Meet The Tutors
CHEN is a senior at Columbia University with a 4.0 GPA. He recently sat for the MCAT exam and scored a 40, placing him nationally in the 99.998 percentile of all MCAT takers. Chen will attend Harvard Medical School this fall. He was accepted at all of his top choices for Medical School. For three straight years, Chen has been a published researcher in Cancer Cell Magazine, one of the top science research journals in the world. Additionally, Chen is a clinical research coordinator in the Ophthalmology Department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. At Columbia, Chen is pursuing a degree in biochemistry. Chen graduated from Hunter High School (HCHS) and scored a 2370/ 2400 on the SAT I as well as a perfect 800/800 on the Math II, Chemistry, Biology, and US History SAT II’s. He received a perfect score of 5/5 on all of his Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, including: BC Calculus, Biology, and US History. He was the President of the Engineering Club and Chess Club, and served on the board of the Hunter Key Club. Since his sophomore year of High School, Chen conducted cancer research at the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in midtown. He culminated his research findings in a paper which was later published with the Rubin and Sarah Shaps Scholar Award. He tutored his own brother for the SHSAT, who now attends Stuyvesant High School. During his spring break at Columbia, Chen volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, where he proudly helped rebuild houses for needy families affected by Hurricane Sandy, and volunteered as a mentor to youths affected by domestic violence. He ran the NYC half marathon and plans to participate in the marathon again this coming school year. When not at Kweller Prep, Chen enjoys reading sci-fi novels and playing the classical piano- he has been a pianist for the past fourteen years!
JOANNA is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. She is on a full academic scholarship, called the David Levine and Ruth Garfinkel Sophie Davis Scholarship. In 2017, she will be graduating with her Bachelors of Science degree a full year early. She will then move on to earn a medical degree from the newly accredited CUNY School of Medicine. Currently, she is a member of the City College of New York Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. Joanna graduated as Valedictorian of St. Demetrios High School, the only Greek American private high school in the United States, located in Astoria, Queens. Throughout high school, Joanna was a member of the Athenian Chapter of the National Honor Society. In her senior year she was accepted into all her top choice colleges, including: Macaulay Honors College at Hunter, NYU, and Cornell University. Joanna impressively graduated from her high school with 30 transferable college credits. Since the 11th grade, Joanna physically attended college classes and lectures at St. John’s University, Mercy College, and Long Island University. There, she took Calculus, U.S. History, Biology, Anthropology, and Psychology, in which she earned all A’s. Joanna also excelled at all of her NYS Regents Examinations. She scored above a 90 on each test, receiving the SMART NYS Regents Scholarship. Joanna scored a 98/100 in English and American History, and a perfect 100/100 in World History and Trigonometry; she also earned a 31/36 on her ACT. Joanna is fluent in Greek, and has performed at Hellenic Society fundraisers since childhood. When not at Kweller Prep, Joanna enjoys playing volleyball and Greek dancing.
ANTHONY attends Law School at Fordham University. He hopes to become a healthcare attorney, where he can merge his passion for science and law. He graduated from Columbia University, on the Deans List, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences. Other than classes in biology, chemistry, and physics, Anthony took courses on psychology, statistics, calculus, literature, philosophy, art, and music at Columbia. Anthony was involved in various university clubs and activities including the Columbia University Model Congress, where he served on the board and organized intercollegiate and high school mock congressional debates covering various topical legal issues. Anthony served as one of Columbia University’s Debate leaders, as well as an Executive Board Member of the Columbia University Hellenic Club. Anthony graduated from the Townsend Harris High School in Queens. He scored within the 99th percentile on the SAT and the ACT. Throughout his high school career, he took 4 Advanced Placement Exams, including World History, Calculus, Environmental Science and United States Government, on which he received an average score of 4/5. In addition, he tested for the Biology, Math II, and United States History SAT-2 Subject Tests, scoring above a 700/800 on each test. Anthony also took college courses at Queens College while at Townsend Harris High School, including Biological Anthropology and Cultural Anthropology, where he received an A/A in both. Thanks to his years at Townsend Harris, Anthony has a working knowledge of Latin, in addition to proficiency in Spanish and Modern Greek. Anthony has over five years of experience tutoring students for standardized tests as well as in many academic subjects. When not at Kweller Prep, Anthony enjoys traveling; he has visited Greece four times, France, England, Italy, and many states throughout the U.S.
Shreya is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. She will be graduating in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences and will then matriculate into the newly established CUNY School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success – City College of New York Chapter. Shreya graduated with an advanced honors diploma from the Bronx High School of Science in 2014. While in high school, she took numerous AP and honors classes. Math being her favorite subject, she earned a perfect score of 800 on both the Math section of the SAT exam and on the Math 2 SAT Subject test. In school, she was a part of the Math Team and the Science Research Program. Shreya, who aspires to be a neonatologist or maternal-fetal specialist, worked with scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College for two years, conducting a study on hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in neonatal rat brains. During her senior year of high school, she presented her project at various competitions and was selected as a Regional Semifinalist in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Prior to joining Kweller Prep, Shreya was a private tutor for many years. In her spare time, Shreya enjoys dancing, playing the piano, doing art projects, and spending time with her friends and family.
SIMON is a sophomore at Columbia University, and plans on majoring in Economics/Political Science. He was admitted with a 2400 SAT and 800s in all his SAT2 Subject Tests – Chemistry, Biology, US History, and Math II. Previously, he attended Hunter College High School and maintained a 95.2 GPA throughout. While attending Hunter he took five AP courses (Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish, BC Calculus, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics) and their associated exams, and received perfect scores on all. Simon was also Editor-in-Chief of The Observer, Hunter’s independent student newspaper, as well as starting power forward on the Varsity basketball team. In the summers, he interns at the New York Legal Assistance Group, helping low-income New Yorkers receive representation in civil court. Simon is fluent in Mandarin, and hopes to one day work as a U.S. diplomat to China. He has also been a classical pianist for the last twelve years, and plays intramural basketball in his spare time.
WILLIAM is a sophomore at NYU majoring in computer science. He graduated from Hunter College High School in 2016, having taken many difficult classes his senior year: AP and AB Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP Psychology, Honors Internal/Neuro Medicine, and Honors Journalism. In his previous years at HCHS, he took all honors courses, finishing AP Spanish in junior year and achieving a 5/5 on the test. He scored a 2250/240 on his SAT, with scores of 780 writing, 730 reading and 740 on math. He also scored 770 and 740 on Math II and Physics SAT II, respectively. He is fluent in Chinese and semi-fluent in Spanish. Previously, William has volunteered at the FHVAC, his local volunteer ambulance corps, learning EMT class curriculum as well as becoming CPR and emergency dispatcher certified. He has also assisted in afterschool math tutoring programs for the Hunter Elementary School. William was a starter on his high school’s lacrosse team, helping lead the team to the championship. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, videogames, and has been a pianist for 13 years.
MARYLEN is a dental student at NYU School of Dentistry. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo on a full academic scholarship, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Marylen scored in the top 5% on her DAT. Marylen graduated in the top 10% of her class from Saint Francis Preparatory High School, and scored a 2180 on her SAT with a 790 on her math section. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of The Edgar Fellows Honors Program and studied abroad at New College at the University of Oxford. In addition to managing a rigorous course load, tutoring and volunteering, Marylen was also a student-athlete. She was the starting player and captain of her school’s Varsity Tennis Team for four years. She became Geneseo’s all-time leader in career wins and was awarded the SUNYAC Peter Cahill Award for Most Valuable Player in the league’s conference. Away from the court, Marylen conducted research with the department chair in a longitudinal study that focused on qualitative differences for social and cognitive development in early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. She recently presented her research at the annual Association of Psychological Science (APS) conference. She was a member of Psi Chi International Honor Society and Sigma Delta Tau. Some of her coursework includes Humanities, Psychology, Biology, (Organic) Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Calculus, English, Microbiology, and Physics. To further her interest in the sciences, she currently volunteers at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. Marylen firmly believes that success starts with a strong foundation. We are proud to share that Marylen was herself a Kweller Prep SAT student 6 years ago. Marylen tutors students now for the SAT, TACHS, ELA and Math state entrance exams When not at Kweller Prep, Marylen enjoys teaching tennis, painting, and being outdoors.
TERESA a sophomore at Columbia University in the City of New York, where she plans to pursue an English or Creative Writing major. She is pursuing this degree through analytical English courses where she is already writing extended essays of literary criticism, and also plans to take various workshops and seminars on poetic and fictional writing. She attended Townsend Harris High School, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated as valedictorian of Townsend’s Class of 2016 after achieving an average of 100.33% in her senior year. Upon graduation, she also received a $2,500 scholarship from the Townsend Harris Alumni Association to supplement the $66,000 scholarship she received from Columbia. After graduating from I.S. 73, a local middle school in Maspeth, Queens, she was accepted into both Stuyvesant High School and Townsend Harris High School. She has taken 5 AP Courses throughout the course of her high school career: World History, English Literature & Composition, Biology, Calculus BC, and Latin, earning 4/5 and 5/5 on all the exams. She also took four college courses on the Queens College campus during her senior year, earning 12 college credits with grades of A or A+. Teresa scored a 2200/2400 on the SAT, with a score breakdown of 770/800 Math, 700/800 Critical Reading, and 730/800 Writing. She also took SAT II’s in Math II and Literature, scoring 730/800 and 750/800 respectively. She was the captain of the JV Volleyball team for 9th & 10th grade, the Business Manager of her school’s literary magazine, and the Vocal Director for SING!, Townsend’s student-produced musical. She continues this interest in music by participating in the Glee Club at Columbia. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society of ARISTA for three years of high school. Outside of school, she has volunteered at an after-school children’s program at Maspeth Bible Church where she helps to lead bible studies, organize crafts, and play games with the children. She also volunteers at a day camp over the summer, where she helps parents and children with the registration process and oversees organizational duties. When not at Kweller Prep, Teresa enjoys playing the ukulele, which she learned to play through teaching herself.
MILO is a junior at Harvard, majoring in English with a minor in Government. He aspires to become a lawyer. A National Merit Scholar, Milo graduated from Hunter College High School in 2015 with a 95.7/ 100 GPA, and scored a 2390/2400 on the SAT (800 Reading, 800 Math, 790 Writing). In high school he took Organic Chemistry, Joyce (Hunter’s hardest English Class), AP English Literature, Philosophy, and AP Spanish. He scored 800/800 on the Spanish SAT II and 770/800 on Chemistry, as well as 5/5 on both AP English Lit and AP Spanish. Milo is fluent in Spanish and has tutored fellow students at Hunter as well as around the city, focusing on Math, Spanish, and English. He had a paid research assistantship in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department of the American Museum of Natural History, analyzing lunar meteorites, and also attended the Columbia Science Honors Program. At Hunter, he taught ninth graders as an English Department intern, and worked at Writopia, where he helped young writers develop their ideas. As a creative writer, he won a national silver medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and honorable mention from the YoungArts Foundation. He has given readings of his work at the University of Iowa, where he attended a selective writing workshop, and at MoMA PS1. Milo is a dedicated athlete and a member of Harvard’s varsity NCAA Division I fencing team. At Hunter High School, he was captain of the fencing team, leading it to a city championship. Milo also loves music; he has played guitar for 6 years and is co-president of the Harvard School of Rock, organizing concerts and music lessons for students. Milo enjoys ceramic design, and is skilled at pottery as well. When not at Kweller Prep, Milo enjoys reading Calvin and Hobbes comics.
Jenna Marie is a senior at Hunter College on full academic scholarship. She received the Muse Scholar Art Scholarship for her various work in opera and theatre arts, including her leadership in her chapter of the Tri-M National Music Honors Society and a featured interview in the “Dear Carnegie Hall” series on the Carnegie Hall website. Jenna Marie is an English/Linguistics major and is currently preparing for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She is also part of the prestigious and exclusive Thomas Hunter Scholar Program, which offers a competitive and enthusiastic learning community of high-achieving, like-minded individuals at Hunter College. She currently maintains a 3.9/4.0 GPA, securing her a spot on Deans List for three consecutive years. Jenna Marie attended Staten Island Technical High School, one of the specialized high schools that was ranked 4th best High School in New York and offered her an array of AP classes and rigorous coursework. Jenna Marie was an employee at the New York Public Library which further enhanced her love for literature, as well as an assistant at the Gentle Dental Dentist office and a private swim instructor in Brooklyn. During her free time, she enjoys stage managing productions at her local theatre company and attending various artistic and cultural events offered in NYC. When not at Kweller Prep, Jenna Marie is an enthusiast of food, film, and fishing!
TAMIR is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. He is a mathematics major on the pre–medicine track and is currently taking an impressive 24 credits in college this semester. Being in the Macaulay Honors Program, Tamir is on a full scholarship for college. He graduated from Forest Hills High School with a 4.1 weighted GPA (3.9 unweighted GPA), achieving one of the highest averages ever at his high school: 105.92! Tamir scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and also took the SAT II for Math I and Physics, scoring an 800 and a 730, respectively. Tamir was in the bio-medical program at Forest Hills High School throughout his four years there, studying many topics in depth such as nutrition, anatomy, physiology, and human diseases. This program also allowed Tamir to intern in LIJ Forest Hills Hospital for over 100 hours, assisting doctors and nurses in the hospital’s emergency department. Tamir graduated in 2015 in the top 20 of his 1000-student graduating class with honors and mastery in mathematics, science, and English. Outside of academics, Tamir was the Vice President of the newly founded Chemistry Club in his school and was also a part of his high school’s “We The People” debate team which allowed him to compete in state and national competition. Today, Tamir is the cofounder of the College Insider after-school program at Forest Hills High School which is meant to support and aid rising Junior and Seniors with the in’s-and-out’s of the college admissions process. Tamir maintain a 3.94 GPA in his college career and hopes to advance to medical school in the future. He is currently conducting research on atherosclerosis in City College. Tamir also volunteers at Mount Sinai Hospital, as well as for the Red Cross. Tamir grew up in Israel and moved to the US when he was 15; as such, he is fluent in English, Hebrew, and Russian. From ages 16-17, Tamir prepared for the SAT at Kweller Prep, and went from having an average score to acing the test. He teaches several classes here now, ranging from math regents to the SAT. When not at Kweller Prep, Tamir enjoys playing the guitar and building computers from parts.
Satiya is a sophomore attending St. John’s University. She is majoring in Legal Studies and has intentions to be apart of the 3+3 Law Program which allows her to receive her Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor within 6 years. She graduated from Francis Lewis High School in the top 10% with a 4.0 GPA. She held the position of Senior Vice President for Francis Lewis Class of 2016. She has taken 5 AP Courses, throughout the course of her high school career: World History, AP History, English and Composition, Literature and Composition, Statistics and Government and Politics. She has earned a 4/5 on thus far. She has scored a 1920/2400 on her SAT examination. She has also taken Sat II’s in World History, English Composition and United States History. She scored a 650/800, 710/800 and 700/800 respectively. She was also a member of the ARISTA National Society throughout her high school career, during her free time. Satiya has participated in the YMCA NYS Youth and Government Program (Judicial Section) for 3 years. She served as an attorney for her 1st year, a Justice for her 2nd year and a Principle Justice for her 3rd year in the program. Her experience within the YMCA Youth and Government Program immersed her into the legal field, elucidating her academic and pre-professional ambitions. By drafting briefs, litigating cases, receiving guidance from attorneys, and even traveling to Arbor Hill, Albany. Satiya is passionate and inquisitive about the political backbone of our government. She also volunteers at a youth program at Bethlehem Church once a week. It provides her with a great opportunity for her to engage with students throughout the community. When not at Kweller Prep, Satiya enjoys watching Criminal Minds, reading dystopian novels and spending time with her family.
Natalie is a senior at Baruch College double majoring in Mathematics with Finance Concentration and Sociology. Natalie graduated from Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) and received an associates degree from Bard College. After graduating BHSEC, Natalie entered Baruch college with 66 credits, which automatically made her a junior in college after just graduating her high school! While in BHSEC she took rigorous Math courses and earned over 750 on both the Math section of the SAT exam and on the Math 2 SAT Subject test. Natalie was always top of her math classes and was asked to become a teachers assistant for Algebra 2 and Trigonometry students. At BHSEC she was the Secretary General of BHSEC’s Model UN and she also started her own club the Young Women’s Leadership Club to empower young women to become more confident about their qualities and future. Now at Baruch Natalie has an interest in Finance and Trading and is part of the Baruch Traders Club at Baruch as the treasurer. Natalie plans on graduating Baruch in May 2018 and pursuing a Masters in Operations Research and Information Engineering in the upcoming years. Prior to joining Kweller Prep Natalie was a lifeguard at the YMCA for 2 years and shows her love for swimming as she was on the Flushing Flyers swim team in high school and continues to swim for Baruch College’s swim team. Likewise, not only is she an active swimmer at Baruch but she is the captain of the Women’s Cross Country Team where she received Rookie of the Week from ECAC Metros and CUNYAC. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys reading, hiking, skiing, playing the piano, and traveling.
STEPHANIE is a sophomore at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, planning on majoring in Mathematics with Computer Science with a minor in economics. She graduated from Hunter College High School in 2016 with a 2400 SAT and 96.4 GPA throughout. Her junior year, she took five AP classes (Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, BC Calculus, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics) and obtained perfect scores on all. Her senior year, she took Intermediate Microeconomics (college-level), Public Finance (college-level), Multivariable Calculus (college-level), AP Chemistry and AP Computer Science. She loves mathematics and has partaken in the AMC and AIME competitions since the ninth grade, allowing her to be very involved in the mathematics community, participating in New York City Math Team (chosen for the New York City A Team her senior year for NYSML and ARML) and the Hunter math team, where she was fortunate enough to be selected as captain. After attending MIT, she has also become very interested in computer science, learning Python, C and C++ in addition to Java and also taking courses such as algorithms and mathematics for computer science (focusing on discrete mathematics oriented toward computer science and engineering). In addition to mathematics and computer science, she has also swum since she was five and was part of TRI-M and the Hunter varsity swim team.
YANA is a sophomore sstudent at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business majoring in global business with a concentration in finance. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and AP Distinction Award, having taken AP courses in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Calculus AB, Computer Science A, and English Literature and Composition. Throughout high school, she participated in several student-run musicals, the National History Day Competition, the Scholastic Writing Competition, as well as the Museum Finance Academy program hosted by the Museum of American Finance. Ulyana was admitted into Fordham with a 2340 on the SAT, the breakdown of the score consisting of 800/800 on math, 790/800 on writing, and 750/800 on critical reading. She attends college on a Dean’s Scholarship and is noted on the Dean’s List. She is fluent in Russian, and is currently pursuing a certification to volunteer for the New York Blood Center. With a passion for traveling, Ulyana hopes to gain academic and professional experience in various countries. During her freshman year, she was part of a global-immersion trip to Singapore with her introductory business class, the agenda of which involved visiting multiple large companies such as JP Morgan, Deloitte, and Nike, as well as learning about the local culture. She plans on studying in London while in college, and exploring options of building a career in finance abroad.
YASH is a freshman at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He will attend NYU Stern on a full scholarship. He was a recipient of the NYU Breakthrough Leadership Scholars Program and the NYC Stern Scholarship. He also was awarded the Quest for Excellence NYC Award and was a National Merit Commended Scholar. Yash graduated from the Bronx High School of Science with a 95 GPA. He scored a 1550 on his SAT, playing him in the 99th percentile nationwide. He also received a perfect score on the SAT Mathematics Level 2 subject test and scored a 5/5 on his AP Calculus BC exam. He is currently taking five AP classes (Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Statistics) and two Post-AP classes (Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations and Multi Variable and Partial Differential Equations). He attended an Introduction to Business Management program at Cornell University and a Computational Design and Innovation program at the Cooper Union. Yash was accepted to all his top choices, including The Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, and Carnegie Mellon University. For all four years of his academic career in high school, Yash represented the math team at Bronx Science and attended meetings for the NYC math team held at New York University. He is the President of the Chess Club and a member of both the badminton and bowling teams at his high school. He is an active member of the national honor society and often tutors students at the Hindu Temple, Queens in his free time. At NYU, Yash plans on majoring in Finance and Applied Mathematics. When not at Kweller Prep, Yash likes to play basketball, travel, and watch Bollywood films.
SOPHIA is a junior at New York University’s College of Arts and Science. She is intending a double major in economics and philosophy with a minor in biology. Sophia graduated from Stuyvesant High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and Distinction in Mathematics. During high school, she took eight Advanced Placement courses, including Spanish, Macroeconomics, and United States History, and she received an AP Scholar with Distinction Award. She scored in the 96% national percentile on the SATs and received a full score on the math section. On the ACTs, she scored a 34/36. At NYU, she is in the Pre-Law Advisory Board and Presidential Scholars Honors Program, which flew her to Florence, Italy over the winter break. Sophia hopes to be a lawyer and someday a philosophy professor. She speaks three languages and intends to pursue immigration or human rights law. On the weekends, she works at an immigration law office in Brooklyn and volunteers at the soup kitchen in her neighborhood. She has three years of experience tutoring the SATs, SHSATs, AP exams, and Regents. When not at Kweller Prep, Sophia paints, dances, writes poetry, and does yoga.
Andrew is a graduate of Brown University and Hunter College High School. At Brow, Andrew double majored in economics and public policy. He graduated from high school with a 3.9 GPA after taking only honors and AP classes, including extended honors math for 4 years, AP Spanish, AP Biology, and AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics. He took the AP tests in all these subjects and received 4/5 and 5/5 in all the exams. He scored a 2230/2400 on his SAT, including an 800 in the Math section, and a 35 on his ACT. In addition, he also scored a 770 on the Biology SAT II and a 740 on the Math SAT II. At Brown, he has taken more courses such as Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. In addition to receiving a full scholarship from Brown, Andrew is also a scholar member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, from which he has received an additional scholarship each year. Outside of classes, Andrew participates in several extracurriculars, including being the portfolio analyst of the Brown Biotechnology Investment Group, and captain of the Brown Ultimate Frisbee Team. After graduating next year, he hopes to work either in public service or in finance. During his free time, When not at Kweller Prep, Andrew enjoys playing various sports and spending time outside.
MAHAM is a medical student at the Sophie Davis CUNY School of Medicine. She entered the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in 2014, after graduating from Townsend Harris high school with a 96.3/100 GPA. Maham has a full academic scholarship called the New Era scholarship for the first 5 years at Sophie. She graduated Townsend Harris high school with 24 transferable credits due to AP credits and college class credits. Maham excelled in all her regents, receiving above a 90 in all of them and the Advanced Regents diploma. She also graduated with her B.S from City College Magna Cum Laude, and is now a 1st year Medical Student at the CUNY School of Medicine. Maham currently participates in neurology research at City College, she is researching how gonadectomized mice can benefit from exercise and through it can overcome the adverse effects of loss of androgens. She also is researching how the chemical taurine can help cocaine-users rehabilitate and lessen their addiction. When not at Kweller Prep, Maham enjoys baking, assisting Sophie Davis’s Alumni Director, and writing reviews for PXP magazine about broadways shows. In her job with PXP magazine—A broadway magazine—she gets sent to broadway and off-broadway shows, to review them. As of date she has reviewed more than 20 shows.
LIREN is a sophomore at Harvard pursing a double major in physics and sociology. He graduated from Hunter College High School in 2015 with an SAT score of 2380/2400. While at Hunter, he took a number of AP classes, including US History, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, BC Calculus, US Government, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: E&M, and Computer Science. He was on Hunter’s ultimate frisbee team for three years, and continues to play for Harvard’s B team, Bred Line. At Harvard, he is also a mentor for the community service group Chinatown Teens, and is Vice President of the advocacy club Taskforce on Asian and Pacific American Studies. This summer, Liren is interning for the Queens Economic Development Corporation, where he will work to stimulate job growth and revitalize underserved neighborhoods throughout the borough of Queens. When not at Kweller Prep, he likes to play basketball and board games with his younger siblings.
John is a junior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College pursuing a B.A./ M.A. in Economics and a minor in physics. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. During his time at Bronx Science, John played lacrosse midfield man and served as captain for the wrestling team, which would end up taking the championship the following year. Furthermore, John has taken 7 advance placement college-level classes at Bronx Science: psychology, macroeconomics, physics, U.S. history, world history, environmental science, and AB calculus. Through the Macaulay Honors program, John received a full merit scholarship, along with a MacBook laptop, two-years of complimentary dorm, and a $7,500 opportunities fund. John was also accepted into the Leon Cooperman Business Scholars program at Hunter College, gaining access to $7,000 for his studies and advancements in business. John maintains a 3.7/4.0 overall GPA and a 3.9/4.0 Economics major GPA, which has qualified him for a spot on the Dean’s honor list for both of his years at Hunter College. Furthermore, John sits in the Executive Board for Hunter College’s Pre-Business Club as Content Editor. One such notable contribution as Content Editor is the club’s logo which is used for events, promotions, stickers, and pins. Outside of school, John is pursuing a career in Finance. Taking pride as an outlier, he began his business experience by helping his mother’s small jewelry business grow through online marketing and venturing into new urban market spaces such as Columbus Circle and Bryant Park winter markets. In respects to the SAT, he scored a 2100 with a notable 780 in math.When not at Kweller, John enjoys collecting valuable, artistic pins, fitness, and mountain biking.
Sharon graduated from New York University and is currently in a Master’s Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 2012, where she majored in Mathematics and took numerous challenging courses, which included AP Statistics, AP BC Calculus, AP Physics B, and AP Physics C. Throughout the school year, she competed on the Math Team, played on the Varsity Tennis Team, served as the junior chairperson on the National Honor Society, and was the editor of the Math Magazine. During the summers she went to programs such as the Macaulay Honors Summer Scholars Academy in Mathematics, and the Columbia University Summer High School program for Physics. In addition, she worked with the director of the cardiology department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Jason Lazaar, and his team. Researching cardiovascular disease, they wanted to find a direct way to detect microvascular disease before it leads to organ damage. Her team’s job was to analyze the effects of certain modifiers, such as passive leg raising, hyperemia, and Capzasin, on microvascular dilation and pulse wave velocity. She scored a 2100 on the SATs, with an 800 in Math and a 720 in writing. Recently, she graduated from New York University, where she majored in psychology. She has been volunteering in the Emergency Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens for the past seven years. In addition, she worked with the Chief of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, and his team. They wanted to determine if there was any significant seasonal variation of infectious keratitis. This research was recently published and can be found in the Eye and Contact Lens Journal. Currently, she is studying for the MCATs while pursuing a Masters in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center with a focus on Health Policy and Management. In the future, she plans to apply to medical school. When not tutoring at Kweller Prep, Sharon enjoys eating tacos, Latin Ballroom dancing, and traveling.
YUCHEN graduated from New York University, magna cum laude, as a Biology major and Chemistry minor. He will attend the Albert Einstein School of Medicine He earned a 4.0 in each of the upper level biology courses. Yuchen scored a 516 on the MCAT, placing him in the 95.5% nationally on the MCAT exam. He has a passion for medicine and is currently applying to medical schools, hoping to one day be able to provide service to those in need. Yuchen grew up in China, and so is fluent in Chinese as well as English. Yuchen took the SHSAT and scored a 716/800 only two years after coming to New York. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he scored 136.5 out of 150 on the American Mathematics Competition 10B of 2010, placing number 1 in NY. He scored a 2270 on the SAT and matriculated at NYU on a full scholarship. Through experience, Yuchen has developed the skillset to excel in any class by generating a mental concept map for all of the topics learned. He is elated to mentor the next generation of students to adopt the skills that he has learned over the years to guarantee success for their future endeavors. Yuchen currently participates in cancer stem cell research, specializing in hybrid spheroids at a SUNY downstate. Every week, Yuchen volunteers his time to Rescuing Leftover Cuisines, where he streamline deliveries to designated homeless shelter by managing a small team of volunteers. When not at Kweller Prep, Yuchen enjoys playing handball at parks, going to museums, as well as exercising at the gym.
GERI graduated summa cum laude from the Stern School of Business at New York University, with double concentrations in Information Systems and Management. She graduated from Hunter College High School with a 97.3 GPA and a 2280 SAT score, with perfect 800 scores in Writing and Critical Reading. She also scored a perfect 800 on the Spanish SAT Subject Test, a 790 on the Math Level 2 SAT Subject Test, and a 740 on the Chemistry SAT Subject Test. While at Hunter, Geri took AP Spanish (AP exam score: 5), AP BC Calculus (AP exam score: 4), AP Microeconomics and AP Microeconomics. Geri qualified as a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Geri has extensive experience preparing students for the SAT, ACT, SHSAT, ISEE, HCHS entrance exam, BHSEC entrance exam, and NY State ELA and Math Regents exams (Grades 3-8), in addition to coaching students on essay writing and college applications. In addition to working at Kweller, Geri is an Associate at TechStars’ Internet of Things accelerator program, with experience at numerous early-stage venture capital firms across three countries. Geri spent two semesters studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic and Pamplona, Spain; she speaks fluent Spanish and Bulgarian, as well as elementary Czech. In addition to traveling, Geri’s hobbies include performing arts: she has been involved with theater, film, piano, and dance since she was in elementary school. Geri continually aims to combine her interests in business, technology, and education in new and rewarding ways.
JOHN is a junior at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He will receive his M.D. Degree as a part of the second graduating class of the CUNY School of Medicine. John has been a student leader since high school. He is the class president of the second year bio-med students at Sophie Davis, and directly organizes events for Sophie Davis Alumni. John is also one of seven key Narrative Medicine Facilitators, where he leads symposiums at both Columbia University and at Sophie Davis on the importance of the holistic approach in medicine. John graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School of Queens in the top 5% of his senior class. John was a member of Molloy’s chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as a recipient of the Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Award for student leadership. John served as a Campus Ministry Leader and a Peer Group Leader, giving him in-depth experience in counseling. He scored perfect 5/5’s on both the AP Literature Exam and the AP Composition Exam. John scored an overall 2120/ 2400 on his SAT’s, with a 760/800 in writing, a 730/800 in Reading, and a 630/800 in Mathematics. John volunteered at the Geriatrics Ward at Elmhurst Hospital for an impressive three straight years during the entirety of each high school year. at Elmhurst, John singlehandedly revived the volunteer-patient feeding program at the ward. For his efforts, John received a letter of recommendation from the head of the Elmhurst Hospital Volunteer Department, which was sent to all the colleges he applied to. John has years of experience as a chemistry and English tutor. He is a self-proclaimed English buff who enjoys writing, reading, and correcting people’s grammar. When not at Kweller Prep, John enjoys playing Pokemon on his game boy. He hopes that, one day, he will “Catch ‘Em All.”
PAULINA is a junior at Baruch College’s Scholars Program. Paulina is an International Business major and she is on a full academic scholarship, which includes a free Macbook Air, $2,500 for study abroad and internship opportunities, and placement in honors classes. Paulina graduated from The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) and received the International Baccalaureate Diploma. At her high school, Paulina took many IB classes such as IB History of the Americas, IB Spanish, and IB Math. Paulina is fluent in Polish and has received the Polish Language Certification. She has contributed greatly to the Polish community and has been rewarded for her contribution and studies by the Polish Ambassador. At BSGE, she was a part of the Helping Hands community service group, which focused on helping both local and international communities. Paulina has experience in teaching English; she did so in Spain at a language immersion camp. When not at Kweller, Paulina can be found on a tennis court, on stage singing, or as as a volunteer for multiple organizations working to help children in need.
JONATHAN is graduate of Columbia University, and a future doctor. He graduated from the Ramaz Upper School, where he took all honors courses and held leadership roles in extracurriculars such as the Pre-Med Club, the school science publication, and the College Bowl team. He took 3 AP courses: Spanish, Calculus BC, and Biology, earning 4’s and 5’s on all AP exams. Jonathan scored 2240/2400 on the SAT with a score breakdown of 760/800 Math, 690/800 Critical Reading, and 790/800 Writing. He also took SAT II’s in Spanish and Biology, scoring 730/800 and 740/800 respectively. He has had 4 years of tutoring experience, having started tutoring underclassmen during his senior year of high school. His strongest subjects for are high school math and science, including geometry, algebra and trigonometry, pre-calculus, biology, chemistry, and physics, as well as Spanish. Professionally, he is passionate about clinical medicine, hoping to attend medical school after college and earn his M.D. Jonathan is a polygot, speaking multiple languages including Spanish, Hebrew, and Russian, which he hopes will allow him to better serve the diverse NYC population as a physician. In addition to tutoring, Jonathan currently volunteers at the Addicts Rehabilitation Center in Harlem, is an active member of Columbia Alpha Epsilon Pi’s Iota Chapter, and performs with Sabor, Columbia’s Latino dance troupe. His hobbies include basketball, martial arts, and salsa dancing.
JACKLYN is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. In 2021, she will be a part of the second graduating class of the newly established CUNY Medical School and is looking forward to graduating with her Bachelors of Science in 2017. She is currently a member of the City College of New York Chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars,- as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success. Jaclyn graduated from St. Francis Prep in the top 11% percentile of her graduating class. At St. Francis Prep, she participated in the Science Research program, in which she designed and administered her own study alongside the faculty at the Teachers College of Columbia University. In her senior year, she was selected as a semifinalist in the Junior Mathematics, Science and Humanities Symposium, in addition to participating in the NYC Science and Engineering Fair Preliminary Round. She was enrolled in AP Calculus, AP Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP English in Language and Composition, AP US History and AP World History throughout her four years at St. Francis Prep. Alongside her rigorous curriculum, Jaclyn also acted as the concert mistress of St. Francis Prep’s Chamber Orchestra for three years, and was selected to play with the New York State School Music Association All-State String Orchestra in 2013. In her free time away from Kweller, Jaclyn enjoys running, swimming, skiing, and spending time with her friends and family.
MATTHEW is junior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter. He is a Computer Science and Chinese double major. Like all students in the Macaulay program, Matthew is on a full academic scholarship. He graduated Stuyvesant High School with a 3.8 GPA and schoolwide recognition in Music and Theater. He scored a 2200/2400 on his SAT, scored a perfect 800 on his Math II SAT II, and earned a 770 on his Physics SAT II. He has taken 4 AP Courses, scoring a 5 on Physics, Computer Science, World History and US History. Outside of school, Matthew has published 7 apps on the Apple iOS App Store, and aided in the development of several start-up websites. Throughout his years at Stuy, he was actively involved in theater and chorus, ultimately performing Verdi’s Requiem to a sold-out Carnegie Hall. He was a Varsity Soccer Player, and received lead roles in Junior SING! and Senior SING!, the Stuyvesant annual grade-produced musicals . Outside of Kweller Prep, Matthew is an official United States Soccer Federation referee, and club soccer player. He speaks Russian and English, and is studying Mandarin Chinese as well.
SOFYA graduated from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York, and is currently a fourth-year medical student at New York Medical College. Sofya matriculated into the highly competitive and accelerated B.S.M.D. program at CUNY Sophie Davis on a full academic scholarship. While there, she was on the Dean’s list for many semesters and graduated cum laude in 2014. While at Sophie Davis, Sofya was a mentor to underclassman and peer-tutored multiple subjects, including biology, biostatistics, and advanced medical school courses at the Sophie Davis Learning Resource Center. Sofya was the Vice President of Circle K, a community service outreach program at City College. She organized multiple fundraisers for various organizations and visits to soup kitchens. Sofya also conducted multiple community and social health research projects that were presented to the Community Health and Social Medicine Department at Sophie Davis. She is currently working on quality assurance research at Westchester Medical Center in the Interventional Radiology Department, and is interviewing for a residency position in Radiology. Sofya graduated from Forest Hills High School in the top ten of students in her class, achieving a 102 average. While at Forest Hills, she participated and won awards for her research in plant sciences at multiple science research competitions including INTEL, ISEF, ISWEEEP, and Siemens. She took the SAT 2 in Math Level 2, Bio, Chemistry and World History and United States History, as well as the ACT plus writing. She graduated from Forest Hills High School with 17 transferable college credits from taking numerous AP courses, scoring 4’s and 5’s on each. She served on a panel of women scientists, alongside astronaut Sally Ride, in the L’Oreal for Women in Science Conference, and has also participated in the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Conferences to encourage young people, specifically women, to participate in science. She has successfully completed all of her medical board examinations, and is looking forward to beginning her medical training in Radiology. We are honored to have Sofya as a tutor at Kweller Prep; she was one of our test prep students for almost a year, and also received mentorship in life, including personal assistance on her college applications. When not at Kweller Prep, Sofya enjoys trying new recipes from various cooking and baking shows, playing tennis, and traveling the world.
PETER is a senior at City College, on full academic scholarship, and is a civil engineering major at the School of Engineering. He is graduating this year as the recipient of the New Era Scholarship. Peter graduated Francis Lewis High School with high honors, an AP Scholar distinction, and a 96% average; during his junior year he achieved a 101.3%! All of Peter’s classes were honors or Advanced Placement; he graduated having taken AP Physics, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, and AP English Literature, and achieved 4’s or 5’s for each course. As part of his ARISTA National Honors Society requirement, Peter tutored his fellow students in advanced math and physics coursework. He was also a member of the Francis Lewis Swim team for 4 years, and was chosen as Captain of the swim team senior year. Because of his excellent swimming skills, Peter has worked as a YMCA lifeguard year round for 4 years and is certified by the YMCA and the American Red Cross in CPR, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen. Peter is fluent in Polish, and has been a practicing pianist since he was 5 years old and guitarist since he was 14. We are happy to add that Peter is a new and prospective Student Admissions Ambassador for the engineering school. He provides weekly campus tours to high school students and their parents, assists in campus events such as “Open House” and “Spend A Day At City,” travels to various high schools throughout New York to represent City College at college fairs, and mentors upcoming generations of Admissions Ambassadors. When not at Kweller Prep, Peter enjoys skiing at Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania in the winter, and riding his motorcycle in the summer.
VALENTYNA is a senior at New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Neuroscience major with a Psychology minor. At NYU, her education is funded almost entirely through merit scholarships generously awarded to her by NYU. She graduated Stuyvesant High School with a 4.0 GPA and school-wide recognition in Psychology. She scored a 2320/2400 on her SAT, with an 800/800 on the math section and a 790/800 on the writing section. Additionally, Valentyna has taken multiple SAT II’s, scoring 800/800 on Chemistry, 770/800 on Math II, and 760/800 on US History. She has taken six AP courses throughout her Stuyvesant career, scoring a 5 on the Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, and Psychology AP examinations. In addition to her math and science background, Valentyna has always been an active writer. She has won the Silver Key Award in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Honorable Mention in the Random House Essay Contest, and has been published in Stuyvesant’s literary journal The Caliper. Throughout her years at Stuy, Valentyna was an active member in the ARISTA National Honors Society, through which she performed community service and provided tutoring in math and the sciences. She was also captain of Stuyvesant’s competitive cheerleading team, a member of the freshman mentoring program “Big Sibs,” and held a lead role in the school’s SING musical production during her junior year. Valentyna is well-versed in both the English and math sections that appear on the SHSAT and Hunter College High School entrance exam, with additional tutoring experience in the sciences. In 2014, she was part of a service organization that allowed her to travel to San Francisco during Spring Break, where she volunteered to tutor and mentor students at a homeless shelter. Valentyna is the NYU sophomore cohort President, as well as a NYU Presidential Honors Scholar. When she is not at Kweller Prep, Valentyna can be found at the nearest gym or saving up money to explore the world.
LISA graduated from Harvard University as an economics major. She is a John Harvard Scholar as her GPA placed her in the top 5% of her graduating class. She participates in Parliamentary Style Debate and is an editorial executive of The Harvard Crimson. She graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2011 with a GPA of 98/100 and scored a 2380/2400 on her SAT I. Lisa also scored a perfect 800/800 on the World History SAT II and a 770/800 on the Biology SAT II, which she accomplished as a 9th grader. At Hunter she took AP Economics, AP Calculus BC, AP European History, AP Biology, and AP Psychology; she scored 5’s on all of these exams, in addition to a 5 on the AP U.S. History exam. She was a PSAT National Merit Scholar, Editor-in-Chief of Hunter’s newspaper, “What’s What,” and a Gold Medalist on the National Latin Exam. Lisa was a New York State Champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate during her sophomore year at Hunter. She’s been published in USA Today, Fortune, and Chess Life Magazine, and was a reviewer for the national best seller, “55 Successful Harvard Law School Application Essays.” Lisa proudly attended Halsey Public Middle School JHS 157 in Rego Park, and P.S. 196 in Forest Hills. When not at Kweller Prep, Lisa enjoys horseback riding; she has been an equestrian since the age of 8.
ALICE is a senior at Cornell University majoring in Biological and Environmental Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering, and is on the premedical track. She graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2013 and took the SHSAT, placing into Stuyvesant, but decided against leaving Hunter. Alice scored a 2340/2400 on her SAT as well as 800, 780, 760, and 760 on her Biology, Math II, Chemistry, and US History SAT subject tests, respectively. She averaged a 5/5 on her AP exams in Biology, Spanish, BC Calculus, and US History. Alice is currently Director of Camp Kesem Cornell, a camp for kids whose parent/guardian has or has had cancer, and oversees coordinators, committees, and counselors (~50 Cornell students) to provide a supportive and fun atmosphere for their campers. She is also a counselor and trainer (Beginning and Advanced levels) for Cornell’s Empathetic, Assistance, & Referral Service (EARS), a counseling group for both the Cornell and Ithaca communities, and a tutor and role model at Belle Sherman Elementary School. Year-round, Alice is a data analyst for her lab at Cornell specializing in breast cancer research, and a clinical researcher working with surgeons in Mt. Sinai Hospital and the Icahn Medical Institute studying vascular disease. She is also an EMT working with Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corp (PSVAC) this summer. In her free time, Alice enjoys traveling (she backpacked through Europe during the beginning of this year and is planning her trip through Southeast Asia), pretending she’s fluent at languages she starts on Duolingo (lies include: French, German, Hungarian), and eating her way through NYC.
LUKA graduated from Medical School at Columbia University’s School of Physicians and Surgeons. Luka scored in the 99th percentile on the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Exam), and scored in the 95th percentile on the MCAT. He graduated from Cornell University’s College of Arts & Sciences as a neurobiology major. At Cornell, Luka was a member of a community-service based fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. He attended Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood, Queens. Out of a graduating high school class of nearly 500 students, Luka was 1 of only 4 to gain acceptance into an Ivy League University, scoring a 1500/1600 on the SAT. At Cornell, Luka partook in extensive medical research, becoming a co-author of 3 publications in major scientific journals. In addition to his research experience, he was a finalist for the New York Times Scholarship, and has extensive experience as Editor-In-Chief for a start-up writing website and an international school magazine. Luka has a passion for MCAT tutoring and advising students on exactly how to follow his path to medical school. He possesses over 10 years of experience as a tutor in advanced writing and all major sciences. When not at Kweller Prep, Luka enjoys watching Mad Men and The IT Crowd.
Othilla is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College studying Economics and completing minors in Accounting, International Relations, and Spanish. She graduated with high honors from Stuyvesant High School. Othilla received a full merit scholarship, along with a MacBook laptop, two-years of complimentary dorm, and a $7,500 opportunities fund. Othilla was also accepted into the Leon Cooperman Business Scholars program at Hunter College, gaining access to $7,000 for her studies in business, and was granted the Polish Federal Credit Union Scholarship twice at a total of $3,000 for her ongoing devotion to the Polish-American community. Othilla has been on the Dean’s List every semester, having a 3.8/4.0 GPA and a 3.9/4.0 Economics major GPA. She has maintained this high average while taking honors courses in Calculus, English, and Science, and upper level Economics classes such as Intermediate Microeconomics, Corporate Finance, Business Management, and Econometrics. Furthermore, Othilla is the Executive President of the Macaulay Business Club where she leads 80 students, and is currently working with the Macaulay administration to create the schools first student-run investment fund. Outside of school, Othilla is pursuing a career in Finance. She has interned for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, worked as a Research Analyst for a capital raising firm for one year, and will be joining Wells Fargo this Summer. Othilla has been with Kweller Prep for five years, and has experience tutoring for the Hunter High School Admissions Exam, SHSAT, SAT, and Core Curriculum Subjects. She is also a proud co-designer of Kweller Prep’s Hunter exam prep tests and materials. When not at Kweller, Othilla enjoys traveling the world and has been to over 30 different countries.
SUMIT is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He will complete his medical education by the year 2021 and be part of the second graduating class of the new CUNY School of Medicine. He is currently a writer at The Biograph, the Sophie Davis newspaper, as well as an interviewer for Humans of Sophie Davis, which focuses on showcasing the diversity of Sophie Davis. Sumit graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, where he focused on biochemical research and volunteering for the Queens-Long Island community. Researching profilin-1 protein at Queens College Biochemistry department, he was able to present his work at the NYC Science and Engineering Fair. He has heavy interest in lab testing, evident in his extensive volunteer work at North Shore-LIJ Hospital Department of Pathology. Sumit scored a 2210/2400 on his SAT’s and a 32/36 on his ACT. He is deeply interested in bone, diet and sport health, and is working to become an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Nutrition and Sports Medicine. When not at Kweller Prep, Summit enjoys playing table tennis and weightlifting with his classmates and close friends from Sophie Davis.
OLIVIA is a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University. She received the Wilson Fellowship, which grants $10,000 in scholarship money for research during her four years in college. Olivia attended Townsend Harris High School, where she has taken AP World History (5), AP United States History (5), and AP Literature and Composition (4), and AP Calculus BC and AP Macroeconomics. For subject exams, she received a 800 for U.S. History, 750 for World History, and 710 for Biology (M). In Townsend, she maintained a 4.0 GPA and spent much of her time working as News Editor for Townsend’s award-winning newspaper, The Classic, as well as conducting social science research. Olivia has won awards for these endeavors, including Newsies!-Dow Jones Best Print Newspaper and Best Social Media-Assisted Reporting, 2014 NYS Archives, Laura and Robert Chodos Award for Excellence in Student Research, and NYC and NYS National History Day. She also entered her research concerning health care disparities into Intel Science Talent Search, New York City Science and Engineering Fair, and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. In addition, Olivia was a part of the Junior States of America and Model United Nations chapters at her school. When not working with the fantastic kids at Kweller Prep, she enjoys reading, running, and community organizing.
CHRIS is a junior at the California Institute of Technology, or Caltech and was a Kweller Prep students for three years who later became a tutor himself. At Cal Tech, Chris is on an annual $34,000 scholarship, where he is pursuing a major in chemistry with a minor in geochemistry. He graduated from Forest Hills High School with a 99.29 GPA, placing him in the top 10% of his class. Chris was part of both the Carl Sagan Math & Science Honors Program and the Health Professions Academy while attending Forest Hills High School. Chris excels in mathematics and science, tackling an extremely rigorous course load at Caltech almost entirely comprised of physics, math, chemistry and other STEM subjects. Chris scored 2200/2400 on the SAT with a score breakdown of 800/800 Math, 660/800 Reading and 740/800 Writing. Chris also took multiple SAT subject tests, scoring 750/800 on Chemistry, 760/800 on Math Level 1 and 730/800 on Math Level 2. Chris participated in seven AP courses during high school, including Chemistry, Calculus BC, Physics C: Mechanics, Spanish Language & Culture, Psychology, World History and US History, averaging a score of 4/5 on all exams. He also took part of many extracurricular activities during his high school career, including founding his school’s first Chemistry Club and getting it registered with the American Chemical Society, being captain of his school’s Math Team and participating in math competitions at local colleges, and serving as Senior Council Class President at his high school. His math background extensively covers single-variable calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra and differential equations, while his physics background covers classical mechanics, analytical electricity and magnetism, and waves & vibrations physics, and finally his chemistry background covers general chemistry and organic chemistry, in which he was the top of his class with an A+ grade. He has also been awarded with a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by Caltech, where he was paid $6,000 to conduct his own original research in geochemistry while mentored by a world-renowned geochemist. You can read about his research in this interview: https://www.associates.caltech.edu/news independent-research-understand-isotopes. Chris is also an active member of the Caltech community and participates in multiple extracurricular activities, including the Chemistry Club, where he serves as an outreach coordinator who plans events where Caltech students visit local high schools to conduct fun and captivating chemistry experiments to engage students in the field of chemistry, and Out of Context, an acappella group that performs in school concerts every term. When not at Kweller Prep, Chris enjoys hand building his own instruments (he proudly built a guitar) and playing Smash Bros Melee with his friends.
KRISTINE is a sophomore at Harvard University. She grew up in Forest Hills and attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs up to the eighth grade. An excellent student, she went on to Townsend Harris High School, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA. She took 5 AP classes: AP US History, AP World History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Calculus AB, and AP Macroeconomics; she has scored 5/5 on all AP exams taken thus far. She received a 2220/2400 on the SAT, 33/36 on the ACT, 760 on both World and United States History SAT Subject tests, and 770 on the Literature SAT Subject test. Outside of her studies, Kristine was the Editor-in-Chief of The Phoenix, Townsend Harris’ award-winning literary and art magazine. She expanded the magazine from an annual to a monthly publication over the course of two years and managed a staff of over 100 students between the years 2014-2016. She further pursued her passion for writing as a reporter for The Classic, the school’s award-winning newspaper. In addition, Kristine has been playing soccer since she could walk, and served as the captain of Townsend’s girls varsity soccer team. She enjoys learning different languages and is at a B2 proficiency level in French. Kristine is an outstanding mentor, as well as a great college interview and admissions coach. When not at Kweller Prep, Kristine enjoys drinking bubble tea on Austin Street, watching Netflix, and pretending her life is a sitcom.
FAZEEL is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He was awarded the David Levine and Ruth Garfinkel Award of Excellence. Next year, he will receive his Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and in 2021 he will graduate from the CUNY School of Medicine with a Medical Degree. He was also admitted into the Milken Scholars program which provides a financial stipend, as well as extensive networking through Mike Milken himself. He has worked with the American Cancer Society for over 5 years and organized a multitude of events and tents, including Relay for Life and Making Strides. Fazeel has also spent a good amount of time in the lab at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he works with researchers to better understand the mechanism of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. Fazeel graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, where he was a Biological Science Major. He scored a 2230/2400 on his SAT’s, 34/36 on his ACT’s, 800/800 on his Math II SAT II’s, 780/800 on his Biology E/M SAT II’s. He received a 5/5 on all of his AP’s including World History, Biology, US History, Writing Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics. Fazeel was also one of 42 students nationally to receive a perfect score on the AP Macroeconomics. This past summer he worked with a human rights organization that helps immigrant communities in Elmhurst. When not studying or at Kweller, Fazeel plays way too many video games.
TANZIB is a medical student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He will complete his medical education by the year 2021, and be part of the second graduating class of the new CUNY School of Medicine. At Sophie Davis, he is the President of The Biograph, the school newspaper, and a representative of the Physicians for Human Rights chapter at Sophie Davis. Tanzib graduated from Stuyvesant High School, where he focused heavily on service and research. He was president of BuildOn, a club that raised money to build schools in developing countries, and conducted neurobiological research for about 3 years in high school. His research was recognized by NYCSEF, and he became a regional finalist in 2014. While in high school, he also fleshed out his computer science interests, getting to work for start-ups and companies like Fonera and Uniqlo. Tanzib scored a 2240/2400 on his SAT’s and a 34/36 on his ACT. His other accomplishments include being a Gates Millennium Scholar, as well as a Questbridge Finalist. With patient-care work done at New York Methodist Hospital, and his interest in research and technology, Tanzib hopes to be a doctor that can both innovate and promote the healthcare field. When not at Kweller Prep, Tanzib enjoys sports; he claims to be the king of all board games.
WINNIE is a senior at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and is currently studying finance and accounting. Winnie served as the senior editor of NYU’s official school paper, the Washington Square News. She graduated from Hunter College High School in 2012, with an SAT combined score of 2350 (800 in Reading, 800 in Math, 750 in Writing). She also has a perfect score of 800 on the Biology SAT II, U.S. History SAT II, and a score of 780 on her Literature SAT II, along with perfect 5’s on the exams for AP Biology, AP U.S. History, and AP English Literature. She scored a composite score of 35 /36 on the ACT. Winnie was a National Merit PSAT Scholarship recipient, and is currently on the Dean’s List at Stern. In both high school and college, she was a contributing editor for the Hunter’s school newspaper, What’s What. When away from Kweller, her hobbies include journalism, swimming, and cooking; she also loves reading.
DAN is a sophomore at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Dan graduated from Hunter High School (HCHS) and scored a perfect score of 2400/2400 on the SAT I, as well as an 800 on the Math II, 790 on the US History, and 770 on the Biology SAT II’s. In high school, Dan took AP Statistics, Calculus BC, Micro and Macroeconomics, U.S. History, Biology, and Psychology. He is also a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division. In addition, Dan was part of the Varsity Basketball team and math team. He was also a regular contributor to his school’s leading newspaper publication, What’s What. Dan served as President of a club for student-musicians to perform in nursing homes and similar venues throughout Manhattan. He has experience in tutoring students in math and English. When not at Kweller Prep, Dan enjoys reading and playing the piano.
AKASH graduated from the honors program of Queens College. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics and took several classes in education and sociology. She graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, where she majored in Industrial Design, and took courses such as AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Art History, and AP Psychology. She served as treasurer of the student governments for both Brooklyn Tech and Queens College. Akash is a lover of education, and greatly enjoys working with students; she served as a peer mentor in and outside of school. She is currently working on a Masters in Secondary Education and plans to become a High School Principal. Akash is available for one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, SHSAT prep, Algebra and essay writing help. During her time away from Kweller, she plays volleyball, enjoys kickboxing, runs 5ks and dances salsa!
KONRAD is a senior at Harvard University. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in the top 3% from his graduating class. He scored a 2330 on his SAT 1, with a score breakdown of a perfect 800 in Math, 780 in Critical Reading, and a 750 in Writing. He also scored a perfect 800 on the U.S. History SAT 2 subject test, a 760 on the SAT 2 Chemistry, and a 750 on the SAT 2 Biology exam. Konrad received 5’s on every single one of his Advanced Placement (AP) exams, including World History, U.S. History, and Chemistry. Konrad has several years of experience teaching groups for the SHSAT and all Regents exams. At Harvard University, he aspires to become a doctor. Konrad was the Boy’s Cross Country and Track captain at Stuyvesant High School, and enjoyed much success in the sport, having set three national high school records. He was also the Vice-President of the Latin Club, and a member of the National Honor Society. When not at Kweller Prep, Konrad enjoys running, playing various sports, and hanging out with friends. He is available for one-on-one, small group, and Skype online tutoring. You can read more about Konrad by clicking here.
NICOLE graduated from Harvard University. She is currentle a medical stu and now attends Stony Brook Medical School. She received her degree in Neurobiology, magna cum laude, with highest honors. At Harvard, she taught classes in Boston public schools and served on the Leadership Council as part of the non-profit organization Peer Health Exchange. Nicole graduated from Forest Hills High School as salutatorian in 2009, where she served as President of the school government and captain of the Math Team. While at Forest Hills High School, she maintained a GPA of 101.13, receiving academic honors in Math, English, History and Science, and scored a 2190 on her SAT I, landing her an early acceptance to Yale University. She was also awarded the President’s Education Award for Academic Excellence, the AP Scholar Award, the American Federation of School Administrators Leadership Award, the Department of Education of the City of New York Cooperation in Government Award, and The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators of the City of New York Leadership Award. Nicole is an experienced Regents and SAT tutor, who also specializes in college application guidance. She aspires to become a practicing physician, and will be entering medical school in August 2014. When not at Kweller Prep, Nicole enjoys playing her old Nintendo 64 and ice skating.
KEVIN attends the Stern School of Business at NYU. He made the Dean’s List for two consecutive semesters, with a 4.0 GPA. Kevin graduated from Stuyvesant High School. where he excelled at math. He took AP Calculus, BC Calculus, and AP Statistics while at Stuyvesant. Kevin scored a 2230/2400 on his SAT (740 CR, 760 Math, 730 Writing) and a perfect 800 on his SAT II Math IIC exam. He also scored a 720/800 on his SAT II Chemistry exam and a 710 on the SAT II Physics exam. While at Stern, Kevin has been active in the Entrepreneur’s Circle. His passion is social entrepreneurship; Kevin aspires to launch his own company to bring technological innovation to developing countries. Kevin has a broad background– he has done everything from marketing to conducting scientific research projects on sustainability. He truly wishes to make the world into a better place, and greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring students. When not at Kweller Prep, Kevin enjoys hanging out in New York City and traveling the world.
JENNY graduated from Harvard University. She graduated in the top 3% of her class from Stuyvesant High School. Jenny was the Girls’ Cross Country Team captain and Features editor of the school newspaper. She scored a 2300/2400 on the SAT I and a 770 on each of the Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History SAT 2 subject tests. Jenny has received 5’s on ALL of her AP tests, including World History, English Language, Spanish Language, Psychology, U.S. History, and Biology. She is fluent in Chinese, specifically Cantonese, and proficient in Spanish. Jenny lived in Venezuela for seven years as a child. At Harvard, she majored in Neurobiology and aspires to attend medical school. Jenny is especially skilled at helping students with the college application process, from editing their essays to coaching for college interviews. Jenny is an SHSAT expert, and has helped dozens of students get into Stuyvesant. When not at Kweller Prep, Jenny enjoys running races, dancing, thrift shopping, and eating.
ANI graduated from Yale University, where he was a Mathematics and Philosophy double major. Ani scored a perfect 2400/2400 on his SAT and a perfect 800/800 on each of his SAT II subject tests in Math-IIC and U.S. History, as well as a 780/800 in Chemistry and a 770/800 in Biology and English. He was awarded the National Merit Scholarship for his performance on the PSAT exam while attending Stuyvesant High School. Ani graduated from Stuyvesant in 2011, fifth in his class of over 900 students, with a 97.3/100 GPA. At Stuyvesant, Ani was Editor-in-Chief of the Stuyvesant’s prestigious school paper, The Spectator, Captain of Varsity Lacrosse, and a member of the Varsity Basketball team. Ani also scored a perfect 5 on all of his AP Exams: European History, BC Calculus, English Composition, U.S. History, and Spanish. He was recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction for his efforts. More recently, Ani scored a 790 on the GMAT, a result in the 99.9th percentile. Ani has several years experience in SAT, SHSAT, Hunter College High School, AP, and college-level test preparation. After graduating from Yale in Spring 2016, Ani will begin his career working as a private equity analyst for a prestigious NYC financial institution. Ani is a first-generation American, having moved to NYC from Albania when he was just three years old. Interestingly, Ani applied to only Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and was accepted to all three schools! In his free time, Ani enjoys reading, going to the gym, playing basketball, and discussing current events with friends.
IVY graduated from Columbia University, where she majored in Operations Research with a double minor in Computer Science and French at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. She scored a 2320/2400 on the SAT I, as well as a perfect 800/800 on the Math 2 SAT 2. At Columbia, Ivy serves as the Political Chair of the Asian American Alliance, and is also active in the NYC Organization of Chinese Americans. Ivy co-hosted the Chinatown Beautification Project, a citywide day of service to beautify Chinatown. This summer, Ivy will be a paid intern at Alliance Bernstein, a global asset investment management and research firm. There, she will serve as one of the company’s youngest business analysts. Ivy graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). While at Hunter, she maintained exceptional grades in AP Microeconomics (4/5), AP Macroeconomics (4/5), BC Calculus (5/5), AP Psychology, and AP US History (5/5). She is fluent in Mandarin and French. Ivy served as the President of Hunter’s Asian Cultural Society. She was also the Vice President of New Global Citizens, an organization dedicated to the project Foundation for People with Disabilities, where she participated in fundraising and spreading awareness about the plight of children in third world countries. She was a proud staff writer for Hunter’s official school newspaper, “What’s What”, and served as a violinist in the school’s orchestra. She has experience tutoring kids of all ages. Ivy is adept at Hunter Test Preparation, possesses outstanding resume creation and editing skills, and is an exceptional college essay editor. To date, she has perfected over three dozen resumes for students who later secured acceptances into top-tier universities. When she is away from Kweller, Ivy enjoys singing, dancing, painting, writing and exploring New York City. Ivy is among the most outgoing and extroverted personalities at Kweller Prep; never shy about voicing her opinion, she is full of energy and never afraid to talk back to her boss, Frances Kweller.
KEIJI (KG) graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is majoring in Economics and minoring in Chemistry. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School. At NYU Stern, KG has made the Dean’s List for three consecutive semesters, maintaining a 3.74 GPA at Stern. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business, and aspires to attend medical school to become a doctor. He is also currently on the Pre-Medicine course track offered by the College of Arts and Science at NYU, and has completed all required classes at the Stern School of Business as well. KG completed, and received A’s in, General Chemistry I and II, Biology I and II, and Organic Chemistry I and II. KG scored a 2110/2400 on his SAT I, 770 on Bio SAT II, and 790 on Math II SAT II. At Stuyvesant, KG was a member of the ARISTA National Honors Society, served as Vice President and Communications Director of the Student Union, and spent three years on the Varsity Basketball and Varsity Golf teams. Outside of school, Keiji has pursued his interest in science through internships at two NYU microbiology labs. In addition to having experience with SAT and AP test preparation, Keiji attended a rigorous Specialized High School Institute and is well-versed in SHSAT prep.
MEI graduated from Harvard University. She attended Stuyvesant High School, where she took a dozen AP courses including BC Calculus, U.S. Government, Comparative Government, English Language, Spanish, Statistics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Chemistry, Global History, and U.S. History. She averaged a perfect 5 on each AP exam. Mei scored a 2260/2400 on the SAT and a 34/36 on the ACT. She has tutored throughout high school with the National Honor Society, as well as with other private tutoring programs. As a member of the track and cross country teams for the last four years, and sports editor for the Stuyvesant Yearbook, she is very involved in extracurricular activities. She is active in her community as a part of the Chinatown Youth Initiative, through which she is able to participate in social activism as well as empower other youth to better serve their communities. When not at Kweller Prep, Mei enjoys swimming and online clothes shopping.
JOHN graduated from Harvard University. He is majored in economics and applied mathematics. John graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and scored a 2310/2400 on the SAT I. He was a PSAT National Merit Finalist and did well on his SAT II subject tests, scoring an 800 on Math 2C, 800 on US History, and 780 on Biology. He received a perfect score of 5 on all of his Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, including World History, English Language, Biology, and US History. He is on pace to graduate cum laude with an honors recommendation from the Economics Department at Harvard University. During the summers between high school, John spent two years doing research on metastatic melanoma and effectiveness of targeted therapies, and also worked remotely with a graduate student from Yale University to write a research paper on hyperbolic geometry, which was awarded a gold medal at the Greater Metropolitan New York Math Fair. He has been tutoring privately for the SAT since he was a senior in high school, and provided over a dozen students with constructive feedback on the Ivy League University application process. John is well versed with students of all ages, having tutored many underclassmen in high school while a member of the National Honor Society, and having volunteered for more than six years with students ranging from six to ten years of age as a water safety instructor aide at his local swimming pool. At Harvard, he is a member of the Veritas Financial Group, the Director of Business for the Harvard National Model United Nations conference, and is on the board of executives for a prominent on-campus leadership seminar at Harvard.
JEFF graduated from New York University’s School of Law and scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT, the Law School Admissions Test. He also graduated from Hunter High School (HCHS) and Binghamton University (SUNY) with a Bachelor’s degree in English. At Binghamton, Jeff was a finalist for multiple writing awards, and was accepted into the voice program as a tenor, performing in numerous shows with the college chorus. He also played trumpet for shows such as The King and I, My Fair Lady, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Jeff is convinced that one of the reasons for his acceptance to NYU School of Law was because of this extensive performance background, combined with exceptional LSAT scores, since law schools often look for creative and interesting students to diversify their student bodies. Jeff has been practicing law for over a decade and has tutored over 300 students for the LSAT. Additionally, he assisted many of them with professional editing of their law school admissions applications, including all essays and supplements. When not an LSAT tutor at Kweller Prep, Jeff continues his passion for music and is still a tenor, singing in a choir on Long Island.
ASHELEY has recently been accepted to Harvard University’s Master’s Program in Public Policy. She is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, on a full academic scholarship. There, she maintains a 3.9/4.0 GPA. Her Macaulay scholarship includes a free Macbook Pro, a free 2-year Manhattan dorm, $7,500 for study abroad opportunities, priority class registration times and many other rewarding perks. Asheley double majors in psychology and sociology and has made the Dean’s List each semester. She is pursuing an MSW (Masters in Social Work). She currently interns with a non-profit organization, Generation Citizen, which works towards empowering youth to become more active and engaged community “change-makers”. Additionally, she is the Director of Macaulay’s SPARK (Students Partnering and Reaching Kids), an organization that leads self-esteem building for children in low-income neighborhoods. Asheley graduated from the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (QHSSYC), one of the highest ranked specialized high schools in New York. At QHSSYC, she took AP Calculus AB, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics, and AP English Language and Composition. Furthermore, she was the editor-in-chief of her school’s award-winning yearbook, and was involved in the Book Club, Volleyball Club, and the Environmental Conservation Organization. Asheley is an experienced SHSAT instructor and has worked with small groups of students for the past four years. She has also prepared students for the Hunter College High School entrance exam, TACHS Catholic high school entrance exam, ISEE, ERB, WrAP tests and Common Core state exams. When not teaching at Kweller Prep, Asheley enjoys shopping on Austin and playing with Goldie, the Kweller Prep mascot.
KAREEM is a senior at Columbia University’s School of Engineering, where he maintains a 3.7/4.0 GPA. Kareem graduated from Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, one of the top high schools in New York, as part of the top 5% of his class. Kareem will commence full time employment at Exxon Mobil in Texas this fall. He scored a 2200/2400 on his SAT I. Additionally, he scored a 750, 760, and 770 on the Math II, Math I, and Chemistry SAT II’s, respectively. Kareem graduated as an AP Scholar with Distinction and finished high school with an average of 4.5/5.0 on his 7 AP exams. Kareem is experienced in tutoring for preparation for the SAT I, as well as advanced math and science related SAT II’s, college-level math and science courses, Regents examinations, the Hunter Entrance Exam, and the SHSAT. Kareem is on track to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the end of his undergraduate years, and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in the field afterwards. He is the president of the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at Columbia, a residential advisor in one of Columbia’s largest residence halls, and a research assistant in a lab looking into frontier technologies in renewable energy sources. When not at Kweller Prep, Kareem enjoys playing basketball, running, and exploring the city with his many friends from Kweller Prep.
KATIE has been tutoring for over a decade, specializing in SAT and ACT test prep. She scored a perfect 2400 on her SAT (800R/800W/800M) and double-majored in mathematics and theater at Boston College, graduating magma cum laude from the Honors program. While in College, Katie took Modern Physics, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, Advanced Calculus for Science Majors, Data Analysis, Probability, Statistics, Acting Techniques and Theater Directing. In high school, Katie achieved top scores on all of her AP Exams (Physics, English Literature, American History, and Calculus). Katie also taught middle school and high school students in preparation for the statewide ELA and math exams, the SSAT and the ISEE. Katie successfully taught Kweller Prep SAT in Day programs around Manhattan, rigorous 8-hour courses designed to increased SAT test performance by 200 points after just one class. She has since relocated to Los Angeles to pursue her passion, and tutors Kweller Prep students in and around Beverly Hills. When not tutoring with Kweller Prep, Katie pursues her acting career and enjoys teaching theater to young children.
MO graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. At NYU, Mo was a pre-med student, as well as a Dean’s Honor’s Scholar, and recently sat for the MCAT exam. He graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) and scored a 2300/ 2400 on his SAT, with a perfect 800/800 in writing and perfect 800/800 in Math. He also scored an 800/800 on his SAT Math II Exam and a 790/800 on his SAT II in Chemistry. Mo received a composite 33/36 on his ACT. He scored a 692 on the Specialized High School Entrance Exam, the top 1% score on New York City, qualifying for Stuyvesant, but decided to stay at Hunter. Mo took six AP courses throughout high school. He received a 4/5 and 5/5 on all of his AP exams and took college-level Organic Chemistry while a junior at Hunter. He is fluent in Bengali and proficient in Spanish. At Kweller Prep, Mo teaches small groups of students in preparation for the Hunter College Entrance Exam, the SHSAT, and the SAT. Mo is a gifted teacher and outstanding role model. Additionally, Mo served as the head of the Hunter Bias and Mediation Panel, an organization dedicated in helping peers settle disputes in an unbiased manner. Furthermore, Mo was one of the founders of the Varsity Lacrosse team, a member of the Varsity Basketball team, as well as a staff writer for Hunter’s official school newspaper, “What’s What” and served as a performer in the school’s many cultural shows. Mo personally tutored his younger brother for the SHSAT, who now attends Stuyvesant. While in high school, Mo interned at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, conducting clinical research that is now part of 3 published articles. When not at Kweller Prep, Mo enjoys acting, writing, and exploring New York City.
JENNIFER graduated from the University of Michigan. She attended college with the $10,000 (ten-thousand) per year James M. Gartenberg Merit Scholarship. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School with high honors. At Stuyvesant, Jennifer was elected as a three term class president: Senior Class President, Junior Class President, and Freshman Class President. She did incredibly well, scoring 5’s on most of her AP’s: AP Calculus, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Comparative Government, AP Government, AP Statistics, AP European History, and AP United States History. She scored in the high 700’s in U.S. History, and Math II, with a 800 in Physics. Jennifer served as the circulation editor for the Stuyvesant school yearbook, the Indicator, as well as the president of the Flushing Tutoring Branch for the ARISTA National Honor Society. She was a Big Sib Homeroom Leader, and secured advertising to fund the free biweekly school newspaper, the Spectator. Jennifer served as a StuyLaunch Executive Leader, as well as Vice President of the Young Entrepreneur Association. Jennifer’s bubbly personality, creative teaching skills, and positive outlook have motivated many Kweller Prep students to excel on the Specialized High School Entrance Exams (SHSAT). In her free time outside of Kweller, Jennifer loves baking and staying active.
NINA is a sophomore at George Washington University’s Honors Science Program. At George Washington University, Nina was selected to be a teaching assistant in an interdisciplinary seminar for biology, chemistry, physics, biophysics and engineering students. Nina was also elected by the faculty as a student peer advisor in the University’s honors program, and has completed the full year of pre-medical curriculum. She graduated from Hunter College High School and completed a science research internship at New York University’s Developmental Genetics Center, where she studied embryonic development in Drosophila (fruit flies) to better understand how genetic disorders are transferred from mother to zygote. Nina excels in English, math, and science; she loves teaching, and is on a pre-med track. At Hunter, she took AP Biology, Organic Chemistry, and AP AB Calculus. She is a recipient of Hunter’s Otto P. Burgdorf Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Research in Biology. Nina has worked in science labs since she was 16, at Bak Kim’s MDPC Laboratory in addition to NYU’s Genetics Center. She participated in Brown University’s 2011 Athena Science Challenge, where Hunter placed 1st and 2nd. Nina also has a strong interest in writing, reading and history. She scored a 34/36 on the ACT Reading Section, a 700/800 on SAT II Literature, and 4/5 on the AP U.S. History. She was the Opinions Sectional Editor for her high school’s school newspaper, What’s What; Reviews Sectional Editor for “Food For Thought,” Hunter’s culinary magazine; Layout Editor for “Tapestry,” Hunter’s science fiction magazine; and Consulting Editor for “THAT” magazine, Hunter’s theater magazine. She was the very first teaching assistant for Journalism Practicum, where she helped 50+ Hunter high school students hone their writing skills and received Hunter’s English/CT Department Award for Excellence in Journalism Studies. Nina possesses extensive experience tutoring. She was Vice President of Lighthouse, an outreach tutoring organization at Hunter, volunteered at the East Harlem Tutorial Program, and privately tutored dozens of students for the Hunter Entrance Exam, many of whom were accepted. She is a gifted SAT and ACT instructor. When not at Kweller Prep, Nina enjoys reconnecting with her friends from high school, many of whom work at Kweller Prep!
DANIEL is attending SUNY Buffalo Medical School. He graduated from Forest Hills High School with a 101 G.P.A, and attended as a Jerry Hunter Scholar at CUNY Hunter College on full academic scholarship, studying biochemistry and pursuing a career in stem cell research. With plans to become a neurosurgeon, Daniel maintains a 3.9 overall G.P.A. Currently, Daniel assists the head neurologist at North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital. Daniel is not only an outstanding role-model and tutor, but he is also a former Kweller Prep student. Daniel can teach AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Statistiscs, AP United States and World History, and SAT Math Subjects Tests, Levels 1C and 2C. In his time outside of Kweller, Daniel enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, and volleyball.
SHEETAL is a senior at Cornell University. She studies economics at the College of Industrial Labor Relations. She scored a 2160/2400 on her SAT, 780 on her U.S. History SAT 2 and 720 on her Math Level 1 SAT 2 subject tests. At Cornell University, Sheetal maintains a 3.7 GPA. Sheetal graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School with a 94.3 GPA. She also scored a perfect 5 on four out of five of her AP exams: World History, US History, U.S. Government & Politics and Comparative Government & Politics. At Brooklyn Technical, Sheetal was an editor of the school’s monthly art and literature publication, Horizons. She is currently a research assistant for a distinguished professor at Carnegie Mellon University and interns for the Indigenous Education Foundation of Tanzania. Sheetal is a member of the Model United Nations Club, Treasurer of the Oxfam America Club, and plays intramural volleyball and soccer. Sheetal has experience in SAT, SHSAT, and AP test preparation. When not at Kweller Prep, Sheetal enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family and staying fit; she jogs every night and does Pilates.
DANIEL is a junior at Johns Hopkins University. He has been on the Dean’s List every semester since starting college, and is attending on a full academic scholarship. At Johns Hopkins, Daniel is pursuing a dual degree in Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He works at two science research laboratories and is a published researcher. Daniel is the editor of a public health journal on campus called “Epidemic Proportions”. Daniel has interned at the New York Ear and Eye Infirmary, as well as Johns Hopkins Hospital. He graduated from Hunter College High School. Daniel scored a 2390/2400 on the SAT I, as well as a perfect 800 on the Math IIC and Chemistry SAT II’s, and a 760 on the Biology SAT II. He received a perfect 5/5 on the Chemistry and U.S. History AP exams. Daniel took a number of advanced courses at Hunter, including Organic Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Psychology, and AP BC Calculus. Daniel has also been named a Jack Kent Cooke College Scholar, a National Merit finalist, a Questbridge College Match Scholarship Recipient, and a member of the Study of Exceptional Talent at Johns Hopkins University. Daniel also attended the Johns Hopkins CTY program for 5 years, and achieved a 2250 on the SAT in 7th grade, which was ranked number 1 in New York State for the children that took the SAT for CTY. Daniel was a member of the Boys’ Varsity Swimming team at Hunter, and also loves playing classical music on the piano and clarinet, for which he receives training at the Manhattan School of Music, and the guitar for his church band. Daniel has been tutoring kids for 2 years, and has experience tutoring for the SAT I, SAT II’s, the SHSAT, and the Hunter Entrance Exam.
HELEN graduated as a biochemistry major on full academic scholarship to CUNY Hunter College, as part of the Macaulay Honors Program. She graduated from Forest Hills High School with over a 100 average, placement in the National Honor Society, and was a finalist in the New York Science and Engineering Fair of 2011. Not only an outstanding tutor, Helen was also a former Kweller Prep student, and raised her SAT score over 700 points after completing the intensive Kweller Prep SAT boot camp program. When not tutoring, Helen interns for local dentists and orthodontists, whom she aspires to be. Helen can teach in nearly all advanced math and English Regents exams, AP examinations, the SAT, and the ACT. She is strict, thorough and effective- as well as a former varsity basketball player!
KEVIN graduated from Columbia University as an economics major. At Columbia, Kevin impressively made the Dean’s List each semester while also taking the maximum number of credits allowed. Kevin graduated from Stuyvesant High School with a GPA of 95.7/100, and his grades, together with his SAT I score of 2300/2400, earned him an Early Decision admission to Columbia University. Kevin scored a 780/800 Math, 780/800 Reading, and 740/800 Writing on the SAT 1. Kevin took a number of SAT 2 Subjects Tests while at Stuyvesant, and scored a perfect 800/800 on both Chemistry and World History, 790/800 on Biology, and 750/800 on Math 1. He also did well on a variety of AP Tests, scoring 5’s on the AP Chemistry and AP World History tests and 4’s on the AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B tests. At Stuyvesant, Kevin was active in the school’s Science Olympiad. During his sophomore year, he placed 4th at regionals in the Biology division. Kevin went on to become captain of the Stuyvesant Science Olympiad’s Technology Division and during his tenure, his team won the national championship, including Best Helicopter and Gravity Vehicle. A proud member of Stuyvesant’s National Honor Society (ARISTA), Kevin maintained his commitment to volunteering and providing community service at the Dry Harbor Nursing Home for three summers. He was inspired to put in his volunteer hours there after seeing his elderly grandfather, who had undergone hip surgery, taken care of so well by the staff at the nursing home, hence putting his parents’ mind at ease. It was at the Dry Harbor Nursing Home that Kevin decided to join the health studies track at Columbia University, in addition to becoming an economics major. Kevin enjoys Skype tutoring in advanced levels of English, math, biology, and chemistry, including SHSAT, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, IB Mathematics, Regents Physics and the SAT I. Kevin maintains a disciplined daily exercise routine (which his boss can learn a lot from!). When not working with ambitious kids from Kweller Prep, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym, and cooking.
FATIMA graduated from Columbia University’s Masters Program. She received her degree in the Teaching of English Language Arts and holds a teaching license in secondary education. Fatima graduated summa cum laude – the top 2% of her class – from Columbia Teacher’s College, majoring in English and minoring in Math. Fatima consistently made the Dean’s List, with a cumulative GPA of 3.9/4.0. In addition to being a brilliant student herself, Fatima is a certified classroom English teacher, with years of experience. Additionally, she is an outstanding SHSAT instructor. Fatima personally tutored both of her sons in preparation for the SHSAT exam, and BOTH gained admission to the Bronx High School of Science, where they now attend. Fatima excels in Mathematics and English instruction. She has experience teaching any subject from grades 7-10, ELA, Calculus, Geometry, Algebra, Psychology, as well as City-Wide and State-Wide Standardized Exams. She believes all students are capable of reaching their highest potential with dedication and hard work. She is patient and expects the best from her students and her own children. Fatima is fluent in Arabic, English, and French. When not at Kweller Prep, Fatima enjoys jogging, biking and spending time with family.
AIDAN graduated –a full year early- from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. There, he majored in Economics and minored in Computer Science. He graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in June of 2011. Aidan scored a 2250/2400 on his SAT, with a 770/800 in Math, 750/800 in Reading, and a 730/800 in Writing. At Hunter, Aidan took AP microeconomics (AP score: 4), AP macroeconomics (AP score: 5), and AP AB Calculus (AP score: 4). Aidan is well-versed in French and studied the language all throughout high school. He loves teaching and has tutored for several years. Aidan is an athlete who loves to play basketball and tennis. He played tennis all 4 years of high school and was the Captain of Hunter’s tennis team, the Hunter Hawks, by his senior year. He also was the editor-in-chief of Hunter’s yearbook. Aidan participated in many extracurricular activities while at Hunter including Model U.N., Entrepreneurial Club, a Hip-Hop club, and wrote for the Hunter School Paper, the Observer, a food Journal called “Food 4 Thought”, and a music publication called “Playback,” all within Hunter. New York City born and raised, Aidan is intimately familiar with the NYC specialized high-school landscape and is building an educational curriculum for specialized high schools admissions tests. He currently runs an arts and music start-up, which he founded with three friends. When not at Kweller Prep, Aidan plays fantasy basketball; he also enjoys freestyle rapping with friends and loves to play sports-related video games (FIFA).
LORI is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and Hunter College. She attended Boston University, where she continued to enrich her experience as an educator, teaching English to students in Boston’s public schools. Lori is a licensed NYC school teacher and the lead teacher at a Head Start program. While attending Stuyvesant, she taught local elementary school students how to use early literacy skills to read. She was Vice President of the Stuyvesant Chapter of Aspira of New York, a multicultural youth leadership development organization. In addition to being inducted into National Honor Societies from ARISTA to Psi Chi, Lori has participated in annual Biomedical Research Conferences in Dallas and Atlanta as well as Hunter College Honors Week, where she presented academic research investigating Motivational Interviewing as a therapeutic intervention. After excelling in Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences and Quantitative Research Methods, Lori became a Teaching Assistant and National Institutes of Health-sponsored Research Fellow at Hunter College. While earning her BA in psychology, she conducted and analyzed behavioral research which she went on to present at the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School. She has published written work as an intern, writing feature articles for the NY Post Entertainment Department, as an undergraduate researching “Attitudes Toward Rockefeller Drug Laws, Demographics as Predictor Variables” and, later, as a Columbia University Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Scholar investigating desensitization to violent media using functional MRI at the College of Physicians & Surgeons. When she’s not tutoring at Kweller, Lori enjoys teaching creative movement to preschoolers in her musical early fitness class.
MOHAMMAD is in a masters program at NYU and works for Google. He graduated from New York University’s School of Engineering, double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He maintained a 4.0 GPA, completing most of his math and physics requirements in 2 years, not 4. He has three years of experience tutoring Algebra, College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Multivariable Calculus A & B, Differential Equations, and Linear Algebra. He attended the Baccalaureate High School for Global Education and received the IB diploma. In high school, Mohammad was the leader of the Moody’s Math Challenge team during Junior and Senior years. Mohammad taught himself programming in four different computer languages. While attending NYU, Mohammad is a member of the math team and was accepted to be a member of the NYU Computer Security team. He has experience tutoring high school and college students in math and computer science for three years. Through the NYU incubators, he aspires to create a start-up based on facial recognition. When not at Kweller Prep, Mohammad plays basketball and attends boxing and kickboxing classes.
WANCHI is a junior at Binghamton University. She is on full academic scholarship. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School, is a National Merit Semifinalist, and scored 2310/2400 on the SAT, with a breakdown of 710 Math/800 Writing/800 Critical Reading. Wan Qi is deeply interested in the humanities and has taken AP U.S. History (4) and AP English Language (5). She is currently taking AP Government, AP Comparative Government, and AP English Literature. As an athlete of the cross country and track teams for the past four years, business editor for the Stuyvesant Yearbook, member of A Capella, and Big Sib at Stuyvesant, Wanchi is very involved in extracurriculars. Not only that, Wan Qi is active within her community; she volunteers at the New York Aquarium, where she seeks to educate others about marine wildlife and the importance of conservation. When not at Kweller Prep, Wanchi enjoys writing, shopping for secondhand books at Strand, and doing arts and crafts projects.
RUDY graduated from St. Joseph’s College, cum laude, with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Concentration in Biology. He aspires to pursue a career in medicine and is sitting for the MCAT exam. His relevant coursework includes Physiology, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, Calculus I and II, as well as Organic Chemistry. Rudy attended Archbishop Molloy High School on a full scholarship, passing both the TACHS and the Molloy Scholarship Qualifying Test. He also sat for the SHSAT in eighth grade and gained acceptance into York Queens High School for the Sciences Specialized School. Rudy focuses on math tutoring at Kweller Prep, which includes Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, as well as Chemistry, TACHS, Physics (Regents & AP) as well as SHSAT Prep with a magnificent satisfaction rating from his clients. Rudy is not only able to tutor curriculum but is also very comfortable with regents preparation. In his free time away from Kweller, Rudy likes to retake exams with his students in Kweller to ensure he is always fresh. Rudy also loves to play basketball, as well as create art.
AMY graduated from New York University. She is in a Master’s program at NYU. She is aspiring to attend medical school and become a doctor. She majored in biology and minoring in math to pursue her interest in computational biology, as it is related to medicine. To further develop her interest in computational biology and medicine, she has gone on weekly rounds with a wound care physician, served as a mentor in Weill Cornell Medical College’s MACHO (Motivating Action through Community Health Outreach) Program, and is currently a research assistant at the MRI center of New York Methodist Hospital. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. During her time in high school, she was a member of ARISTA (the National Honor Society chapter at Bronx Science), assisted as a teacher’s helper at the Chinese Saturday School at Columbia University, and took a total of nine AP classes, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish, World History and U.S. History. She was granted with an AP Scholar with Distinction Award. In addition to biology, math and medicine, Amy also loves to write, having scored a perfect 800 in the writing section of the SAT.
TIMOTHY is a senior at MIT. He graduated from Queens High School for the Sciences at York College as the Valedictorian of his senior class. He scored a 2380/ 2400 on his SAT, with a perfect 800 in Reading and a perfect 800 in Math. He also scored an 800 on his SAT Math II and an 800 on his SAT II in Chemistry. Timothy has taken six AP courses, BC Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, English Literature and Composition, and English Language and Composition. He received a 5 on all but one of his AP exams, English Language and Composition, for which he received a 4. In high school, he was the President of the school’s Student Government, Captain of the Robotics Team, and a member of the Science Bowl Team. When not at Kweller Prep, Tim enjoys playing sports, such as tennis and swimming, and spending quality time with his friends.
KRISTINA graduated from New York University’s School of Education. At NYU, Kristina is an Athletic Academic Honor Roll Scholarship Recipient. She received the Liberty League All-Academic Honors award last year. Kristina graduated from the Buckingham Browne Nichols High School in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received a 2100/2400 on her SAT. She scored a 720/800 in writing and a 710/800 in critical reading. Additionally, Kristina tested into the highest levels of NYU’s Spanish Placement classes. She is also the three-year captain of NYU’s women’s golf team, and serves as a chairman on the Student Athletics Advisory Committee. Kristina tutors students in English Literature and Grammar, Advanced Writing, and Advanced Spanish Language. When not at Kweller Prep, Kristina enjoys running, playing the guitar, and exploring NYC with friends. Upon graduation from NYU, Kristina has secured a job with the Golf Channel in Florida, and will be dearly missed at Kweller.
OLIVER is a senior at the Stern School of Business at New York University. He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Oliver scored a 2330/2400 on his SAT 1. His score breakdown was 760/800 in Critical Reading, a 770/800 in Math and a perfect 800/800 in Writing. Additionally, Oliver also scored a 750/800 on the SAT 2 Mathematics II, 4’s on the Advanced Placement (AP) exams in Macroeconomics and Microeconomics, and 5’s on the AP exams in Biology and English Language and Composition. At Exeter, he was a member of the varsity football team and a writer and editor for The Exonian, the longest continuously running high school newspaper in the United States. Oliver also served as a varsity member of the Daniel Webster Debate Society, as well as a dormitory representative in Exeter’s student council. Along with multiple prizes for excellence from the debate team, Oliver received an award from the History Department for Excellence in United States History- achieved by only the top students of his high school. Oliver enjoys helping students with research paper editing and assisting with the college application process. At NYU Stern, Oliver is currently double majoring in Finance and Marketing. Moreover, he is a member of the New York University Parliamentary Debate Union and the Stern Student Council. When not at Kweller Prep, Oliver enjoys listening to music, exploring New York City, and cooking.
AKASH is attending Columbia University. He was accepted to Columbia University through the QuestBridge College Match on a 100% full academic scholarship, which includes housing, food, and all books, and is worth $74,000 a year. Akash has taken a six-semester social science research module at Townsend Harris High School at Queens College, where he conducted original, independent research since the fall of his sophomore year. His research encompassed landmark preservation ethics in NYC and SNAP participation trends of low-income neighborhoods. He has won awards from NYC History Day and NYS Student Archive Research. His research also qualified him to compete in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia. Additionally, he has taken AP World History (5/5), US History (4/5), and English Literature and Composition (5/5). He is currently taking AP Government and Politics and AP Spanish Language and Culture. He has also taken SAT II Subject Tests in Latin, Literature, and US History on which he scored above 700. Akash is a PSAT National Merit Scholar and has been inducted into the NYS Science Honor Society and Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. He has achieved perfect scores on the National Latin Exam, and for two consecutive years Akash was awarded Egregia Cum Laude. He was the layout editor for The Phoenix, Townsend Harris’s award-winning art and literary magazine and is president of the Art and Photography Club. He is also engaged in activism, working with the South Asian community in Queens where he educates the low-income immigrant community on their legal rights and free community services. When not at Kweller Prep, Akash enjoys watching animated cartoons on YouTube and shows from the Cartoon Network.
NANCY is a junior at NYU’s Stern School of Business. She is the recipient of $120,000 in college scholarship awards, including the Stern Scholarship, the Ming-Tsai Scholarship, the Pearson Education Scholarship, and the National Merit Scholarship for producing a 232/ 240 PSAT score. Nancy achieved a perfect 2400/2400 SAT score, as well as an 800/800 on the Math Level II SAT Subject test and a 790/800 on the Chemistry SAT Subject test. She took a total of 10 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in high school, achieving scores of 5/5 on Chemistry, US History, English Language, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Calculus BC, and Statistics, and 4/5 on Biology, World History, and Government. Having maintained excellent grades throughout her academic career, Nancy was offered a large scholarship to attend Saint Mary’s Hall, a prestigious preparatory high school in Texas. She graduated as part of the Cum Laude Society of Saint Mary’s Hall. Additionally, Nancy was selected as one of ten high school juniors to participate in a fully sponsored research program at the University of Houston. Nancy’s expertise is in SAT tutoring and advanced math tutoring, both of which she had experience with in high school. At NYU Stern, Nancy is involved with the Undergraduate Stern Women in Business Club, the Fashion Business Association, and the NYU Cheer team. She currently has a 3.93/4.0 GPA. When not at Kweller Prep, Nancy enjoys going to the gym and exploring the artistic aspects of NYC.
Jennifer is a student at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter completing a double major in Political Science and Economics while on a Pre-Law track. As part of the Macaulay Honors program, Jennifer received a full academic scholarship, two years of complimentary dorming, a MacBook laptop, and a $7,500 opportunities fund to pursue various internships and study abroad programs. Jennifer currently holds a 4.0 GPA, earning herself a place on the Dean’s List. Furthermore, she is part of the Macaulay Business Club and is a member of the Macaulay Prelaw Club. Jennifer graduated from Stuyvesant High School, receiving a 2260 on her SAT and completing 10 AP courses, including BC Calculus, Macroeconomics + Microeconomics, and English Language. Outside of school, Jennifer has been working as a paralegal for more than two years, interned for the NYC District Attorney’s Office and shadowed a judge, and devoted hundreds of hours to volunteering in the past few years. She has experience tutoring for the SAT, as part of her volunteering work with a non-profit called Let’s Get Ready. Outside of Kweller Prep, Jennifer enjoys going to the gym and watching Narcos.
BEN is a Junior at Baruch College. He is a Financial Accounting major on a CPA track with a minor in Corporate Communications and is on a full academic scholarship. Ben graduated from Forest Hills High School, where he attended its prestigious Carl Sagan Advance Honors Math and Science program and received an Advanced Honors Regents Diploma with an Honor in English and Math. At his high school, Ben took many classes one grade above his level and finished his whole high school curriculum by the end of his eleventh grade. Ben was born in Israel, but spent most of his life in US. He is fluent in Russian and Tajik, and is proficient in Spanish and Hebrew. Ben prepared for the SAT at Kweller Prep, raising his SAT score by five hundred points in the span of three months. Outside of his life at Kweller Prep, Ben is an active member of his community. At Baruch College, Ben is a student leader, making a difference in the lives of new and incoming students coming to Baruch. He is currently the President of Hillel at Baruch and the Vice President of B.O.S.S. (Baruch Organization of Soviet Students). On his free time, Ben likes to learn new languages and attempt to self-teach himself musical instruments such as piano and guitar.
About the Founder: Starting out as a private tutor, with a mother who had been a NYC school teacher for over twenty years, Frances Kweller naturally took to teaching and guiding young students. With her mother’s exposure to the failures of the school system and her own students’ continuous criticism of the lack of effective college guidance, Ms. Kweller quickly realized that there was a conspicuous gap in the education system that needed to be addressed. Therefore, she chose to pursue education and law with full force, graduating from NYU Steinhardt’s School of Education, with high honors, and Hofstra Law School. Shortly after passing the New York State Bar Exam on her first try, Ms. Kweller opened “Kweller Prep,” a one-stop shop to prepare students, as young as age 10, for the challenges of competitive middle and high school entrance exam test taking and college courses. Her dream became a reality, and nearly ten years later, Kweller Prep has become a huge success, consistently placing students into the best high schools and colleges in America. The company received numerous small business awards and was featured as the New York State SBDC success story (http://www.nyssbdc.org/success/Success/success.aspx?id=282) in 2015. Frances Kweller was honored as a distinguished NYU Alumni in 2010 and her biography was featured in WE Magazine for Women in 2014. Frances Kweller’s article on Choosing a College Major (http://college.usatoday.com/2014/09/16/viewpoint-choose-your-major-before-choosing-a-college/) was published in USA Today, and she is a proud member of the Tory Burch Foundation for Women Entrepreneurs. As of 2016, Kweller Prep employs nearly 40 of the brightest and best tutors in NYC. Kweller Prep operates in two locations, Queens and Manhattan, with an international customer base. Ms. Kweller’s organization not only provides tutoring and guidance to the students, but also offers parent workshops on the college admissions and scholarship search process. Kweller Prep offers summer tours of top colleges, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and even specialized high schools such as Stuyvesant. Kweller Prep is a 100% certified, women owned business (WBE) and an approved government vendor for after-school, expanded learning time services throughout NYC public schools. As someone who was disappointed with how the school system was operating to help smart kids advance, she not only spoke out, but also took action, filling an urgent and unfortunate education gap with emphatic and invaluable dedication. As an attorney, Ms. Kweller has vast experience in helping students through serving as their education advocate; she serves her clients with everything from securing adequate test accommodations (enforcing IEP’s and 504 Plans) to providing guidance on pre-professional and detailed course selection processes as students navigate competitive high school and college admissions. She is a proud mother of two beautiful daughters (born 15 months apart), wife, dog lover, and the only child of Russian immigrants, also known as the best grandparents ever, “Baboola and Gdeda”.
JESSICA IVY is the official first baby of Kweller Prep, and hopes to become a lawyer and business owner just like her mommy! Throughout her youth, Jessica Ivy will attend the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Programs, or CTY, across America, as well as participate in Duke University’s TIP program (to become a “tipster”). She will engage in leadership activities starting as early as the age of 10. Jessica will hold key positions at her school’s mock trial, debate and model UN teams at school. Jessica will sit for the SCAT exams as early as age 10, and will begin a rigorous routine of prep for the American Math Competitions, or AMC, by age 12. Jessica will sit for the SAT and ACT by the start of 9th grade, and then take it three more times after that over the next two years. Jessica aspires to attend a specialized high school such as Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, York, Brooklyn Tech, or Hunter (HCHS), Anderson, Nest for middle school. Jessica will take the history, English and math regents courses at the Windsor School the summer after 8th grade, so that she enters high school with three regents credits, allowing her to accelerate her studies and take Advanced Placement (AP classes) by 10th and 11th grade. Thus far, Jessica can only babble, but her mommy knows this is an indication that she desires to be a linguistics major on a pre-law track in an Ivy League college and aspires to receive merit-based and athletic-based scholarships. Jessica will apply early action to colleges, and will pursue a JD/MBA to become a lawyer and business owner just like her mommy, and dedicate much of her adult life to helping others pursue their educational dreams and career goals. Daddy has kindly requested that Jessica interns at the New York State District Attorney’s office each summer after college to build her lawyer skills prior to entering the world of entrepreneurship. Baby Jessica can already hold miniature tennis balls, which is a clear indication (to mommy) that she will pursue colleges offering Division 1 Tennis Opportunities. In her free time, Jessica enjoys listening to Mozart for the Mind and watching Baby Einstein videos.
MICHELLE IVY was born just 15 months after Jessica, and already aspires to be just like her big sister. Career-wise, however, baby Michelle has different plans, for she will explore a pre-med track, ultimately becoming the first doctor in her immediate family. Mommy discovered this career desire after baby Michelle began playing with the pediatrician’s stethoscope during wellness checkups. This was, of course, a clear indication (to mommy) that baby Michelle aspires to become a doctor and only pursue colleges offering BS/MD programs. To encourage her medical-school inclined desires, mommy will encourage baby Michelle to take accelerated math and science courses from an early age. Michelle is to graduate with a math and science regents by the end of 8th grade. The summer before high school starts, Michelle will attend programs at hospitals such as Mini-Med at Mt-Sinai Hospital, and “So You Want to Be a Doctor?” conventions at Columbia University. Michelle will volunteer at Elmhurst Hospital at age 14, Lenox Hill Hospital at age 15, and NY Presbyterian at ages 16 and 17. Michelle will proudly spend her “tween-age” summers at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, or CTY, programs and at the Duke TIP summer camp, so that she can be a cool “tipster” like her friends. Michelle’s first choice for high school will be Bronx Science, and her first choice for college will be Brown University’s 8-year Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME). Mommy can already tell by the way baby Michelle caresses mommy’s fingers with her hands that baby Michelle is compassionate and caring, which will make her a perfect fit in the medical world. Further proof of her soothing abilities are exhibited when baby Michelle plays and interacts with her big sister, Jessica. Mommy notices that baby Michelle is very patient and always responds to her big sister with smiles and giggles. Such qualities already demonstrate that baby Michelle will be a perfect addition to the medical field and her innate ability will truly help make the world into a better place.
GOLDIE is the official mascot puppy of Kweller Prep. She provides emotional support and stress relief throughout the challenging times of standardized testing. Goldie provides therapeutic benefit though companionship and affection. Goldie has proudly visited NYU, Columbia, Harvard Medical School, Yale, and Princeton; she is privy to nearly all college admissions workshops at Kweller Prep. Goldie is a hypoallergenic miniature Labradoodle that hugs and kisses any stressed-out kids or parents who come her way. Goldie is available 7 days a week for cuddling and can frequently be found resting her head on a nearby student’s shoes (She loves shoes!). When not at Kweller Prep, Goldie enjoys playing with other small puppies at the nearby dog park within the Parker towers. Her friendly, playful personality puts both students and parents at ease during tough testing times, creating a happy and positive environment as she strolls from classroom to classroom to “give loves.”
Kweller Prep offers high quality- not high quantity- test prep and academic coaching, including tutoring, mentoring, and support. Nearly all tutors at Kweller Prep impressively scored in the 99th percentile on a variety of state and national exams. Kweller Prep tutors serve as not only educators, but also as role models and mentors for our students, involved in numerous clubs, activities, community service, and outreach programs. They are held to high standards, both inside and outside of the tutoring center. Nearly all tutors are first-generation Americans, have passed thorough background checks, and the first ones in their families to attend top colleges, universities, graduate school and professional school programs. Tutors are available for small group instruction, with locations in Queens and Manhattan. You can reach Kweller Prep by calling 1(800) 631-1757 or emailing info@KwellerPrep.com.