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.

Liz

Director of College Counseling

Harvard University--A.B., History & completed Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
Harvard University--Ed.M., Education Policy and Management

Liz has over a decade of experience helping students and families find the right college. With experience in counseling, higher education research, and school leadership, Liz loves getting to know students and matching their interests to the unique offerings of each college.

Liz grew up in Madison, where she attended Madison East and rowed for the Mendota Rowing Club. After graduating from Harvard, where she was on the Varsity crew team, Liz taught history, coached rowing, and worked as a college counselor at Friends Academy in New York, before returning to Boston to pursue a master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Liz was the Director of College Guidance at AMSA Charter School and Newton Country Day School in Boston, where she was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association. Liz moved back to Wisconsin in 2015 and worked in school leadership at University School of Milwaukee and Messmer High School before joining the team at Galin. She and her family live in Milwaukee and are avid Badger, Packer, and Bucks fans. Liz is on the board of directors at Artworks Milwaukee, the Harvard Club of Wisconsin, and the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors. She enjoys volunteering with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and Messmer Catholic Schools.

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.”

Ellen

Education Director

University of Wisconsin- Madison, B.A., Psychology with a Certificate in Jewish Studies
University of Wisconsin- Madison, M.S., Curriculum and Instruction

Ellen grew up between the coasts, living in Swampscott, MA and Palo Alto, CA. She came to Madison for college, fell in love with the city and her husband Ben who was born and raised here, and never left. Summer is Ellen’s favorite season and nothing beats summer in Madison! When she was in college, Ellen started working at Camp Shalom as the Assistant Director which led to a 22 year long career at the Jewish Federation of Madison (JFM) working with children and families. During her time at the JFM, she taught preschool, Directed the MIdrasha Hebrew High School program, developed community activities and was lucky to spend her summer days outdoors as the Director of Camp Shalom. Ellen loves finding creative ways to engage people in learning. She is currently teaching a class of Kindergarten- Third grade students at Beth Israel Center’s afterschool Jewish education program.

Ellen is excited about working at Galin Education and really looking forward to getting to know the tutors! She is excited to focus on team-building and helping to create connections between the tutors, the Galin staff, and the families.

Ellen and her husband have 2 children, a sixth grader and a second grader. They love to spend time in their neighborhood, taking walks and having bonfires in their backyard. Ellen loves to cook, bake and garden, preferably with airpods in her ears because she is a true-crime podcast junkie!

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.

Chris

Director of Enrichment

Gustavus Adolphus College, B.A. Biology
University of Michigan, M.S., Natural Resources and Environment

The thread that runs through Chris’s professional and volunteer experiences is developing opportunities for students to discover and explore their academic interests. She is excited to work with the Galin team to develop enrichment courses for middle and high school students.

Before moving to Madison, Chris worked as a consultant for National Wildlife Federation assisting schools to create wildlife habitats on their school grounds. In Madison, she served for many years on the Outdoor Education Team at Crestwood Elementary school, working on forest restoration, designing curriculum resources, and supporting teachers to effectively use outdoor spaces with their students. She also created “Science Night” and “Art Night” events that allowed students to showcase their talents in these academic areas. Her recent work ranges from teaching science enrichment courses to communication consulting to culturally responsive program evaluation. Chris also leads an advocacy network, Madison Partnership for Advanced Learning (MPAL), focused on improving K-12 advanced learning opportunities for students during the school day and addressing equity issues.

Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Chris loves Madison for its access to the outdoors, the arts and local food scene. When not thinking about education, Chris loves reading, hiking, biking, and native plant gardening. She also enjoys traveling to new places and returning to favorite locations. She hopes to one day return to Perth, Western Australia where she studied for a year while in college.

College 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.

Liz

Director of College Counseling

Harvard University--A.B., History & completed Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
Harvard University--Ed.M., Education Policy and Management

Liz has over a decade of experience helping students and families find the right college. With experience in counseling, higher education research, and school leadership, Liz loves getting to know students and matching their interests to the unique offerings of each college.

Liz grew up in Madison, where she attended Madison East and rowed for the Mendota Rowing Club. After graduating from Harvard, where she was on the Varsity crew team, Liz taught history, coached rowing, and worked as a college counselor at Friends Academy in New York, before returning to Boston to pursue a master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Liz was the Director of College Guidance at AMSA Charter School and Newton Country Day School in Boston, where she was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association. Liz moved back to Wisconsin in 2015 and worked in school leadership at University School of Milwaukee and Messmer High School before joining the team at Galin. She and her family live in Milwaukee and are avid Badger, Packer, and Bucks fans. Liz is on the board of directors at Artworks Milwaukee, the Harvard Club of Wisconsin, and the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors. She enjoys volunteering with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and Messmer Catholic Schools.

Ethan

College Counselor & Manager of Essay Coaching

University of Chicago, B.A. in Philosophy and East Asian Languages and Civilization

A Madison native, Ethan is thrilled to be back in the Badger state after a 20 year journey that took him away to East and West coasts, Chicago, Colorado, and Asia.Ethan has over five years of experience working with students both directly in the process of applying to colleges as well as reviewing applications for admission to higher education. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a BA in Philosophy in 2015, he moved to Shanghai, China where he instructed over 500 students over two years in ACT, SAT, SSAT, and AP exams covering English, Reading, Writing, and World History.

After taking the long way back to the US via the Trans-Mongolian and Trans-Siberian railroads, Ethan took a position as an Admissions Counselor at UW Madison, where he worked most directly with students applying from East Asia, as well as some Wisconsin students from the Milwaukee and northern areas of the state, eventually evaluating over 3,000 unique applications. Throughout these experiences, Ethan has been driven by a passion for learning, exploring, and teaching, and is thrilled to bring the knowledge he’s acquired to help students at Galin Education. When not working with students, Ethan enjoys spending time in the outdoors, fishing, cooking, and reading.

Megan

Counselor

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire B.A. Biology
Marquette University Masters in School Counseling

Megan is honored to work with Galin families throughout the college search and admissions process. Megan’s ultimate goal is to empower students and families to recognize the multitude of options in higher education while making the process manageable and clear. Megan wants this to be an exciting and rewarding time of self discovery for students. She brings a hearty dose of kindness, understanding, excellent listening skills, decades of experience working with students and a deep knowledge of college admissions to the table.

Megan has worked as a School Counselor at two, public, North Shore Wisconsin high schools and as a College Counselor at an independent day school, guiding and supporting ninth graders through seniors with the college search and admissions process. Her roles have included presenting college themed topics to parents and students, writing letters of recommendation, hosting admissions presentations and organizing a yearly college visit trip for students. She has attended the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, meets with college admissions representatives and has toured campuses across the country. She volunteers on a scholarship review committee where she reads applications and interviews high school students. She has served as Secretary of WACAC and is a member of NACAC and IECA. Megan loves Wisconsin seasons, Door County, taking the occasional improv class, listening to podcasts, traveling and baking. Megan and her husband live in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin with their three children.

Leslie

Counselor

Wake Forest University – BA English
University of Oregon (Eugene) – MA English
University of California (Berkeley) – MA Environmental Science & Energy Policy

While Leslie has devoted most of her professional years to working as a science writer, it is her passion for education and helping kids find creative and meaningful learning opportunities that brings her to Galin. For the last sixteen years, she has been volunteering in both public and private K-12 schools, helping students learn to read, write, and better understand and appreciate mathematics. Leslie was alongside her three sons as they explored countless college campuses where they could pursue their interests in computer science, mathematics, robotics, engineering, cognitive science, political science, and foreign languages. She loved every one of those visits, was always pushing for more college exploration road trips, and came to realize that helping high schoolers figure out their “what next?” was something she wanted to do for more kids than just her own. As a college counselor, Leslie uses the knowledge she collected from those many college visits, as well as extensive online research and her well-stocked bookshelves, to help high school students find their best fit colleges. Leslie's knowledge of STEM-focused programs and schools, as well as highly selective admissions and military academies, and her experience helping students apply to these places makes her well-suited to work with a wide range of students. Leslie is a graduate of the Independent Educational Consultants Association's Summer Training Institute at Swarthmore College and is an Associate Member of IECA.

Beth

Counselor

University of Minnesota - BA History
University of Minnesota Law School - JD
UCLA - Certificate in College Counseling

Beth joins the Galin Education team with extensive experience working one-on-one with students and families to achieve their college admissions goals. Helping students find the right academic, personal, and financial fit at a college where they will thrive is both her vocation and avocation.

After practicing corporate law in Minnesota and Michigan, Beth moved to Wisconsin and became an active school volunteer in Fort Atkinson and at Edgewood High School in Madison. She has served as the president of the School District of Fort Atkinson Board of Education and chairman of the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation, where she was also a frequent member of selection committees for the foundation’s local scholarship program.

Beth worked closely with her three children when they applied to college; after successfully guiding them through highly selective admissions, she founded McLaughlin College Consulting to pursue her passion for college counseling and helping high school students go after their dreams. Beth completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program and is credentialed as an Independent Educational Consultant (IEC). She is a member of the Wisconsin Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). A recreational cyclist, Beth enjoys spending her free time pedaling the back roads of Wisconsin and exploring the rest of the world on two wheels.

Mike

Counselor

Marquette University–B.S. Middle and Secondary Education and History
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Certification–73-725 (History) Early Adolescence/Adolescence – Lifetime License
New Skills Academy–Certified Life Coach

Mike is an experienced Teacher, Counselor, Coach, and Higher Education advocate. He has a passion for educational equity and access and for guiding and inspiring students on their vocational path as they become agents of change in their communities.

Mike currently serves students at a Milwaukee-area private high school as the College, Career, and Alumni Support Coordinator. In this role, he focuses on building relationships with students and helping them navigate post-secondary options to ensure they leave ready for their chosen college or career as many are the first in their family to go to college. Prior to this role, Mike served as a Classroom Teacher and Soccer Coach and was awarded Educator of the Year in 2018.

Prior to his work within high schools, Mike served as an Admissions Counselor at Marquette University where he advised and recruited a diverse class of prospective students from Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Throughout his time at Marquette, Mike served as the Liaison to the College of Education and Coordinator of the Youth Options Dual Enrollment Program. He represented Marquette on college panels throughout the country and taught multiple college application workshops, tailored to the needs of students, and emphasizing the importance of self-advocacy in the college search process.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Mike currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his family. He is an avid fan of many sports teams (St. Louis Cardinals + Blues, Marquette Golden Eagles, Milwaukee Bucks, and Green Bay Packers), and a lover of all STL BBQ.

Steve

Counselor

University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point - BA in Communication
University of Maryland – MS in University College Management

Steve has been in higher education for nearly 30 years. Currently Steve works as a consultant partnering with client institutions nationwide developing strategic enrollment management plans that help attract, engage, and enroll right-fit students. He also helps colleges and universities design organizational structures that address the academic, financial, and social challenges students face throughout their educational journey.

Prior to consulting, Steve served as the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Lebanon Valley College (PA) where he was responsible for leading a successful undergraduate admissions campaign. Steve has also served as the Vice President for Enrollment at Concordia College (MN) and Ripon College (WI) where he led the offices of admissions, financial aid, and student success. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge about the college admission and financial aid processes at all types and sizes of institutions. Steve has presented on enrollment issues at multiple conferences including the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Strategic Enrollment Management conferences. A Wisconsin native, Steve currently lives in Moorhead, Minnesota with his wife and four children.

Jessie

Counselor, Essay Coach

Stanford University – B.A. English
University of Hawaii – M.Ed. Educational Leadership

Jessie is thrilled to work with Galin families in college admissions and essay coaching. Jessie built her expertise serving for five years as director of college counseling at a Southern California boarding prep school. There, she guided students from ninth grade entry through college acceptances. Each fall, she hosted 80 college representatives on campus, and led parent information nights on topics like financial aid, athletic recruiting, and understanding the UC system. She has toured colleges from Maine to Hawaii, and visits new schools each year.

A resident of Los Angeles County, Jessie also works as a freshman admissions reader for Occidental College (Oxy) in LA, evaluating 500 applications a year. She brings this inside perspective to her college-counseling and essay-coaching clients.

Families appreciate Jessie’s nuanced understanding of selective college admissions, as well as her encouraging style, calm optimism, and clear process. She considers it a privilege to work with teenagers, and share her insights with them. For Jessie, college admissions is best approached holistically, keeping student wellbeing at the center.

Prior to Galin, she held a variety of positions in California private schools including director of communications, fundraiser, and history teacher. Earlier in her career, she founded a PR firm in San Francisco, and ran ESL classes for an international student organization. One of her favorite experiences was teaching English in Slovakia, where her middle-aged students had been learning English from Beatles albums.

Jessie is a member of NACAC, WACAC, and CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD) and she has special fondness for students who have overcome learning challenges. She attended the 2019 IECA summer conference at Claremont McKenna College, and enjoys writing on education issues. She has two teenage sons. Her hobbies include bass guitar, running, tennis, gardening, books, coffee, and real bread.

Jane

Counselor

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – BS Journalism
George Washington University – MA Education and Human Development

Throughout the course of her career Jane has gained a variety of higher education experiences at both public and private universities on the east coast and in the Midwest. She has advised prospective and current students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including international applicants. More recently, she served as the Director of MD Admissions at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jane feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to guide students at various stages of their education (high school, undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional). She understands that each of these groups have specific and unique needs, allowing her to offer supportive and useful techniques while they navigate the application process. Jane also enjoys working with individuals who may have graduated a while ago, but are seeking a career change that will allow them to reach their personal and life goals.

Jane and her husband live in Madison WI with their rescue dog, Stickley. She loves reading, trivia and word games, hiking and traveling (she and her husband especially like visiting Eastern Europe).

Jesse

Counselor

The University of New Mexico -- B.A., Communication

Jesse Chavez currently works at University School of Nashville in Nashville, TN as a college counselor. He has worked as a college counselor at USN since 2019 and served in a similar role for two years before that at Bosque School in Albuquerque, NM.

Born and raised in New Mexico, there is nothing he enjoys more than a green chile cheeseburger. However, after realizing that he would not be making a career out of eating delicious New Mexican staples, he joined the ever-changing world of college admission counseling. As a navigational educator and college counselor, he delivers individualized support and utilizes best practices to educate and empower students and families in making the best choice possible.

Over the past four years, he has surrounded himself with a variety of intelligent and inspiring people who push him daily to grow and be better. His students also inspire him, and he aims to be a leader with high character values, cultural competency, and equitable practices. So, he uses his counseling experience, which is one of his greatest strengths, to lead with an intersectional lens and understanding of the world to serve his community.

Jesse is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC), and Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS).

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.

Graduate Admissions Counselors

Galin Education’s Graduate Admissions Consultants work with clients to navigate the complex world of graduate school admissions. Consultants bring their years of experience guiding students through the process of searching for and applying to the programs that will best meet their personal and professional goals.

Liz

Director of College Counseling

Harvard University--A.B., History & completed Undergraduate Teacher Education Program
Harvard University--Ed.M., Education Policy and Management

Liz has over a decade of experience helping students and families find the right college. With experience in counseling, higher education research, and school leadership, Liz loves getting to know students and matching their interests to the unique offerings of each college.

Liz grew up in Madison, where she attended Madison East and rowed for the Mendota Rowing Club. After graduating from Harvard, where she was on the Varsity crew team, Liz taught history, coached rowing, and worked as a college counselor at Friends Academy in New York, before returning to Boston to pursue a master’s in Education Policy and Management from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Liz was the Director of College Guidance at AMSA Charter School and Newton Country Day School in Boston, where she was also a member of the Steering Committee of the Boston Independent School College Counselors Association. Liz moved back to Wisconsin in 2015 and worked in school leadership at University School of Milwaukee and Messmer High School before joining the team at Galin. She and her family live in Milwaukee and are avid Badger, Packer, and Bucks fans. Liz is on the board of directors at Artworks Milwaukee, the Harvard Club of Wisconsin, and the Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors. She enjoys volunteering with Notre Dame School of Milwaukee and Messmer Catholic Schools.

Caroline

Law School Admissions Advisor

Clark University, B.A. International Development
Clark University, Masters of Public Administration
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctorate

Caroline is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in New York City where she focused on Immigration Law. While at Cardozo, Caroline served as a Senior Editor for the Moot Court Honor Society and participated in the Kathryn O. Greenberg Immigration Justice Clinic. Caroline has been admitted to practice in both New York and Wisconsin and is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar. Prior to law school, Caroline worked for the Clinton Foundation in New York and Rwanda. She earned a B.A. International Development and an M.P.A. from Clark University.

Caroline has a deep passion for expanding access to legal education in the legal profession. She has spent half of her legal career developing expertise in the law school admissions process. Caroline believes that with support and guidance, a legal career is in reach for anyone willing to work hard to reach their goals. In addition to working with Galin, Caroline is also the Assistant Director at the Center for Pre-Law Advising at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a practicing attorney with a Madison-based immigration firm.

Jane

Counselor

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh – BS Journalism
George Washington University – MA Education and Human Development

Throughout the course of her career Jane has gained a variety of higher education experiences at both public and private universities on the east coast and in the Midwest. She has advised prospective and current students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including international applicants. More recently, she served as the Director of MD Admissions at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Jane feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to guide students at various stages of their education (high school, undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional). She understands that each of these groups have specific and unique needs, allowing her to offer supportive and useful techniques while they navigate the application process. Jane also enjoys working with individuals who may have graduated a while ago, but are seeking a career change that will allow them to reach their personal and life goals.

Jane and her husband live in Madison WI with their rescue dog, Stickley. She loves reading, trivia and word games, hiking and traveling (she and her husband especially like visiting Eastern Europe).

Patrick

Counselor

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - B.A. Zoology
University of Wisconsin - Madison - M.D.
University of South Carolina - M.P.H. (Health Education)
University of South Carolina - Family Practice Residency

Dr. McBride received his medical degree from University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW-SMPH) and master's degree in public health from the University of South Carolina, where he also completed a family practice residency.

Dr. McBride is an emeritus professor in the UW-SMPH Department of Medicine's section of cardiovascular medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. McBride directed the UW Hospital and Clinics' Preventive Cardiology program and other clinical initiatives for people at risk for cardiovascular disease. He served as the UW SMPH Associate Dean for Students and the Associate Dean for Faculty. McBride's experience encompasses the three broad areas of academic medicine: education, research and clinical care. He served on many national guideline panels.

Dr. McBride received sixteen local and national teaching awards. Dr. McBride was also given Distinguished Alumni Awards from all three universities he attended and Wauwatosa East High School. Dr. McBride authored or co-authored more than 200 publications, over 25 book chapters, and 4 textbooks.

Vaishali

Graduate Admissions Advisor

Harvard University, A.B. cum laude Biopsychology
University of California at San Diego, Ph.D. in Neurosciences

Dr. Bakshi grew up in the Boston area, studied psychology at Harvard University, and then moved to California to earn her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCSD. For the past 20 years, she has been at UW-Madison and is a tenured faculty member in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Bakshi has been very active in graduate education and training, teaching in several courses for M.D. students, Ph.D. students, and medical residents and fellows. She runs an internationally known lab studying the brain mechanisms of mental illness, and has mentored numerous trainees at all levels on their research projects. She has extensive experience with admissions to M.D./Ph.D. and Ph.D. programs, having served on the Medical Scientist Training Program Admissions Committee at UW-Madison and also participating in admissions / recruitment for various Ph.D. programs in biomedical sciences. Over the past two decades, she has reviewed applications and conducted admissions interviews for approximately 400 applicants to these programs. Dr. Bakshi also oversees undergraduate admissions interviews in the state of Wisconsin for students applying to Harvard.

What Dr. Bakshi enjoys most is working with students at different stages of their education and helping them discern their professional passion. She has advised numerous students on choosing what type of graduate program (M.D., M.D./Ph.D., Ph.D. in STEM or biomedical fields), might be a good fit for them and which course of action would provide the best preparation for their ultimate career goals. Dr. Bakshi leads several national scientific committees that propose best practices for promoting women in science and in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in biomedical and STEM fields. She serves on the steering committees for multiple newer dual-degree graduate programs, including Ph.D./J.D. and Ph.D./M.P.A. programs at UW-Madison. She also is the very proud mother of two teenage girls, who themselves are on their own higher education journeys.

Jordyn

Veterinary Admissions Advisor

Lehigh University – BS, Finance and Supply Chain Management w/ Minor in Mandarin Chinese
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine – DVM Candidate

Jordyn grew up throughout Georgia until she and her family moved to the Chicago suburbs in 2008. She attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA where she earned a degree in business. After working in the financial services industry for some time, she decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian. Her pre-veterinary coursework was completed at both Loyola University in Chicago and Columbia University in New York City. In 2019 she was accepted to and matriculated into the University of Wisconsin’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program where she is currently a second-year student.

Most exciting to Jordyn about working with GalinEd is the opportunity to connect with aspiring veterinary students and help them work through the arduous process that is applying to vet school! She can understand how stressful and overwhelming the process is having recently been through it herself, and she is so thrilled to help others by sharing her experiences and knowledge.

When she is not in lecture or studying, Jordyn loves riding her horse in her free time and spending time at the barn. Not being a Madison native, she also enjoys exploring the city with her friends and classmates.

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.

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).

Megan

Tutor, Academic Coach

Barnard College, Columbia University - BA, Urban Studies w/ Minor in Educational Studies
Harvard Graduate School of Education - EdM, Education Policy & Management

Megan grew up just outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she lived until moving to New York City to attend Barnard College as an undergrad. While at Barnard, she loved getting the chance to explore NYC and to develop as a leader in a women’s college environment, and she was deeply involved in several community service and youth development organizations through Columbia University. In an effort to deepen her understanding of how educational systems operate and how best to meet students’ needs, she went on to earn her Master of Education degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. Megan is a new resident to Madison after spending several years working for a college access program in Chicago, where she helped high school students from underrepresented backgrounds build the academic skills and habits needed to gain admission to and succeed at highly selective colleges.

Gabbi

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!

Alanna

Tutor, Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA Communication Sciences and Disorders, Leadership
Cardinal Stritch University, MA Inclusive Education

Alanna grew up in the Milwaukee area and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Leadership, as well as, a focus in child development. She graduated with academic distinction. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Alanna moved back to the Milwaukee area to begin a graduate school program in education. Alanna graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a masters of arts in Inclusive Education. Alanna has worked for Glendale-River Hills School District with middle school aged students and worked in the School District of Waukesha.

Alanna currently teaches elementary special education for the Whitefish Bay School District. In addition, Alanna is passionate about all students having access to STEM education and spends some of her free time coaching and mentoring middle school and high school level robotics teams. Alanna believes that all children should be met where their learning needs are and that they should receive the support they need to be successful.

Vivian

Essay Coach

Lawrence University, B.A., Psychology and Religious Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.S., Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

Vivian is a Madisonian, born and raised. She tutored all through high school; at her alma mater, Lawrence University; and during her Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s also had the privilege of supporting college students in a variety of roles, including as a tutor coordinator and supervisor, an instructor, and an academic advisor. As an essay coach, Vivian loves supporting students as they tell their stories through college application essays. Her favorite college essay is the personal statement, because students have free rein over the topic and can really let their authentic selves and unique passions shine through. When she’s not working with students, Vivian enjoys creative writing, experimenting in the kitchen, and hanging out with her husband and her cat.

Keith

Tutor

Iowa State University, BS Electrical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Electrical Engineering

Keith graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He was a teaching assistant and lecturer during graduate school and has been tutoring students in Math and Science for many years. Currently Keith works for the UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry. Prior to that he worked at Thermo Fisher Scientific and Cameca with a focus on electron microscopy and developing advanced scientific instruments. Keith holds professional certifications in project management, is a 6-sigma black belt and a licensed patent agent. He enjoys technology development and has a passion for nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Chandler

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - BS in Psychology

I was originally born in South Florida, but I grew up and currently live in Milwaukee. I graduated from UWL focusing on a Psychology degree with a Professional and Technical writing minor. While doing my undergraduate studies, I worked at the local Boys and Girls Club for 2 years and was also a tutor through Upward Bound College prep on the UWL campus. For both of these roles, I worked closely with teenagers running fun activities, helping with homework, cooking food, and engaging in positive conversations/problem-solving. Working at the BGC truly changed my life and I have loved working with high school students ever since. I enjoy building trusting relationships with students to help them succeed in any way possible. When I am not tutoring, I love working out, being outside on warm days, reading, and spending time with my pets.

Lauren

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison - BA, Communication Sciences and Disorders; BA, Spanish
University of Wisconsin-Madison - MS, Speech-Language Pathology

Lauren grew up in Eau Claire, WI, and she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her bachelor’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish. While attending the university, she was the volunteer coordinator for the university’s speech-language pathology club and worked in two research labs at the Waisman Center in the areas of Autism and bilingualism. Upon graduating, she spent half a year in Costa Rica. During this time, she lived with two host families, supported and learned from adults with disabilities, and completed an internship at the Cleft Lip and Palate Association. Lauren then completed her Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Speech-Language Pathology. Lauren currently works as a bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist in the Madison Metropolitan School District. She is passionate about creating a team among students, families, and teachers to support her students’ academic goals. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking.

Olivia

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Genetics and Genomics with Certificates in Global Health and Environmental Studies

Olivia was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. During all four years at UW-Madison, Olivia participated in academic research studying a bacterial plant pathogen and its effects on varying types of agricultural systems. Olivia was also involved in the Women in Science and Engineering Learning Community: as a WISE resident, as a peer mentor, and finally as a House Fellow (Resident Assistant) during her junior and senior years of undergraduate study. In her
time working with and for a strong community of women, Olivia became passionate about women’s STEM education and women’s health. To follow these passions further, Olivia will pursue an MPH next fall. In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons, cooking new recipes, and reading.

Allyson

Tutor, Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS in Education & Spanish

Allyson grew up on a farm in south-central Wisconsin and attended Mount Horeb schools from kindergarten through high school. She was a first-generation college student, and she also spent a semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain during her sophomore year. Allyson earned a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and went on to teach Spanish at Monona Grove High School for four years before joining the Galin Education team. She has worked and volunteered at various K-12 schools in the Madison area and has extensive experience working with students, providing academic and social-emotional support, developing curriculum, and presenting at regional and state education conferences. Allyson also loves to travel and has even organized and led a trip to Nicaragua with 29 students. In her free time, she loves to cook vegan food, practice yoga, travel, read memoirs and non-fiction, and spend time with her English bulldog, Randy.

Inés

Tutor

Johns Hopkins University, BA Sociology
Rhode Island College, M.Ed. Elementary Education
UW-Madison, PhD student in Human Development and Family Studies

Inés grew up in Central Florida (aka the boring part of FL). After graduating high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma, she relocated to Baltimore, MD for college. While at Johns Hopkins, Inés studied Sociology, minoring in English and Social Policy. As an undergrad, she was involved in research at the Hopkins School of Education, the Baltimore Education Research Consortium, and the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab. In her free time, Inés ran the costume department for her college theater group and volunteered with Reading Partners Baltimore. Post-grad, Inés joined Teach for America, moving to Providence, RI to teach 6th grade English Language Arts. During that time, she helped organize the Scholastic Book Fair, ran a Female Empowerment club, and taught an SAT prep course at the network high school. Her favorite memory of her time in the classroom was hosting a mock trial for Ponyboy during her class’s Outsiders unit. With an inadvertent penchant for calling increasingly cold places home, Inés now finds herself in Madison, WI, where she is pursuing her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies. When not “doing school,” you can probably find Inés reading one of the five books she juggles at once, curating new Spotify playlists, or buying yet another mug for her mug collection.

Nia

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S. Biochemistry, Global Health, and Afro-American Studies

Nia is originally Queens, New York City, and moved to Madison, WI to earn her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry. In college, Nia was a student researcher in the UW-Madison Emergency Department where she worked as first-author on a peer-reviewed paper and co-authored another. She also presented her work at local, regional, and national conferences. Nia is a Ronald E. McNair scholar, and served as a teaching fellow for the program. Nia is also a NYC STEM Posse Scholar. After studying abroad in Seoul, Korea, Nia discovered a new favorite hobby -- hiking! Nia also enjoys reading, watching documentaries, and playing the violin.

Maria

Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin Madison, Masters/Education Specialist student, School Psychology
University of Wisconsin Madison, BA in Psychology

Maria attended Mount Horeb schools for her K-12 education. She received her Bachelor of Arts for UW Madison in Psychology with a certificate in Education and Educational Services. Upon graduation Maria served as a literacy tutor and volunteer coordinator at Henderson Elementary School in Madison through the Schools of Hope Americorps project. To further her ability to impact students, Maria applied and was accepted into the Education Specialist Graduate Training Program in School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2020. Maria believes that students can be successful when given the right tools to do so. She is passionate about seeing students succeed in ways that are meaningful to them. In her free time, Maria enjoys trying new recipes, reading, and being active in any way outside.

Caitlin

Tutor

University of Wisconsin - Madison - BS, Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison - MS, Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin - Madison - PhD, Biomedical Engineering (in progress)

Caitlin has been working with students and tutoring in both formal and informal settings for over 12 years. She grew up in Castle Pines, CO before moving to central Wisconsin in high school. Caitlin then attended UW-Madison, where she studied biomedical engineering and medical imaging physics; she loved the program so much that she decided to stay and pursue her PhD at UW as well.

During her time there, she has been involved in numerous organizations including Camp Kesem, in which she served as Director and Operations Coordinator during her undergraduate education. She has completed internships with several local and international medical device companies, including NewWave Medical, Boston Scientific, and Accuray; these opportunities have provided a variety of experiences and roles in an industry setting.

Currently, Caitlin conducts research in the Radiology department at UW-Madison examining motion correction algorithms in medical imaging; additionally, she serves as an instructor for a section of the course Interdisciplinary Engineering 170, a client-based engineering design course for first-year UW-Madison engineering students.

Josh

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biology with a certificate in Global Health

Josh was born and raised in Northeastern, WI. During his three years of undergrad at UW-Madison, Josh was engaged in many extracurricular activities. He was on the board of the American Medical Students Association Pre-med chapter, as well as the director for Badger Public Health Connect. In his free time, he also tutored introductory and intermediate organic chemistry. He also volunteered at the Children’s Hospital and as a Health Resource Navigator through the Center for Patient Partnerships working with the underserved Madison community to obtain greater access to healthcare. His research focus was in the area of abdominal organ transplant tolerance and immunomodulation to transplant organs with the Department of Surgery at the UWSMPH. He is currently in his gap year applying to medical school and is working at Meriter Hospital on the Heart & Vascular unit.

Ae Hee

Essay Coach

Calvin University, B.A., English
University of Notre Dame, M.F.A., Creative Writing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ph.D., Literature and Creative Writing

Born in South Korea, Ae Hee grew up in Peru and now lives in Milwaukee. She graduated from Calvin University with a bachelor’s degree in honors English and minors in ESL and writing. She went to earn a M.F.A in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. Ae Hee is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Distinguished
Dissertation Fellow. In her time at the university, she has taught composition and creative writing classes and worked as the Associate Editor for the university’s literary magazine Cream City Review. In her free time, Ae Hee enjoys playing with her cat, cooking, drinking tea very slowly, reading, and writing poetry.

Randolph

Essay Coach

West Virginia State University, BA in English Literature
West Virginia University, MA in English Literature
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD. in Literature and Cultural Theory (Current Student)

Randolph grew up in West Virginia, and upon deciding to live somewhere flatter, came to Wisconsin in 2016. He currently teaches at UWM as a composition instructor in addition to his work as a tutor at the Writing Center and is a Ph.D. candidate in Literature and Cultural Theory. Taking all his graduate schoolwork into account, Randolph has seven years of experience teaching, three years of experience tutoring, and in this time has served a wide range of students from varying backgrounds. He finds that there are few things more satisfying than helping a student compose the best writing they can. In his spare time, Randolph enjoys playing games of all types, long walks on cloudy days, and perhaps unsurprisingly, reading.

Hailey

Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS Biomedical Engineering

Hailey grew up in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and discovered a passion for math, science, and human physiology. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. While on campus, Hailey joined the Vascular Tissue Biomechanics laboratory and researched the progression of pulmonary hypertension. She presented the results of her study at the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference. Outside of the lab, she worked as an in-home health aid, helped facilitate a UW engineering design course for younger students, and volunteered to tutor patients at the American Family Children’s Hospital. Currently, Hailey is completing a Consumer Patient Advocacy certificate at UW Madison. In the future, she aspires to combine her engineering and advocacy background as a healthcare provider. During her free time, Hailey enjoys baking, skiing, and running around the lakes.

Ellie

Tutor

Princeton University - BA, Psychology

University of Wisconsin–Madison - PhD Candidate, Psychology

Ellie grew up in Chapel Hill, NC where she graduated valedictorian from Durham Academy. In college, she discovered her love for Psychology and began studying how infants and children learn. Ellie graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and certificates in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and Linguistics. At Princeton, she served as a peer tutor in statistics and worked as a research assistant in a developmental psychology lab studying early language acquisition. Now, Ellie is pursuing her PhD in Developmental Psychology at UW-Madison, where her research focuses on early word learning and active learning approaches. In addition, she is completing a certificate in Teaching and Learning with UW-Madison’s Delta Program and volunteers with UW-Madison’s Odyssey Junior Project to support the academic pursuits of underserved children in the Madison area. In her free time, Ellie enjoys running, baking, doing jigsaw puzzles, and paddle boarding on lake Monona.

Brent

Academic Coach

BA: Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MS: Education/Curriculum & Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brent joined the Galin team after a 30-year career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he worked in nearly all aspects of the teaching and learning experience. Part of that path included several years of service as an Academic Program Manager within UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health, where he collaborated with medical students, faculty, and with numerous campus-support groups in helping guide medical students toward their personal and academic potentials — toward success.

Brent built from that foundation and went on to leadership roles directing several complex collaborative projects, most recently serving UWs School of Social Work as the Director of the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System with a passion for improving outcomes for children and families in the state of Wisconsin. Outside of his academic career path, Brent has enjoyed coaching both high school and youth athletics and has been a licensed foster parent in Dane County. He enjoys staying active in virtually any outdoor activity or at the gym and is also a singer/songwriter who performs locally. Brent is excited to join the Galin team and support young people and student success.

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!

Will

Tutor

Brown University BA Music

Will hails from the suburbs of Boston, where he nurtured his passion for the arts and a healthy love for school. He studied music composition at Brown University, and took core-curriculum engineering courses as a pseudo-minor. Beyond classes, Will expanded his dancing repertoire in a Latinx dance crew, where he and fellow leaders established a family for all members and reignited the historic troupe’s hay-day. After graduating college with honors, he decided to build his thesis orchestra piece into his first symphony. Joining his girlfriend in Wisconsin, who studies power engineering at UW Madison, he currently works to complete his symphony and polish his portfolio for graduate school applications. Will loves Madison’s summer-lake charm, and is well stocked to bake his way through any winter.

Katie

Tutor

University of Southern California - BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering
Alverno College - MS, Education

Katie grew up in Bethesda, MD (right outside of Washington, DC). After graduation she moved across the country to attend the University of Southern California. While there, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She was also involved in tutoring elementary school students who lived near campus and sang in the University Chorus. After graduation, Katie decided to pursue her love of education and tutoring and joined Teach for America. TFA brought her to Milwaukee where she is currently in her third year as a 6th grade English Language Arts teacher. During her first two years of teaching Katie also took classes at Alverno College and earned her Master's degree in Education in May 2021. In her free time, Katie likes to be active, spend time with her family in Milwaukee, and explore new places around the city!

Morgan

Tutor

Fordham University, BA History
University of Texas at Austin, MA Russian Studies, MGPS
University of Wisconsin- Madison, PhD student in Sociology

Morgan is from a city just south of Seattle, Washington. He attended Seattle University for his first two years of undergrad and then transferred to Fordham University in New York City. At Fordham, Morgan student-taught middle and high school students in math subjects from Pre-Algebra to Trigonometry. After undergrad, Morgan lived in Russia and traveled around Eastern Europe learning Russian language, culture, and history as well as meeting ambassadors and military attachés in various countries. After Russia, Morgan moved back home and tutored high school students in SAT Prep and taught high school math for a year and a half until he moved to Austin, Texas for a dual master’s degree program in Russian Studies and Global Policy Studies. During his time studying in Texas, Morgan was a teaching assistant for the history and geography departments. Currently, Morgan lives in Madison, WI as a PhD student in the sociology department at UW-Madison. In his free time, Morgan loves to watch movies (once, he went to the movie theater five times in one week), read fiction, do yoga, go hiking, workout, and discuss politics.

Grace L

Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Master’s student, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
University of Illinois Urbana - Champaign, Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education

Grace attended university in Illinois where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English. She also received her certifications for Secondary Education and teaching ESL there. After graduating, Grace joined an AmeriCorps program and moved to Milwaukee where she worked as a public high school ESL teacher. She has had a lot of experience working with diverse groups of students and supporting them through using different strategies. She is also passionate about helping students succeed and reach their fullest potentials. In addition to teaching Grace has tutored students in the past in core subject areas in middle and high schools. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy in Madison and in her spare time enjoys reading, watching TV, and exploring the area.

Ford

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biochemistry and Spanish

Ford grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and went on to attend UW-Madison. While an undergraduate, he worked as a Science, Education, and Outreach intern at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, teaching and mentoring at summer science camps, leading field trips for local K-12 students, and coordinating science outreach events for the public. Meanwhile, he served as a Writing Fellow, assisting undergraduate students of all disciplines in becoming better writers. Also while at UW, Ford volunteered at local elementary schools and food banks through the Badger Volunteers program, and helped launch a university chapter of the national bone marrow donor matching organization Be the Match On Campus. After graduating, Ford spent nearly six years working as a technical analyst and then an implementation consultant for local medical software company Epic Systems, working out of Madison and then Denver, CO. Now back at UW, Ford is pursuing an MS degree in Earth Observation and Informatics through the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Outside of working with students and studying satellite imagery, he loves skiing, hiking, cooking, watching and playing all sports, running, and reading.

Grace

Tutor

Northwestern University | BA in Honors Creative Writing - Poetry, Minor in Art Theory and Practice

Grace is a Milwaukeean who attended Whitefish Bay High School. She recently graduated from Northwestern University summa cum laude. As a college student, she spearheaded and curated a community arts gallery, #EvanstonTempestry, to raise awareness about climate change in the Chicago area. She helped run creative writing workshops for fellow students and won best Honors Creative Writing Thesis her senior year. Currently, she is preparing to apply for MFA's in poetry. In her free time, Grace enjoys doodling, gardening her overgrown squashes, and dancing.

Alvir

Tutor

University of California-Davis, BS Biological Sciences with emphasis in Molecular & Cellular Biology
California State University-Fresno, MS Chemistry

Alvir is from Fresno, CA. He attended UC Davis as an undergraduate student and then completed his Master’s degree at California State University, Fresno where he was nominated outstanding graduate student by the Chemistry department. During graduate school, Alvir took on multiple roles. He was a Teaching Associate for multiple Chemistry courses. His most notable work was supporting the redesign of an integrated Physical Science laboratory curriculum to better support future elementary teachers’ science experiences. Further, he worked at the Graduate Statistics Studio which provides research and statistical consulting to graduate students and faculty members. He also volunteered as a CSU STEM VISTA which provided him training on models, frameworks, and tools to interrupt inequitable practices in higher education and create inclusive STEM environments. He is currently attending UW-Madison where he is pursuing his PhD in Chemistry.

Paulina

Tutor

University of California at Santa Barbara - B.S., Actuarial Science; Minors: Educational Studies and Mathematics
Relay Graduate School of Education - M.A.T, K-12 Teacher of Students with Disabilities
University of Wisconsin, Madison - Ph.D., Educational Psychology - Quantitative Methods

Paulina grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved a short two hours from home to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she studied Actuarial Science. At UCSB, she became involved with a Ubiquitous Computing lab within the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education that conducted research related to upper-elementary and middle-school student engagement with technology and programming. This experience led her to move across the country post-graduation to Delaware, where she joined Teach for America. Those two years were spent teaching fourth through sixth grade special education and pursuing her master's in teaching and teaching credentials. During this time, she grew interest in going back to school to conduct quantitative research within education. So, she is currently a first-year Ph.D. student at UW Madison within the Educational Psychology program. In her free time, she enjoys going on long drives to explore the midwest, reading fiction novels, and spending time with her cat, Dipsy.

Dasha

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison- B.A. Psychology
Lab Manager at the Infant Learning Lab at UW-Madison

Dasha grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL, and discovered a passion for psychology. During her three years of undergrad at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, Dasha dove into research on emotion and language at two social psychology laboratories on campus. She was also Vice President of the UW-Madison Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. Dasha graduated from UW- Madison with Honors in the Psychology Major as well as Honors in the College of Letters and Science. Her passion for research drove her to become a lab manager at the Infant Learning Lab at UW-Madison where she currently studies how children learn language and emotion concepts. She also plans to one day attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. In her free time, Dasha enjoys tending to her houseplants, drinking coffee from the best coffee shops in Madison, cooking, and spending time outdoors!

Rachel K

Tutor

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BS in Neuroscience and Minor in German Language
Medical Program Assistant at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Rachel is originally from the Madison area and recently returned after graduating from the University of Minnesota where she received her bachelor’s in Neuroscience along with a minor in German Language. During undergraduate, she assisted in a computational neuroscience research lab studying connectivity pathways and their relationship with decision making, addiction and foraging. Rachel was mostly interested in the many functional pathways our brains use when we make a decision. When not working in the lab, Rachel tutored student athletes at the university and volunteered at UMN's Children's Hospital.

Currently, Rachel is a medical program assistant at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and hopes to attend medical school soon. She also volunteers as an EMT in her hometown of Belleville, Wisconsin. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her dog, friends and family. She enjoys cooking and watching her favorite shows on repeat.

Lauren R

Tutor

Ohio State University- BS, Molecular Genetics

Lauren grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and developed her passion for science and medicine at an early age. She graduated from Ohio State University cum laude with a bachelors degree in molecular genetics. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted research in both a biophysics lab as well as a genetics lab at the Werner Medical Center. She also took part in the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program where she led a research project on colon cancer in zebrafish.

After graduation, Lauren received a job offer from PPD, a pharmaceutical company in Middleton, Wisconsin. She moved to Madison in order to do stability testing research, helping to bring new drugs to FDA approval. She aspires to begin a PhD program in Cancer Genetics in the fall of 2023 to pursue research in personalized cancer therapeutics.

Outside of work, Lauren is an avid runner and was on the triathlon team for Ohio State while an undergraduate. She enjoys anything that involves being in nature including hiking, swimming, biking, and skiing.

Becca

Tutor

University of California-Berkeley, BA Development Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD student in Sociology

Becca is originally from the south coast of Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. After graduating, she worked in program evaluation and data analysis for a K-12 math curriculum in Washington, D.C. She then moved to Lusaka, Zambia to work for an international development research and consulting organization, where she led evaluations of education programs across Sub-Saharan Africa. Becca moved to Madison to pursue a PhD in Sociology and currently works as a research assistant for the Madison Education Partnership (MEP). In her spare time, Becca enjoys running, kayaking, and reading science fiction.

Jay

Tutor, Academic Coach

BS History, Economics & Secondary Education UW-Madison
MS Special Education UW-Madison

Jay, though born in Madison, grew up in Whitefish Bay, WI. and then moved back to Madison for his college education. He enjoyed Madison life and found a challenging education career, so Madison became home. After a couple years as a substitute teacher, he joined the staff at La Follette High School and worked in the Special Education Dept. with a focus on teaching English and reading strategies for students with dyslexia. Besides his teaching duties, Jay had a private tutoring practice with a focus on reading and math, which led to a tutoring position in the UW-Madison Athletic Dept. Subsequently, he accepted a permanent full-time position as an Academic Specialist, which involved mentoring and tutoring student-athletes. Jay has always enjoyed the challenge of fostering students’ success. In addition to an academic life, Jay enjoys traveling, Badger sports, running, tennis and weekly trivia outings with friends.

Kohl

Academic Coach

DePaul University, Master of Education - Teaching and Learning
University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA English

Kohl is originally from LaCrosse, Wisconsin but currently resides in Madison after spending several years abroad and traveling as much as she could. She has been working in education since her graduate school work, where she worked as an Intervention Specialist in Chicago Public Schools. After receiving her Masters Degree and teaching license in the state of Illinois, she worked in the University of Chicago Charter School network as a 5th grade teacher. Kohl then went on to teach in Japan and Costa Rica, working at extremely diverse international private schools as an elementary and middle school teacher before deciding to return to Madison to further her career in higher education. She currently is a program manager and instructor at UW-Madison. In her free time, Kohl enjoys reading non-fiction, writing poetry, traveling, being active, and playing with her french bulldog Espresso.

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, AP 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.

Sarah

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison—Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English, Literary Studies
Barnard College, Columbia University—BA in English

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Barnard College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in the English department, where she is writing a dissertation on representations of gender in late medieval literature. While at UW, she has served as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate English courses and as a tutor in the University’s Writing Center. Previously, she was an SAT and college essay coach at Let’s Get Ready, a non-profit organization, and an essay coach. She has also tutored privately in middle school ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Sarah speaks limited working French and Spanish and has professional reading proficiency in Latin, Old English, and Old French.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys horseback riding, working out next door at The Barre Code, and spending time with her puppy, Penny, who is a Shih-Tzu Bichon mix.

Doreen

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Economics
University of Nebraska-Kearney, MA, English-Creative Writing

Doreen grew up in an Air Force family, but spent much of her adult life in southern Wisconsin. She has worked as a writer and editor in various capacities for the past twenty years and is the author of a book about Nebraska’s Platte River. While working on her MA in Kearney, Nebraska, she taught composition classes and coached students at the university’s writing center. Doreen is currently pursuing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her free time she enjoys hiking, canoeing, and seeing plays, especially Shaw and Shakespeare.

Rachel

Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, Elementary Education
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MS, Curriculum and Instruction

Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Elementary Education. She furthered her studies at the University of Milwaukee obtaining her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Rachel has five years of elementary teaching experience in the Milwaukee and Madison area. Currently, Rachel is the Technology Integrator for the Wisconsin Heights School District where she co-teaches and models effective use of technology to empower students. Rachel is excited to have the opportunity to continue to support student success. When she isn't working, Rachel coaches high school soccer and enjoys traveling and being outdoors.

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.

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 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.

Yer

Tutor

University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS Biology and Psychology

Yer grew up in the Wausau area and completed her undergraduate at UW-Madison. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar. During her undergraduate, she participated in multiple student organizations with foci that ranged from underrepresented student academics to sharing the unspoken stories of Hmong women. She also travelled to Japan to be an English camp counselor and interned with the Minority Health Program at the Wisconsin Division of Human Services. She is currently a research coordinator on a team studying Alzheimer’s Disease, inspired from volunteering at a local nursing home facility with the Music and Memory Program. When Yer is not working or on campus, she enjoys traveling, watching crime TV shows, playing strategic card and board games, and spending time with family and friends.

Gabriella B.

Essay Coach

Emerson College, BFA Writing Literature and Publishing
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA Poetry Candidate

Growing up, Gabriella split her time between Venezuela and Florida before moving to Boston to study Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College. She spent her undergrad years interning at literary journals and agencies, running an on-campus magazine, being a Resident Assistant and working as a waitress. After graduating Gabriella worked as a translator while teaching English as a Second Language to adult newcomers and then went on to become a Program Coordinator at 826 Boston where she taught writing workshops, led college essay boot camps and supported high school students in creating book projects. Now, she serves as an MFA Candidate in Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches and writes poems. When she isn't writing or reading, she's hiking, camping or driving until she's lost in a new town.

Merritt

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Current Ph.D. student in Physics
Dartmouth College – B.A. in Physics and Computer Science

Merritt grew up in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he graduated valedictorian from Wellesley High School. He went on to Dartmouth College to study physics, where he fell in love with computer science along the way and decided to pursue a double major. In college, he got his first teaching experience as a teaching assistant in a computer science class. Since graduating, Merritt worked as a software engineer before beginning graduate school at UW, where he
studies quantum computing and condensed matter physics. He’s been a T.A. for undergraduate physics and machine learning classes, and loves helping students work through hard problems. In his free time, Merritt loves skiing, mountain biking, climbing, and exploring Madison.

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.

Eric W.

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Nuclear Engineering & Physics
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD student in Medical Physics

Eric is originally from Dousman, WI. He attended UW-Madison and graduated with degrees in Physics and Nuclear Engineering. During his time at UW, Eric was an intern at HealthMyne, a local biotech company, where he worked for three years. Eric also received the AAPM Summer Undergraduate Fellowship which allowed him to conduct research at UW Hospital on image-guided radiation therapy. After graduating, Eric worked as a software developer at Electronic Theatre Controls in Middleton, WI until enrolling in graduate school back at UW. Eric is currently attending UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health in the Department of Medical Physics where he is pursuing his PhD.

Daniel

Academic Coach, Tutor

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Alverno College, Master of Arts in Teaching
University of Puget Sound, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science

Daniel is originally from Oakland, California. He played collegiate tennis at and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. After graduating, Daniel joined Teach for America and moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he became a founding member of the Milwaukee Excellence Charter School. For three years, Daniel taught a variety of classes to 6th-8th graders, including science, math, and reading. He also enjoyed coaching the basketball, football, and track & field teams, as well as helping to found the school’s anime club. During this time, Daniel earned his master’s degree from Alverno College. He also worked as a volunteer assistant coach with the Milwaukee School of Engineering men’s and women’s tennis teams. Daniel is a student in UW-Madison’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program pursuing his passion for human health and movement. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing just about any sport, exploring Madison’s many restaurants and hiking venues, and cooking.

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. 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. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, playing board games, and exploring Madison.

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 is currently in the Sociology program at UW. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, trail runs with his partner Caitlin, and walking his dog Eleanor.

Juliette

Tutor

University of Central Florida-BS Environmental Science

Juliette is originally from Milwaukee but spent high school and college in Florida. While completing her bachelor’s at UCF, Juliette was an active member of the sustainability club, worked at both a science museum and a tutoring company, and graduated a year ahead of her class. In her free time in college, she volunteered at the UCF Arboretum, the City of Winter Park Sustainability Department, and an urban agriculture nonprofit called Fleet Farming. Although she lived in Florida for the past 8 years, she continued to spend her summers in Wisconsin working at YMCA Camp Minikani. At Minikani, Juliette held both counseling and administrative roles leading hiking, backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Juliette recently moved back to Milwaukee and enjoys cooking, biking, backpacking, and foraging for mushrooms and edible plants.

Kevin F.

Tutor, Essay Coach

Marquette University- BA- English
Secondary Education, MA- English

Kevin grew up in Milwaukee, where he attended Marquette High School and Marquette University. After graduating from Marquette's undergraduate program, Kevin spent 16 months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, volunteering, travelling, and learning Spanish. After returning to Milwaukee, he taught English at St. Thomas More High School for one year. He then returned to Marquette to complete a Master's program in English, during which he worked part time in the admissions office of St. Joan Antida High School. He now works as the Director of Graduate Support for Nativity Jesuit Academy, where he maintains contact with the alumni of the elementary schools throughout their time at various high schools. During his free time, Kevin enjoys biking, running, cheering on Wisconsin sports, fixing up his 100 year-old Eastside house, and dancing salsa with his wife.

Joe

Essay Coach

BA, English – Professional Writing, University of New Mexico, 2010
MA, English – Rhetoric and Writing, University of New Mexico, 2014
PhD Candidate - Rhetoric and Composition, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, May 2022

Raised in Illinois, I moved to the home of my heart, Albuquerque, NM, where I lived for 19 years before coming to Wisconsin. I returned to school after more than 20 years of sales, customer service, and management work to start a more challenging career as a teacher and researcher. I taught writing classes at UNM for three years, followed by one year as a writing center coach at Central NM Community College and a technical writer for Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Dept. I have taught at UWM since 2015 (with a 1-year pandemic hiatus) and plan to finish my dissertation, Hot Licks and Rhetoric: Collecting, Community, and Disruptive Literacies in May 2022.

Canese

Essay Coach

Pittsburg State University, BA English and Creative Writing
University of Idaho, MFA Creative Writing
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD Creative Writing

Canese has taught English literature, composition, and poetry at University of Idaho, Southeastern Louisiana University, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where they are currently a PhD student in creative writing and an AOP Fellow. They graduated from Pittsburg State University with a BA in English and creative writing and minor in gender studies, then went on to graduate with honors from University of Idaho with an MFA in creative writing. Having written for the university newspaper and served as poetry editor for their undergraduate literary magazine, they went on to serve on the editorial teams for several internationally known literary magazines. At UWM, they have worked as Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Milwaukee’s leading literary magazine Cream City Review. Originally from rural southeastern Kansas, Canese lives in Milwaukee. When they aren’t reading or writing, Canese enjoys researching LGBTQ+ history, making visual art, watching films, and occasionally finding beach glass on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Jay F.

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BS Elementary Education / Science

Jay comes to Galin following a 37 year public school career featuring 28 years teaching sixth grade followed by nine years focused on 8th grade science. Connecting those experiences were 30 years coordinating the Waunakee Summer Science Program for incoming 7th graders. This immersive, hands-on program has been considered one of Waunakee’s unique highlights. Writing and publishing curriculum and resources for other staff have been part of the journey. Upon retirement this June, Jay will join Wave Reaction in Waunakee as a trainer and member of the tech support team.

Family life in Waunakee includes his wife Denise, a third grade teacher in Waunakee and children Maddie and Ben. Maddie is a junior at Butler, and Ben is set to start his freshman year at LaCrosse this fall. Hobbies include playing electric and acoustic guitar alone and with interested others along with fishing and woodworking.

Cayana

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS in Civil Engineering

Cayana grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and calls this place home. She went to Monona Grove High School and later graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on environmental engineering. When she graduated, she got accepted into Teach for America New Mexico 2019 Corps. She moved to the Navajo Nation and got her teaching certification for Secondary Math. In New Mexico, she taught high school math for two years. There she developed a passion for teaching math (Algebra in particular). She strongly believes that all students can do math and aims to instill that confidence in all of her students.
After returning to Madison, Cayana’s goal was to keep working in a community centered environment. She is currently employed at the Tenant Resource Center where she educates tenants on their rental rights and responsibilities.
In her spare time, she loves to read (in her hammock when it's nice outside), hike, and try new restaurants and delicious food.

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Trevor

Essay Coach

Saint Olaf College, BA English and Philosophy
University of Westminster, London, MA English Literature and Cultural Critical Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD Rhetoric and Composition

Trevor recently completed his doctorate at UW-Milwaukee, focusing and composition pedagogies and theories of democracy and the public sphere. For the past six years there he has been teaching first-year and advanced writing and rhetoric courses, as well as serving as the coordinator for the English 101 program. He holds an MA from the University of Westminster in London, where he studied British colonial and post-colonial literature, and also attended DePaul University pursuing a second MA in Rhetoric, Writing, and Discourse, and earned his Bachelor’s in English and Philosophy from Saint Olaf College. In addition to UW-Milwaukee, Trevor has taught writing at a variety of public and private colleges and universities.

He grew up in La Crosse, WI and is thrilled to be back home with his wife, Anna, their two daughters, Evelyn and Emerson (with baby #3 coming in June!), and their furry overlord, Kiki.

Trevor is passionate about craftsmanship, and throws himself into cooking, woodworking, and home improvements in his spare time. He’s always looking forward to serious board game sessions and spending as much time outside as possible. Most of all, Trevor is excited to bring his love of teaching, writing, and service to Galin Education.

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Larry

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UW-Madison - BA in Journalism

Larry is a retired English teacher, having taught for 28 years in the State of Wisconsin, the last 25 at nearby Waunakee High School. During his time in the classroom Larry taught students at all grade levels, supporting students in both writing and literature. During the last ten years of his career he created, implemented, and taught the school’s first offering of AP Language and Composition. Larry has also worked the last six years as a Reader for the College Board AP Language national exam.

Since retirement Larry has worked part-time as a teacher mentor, working with new teachers in Waunakee and training through the Dane County New Teacher Mentor Program. In this work he has been able to stay in touch with the profession as well as help new teachers grow their practice. Larry is also a fellow with the Greater Madison Writing Project and a former (in a seemingly different life) varsity basketball coach.

During his free time Larry can be found outdoors fly-fishing, hiking, canoe-camping, and walking his two dogs (rain or shine). He lives in Madison with his wife and daughter – while two older daughters are off pursuing their careers.

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Savannah

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Smith College, B.A., Anthropology
University of Wisconsin - Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM candidate

Savannah grew up in Brooklyn, NY and attended Brooklyn Technical High School. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, MA, where she got her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology. While at Smith she worked as a teaching assistant in the Biochemistry and Chemistry departments and worked in various research labs studying stem cell biology and polymer chemistry. Savannah moved to Madison to join the DVM program at the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine. She loves learning about the ways that the humanities and the sciences intersect, and hopes to make science communication a part of her career as a veterinarian. As a tutor, she enjoys working with students to figure out how they learn best. Outside of work and school, Savannah likes to go horseback riding, rock climbing, read science-fiction/fantasy, and walk her dog by the lake.

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Joshua

Tutor

Louisiana State University - PhD Chemistry
Southwestern University - BS Chemistry

Joshua was born and raised in Mandeville, LA and is a big fan of the NO Saints and the LSU Tigers. After completing his BS in Chemistry at SU, Joshua pursued and was awarded a PhD in Organic Chemistry. In graduate school, Joshua was a teacher’s assistant for organic chemistry labs and tutored students during office hours. He enjoys being a part of the learning process and is always excited when students learn new problem solving techniques. In his spare time Joshua enjoys all things outdoors and cheering for his favorite football teams.