Our tutors are people of extraordinary intelligence and experience. Over 60% have Masters or Doctoral degrees and over 75% have been or are currently full- or part-time teachers.

Ali Ahn

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. Ali is also one of Bespoke's college essay specialists. 

Daniel Ahn

Danny grew up in New York City and attended Hunter College High School. He graduated with departmental honors from Boston College with a dual B.A. in Film and English. Danny started tutoring on a volunteer basis in high school, assisting elementary and middle school students during the summer with upcoming math and English curricula. He has worked with students of all ages in a variety of disciplines throughout Boston and New York City. Danny takes a holistic approach to tutoring, and he emphasizes building a foundation of good habits for lifelong learning. Danny tutors for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Badr Albanna

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. Badr completed his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a physics instructor at Fordham University. At Berkeley, Badr was recognized with a Teaching Effectiveness Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Badr tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE exams, as well as all levels of math and science. He enjoys working with students to help them understand challenging material and gain confidence in their studies. 

Leanne Arnow

Leanne grew up in Scarsdale, NY and graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in Psychology and departmental honors. She earned her Master's Degree in Childhood Special Education from New York University. Leanne has dual New York State teaching certification in general and special education as well as six years of experience as an elementary school classroom teacher in New York City. Leanne has been tutoring K-12 students with and without special needs for 8 years. In addition to providing academic support, Leanne specializes in behavioral issues and teaches time management, organization, and study skills. Leanne also tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and TACHS. Leanne designs unique lessons that are tailored to each student's specific strengths, needs, and interests. Leanne is also an award-winning educational media producer/writer. She makes educational videos and writes teacher guides, lesson plans, and other supplemental educational materials used in schools. 

Stephen Aubrey

Stephen grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and received a B.A. with honors from Wesleyan University’s elite College of Letters program, where he specialized in history and literature. 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, for the History, Literature and Latin SAT2 exams, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT. 

Ben Beckley

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. 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

Kate began her tutoring career at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. She holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Since graduating from NYU, Kate 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 has been with Bespoke since its founding, and has taught thousands of hours with students with a wide range of aptitudes and learning styles. She tutors for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and the SAT 2 Math Level 1 and 2 exams. 

Adrienne Bernhard

Adrienne graduated with departmental honors from Northwestern University, and went on to pursue a Masters degree in American literature at Yale University. Adrienne completed a one-year fellowship at Oxford, and also holds a second Masters degree in Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has published commentary on corporate social responsibility and articles in numerous literary journals and magazines, and is currently editing a collection of short stories. A Los Angeles native, Adrienne has many years of private tutoring experience. Adrienne is also a freelance editor, web content producer, and, most recently, assistant to the Deputy Editor at The New Yorker Magazine. She specializes in essay writing, study skills and organizational support, practical rhetoric and French, as well as test prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE exams. 

Johanna Braff

Johanna grew up in New York City and attended Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights from Kindergarten until graduation.  She received her BA in Greek and Latin from Swarthmore College, a post-Baccalaureate in Classics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA in Classics from the University of Maryland (where she also won an award for teaching excellence).  Currently, Johanna is working on her PhD in Classics at the City University of New York.  Her dissertation looks at the representations of Helen of Troy in archaic Greek lyric and epic literature.  Johanna is an avid teacher who has taught extensively both in college and graduate school and also privately with students from elementary age through graduate school.  She tutors students in Ancient Greek, Latin, English, grammar, math, SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL, SAT, college applications, and with homework help and organization. 

Diana Braham

Diana received a B.A. in Economics and Hispanic studies from Columbia and an M.S.Ed in secondary math education from Lehman College. She grew up in New York City and attended Chapin and Bronx Science. She began teaching through Teach for America and is currently in her 9th year of teaching middle school math. She was awarded a Master Teacher fellowship through Math for America. Diana tutors all sections of the ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Joseph Brown

Joseph grew up in London, United Kingdom, and graduated with a BSc First Class Honours in Natural Sciences from University College London, majoring in neuroscience, and the history and philosophy of science. He has worked as a high school level physics tutor, and as an educational filmmaker. Currently, he is pursuing a master in the history of science at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. In addition to the physical and life sciences, he is experienced in teaching languages and essay writing. 

Lana Bunning

Lana graduated from The Honors College at the University at Albany with both a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Master’s in Secondary Education. Lana has taught high school Living Environment and currently teaches middle school science in a public school in Brooklyn. She takes pride in creating lessons that inspire student interest and incorporating activities for all learning styles. She tutors all levels of Biology, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Melissa Cail

Melissa graduated from Yale with a degree in American Studies. She taught English as a TFA Corps Member in Brooklyn, while also earning her Masters in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education. Melissa tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and for the Subject Tests in US and World History. 

Richard Capeless

Originally from New York State's Capital Region, Richard received his B.A. in Math and History from the University at Albany in 2004, and returned there to earn his M.A. in Math with a concentration in Mathematical Logic in 2011. With over ten years of experience as both a tutor and teacher of mathematics at the middle school, high school, and college levels, Richard is highly qualified to assist students in their study of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and AP Calculus. He also has a proven track record of successfully preparing students for the SAT Subject Tests in mathematics and the math sections of the SAT and ACT. Richard's goals as an educator are to communicate, develop understanding, and inspire. Outside of his professional life, Richard is passionate about music and maintains a blog documenting his experiences as a collector of vintage jazz records. 

Erin Capistrano

Erin grew up in San Diego and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, with degrees in English and Theater Studies. She received her M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from King's College, London, where she wrote her dissertation on gender and the law in the plays of Shakespeare and Webster. Erin is an actor and costume designer, and co-founded the Brooklyn-based Old Hat Theatre Company. She is a warm and supportive tutor with years of experience working with students in New York, Connecticut and London. She specializes in preparing students for the SAT and ACT, as well as the SAT Subject Tests in Literature, U.S. and World History. 

Meghan Carey

Meghan graduated from New York University where she studied Chemistry and minored in Mathematics. As part of a dual-degree program, she also received a degree in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. Meghan has tutored middle and high school students primarily in STEM topics with several organizations. She has also facilitated workshops for high school students in topics fundamental to careers in STEM. Meghan tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and all levels of math, chemistry and biology. 

Michelle Castaneda

Michelle grew up in Westchester, NY, and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Political Science. She received her M.A. from the Laban Dance Conservatory in London. As a PhD Candidate at Brown University she focuses on the theatricality of immigration law. Michelle is an engaged and empathetic tutor with years of experience as an educator at the middle school, high school, and university levels. She specializes in preparing students for all sections of the ACT and SAT, as well as the Literature, History, and Spanish Subject Tests and APs. 

Michael Chang

Michael graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a BA in Molecular Biology, and completed an additional undergraduate research thesis in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. In college, Michael helped underclassmen with organic chemistry, molecular biology and Spanish, and volunteered with Let's Get Ready, a partner program to Teach for America. Michael works as a research assistant at The Rockefeller University, and tutors all levels of Biology. 

Ravi Charan

Ravi attended Phillips Exeter Academy where he was captain of the math team. He received a B.S. in Mathematics and Political Science at MIT, with a minor in Physics. Ravi started teaching Math Counts in high school and later taught competitive math enrichment classes and summer camps in Boston and the Bay Area. He's developed curriculum for high school physics textbooks, and tutors all levels of Math and Physics. 

Stephanie Chou

Steph grew up in Westchester County and graduated from Horace Mann. She attended Columbia University and holds a BA in Mathematics. 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 saxophone player and singer, she frequently relates playing music to learning math. She performs regularly around New York with her band - which plays Chinese-inspired jazz/world music - and has written pieces for Susan Jaffe and China Institute in America, among others. 

Paul Chouchana

Paul grew up in Casablanca, Morocco in a French-Moroccan family before moving to the US to study Russian literature at Columbia University. While at Columbia, he worked for three years at the admissions office, and was a volunteer tutor helping Harlem high schoolers with Math, English, and SAT prep. After graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Paul moved to Paris and is currently pursuing a Master’s at l’École Normale Supérieure in literary theory. He tutors for the SAT, ACT, and TOEFL. 

Brian Chu

Brian grew up in Los Angeles and attended Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in English and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. In addition to tutoring privately in a wide array of subjects, he has taught composition at Columbia and currently teaches English at Brooklyn Friends School. Brian tutors writing and for all sections of the SAT and ACT. 

Taylor Coffman

Taylor grew up in San Diego and attended the University of Nevada, Reno for both his undergraduate and graduate studies. While working towards his undergraduate degree in mathematics, Taylor was a member of the university's NCAA Division I golf team. After completing his Bachelor's degree, Taylor remained at UNR to pursue his Master's degree in applied mathematics. During those two years, he focused on discrete mathematics with an emphasis in game theory and operations research. Taylor also supplemented his graduate studies with two years teaching algebra at UNR and one-on-one math tutoring for the university athletics department. Additionally, he spent his summers teaching geometry at Saint Augustine High School in San Diego. In Paris, Taylor specializes in a wide range of mathematics tutoring and in test prep for the SAT II Math exam. 

Billy Cohen

Originally from Houston, Billy attended Episcopal High School where he was awarded a National Merit Scholarship and the Headmaster's Award. Billy graduated from Princeton University where he studied Religion and Theater. While at Princeton, Billy supported high school students with their academic coursework and test prep. Billy tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT. 

Paul Cooper

A St. Louis native, Paul graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with degrees in Biology and Public Policy and earned an M.F.A. in Acting at the Yale School of Drama. Over the past few years, Paul has tutored students in biology, organic chemistry, and writing, and taught MCAT classes through Kaplan. Paul currently tutors students in biology, chemistry, math, and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT and ACT. 

Tommy Crawford

Tommy 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 and learning profiles, 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 from the humanities to high level high school math. He has performed in theater productions nationwide and has a band, The Lobbyists, in which he sings and plays guitar. 

Andres Cruciani

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 recently earned a creative writing M.F.A. from the 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’s a step away from a black belt in Aikido and applies the discipline and focus he has learned to his work with students. Andres has many years of private tutoring experience in math, English, organizational and study skills, and test prep (SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and NYS Math Regents). 

Kim Davies

Kim attended Detroit Country Day School on an academic scholarship, and, as a National Merit Finalist, won the full-tuition Paschal Carter scholarship to attend Denison University. At Denison, Kim completed her BA in cinema and theater in three years while receiving several creative writing awards and theater scholarships. She went on to receive her MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College, where she won the prestigious Himan Brown Award. Before coming to Bespoke, Kim worked with test-prep students throughout New York City, served as a consultant on admissions essays, and taught English at Brooklyn College. She specializes in SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT preparation, along with math, history and literature Subject Tests and APs. 

Sally Dawidoff

Sally earned an A.B. at Harvard and a Master’s at Columbia, and completed Cal State’s teacher preparation program. She has taught English and writing in New York and California. Her experience as a writer/editor includes speechwriting for the University Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at CUNY. Sally tutors in reading, grammar, study skills, and is one of Bespoke's college essay specialists. 

Sean Denmark

Sean earned an MA in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College, an MFA from New York University, and an MA in English Renaissance Literature from the University of Alabama. He taught for seven years in the New York City public schools as an English teacher and literacy specialist, and has taught English as a second language abroad in West Africa through the Peace Corps. He tutors history, writing and reading, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT and SAT. 

Jared Dick

Jared grew up outside of Boston and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. He graduated from Lehigh University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering. Jared began teaching in high school as a sailing coach, and continued tutoring while in college where he volunteered as a homework helper at the local Boys and Girls Club. After spending 3 years as a construction engineer working on environmental projects at power plants around the United States, he moved into his current role as a management consultant in New York City. He tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, Physics, and all levels of Math. 

Ryan Dieringer

Ryan is a native New Yorker who went to Fieldston for middle and high school. He holds a B.A in English from Dartmouth College. In addition to tutoring privately in a wide array of subjects, he has taught test prep courses, led college counseling seminars, and held mentorship positions in New York public and charter schools. When he is not tutoring, Ryan works in the music industry as a songwriter, performer and producer. His particular tutoring specialties and interests include the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT/ACT (all areas), and Math and Literature Subject Tests, as well as English, algebra I & II, trigonometry and geometry. 

Tica Douglas

Tica graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Religious Studies and is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. She has been tutoring in New York City for over six years, specializing in test prep, History, English, Math, essay writing support, and homework help. Tica is a singer-songwriter who has produced several albums. Tica tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Robert Draper

Robert holds degrees in Physics and Education from The University of Rochester and San Francisco State University and has completed advanced coursework at Columbia and UC Berkeley. Robert has been a physics teacher at Scarsdale High School for many years, and has instructed all levels of physics from non-Regents to Advanced Placement. Robert tutors for all levels of physics including for the AP and Subject Test. 

Sean Drohan

Sean graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and a concentration in Theater and Performance Studies. After graduation, Sean moved to Nanjing, China to work as an education consultant, helping students gain admission to top US universities. Sean tutors a wide array of standardized tests including all sections of the SAT and ACT. 

Kelly Eckenrode

Kelly is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Biology Department of Brooklyn College, and is pursuing a Ph.D in Molecular Biology from CUNY. She did her undergraduate work at UMass Boston. After graduation, she worked with the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School as a research technician. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelly provided in-home educational services to children along the autism spectrum, and as a result, she has learned to adapt science lessons to a variety of learning styles. Kelly tutors Biology, the Biology SAT Subject Test, and AP Biology. Outside of teaching and research, Kelly spends her time running and painting. 

Adam Eckmier

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. 

Ben Ehrlich

Ben attended Fieldston for middle and high school, and graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with Highest Honors in Literary Studies. Ben has taught students of all different ages, learning styles and abilities, and specializes in English, history, math, and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT, and SAT. Ben also works as a writer and translator, and his first book, The Dreams of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, was published by Oxford University Press. 

Andrew Emerick

Raised between Michigan and Texas, Andrew attended the University of Minnesota, graduating with honors and receiving degrees in both Physics and Astrophysics. Andrew is a doctoral candidate in Astronomy at Columbia University, where he studies the formation of galaxies using high-performance computers. He conducts his research in association with the American Museum of Natural History. Andrew tutors all levels of physics and mathematics. In his free time, Andrew writes for an Astronomy blog, Astrobites, and he enjoys rock climbing both indoors and out. 

Jessica Faust

Jessica grew up in Irvington, NY, attended Irvington High School, and was graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.S. in Animal Science. At Cornell, she was a teaching assistant in the biological sciences. Jessica began working for Bespoke soon after graduation and has tutored now for many years with Bespoke in Westchester. She is currently the accounts and administration manager for her family business, Faust Harrison Pianos, in White Plains. Jessica helps prepare students for the SAT I, SAT II, ACT and Regents exams, with specializations in math and biology. 

Bobby Foley

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. 

Jocelyn Forman

Jossie grew up outside of Boston and attended Newton South High School. She graduated cum laude with distinction from the University of Rochester with a BS in Applied Mathematics and a minor in Psychology. She is currently working towards a Masters in Secondary Mathematics Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jossie tutors all levels of math and physics. 

Lizzie Fox

Lizzie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Williams College with a BA in Comparative Literature and Latin Language. Lizzie has taught Shakespeare to high school students in India, studied French at the Institut International d’Études Françaises in Strasbourg, and worked as a journalist and women’s health activist in Manila. Lizzie tutors writing, history, Latin and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Abe Frank

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, GRE, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams. 

Quinn Franzen

Quinn was born and raised in Hawaii, and attended Punahou School. In high school, he obtained perfect scores on both the Subject Tests and AP Exams for Chemistry and Math. While in Hawaii he was a competitive sailor, regularly racing all sizes of boats in local and national regattas. He graduated from Williams College with a BA in Theatre. At Williams, he received the Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship for excellence in artistic pursuit. Quinn tutors for the Subject Tests in Chemistry and Math and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT. 

Donna Freel

Donna earned a Masters of Science in Elementary Education from Hunter and a Bachelor degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Donna is a long-time teacher at the Spence School in Manhattan, and has extensive experience as a kindergarten through 8th grade tutor. She tutors for all sections of the lower and middle level SSAT and ISEE tests. 

Jeremy Funke

Jeremy holds a degree in English from Harvard University. For nearly ten years Jeremy served as Resident Teaching Artist at New Haven’s acclaimed Elm Shakespeare Company, where he designed and executed curricula for Shakespeare programs that were both academic and performance-based. Jeremy has extensive experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests in Math, Literature and Physics, and specializes in math support through calculus. 

Marine Galvez

Marine grew up in San Francisco and Paris. She went to high school at EJM, where she earned an International Baccalaureate diploma. She attended Barnard College and graduated with a double major in Political Science and Gender Studies. During college, Marine’s passion for teaching inspired her to volunteer in underserved NYC high schools, where she taught health education and civic engagement classes. After graduation, Marine was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue research in Argentina, where she combined her passion for investigative journalism and writing. Marine’s research has been published in scholarly reviews in Argentina and Brazil, and she has presented her work at several anthropology conferences. She is now living in Paris, where she tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and various school subjects. 

Robert Golden

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

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 currently works as a technology consultant after pivoting from a role as an engineer at a biotech 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. 

Hanson Hadi

Hanson was a Teacher Assistant and a tutor at the University of Massachusetts, where he received a Masters degree in Physics and a Masters degree in Engineering. He later worked as a software developer and a computer programmer for several high-tech companies. Eventually, Hanson decided to pursue an old passion of his; he moved to New York City to become a writer and graduated from the New School with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing. Hanson is currently working on his second novel. He tutors students in Arabic, the Literature Subject Test, all levels of math and physics, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT. Hanson is also a fierce chess player who practices Yoga and meditation daily. 

Ari Halper-Stromberg

Ari attended the University of Maryland, College Park on a full merit scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in biology and physics. During college he worked at the NIH and became interested in HIV research, which he pursued while earning his PhD from Rockefeller University in immunology. His research has been published in premier academic journals. Ari's passion for science extends to teaching; he has designed and taught high school science courses and has mentored in underserved communities. He tutors biology, physics, and math. 

Jacob Hamburger

Originally from Chicago, Jake completed his Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy at Columbia University, writing a thesis on American conservative thought. He has worked at Columbia's intensive summer enrichment program for New York City high school students, as well as in journalism and music production. Currently, he is pursuing a master in contemporary philosophy at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Over the last six years Jake has tutored a variety of subjects from math and writing to piano and foreign languages, and specializes in SAT, SAT subject tests, ACT, and college essay writing. 

Kara Havig

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 has tutored for years in all levels of mathematics, provides homework help, and prepares students for all sections of the ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, SAT and ACT. She also works with Bespoke in curriculum development to create materials and mock tests. 

Tom Haviv

Tom grew up in New York and attended Fieldston from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He received his B.A. in English from Pomona College with a minor in Media Studies. Tom received his MFA from Brooklyn College where he is currently teaching writing as an adjunct professor. He has written several books for children and adults, and his published writing can be found in print and online. He specializes in tutoring the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, the World, US History, and Literature Subject Tests, as well as high school and college writing. 

Brad Heikes

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. 

Rey Horowitz

Rey was born and raised in New York City and attended Bronx High School of Science. After graduating with a B.S in Environmental Science from Antioch College, Rey received an M. Ed. in Secondary Science Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Rey has taught high school chemistry for over fifteen years, including at LaGuardia High School for the last ten. Rey was awarded a Master Teacher fellowship with the first cohort of science teachers by Math for America. Rey tutors all levels of chemistry. 

David Ingber

David graduated from Harvard College with a degree in English Literature. David has tutored hundreds of students and trained dozens of teachers in the GMAT, SAT, and ACT. He also helps students develop and edit their college and business school application essays. As a writer, David has published two original musicals (most recently collaborating with Motown legend Lamont Dozier) and written for Nickelodeon, Cosmopolitan magazine, and the MLB Fan Cave. Born and raised in Massachusetts, David loves all Boston sports teams. 

Ethan Kaplan

Ethan grew up in New York City and graduated with honors from Hunter College High School. He graduated Magna cum Laude from Northwestern University, where he majored in English and Creative Writing. At Northwestern, he was a recipient of the Marion Meyer Bergin and J.G. Nolan Fellowships for academic excellence. Ethan began tutoring in high school and spent several years teaching English and International Relations in Hong Kong, and currently teaches Creative Writing at Queens College. He has worked with students of all ages, and stresses the importance of setting good habits to achieve consistent progress. Ethan is one of Bespoke's US and World History AP and Subject Test experts, and tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE. 

Mitchel Kawash

Originally from West Virginia, Mitchel attended Yale University where he received a B.A. in Theater Studies with distinction. While at Yale he sang with the world-famous Whiffenpoofs and performed throughout the United States and on all seven continents. He then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He enjoys using test prep to not only help students raise their scores but also improve their study skills and gain confidence in their schoolwork. Mitchel provides academic support for writing and prepares students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT. 

Mehak Khan

Mehak graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering where she earned a BS degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. In recognition of her scholarship, Mehak received the Douglas P. Mercado Academic Persistence Award. She is a strong advocate for promoting the STEM field to young women in middle and high school and has attended panels and been nominated for awards pertaining to women in STEM. Mehak tutors students for the Chemistry and Math Subject Tests. 

Nate Klau

Nate graduated from Yale University with degrees in History and Theater Studies. He has taught SAT classes at Poly Prep in Brooklyn and SAT/ACT prep courses at Bespoke's offices. 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 toured with the national company of The Lion King and appeared on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Nate is one of Bespoke's most sought after tutors and prepares students for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, ISEE, and Math Subject Tests. 

Jake Klein

Jake grew up in Croton-on-Hudson. He studied mathematics and physics at The City College of New York and graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Liberal Studies. Jake is currently earning his Master’s Degree in Social Work at Yeshiva University. Jake tutors all levels of math and all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT and ACT. 

Michael Koscuiszka

Michael graduated cum laude from Boston College with a degree in Economics. He has been published in several academic journals for his work correlating prostate cancer treatments and patient survival. During medical school at NJMS, he was recognized for his research in chronic myelogenous leukemia. He has tutored for over 12 years in a wide variety of subjects including math, sociology, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, writing, and all varieties of test prep. Michael tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT. 

Rich LaFauci

Rich earned a BS summa cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, and holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University. He's worked extensively as a technologist and business leader in digital products and services, and tutors all levels of math and chemistry. 

Will Lefferts

Will grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and earned a BA in Anthropology and French & Francophone Studies (cum laude in materia subiecta) from Vassar College. He was very involved on Vassar’s campus, ranging from a position with the Office of Residential Life to leading the all-whistling acappella group. Coming from a research background, Will worked as a research assistant during his undergraduate career and has been selected for research fellowships by the National Science Foundation and Vassar’s URSI program. After graduation, he spent a year teaching English as a foreign language in Marseille and another year serving with the Americorps-funded non-profit organization City Year Boston as a math and English language arts tutor. In Paris, Will is pursuing a Masters at the Sciences Po School of Communication.​ Will tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, ISEE and SSAT exams. 

Simon Liebling

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. 

Sarah Lieff

Sarah grew up in Massachusetts, where she attended Noble and Greenough School. She graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Psychology and received her M.P.H. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Sarah began tutoring in college and has served as a health educator in various NYC schools, and as a graduate teaching assistant for several Master’s level courses. Sarah helped develop a mental health education curriculum for teens on stress reduction and management, healthy decision-making and communication skills. Sarah is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Health at NYU. She tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, as well as organization and study skills, math, statistics, and writing. 

Connor Lounsbury

Connor grew up in Virginia, attended high school in Baltimore, and graduated from Yale University with a dual degree in Political Science and Theater. After 4 years suffering through New England winters, Connor relocated to sunny Los Angeles, where he wrote humor and lifestyle pieces. He was a highly sought-after SAT/ACT tutor in Beverly Hills and has worked with students all over the country on their college admissions essays to elite institutions. Connor teaches the SAT and ACT, and specializes in college admissions essay prep.  

Meg Mahon

Meg grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in English. She then obtained an MA in French from Middlebury College and a PhD in French from Duke University. Her research led her to spend a year in Sub-Saharan Africa, where she studied contemporary African literature and culture. Now in Paris, she teaches and also trains adults in public speaking and human relations with Dale Carnegie. At Bespoke, Meg tutors the SAT, ACT, SSAT, IELTS, and ISEE as well as English and writing. She also helps students develop their college entrance essays. 

Lina Mai

Lina was born in Belarus and raised near Princeton, New Jersey. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a B.A. in English, and she earned an M.A. in Journalism from U.C. Berkeley. She received an M.S. in English Education through the NYC Teaching Fellows, and she has over ten years of experience as an English and history teacher at the middle and high school levels. In 2014, Lina presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference on tailoring instruction for students with diverse academic needs. She specializes in preparing students for the ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests, as well as academic tutoring in all levels of English and history. 

Clare Marash

Clare attended Trevor Day School and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan. Clare has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Columbia University. For years, Clare has taught writing, ELA, and math to students ranging in age from four to eighteen. A versatile and creative educator, she has taught in classrooms, after-school programs, and one-on-one. Clare tutors for all sections of the ISEE and SSAT. 

Lisa McAndrews

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. As a multisport varsity athlete in high school and a rower on Middlebury's crew team through all four years of college, Lisa is especially aware of the unique demands put upon scholar athletes. She currently practices intellectual property and patent law in Westchester County. Lisa tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and all levels of math and physics. 

David Meskill

David earned a BA in History from Harvard College, a Masters in History from the University of Heidelberg, and a PhD in European History from Harvard University. He has taught European and World History at Harvard College, the Colorado School of Mines, and Dowling College. At Harvard he was also a residential and academic adviser to first-year students for nearly a decade. David encourages students to understand the big patterns, themes, and turning points of history. David tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, and is one of Bespoke’s US and World History AP and Subject Test experts. 

Michelle Modest

Michelle graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a BA in Film Studies. She received her MSc in Conservation Science with a focus on cetacean conservation from Imperial College London. Michelle scored in the 99% on the SAT, and was a National Merit Finalist in high school. She tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT. 

Sarah Moon

Sarah graduated from Smith College with degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish. She also holds a Masters from Columbia University Teachers College. Sarah is the Dean of the 12th grade at Saint Ann's School and just celebrated her 10th year in the classroom. Sarah is an enthusiastic tutor in English and Spanish, and for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT exams. 

Gabe Morden-Snipper

Gabe grew up near Washington, DC and attended Oberlin College. He graduated with a BA in Politics and later obtained a Masters in Adolescent Mathematics Education from Hunter College. For several years, Gabe taught social studies, Spanish, and math at an independent school in Brooklyn for students with language-based learning differences. He currently teaches math in the New York City public schools. Gabe tutors for the Hunter Test as well as all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, ACT and SAT, and all levels of math. 

Carroll Moulton

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. 

Maureen Mulhern

Maureen holds a BS in Chemistry from the College of New Jersey. After graduation, she joined Teach For America and taught middle school and high school general science, earth science, and chemistry and served as her school’s science department chair. While teaching, she received her Masters of Arts in Teaching at American University. Maureen earned her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and now works as a research genetic counselor at Columbia University Medical Center. She tutors all levels of chemistry and biology, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. 

Chris Murphy

Chris attended The Lawrenceville School where he was an AP scholar and President of Honor and Discipline. He holds a BA in English and a certificate in Theater from Princeton. Chris was awarded the Peter B. Lewis grant to study abroad at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Chris tutors all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Claire Neumann

Claire Neumann graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern with a Major in Communications and a Minor in Psychology. Claire is currently pursuing an advanced degree in Social Work at NYU. She launched an arts residency program for fifth graders in a Bronx public school and established a debate program using theater games and creative drama techniques for an elementary school in Park Slope. Claire tutors essay writing and language arts, and for the Biology Subject Test. 

Dorothy Nguyen

Dorothy graduated from Rutgers University's pre-med track with a degree in American Studies and a minor in Music. She has tutored students of all ages, learning styles, and abilities, and she specializes in helping students with executive functioning and study skills. Dorothy provides STEM enrichment tutoring and tutors a wide array of standardized tests, including the Biology Subject Test and all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Dorothy is also a comedian and writer, who performs improv and sketches with several comedy groups. 

Alexandra Ostolaza

Alexandra attended Wellesley College, where she obtained a B.A. in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences. Her independent research has focused on bilingualism, language acquisition and language learning methodology. Alexandra tutors algebra, geometry, creative writing, Spanish and all levels of the SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT. 

Rebecca Oudin Shannon

Rebecca grew up in Paris, France, in an French-American family. She studied English at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, she volunteered in the advising office and tutored in an elementary school as well as at San Quentin State Prison. After graduating with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, she taught first grade in Mississippi for two years with Teach For America. She is now studying literary theory at l'Ecole Normale Supérieure and gender studies at Paris 8. Rebecca tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, ISEE, and SSAT exams, and works with students on writing and essays. 

Rachel Parsons

Rachel graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University’s Honors College with a BA in Women’s Studies/African Studies. After working as an editor, writer, and media justice organizer in Detroit, she went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Math Education from Brooklyn College, and is currently an MFA candidate in the creative non-fiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has over eight years of experience as a math classroom teacher in New York City, as well as leading after-school programs in radio journalism and production. She was awarded two teaching fellowships through Math for America (MfA), a selective and dynamic organization that aims to innovate math education nationwide. Rachel brings skill, creativity, and enthusiasm to her work with each of her students, and tutors students in math, as well as for the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT and SAT Math Subject Tests. 

Timothy Patrick

Growing up, "Patrick" lived for nine years in Peru and France. Patrick attended The Hotchkiss School, graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Amherst College, and received an M.M. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Patrick has worked extensively as a writer and editor in educational publishing, with focuses on math and Spanish. Patrick tutors students for all sections of the ACT, SAT, and GMAT. 

Katie Patterson

A summa cum laude graduate from Vanderbilt University, Katie earned her BA in Psychology with Honors. Katie first began tutoring high school Physics while enrolled at The Taft School, a preparatory boarding school in Connecticut. She graduated from the post-baccalaureate premedical program at Columbia University with a merit-based scholarship, and earned a student service award for co-creating a learning community in which she led bi-weekly study groups in Biology and Chemistry. Following graduation from Columbia, Katie was employed by the University as a student coach, and facilitated group discussions relating to time management and study strategies. Katie tutors high school math, all levels of Biology and Chemistry, and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, ACT and SAT. 

Jessica Pearce

Jessica grew up in the Central Valley of California. After graduating summa cum laude from CSU Fresno with a BS in Biology and a BA in French Literature, she went on to earn a PhD in Biology from the University of Utah. Jessica subsequently worked as a research associate at CNRS in Montpellier, France and CSIC in Seville, Spain. Her research was 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 freelance science editor and translator, Jessica tutors the SAT, ACT, SAT Biology and Math Subject Tests as well as IB Biology, AP Biology, and AP Statistics. 

Penka Petkova

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.  

Trace Pope

Trace attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a B.A. in English. He then studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where he received a M.A. in Classical Acting. He has several years of tutoring and small-group teaching experience with students of all ages. Trace views tutoring as an opportunity to honor the educators who have made an impact on his own life and learning. Trace tutors for all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT, and for the SAT Subject Tests in Literature and Math. 

Neil Redfield

Neil graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Delaware, where he studied Anthropology and minored in Theatre Performance. At UD, he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Anthropology Department. Originally from San Antonio, he has taught at the PREP program in Texas, a science and math summer camp which teaches middle and high school students topics fundamental to careers in engineering and math. As an actor, he has performed in regional theaters in the Berkshires, Delaware, and San Antonio. Neil tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT, and all levels of math. 

Jessica Robinson

Jessica is a Florida native and holds a BA, magna cum laude, in Child Developmental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. During her years in college, she spent her free time tutoring local students of all ages in math and reading. After college, Jessica applied for Foreign Expert Certification and moved to Xi’an, China to be an English professor. Upon returning to the US, she has continued to tutor, using her experience in a globally-inclusive educational environment to help students of all backgrounds to excel academically. Jessica is an experienced SAT, ACT, TACHS, ISEE, SHSAT, and SSAT tutor, and she also teaches English, organizational and study skills, mathematics, and multiple foreign languages including German, Russian, Chinese, and Latin. 

Ida Rothschild

Ida graduated from Wellesley College magna cum laude with a dual degree in English and Sociology, and received both her M.A. (English and American Literature) and Ph.D. (American Literature) from Boston University. She has delivered papers at scholarly conferences both nationally and internationally, and has had critical work published by Oxford University Press and Leviathan. In addition to her ten years of experience teaching writing and English courses in a university setting, Ida has worked for six years as the Writing Elective Director and college counselor for high school students with the Great Books Summer Program at Amherst College and Stanford University. Since moving to New York in 2011, Ida has worked as a college essay specialist, test prep counselor, and academic tutor for middle and high school students. Ida’s specialties and interests include academic tutoring in literature, English, writing, and history, as well as preparing students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and Literature and History APs and Subject Tests. 

Ken Rubin

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.  

Jeremy Russial

Jeremy began his undergraduate studies at Penn State University as an Environmental Engineering major. He graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Business Administration. At Muhlenberg, he worked as a tutor in Financial Accounting. Jeremy tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SAT and ACT. 

Graham Sack

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. 

Eric Saito

Originally from Hawaii, Eric graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in pre-professional (pre-med) studies. Following college, he taught high school biology and chemistry in Los Angeles. While teaching full-time, he earned a M.A. in Teaching from Loyola Marymount University. Eric then spent a year in South Africa volunteering for a soccer and HIV education program. He currently works as the Education Director for South Bronx United, a soccer and development youth non-profit. He tutors biology, chemistry, and all sections of the SAT and ACT. 

Begonia Santos

Begonia grew up in Madrid and received a combined degree in law and business from the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas. She earned an M.B.A. from Fordham University and worked in international finance in New York for 10 years. Begonia has received teacher training at NYU Steinhardt, Instituto Cervantes, and Alliance Française. She has tutored French and Spanish to students of all ages and has taught French and Spanish at an Upper East Side independent school. Begonia tutors all levels of French and Spanish as well as for the SAT Subject Tests and AP tests. Begonia enjoys foreign movies, French contemporary literature, and skiing in the winter. 

Aysegul Savas

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 as well as the ISEE and SSAT; works with students in writing, math, and English; and helps students with college and grad school application essays. 

David Schafer

Dave was raised in Somers, New York and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. He graduated from McGill University with a degree in Philosophy. Dave is currently in the Ph.D. program at Fordham University, where he is a Teaching Associate in philosophy. Dave tutors all sections of the SAT and ACT prep, as well as Literature, History, and French. 

Peter Schmidt-Nowara

Peter has been an educator in New York City for over twenty years, having taught high school English and social studies in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Raised in New Mexico, Peter attended Albuquerque Academy. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in History. Peter also holds a Master of English degree with a concentration in creative writing from the University of New Mexico. The past four years, he has concentrated on preparing students at Brooklyn Technical High School for the A.P. U.S. Government and Politics exam. Fluent in Spanish and passionate about language and history, Peter has been involved in theater, documentary films, and many literary pursuits. Peter prepares students for the U.S. History Subject Test as well as the ACT.  

Sam Segan

Sam grew up in New York City, where she attended Hunter College High School. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Philosophy and English. She has tutored students in middle school, high school, and college in essay-writing, academic French, Italian, Latin, math, and physics. Sam tutors for the Subject Tests and AP exams in Math, Literature and French and for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. In her spare time, she performs standup comedy and competes in road races and triathlons. 

Greg Serebuoh

Greg graduated from Yale University with degrees in Music and Theater Studies, and he won the Alfred Bildner Prize for Achievement in Spanish. While at Yale, he served as musical director for the singing group Shades, producing its acclaimed studio album Sankofa. He subsequently moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked in arts and entertainment for four years. Greg has years of experience as a teacher, tutor, vocal coach, and youth mentor and has worked with a broad range of learning styles and students of all ages, from elementary school children to adults. He tutors for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, and in English, Writing, and Spanish. 

Matt Serra

Matt attended Allegheny College, attaining a Bachelor of the Arts in both Music and Spanish and graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He studied in Seville performing research for his undergraduate thesis on the history and lyricism of flamenco. Matt holds a Masters in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in Foreign Language Education. Matt has held a wide variety of roles in education, including behavioral support therapist for students with ASD, high school and elementary school teacher, online school instructor, and test prep and academic support tutor. He tutors the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and all levels of Spanish. 

Christine Shaw

Christine grew up in Athens, Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University with a degree in Theater Studies. She taught gifted 7th and 8th graders with the Duke TIP Summer Academy and taught in the middle school drama department at Athens Academy. While working in Chicago as an actor, playwright, and culinary instructor for teens, Christine tutored students of all ages in academic subjects and standardized tests. She tutors all sections of the SAT (with particular love of the new SAT math), the ACT, several SAT subject area tests, as well as a variety of high school and middle school subjects. 

Jamie Shedrofsky

Jamie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University, where she studied both Latin and Ancient Greek as a Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies major. At Bucknell, she tutored privately and ran study groups in Latin for the Teaching and Learning Center. She received President's Awards for the highest achievement in both Greek and Latin language and literature. Jamie teaches study and organizational skills and tutors Latin, Ancient Greek, the Latin Subject Test and for all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. 

Michael Shorr

Michael attended Phillips Andover and graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry.  Michael then earned a Master’s in the History of Science at Johns Hopkins, and, fulfilling a lifelong dream, attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in songwriting and guitar. He has been a teacher and tutor for over twenty years working with elementary through high school students across the curriculum. Michael excels at making the complex understandable and enjoys tailoring lessons to the specific learning styles and needs of each of his students. Michael tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT and GRE. 

Claire Siebers

Claire received a B.A. with honors in Theater Studies from Yale University and a graduate degree in Acting from The Juilliard School. Claire is passionate about helping her students feel like vital collaborators in their school environments. She tutors all sections of the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT, with particular focus on homework help and analytical writing. 

Lauren Singerman

Lauren grew up in New York City, where she graduated from The Spence School. After receiving her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, Lauren went on to Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where she received her M.F.A. in Acting. Lauren works as a speech and dialect coach for film and theater, and as an actor has developed new work with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Lauren specializes in prep for the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, and ACT, as well as study/organizational skills and academic tutoring in English and math. 

Madhavan Somanathan

Madhavan is a professional classical guitarist from India teaching and studying in Paris. He completed a bachelor’s in computer science at Columbia University in New York in 2013. During his time at Columbia, Madhavan worked as a teaching assistant for two years in the computer science department, and served as the instructor for an undergraduate computer science seminar. Madhavan has been a software engineer at tech companies such as ZocDoc and Amazon. He is now involved in a venture that creates networking platforms for classical musicians. 

Benjamin Spott

Benny grew up outside of Cleveland and studied biotechnology at Kent State University, where he graduated cum laude. As an undergraduate, he worked for the Department of Energy researching fuel cells at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Benny earned a Master of Engineering degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he researched algal biofuel and took courses focused on energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and business. After working in the pharmaceutical industry, he has decided to focus on tutoring and teaching. Benny is currently an adjunct professor of chemistry at F.I.T. and tutors geometry, algebra, all levels of Biology and Chemistry, and for all sections of the SHSAT, ISEE, and SSAT. 

Samantha Stephens

Samantha grew up in Tampa, Florida, and holds a BS in Physics, magna cum laude, from Wellesley College. During her time at Wellesley, she worked as a research assistant in computational materials science at MIT and tutored both in one-on-one and group settings for a variety of mathematics classes. Afterwards, she moved to France in order to study Sustainable Development at HEC. She tutors the SAT 1, ACT, as well as the SAT 2 exams in physics and mathematics. 

Nicholas Tagher

Nick grew up in New York City, where he attended Hunter College High School. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Nick worked at Citibank for several years in their Capital Markets/Foreign Exchange before pursuing his own ventures. Nick tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE/SSAT/SHSAT, GMAT, Spanish Subject Test, and all levels of math. Nick also enjoys playing tennis, golf, squash, and basketball. 

Nick Thomas

Nick graduated from both Eton College and Oxford University. He has tutored for over 13 years in a wide selection of subjects including math, literature, essay-writing, Latin, French and all varieties of test prep. He is a specialist in logic and arithmetic development and has written books about both topics; he has also written a regular column about math for the Guardian newspaper and placed second in the UK's first ever National Sudoku Championship. Nick is one-half of a married couple sketch comedy team We Are Thomasse. Nick tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE and SHSAT. 

Taylor Van Zile

Taylor graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in English and Philosophy. He received his Master’s in General Psychology from the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology with a Child and Family concentration. He has authored and published numerous works and presented extensively on the psychology of early childhood development and early childhood education. Taylor has years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages, from early childhood through undergraduate studies. He has worked with children therapeutically as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist, supervising therapist, and trainer for over five years and as a psychoeducational evaluator for three years. In addition to assisting Dr. Reina with psychoeducational evaluations, he tutors a variety of academic subjects and standardized tests, including the ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, and SAT Math and Literature Subject Tests. 

Nick Videen

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 all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. He also tutors math and music and has experience working with home-schooled students in middle and high school.  

Lian Walden

Lian Walden graduated with honors in Political Science and Theater Studies from Yale University. While at Yale, Lian organized an arts mentorship program in Accra, Ghana, and founded an after-school program at Amistad Academy, a charter high school in New Haven. Upon graduating, Lian won a fellowship to run a community theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she remained for several years teaching English and directing plays. Lian is a 2013 Drama League Directing Fellow and was a resident director at the Hangar Theatre, where she taught improvisation and text analysis to a company of young actors. Lian is one of Bespoke's resident US History experts and tutors for all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. She enjoys discovering how different people learn and coming up with creative lesson plans to suit each student's individual needs. She also loves languages and is fluent in Spanish. 

Matt Weir

Matt grew up in Naperville, Illinois, and is a magna cum laude graduate from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. For years he has taught language arts, creative writing, and math skills to elementary and high school students across New York and New England with Story Pirates, an arts education and media organization. For the last three years he has run after-school clubs that engage elementary school children in the role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons. He currently lives in New York City and produces his own cartoons, one of which was recently featured in the New York Television Festival. Matt is a versatile elementary, middle school, and high school tutor who works with students in reading, writing, math, organizational skills, and ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT test prep. 

Ellen Weiser

Ellen Weiser holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the CUNY Graduate Center and a B.S. in Chemistry from City College of New York. Ellen also is a high school graduate of The Bronx High School of Science and is currently the Science Department Chair at Pace University in Westchester. With many years of college teaching and tutoring high school and college students, Ellen knows how to help students approach and master challenging subjects in chemistry, biology, and mathematics. In addition to Regents and AP exams in chemistry, biology, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, Ellen works with students to help them achieve success on SAT Math and also the Chemistry Subject Test. 

Jennifer Weiser

Jennifer received her B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. She completed Postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Yale University. Jennifer was an exploratory medicinal chemist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Pfizer), and a research scientist at the start-up company iFyber. Jennifer is a faculty member in the Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department at Pace University. She tutors for all levels of Biology and Chemistry. 

Jordan Wolff

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 tutors for all SAT2 and AP history exams, ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT and GRE exams; he 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. 

Ben Yarbrough

Ben majored in International Relations at Pomona College. After graduating, he worked in Shanghai as a college admissions consultant and academic tutor. He was awarded funding by the Department of State and Rotary International for the study of Mandarin. Ben has worked in tutoring and test prep since his return to New York City in 2013. He tutors all sections of the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and SHSAT. 

Cameron Zenger

Cameron grew up near Boston and attended the Roxbury Latin School. He graduated Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Microbiology, focusing on the social and environmental determinants of health. While at BYU, Cameron tutored student-athletes in a variety of STEM subjects, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Cameron then lived for two years in the Philippines and became fluent in Tagalog. Cameron tutors for all sections of the SAT and ACT, and for the Math, Chemistry and Biology Subject Tests.