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. She has worked at Kweller prep consistently, each and every semester, including winter and summer breaks. Jackie is extremely comfortable preparing students for the high-stakes entrance exams and looks forward to working as the Hunter extra help instructor on Saturday mornings. When not at Kweller Prep, Jackie enjoys listening to music and spending quality time with her twin sister, Katie.
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.
AMY graduated from New York University, where she majored in biology and minored in math. She also holds a Master’s Degree in biology from New York University. She aspires to attend medical school and become a doctor. To further develop her interest in computational biology and medicine, she has gone on weekly rounds with a wound care physician, acted as a mentor in Weill Cornell Medical College’s MAChO (Motivating Action through Community Health Outreach) Program, and currently conducts research at New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She has also volunteered in the emergency department for the past three years and is a certified EMT. This is Amy’s 7th year and an SHSAT tutor at Kweller Prep and her 5th year as a Hunter tutor. Amy has taught students in both small group settings. Amy graduated from the Bronx High School of Science. During her time in high school, she was a member of ARISTA (the National Honor Society chapter at Bronx Science), assisted as a teacher helper at the Chinese Saturday School at Columbia University, and took a total of nine AP classes (Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, English Literature, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish, World History and U.S. History). She was granted with an AP Scholar with Distinction Award at Bronx Science. In addition to biology, math and medicine, Amy also loves to write, having scored perfect 800’s in the writing section of the SAT.
We are thrilled to have Jeff, an LSAT group instructor, private LSAT tutor and Law School Admissions and Application Consultant 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 and then worked as a litigator for 8 years. Because he always enjoyed teaching, Jeff began tutoring for the SAT in 2006 and then the LSAT in 2008. Jeff found he was a natural, and went on to teach 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. On a personal note, Jeff is a musician and in his spare time records original rock music (see: www.klugerock.com). He also served as a volunteer lawyer for the arts and artists as well. Multi-talented, 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.
SASHA is a sophomore at the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, on a full academic scholarship. There, she majors in Biochemistry and Public Policy while completing a minor in Spanish. Sasha will be applying to medical school upon graduation. She volunteers at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. The past summer, Sasha participated in research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center through a research internship and will continue to conduct research through a second internship this coming summer. Sasha graduated from Townsend Harris High School, where she wrote for her school’s newspaper and was a captain of the Girls Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track Teams. In high school, Sasha worked in a microbiology research lab, and was awarded as a New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) Finalist and a Teptu Brink Science Research Competition Finalist for her research presentations. In addition to taking 12 college credits at Queens College, Sasha took AP World History, AP English Literature, AP Spanish Literature, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Biology, AP Calculus, two years of Ancient Greek, and science research. Sasha has worked as a Kweller Prep tutor since her senior year of high school and is excited to continue her SAT II Biology class. She’s one of the most thorough, most meticulous tutors at Kweller Prep and hand-draws each sophisticated anatomy diagram for her students. When not working at Kweller, Sasha enjoys running, writing, and playing music.
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NEHA is a rising star, a current 1L at NYU Law School (ranked #5 in the nation). She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, double majoring in Biology and Political Science, on a full academic scholarship. Neha graduated from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in 2012, and received an International IB Diploma. She aspires to become a patent lawyer within the bio-tech and life sciences industry. While at Macaulay Baruch, Neha maintained 3.87/4.0 GPA, as a double major, earning herself a consistent place on the Dean’s List. Over the past four summers, Neha earned competitive legal internships at prestigious law firms and organizations, including: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, Duane Morris LLP, and the Office of the NYS Attorney General. She also has volunteered at NYU Langone- Brooklyn as a Patient Services Volunteer for over three years. Neha graduated from the Baccalaureate High School for Global Education (BSGE), and scored a 2200/2400 on her SAT’s, with a 760/800 in Math and a 720/800 in Critical Reading and a 720/800 in Writing. Neha graduated with an IB diploma, the highest recognized international diploma in the world, with a 6 in English HL, Biology SL, Math SL, and even Mandarin SL. Neha maintains her fluency in Mandarin and went on two language intensive study abroad trips in the summers before her sophomore and junior year of high school. We are proud to add the Neha was a longtime Kweller Prep SAT student six years ago, spending two summers and a fall semester at Kweller’s rigorous SAT prep. After she was accepted to Macaulay honors, Neha returned to Kweller Prep (again!) but this time, to work as a tutor and student mentor. Never ceasing to impress, Neha soon become one of the most beloved SAT tutors at Kweller Prep, a position she held for the next five years. This past summer, Neha worked at Kweller Manhattan as our only LSAT instructor, once again beloved, teaching a group of aspiring law students the ins and outs of this rigorous test 4-evenings a week over 7-weeks. Neha possesses a bubbly personality, pleasant demeanor, positive attitude and outstanding, tireless, fierce work ethic. It’s no surprise she gained a seat at Baccalaureate HS, Macaulay Honors, and now NYU Law School. She is a perfect role-model for the students she teaches here. When she’s not at Kweller Prep, Neha enjoys playing tennis, running, traveling, cooking, and visiting her parents at the Parker Towers, located in the same building as her beloved first job, Kweller Prep Queens.
DAN is currently a 4th year medical student at the University of Buffalo anticipating placement into Obstetrics and Gynecology residency in March 2019. He was one of the original tutors for Kweller Prep and has taught a wide variety of Math, Science, and Placement exam courses. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hunter College in 2015 with a major in Biochemistry and Minor in Mathematics. During that time he taught college level science courses for the University as well as the MCAT. He also participated and presented at multiple research conventions for a project that created biologic chelators for chemotherapy drugs. For these efforts he was awarded the highest Research Honors at Hunter College – Raab Presidential Fellowship Award. In 2015 he was accepted to multiple medical schools and decided to attend the University of Buffalo School of Medicine on a merit based scholarship. Throughout his time in Buffalo he placed in the top quintile for all clinical rotations. He also was one of the founders of UBHEALS, a medical outreach program that offers medical care to the homeless population in Buffalo (See more at UBHEALS.org) and was awarded with the AOA Leadership Award. In addition, he has conducted research for the Neurosurgery department that attempted to decrease post-stroke intracranial swelling by non-surgical means. We are so proud to add that Dan was an SAT student Kweller Prep throughout his junior year (11th grade) at FHHS. During that time, he raised his score by over 300 points and graduated among the top at Forest Hills. He then took a job as a math tutor at Kweller Prep, working weekends and late evenings throughout his years at Kweller Prep. He was missed while away at Medical School and we are so excited to have him back to teach advanced math and sciences until June 2019. Currently he has finished all his coursework in medical school, interviewed across America for residency and is awaiting his placement June 2019. His goals are to complete residency in ObGyn and then pursue a fellowship in Gynecology Oncology.
KSENYA is currently a freshman in Adelphi University’s Nursing Program and on the Presidency Academic Scholarship. This scholarship covers all of Kissenya’s college tuition. As a college freshman, Kissenya was placed on the Dean’s list due to her academic excellence. She maintains a current GPA of 4.0/4.0. Ksenya graduated from Forest Hills High School and was a member of their selective Carl Sagan Math and Science Research Program. Kissenya graduated top 1% from her high school and maintained a class rank of 11/1056 and a 101 cumulative weighted average. Throughout her years of chemistry-based research in high school, she won two out of three state science fairs, ranking first place. In her senior year of high school, Ksenya was one out of sixty students in her grade to be granted a research internship in Northwell Health Hospitals. Throughout her high school career, she took 4 AP classes including AP Biology, Precalculus, AP Statistics, and AP Government and received a 4/5 or higher on all her exams. Along with AP courses, Ksenya attended College Now and graduated from high School with over 20 college credits. We are so proud to add that Kissenya was an SAT student at Kweller Prep. After attending Kweller Prep’s summer SAT camp for 7 weeks, Ksenya received a 1460/1600 on her SATs scoring 720/800 on writing and reading, and 740/800 in math, and 23/24 on the essay section. She was proficient in all high school regents exams by her sophomore year of high school and graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma. In her spare time, Ksenya is fluent in Russian, Persian, and English. She enjoys writing, photography, traveling with friends, and spending time with her family.
Marianna is currently enrolled in Brooklyn College’s Coordinated BA/MD program with the SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, completing a double major in Chemistry and Psychology and a minor in Biochemistry. She graduated as salutatorian from the Carl Sagan research program at Forest Hills High School in 2016. She scored a 2200 on her SAT and is currently on a full merit-based scholarship. In high school, Marianna has taken numerous advanced placement courses including: AP world history, AP US history, AP biology, AP chemistry, and AP Physics C-Mechanics. Advanced placement and college now courses combined allowed her to enter college with over 30 credits. She additionally took the SAT II subject tests in US history, Math II, and Biology, scoring in the 99th percentile in each. Outside of academic activities, Marianna was very involved in high school extracurricular activities, such as medical club and participating in the Volleyball and track teams. At Brooklyn college, Marianna has served as a peer mentor for the past 2 years and is an active member of the American Medical Student Association. She has spent the past summer, earning an observership at the Weill Cornell College of Medicine, where she was able to serve as a student intern in the department of cardiothoracic surgery. In addition, she completed an observership at Mount Sinai in the department of kidney transplant surgery. She truly enjoys and has a passion for medicine and patient care. Marianna has been tutoring for approximately 5 years now and truly enjoys it. She finds tutoring to be a very rewarding experience not just for herself but for her students- especially when she sees the “light bulb” go off in someone’s head and a concept that has been giving difficulties is finally understood! Her teaching approach is very flexible and catered to the individual that she is working with because she believes that everyone has their own preferences and different learning styles. She tries to present information in an engaging and simple way and often in more than one way for a better understanding.
Nancy is currently a senior at the Bronx High School of Science. She was admitted to Yale University and Columbia University (Rabi Scholar) this year with almost a full ride and will be attending Yale the fall of 2019 with a major in biology. She has taken a total of 12 Advanced Placement courses, including AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History, AP Microeconomics, AP Language, and AP English Literature. Nancy achieved a subscore of 36/36 and 35/36 on the English and Grammar section of the ACT respectively, an 800/800 on SAT II Math 2, and a 780/800 on SAT II Chemistry. As a student in Bronx Science’s Biology Research program, Nancy conducted neuroscience research at Columbia University for two years. She investigated biological markers and genetic factors involved in oligodendroglioma, a rare type of brain tumor. She won the Second Grand Award in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biological Sciences at the New York Science&Engineering Fair. At Bronx Science, Nancy is actively engaged with her community. She is the captain of the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse team and a player on the Varsity Volleyball team. She was also a sprinter on the Indoors Track Team for two years. Nancy is also a member of the National Honors Society and has done community service through campaigning for Councilmember Paul Vallone and volunteering at her local doctor’s office. Nancy is the founder and president of her school’s Women in Medicine Club and on her free time, she enjoys trying out different recipes in the kitchen.
Elaine is a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, the only specialized high school in Queens. There, she has a 98.64/100 unweighted GPA. She received a 1510/1600 on the SAT, 800/800 on the Math II SAT 2, and 710/800 on the United States History SAT 2. Elaine dedicated the summer after tenth grade to Kweller’s SAT prep. She currently takes AP Physics C, AP Calculus BC, Honors Government and Economics, and a college level English class. Over the course of her high school years, Elaine has taken a total of seven AP Courses, including AP United States History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, AP English Language and Composition, and AP World History, in addition to two courses at York College. At school, Elaine is the Public Forum Captain of the Speech and Debate Team, Vice President of Student Government, Founder and President of Future Business Leaders of America, Treasurer of Key Club, and the Senior Representative in the School Leadership Team. She was also part of the Varisty Girls Swim Team for two years and has competed in the 2017 and 2018 Physics Bowls representing her school. During her summer, Elaine interned at Catalyst Inc., a global nonprofit organization that works with the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies to advocate diversity and inclusion in workplaces. Currently, Elane works as an SHSAT tutor at Kweller Prep every Sunday. Both her younger twin siblings attend Kweller’s SHSAT prep classes now (but are taught by tutors Nina and Mo). We are thrilled to update Elaine’s bio to add that she received a 100% full college scholarship offer after applying to the JP Morgan Smart Start and first learned of this scholarship from her SAT tutor Tamir. In her free time, Elaine enjoys playing volleyball and is learning to become a ballroom dancer.
Michelle is a rising sophomore at Cornell University. There, she majors in Industrial and Labor Relations, a blend of business and the social sciences, on a pre-law track. Her current GPA is a 3.8/4.0. Because of her high school credits, Michelle is expected to graduate a semester early from college. Michelle will be applying to law school upon graduation and plans on studying for her LSAT exam this summer. Michelle graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 2018, where she was the captain of the Varsity Volleyball Team, wrote for the school’s newspaper The Classic, and participated in Key Club International, Festival of Nations, Student Union, Junior State of America, and the Seekers Christian Fellowship Club. In the meantime she was a staff editor and writer for Neo Politico, a student-run online political journal, for three years. At Townsend Harris Michelle took two years of Latin, AP World History, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus, AP Psychology, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, along with 9 credits worth of classes at Queens College. She excelled in her earth science, algebra, biology, English, world history, geometry, chemistry, physics, and trigonometry regents exams. She graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma and was recognized for being in both the Arista and Archon Honor Societies for four consecutive years. Throughout high school Michelle participated in the Intensive Law & Trial Program at Stanford University in her junior year and the High School Law Institute Program at NYU Law School throughout her senior year. Michelle was also an intern for Paul Vallone’s Reelection Campaign, in which she familiarized herself with politics and community outreach efforts. Michelle volunteered as a tutor at her local church, where she was the President of her youth group. Michelle is proficient in both Korean and Spanish. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys writing, photography, and traveling.
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.
Konrad graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, and received a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics. As part of his major, he took coursework in differential equations, linear algebra, computational biology, and organic chemistry. Throughout his time at Harvard, Konrad was a member of the varsity cross country and track teams, committing upwards of 30 hours a week to athletics and holding a personal best 4:12 mile. He was also President of the Harvard Investment Association and a board member of the Harvard Polish Society. After his freshman year, Konrad completed a fully-funded 8-week internship at the Curie Institute in Paris, where he worked in a regenerative biology laboratory. Through this summer opportunity, he also traveled extensively through Southern and Western Europe. Born and raised in Queens, Konrad attended NEST+M Middle School and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 2012. He scored a 2330/2400 (old version) of the SAT, which ranked in the top 10% of his high school. While at Stuyvesant, Konrad took many advanced placement classes, including AP Calculus BC, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP World History. He scored a perfect 5/5 on all his AP exams. He also took the Biology, Chemistry, and U.S. History SAT II subject tests. Konrad was a 2-year captain of Stuyvesant’s track & field team and among the best distance runners in New York State his senior year. He was featured in both the NY Times and the NY Daily News. Konrad has worked as a tutor at Kweller Prep since his senior year of high school. Throughout his years at Harvard, Konrad returned to Kweller Prep to teach over winter and summer breaks from school and served as a Skype tutor. Currently, Konrad lives in New York City and is available as an in-person tutor for the SAT, SAT II, ACT and a variety of Advanced Placement exams.
SYLVIA is currently a senior at NYU’s Stern School of Business on a 100% full scholarship. She graduated from Hunter College High School. At Stern, Sylvia is majoring in Finance and Accounting, and is taking class towards a Masters in the latter, all while graduating in four years. Sylvia has completed courses in Advanced Corporate Finance, Financial Statement Analysis, Financial Statement Modeling. Sylvia is also minoring in Arabic and has taken a range of Arabic classes. A natural leader, Sylvia serves as Vice President of NYU Stern’s student body and as President of the BS / MS Accounting Board. Sylvia has leadership skills that complement her academic record and she has maintained the Dean’s List for all three years of her college career. She will be working at Goldman Sachs in their Investment Banking division full-time starting July 2019. Prior to her college career, Sylvia attended Hunter College High School. Sylvia scored a perfect ACT score of 36/36 and SAT score of 2300/2400 (Math-800, Grammar-770, Reading-730). At Hunter, Sylvia was the president of the student club 146, and the director of the public forum debate. This is Sylvia’s fifth year as a tutor at Kweller Prep. She has helped dozens of students gain entrance into her Alma mater, Hunter, as well as privately tutor students in math Olympiad and essay writing. As an instructor, Sylvia is gifted at making her students laugh, enjoy classes with her and stay engaged. Frances Kweller gave Sylvia summer classes of 8 SHSAT boys and she not only kept her sanity, but 4/8 of Sylvia’s students received an acceptance offer- including Stuyvesant.
Yakov is a senior at the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College. The Macaulay Honors program is a merit-based full tuition scholarship and promotes its participants to pursue intellectually rigorous courses. For high school, Yakov was a member of the Carl Sagan research program at Forest Hills High School from which he graduated at the top 2% of his graduating class. Math and science courses were always his favorite and he enjoyed helping his peers to understand challenging concepts. At Queens College (QC), Yakov is in the midst of completing his Neuroscience bachelors degree with a 3.95 GPA and is a member of the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Honor Societies. As a neuroscience major, he has been a member of a QC neuroscience research lab for three years where he coauthored a study on the distribution of perineuronal nets in the mouse brain. As a member of the science honor societies, he prepares recitations for students to supplement lecture materials and he also volunteers for peer tutoring. At QC, he is also vice president of the Future Healers of America club which provides members with relevant information and events to make them better applicants for medical or dental schools. Yakov had always known that he was passionate about a career in healthcare so he volunteered in Mount Sinai Hospital, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and several dental clinics. He fell in love with dentistry because of the strong, hands-on role that dentists play in maintaining the health of communities. He scored in the 98th percentile on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and is applying to dental schools. Yakov really enjoys enjoys to read, practice karate, and spend time with family and friends during his free time.
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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.
ARYA is currently a freshman in the Macaulay Honors program at Baruch College, a 100% full scholarship program and is majoring in Finance. Arya was born and raised in Queens and attended Forest Hills High School. We are proud to add that Arya was a Kweller Prep student in preparation for both his ACT, SAT and multiple SAT subject tests. At his high school, Arya played a pivotal role in Student Government and was president of the Math team. While maintaining a class rank of 16/1056 and a 100.63 average, Arya also excelled in sports with the position of Captain on his track team. During his summers, he also interns with a diamond company called Star Asia where he sharpens his business acumen by involving himself in sales and accounts. Arya also volunteers at the Jain Center of America at the Ithaca temple every Sunday. In high school Arya scored a 5/5 in all his advanced placement courses such as AP Caclulus BC, AP Macroeconomics, AP Computer Science A, and AP World History. As per standardized testing, Arya received a 1490 on his SAT, scoring a 790 on Math and a 700 on writing and reading. He scored a 770 on his SAT subject test in Math 2 and a 750 in World History. Now at college, Arya is involved in the Macaulay Business Club, Investment Management Group and is in search for an internship with a prestigious financial institutions such as JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs.
NAUREEN is currently in the process of receiving a double Bachelors in Secondary Education and English, from Queens College. Naureen has been on the Dean’s List throughout her entire career at Queens College. She maintains a 3.9/4.0 GPA as a junior. She aspired to to be a high school English teacher upon graduation. Teaching has been one of Naureen’s long time passions and she’s tutored dozens of students over the years. Naureen is personally responsible for helping many of her close family members pass the SHSAT cut off and gain entrance into NYC specialized high schools. Naureen herself, attended Bronx Science. Throughout her high school career she took 4 AP classes and received a 4/5 or higher on all her exams. Also, she received a 2150/2400 on her SATs. Though, she is now majoring in English, she has always been academically strong in mathematics. In fact, she took the Algebra 1 Regents in 7th grade. In her free time, Naureen enjoys reading, writing for her school’s paper and spending time with her best friend since high school, Kweller tutor Navila.
YEHUDA is a senior at Townsend Harris High School. He maintains a 102.48 GPA and received a score of 1510/1600 on the SAT, with a perfect score of 800/800 on math. He currently takes AP Psychology, AP Calculus BC, AP Government and Politics, and AP Spanish Literature, in addition to two college classes at Queens College. Over the course of his high school career, Yehuda has taken a total of 8 AP courses, scoring between a 4/5 and 5/5 on the exams he has taken so far. Yehuda is fluent in Russian, English, Spanish, and Latin, and has received national recognition for his performance on the National Latin Examination. He is also the President of the Jewish Club at his Townsend Harris, and is the bass leader in both the acapella and chamber music clubs in his school. He has performed in several venues, one of his most memorable being at the Queens College annual Kristallnacht commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yehuda has also spent countless hours during his summers throughout high school volunteering at Queens Hospital Center. He participated in an internship at Atlantic Endocrinology. As part of his dedication to the Buharian Jewish community, Yehuda spends much of his time organizing food banks, raising money for charities, and tutoring underprivileged children. We are proud to add that Yehuda spent two summers at Kweller Prep preparing for the SAT, nearly perfecting his score. Both a former student and now a tutor in our program, Yehuda is a great fit for Kweller Prep. In his free time, Yehuda enjoys singing, playing basketball, and going to the gym.
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.
Sharon graduated from New York University, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Chemistry and took premed courses. She has continued volunteering in the Emergency Department at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Queens for the past seven years. In addition, she did research with the Chief of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Douglas Lazzaro, and his team. They wanted to determine if there was any significant seasonal variation of infectious keratitis. This research was recently published and can be found in the Eye and Contact Lens Journal. Sharon recently presented her master’s thesis and completed her Masters in Public Health at SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. During her masters she gained experience in biostatistics, applied regression analysis, epidemiological research methods, writing literature reviews, statistical modeling, data analysis, SAS and R coding, and writing manuscripts. She plans to do a public health internship with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to gain more public health field experience and dreams to works for the CDC in the future. In the addition, she plans to pursue medical school.Sharon graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School , where she majored in Mathematics and took numerous challenging courses, which included AP Statistics, AP BC Calculus, AP Physics B, and AP Physics C. Throughout the school year, she competed on the Math Team, played on the Varsity Tennis Team, served as the junior chairperson on the National Honor Society, and was the editor of the Math Magazine. Additionally, she volunteered in the Key Club and at New York Presbyterian Hospital Queens where she contributed 400 volunteer hours. During the summers she went to programs such as the Macaulay Honors Summer Scholars Academy in Mathematics and the Columbia University Summer High School program for Physics. In addition, she worked with the Director of the Cardiology department at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Dr. Jason Lazaar, and his team. They did cardiovascular disease research and wanted to find a direct way to detect micro vascular disease before it leads to organ damage. Her team’s job was to analyze the effects of certain modifiers, such as passive leg raising, hyperemia, and Capzasin, on micro vascular dilation and pulse wave velocity. She scored a 2100 on the SATs, with a perfect 800 in Math. During her free time, she enjoys Latin ballroom dance, Broadway shows, and travel.
ANTALYA is a senior at the NYU College of Arts and Sciences, where she is double majoring in biochemistry and Spanish. She is currently writing her senior honors thesis in biochemistry after three years of working in a research lab on campus and as of now, is set to graduate summa cum laude. She is on the pre-med track, has recently taken the MCAT exam, and will be applying to medical school in the summer of 2019. Antalya is a Presidential Honors Scholar and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as one of 20 juniors in the spring of 2018. She is a member of the Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society and has extensive experience tutoring college-level biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, writing, Calculus I & II, and Spanish at her school’s tutoring center. Off campus, Antalya has devoted over 300 hours volunteering in the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department and is an alumna of the Project Healthcare Program. Antalya graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2015. At Hunter, she took college-level organic chemistry, AP Spanish, AP Biology, and AP Calculus BC. She scored a 2270/2400 on her SAT as well as a 34/36 on the ACT. Antalya was a senator on her year’s student council, was the captain of the girls’ varsity swim team, and was a chemistry teaching assistant for a 10th grade chemistry class during her senior year. She has also been tutoring two students in the Hunter College Elementary School for 4 years now. Antalya is a skilled writer. She has written and received three undergraduate research grants while at NYU. She has had her writing published in Esferas, a journal the NYU Spanish and Portuguese department compiles every semester. Antalya also won a scholastic gold key award while at HCHS for writing piece which as later published. Currently, Antalya is looking forward to completing her time at NYU and spending her gap year tutoring at Kweller Prep, volunteering, and gaining more clinical experience.
MINWOO is a senior at Cornell University and this is his fifth year at Kweller Prep, starting as an intern and then becoming one of our senior level tutors. Minwoo graduated from Hunter College High School, where he was captain of the Varsity Swim Team and president of several other organizations including Hakyo (Korean Cultural Club) and LiNK (Liberty in North Korea). Minwoo achieved scores of 2320/2400 for the SAT and 35/36 for the ACT, and received the National Merit Finalist scholarship after scoring exceptionally well on the PSAT. After completing the Saltz Internship at the Museum of Natural History, he developed an interest in environmental sciences, and thus was accepted to the Environmental Sciences and Sustainability major for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Cornell. Minwoo is attending Cornell University on a 100% full scholarship, and aspires to become a lawyer focusing on environmental policy and governance. During the spring of 2018, he worked as a paralegal at the Sanders Law Firm, a medical malpractice firm based in Long Island. In preparation for law school, he also was accepted into the Roosevelt Institute, a policy organization in which he drafted an on-campus sustainability proposal. For the past three years, Minwoo travelled to NYC to work at Kweller Prep once a week. He has taught Hunter, SHSAT, SAT, and ACT classes at Kweller Queens and Manhattan. Minwoo is especially skilled at preparing students for the Hunter essay. He’s taught the Hunter winter break course every year since graduating from HCHS, and we are happy he will be back for winter break again. In his free time, Minwoo likes to dance. He’s part of a dance team called “BreakFree” at Cornell, and he tries to avoid thinking about the Knicks as much as he can.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Rego Park, Queens. NYU Gallatin allows Marie to create a major studying what she loves in-depth: art and history of science with a 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. In NYU Gallatin, Marie maintains a 3.897 GPA. She is on the Dean’s List and has received an award from the French Department for her achievements in the language. Marie is also heavily involved with the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Life, where she curated an arts showcase for Jewish student and currently holds an internship. She was also the set designer for the main Gallatin play both years at NYU. Marie has been working at Kweller Prep for three years, and has tutored in subjects including Hunter, SHSAT, PSAT and SAT. Marie is skilled in tutoring English, French and algebra 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 graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Masters degree in 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 is a freshman at Columbia University, planning to major in Financial Economics. 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, a National Merit Scholarship Commended Student, a Brown’s Citizenship and Scholastic Endeavors award recipient, 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, founded an after-school sewing club, and participated in student government. Since her freshman year in high school, Camilla has worked with Ecuador’s Rotary Club microcredit program to help provide small loans to individuals looking to begin their own venture. Along with this, she has shadowed investors at Morgan Stanley and worked closely with traders and financial analysts at AllianceBernstein prior to starting her first year in college. 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.
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.
Laurence is currently a sophomore at the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College, on full academic scholarship. She is currently double majoring in Clinical Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Crime, Law, and Deviance. While also enjoying a multitude of other courses, she is considering minoring in Religion and Music. With a current GPA of 3.85/4, she aspires to continue on to a career in clinical and counseling psychology. Laurence graduated from Hunter College Highschool in 2017 with an SAT score of 1560/1600. Whilst still in high school she took a variety of AP classes ranging from Music Theory to Psychology. She was also involved in many clubs and held leadership positions as well. Outside of school, she was very involved in the fine arts. Being trained in classical ballet, and playing four instruments, she was involved in various notable music programs which allowed her to perform all around New York City. Some of these venues included the Juilliard Penthouse, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, Steinway Hall, and many more. When not at Kweller, Laurence works with an early head start SEIT program to service preschool aged children with special needs.
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.
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 junior at St. John’s University. She is majoring in Legal Studies and is on St. Johns 3+3 Law Program’s track which allows her to receive her Bachelor’s Degree and Juris Doctor within 6 years, not 7. She graduated from Francis Lewis High School, the largest HS in Queens, in the top 10% of her senior class with a 4.0/4.0 GPA. She was elected Senior Vice President for Francis Lewis and served on her student government. She has taken five AP Courses: World History, AP History, English and Composition, Literature and Composition, Statistics, and Government & Politics scoring between a 4/5 and 5/5 on each. She super-scored a 2000/2400 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. Additionally, she served as a member of the Francis Lewis Newspaper Organization and won a “Newsies” Award presented by the Daily News. As a result, her article was published on the Daily News website after placing first in the citywide competition. Her article focused on meeting Holocaust survivor, Hanne Liebmann, who shared her story of survival. Satiya 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 mock cases, receiving guidance from trial attorneys, and even traveling to Arbor Hill, Albany. Satiya is passionate and inquisitive about the political backbone of our government. Inspired by her interest in the legal field, Satiya has interned at the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Supreme Court in the Queens County. She is proficient in Spanish and Russian. We are proud to add that Satiya prepared for the SAT at Kweller Prep throughout her junior year of high school. From countless hours of studying at Kweller Prep, Satiya was able to raise her SAT score by 620 points. She also encouraged her mother to enroll her brother into Kweller’s SHSAT program, and he gained a seat into York specialized high school, where he now attends. Satiya now serves as the manager of Kweller Prep Manhattan. She assists with coordinating staff schedules, meeting with parents, organizing parent workshops, responding to inquiries about the programs offered, overseeing classes that are held at the Kweller Manhattan Branch and assisting the Director of Sales (Akshay) and the General Manager (Ben) of Kweller Prep Queens. This past summer, Satiya managed hundreds of students and dozens of tutors at Kweller Prep by day and herself participated in Kweller’s LSAT course at night for seven weeks. Prior to managing the Manhattan branch of Kweller Prep, Satiya taught courses at Kweller Prep Queens for one year preparing students for the Hunter High School Entrance Exam, the Baccalaureate School for Global Education and the ELA/Mathematics Standardized State Exams. Satiya also worked as a Hunter essay grader and conducted mock interviews for prospective Bard and Baccalaureate HS applicants, trained directly under Frances Kweller. When not at Kweller Prep, Satiya enjoys exploring New York City, reading Vogue magazine, and spending time with her siblings.
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 sophomore at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Yash attends this prestigious business school on 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 1550/1600 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. Yash has taken and received an A in the following courses: Finance, Economics, Statistics, Financial Statement Analysis, Managerial Accounting, Corporate Finance, and Mathematics of Finance. Yash Parents live in the Parker Towers, which gives him a great reason to visit his folks and work at Kweller Queens on weekends. When not at Kweller Prep, Yash likes to play basketball, travel, and watch Bollywood films.
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 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, 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-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.
YAFFA is a currently a senior at New York University. She is on a Pre-Law path and studies Media, Cultural, and Communications with a concentration in Political Communications. Additionally, she minors in creative writing. She current classes include Integrated Marketing, Advertising, and Psychoanalysis. She has been working at Kweller Prep for the last three semesters, teaching classes and private tutoring sessions. She graduated from Bard High School Early College Queens in 2016. In Bard, she was able to complete all her high school credits and earn 60 college credits. At 18, she graduated with not only her high school diploma, but also her Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. In Bard, she was able to take Calculus I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Physiology, Logic, Philosophy, etc. From the 60 credits she earned in Bard, 32 were accepted as transfer credits at NYU. Since she attended Bard and was able to earn all these college credits, she is graduating a year early from NYU. On her SAT she received a score of 2140/2400, with a 770/800 in math, 730/800 in writing, and 640/800 in critical reading. We are proud to add that Yaffa and many of her Bard classmates invested two summer at Kweller for SAT Prep while in high school. Yaffa is currently studying for her LSAT exam and participated in Kweller’s LSAT course 4 nights a week two summers ago. She has completed internships in Law and Public Relations and hopes to practice Intellectual Property Law in her future. Through her college career, she has been passionate about philanthropy. She participated in fundraising for childhood cancer research through canning, advocating on social media, and dancing in a dance marathon for The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. She coordinated and attended campus-wide awareness meetings for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. She is multilingual with fluency in English, Russian, and Farsi. In her free time, she enjoy fashion, writing, and photography.
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.
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.
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.
Daniel graduated from the Johns Hopkins University and from Hunter College High School. He attended Hopkins on a full scholarship, with degrees in Chemistry and Molecular/Cellular Biology. He was placed on Dean’s List for every semester while completing his studies, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society during his senior year of college. At Hopkins, Daniel was able to work in several research labs, contributing to research on Parkinson’s disease and cancer cytopathology, and his work has been published in several publications, including Nature Medicine and Anticancer Research. In addition, he served as a lead editor in the student-run public health journal Epidemic Proportions and served on the board of a music-based community service group called Musicare. 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. This is Daniel’s fifth year at Kweller Prep, and has experience tutoring for the SAT I, SAT II’s, the SHSAT, and the Hunter Entrance Exam. Daniel has taught students for the Hunter Exam at both Kweller Queens and Manhattan, He was also one of the most requested SAT tutors at Kweller Prep, with a waitlist to get into his summer camp class.
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.
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.
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 of Kweller Prep. Now 7-years-old, Goldie was born and raised around the children at Kweller Prep. Goldie provides emotional support and stress-relief for students throughout the challenging times of standardized testing. Beyond therapeutic benefit though companionship and affection, Goldie has proudly visited NYU, Columbia, Harvard Medical School, Yale, and Princeton; she is privy to nearly all high school and college admissions workshops at Kweller Prep. Goldie is a hypoallergenic miniature labradoodle and intuitively hugs and kisses any stressed-out kids or parents who come her way. Goldie is available 7-days a week for cuddling and alternates visits from Kweller Queens to Manhattan. She is 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 at the Parker towers. Her friendly, playful personality and calm demeanor puts both students and parents at ease during tough testing times, creating a happy and positive environment. Goldie can be found strolling from one classroom to another, cheering any students who come her way.
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.