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Our Team

Our team has a vision based on providing 30 years of successful academic tutoring to the students of Chicagoland. Patsy has mentored all of the following members of our team and each has a long history of helping students meet and exceed their goals.

Barney

Alma Mater: Loras College, Masters: University of Iowa
Years of Tutoring Experience: 17 years at ATC; 10 years years at Glenbrook North H.S.
Prior work experience:34 years teaching in high school; math team
Subjects Tutored: Algebra I and II, Geometry/ Honors Geometry; Pre-Calc, Trig, Analysis, Calculus AB, SSAT, ACT, SAT, PSAT, SAT II Math Level I and Level II, Basic Skills Test, GMATH, ISEE, HSPT Math
Fun Fact: Favorite Sports Team: Iowa Hawkeyes Football

Beth

Alma Mater: B.A. Indiana university; M.ed Loyola
Years of Tutoring Experience: 20 plus!
Prior work experience:Law school career services and law firm recruiting
Subjects Tutored:ACT Verbal, SAT Verbal, PSAT Verbal, SSAT Verbal, College Essays
Fun Fact: I love dark chocolate more than anything (ok- not more than my family- but close)

Bryant

Alma Mater:B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Talbot Graduate MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with honors
Years of Tutoring Experience: over 20 years
Subjects Tutored:SSAT Math, ACT Math, SAT Math, PSAT Math, SAT II Math I and II, SAT II Chemistry, SAT II Physics, Pre-Algebra through college Calculus; including Linear Algebra and Multi Variable Calculus, All levels of Geometry, All levels of Statistics, Finite Math, Math Analysis, Discrete Math, Accounting, Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics (high school-college), Chemistry (basic through AP Chemistry), Physics (basic through college Physics), GRE Math (Quantitative), GMAT Math (Quantitative).
Fun Fact: Huge Blackhawks fan.

Cameron

Alma Mater:I attended DePaul University for music degree and The University of Illinois at Chicago for education degree
Years of Tutoring Experience: over 10 years
Prior work experience:High School teacher in Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago for At-Risk Youth and returning High School Drop-Outs.
Subjects Tutored: Mainly tutors History and English outside of standardized testing.
Fun Fact: I travel the country on a motorcycle and wilderness backpack.

Catherine

Alma Mater:Degrees include BS from Georgetown University, Masters in Public Policy and Policy Analysis Northwestern University and Masters in Financial Markets and Trading IIT.
Years of Tutoring Experience: Catherine has tutored since her early days as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University and Northwestern. She has quest lectured at numerous financial industry events and related university courses and has volunteered in several outreach tutoring programs in Chicago and other areas
Prior work experience:She has 35 years of quantitative Wall Street experience. Catherine is a former quantitative portfolio manager transitioning to education.
Subjects Tutored: All Levels of Math, Algebra based physics, SSAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE Quantitative, GMAT Quantitative
Fun Fact: I have so many books that I love that is impossible to count but I love poetry by Seamus Heaney

Connie

Alma Mater: B.A. Loyola University Chicago; M.A. Northeastern Illinois University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 13 years
Prior work experience: High School English teacher--and I'm still certified!
Subjects Tutored: PSAT, ACT, SAT, SATII Literature, AP English Language and English Literature
Fun Fact: : Favorite Subject: English, of course!

David

Alma Mater: Northwestern University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 4 years
Prior work experience:Software developer for algorithmic trading. (Currently)
Subjects Tutored:ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT II Subject Test for Math, SAT II Chemistry, PSAT Math, SSAT Math, Physics, Chemistry, Finite Math, Statistics, Pre Calculus, Geometry, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Algebra and Trig, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, GRE Quantitative, GMAT Quantitative
Fun Fact:: Lifelong Chicago Bulls fan, 1500 Rating on the ELO scale for FIDE. (Worldwide Chess Federation.)

Dianne

Alma Mater: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. Psychology/Special Education; M.A Northeastern Illinois University, Special Education: Learning Disabilities/Behavior & Emotional Disorders
Years of Tutoring Experience:1 1/2 years- ACT 15 years as a private tutor.
Prior work experience:12 years self-contained classroom-L.D./B.D.; 8 years-substitute-long term k-8 and special education; 2 years resourse-L.D. middle school
Subjects Tutored:ACT Math and Verbal; general studies grade school through high school.
Fun Fact: My favorite snack place is Loves, in Highland Park, for frozen yogurt after cycling along the lake.

Emily

Alma Mater:University of Rochester (B.A.), University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.)
Years of Tutoring Experience:11 years
Prior work experience:Clinical child psychology
Subjects Tutored:all subjects for ACT, SAT; other high school academics as needed
Fun Fact: I love singing and am a member of a women's barbershop/a cappella chorus

Karen

Alma Mater:American University
Years of Tutoring Experience:10 years of Tutoring Experience
Prior work experience:2nd grade teacher in Wilmette School District 39 for 7 years, reading assistant in Glenview/Northbrook District 30 for 2 years
Subjects Tutored:ACT Verbal, Elementary (all subject areas), Middle School (English)
Fun Fact: Favorite Book: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Leslie

Alma Mater:University of IL Urbana-Champaign (BA), National-Louis Univ (MAT)
Years of Tutoring Experience:8 years
Prior work experience:High school English and Journalism teacher
Subjects Tutored:Academic Writing, Reading, English, History
Fun Fact: : Love the Chicago Bulls!

Marcy

Alma Mater:University of Virginia, U.I.C., North Park University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 20 years verbal tutoring experience
Prior work experience:5 years middle school through college-level teaching experience, including composition courses at U. I.C. and Columbia College and writing seminars for the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program
Subjects Tutored:ACT, SAT, rapid reading, study skills, analytical writing, college essays, GRE
Fun Fact: : I lived on the beach in Sydney, Australia, my junior year in high school.

Marlene

Alma Mater:Ohio State University
Years of Tutoring Experience:12 years
Prior work experience: Middle school and High school math teacher
Subjects Tutored:Algebra, Geometry, Algebra-trig, Pre-calc, ACT Math
Fun Fact: Art minor and still love taking art classes

Melissa

Alma Mater:University of Notre Dame, B.S. Chemical Engineering Dominican University, M.B.A.
Years of Tutoring Experience:6 years at Huntington Learning Center, Highland Park 2 years at Academic Tutoring Centers, Highland Park
Prior work experience:17 years Pharmaceutical Engineer at two large corporations 1 year Medical Marketer at an on-line company
Subjects Tutored: Elementary school through High School math up to Alg II; SSAT, HSPT Math, ACT Math, Chemistry, Physics
Fun Fact: Favorite Highland Park Restaurant - Bella Via

Michelle E.

Alma Mater:University of Illinois at Chicago
Years of Tutoring Experience:11 years
Prior work experience:Telecommunications Project Management
Subjects Tutored:All Mathematical Subjects, ACT, SAT, HSPT, Basic Skills Test, SAT Math, PSAT, EXPLORE, COMPASS, PLAN, Elementary/Middle School English
Fun Fact: Favorite Sports Team to watch on TV: Da Bears!

Michelle S.

Alma Mater:Miami University of Ohio
Years of Tutoring Experience:1 year
Prior work experience:Current Math Teacher at Glenbrook South
Subjects Tutored:Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra II, ACT Math
Fun Fact: Even though I'm a math teacher, I'm also an avid reader. Last year I read over 75 books! I'm always open to any and all book suggestions!

Qaynat

Alma Mater:University of Illinois at Chicago
Years of Tutoring Experience:2 years
Prior work experience:Sales and Substitute Teacher
Subjects Tutored:ACT Math, Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, SAT II Biology, SAT II Chemistry
Fun Fact: My favorite place to get wings is Lou Malnati’s, even though they are famous for their pizza!