Meet the Team


Zach Galin

Northwestern University, BS – Learning & Organizational Change
Bank Street College of Education, MSEd – Education

Zach has spent over a decade working independently with students and families in the college admissions process. From test preparation to college matching, applications, and financial aid, Zach has helped students gain acceptance to their top choice schools.

Zach spent his undergraduate years at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Learning and Organizational Change. He was actively engaged in student government, Greek life, cultural affairs, and community service. Upon graduation, he ran an academic tutoring and test prep center on New York City’s upper west side. He worked with hundreds of families to diagnose students’ specific academic deficiencies and develop courses from a variety of text-based and digital curricula to improve their skills.

Zach was then accepted into Teach for America and taught science, test-taking strategies, and organizational skills in a middle/high school in the South Bronx. While a corps member, he received his masters degree in education from New York City’s Bank Street College of Education.

Zach previously served on Hillel’s International Board of Directors, Bank Street College’s Board of Trustees, and the Madison Jewish Community Day School Board of Directors. He currently serves as the chair of the Camp Shalom (Verona, WI) committee, as a member of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Foundation board, and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Madison.



Brenda | Director of College Counseling

University of Illinois, BS – Journalism
Northern Illinois University, Teacher Licensure – Secondary English
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, MS – Counselor Education

Before starting her practice as an Independent Educational Consultant, Brenda enjoyed more than 30 years in public education at Verona Area and Beaver Dam Unified School Districts. As a teacher and counselor, she focuses on preparing young adults for college and careers. She has also worked in higher education with the UW-Madison Publications Office and the Office of Educational Portfolios & Career Services in the School of Education.

She has been named Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counselors, representative to ACT’s Wisconsin Executive Council, delegate to the UW-System Competency-Based Admission Steering Committee and representative to the WISCareers Advisory Council. She is a licensed Global Career Facilitator and a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors, Independent Educational Consultants Association (Associate Member) and National Career Development Association.



Colleen | Director of Instruction
Columbia University – BA, Sociology and Educational Studies

Colleen comes to Madison from St. Joseph, Louisiana, where she taught high school mathematics for two years as a Teach for America corps member. Originally from suburban Philadelphia, Colleen completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in sociology with a concentration in educational studies. She received honors for her thesis that compared the experiences of teachers working in traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools in New York City. Colleen is the daughter of two teachers and has spent her life studying education in diverse areas of our country and the world. While studying abroad in Durban, South Africa, she researched the role a private girls’ school had in shaping young women for a future as the country’s new elite. Additionally, Colleen has worked for the Breakthrough Collaborative as a summer enrichment eighth grade math teacher and as a school year coordinator, organizing an after school tutoring program for over 30 middle school students twice a week in New York City. In her spare time Colleen loves to take and teach dance classes, meet new people, and explore new places!


Alex | Director of Operations

Quinnipiac University – BS, Psychology
Fordham University – MST, Childhood Special Education

Alex came to Madison from New York where he earned his MST in Childhood and Special Education from Fordham University. During graduate school, Alex taught both 2nd and 4th grade in Valhalla, New York. Alex completed his undergraduate years at Quinnipiac University where he received his B.S. in Psychology. Prior to moving to Madison, Alex spent two years working at the same school he student taught, as a 3rd grade special education teacher. Beyond the classroom, Alex coached basketball for eight summers at a camp in Roslyn, NY. For the last six summers, he has worked at a sleepaway camp in Starlight, PA as a counselor and a supervisor for 5th grade boys. Though he is full time at Galin Education, he did not want to completely leave classroom work behind. He continues to teach once a week as a substitute teacher in the Madison area.



Scott | Director of Academic Consulting

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – BBA, Business Administration
Roosevelt University – MEd, Education
Argosy University – MA, Community Counseling

Scott received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He went on to earn both a teaching certification and a Master’s degree in Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Scott spent seven years working for a Chicago charter school network. He started as a middle school special education teacher before becoming a Special Education program administrator at two charter schools.


While working in special education, Scott also earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. For six years, he worked at a private counseling practice near Chicago. He specialized in providing executive functioning coaching, academic coaching, and individual counseling for high-achieving, under-performing students.


Scott combines his unique expertise in special education, school administration, and therapeutic counseling to foster meaningful relationships with clients. His main goal is to help direct students along the path to self-directed learning, executive functioning skillsets, personal growth, and independence. In his free time, Scott likes to read pop culture history books, waterski, and play softball.



Lynn | Director of Client Experience

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – B.A., Teaching of English
University of Utah – M.Ed., Special Education

Lynn has spent the last 22 years in Madison working with children of all ages. Lynn’s career in Madison started as a teacher in the special education department at Jefferson Middle School. She came to Jefferson after having received a Masters in Special Education from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she lived for just over three years. While in Salt Lake, Lynn spent her free time downhill skiing and hiking in one of the more beautiful mountain ranges that surround the city: the Wasatch (which is also the name of one of her dogs). Professionally in Salt Lake, Lynn taught English at one of the city’s alternative schools, and served as the Department Chair for the Special Education Department in a Salt Lake City junior high.

Before moving to Salt Lake, Lynn taught High School English to children with behavior disorders at an alternative high school in the suburbs of Chicago. Lynn obtained her BA in the Teaching of English from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (Go Illini!).

After her third year at Jefferson, Lynn had her second child (each of whom benefited from their time at Galin Education – one (Charlie) is completing his sophomore year at UW Madison, and the other (Julia) will be heading to Ann Arbor this fall to start her college career as a Wolverine), and began what would be a 16-year career with the Jewish Federation of Madison.

Lynn started at JFM as the Camp Shalom Director, where she worked with 75 staff members (ages 16-25) and helped ensure that more than 400 children (Kindergarten thru 4th Grade) experience a summer that most look forward to repeating, and many will never forget. Also at JFM, Lynn served as the Pre-School Director, and the Financial Resources Director.

Lynn’s specialties include an uncanny ability to help students learn how to schedule and manage their activities, responsibilities and lessons, and how to just “relax.”




College Admissions Counselor & Florida Office Coordinator

Lehigh University, BS – Business Administration
Lehigh University, MBA – Business Administration

Dave came to West Palm Beach from New York City in 2000. He earned two degrees at Lehigh University, topped by an MBA. While at Lehigh, Dave served as a Graduate Assistant in Athletics in return for a free MBA and helped launch Sports Marketing and the Lehigh Athletics Partnership. As an undergraduate, Dave earned an accounting degree, was Sports Editor of the school newspaper and was recognized with the Contribution to Student Life Award. He also was engaged in the admissions process as an Alumni Outreach Volunteer and represented Lehigh at college fairs.

At Dreyfoos School of the Arts I launched the Music College Advisory group, counseling students on all aspects of the college admissions process.  Additionally I worked on the Performing Arts College Fair, meeting with admissions directors and regional representatives from target schools nationwide.

Corporately, Dave has served industry leading companies including Deloitte & Touche, AT&T and NextEra Energy. With extensive experience in Marketing and Finance, Dave passionately serves his college counseling students. He truly enjoys creating and executing a marketing plan to help his students stand out and earn admission to their top choice colleges.
Dave has been married to his wife Wendy for 20 years and their son Justin is a Clarinet Performance major at Rice University


College Admissions Counselor

Northwestern University, BA – Human Development & Psychological Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA – Counseling Psychology

Kelli has a B.A. in Human Development from Northwestern University, and  M.A. in Counseling Psychology from UW-Madison.  Kelli was a four-year starter and team captain for the Northwestern Volleyball team.  From here Kelli spent eight years as an academic advisor for student-athletes at UW-Madison as well as running their Career and Student Development programs.  Kelli currently teaches career development and leadership courses at UW-Madison.  She also teaches professionals in the UCLA College Counseling program about career development and assessment.  Kelli also has her own career consulting business, Capital College and Career, where she works with college students and young adults on career and major exploration as well as job and internship search.  Kelli, her husband, and three children currently live in Waunakee.


College Admissions Counselor

University of Wisconsin – Madison, BA – English Literature 
Loyola University Chicago – M.Ed., Higher Education Administration & Policy Studies

Lindsay Kindschy rowed on the Women’s Lightweight Crew team at UW-Madison as an undergraduate student and, years later, returned professionally to direct the career development program for 800+ student-athletes for Wisconsin Athletics. She was a career advisor and led the career development programs for undergraduate liberal arts students at UW-Madison for 3.5 years prior to that. Lindsay has also worked as a career counselor for undergraduate business students at The University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Prior to her work in career development, Lindsay worked in sales and marketing for Cisco Systems and in MBA admissions at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. 

In her free time, Lindsay is a mentor for a nonprofit called Greenhouse Scholars, a supporter of Girls on the Run, and Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network camps and also has a career and leadership coaching business, LWK Coaching. Lindsay loves all things active and outside – running, swimming, and yoga. Growing up, Lindsay lived all over the United States, but she now considers Madison, Wisconsin home where she lives with her husband, Adam, their infant son, Sam, and dog Marlowe.


Student and Family Transitions Counselor

Harvard University, AB – Psychology and Social Relations
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD – Psychology

Originally from St. Louis, Laurie spent a decade in New England before moving to Madison for graduate school. She never intended to stay, but by the time she defended her dissertation, she had a husband, a home, two young sons, and deep roots in a community she has come to love. Laurie’s involvement in the Madison schools – as a volunteer, advocate, and mentor – started on the day her oldest son entered kindergarten. She is a volunteer admissions interviewer for her alma mater and a board member of the Harvard Club of Wisconsin. Laurie has a private psychotherapy practice in downtown Madison where she enjoys working with UW students as they emerge into adulthood. Laurie’s own sons are now young adults. Reuben (Brown University, 2012) is a 7th grade history teacher in a public charter school in South Boston; Simon (Brown University, 2015) is an aspiring playwright and actor. Laurie’s husband – Jeff – is a popular lecturer in the UW Psychology Department and involved in a variety of campus-wide efforts to improve teaching and learning outcomes, especially for minority and first-generation students.

Tutors & Editors

Gol | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS, Mechanical Engineering

Columbia University
MA, Mathematics Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Education Psychology (Learning Sciences)

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, Candidate Education Psychology (Learning Sciences)

Before becoming interested in education, Gol studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a minor in Spanish. While earning her Bachelor’s degree, she worked as a computer science instructor at Campus Middle School for Girls in Urbana, IL. Along with a team of undergraduates, she headlined a project to develop a unique computer science curriculum for middle school students. She then earned her M.A. in mathematics education at Columbia University. Afterwards, she taught in the Chicago Public School system at Orr Academy High School (an AUSL school) for two years. During this time, she additionally worked as a mathematics and general subject tutor with Varsity Tutors. Currently, Gol is working with the Epistemic Games Research Group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she has led the efforts on engineering virtual internship simulations for high school and first year undergraduate students. Gol’s current research is focused on how games and simulations increase student engagement in STEM fields, how players learn engineering design in real-world and virtual professional environments, and how to assess engineering design thinking.

Matt | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Rochester
BA, Physics & Music

American University
MS, Secondary Science Education

Queens College – Copland School of Music
MA, Music Theory

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, Candidate, Music

Originally from NY, Matt graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Physics and Music. After graduating, he moved to Washington DC to join the DC Teaching Fellows program, through which he received his MA in Science Education from American University. Matt taught at the School Without Walls, one of DC’s highest ranked public high schools, where ‘using the city as a classroom’ was the motto. In his four years teaching Physics and AP Physics, Matt founded and coached the school’s robotics team, founded and coached the boys’ lacrosse team, coached softball, acted as the assistant director of the jazz band, gave percussion lessons, sponsored the senior class, arranged music for the school chorus, and held an active role in the faculty. Matt returned to NY to follow his passion for music theory and received his MA in music theory from the Copland School of Music, CUNY Queens College. During his two years in New York, Matt worked for several premiere tutoring organizations and tutored, on average, eight students in physics and math a week. He is now is PhD candidate in music theory at UW-Madison and hopes to one day be a college professor of music theory.

Meg | College Essay Editor & Writing Coach

University of Wisconsin – Madison
PhD Candidate, English, Rhetoric & Composition

University of Nebraska – Omaha
MA, English

Johns Hopkins University
MA, Science Writing

Creighton University
BS, Physics

Meg is originally from Omaha, where she attended Creighton University and earned a BS in Physics. Though she worked as a lab scientist for more than a year, she decided to move out of a lab and into journalism. After receiving an MA in Science Writing from Johns Hopkins University, she worked for several years as a freelance journalist for science publications like EARTH Magazine and Materials Research Society. Her interest in both science and communication led her back to academia, where she received an MA in English from University of Nebraska-Omaha. She is currently a PhD student in Rhetoric and Composition at UW-Madison. She is studying the way that scientists are taught to communicate with the general public, both in the present and also looking back through the Civil War.


Vickram | Academic Tutor

University of Chicago
BA, Physics
BS, Math

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Physics

Born in the Midwest, Vickram grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. When Vickram was in the fifth grade his dad showed him an article in Time Magazine about quantum teleportation and he has been a huge physics nerd ever since. Vickam graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in math and a B.A. in physics, with general and departmental honors. Following that, he enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Physics at UW-Madison where he studies quantum information theory. In his spare time he likes to play basketball, rap in the shower, listen to jazz music and shred guitar.

Brianna | Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Spanish Descriptive Linguistics

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, Spanish Linguistics and Literature

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
BA, French & Spanish

Brianna grew up in a small town in north-central Wisconsin, but knew early on that education would be in her future!  She completed her undergraduate degree in both Spanish and French at UW-Eau Claire before pursuing graduate school at UW-Madison. In 2013, she received her master’s degree in Spanish Linguistics and Literatures, and now, as a doctoral student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Brianna’s research focuses primarily on Romance Languages and Linguistics.  She is currently a Spanish Instructor at UW-Madison but has been tutoring languages for the past 8 years and enjoys helping students explore language through conversation and practice.  In her free time, Brianna loves to travel and experience different cultures!

Allie | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

Carleton College
BA Chemistry

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS, Chemistry / Environment & Resources

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Chemistry

Allie grew up near Madison and chose to attend Carleton College in Northfield, MN. There she was actively involved with TRiO, a program that provides support to low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students, as well as Project Friendship, through which she served as a mentor and trusted ally to an underprivileged elementary school student. During the winter of her senior year, Allie interned at Sustain Dane, a Madison-based organization committed to fostering sustainability in business and the community. She also spent three summers at UW-Madison conducting scientific research. After graduating from Carleton in June 2013, Allie returned to the Madison area to attend graduate school at UW-Madison, where she earned joint Master’s degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Chemistry at UW-Madison.

Jessica | College Essay Editor

University of Chicago
BA, Latin American Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS and PhD Candidate, History

Jessica is originally from Port Washington, New York, a suburb of New York City. She attended college at the University of Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Latin American Studies and graduated with departmental and general honors. After graduating from college, Jessica spent over two years living in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps Water Sanitation Volunteer. In this capacity, she facilitated the construction of a community water system in a rural village and helped to train community leaders in the administration and maintenance of the water system. Jessica is currently a doctoral candidate in Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation explores the role of Jewish immigrants in the labor movement in early-twentieth-century Buenos Aires. She received a Fulbright IIE fellowship for dissertation research in Argentina as well as a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship and a George Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Jewish History.

Cole | Test Prep Tutor

University of Pennsylvania
BA, Cognitive Sciences

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
MPA Candidate, Public Affairs

Cole grew up and attended high school in the North Shore area of Long Island, NY, where he was a National Merit Semifinalist and Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist. Cole graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. During his time at Penn, Cole spent a semester abroad in London, wrote for the school newspaper, and served as a mentor to elementary school students in Philadelphia. Currently, Cole is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience and a Masters of Public Affairs as part of the Neuroscience & Public Policy program at UW-Madison. He also interns at the Wisconsin State Capitol as a legislative intern. In his free time Cole likes to play basketball and guitar.  
Dan | Test Prep Tutor

Northwestern University
BA, Political Science and Slavic Languages and Literature

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MPA, Public Affairs

Dan is originally from near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in high school was a National Merit Semifinalist. Dan attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and during his junior year spent a semester studying abroad in Prague. After graduating from Northwestern in 2008, Dan moved to Chicago, where he worked as a paralegal at a consumer rights law firm. In the summer of 2012, Dan interned in the long-term strategy department at Chicago Public Schools. Dan moved to Madison in August 2012 to attend the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, and received his Master of Public Affairs degree in May 2014. He currently works as a policy analyst and researcher at the Value-Added Research Center (VARC) at the UW-Madison.
Cassidy | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison
MD Candidate

Mount Holyoke College
BA, Biology

Cassidy graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke in 2013 with a BA in Biology and a Five College certificate in Culture, Health, and Science.  At Mount Holyoke, she was a member and eventually the music director of the Milk & Cookies a cappella group. She also founded Project SPLASH, a free swimming lesson program for children with developmental disabilities. During her junior year, she spent a semester studying at Harvard University. During her time in Boston, she also taught 7th grade biology with the Breakthrough Collaborative, a national program to increase academic opportunity for high-potential, low-income students. After graduating from Mount Holyoke, Cassidy spent two years living and working in Atlanta, GA and New York City before moving to Madison to attend medical school. At the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Cassidy is a member of the WISE (Wellness Inspired Student Enrichment) Committee and co-president of PRIDE in Healthcare. She also serves as the clinic coordinator for the school’s pediatric free clinic. In her free time, Cassidy loves training her dog, trying new Madison restaurants, and kayaking.

Hannah | Test Prep Tutor

Grinnell College
BA, Psychology and Spanish

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MSW, Social Work

Hannah grew up in Decorah, IA and graduated from Decorah High School as a National Merit Scholar. She attended Grinnell College where she majored in Psychology and Spanish and spent a semester studying in Santiago, Chile. In college, Hannah spent summers tutoring and teaching at Luther College Upward Bound. After doing a term of service with Lutheran Volunteer Corps and working in a youth residential center, Hannah went on to complete her Master’s in Social Work at UW-Madison. Currently, Hannah coordinates a math tutoring program at West High School in Madison. She has been an ACT tutor with Galin Education since 2013.
Chris | Test Prep Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MPA Candidate, Public Affairs

Utah State University
BA, International Studies

Chris grew up in Anchorage, AK and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in International Studies from Utah State University. At USU, Chris focused her studies on the history, politics, religions, and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. Her program led her to study abroad at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, where she studied Arabic. Following graduation, Chris was accepted into Teach for America and moved to Tulsa, OK where she taught high school English. As a corps member, Chris became interested in the policies that shaped the daily lives of students around the world. She moved to Madison in the summer of 2015 to enroll in the La Follette School of Public Affairs where she plans to receive her Masters of International Public Affairs. Her primary policy interests are social and education policy within refugee communities.

Vinika | College Essay Editor

Northwestern University
BS, Journalism

Penn State University
MeD, Higher Education Administration

Vinika is originally from Columbus, Ohio. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and during her junior year, Vinika spent a semester studying abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating magna cum laude from Northwestern in 2009 with a BS in Journalism, she joined the organizational staff of Teach for America in Chicago on the Human Assets and Regional Development teams. Pursuing her passion for education,Vinika attended the College Student Affairs program at Penn State University and earned a Master of Education degree in 2013.  Since then, she has worked in student affairs at Penn State, the State University of New York at Brockport, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she is currently employed in the Multicultural Student Center.

Sally | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

Haverford College
BA, Psychology

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Educational Psychology

Sally grew up in Schaumburg, IL near Chicago. In 2011, she graduated from Haverford College with a B.A. in Psychology and a goal to improve educational practices. After graduating, she first worked at Citizen Schools, a non-profit organization partnering with inner-city schools, as a curriculum writer, staff trainer, and teacher in Newark, NJ. Then, she moved to Cambridge, MA to join Abt Associates, a research and evaluation firm, to examine impacts of large-scale programs and innovations in STEM education. Last year, Sally spent 4 months traveling the Asia-Pacific countries and then moved to Madison to start her PhD program at UW-Madison. Her current research investigates how students learn through generating representations of chemistry concepts and the design of educational interventions that promote learning in STEM, and she expects to complete her PhD in 2019.

Emily L| Test Prep Tutor

Dartmouth College
BA, Chemistry modified with Environmental Studies

Emily is originally from the small town of Canaan, New Hampshire. She attended Dartmouth College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry modified with Environmental Studies. During her time at Dartmouth, Emily spent much of her time singing – classical solo pieces and in an a cappella group. She also served as an Undergraduate Advisor for first and second year students and worked in a Biogeochemistry laboratory, studying soil organic matter cycling in forests across the northeastern US. Emily initially moved to Madison to work as a Technical Services representative at Epic. However, Emily made her way back to the lab and now works as an Assistant Scientist at PPD in Middleton. When Emily is not in the lab or tutoring, she enjoys volunteering at the YWCA, riding her bicycle, singing in the shower, writing letters, and keeping up on the most recent news in soil science.
Emily | Test Prep Tutor

Harvard College
BA, History of Science

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS Candidate, Environment and Resources

Emily is from Missoula, MT and graduated from Hellgate High School as valedictorian and Presidential Scholar. While in college, Emily volunteered with tutoring groups focused on students of all ages – from preschoolers at Head Start schools just becoming interested in books, to elementary students from low-income housing in Boston, to first generation U.S. high school students writing college application essays. After graduating in 2013, Emily road tripped back home to Missoula and spent a year hiking dogs, volunteering as a writing coach in public middle and high schools, working as a tutor for a middle school student, and conducting research as a Tobis Fellow through the Ethics Center at the University of California-Irvine. She is now working toward a master’s degree at UW-Madison, studying energy policy and science communication.

Franklin | Test Prep Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Materials Science and Engineering

Middlebury College
BA, Geology

Franklin is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT and studied abroad at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.  He received his BA in Geology with a minor in Mathematics.  After graduation, Franklin worked as a technical instructor designing and teaching undergraduate laboratories at MIT in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.  Realizing he wanted to teach within academia, he is currently in a MS/PhD track at UW-Madison in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.  Out of school, Franklin is an avid downhill skier, archer, and video gamer.  However, he spends most of his free time dog training.

Melissa | Test Prep Tutor

Middlebury College
BA, Neuroscience

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Candidate

Melissa is originally from East Aurora, NY – a suburb of Buffalo. She graduated summa cum laude in 2012 from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT, where she received her BA in Neuroscience. While at Middlebury College, she was captain of the women’s rugby team and tutored students in a variety of subjects, including Psychological Statistics, Physiological Psychology, and Organic Chemistry. After graduation, she moved to Boston, MA where she worked as a research assistant and laboratory manager at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School. She then worked at MIT as a technical instructor for undergraduate courses in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. She is currently attending the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison and enjoys spending her spare time with cows.

Anne | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

Northwestern University
MS, Biomedical Engineering

Mount Holyoke College
BA, Biological Engineering

Anne recently came to Madison from Illinois where she worked at Fresenius Kabi as a Systems Test Engineer in the design and development of plasmapheresis (blood separation) devices. She earned her MS from Northwestern University in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. After earning a BA in Biological Engineering with a minor in Music from Mount Holyoke College in 2009, Anne conducted Patient Safety and Quality research at Boston Children’s Hospital. She also spent a year in Fuzhou, China, teaching English at Minjiang University prior to attending graduate school. Anne grew up in Maryland and Taiwan, and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. She looks forward to sharing her educational and cultural experiences with her students. During her free time, Anne enjoys playing the violin and the piano, as well as teaching her dog fun tricks. 

Mark | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison
MM, Music Theory

University of Notre Dame
BS, Electrical Engineering / BA, Music Performance – Organ

Mark is originally from southeastern Indiana, where he was valedictorian of his high school class. While in high school, he learned how to balance achievement in studies with extracurricular activities, participating in marching band, percussion ensemble, German club, and playing keyboards and singing in a rock band. These skills came in handy at the University of Notre Dame, where Mark earned dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Music Performance while staying active in recreational sports, marching band, and multiple choirs. He also was the music director and pianist for over a dozen musical theatre productions while at Notre Dame. After college, Mark decided to continuing pursuing music, and earned his Master’s Degree in Music Theory at UW-Madison, where was a teaching assistant for the freshman music theory course. He currently teaches piano lessons in Madison and Oregon, acts as resident organist at a church, and works with multiple theatre companies as a music director and pianist.


Caitlin | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison
PhD Candidate, Physiology

University of Wisconsin – Madison
BA, Biology & Secondary Science Education

Caitlin grew up in rural southwest Wisconsin, and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she majored in Biology and Secondary Science Education. While at UW-Madison, Caitlin was actively involved in the Divisions of Student Life and Housing where she worked as an Orientation Assistant for first-year students and a House Fellow in the lakeshore residence halls. As an undergraduate student, Caitlin was also the President of the UW-Madison chapter of the Student Wisconsin Education Association, through which she volunteered at several Madison-area schools for a variety of outreach projects and tutoring programs. Currently, Caitlin is a PhD student in the Physiology Graduate Training Program at UW-Madison, where she studies neuroscience and continues to teach and tutor undergraduate science courses. In her free time, Caitlin enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and coaching Science Olympiad at Hamilton Middle School!

Anna-Lisa | Test Prep Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS, Secondary Education: History

Anna-Lisa attended high school in Madison, where she was an AP Scholar and graduated with a 4.0. She attended UW-Madison and earned a BS in Secondary Education with teaching certifications in History, Social Studies, and Political Science. While at UW-Madison, she was a captain of the UW Speech Team, earning accolades for public speaking and acting at the state and national levels. As an experienced educator, Anna-Lisa loves sharing her love of learning with teenage students. She is currently a middle school teacher who was selected by Google in 2013 as an Innovative Chromebook Social Studies Educator. In addition to teaching social studies courses, Anna-Lisa has had significant experience in coaching high school forensics teams.

Jaqui | Test Prep & Academic Tutor

Saint Michael’s College
BS, Mathematics and Economics

Jaqui grew up in central New Hampshire where she graduated high school in the top 5% of her class. She attended Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, VT where she earned a BS in Mathematics and Economics, earning membership in her junior year to each Pi Mu Epsilon and Omicron Delta Epsilon, each of her field’s honor societies.  While at SMC, Jaqui tutored peers for both math and economics.  Between junior and senior years she spent the summer in Claremont, CA at Pomona College doing statistical research funded by the National Science Foundation.  She moved to Madison in 2012 to work as a software developer at Epic but has since moved to be an analyst at CUNA Mutual Group.  In her spare time she is the recipe developer, photographer, and author of and  volunteers as the logistics chair on the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee.

JJ | Test Prep Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison
PhD Candidate, Film

University of Wisconsin – Madison
MA, Film

Northwestern University
BS, Radio/Television/Film

JJ is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended college at Northwestern University, where he received his B.S. in Radio/Television/Film and graduated cum laude. JJ completed his master’s in film history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently a PhD student in film history at the same institution. His research focuses on the overlap between the American film industry and other major commercial industries, with particular attention paid to the way films incorporate branded products and popular music into their narratives. Outside of school, JJ usually spends his time watching basketball, listening to podcasts, or playing tennis.


Wen| Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Chemistry
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, Chemistry

Wen is originally from north Texas and attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. In high school, Wen’s hobbies and interests included violin, swim team, and a research project inventing antimicrobial coatings for medical devices. After high school, Wen moved to Boston for his undergraduate studies, earning a BS in chemistry from MIT with a 4.0. Wen’s passion for research at the intersection of chemistry and biology led him to Madison, where he is currently working towards a PhD in chemistry. For more than a decade, Wen has enjoyed helping students of all ages achieve their academic goals. In addition to individual tutoring, Wen has also been recognized for outstanding teaching at UW-Madison.

Will | Test Prep

University of Wisconsin-Platteeville
BA Social Sciences Comprehensive

Will is a Madison, WI native, graduating from Madison West High School in 2012, where he earned recognition as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Social Sciences Comprehensive (History Emphasis) in December of 2016. In addition to his studies, Will was very active in many extracurriculars; notably, he captained the university’s soccer team, served as president of several student organizations, and was employed as a TA for two professors. He earned several awards for his research into the impact of ideologies and political structures on warfare. Will also earned his Wisconsin teaching license and is currently working as a substitute teacher in and around the Madison area. In his free time, Will enjoys reading, playing sports, and the outdoors.

Megan | Test Prep Tutor

Washington University in St. Louis
B.S. in Architecture and Educational Studies

Megan grew up in a suburb of Detroit, MI and attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a double major in architecture and educational studies. She wrote her senior honors thesis on how the design of higher educational spaces impacts learning. Megan vas very involved in a leadership committee that worked with and developed programs to help new students transition smoothly into college. She also taught a design program to local St. Louis students, served as a peer advisor, participated in club sports, greek life, and Design for America. She spent her summers interning for a variety of Detroit architecture firms, doing freelance graphic design/marketing and teaching. Fairly new to Madison, Megan moved here to design higher educational spaces for Flad Architects, a large firm on the West Side. When Megan is not designing or tutoring, she enjoys playing soccer, exploring, cooking, tennis, volleyball, hockey, and cheering on University of Michigan sports.


Sarah Test Prep & Academic Tutor

University of Wisconsin
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering

Bucknell University
BS, Biomedical Engineering

Wen is originally from north Texas and attended the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science. In high school, Wen’s hobbies and interests included violin, swim team, and a research project inventing antimicrobial coatings for medical devices. After high school, Wen moved to Boston for his undergraduate studies, earning a BS in chemistry from MIT with a 4.0. Wen’s passion for research at the intersection of chemistry and biology led him to Madison, where he is currently working towards a PhD in chemistry. For more than a decade, Wen has enjoyed helping students of all ages achieve their academic goals. In addition to individual tutoring, Wen has also been recognized for outstanding teaching at UW-Madison.

Griffin| Test Prep

University of North Carolina
BA Political Science and Global Studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate Sociology

Griffin is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and attended UNC-Chapel Hill for his undergraduate studies. He was a DJ at the student radio station, WXYC, and a volunteer with Student Action with Workers, a social justice group on campus. He graduated with highest honors in Global Studies (awarded for an outstanding thesis in the area of international political economy). He worked as a freelance tutor and labor organizer for several years after college. He began graduate school at UW in 2016 and had an excellent first year in the Sociology program. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, trail runs with his partner Caitlin, and walking his dog Eleanor.