Our Team

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Patsy Prince

Patsy Prince is the founder of Academic Tutoring Centers in Highland Park. Having over twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and tutor, and having a Masters in Education, Patsy has developed strategies which enable all learners to maximize their school performance. Her strategies are innovative, yet based on sound educational practices. Her expertise has been validated by her students' success. She has included these approaches in partnership with Barrons, publishing 6 ACT Practice Tests and ACT Flash Cards.



Subjects Tutored: HS English (including: AP Lit, AP Lang); HS Writing; Editing; College Essays; College Grammar; SAT II Lit; PSAT Verbal, SAT Verbal, ACT Verbal; GRE Verbal

Alma Mater: University of Michigan, MA (Honors English Degree); Teachers College Columbia University (English Ed)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8
Prior work experience: Taught all four grade levels of HS English in the NYC DOE for 7.5 years.
Fun Fact: I have lived in LA, New York, and Chicago



Subjects Tutored: LD Specialist; Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Linear Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, GRE Math, SSAT Math, SAT Math, ACT Math

Alma Mater: West Virginia University (B.S. in Business Administration); Brooklyn College in Science (M.S. in Special Education)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8
Prior work experience:Former Dean of Students
Fun Fact: I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu



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, Geometry, Statistics, Finite Math, Math Analysis, Discrete Math, Accounting, Economics, Micro and Macroeconomics (high school-college), Chemistry (basic through AP Chemistry), Physics (basic through college), GRE and GMAT Math (Quantitative).

Alma Mater: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne (B.S. Chemical Engineering); Talbot Graduate MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with honors
Years of Tutoring Experience: over 20 years
Fun Fact: Huge Blackhawks fan.



Subjects Tutored: All Levels of Math, Algebra based physics, SSAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE & GMAT Math Quantitative

Alma Mater: Georgetown University (B.S.); Northwestern University (M.S. in Public Policy and Policy Analysis); IIT (Masters in Financial Markets and Trading)
Years of Tutoring Experience: Catherine has tutored since her early days as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University and Northwestern. She has 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: 35 years of quantitative Wall Street experience. A former quantitative portfolio manager transitioning to education.
Fun Fact: I have so many books I love that is impossible to count, but I love poetry by Seamus Heaney.

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Subjects Tutored: HS. Writing, Reading, English, Editing, History, ACT Verbal, College Essays

Alma Mater: University of IL Urbana-Champaign (B.A.); National-Louis University (MAT)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 13 years
Prior work experience: High school English & Journalism teacher
Fun Fact: Love the Chicago Bulls!



Subjects Tutored: ACT Verbal, Elementary (all subject areas), Middle School (English)

Alma Mater: American University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 16 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
Fun Fact: Favorite Book: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica



Subjects Tutored: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra-trig, Pre-calc, ACT Math

Alma Mater: Ohio State University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 16 years
Prior work experience: Middle & High school math teacher
Fun Fact: Art minor and still love taking art classes



Subjects Tutored: ACT English and Reading, SAT Verbal

Alma Mater: American University (B.A. Communications and Journalism); DePaul University (M. Ed)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 18 years
Prior work experience: 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher
Fun Fact: I went to college to become the President of the United States- truly!

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Subjects Tutored: Elementary and Middle School Reading, Writing, Math, Executive Functioning

Alma Mater: Vanderbilt University (B.S. Elementary Education & Art History); Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A. Literacy Specialist) & National Louis University (Teacher Leadership endorsement)

Prior work experience: Taught 4th, 5th and 6th grade for 8 years.

Fun Fact: I taught English for a year in Rome, Italy as a Fulbright Scholar.



Subjects Tutored: All subjects ACT & SAT; other high school academics as needed

Alma Mater: University of Rochester (B.A.); University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 16 years
Prior work experience: Clinical child psychology
Fun Fact: I love singing and am a member of a women's barbershop/a cappella chorus.



Subjects Tutored: Math: Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Trig, Calculus; Business Calc; PSAT Math; ACT Math; SAT Math; SAT II Math Level I and II; GRE Math

Alma Mater: Pitzer College (B.A.); University of Illinois Chicago (PhD in math with Education concentration)
Prior work experience: Head math tutor at Pitzer College; teacher at UIC; Assistant Developer at Brinshore Development
Fun Fact: My favorite superhero is Iron Man.