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!

College Counselors

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

Zach

Founder

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

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

Liz

Director of College Counseling

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

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

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

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

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.

Jessie

Counselor, Essay Coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan

Career Counselor

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BBA Business Administration
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Masters Education Leadership and Policy Analysis
Professional Certified Coach - International Coaching Federation

Ryan received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was accepted to Teach for America and taught mathematics in the Mississippi Delta. He went on to earn his Master's degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving his master's degree, he became the founding math teacher at KIPP Academy of Arts and Letters in Austin, Texas. For the last decade, Ryan has dedicated his career to establishing highly successful college access and college success programs.

Ryan has over 6,000 hours of coaching experience and has been a certified coach since 2012. Over the last decade, he has helped develop a sense of purpose and life vision with hundreds of young people - drastically improving college graduation and career acquisition rates. Ryan spends most of his free time with his three young daughters, playing golf, and entertaining friends and family.

Michele

Counselor

University of Michigan – B.A. English and Communication
Thunderbird School of Global Management – MBA International Business

After earning her BA in English and Communication at the University of Michigan, Michele worked in consulting at McKinsey & Company in Chicago. Her career took her to Asia where she developed strong cross-cultural business skills before returning to the US to earn her MBA in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.

Prior to her current career in education leadership, Michele led global supply chain operations for semiconductor manufacturing at IBM. After transitioning from corporate to higher education, Michele served as an admissions director for 13+ years at her alma mater. During that time, she reviewed thousands of applications from high school, college, and graduate students applying for admission at competitive universities in the US and abroad. Many of the undergraduate students she supported throughout her career have sought her advice and counsel when they are ready to apply to graduate programs. In addition to her first-hand knowledge of the MBA admissions processes, Michele uses her certification in Business Career Counseling and Assessment to support students to build their career.

Michele’s leadership experience in education also includes K-12 classroom experience, undergraduate and graduate academic advising, study abroad programming, and deep enrollment management expertise. She has reviewed scholarship applications, contributed to grant writing efforts, conducted leadership workshops to empower young women, and raised funds to provide STEM opportunities for students from underserved areas.

Intrinsically motivated by the power of education, Michele enjoys the process of showing students how mindful strategic planning can open multiple future career paths. Michele loves soccer, geography trivia, puns, and the pursuit of new knowledge in all forms.

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.

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Samantha

College Counseling Intern

Prior to starting her journey in continuing her education as a school counselor Samantha Brown taught at Trevor G. Browne High School as a dance education instructor and department head in Phoenix, AZ. During her time as a teacher, Samantha was able to build rapport with her students and began seeing the need of more adult allies in assisting students with the next steps of life, most of these including a college journey. Samantha is in her final year of the school counseling program at Mount Mary University where she has had the opportunity to take part in multiple workshops and classes providing her with a multitude of experiences to enter into the workforce. Galin Education has been one of the opportunities that has sparked an interest in pursuing work after graduation that focuses on college counseling and readiness.

Graduate Admissions Counselors

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

Liz

Director of College Counseling

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

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

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

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

Caroline

Law School Admissions Advisor

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

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

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

Michele

Counselor

University of Michigan – B.A. English and Communication
Thunderbird School of Global Management – MBA International Business

After earning her BA in English and Communication at the University of Michigan, Michele worked in consulting at McKinsey & Company in Chicago. Her career took her to Asia where she developed strong cross-cultural business skills before returning to the US to earn her MBA in International Management at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.

Prior to her current career in education leadership, Michele led global supply chain operations for semiconductor manufacturing at IBM. After transitioning from corporate to higher education, Michele served as an admissions director for 13+ years at her alma mater. During that time, she reviewed thousands of applications from high school, college, and graduate students applying for admission at competitive universities in the US and abroad. Many of the undergraduate students she supported throughout her career have sought her advice and counsel when they are ready to apply to graduate programs. In addition to her first-hand knowledge of the MBA admissions processes, Michele uses her certification in Business Career Counseling and Assessment to support students to build their career.

Michele’s leadership experience in education also includes K-12 classroom experience, undergraduate and graduate academic advising, study abroad programming, and deep enrollment management expertise. She has reviewed scholarship applications, contributed to grant writing efforts, conducted leadership workshops to empower young women, and raised funds to provide STEM opportunities for students from underserved areas.

Intrinsically motivated by the power of education, Michele enjoys the process of showing students how mindful strategic planning can open multiple future career paths. Michele loves soccer, geography trivia, puns, and the pursuit of new knowledge in all forms.

Ryan

Career Counselor

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BBA Business Administration
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Masters Education Leadership and Policy Analysis
Professional Certified Coach - International Coaching Federation

Ryan received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was accepted to Teach for America and taught mathematics in the Mississippi Delta. He went on to earn his Master's degree in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis from University of Wisconsin-Madison. After receiving his master's degree, he became the founding math teacher at KIPP Academy of Arts and Letters in Austin, Texas. For the last decade, Ryan has dedicated his career to establishing highly successful college access and college success programs.

Ryan has over 6,000 hours of coaching experience and has been a certified coach since 2012. Over the last decade, he has helped develop a sense of purpose and life vision with hundreds of young people - drastically improving college graduation and career acquisition rates. Ryan spends most of his free time with his three young daughters, playing golf, and entertaining friends and family.

Patrick

Counselor

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

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

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

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

Jordyn

Veterinary Admissions Advisor

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

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

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

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

Tutors, Editors, and Coaches

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

Hannah B.

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).

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!

Gabbi

Academic Coach

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

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

Alanna

Tutor, Academic Coach

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

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

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

Vivian

Essay Coach

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

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

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.

Chandler

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - BS in Psychology

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

Chelsea

Enrichment Instructor

Ripon College, BA in Psychobiology
University of Wisconsin, Madison, MA in Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Candidate in Psychology

Chelsea is a current PhD Candidate and Graduate Instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying and teaching courses in Psychology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from Ripon College in Ripon, WI and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as a research mentor to undergraduate students at UW-Madison and Ripon College and loves guiding students through the scientific research process – from curiosity to results.

She was born and raised in Waupun, WI and is a lifelong fan of Wisconsin athletics (Go Pack and Go Badgers!). She is married to Cal and together they have 4 furry companions – a Germans Shepherd, a Siberian Husky, and two rescue cats.

Beyond her desire for helping students discover passions in research or psychology, Chelsea loves the outdoors. Hiking, camping, and enjoying a good book on the beach are all activities she jumps at any chance she can get. She also loves traveling and spending downtime with family playing cards or board games. Chelsea is excited to couple her love of research and teaching together through the enrichment courses here at Galin Education.

Emily I

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin- Madison - B.A. English (Honors)
University of Wisconsin- Madison - Teaching Certificate (English, grades 6-12)
Aurora University - Masters in the Art of Teaching
University of Wisconsin- Madison - M.A. Library and Information Studies
Harvard University - Certificate in School Management and Leadership (current student)

Emily has a passion for equity and excellence in education. It’s been her life’s work.

Emily currently teaches Upper School English at University School of Milwaukee, where she is also the Co-Coordinator of the school’s PK-12 Ethical Leadership Program. She believes strongly in developing students not only academically but also as leaders and citizens. Before University School, Emily worked for a decade in public schools--at Nicolet High School and New Berlin West Middle/High School--where she taught 9th grade English, AP English Literature and Composition, and Writing and Publishing; she was also the Middle and High School Library Media Specialist and department chair. Throughout her career Emily has also served as a consultant for the College Board and as President of the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, and she’s been a regular presenter at state and national conferences.

A proud Badger, Emily went to the University of Wisconsin for college and graduate school. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership in a joint program between Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Emily lives in the city of Milwaukee with her husband and daughter. They enjoy all the beauty and culture that the city offers, including outdoor summer concerts and take-out from their favorite local haunts. Ask her about her favorite places, and you’ll get a dissertation on the topic!

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.

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.

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.

Marika

Tutor

Whitman College, BA in Biology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, DPT candidate

Marika grew up in Salem, Oregon before attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she earned a BA in Biology. During her time there she worked as a Writing Fellow to help other biology students improve their science writing skills and studied abroad in Atenas, Costa Rica where she completed her research for her thesis on hummingbird wing morphology. After graduating summa cum laude, Marika taught English at a high school in Amphawa, Thailand for six months, and upon her return to the US missed working with high schoolers and began academic subject tutoring. Her passion for biology, health, and wellness drove her to return to school to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at UW-Madison, which she is currently working toward. Marika loves reading, doing yoga, and painting, as well as backpacking and traveling with her husband.

Ae Hee

Essay Coach

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

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

Maria

Academic Coach

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

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

Randolph

Essay Coach

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

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

Jay

Academic Coach

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

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

Josh

Tutor

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kevin F.

Tutor, Essay Coach

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

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

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.

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.

Dan

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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.

Juliette

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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.

Kimberly

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

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

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

Eric W.

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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.

Anthony

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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.

Caitlyn B.

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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.

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Trevor

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

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

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

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

Rebecca

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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!