Our tutors have the background and expertise that set us apart from other companies, so you can be assured that you are getting the best academic assistance available.

Lisa Gelman, Ph.D., CEP – College Counseling 

Lisa holds a B.A. from Smith College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2002, Lisa has helped hundreds of students navigate the college admissions process and write application essays that get results. She strives to alleviate the pressure that high school students and parents face as students apply to colleges. As a Certified Educational Planner and a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Lisa regularly attends conferences and seminars to learn about the latest trends in education and college admissions. Here's a list of colleges Lisa has visited recently. Her clients have been accepted to these colleges


Alana – Math, Statistics, SAT & ACT Test Prep

While earning a B.S. in mathematics from Boston University, Alana tutored student-athletes one-on-one throughout her four years there. It is rare for the University to grant this position to an incoming freshman, but armed with a solid foundation in math and the maturity and personality to handle the job, it made an exception. Alana also served as a resident assistant overseeing 400 students. She is currently working on a Master's in education. She joined our team in 2016 and tutors high school and college math, AP calculus and statistics, and test prep, including SAT, ACT and Subject Tests. Her hobbies include fantasy football, reading, and volunteering.  

Shannon - Math, Science, SAT & ACT Prep

Shannon is a graduate of Yale University where she played varsity soccer and received the Soccer Captain's Cup. Among her academic achievements, she was a National Merit Scholar Finalist and the winner of the Math and Science Capstone project.  She is currently works as a research coordinator in a study examining the effects of repetitive head impacts in living people and is interested in pursuing a career in medicine. Her interests include exercising, soccer and basketball, and reading historical fiction. Shannon enjoys working with a range of students, including student athletes.

Claire - Reading, Writing, Math, SAT, SSAT & ISEE Test Prep

Claire graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in psychology and from Boston College with a M.A. in school counseling psychology. She has taught and tutored students in a variety of subjects and roles since 2009. Claire enjoys yoga and meditation, spending time with her family, and renovating her new home.

Corey - English, History, Study Skills, ISEE, SSAT, & HSPT Prep

Corey graduated Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University with a B.A. in corporate communication studies and a minor in Asian studies. As an undergraduate, she studied Japanese and completed her pilot’s license. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with M.A. in special needs education while teaching and tutoring English, math, science and history at the high school level and is currently a high school English teacher. In her free time, she enjoys running and boxing.

Jo Ann – Biology, Chemistry, Test Prep & Study Skills

Jo Ann has over 25 years' experience teaching and holding administrative positions including director of science and health in the Waltham public school system.  Along with a B.S. in biology, Jo Ann earned a law degree from Suffolk University and an M.S. from Tufts University. Joining our team in 2013, Jo Ann specializes in SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, ACT English, Reading and Science, biology, chemistry, the SAT biology and chemistry subject tests, and ISEE, SSAT and HSPT prep..

Janina – Test Prep, Study Skills & AP Biology

Janina graduated from Boston University, where she majored in religion and minored in public health and took many science courses. She is also holds a M.A. in public health at Tufts University.  She was an intern and is currently an educator for One Heart Source, a humanitarian organization combatting poverty, disease, and illiteracy. She has tutored students since 2010 and has been a Big Sister Association volunteer since 2011. Janina enjoys reading, playing the guitar, and singing in a gospel choir. Since 2015, Janina has helped our students with SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT and HSPT prep, organization and study skills and school subjects. 

Steven – SAT & ACT Prep, Math & Economics

Along with a B.A. from Harvard University in economics and a Master’s in education from Cambridge College, Steven has years of teaching experience at both the middle school and high school levels. While an undergraduate, he tutored students in economics while still finding time to volunteer with an inner city afterschool program in Boston. Steven joined Apt Tutoring in 2011. He is a devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and the Texas Longhorns.  He also enjoys jogging and comedy movies. Steven graduated from Boston College High School. He is the father of a young son.

Sally – Admissions Essays, English, History & Study skills

Sally received her B.A. in Russian Studies from Illinois State University. After spending time traveling in Russia and Europe after college, she earned a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate from St. Michael's College. As a volunteer for adult basic education in rural Vermont, Sally had the opportunity to work with Bosnian refugees, Chinese immigrants and women with children transitioning off of welfare. These experiences inspired her to earn her master of education degree from the University of Vermont where she went on to teach high school social studies and English.  Additionally, she taught several ESL classes and remedial reading for young students. With a total of 15 years in education (eight of them as a classroom teacher), Sally has dedicated her professional life to improving the lives of others. She joined Apt Tutoring in 2010. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband, bird watching, flower gardening, and drinking good coffee.