Meet the Team

Leadership Team

Our leadership team uses their years of experience to guide parents and students through the test prep and college admissions process. By working closely with our team of college consultants that includes counselors, tutors, editors, and coaches, they are personally invested in the success of every student at Galin Education.

Zach Galin

Founder

(Based in Madison, WI and NYC, NY – works with students throughout the country)
Northwestern University – BS Learning and Organizational Change
Bank Street College of Education – MS 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.

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, water-ski, and play softball.

Brenda

Director of College Counseling

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
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.

Brenda 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, Higher Education Consultants Association, and National Career Development Association.

Eric

Director of Essay Coaching & Brand Management

Academic Coaching, Test Prep, Essay Editor
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.

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.”

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 eight 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.

Steven

Director, Milwaukee Office

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

Prior to joining Galin Education, Steven 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 also enjoys exploring 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 steven@galined.com.

Counselors

Galin Education’s counselors work with students and parents to navigate the complex world of college admissions. Our counselors leverage their past experience of working in higher education to share insights with students and parents to create successful applications.

Zach

Founder

(Based in Madison, WI and NYC, NY – works with students throughout the country)
Northwestern University – BS Learning and Organizational Change
Bank Street College of Education – MS 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

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
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.

Brenda 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, Higher Education Consultants Association, and National Career Development Association.

Pat

Counselor

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
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.

Liz

Counselor

(Based in Milwaukee, WI)
Harvard University—A.B., History
Harvard Graduate School of Education—Ed.M., Education Policy & Management

Liz has worked as a college counselor for eleven years and has experience in teaching, counseling, and school administration at a variety of independent and charter schools, both in the Midwest and Northeast. Liz was the Director of College Guidance at Newton Country Day School in Boston, MA, before returning to Wisconsin, where she is from, in 2015. Liz currently works as a college counselor and school administrator at Messmer High School. Liz grew up in Madison, attended Madison East High School, and was a member of the Mendota Rowing Club. Liz rowed in college for Harvard University, where she earned her degree in History and also completed the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program. After teaching and coaching at Friends Academy in New York for several years, Liz went back to Harvard for her master’s degree, and focused much of her research on how students’ college search processes affect their satisfaction with their undergraduate experiences.

Tutors, Editors, and Coaches

Our team of tutors, editors, and coaches works with students one-on-one to build upon their strengths and address their challenges for AP exams, ACT, SAT and college admissions essays.

Allie

Tutor

Carleton College, BA Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD, Chemistry/Environment & Resources

Allie graduated summa cum laude from Carleton College (Northfield, MN) with a B.A. in chemistry. She then returned to the Madison area (she grew up nearby in Mazomanie, WI) and completed both a Master's degree in environmental studies and a Ph.D. in chemistry. She has been a test prep and subject tutor at Galin Education since 2013, specializing in ACT prep, PSAT/SAT prep, SAT Math II, SAT Chemistry, and math/chemistry/Spanish subject tutoring. During her time at Galin Education, she has found great joy in building relationships with students and tuning her teaching methods to fit students' needs. She enjoys celebrating with students when they reach (and often exceed) their goals after months of prepping together. In her free time, Allie enjoys any activity in nature, tinkering/troubleshooting tech devices, travelling, doing independent research, and photography.

Amy

Tutor

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.

Sarah L.

Tutor, Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin – current PhD student in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
Northwestern University – MA Learning Sciences
Syracuse University – Inclusive Elementary & Special Education

Sarah has been a special education teacher and administrator in Chicago and New York. She started her teaching career at Chicago Public Schools. While teaching in Chicago, Sarah earned her master’s degree in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University. She also spent time in Brooklyn where she was a Learning Support Coordinator for a charter middle school. Most recently Sarah worked at a charter high school in Chicago as an administrator. She is pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.

Sarah has extensive experience working with students with diverse needs providing academic, social emotional and executive functioning supports and services. Her combined experiences both provide a unique insight to the multifaceted dimensions of learning and an ability to provide a holistic approach to supporting all students. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys running, being out on the water, and taking her dog to the park.

Caitlin M.

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA Biology & Secondary Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Candidate, Physiology

Caitlin grew up in rural southwest Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the UW-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.

Glenn

Tutor

Rutgers University, BA English & German
Univeristy of Wisconsin – Madison, Masters of Science, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Univeristy of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD Student, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

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.

Hannah B.

Tutor, Essay Coach

St. Ambrose University, BA Strategic Communication and Writing

Hannah loves calling Madison home. Originally from rural Illinois, she graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa with degrees in creative writing and strategic communication and a minor in journalism. She served as both a staff writer and editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, interned as a communications editor, and worked as a writing tutor while in college. She was also on the literary journal board at St. Ambrose, spent a summer at a literacy non-profit, and volunteered at World Relief where she helped teach English. After graduation, Hannah worked at a non-profit, coordinating and working in a program that tutored middle school students in reading and math. Hannah is excited to continue her love of learning and writing at Galin Education, where she works on ACT preparation, college essay coaching, and a variety of other things. When she isn't at work, Hannah enjoys hiking, kayaking, and reading (mostly memoirs and poetry).

Dan

Tutor

Northwestern University, BA Political Science and Slavic Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MPA Public Affairs

Dan has been an ACT and SAT test prep tutor with Galin since 2013. Dan grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in high school was a National Merit Semifinalist. He attended Northwestern University, and during his junior year spent a summer studying abroad in Prague. After graduating from Northwestern, Dan moved to Chicago, where he worked as a paralegal at a consumer rights firm. Dan then moved to Madison to pursue his master's degree at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison. Currently, Dan works at UW-Madison with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). There, he conducts qualitative and quantitative research and program evaluation for K-12 projects and initiatives in schools and districts across the state and region. Outside of work and tutoring, he enjoys traveling with his wife and family, watching and playing sports, cooking, and reading about politics, current events, and history.

Hannah H.

Tutor

Grinnell College, BA Psychology and Spanish
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MSW, Advanced Practice Social Worker

Hannah has been tutoring the ACT at Galin Education since 2013. She also works at West High School coordinating the Achievement Connections math tutoring program. Prior to working at West, Hannah obtained her Master's in Social Work at UW-Madison. Hannah tutored college and high school students for several years before that, too! Hannah loves learning about students' lives and how ACT prep fits into their educational goals. Although busy mothering two young girls, Hannah likes to make time for reading not-kids'-books (mostly non-fiction and social justice focused).

KaHoua

Tutor

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.

Maria

Tutor

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.

Peter

Tutor

Marquette University- BS, Secondary Education/Mathematics
Harvard Graduate School of Education- EdM, Education Policy and Management
University of Wisconsin- Madison- PhD Student, Digital Media

Born and raised just outside of Milwaukee (and with the better part of 15 years as a Milwaukee resident under his belt), Peter Woods is a Wisconsin boy at heart. He received his BS in secondary education and mathematics with a minor in chemistry from Marquette University. After graduating, Peter worked as a student supervisor and head forensics coach at Marquette University High School for three years. This gave him the flexibility and time needed to develop other creative passions as he started touring the country with a number of different experimental, metal, and hardcore bands. During this time, he became involved with the Etude Group as they developed what would become IDEAS Academy (and later Etude High School), a public and project based high school in Sheboygan, WI. Once opened, Peter taught mathematics at IDEAS while continuing to coach forensics and tour the country. After four years in the classroom, Peter returned to the role of student by attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he received his masters through the Education Policy and Management program. Only ten months after moving to Cambridge, Peter returned to Wisconsin (with diploma in hand) to start working on his PhD in the Curriculum & Instruction department at UW-Madison. Since his return, Peter has managed to marry his interests in strange music and education: he is currently studying the teaching and learning practices of experimental music communities while simultaneously serving as the chair of the music committee for the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts, a community arts and education space in the Riverwest neighborhood.

Gabbi

Tutor, Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD student, Composition & Rhetoric
Relay Graduate School of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching
Pomona College, Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish

Gabbi grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and earned her Bachelor's Degree in English and Spanish in Claremont, California, at Pomona College. After graduating, Gabbi was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and traveled to Panama City, Panama, where she taught English as a Foreign Language at a local university for ten months. Upon returning to Chicago, she joined Teach For America and earned her Master's Degree in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education; Gabbi served as a 9th grade composition teacher and a Class of 2018 Advisor at a charter school in Chicago for three years. She also enjoyed coaching the school's cross country and track teams and sponsoring the National Honor Society and Senior Events Committee. In order to pursue her interest in enhancing writing instruction and curriculum, Gabrielle applied and was accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Composition & Rhetoric PhD Program. Gabbi enjoys reading and writing, running along Lake Monona, exploring all that Madison has to offer, and cooking (and eating) delicious meals!

Jackie

Tutor

University of Notre Dame, BS 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.

Caitlyn B.

Tutor

University of Notre Dame – BS, Mathematics
University of Wisconsin-Madison – PhD Candidate, Mathematics

Caitlyn grew up in Almont, MI, a small town an hour north of Detroit, where she graduated valedictorian from Almont High School in 2014. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Honors Mathematics (pure math). At Notre Dame, she was involved in various tutoring programs, was president of the Math Club, created the Honors Math Mentoring program and Women in Math group, and was a member of the Dance Company, a theatre/musical company, and the women’s boxing club. Additionally, she studied abroad in Hungary for her junior spring semester, participating in the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, and had the opportunity to travel around Europe. Now, Caitlyn is pursuing a PhD in Mathematics at UW-Madison as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, with hopes to graduate in August 2023. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing board games, and exploring Madison.

Megan

Spanish Tutor, Tutor

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, BA Spanish Education
University of UW-Madison, current MA student in Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies

Originally from Chicago, Megan discovered early on in her undergrad experience that she wanted to become a teacher. She studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain for a year and went on to graduate with Honors. After graduation Megan became a high school Spanish teacher, first in Chicago and most recently in Seoul, South Korea where she lived and worked for five years. She has been teaching for eight years, but came to Madison to take a break and pursue a Masters degree. She is passionate about teaching and helping students achieve their goals and will be doing so as both a Spanish and test prep tutor.

Grant

Tutor

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.

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Erin

Tutor

The Ohio State University – BS, Mathematics & Philosophy
University of Wisconsin-Madison – PhD Student, Epidemiology

Erin is a PhD student in Epidemiology at UW-Madison, studying infectious disease transmission. Originally from Minnesota, Erin attended The Ohio State University where she studied theoretical mathematics in the honors math program and double majored in philosophy. As an undergraduate, she discovered a passion for teaching mathematics as a tutor in the OSU Athletics department. She went on to become a teaching assistant for the math department and continued to privately tutor former students in math subjects ranging from pre-college algebra to multivariable calculus. After graduating with her B.S. in 2014, Erin moved to Madison to work at Epic Systems in the technical services role. In 2015 she joined the Population Health Sciences department at UW-Madison where she does research focused on mathematical models of infectious disease transmission. In her free time, Erin enjoys wheel throwing ceramics at the pottery studio.

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Emily B

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison -- current PhD student in Composition and Rhetoric
University of Arkansas at Little Rock -- MA Professional and Technical Writing
Kent State University -- BA English

Emily started working as a writing tutor at Kent State and loved it so much she took on an administrative position her senior year and she continues to seek out any opportunity to work with students on their writing skills. After graduating, Emily moved to Texas to run a writing center at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where she trained and managed undergraduate student tutors. During this time, Emily also completed her masters in Professional and Technical Writing where she studied how to teach writing online and researched group writing workshops. Emily moved to Wisconsin to pursue her PhD and continue to research teaching writing genres across different disciplines. Emily enjoys exploring the outdoors in the summer and snuggling up with a good book and a mug of herbal tea in the winter.

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Kathleen

Tutor

University of Chicago BA Theatre and Performance Studies, English Language and Literature
National University of Ireland, Galway- MA Drama and Theatre Studies

Kathleen grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and is fiercely loyal to hometown sports. She attended the University of Chicago where she double majored in Theatre and Performance Studies and English. After college she stuck around the Windy City to train with The Second City and The Annoyance. Having studied abroad in Ireland in undergrad, she took the leap back across the pond to Galway for her Master's, where she also worked as a professional producer and published research on gender disparity in the Irish theatre scene. She is currently working on her PhD in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies at UW Madison, exploring collective memory and feminist readings of contemporary Irish theatre. Kathleen is slowly, but surely, learning Irish Gaelic and returns to Ireland yearly for language immersion- Tá Gaeilge beo!

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Anthony

Tutor

New York University, BFA Screenwriting
University of Southern California, MA Media Studies
UW-Madison, PhD Candidate in Media & Cultural Studies

Anthony grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. He graduated from New York University with a BFA in screenwriting before completing an MA in media studies at the University of Southern California. Anthony worked for a handful of years in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry as a coordinator and writer-for-hire before returning to the Midwest. He’s currently pursuing a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies at UW-Madison, where he’s researching the increasingly blurred lines between hobbyists and aspiring professionals in media industries. In his free time, Anthony enjoys watching movies and series, cooking, and playing D&D.

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Eddie

Tutor

Washington University - BS Biology

Eddie grew up in Verona, WI before attending St. George’s School in Newport, RI for high school. In May of 2019, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in Biology on the Pre-Health track while minoring in Anthropology. On campus, Eddie was heavily involved in hematopoietic stem cell research, volunteering, and running a website that covers the St. Louis Cardinals. He is currently on a gap year before applying to dental schools.

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Kimberly

Tutor

University of Notre Dame, BA Anthropology and Irish Language & Literature
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA Anthropology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD student in Anthropology

Kimberly is originally from the Chicago area and attended the University of Notre Dame where she received her bachelor’s in Anthropology and Irish Language and Literature. During undergraduate, she assisted in biological anthropology research involving hormones and fatherhood and archaeological research off the west coast of Ireland. In addition to her field work, she spent a semester abroad in Ireland at University College Dublin and a summer participating in language immersion in Gleann Cholm Cille, Donegal. On campus, she was involved in the Notre Dames club focused on issues that affect women both on campus and globally, as well as the Irish club.

She is a teaching assistant in the Department of Anthropology where she recently earned her Masters in Anthropology and is working towards her PhD in anthropology with her research on ceramics, foodways, and diversity in the highlands of Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching sports, and traveling with her friends.

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Sylvia

Galin Fellow

Cornell University, BS in Interdisciplinary Studies
CUNY Hunter College, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Animal Behavior and Conservation
Texas Tech University, MS in Wildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management

Sylvia grew up in Venezuela and New York. During high school, she was often found in the theater staying late for play rehearsals or at the local dance studio practicing her pirouettes. At Cornell University, Sylvia crafted her own interdisciplinary major in preparation for graduate work in ecology and animal behavior. She has over five years of experience as an independent essay coach and, during graduate school, she also worked as a writing consultant at Texas Tech University’s Writing Center. She was also a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology and ecology. Her favorite part of tutoring is getting to know her students and helping them celebrate what makes them unique. Sylvia’s loves sharing with her students the ways hard work in academics has paid off in her career. She’s had the chance to live and work in Kenya, where she studied elephants, baboons, ants, and acacia trees. In Madagascar, she followed lemurs around the rainforest, and in the Bahamas she studied wild dolphin cognition and communication. In her free time, Sylvia dances ballet and swing, participates in acroyoga, and rock climbs.

Caitlin G.

Tutor

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.

Brian

Academic Coach

University of Missouri-Columbia - BSEd, Secondary Social Studies Education, BA, Political Science

Brian is from Manchester, Missouri, a suburb of Saint Louis. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2017. In 2018, he moved to Wisconsin to pursue a MS in Curriculum & Instruction from UW-Madison. He previously tutored high school and undergraduate students, the latter for four years between 2013 and 2017 at the University of Missouri. Brian is a certified 9-12 social studies teacher in Missouri and is pursuing similar certification in Wisconsin. At UW, he plans on researching structural inequities in education and developing resources for students who do not find traditional success in traditional classrooms, such as ESL students, gifted and talented students, and students with learning disabilities. After graduating with his master’s degree, Brian hopes to work as a high school social studies teacher in underserved communities, particularly where he can utilize his interest in ESL instruction. In his free time, Brian enjoys exploring Madison and learning to cook new dishes. He reads a lot, preferably with a sugary sweet latte in his hand.

Katie

Academic Coach

University of Notre Dame – BA, 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.

Griffin

Tutor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 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.