A graduate of Stanford, Chris is clearly someone who has always aspired to – and conquered – great heights. His typical Saturday afternoon might involve a mountain hike with his Black Lab, Baxter…which sounds perfectly reasonable, right? But never one to blindly follow the path more taken, Chris is just as likely to be found scaling the face of something far more “challenging” (his word, not ours; we probably would have gone with “unimaginably terrifying”), such as El Capitan in Yosemite, which he actually did summit after a 4-day climb. The rest of us get winded just thinking about it.
A native of Los Angeles, Ravi Sreerama has seen his share of Pac-12 universities, having graduated from UC Berkeley (BS), USC (JD), and UCLA (MBA). He’s an experienced teacher who’s been selected as Veritas’ Instructor of the Year, and is currently the single highest-rated GMAT instructor in the world on GMAT Club. His “99th Percentile or Bust” philosophy has motivated thousands of students, and his methods are famous for combining a rigorous environment with personalized attention. About seeing his students crush the GMAT, Ravi says, “You can’t help but feel proud that you played a part in that process.”
One of Veritas Prep’s highest-rated instructors worldwide, Sara can attribute that honor to her passions for higher education and for helping others. After graduating as valedictorian at Centre College, where she earned degrees in Economics and Mathematics, Sara graduated with honors from Wharton. A recent student had this to say about Sara: “She cares about student’s progress and would always make herself available if students had any concerns/issues outside of class itself. She is very intelligent, created a great atmosphere for learning, is a great human being!”
This three-time Stanford grad (BA, MA, MBA) grew up in Philadelphia and frequently visited North Carolina, so he knows a thing or two about making cheesesteak as well as southern soul food. In case it’s not clear by now, Kevin loves to cook. A lot. Beyond the kitchen, Kevin’s focus is on his GMAT students, teaching in a way he describes as “VERY interactive.” According to one of his students: “Kevin has the ability to explain a concept at many different levels. He can connect with the individual shooting for a 760 just as well as the one shooting for a 600.” An obvious recipe for success if we’ve ever heard one!
A graduate of Yale University (BA), Harvard University (MA), and MIT (MBA), Eric is a very analytical thinker, having spent four years as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. State Department in their office of Global Change. Eric’s teaching roots extend back to his time at Harvard where, at the Kennedy School, he was also the teaching assistant for the popular “Arts of Communication” course. Despite being a left-brained guy, Eric is more philosophical in his views on GMAT instruction: “I love the opening lines from a poem in Tolkien’s first Lord of the Rings book: All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost.”
Like all truly great teachers, David sees himself not simply as someone conveying information and content, but as a coach as well. As he explains, “The students that I work with need more than knowledge, they need to be able to perform to the best of their abilities on test day and it is my pleasure to help them do it!” He could choose to focus on his own successes (of which he’s had many), but David finds a greater pride and joy in learning of the triumphs of his students. He earned his MA and BA from Truman University and his JD from U. of Michigan, and now enjoys living in the beauty of Vermont.
This New York native, with an MBA/JD from Columbia and BA from Cornell, has over a decade of test prep teaching expertise. Marissa loves working with students to help improve their test scores, and she’s remarkably talented at making them feel confident in their abilities. Above all else, she believes the GMAT is very teachable: “My greatest joy comes when my students realize that common sense, the reasoning they do every day in their jobs or personal life, can be applied to this test. I want them to know that the GMAT is not a spectacular mountain or a road block. It is a game that they are quite capable of playing.”
Ethan Todras-Whitehill has taught the GMAT all across the world, from New York to Seattle to Dubai. In 2013, he won the Veritas Prep Worldwide Instructor of the Year award, but readily admits that he truly found his calling with the launch of the HD video Live Online format. When he’s not teaching the GMAT, Ethan can be found traveling, writing about his travels in The New York Times, parenting, and woodworking. And whether he’s encouraging readers to visit the Himalayas or students to improve their algebra, he’s always thinking of helping others reach that elusive summit.
Michigan native Devin loves New York City, although he and his fiancé are known to escape from Manhattan to Brooklyn at times. As someone who left his banking job to become an entrepreneur, he knows firsthand that excellence is “something that’s a lot harder than it looks.” In other words, Devin is an instructor who understands the value of hard work and focus when it comes to preparing for the GMAT or overcoming any other academic hurdle. As he explains, “Sometimes the only way to conquer a problem is to work on it until it breaks, and I think this is true of the more difficult GMAT concepts as well.”
Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, it makes sense that David would be devoted to Philadelphia’s sports teams. But despite his lifelong sports loyalties, this University of Pennsylvania (BS) and Emerson (MFA) grad has shown an even deeper loyalty to his GMAT students. He actually missed seeing the Phillies win the 2008 World Series because he was teaching a GMAT class that night… What a guy! And what do his students think? One said, “He was a GMAT genius and an excellent teacher. He was approachable, knowledgeable, and friendly. Dave was exceptional.” We couldn’t agree more.
Ashley is clearly a born teacher. Her creativity and dedication to her students has garnered her rave reviews from her students. As one of her Veritas Prep students put it, “She exceeded all expectations by working with me individually before and after class. Furthermore, her in-depth knowledge of the material enabled a classroom that was truly dynamic. Often, Ashley would teach the same lesson in two to four different ways, catering to the different learning styles of the class.” This Tacoma Park native earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, a MFA from UNC-Wilmington, and a MS from Tufts.
Ian Kennedy is someone who never backs down from a mountainous challenge – whether literal or figurative. He grew up in the Washington, DC area and graduated from Cornell before joining the US Army. There he spent almost seven years in the Special Forces, teaching military skills to soldiers and police officers in Iraq, Philippines, Thailand, and South Korea. Upon returning to the U.S., this recipient of the Bronze Star award began studying physics at Columbia University, and he soon will start at Stanford GSB. An analytical with a knack for teaching, Ian loves helping Veritas Prep students crush the GMAT.
A past Instructor of the Year winner, Aaron truly loves connecting with his students who count on him to be a mentor, a friend, and a resource throughout the entire MBA application process. While the GMAT isn’t rocket science, Aaron could teach actually teach that, since he received his degree in Astrophysics from BYU. His engaging teaching style and creative methodologies help students look at questions from a totally different perspective. As Aaron explains, “It is not just super-geniuses who ace the GMAT. It takes a balanced, calculated approach and it certainly takes work, but anybody can drastically improve their score.”
Here’s something to keep in mind about Anthony: He’s a U.S. Chess Federation-rated Expert, so we’d recommend you avoid facing him on the chessboard, and instead take advantage of his exceptional math mind. A graduate of Georgia Tech and Georgetown Law, Anthony is passionate about getting his students to the GMAT score they want. “It’s great to be able to show people that math on the GMAT isn’t really about grinding harder or being a genius,” Anthony explains. “It’s about understanding what’s really important and then combining that realization with a skill set that every prospective MBA student is capable of possessing. It’s exciting stuff!”
With her MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management where she was a Forte Foundation Fellow and her BA from Pepperdine University, Saxon is a true Southern Californian. She loves her time outdoors, whether it’s at the beach, hiking with her dog Chili, or in her organic vegetable garden, hanging out with her chickens. When she’s not soaking up the sun, Saxon loves teaching her students how to prepare for the GMAT. As she puts it, “Having been through the entire process (and range of emotions) myself, it brings me a lot of joy to show students how to ‘think like the testmaker’ and unlock their pattern-recognition potential!”
How’s this for dedication? After the birth of his daughter, Rob went straight from the delivery room to the classroom, making it to his Saturday morning GMAT class right after becoming a father. But this kind of deep commitment is only one reason why Rob was recently named Instructor of the Year. He has over a decade of teaching experience and a sincere desire to see every one of his students succeed beyond all expectations. A graduate of Brigham Young University (BA), Georgia Tech (MA), and Columbia (MBA), Rob’s talent in the classroom may be rivaled only by his extensive musical talents – he plays piano, saxophone, guitar, and ukulele!