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

Brenda brings over 30 years of teaching and counseling experience to her work as an Independent Educational Consultant. As a counselor at Verona Area High School, she specialized in college admissions and coordinated the VAHS Advanced Placement program.  She also taught AP English and served on District committees focusing on college and career preparation. In addition, Brenda has worked in higher education as an editor in the UW-Madison Publications Office and as a career consultant in the UW-Madison School of Education.

She was named Outstanding Professional of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counselors and was invited to serve on the ACT Wisconsin Executive Council. She was also a member of the UW-System Competency-Based Admission Steering Committee and the WISCareers Advisory Council.  She is a member of several professional organizations, including IECA, HECA, and NACAC and is a licensed Global Career Facilitator.

She has visited hundreds of colleges throughout the US and has launched two adult children (a teacher and an engineer).  Whenever she gets a chance, she travels to Denver to enjoy her toddler grandson.



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 is now pursuing her masters in Secondary Education at UW-Madison. 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 dance classes, travel, and try out new recipes!


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.



Steven | Director, Milwaukee Office

University of Iowa – BA, Philosophy and English
University of Chicago – MA, Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison – MFA, Fiction

Steven is thrilled to move to Milwaukee to Direct Galin Education’s newest office. Over the past six years, Steven has worked as a Teaching Assistant (UW-Madison), Lecturer in English (UW-Baraboo), English Advisor (Madison College), and Academic Writing Specialist (Mansfield Hall-Madison). Most recently he was the Academic Director for Mansfield Hall, a residential college support program for students with autism and other executive-functioning disorders. In this role, Steven architected executive-functioning supports for students, directed a team of coaches in executing study plans with students, and managed expectations among students, parents, professors, and disability resource counselors.

Originally from Omaha, Steven has moved around the midwest for his education, earning a BA in Philosophy and English from the University of Iowa, an MA in Literature from the University of Chicago, and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he worked under Lorrie Moore on his MFA thesis, a novel. Steven has published short fiction in The Iowa Review, garnering a Pushcart Prize nomination.

In his free time, Steven enjoys cycling, yoga, reading, writing, and swimming. He is excited to explore the diverse, richly historical city of Milwaukee, its surrounding communities, and the miles and miles of Lake Michigan coastline. He is always up for good coffee and conversation, so please don’t hesitate to connect with him



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 23 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) will begin his senior year at UW Madison, and the other (Julia) will be heading to Ann Arbor this fall to start her sophomore year), 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.

This will be Lynn’s second year working at Galin Education.



Eric | Assistant Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison – BA English and History
Brown University – MAT Secondary English Education

Eric is happy to be living in the Madison area where he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating with a love of literature and education, Eric attended Brown University to earn his Masters in the Art of Teaching in Secondary English. Counting his undergraduate work, graduate studies, and teaching career, Eric has over five years of experience working with a wide range of student populations in several different capacities. He has worked with elementary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, prison inmates, incoming college freshman, college transfer students, immigrant students, and returning adult students. In his career, he has also taken on the roles of teacher, coach, administrator, curriculum designer, advisor, editor, and tutor. As the Assistant Director at Galin Education, Eric puts this variety of experience to good use helping out in the areas of college counseling, academic coaching, language arts tutoring, and ACT preparation.




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

St. Olaf College, BA Psychology
Western Illinois University, MS College Student Counseling Personnel

A Madison native, Pat has been in the field of higher education for the last 12 years. Most recently, Pat served as Director of Admission at Beloit College where he oversaw domestic enrollment and recruitment. Pat enjoyed reading and assessing college applications, working with athletic coaches, and translating the financial aid process. During his time at Beloit, Pat helped to create two of the largest enrollment classes in the College’s 174-year history. Now at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Pat works with the Division of Continuing Studies in the development of enrollment strategies for the University’s accelerated graduate programs.

Pat earned his M.S. in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University where he focused his studies on the college sophomore slump, men’s development, and students with learning disabilities. Since graduate school, Pat has presented at colleges and national conferences across the country. Pat’s wife, Jen, serves as the Director of Student Engagement at Beloit College where she helps to develop the College’s emerging student leaders. Pat and Jen spend their free time attending Badger hockey games and playing with their 3-year old son, Ollie.


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

Hannah H | Test Prep / Math

Grinnell College
BA, Psychology

University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, 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

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 graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) in 2013 with a B.A. in chemistry. She then returned to the Madison area (she grew up nearby in Mazomanie, WI) to attend UW-Madison in pursuit of a Master’s degree in environmental studies (completed May 2015) and a Ph.D. in chemistry. She began her position as a test prep and subject tutor at Galin Education during the summer of 2013, right before beginning graduate school, and she has continued to tutor all throughout her graduate school career because she has found great joy in working with students and helping them reach their goals. Allie expects to earn her Ph.D. in August 2018 and plans to keep tutoring after graduation.

Matt | Test Prep & Academic Tutor, Tutor Trainer

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.

Katie | Academic Coach

University of Notre Dame
B.A. Political Science

Johns Hopkins University
MA, Educational Studies

Katie currently works as a middle school special education teacher in Madison. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Notre Dame and a master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins. She has recently returned to Wisconsin, after having spent many years teaching around the country.

The end of this school year marks Katie’s tenth year as an educator. She spent the first three years teaching in rural Arkansas where she taught fifth and sixth grade math and science with Teach for America. This experience gave her a lot of insight into the inequality present in our education system and pushed her to move to Washington, D.C., where she pursued her master’s degree and spent five years teaching special education in the Anacostia neighborhood.

In 2016, Katie moved to Madison, where she spends her free time exploring the city, running, and reading.

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.

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.
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.

Emily L| College Essay Editor

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 and doing soil research. She also served as an Undergraduate Advisor for first and second year students. Emily lived in Madison, WI for a few years after graduating (and misses it terribly!). She is now a PhD student in Earth System Science at Stanford University. When Emily isn’t in the lab or reading student essays, she enjoys trail running, singing, hiking, and cooking!
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. 

Caitlin M.| 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!

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.


Caitlin G. | Test Prep

UNC Chapel Hill
BA, Biology & Psychology
UNC Greensboro
MAT, Secondary Social Studies

Caitlin is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, and completed her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. During college, she led backpacking trips in the mountains of western North Carolina. After graduating from UNC, she managed a cognitive science lab devoted to researching STEM learning processes. She subsequently earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at UNC-Greensboro and worked as an education outreach coordinator in the UNC-G library’s archives department, teaching information literacy in high school classrooms. She currently works for UW Extension as a research naturalist at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center. In her free time, Caitlin loves hiking, gardening, and playing with her dog, Eleanor.


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

Originally from Connecticut, Sarah recently moved to Madison to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at UW-Madison studying injury and aging biomechanics.  She got her B.S. in the same at Bucknell University in rural Pennsylvania where she was a teaching assistant for courses in physics, bioinstrumentation, and computer aided design, a study group leader for physics and calculus, and independently tutoring elementary through high school math.  She did four years and two summers of research in hip fracture mechanics at Bucknell and a summer studying traumatic brain injury at Virginia Tech.  When she’s not in the lab Sarah’s taking advantage of Madison’s active communities in acro yoga, rock climbing, and ballroom dance or hanging at home with her roommates’ cats.


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.

Emily | Test Prep Tutor

Harvard College, BA History of Science

UW-Madison -M.S. in Environment & 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, Chemistry, Physics

Middlebury College, BA Geology

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

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 an 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.

Annamarie | Math Tutor

Biomedical Engineering

Annie is originally from the southwestern suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Downers Grove South High School. She participated in competitive volleyball and National Honors Society. She is currently in her last semester as an undergraduate at UW-Madison studying Biomedical engineering. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as a math tutor, was a leader for Engineers without Borders, was a BME mentor, and was director of scholarship for her sorority. Between her junior and senior year, Annie completed an 8 month engineering co-op focusing on research and development of state-of-the-art orthodontic equipment. Upon graduation, Annie is hoping to pursue a career in dentistry. In her free time, Annie is an active runner, enjoys painting, and loves to try new restaurants in the Madison area.

Hannah B. | Test Prep Tutor

St. Ambrose University, BA Strategic Communication and Writing

Hannah attended high school in Orion, Illinois where she graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was named an Illinois State Scholar. She completed her undergraduate degree at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa where she majored in Strategic Communication and Writing. While at St. Ambrose, Hannah was an active member of the Honors Program, volunteering with World Relief and completing her capstone project, “Creative Writing Benefits in Students at the Elementary Level: Discovering a Sense of Self.” Hannah also tutored writing, worked as the communication intern at her university, and was editor in chief of the campus newspaper. Her senior year, Hannah studied journalism and culture in Edinburgh, Scotland. In her free time, Hannah enjoys running, reading, and visiting as many state and national parks as she can.


Amy | Test Prep

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biochemistry

Amy is originally from Middleton, WI. She attended UW–Madison, recently graduating with a degree in Biochemistry and a certificate in Global Health. During her time at UW, Amy enjoyed being on the women’s lightweight rowing team and serving as one of the founding co-chairs for the student organization, Project 1808, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable community development in Sierra Leone. Amy also served as vice president for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Association, as well as the facilitator for the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Amy worked in Dr. James Thomson’s Laboratory at the Morgridge Institute for Research and later completed her senior thesis with Dr. Nicholas Von Bergen in Pediatric Cardiology at UW Health. Amy decided that she loved being a Badger so much, that she is currently working on her master’s degree at UW-Madison, studying organic chemistry. In her free time, Amy enjoys playing sports, backpacking, and traveling.

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.

Stephanie | Academic Coach

Indiana University – BA Psychology, Anthropology
Indiana University – MSEd Counseling and Counselor Education

Stephanie grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Madison in 2015 with her husband, Ben, and Siberian husky, Apollo. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 2010 with a double major in psychology and anthropology. In college, she worked in education policy research and in a counseling clinic, and knew quickly she wanted to combine her passion for both fields. While completing her master’s degree in school counseling, she worked as a behavioral therapist for students with autism and developmental disabilities. Stephanie was a middle school and high school counselor in a small, rural district outside Indianapolis before moving to Madison. She now works as an elementary school counselor in a Madison suburb. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys exploring Madison and eating all the fried cheese curds she can get her hands on. She also loves running, yoga, volleyball and soccer.


David | Math Tutor

Valparasio University – B.S., Mechanical Engineering
UW Madison- MS, Mechanical Engineering
UW-Madison – PhD Candidate – Mechanical Engineering

David grew up in Cedarburg, WI and attended Valparaiso University in Indiana for his undergraduate degree. At Valpo, he studied mechanical engineering, worked in a biomechanics research lab, and ran on the university’s cross country and track and field teams.    After graduating in 2015, he moved to Madison to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering at UW-Madison.  He has worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate mechanical engineering courses at UW, and is currently working on analyzing cardiovascular fluid flow through his research with the UW Department of Radiology.

Julie | Test Prep

Iowa State University
BS, Sociology

Ohio State University
MA, Educational Policy & Leadership

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD Candidate, Educational Psychology

Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Iowa State University and her Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. She is now pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on identity & cognitive development. While at Iowa State, Julie was named one of Iowa State University’s “Women Impacting ISU” for her work as the director of Iowa State University’s Dance Marathon, which raised over $160,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. Julie has been known to occasionally break out some super cool dance moves from this program. In-between degree programs, Julie took some time to work professionally in team building and leadership development. From trust falls to rock climbing to backpacking, Julie has facilitated individuals and groups to grow in understanding of themselves and others.

Julie has been teaching developmental psychology at UW Madison since 2013 and was selected as an Honored instructor twice by UW-Madison undergraduate students. In her free time Julie advises a youth group in the area, goes hiking/running/rock climbing with her husband, and sings in choir.

Glenn | Test Prep

University of Wisconsin – Madison
PhD Candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Rutgers University
BA, English & German

Glenn grew up on the east coast, first in Florida and then in New Jersey. He was the first in his family to finish college, earning his Bachelor’s at Rutgers University with a double major in English and German. After graduating, Glenn accepted a Fulbright grant to teach English at a comprehensive school outside Frankfurt, Germany. His experiences led him to Washington, DC and several years of nonprofit work before entering a doctoral program at UW-Madison’s School of Education. Now, as a graduate student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, Glenn studies teacher evaluation, student assessment, and the ways in which policies impact the quality and equity of public education. He is also an assistant coach for the UW-Madison Women’s Ultimate Team and an aspiring downhill skiing enthusiast.

Jackie| Test Prep (Milwaukee)

University of Notre Dame
B.S., PreProfessional Studies (Pre-Dental)

Originally from northeast New Jersey, Jackie received her BS in PreProfessional Studies (Pre-Dental) from the University of Notre Dame. In college, she worked in a zebrafish lab on a research project studying the regenerative properties of retinal neurons from adult stem cells. After graduating, she spent two years in Cincinnati working with low income and first generation high school students in both inner city and rural schools to help them achieve their goals of going to college. She spent most of her time providing college counseling, as well as preparing students for the ACT and helping them write personal statements. She is currently completing a biomedical science post baccalaureate program through Marquette University and will be entering the School of Dentistry this fall. In her spare time, Jackie loves knitting, working in the ceramics studio, and traveling to national parks to hike.
Declan| Test Prep (Milwaukee)

Washington University
BS, Physics & Spanish
Marquette University
MA, Educational Policy & Leadership

Declan grew up on the North Shore of Milwaukee and graduated from Shorewood High School in 2011. He attended Washington University in St. Louis as a member of the John B. Ervin Scholarship Program. While at Wash U, Declan double-majored in Physics and Spanish, was heavily involved in the Community Service Office on campus, worked as a tutor in the St. Louis area, and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Upon graduation in 2015, Declan joined Teach For America, and has been teaching Math and Physics at Carmen Northwest High School for the past three years. He also received a Masters Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University in 2017, and he has worked as a Corps Member Advisor for incoming Teach For America corps members at the Milwaukee Regional Institute over each of the past two summers. Declan is a HUGE Packers and Brewers fan and he loves playing chess, talking sports, and reading a good book.

Grant | Test Prep, Math

Rice University
Computer Science

Grant is from Houston, Texas where he competed at a national level in Debate and Math up until college. He studied computer science at Rice University, and began his tutoring career by teaching competitive math at Trafton Academy in Houston. After Trafton, he taught ACT and SAT prep classes and tutored STEM related subjects for 3 years in Houston. He has also worked for several companies in different fields, including the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas, Baker Hughes, and Riot Games.

KaHoua| Test Prep

University of Wisconsin-Madison – BS, Biochemistery
University of Wisconsin – Madison – MS, Bacteriology

KaHoua is grew up in central Wisconsin and graduated from Wausau West High School. In high school, she participated in French Club, Wisconsin Leadership Summits, and National Honors Society. She attended UW-Madison in pursuit of a degree in Biochemistry and certificate in Global Health. As an undergrad, she spent a summer in Thailand conducting microbiology research at one of Bangkok’s largest universities. She also traveled to Uganda to conduct a field research project focused on access to prenatal health services in rural communities. After graduation, she joined Chicago Teaching Fellows and taught biology, chemistry, and earth/space science in an urban Chicago high school for several years. After returning to Madison to complete her Master’s degree in Bacteriology, she currently manages a research lab focused on zebrafish heart tissue regeneration and mentors undergraduate students in molecular lab techniques. In the fall, she will be starting her first year as a medical student at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health. In her spare time, KaHoua enjoys hiking nature trails, visiting art museums, reading classic literature, and discovering new cultural cuisines.
Ellie| Test Prep

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA Political Science and Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Certificate in Educational Policy Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD candidate, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

Ellie is originally from Hollandtown, WI. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology and a Certificate in Educational Policy Studies. After college, Ellie was a 10th grade world history teacher in St. Louis, MO, before returning to Madison to pursue a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Her research focuses on college access, and she is currently completing her dissertation, which explores inequalities in financial aid.
Maria| Test Prep

Washington University in St. Louis, BA in Environmental Biology

University of Madison-Wisconsin, MD/PhD student, PhD candidate in Epidemiology

Maria grew up in Overland Park, Kansas where she spent her time competing in Science Olympiad. After becoming a National Merit Scholar, she went on to attend Washington University in St. Louis. There she studied environmental biology and chemistry. Along the way, she has taught high school students preparing for college and college students preparing for medical school. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology. During her undergraduate years, she conducted research on malaria and mosquitoes. She came to Madison in 2015 to attend the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. After three years in medical school, she is now working on her graduate studies in epidemiology. In her free time, she likes all activities that involve animals and watching TV crime dramas.

Haley | College Essay Editor

Haley is originally from Plymouth, Minnesota, but Madison has become home ever since she began attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Currently a senior, she is majoring in English – Creative Writing and completing a minor in Graphic Design. When she’s not studying or working at Galin, she divides her time between freelance proofreading for an online publishing company and working reception for the UW-Madison Division of University Housing. Additionally, Haley is a UW-Madison Writing Fellow – a student selected to collaborate with professors and peer-tutor their undergraduate students in the process of drafting essays. During the first year of her fellowship, she conducted original qualitative research on the relationship between ESL academic writing and grammar usage, eventually receiving the 2018 Data Analysis Award from the English Department in recognition of her work. Haley is also the Poetry Editor for Illumination Journal – The Undergraduate Journal of Humanities and a member of the Phi Kappa Phi all-discipline academic honor society. She especially enjoys reading, writing, museum-going, hiking, and making extensive Spotify playlists.