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.
Chip Beck, Chief Technology Officer
Chip is a graduate of The Fieldston School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. Chip is a highly-skilled web designer and database developer, who has built from scratch a multi-layered database customized for Bespoke that allows us to interact with parents, students, and tutors in an unprecedented manner. Student progress on mock tests and throughout all tutoring sessions is tracked so that Bespoke can give students a personalized experience that is second-to-none. Chip is the creative force behind Bespoke's ability to communicate via the internet with our clients and staff, and he is constantly adding to Bespoke's technological capabilities.
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.
Isaac Foster, Chief Operating Officer
Isaac attended Williams College, where he majored in English. He was a New York City Teaching Fellow at JHS 13 in East Harlem and earned a Masters in Education from Brooklyn College. Isaac then worked for Kaplan Test Prep in Paris and London, teaching the GMAT and SAT as well as managing Kaplan’s 60-member European teaching team. As Bespoke’s COO, Isaac is involved in building Bespoke’s courses, both for online and live classes, training tutors, crafting curricula, and spearheading technology initiatives including Bespoke’s Twitter and Facebook presence. Isaac is a dedicated teacher whose commitment to his students and love of transmitting knowledge are instantly apparent. He teaches the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT and French and coordinates Bespoke’s programs at international schools to provide tailored test-prep products across the globe.
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.
Crystal Hill, Director of Operations
Crystal is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. She has spent nearly ten years in the field of Human Resources, working for educational companies including Schoolnet, Inc. and Pearson Education on initiatives ranging from recruitment and selection, training and development, employee relations, change management and strategic corporate communications. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business. Aside from HR, Crystal has spent several years in assessment operations for Prometric, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Services (ETS), and is a former Literacy/Writing Coach and Job Readiness Instructor for K-12 and college students. Crystal manages all HR & Operations functions for Bespoke.
BJ Markus, Westchester Director
BJ is a graduate of Vassar College with dual concentrations in political science and economics. During his collegiate years he was the departmental tutor specializing in both micro and macro economics theory. He earned a Masters in Public Administration with honors from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with a focus in education policy. Currently he is completing is Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. After a career in both federal and state politics, BJ entered the New York City Teaching Fellowship and graduated with honors with a dual specialty in elementary/middle general and special education. BJ has been a Teacher, Dean and Assistant Principal at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels in charge of curriculum implementation, special education, and operations in New York City. He spends summers consulting on camping operations for numerous camps in Westchester. BJ tutors students in math, English, history, economics, and study skills, in addition to preparing them for the AP/ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, ACT and SAT exams.
Ingrid Multhopp, Director of Curriculum
Ingrid earned her B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. For nearly twenty years, she has worked in New York City as a tutor, teacher, curriculum developer, and educational writer. She has taught and tutored in subjects ranging from English (reading, grammar, and essay writing skills) to math, biology, chemistry, and earth science. Ingrid has also helped prepare students for the SHSAT, ISEE, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, and almost every graduate school entrance exam. She has created course materials for all these tests, as well as for state-based tests administered to students in grades 3 to 11. Ingrid is the author of Kaplan's GMAT Verbal Workbook and coauthor of five other retail books for Kaplan. Aside from test preparation materials, Ingrid has also written a popular science book on fertility preservation and a fifth grade reader on superconductors and fiber optics.
Elan Naveh, Director of Programs
Elan grew up in New York, where he attended The Fieldston School and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Northwestern University, with a specialization in Genetics and Molecular Biology. During his college years, he did extensive laboratory work in physiology and endocrinology. Elan has tutored in and studied Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, and Engineering, and he is one of our resident SAT I, ACT, Biology SAT II, SHSAT, SSAT, and ISEE experts. Elan works full-time in our Manhattan and Brooklyn offices, analyzing standardized tests, coordinating our New York school test prep classes, and developing Bespoke's test prep books and curricula.
Peter Stadlen, Brooklyn Director
Peter is a New York City native who attended the Bank Street School through middle school and graduated from Fieldston. After attending Emerson College in Boston, Peter acted at some of the top theaters in the country before becoming Bespoke's Director in charge of Brooklyn operations. Peter helps manage many functions at Bespoke: he is Bespoke's foremost liaison to all of its U.S. families, setting up tutor-student pairings for families across the country, coordinating mock testing and classes at Bespoke's multiple offices, and following up with tutors and families to make sure that tutoring is going well. Peter's familiarity with Bespoke's families, tutors, and procedures helps ensure the personalized touch that Bespoke is known for.
Ali Ahn, Tutoring Associate
Ali graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a degree in History, and received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. She has years of teaching and tutoring experience, ranging from voice and speech training to working with children with autism. A Los Angeles native, Ali created the SAT curriculum for Los Angeles City College's (LACC) extension program in Koreatown. In addition to her work at LACC, she has taught classes at Prep for Prep in New York and at California Institute of the Arts. Ali has also taught study and organizational skills to students with learning disabilities and has tutored students from elementary school to college for the SAT, ACT, SAT2, ISEE, and SSAT exams, and in English, Writing, History, and Spanish.
Badr Albanna, Tutoring Associate
Badr grew up outside of Washington, DC where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. As an undergraduate, Badr studied mathematics and physics at Yale University, graduating summa cum laude. Currently, Badr is completing his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation examines what information theory can tell us about neural networks. As a graduate student instructor, he worked to improve his own teaching skills and the quality of physics education more generally. His efforts have been recognized with a Teaching Effectiveness Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award from UC Berkeley. Badr tutors in most mathematics and science subjects as well as for the SAT I, ACT, SAT II, SSAT, and ISEE exams. He enjoys working with students to help them understand challenging material and gain confidence in their studies.
Rachel Arons, Tutoring Associate
Rachel grew up in New York and attended the Fieldston School. She graduated summa cum laude and with honors in American History from the University of Pennsylvania, and then spent two years at Columbia University studying the premedical sciences. In lieu of medical school, Rachel decided to pursue her other passion: writing. Currently at NYU earning a Masters Degree in the esteemed Cultural Reporting and Criticism program, Rachel's journalism has appeared in the New York Times, Slate, and newyorker.com. She has been a Bespoke tutor for many years and specializes in SAT/ACT, ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, Biology, Spanish, Writing, and homework help/study skills.
Stephen Aubrey, Tutoring Associate
Stephen grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and received a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University’s elite College of Letters program. At Wesleyan, he was twice the recipient of the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize in non-fiction writing. After college, Stephen founded The Assembly, an award-winning theater company based in Brooklyn for which he serves as Co-Artistic Director. Stephen also holds an MFA from Brooklyn College, where he was awarded two Himan Brown Prizes for Fiction Writing and the Ross Feld Writing Award. He is currently an adjunct professor of English at Brooklyn College. Stephen tutors students in Latin, many SAT2 exams, and all sections of the SAT and ACT.
Mitch Bacharach, Tutoring Associate
Mitch attended Ramaz High School in Manhattan and New York University, where he received a BSc in Economics. Later, he earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Mitch has worked for many years in sales and marketing in the high-technology and business software industries. He also runs the New York Cares volunteer SAT prep program at the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center in the Bronx. Recently, Mitch discovered triathlon. His training and competing helps keep him fit for some of the other things he loves to do, such as skiing, backpacking, and mountaineering with his son, a high school student at Trevor Day School. Mitch tutors for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT, and in many areas of math and economics.
Ben Beckley, Tutoring Associate
Ben received his B.A. in English from Princeton University, where he was awarded the Alan Downer Thesis Prize for his senior independent work on James Joyce and Tom Stoppard, as well as the Director’s Prize for his outstanding contributions to Princeton’s theater community. He was valedictorian of his class at Rockbridge County High School, and was honored with a Writer’s Eye Award from the University of Virginia and a Scholastic Writing Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As an actor, Ben has performed in classical, contemporary and experimental theater throughout New York and in Canada, France and Austria. Ben helps students with organizational work and study skills. Ben also tutors in English, history, and math, and prepares students for a variety of standardized tests, including all sections of the SAT, ACT and GRE, as well as the SSAT, SHSAT and ISEE tests.
Kate Benson, Tutoring Associate
Kate began her tutoring career at the Center for Talent Development during undergraduate summers spent at Northwestern University. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating from NYU, Kate has been an SAT and mathematics tutor for many New York City students. She has taught enrichment and test-prep classes in English and mathematics at the Excel Center in Chinatown, at the Tutoring School Learning Center in Manhattan, and founded and ran her own tutoring business for six years. Kate is an accomplished mathematics and test prep tutor who has worked with students with a wide range of aptitudes and learning issues in their class work and on standardized tests, including ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and the SAT 2 Math Level 1 and 2 exams.
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.
Joanna Cantor, Tutoring Associate
Joanna grew up in Connecticut and attended high school Choate Rosemary Hall, where she studied abroad in France for a semester. She tutored her first French student when she was in ninth grade. She moved west to attend Colorado College and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English. After college, Joanna moved to New York, where she edited travel guidebooks at Random House. She returned to school to pursue an M.F.A. in fiction at Brooklyn College, where she also taught undergraduate English composition and tutored students in writing. She now lives in Brooklyn, where she works as a tutor, writer, editor, and social media consultant. Her specialties include French, English, writing, ISEE/SSAT test preparation and organizational help.
Stephanie Chou, Tutoring Associate
A graduate of Horace Mann, Steph is an Irvington native who holds a BA in mathematics from Columbia University. She was a teaching assistant in the Columbia mathematics department and has tutored all levels of middle and high school math. Steph's teaching methods focus on helping students "learn how to learn" and can be applied to any area of life. In addition to math, Steph tutors physics, Chinese, symbolic logic, homework help, organizational skills, application essay writing, and many standardized exams: ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, PSAT, SAT/ACT, NYS Regents in math and physics, AP Calculus, and AP Physics. She also teaches saxophone, piano, and general musicianship. A jazz saxophone and piano player, she frequently relates playing music to learning math. She performs regularly around New York with her band, and is a project manager at ArtistShare, the fan-funded record label, and at Patrick Zimmerli Music. She is also currently pursuing an MA in music composition from the City College of New York.
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.
Sue Ciano, Tutoring Associate
Sue earned her Bachelor's degree from Binghamton University in New York, where she majored in mathematics. In addition, she is certified in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and currently teaches at an international English school in Westchester County. Sue is excited and inspired by learning and continues to be a student of music, Spanish, Italian, Latin dancing, cooking, jewelry design and silversmithing. She is an experienced tutor for the GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT and SAT II math exams, as well as for the ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL, GED, and NYS Math Regents exams.
Dan Cozzens, Tutoring Associate
Dan attended Philadelphia's Germantown Friends School, where he won a National Merit Scholarship and the Senior Award. He received his B.A. with honors in Biological Anthropology from Harvard. He served as President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club and won the Louise Donovan Award for Outstanding Contributions behind the scenes in the arts. Since graduation he has worked as a freelance producer, director, performer, and theater educator, from Harvard's Office for the Arts to Brooklyn's McCarren Pool to the Quisisana Resort in Maine to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Dan prepares students for all sections of the SAT and ACT exams, as well as for the ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT tests. He also tutors in Biology, Math (SAT2 I and II), Chemistry, Physics, Writing, and Latin. He has significant experience in homeschooling instruction and in homework help.
Tommy Crawford, Tutoring Associate
Tommy Crawford attended Yale University where he graduated with distinction as a Theatre Studies major. He also studied English and Russian Literature and won the Metcalfe Prize in Theater Studies for his senior essay. Tommy specializes in prep for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SHSAT, TACHS, and SSAT exams. He is passionate about working with students of all ages, helping increase test scores, teaching good study practices, and making what can normally be a stressful process something fun, stimulating, and invigorating. Tommy has a vast amount of experience in test prep tutoring, having honed his skills with several NYC-area companies before bringing his expertise to Bespoke. Tommy has performed in a wide variety of world premier plays at The Flea Theater and elsewhere. He also has a band, The Lobbyists, in which he sings and plays guitar.
Andres Cruciani, Tutoring Associate
Born in Argentina, Andrés holds a B.A. with dual majors in Psychology and Economics from Cornell University and an M.S. in Education (with a math specialization) from Brooklyn College. An aspiring author, Andrés is currently enrolled in the creative writing M.F.A. program at The New School. Through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, Andrés taught public high school for five years and has served as an advisor for the National Honor Society. He has years of private tutoring experience in math, English, organizational and study skills, and test prep (SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT and NYS Math Regents).
Jacob Cunningham, Tutoring Associate
Jacob grew up in Ventura, CA. and earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he double majored in history and film and digital media, receiving Stevenson College honors and highest honors in History. He earned his M.A. in history from UCLA, where he also gained several years of teaching experience in the Honors Division and Departments of History and Jewish Studies. Additionally, Jacob has created and taught courses at the American Jewish University and over the past four years has given a series of graduate-level courses at Hebrew Union College. Currently, he is writing a book of history and helping to manage Bespoke's expansion on the West Coast.
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.
Kiran Deol, Tutoring Associate
Kiran Deol is a Harvard graduate and English Major who has been tutoring students since high school and has worked extensively on the college admissions essays. At Harvard, Kiran wrote a creative thesis under novelist Jamaica Kincaid and has served as a grader for the ACTS. British born, Kiran has traveled extensively all over the world, including to Nepal where she made an Emmy nominated documentary titled Woman Rebel about women rebel soldiers in Nepal that was broadcast on HBO. In addition she performs standup comedy all over Los Angeles. She takes a hands on, fun approach to learning that's catered to each individual student's needs, with plenty of laughs along the way.
Jennifer Dworkin, Tutoring Associate
Jennifer grew up in London, but returned to the U.S. to attend Harvard College. She also holds an MA in philosophy from Cornell where she focused on philosophy of mind and cognitive science. She was the recipient of several fellowships and taught a wide variety of classes in philosophy. Jennifer is also a filmmaker, and her first feature documentary, “Love and Diane”, opened at the New York Film Festival and showed at Sundance and festivals around the world. She has taught a wide range of students from youngsters in pre-K through college students in Bard’s first-year writing and great books course. Jennifer has taught philosophy, ethics, and law at Cornell and has also been a visiting lecturer at Fordham Law School, Yale Law School, Legal Services of New York, and UC Davis Law School among others. Jennifer is an experienced tutor for the LSAT and in all areas of writing including for college essays, and high-level college writing and literature seminars.
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.
Jessica Faust, Tutoring Associate
Jessica grew up in Irvington, NY, attending Irvington High School, and was graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She has been a Regents chemistry tutor and teaching assistant. At Cornell, she was also teaching assistant for animal biology, which included running lab sections, review sessions before exams, and helping students with biology homework. Jessica has also worked at the Animal Embassy in Stamford where she taught children of all ages about exotic animals. Jessica tutors students for the SAT I, SAT II, ACT and Regents exams, and in all areas of math 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.
Bobby Foley, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
Bobby was born and raised in Hawaii, where he attended Punahou High School. Bobby received his B.A. in Theater Studies from Yale College. During his time at Yale, Bobby tutored Yale undergraduates in microeconomics and also received two prestigious Light Fellowship awards to study abroad in Japan. As an actor, Bobby has performed in numerous films, national commercials, and world premier theatrical productions. Over the years, he has tutored students in a variety of different subjects and settings, from working with LD children in Hawaii to coaching New Haven fifth-graders in reading and math. Bobby has years of experience teaching test preparation throughout New York City. He is a passionate and patient tutor who specializes in Economics, SAT I, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SAT II preparation.
Abe Frank, Tutoring Associate
Abe grew up in Washington, DC, where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He went on to the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors from the English department, won the Margaret C. Annan Award for creative writing, and worked as a tutor with local middle school students. After graduating, he taught high school English, history, and creative writing as a New York City Teaching Fellow, while simultaneously earning a Master's degree in the Science of Teaching and Education from Pace University. Recently, Abe has spent time traveling in Africa, teaching English and math to primary school students in Tanzania and working on a novel. Abe tutors students of all ages in English language, literature, history, and math, and for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams. He also coordinates Bespoke's college programs including Bespoke University.
Robert Golden, Tutoring Associate
Robert holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in history, a Masters in Education from Columbia University Teachers College, and an Ed.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University. Robert is a talented, long-time educator and administrator: the former head of the History Department and Director of Academic Affairs at Riverdale Country School, where he taught for over twenty years and was a member of the faculty team that created Introduction to Liberal Studies (ILS); Upper School Principal at Ranney School; Education Director of The Huntington Learning Center New York City; and, Curriculum Coordinator at Brooklyn Friends School. Robert has worked with students from a diversity of backgrounds and tutors in a wide variety of areas including writing, AP History (US, European, and World), SAT I and II (History), SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, and ACT exams.
Brett Guenther, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
Brett grew up in Massachusetts and went to Dover-Sherborn High School. He holds a BS in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a BA in Biochemistry from Colby College, where he was Magna Cum Laude and participated on the college ski team. He works as a researcher for a Westchester-based biotechnology company. Brett is an experienced tutor for the IB program and for the ACT, SAT, and ISEE/SSAT exams. Brett also tutors chemistry, biology, physics, math, and for SAT 2 and AP exams in those subject areas.
Erika Hamden, Tutoring Associate
Erika holds a B.A. with high honors in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard College and both an M.A. and M. Phil. in Astrophysics from Columbia University. While at Harvard, she played field hockey and started a Wine Tasting Society for fellow students. After graduating, she moved to London to attend Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and earned a degree in Basic French Cuisine. She then worked as a sous-chef in a highly acclaimed modern French restaurant in New Jersey. Erika is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, working towards a PhD in Astrophysics, doing research in galaxy formation and UV telescope design. Erika tutors in all areas of science and math, for the SAT and ACT, and for the math and science SAT 2 exams.
Pattie Hand, Tutoring Associate
Pattie graduated from Stanford University with an A.B. in English and Studio Art. As an undergraduate, she tutored calculus to Stanford engineering students and worked at The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs. After Stanford, she taught SAT, LSAT and GRE classes for The Princeton Review before enrolling in law school at UC Berkeley, where she received her J.D. Since 2001, Pattie has worked in New York City at law firms and as in-house counsel in the practice areas of hedge funds, private equity funds, structured finance and derivatives. Pattie is admitted to practice in New York and Washington States. Pattie is an LSAT, SAT, and GRE tutor for Bespoke and helps students with their applications to law school.
Luke Harlan, Tutoring Associate
Luke attended Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, earning his B.A., summa cum laude and with honors, in Theatrical Studies and Human and Organizational Development. As an undergraduate, he tutored English, writing, mathematics, and science to middle and high school students. After graduation, Luke was awarded the prestigious SDC National Directing Award and spent two years touring around the country to college campuses, teaching performance and creative writing. As a stage director, his work has been seen throughout the United States, Canada, England, Italy, and Spain. Luke tutors in all areas of English and writing, and for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT 2 and AP exams.
Kara Havig, Tutoring Associate
Kara grew up near Seattle and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BFA in Music-Dance-Theatre and a minor in Mathematics. In high school, she earned a National Merit Scholarship and won The National Superbowl of High School Calculus. As a musical theater performer, Kara has toured and taught workshops to children of all ages in the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain region, China, Hong Kong, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. Kara currently appears off-Broadway as "Pinkalicious" in Pinkalicious the Musical. Kara has tutored for years in all levels of mathematics, provides homework help, and prepares students for all sections of the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, SAT, ACT and SAT2 Math exams. She also works with Bespoke in curriculum development to create materials and mock tests.
Brad Heikes, Tutoring Associate
Brad began his tutoring career in Santiago, Chile, where he served as a mentor for COANIL, an organization that provides assistance to developmentally-challenged orphans. He graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Sociology and Spanish. He tutored all throughout college and for many years has been helping students of all ages who have trouble with Spanish, social studies and English. He has experience with high school students who are taking both the NYS Spanish Regents exams and the SAT II in Spanish. Brad also teaches a weekly English class to a group of Spanish-speaking restaurant workers in New York City.
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.
Tom Huntoon, Tutoring Associate
Tom attended Phillips Academy, Andover and earned his B.A. in English with a minor in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught ESL abroad, has led outdoor wilderness trips for children of all ages, and is an experienced teacher of 10th through 12th grade English. Tom holds a Masters Degree in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College and tutors for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT, SAT, and English AP exams as well as in English and math. Tom currently teaches AP English at a charter school in Harlem.
Harriet Jackson, Tutoring Associate
Harriet is an independent scholar who specializes in 20th-century French history; she currently does research, writes articles, and presents papers in French and English to academic audiences in both France and the United States. Harriet earned her BA in history and French from Stony Brook University, and she holds advanced degrees from the Department of History and the Institute of French Studies at New York University. Harriet also studied in France for five years at the Sorbonne (Paris I), the Faculté de Droit (Paris II), “Sciences Po,” and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Harriet has been an adjunct professor of history and French culture at NYU and Cooper Union and has worked at the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia University, where she developed curricular materials for the study of AP, SAT 2, and Regents-level history courses. Harriet tutors students in French language and literature as well as all levels of World and European history.
Mark Kauderer, Tutoring Associate
Mark grew up in Long Island, NY. He has a MS from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from UT-Austin in Electrical Engineering. Following his Ph.D. Mark received an NRC research fellowship, where he completed his book "Symplectic Matrices, First Order Systems, and Special Relativity," which details a modern approach to the Doppler Effect. Mark has taught at the high school, community college and college levels in math, physics, and engineering. He believes in the value of interdisciplinary learning. He is actively pursuing research in special relativity, optics, and matrix theory, and tries to impart that excitement in science and math to his students.
Nate Klau, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
Nate received his B.A. in History and Theater Studies from Yale University. Since transitioning into tutoring years ago, Nate has seen great score improvement with a wide variety of students. He has taught SAT classes at PolyPrep in Brooklyn and is currently teaching an ACT prep course at Bespoke's Manhattan office. Nate focuses on demystifying the daunting process of test-preparation and helps each student achieve his or her maximum potential in an engaging environment. As a professional actor, Nate's credits include the first national touring companies of The Lion King and Jersey Boys. Nate tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, ISEE, History SAT2, and Math SAT2 Level 1 and 2, as well as academic History tutoring.
Lee Klein, Tutoring Associate
Lee, a long-time resident of Westchester County, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature (magna cum laude), a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems (with honors) from Pace University, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Albany. Lee is a Teaching Supervisor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and former English teacher in the Irvington School District where she instituted the 11th grade AP Language and Composition program, taught AP Literature and Composition, Creative Writing, and English grades 8 - 12. She taught courses at both Pace University and SUNY Albany as an adjunct instructor. Lee’s writing credits include articles in The New York Times, New York Family Magazine, and children’s books published by Paulist Press. She serves on the Teacher Advisory Board of American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life program. Lee has many years of experience tutoring students in the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and GRE Exams and assists high school students and college students in preparing application essays for college and graduate school, respectively.
Elyse Kuhn, Tutoring Associate
Elyse Kuhn has taught math and test prep for several years. She grew up in New York City, earned a B.S. in Mathematics at the City University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University. Prior to being an educator, Ms. Kuhn was a marketing executive. She worked for General Foods where she coordinated print ad campaigns for Maxwell House Coffee and was the Vice President of Marketing for Nielsen, a subsidiary of Dunn and Bradstreet. Elyse has taught and tutored all levels of mathematics and helps students prepare for standardized tests including ISEE, SSAT, ACT and SAT. She gets great joy out of helping students succeed in all levels of math and reading.
Jonathan Lee, Tutoring Associate
Jonathan grew up on Staten Island and was graduated from Hunter College High School (as a National Merit Scholar) and Rice University (majoring in Biology). After attending medical school for a few years, he taught high school math for in Texas and is certified to teach all high school math and sciences courses. Presently, Jonathan is in the midst of taking a multi-year long series of actuarial exams for a career as an actuary. He enjoys sports, exercise, video games, and puzzles. Jonathan has many years of experience teaching standardized tests, including the ISEE, SSAT, SAT I, SAT II, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT. For over 15 years, he has tutored middle school, high school, and college students in all levels of math, biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, and economics.
Simon Liebling, Tutoring Associate
Simon graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in history after attending Princeton Day School in Princeton, NJ. While at Brown, Simon took a significant number of courses in math and science and tutored Rhode Island high school students in all levels of math, physics and history helping his students prepare for a wide range of AP and SAT II exams. He also worked as an instructor at Brown University's summer programs for high school students, teaching courses on environmental science and international relations. He is an experienced outdoor educator who guides rock climbing and backpacking trips, and has conducted original research in both colonial American history and biology. Simon currently tutors for the SAT/ACT, ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, all levels of US/World History, Literature, Math and Physics, and helps students with organizational work and study skills.
Elisa Lomnitz, Tutoring Associate
Originally from Mexico City, Elisa received her B.A. in English from Yale. Most recently, she taught in New York at the Cervantes Institute, a non-profit created by the Spanish Government. As a private tutor, Elisa specializes in test prep (ISEE, SAT, ACT) and language study (Spanish, French). She has worked extensively with students with learning disabilities and other special needs. Currently working in the entertainment industry, Elisa is a freelance writer for various publications including Girl World Daily. And, in case you're looking, she's a YogaWorks certified instructor.
Ilija Markic, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
"Eli" grew up in the Bronx and holds both a BS degree and a Master of Science degree from Iona College. He has taught high school science for over ten years and has been a full-time teacher at Irvington High School for five years, teaching introductory and Advanced Placement chemistry. Eli also holds a NYS certification in the teaching of biology and is an enthusiastic and talented science tutor.
Lisa McAndrews, Tutoring Associate
Lisa grew up in Larchmont, New York and is a graduate of Mamaroneck High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Middlebury College as well as a JD from Boston College Law School. Lisa served as a tutor and laboratory assistant within Middlebury’s physics department, assisting students with problem sets and lab experiments. Following college, Lisa was a member of the mathematics and science faculty at Blair Academy and a math instructor during summer sessions at St. George’s School. She currently practices intellectual property and patent law in Westchester County. Lisa tutors students in math and physics.
Sam McDougle, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
Sam is a native of New York City, where he attended the Bank Street School through eighth grade and Fieldston through high school. He went on to Vassar College, earning his B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and graduating with honors. Sam worked for several years as a neuroscience researcher at the University of Pennsylvania in Dr. Javier Medina's lab, where he studied neuronal circuits in the cerebellum. This coming fall, he will begin his Ph.D in Neuroscience and Psychology at Princeton. Sam tutors in science and math, and specializes in the Biology SAT2.
Ken Meehan, Tutoring Associate
Ken was born and raised in New York City and was graduated with honors from Cornell Engineering with a BS in Operations Research. He has earned Masters degrees in Computer Science from Pratt Institute and in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at NYU. For the past decade, he has taught all levels of high school math in New York City schools including at Fordham Prep, where he began their Advanced Placement Statistics program. Ken was a 2008 recipient of The New Times "Teachers Who Make a Difference" award. Ken currently works at Teaching Matters, providing professional development services to math teachers and helping them integrate laptops and software into their instruction. He tutors in all levels of math and for the Math SAT 2 exams.
Theresa Michna, Tutoring Associate
Theresa taught students in English, ESL, math, sciences, while she lived in Vienna, Austria for nine years. She was co-editor of a major publication at the International Atomic Energy Agency (2007), and was on the staff of the US Embassy in Vienna in nuclear education. She also designed a writing curriculum for a course given to the scientific inspectors at the U.N. As an international school parent, she has served on the Executive Board of the American International School in Vienna. Prior to living abroad, Theresa was a manager in the telecommunications and publishing industries. She holds degrees from Cornell University and Indiana University in Political Science, and she earned the Cambridge Certificate in ESL. Currently, she is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Manhattanville College in ESL. Theresa tutors students for a variety of standardized tests including SAT and ACT, and in math, writing, and history.
Carroll Moulton, Tutoring Associate
Carroll was educated at St. Bernard’s School in New York City, Portsmouth Priory in Rhode Island, and Harvard College. He earned his Ph.D. in Classics at Yale University. Carroll has taught at Yale, Princeton, and Duke. He has been a freelance writer and editor in educational publishing for over three decades and is the author of numerous books and articles. Carroll tutors in English, French, Latin, and history, as well as for the SAT, ACT, many SAT 2s, and all sections of the ISEE, SHSAT and SSAT exams.
Mary Musolino, Tutoring Associate
Mary grew up in New York and attended the Bronx High School of Science, graduating with honors. She then graduated cum laude and with honors from Manhattan College with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering. After working as a Chemical Engineer for several years, Mary attended graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Pace University, ultimately receiving a Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education from Pace. Mary has been a high school science teacher at Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT for the past 23 years. She has taught all levels of Chemistry and Science Research, and has enjoyed tutoring students both at the school and beyond. In addition to teaching, Mary has conducted research at The Rockefeller University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Jeff Novich, Tutoring Associate
Jeff holds a Bachelors degree in both Computer Science and Physics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. Jeff tutors students in all levels of math and physics. He also specializes in the SAT, ISEE and ACT as well as other standardized tests. He has a great deal of experience in helping students improve their writing skills, especially in crafting and editing college essays. In his spare time, he is a freelance filmmaker and has worked on productions for Nova, The Discovery Channel, and The National Geographic Channel, and has sold news segments to MSNBC and Yahoo News. Jeff has also created the vocabulary building website, VocabSushi.com.
Ray Ojserkis, Tutoring Associate
Ray holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Lehigh University and Master's and Doctoral degrees, both in International History, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught test preparation for Princeton Review and Kaplan, where he co-wrote Kaplan's GMAT and GRE course books and Kaplan's ACT Mathematics Advantage. Ray also worked in Kaplan's corporate offices as a GMAT product manager for six years. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Marymount Manhattan College, Lehman College, Rutgers Newark and Long Island University and wrote a book on the Cold War arms race published by Praeger. He tutors for the GRE, GMAT, SAT I, SAT II, and ACT exams as well as in history and writing.
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.
Penka Petkova, Tutoring Associate
Penka received her MS degree in Physics from Boston College. While at Boston College, Penka worked as a teaching assistant for undegraduate and graduate courses in Physics, a Research Assistant and a Physics tutor. Currently, Penka teaches in a private high school in Connecticut and is adjunct professor in the Physical Sciences Department at Westchester Community College. Penka tutors all levels of high school Physics including Honors and AP and helps prepare students for the SAT II and AP standardized exams.
Ken Rubin, Tutoring Associate
Ken grew up in New York City, attending the Ramaz School, and holds a BA in economics from Columbia University and an MD degree from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. He has many years of experience tutoring students for the SAT I, ACT, MCAT, SAT II, ISEE/SSAT, SHSAT and Hunter HS exams. Ken has also worked with students to craft personal statements and admissions essays. He is a nationally ranked scrabble player and expert test taker who has achieved top scores on numerous standardized tests, including 99th percentile on the SAT, GRE and GMAT. Ken tutors in all levels of math and science and for nearly every standardized test offered.
Graham Sack, Tutoring Associate
Graham holds a B.A. Honors in Physics from Harvard College, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is currently working on his PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is a New York native and attended Stuyvesant High School. Graham has worked as a management consultant for both American Express and Morgan Stanley and as a professional actor on Broadway. He scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and GRE exams and tutors physics, economics, statistics, and mathematics to any level in addition to the GMAT, GRE, SAT I, ACT, and SAT II exams.
Munier Salem, Tutoring Associate
Munier is a doctoral candidate in Astronomy at Columbia University where he uses high-performance computers to study the physics of galaxy formation. He grew up in the mid-Hudson Valley before attending Cornell University, where he graduated summa cum laude from the department of Applied & Engineering Physics. Munier has also earned an MA and an MPhil from Columbia, both in Astronomy. He participates in public astronomy outreach events across the city and volunteers with high school and middle school students. He tutors students in all levels of math and physics, and for the SAT II subjects tests in math and physics.
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.
Paul Scheid, Tutoring Associate
Paul is a graduate of New York University and is currently the Manager and Asst. Research Scientist of the Genomics Core Laboratory at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology at NYU. His lab designs, executes and analyzes large-scale genomics experiments. Paul has also conducted research in stem-cell biology, cardiology, neurobiology, and hematology/oncology; he is a co-author on multiple publications in high-impact journals, including Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Paul is one of our Biology SAT 2 experts. He also teaches chemistry and all levels of math through calculus and tutors for the SAT, ACT, and ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT exams.
Alex Servello, Tutoring Associate
Alex graduated from Boston University with a BA in biology. While at BU, he coordinated SpeakEasy, an anonymous peer-listening service on campus and tutored local high school students. After graduation, Alex continued to tutor students with a wide range of learning styles in various academic subjects and in preparation for standardized tests. He also helped design and teach SAT preparation courses that were held at many schools in New England, including the Phillips Exeter Academy summer school. While earning his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston, Alex taught chemistry and biotechnology in a Boston high school. A Westchester native, Alex is currently a high school science teacher at the NYC iSchool in Manhattan. He tutors students for the SAT I, SAT II, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE exams, as well as in biology, chemistry, and math.
Gil Shuster, Tutoring Associate
Gil grew up in Brooklyn and earned his BS in Chemistry from Wesleyan. While at Wesleyan, Gil assisted professors in organic chemistry research, worked as a Teaching Assistant, and tutored both Wesleyan and local high school students in chemistry and math. After working at Sloan Kettering Institute in the radioisotope lab, Gil earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Gil has since taught courses at New York City Technical College and for many years has been tutoring high school students in math and chemistry, and for the ACT and SAT exams. Gil loves helping students' performance improve via both increased understanding of the course material and higher test scores. Gil is also a sound and recording engineer as well as a musician, and has performed every summer at The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and on BBC Radio.
Nicholas Soodik, Tutoring Associate
For the past five years, Nick Soodik has taught English at an independent school in Brooklyn. His experience includes work with seventh through twelfth graders, though his primary teaching takes place in the high school. Every class he teaches includes an emphasis on developing writing and critical reading skills--everything from the nuts and bolts of sentence construction to the most effective way of organizing essays. In addition to teaching, he serves as ninth grade dean, assisting students and their families make the transition to a new division and a new school. As dean, he gets to know young people not only as students but as whole people, a perspective he brings back to the individual learners in his classroom and every student he tutors. Nick graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in English and was awarded several prizes for his writing. After college, he won a Mellon Fellowship and enrolled in the English PhD program at Cornell University. Nick tutors in English, history, writing, the SAT, and the SAT2. He also has significant experience helping students prepare their application and essays for college.
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.
Josh Stein, Tutoring Associate
A native of Massachusetts, Josh attended Yale University, where he graduated cum laude with a BA in History and English Literature. He also holds a Ph.D. degree from UCLA in United States History; his dissertation focused on New York City, specifically violence and criminal justice. Josh has prepared students for a variety of tests, first with Kaplan Test Prep and now with Bespoke. He has taught history courses at the New School for Social Research and UCLA. He is now a student at Yale Law School. Josh specializes in the LSAT, GRE, ACT and SAT, as well subject tests in English, Writing, Math Level 1 and 2, and History.
Tara Tomicevic, Tutoring Associate
Tara was born in Croatia and lived in Italy for six years before moving to the US. She holds a High Honors BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in Mass Communications. During college she worked at the prestigious Aurora Theatre Company. She began college admissions consulting her freshman year in college and has regularly helped students reach top universities such as NYU, Emerson, and UC Berkeley by focusing on helping each student demonstrate his or her individuality. She is an experienced K-12 and college tutor in a wide range of subjects.
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.
Nick Videen, Tutoring Associate
Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester
Nick grew up in Minneapolis and studied math, science and music at the University of Minnesota. He completed his B.M. at New England Conservatory in Boston, graduating with distinction. Nick has been teaching and tutoring for over ten years and has taught SAT and ACT prep classes for a variety of test prep companies in New York area high schools. He is also a jazz saxophonist and performs regularly in New York. Nick tutors for a variety of tests including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, and ISEE. He also tutors math and music and has experience working with home-schooled students in middle and high school.
Jordan Wolff, Tutoring Associate
Jordan grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY and attended Brown University where he was a volunteer tutor in the Providence schools. After graduating from Brown with a B.A. in Anthropology, Jordan taught and designed curriculum for SAT test prep classes at Kaplan in locations as varied as Seoul, South Korea, Bangkok, Thailand, and White Plains, New York. He also has experience in tutoring for the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE exams and has taught ESL, TOEIC, TOEFL, and math enrichment courses in South Korea as well. Jordan is a member of the New York state bar and a practicing attorney who enjoys balancing his law practice with his tutoring activities.