Molly Ahrens (Manager, Middle and High School Writing Tutor, Organizational Skills Tutor, and College Admission Essay Coach) has been helping students fulfill their academic potential since graduating from Bryn Mawr College in 2003. Growing up in New York City, she attended Nightingale-Bamford, a competitive prep school. She also attended the Summer Writing Program at the University of Iowa throughout college and, following graduation, participated in an additional writing program at University College in Dublin, Ireland. Her articles and essays have been published in local publications including The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Style. While Molly specializes in writing skills, she regularly works with students who need to improve their organizational and time-management skills, as well as high school seniors who are preparing college applications essays. Her students have been admitted to the top colleges in the country.
Carlzel Bostic (Mathematics Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with his M.S.Ed. He is a Teach for America alumnus and certified mathematics teacher, focusing primarily on Pre- Algebra, Algebra 1, Mathematical Reasoning, Mathematical Concepts, and standardized test prep. Currently, Carlzel is a math teacher at a Philadelphia-based independent school. Carlzel specializes in the development of curriculum and assessments. Additionally, he has experience working with adult learners, and he has the leadership skills necessary to influence and support educational efforts to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics. In addition to his extensive math background, Carlzel taught English Composition in Nakhon Sawan, Thailand for three months. He is also TESOL certified from the University of Pennsylvania.
Alicia Aughton (Mathematics Tutor) graduated from La Salle University with her B.A. in Secondary Education Mathematics, as well as her M.A. in Special Education. She is a certified mathematics teacher, focusing primarily on Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry. Currently, Alicia is a math teacher at a high school in Bethlehem, PA. She has experience teaching math to special education students at a charter school in Philadelphia. Alicia is able to differentiate materials and instruction to fit the needs of her students. It wasn’t until high school that she discovered she was skilled at math and decided to pursue a career in helping others understand the subject.
Lauren Bianca (Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, Spanish and ELL Tutor) has been teaching high school and middle school Spanish and ELL since 2009 in a public school. She has taught 6th, 7th and 8th grade Spanish, as well as Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 4 in addition to AP Spanish at the high school level. She is currently an ESL teacher while still teaching Spanish 2 and has focused on reading, writing, and assistance with subject classes, as well as time management and organization. She has taught English in Madrid as part of an exchange program. In addition, she has traveled to various Spanish-speaking countries and has gained a deep cultural appreciation and immersion in the language. Lauren earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Towson University and her graduate teacher certification in ELL from Rowan University.
Tim Carr (High School Writing and Reading Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) works as a professional writing coach at a local university, assisting undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff; he also teaches a reading and writing course for incoming students, focusing on the argumentative essay. Tim guides writers in their coursework and applications for graduate and medical schools. He also taught literature at an independent high school in Philadelphia, where he assisted students with college application essays. As an undergraduate, Tim attended Lebanon Valley College, focusing on English and secondary education; as a graduate student, he first attended Rowan University for Writing Arts, and then Sarah Lawrence College for his MFA in creative nonfiction. His essays have been published in literary journals, such as The Threepenny Review. At the core of his educational philosophy, Tim aims to meaningfully challenge and nurture learners by providing pragmatic tools and specific feedback, as well as showcasing how to effectively manage one’s time around deadlines. He wants learners to understand how and why they are making choices, and, ultimately, for readers and writers to enjoy their pursuits and achievements.
Maureen Chilinskas (Middle and High School Writing, Reading, and Organizational/Study Skills Tutor & SSAT/ISEE Test Prep Tutor) is the Director of Library Services at an independent school in Philadelphia. She has a B.A. in English from Temple University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Drexel University. During her sixteen years as a librarian, Maureen has assisted middle and high school students with various research projects and writing skills. As a fifth and sixth grade advisor, she works with students routinely on organization, time management, and general study skills. Maureen is a passionate reader, dedicated to helping students develop their reading skills through the love of literature and books.
Maggie Day (Elementary and Middle School Math Tutor, Elementary through High School Writing and Organizational/Study Skills Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) has worked at a Philadelphia charter school for five years as an academic advisor and as a counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and also in Human Development & Family Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Maggie is passionate about teaching students both academic and life skills, and values regular communication, not only with her students, but with their families and academic supports. She has experience assisting students with writing assignments in a variety of subjects and with elementary and middle school math concepts, as well as helping students improve their test-taking habits and project management skills.
Kelcey Grogan (Middle and High School Writing, Reading, and Organizational/Study Skills, and SAT/ACT Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) enjoys supporting students by helping them find ways to strengthen their reading, writing, time management, and organizational skills. Kelcey is pursuing her doctoral degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of her research fellowship, Kelcey works as a Learning Instructor at the Weingarten Learning Resources Center where she supports Penn students by helping them to reach their academic goals and fulfill their potential. Previously, Kelcey was an instructional coach and English Language Arts teacher at a high school in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, she earned a B.S. in Community, Environment, and Development from The Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University. As a tutor, she believes in using a strengths-based approach that is tailored to every student’s individual needs.
Ashley Opalka Halpern (Middle and High School Latin, History, Writing, Reading and Organizational Skills Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) has taught language arts and Latin at independent schools for the past seven years. During that time, she also acted as high school placement coordinator and essay coach. Prior to teaching, she worked in secondary and college admissions. Ashley focuses on building genuine relationships and making learning enjoyable. She specializes in identifying how students learn best and helping them create academic habits that support their learning styles. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from Temple University and her B.A. in Archaeology and Classical Studies from Bryn Mawr College.
Mara Imms-Donnelly (Elementary through High School Reading and Writing Tutor, Spanish and ESL Tutor, and Elementary through Middle School Mathematics Tutor) earned her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania in the Reading/Writing/Literacy Program. After receiving her B.A. in Spanish from Colgate University, Mara worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years at a community-based center in South Philadelphia where she coordinated its Adult ESOL program, led after-school teen programming, and facilitated educational workshops for community members and visitors. As an educator, Mara believes that relationship lies at the heart of learning, and she seeks to support her students’ curiosity, creativity and critical thinking skills as she helps them work toward their goals.
Wintre Foxworth Johnson (Elementary through Middle School Reading, Writing, Mathematics Tutor & ISEE/SSAT Test Prep Tutor) has worked in an instructional capacity with a range of students (preschoolers, elementary-aged children, matriculating college freshman, and adults) beginning in high school. She developed a passion for early childhood education and literacy instruction during her time as a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. As a result, she pursued and earned a doctorate in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, Wintre holds a B.A. with high distinction in African American and African Studies and a B.A. in Government from the University of Virginia. Her teaching philosophy is that learning should not only be rigorous, engaging, and responsive to individual students, but also fun and exciting.
Brian Kors (High School History, Writing, SAT (Verbal/Writing) Tutor and College Admission Essay Coach) has been teaching high school history and social studies since 2006, with three years in a Massachusetts public school and four years at a Philadelphia independent school. Over the years he has taught U.S. History, World History, Law and Comparative Government, and he has tutored many students in history and writing, as well as helping with time management and organizational skills. He is available to work with students to improve their research and writing skills, whether for short essays or long research papers, and is also eager to help students who are struggling with content and time management in their history courses. Additionally, Brian has worked closely with ESL students for the past four years. Brian has a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an M.A.T. from Boston University.
Soo Lee (Elementary and Middle School Math Tutor, Reading/Writing Skills Tutor, Organizational and Study Skills Tutor, and Standardized Test Prep Tutor) graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2010. Afterwards, she went right into a combined certification and masters program for elementary education at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated in 2011. She taught 4th grade at various charter schools for several years, becoming a math specialist before beginning her work as a 5th grade teacher at an independent school in Philadelphia. She has had experience tutoring a wide range of ages and subjects, from developing early reading skills, to SAT prep. Both in and out of the classroom, Soo likes to focus on helping students develop solid and adaptable work habits and problem solving skills. She believes that creating a safe, rigorous and exciting learning environment is key to cultivating lifelong learners.
Sarah Lynch (Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics Tutor) graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S. in Environmental Biology and from Temple University with a M.Ed in Secondary Science Education. She teaches biology at a Philadelphia-based high school and has many years of tutoring experience. She believes that patience is important because it allows students to process their thoughts. While teaching and tutoring, she has found that students work best by working through the material and practicing content consistently.
Carolanne Mitchell (Elementary and Middle School Reading Specialist and Writing Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in January 2012 with her M.S.Ed. in reading, writing, and literacy. She is a certified Reading Specialist and has been working with children and young adults as an after-school teacher, camp counselor, and tutor for ten years. She specializes in reading comprehension strategies and helping reluctant readers find books that they enjoy reading. She has also helped students through the writing process and uses writing to enrich reading experiences.
Hal Morra (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, Math, and Organizational Skills Tutor/ SSAT/ISEE, SAT/ACT Tutor) is a 4th grade teacher at a local Philadelphia private school. He has a Master’s in Education from Temple University and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University. Prior to teaching, Hal worked in Equatorial Guinea, West Africa, where he was the on-site director for a primate preservation program. He has tutored students of all ages in the 2nd-12th grade range and has experience with many different learning styles.
Alison Mosier-Mills (Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, Science, Math, and History Tutor, MCAT Prep Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) is a graduate of Yale University currently studying medicine at Harvard Medical School. She enjoys helping students with reading, writing, history, college essays, MCAT content and study strategies, time management and organization, as well as math and science. While in college, she won awards in writing and history, and after graduating, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct public health research in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has tutored young children and teenagers in a variety of settings over the past five years, and looks forward to working with additional students. In her free time, she enjoys reading and attending theater.
Cassandra Ogbevire (Elementary, Middle and High School Reading, Writing, Organizational Skills, Social Studies Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) is dedicated to ensuring that students develop the necessary academic and social skills to become well-informed global citizens. She has extensive experience working with diverse learners of all ages (elementary-aged to young adult) in traditional and nontraditional educational spaces to strengthen their reading, writing, time-management/organization, and research skills. Cassandra’s teaching philosophy is rooted in helping students make meaningful connections during classroom instruction and becoming confident in their critical-thinking abilities. Cassandra graduated with honors from Spelman College where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and received her Reading Specialist certification through the University of Pennsylvania.
Angela Patini (Middle and High School Mathematics Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Mathematics, and she is currently pursuing a Masters in Computer and Information Technology at Penn. She has been a teaching assistant for undergraduate calculus courses for about three years, in addition to tutoring calculus, and she is able to help students with a range of math topics from elementary school basics to high school and college-level calculus. Angela loves helping students with math because one of her favorite feelings is when something just clicks and she understands a problem, and she enjoys it just as much to watch others understand a concept that they previously couldn’t grasp.
Jennifer Phuong (Elementary, Middle and High School Reading, Writing and Organizational Skills Tutor and Elementary/Middle School Math Tutor) is a Philadelphia native and a current doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She has bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and French, after which she completed a master’s degree in secondary special education. She was a high school special education English Language Arts teacher for six years in New York City before beginning her studies as a Ph.D. student. Jennifer has extensive experience working in diverse schools and non-profit organizations as an instructor, tutor, classroom assistant, and after-school program leader, working with a large variety of students based on ability and language background. In these different capacities, she has worked with students mainly on reading, writing, organizational skills, and English as a second language, as well as elementary/middle school math. She believes that developing strong connections is key to learning, and that learning should also be fun and rigorous.
Avery Price (Middle and High School Mathematics, Physics and SAT Subject Test Tutor) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BSE in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Robotics at Penn. She has worked as a lead teaching assistant for a small hands-on mechanical engineering course and enjoys tutoring high school math. Avery is able to help students in a range of math topics from algebra through calculus, as well as middle and high school physics courses. As a mechanical engineering student, Avery uses math and physics frequently in her work and studies, and she loves learning and teaching about the real-world applications of classroom math and physics.
Erica Rosenthal (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Tutor, SAT/ACT & GRE Tutor, and College Admission Essay Coach) is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program with her Master’s degree in Elementary Education. Prior to that, she earned Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago. She has worked in many elementary and middle schools in Pennsylvania and Chicago. For the past 3 years, she has worked for an education non-profit, where she taught debate and public speaking skills to elementary and middle schoolers, completely redid the curriculum, and managed 30 staff members. Her approach to teaching begins with a strong bond with the students and incorporates social justice and social-emotional learning into every lesson she teaches.
Nora Sullivan (Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing and Mathematics Tutor & College Admission Essay Coach) is currently an elementary school teacher and has been working with young learners for the past eight years. Her favorite subjects are reading, writing, math, and organizational & time management skills. She also loves assisting college applicants write standout essays. She received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Human Development from the University of Chicago and completed her Masters in teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Nora has worked with a wide range of learning styles, oftentimes incorporating goal-setting as a way to engage students in their own success and learning.
Martha Van Nuis (Middle and High School Reading, Writing and History Tutor, College Admission Essay Coach, Organizational Skills Coach and Elementary/Middle School Mathematics Tutor) taught grades three through twelve over a twenty-seven year career in a Philadelphia independent school, where she also served as department chair for the English and Visual and Performing Arts Departments. A flexible and creative tutor, she has helped students navigate the requirements for cross-curricular and project-based learning as well as those who struggle with essential text analysis and response. She has taught English language learners in grades six through twelve, working with them across the curriculum. She has TESOL/TESL/TEFL certification. Martha has graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in city planning and elementary education and a bachelor’s degree from Goucher College.
Lauren Ward (Elementary and Middle School Reading and High School French Tutor) earned her B.A. in French from Bryn Mawr College in 2003. She went on to earn a Master’s in French Studies from NYU and her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Lauren studied in France on three ocassions during her undergraduate and graduate studies. She taught English in primary schools as part of the Teaching Assistant Program in France and has also served as a French teacher at Concordia Language Villages. Lauren loves sharing her passion for the French language and culture with her students.
Annabel Zinn (Elementary and Middle School Math, Reading, Writing, and Social Studies Tutor) received her Master of Science in Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Allegheny College in 2015. She holds her teaching certificate in middle level (grades 4-8) English and Social Studies. In addition, she has worked as a Research Assistant for the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, assisting in projects that study the progression of how students learn major mathematical concepts, such as multiplicative thinking, proportional reasoning, and fractional understanding. Annabel recently worked at a charter school in North Philadelphia where she served in a variety of roles, including a 4th grade maternity substitute, upper elementary reading teacher, 5th grade writing teacher, and 7/8th grade social studies student teacher. During college, Annabel served as an Allegheny Volunteer Service Leader, working as a coordinator for the Martin Luther King Jr. Mentoring Program. She provided academic and social/emotional support to 7th/8th grade students at the local middle school, as well as organized and facilitated mentor hiring, field trips, and major program events. During college, Annabel also worked as a Teacher Fellow with the Breakthrough Collaborative Pittsburgh site where she taught small group 7th grade writing for an intensive 6 week summer program. Annabel believes that improving the ability to communicate and understand language is one of the best ways to strengthen a student’s confidence and voice.