Meet the Team

Leadership Team

Our leadership team use 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

Academic Coaching/Study Skills, Test Prep
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, BBA Business Administration
Roosevelt University, MEd Education

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.

Colleen

Director of Instruction

Columbia University - BS Sociology with a concentration in Educational Studies

Colleen comes to Madison from St. Joseph, Louisiana, where she taught high school mathematics for two years as a Teach For America corps member. Originally from suburban Philadelphia, Colleen completed her undergraduate degree at Columbia University in Sociology with a concentration in Educational Studies. She received honors for her thesis that compared the experiences of teachers working in traditional public schools, charter schools, and private schools in New York City.

Colleen is the daughter of two teachers and has spent her life studying education in diverse areas of our country and the world. While studying abroad in Durban, South Africa, she researched the role a private girls’ school had in shaping young women for a future as the country’s new elite. Additionally, Colleen has worked for the Breakthrough Collaborative as a summer enrichment eighth grade math teacher and as a school year coordinator, organizing an after school tutoring program for over 30 middle school students twice a week in New York City. In her spare time, Colleen loves to take and teach dance classes, meet new people, and explore new places!

Brenda

Director of College Counseling

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
University of Illinois – BS Journalism
Northern Illinois University, Teacher Licensure – Secondary English
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, MS Counselor Education

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

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

Eric

Director of Essay Coaching & Brand Management

Academic Coaching, Test Prep, Essay Editor
University of Wisconsin-Madison - BA English and History
Brown University - MAT Secondary English Education

Eric, a new addition to the team, is excited to return to the Madison area where he earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating with a love of literature and education, Eric attended Brown University to earn his Masters in the Art of Teaching in Secondary English.

Counting his undergraduate work, graduate studies, and teaching career, Eric has over five years of experience working with a wide range of student populations in several different capacities. He has worked with elementary students, middle schoolers, high schoolers, prison inmates, incoming college freshman, college transfer students, immigrant students, and returning adult students. In his career, he has also taken on the roles of teacher, administrator, curriculum designer, advisor, and tutor. As the Assistant Director at Galin Education, Eric will put this variety of experience to good use helping out in the areas of college counseling, academic coaching, and ACT/SAT preparation.

Lynn

Director of Client Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex

Director of Operations

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

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

Steven

Director, Milwaukee Office

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

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

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

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

Matt

Director of Tutor Development

University of Rochester - BA, Physics & Music
American University - MS, Secondary Science Education
Queens College – Copland School of Music- MA, Music Theory
University of Wisconsin-Madison - PhD, Candidate, Music

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

Counselors

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

Zach

Founder

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

Zach has spent over a decade working independently with students and families in the college admissions process. From test preparation to college matching, applications, and financial aid, Zach has helped students gain acceptance to their top choice schools.
Zach spent his undergraduate years at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Learning and Organizational Change. He was actively engaged in student government, Greek life, cultural affairs, and community service. Upon graduation, he ran an academic tutoring and test prep center on New York City’s upper west side. He worked with hundreds of families to diagnose students’ specific academic deficiencies and develop courses from a variety of text-based and digital curricula to improve their skills.
Zach was then accepted into Teach for America and taught science, test-taking strategies, and organizational skills in a middle/high school in the South Bronx. While a corps member, he received his masters degree in education from New York City’s Bank Street College of Education.
Zach previously served on Hillel’s International Board of Directors, Bank Street College’s Board of Trustees, and the Madison Jewish Community Day School Board of Directors. He currently serves as the chair of the Camp Shalom (Verona, WI) committee, as a member of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Foundation board, and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Madison.

Brenda

Director of College Counseling

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
University of Illinois – BS Journalism
Northern Illinois University, Teacher Licensure – Secondary English
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, MS Counselor Education

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

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

Kelli

Counselor

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
Northwestern University, BA Human Development & Psychological Services
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA Counseling Psychology

Kelli has a background in helping students define their interest and transition to college. Before college admissions counseling, she spent eight years as an academic and career advisor for student-athletes at UW-Madison. Kelli currently teaches career development and leadership courses at UW-Madison as well as teaches professionals in the UCLA College Counseling program about career development and assessment.

Kelli is a Global Career Development Facilitator as well as a member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors and the Independent Educational Consultants Association. Kelli, her husband, and three children currently live in Waunakee.

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.

Tutors, Editors, and Coaches

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

Allie

Tutor

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

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

Amy

Tutor

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

Sarah L.

Tutor, Academic Coach

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

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

Sarah has extensive experience working with students with diverse needs providing academic, social emotional and executive functioning supports and services. Her combined experiences both provide a unique insight to the multifaceted dimensions of learning and an ability to provide a holistic approach to supporting all students.

Caitlin M.

Tutor

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

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

Glenn

Tutor

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

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

David

Tutor

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

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

Dan

Tutor

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

Dan grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in high school was a National Merit Semifinalist. Dan received his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Slavic Languages and Literature from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and during his junior year spent a semester studying abroad in Prague. After graduating from Northwestern in 2008, Dan moved to Chicago, where he worked as a paralegal at a consumer rights law firm. Dan moved to Madison in August 2012 to attend the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, and he received his Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree in 2014. During that time, in January 2013, he started tutoring at Galin. Currently, Dan works at UW-Madison with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC). There, he conducts qualitative and quantitative research and analysis for K-12 program evaluations in schools and districts across the state and region.

Hannah H.

Tutor

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

Hannah grew up in Decorah, IA and graduated from Decorah High School as a National Merit Scholar. She attended Grinnell College, graduating in 2010 with a BA in Psychology and Spanish. In college, Hannah studied abroad in Santiago, Chile for a semester and spent summers tutoring and teaching at Luther College Upward Bound. After graduation, Hannah did a term of service with Lutheran Volunteer Corps, working at a homeless outreach center in Wilmington, DE. She also worked at a youth residential center in Wisconsin before moving to Madison. Hannah completed her Master’s in Social Work at UW-Madison in 2014. Currently, Hannah is the tutor coordinator for Achievement Connections at West High School, a math tutoring program seeking to reduce the achievement gap.

Hannah B.

Galin Education Fellow

St. Ambrose University, BA Strategic Communication and Writing

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

Sarah

Tutor

Bucknell University, BA Biomedical Engineering
University of Wisconsin, PhD Candidate Biomedical Engineering

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

Haley

College Essay Coach

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

Maria

Tutor

Washington University in St. Louis, BA in Environmental Biology
University of Madison-Wisconsin, MD/PhD student, PhD candidate in Epidemiology

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

Grant

Tutor

Rice University - Computer Science

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

Aylise

Galin Education Fellow

Tulane University – BA English

Aylise grew up in Verona, Wisconsin, working as a karate instructor during high school and graduating as a National Merit Scholar. She completed her bachelor’s degree in English at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. During her time at Tulane, Aylise studied abroad for a summer in Ireland; captained the (ever-popular) Tulane Quidditch Team; and completed an Honors Thesis on the literary works of Jamaica Kincaid, Maxine Hong Kinston, and Maya Angelou.

As a member of the Tulane Creative Scholars Program, which is designed to promote liberal studies among pre-medical students, Aylise completed her pre-medical coursework alongside classes for her English major. She graduated May 2018 with Honors in English and an acceptance to Tulane School of Medicine. She is back home for her gap year, eager to help other Madison students begin their journey to college. In her free time she enjoys reading, writing, running, skiing, and playing with her dog, River.

Megan

Spanish Tutor, Tutor

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

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

Marites

Tutor

Xavier University, BS Chemistry
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Marites grew up in Cincinnati, OH where she attended Xavier University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Since earning her PhD from the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Program at UW-Madison, Marites currently works as a scientist at UW-Madison studying cardiac ion channel biology as part of the Cellular and Molecular Arrhythmia Research Program.

KaHoua

Tutor

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

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

Ellie

Tutor

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

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

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Emily L

College Essay Coach

Dartmouth College - BA, Chemistry modified with Environmental Studies

Emily is originally from the small town of Canaan, New Hampshire. She attended Dartmouth College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry modified with Environmental Studies. During her time at Dartmouth, Emily spent much of her time singing and doing soil research. She also served as an Undergraduate Advisor for first and second year students. Emily lived in Madison, WI for a few years after graduating (and misses it terribly!). She is now a PhD student in Earth System Science at Stanford University. When Emily isn’t in the lab or reading student essays, she enjoys trail running, singing, hiking, and cooking!

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Declan

Tutor

Washington University – BS Physics & Spanish
Marquette Univeristy – MA Educational Policy & Leadership

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

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Stephanie

Academic Coach

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

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

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Jackie

Tutor

University of Notre Dame, BS PreProfessional Studies (Pre-Dental)

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

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Vinika

College Essay Coach

Northwestern University - BS, Journalism
Penn State University - MeD, Higher Education Administration

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

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Caren

Academic Coach

The George Washington University - BA, Human Services
University of Illinois-Chicago - MA, Social Work

Caren Minkoff is currently working as a Case Worker for Jewish Social Services of Madison. Caren is a masters level social worker and worked as a school social worker at a public charter high school in downtown Chicago for 6 years before moving back to her hometown of Madison.

Caren earned her bachelors degree in Human Services from The George Washington University in Washington DC and her masters degree from Jane Addams School of Social Work at University of Illinois- Chicago.

Caren has worked in social services for close to 15 years and is passionate about youth and community development, anti-poverty work and gender equality.

In her free time Caren enjoys spending time with her family, exploring different playgrounds and parks with her toddler daughter and sampling the local ice cream.

Vickram

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University of Chicago, BS Math, BA Physics
University of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD Candidate, Physics

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

Caitlin G.

Test Prep

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

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

Julie

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Iowa State University, BS Sociology
Ohio State University, MA Educational Policy & Leadership
University of Wisconsin, PhD Candidate Educational Psychology

Julie earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Iowa State University and her Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. She is now pursuing her PhD in Educational Psychology with a focus on identity & cognitive development. While at Iowa State, Julie was named one of Iowa State University’s “Women Impacting ISU” for her work as the director of Iowa State University's Dance Marathon, which raised over $160,000 for Children's Miracle Network. Julie has been known to occasionally break out some super cool dance moves from this program. In-between degree programs, Julie took some time to work professionally in team building and leadership development. From trust falls to rock climbing to backpacking, Julie has facilitated individuals and groups to grow in understanding of themselves and others.
Julie has been teaching developmental psychology at UW Madison since 2013 and was selected as an Honored instructor twice by UW-Madison undergraduate students. In her free time Julie advises a youth group in the area, goes hiking/running/rock climbing with her husband, and sings in choir.

Griffin

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA Political Science and Global Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Candidate Sociology

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

Katie

Academic Coach

University of Notre Dame – BA, Political Science
Johns Hopkins University – MA, Educational Studies

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

The end of this school year marks Katie’s tenth year as an educator. She spent the first three years teaching in rural Arkansas where she taught fifth and sixth grade math and science with Teach for America. This experience gave her a lot of insight into the inequality present in our education system and pushed her to move to Washington, D.C., where she pursued her master's degree and spent five years teaching special education in the Anacostia neighborhood.
In 2016, Katie moved to Madison, where she spends her free time exploring the city, running, and reading.

Emily

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Harvard College, BA History of Science

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

Brian

Academic Coach

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

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