Academic Tutoring

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Elena Bertrand

Currently unable to take on new students. Elena’s love of math and natural ability to explain difficult concepts has led her to a career as an educator. Elena has been tutoring since high school, and continued as a student at Drexel University, working for the Math Resource Center and acting as a Teacher’s Assistant for a Calculus class.

$180/hour

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Rhonda Hughes

Currently unable to take on new students. Rhonda taught mathematics at Bryn Mawr College for thirty-one years. She earned her B.S., M.s., and Ph. D. degrees in mathematics from the university of Illinois at Chicago.

$180/hour

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Jim Popiel

Dr. Popiel received his PhD in physics from Temple University in 1990. After publishing several papers on Quantum Mechanics, he came to a fork in the road: Understand Physics more deeply by moving forward traditionally OR understand it by following the multiple paths that precede it.

$180/hour

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Sonia Joseph

Sonia Joseph is a Chemistry and Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering dual major at the university of Pennsylvania, where she is part of the Vagelos Integrated Program of Energy Research (VIPER), a program that each year selects 25 highly qualified students from around the world. Sonia scored a perfect 800 on the Math SAT, an 800 on the subject test math level II, and an 800 on the Subject Chemistry test.  Additionally, she scored a 5 on Calculus BC AP test and a 5 on the Chemistry AP test. 

$80/hour

Support in Math

 

Support in Literature

Bob Finegan

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Bob Finegan

Bob holds a B.A. in English and History from the University of Delaware, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Additionally, he holds an M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was awarded a teaching fellowship.

$180/hour

Anthony Pryor

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Anthony Pryor

Anthony graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English and Economics. Upon graduating he was hired by a prestigious national SAT prep company to head up their Philadelphia division. Because of his highly developed skills as an instructor he was also called upon to work with the high-end students who the other tutors could not easily accommodate.

$240/hour

Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan

Matt holds a B.A. in English from the college of William and Mary; an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Yale University; and a M.F.A in Dramatic Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently teaches 12th grade AP english at Methacton High School. Matt has tutored for the SAT, the ACT and the AP and subject tests for more than ten years.

$240/hour

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John Taylor-Baranik

John Taylor-Baranik holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.S. in Secondary English Education from the University of Pennsylvania. While an undergrad at Penn, John tutored high schoolers and university students, worked at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and mentored students as a Resident Assistant. He won several awards and fellowships for his archival research and honors thesis and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. 
 

$180/hour

 
 

Support in Chemistry

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Emilio Cacciavillani

Emilio’s students have a track record of extremely high scores on the AP Chemistry test, the SAT Chemistry Subject test, and on the chemistry and organic chemistry portions of the MCAT. Emilio is our expert in all levels of organic and inorganic chemistry. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from MIT and an M.S. in organic chemistry from UC Irvine before working as a medicinal chemist at SmithKline Beacham developing potential medications for AIDS.

$180/hour

 

Support in Statistics

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Charles Shuman

Charles Heath Shuman has been teaching and tutoring Mathematics and Statistics courses for over 30 years at Drexel University, Temple University, and Penn State university. He holds a Master's degree in Applied Mathematics from Drexel university and also a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

$180/hour

 

Support in Physics

Jim Popiel

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Dr. Popiel received his PhD in physics from Temple University in 1990. After publishing several papers on Quantum Mechanics, he came to a fork in the road: Understand Physics more deeply by moving forward traditionally OR understand it by following the multiple paths that precede it.

$180/hour

Alissa Sperling

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Alissa is a physics and astronomy teacher who has 8 years of classroom teaching experience and she teaches all levels of physics from introductory through AP.

$180/hour

 

Support in Biology

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Susan Dorfman

Dr. Susan Dorfman holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and a BA in Biology from Temple University. After completing two post-doctoral fellowships in neurology at UPenn Medical School and working eleven years in a research lab, Susan became a teacher at the pre-college level in the independent school system.

$180/hour

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Ann Zalasky

Currently unable to take on new students. Ann Zalasky has been teaching Honors Biology at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy for 10 years. She has also been an adjunct faculty member at Jefferson University for over 12 years and enjoys teaching freshman Biology 1 and 2 labs.

$180/hour

Support in Spanish

 
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Ariadna Fink

Spanish

Ariadna is a native Spanish speaker and has been teaching Spanish at Agnes Irwin school for several years. She can help with academic Spanish and the AP Spanish Exam.

$180/hour

$180/hour

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Mathias Fink

Spanish

Mathias is a former Haverford School student who is now teaching Spanish at the Baldwin school. He teaches all levels of middle school and high school Spanish, including Honors Spanish 4. Both of Mathias’s parents are from Spanish speaking countries and he has a long standing love of the language, literature, art and culture, a love he brings to his instruction to help inspire his students. He played tennis and soccer throughout his college years and still enjoys those sports today. He brings that passion for sports and competition to his coaching at Baldwin.

$180/hour

$120/hour

 

Support in History

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James Holmes

James has known he wanted to be a history teacher since he was a sophomore in high school, when his European History teacher was out sick and the other students asked James to teach during the absence.  In order to achieve that goal, James earned a Bachelor’s in History from the University of Northern Colorado, and then a Master’s from Villanova University, which brought him to the Philadelphia area. 

$180/hour

 

Support in Economics

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Clifford Welby

Clifford Welby graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Business, and continued his education studying Community and Economic Development. Clifford has provided students with learning support in the fields of Business, Economics, Accounting, Algebra, and Personal Finance for over 10 years.

 

He has a passion for helping students reach their academic goals, and holds steadfast the educational philosophy of Booker T. Washington: “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he (or she) has overcome while trying to succeed.”

$180/hour

Support in Latin

 
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Mark Nakahara

Mark Nakahara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Classics. After graduation he taught all levels of Latin and Ancient Greek at Scranton Preparatory School, a co-ed private high school in Scranton, PA. In addition to teaching, Mark worked on the staff of the Santa Susana Archaeological Project in the summer, helping to oversee the excavation of a Roman villa in rural Portugal. After teaching for five years, Mark then entered law school, graduating from Penn Law in 2020. He now works as an attorney in Philadelphia but has never lost his love of the classics. 

 

$160/hour