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.

Brenda

Director of College Counseling, Emerita

(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.

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.

Megan

Director of Instruction

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.

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.

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!

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.

Brenda

Director of College Counseling, Emerita

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

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

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

Pat

Counselor

(Based in Madison, WI – works with students throughout the country)
St. Olaf College, BA Psychology
Western Illinois University, MS College Student Counseling Personnel

A Madison native, Pat has been in the field of higher education for the last 12 years. Most recently, Pat served as Director of Admission at Beloit College where he oversaw domestic enrollment and recruitment. Pat enjoyed reading and assessing college applications, working with athletic coaches, and translating the financial aid process. During his time at Beloit, Pat helped to create two of the largest enrollment classes in the College’s 174-year history. Now at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Pat works with the Division of Continuing Studies in the development of enrollment strategies for the University's accelerated graduate programs.
Pat earned his M.S. in College Student Personnel at Western Illinois University where he focused his studies on the college sophomore slump, men’s development, and students with learning disabilities. Since graduate school, Pat has presented at colleges and national conferences across the country. Pat’s wife, Jen, serves as the Director of Student Engagement at Beloit College where she helps to develop the College's emerging student leaders. Pat and Jen spend their free time attending Badger hockey games and playing with their 3-year old son, Ollie.

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.

Chris

Counselor

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee -- B.S., Community Education
King's College London -- M.A., Education Policy and Society

Chris currently works at the University of Wisconsin Madison as the Assistant Dean of Badger Precollege, where he oversees K-12 academic enrichment programming for students seeking precollege immersion experiences.

He brings with him extensive experience working in higher education, academic affairs, and student services. Chris previously served as the Director of Summer Session and Special Programs at Northwestern University, where he oversaw Summer Session, The College Preparation Program, The College Bridge Program, International Precollege, Summer Visiting Students, and the Non-Degree Special Students Program.

Before joining Northwestern, Chris was the Senior Academic Affairs Administrator for Boston University’s London Program based in London, the UK, where he worked closely with students studying abroad, managed faculty affairs and worked as a residential director. Prior to that, he worked in Torino, Italy, where he managed training programs at FIAT Group and supported students at Università di Torino -SAA.

Chris holds a B.S. degree in Community Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and an M.A. in Education Policy and Society from King’s College London. He is currently pursuing his Educational Doctorate in Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois.

Chris has a passion for student access and diversity in education, particularly at the precollege level.

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.

Erin

Counselor

Bucknell University -- B.A., English and Education
Florida International University -- M.A., School Leadership
Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English -- coursework towards M.A. in English Literature

Erin has nearly two decades of experience serving as a teacher, coach, and school leader. She has extensive classroom experience teaching English in middle school and high school classrooms, and has served in a range of school leadership positions. Erin loves working with students and developing a relationship that allows her to know, appreciate, and motivate them as individuals.

Erin grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut and attended both public and private schools before graduating from Westminster School and enrolling at Bucknell University where she studied her two academic passions, English and Education. After college, Erin worked at a charter school in North Carolina, then moved to an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound School in Boston, and then moved to Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida. For ten years at Ransom Everglades, Erin taught middle school and high school English, coached varsity cross country, served as an academic dean and dean of students, and directed the expeditionary learning program. While teaching at Ransom Everglades, Erin earned her M.A. in School Leadership from Florida International University. Erin currently works at The Prairie School, in Wind Point, WI, where she teaches English and serves as the English Department Chair. She and her family live in Milwaukee and enjoy spending time outside in the beautiful parks of the city. Erin currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Chamber Theater and serves on their Education Committee.

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.

Program Manager, 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).

Sylvia

Galin Fellow

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Anthony

Tutor

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

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

Mel

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Mathematics with Emphasis Secondary Education (in progress)

Mel is a current Bachelor of Science candidate at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, studying mathematics with an emphasis on education. After graduation she intends to pursue a master's degree and become a high school math teacher. She currently is serving her second year as an Americorps member at a Madison high school as an Algebra and Geometry tutor through Achievement Connections. Additionally, through UW – Madison’s Badger Volunteers, Mel facilitates afterschool programming at an area elementary school.

Beyond her commitment to students’ development of study skills and improving their educational experiences at school, Mel enjoys crafting (crochet, sewing), drawing, and everything music-related. She frequents events at the Overture Center for the Arts, and she’s more than content spending an evening at home with her family and her rescue Yorkie. Mel is committed to serving others and putting more into the world than she takes. She loves helping students grow through her position at Galin Education.

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.

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.

Kireina

Tutor

Hastings College - BA Math Education and Special Education

Kireina's father was in the Air Force so she was born in Japan and moved around quite a bit as a kid. She graduated salutatorian from Alamogordo High School in New Mexico. She then used her National Merit Scholarship to attend Hastings College in Nebraska. While there, Kireina spent a semester studying abroad in England. She currently teaches middle school math in Marshall, WI.

Kireina loves to help students solve difficult problems and tackle subjects they thought they would never be able to master. When she's not working with students, Kireina loves to read, code, and travel. She also enjoys all of Wisconsin's outdoor activities with her two dogs.

Mir

Math Tutor

BS, Electrical Engineering
PhD, Materials Science and Engineering

Mir has been teaching at the high school and college levels for about 10 years. His area of expertise include Math, Physics, Statistics, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, and MATLAB programming. He was a teaching assistant with UW-Madison's Mathematics, Physics, and Electrical Engineering departments while he was a graduate student there. He was a recipient of the 'Honored Instructor Award' for his teaching performance. In his spare time, Mir likes to watch Premier League soccer, play acoustic guitar, and travel.

Kevin

Math Tutor

North Carolina State University -- BS, Mathematics
University of Wisconsin, Madison -- PhD, Mathematics (in progress)

Kevin grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and initially attended Kenyon College, where he studied philosophy and classics (about which he still likes to talk -- feel free to ask!). Before finishing his degree in mathematics at North Carolina State University, he worked for a while in the restaurant industry, working for James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen in Raleigh, North Carolina. He then decided to brave the cold and get his PhD here in Madison, where he is pursuing research in machine learning. Kevin has tutored, TA'd, and lectured for the whole spectrum of math classes, and he loves seeing things click for the first time in his students' minds. In his free time, he likes to lift weights, watch football, and indulge his enduring love of classics.

Emily B

Essay Coach

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

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

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.

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.

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!

Daisy

Tutor

New York University, BA in Biology/Ecology
University of Bremen, MSc in International Studies in Aquatic Tropical Ecology

Daisy recently finished her Master of Science degree from the University of Bremen in Germany. For her thesis fieldwork, she lived on the island of Curacao for 6 months to study coral larvae reared from mass spawning events. Her love of the ocean stems from her childhood in sunny San Diego, California, while her pursuit for an international education was inspired by her undergraduate experience at New York University.

While living in New York, Daisy joined AmeriCorps to serve in preschool classrooms in underserved communities and volunteered with Peer Health Exchange to teach health education to high school students in inner city schools. She has also spent her summers working with the education department at the San Diego Zoo to teach conservation science to students of all ages. By tutoring with Galin Education, she hopes to continue to help students develop and achieve their goals. Daisy also enjoys Marvel movies, cooking, and playing with her dog, Luna.

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.

Emily A

Tutor

Brandeis University, BS in Biology
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, DVM student

Emily grew up in Chicago before moving to Waltham, Massachusetts to study biology at Brandeis University. When she wasn't in class or in lab, she could usually be found practicing for a dance or piano performance. She spent one semester abroad in Mérida, Mexico, where she had the opportunity to learn about public health, be completely immersed in Spanish, and explore one of the most beautiful places in the world. Emily loved it so much that after college, she moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she spent a year teaching English, computer skills, and Spanish reading and composition in an after-school program for rural kids and teens. After coming to Madison to study veterinary medicine, Emily continued to foster her love of teaching and working with students as a board member of the Veterinary Medical Outreach Organization. In her free time, Emily enjoys dancing and learning new recipes.

Ian

Tutor

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Biomedical Engineering

Ian is originally from Neenah, WI. He attended UW-Madison and graduated in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. During his time at UW, Ian was involved with biological and medical research at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Ian also took time off from school to work as a research and development engineering co-op at Baxter Healthcare in Round Lake, IL and General Electric Healthcare here in Madison. During his third year, he spent a semester abroad in Australia where he picked up an interest in scuba diving and has since been certified as a professional level diver. Ian is currently attending UW’s School of Medicine and Public Health and is part of the 2023 M.D. class.

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.

Caitlyn L.

Tutor

University of Southern California, BA Economics and Neuroscience
Cornell University, Master of Regional Planning

A native of Zhengzhou, Henan – commonly known as the “Pittsburgh of China” -- Caitlyn has lived in the Madison area for over 20 years. After graduating from Sun Prairie High School, she attended the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles, where she found a deep appreciation for all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. A curious and indecisive young adult, Caitlyn spent the first three years of her undergraduate days trying out various combinations of academic concentrations (at one point, majoring in History and Biomedical Engineering while minoring in Construction Management) before finally settling on a degree in Economics and Neuroscience. Upon completion of her bachelor’s, she found herself in Ithaca, New York in pursuit of a master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University. In 2014, she returned to Madison to work in applied economics and data analytics.

Outside of work, Caitlyn is an avid consumer of prestige TV shows. A restless traveler, she dreams of early retirement and then spending her years exploring the world, feasting on new cuisines, and photographing natural and manmade splendors.

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.

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.

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

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.

Eric

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison - BA English and History
Brown University - MAT Secondary English Education

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

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.

Katey

Tutor

University of Wisconsin, current MSBA student
University of Michigan, BA in Economics

Katey grew up in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics. She then spent some time working as a math curriculum writer and assessment creator for a large charter school network in NYC. She also tutored students in pre-algebra, algebra, and economics. She is now pursuing a Masters in Business Analytics at the University of Wisconsin. In her free time, Katey enjoys going for long walks with her dogs and watching true crime shows.

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.

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; while at her alma mater, Lawrence University; and during her Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has 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. Having been on both sides of the process, Vivian loves the unique learning that occurs in one-on-one and group tutoring spaces. She is passionate about building relationships with students and supporting them as they achieve their goals. When she’s not tutoring, Vivian enjoys writing, having good conversations, eating good food, and hanging out with her husband and her cat.

Danielle

Academic Coach

St. Olaf College -- BA in English and French
University of Wisconsin-Madison -- Masters of Professional French

Danielle is originally from Chicago Heights, Illinois. While an undergraduate at St. Olaf College, she studied abroad in Rennes, France and worked as an English teaching intern for an international section of middle schoolers. As a senior in college, she continued working with international students as a teaching assistant for a first-year, undergraduate writing class. After graduating, she returned to Rennes for a year to work as an English language assistant at a French high school. In this role, she taught 14-19 year-old students about American culture and animated weekly lunch discussions with French faculty who wanted to practice their English. After returning to the United States, she continued teaching English literature and writing, but this time to American 9th graders. She is now pursuing her Masters in Professional French in Madison and hoping to specialize in international education. When not reading and watching French shows on Netflix, she enjoys eating brie, running, and listening to comedy podcasts.

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.

Rebecca

Tutor

Augustana College, B.A in Mathematics and Teaching Math
University of Kansas: Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (expected completion date Dec. 2019)

Rebecca grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before attending Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Both in high school and college, Rebecca ran competitively on the cross country and track teams. After graduating from college, Rebecca taught and coached for 3 years in Iowa, just outside of Iowa City. In 2018, Rebecca, her husband, and their dog moved to Madison for her husband to do his medical residency at UW. Currently, Rebecca teaches at Middleton High School and enjoys spending as much time as possible outside!

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Lily

Tutor

Vassar College - B.A. American Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison - M.A. Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies, certificate in Visual Cultures (in progress)

Lily grew up in New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School. She graduated from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, where she majored in American Studies with concentrations in History, Africana Studies, and Popular Culture Studies. She spent the first semester of her junior year of undergrad in Paris via the French language-immersive Vassar-Wesleyan Paris Program, through which she studied at Reid Hall and Université Paris VII-Didérot. After graduating from Vassar, she worked in costume design in New York City and was awarded a year-long Costume Apprenticeship at The Juilliard School from 2017-2018. She has also spent the last five summers in rural Vermont, teaching sewing, fashion, and costume design to high school students at the Putney School Summer Arts Program. She moved to Madison to pursue her Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies in 2018 and has been happily studying on her front porch ever since. When not on the porch swing, she loves embroidery, baking, hiking, and finding new swimming holes to explore.

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Itiola

Essay Coach

California State University, Northridge BA In English Single Subject Matter
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MFA Poetry Candidate

Itiola calls California her home state before she moved to New York to pursue writing as a profession. At 19, her first job was a Supplemental Instructor where she served adult students returning to higher education. Since then, she private tutored on and off. She is the founder of the online writing poetry workshop called “The Singing Bullet”, now celebrating its fifth anniversary. She is a Book Editor with Indolent Books, Editor at 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, freelances for Complex, NBC News Think and elsewhere. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Guernica, Washington Square Review, The Rumpus and elsewhere. She is the co-editor of the Young African Poets Anthology. She is currently an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was chosen as the Inaugural Kemper K. Knapp Fellowship recipient. When she isn’t reading, editing, or writing, she’s watching Code Geass and practicing archery.