Meet the Team

Leadership Team

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

Zach Galin

Founder

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

Zach has spent over a decade working independently with students and families in the college admissions process. From test preparation to college matching, applications, and financial aid, Zach has helped students gain acceptance to their top choice schools.

Zach spent his undergraduate years at Northwestern University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Learning and Organizational Change. He was actively engaged in student government, Greek life, cultural affairs, and community service. Upon graduation, he ran an academic tutoring and test prep center on New York City’s upper west side. He worked with hundreds of families to diagnose students’ specific academic deficiencies and develop courses from a variety of text-based and digital curricula to improve their skills.

Zach was then accepted into Teach for America and taught science, test-taking strategies, and organizational skills in a middle/high school in the South Bronx. While a corps member, he received his masters degree in education from New York City’s Bank Street College of Education.

Zach previously served on Hillel’s International Board of Directors, Bank Street College’s Board of Trustees, and the Madison Jewish Community Day School Board of Directors. He currently serves as the chair of the Camp Shalom (Verona, WI) committee, as a member of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Foundation board, and as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Madison.

Scott

Director of Academic Consulting

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, BBA Business Administration
Roosevelt University, MEd Education
Argosy University, MA Community Counseling

Scott received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University Of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He went on to earn both a teaching certification and a Master’s degree in Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Scott spent seven years working for a Chicago charter school network. He started as a middle school special education teacher before becoming a special education program administrator at two charter schools.

While working in special education, Scott also earned a Master’s degree in Community Counseling from Argosy University and became a Licensed Professional Counselor. For six years, he worked at a private counseling practice near Chicago. He specialized in providing executive functioning coaching, academic coaching, and individual counseling for high-achieving, under-performing students.

Scott combines his unique expertise in special education, school administration, and therapeutic counseling to foster meaningful relationships with clients. His main goal is to help direct students along the path to self-directed learning, executive functioning skillsets, personal growth, and independence. In his free time, Scott likes to read pop culture history books, water-ski, and play softball.

Brenda

Director of College Counseling

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

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

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

Eric

Director of Essay Coaching & Brand Management

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

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

Lynn

Director of Client Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex

Director of Operations

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

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

Steven

Director, Milwaukee Office

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

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

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

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

Counselors

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

Zach

Founder

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

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

Brenda

Director of College Counseling

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

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

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

Pat

Counselor

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

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

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.

Tutors, Editors, and Coaches

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

Allie

Tutor

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

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

Amy

Tutor

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

Sarah L.

Tutor, Academic Coach

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

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

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

Hannah B.

Tutor, Essay Coach

St. Ambrose University, BA Strategic Communication and Writing

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

Peter

Tutor

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

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

Hannah H.

Tutor

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

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

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.

Gabbi

Tutor, Academic Coach

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

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

KaHoua

Tutor

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

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

Maria

Tutor

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

Maria grew up in Overland Park, Kansas where she spent her time competing in Science Olympiad. After becoming a National Merit Scholar, she went on to attend Washington University in St. Louis. There she studied environmental biology and chemistry. Along the way, she has taught high school students preparing for college and college students preparing for medical school. She has also worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology. During her undergraduate years, she conducted research on malaria and mosquitoes. She came to Madison 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.

Glenn

Tutor

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

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

Jackie

Tutor

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

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

Caitlyn B.

Tutor

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

Caitlyn grew up in Almont, MI, a small town an hour north of Detroit, where she graduated valedictorian from Almont High School. 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.

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.

Oliver

Tutor

University of Miami, BS Political Science and Broadcast Journalism

Oliver is a Madison native and one of Zach Galin’s first ACT students! He saw firsthand how effective the Galin method is, and he wants to help other students achieve their dream scores too. Oliver attended West High, where he caught the bug for broadcasting and journalism at a young age. During his time at West, he was the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and an announcer for high school sports. He then attended the University of Miami on an academic merit scholarship, where he graduated summa cum laude and was named the outstanding senior in the School of Communication. His work in college won regional and national awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press, The Broadcast Education Association, and The National Broadcasting Society. He also had the privilege of interning at Meet the Press during the summer leading up to the 2016 election.

After graduation, he spent two years working as TV reporter for WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate for Fort Myers and Naples. In that role, he spent much of his time on the campaign trail covering state politics—including the 2018 midterm election and the Florida recount. He now works as the Visual Content Manager for the environmental organization Clean Wisconsin. In that role, he gets to travel the state meeting fellow Wisconsinites and shining a light on untold environmental stories. He’s thrilled to be back in his hometown!

Eddie

Tutor

Washington University - BS Biology

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

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.

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.

Julie

Tutor

Iowa State, BS in Sociology
Ohio State University, MA in Educational Leadership & Policy
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD student in Educational Psychology

Julie is an instructional consultant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - basically she helps faculty shake the dust off of old fashioned lectures and transform them using active and inclusive teaching principles, keeping students in mind. Julie is also a student herself, completing her PhD in Educational Psychology in the coming school year. Julie also has an MA in educational leadership and policy from (the) Ohio State University and a BS in sociology from Iowa State University. Prior to instructional consulting, Julie taught early childhood development and adolescent development at UW-Madison, where she was selected by students as an Honored Instructor twice and named a Future Faculty Partner with the UW Teaching Academy. Julie has also dabbled in team building and leadership development with experience in outward bound -style settings (e.g. backpacking, climbing, ropes courses). In her free time, you will find Julie enjoying the outdoors with her family, hanging out with the youth group at her place of worship, or trying out the latest gym craze just for fun (next up: kick boxing).

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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!

Erin

Tutor

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

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

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.

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Lori

Enrichment Teacher / Tutor

UW Whitewater - BSE in Math and Computer Science
UW Whitewater - MS in Curriculum and Instruction

Lori is in her 24th year of teaching, loves learning and has been fortunate enough to continue learning through some really great institutions. She is most excited about being an MIT alumni after spending time one summer attending an amazing program – Science & Engineering Program for Teachers. She has also had the opportunity to study at University of San Jose as part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Computer Science and Software Engineering program, UW-Madison, and Marquette University. Last summer she was fortunate to join a team at Facebook Headquarters where they discussed Computer Science Principles.

Lori also enjoys the challenge of finding new and innovative ways to work with students. She was honored to be part of the National Hour Of Code event at the White House in 2014 in Washington, DC! Lori is a founding member of the Wisconsin-SIGCT (Special Interest Group for Computer Teachers), the acting president of the Wisconsin chapter of CSTA (Computer Science Teachers of America), and a member of MIT’s group called NEST (Network of Educators in Science and Technology). Lori is involved in 2 clubs at MHS and in the community: Computer Science Club (an MHS after school club run by two high school students) and CODE-CS (a community club designed to attract young girls to programming and app development).

Because Lori believes balance is the spice of life, when she is not finding new, interesting ways to deliver material to students, she also has a family and personal interests. She and her family enjoy kayaking, mountain biking, reading and playing games together. She also enjoys running and meditating.

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Dan M.

Academic Coach

I’m currently I am a school counselor at James Madison Memorial High School. I have worked in the Madison School District for close to 30 years. During that time, I have been a special education teacher, an assistant principal, and currently, a school counselor. I have been married to my wife Amy for 20 years, and have 3 boys, Jack, Charlie, and Henry. My work at Galin Education allows me to continue to do what I love most in education, working with kids to help them achieve their goals.
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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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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.

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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.

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Alex R.

Academic Coach

Based in Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, BS in Education
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MS in Adult, continuing, and higher education

Alex has over eight years of experience helping students have a successful transition from high school to college graduation. His passion for supporting college students brought him back to his own alma mater, where he earned a master’s degree in adult, continuing and higher education. His focus areas were administration leadership and educational counseling. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he worked in college admissions, academic advising, financial aid, student success, alumni relations, new student orientation, and residence life. Alex served the Wisconsin Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC) as the chair of the committee for Inclusion, Access, and Success. Currently, Alex is the Director of Admissions for Eastbrook Academy (Milwaukee, WI). He and his family reside in Port Washington. They enjoy exploring new cuisine, community festivals, and weekends at the cottage.

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.

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 and later 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 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.

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.