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


(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.


Managing Director

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.


Director of Admissions 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.


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.”


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!


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.

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.



(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.


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.


College Counselor & Manager of Essay Coaching

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

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

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



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.



University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Bachelor of Science-Human Services
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Masters of Science-Educational Psychology emphasis in School Counseling

Bill is a recently retired School and College Counselor with 32 years of experience in both private and public high schools. He spent his first four years at Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI and the next 28 years at Whitefish Bay High School, located in the north shore suburb of Milwaukee. Both schools were college prep, with over 90 percent of the graduating seniors attending a post-secondary institution. Bill has extensive experience counseling students and parents through the college process. While at Whitefish Bay, Bill developed many great relationships with college representatives as over 100 colleges visited his school each fall. He is knowledgeable about colleges throughout the country and has been on a variety of college tours. Bill has also worked with many recruited student athletes. Bill coached high school basketball for many years. One of Bill’s strengths is connecting with students and getting to know them on an individual basis.

Bill is married, and has three adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, hiking, biking and kayaking. He is a huge fan of all Wisconsin sports teams.



Georgetown University, B.A. in Psychology
Suffolk University, MEd. In Higher Education Administration

After six years working on college campuses in admissions and student activities, Emma is thrilled to join the college counseling team at Galin! She is currently a college counselor at a private international school in the Washington, DC area, working primarily with students attending college in the US and Canada. Her main interest is helping students find the best fit school for them where they will thrive and succeed. In addition, she coordinates the administration of the SAT suite of assessments.

After graduating from Georgetown University in 2016, Emma left her hometown of DC to get her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration at Suffolk University in Boston. She was delighted to gain experience working in community engagement, student affairs, and college admission. She is delighted to return home, and while she loves Boston, she will not miss digging her car out of the snow!

Emma currently lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC with her partner and their crazy coonhound Banjo. In her free time, she enjoys going to the local farmers market, reading, and watching Survivor.



University of Wisconsin-Madison B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies
DePaul University- M.Ed in School Counseling

Jen was born and raised in New York until high school when she moved to the Midwest, specifically the Chicago area. As a first generation college student who desperately wanted a blend of East Coast spunk and Midwest charm, Jen set her sights on attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate career where she majored in Human Development and received a certificate in Educational Policy. While earning her bachelor's degree in Madison, Jen also worked part time at Madison West High School where she was a counseling clerk and assistant for three years (Go Regents)!

After graduating in 2017, Jen went on to DePaul University in Chicago where she earned her Master's degree in School Counseling and her licensed professional counselor credential. Jen worked full time in Chicago Public Schools as a School Counseling Assistant throughout her time as a graduate student and is about to begin her third year as a School Counselor for 7-12th graders.

With her nine years of experience in education, Jen is excited to continue her post-secondary work as a part of the Galin team. She is a lover of all things sports, music, and is a die hard New York Rangers fan. Jen is an avid reader and you can find her finishing a book a week as part of her kindle challenge for 2022.


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.



Marquette University – B.A. Broadcast/Electronic Communication
University of Louisville – M.A. Higher Education Administration

Jim is blessed to join the team at Galin Education to work with students and their families during an exciting process! Jim is the Coordinator of College & Career Planning at St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and brings nearly twenty years of experience working in and around college admission to Galin.

People tell Jim that he looks like Liev Schreiber and sounds like Vince Vaughn. His first career out of college found him working in radio! Jim was a DJ on both WLZR-FM (Lazer 103) and WLUM-FM (FM 102.1) in Milwaukee from 2000-2007. He also worked for a Los Angeles-based media research firm called Mediabase 24/7 from 2001-2004 (Jim worked from home before it was cool). He transitioned to working in college admission in January 2005, spending the most time with St. Norbert College in Green Bay as both Associate Director of Admission and an academic advisor. After Jim guided students through the admission process, he helped them select courses that matched their interests while connecting them with opportunities to explore different careers. He even helped students create their own majors!

Jim moved to the high school side of the desk in July 2014 when he became Director of College Advising at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School in Milwaukee. He moved on in August of 2018 to Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock, Illinois where, as the first full-time college counselor in the school’s sixty-year history, he built a college counseling program for the school from the ground up.

A product of a Catholic high school and a Catholic university, Jim practices the Jesuit idea of cura personalis and the Norbertine idea of ‘radical hospitality’. He enjoys being the lantern that guides students and parents through the dark and all-too-often labyrinthine worlds of college admission and college financial aid. His goal as a college counselor is to find the best fits for the students he works with rather than nab them the biggest trophies. Jim often challenges students and parents (in constructive, thoughtful ways) to consider why they believe certain things about colleges and why they might value certain colleges over others.

Jim is very clear with students that, in his world, there’s a difference between “getting something done” and “doing something well”. He encourages them to do the latter when working on their college applications, since those applications represent both the students themselves and the schools they attend. Jim enjoys collaborating with young people on their applications to help them rip down the walls and barriers that may be preventing them from being their most authentic selves. He will strap on his bandolier belt and go to fight for a student with a 2.2 overall GPA and a 21 composite ACT with the same vigor as a student with a 4.0 overall GPA and a 36 composite ACT. Jim never promises students and parents anything when it comes to specific outcomes, but he does promise that I’ll support them in their endeavors.

Jim lives in Greendale, Wisconsin (fifteen minutes south of Milwaukee) with his wife, Beth; his son, CJ; his daughter, Annika; his dog, Falcon; and his cats Roman, Asia, and Billie. Jim is a true geek who loves anything Star Trek, Star Wars, Marvel/DC, and He-Man. He enjoys watching football, basketball, and baseball, going to concerts, taking in live theatre, anything to do with outer space, playing video games with his kids, and freaking himself out on roller coasters. He might also own some ghost hunting equipment.



St. Lawrence University- BS Psychology
Canisius College- MS Counseling Education

Kara is a certified school counselor for the state of Florida who takes pride in helping students find the perfect college fit. Currently, she is an experienced college advisor at a private school in South Florida where she focuses mainly on helping students with course selection, assisting with the formation of balanced college lists and testing plans, college application/essay editing, and creating individualized pathways to meet the students' goals. She meets regularly with parents and students to ensure that everyone involved in the process is well informed and on track, and presents at various virtual and in person events.

Kara is a member of NACAC and SACAC, and is a firm believer in consistent professional development. She regularly attends/chaperones college tours across the United States, hosts college informational sessions, and builds relationships with college representatives.

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Kara moved to Florida in 2014 to enjoy life under the sun. Mom of 3 active boys and 2 boisterous French Bulldogs, she loves good food, attending sports events, going on weekend jogs, and occasionally binging on the latest Netflix series. She is excited to join the Galin community while continuing to help students and families navigate the ever changing world of college admissions.



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

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

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

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

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



(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.



Northwestern University – B.S./M.S., journalism

Paula loves working with students and families throughout the college search and application process to identify good-fit colleges where students can thrive. She especially enjoys helping students discover more about who they are and what they seek, and witnessing their growth throughout the journey.

Before joining Galin, Paula worked as an independent marketing communications writer and editor, helping clients (including higher education institutions such as the University of Chicago, American University and Marquette University) differentiate their offerings, highlight their strengths and communicate their successes. She has been a volunteer college essay coach and is finishing the University of California-Irvine certificate program in Independent Educational Consulting.

Paula hails from suburban Minneapolis and attended the University of Minnesota as a high-school senior through the state’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Options program. After completing Northwestern’s accelerated master’s degree program in journalism, she worked at public relations firms in Chicago and Washington, D.C., as well as in corporate communications. She and her family have lived in Shorewood, Wis.,near the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, since 2006. Paula is also a volunteer with the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program through Kids Matter Inc., supporting kids in the child welfare system.



Ripon College, B.A. in Sociology
Loyola University Chicago, M.Ed. in College Student Personnel/School Counseling Certificate

Cindy joins Galin Education after a 33 year career in admission and college/school counseling. She is passionate about helping students make the most of their experience in high school and guiding them through the college selection process to find the best fit. Cindy’s warm, genuine and down to earth style helps students feel comfortable and at ease.

Cindy began her career in College Admission working at three liberal arts colleges in the midwest: Ripon College, Lake Forest College and Grinnell College. While in these roles she worked with students across the country from Arizona to New York to a variety of high schools, read applications as a member of the admission committee, served as athletic liaison to the coaching staff, and coordinated both the student tour guide and alumni admission programs.

Cindy transitioned to College Counseling after a move back to the Chicago area. She worked as a College Counselor at The Latin School of Chicago, Homewood Flossmoor High School and Illinois Math and Science Academy. For the last 16 years, Cindy has been a School Counselor at Hinsdale Central High School. At Central, she was awarded the HHSTA Professional Excellence Award for her commitment to students, school and community. She retired from that role and moved to her home state of WI in July of 2023. Cindy is currently working as the Head School Counselor at St. Joan Antida High School in Milwaukee.

Throughout her career, Cindy has always prioritized making connections with colleagues. She has been an active member in professional organizations such as NACAC and IACAC and has served in numerous leadership and committee roles in both organizations. Cindy has traveled to visit well over 200 colleges in her career to develop strong relationships with admission professionals and stay up to date on current academic programs and admission trends.

Cindy loves nature, wildlife and the outdoors. She enjoys kayaking, skate skiing, downhill skiing, running, biking, and swimming. She trains for and competes in a sprint triathlon every summer. Cindy is an amateur wildlife photographer and has recently focused her sights on a local bald eagle nest.

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.


Director of Admissions 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.


Graduate Admissions Counselor

-Faculty member at University of Wisconsin and Former Chair for MD/PhD Admissions

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

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

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


Law School Admissions Counselor

-Lecturer in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago Law School. While in law school Andrew served as a legal intern at the Juvenile Division of the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian. Andrew has been admitted to practice in the state of Indiana and spent three years as an Associate Attorney at Bunger & Robertson in Bloomington, Indiana. During those three years, Andrew gained experience in litigation and transactional work, in addition to serving the community in various pro bono roles.

Andrew navigated a career transition after three years of practicing law to career development. In that role he worked with exploratory undergraduate students for a brief period before transitioning to the Indiana University, Maurer School of Law where he coached law students looking for post graduate opportunities in a variety of legal settings. At the Maurer School of Law, he was awarded the Leonard D. Fromm Public Interest Faculty Award for his outstanding support of public interest law.

In addition to working with Galin, Andrew is a Lecturer at the Indiana University, Kelley School of
Business where he teaches in the Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills Department and the Kelley Direct MBA Program. Andrew primarily teaches a business writing course for sophomore undergraduate students and has taught business presentations in both undergraduate and graduate school settings. During his six years as a faculty member, he was awarded the Kelley School of Business Trustees Teaching Award (2020) and Dr. James E. Mumford Excellence in Extraordinary Teaching Award (2021).


Law School Admissions Counselor

-Former Assistant Director at University of Wisconsin's Center for Pre-Law Advising

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.


Medical School Admissions Counselor

-Former Director of Admission at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Rutgers University- Douglass College BA Sociology
Monmouth University MA Liberal Studies

Meryle has over thirty years’ experience advising prospective applicants and re-applicants as they navigate the admissions process. She served as Director of Admissions at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical school where she was responsible for all aspects of the admissions office. Meryle was instrumental for the early implementation of the Multiple Mini-Interview format at her institution and serves as an excellent resource for MMI strategies. She has experience working with BA/BS MD applicants and international applicants. In addition to her role as Director of Admissions she served as manager for the Office of Education, working with current medical school students, faculty and staff.

Upon retirement she joined a medical school consulting firm on the east coast for over six years. Meryle has a long-standing passion for engaging with students as they experience the highs and lows of their journey toward medicine by providing supportive and honest assessments.
Meryle and her husband live in southeastern North Carolina with their dog Callie. Meryle enjoys book clubs, daily work outs, puzzles, outdoor activities, and is trying to learn golf.


Medical School Admissions Counselor

-Former Director of Admissions at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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

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

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

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


Medical School Admissions Counselor

-Former Dean of Students at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

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.


Counselor, Academic Coach

-Former PreHealth Advisor at University of Illinois-Chicago and Academic Advisor at Midwestern University

Miami University – B.S. Middle Childhood Education
DePaul University – M.Ed. Counseling (College Student Development & Community Counseling)

Rachel was born and raised in Madison, WI. After graduating from Miami University (Ohio), she spent four years teaching middle school in Atlanta, GA before returning to the Midwest to earn a master’s degree in counseling and begin her career in higher education in the Chicagoland area.

Rachel has over a decade of experience working in higher education – working with both undergraduate and graduate/professional school students. As a pre-health advisor, Rachel advised students applying to professional healthcare-related programs and taught an undergraduate ‘Exploring Healthcare Careers’ course. Most recently, Rachel served as a learning specialist for a graduate/professional healthcare school where she provided academic and executive functioning support and coaching to students. With experience in career counseling, pre-health advising, learning support/coaching, and teaching, Rachel is passionate about supporting and empowering students to meet their academic and career goals and she is thrilled to be working with Galin students and families.

Rachel lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. She enjoys traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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.



Harvard University, AB in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
University of Wisconsin - Madison, MS in Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Wisconsin - Madison, MD (in progress)
University of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD (in progress) in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Ajay grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he graduated salutatorian from Pine Crest School. In college, he discovered his love for biomedical research after taking a class on the history of psychiatry. Ajay graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. At Harvard, he served as a peer advisor for 1st year students, worked as a research assistant in a neurodegenerative biology lab for 4 years where he studied the mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and facilitated an introductory developmental biology course as a course assistant. Now, Ajay is pursuing his MD and PhD at UW-Madison, where his research focuses on improving diagnostic neuroimaging for neuropsychiatric illnesses. In his free time, Ajay enjoys running, ice skating, cooking, attending theater productions and concerts, and exploring the lakes and trails around Madison. He hopes to be an academic neuroradiologist where he can teach medical residents, provide care to patients, and advance neuropsychiatric research.


Tutor, Academic Coach, Essay 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.



Purdue University, BS, Biology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS, Cellular and Molecular Biology
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD (in progress), Cellular and Molecular Biology

Alex grew up in a northwest suburb of Chicago and attended Purdue University, where she graduated with honors. At Purdue, Alex was a member of the Women in Science Program and TA'd for multiple biology courses. After graduation, she moved to Maryland and completed a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health exploring lymphatic system development.

Alex is now pursuing her PhD at UW-Madison, where she is studying how different cell types in the skin interact with each other to promote wound healing and regeneration. She also is a member of Madison Women in Science and her program's outreach club. In her free time, Alex enjoys hanging out with her dog (Auggie) and cat (Mya), playing on various Madison intramural sports teams, learning cello, gardening, and playing board games with friends.

Alex E.

Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BS, Community and Nonprofit Leadership
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, MS, Educational Psychology

After spending two years living in Minneapolis working in the nonprofit sector, Alex returned to Milwaukee, where he was born and raised. At this time, he worked in several capacities in education serving as both a student supervisor and soccer coach, while completing his graduate studies. Currently, he is a school counselor at a local area high school. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, and being outside in his free time.


Essay Coach

Ali was born and raised in New York. Growing up right outside of the city, she fell in love with creative writing, theater and music at a young age. After transferring from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she began majoring in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a concentration in reporting. She graduated in May 2020 with two additional minors in digital studies and theatre.

As an editor for her student paper at UW, Ali helped her peers with storytelling, writing techniques and copy editing — all things she likes to work on with students when writing college essays. After graduating, she worked as a watchdog reporter in northcentral Wisconsin, covering local and state government for USA TODAY-Wisconsin, and as the State Capitol Intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She currently is the local government reporter for the Cap Times in Madison.

Ali helps each student achieve their best college essay by meeting them where they are and focusing on where they want to go. In her free time, Ali likes to write poetry, run along Lake Monona, watch Audrey Hepburn films and make macaroni and cheese (from the box).



University of Chicago, BS Biological Sciences
University of Wisconsin – Madison, MD (in progress)
University of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD (in progress) in Biomedical Engineering

Alissa grew up in Greenwood, IN, and attended the University of Chicago where she graduated with honors. While at UChicago, Alissa discovered her passion for research—leading her to spend much of her time working on clinical research with the Department of Nephrology as well as basic science research in a neuroscience lab. After completing her undergraduate degree, Alissa did two years of full-time research while also serving as a tutor for students from underserved populations in Chicago. Alissa is now pursuing her M.D/PhD at UW-Madison. During her PhD phase, she plans to join a nanomedicine and drug delivery lab where she will research novel drug delivery approaches that can be used to more specifically target disease mechanisms.

In her free time, Alissa enjoys staying active—especially through weightlifting, cycling, and climbing. She also loves gardening and curling up with her two cats to read or play video games.



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.

Allie M.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, BSE Special Education

Allie was born and raised in New Berlin, Wisconsin and has working in schools and with students aged 4-21 since she was 17. Allie has resided in Madison since attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a Division 1 athlete for the women's rowing team as well as a tutor for Greater University Tutoring Service. After graduating and receiving her teaching degree, Allie became a special educator at Madison West High School where she works with students grades 9-12. Allie teaches Pre-Algebra as well as an MATC math course. Allie's work focuses on adapting lessons for various learners as well as sparking a love for math in her students. In her free time, Allie enjoys exercising, cooking, traveling, and reading non-fiction novels.


Essay Coach

UW Madison - B.A. English - Creative Writing
UW Madison - M.S. Curriculum & Instruction, Secondary English Education

Andy grew up outside of Milwaukee and attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison to obtain multiple degrees with the ultimate goal of achieving a career in secondary education. After completing a master's program in curriculum and instruction, he moved to Denver, CO and immediately began working as a teacher at a small middle school. Since then, Andy has taught English as a second language, public speaking, and currently enjoys a position teaching ELA and social studies at a school with a focus on outdoor expeditionary learning.

While not in the classroom, Andy spends his time in the Front Range climbing and exploring in the mountains.



Angela grew up in Mason, OH, about 30 minutes outside of Cincinnati. She attended Purdue University where she completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics in May 2019. Upon graduation, she worked for Kimberly Clark for two years as a product developer before deciding to pursue her M.S. in Statistics and Data Science. Over time, she has built up 3+ years of experience as a tutor for subjects varying from thermodynamics to algebra. In her free time, Angela enjoys the conflicting hobbies of baking and working out.


Academic Coach

Clemson University, BFA, Visual Arts
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University, MFA, Interdisciplinary Fine Art

Ashley is an educator, artist, and writer. She designed curricula for an arts education non-profit in the Boston area while studying art and poetry at SMFA/Tufts University and, after graduating with her MFA and a brief stint spent working as a jewelry designer, she knew she wanted to become a full-time teacher. She earned her teaching credentials while developing interdisciplinary arts and ELA courses at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Massachusetts. In addition to her seven years in the classroom, Ashley has directed visual arts and creative writing after-school and pre-college programs for students in grades 7-12. Ashley grew up in Charleston, SC and lived in Boston, San Francisco, and London before moving to Madison with her husband and two cats. She loves cooking, reading, traveling, yoga, and making things.



University of Wisconsin–Madison, PhD Student, Psychology

Ben is originally from Andover, Massachusetts. He received his bachelor’s degree from
Kenyon College in Ohio where he graduated with honors in psychology and a concentration in
English. While at Kenyon, Ben was the president of a local tutoring organization (the Partnership
of East Knox and Kenyon College) where he tutored middle and high school students in math
and English. After graduating from Kenyon, Ben worked at Standford’s Graduate School of
Business as a research coordinator in the Behavioral Lab. While working in the Behavioral Lab,
Ben discovered his interest in human decision making. In 2020 Ben joined the Brauer Group Lab
at UW–Madison to research how social psychology could help us better understand (and
mitigate) anthropogenic climate change. As a PhD student, Ben was a teaching assistant for the
undergraduate introduction to psychology and research methods courses as well as the graduate level statistics course. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing videogames, cross country skiing, and biking around Madison.

Beth Y.


University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS, Biochemistry and Neurobiology

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Certificate, Health and the Humanities

Beth grew up in Middleton, Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’ degree in biochemistry
and neurobiology from UW-Madison. In her senior year, she served as a math, science, and
reading comprehension tutor at West High School. She is currently a Research Technician
in a lab at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health investigating the intersects of
immunology and transplant surgery. She hopes to eventually attend dental school. In her
free time, Beth enjoys swimming, skiing, hammocking, and walking around Madison.


Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA Journalism
Edgewood College, English and Special Education Teaching Licenses + MAE (in progress)

With the dream of being a travel writer, Carly graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and certificates in European Studies and German. She studied abroad in Bonn, Germany during her junior year of college and explored as much of Europe as she could. After graduation, she worked in group operations at a travel agency before deciding to pursue her own worldly adventures as a Peace Corps volunteer.

For 27 months, Carly served as a Youth in Development volunteer in northern Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, teaching English and life skills to students in fourth through ninth grade. After returning to the United States, Carly relocated to Madison and began courses for her teaching license at Edgewood College. She worked as a high school Special Education teacher for three year and currently teaches English at Sun Prairie West High School.

Outside of her professional life, Carly enjoys traveling and aspires to celebrate a birthday on each continent. She also likes reading, baking, and trying to keep houseplants alive.



University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS Human Development & Family Studies
Valparaiso University, MS Healthcare Administration

Crystina grew up in a small suburb of Chicago called Lemont, IL. After graduating high school, she moved to Wisconsin to attend UW-Madison and earned her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Aside from her coursework, she worked as a tutor for children with developmental disabilities and as a before and after school teacher at a local grade school. She moved back to the Chicago area for a few months after graduation before going off on a 6 month adventure to Sydney, Australia to work as an Au Pair. After returning to the U.S., she pursued a career and master's degree in healthcare administration. She currently works as an analyst at UW Health, helping to improve and optimize healthcare access for patients. She loves to teach and help others, and in her free time you can find her out in nature with her dog, Barkley, doing yoga, or traveling the world.



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.



University of Wisconsin-Madison - Certificate in Communication Sciences and Disorders (ongoing)
The Ohio State University - BS Psychology

Elizabeth is originally from University Park, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. She attended The Ohio State University and graduated summa cum laude with a BS in psychology, a second major in linguistics, and a minor in Italian. At Ohio State, she was involved in the honors program and successfully defended an undergraduate honors thesis on speech perception. After graduation, she moved to Brindisi, Italy, where she taught English to Italian high school students for nine months on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She came to Madison upon her acceptance to the Capstone program in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently applying to master’s programs in speech-language pathology. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, hitting the gym, and exploring the new city that she now calls home.



University of Wisconsin – Madison, BS, Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Madison, Certificate, Mathematics
University of Wisconsin – Madison, MSW, Mental Health Focus Area (In Progress)

Ella was born and raised in Albania. She immigrated to the United States with her parents and older brother in 2010. Learning a new language was initially very challenging and even discouraging at times, especially as related to academics. After overcoming some of the initial hurdles, Ella was able to graduate high school and attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She initially studied Computer Science and Mathematics, which is when she earned her certification in Mathematics. She has always excelled and enjoyed Mathematics but realized her interests leaned more towards helping others in a more direct way. Ella shifted her academic path to Psychology and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in just 3.5 years, becoming a first-generation college graduate. She is continuing her education in the upcoming Fall 2023 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison by pursuing a Master of Social Work with a mental health focus area. Ella hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and practice therapeutic services among teenage and youth populations. Ella shares a particular interest in serving underrepresented populations and working with youth in the state and federal criminal justice system. In her free time, Ella enjoys partaking in many creative outlets such as painting, reading (mostly educational self-help books), cooking, and hiking. She always loves to watch, and sometimes rewatch, her favorite shows and movies. Most importantly, she enjoys taking care of her endearing 3-year-old Pitbull mix rescue named Gigi!



Princeton University - BA, Psychology

University of Wisconsin–Madison - PhD Candidate, Psychology

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

Emily L.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, BS, Biochemistry

University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS (in progress), Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Science Education

Emily grew up in New Berlin, Wisconsin before attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate degree. During her time at UW, she was actively involved in undergraduate research and on-campus organizations, notably the Peer Learning Association, which focused on tutoring undergraduate students through core science courses. Her love for fostering student engagement in difficult science courses led her to pursue a master’s degree in secondary science education. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to teach Advanced Placement (AP) level Chemistry and Biology classes.

Emily shares a particular interest in growing academic confidence in students that have historically disliked school. She believes that all students have the ability to succeed, they just need an academic plan that addresses their individual needs.

In her free time, Emily enjoys running on trails near Lake Mendota and relaxing watching her favorite TV show.



The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies

Emma grew up in Austin, Texas and attended The University of Texas at Austin (hook ‘em!) for her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Global Studies. Her coursework focused on International Security and Eastern European studies. While at UT Austin, Emma worked as a math tutor for grades K-12 and found her passion for education.

After graduating in 2021, Emma ended up in Wisconsin and began working as a substitute teacher in Milwaukee-area schools. She is currently pursuing her secondary teaching certificate through the act! Program at UW Oshkosh and hopes to teach high school history or geography. She also hopes to eventually pursue a Master’s degree in Education.

In her free time, Emma loves running, baking and cooking vegetarian food, learning new languages, and traveling!


Academic Coach

Montana State University, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Secondary Science Education
Montana State University, M.S. Science Education

Erika was born and raised in Montana and earned her degrees in education from Montana State University. Right after graduation, she began teaching middle school math and science and happily did that for four years until she had the opportunity to move to France. After fifteen amazing months in the French Alps working on her master’s degree, she jumped at the chance to live in Kenya where she assisted with a research project on lions and hyenas. Once the project ended and she was back in the United States, Erika returned to the classroom to teach seventh grade math. The following year, it was time to fill the moving boxes once again and she made the move from Montana to Arizona. In Tucson, Erika worked as an academic coach at the University of Arizona helping students on academic probation at risk of being dismissed from the university because of their low GPAs. She also worked closely with students who tested below college level math, both as an academic coach and as an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College. She loved her work and continued it until her second child was born, at which point she made the decision to stay at home to raise her son and daughter. Erika’s final move happened in 2019 when she landed in Laramie, Wyoming, where she now lives with her husband and children. In her spare time, Erika loves spending time outdoors with her family, especially when they are hiking, skiing, biking, canoeing or camping.

Ethan W.


Tulane University- BS in Finance

Teaching has long been a passion of mine – in college, I tutored students in calculus and statistics; at Epic, I taught people how to use medical software, and at my current job as a data analyst, I continue to mentor and advise.

I love solving math and logic problems and I believe that anyone, regardless of where their natural interests and abilities lie, can benefit from sharpening their abstract reasoning skills. I also believe that strong writing skills are essential for communicating one's ideas.

My job involves using statistics, behavioral analysis, and natural language processing to make financial services companies more profitable.

Outside of work, I enjoy playing soccer and tennis, hiking, and reading. I'm originally from New Jersey and went to college in New Orleans, but so far living in Madison is my favorite.


Academic Coach

Erin is new to Madison after living in Milwaukee for the past 6 years. She attended Marquette University for undergrad and received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Law Studies with a minor in Psychology. After working two years with City Year Milwaukee assisting a 5th and 6th grade classroom, she is here in Madison to receive her Master of Curriculum & Instruction. Upon graduation, she will be certified to teach middle and high school in Wisconsin.

Erin loves to read, watch plays and musicals, collect funky sweaters, and travel - she has been to 9 countries!



Davidson College - BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Wake Forest University - MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (ongoing)

Having spent her whole life in North Carolina, Genevieve is thrilled to now be in Madison! During her time in undergrad at Davidson College, she was Mock Trial captain and treasurer, and graduated magna cum laude with honors in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Now, she is pursuing her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Wake Forest University. She has previously worked with students at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), and has worked as a tutor since 2019. In her free time, she hosts a podcast on positive reinforcement horse training and enjoys going on long walks with her dog, Rupert.



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.

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).


Tutor, Academic Coach

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

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

Jay F.

Essay Coach

University of Wisconsin - Madison, BS Elementary Education / Science

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

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

Jeff M.


Moravian University, BS Biological Sciences

University of Pennsylvania, MA Integrated Science Education

University of Wisconsin – Madison, PhD Curriculum and Instruction in Science Education

Jeff was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Moravian University, one of the ten oldest colleges in the United States. After a number of career changes, Jeff found a passion for teaching and working toward equity and excellence in education. Settled into a decade of teaching in the Camden City District, where he began as a middle school teacher. He was later reassigned to the Brimm Medical Arts High School, where he taught a variety of classical and medical-related biology classes. While in Camden, Jeff was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a variety of science and mathematics courses that helped connect science and math to student sense-making skills. After ten years in Camden, Jeff moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where he substituted in a variety of schools and worked in the realm of virtual instruction. He attended the University of Wisconsin’s School of Education and coached preservice science and math teachers in various schools around Madison. Jeff recently earned his Ph.D. with his dissertation, which explored STEM education and the context of engineering across science, society, and history. In his free time, he enjoys cooking for his family and walking his dog.

Jesse G.

Academic Coach

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Bachelor of Arts in Broad Field Social Studies, Secondary Education

Jesse attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education. He received certification to teach U.S. and global history, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science for grades 6-12. He has a wide variety of experiences in school districts as he taught in numerous locations throughout his undergraduate degree (Several school districts in Wisconsin; Phoenix, Arizona; and Luoyang, China). After graduating, Jesse moved down to Madison, Wisconsin, and began teaching both 7th and 8th grade at Beaver Dam Middle School. He is dedicated to supporting students to reach success in multiple ways. In addition to teaching, Jesse has tutored at both Beaver Dam Middle School, and programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and has worked at the YMCA and BGC coordinating activities to develop good character and citizenship. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys watching movies, playing board and card games, and playing with his two cats.


Academic Coach

I am a National Board Certified Special Education Teacher & Reading Specialist with 26 years of experience. I have worked with a diverse community of learners at both the middle and high school level for my entire career. I worked in Seattle Washington for several years as a Highly Qualified Language Arts Teacher. I earned my masters degree at Cardinal Stritch University as well as my reading specialist license. I became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2008. I have worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District for the past four years. I currently teach at Lafollete High School as a case manager & advocate.

Literacy is my area of passion and expertise. My greatest love is teaching the process of written language. I also have an extensive background in executive functioning strategies & research and using that work to support student success in the general education setting as part of a student's post secondary goals.

When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy every moment I can with my 13 year old son, my 3 cats, and in my garden. I love being outdoors and poolside during the summer.



Northwestern University, BS Radio/TV/Film
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA Communication Arts (Film)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD Communication Arts (Film)

JJ grew up in the Milwaukee area before attending Northwestern University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Radio/TV/Film. JJ continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned both a master’s degree and a PhD in the Communication Arts department’s film program. His dissertation explored the history of product placement in the movies. During his time at UW-Madison, JJ taught various classes on film production, film history, and film aesthetics. In 2020, he was granted the Vance and Betty Kepley Award for excellence in teaching. Currently, JJ works as the researcher for the popular film podcast Blank Check with Griffin and David. In his free time, believe it or not, JJ enjoys watching movies, but he also likes to craft playlists of music new and old, play tennis and basketball, and tour the Madison area’s many public parks with his wife and daughter.

Jordan B.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate student in the Education Specialist School Psychology Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Family Studies; Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Growing up in a suburb south of Milwaukee, Jordan has always been able to call Wisconsin home. Desiring to stay a Wisconsinite, Jordan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her undergraduate degrees in Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology. Jordan worked as an assistant teacher in a daycare, as well as a behavior technician in ABA Therapy while in undergraduate school. To expand her work experience, Jordan moved to Minnesota following graduation to pursue work with adults and children in a hospital setting. Though she enjoyed her time in Minnesota through meeting new people and being challenged in her work, she is now returning to us here in Madison to pursue a graduate degree in School Psychology. Jordan desires to provide students with essential resources to support them in their education and overall childhood. While Jordan genuinely enjoys school, she is eager to return to Madison to enjoy the lakes and life that the city has to offer.


Essay Coach

Marquette University, BA English and History
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MA English Literature and Cultural Theory
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, PhD English Literature and Cultural Theory

Julia grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, but fell in love with Milwaukee and has called it home since she first arrived for college. While completing her bachelor’s at Marquette, Julia was a writing tutor at the Ott Memorial Writing Center, as well as a course-embedded tutor working closely with STEM students throughout the semester to revise their writings.

After undergrad, Julia decided to stay in Milwaukee and begin graduate school at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in English literature, where she is currently in the midst of her PhD. She works at UWM as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English, where she teaches introductory composition and literature courses to undergraduates. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Milwaukee and traveling to different cities.


Tutor, Academic Coach, Essay Coach

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.



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

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



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

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



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.


Academic Coach

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

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



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

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

Lauren A


University of California, Los Angeles - BS in Cognitive Science with a Specialization in Computing
University of Wisconsin-Madison - MS in Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison - PhD (in progress) in Psychology

Lauren grew up in Bakersfield, California where she graduated from Ridgeview High School. In college, she became fascinated by the study of cognitive psychology, specifically with better understanding how individuals think and learn. Lauren graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science with a specialization in computing. As an undergraduate at UCLA, she worked as a research assistant and lab manager studying problem representation in mathematics and memory strategies. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree, Lauren worked as a test prep and math tutor for a boutique tutoring company based in Santa Monica, California. She is a passionate educator who has over four years of individualized tutoring experience under her belt. Lauren enjoys partnering with students to help facilitate their educational goals, both by supporting academic success and by encouraging a growth mindset. Lauren is currently pursuing a PhD at UW-Madison where she investigates how individuals (both adults and children) engage with patterns in mathematical contexts and the influence of such experiences on both performance and problem-solving strategies. Lauren is also interested in exploring the extent to which the ability to flexibly represent number is related to conceptions of equivalence, fraction understanding, and algebraic reasoning. After completing her PhD, Lauren hopes to become a university professor and continue to advance research in the area of mathematical cognition. In her free time, Lauren enjoys rock climbing, baking, discovering new music, and hanging out with her cats, Meow and Ronald.


Academic Coach

University of Pittsburgh, B.A., History

Boston University, M.A.T., Social Studies Education

University of Wisconsin — Madison, M.A., History

University of Wisconsin — Madison, Joint Ph.D. student, History and Educational Policy

Max grew up in small town Pennsylvania and earned his Master’s of Arts in Teaching at Boston University. After graduating, he taught high school history and social sciences in public schools in the Greater Boston Area for five years. Max moved to Madison in 2021 to pursue a joint Ph.D. at UW — Madison. His dissertation titled “Junior Achievement: Education and the Future of American Enterprise” focuses on the history of capitalism and business as it relates to educational programming and pedagogy in the 20th century U.S. He enjoys tackling home renovation projects in his free time where he lives with his wife and two adorable cats.


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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.



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.



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

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


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.

Rachel K.


University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, BS in Neuroscience and Minor in German Language

Medical Program Assistant at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

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

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


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.



Purdue University - BS in Mathematics
University of Wisconsin (Madison) - MA in Mathematics

Sanchita is originally from the Chicagoland Area and she attended Purdue University, where she received her BS in Mathematics. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Mathematics at UW Madison. During her undergraduate career, she worked on research in the areas of Applied Partial Differential Equations, Numerical Analysis, and Graph Theory. Outside of her work in the lab, she serves on the national board of her sorority, as the National Vice President of Expansion, working towards Children's Education. She hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in Applied Mathematics. In her free time, she loves cooking, hiking, and learning new languages (currently working on German)!



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

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

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



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.



Brown University BA Music

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