGA with a degree in Political Science, who has spent the last 6 years working in insurance, technology sales, and nonprofit event coordination. As the newest member of the Project Management team, she is excited to bring her diverse background and love of working with people together to ensure everyone has the best possible Applerouth experience!
Business Development & Marketing
Senior Director of Sales and Marketing
Komel leads the Business Development and Marketing teams at Applerouth. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2003 and her MS in Integrated Marketing from NYU in 2012. Prior to joining Applerouth, Komel held several marketing and leadership roles within the test prep and ed tech space. When she is not working she enjoys traveling and cheering on the Michigan Wolverines.
Kate Callahan Eilers
National Director of Business Development
Kate leads the Business Development team at Applerouth. She entered the test prep and e-learning industry as a tutor while earning her BA in English at the University of Iowa. Kate's keen interest in testing and school readiness led to a MA in Education from the University of Colorado. Kate is passionate about helping all students achieve their academic goals and be accepted into their best fit college.
Director of Business Development and Outreach, DMV
Bess began as a tutor with Applerouth in 2013. In 2015, she joined the Tutor Services Team as the Tutor Manager for Satellite Markets and as a new tutor trainer. Bess took a leave-of-absence from Applerouth to pursue a one-year MFA at The George Washington University and returned in 2018 as the Director of Business Development for the Greater DC Metro Area. In this role, Bess creates lasting relationships with schools in the area, helping their administrators to best prepare their students for the testing environment.
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.
Director of Business Development, Atlanta
Jennifer has been in the test prep and e-learning industry for over twelve years. Jennifer graduated from Virginia Tech and has also completed the College Counseling Certificate program from UCLA. As the Business Development Director for Atlanta, Jennifer manages all of Applerouth's school and district relationships in Georgia.
Business Development Manager, Houston
Laura is the Business Development Manager for Houston and a Premium Tutor. She has helped multiple students achieve perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT and has earned herself a spot in the Top 15% of our Most Requested Tutors. Laura supports students, families, schools, and educational consultants with kindness, creativity, and enthusiasm.
Director of IEC Engagement
Ginger Fay joined Applerouth as Director of IEC Engagement in 2019 after 25 years in college admissions and counseling. She has worked in Undergraduate Admissions at Duke and Emory, College Counseling at Phillips Academy and The New School, and as Alumni Director at Sidwell Friends School. A "Double Dukie," Ginger was an Independent Educational Consultant for 13 years with offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta.
IEC Account Director
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 Manager NYC Tri-State
Jesse has logged thousands of hours working with hundreds of students across the globe. He brings this experience with him as he supports independent educational consultants and the families they serve in NYC and the Tri-State area. Jesse is also a trained actor who has appeared on stage in NY dozens of times. When not at work or performing, he's a full-time husband and dad.
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.
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.
A graduate of Columbia College (BA, English) and N.C. State University (MA, English), Katie has been working in the tutoring industry since 2013. As the Communications Coordinator, she handles reception and account maintenance for clients; she also creates educational resources and content for Applerouth’s blog, website and other materials. Katie is also an artist who specializes in papercutting.
Senior Director of Tutor Services
As Senior 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."
Director of Tutor Services
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.
Shara Sue Crump
Tutor Manager (Preferred)
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.
Tutor Manager (ATL)
Kali is a Tutor Managers for the Atlanta market. She graduated was a BA from Carson-Newman University and masters degree from Mercer University. When she’s not tutoring, Kali enjoys traveling, reading and music.
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 (New York)
Ian is the tutor manager for the New York City market. He graduated Cornell University magna cum laude with a Bachelor's in Government and History, with minors in International Relations, European Studies, and Theatre Arts. Since graduating, Ian has worked as a teacher, voice actor, theatre director, art dealer, translator, and tennis instructor. Originally from the United Kingdom, Ian concedes Jenna Berk's point about the Mexican food in London.
Tutor Manager (Seattle)
Chelsea received her Masters degrees in Biology and Science Teaching from Florida State University, where she spent several years teaching the undergraduate bio labs. Afterwards, she moved on to private tutoring. Chelsea joined Applerouth in 2016 after moving to Washington, and now manages the Seattle tutors.
Senior Staffing Manager
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.
Ansley is our Staffing Coordinator, as well as a tutor. She has a Bachelor's of Science in psychology from Kennesaw State University, where she worked as a Teaching Assistant in Abnormal Psychology. Besides her love for tutoring, Ansley is also working on a literary and fantasy fiction novel called 13.
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.
Executive Assistant to the CEO and Hiring Coordinator
Haley is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and Hiring Coordinator. She received a Bachelors of Arts in History and Philosophy & Religion from Piedmont College and a Masters of Divinity from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University. In her free time, Haley enjoys painting, playing board games, reading history books, and examining the intersection of religion with pop culture.
Heather J. Bergnes
Director of Operations
Heather leads the Operations team 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.
Inventory and Facilities Manager, Testmaster
Peter is in charge of grading and archiving all of the practice tests Applerouth administers as well as organizing the database of answer keys and tables to make sure the in-house testing runs smoothly. He has a Bachelor's from Louisiana State University and a Master's from Mercer University and usually makes the coffee in the morning.
Atlanta Operations Coordinator
Heather received her BA from the University of Georgia in French, English, and History. She spent a year living and working France before initially joining the Applerouth team as a tutor. As Operations Coordinator, she makes sure everything is running smoothly, from the first mock test to putting a book in the student's hands. She enjoys traveling, UGA football, and historical fiction.
Kelli is the Operations Coordinator for Applerouth teams outside of Atlanta (including New York, DC, and Seattle). She is also a Premium Tutor in Applerouth’s Atlanta market. Kelli attended the University of North Alabama, where she earned her BA in English in 2012 and her MA in British Literature in 2014. She has been working in the test prep industry since 2012 and joined Applerouth in 2017.
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.
Senior Software Engineer
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.
Kali is a Premium Tutor and Atlanta Tutor Manager who has tutored over 180 students since joining Applerouth in 2013. She has tutored multiple students to earn perfect section scores on the ACT, and has helped her SAT students achieve impressive gains as well. Kali's warm demeanor and encouraging style of tutoring has put her in the Top 15% of Most Requested Tutors in the history of Applerouth. A Tennessee native, Kali graduated with honors from Carson-Newman University with a BA in Religion and Ministry Studies, where she was on the Dean's List, in the Honors Program, and featured in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Following graduation, she earned a masters degree at Mercer University. Kali describes her tutoring style as interactive and responsive, saying, "I try to find ways to incorporate each student's learning style into our sessions, asking the students to explain the concepts to me as we go." When she's not tutoring, Kali enjoys traveling, reading and music.
Here's what families are saying about Kali:
"Kali was a fantastic tutor! My daughter really connected with her and benefited greatly from her guidance and teaching. She was always on time, kind and got along great with my daughter. My daughter had so much more confidence going into her exams after tutoring under Kali. It was well worth the investment to hire Kali and I can't say enough good things about her."
Jesse is a Premium Tutor who also works on our Business Development team. He has worked with over 100 students since joining the team in 2016 and has helped students to achieve perfect section and composite scores on their college admissions exams. Jesse earned his BS in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech before moving to NYC. He tutors for the SAT, ACT and PSAT, as well as for a wide range of high school subjects, including AP and SAT Subject exams. Jesse has experience working with students with LDs, and he describes his tutoring style as student-centered: "My students run the gamut from introverted to extroverted, and from challenged to high-achieving, so I pride myself on my ability to adapt to a student's individual needs. I'm more of an extrovert myself, and find the most essential element to the work I do with students is forming a connection early on and establishing trust." When he's not tutoring, Jesse enjoys traveling, art and theatre - he's an actor as well!
Here's what families are saying about Jesse:
"Jesse always is super friendly and prepared for our tutoring sessions. He has helped not only my grades but my understanding of math as well!"
Lynda is a Premium Tutor who has worked with almost 200 students since joining Applerouth in 2016. She has helped multiple students achieve perfect section scores on their college admissions tests, and is known for her patient, reassuring nature. Lynda attended Georgia State University, earning a BS in Biology and a PhD in Biochemistry. She has taught Math and Science at a Montessori school for 17 years, and brings the same level of dedication and insight to her tutoring students. Lynda tutors for the SAT, ACT and PSAT, as well as private school admissions exams and a variety of AP and SAT Subject tests; she also tutors Math and Science for students of all levels. Lynda describes her tutoring style as student-centered and adaptive: "I excel when I work one-on-one, adjusting to each student's learning style." When she isn't tutoring, Lynda enjoys yoga, meditation, and traveling.
Here's what families are saying about Lynda:
"Lynda was phenomenal--so kind, helpful, skilled, and effective!"
Ariel is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 70 students since she joined Applerouth in 2014. Ariel is in the Top 15% of Applerouth's Most Requested Tutors of All Time, and has helped 3 students receive perfect section scores on the ACT. Originally from Pennsylvania, Ariel graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She began tutoring in the biology department when she was a student herself and has since then expanded her tutoring repertoire; she currently tutors students preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as those needing academic support in math and biology. She loves seeing her students succeed, and believes in the importance of being fully engaged during sessions. When it comes to her tutoring style, Ariel says, "I am a laid-back, easy-going tutor, but I do expect my students to complete their homework and be mentally present in our sessions. I love to see kids succeed; that means that we are both fully engaged during our time together!" When Ariel isn't tutoring, you can find her hiking - especially in our National Parks - and spending time with her dog.
Here's what families are saying about Ariel:
"Ariel is an excellent tutor. She quickly assessed my daughter's needs and tailored the tutoring sessions specifically for her. I highly recommend Ariel! She has a great attitude, is very flexible with scheduling, and is devoted to your child succeeding."
Phil is a Premium Tutor who has been with Applerouth since 2011. In that time, he has helped over a dozen students achieve perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT, and in 2017, his students showed the highest SAT scores in the entire company. Phil earned a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and followed that up with a Master's in Actuarial Science from Georgia State. He has experience teaching math up to Calculus in the classroom setting, and carries that love of math into his tutoring. In addition to SAT and ACT, Phil tutors for the GRE, SAT Subject Tests, and math of all levels. Phil sees his tutoring style as patient and gently humorous. He also thinks it's important that students understand what is being asked of them - even before they begin to solve the problem! When he's not tutoring, Phil enjoys spending time with his children. He has also edited seven books.
Here's what families are saying about Philip:
"Phil is an excellent tutor who really knows how to teach to kids with examples that are most relatable for them to understand the concepts or problems they are struggling with. He also infuses his tutoring with a great sense of humor to keep the sessions fun and engaging. So glad we found him!"
Forrest is a Premium Tutor who has worked with almost 350 students since joining Applerouth in 2016. In that time, Forrest has helped his students go above and beyond their goals: multiple students have earned either perfect section or composite scores on their college entrance exams. Forrest's dedication and skill have made him a popular choice with families, and he's in our Top 15% of Most Requested Tutors. A Georgia native and Eagle Scout, Forrest earned a Bachelor's in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Tech. He tutors a wide range of subjects, including SAT and ACT, SAT Subject and AP Exams, and Math and Science of all levels. Forrest describes his tutoring style as "patient and encouraging," and he focuses on building student confidence as well as understanding content. When Forrest isn't tutoring, he enjoys rowing, biking, and hiking.
Here's what families are saying about Forrest:
"Forrest offered incredible encouragement that was exactly what my student needed. He was particularly helpful in the last few weeks leading up to the test."
Matt is a Premium Tutor who tutors for the SAT and ACT. A Kentucky native, Matt earned a degree in Chemistry from Western Kentucky University and a degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University. He has over six years of experience tutoring students in a wide range of subjects, from SAT/ACT prep to academic subjects, including AP courses and Math and Science of all levels. Matt describes his tutoring style as "patient" and "feedback-intensive." He's an advocate of trying different teaching styles because every student learns differently: "We will figure out what works for you and stick to that." When Matt isn't tutoring, he enjoys music, camping, and hiking - he's a former Eagle Scout!
Here's what families are saying about Matthew:
"Our son really likes Matt - he's super organized, reliable and very focused on meeting his individual needs. We are super satisfied."
Mary is a Preferred Tutor who has worked with over 50 students since she joined Applerouth. Mary graduated from Tufts University with majors in Mathematics and Psychology. She then went to the west coast and earned her Master of Education from Stanford University along with her California Teaching Credential in Mathematics. Coming back to the east coast, she attended Northeastern University where she received her MA/MBA in Accounting. Finally, she attended George Washington University where she received her MS in Finance. Here at Applerouth, Mary works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as students who need academic support in a variety of classes (especially math). When it comes to her tutoring style, Mary says, "I enjoy meeting and working with all types of students. When I can help them learn new skills and achieve a goal, I am thrilled. Looking at topics in a variety of ways to better solve a problem is how I like to approach teaching." When she isn't tutoring, Mary works for the federal government as a systems accountant and teaches skiing in the winter.
Here's what families are saying about Mary:
"Our son is learning a great deal and has gained more confidence with the strategies he's learning."
Sarah is a Seattle native and Premium Tutor who works with students preparing for the SAT and ACT, as well as students taking a range of academic courses. She is particularly skilled at tutoring Science subjects, including SAT Subject Exams and AP courses. Sarah graduated from Willamette University, majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Chemistry. She is currently pursuing an additional degree in Molecular Biosciences from Bellevue College. During her time at Willamette, Sarah was academically and extracurricularly busy: she studied abroad in Spain and rowed, among other activities. Sarah describes her tutoring style as "patient and straightforward." She goes on to add, "I like to get a sense of how the student works through problems so that we can work together to develop strategies that are tailored for them. I ask a lot of questions to help students articulate their thinking." When she isn't tutoring, Sarah enjoys rowing, running, and hiking.
Here's what families are saying about Sarah:
"Our son really likes his tutor Sarah Fish - she's a great fit for him!"
Ansley is a Preferred Tutor who also works on our Tutor Services team as our Staffing Coordinator, searching high and low for tutor applicants who meet the Applerouth high standard of skill and service. As a tutor, Ansley works with students preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as students who need help in a variety of high school courses, including French, Algebra, and Psychology. A native of Marietta, Georgia, Ansley earned a degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University, where she tutored fellow students in psychology and writing. She has experience working with students individually and in groups, and sees her tutoring style as patient and friendly. She likes to work at the student's pace, helping them to understand the materials in a way that will stick with them. When Ansley isn't tutoring, she plays the violin, writes - she's working on a novel! - and paints.
Here's what families are saying about Applerouth:
"Our tutor was a treasure- always on time, prepared and always knew just what was needed to produce the best results during every session. On both a professional and personal level, the tutor made our experience life changing and memorable to say the least."
Watson is a Preferred Tutor who works with students who are preparing for the SAT and ACT, as well as students who need support in academic courses, focusing on math (including Calculus), economics, and Spanish. An Atlanta native, Watson earned a degree from Georgia Tech, where he graduated with highest honors, majoring in Business Administration (focused on Finance) and minoring in Economics. After graduation, Watson served in the Peace Corps, teaching adults and children in Moldova. Watson particularly likes to tutor math and has this to say about his tutoring style: "I am patient and optimistic with all of my students. I bring a positive learning atmosphere and mindset so that they can see how bright their future can be." When he's not tutoring, Watson enjoys hiking, watching sports, and travelling.
Here's what families are saying about Watson:
"He has really helped my son to master his Math concepts."
Demetrius is a Preferred Tutor and veteran educator who works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as students who need help in a wide range of academic subjects, including (but not limited to!) Algebra, English, and Civics. Demetrius earned a BS in Accounting from Alabama A&M University and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin. After a spell as an FBI agent, Demetrius shifted gears, focusing on his love for teaching students. During his first year of working in education, while employed in the Gwinnett County school system, Demetrius was recognized as the Turner Network Television teacher of the year. Demetrius describes his tutoring style as "Socratic, coaching and supportive," and he has experience working with students of all levels, both individually and in groups. When he isn't teaching, Demetrius enjoys reading, taking leisure walks, and watching Westerns.
Here's what families are saying about Demetrius:
"Demetrius exceeded our expectations. He made classes interesting and motivated our son to prepare ahead of time, and he made great progress in his scores as a result. Thank you for hiring great teachers!"
Thais is a Preferred Tutor who helps students prepare for the SAT and ACT and a range of AP and IB exams. A native of Miami, Thais graduated high school with an IB diploma and went on to attend Boston College, where she earned her B.A and spent a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris. During her high school and college years, Thais became interested in tutoring, working with students individually and in groups. When it comes to her tutoring style, Thais says, "I value relationships. I prioritize getting to know my students--their learning styles, their least favorite subjects, their lifelong dreams--and their families in order to help them achieve their goals more effectively. My goal is to inspire a positive outlook in my students by creating a supportive environment where we can celebrate successes and tackle challenges together." When she isn't tutoring, Thais enjoys theatre, traveling, and yoga.
Here's what families are saying about Thais:
"Thais helped my daughter so much in the month leading up to the test. She is so pleasant, energetic and knowledgeable. Her logical approach to teaching the material along with her support, encouragement and test taking strategies helped my daughter understand and focus in the final days leading up to the test."
Madelyn is a Preferred Tutor who tutors a wide range of subjects: SAT, ACT, PSAT, and academic courses of all levels, including AP courses and SAT Subject Tests. Originally from Virginia, Madelyn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami. Madelyn likes to think of standardized tests as battles between her and the test-writers. She says "the writers can seem like a formidable enemy, but they always use a certain set of the same moves. When I arm my students with the right tricks and strategies, we can beat them at their own game!" When it comes to her tutoring style, Madelyn says, "I work by asking a lot of questions and finding ways to make the subjects relevant to the lives of my students. Everything is a lot easier to remember if you know how the skills we practice or the information we learn matter when you aren't in SAT/ACT world!" When she is not tutoring, Madelyn hosts a weekly video game podcast and she works on a pirate ship! As an admitted classics and theatre nerd, Madelyn hopes some day to travel to Greece and Italy and "geek out."
Here's what families are saying about Madelyn:
"She continually introduces new study skills strategies and is very detailed in her assessments and feedback. We think she's terrific."
Sophie tutors a range of subjects, including SAT and ACT prep, PSAT prep, and private school admissions tests. A native of Palo Alto, California, Sophie moved to Washington, D.C. for college and graduated from American University in 2012. She has experience in the classroom, working with students in groups and individually. Sophie's tutoring style is rooted in compassion, and she strives to help her students manage both the content and their stress levels. "As a high school student, I had a lot of anxiety, especially when it came to test taking," she says. "As a tutor, I hope to ease students anxieties and to give them the skills to not only master the information but also get some control over their feelings about the test and themselves. So, I hope I'm a patient tutor and one who likes to meet a student where they are, both with the material and with their mindset." When she isn't tutoring, Sophie is a musician, an actor, and an avid hockey fan.
Here's what families are saying about Sophie:
"My daughter found Sophie's class to be extremely helpful!"
Sarah is a Preferred Tutor who has worked with over 100 students since she joined Applerouth in 2015. Sarah hails from Arkansas and was the valedictorian of her high school class. Sarah came to New York for college, earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Science from the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, a division of The New School. During her undergraduate career, Sarah earned the University Scholars Award, the Lang College Scholarship, and the Dean's Scholarship. She went on to earn her Master's degree in Neuroscience and Education at the Teacher's College of Columbia University. Sarah has extensive experience working with learners of all ages, even writing material and designing curriculum. Here at Applerouth, she helps prepare students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SHSAT; she also helps students who need academic support in a number of coursees. When it comes to her tutoring style, Sarah says, "I am a big believer in metacognition and delayed recall. It is pivotal that students are able to decipher between what they know extremely well, know pretty well and don't know at all. A big part of learning is delayed recall. Nobody learns through reading/hearing a concept once." When she isn't tutoring, Sarah enjoys the theater - both onstage and in the audience! - and reading.
Here's what families are saying about Sarah:
"Sarah is amazing. We definitely want her for our next 2 boys, who are currently in 8th and 10 grade!"
Stella is a Preferred Tutor who works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT and PSAT; she also tutors for private school admissions tests and some academic subjects. A Virginia native, Stella earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master's degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Georgia Tech. During her time at Virginia Tech, she served as an engineering intern for Dominion Power and Ford. Stella sees her tutoring style as student-centered and interactive; she says, "I like to get an understanding of how the student is interpreting the question or problem and talking through their struggles. I like to think of tutoring as a team effort where we work together to find the solution." When she isn't tutoring, you can find Stella hiking, doing DIY projects, and playing sports.
Here's what families are saying about Stella:
"My daughter is thriving with Stella! She has been a great match and has supported and encouraged her tremendously."
Debora (Deb) Crichton is a Preferred Tutor who works with students preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as those preparing for private school admissions tests. Deb earned both a BA in Economics and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of Washington. Deb has experience tutoring students of all ages, both individually and in groups, and has also taught high school. She sees tutoring as a collaborative effort shared by the tutor and the student: "My style focuses on unlocking the potential in each student. I have plenty of patience for students who take a little extra time to learn. I enjoy the feeling that really knowing how to do something engenders in a student. Having said that, I do push students to challenge themselves, and help them find the self-confidence to do so." When she isn't tutoring, Deb is a dedicated and skilled craftsperson, who makes custom handbags and other types of textile art.
Here's what families are saying about Deb:
"Her style of teaching is so perfect for our son! He has not complained once about these sessions. We are truly grateful!"
Stephen is a Premium Tutor who has tutored over 300 Applerouth students since joining the team in 2015. He's in the Top 15% of Most Requested Tutors in the company, and has tutored multiple students to perfect section scores on the ACT. A New York native, Stephen was valedictorian of his high school graduating class, earning awards for his performance in Math and Science. He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Binghamton University and a Master's of Divinity from Bethel Seminary of the East. When it comes to his tutoring, Stephen believes that attitude is key: "I maintain a very positive demeanor, and interact very naturally with students and parents alike." Stephen's not just a tutor, he's an author who has published several novels and short stories on Amazon.
Here's what families are saying about Stephen:
"Steve is very patient, smart, helpful and calm and accommodating. We're grateful for his help and guidance."
Jenn is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 200 Applerouth students. A Florida native, Jenn graduated high school with honors and a semester's worth of college credit under her belt. She completed an undergraduate degree in speech-language pathology and a Master's degree in education at the University of Florida, and she taught high school English for several years before deciding to focus on tutoring. Jenn is in the top 10% of our most requested tutors, and she was named Applerouth's Premium Tutor of the Year in 2017. Students and parents alike appreciate her warm, encouraging tutoring style and individualized instruction. When Jenn's not tutoring, she enjoys taking cruises with her husband and raising their two daughters.
Here's what families are saying about Jenn:
"Jenn has done a fantastic job of helping my daughter in a way that is not stressful or threatening to her. I can tell she feels much more confident about her upcoming test."
Frederieke is a Premium Tutor who grew up in the Netherlands and earned a medical degree from the University of Leiden. She worked as a medical doctor before her family relocated to Seattle. She currently teaches and serves as an educational specialist at a Seattle school. Frederieke tutors students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT and PSAT, as well as those who need academic support in a variety of subjects. When it comes to her tutoring style, Frederieke believes in a balance between serious work and lighthearted fun: "[Our] sessions will be calm and quiet so we can get the most work done, but there will be room for a few laughs as well!
I will let the student work through their problems/work, assisting only if they get really stuck. I will ask questions so the student can still find the answer on their own." When she isn't tutoring or teaching, Frederieke enjoys camping, hiking, and skiing with her family.
Here's what families are saying about Frederieke:
"Frederieke is great working with teens and we could not have asked for a better fit for our daughter."
Jenna is both a Premium Tutor and the D.C. area Tutor Manager. She's worked with over 100 Applerouth students since joining the team in 2012 and is the most-requested tutor in the D.C. area. She's also tutored multiple students to perfect section scores on both the SAT and ACT. A native of Arlington, Virginia, Jenna attended the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, where she earned a B.A. in English (with distinction) and a minor in Theatre. Jenna spent five years in London, honing her acting skills at LAMDA, before returning to D.C. When it comes to tutoring, Jenna's style is encouraging and reassuring. "Don't let the test get inside your head," she says. "And remember - it's always simpler than you think." When she's not tutoring, you can find Jenna rooting for the Nats, reading, and playing with dogs.
Here's what families are saying about Jenna:
"Jenna is the best! She really understood my son's needs and tailored her work to what he needed. She was patient and understanding. And, of course, my son's SAT scores improved. Working with Jenna was an all around great experience."
Tal is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 350 students since joining our team in 2013. He has helped numerous students to achieve perfect section and composite scores. Tal's dedication and skills have cemented his place in our Top 10 Most Requested Tutors. A National Merit Finalist, Tal received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his J.D. from Emory University's School of Law. After practicing law for several years, Tal realized his true passion was tutoring, and he has never looked back. Tal describes his tutoring style as individualized: "I like to get to know a student to determine his or her learning style, goals, and personality. Based on that information I can be laid-back, no-nonsense, or (more often) a combination of both. I challenge all my students to set high goals and always emphasize the importance of practice and effort." He works with students in SAT/ACT prep, Math, and Social Studies, including several AP and SAT Subject Tests. When he's not tutoring, Tal enjoys chess, languages - he is fluent in Hebrew and conversant in French - and music.
Here's what families are saying about Tal:
"Tal was an excellent tutor! He was engaging, personable, insightful, and made the overall experience very enjoyable!"
Bess is a Premium Tutor who also serves as Applerouth's Director of Business Development for the D.C. Metro Area. Since joining Applerouth in 2013, Bess has worked with over 200 students, helping multiple students achieve perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT. Bess's dedication and skill have cemented her position in our top 10% of Most Requested Tutors. Before finding her home at Applerouth, Bess graduated from the College of William and Mary with departmental distinction. She has experience teaching individual students, groups of all sizes, and students with LDs. Bess enjoys tutoring because it gives her an opportunity to adapt and respond to students on an individual level: "I like discovering how each individual student thinks and how they learn best." When Bess isn't tutoring, you can find her in the theatre - either on-stage or in the audience - and listening to music.
Here's what families are saying about Bess:
"Bess is a rock star. She has worked with both of my kids and has adapted her approach to fit each one with exactly the right touch."
Chelsea is both a Premium Tutor and the Seattle area Tutor Manager who has worked with over 100 Applerouth students since joining the team. She is in the top 10% of Most Requested Tutors and has helped multiple students earn perfect section scores on both the SAT and ACT. A Florida native, Chelsea participated in the International Baccalaureate program in high school. She then went on to earn both a Bachelor's in Biological Science and a Master's in Biology and Science Education, both from Florida State University. During her time at FSU, she worked in a laboratory and taught college-level science classes to undergraduates. She has experience teaching a wide range of students, both individually and in groups. Chelsea takes a student-led approach to tutoring, saying, "I do not give direct answers to students; instead, I prefer to ask questions that help the student work out a problem-solving process that they can apply in the future." When she's not tutoring, Chelsea enjoys rock-climbing, cooking and playing bass guitar.
Here's what families are saying about Chelsea:
"Chelsea is an amazing tutor: intelligent, reliable, and can relate the material in a way that her student understands."
John is a Premium Tutor and the Senior Director of Tutor Services here at Applerouth. Since joining the team in 2009, John has tutored over 700 Applerouth students, helping them to reach their goal scores and cementing his position as one of our Top 10 Most-Requested Tutors. In addition to tutoring, John heads up our entire Tutor Services team and travels all over the country training teachers how to use Applerouth curriculum and methods. Before finding his home at Applerouth, John earned a BA at Emory University, triple-majoring in Religion, History, and Art. He followed that degree up with graduate studies at Georgia State University, earning an MA in Religious Studies and an MAT in Teaching, focusing on Social Studies. John's tutoring style focuses on empowering students to understand the test, inside and out. He says, "The difference between a high score and a perfect score is the difference between thinking like a test-taker and a test-writer." When John's not tutoring or training, he's writing comics, studying pedagogy, and spending time with his family.
Here's what families are saying about John:
"He has been a terrific help to my son and I would highly recommend him!"
Shara-Sue is a Premium Tutor and an Atlanta Tutor Manager. Since joining Applerouth in 2014, Shara-Sue has tutored almost 500 students, several of whom have gone on to achieve perfect section scores on both the SAT and ACT. Shara-Sue's dedication and infectious enthusiasm are impossible to miss: she is one of Applerouth's Top 10 Most Requested Tutors and won the company-wide Above and Beyond Award in 2015 for her willingness to go the extra mile for her students and their families. Before joining Applerouth, Shara-Sue earned a BS in Art Marketing at the University of North Georgia and completed graduate coursework in Art Education at Georgia State University. She taught in the public school system for several years before becoming a full-time tutor with Applerouth. Shara-Sue describes her tutoring style as "lively, adaptive, energetic, visual, and auditory." She works hard to empower her students and build their confidence as they get ready for test day. When she's not tutoring, Shara-Sue creates art, travels everywhere she can, and enjoys all the cultural and artistic events Atlanta has to offer!
Here's what families are saying about Shara-Sue:
"Shara-Sue is the most incredible tutor! We are so appreciative of her and of Applerouth's matching us with her. We are so thrilled with the help and leadership she has provided our daughters, who adore her. She is truly wonderful."
Kayla is a Premium Tutor who has worked with almost 500 students since joining Applerouth in 2014. She is among the top 10% of Most Requested Tutors here at Applerouth. Kayla's students have achieved high score gains, including perfect section scores and perfect composite scores on their tests. She has experience tutoring students of all backgrounds, both individually and in groups; Kayla also has experience working with students with LDs. Originally from Texas, Kayla earned a BA in Sociology from Emory University. Kayla describes her tutoring style as encouraging and student-driven: "I like to give students room to discover concepts on their road to independence. I strive to foster an enjoyable experience for my students, while ensuring that they are mastering concepts and strategies." When Kayla isn't tutoring, she plays guitar and enjoys art of all kinds.
Here's what families are saying about Kayla:
"Kayla was very helpful, not only with the subject matter but also with boosting my daughter's confidence. Kayla is knowledgeable and attentive and she made the process enjoyable."
Marshall is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 500 students since he joined the Applerouth team in 2011. He has cemented his place in the top 10% of Most Requested Tutors through his dedication to student success: several of his students have achieved perfect section and composite scores on their tests. Marshall earned a degree in Classics from Davidson College in 2007, focusing on Greek and Latin. He taught English for two years in the People's Republic of China before coming to work for Applerouth. Marshall describes his tutoring style as student-centered and organic: "I love structure, but I also want to know how the student initially approaches the test. I like to build off of processes that students are already doing well." When he is not tutoring, Marshall enjoys playing the guitar and spending time with his family.
Here's what families are saying about Marshall:
"Marshall steadily builds confidence in our daughter by determining her needs, educating her in areas of weakness and teaching her successful strategies."
Sarah is a Premium Tutor who has tutored over 100 students since joining the team in 2013. Sarah earned a degree in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College before moving on to do graduate work in Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Once she started PhD work, however, she realized that her true love was teaching, rather than research. She tutors SAT/ACT, math of all levels, as well as chemistry, physics and other sciences. Sarah's broad base of knowledge, combined with her dedication to her students, has cemented her place in our top 10% of Most Requested Tutors. Her dedication pays off: several of her students have achieved perfect section or composite scores in their SATs and ACTs. In addition to tutoring, Sarah serves as our Math Specialist, creating content for our books and online practice; she is the Applerouth authority on the SAT and ACT's math problems! Sarah's tutoring philosophy focuses on breaking difficult problems into steps: "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." When Sarah isn't tutoring, she knits, bakes, and sings in a choir.
Here's what families are saying about Sarah:
"My daughter likes Sarah's style and the way she helps her break things into pieces. She feels that Sarah is already helping her better understand the concepts."
Eric is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 350 students since joining the Applerouth team in 2015. In that time, he has helped his students achieve impressive gains; he has also helped them become confident in their own skills. A graduate of the University of Georgia and a former National Merit Scholar, Eric believes that his role as a tutor is to scaffold his student's learning, so they can succeed on their own: "I focus on building, starting with areas of strength or familiarity and using those concepts to build confidence and bridge into new ideas." When he's not tutoring, Eric is a voracious reader and an enthusiastic cook.
Here's what families are saying about Eric:
"Really excellent tutor. My students respect and enjoy his method, intelligence and kindness."
Ben is a Premium Tutor who has been with Applerouth since 2016. He's also an Applerouth Program Advisor, which means he spends his days talking to families and helping them decide on the best prep plan for their students. Ben earned a BA in Geography from the University of Georgia and an MA in Teaching at Georgia State. When it comes to tutoring, Ben considers his style to be adaptive and student-centered: "I like to adapt my tutoring sessions to the needs/learning styles of my students. I am patient and understanding of students struggles, and I am motivated to find creative and engaging ways of helping students grasp concepts and be successful on tests." When he's not tutoring, Ben enjoys playing the guitar, traveling, and sports.
Here's what families are saying about Ben:
"Ben was an amazing tutor. He kept my daughter engaged and motivated. My daughter's scores reflect this engagement and motivation. Ben not only provided tips, tricks and strategies for the ACT test but also showed my daughter how to apply them. This was absolutely key for my daughter who is a visual learner. As a result of Ben's tutoring, my daughter has reached her goal score."
Heather is a Premium Tutor who also serves as the Operations Coordinator here at Applerouth. Since joining Applerouth, Heather has tutored almost 70 students, earning a 5/5 ranking from every family she has worked with. Heather's students have gone on to achieve impressive gains, including perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT. Heather graduated from the University of Georgia, where she was inducted into three different academic honor societies and studied abroad in France. She tutors SAT/ACT, French of all levels, and a number of AP exams and SAT Subject tests. When it comes to testing success, Heather thinks it's important to remember that every student's needs are different, and she adapts her tutoring to suit each individual student: "Everyone takes tests differently! What works for your friend may not work for you and that's okay." When she's not tutoring, Heather enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her dog, Dexter.
Here's what families are saying about Heather:
"Great tutor - my daughter has worked very well with her!"
Tom is a longtime Premium Tutor and the Director of Tutor Services here at Applerouth. Tom earned a Bachelors of Science with a Double Major in Economics and Finance at the University of South Alabama and followed that up with an MBA from the University of Rochester, focusing on both Corporate Accounting and Finance. After working in the finance world for several years, Tom went back to school, earned a Teaching Certification in Broad Field Business, Economics, and History at the University of Georgia, and taught high school for over 13 years. Since joining the team in 2011, Tom has tutored over 650 students and is one of our Top 10 Most-Requested Tutors. Tom has tutored multiple students who have achieved perfect section scores and perfect composite scores on the SAT and ACT. He sums up his tutoring philosophy simply and decisively: "Take a two pronged approach: master the material and master the test." When Tom isn't tutoring, you can find him fishing, driving his trademark red Camaro, and - most importantly - spending time with his family.
Here's what families are saying about Tom:
"Tom is an amazing tutor; he does a great job of preparing his students and really connects with them. Fabulous!"
Matt is a Premium Tutor and Applerouth's Training Manager. He also works with our instructional design team, writing curriculum and practice materials for a wide range of student levels. Since joining Applerouth in 2011, Matt has worked with almost 1200 students and is Applerouth's Most Requested Tutor. His students have achieved perfect section scores on both the SAT and ACT and go on to attend competitive universities all over the world. Matt also tutors a wide range of other subjects, including AP and IB classes, as well as SAT Subject Tests and private school admissions tests. A California native, Matt earned his B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his M.A. at Emory University. Before finding his home at Applerouth, Matt taught at Emory University and several other Atlanta-area colleges. When he isn't tutoring, Matt enjoys playing the guitar and cooking.
Here's what families are saying about Matthew:
"I just want to let you know what an incredible tutor Matthew is. He worked with both of my boys and guided them successfully through this process. They both found the sessions helpful and Matt fun and engaging. Thank you!"
Isaac is a Preferred Tutor who joined Applerouth in 2013. Since then, he's been helping students prepare for the SAT and ACT. A New York native, Isaac graduated magna cum laude from Ithaca College, where he earned a degree from the Park School of Communications. Coming from a family of teachers, Isaac felt that he grew up with a passion to learn and teach, and he likes working with a range of students, including those with learning difference or those who are trying to achieve a perfect score. He describes his tutoring style as "personal and innovative." When he's not tutoring, Isaac enjoys film, photography, and recording/mixing all kinds of music.
Here's what families are saying about Isaac:
"Isaac's methods are helpful and informative, without being boring. I feel a lot more confident now!"
Alyssa is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 100 Applerouth students since joining the team in 2016 and who also helped to edit our new ACT book. An Illinois native, Alyssa attended Illinois Wesleyan University, where she earned a B.A. in Biology, with a Minor in German. She followed that degree up by earning a Master's degree in Forensic Science at The George Washington University. When it comes to her tutoring style, Alyssa says, "I want to make learning fun. I also think it is very important to show students how to think as opposed to just explain how to get an answer." When she's not tutoring, Alyssa enjoys traveling - especially in Europe - and knitting.
Here's what families are saying about Alyssa:
"Alyssa was amazing. Such a great tutor. Upbeat, flexible. My daughter loves her."
Kevin is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 130 Applerouth students since joining our team in 2011. He is in the top 10% of our Most Requested Tutors, and has helped multiple students earn a perfect section score on both the ACT and SAT. In fact, Kevin earned the Applerouth Award for Highest ACT Gains in 2017! An Atlanta native, Kevin earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also served as a research assistant. He's been tutoring since he was a student himself and has extensive experience working with students individually and in groups. When it comes to his tutoring, Kevin says, "I like to empower students to learn and improve their processes." When he's not tutoring, Kevin is a skilled artisan who makes furniture.
Here's what families are saying about Kevin:
"Kevin has been a perfect fit for my son's ACT tutoring needs. He is personable, knowledgeable, and responsive. He has identified the areas where help is most needed and really improved those areas. We would definitely recommend Kevin to others!"
Pierre-Alain is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 70 Applerouth students. Originally from Paris, the well-traveled Pierre-Alain completed a PhD in biotechnology at Imperial College in London in 2005, and he currently works as a Technology Development Manager in Columbia, MD. Pierre-Alain's recipe for success, in his own words, is to "Think positively, learn from your mistakes, and... practice, practice, practice!" When he's not tutoring or researching, Pierre-Alain is working on his second degree blackbelt and visiting his native France to hit the slopes.
Here's what families are saying about Pierre-Alain:
"Pierre-Alain was a wonderful tutor. My son responded so well to his clear, firm and thoughtful approach. Pierre-Alain pushed my son appropriately in a way that signaled his confidence in my son's abilities. I would highly recommend him for other students."
Chloe is a Premium Tutor who works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT. A Virginia native, Chloe earned her degree from the University of Delaware, where she graduated magna cum laude and studied abroad in Paris and New Zealand. When it comes to her tutoring style, Chloe says, "I consider myself to be extremely patient, kind, supportive, and encouraging. I know that the tests can be daunting and stressful exams and want to make sure my students feel as relaxed as possible. Working with me is a judgment-free zone!" When she isn't tutoring, Chloe is an artist and photographer who also enjoys bike riding and long walks.
Here's what families are saying about Applerouth:
"My experience with Applerouth was friendly, easy, productive, and professional. My daughter really liked her tutor."
Ian is a Premium Tutor who also serves as the Tutor Manager for the NYC Metro Area Tutors. Since joining Applerouth in 2011, Ian has worked with over 350 students, helping multiple students achieve perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT. His characteristic diligence and sense of humor has helped hundreds of students conquer their SATs and ACTs, cementing Ian's position in our top 10% of Most Requested Tutors. Growing up, Ian split his time between London and New York. Fluent in three languages, Ian graduated from Cornell University with a Dual B.A. in Political Science and History. Here at Applerouth, Ian tutors for the SAT/ACT, as well as a number of AP and regular high school classes. Ian describes his tutoring style as "founded upon forming a relationship with the student first and foremost. Easygoing. Creative. Patient. Adaptable to many different learning styles." He enjoys working with students who are driven to improve their skills. When he isn't tutoring, Ian enjoys acting, art and tennis.
Here's what families are saying about Ian:
"Ian is very competent, knowledgeable, and personable tutor. My son is very happy to have him as an SAT and SAT 2 tutor. As a sophomore his math scores improved by 100 points."
Zachary is a Preferred Tutor who has a perfect 5-star rating from the families he has worked with, and word of his tutoring skill and dedication has spread since he started with Applerouth: one out of every four students that he works with personally requested him because they had heard wonderful things about him from their friends. Zachary has eight years of experience working with students from elementary age through adulthood. Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Zachary graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University and received his Master's from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Here at Applerouth, he works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT. Zachary has a sense of humor about his tutoring style. He says, "I train my students to be SAT or ACT Ninjas. As mentor and apprentice, we will work together to sharpen mental acuity, speed, and agility, while maintaining a holistic approach. After all, who doesn't want to be a ninja?! Or, if you prefer, we can train like Olympic athletes. Either way, we will train the body and mind to perform at peak abilities." When he's not tutoring, Zachary enjoys making, performing and teaching music of all styles.
Here's what families are saying about Zachary:
"Zachary has been wonderful with our daughter. She loves her sessions, and is encouraged by the progress she has already made."
Alex is a Preferred Tutor and professional computer programmer who helps students prepare for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT; he also tutors a wide range of math and science courses, from Algebra to Calculus and Physics. An Illinois native, Alex completed coursework at Purdue University in Chemical Engineering before discovering his passion for programming. He earned his certification at a programming trade school and went on to pursue a career in the field. An eternal student, Alex enjoys the challenges of his chosen field - and the fact that he has to keep learning new and better ways to work. It's a passion he passes on to his students. Alex has years of experience tutoring students in math, science, and test prep; he began in high school by tutoring his peers in Calculus and hasn't stopped since. When it comes to his tutoring style, Alex says, "My approach to tutoring focuses heavily on a strong understanding of the core material. The way that standardized tests ask Math questions challenges the student to stretch and manipulate certain formulas and concepts so that they can solve the problem at hand. In Language, Reading, and Science, the most difficult questions require the test taker to find evidence for an author's decision or analyze a passage and give it structure. For each case, the student must fully grasp and confidently use the core concepts being tested. That is my goal for each and every student with whom I work." When he's not coding or tutoring, Alex enjoys playing sports - he plays racquetball, golf, and softball - as well as listening to music and creating art.
Here's what families are saying about Applerouth:
"Thank you for your expert tutoring! My only regret is that we didn't connect sooner. You were a huge help, and my daughter is so excited to be studying at her top choice school."
Pat is a Preferred Tutor who works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as those who need academic support in a variety of subjects, including AP subjects and high-level math. A native New Yorker, Pat graduated from Fordham Preparatory School, where he attended as a recipient the St. Ignatius Presidential Scholarship. He is currently earning a degree in Psychology and completing pre-med requirements at Hunter College. He particularly likes to tutor math of all levels; he enjoys the challenge of making difficult material accessible to his students. Pat has experience tutoring and mentoring students in groups and individually, and he sees himself as a patient, dedicated tutor. His goal, he says, is to teach his students "to think critically, analyze a problem, and select the correct tool or strategy" to solve it on their own. Beyond the content, Pat believes it is his job to motivate his students to grow and learn from their experiences. He says, "There is no shame in failure or coming up short as long as you learn from the experience and keep taking steps towards your goal." When Pat isn't tutoring or studying, he enjoys e-sports, camping, and listening to an eclectic mix of music.
Here's what families are saying about Pat:
"We like Pat very much. He is extremely intelligent and a friendly, considerate and capable teacher."
Niko is a Preferred Tutor who tutors SAT/ACT prep and English. He particularly enjoys tutoring students who are working through difficult literature courses. A Georgia native, Niko graduated from Columbus State University - a task that was made easier by his 15 hours of AP credit from high school. Niko works especially hard to reassure his students and build their confidence, particularly for the SAT and ACT. When it comes to his tutoring style, Niko says, "I prefer a laid back, no-stress environment, where the student feels comfortable to try. The test itself is going to be harrowing enough; the sessions before certainly don't need to be." When Niko isn't tutoring, he loves theatre and music: he plays all kinds of instruments, including the saxophone and the ukulele!
Here's what families are saying about Nikolas:
"He is patient and calm and easy to talk to. Our son is doing his best to learn as much as he can from Niko."
Jennifer is a Preferred tutor with several years of experience working with students at the high school and college level. Jennifer earned her B.A. and M.A. from Georgia State University, and is currently working on her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Georgia State as well. Here at Applerouth, she tutors a variety of subjects, including SAT/ACT, a range of AP classes, and writing of all levels. Jennifer's tutoring style is patient and encouraging; she enjoys helping students to grow in skill and confidence. When she isn't tutoring, you can find Jennifer hiking, reading, and traveling.
Here's what families are saying about Jennifer:
"Jennifer has done a good job with instruction. I've appreciated her weekly email updates on what they cover, along with specific comments on how my child did in class that day."
Kyle is a Preferred Tutor who is currently studying at the University of Washington, where he is earning a degree in Anthropology, with a minor in Japanese Linguistics. Here at Applerouth, Kyle works with students preparing for the SAT, ACT and PSAT, as well as students who need academic support in a variety of courses, including APs. When it comes to his tutoring style, Kyle says, "I try to explain things in many different ways, until I find one that resonates well with students. Each student is an individual and different person, so teaching must be flexible and adaptable as well." His flexibility and adaptibility has paid off - last year, Kyle helped a student earn a perfect section score on the ACT. He is also a black belt in Kung Fu, and enjoys travelling internationally when he's not tutoring.
Here's what families are saying about Kyle:
"Great, knowledgeable, flexible!"
Zachary is a Preferred Tutor who has worked with over 200 students since he joined Applerouth in 2013. He works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as those needing academic support in a range of math and science courses, including APs. A Maryland native, Zachary graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Mechanical Engineering. His tutoring style is encouraging. He tells his students, "Never be afraid to try new ways to learn. You aren't an old dog yet, so learn the new tricks!" When he isn't tutoring, Zachary loves to play basketball, baseball, and his trumpet when he gets the opportunity.
Here's what families are saying about Zachary:
"Zachary was excellent - professional, kind, engaging, interested and an effective tutor."
Hana is a Premium Tutor who has worked with over 80 students since joining Applerouth in 2014. Hana attended Columbia University, double-majoring in sociology and dance. She tutors a range of subjects, including SAT/ACT and high school admissions tests, such as the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Hana describes her tutoring style as friendly and encouraging: "I prefer to motivate my students through a shared investment in the work we are doing and in maintaining a positive and rewarding relationship with each other." Hana is a professional dancer, and when she's not tutoring, she is rehearsing, performing, and teaching ballet.
Here's what families are saying about Hana:
"Hana was an excellent tutor for our daughter. She was calm but gently persistent, organized and knew her material."
Lanae tutors SAT/ACT prep and a wide range of academic subjects, including varied AP courses and Math of all levels. A Texas native, Lanae earned her undergraduate degree in Math from Seattle Pacific University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Emory University. Lanae began tutoring other students as a high-schooler and hasn't stopped since. When it comes to her tutoring style, Lanae says, "My tutoring style is dialogical, meaning I ask a lot of questions, and personal, meaning I try to change my tactics as needed to fit my student. One tactic I employ frequently is creating analogies between the topic and a student's interests. I am patient and find great joy in watching my students realize they understand how to do a problem after they have invested time and energy into learning." When she's not tutoring, Lanae enjoys working out, cooking, and traveling.
Here's what families are saying about Lanae:
"Lanae is excellent, very knowledgeable and encouraging, and a great taskmaster as well!"
Erica is a Preferred Tutor who has worked with over 175 students for over 800 hours of test prep since she joined Applerouth in 2012. She has a decade of tutoring and teaching experience in a variety of subjects (K-12 and adult). Originally from New Jersey, Erica earned a degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University. She is currently a Master of Public Health candidate at Emory University. Here at Applerouth, Erica works with students preparing for standardized tests - like the SAT, ACT, PSAT, and SSAT - as well as those who need academic support in a variety of courses. When she's not tutoring, Erica enjoys improv, singing, and exploring nature.
Here's what families are saying about Erica:
"Erica has been doing a great job. She is very responsive to our son. We've been very happy with the tutoring Erica has provided!"
Luke is a Preferred Tutor who teaches a wide range of subjects: SAT/ACT, GRE, SSAT/ISEE, SHSAT, and a plethora of academic subjects, including AP and IB courses. A native of New Jersey, Luke earned a B.A. from Davidson College and followed that up with M.A. degrees from both Yale University and Drew University. He is currently working on a PhD from Drew University. Luke has experience tutoring students of all levels, both individually and in groups. When it comes to his tutoring style, Luke says, "I would describe my tutoring style as relational and individualized. Tutoring is not a 'one size fits all' endeavor. I seek, therefore, to tailor my tutoring methodology to the psychological and cognitive constitution of the student. Each student requires a different pedagogical approach, and I seek to ascertain what that ideal teaching style is for each student." When he's not tutoring, Luke enjoys listening to music, hiking, and traveling.
Here's what families are saying about Luke:
"Luke is an amazing tutor. He worked so hard with my son and was so patient and knowledgeable. I cannot rave about him enough."
Ben is a Premium Tutor who has tutored almost 600 students since joining Applerouth in 2012. He has tutored multiple students who have gone on to achieve perfect section and composite scores on both the SAT and the ACT, cementing his position as one of Applerouth's Top 10 Most Requested Tutors. Ben tutors a wide range of subjects, including SAT/ACT, GRE, and a number of AP exams. Before joining Applerouth, Ben earned a BS in Economics from North Carolina State University and a JD from Emory University's School of Law. When it comes to tutoring, Ben says, "I like to coach students to be comfortable and successful in stressful and unfamiliar situations. I also enjoy working with high-achieving students who are driven to strive for the points beyond the score that satisfies most people." When Ben isn't tutoring, he enjoys music, reading, and sports.
Here's what families are saying about Ben:
"I can confidently state that Ben Culp is a tremendous teaching asset. The 'gentle educator,' Ben has demonstrated by working with my daughter that he can work with any type of student and the unique challenges they bring. He likes what he is doing and it shows. Thank you Ben!
Laura is a Premium Tutor and Applerouth veteran who returned to us in 2018 after a few years away, and we are incredibly happy to have her back. She is also the Business Development Manger for our Houston market. Laura tutors an extensive range of subjects, from SAT/ACT prep to SAT Subject Tests to high school classwork in a variety of subjects. She has experience tutoring students with LDs, as well as group classes and 1-on-1 tutoring. An Atlanta native, Laura earned her degree from Georgia State University, majoring in Anthropology with dual minors in Economics and Physics. She graduated summa cum laude and received the additional honors of Advanced Research Seal and Distinguished Honors in Anthropology. After graduation, Laura moved to Denver, where she worked with the University of Colorado, Boulder on physics education research. In 2019, she moved to Houston to open Applerouth's Houston market. When it comes to her tutoring philosophy, Laura says, "My tutoring style is enthusiastic and lighthearted. I treat learning as a glorious adventure full of exciting challenges and opportunities for success." This approach pays off: Laura has helped multiple students achieve perfect section scores on the SAT and ACT and has earned herself a spot in the Top 15% of our Most Requested Tutors. When she's not tutoring, Laura enjoys arts and crafts, singing, and counseling summer camp.
Here's what families are saying about Laura:
We absolutely love Laura's passion and dedication. We are very happy!"
Nathan is a Premium Tutor who has worked with almost 90 students since joining the Applerouth team in 2016. His students have gone on to achieve great success, including perfect section and composite scores. Nathan's dedication and skill has cemented his place in our top 10% of Most Requested Tutors. A Wisconsin native, Nathan earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. in English from the University of San Francisco. Nathan sees tutoring as an opportunity to help a student grow: "I focus on treating each student as an individual, a person who has taken a one-of-a-kind journey through education and who has developed a unique learning style that works best for him or her. I foster a sense of responsibility within my students to develop passions and create plans for achieving their own success in the classroom, on test day, and in the wider world of college and beyond." When he's not tutoring, Nathan enjoys music, traveling, and rock climbing.
Here's what families are saying about Nathan:
"After tutoring with Nathan, I feel exponentially more confident in regards to the upcoming SAT. I have nothing to offer except praise and thanks. Nathan's tutoring strategies and energy encouraged me to elevate my work ethic to succeed. Nathan understood the situation I was in and helped tweak minor errors to dramatically increase my scores. "
John is a Premium Tutor who works with students preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT; he also tutors a range of academic subjects. A Georgia native, John went westward for school, earning a B.A. in Environmental Philosophy and Practice - a major he designed himself - from Colorado College. John's passion for the environment is matched by his passion for education, and he's been educating learners of all ages since he was a college student himself. When it comes to his tutoring style, John says, "I strive to balance building a relationship with my students and using our time together effectively so they can perform their best academically. I want to get to know my students and understand their goals so that I can help them reach those goals and encourage or push them when needed." When he's not tutoring, John enjoys being outdoors, drawing, and working on a variety of crafting projects like pottery and painting.
Here's what families are saying about John:
"John has been so good with our son and we have had results beyond our wildest imaginings. First off, he's patient and thorough. He is flexible. He is detail-oriented and organized, with a clear action plan and schedule. John Jennings has been the perfect match. He's exceeded expectations."
Will is a Preferred Tutor who works with students as they prepare for SAT, ACT, and PSAT. He also tutors a wide range of academic subjects, including AP courses like Calculus and Physics. A Kansas native, Will came to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, where he earned his undergraduate degree. During his time at the University of Chicago, Will was able to study abroad in Toledo, Spain. He started tutoring when he was in high school himself, helping younger students to improve their math skills, and he hasn't stopped since. When it comes to his tutoring style, Will says, "My tutoring is friendly, approachable, and empathetic. I do everything I can to understand and build relationships with my students, which allows me to adapt my teaching to best fit their needs. I am also always enthusiastic to explain the ins and outs of multiple methods to solving problems, and understanding how problems relate to each other, which helps me find explanations that any one student grasps the best." When he isn't tutoring, Will is a skilled musician and chorale conductor who also enjoys hiking and jigsaw puzzles.
Here's what families are saying about Applerouth:
"Our tutor was a treasure- always on time, prepared and always knew just what was needed to produce the best results during every session. On both a professional and personal level, the tutor made our experience life changing and memorable to say the least."
Yehuda is a Preferred Tutor who tutors a wide range of admissions tests and academic subjects, from SAT and ACT prep to Regents' Exams to AP Calculus - and everything in-between! A New York native, he earned a degree in Economics, with a concentration in Mathematics, from Queens College, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. With more than two decades of tutoring experience, Yehuda takes a student-centered approach to education. "I believe in using every moment with students to inspire a passion for learning and an increase in their confidence," he says. "When a student integrates these feelings as part of our work together, rather than drudgery, preparing for exams is an exciting step toward a future of limitless possibilities." When he's not tutoring, Yehuda is a professionally-trained singer who also loves scuba-diving.
Here's what families are saying about Applerouth:
"My expectations have been exceeded by a long shot. Thank you for helping me achieve goals I didn't even know I was capable of!"
Barrett is a Preferred Tutor who has worked with Applerouth since 2012. Originally from Louisiana, Barrett graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He works with students who are preparing for the SAT, ACT, and PSAT, as well as those who need academic support in math courses, from Algebra I to Calculus. He also tutors for AP exams in math and physics. He enjoys the challenge of making difficult material accessible and has worked with students of all ages: from middle school to college. Barrett describes his tutoring style as "facilitating and encouraging, with an emphasis on fundamentals." When he's not tutoring, Barrett enjoys listening to classical music and playing PC games.
Here's what families are saying about Barrett:
"Barrett is an excellent tutor! My daughters says he always explains things in a way that makes them understandable."
Brylind is a Premium Tutor who has worked with Applerouth since 2012. In that time, he's earned himself a spot in our top 10% of Most Requested Tutors. Brylind also serves as a Program Advisor on our Client Care team, helping parents navigate the test prep journey. Brylind earned a B.A. from The George Washington University, double-majoring in International Affairs and French. He followed that up with an M.A. in French Literature from the University of Michigan. Brylind works with students on SAT/ACT prep, French of all levels, and a number of other subjects, including AP and SAT Subject Exams. Brylind's tutoring style is encouraging, and he sums up his motto like this: "If you work hard, study hard, and try your best, you'll be fine!" When he's not tutoring, Brylind is an avid runner and enjoys scuba diving.