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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. Her clients have been accepted to these colleges.
Alana – Math, Statistics & 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. Alana has worked in market research and as a staff accountant for S & P Financial Services. Instead of pursuing her original goal of a job in finance, Alana's interest in teaching has led her to apply to graduate schools for a doctorate in education. She joined our team in 2016 and tutors middle school, high school and college math, AP statistics, and test prep, including SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE and HSPT. Her hobbies include fantasy football, reading, and volunteering.
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
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.
Tom – SAT & ACT Prep, Math & AP Chemistry
Tom is very passionate about all things math. He has several years experience tutoring math and chemistry at the high school and college levels, including AP chemistry and AP calculus. Tom holds a B.S. from MIT and is currently taking graduate-level math classes at Boston University. A skilled composer and a collaborative pianist affiliated with New England Conservatory, MIT, and Tufts University, Tom is also a USCF rated expert chess player and teacher. Prior to joining our team, Tom tutored for a national tutoring company for two years. Tom only works with students by Skype.