Teachers first.
High scorers second.

The first thing we look for in potential Veritas Prep SAT and ACT instructors is proof that they are amazing teachers. We also require that they have scored in the top 1% of all test takers. We demand this level of mastery because our test prep courses do not merely teach superficial tricks that only work on basic problems. Rather, we teach the strategies that lead to the highest scores on the real SAT and ACT, and our instructors can show students at any level how to master this test.

The best students choose Veritas Prep.
So do the best teachers.

While Veritas Prep attracts the most ambitious students, the best ACT and SAT instructors in the world also choose us over the competition and love teaching for us for three main reasons:

Curriculum

Smart instructors love teaching a smart curriculum, and our methodology is the most sophisticated of those from all the national providers.

Technology

With live online help, recorded classes in the cloud, and adaptive technology, every student stays on track and in close contact with his instructor – even from home.

Students

When you attract students looking to score in the top 10%, the classroom becomes a lively, engaging, and motivating setting for both students and instructors.
“The highest praise we can receive is ‘my instructor was the best teacher I’ve ever had’ so we make every effort to hear that from every student. We treat great teachers like royalty, paying the highest rates in the industry and providing the most comprehensive training and support possible so that our instructors have every resource and reason they need to maximize your score.”

Brian Galvin - Vice President of Academics

Meet the Veritas Prep SAT and ACT instructor team:

Millin Sekhon, U. of Miami, perfect 2400 SAT

Millin was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, where she graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and a 2400 SAT score. She was a National Merit finalist and a Presidential Scholars candidate, as well as a member of the English Honor Society, and National Honor Society. Currently, she attends the Honors Accelerated Medical Program at University of Miami with a full scholarship. This prestigious program enables students to combine their fourth year of undergraduate studies and their first year of medical school, completing both BS and MD degrees in seven years. Millin has traveled all over the world, from Africa to Europe to India, learning about many different cultures along the way. Because her father’s side of the family resides in India, she has spent a lot of time there, including several months of her elementary school education and, in her teenage years, weeks observing medical procedures and treatments. Aside from traveling, Millin has a strong passion for creating award-winning art ( particularly oil and acrylic paintings) and for English literature and poetry. In addition, she has a keen interest in pediatrics and tutoring young children. Lastly, she greatly enjoys helping her fellow students with the academic subjects that she has mastered after years of perfecting her study habits and learning strategies.

Terry Ding, Harvard, perfect 2400 SAT, perfect 36 ACT

Terry was born in Boston, but attended kindergarten in Beijing, elementary school in Australia, and high school in Hong Kong, before finally coming full circle to return to Boston to matriculate at Harvard University. From an early age, he developed a deep love of mathematics, logic, and problem solving, and this passion culminated in a BA in applied mathematics and economics in 2011. He discovered the joys of teaching while working as a tutor in high school, and has been sharing his love for many different academic fields with students ever since. He won awards for his work as a calculus teaching assistant with the Harvard Math Department during college, and since graduation, has been working as a high school math teacher in Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity, he has led his students to an average ACT score improvement unprecedented in the high school’s history. At Veritas Prep, Terry helps students conquer the SAT in order to open any and all doors leading to future success.

Megan Yan, U. Penn, perfect 2400 SAT, perfect 36 ACT

Megan was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. She attends the University of Pennsylvania where she is earning two degrees: a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences. A National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and an IB veteran, she has taken her fair share (and then some) of standardized tests and aims to make the process less stressful for others. She believes in and is passionate about giving students the tools to feel confident and unafraid in test situations as well as other aspects of life!

Cynthia Wang, Princeton, perfect 2400 SAT

Cynthia was born and raised in San Jose, California before moving to New Jersey to attend Princeton University. She graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and a certificate in global health and health policy. Her favorite subject to teach on the SAT is the critical reading section, and hopes that her guidance will not only help students improve their analytical skills, but also inspire them to pursue diverse and challenging content to read outside of their test prep work. Cynthia is currently involved in biomedical research in Boston while preparing to apply to medical school. Cynthia spends her free time at the local climbing gym and volunteering at a women’s shelter.

Jonathan Er, Columbia, perfect 2400 SAT, perfect 36 ACT

Jon was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and grew up on both sides of the border. In high school, he was a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and class valedictorian. After a memorable sojourn in upstate New York, he moved to the city to attend Columbia University, where he currently studies political science, philosophy, and English. Jon volunteers on campus as an academic tutor and college admissions coach. Devoted to sharing knowledge and helping students succeed, he is excited to further these pursuits with Veritas Prep. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, sampling food trucks, and watching Jeopardy! Jon is one of the rare instructors in the world who has perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.

Julio Wasserman, Pomona, perfect 2400 SAT

Julio Sharp-Wasserman graduated from Pomona College, in California, in 2013. At Pomona, he studied political philosophy and classical Greek and spent most of his time writing about politics for student publications. He wrote his thesis about moral pluralism. Julio now lives in Boston, where he works as an SAT and ACT tutor, freelance politics writer, and performing singer-songwriter. Teaching is and will continue to be a big part of Julio’s life. His plans for the future are to work at a charter school in Boston and afterward pursue a PhD in political science, while tutoring at the same time. Ultimately, he would like to be an academic.

Geena Chen, Stanford, perfect 2400 SAT

Geena was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but grew up in the Greater Boston area. There she developed a great love for long-distance running and bike touring, piano playing, learning about others, and working at the local bike shop. Before matriculating at Stanford University she took a year off to do some non-institutional learning and growing. Over the course of her gap year, she lived in China and New York City, consistently teaching SAT prep and traveling as often as possible. At Stanford, she is still undecided on a major, and meanwhile enjoys writing and performing poetry with the Spoken Word Collective and exploring the wide open spaces with friends. During the summer, she can be found building bikes at the Campus Bike Shop and during the year working for the Sustainable Food Program for Stanford Dining. She has enjoyed tutoring the SAT as well as other academic subjects for many years and always looks forward to meeting many great people in the process.

Alex Wu, University of Pennsylvania, perfect 2400 SAT

Alex was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in the suburbs. He graduated as salutatorian of his high school and is currently attending the University of Pennsylvania with a desired focus in economics and international affairs. Alex enjoys working with kids and is passionate about community outreach. In Alex’s free time, he enjoys grilling, mini golfing, and attending concerts with friends. Additionally, he loves to travel, and would like to one day be able to say that he has visited every single continent. As an SAT tutor at Veritas Prep, Alex hopes to make this process an easier and more positive experience for others so that they, too, can fulfill their aspirations.

Shreya Zaveri, University of Pennsylvania, perfect 2400 SAT

Shreya grew up in two bustling cities: Mumbai and Dubai, and now calls a third, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home. She graduated from high school in Dubai as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA and perfect 2400 SAT, and is now a student at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for education stems from her two volunteer trips teaching children in Africa and India, as well as tutoring special needs and at-risk teens at home. She also spent a month providing volunteer business consulting to a local NGO in Turkey. She adores travel, and exploring new places and new experiences, and can often be found exploring the Philly restaurant scene (vegetarian only!) or trying out new extra-curriculars (line dancing, anyone?). She is extremely interested in startup culture, law, social entrepreneurship and impact, and is considering majoring in a related field. She loves the wealth of options open to her, and is excited to help students conquer the SAT so that they, too, can see a future full of possibility.

Jake Davidson, USC, 99th percentile SAT

Jake was born and raised in the Los Angeles, enjoying the sunny skies so much that he stayed put for college. He currently attends the University of Southern California, studying both Accounting and Law, History, and Culture. Jake is a Mork Family Scholar at USC and enjoys writing for the school paper as well as participating in various clubs. In his free time, he enjoys reading and writing as well as playing, watching, and coaching basketball and football. He has been tutoring privately since the age of 15 and is incredibly excited to help students succeed on the SAT. Jake enjoyed taking the test and wants to help others experience a similar feeling with the SAT.

Malika Flanagan, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

Malika was born in San Diego, California but later lived in Austin, San Juan, and now Cambridge. In high school, she was your stereotypical math nerd: Captain of the math team, winner of various math competitions, and a perfect SAT math score by 16. She was also a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, a Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist, and got into MIT a year early. Besides math, Malika’s other life-long passion is teaching. She began in high school by teaching English as a Second Language to underprivileged elementary school students in Puerto Rico and by tutoring peers for the SAT Math Subject exams. Most recently, her passion for teaching took her to rural Nicaragua, where she taught financial literacy and basic math. Malika is thrilled to be continuing her teaching adventures with Veritas Prep. At MIT, Malika is majoring in Economics with minors in Management and Public Policy. She is an active member of the Undergraduate Economics Association, Smart Women Securities (an all female stock and investment education program), Sigma Kappa Sorority, and works part time as a research assistant for a Professor in MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Malika also loves running, yoga, pilates, and traveling.

Tim Dugan, University of Pennsylvania, 99th percentile SAT

As a sophomore in high school, Tim turned friendly homework help into a full-fledged tutoring service. He started teaching the SAT as soon as he received his score, most recently, a 2390. In his time at the University of Pennsylvania, Tim played lightweight football and studied History and Philosophy. He enjoys coaching youth sports and helping every student reach their “Aha!” moment. He is currently working on an app that snaps pictures of math problems and automatically explains them to students. On weekends, you can find him biking, whipping up fresh meals in the kitchen, or eating standardized tests for breakfast.

Danielle Kipnis, Northwestern, 99th percentile SAT

Danielle is a native New Yorker currently living in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she has had a voracious love for learning and teaching. She attended Northwestern University, where she majored in English and dance, and graduated summa cum laude. While in school, she completed a senior honors thesis with a focus on the role of women in three Shakespeare plays. Additionally, she studied English and theater abroad in London for a semester. At Northwestern, she founded the dance company, Steam Heat, for which she performed, choreographed, and produced several shows a year. Danielle continues to dance, choreograph, and satiate her love for teaching through both private and classroom-based academic tutoring and SAT prep.

Amanda Vu, USC, 99th percentile SAT

Since high school, a passion to possess knowledge and the desire to share it with others have sparked Amanda’s interest in studying the human brain. Currently studying neuroscience at the University of Southern California (USC), this SoCal native still aspires to unlock the secrets to the mind’s potential through cognitive neuroscience research. In the meantime, Amanda enjoys interacting with brains through teaching and developing science curriculum as a lab instructor at elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. In addition, Amanda uses the world as her classroom when teaching or studying, and has traveled to India, Italy, and Japan to achieve those ends. Amanda loves to be a pioneer, and her evolving passions have led her to create many enterprises, such as producing an annual charity fashion show and establishing a service organization for youth in her community. Amanda has successfully competed for more than $200,000 in scholarships and awards, which include earning distinction as a Coca Cola Scholar and receiving a full scholarship to USC. A perfect weekend for Amanda would include hiking, DIY-ing, baking, and turning the pages of the epic A Song of Fire and Ice series.

Clarissa Towle, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

Clarissa is a Materials Science & Engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her current research involves the development of a rapid de-icing system utilising solar thermal fuels. A National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with Distinction, Clarissa tutored throughout high school with the National and Spanish Honor Societies and throughout college with Veritas Prep. Clarissa has been involved with Girl Scouts since age 5, volunteering hundreds of hours, mentoring younger scouts, and earning her Gold Award at age 16. She is currently a leader and event organizer in her dorm government, a tour guide at MIT, and a teacher with MIT’s quirky Educational Studies Program. Avidly pursuing a minor in Applied International Studies, Clarissa has traveled across Perú, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and England with fellow students, and she spent the summer of 2014 conducting research in Barcelona, with a semester in Madrid on the horizon. She loves backpacking around the world, biking through Boston and Cambridge, learning Hindi and French, and dancing with MIT’s Dance Troupe. Clarissa is psyched to help her students excel in the academic world!

Courtney Tran, UC Berkeley, 99th percentile SAT and ACT

A Texas native raised in California, Courtney attends the University of California at Berkeley on a full scholarship to study political economy and rhetoric. In high school, she was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar, represented her district two years in a row in Public Forum Debate at the National Forensics League National Tournament, and was active in local politics, speaking against budget cuts and closings of Oakland public libraries. Her love of teaching was born in volunteer work: assisting her piano teacher, reading English and Spanish books to children at her local library, and offering academic tutoring at her high school. That interest soon evolved into privately teaching classical piano and spending a summer in an English-Chinese language immersion program in China, where she taught English and music courses. Outside of school and teaching, Courtney has earned music diplomas from the American College of Musicians and a brown belt in Bok-Fu, and composes music for the Linden Street Dance Company. Courtney enjoys ballroom dancing, Japanese food, playing guitar and alto saxophone, reading Calvin and Hobbes comics and the New York Times, and attending poetry slams.

Michelle Nguyen, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT

Born and raised in San Jose, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Michelle was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar in high school, and performed extensively as part of a chamber choir, symphonic band, and competitive color guard team. Michelle traversed several continents as an undergraduate before landing in Boston. Fascinated by other languages and cultures, Michelle studied Japanese and anthropology in her first year, Spanish and Vietnamese during a semester spent backpacking through Central America and Vietnam, and French at the University of Paris IV–La Sorbonne through an independent program. She fell in love with the city and decided to stay another year to become fluent in French, teaching English and modeling for an art and design school while also taking courses in the social sciences, which piqued her interest in entering a helping profession. Michelle is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Harvard with an interest in becoming a clinical social worker. A member of the Harvard Mediation Program, she mediates small claims at the Malden District Court and volunteers as a research assistant with the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She also enjoys dancing Argentine tango, performing with the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and attending cultural events of all kinds.

Sidhi Gosain, Brown, 99th percentile SAT and ACT

Sidhi was born in Brookfield, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. She was named a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar in high school and won the Cardinal Stritch piano festival as well as the Civic Music Association scholarship her senior year. A Classical Studies fanatic, Sidhi took first place in the Academic Decathlon and was named MVP of a Latin-based quiz bowl competition at the National Latin Convention. She went on to concentrate in Neuroscience at Brown University, where she was later inducted into the Sigma Xi honor society. Her first summer of college, Sidhi became a branch manager for Ivy Insiders, a program which allowed students to set up their own mini-tutoring companies. She was ecstatic to witness her help result in an average ACT score boost of 6 points for her students. Later in college, she also tutored for BRYTE, a student-led program which pairs undergraduate tutors with refugees from Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. While she is currently pursuing a film career in both acting and production in Los Angeles, Sidhi is excited to keep tutoring students to beat standardized tests!

Dheeraj Ravi, Swarthmore, 99th percentile SAT

Dheeraj received a wonderful international education, growing up in India, Romania, Russia, and Singapore. He first came to the United States to study at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania). He actively participated in many cultural clubs, played on the men’s volleyball team, hosted his own radio show, directed short films, and contacted bands to come rock out at Swarthmore! His first experiences with education involved volunteering as an after-school helper at a low-income middle school in Chester, Pennsylvania, and working with gifted students at Johns Hopkins CTY summer program as a resident and teaching assistant. These endeavors helped Dheeraj decide on his first job as a high school math teacher in Philadelphia. His math background now serves him well at his current job as a business analyst. He thoroughly dedicates himself to tutoring students on weeknights and weekends. When he’s not educating the future CEOs of the world, Dheeraj loves to read, especially Russian literature and creative non-fiction psychology and economics. He is an avid follower of films, and particularly likes Asian thrillers and European art-house flicks. Sports has been a constant throughout his life, where he captained his high school basketball and soccer teams, and now plays competitively in New York leagues.

David Greenslade, UNC, 99th percentile SAT

David hails from the great state of North Carolina, where the tea is sweet, and the people are sweeter. David’s interest in teaching began while tutoring underrepresented populations during his time at the University of North Carolina, where he fell in love with teaching and realized the transformative impact of caring and knowledgeable guidance for those who want to achieve at the highest level. David continued working with diverse groups of people when he traveled to Spain during his senior year and was part of an organization that facilitated language-exchange classes between foreign and native Spanish students. After receiving a degree in biology, David’s continued desire to learn and teach in new and exciting contexts was rewarded with a fellowship through Princeton in Asia to teach English and study Mandarin at the Dalian University of Technology in Dong Bei, China. When David is not translating signs in Chinatown for his own amusement, he is involved with improv comedy and acting for the stage, which has taken him all over the country as a performer and a teacher. David has won numerous honors for his regional work in North Carolina and was featured in the DSI Comedy Festival, the Del Close Marathon, and the Implosion Comedy festival, and is currently the three-on-three champion at the UCB theater’s Friday Night Improv Challenge. David loves his family as well as his dogs, and if you put them together, he is in heaven.

Eric Fischer, UCLA, 99th percentile SAT

Eric Fischer graduated cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a 3.93 GPA. As UCLA has an exceptional analytic philosophy program, one that emphasizes formal logic and an analysis of language to refine arguments, Eric focused his studies primarily on the philosophy of language and logic. During this time, he also became avidly involved in tutoring the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and subjects such as mathematics, physics, logic, and Spanish. As a private tutor and an instructor for 4 years for various top-notch education companies in Los Angeles, Eric advanced his teaching abilities and especially his knowledge of the SAT and ACT. For the better part of one academic year, he also studied at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid as part of an Education Abroad Program. In Spain, he became fluent in written and spoken Spanish and moreover realized the tremendous value of living in a foreign country. With a keen interest for language, culture, and exposing oneself to new experiences, Eric considers traveling an intellectual journey. On that note, he loves visiting beach cities and other places with natural attractions.

Akila Kadambi, UC San Diego, 99th percentile SAT

Born and brought up in California, Akila is a California native who will never leave! Currently, Akila is a student at the University of California, San Diego pursuing a degree in cognitive science with an emphasis in neuroscience/computing and a minor in marine science. She loves getting involved with a variety of service organizations in college, loves to garden, and, most of all, loves teaching! Akila has worked with kids from a variety of different ages and loves to share her strategies to do well on the SAT with other students. Akila is excited to be working for the best test prep company ever and to be helping her students succeed!

James Ma, Purdue/UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Hailing from Carmel, Indiana, James was an AP National Scholar and a member of National Honor Society in high school. He then went on to attend Purdue University, where he majored in economics and philosophy, and minored in math and political science. During his four years at Purdue, he was involved in a variety of roles on campus, including serving as a member of the Directors’ Advisory Board for the Honors Program, being VP of Technology for the School of Management Ambassadors, and holding a teaching assistantship in the economics department. During summers, he interned with Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy in Washington, DC, and OneAmerica in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a junior, James was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated with distinction and honors, and was awarded Outstanding Senior in Economics, Outstanding Senior in Philosophy, and the Alan C Hess Award for Excellence in Economics. James is now pursuing a PhD in economics at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his responsibilities as a student and a teaching assistant, James tutors students in a variety of courses. In his free time, James enjoys camping, playing board games, and watching cerebral movies.

Timothy Smartt, UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Born and bred in Australia, Tim moved to Houston, Texas, during his sophomore year of high school. While participating in debate and studying hard for college placement tests, he spent numerous hours immersing himself in everything great that Texas has to offer, including perpetually amazing weather, Tex-Mex, and barbecue. After graduation from high school, he started pursuing a degree in economics and psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. In Austin, Tim has expanded his previously mentioned list of favorite food items by adding cupcakes from food trailers and tacos from Austin restaurants. He has been active in research, volunteering as a research assistant at a few psychology laboratories, serving as editor-in-chief of his university’s undergraduate research journal, and writing a thesis for his university’s psychology honors program. At this time, Tim is especially sympathetic to those studying for standardized tests, as he is presently studying for the LSAT, and hopes to enter law school after graduation.

Jeff Ostrove, University of Washington, 99th percentile SAT

Jeff was born in Seattle, Washington, and liked it so much he attended the University of Washington, from where he recently graduated Phi Beta Kappa with departmental honors in political science. He was first exposed to teaching through musical theater, but during college he realized he loved teaching academic subjects as well. Since graduating, he has turned his energies toward test preparation, and is very excited to have the opportunity to help students beat the SAT. When not helping find the credited response, Jeff plays piano and designs board games. He is happy whenever he’s problem solving, and he is delighted to help students solve the SAT.

Lalita Singhasri, UCLA and Columbia, 99th percentile SAT

Lalita had the privilege of living on three different continents in 2009, spending more than a month each in Asia, Europe, and North America. Growing up bilingual as a Thai-American in Los Angeles, she learned early on to experiment with mixing different languages. In high school, she began a lifelong love affair with philosophy, the humanities, and intellectual exploration. While earning her bachelor’s degree at UCLA in American literature and culture, Lalita also took intermediate Thai, which afforded her the opportunity to participate in the Advanced Study of Thai summer program at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. During her undergrad years, she also spent a summer studying “Multiculturalism in Hawai’i” (through UCLA’s Asian American Studies Department) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She then got to fulfill her lifelong dream of living in New York City when she was accepted to the prestigious English and Comparative Literature program at Columbia University, where she earned her MA while being enthralled by the ideas of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault. Since that time, Lalita has gone on to earn certificates from Le Cours de Langue etCivilisation de la Sorbonne and TEFL Paris. Teaching has been Lalita’s longtime passion, and she has more than a decade of experience tutoring and teaching various academic subjects, including standardized tests, Thai language, ESL, Asian-American studies, and university writing. Most recently, she has spent two years as a Thai Town foodie tour guide, four years as a lecturer at Cal State University, Northridge, and three years as a literacy program volunteer for the Los Angeles Public Library.

Beau Borrero, Yale, 99th percentile SAT

Beau is a Connecticut Yankee and professional musician currently living in New Mexico. During his senior year in high school, Beau enrolled in an SAT prep course and improved his SAT score by more than 300 points. He was immediately hired as an instructor and taught for more than 10 years. Beau has experienced firsthand what a great SAT teacher can do for a motivated student, and he has a true passion for teaching students how to smack down the SAT. While at Yale University, Beau played drums and sang in various funk bands, majored in Latin and Greek literature, ran the New York Times distribution service for the Yale campus, taught the SAT, and rowed on the Yale Crew – winning the 1992 National Championship and traveling to England to row in the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta. When he is not teaching the SAT, Beau can usually be found playing music or floating down a river with a fly rod, in search of the mythical Troutzilla.

Ben Hardee, UT Austin, 99th percentile SAT

Ben was born in Austin, Texas, and, apart from short stints in Spain and upstate New York, has lived there all his life. Ben graduated from the University of Texas (UT) with degrees in mechanical engineering and government. He is currently in graduate school for political science at UT. Ben felt a vocational calling to teach after spending a summer working at a math and science camp for middle-school–aged students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. He has tutored the SAT for three years. In his free time, Ben enjoys playing recreational tennis, following professional tennis, learning new things, and communing with the architects of modern liberal democracy.

Gabriel Neustadt, Harvard, 99th percentile SAT and ACT

Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Gabriel graduated from Harvard University with an honors degree in English. There, he was selected to write a creative thesis in playwriting, and he continues to see his plays performed at small theaters around the country. As an undergraduate, Gabriel taught a weekly civics class to middle school students, ran a successful campaign for Massachusetts state representative, and was active in other statewide political campaigns. He also served as communications director of the Institute of Politics, one of Harvard’s largest student organizations. When he’s not helping students tackle the SAT, Gabriel leads post-production on a documentary web series he directed in Israel and the West Bank, and he looks forward to a life of creating socially conscious movies and plays. Some of Gabriel’s favorite memories include living off the grid in Chilean Patagonia, strolling through Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum, exploring Jerusalem, and jumping (safely) off a cliff in Dubrovnik.

Erin Hickey, Georgetown, 99th percentile SAT

Erin is a graduate of Georgetown University with a bachelor’s and master’s in English. Erin taught high school English in New York for four years and seventh-grade humanities in Washington, DC. She is currently working in academic affairs at the George Washington University. She has previously tutored SAT and ACT, as well as reading and writing skills for students of all ages in K–12. In her free time, she likes to bike and run around DC, watch movies, and try out new restaurants. She is excited to be working with students to help them achieve their goals.

Jack Goergen, Northwestern, 99th percentile ACT

Jack has been a coach for seven years, a camp counselor for six years, and a tutor for five years. Every time he sees a student’s face fill with pure happiness, he is reminded of why he loves teaching. Jack’s favorite aspect of being an educator is the moment he sees it “click” for a student. He truly believe there is no better feeling than watching a student’s face beam with joy when they grasp a concept, figure out a problem, or overcome a challenge. He loves helping Veritas Prep students reach their ACT goals!

Christina Curlette, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

A native of Georgia, Christina currently attends Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she is studying mathematics with computer science. She is a copy editor for The Tech, MIT’s student-run newspaper, president of the German Club, and an active member of the Society of Women Engineers. She also serves as an associate advisor, working alongside a faculty member to help freshmen navigate their first year of college. In high school, Christina was a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, and valedictorian of her class, and outside of the classroom, she was an accomplished pianist and top-scorer on the math team, among other extracurricular interests. Christina tutored math through her school’s National Honor Society, in addition to informally tutoring students in several other subjects and advising peers on the college application process. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, watching movies, and trying new restaurants.

Aidan Bevacqua, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

Aidan is a computer science student from Atlanta, Georgia, who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He currently works part-time as an undergraduate researcher with the Fluid Interfaces group in the MIT Media Lab. He’s interested in front-end web development (user interface design and implementation) and machine learning. He has studied classical piano for 12 years, and continues to practice today when he finds the time. In high school, he was a National Merit Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction who enjoyed tutoring his peers through the school’s National Honor Society. He successfully completed 15 AP courses during high school, earning top scores of five in math and science subjects. He participated in his school’s math team throughout high school, helping the team place highly in numerous regional and national competitions. He also studied French for several years, and visited France and Spain in a cultural immersion program with fellow students. In his spare time, he works for MIT’s student-run newspaper, The Tech, as a copy editor.

Neil Chakravarty, 99th percentile SAT

Neil was born in Seattle, Washington (“the Rainy City”), but grew up in the nearby suburb of Newcastle. In high school, Neil joined his school’s student government program and was eventually elected ASB President for his senior year. Outside of academics, Neil enjoys camping, student leadership, and getting froyo (frozen yogurt) with friends. Within his school, Neil has worked with and tutored dozens of students in a variety of subjects. As someone who has practiced his way to success on the SAT, Neil is eager to help others do the same with the knowledge and experience he has accumulated over time. In his approach to teaching, Neil believes that it is important to get to know students on a personal level before tackling those students’ academic objectives.

Andrew Gilbert, Northeastern University, 99th percentile SAT

Andrew was born in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. He grew up in the District and in its Maryland suburbs before moving to the Boston, Massachusetts, area to attend Northeastern University on a full scholarship. Currently dual-majoring in mathematics and economics, he has a wide variety of interests that include learning languages, traveling, snowboarding, and living life to the fullest. He first began tutoring in high school, helping students at local middle and high schools with their math coursework. After starting college, he volunteered weekly teaching civics at Boston high schools before joining Veritas Prep to teach students how to duplicate his success on the SAT.

Rita Pearson, Georgetown University, 99th percentile SAT

Rita grew up in the countryside of Northern California, where she spent her childhood exploring old redwood forests and reading beneath California oak trees. As she grew older, her adventurous nature took hold, and she began to backpack all over the world, learning Portuguese and Spanish, and working as a teacher in low-income communities in North and South America. Her passion for education intensified during her four years in college, culminating in a three-month trip to Somalia to research women’s health and education. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in science, technology, and international relations, and she is enjoying decompressing after a decade and a half defined primarily by academic institutions. She still loves reading, and has become very invested in writing both fictional short-stories and non-fiction essays. She keeps long lists of new words she encounters when reading (which comes in handy when teaching the reading and writing portions of the SAT) and she is determined to impart that habit on all of her students.

Reilly Lorastein, Bowdoin College, 99th percentile SAT

Reilly received her bachelor’s degree with honors in Africana studies and history from Bowdoin College in 2013. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she spent the summer of 2012 conducting independent research on racial identity formation in Lima and Cuzco, Peru. That same summer she also traveled to Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa, to research prison literature during apartheid in South Africa. Her honors thesis, completed in spring 2013, ultimately looked specifically at prison literature produced through a program of higher education within San Quentin State Prison. Her goal was to define the conventions of the New Prison Literature produced within the past two decades, and the contemporary “incarcerated experience” as a subject position that intersects with race, class, gender, and sexuality. In addition to her written thesis, Reilly also produced and performed in a live show that integrated the original poetry of incarcerated people, dance, and live music. Reilly is currently pursuing a career in the performance arts.

Rebecca Kuang, Georgetown University, 99th percentile SAT

Rebecca was born in Guangzhou, China, but grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. In high school, she was a National Merit Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and a champion Lincoln-Douglas debater, ranked number one in the country by the National Debate Coaches Association after winning two national championships and the Texas state tournament. Her love for debate found her teaching communication, writing, research, and argumentative skills at summer debate institutes across the country, including the University of North Texas and the University of California, Los Angeles. She interned at the office of Texas State Representative Eric Johnson and now works as a debate coach for her alma mater, the Greenhill School. She is currently studying international politics at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she is on the staff of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Brian Tracz, Boston College, 99th percentile SAT

Brian graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors from Boston College with a bachelor’s of science in biology and philosophy. With the help of his SAT performance, he was awarded Boston College’s Presidential Scholarship; the university’s full-tuition academic scholarship given to 15 incoming freshmen. His initial interest in classical piano performance was soon eclipsed by neuroscience and philosophy, and he worked for more than two years in a neuro-immunology lab, in which he wrote his senior thesis on conceptual issues in neuroscience. Brian flew across the pond to Germany during the 2012–13 school year to teach English at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, where he independently developed the syllabi used for his courses. In 2013, he began his PhD in philosophy at the sunny University of California, San Diego, where he hopes to specialize in philosophy of perception, cognitive theory, and Germanic philosophy. Between Tuesday crosswords, Brian enjoys table tennis, Mahler’s symphonies, hiking, and gastronomy.

Kyra Douglas, MIT, 99th percentile SAT

A native of the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, Kyra devoted most of her high school career to academics, peer tutoring, and running. She was a National Merit Scholar finalist, a member of the National Honor Society, and a captain of her cross-country team. Now that she attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), she decided to major in environmental engineering. Kyra is a member of the Undergraduate Association Committee on Sustainability, specifically managing a project to create a community garden on campus. She also coordinates an after school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) program for middle-schoolers at the Cambridge Community Center, where she develops and implements a curriculum to not only teach the kids material, but to show them that STEM subjects can be and are fun. Additionally, Kyra is the class of 2016 chair for the Underclassman Giving Campaign, working to raise money for other MIT students to do community service projects abroad. In general, Kyra very much enjoys helping others learn and this is shown through her continuous efforts in education, which began in the early days of helping her mom – a high school mathematics teacher – grade papers. As much as she loves MIT and the Boston area, the idea of going home always thrills Kyra because then she gets to see her cats – all six (yes, six) of them.

Cambrian Thomas-Adams, Yale University, 99th percentile SAT

Cambrian is a Deerfield, Massachusetts, native living in Los Angeles, California. He recent graduated cum laude from Yale, with distinction in the theater studies major. Cambrian is an actor, writer, and playwright. He also loves speaking Italian, large dogs, cooking with unhealthy levels of spice, and watching movies by the Coen Brothers. Cambrian grew up inspired by two excellent teachers – his father, who teaches English at Deerfield Academy, and his mother, who teaches first grade – and therefore is happy to be able to continue this heritage by helping students tackle the SAT.

Stephanie Eng, Columbia University, 99th percentile SAT

Stephanie graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Spanish and Latin American cultures and a concentration in chemistry. She also completed the university’s pre-medical track, which entails extensive coursework in physics, biology, and chemistry. While at Columbia, she received a grant to work as a research assistant for the department of immunology at the Columbia University Medical Center, as well as worked as an organic chemistry tutor for the chemistry department. In addition, she studied Spanish literature at the University of Barcelona in Spain. Stephanie recently returned from the Dominican Republic, where she had been working for a non-profit organization in communities throughout the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, working to implement community-based projects that foster infrastructure development, youth leadership, and cultural exchange. An experienced classroom teacher and individual tutor, Stephanie believes that the way to master standardized exams is by offering students personalized attention and a customized study plan, along with humor and an engaging way to teach the material. While not tutoring, Stephanie loves to run, travel, watch Modern Family, eat strange foods, and practice Spanish.

Sara Laszlo, Duke University, 99th percentile SAT

Sara grew up in San Diego, California, but moved to the east coast to attend Duke University on a full scholarship, where she studied classics, art history, and music. She graduated summa cum laude in 2010. After working in arts administration for two years, Sara decided to return to school and pursue a career as an opera singer. She completed a Certificate of Merit in classical voice at the New England Conservatory, and now lives in New York City. Sara loves helping students conquer the SAT and is thrilled to work for Veritas Prep.

Geoff Caveney, Yale, 99th percentile SAT

Geoffrey Caveney is a Yale University graduate and a tutor with 10 years experience of proven success in helping young people achieve their goals and exceed their expectations. Whether he is tutoring trigonometry, coaching a high school chess team, or teaching after-school classes, Geoffrey knows how to relate to young people and explain concepts in a way they can understand. Geoffrey’s positive approach and ability to create a fun learning atmosphere are key to helping his students achieve success and meet and exceed their goals. He knows how to bring out the best results in his students with an approach that never stresses them out. Geoffrey has earned the respect and admiration of all the schools, foundations, students and parents with whom he has worked, from Harlem Children’s Zone to Northside College Prep High School.

Luke Verlinsky, UCLA, 99th percentile SAT

Luke Verlinsky was born in Fort Stewart, Georgia, but was raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, where he graduated valedictorian at his high school with over a 4.0 GPA. He won the National Merit Scholarship Competition, competed on his high school’s national championship winning robotics team, and was captain of the varsity volleyball team. He matriculated at UCLA as a Regent Scholar, where he studies Biochemistry, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and pursues his passion in art on his spare time, describing himself in his blog as “a strict black and white fundamentalist who dabbles in color.” He has been teaching mathematics and the sciences since early high school, and found a sharp interest in tutoring. He fulfills this love for teaching by helping students earn higher scores on their SATs and allowing them to attend a university where they will belong as well.

Mitchell Slapik, Swarthmore, 99th percentile SAT

Mitchell Slapik grew up in Austin, Texas, where he played saxophone and piano and initially dreamt of becoming a musician. Then he changed his mind and went down an academic track, graduating high honors at Swarthmore College with a degree in philosophy and also spending a semester abroad at University of Oxford. Mitchell ultimately wants to become a teacher, and believes in making material fun and unintimidating. He also continues to keep up with his music by writing songs and learning how to sing.

Sandra Yan, Brown, 99th percentile SAT

A native Marylander, Sandra recently graduated with a double major in neuroscience and economics from Brown University in 3.5 years. As a member of Brown’s 8-year combined BS/MD program, Sandra is thrilled to be headed back to Brown for medical school and is already mentally preparing herself for the many, many late nights she is sure to encounter on her road to becoming a caring physician. She attended a Math/Science/Computer Science Magnet Program in high school, where she won numerous national math, science, and music awards; additionally, she is proud to be a 2011 United States Presidential Scholar. She studied classical piano for 13 years and first discovered the joys of teaching music theory in high school. At Brown, she continued her passion for teaching by tutoring math and serving as a teaching assistant for a neuroscience course. She also served in various peer advising roles and worked with adults with developmental disabilities. Sandra currently lives in Boston, where she conducts clinical research. When she is not working or getting lost on the public transit, she can be found wandering museums, engaging in heated discussions about movies, and eating ice cream.

Emma Chomin, Ohio State University, 99th percentile SAT

A New York native who grew up in Central Ohio, Emma Chomin is a recent graduate of Ohio State University in Columbus. After taking college courses as a high school student, she earned her Bachelor’s in linguistics and gender studies in less than two years while working on multiple research projects and taking graduate courses. During college, she also worked for an education consulting firm and an after-school program in under-served inner-city elementary schools. Beginning in high school, Emma has tutored dozens of students in strategies for success on the SAT and other tests. In her free time, Emma does volunteer and activist work and pursues her hobbies of cycling and crafting.

Ricardo Lopez, Princeton, 99th percentile ACT and SAT

Ricardo Lopez was born in northern California and went to high school in southern California. It was in high school that he first started tutoring, and teaching has become one of his passions. As a freshman in Princeton University, he began to tutor high school students for the SAT in New York City. At Princeton, he majored in Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and minored in two areas: Latin American Studies and Translation and Intercultural Communication. He also served as president of his 180+ member eating club, the Princeton Terrace Club. Upon his college graduation, he joined Teach for America in Dallas, Texas, where he continues to help students increase their SAT scores to achieve their college goals.

Mike Ventri, CSU Fullerton, 99th percentile SAT

Born and educated in Southern California, Mike Ventri graduated cum laude from Servite High School Honors Program, receiving the Bausch and Lomb Science Award (and accompanying scholarship) for the top science student. In addition, he received the top scores in the school on a competitive math exam. Favoring a broad-spectrum education, Mike went on to earn Bachelor Degrees in both Physics and Biology, graduating just a few classes shy of a third Bachelor’s in Mathematics. He also completed the pre-med coursework and testing requirements for entering medical school. In addition to the hard-science and math education, Mike completed numerous units in other academic fields, including psychology, history, geology, philosophy, music, dance, physical education, art, and computer science. This eclectic background served him well in relating to students with differing backgrounds in the variety of teaching environments he has encountered. Traveling, outdoor activities, music, dance, and learning have always been his passions. Carpe Diem.

Peter Park, Georgetown University , 99th percentile SAT

Peter Park is a Las Vegas native who is currently a senior at Georgetown University. Planning to graduate with a degree in neurobiology and a minor in business administration, Peter is a firm believer in an interdisciplinary education. His love for tutoring began early as he attempted to teach his younger siblings basic math way back in elementary school. Since then, Peter has gone to tutor others in various subjects such as high school math, science, English, and the SATs. Asides from academics, Peter is an avid lover of music and plays several instruments including the guitar, bass, piano, and drums. He has also participated in multiple cultural organizations on the Georgetown campus and is known for his involvement in Asian American political activist groups. With his extensive background in SAT tutoring and infectious enthusiasm for learning, Peter hopes to equip his students with the tools necessary to achieve their college dreams.

Madeline Ewbank, Northwestern, 99th percentile SAT

Madeline is an aspiring playwright, chef, journalist, screenwriter, social worker and computer programmer from Seattle, Washington. In high school, she earned perfect scores on her SAT Literature Subject test and her numerous AP exams (winning an AP National Scholar title!). She co-founded an independent teen theater company and interned at her local NPR affiliate, KUOW 94.9. Maddie’s work in radio journalism has received accolades from the Edward R. Murrow Awards, Third Coast Audio Festival and NPR Senior Newscaster Korva Coleman. Her proudest achievement was receiving an “A” in AP Computer Science. She started the course one month late (and without taking the prerequisites) and miserably failed her first assignments— but she ended the year with a 5 on the AP exam and the highest score in her school on the course final. Intelligence is persistence. Currently, Maddie studies film, journalism and Arabic language at Northwestern University. She hopes to pursue a career in documentary work and storytelling, so that she can continue to do what she loves most: learning and educating.

Sooraj Achar, Univ. of Virginia, 99th percentile SAT, Perfect ACT

Sooraj was born in India and loves teaching! He truly values helping a student achieve an academic goal that he/she never expected to reach. Seeing a student blaze through similar problems after just a single lesson really makes him feel like he has made a lasting impact on their mind. Sooraj enjoys teaching the ACT and SAT, as well as Organic Chemistry. He loves to help students understand the unique logic of chemical reactions that governs even the most complex molecular structures. He is excited to be part of the Veritas Prep college team!

Shelby Keiser, University of Minnesota and Bard College, 99th percentile SAT

A lover of ancient and esoteric philosophy and an aspirant to the practice of expression through dance and music, Shelby attended the University of Minnesota and Bard College. She is a National Merit Commended Scholar and has won multiple awards as a classical pianist with 15 years of experience. She completed math classes through Calculus 4 by the age of 16 and came in second place statewide on an advanced math exam for gifted students. Her appetite for philosophy has taught her to communicate complex ideas in simple terms; she uses this skill to connect with students’ thought processes and perspectives.

Steven Feister, Duke University, 99th percentile SAT

Steven was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD and then attended Duke University graduating in 2012. He tutors because he has a passion for his work. He knew he wanted a career that helps people and education is one of the most rewarding fields one can choose. There is no greater feeling for Steven than when a student figures out a difficult problem. He has tutored in a variety of subjects including Math, English, SAT and GRE. Steven’s teaching philosophy is that the first step for any tutor is to get the students to believe in themselves.

Deanna Saunders, Brown University, 99th percentile SAT

Deanna Saunders, a Brown University graduate with a degree in Psychology, has always been passionate about education. In college, she was a Head Writing Fellow, tutoring Brown graduates and undergraduates in essay writing. She also facilitated creative workshops in a Rhode Island prison. After graduating, Deanna taught high school math as a Miami Teach For America corps member. She’s been involved with education in Miami ever since; these days, she’s “so Miami” she gets cold when the temperature drops below 75 degrees! Deanna loves breaking down difficult concepts and making them easy. She believes that any student can master the SAT, and approaches tutoring with enthusiasm, dedication, and kindness.

Zeeshan Mallick, U. Penn, 99th percentile SAT

Zeeshan was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and although he currently resides in Philly, he will forever be loyal to the Bay (and especially In-n-Out). Named both a National Merit Finalist and National AP Scholar in High School, Zeeshan also spent a lot of time in extracurricular activities such as debate and campus ministry. Aside from winning the 2014 California High School Tournament in Policy Debate as a senior, Zeeshan spent extensive time tutoring and teaching through Breakthrough Silicon Valley. There, he taught highly-motivated but underprivileged students in a variety of subjects ranging from English to Calculus to History, even helping students with high school admissions. Due to his experience with Breakthrough, Zeeshan is currently studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Penn, a degree that he hopes will help him enter into educational policy in the future. A member of the oldest all-male collegiate sketch comedy group, Penn’s Mask and Wig, Zeeshan loves Calvin and Hobbes, the NBA, and helping his students succeed.

Aidan Calvelli, Brown, 99th percentile SAT

Aidan was born in Rochester, NY, and has lived in that snow-filled city for all his life! Currently a freshman at Brown University, Aidan’s favorite aspect of teaching is seeing a student’s eyes light up from the exhilaration of a new discovery. If he had one wish for all students taking the SAT, it would be for them to approach the test in a stress-free way, understanding that with hard work and practice, anyone can succeed on the test!. He loves doing anything that stimulates the mind which is why he enjoys analyzing and perfecting SAT strategies. When Aidan is not deconstructing the SAT, he can be found reading, shooting hoops at the gym, reciting poetry, or doing educational volunteering.

Nick (Tae-Woong) Yang, UC San Diego, 99th percentile SAT

Nick (Tae-woong) Yang was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. He has developed the persona of a proud Californian since then. After graduating high school as a National Merit Finalist and a National AP Scholar, he now attends UC San Diego where he is finishing a double major in Accounting and International Studies with a focus in East Asian Politics. After achieving a 2390 on the SAT (on his first attempt!) Nick now specializes in adopting an unconventional style of teaching the SAT, focusing on student’s challenge areas and perfecting their strengths while keeping the lesson fun. In his spare time, he devotes himself to charitable work by teaching low income children at local housing developments and through Afterschool All Stars, continuing his love of teaching in San Diego and overseas ventures in areas such as Guatemala and China.

Jared Schwartz, UCLA, 99th percentile SAT and ACT

Jared grew up in Palo Alto, California before heading south to UCLA to study Political Science and Cognitive Science. He has worked as a tutor since his sophomore year in High School, teaching a variety of subjects including English, Math and Chemistry. He is passionate about helping students enjoy learning more and feel more comfortable with learning topics that are initially difficult for them. When not teaching the ACT and SAT, Jared enjoys teaching Public Speaking to help empower students. When he is not going to school or tutoring, Jared plays soccer, tennis, guitar, and explores the outdoors of Los Angeles.