Meet The Tutors
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.
Jackie is currently a second year medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine as a part of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College. As a part of Sophie Davis, she received her bachelor’s degree in an accelerated manner, graduating in three years, rather than four, with a major in Biomedical sciences and a minor in Psychology. Following graduation, She immediately matriculated into the CUNY School of Medicine. Presently, Jackie is a member of the American Medical Association and participate in organizing events throughout my school’s community as acting secretary of Biomedicus 2021. In addition to coordinating on-campus events, Jackie is also working alongside Dr. Ridwan Shabsingh, a distinguished professor at both Cornell University and CUNY School of Medicine, as well as a world renown urologist, to compose the first men’s health report for America. Prior to Sophie Davis, Jackie attended St. Francis Prep. At St. Francis Prep, she participated in the Science Research program, in which she designed and administered my own study alongside faculty at the Teachers College of Columbia University. In Jackie’s 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. Throughout high school Jackie 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. Jackie has been an SAT tutor at Kweller Prep for the past three years. When not at Kweller Prep, Jackie enjoys listening to music.
We are thrilled to have Jeff, an LSAT group instructor and private LSAT tutor with over 10 years of experience teaching the Kweller Queens LSAT course again this summer. Born and raised in Forest Hills, Jeff attended Hunter College High School before majoring in English at Binghamton University. After acing his LSAT, he attended NYU School of Law, was on the Law Review, and then worked as a litigator for 8 years. One of Jeff’s passions lie in education. A natural at teaching, Jeff has taught over 30 full-length LSAT courses for various companies and tutored hundreds of students privately at every level. He even tutored Neha Mehta personally, raising her LSAT score over 10 points in one summer. What makes Jeff such a great LSAT teacher is his ability to breakdown questions and answers in ways that every student can understand, thereby reinforcing key ideas and patterns and allowing students to apply those concepts on every LSAT test. Not content with simply helping students master the LSAT, Jeff decided to put his writing and editing skills to work by also becoming a Law School Admissions and Application Consultant in 2009. In this role, he helps students craft applications and personal statements that best highlight each student’s individual strengths. Jeff’s students have gone on to schools such as: Stanford Law, NYU Law, Harvard Law, U Penn Law, Northwestern Law, Vanderbilt Law, and Georgetown Law. Another major interest Jeff has is in music. In his spare time, Jeff records original rock music ( see: www.klugerock.com). He also served as a volunteer lawyer for the arts and artists as well. Multitalented, articulate, and knowledgeable on every type of LSAT question ever created, Jeff will serve as an excellent LSAT tutor at Kweller Prep Queens this summer.
FARIB is a senior at Macaulay Honors College, on full academic scholarship. At Macaulay, Farib is double majoring in both Computer Science and Mathematics and minoring in Economics. He is currently taking computer architecture, differential equations, linear algebra, and algorithms. Farib has consistently placed on the Dean’s list at Macaulay since his freshman year , with a current 3.94/4.0 GPA Farib aspires to work in the field of Artificial Intelligencce and Data Science. In college, Farib is a student leader as well. He serves as the President of Macaulay’s Chess Club, Treasurer of the National Association for Computing Machinery, and two-year lineman of Intramural Football. Farib has a 1600+ chess score, placing him among the top quarter of chess players in the nation. Farib graduated from Stuyveant High School, with a 92.6/100 GPA. In terms of school leadership, Farib was the head of five student clubs at Stuyvesant: Model UN, Varsity Football, Math Team, Arista, and Chess Club. He also played Ultimate Frisbee at Stuy for two years. Farib has worked as a Stuyvesant student peer tutor through Arista’s Honor Society and a paid tutor for eight years, the last three of which have been spent with our wonderful team here at Kweller Prep. During his time at Stuyvesant, Farib has taken the following Advanced classes and exams: AP Computer Science, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP U.S. History, A.P. Macroeconomics, A.P. Microeconomics, and A.P. Physics C – receiving a 5/5 on all of them except for AP World History, for which he received a 4/4. On his SATs, Farib scored a 2210/2400, a 35/36 on his ACTs, placing him in the 99% percentile. Farib also scored an 800/800 on both his US History and Math 2 SAT II Exams, and a 740/800 on his Physics SAT II Exam. Farib speaks Bengali and is proficient in Italian. When not at Kweller, Farib goes to Equinox gym in midtown, where he also works part-time as a certified personal trainer and fitness coach. Aside from his stunning academic accolades, we are proud to add that Farib is a health success story, losing nearly 90 pounds since high school through a disciplined diet and daily exercise.
KARINA is a New York state certified Earth Science teacher with a license in secondary education, for students in grades 5 – 12. Her specialty is in working with top-notch, high performing students to prepare them early on for the Earth Science Regents. By helping them get “ahead of schedule,” Karina’s students can complete science requirements needed to obtain for an advanced Regents Diploma by 10th grade. These pupils can then move on to AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics before graduation. Karina currently teaches full-time at a public school on Long Island. We are proud to add that Karina is the only teacher in Nassau County who teaches Regents Earth Science to 7th graders, who also all take the New York state Earth Science Regents exam in June. In 2018, Karina had a 100% passing rate for her students and over 75% of her students achieve Regents mastery, with a grade of 85 or better, on the Earth Science Regents. Karina received her bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education and holds a master’s degree in Adolescent Education from Dowling College. Karina is currently working on her second master’s degree in Leadership and Administration. In the summer of 2017, Karina successfully completed the Greentree Foundation Teacher’s Ecology Workshop for middle school teachers; a year-long program that provided her with knowledge and techniques to better teach Long Island students about the natural world. Every summer, Karina attends New York State Museum’s Annual Earth Science Teacher workshop; where she is immersed in geology and paleontology and expands her knowledge of New York specific topics and collects rocks, fossils and minerals for her classroom. In addition to teaching, Karina is one of the select few writers of Earth Science curriculum. In the spring of 2017, Karina was asked by the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES), the largest BOCES in New York State which serves 56 school districts in Nassau County, to write the Earth Science curriculum for NYLearns.org, a dynamic online platform management and standards-based system whose mission is to enhance public education and the opportunities available to students of all ages and abilities by providing access to innovative and cost-effective services. In the summer of 2018, Karina worked full-time as a Curriculum Specialist Liaison for Nassau BOCES and coached summer school future Earth Science teachers in Nassau County. Both a teacher and a trainer, Karina as a perfect fit to prepare Kweller Prep students for the upcoming Regents exam. Karina is fluent in Spanish and has also tutored students for ten years in Spanish, Algebra, and Geometry. Karina is a longtime close friend of Frances Kweller. Karina and Frances share a 20-year friendship since they were both classmates at New York University’s Steinhardt’s School of Education. In her free time, Karina enjoys practicing yoga weekly, hiking seasonally, and spending quality-time daily with her 10-year old daughter, Lily.
AMBER is currently a freshman in the BA-MD program at Brooklyn College which is an 8-year, direct high-school-to-medical-route which automatically admits students to SUNY Downstate upon graduation from college and an MCAT. As an undergraduate, she is part of Macaulay Honors College, a 100% full scholarship program and is majoring in psychology. Amber was born and raised in Forest Hills, and attended Hunter College High school from 7th through 12th grade. We are proud to add that Amber was a Kweller Prep student in preparation for the SHSAT. After a summer of study, she placed into Stuyvesant High school, but she ultimately decided to say at Hunter after a lengthy conversation with Frances Kweller. Amber has also attended Kweller Prep to get ready for the Center for Talented Youth at John Hopkins university placement test (the scat). She attended CTY the summer after 8th grade, where she took a class called Fast-Paced High School Biology. At her high school, she was a part of the Science Research Seminar Program, president of the South Asian club organizing the annual cultural show, staff writer for the Opinions Magazine, a part of Washington Seminar allowing her to meet government officials in Washington DC, and a peer mentor to younger students. Outside of school, Amber has volunteered at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital, interned in the Neurology Department at Mount Sinai where she worked on a project to build a device that can detect seizures before they occur, and was a part of the BridgeUp STEM Brown Scholars Program at the American Museum of Natural History. In high school Amber took classes such as AP Biology which she scored a 4/5 on, AB Calculus, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics Physiology, Internal and Neuro Science, Public Speaking, and Asian American Literature. Amber attended Kweller Prep to prepare for her standardized exams and received a 33 out of 36 on her ACT, an 800 out of 800 on her SAT Math 2 test, and a 730 out of 800 on her SAT Biology exam. In her free time Amber loves to dance and watch cooking shows.
Navila is a 4th year pharmacy student currently attending St. John’s University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. She is in her 2nd professional graduate year expecting to graduate in 2021. She is a registered pharmacy intern of NYS who is currently on rotations with Walgreens Pharmacy and New York Presbyterians’ Hospital for Special Surgery. She is an active member of Pharmacist’s Society of the State of New York. She is currently taking her Drugs and Diseases courses in Cardiology/Infectious Diseases, Toxicology, Extemporaneous Compounding, Drug Information, and various lab works in biomedical sciences. She graduated from Bronx High School of Science with a 95.00 GPA, where she took multiple AP courses including AP Chemistry, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus scoring 4/5 and 5/5 on all exams. She scored a 2100/2400 on the SAT and 32/36 on the ACT. She has also been involved in the community by working with the American Cancer Society and working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Elmhurst Hospital. Navila has also volunteered in tutoring students at the Variety Boy & Girls Club of Queens, as well as private tutoring in ELA/Math, Regents exams, and SHSAT. When not at Kweller Prep, she loves to travel around different countries, watch movies, and hang out with her friends
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NICOLE is a first year law student at CUNY. She graduated cum laude from Queens College in May 2018, receiving a 4-year degree in only 2-years. Nicole is only 20-years-old and in law school, and she’s the youngest J.D. candidate in her class. She majored in Political Science and an honors minor in Business and Liberal Arts (BALA). She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Association, and graduated with Political Science departmental honors. Nicole has consistently earned herself a place on the Dean’s List. She graduated from The Queens School of Inquiry, which is an Early College Initiative High School, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned an Advanced Regents Diploma with honors and Mastery in Math and Science. She earned a 96 on the Algebra Regents, 95 on the Global History Regents, 96 on the U.S. History Regents, and 95 on the Chemistry Regents. Nicole was a part of the Yearbook Committee, Eco Club, Salsa Club and Photography Club. She graduated high school with 58 college credits, allowing her to earn her Bachelor’s Degree with honors at the age of 20, two years after graduating from high school. She was also awarded the President’s Education Awards Program honor. She was admitted to NYU Tisch School of the Arts and St. John’s School of Pharmacy. Nicole interned at Immigration Equality in 2017 as a JFEW Scholar and has worked at the Queens College Office of Student Leadership and Development from 2016 to 2018. She has participated in NYU Future Film Scholars, Higher Education Action Day, the Queens District Attorney’s Office Explorer’s Program, Harlem DNA Lab program two years in a row, and the Circles for Learning, Understanding and Exploration Fellowship. She has volunteered as a note-taker for a student with special needs and she volunteered at a donation center and shelter. Nicole aspires to be an attorney because she wants to work toward achieving justice for the underserved. She is also fluent in Russian and Spanish. Nicole has danced ballet, lyrical and jazz at Usdan Center for the Performing Arts for 8 summers, where she was also a bus counselor and Counselor-In-Training. Nicole was selected to work at Kweller Prep by an organization called Ladders for Leaders. She was the only candidate offered employment here after Frances Kweller interviewed one dozen other prospects and found her the most qualified. Nicole has danced on the stage of the Apollo Theater, performed at Carnegie Hall three times on violin and danced at New York City Center.
Juliana graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Science where she majored in physics and minored in Spanish on a partial scholarship all four years. At NYU, she took courses in math and physics up to the graduate level including Calculus I, II, III, Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Biophysics, and Computational Physics. She has conducted research with top professors at NYU’s Center for Soft Matter Research. During her semester abroad at NYU Madrid, she was chosen to work in a state-funded lab researching the unique properties of newly created carbon material, graphene. During her time in Madrid, Juliana also researched with a Loop Quantum Gravity group that worked closely with LIGO as they detected and recorded gravitational waves for the first time in history! Juliana has several years of experience tutoring Algebra I & II, Pre-Calc & Trigonometry, Calc I, II, III, and Physics I & II. She has also tutored for SAT/ACT test prep and has taught a course in competition math to middle schoolers. Juliana loves seeing students’ academic and self confidence grow throughout the tutoring process. In her free time, you can catch Juliana dunking on the basketball court or working on her tech skills for Super Smash Brothers Melee.
AKSHAY graduated from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentrating in Finance and Business Strategy. Akshay received over $120,000 in merit-based scholarships and was a J.P. Morgan Smart Start Finalist. At Ross, Akshay was an honors student each semester for four years. Akshay was a “preferred-admit” candidate to Ross, a distinct honor which only 5% of the incoming student body received guaranteeing acceptance into the Ross Business School. At Michigan, Akshay was involved with four professional and two cultural organizations, including Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity and Nexicon Consulting Group. He also spent one semester studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, where he took classes in Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Tech Strategy. By his sophomore year, Akshay was elected as an RA, or Resident Advisor, through which he was able to mentor many students. Akshay graduated from The Bronx High School of Science. There he took ten (10) Advanced Placement courses (World History, American History, Psychology, Chemistry, Statistics, Java, Calculus, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, English Literature), scoring either a 4/5 or a 5/5. Akshay was also a member of the Bronx Science Debate Team and Math Team, which were both nationally ranked and recognized for excellence. He took both the SAT (scoring a 1530/1600) and the ACT (scoring a 34/36). Although Akshay was raised in Forest Hills for much of his life, Akshay studied at a renown International Baccalaureate Boarding school in Bangalore, India for two years when he was in the fifth and sixth grade. Akshay is a product of multiple prep schools, ending his journey at Kweller Prep. Akshay serves as the Sales Director at Kweller Prep, handling enrollment and registration for hundreds of students each semester. Previously, he has taught almost every class offered here including: SHSAT, HUNTER, ISEE, TACHS, SAT, ACT, Regents, AP & SAT-2. A child of immigrants, Akshay enjoys helping students reach their academic goals and develop pre-professional skills. At Kweller, Akshay has also run resume and cover letter seminars, positioning many Kweller students on the right path to secure summer internships. At Michigan, Akshay has privately tutored students in upper-level college classes including Accounting and Financial Modeling. Akshay is fluent in Hindi and has limited proficiency in Spanish. Always active, Akshay has been interning since he was a freshman in High School; spanning from small business jewelry firms to large commercial banks and investment banks. When not at Kweller Prep, Akshay is currently employed at a NYC management consulting firm focusing on advising private equity and corporate clients. When he is not working, Akshay loves to travel. His passports has over 25 different stamps and he strives to add at least one distinct stamp each year, ahead of his age.
Michelle Rozelman is a freshman at the NYU Stern School of Business. She attended P.S. 196 for elementary school and NEST+m in sixth grade before graduating from Hunter College High School with a 4.0 GPA. Michelle has taken many advanced placement classes including Biology, Chemistry, French, Micro/Macro Economics, and BC Calculus. She has perfect scores on the SAT 2 Literature and Biology exams. She was a math and English tutor at Hunter and provided support for students navigating the high school’s rigorous curriculum. Outside of the classroom, Michelle was a selected member of Washington Seminar where she followed public policy and met with politicians, lawyers, and Think Tank directors in Washington, D.C. Michelle was also a chosen applicant for Science Research Seminar where she followed new advances in medical research and technology. An active member of the Hunter publishing community, Michelle was a staff writer and editor for The Leading Strand and Food for Thought. She has a lot of volunteer experience performing at nursing homes, organizing events at community recreation centers, and managing food and clothing drives. Michelle has worked for the Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and was a valued intern leader at her Borough Hall office. She was also on the Varsity Volleyball and Lacrosse teams in high school. Michelle is proficient in French and Russian and enjoys playing the piano.
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MAHRIE is currently a freshman at New York University, where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Politics. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2018, with a score of 2250/2400 on the SAT, which she took in her sophomore year (10th grade) of high school, and a 35/36 on her ACT. She took a wide range of Advanced Placement courses such as AP English Language and Composition, AP Art History, AP Physics I and AP Physics II, AP Calculus BC, AP English Composition and Literature, AP American History, AP European History, AP US Government, and AP Latin. At Bronx Science, Mahrie was a varsity debater on the nationally-ranked Bronx Science Speech and Debate team and served on the board for Model United Nations. Outside of school, she interned at the Korean American Civic Empowerment grassroots organization, where she networked and was offered a fall internship for both NY Senator Grace Meng and NYC Assemblywoman Nily Rozic. Mari has consistently tutored for 3 years, privately and small classes for reading, grammar, and mathematics on specialized exams, specifically SHSAT, the Hunter exam, as well as SAT II Subject Tests. She has experience in peer tutoring and working in test prep schools over the summer and during the school year. A natural leader, Mahrie earned two Presidential Service Awards for over 600 hours volunteering within her Korean community. Mahrie is also fluent in Korean and has been studying Latin for 5 years. When not at Kweller Prep, Mahrie can be found socializing with her friends around the NYU’s Washington Square Park, getting exercise at the Palladium gym, or studying at the Bobst library.
Chen is a 3rd year student at Harvard Medical School. Chen is one of the most senior tutors at Kweller Prep, having taught privately and in group classes for the past 6 years. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Biochemistry. Prior to graduation, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received full honors in the biological sciences from his degree-conferring department. At Harvard Med, he is the founder and director of the Harvard Human Rights Collaborative, a student-run clinic, and he serves as a class representative. Chen is the Vice President of the Asian Pacific-American Medical Students Association and staffing director of the Crimson Care Collaborative, a multi-institutional student-faculty medical practice. Additionally, he is one of the four recipients of the Harvard Medical School National Award Scholarship in his class. Chen will be pursuing a dual MD-MBA degree from Harvard. He dreams of becoming a physician entrepreneur, and is particularly interested in medical device development. Chen also entered Harvard with an extensive research background, having published in 4 journals, and worked 2 years as a clinical research coordinator at Mount Sinai, and 4 years as a researcher at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Notably, in terms of test-taking, Chen achieved a 40 on his MCAT, placing him nationally at 99.98 percentile, scored a 239/240 on his GRE (99%), and 2370/2400 on the SAT I as well as perfect 800/800 on his Math II, Chemistry, Biology and US History SAT II Subject Tests. Chen received a perfect score of 5/5 on all of his AP exams, including BC Calculus, Biology, and US History. Chen has developed an expertise preparing students for the Hunter Entrance Exam, and he particularly excels at teaching students for the Hunter Essay. In his free time, he enjoys running marathons, backpacking, and playing the classical piano, which he has played for over fourteen years.
CALVIN is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2017, with a score of 2060/2400 on the SAT while taking a wide range of AP courses such as Comparative Government and Politics, English Language and Composition, Environmental Science, Psychology, World History, English Composition and Literature. Calvin graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. Outside of the classroom, he volunteered for the Bronx Science Key Club and competed on the Track and Field team that won the Bronx borough championship three years in a row. At Bronx Science,Calvin began to tutor fellow students in regents history courses. He is also fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese. When not at Kweller Prep, he can be found sketching landscapes at public parks, enjoying scenic walks through New York City, or at a local running track. He now has almost 3 years of experience at Kweller Prep, where he has instructed in Regents US History, Regents Trigonometry, Regents Algebra, SHSAT, and Hunter courses.
ILYSSA is an incoming freshman at the University of Pennsylvania; she will be studying nursing at the School of Nursing and economics at the Wharton School under the university’s Nursing and Healthcare Management Dual Degree Program. She graduated as the valedictorian of Townsend Harris High School’s Class of 2018, achieving a 100.64% cumulative average, graduating with an Advanced Regents Diploma, and leading several extracurricular activities. Upon graduation, she received the Henry Nias Scholarship from the Townsend Harris Alumni Association, qualifying for a $2,500 scholarship in addition to the $53,000 she received from Penn. She has taken eight AP courses: World History (5), US History (5), Statistics (5), Psychology (5), English Literature (5), Spanish Language, Macroeconomics, and Calculus BC. In addition, she has taken four Queens College courses during her senior year, receiving an A+ in each course. Ilyssa was a member of the National Honor Society (ARISTA) for three years and the Archon Honor Society for one year. She took the SAT in November of her junior year, scoring a 1550, with a score breakdown of 760 in reading and writing and 790 in math. She also took SAT IIs in literature and US history, receiving a 740 and 770, respectively. She was the editor-in-chief of The Classic for two years, the president of the Trivia and Knowledge Club, and a leader for Flip FON, a cultural performance held each year. When not at Kweller Prep, Ilyssa enjoys exploring cafes in New York City.
MO graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He currently attends NYU Stern for his MBA and is also applying tor his MD. 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 thas taught groups of students in preparation for the Hunter College Entrance Exam, the SHSAT, and the SAT for nearly six years. 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.
MARIE is a sophomore at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, on an full academic scholarship. She is a graduate of Townsend Harris High School. born and raised in Forest Hills, Queens. NYU Gallatin allows Marie to create a major studying what she loves in-depth: art history, studio art, and business with minor in French. In her time at Townsend Harris High School, Marie maintained an overall GPA of 96.32,/100.00 with all classes being either Honors or AP courses. At Townsend, Marie took AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language, AP Statistics, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Psychology. She was admitted to NYU with a superscored SAT score of 2220 on the old SAT, a 700 on SAT US History, and a 720 score on SAT English Literature. In her time at Townsend, Marie was the art director of her school’s student-produced, student-choreographed competitive production called SING!, Art Contributor (editorial staff) for The Phoenix, the award-winning literary and arts magazine, and a staff artist and writer for The Classic, the award-winning newspaper. Marie also attended the Bridgeview School of Fine Arts during the weekend. She volunteered for four years at the Greater Astoria Historical Society as a Student Historian Intern, canvassed for the Jon Kaiman Congressional District Campaign in the summer of 2016, and volunteered at the Village Temple Soup Kitchen. In high school, Marie was in the Archon and Arista Honor Societies for three years, the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for mathematics, and received Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam both years taking it. Marie has peer-tutored students at Townsend Harris and taught many classes at Kweller Prep, including PSAT, SAT, SHSAT, and Hunter. Marie is skilled in tutoring English, algebra and geometry, and in her free time outside of Kweller Prep, enjoys painting and drawing, and working on theater and film sets as a stage manager and/or set designer.
MO is a Master’s student at New York University (NYU), studying Computer Science with a focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). He graduated from NYU with 2 Bachelor’s degrees in 4 years; one as a double major in Math and Electrical Engineering, the other as a double major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. He maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate career, and currently holds a 4.0/4.0 as a graduate student. Mo started his career at NYU at an early age; he took Calculus in 7th grade. All throughout high school, he took undergraduate and graduate level Math and Computer Science courses at NYU. Entering his Freshman year of undergrad, he had already completed over half the coursework. Mo graduated from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education, receiving the IB diploma. On the IB Math exam, he was ranked 11th out of 34,000 students internationally. He scored a 2200/2400 on the SAT (breakdown of 800/800 Math, 700/800 Reading, 700/800 Writing), and a 800/800 on SAT 2 Math 2, and 800/800 on SAT 2 Physics. He has 11 years of tutoring experience; in high school, he had already been a part of NYU Courant’s tutoring program in Math and Computer Science. This is Mo’s 6th year at Kweller Prep. Aside from being a student at NYU, he is also a Machine Intelligence Engineer at Google.
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.
TEDDY (Theodore) is in his last year at Baruch College where he is majoring in Corporate Communications and minoring in Psychology. After graduating from Baruch, Teddy plans on applying to law school to continue his studies in humanities and corporate law. Teddy is a graduate of Bard High School Early College Queens, where he received an accelerated curriculum from a young age, completing four years worth of high school credits in two: 9th and 10th grade. Teddy then took two years of college classes throughout 11th and 12th grade. The classes he took within the college program were college-level classes taught by college professors which gave him a full 60 credits. The courses he was a part of included but were not limited to: Pathophysiology, Psychology of Belief, Poetry and Revolution, Philosophical Seminar, Logic, African Literature, and Food in American Society. Upon graduating at the age of 17, he received not only a high school diploma, but also sixty college credits and an Associate’s Degree, placing him two years ahead of his peers once he started college. Within college, his major and minor provide him a steady mix of classes that are strong in Business, Communications, and Psychology. Teddy’s relevant course curriculum includes: Communication for Executives, Business Law, Intercultural Communications, Laws of Free Speech in American Society, Persuasion, Macroeconomics, and Sensation & Perception. Theodore enjoys teaching History, English, and Economics, as well as debating in his spare time. In high school, he was the founder and leader of the Travel and Discovery Club and a senior member of the Finance and Economics Association. During 10th and 11th grade, Teddy was a student at Kweller Prep working tirelessly to reach high SAT and ACT scores, improving upwards of 500 points back when the SAT was scored out of a 2400. We are proud to add that Teddy and many of his Bard classmates invested two summer at Kweller for SAT Prep. In 2015, Theodore was awarded a United States Congressional Award by New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand for outstanding civic and volunteer work in his community, where he volunteered eighty hours of his time at local nursing homes and soup kitchens to help others. Theodore is also on the Junior Olympic Tennis Team at the U.S.T.A. National Tennis Center and an avid cyclist. Similarly, he takes great joy in traveling, hiking, and being outdoors whenever he is not busy with academics. Teddy is one on the most important “behind-the-scenes” inventory and support staff at Kweller Prep.
ABIGAIL is a sophomore at the Macaulay Honors Program, on full scholarship, at Hunter College, where she is pursuing a Pre-Medicine track with a double major in Biology and Economics and a double minor in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. As a sophomore, Abigail currently has an overall 4.0 GPA and is on the Dean’s list. She is also volunteering at Bellevue Hospital in the Cardiac and Internal Medicine departments, as well as at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center in the Neurology department. As a part of the Macaulay Honors program, Abigail will receive a full academic scholarship, two years of free Manhattan housing, a MacBook laptop, and a $7,500 opportunities fund to pursue various internships and study abroad programs, and priority placement in college honors classes. Abigail graduated from Townsend Harris High School, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated within the Principal’s Honors List with the Advanced Regents Diploma. Abigail scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT with a 1560/1600, and scored a 34/36 on the ACT. Throughout her high school career, Abigail has taken 7 AP Courses: World History, U.S. History, Human Geography, Calculus AB, Macroeconomics, Biology, and Psychology, earning 5/5 on all the exams. During her senior year of high school, Abigail received 12 college credits for her Queens College classes in Humanities, Philosophy, and Anthropology. Beyond her academic career, Abigail interned as a Patient Care Associate (PCA) Assistant for more than two years at New York-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital, where she worked to provide optimal comfort and assistance for patients, as well as assign treatments and provide surgery/discharge times. In addition, Abigail was a captain for her Varsity high school volleyball team, and played as a setter for her travel team and competed in tournaments for Under-16 and Under-17 Nationals across the Northeastern region. When not at Kweller Prep, Abigail enjoys watching movies and traveling to foreign countries. She’s visited almost all of Asia, parts of Europe, Central America and will be traveling to Africa for a study abroad internship, paid for by Macaualay, to observe and suggest improvements for the youth healthcare system.
BEN is a senior at Baruch College, on full scholarship. He is an Entrepreneurial Management major with a focus in small business management with a minor in Corporate Communications and is on a full academic scholarship. Ben graduated from Forest Hills High School, in its selective Carl Sagan Advance Honors Math and Science research program. Ben received an Advanced Regents Diploma with an AP distinction. At Forest Hills High School, Ben took many classes one grade above his level and finished the full high school curriculum by the end of his eleventh grade, allowing him to take all AP’s and college classes as a 12th grader. Ben was born in Israel, but spent most of his life in the US. He is fluent in Russian and Tajik and is proficient in Spanish and Hebrew. We are proud to add that Ben prepared for the SAT at Kweller Prep, raising his SAT score by five hundred points (on the 2400-scale) in the span of three months. He fondly refers to Kweller Prep as his academic “home,” and 5 years later, Ben serves as the general manager of Kweller Prep in Queens. He works alongside Kweller Prep’s CPA team and assists then with running weekly payroll, developing each class syllabus, ordering and taking inventory of supplies, and managing all aspects of the overall business, which blossomed from a few dozen students to several hundred per semester. A natural leader and multitasker, Ben holds several prominent positions within his school and the larger Jewish community. Outside of his life at Kweller Prep, Ben, who is himself orthodox, was elected the President of Hillel at Baruch College. He is also a standing Board of Directors member of the Baruch College Association. In June 2018, Ben hosted a group of 50 college students on a free tour of Israel through the Birthright Organization. When not at Kweller Prep, Ben likes to learn how to greet people in different languages. He also enjoys learning how to play with musical instruments such as piano and guitar.
CAMILLA will begin college at Columbia University this fall and plans to major in Economics and Political Science. She attended the Baccalaureate School for Global Education where she participated in the rigorous IB diploma program and graduated as the Valedictorian of her class. In addition to this, Camilla was awarded as a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and recently obtained a National Piano Guild High School Diploma in Music. Outside of school, Camilla has attended law classes for high school students at Columbia University, taken business and computer science classes at NYU, and participated in the Harvard Debate summer program. Additionally, she volunteered at a middle school where she taught students entrepreneurial skills. At her high school, she participated in the school’s varsity soccer team, managed the school basketball team, wrote in the school newspaper, and participated in student government. Camilla spent two summers at Kweller to prepare for the SAT and received a 1530/1600 along with a 780/800 on the Math II Subject test. Now a tutor at Kweller Prep, Camilla teaches SAT classes and is available to teach private sessions in numerous subjects.
MAZAL is a sophomore at St. John’s University in the 6 year intensive pharmacy program. Currently she has a 4.0 GPA. She graduated from Townsend Harris High School where she maintained a cumulative GPA of 97. There she has taken numerous challenging courses including AP Spanish Literature, AP Calculus, AP World History, AP US History, and Honors Organic Chemistry scoring a 5/5 on all the AP exams. She has received a 95+ on all her regents examinations. At the end of her high school career she received the highest awards in chemistry and Spanish literature, granted for her 5th year of excellence in Spanish literature. Aside from focusing on academics, she was also an active member of her community by participating in the Archon and Arista honors societies that each require 50 hours of community service per year. Her service ranged from volunteering in hospitals such as The Mount Sinai Hospital and the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Center, taking on leadership roles in soup kitchens such as Masbia, and even completing political service through working on senate campaign teams. Her interest in education stemmed from her very first volunteer experience in the Queens Library Summer programs for kids where she helped design engaging learning curriculums and reading clubs. When not at Kweller Prep, Mazal enjoys to draw, travel, play piano and spend time with family and friends.
VINNY is entering his final year at NYU’s School of Engineering pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Management. He graduated high school with an International Baccalaureate diploma while securing a 4.6 GPA, 2250/2400 SAT score including a perfect 800 in math, and a 35 ACT score. During his SAT subject tests, Vinny earned a perfect 800 score on the Math 2 test while garnering above a 740 in US History and Molecular Biology. Regarding his AP/IB testing, Vinny has secured perfect scores on the AP Calc AB/BC, US History, and Government examinations while also scoring a 4 on AP Biology and Psychology tests. As part of the IB Program, Vinny also secured scores of 6 and above on the IB higher-level (HL) Mathematics, Biology, and History tests and the standard-level (SL) Pyschology and Physics tests. Outside of the classroom, Vinny was captain of his HS Speech and Debate team and ranked 3 rd in the California State Championship in Lincoln-Douglas debate. He also was captain of a robotics team that qualified for the national tournament 2 years in a row. Since arriving at NYU, Vinny has maintained above a 3.8 GPA, completed internships at numerous tech firms, and is an avid member of the Model United Nations travel team. He hopes to successfully graduate, secure a job at a large tech company, complete his LSATS, and discover a way to integrate patent law and coding. When not at Kweller, Vinny loves playing basketball, skiing, and playing the piano.
REDWAN (Red) is entering his final year at NYU’s School of Engineering pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He graduated from The Bronx High School of Science with a NYC regents average of 98, a 2250/2400 SAT score with a perfect 800 in the math section, and a 35 ACT score. Red earned a score of 800 on several SAT subjects tests including Chemistry, Math I, Math II, and Physics. Red has also earned a 4 or 5 on multiple AP examinations including AP Calculus BC (5), AP Physics C: Mechanics (5), AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism (5), AP Chemistry (5), AP US History (4), AP World History (4), and AP Human Geography (4). Outside of the classroom, Red was a leading member of the Bronx Science Math Team for four years. As a starter for the team, he participated in many different prestigious mathematics tournaments including AMC and AIME. He was a part of the Intel Talent Search program with a focus in mathematics and wrote multiple mathematics research papers. Since arriving at NYU, Red has maintained above a 3.5 GPA, secured a data analyst position at JP Morgan and Chase, and partook in various NYU projects as a research assistant. Red hopes to help students reach their maximum potential by teaching them to appreciate the aesthetics of Math and Science, rather than fearing the subjects. When not at Kweller, Red enjoys playing basketball, playing video-games, and going on adventures with friends and family.
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.
ERIC is an incoming freshman at Dartmouth College, where he intends on studying a combination of engineering and economics. A recent graduate of Regis High School, Eric managed to achieve a 1540 on the new SAT and a 790 on both the Physics and Math II SAT Subject Tests. In addition to his standardized testing, Eric maintained a 3.8/4.0 GPA and was a National Commended Student. At Regis, all of his classes were taught at the honors level, and he also elected to take more advanced courses when offered, such as Accelerated Calculus. Aside from academics, Eric captained the City Championship winning Regis soccer team, is a decorated member of the debate team, and is involved in the German exchange program. He is also no stranger to teaching younger students. At Regis, Eric tutored in both German and Math, served as an assistant to incoming freshman, led several student retreats, and volunteered as a teacher’s assistant for Central Park Early Learning. He used to run the NYCFC Cityzen’s Giving Program and be a BW Gottschee soccer youth coach.
Armin currently attends Stony Brook University. She’s pursuing Pre-med track whilst double majoring in Biology and Business Administration. Her long-term goal is to become an OB/GYN with a dual degree of MD/MBA. She graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA. She has taken many AP Courses throughout the course of her high school career: U.S. History, English Language, English Literature & Composition, Biology, U.S. Government. During high school, she was inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the National English Honor Society. She managed to create a Model United Nations chapter at her high school and attended conferences such as Princeton Model UN Conference and Cornell Model UN Conference. She was the president of her School’s Model UN chapter for 2 years. Armin scored a 2210/2400 on the SAT. Outside of school, she has volunteered at various hospitals including Jamaica Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital, volunteered at soup kitchens, and organized events for younger kids. When not at Kweller Prep, Armin loves to paint, read, and sleep.
RABIA is a sophomore at St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. She is a pharmacy major and hopes to earn her PharmD at the end of her six year program. She is a graduate from Townsend Harris High School, where she maintained a GPA of 97.00. She took only Honors or AP classes, which included AP World History, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology and AP Calculus. Rabia scored a 1990 out of 2400 on her SAT and a 30 out of 36 on her ACT. In high school, Rabia was also a part of the Arista Honor Society for three years. She was one of the News editors for The Classic, the school newspaper and president of the club, Glamour Gals, which is a volunteering based club. Before working at Kweller Prep, Rabia was a teacher’s assistant at GO Project, a non-profit organization and a SHSAT and Hunter private tutor. In her free time, Rabia likes to watch her favorite movies, read and explore the city.
VIVIAN graduated from Cornell University College of Engineering, as an Operations Research and Information Engineering major. Vivian is also a graduate from Hunter College High School who earned a 2300 on the SAT, 780 on each of three SAT II Subject exams (Math 2, Math 1, and Chinese), scored a 5 on the AP Statistics exam, and qualified as a National Merit Finalist. She was also Editor in Chief of the school publication The Eclectic, Web Manager of the math magazine Radicals, member of the Math Team, Hunter Mathematics Department tutor for the Seventh and Ninth Grades, and member of Varsity Swimming and Varsity Tennis. Vivian has years of experience preparing students for the SAT, SHSAT, and HCHS entrance exams, in addition to consulting students on college applications and college application essays. At Cornell, she was a student leader in two national organizations: President of the Cornell section of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences and Corporate Relations Director for the Society of Women Engineers. Vivian is passionate about big data technology, automation, and optimization. She currently works during the day as an analyst at a financial services firm. In her free time she volunteers as a mentor for underprivileged high school students at Student Sponsor Partners, travels around the world, swims, and plays the piano.
JOSH is a Junior at New York University pursuing a B.A in Computer Science. He graduated from Hunter College High School in 2016 with an SAT score of 2200/2400. While at Hunter, he took a number of AP classes, including AB Calculus, Psychology, and Computer Science. He was on Hunter’s varsity Badminton, Track, and Lacrosse team. Previously, Josh has volunteered at the FHVAC, his local volunteer ambulance corps. He was the Captain of the Youth Corps, teaching teenagers in the community dispatching and various EMT skills. He is proficient in Chinese. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music and playing instruments(piano, drums, guitar, and trombone). Josh participates in New York Presbyterian’s dragon boat team and has helped the team receive eight gold medals since 2016.
Suha is currently a medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine. She graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 2014 with honors and a 95.09 average. On her SATs, she scored a 730/800 in Critical Reading, 740/800 in Math, and 710 in Writing. On her subject SATs, she scored a perfect score the Korean Subject Test with Listening and 770 on the Mathematics Level 2. At Townsend Harris, Suha scored summa cum laude in 2013 and magna cum laude in 2014 in the National Latin Examination. In 2012, she participated as a member of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools based on scholarship, leadership, service and character. In 2013, she also received the AP Scholar Award, in recognition of exemplary college-level achievement on Advanced Placement Program Examinations, and participated as a member of the New York State Science Honor Society. In 2014, she also participated in “We the People: The Bill of Rights and the Constitution” in an effort to engage in local public policymaking. She also played volleyball for 4 years and participated as an indoor track athlete for 2 years. In 2017, she graduated from the City College of New York with a major in Biomedical Education as summa cum laude. She currently teaches undergraduate students at the City College of New York in pre-med courses, such as chemistry, epidemiology and biostatistics, and the fundamentals of organ systems. In her free time, Suha enjoys running, singing, and spending time with family and friends.
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 recently graduated from Hunter College with a major in English/Linguistics and a double minor in Psychology and Music, and is currently preparing for graduate study in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She completed her studies at Hunter College with a 3.9 GPA, highest honors in her major, and Magna Cum Laude. She also graduated as part of the prestigious and exclusive Thomas Hunter Scholar Cohort. 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. Prior to attending Hunter, she attended Staten Island Technical High School- one of the specialized high schools that was ranked 4th best High School in New York offering 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 a manager/event planner at the Hunter College Writing Center 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. Jenna Marie has tutored for the past seven years, four of which have been at Kweller Prep. Shes taught SHSAT, Hunter, and SAT classes every semester since starting college. When not at Kweller Prep, Jenna Marie enjoys trying different burger joints around NYC.
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.
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.
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.
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 second year medical student 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 mental health counseling. He scored perfect 5/5’s on both the AP Literature Exam and the AP Composition Exam. John excels in English and descriptive essay writing and has taught Kweller’s Hunter class for three years. 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 single-handedly 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, JoJOHN is a second year medical student 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 mental health counseling. He scored perfect 5/5’s on both the AP Literature Exam and the AP Composition Exam. John excels in English and descriptive essay writing and has taught Kweller’s Hunter class for three years. 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 single-hanhn enjoys playing Pokemon on his game boy. He hopes that, one day, he will “Catch ‘Em All.”
PAULINA is a senior at Baruch College’s Scholars Program. She is an Actuarial Science major with a minor in Spanish, and 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. At Baruch, Paulina is Director of Marketing for the Actuarial Science Society and an Honors Ambassador for the Honors Program. As an ambassador, she conducts tours for prospective students and parents, and helps students decide whether Baruch is the right school for them. Furthermore, she interned at Prudential Financial last summer in the actuarial department working on the Variable Annuity Modeling team. 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, IB Chemistry, IB Art, and IB Math. At BSGE, she was a part of the Helping Hands community service group, which focused on helping both local and international communities. With the school, she volunteered at Socrates Sculpture Park for Earth Day and the Sunnyside Community Services Center for Thanksgiving. In addition to BSGE, Paulina attended Polish School nearly every Saturday since 7th grade where she learned about Polish language, grammar, history and culture. She is fluent in Polish and has received the Polish Language Certification. Furthermore, she has contributed greatly to the Polish community and has been rewarded for her contribution and studies by the Polish Ambassador. She performed in various Polish institutions such as the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manhattan and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Paulina has experience in teaching English; she did so in Spain at a language immersion camp. We are so happy to share that Paulina worked Kweller Prep in Queens and Manhattan, as both a tutor and an essay grader, since her senior year of high school. She’s loyal, dedicated, kind, graceful, and attentive. Paulina has experience tutoring students from grades 5-12. We have no doubt that Paulina will serve as a perfect tutor, role model, and mentor while she teaches Kweller’s BSGE course in Manhattan. When not at Kweller Prep, Paulina can be found on a tennis court, on stage singing, or traveling the world.
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.
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.
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.
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 second year (M2) medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine in NYC. He graduated with a B.S. degree is Biomedical Sciences from 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 during his undergraduate years for academic excellence. In 2016 he received the Rudin Fellowship to research key enzymes in the DNA repair pathway, which would potentially have cancer therapy targets. Fazeel has also spent several summers in the lab at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where he worked with researchers to better understand the mechanism of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS. Fazeel was the president of the Health Professional Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) at the CUNY School of Medicine, which exposes high school students to what life is like in medical school. His volunteer work includes work with the American Cancer Society for over 5 years, where he organized a multitude of events, including Relay for Life and Making Strides. 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. Fazeel is a certified EMT in the state of NY and works with a volunteer EMS group several times a month. Fazeel serves as a recruiter of top and talented high school students at Sophie Davis. He and served as an admissions counselor at H-prep, where he personally mentored students on how exactly to take patient blood pressure and taught them how to take patient history. Fazeel is a senior level tutor at Kweller Prep, and has taught the Hunter Program, SHSAT, SAT, and helped with college essays for the past four years. His younger brother, Zaid, who is at Stonybrook BSMD +4, is also gainfully emploted at Kweller Prep on weekends. Fazeel currently teaches the Hunter Program on Friday nights and his brother Zaid assists him. When not studying or at Kweller, Fazeel plays way too many video games.
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.
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.
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.
KAREEM graduated from the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. In college, Kareem served as the president of Columbia’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, helped Columbia administration to organize career fairs, and engaged students in Harlem by teaching a curriculum he created on the topic of Computer Science. Kareem receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering along with a minor in Applied Mathematics and finishing with a 3.7 GPA is just the beginning; he was decorated with a slew of academic and leadership awards, scholarships from Columbia and Fortune 500 companies, and offers for engineering roles at a variety of companies. Kareem chose to start his engineering career at ExxonMobil in Houston where he currently holds a position as an Integrity Engineer. Kareem’s love for teaching has not wavered, however, and he still makes time to tutor for the SAT, ACT, Hunter Exam, SHSAT, and all STEM classes (Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, etc.) up to and including college level courses via Skype or in person when he is home for the holidays.
Nina graduated from George Washington University (GW) in Washington D.C. this past spring. While at GW, she earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a concentration in Molecular Biology. Nina was on the pre-med track, so she completed the pre-requisite curriculum for application to medical school, in addition to earning a minor in Business Administration. Nina currently works daytime in clinical research and she pursuing an MD/MBA. While at GW, Nina was a member of the University Honors Program (UHP) which comprises the top 1% of the academic community. The Honors Program requires undergraduates to complete a series of intensive, seminar-style humanities courses. Nina found that her secondary education at Hunter nurtured an interest in the humanities, with similar small, intensive seminars and I wanted to continue those studies at the collegiate level alongside the traditional premed STEM curriculum. Some of Nina’s notable achievements at GW include appointment to a teaching assistantship (paid position) for an interdisciplinary STEM seminar geared towards promoting interdepartmental research and STEM student retention. She also worked at GW Hospital, a level one trauma center, which currently serves as first-responder to the White House and State Department. Nina has been very fortunate to pursue the aforementioned opportunities, but perhaps the most relevant experience Nina brings to the table is that she has been teaching at Kweller Prep for the last five years, and teaching the Hunter entrance exam for the past seven years overall. Nina originally started tutoring for the exam via a student organization at Hunter called Lighthouse, which sought to connect underprivileged fourth and fifth graders with mentors from Hunter high school. Nina tutored students for their NY state tests so that they could qualify for the Hunter entrance exam, and then we tutored them for the Hunter test. Nina worked closely with the Hunter admissions office to determine the best strategies to teach the exam. Nina also worked with the teachers in the English department to get a better sense of what the staff is looking for in the essays, as they are the individuals evaluating that portion of the exam and students tend to struggle most with the essay. At Kweller, Nina served as an instructor for the Hunter test and taught the Summer Camp weekday course for two years, in addition to privately tutoring for it, with an emphasis on the essay. Nina has worked with students from a broad range of backgrounds and academic levels and has particularly enjoyed helping students determine their own individual path to success.
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.
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. At Stuyvesant, she began building the foundation of her career as a school teacher by teaching reading fundamentals to first-graders at the local elementary school. She then attended Boston University, where she continued to enrich her skills as an educator, teaching English and early literacy to students in Boston’s public schools. Lori is a licensed NYC school teacher with diverse experience as both the lead teacher at a Head Start program and Summer Director of My Little Language Montessori School. 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 and she is a certified volunteer at her son’s Catholic school.
RUDY is in his second year (2L) at St. John’s University School of Law, on a $30,000 scholarship. A natural leader, Rudy serves as the Director of Programming for the North East Black Law Students Association. This past summer, Rudy worked as a Summer Associate at Nixon Peabody, LLP in New York City and served on a panel for the Leadership Council of Legal Diversity. He is part of the New York Family Court System’s Court Room Advocates Project and one of St. John’s Law school select few scholarship recipients. Rudy aspires to become a NYS Patent Attorney. In this field, he can blend his love for math, physics, and law. Rudy graduated from St. Joseph’s College, cum laude, on full scholarship, with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Concentration in Biology. A person of multifaceted interests, Rudy’s college curriculum included many high-level math and science courses, including: Physiology, Physical Chemistry, Physics, Genetics, Calculus I and II, as well as Organic Chemistry. Rudy attended Archbishop Molloy High School on a 100% 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, his first choice, but chose Molloy to stay within the Catholic School system. Rudy has worked at Kweller Prep for over 5 years. He teaches the TACHS Catholic School Entrance Exam) course each year, as well as Hunter, SHSAT and SAT math. Rudy is also the one of the lead teachers for Kweller’s Physics, Chemistry, and Geometry Regents Courses. Feedback from his students is “When Rudy speaks, I understand” – even the hardest math and science concepts. Rudy is not only able to tutor curriculum but is also very comfortable with meeting with parents to address student strengths and weaknesses. In his free time, Rudy likes to retake exams to ensure he is always “fresh.” Rudy also loves to play basketball, as well as create art. In fact, Rudy organizes staff basketball games at Russell Sage Park with fellow Kweller tutors in the spring of each year. Rudy’s dynamic abilities make him a perfect fit to teach a wide variety of classes at Kweller Prep.
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.
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.