Bespoke's program in Paris, France includes test preparation courses held both at Bespoke's office and at a number of Paris high schools for SAT, ACT, and SAT 2 exams. Bespoke's expert teachers also help students one-on-one for IB, AP, and other English-language based courses, including math, science, history, and literature. Students can also use Bespoke's experienced tutors for help with their college applications and essays as well as for GMAT and GRE preparation. Mock testing and small-group classes are offered throughout the year at our office, conveniently located at Columbia University's Reid Hall campus just steps from Montparnasse.
Tim Levin, Founder and CEO
While growing up in New York City, Tim attended The Horace Mann School for fifteen years. After graduating from Yale College, he taught at a boarding school in Massachusetts and then at The Fieldston School in the Bronx. Prior to founding Bespoke Education, he worked in the corporate offices of Kaplan Test Prep helping to train teachers and write course curricula. He is the author of Kaplan's GRE Biology retail book, and he has been an adjunct professor in the Math and Science Departments of both SUNY's Fashion Institute of Technology and Columbia University's Teachers College. Tim also holds a Masters Degree in Education from Teachers College. For nearly twenty years, he has tutored in a variety of subject areas and for nearly every standardized test offered.
Sophie Deutsch, Co-Director, Bespoke Paris
Sophie grew up in Manhattan, where she attended Trinity School. After graduating with honors in Linguistic Anthropology from Brown University, she worked as an editor in children's publishing for several years. Upon moving to Paris in 2006, Sophie started teaching English in the French public school system. Additionally, she has worked as a private English tutor to bilingual, Francophone, and Anglophone children and teenagers. She has continued her interest in children's publishing, providing consulting services to major French publishing houses. Sophie has also worked as an interpreter and translator in both academic and professional settings. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in English Literature at Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle, conducting her research on children's literature, and studying child language acquisition. Sophie is Co-Director of Bespoke's Paris office and sets up families with tutors, monitors student progress, and manages many aspects of our office at Reid Hall.
Zachary Fox, Co-Director, Bespoke Paris
Zachary grew up in New York City, where he attended The Fieldston School. After graduating with honors in Political Science from Lehigh University, he worked for a production company in Manhattan which created programming for the ESPN network. Later, he produced documentaries for a series that received two Emmy awards in New York. Simultaneously, he worked at the New York offices of Bespoke Education for several years. After receiving a Masters Degree in Documentary Studies from the New School in NYC, he moved to Paris where he teaches English to French business people. Zach continues to work in film and teach English, and he is the co-Director of Bespoke Education's program in Paris.
Virginia Bouillerot, Tutoring Associate
Virginia grew up in South Carolina and attended Clemson University, graduating magna cum laude from the Calhoun Honor's College with a BA in history. She later earned her MA in history and the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and is currently pursuing a DPhil in history at the University of Oxford, writing her dissertation on the reporting of Transylvanian news in 17th century German printed periodicals. Virginia taught English for two years in the Peace Corps and developed adult education classes at the local Save the Children offices. She has organized seminars and presented papers at the Oxford History Faculty, Uppsala University, and the German History Society in London. Virginia tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT exams as well as SAT2 subject tests in US and World History and Literature.
HP Chung, Tutoring Associate
A native of Washington, D.C., HP grew up in Korea and in Michigan where he attended the University of Michigan. After graduating with honors in Statistics, he worked for several private and public organizations as a research analyst. HP moved to Paris to work for the International Energy Agency as a statistician. He also has significant experience in teaching and tutoring for tests including the ACT, SAT, GRE, and LSAT. With his multicultural background, HP is familiar with the challenges faced by international students preparing for American universities.
Emmanuelle Day, Tutoring Associate
Emmanuelle received a bilingual education from an early age at l’École Franco-Americaine de Chicago and graduated as a National Merit Finalist from the International Baccalaureate Program at Lincoln Park High School. She attended Barnard College in New York, where she was graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Art History. Her thesis on nineteenth century photography received the highest distinction from the Art History department. She now lives in Paris and is pursuing curatorial studies at l’École du Louvre. Emmanuelle is one of Bespoke Paris's senior tutors, teaching all sections of the SAT and ACT exams. She regularly teaches intensive SAT prep classes where she reviews math, reading comprehension and writing strategies. She has also tutored students for the TOEFL and the SAT2 exams in Literature, US history and French, and helps students with their college applications and essays for U.S. colleges.
Adam Eckmier, Tutoring Associate
Adam holds a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in Medical Science with a specialization in Comparative Physiology, as well as a major in French grammar and literature from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He also holds a Masters degree in Medical Molecular Imaging at the Université Paris Sud XI and the Institut Curie. Throughout his undergraduate and Masters degree, Adam used mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry extensively and took advanced level courses in each. Since high school, he has been tutoring students in all scientific subjects as well as in math. Adam also tutors for the SAT and ACT exams, and for the SAT 2 exams in math, physics, chemistry, and biology.
Richard Fielding, Tutoring Associate
Richard Fielding holds a BA degree in Pure Mathematics from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and a Masters in Pure and Financial Mathematics from The University of Warwick in the UK. He currently works in Paris as a consultant and developer for projects combining journalism, technology and education. He has many years of experience in test preparation and counseling for school admissions at all levels from secondary school to masters and doctoral programs. Richard also has significant teaching experience for the SAT, SAT 2, ACT, and LSAT exams, as well as for the GMAT, GRE, CFA, British A-Levels, GCSEs, French Tag-Mag, and others such as the TSA for Oxbridge. His long experience in journalism has also proved useful in advising students on admission essays, letters, and personal statements. Having attended both American and European schools, Richard is familiar with the structures and expectations of both systems.
Emily Holman, Tutoring Associate
Emily grew up in London and attended the University of Cambridge for her undergraduate studies in English Literature. She holds an MA in Comparative Literature (French and English) from King's College London and was awarded a distinction for her thesis on selfishness in Albert Camus' La Chute. She is shortly to begin her PhD on 20th Century literary criticism. She spent two years living and tutoring in Lebanon and has also tutored extensively in London. She specializes in tutoring for British exams: 11+, 13+, GCSEs and A levels, as well as for the university entrance exams. She also coaches for Oxbridge entrance and is able to assist students in all areas of the admissions procedure, such as personal statements and admission essays.
Jessica Pearce, Tutoring Associate
Born to a French mother and an American father, Jessica grew up bilingual in central California. After graduating summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in French Literature, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Utah. Jessica subsequently worked as a research associate at the CNRS in Montpellier, France and the CSIC in Seville, Spain, where she learned Spanish. Her research, which aims to understand how the behavior of individual organisms can affect population- and community-level processes, has been supported by prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Chateaubriand Foundation and has been published in high-ranking scientific journals. Throughout her scientific career, she has worked extensively with high school and undergraduate students, teaching lecture, laboratory, and field courses. In addition to working as a free-lance science editor, Jessica tutors the SAT I, ACT, and SAT2 Biology subject test.
Aysegul Savas, Tutoring Associate
Aysegul grew up in London, Copenhagen and Istanbul and attended an International Baccalaureate high school. She received her BA in Anthropology from Middlebury College and was awarded highest honors for her senior thesis based on her fieldwork with Kurdish immigrant women in Istanbul. During her college years, she also studied abroad in Russia and France. After graduation, Aysegul moved to San Francisco and attended fiction writing workshops at Stanford University. She also received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from the University of San Francisco. Today, she lives in Paris where she continues to write and is a fiction editor for a literary journal. Aysegul has taught creative writing workshops for college students and designed a creative writing class for inner city children in Istanbul. Aysegul tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT exams; works with students in writing, math, and English; and helps students with college and grad school application essays.
Erin Stein, Tutoring Associate
Erin earned her Masters degree in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University in Paris, where she focused on Franco-Moroccan relations. She also holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.A. in French Language, Literature & Culture, graduating with honors from Michigan State University. Erin has taught English, French and Mathematics at Michigan State University and Phillips Andover Academy, in the public school system of Orleans, France, and at Princeton Day School in New Jersey. Apart from her teaching background, she has also been a researcher at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Erin tutors in math and French, and for the SAT, ACT, and Math SAT2 and French SAT2 exams. Erin lives in London where she works locally with students and also tutors students abroad via Skype.
Margaret van Cleve, Tutoring Associate
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Margaret Van Cleve graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in History and Spanish. She received Honors for her thesis in the Spanish department entitled, “The Immigrant and the ‘Other’: Racism and Xenophobia through Contemporary Spanish Film”. After mastering the Spanish language during her undergraduate career, Margaret moved to Paris to focus on French. She is an experienced SAT and ACT tutor, leading both group classes and one-on-one sessions. Margaret holds a TEFL Certification and tutors all sections of the SAT and ACT, as well as for the Spanish SAT2.
Bespoke Education FR contracts with the very best independent tutors who have in-depth knowledge of US and UK standardized tests, admissions, and coursework. These individuals are not employees of the company but use Bespoke's teaching methodologies and best practices to help students excel on tests and in school.