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Kweller Prep offers Advanced Test Preparation in Small Group Settings of 8-10 students.
Ahmed attends Columbia Law School. His current coursework includes: Bankruptcy Law, Taxation of Financial Instruments, Corporations, and Issues in the First Amendment. Outside of class, Ahmed is part of Columbia’s Journal of Tax Law and is Vice President of The South Asian Law Student Association. Ahmed is a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Baruch, a program that allowed him to attend all four years on a full scholarship. He majored in Accounting and minored in Real Estate. While in college, Ahmed served as president of the Pre-Law Society and Macaulay Ambassadors. As an Ambassador, Ahmed hosted open houses for Macaulay prospective students since his freshman year. In fact, Ahmed was one of the only students featured in a video for prospective students, called, A Day in the Life of a Macaulay student. The summer after his freshman summer in college, Ahmed taught SAT classes to students in Copenhagen, Denmark. All his expenses (food, room, board, and housing) were paid by Project Russeau, a nonprofit. He dedicated the summer to teaching 30 teenage students how to ace the SAT. The summer after his sophomore year, Ahmed, interned at a law firm in Times Square. He served as a legal assistant. This is where he learned he wanted to become an attorney. The summer after his junior year, Ahmed interned with one of the Big 4 accounting firms in their real estate tax group divisions. Ahmed began studying for the LSATs and scored in the 98th percentile. Ahmed was accepted to Duke Law School, Cornell Law School, New York University Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Virginia Law School, Northwestern School of Law, Georgetown Law School, and Vanderbilt Law School. Ahmed graduated from Sewanhaka High School, his zoned school in Long Island, at the top of his class. He took several Advanced Placement Classes, including AP Bio, AP US History, AP World History, AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP Microeconomics. Ahmed also a number of college-level courses, including English 101 while he was a high school student. He was also involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. He was Vice President of the student body, Captain of the Varsity Football team, and Captain of the Varsity Basketball team. Ahmed is fluent in Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi. Outside of school, Ahmed enjoys playing basketball and football and hanging out with his Macaulay classmate, Neha, who is also a tutor at Kweller Prep.
ABIBA will attend Harvard University. At Harvard, she intends on double majoring in Economics and Political Science and minoring in Theatre. Abiba graduated as Valedictorian from Richmond Hill High School, which has been identified by the New York State Department of Education as one of the most persistently low achieving schools in New York City. The school was among over two dozen schools due to be closed from June 2012 due to persistently low academic performance. Abiba made it a point to shine in her local, zoned high school. Abiba was active in a multitude of extra-curricular activities. She was the captain of her soccer team, the Junior Class Vice President, and the Senior Class Secretary. Abiba served as the editor-in-chief of her school newsletter and the managing editor of her high school’s yearbook. She received several Honors by graduation. Abiba won the Rensselaer Medal Scholarship in the amount of $100,000 for outstanding work in math and science. She was a POSSE Semi-Finalist. Abiba is the first student in her high school’s history to attend Harvard. Her acceptance as featured in several media outlets. At graduation, Abiba won the Excellence in Mathematics Award, the Most Valuable Player in Soccer award, and the Advanced Placement Scholar Award. Abiba took five AP courses throughout her four years of high school: AP World History, AP English Language, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, and AP Calculus BC. Even in middle school, Abiba was active in similar activities such as being school Prefect, being the editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, and captain of her soccer team. She currently also works with a community organization known as DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving) which works with South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities in America; helping them with immigrant rights, workers’ rights, student rights, etc. Abiba also organizes a competition for Bangladeshi children along with 4 other girls of similar age, known as the Young People’s Festival. Abiba joined Kweller Prep during her junior year of high school. She participated in Kweller’s SAT prep program and college info nights. Throughout Abiba’s senior year of high school, she worked as a homework and essay grader at Kweller Prep. In reaction to Abiba’s Harvard Acceptance, she states, “I am not the smartest, not the most talented, and not really the best at anything, but I have given my all into everything I’ve ever cared about, and that is what defines me.” In her spare time, Abiba loves to sing (in several languages!). She plays the guitar, ukulele and the piano, and intends on learning the violin at college. She also performs at cultural events in her community and dances in Bangladeshi festivals.
AKSHAY graduated from The University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (BBA), 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.
ALEX S. attends St. John’s University on a 100% full merit scholarship. He is as a member of the Honors Program and is the recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, one of the highest honors at the school. He is currently on the pre-medical track, majoring in Biology and minoring in Business. Alex has been on the dean’s list at St. John’s every semester since he started college and has maintained a 3.92 GPA over his first two years. He has completed a multitude of strenuous subjects such as general chemistry and biology, organic chemistry, and physics, receiving an A in each of the courses aforementioned. He has been elected to be the upcoming president of Omega Phi Theta, a recognized pre-medical organization on campus he has been a member of since the beginning of his sophomore year. Before college, Alex attended the Bronx High School of Science after earning a 640 on the SHSAT. He graduated from Bronx Science in 2018 with a 4.0/4.0 GPA over all 4 years. Alex received many honors while at Bronx Science. He was a PSAT National Merit Semi-Finalist after scoring a received 1510/1600 on his SAT and a 35/36 composite ACT score, both placing him in the 99th percentile of all national test-takers. Alex earned a 730/800 on the Biology SAT-2 Subject Test and 760 on the Math II Subject Test. He took 6 Advanced Placement classes throughout high school, which included AP World History, AP Biology, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus AB, and received scores of 4/5 and 5/5 on all of his AP exams. Alex received one full semester of transferable credit to St. John’s because of his high A.P. scores and placement test results. At Bronx Science, Alex was a part of the Astronomy Club for 3 years, involved with the use of his school’s renowned planetarium and became a part of its board his senior year. Alex was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team for 3 years, which ranked in the Top 10 in the PSAL in each of three years he participated. He is fluent in Polish and proficient in Spanish. Living most of his life in Forest Hills and calling it his home, he has also spent quality time in his community volunteering at his own local pediatrician’s office, gaining insight in the medical field and serving as a Polish-English translator for patients when necessary. In addition, he has spent an entire summer volunteering at New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan, while simultaneously teaching at Kweller! Alex also has personal experience teaching various test formats such as the Hunter, SHSAT, SAT exams, and prepared for the SAT at Kweller Prep himself for the SHSAT and SAT. He proudly studied at Kweller all throughout his high school career and is proud to return as a tutor. Alex has taught fall, spring, and summer classes at Kweller since he started college. He’s also led tours of Bronx Science to prospective students during Kweller-organized HS tours. When not at Kweller Prep, some of Alex’s favorite activities include playing basketball and tennis, spending quality time with friends, and writing original music and poem.
AMBER is a rising junior in the BA-MD program at Brooklyn College. This is an 8-year, direct high-school-to-medical-route that automatically admits students to SUNY Downstate upon graduation from college and an MCAT. She currently has a 3.8 GPA she is part of Macaulay Honors College, a 100% full scholarship program and is majoring in Health and Nutrition Sciences with a minor in Biology. Amber is very involved on campus. She is the President of the Desi Club, the Vice President of the BAMD cub, a part of Macaulay Deewane (a collegiate dance team), and is a part of the Senate at Brooklyn College. Amber 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, staff writer for the Opinions Magazine, a part of Washington Seminar which allowed 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, participated in the Science and Research Awareness Series (SARAS), 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, Honors Physiology, Honors Internal and NeuroScience, Honors Public Speaking, and Honors 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 newborn puppy videos. She’s a huge dog lover.
AMY L. attends Northeastern University’s Bouvé College of Health Sciences as a Health Science major, minoring in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is on the Dean’s List for all the applicable semesters. As part of Northeastern Promise, she is on a $160,000 academic scholarship for four years. She is currently on the Pre-PA track and received CPR, BLS, and Emergency Medical Technician Training to become an EMT. While taking and excelling in her science courses, she also pursues her love in business. On-campus, she is a WeBuild Associate in Women’s Interdisciplinary Society of Entrepreneurship and Founder of WOMENow!, where she promotes a business mindset and workplace diversity for women. She also served as an Assistant Vice President of Advocacy for Resident Student Association and the Sister Events Chair in Kappa Phi Lambda. Aside from campus involvement, she has opened her own exterior painting business under Student Painters as a branch manager for Braintree, MA, where she coached and mentored a team of 10 employees on marketing and painting. She delegated on daily responsibilities, made estimates for paint jobs, closed sales, and marketed through flyering, cold calls, and lawn signs. Prior to Northeastern, Amy graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 2019, where she maintained a 4.0 GPA and graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma. She has taken 8 AP Courses: Chemistry, European History, United States History, Physics 1, English Language and Composition, Biology, Calculus AB, and Microeconomics and scored 4s and 5s on all the exams. She scored a 1510/1600 on the SAT and a 36 combined on the ACT. She was a member of the National Honors Society, captain of the girl’s indoor and outdoor Track and Field team, a mentor in the Big Sibs Program, president of Painting Club, a mentor in the Science Olympiad team for forensics and hydrology. In the last two years of high school, she was the vice president of Delvebright Education, a non-profit service organization dedicated to serving underprivileged students by providing tutoring services across 14 different locations. She collaborated with other organizations to serve over 350 students in 2018 and oversaw the recruitment process for competent volunteers. But before that, she was simply a tutor at the organization, and sharing her knowledge as well as helping students brought her joy.
ANDREAS attends Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business as an International Business Major at their Lincoln Center Campus (ranked #8 nationally in international business by U.S. News). He is attending on an academic scholarship, choosing Fordham from a list of colleges he was accepted to including the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College. Andreas is a former Kweller Prep student since he was in the 7th grade; he took classes at Kweller for the SHSAT, TACHS and SAT. He is excited to return to Kweller Prep to help tutor students for the same tests he took just a couple of years ago. Kweller Prep success runs in his family as his sister also attended Kweller for SHSAT and TACHS prep and is now attending Archbishop Molloy High School. Andreas graduated from Townsend Harris High School (the number one ranked high school in the New York metro area) with an honors diploma, a 4.0 GPA and was a member of the Arista, Archon and Rho Kappa Honors Societies. He has also taken 8 Advanced Placement Exams and scored 5/5 on most, including 5s in Human Geography and World History and has also taken A.P Psychology, A.P. Research, A.P. United States History, A.P. Capstone Seminar, A.P. Macroeconomics and A.P. Spanish Literature, earning New York State’s Highest Diploma: an Advanced Regents Diploma with Advanced Placement Distinction. At graduation, Andreas received the A.P. Scholar award for his high test scores on these national exams. Other important coursework he has taken includes Calculus, United States Government and English electives focusing on grammar and literature. Andreas completed 4 classes at Queens College while he attended high school, two of which were humanities colloquiums, and the other two being sociology and history courses focused on Modern Greece, all of which earned him college credit. He is fluent in English, Greek and is proficient in Spanish. In his free time, Andreas has volunteered in the education department at the Queens Zoo, where he spent much of his time educating young children at the zoo about the animals and conservation efforts to help the environment. He played varsity baseball at his high school and served as the President and founder of a club called Politics Reborn at his school, a unique club focusing on political engagement in local NYC communities. He was also a member of the Junior State of America that focused on leadership and debate skills, a member of the literature club and part of a delegation of students to help plan school events. On the weekends, Andreas volunteers to set up Greek church events and helps teach at the Sunday School. All this community and volunteer work helped Andreas receive a community scholarship from the David and Dovetta Wilson Scholarship Fund. When not at Kweller Prep, Andreas is an avid skier and cyclist.
ANA is a New York State certified teacher with a license in secondary education for students 5-12. She has taught students in NYC public schools for six years and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math in preparation for the Algebra 1 Common Core Regents. She also teaches a Living Environment Regents Class. Ana has wanted to be a school teacher since childhood. She enjoys each of her student’s energy and interacts with 150 students per day, as well as another 70 students in her after school program. Ana received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College and holds Master’s Degrees in three areas: Adolescent Education, Special Education and Bilingual Education. In addition to teaching within the NYC Department of Education, she spends her summers as an adjunct ESL professor at LaGuardia Community College. There, she creates fun and interactive ESL classes with weekly field trips that allow students to learn English in a real-world setting. Ana strives to motivate students in personal achievement and enhance their self-worth on a daily basis. During the last 6 years of teaching, she has been dedicated to developing an instruction that enabled her students to gain confidence in themselves and what they create. Consistent assessment of each student’s level of ability allows her to develop an individual curriculum for each student enabling her to set reasonable, yet high expectations and hold them accountable to these expectations. She states that it is important to become aware of the individual needs of students and work with them to help meet their goals for the school year and to establish educational and personal goals for the future. A fun fact about Ana is that she is a talented artist in addition to being a mathematician; she attended Hunter College on the prestigious Kossack Painting Fellowship which covered nearly all her college tuition. Ana graduated from the Mary Louis Academy and has taken art classes since the ninth grade. She’s created hundreds of original works of art. When not at Kweller Prep, Ana enjoys watching foreign films;she is fluent in English and Spanish and travels to Colombia every year.
ANNIE Q recently completed teaching the summer of blended ACT/SAT classes at Kweller Prep and will be available again for Kweller Prep’s fall 2020 ACT class. Annie graduated from CUNY Hunter College and the Bronx High School of Science. She has a dual bachelor’s degree in Human Biology and Psychology (2018). She was actively part of competitive varsity swimming (her strokes were Butterfly and Freestyle, sprint events) for both institutions. She constantly balanced schoolwork, athletics, and working part-time with research internships at The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and CUNY Lehman College prior to earning her High School Diploma. She was awarded the Caroll and Milton Petrie Grant, Matthew Goldstein Scholarship, Raab Presidential Fellowship, Dean’s List (2013, 2014, 2017), and the Jenny Hunter Scholarship for her time at CUNY Hunter. She has also worked in laboratories of multiple disciplines, starting and managing experiments with the intent of furthering understanding science and cultivating her love for working as an Asian woman in research. Prior to ANNIE Q’s acceptance into the Bronx High School of Science, she was offered summer opportunities for creative writing at Oxford/Cambridge University, and for the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University (CTY). She was also training for city-wide and state-wide swimming competitions under Dragos Coca, on the LaGuardia Twisters. She took lessons in Chinese Traditional Dance, Contemporary Dance, piano, and violin at her local community center in Flushing. She regularly performed at her local town hall for monthly recitals. During her years in high school (2008-2012), she participated in New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYSEF), where she placed within the top 3 ranks with her high school research poster, working with vertebrate paleontologist, Dr. William Harcourt-Smith. Additionally, she worked with clients from 4 months old, up until 90 years old, including those with special needs, for a personalized comprehensive aquatics and water safety instruction at Aquabeba (a swimming institution that focuses on learning through the human stages of development, in private group settings). ANNIE Q currently works for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) as a Clinical Research Coordinator, managing the statistical and data aspects of clinical trials. She has represented her team internationally for cutting-edge cancer treatment for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL) patients. Annie has authored two research articles within the first two years of her role at MSKCC and is working on her next manuscript. She also works for CUNY Hunter College as an adjunct in the Psychology Department. She frequently leads and/or assists classes with 20-100 undergraduate or graduate students, provides 1:1 troubleshooting and email support. She frequently grades examinations, holds office hours, creates review material, and gives ample feedback for accelerated growth in the classroom setting. She has also privately tutored doctoral students, focusing on research paper writing and statistical interpretation. Aside from academics, she has worked with world-renowned artist George H. Lewis in many pieces examining the human condition and its evolution, as well as Ridwan Adhami (FRDM Company) to create art with a purpose and patience. She is also certified in lifeguarding/CPR/AED, phlebotomy, EKG, and End-of-Life Nursing Consortium. ANNIE Q hopes to be accepted for her graduate studies for Biostatistics and Data Science. She is interested in machine learning, statistical analyses, and helping the rising generation learn more about being a positive contribution to the world of STEM. Annie is excited to work as a tutor at Kweller Prep. She’s taught a variety of psychology classes at CUNY and worked as a math and science tutor for 8 years before joining Kweller. Annie took the ACT and scored a 35/36. She has taught Kweller Prep’s spring and summer semester ACT class in-person and online. She tutors because she loves to. We are very fortunate to have Annie yet again as our fall 2020 ACT class instructor.
ANTALYA will be attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a top 20 medical school, in August. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the NYU College of Arts and Sciences, where she double majored in biochemistry and Spanish. While there, she earned high honors for her senior thesis in biochemistry and won a number of awards for her research. Her favorite classes were Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Quantum Mechanics, and Thermodynamics & Kinetics. Antalya was a Presidential Honors Scholar and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as one of 20 juniors in the spring of 2018. She was 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 who went on to attend HCHS for 6 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 compile every semester. Antalya also won a scholastic gold key award while at HCHS for writing a piece that as later published. Currently, Antalya is looking to spend some time at Kweller Prep before she begins medical school.
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.
ARYA attends the Macaulay Honors program at Baruch College, a full scholarship program, and is majoring in finance. Arya was born and raised in Queens and attended Forest Hills High School.. 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, and was captain of the track team. In high school Arya scored a 5/5 in all his advanced placement courses such as AP Calculus BC, AP Macroeconomics, AP Computer Science A, and AP World History. As per standardized testing, Arya received a 1490/1600 on his SAT, scoring a 790/800 on Math and a 700/800 on writing and reading. He scored a 770/800 on his SAT-2 subject test in Math Level 2 and a 750/800 in the World History SAT 2 Subject Test Level 2. During his summers, he interned with a diamond company called Star Asia where he sharpened his business skills by involving himself in sales and accounts. Arya also volunteers at the Jain Center of America at the Ithaca temple on Sundays. 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 institution such as JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs. We are proud to add that Arya was a Kweller Prep student in preparation for both his ACT, SAT and SAT subject tests. He worked closely with Kweller tutors on his college applications and is proud to be a staff member here now.
ASHELEY recently graduated from Harvard University’s Master’s Program in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government (virtually! on May 28, 2020). Her coursework included: Education Entrepreneurship, Managing Finances for Non-Profit Organizations, Urban Policy-making, Quantitative Analysis, Economic Analysis, and other classes related to making public resources and education more equitable. During Asheley’s first year at Harvard, she served as Chair of the school’s annual Youth Leadership Conference (YLC), which brings approximately 100 under-served Boston-area high school students to campus for a full day of leadership workshops. In her second year, she is now a student coordinator of the Public Policy Leadership Conference (PPLC), which brings 75 undergraduate students from under-served and underrepresented backgrounds across the US to the Harvard Kennedy School for a free weekend of public policy activities. Prior to Harvard, Asheley graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, on a full academic scholarship. There, she maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA. Her Macaulay scholarship included 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 majored in psychology and sociology and made the Dean’s List each semester. During her time at Hunter, she interned with a non-profit organization, Generation Citizen, which works towards empowering youth to become more active and engaged community “change-makers”. Additionally, she was the Director of Macaulay’s SPARK (Students Partnering and Reaching Kids), an organization that leads to 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 has a long, wonderful history at Kweller Prep. She served as an intern at only 17-years-old and then became a tutor who worked here all throughout college while at Macaulay and during winter and summer recess from Harvard. We are fortunate to add that Asheley chose to work at Kweller Prep for one full year during her Gap Year prior to starting Harvard Grad. At that time, she also worked a second job with the in the outreach sector of the NYC Department of Education (Kweller was her job #1). Asheley grew with the company, teaching a dozen different classes throughout the years. She is an experienced SHSAT, Hunter College High School Entrance Exam, TACHS Catholic high school entrance exam, ISEE, ERB, WrAP tests, and Common Core state exam instructor. Asheley has also successfully worked with high school students to prepare them with their college applications. When not teaching at Kweller Prep, Asheley enjoys shopping on Austin Street, going to the gym, and playing with Goldie, the Kweller Prep mascot.
ATENSA attends New York University He is a student at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Atensa attends NYU on a $45,000 per-year scholarship ($180,000 total in scholarship money over four years). At the Gallatin School, students create their own majors based on the way they wish to influence the world, and Atensa elected to make Political Science and Marketing as his concentrations throughout college. Atensa’s current coursework includes Comparative Politics, Intro to Political Theory, Decolonizing Development, and The Nature of Success. Atensa began his journey with Kweller Prep more than 6 years ago, when he was a 7th grader and began studying for the SHSAT. Atensa dedicated his entire 7th grade school year and summer after towards SHSAT prep at Kweller. He traveled from Brooklyn and scored high enough to enter Brooklyn Latin Specialized High School, his first choice. After being admitted into his target school, Brooklyn Latin, Atensa went on to dominate as a student leader. Atensa held leadership positions on multiple sports teams throughout high school. He was also a captain on his school’s Mock Trial Team and served as a peer tutor for 3 years. He graduated with the distinguished International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. In the rigorous program, he took the Higher Level (HL) Chemistry, Biology, and History. Atensa also worked on multiple environmental projects, focused on waste reduction. Atensa participated in internships which allowed him to meet and discuss the next “big thing” in the world’s economy, sustainable energy and production, with some of the top CEOs in the industry. Atensa did not waste time throughout his early years in high school and returned to Kweller in the 9th grade to begin PSAT followed by SAT prep. Atensa scored a 1420/1600 on the SAT when he took it in the 9th grade, years ahead of the testing timeline set by his peers. Atensa was nominated for the Posse Scholarship while a senior in high. He credits becoming a Posse finalist because of his critical thinking, social networking, and character development, which is often overlooked when thinking of academic success. Atensa attended Queen of all Saints Catholic Middle School, and his dream was to attend Brooklyn Latin Specialized High School and obtain an IB Diploma. His dream came true after months of hard work, dedication, time, and effort. Atensa considers himself a global citizen and takes a strong interest in language learning. He retaught himself French (after living there for 3 years when he was a child). He also took lessons in Korean, in which he now has limited proficiency. For fun, Atensa loves to meet new people and take on jobs where he can shine. Most recently, Atensa worked for the Census, meeting and greeting others daily.
BETTY is a student at the SUNY Downstate Accelerated Nursing Program. She graduated from Brooklyn College, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and minored in Chemistry. She graduated in the top 1% from the Health Professions Academy at Forest Hills High School with a 100 GPA. Because of her outstanding academic performance in high school, Betty earned a full academic scholarship to study at Brooklyn College. She took AP US History, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Economics, AP Psychology, and AP Statistics along with 6 College Now Classes while at Forest Hills High School. Betty entered Brooklyn College with 30+credits, making her a sophomore upon entry. As a result, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in three years, not four. Betty has consistently made the Dean’s List and received A’s in College-Level Organic Chemistry, Anatomy, and Physiology, and Advanced Psychology Research. Betty is involved in various extra extracurricular activities on campus at SUNY Downstate. Betty volunteers as a peer mentor and commuter assistant. She is the president of the Women in Pre-Health Organization and the Vice President of the Save-A-Life club. She spent the past summer as an intern at Mount Sinai Hospital. Her role included shadowing doctors and surgeons in the endocrinology department. Betty aspires to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in Reproductive Endocrinology. Betty has worked with middle school students as a tutor at Kweller Prep, teaching semesters of ELA, math, and Hunter Exam Test Preparation. Betty worked as a Hunter essay and homework grader throughout the fall of 2019. Betty is extremely easy o communicate with. She taught Kweller’s in-person Hunter class at Kweller Queens throughout the summer of 2020. Over the years, her three siblings attended Kweller Prep programs and are now also her coworkers at Kweller Prep Queens. Betty loves to teach and pass her knowledge to others. She enjoys making them feel as if they are home when with her. Outside of academics, Betty enjoys traveling, reading fictional books, and cooking.
BEN graduated from Baruch College, on a full academic scholarship, and works full-time as the General Manager at Kweller Prep Queens. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business. Ben was an Entrepreneurial Management major with a focus on small business management and minored in Corporate Communications. Ben graduated from the Carl Sagan Advanced Honors Math and Science research program at Forest Hills High School. Ben received an Advanced Regents Diploma with an AP distinction upon graduation. At Forest Hills High School, Ben took many classes one grade above his current 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 United States. He is fluent in Russian 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 (yes he studied daily!). He fondly refers to Kweller Prep as his academic “home,” and 2 years later, Ben was promoted from assistant to the manager of Kweller 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 Kweller textbooks and supplies, and designing textbooks covers and advertising layouts. A talented young man with an incredible work ethic, Ben held several prominent positions within his college and the larger Jewish community. Outside of his life at Kweller Prep, Ben, who is himself orthodox, was elected twice the President of Hillel at Baruch College. He also served as a student Board of Directors member of the Baruch College Association. Every Summer, Ben hosts a group of 50 college students on a free tour of Israel through the Birthright Foundation Organization, where he produced film and video of the trip for Birthright’s website. When not at Kweller Prep, Ben enjoys learning how to play musical instruments such as the piano and guitar.
CALVIN attends Hunter College, where he is majoring in Environmental Studies. At Hunter, Calvin maintains a 3.8/4.0 GPA. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2017, with a score of 2060/2400 on the SAT. He graduated in the top quarter of his specialized high school class. Calvin took 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. Outside of the classroom, he volunteered for the Bronx Science Key Club, a student club focused on improving the community through volunteer service and competed on the Track and Field team that won the Bronx borough championship three years in a row. Calvin secured the 7th longest jump in the school’s recorded history. At Bronx Science, Calvin peer tutored students in math and history courses. He started working at Kweller Prep as during his tutor in his senior year of high school. He now has nearly 5 years of experience at Kweller Prep, where he has taught students in preparation for the US History Regents, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry Regents, Algebra 1 Common Core Regents, the SHSAT, and the Hunter College High School Entrance exam. Calvin has also taught the ELA and Math prep courses at Kweller Prep. In this role, he received many compliments from parents regarding the detailed essay feedback he provided. Calvin is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese and is currently learning French. Outside of academics, Calvin can be found at a local running track.
CAMILLA attends 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.
Chen is pursuing his MD/MBA. He is currently in his last year at Harvard Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a B.A. in Biochemistry. Prior to graduation, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honors society committed to the promotion of scholarship in the liberal arts and sciences among the students of American colleges. Chen received full honors in the biological sciences from his degree-conferring department. At Harvard Med, Chen was the founder and director of the Harvard Human Rights Collaborative, a student-run clinic, and he serves as a Harvard class representative. Chen is one of four recipients in his class at Harvard Medical School to receive the National Award Scholarship. Chen is pursuing a career in cardiology (heart doctor). In addition to his studies at Harvard, Chen currently works as a Fellow at Vida Ventures, a biotechnology venture capital and private equity fund with over $1 Billion dollars under its management. Chen also serves as the lead Innovation Fellow at Coridea LLC, a company that brings innovative medical device technology to clinical trials. Chen has led strategy for portfolio companies, designed clinical trials, and fundraised for new therapies for orphan diseases. Beyond his entrepreneurial pursuits, Chen entered Harvard with an extensive research background. Chen was published in 4 journals and worked for 2 years as a clinical research coordinator at Mount Sinai, and 4 years as a researcher at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals in oncology, cardiology, and ophthalmology. Notably, in terms of test-taking, Chen scored a 262 on his Step 1 and 273 on his Step 2 Medical Licensing Examinations, placing him in the top 99th percentile among all medical students in the nation. He achieved a 40 on his MCAT (99.98 percentile), a 239/240 on his GRE (99%). Chen graduated from Hunter College High School. He scored a 2370/2400 on the old version of 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 is a child of immigrants. His parents were born and raised in China. He is fluent in Mandarin. Chen is the first doctor in his family, Chen started as a tutor at Kweller Prep during his senior year of Hunter High School. Chen is one of the most senior tutors at Kweller Prep, having taught privately and in group classes for the past 10 years. Chen has developed expertise preparing students for the Hunter Entrance Exam (HCHS), and he particularly excels at teaching students how to write the Hunter Essay. We are honored to add that Chen has taught Hunter Exam classes since he himself as a student at Hunter. Chen has worked at Kweller Prep consistently throughout summer, spring, and winter breaks while he was a student at Columbia University, along with several of his Hunter friends and former classmates. He watched Kweller Prep go from start-up to established corporate entity and played an integral role in the company’s success. Chen now works with students privately for one-on-one Hunter writing and essay lessons via zoom online. In his free time, Chen enjoys running marathons, backpacking, and playing the classical piano, which he has played for over fourteen years. Chen is excited to host a webinar on his academic journey, starting with his immigrant upbringing, and hopes to inspire students to aim high in their academic pursuits.
CHRIS is a graduate student at Columbia University, where he is pursuing his PhD in Chemistry under a Dean’s Fellowship for 5 years, which pays for his full tuition and grants him a stipend. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), which is well known to have the most rigorous STEM core curriculum in the country. He holds a 4.0 GPA at Columbia and graduated from Caltech with a 3.7 GPA. Chris currently conducts full-time research in an organic chemistry lab developing novel reaction methods for drug synthesis, where he works for the Chair Professor of the Columbia Chemistry Department. At Caltech, he took many advanced lecture and laboratory courses in chemistry, calculus, differential equations, physics, biology, and geology. During his time at his undergraduate institution, Chris worked in a geochemistry lab studying the chemical composition of meteorite samples, then switched to working in a synthetic inorganic chemistry lab developing catalysts for efficient batteries and alternatives to fossil fuels. He also was the outreach director for his school, where he would frequently visit local elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools in Southern California to perform chemistry demos and to inspire the youth to study science. He has served as a teaching assistant for organic chemistry lecture for two semesters at Caltech and for two semesters at Columbia, and was awarded the prestigious Associated Students of Caltech Teaching Award in 2019 for his excellence in teaching. Chris graduated from Forest Hills High School in 2015, where he held a 99.3 GPA. At FHHS, he was the elected senior class president, founded and organized the school’s first chemistry club, and was leader of the math competition team. He scored 2200/2400 on his SAT, with a perfect 800 Math score, and scored 750 on the Chemistry subject test, 760 on the Math I subject test, and 730 on the Math II subject test. He also took 7 AP level courses, scoring perfect 5’s on the Chemistry, Calculus BC, and Psychology exams. He has been acknowledged as one of the most promising young chemists in his cohort by his professors at Caltech, and also received full offers of acceptance from Harvard and MIT for his PhD program, but ultimately chose Columbia to live in NYC and to pursue his specific research interests in his current lab. He is proud to be a Forest Hills, Queens native and is extremely grateful to be living in Morningside Heights, Manhattan, right next to campus. Chris has a long and friendly history with Kweller Prep. He attended Kweller since he was in the 10th grade and participated in math classes, worked with a math tutor, and joined Kweller Prep’s summertime SAT camp along with a group of classmates from FHHS who he is still good friends with today. He increased his SAT score by several hundred points after a rigorous summer of study and then worked personally with Frances Kweller on his college applications and essays. Chris was ultimately accepted to many top-tier colleges, including Carnegie Mellon and University of Michigan, but decided on Caltech. In his spare time, Chris likes to attend concerts and play Super Smash Brothers with his friends.
CIARA attends Middlebury College in Vermont on scholarship. At college, Ciara is on a pre-medical track, majoring in Neuroscience and a minoring in Spanish. She is the president of both Women in Medicine and Active Minds and was placed on Middlebury College’s scholar’s list for last semester. Her current college coursework includes: Organic Chemistry, Introduction to Neuroscience, Ideas and Cultures of the Southern Cone (an upper-level Spanish course), and 19th Century English Literature. Ciara graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 2018 with a 4.0 GPA. While at Townsend, Ciara was the editor-in-chief of its award-winning, student-funded literary and arts magazine, The Phoenix, which was named number one in New York State the year she graduated. These awards were largely due to her publications and contributions to the magazine. She has received the Scholastic Arts and Writing gold award for her short story “Blanched” and has also published numerous articles in the Arts and Entertainment section of Townsend Harris’s newspaper, The Classic. Her senior year course load included taking three AP exams (Macroeconomics, Calculus BC, and Spanish Language) and three college classes directly at Queens College. Ciara has successfully taught Kweller’s SAT program for two summers and received glowing reviews. She is excited about working her third summer at Kweller Prep as an SAT instructor again. Ciara is a gifted teacher, able to put all her students’ minds at ease and she meticulously explains each and every question to them so they understand. On her own SAT she received a total score of 1560/1600 broken down into 790/800 on the Mathematics section, a 770/800 on the Reading and Grammar section, and a 23/24 on the essay section. Last June, Ciara worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Vermont, funded by a grant she was awarded by her school. When not at Kweller Prep, Ciara can be found reading a book in a grassy area or napping in a hammock.
DAN is a Resident Doctor at LIJ (ranked #10 nationwide in gynecology in US News). Dan graduated from medical school with honors at the University of Buffalo. He attended the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He was been placed into residency at 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 a 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 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 at Kweller Prep throughout his junior year (11th grade) at FHHS. During that time, he raised his SAT score by over 300 points and graduated among the top 1% at Forest Hills High School. Daniel took AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Physics, and AP History while in high school. He then took a job as a math and science tutor at Kweller Prep, working weekends and late evenings throughout his years at Kweller Prep. Dan successfully finished all his coursework in medical school, interviewed across America. His goals are to complete a residency in ObGyn and then pursue a fellowship in Gynecology Oncology. Dan is fluent in Russian and English and a child of immigrants. He is the first Doctor in his family.
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.
DANIEL B. is currently enrolled at Adelphi University. Specifically, he is in the Honors College, majoring in biology. Daniel is part of a 7-year accelerated dental program with NYU, which will place him at NYU Dental School upon successful completion at Adelphi. Daniel received a 100% full scholarship to Adelphi, in large part due to his excellent academic performance on his SATS and high school GPA. Daniel was a student at Kweller Prep throughout high school. After studying for an entire summer at Kweller Prep, he earned a 1500/1600 on his SATS. Daniel graduated Forest Hills High School at the top of his class with a 4.0 GPA and even got the Principal’s recommendation! Now, Daniel is interning at a prestigious high-tech dental office that uses 3D printing to perform unparalleled dental care. Daniel is thriving in Adelphi University, taking courses like Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Calculus, all on top of his required Honors courses. Daniel enjoys playing sports like volleyball and table tennis. He also enjoys traveling the world. Daniel has journeyed to Russia, Poland, Israel, Czechoslovakia, Canada, and Mexico. When he is not tutoring at Kweller, Daniel is a Kweller Prep student, born-and-raised student-tutor and is proud to be a member of our Kweller Prep Family for many years already.
DASHA attends the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College. She is pursuing a double major in Political Philosophy and Russian Studies and Translation. Dasha graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2017. Dasha scored a 1580/1600 on her SAT, nationally placing her in the 99th percentile. Throughout her high school years, she was a diligent student involved in many extracurriculars as well as a committed athlete. She was the President of 365, a club that provided for children in need internationally, volunteered at the Staten Island University Hospital, and pioneered PSAL Badminton across all NYC in her freshman year. In her senior year, she received an award from PSAL for her contribution to creating a sport that is now in schools across all five boroughs of NYC, as well as her leadership as a captain, assisting in her school’s championship win in 2017. She received full credit on both of her AP Calculus and Spanish and has a perfect score of 800/800 on the Math 2 and Spanish SAT 2 subject tests. She had also applied to and was accepted to Staten Island Technical High School and Stuyvesant, yet chose to remain at Hunter. At Kweller Prep, she tutors both private sessions and group classes primarily for the Hunter exam, SAT, SHSAT, ISEE, and ELA and Math State Tests. She is also fluent in Russian. Dasha enjoys tutoring and mentoring students. One of her favorite things to do is help students become better writers; she greatly enjoys teaching kids how to perfect their essay-writing skills. Dasha is one of the stricter teachers at Kweller Prep. She holds high standards and expects a lot from each of her students.
DAVID is a bright and ambitious 3rd year at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was born and raised in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School with General Honors, Mastery in Math and Mastery in Science. While at Stuy, David excelled in all of his classes and was able to take a wide range of AP classes including Physics B, Calculus BC, Computer Science, Macroeconomics, Microeconomic and Comparative Government, scoring 4’s and 5’s on all the exams. He scored a 2310 on his SAT and a 760 and 800 on the Physics and Math Level II subject tests, respectively. David was an enthusiastic member and coordinator of the Stuyvesant Model UN team. At graduation, he won the school’s highest award in photography for his work in his core tech classes. David attended the University of Chicago for his undergraduate education where he graduated with general honors while dual majoring in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry. During his junior and senior year he worked as a teaching assistant in Biological Chemistry, Bioinformatics and Proteomics, and Mathematical Modeling in Biology, teaching laboratory sessions, giving comprehensive review lectures and hosting open office hours. He also tutored neighborhood high school students at the prestigious University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP US History, and AP Computer Science. During college, David took up dancing ballet and spent 4 years taking biweekly ballet classes and dancing in the school’s performances. Currently, David is pursuing his dream of applying his science education in the practical, compassionate realm of medicine. When he’s not preparing for his next week on the wards, you can find David keeping in shape on the squash court or enjoying the live music of his favorite New York City bands and artists.
Diana attends Stony Brook University as a Biochemistry major. She is on a pre-medical track. In her first semester, she took Calculus 2, Physics, Molecular Biology (Molecular Organisms), Chemistry IB 1, and will take Biology with a microorganism focus and Chemistry IB 2 next semester. Diana is a part of the Pink Gloves Boxing Club at Stony Brook. Diana graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, class of 2019. She scored a 1460/1600 on her SAT and took several Advanced Placement courses in high school. She took Epidemiology, Coding, AP Language & Composition, AP Literature Traditional, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus AB. Diana took many challenging classes at Bronx Science, including research literature and coding. Diana resides in Queens and attended Our Lady of the Angelus Catholic Academy. She is fluent in Romanian and English and is proficient in Spanish. Throughout her high school career, Diana was a part of the varsity co-ed wrestling team, called the Bronx Science Wolverines which became three-time city champions. She wrestled competitively and managed the team. This resulted in her building great leadership and managerial skills. Outside of school, Diana volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital and gained experience in the operating room tending to OR holding room responsibilities and looking in on surgeries including removal of tumors and laparoscopic procedures. She also learned what the role of an anesthesiologist entails. In addition to volunteering at the hospital, Diana is also a class tutor and homework grader at Kweller Prep. She has tutored students for the Grade 5 ELA State Exams, SHSAT, Hunter High School entrance exam test, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 & Trigonometry, Middle and Upper-Level ISEE Exam. Diana is a longtime student at Kweller Prep. She attended Kweller Prep the summer before she started 8th grade in preparation for the SHSAT. Diana attended Kweller Prep throughout high school and participated in our SAT classes and college interviews. When not at Kweller Prep, Diana goes to the gym- she participates in mixed martial arts, including jiu-jitsu, Tai Kwon Do and kickboxing.
Douglas was recently accepted as a master’s candidate to Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Mind, Brain,and Education program. He is the author of several of Kweller Prep’s SAT, SHSAT, and Hunter High School Entrance Exam course books. He has been tutoring for the SAT and ACT for over ten years. He graduated as Valedictorian from Long Beach High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction and as a National Merit Commended Scholar. He was the concertmaster of his high school orchestra and chamber orchestras and a member of his school’s National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Key Club, pit orchestra, and string quartet. In high school, Douglas took AP courses in European History, United States History, Spanish Language, English Literature, United States Government and Politics, and Calculus A.B. He also took college-level courses in music theory, genetics, and accounting. He went on to earn a B.A. in government from Georgetown College at Georgetown University, where he was ranked fifth in his class and was summa cum laude. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. While at Georgetown, he worked as a research assistant for a government professor and as a research associate intern for a political consulting firm. He also studied abroad for one semester at the University of Sydney. In 2014, Douglas completed a graduate certificate in college counseling through the University of San Diego. He earned a 99th percentile SAT score as a high school senior and a 336/340 on the GRE. He enjoys developing curriculum and has created thousands of pages of course materials. He is honored to be a longtime test developer for Kweller Prep.
FIONA is a senior at Carnegie Mellon University’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences where she is double majoring in Decision Science and Psychology and minoring in Drama. She maintains a GPA of 3.87/4.00. At CMU, Fiona has been an active member of the professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, an actor/director with the on-campus theatre troupe, Scotch’n’Soda, a member of CMU’s sophomore honor society, Lambda Sigma, a selected model and Model Coordinator for CMU’s fashion show, Lunar Gala, and selected as a Highland Ambassador based on her on-campus leadership. For multiple semesters, she was a Teaching Assistant for Programming and Data Analysis for Social Scientists, a course focused on the statistical coding language, R, and will be the Head Teaching Assistant for Social Psychology. In addition, through Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, Fiona volunteered with people who have disabilities on a weekly basis to create a theater experience. She spent one semester studying in Dublin, Ireland, where she took classes in Psychology, Biology, and Computational Social Science. In addition, Fiona is a recipient of the prestigious Congressional Award Gold Medal which was presented to her by Kirsten Gillibrand for, among other things, her significant commitment to public service, including volunteering 450+ hours at Legal Momentum and The Meatloaf Kitchen in NYC. Lastly, Fiona is an accomplished Irish dancer, having won numerous regional, national, and international awards, including multiple top 5 finishes at Nationals and 3 medals at the World Irish Dancing Championships. A former Kweller Prep student, Fiona is excited to have the opportunity to help others achieve their academic goals!
FRANCES is the founder of Kweller Preparation Tutoring and Educational Services, Inc. Her company was featured in the New York Times, the New York Post, Noticias, Russian Ladies World, and CityBizList, to name a few. Kweller Prep was designed with Frances’ desire to help students reach their academic goals. Her dream was to build a learning academy, which became a reality nearly 15 years ago. Her initial vision became what is now famously known as Kweller Prep, a New York City based supplemental learning program designed to proactively help kids get ahead. The flagship location, now 6,200 square feet, is located in the heart of Forest Hills, in the very same community where Frances grew up. Raised in a 1-bedroom apartment, Frances struggled to find “study-space” and aspired to create a learning center that would double as a second home for students like herself in order to prepare for rigorous exams. Frances graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and passed the NYS bar exam on her first try. While in law school, Frances interned at the New York City Supreme Court under the Honorable Judge Martin Ritholtz and in Family Court. She also worked at an immigration law firm, Zhang and Associates, where she assisted foreign students with applying for National Interest Waivers, helping these bright minds enter the United States to attend prestigious graduate schools and PHD programs. Frances took a variety of classes in education law and education reform while in law school. She also tutored students privately and in small groups all throughout her years in college and law school. Frances graduated, cum laude, from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education. She served as social chair of Hillel at NYU. In this role, she was responsible for planning over two dozen student events per year and led NYU college campus tours for newly admitted and prospective students. Frances graduated from the Mentor Law Program at Cardozo High School. There, she served as the captain of her high school’s Mock Trial Team, played varsity volleyball, and wrote for the school paper, The Verdict. Frances graduated with a 97.2/100 average, placing her at the top 5% of her graduating class. She completed two years of Advanced Placement English and Advanced Placement Spanish, scoring a 5/5 on each exam. Her AP and College Level courses gave her 16 transferable credits, allowing her to graduate from NYU one full semester early. Frances is the proud only child of immigrants, and she is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Today, her company Kweller Prep has serviced thousands of students, employs nearly hand-picked 100 tutors, and has over twenty exam-specific textbooks sold on Amazon. Kweller Prep is a 100% government-certified women-owned business (WBE) and an NYC Department of Education Vendor. Kweller Prep is a success story; a program fueled by thousands of families looking to help their children succeed. Frances Kweller is proud to be a part of the American Dream and very grateful for her education, her young family (two beautiful girls), and her role in helping others reach their academic goals.
FARIB graduated from Macaulay Honors College, on a full academic scholarship and accepted a full-time job offer as an investment analyst on Wall Street at a top financial firm. At Macaulay, Farib double majored in both Computer Science and Mathematics and minored in Economics. He took a number of capstone classes as well as computer architecture, differential equations, linear algebra, and algorithms. Farib’s Macaulay college scholarship included 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 for his merit-based achievement. Farib consistently placed on the Dean’s list at Macaulay since his freshman year, with a current 3.94/4.0 GPA. Farib plans to embark on a career as an analyst and examine the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science. On the college campus, Farib was a student leader. He served as the President of Macaulay’s Chess Club, Treasurer of the National Association for Computing Machinery, and a 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 has played chess since he was fourteen and competed with classmates and other schools. Farib graduated from Stuyvesant 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 Stuyvesant 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 five 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 an 800/800 on the Math 2 SAT II Exams. Farib scored a 740/800 on his Physics SAT II Exam. Farib is an expert tutor on the SHSAT, ISEE, ACT, and SHSAT, with years of experience with each test. Farib speaks Bengali and is proficient in Italian. Farib is the younger brother of Mo Khan, who is one of Kweller’s expert SHSAT and Hunter exam tutors as well. 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. Now that Farib has received full-time employment, he requested to keep teaching SHSAT and SAT classes at Kweller Prep on weekends so he can stay committed and connected to students and pass his knowledge of these tough tests on to the next generation.
FAZEEL is a third year (M3) medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine in NYC. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 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 a patient history. Fazeel is trilingual; he speaks English, Spanish, and Urdu. 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 employed at Kweller Prep on weekends. Fazeel has taught a the Hunter and SHSAT classes at Kweller Prep for four years. When not at Kweller Prep, Fazeel plays way too many video games; Fortnite is his favorite.
GABBY attends St. John’s University, where she is majoring in Audiology. She is pursuing a career as an audiologist and aspires to attend graduate school in 2021 to earn her Doctorate in Audiology. Audiologists are trained to diagnose, manage, and treat hearing or balance problems for individuals from birth through adulthood. Gabby shared that she was inspired to pursue the field after observing her brother receiving help for hearing loss after he was born with single-sided deafness. Gabby grew up in Rego Park, Queens, and graduated from Forest Hills High School with a 95 GPA where she took AP Psychology and a number of college-level classes such as English 101. She was an active member of her high school’s theater program for all four years. A talented writer, Gabby wrote her own play and performed plays and monologues. A talented cinematic, Gabby produced multiple short films; one of them received an award from the High School 10-Day Film Challenge, the nation’s #1 high school film festival in which teams of students make a movie—write, shoot, edit and score it—in just 10 school days. She is very strong in English, Math and Linguistics. Currently, Gabby is maintaining a 3.97/4.0 GPA at St. John’s. She is involved in the Speech and Hearing Association, is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), part of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Eta Honor Society. In addition, Gabby volunteered throughout 2019 at a private practice for Audiology and at various nursing homes in Queens. Throughout her audiology-based volunteering, Gabby obtained hands-on experience by interacting with patients, running audiological tests, and translating medical information for Russian-speaking patients. Gabby is fluent in Russian and is proficient in Spanish. She has years of experience tutoring elementary school students in English, math, reading, writing, and grammar. She has previously worked at the NYC School Construction Authority, where she was a summer intern in the Architecture & Engineering department. There, she created scope book reports and helped develop school library programs. Additionally, Gabby volunteered at the Speech and Hearing Clinic affiliated with St. John’s University during the summer of 2018. There, she communicated with patients, handled secretarial tasks, and learned the steps involved in performing hearing tests. Gabby is an activist for animal rights and served as a leader in her High School’s animal rights club. Gabby is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and insights with students, especially because she finds a sense of belonging when working with the youth. At Kweller, she enjoys tutoring elementary school students in English and Math! Her favorite group is the fifth graders, and she greatly enjoys helping them transition to middle school. When not at Kweller, Gabby attends rock concerts, travels, writes movie reviews, and enjoys spending quality time with her best friend, Marie Kessel, who also works as a tutor at Kweller. They have known each other since birth and grew up a block away from each other. They were meant to work together! Gabby enjoys teaching children and puts her heart into every class. She is excited to develop ELA and math skills for elementary school students.
Isabel is currently a sophomore at Columbia University. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 2019 with an SAT score of 1500/1600. Isabel nationally ranks at the 99th percentile of the nation for her SAT scores. While at Stuyvesant High School, Isabel took several Advanced Placement classes, including AP Chemistry, AP Spanish, AP United States Government, and AP AB Calculus. She also excelled in her Regents exams and graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma. Isabela scored a 90 following or higher resulting in mastery the Regents: Algebra I, Algebra II/Trig, Geometry, Spanish LOTE, English, World History, and United States History, Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, and Physics. Isabel also took a number of college-level courses while in high school, including Organic Chemistry, Neurobiology, and Math Research. Also, she took a number of advanced required courses, including Calculus, Writers Workshop, Poetry, Biology, and Chemistry. Outside of Stuyvesant, Isabel has volunteered at Lenox Hill Hospital for over 100 hours. As a volunteer, she escorted patients to their rooms and assisted inpatient care while aiding in the organization of paperwork for patients. Isabel participated in a language immersion course abroad during the summer of 2019 in Spain. She stayed with a host family in Barcelona and served as an English teacher as she improved on her own Spanish. Isabel grew up at Kweller Prep. She attended programs here since she was a middle school student at Scholar’s Academy. She continued throughout high school and ultimately excelled on her SAT. Isabel has tutored at Kweller Prep for one year. Most recently, she taught the SAT in-person summer camp which met 4-days per week. She greatly enjoys inspiring, motivating, and encouraging the next generation. For fun, Isabel plays competitive soccer. She started soccer in the 7th grade and was part of a competitive travel team and then led the varsity soccer team at Stuyvesant as a lead defender.
Jack (Jachym) attends Columbia University. He is on the premed track and majoring in biology. His current coursework includes Literature and Humanities, University Writing, Calculus III, and Intensive General Chemistry. Jack graduated from the Bronx High School of Science with an excellent academic record, taking AP courses in many subjects, including AP English Language and Literature, AP World and US History, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Latin. Jack graduated with honors with a 96/100 average. He scored a 93 or higher on every Regents he took, which includes Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry, Physics, World History, American History, Latin, and English Language Arts. He graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma, an honor awarded to those who graduated with a 90 or higher on each NYS Regents Exam. During his junior year, Jack acted as a coach for his high school’s varsity Model UN team. During his senior year, Jack served as the team’s vice president, teaching over 100 new student delegates how to compete. He competed actively in the New York City high school circuit as well as the Northeast college circuit, earning a plethora of awards at some of the world’s most prestigious and competitive Model UN conferences. He co-founded Raise Your Placard, an organization that helps develop Model UN teams in underfunded middle schools. Jack scored a perfect 36/36 on his first time taking the ACT. His first PSAT score was a 1460/1580, and on his first SAT was a 1550/1600. On his Chemistry SAT II, Jack got a perfect 800/800 and scored 780/800 on both Math II and Physics. Jack spent two summers at the Institute of Rheumatology in Prague conducting research on the fluctuations of circulating miRNA based on various conditions. He found how exercise raises the levels of key miRNA for diagnosing myositis patients for up to two hours after exertion. Using his research, Jack entered national science competitions including the renowned Regeneron Science Talent Search and Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). Jack went to Booker T. Washington MS54 for middle school. He graduated from middle school with two high school Regents credits (Algebra and Living Environment). He started tutoring at Kweller Prep in the Fall of 2020, along with his group of close friends. Jack is fluent in Czech, as his mother is from the Czech Republic. Jack visited the Czech Republic nearly every summer throughout his childhood. In his spare time, Jachym likes to play guitar, skateboard with his friend William (who also tutors at Kweller Prep), and ski.
Jacklyn is a sophomore in the Brooklyn College BAMD program. She is on track to enter SUNY Downstate Medical School. She is completing a double major in Anthropology and Chemistry, with a minor in biochemistry. She graduated from Staten Island Technical High School with a 4.0 GPA (received in the 99th percentile on the SAT and SHSAT). During her time in high school, she took many AP courses, including AP World History, AP US History, AP BC Calculus, AP Biology, AP Language and Composition, AP Forensics, and AP Russian Language. Her academic successes in high school were complimented with her involvement in cultural and not-for-profit organizations. She danced in the multicultural festival, volunteered at the MASBIA soup kitchen, shadowed a plastic surgeon, and gave back to her community by volunteering as a tutor for underprivileged kids. In her senior year, Jacklyn received acceptance offers to Ivy League Universities but decided to follow in her sister’s footsteps and enter Brooklyn College– Macaulay Honors BAMD program. Her sister, Olga, is also a long-time Kweller tutor! In her free time, Jacklyn likes to hike, ice skate, and spend time with her dog.
JAMES attends the University of Chicago and plans to major in Biological Sciences. He graduated from Hunter College High School in 2019 with an SAT score of 1580/1600 and an ACT score of 36/36. His SAT and ACT scores nationally place him in the 99th percentile. While at Hunter High School, he took several AP classes, including Biology, Spanish, Computer Science, and BC Calculus, receiving a 5/5 on each of them. He also took and excelled in Medical Physiology, described as on par with a first-year medical school class, and Modernism & Post-Modernism in American Literature. He was captain of the boys’ varsity fencing team, leading them to second place in New York City. He was president of the GO, Hunter’s student government and conducted research on Candida Auris, an emerging fungal pathogen, for two summers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He investigated the effects of sublethal fluconazole exposure on differential gene expression of CDR-1 and ERG11, concluding the increased drug resistance of the fungus cannot be correlated with increased expression of either of the genes. He received perfect scores on the three subject tests he took: Biology E, Chemistry, and Math Level II. James also received several awards at Hunter High School, including the Gloria Fleischer Cohen Award for moral maturity and leadership with the welfare of others in mind. James attended Kweller Prep in preparation for the Hunter High School entrance exam and helped tutor his younger brother, who currently goes to Regis High School. He volunteers regularly with the New York City Parks Department and while not tutoring at Kweller, James likes to read and eat his way around New York.
JANN attends the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College on the pre-medical track double majoring in Economics and Psychology and minoring in Interdisciplinary Studies of NYC with a 4.0 GPA. At Macaulay Hunter, Jannatul has taken courses such as Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. She is a Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar and a John P. McNulty Scholar, receiving $7500 from Macaulay and $12,000 from Hunter for study abroad and research opportunities. Jannatul is an intern at the Jarvis Lab at Rockefeller University and does research on the neurophysiology of mouse vocalizations. She conducts EMG experiments and does behavioral analysis on volitional control of mouse singing patterns. Jannatul is also a volunteer in the Maternity Postpartum Unit at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell and the Teen and Young Adult Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Jannatul is a scholar at the Geraldine E. Thompson program at Columbia University Medical Center, gaining free resources medical school applications after being recognized for her merit. Jannatul continues to work with the American Museum of Natural History, serving as a Research Ambassador for current high school students. Jannatul graduated from Stuyvesant High School while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. At Stuyvesant, she participated in the National Honors Society and the Science Olympiad. She scored a 34/36 on the ACT and a 1540/1600 on the SAT. At Stuyvesant, she took AP Biology, Chemistry, World History, US History, US Government, Comparative Government, English Language and Composition, and Spanish Language. She received 4/5 and 5/5 on all of her AP exams. Jannatul participated in the After School Program, Saltz Internship, and Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History and conducted research with Columbia University Ph.D. candidates where she became a Pinkerton Scholar. Jannatul has 6 years of previous experience with private tutoring, specializing in SHSAT, Regents, and Common Core prep. She has done tutoring sessions both one on one and in classroom settings. Her brother Tasnim also works at Kweller Prep (thanks to her). In her free time, Jannatul likes to practice film photography, read books, and discover new places in New York City.
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.
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 were ranked 4th best High School in New York offers 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.
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.
JOEY Lin is currently attending Baruch College, where she plans to pursue a career in Finance. Joey graduated from Townsend Harris High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma and AP Distinction Award for taking numerous AP and honors courses, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her high school career. Joey took six AP classes: Calculus AB, Statistics, World History, Psychology, US History, and Macroeconomics, scoring 4s or 5s on all the exams. She also took college courses at Queens College her senior year at Townsend Harris and earned 12 college credits with As in these classes. Joey received one semester of transferable credits to Baruch College due to her high AP scores and college courses at Queens College. She scored a 1510/1600 on the new SAT exam and scored a perfect score of 800 on the Math 2 SAT Subject test. Additionally, Joey was part of the National Honor Society of ARISTA for three years of high school, wrote for the school’s newspaper The Classic, and participated in Festival of Nations. Outside of her academic achievements, Joey was on the flag football team for 3 years and received awards for her accomplishments on the team. Joey has taught the Common Core ELA/Math, Hunter HS, and SHSAT programs at Kweller Prep. She was hand-picked by several families to remain as a yearly ELA and and Math class teacher, helping her students go from a 2 to a 4 on their state tests. When not at Kweller Prep, Joey enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her Pomeranian, Flash.
JOHN is a 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 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.”
JONATHAN KIM graduated from Boston University. While there, he studied Accounting and Management Information Systems. During his time at Boston University, he served as the Vice President of the Korean Business Students Association as well as interning at a number of firms ranging from fast-paced hyper-growth startups to established multi-national corporations. Jonathan has also served as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Boston University’s introductory Accounting Course. Jonathan graduated with Latin honors with a 3.8/4.0 major GPA. His college coursework included: Financial Statement Analysis, Advanced Audit Techniques, Design Information Systems, and Agile Methodologies. Jonathan is currently studying for his CPA licensing exam, to become a Certified Public Accountant. He is currently studying Auditing and Attestation (AUD), Business Environment and Concepts (BEC), Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR), and Regulation (REG). Jonathan will begin full-time employment at Ernst & Young (EY), a “Big 4” Professional Services firm, by October 2020, and work at Kweller Prep on weekends. Jonathan graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2016. In high school, Jonathan scored a 2250/2400 on the SATs as well as 750 on both Math 2C and Chemistry. Jonathan took several Advanced Placement courses, including AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, and AP Computer Science. Some of his extracurricular activities at Hunter included being a Math Teaching intern, an active member of the varsity lacrosse team, and secretary of the Christian Youth Fellowship. Jonathan began working at Kweller Prep during his freshman year of college and is approaching his 6th cumulative year as a tutor for the Hunter exam. He is excited about teaching Fall 2020 in-person classes at Kweller Queens, his home away from home.
JOSHUA YAM is a graduate of New York University with B.S in Computer Science and minors in Math and Cybersecurity. His coursework at NYU included courses such as Artificial Intelligence, Penetration Testing, Network Security, and Linear Algebra. Joshua graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2016 with an SAT score of 2200/2400. While at Hunter, he took a number of Advanced Placement classes, including AB Calculus, AP Psychology, and AP Computer Science. Joshua served 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 Cantonese as well Josh has 5 years of experience as a tutor for the Hunter Entrance exam. He has taught in-person classes at Kweller Prep Queens since he was himself a senior at Hunter High School. He then worked t Kweller Prep Manhattan throughout his four years at NYU. Most recently, Josh has taught spring ELA & Math and summer Hunter courses via Zoom online. 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.
JOSH attends Cardozo Law School on a merit scholarship, and currently takes Property law, Constitutional law, Criminal law, Contracts law, and Legal Writing. Josh is a recent graduate from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. At NYU, Josh double majored in History and Russian. Josh maintained a 4.0 GPA all four years of college. When Josh was a senior at FHHS, he applied for and won a scholarship from JP Morgan’s Smart Start program—which covered the full cost of his college tuition at NYU, saving him hundreds of thousands of dollars. The JP Morgan Scholarship also provided Josh with a paid internship at JP Morgan Chase for all four years throughout college. After college graduation, Josh received scholarship offers to several law schools, including UCLA, Cardozo, George Washington University, and Fordham. We are so excited to have Josh teach the A.P. US History review course and 4th grade ELA and Math Prep program at Kweller Prep. Hardworking and driven to succeed, he serves as an excellent role model for the students here. Joshua first started Kweller Prep as a student years ago and has since become a tutor. Josh, along with his outstanding circle of friends, prepared for the SATs at Kweller Prep all summer after tenth grade. After months of preparation at Kweller Prep, Joshua scored a 2280/2400 on his SAT. He gained acceptance to several top colleges across the country. Josh graduated from Forest Hills High School with a 100+ weighted GPA, among the top 1% of his high school class. In high school, Josh took AP English, AP US History, AP Biology, AP US Government, and AP Economics. He was a member of the “We The People US Government” team at Forest Hills High School and, under his leadership, the school won the first place prize in the New York City competition among all NYC high schools. Joshua maintains his strong work ethic to this day. The son of Bukharian immigrants, Joshua aspires to become a lawyer. Joshua’s long-term goals are to become a pioneer of law and follow the footsteps of legal revolutionaries including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in transforming the United States into a more fair and just society. Josh has played piano for the past ten years and composes original music. He is fluent in Russian and English and is also proficient in Spanish. When not at Kweller Prep, Josh spends quality time catching up with his best friend Tamir, who is also a longtime tutor, medical student, and Josh’s SAT classmate Kweller Prep.
JOYA attends the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She is currently studying electrical engineering and plans to minor in design. In her first year alone she has taken Calc 1 and 2, Linear Algebra, Digital Logic and Design, Data Structures and Algorithms, Chemistry 101, Engineering Graphics, Physics Mechanics, Computer Science 101, Chem Lab, and Engineering Design. Joya graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2019. She excelled in BC Calculus, AP Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, AP Spanish, and AP Studio Art. She got a 1550/1600 on her SAT, with a perfect 800 on the math section and a 750 on English. She has experience teaching prep classes for aspiring Hunter College High School students. Her research on glioblastomas and ischemic strokes at the Applied Micro-Bioengineering Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has been published in academic journals and has been recognized by science symposiums such as the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) and the Junior Science and Humanities Symposia (JSHS). Joya has always been a mentor to younger students, as she has guided many of her peers to find lab internships and pursue their research interests. Joya’s mind operates at laser speed. Joya’s strengths do not just lie in STEM: she was also selected as one of eight NYC Project Bridge Youth Ambassadors on a study tour to South Korea, where she received a scholarship to immerse herself in Korean culture and politics. As a Youth Ambassador, Joya was invited to apply for Project Bridge, an intercultural youth leadership program that aims to cultivate future community leaders and introduce them to the U.S.- Korea relations, with an emphasis on cultural and racial sensitivity and a firm understanding of Korea. She has also excelled in the arts and has won a Scholastic Gold Key for Art and Drawing and has had her work exhibited in various galleries, including the MET and MOCA. Joya is enthusiastic to mentor students in any academic subject while still pursuing her own interests in engineering and art. Joya worked at Kweller Prep as a Hunter essay grader during the summer of 2019. She taught in-person classes and free extra help sessions at Kweller Queens throughout the summer of 2020. This fall, Joya will venture off to Kweller Manhattan to teach in-person Hunter classes there.
KAI will be attending The University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in the fall. She has also gained acceptances to the following fifteen other institutions: Columbia University, Cornell University, Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute RPI), Case Western Reserve University, Drexel University, Howard University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, Mount Holyoke College, Oxford College at Emory University, Brynn Mawr College, and Southern Methodist University. Kai is currently a senior at The Dwight School, a small Manhattan private school that prides itself on its rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. During her senior year, Kai is on an academic scholarship at Dwight. Kai’s coursework included: Biology (HL), Chemistry (HL), English (HL), History (HL), Math (SL), and Mandarin (SL). At UPenn, she plans to double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology on the Pre-Med Track. Throughout high school, Kai received several notable awards, including Outstanding Achievement on the Latin National Exam, and served as a two-time Semi-Finalist recognition on the National Shakespeare Contest at her school. Last Spring, she won the first-ever NYC High School Student Chinese Speech Contest, sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University and the Hunter College Chinese Flagship Center. From a young age, Kai has been pursuing and cultivating her interest in Biology. She has taken classes in Chinese since the fifth grade at the Dwight School and in China Town. During middle school, She was an active Member of Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth Program. In the summer before tenth grade, she attended a Physiology and Disease course through Johns Hopkins Discover Hopkins Program, where she was the only freshmen among a cohort of seniors. Last summer, she attended Columbia University’s Explorations in Genetics and Molecular Biology Program. Academics aside, Kai is a classically trained singer who has been a member of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City for six years. She has had the opportunity to perform at venues in Japan, Israel, and New York’s own Carnegie Hall. Kai is honored to share her journey, sacrifices, and hardships en route to her top college acceptances. Kai was a student at Kweller Prep throughout 11th grade, with much guidance from tutors and director Frances Kweller. She took in-person SAT ad ACT classes at Kweller Queens, Kweller Manhattan, and ultimately continued private ACT sessions online with one of her favorite Kweller Prep tutors, Zaid. Kai made many sacrifices to achieve her goal score of a 34/36 on the ACT, re-prioritizing her time to study for the ACT and maintain her high school GPA of 3.8/4.0 unweighted. Kai is the first/elder daughter in her family and has one younger sister. She is the first person in her immediate family to attend an ivy league. Her younger sister hopes to follow in her footsteps and will join Kweller’s SAT Classes as well. Involved in many activities, Kai’s journey was not an easy one. Kai is the proud daughter of Caribbean parents. She often visits her paternal grandparents, uncles, and aunts in Anguilla. Kai aspires to become a physician and change-maker within the healthcare field.
KAREEM will begin Harvard University’s Graduate School of Law and Harvard Business School, in pursuit of a JD/MBA dual degree. 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. Some of his college coursework included: all levels of calculus, differential equations, physics, chemistry, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. 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 Exxon Mobil in Houston where he held a position as an Integrity Engineer, was decorated with company-internal awards, and ranked in the top percentage of his peers. ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest publicly traded energy providers and chemical manufacturers, develops and applies next-generation technologies to help safely and responsibly meet the world’s growing needs for energy and high-quality chemical products. Kareem recently transitioned to a project management position at a small firm to broaden his skill-set and take on more responsibility. Kareem graduated from York Specialized High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction. He took many tough classes at York which included: AP Physics (Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism), AP Chemistry, AP BC Calculus, AP English, and more. Kareem started tutoring students while he was still in high school. Kareem’s love for teaching has not wavered throughout the years. He still makes time to tutor for the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, SHSAT, and STEM classes such as Physics, Chemistry, and Calculus. Kareem is a proud son of Jamaican immigrants. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Kareem is the first in his family to pursue a JD and an MBA. He was the first to attend an Ivy League college as well. His journey to this point has been inspirational. Kareem is also an excellent source of support for his students, helping them navigate the college and graduate school admissions process long after being his pupils. Kareem has exceptionally strong math skills; he scored in the 99th percentile on all three math regents (Algebra, Algebra 2/Trig, and Geometry). We are extremely fortunate that Kareem will be available to teach SAT classes in-person at Kweller Queens during the fall 2020 semester.
Karolina attends Hunter College and she is a part of the Macaulay Honors program, on a full academic scholarship with the perk of dorming in the city free of cost for her first two years. There, she is pursuing a Biochemistry major alongside an Economics minor. Prior to Hunter, Karolina attended Townsend Harris High School, during which she prepped for the SAT at Kweller Prep. She earned a 33 on her ACT and a 1480 on her SAT, with nearly a perfect score in her math section. She participated in the Social Science Research Program and was part of the math team, swim team, leader of Polish FON (an annual Festival of Nations Performance at the school) along with many more clubs and activities. During her 4 years at Townsend, she took a variety of AP courses, including AP World History, AP Calculus BC, AP Physics, AP English Literature, and AP Capstone Seminar, amongst all her other honors and college classes. Asides from school, Karolina has participated in a number of healthcare programs, such as LIU Summer Honors Institute and CUNY Medical School’s HPREP. She volunteers at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Hospital in the pediatric department and will soon start in their pharmacy department. Ever since she was young, Karolina knew she wanted to work in the healthcare field, thus she is pursuing a career to be a pharmacist or physician assistant. During her free time, Karolina enjoys running and traveling, while taking pictures and editing videos into vlogs.
KARINA is a full time Earth Science Regents teacher in Long Island. She is a New York State certified 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 the science requirements needed to obtain 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.
KATHRYN is a sophomore at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences where she is enrolled in the Psychology program. She graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA while taking part in the Big Sib program and maintaining an active role in Stuyvesant’s Theater Community. Kathryn also spent much of her time on the Mock Trial and Moot Court teams at Stuyvesant, earning high awards from each. Kathryn received a 1560/1600 on her SAT, with an 800/800 on the math section and a 760 on the English section. She also received a 790/800 on her Math SAT II. She excelled in AP European History, AP U.S. History, AP Spanish, AP Calculus AB, AP Literature and Composition, and AP Government. She has experience tutoring elementary courses, Spanish, SHSAT, and SAT. During her first term at NYU, Kathryn took a course on the History of Western Architecture and on essay writing, as well as an Advanced Spanish Grammar and Composition course and a seminar on the Trials of the Century. While these courses had rigorous writing requirements, Kathryn was able to receive 3 A’s and an A- during her first term. During the spring term of her freshman year, Kathryn took Intro to Psychology, Human Origins, Historic Preservation, and Militarism in the Media and received only A’s for the semester. The heavy writing component from these classes as well as the need for memorization has enhanced Kathryn’s learning skills and allowed her to learn new strategies to succeed, which she has since shared with her prep classes. Next term, Kathryn plans on taking Intro to Biology, General Chemistry, Calculus I, and Behavioral Statistics. At NYU, Kathryn is part of the selective Presidential Honors Scholars program, which helps students complete undergraduate research and later a Senior Thesis. Kathryn intends on conducting research in NYU’S Psychology department beginning her sophomore year of college. In addition to being fluent in English, Kathryn is also fluent in Spanish and proficient in Romanian. Kathryn is also an active member of the Karate club at NYU and enjoys taking their recreational kickboxing and weightlifting classes. Besides academics, Kathryn enjoys teaching karate, playing jazz on the piano, and cooking. Both Kathryn and her sister, Antalya, tutor at Kweller Prep. Prior to that, Kathryn was a student in our SHSAT and SAT programs. Kathryn also attended Kweller Prep for a variety of Regents prep courses. In the dual role of student and tutor, Kathryn is excited to guide motivated students at Kweller Prep while pursuing her degree at NYU. She has received excellent feedback from the students she has worked with and continues to maintain an outstanding record now that she’s also a zoom tutor.
KEIJI (pronounced “KG”) attended Stuyvesant High School and graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business, Magna Cum Laude, with a major in Economics. While at Stern, KG also completed a pre-medicine course-track and a Chemistry minor through the NYU College of Arts and Science, finishing with a cumulative science GPA of 3.9. In addition to making the Dean’s Honor Roll for every semester in which he was enrolled, KG was elected to participate in the highly selective Stern Honor’s Thesis Program, which allowed him to take graduate-level business courses for his senior year and publish a thesis in health economics through the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Since graduating, KG has continued to pursue his passion for business and medicine by working for a preeminent Med-tech startup, helping develop the first virtual reality platform for neurosurgery. Over the course of his startup career, KG has worked directly with neurosurgeons at Mount Sinai, NYU Langone, and other top programs across the country, introducing them to new technology, and helping them plan and rehearse complex procedures in virtual reality. He has also authored several academic research papers on virtual reality and advanced medical imaging technology that have been published in leading neurosurgical journals (CNS, JNS, ONS), as well as two chapters in neurosurgery and neuroradiology textbooks. KG has always been driven by his love for teaching and still makes time to tutor, always with the goal of helping the next generation of Kweller students achieve their fullest potential, along with their academic pursuits and professional aspirations. KG has 7+ years of experience and a strong track record of tutoring for the SAT, ACT, SHSAT, TACHS, Hunter Exam, NYS Regents, and all STEM subjects (Math, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, etc.) for SAT 2, AP, high school and college level courses.
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.
Kurt attends New York University. He is currently pursuing a combined major in Global Public Health and Chemistry. He is on a premed track an aspires to become a physician. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA and was a Nation Hispanic Recognition Scholar. At the Bronx High School of Science, Kurt was part of the research program, where he wrote a research paper based on data collected over two summers at the Department of Pharmacology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Kurt has tutored AP Chemistry and math throughout his third and fourth years in high school. Kurt has studied classical music at the New York Conservatory of Music and the Bronx High School of Science’s Orchestra, and has performed as a solo pianist at Carnegie Hall. He can play the piano, violin, viola, and guitar. Kurt scored in the 99th percentile of students taking the SAT with a 1580/1600 and has taken two SAT 2 Subject Tests—Mathematics Level 2 and Chemistry—scoring an 800/800 on both. Kurt has also scored a 5/5 on AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP US History, AP English Language, and AP Microeconomics, and a 4/5 on AP Spanish Language and AP Biology. Outside of academics, Kurt has served as one of three captains of the Bronx High School of Science’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and managed the Bronx High School of Science’s Varsity Cricket team. Kurt is fluent in English and Spanish. He is currently learning Mandarin. In his free time, Kurt enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, and spending time with his friends, many who work at Kweller Prep Manhattan!
LAMIA is currently a junior at Stuyvesant High School, the highest ranked specialized high school. Lamia dedicated the spring of her sophomore year to Kweller’s SAT prep, and received a 1530/1600 on the SAT. She received a 750/800 on her Biology SAT 2. In sophomore year, she took AP European History, on which she received a 5/5, and is planning to take the following five AP courses in her junior year of high school: AP English, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP United States History, and AP Spanish. Other courses she will be taking throughout the course of her highschool career include Honors PreCalculus, Geopolitics, and a class on the Spanish Civil War. At school, Lamia is an avid junior varsity member of Stuyvesant’s esteemed Speech and Debate team, where she practices Lincoln Douglas debate. She has gone to several debate tournaments, where she placed in the top five speakers, and attended the National Symposium for Debate. Lamia also writes for the Opinions Department and Features Department of her school newspaper, The Spectator. She is also president of her school’s Cultural Preservation Club, president of a writing publication called Moonlight, and vice president of the Stuyvesant Legal Society. She has previous experience tutoring in both group classes and private sessions for the ISEE, Baccalaureate exam, Hunter exam, and the SHSAT. Her younger sister currently attends Kweller Prep Queens for the SHSAT and plans on continuing for the SAT. In her free time, Lamia enjoys watching Netflix, riding her bike, playing the ukulele, and spending time with her family and friends.
LAURENCE is a senior at the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College, on a full academic scholarship. She is currently double majoring in Clinical Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Crime, Law, and Deviance. Her current classes include Child Development, Neuroscience, and Criminology. She is also taking classes in Religion and Music. Throughout college, Laurence has worked with an early head start SEIT program to service preschool-aged children with special needs. With a current GPA of 3.85/4.0, Laurence aspires to continue on to a career in clinical and counseling psychology. Laurence graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS) in 2017 with an SAT score of 1560/1600. Whilst still in high school she took a variety of AP classes including Music Theory, Psychology, and US History, English Literature. She was also involved in many clubs at Hunter. Her school involvement included: The African American Cultural Club, interning in the counseling office, track team, the Mediterranean cultural club. Outside of school, she was very involved in the fine arts. Specifically, she studied music and dance for years. Laurence is trained in classical ballet. She has taken ballet since the age of 5. Laurence plays four instruments. They include piano, violin, flute, and guitar. Throughout her years at Hunter, Laurence was involved in various notable music programs that allowed her to perform all around New York City. Some of these venues included the Juilliard Penthouse, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, and Steinway Hall. Laurence has studied Spanish since elementary school and French since high school. Laurence has worked as a Hunter Exam Essay grader, lead tutor, and assistant teacher at Kweller Prep for three years. She has edited and revised hundreds of sample hunter essays, proctored and administered SHSAT exams, and led exam SHSAT test reviews. Laurence is the epitome of hard work. She has worked 12-hour shifts wearing many hats at Kweller Prep and is often referred to as Kweller Prep Manhattan manager Satiya’s right hand. Outside of editing essays, Laurence helps Satiya with many behind-the-scenes tasks of running a small business. She is a dedicated tutor who participates in outreach as well. Laurence has volunteer tutored students as young as the fourth grade at The Harlem Dream Center, a community house in Harlem. When not at Kweller Laurence likes to travel with her friends. She has backpacked across Europe and plans to backpack through Asia.
LINA attends the Macaulay Honors College. She plans to pursue a double major in Chemistry and Economics. Her current coursework includes Chemistry, Sociology, Economics, and Writing About Literature. Lina graduated from Stuyvesant High School. Lina scored a 1510/1600 on the SAT and received a 22/24 on the essay section. She also scored a 760/800 on both the Math SAT II and Chemistry SAT II subject tests. Lina began taking Advanced Placement (AP) courses as early as her freshman year at Stuyvesant, starting with AP Human Geography, which she scored a 5/5 on. Following that, she took AP World History, AP US History, AP English Language and Composition, and AP Chemistry during her sophomore and junior years, which she scored all 4s and 5s on. During her senior year, Lina took several Advanced Placement courses, including AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, AP Microeconomics, and AP US Government and Politics. Other courses Lina took throughout her high school career included Genetics Research, Human Medical Genetics, Biology Regeneron Research, Criminal Law, Shakespearean Literature, and Writer’s Workshop. At Stuyvesant, Lina served as a chemistry tutor and essay editor with Stuyvesant’s National Honor Society, called ARISTA. She was also an active member of her school’s Jewish Student Union and danced in Stuyvesant’s annual StuySquad and SING! shows. Outside of school, she has performed in modern dance for over 10 years. Lina is the younger cousin of Dasha, a longtime Hunter tutor at Kweller Prep. Lina began her career at Kweller Prep as an intern, teaching SHSAT and then taught three writing classes on zoom back-to-back. Lina is extremely versatile. She has worked as a tutor, essay grader, and Dasha’s assistant. For fun, Lina loves to ride her bike and explore NYC with her friends. She also likes to bake and paint cookies.
LOREN is a rising freshman at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, where she is taking a seven-year accelerated medical program, as opposed to the traditional 8+ year path. She graduated from Ramaz High School in Manhattan with a 4.0 GPA. Loren was a student at Kweller Prep since 7th grade, where she completed the SHSAT and SAT summer courses. Since attending the classes, she improved her SAT score by 250 points. In high school, she took AP Chemistry and AP BC Calculus. Loren also volunteered at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hopital’s emergency department, where she provided medical care for those who were underserved in her community and learned about various emergency procedures. This bred an interest in becoming an EMT, leading her to take night classes at the Northwell Health Emergency Medical Institute. Loren also volunteered at the ophthalmology department at the Manhattan Ear, Eye, and Throat Hospital, where she observed and learned from various surgeries. Additionally, she worked at a doctor’s office that specializes in gastroenterology and internal medicine. There she received hands-on experience with patient care and managed medical documentation. In addition, she held a prominent position in the premedical club for the duration of her high school career. However, Loren did not only consume herself with various medical work; she was also on her school’s track team for her while high school career. In addition, she did boxing recreationally for 4 years. Loren attended Kweller Prep throughout her years at Ramaz, and credits this program with serving as a guiding light when she took the most challenging courses possible at her high school. Loren is also very involved with the Jewish community; she was a participant in Witness Theatre, where she bonded with Holocaust survivors and portrayed their experiences through a public performance. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to house music, and explore new restaurants with her friends.
LORI is a schoolteacher. She is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School and Hunter College. At Stuyvesant, she began building the foundation of her career as a schoolteacher 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 has 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 then went on to present at the New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School. She has published written work, 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. This is Lori’s sixth year at Kweller Prep, and she has taught Kweller’s ELA/Math and Hunter Prep Program each year. Lori is able to explain tough questions easily, breaking them down step by step. She’s one of the most beloved Hunter and ELA/Math tutors at Kweller Prep. 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. Lori is very kind, patient, nurturing, and sympathetic. She is a teacher at heart and treats each student as her own.
LYNN recently graduated from Cornell University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 3.5 years where she majored in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior and minored in East Asian Studies. At Cornell, she was on the Dean’s List and played intramural soccer. In previous summers, she has worked for the Junior Blind of America as a camp counselor for the visually impaired and multi-disabled during which she guided individuals ages 7-80 in improving their communication and motor skills. She was introduced to this opportunity through her older brother who has physical and neurodevelopmental disabilities due to neonatal sepsis, inspiring her to pursue neurobiology and a career in health. In the fall, she will be a part of Cornell’s Master of Public Health Fall 2019 cohort, concentrating in Food Systems for Health, with a $20K scholarship. She hopes to continue on to medical school and become a medical practitioner skilled in both medicine and public health. Lynn attended Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in California where she graduated as Valedictorian, part of the High Honor Roll, and amongst the top 10% of her class with a 4.0 unweighted and 4.9 weighted GPA. Lynn scored a 2280/2400 on her SAT, was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, and received a scholarship from the California Scholarship Federation. She has also taken SAT II exams in Chemistry (780/800), Math II (800/800), Physics (720/800), and U.S. History. She received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award after scoring exceptionally well on AP exams in the following subjects: European History, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, U.S. History, Physics B, Calculus AB, Biology, United States Government and Politics, Economics, and English Language and Composition. She has experience in revising essays and tutoring Math, Chinese, Chemistry, Biology, SAT, and SAT II. In high school, Lynn was a figure skater, a violinist in the Symphonic Orchestra, and played for the Varsity Girls Soccer Team. Holding several leadership positions, she was president and captain of the school’s engineering competition team (TSA TEAMS), president of the National Chinese Honor Society, and co-founder and vice-president of the Student Association of Neuroscience and Neurology. She was also a member of various honor societies and participated in organizations centered around volunteer work and community service. In her free time, Lynn enjoys dancing, watching Netflix, and planning out her dream house.
Mariah attends Fordham University at Rose Hill. She is on the pre-law track as an English and Philosophy major. Mariah received a $35,000 Academic scholarship from Fordham and was also awarded the Hotel Trades Union Scholarship of $12,000 dollars. At Fordham, her course work includes classes in Psychology, Statistics, Texts and Context, Theology, Philosophy, and African history. Mariah currently has a 3.9/4.0 GPA, and on Fordham’s Dean’s List. Mariah is the founder of a Fordham student club where she and her peers take on social justice issues on Fordham’s campus. She is currently working on a legal internship specializing in immigration law. Mariah graduated with honors from Archbishop Molloy High School in 2019 with a 4.0 GPA. Her course work at Molloy
included AP Psychology, AP English Literature, and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, as well as honors English, French, and History classes. She was awarded the Molloy Stanner Spirit Award, the Award for Academic excellence both in 2018 and 2019 and was on Molloy’s honor roll all semesters. Mariah was vice-president of the Spanish club her senior year. Her focus during her governance was the history of Caribbean culture. She was part of the track and field team where she threw the javelin, shot put, and discus for three years. Mariah served as a youth ambassador for Project Nyme Nsa, a non-profit organization that works to create homes and opportunities for orphans in Ghana and Zambia, Africa. Her role included conducting fundraisers for the organization. Mariah was also involved in a program at Molloy volunteering at Briarwood All Women’s homeless shelter located in Jamaica, New York. Mariah tutored kids at the shelter ages five through thirteen in English, Math, and the Sciences. Mariah is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French. She began learning French during her freshman year of High School at Molloy and is continuing to expand her knowledge at Fordham. She plans to study abroad in France. Mariah’s family is of Dominican Republic descent. We are proud to add that Mariah is a longtime former student at Kweller Prep. Maria’s older sister, Liss Mendez, was also a longtime former student at Kweller Prep and Molloy HS graduate. Liss also served as a legal intern for Frances Kweller years ago. Liss went on to attend St. John’s University School of Law and recently passed the New York State Bar exam. We are excited to have Mariah as a TACHS exam tutor, role model, and mentor for the students at Kweller Prep.
MARIE is a recent graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, which she graduated in three years and attended on an academic scholarship. In addition to her work at Kweller, she is currently applying to law schools and interning at a law firm. At NYU Gallatin, Marie designed her own major centering around art law and minored in French in the College of Arts and Science. Marie maintained an overall 3.926 GPA and was on the Dean’s List. She worked as a Resident Assistant and was also highly involved in the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, where she created and curated an arts showcase. Marie is also a graduate of the highly competitive Townsend Harris High School. In her time at Townsend Harris, Marie maintained an overall GPA of 96.29/100.00 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 high school, Marie was in the Archon and Arista Honor Societies for three years, the Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society for mathematics, and received Summa Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam both years taking it. Marie has been working at Kweller Prep for four 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.
Marianna is currently enrolled as a first year medical student at SUNY Downstate School of Medicine. She graduated from Brooklyn College’s Coordinated BA/MD program with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology and a minor in Biochemistry and as salutatorian from the Carl Sagan research program at Forest Hills High School. Marianna scored a 2200/2400 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 her freshman year 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 preparing students for the SAT for approximately 5 years and truly enjoys it. Many of her students have scored in at least the 90th percentile and have matched into top colleges of their preference and on scholarship! She has recently started teaching SAT classes at Kweller Prep. 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. Marianna also offers college admission advice, especially for students seeking to get into BA/MD programs.
MAURICE Frumkin is President and Founder of NYC Admissions Solutions, a top-rated, NYC consulting firm with a team of admissions experts that helps families navigate public and private school admissions. Maurice is also a former independent school admissions officer and Deputy Executive Director of High School Admissions with the NYC Department of Education, where he was involved with all aspects of managing the citywide high school admissions process, including supervision of the SHSAT. Prior to opening NYC Admissions Solutions, Maurice worked directly with the NYC Department of Education to train middle school guidance counselors on the mechanics of the application process to NYC high schools. For over 15 years, Maurice has counseled thousands of families and school counselors on the NYC high school admissions process, and he is a frequent lecturer at schools across the city on a wide variety of admissions topics. Maurice has been featured in Inside schools, chalk beat, and the Wall Street Journal, to name a few.
MAZAL attends St. John’s University’s College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Currently, she maintains a 4.0/4.0 GPA. Her current coursework includes biochemistry, pharmaceutics, U.S. health care, pharmacology, kinetics, and compounding. Next semester, Mazal will be receiving her pharmacy intern license, which will allow her to perform private patient counseling and administer immunizations. Mazal works at Walgreens Pharmacy where she is responsible for filling prescriptions, maintaining contact with medical offices and insurance agencies, and keeping up with patient health. She is an advocate for patient care and hopes to become a clinical pharmacist who is a vital part of the team of health care professionals responsible for managing therapy plans. Mazal graduated from Townsend Harris High School with a cumulative GPA of 97/100. She has taken numerous challenging courses including AP Spanish Literature, AP Calculus, AP World History, AP US History, and Organic Chemistry. Mazal also took Spanish for four years in high school and three years in middle school. Mazal scored a 5/5 on all her AP exams. She has received a 95+ on all her NYS Regents examinations and graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma. At her graduation ceremony, Mazal received the highest awards in chemistry, math, and Spanish. Aside from focusing on academics, she was also an active member of her community by participating in the Archon and Arista honors societies. Much of her time in high school was spent peer tutoring students in science and math. Mazal served as a tutor at Kweller Prep for 4 years now and she believes that, with the right approach and dedication, success is inevitable. Mazal is extremely patient and has taught SAT classes consistently every semester since she started working at Kweller Prep. She was also Kweller’s Chemistry Regents class tutor for two years. Mazal is one of our top tutors and able to teach students in a way so they raise their scores by several hundred points. She is a dedicated part of our team and we are fortunate to have her teach our SAT summer camp once again this summer. Mazal enjoys drawing, traveling, playing piano and spending time with family and friends, many of whom also work at Kweller Prep.
Melissa attends Boston University in Massachusetts on scholarship. At college, Melissa is on a pre-medical track, majoring in Neuroscience. She is the treasurer of her school’s Taiwanese American student association. Her current college coursework includes Biochemistry, Physics, Drugs and Behavior, and Translational Research in Alzheimer’s Disease. Melissa graduated from Townsend Harris High School in 2018 with a where she was the Girls Varsity Fencing Champion, Lead Witness in Mock Trial, Moot Court, Competitor of the Regional Champion of the Science Olympiad Team in Forensics, Wood Building, and Experimental design, and was the Director of Film and Media of its award-winning and student-funded literary and arts magazine, The Phoenix. Her high school AP course load included taking AP Macroeconomics, AP Psychology, AP US History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP World History, and AP English Language. She also completed college classes directly at Queens College which counted for 12 credits at Boston University. Melissa has successfully taught Kweller Prep‘s SAT program for two summers and received glowing reviews as well as Kweller’s HUNTER program. Throughout the summer of 2020, Melissa taught in-person classes at Kweller Queens. She served as a PSAT instructor and SAT class tutor. Melissa is a talented teacher, able to put all her students’ minds at ease. She thoroughly explains each and every question to her students, so they understand. Even in a class setting, Melissa makes personalized time for each student. In Boston, she works as a research assistant at the All of Us Research Program, the most diverse NIH funded research program, and as a Fundraising Assistant at the Donor Relations Office to oversee impact reports to donors of her university. When not at Kweller Prep, Melissa can be seen taking walks and writing songs.
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MIA is a senior at Marymount School of New York, an independent, Catholic High School for Girls. Mia is currently in the process of applying to top colleges and intends to take a pre-law track and a minor in Engineering. Mia’s 12th-grade coursework includes AP Statistics, French 4, and Engineering. Mia’s 11th-grade coursework included AP Computer Science Principles, Honors Pre-Calculus, and AP U.S History. In eighth grade, Mia received acceptance into Marymount High School through the Butler Scholarship that allowed her $200,000 in scholarship money. In fact, Mia took a number of tough entrance exams throughout the 8th grade, including the TACHS, the SHSAT, the ISEE, the SSAT, the COOP, the HSPT, and the Scholarship Exams. After taking the PSAT-NMSQT in her junior year, she has been recognized by College Board in the National Merit Scholarship Recognition Program for her high score. Mia is an active member of her school’s community. Mia is the captain of her school’s varsity fencing team, a mentor to freshman in her school’s peer assistance club, and a member of Model United Nations. She has interned with New York politicians and political organizations to make positive changes in her community. Recently, she took college-level classes at New York University and received an A in Calculus I, which is a fully transferable course credit. Despite the challenges of COVID-19 and how it affected standardized testing, she managed to score a 4 in both AP US History and AP Computer Science when testing online after abrupt academic interruptions. Mia has attended Kweller Prep since the seventh-grade and worked with Kweller tutors throughout high school. Mia participated in Kweller’s SAT courses, which helped her score high on the PSAT and the SAT. In her free time, she blogs on current events and spends time with her family. Her blog is @stories.by.gen.z on Instagram and encourages young adults to express themselves without judgment. Mia hopes to pursue a legal career in the future.
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.
MICHELLE recently graduated Magna cum Laude from the School of Management at Binghamton University, one of the nation’s top business schools, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems and a minor in Spanish. During her time in college, Michelle was involved in The Binghamton Ballroom Dance Association, the Binghamton Department of Romance Languages, Women in Business, and was on Dean’s List every single semester. Her college coursework included rigorous classes such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Finance, Marketing, E-business, Entrepreneurship, Programming, Advanced level Spanish, and more. Throughout college, Michelle had several internships, including working directly for the CEO of a million-dollar biotech start-up and then interning at Deloitte (a globally acclaimed Accounting firm) as a consultant in the Risk and Financial Advisory practice. Michelle will continue her career as a full-time consultant at Deloitte starting in 2021. For high school, Michelle attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School where she was a dance major in a conservatory program. In addition to her serious dance training, she graduated high school with a 97 GPA, and was ranked third in her graduating class of 200 students. She took every single AP class offered at her high school, including AP US History, AP Calculus, AP Literature, and AP Language, and scored a 4 on each one. Michelle was able to earn college credit and enter college a full semester ahead of her peers. We are happy to share that Michelle was a student at Kweller Prep, where she prepared diligently for the SAT Examination. Michelle was able to raise her score by over 500 points on the old SAT Examination out of 2400. She scored a 2080/2400. Since her time at Kweller Prep, Michelle has tutored younger Kweller Prep students in preparation for the Hunter High School Entrance Exam, the SHSAT Exam, Bard Interviews, and multiple subjects in Regents courses. Outside of working at Kweller, Michelle enjoys traveling, dancing, and writing.
MINWOO attends Cornell University, where he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences with a minor in Business. He has taken a number of courses in college tailored to his major, including Environmental Governance, Environmental Policy Processes, Resource Management, Environmental Law, and Environmental Physics. Minwoo graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). He took a number of advanced courses while at Hunter, including AP Biology, AP US History, Calculus AB, AP Physics, AP Microeconomics, and Organic Chemistry. At HCHS, Minwoo served as captain of the Varsity Swim Team and president of organizations such as Hakyo (Korean Cultural Club) and LiNK Liberty in North Korea). Minwoo served as a tutor for Kweller Prep for six years and counting and has extensive experience tutoring students for the Hunter exam, SHSAT, SAT, as well as the TACHS exam. Minwoo has worked at Kweller Prep consistently throughout college. He even traveled five hours each way each weekend to teach Kweller Prep’s Fall semester Hunter programs. Minwoo has also led tours of Cornell University for high school students attending Kweller Prep’s summer SAT classes. Most notably, Minwoo led a 350 Asian-American parent and student info session in the winter of 2018 on the competitive college application process where the majority of parents were not native English speakers. Minwoo has taught a number of classes at Kweller Prep and is one of our most versatile tutors. He’s taught the Hunter program, ACT, SAT, and SHSAT classes for years. We are honored to add that years ago, Minwoo rescheduled a surgical procedure to repair his eye just so that his SHSAT students would have no interruption of substitute tutor before the test. Minwoo has helped many high school students at Kweller Prep with drafting, outlining, and brainstorming their college essays. With his assistance, students have been accepted to Ivies such as Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Minwoo achieved scores of 2320/2400 on the SAT and a perfect score of 36/36 on his ACT. He also received the National Merit Semifinalist scholarship for scoring in the top percentile on his PSAT. Outside of Kweller Prep, Minwoo is studying for his LSAT, preparing to enter law school and dedicate his career to focusing on environmental policy. Minwoo has served as an intern legal assistant for two law firms in the past two years and is a member of the Roosevelt Institute, a policy organization where he and his team develop environmental and sustainability policies to improve Cornell’s campus. Minwoo is fluent in Korean. In his free time, Minwoo likes to dance, as he does with his team BreakFree at Cornell, and tries to avoid thinking about the Knicks as much as he can.
MO A. graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Master’s 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. Some of the classes Mo took were in advanced Differential Geometry, Analytical Geometry, Topology, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Understanding. He maintained a 3.9/4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate career and held a 4.0/4.0 as an NYU 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 required for his majors. Mo graduated from the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens, 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 (the breakdown of 800/800 Math, 700/800 Reading, 700/800 Writing), and an 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 7th year at Kweller Prep. After graduating from NYU, Mo worked as a Software Engineer at Google. Mo currently works at Instagram as a Machine Learning research engineer. Mo often shares that he enjoys tutoring students at Kweller Prep. He has taught SHSAT, SAT, and all upper-level math and science courses at Kweller Prep, including AP Calculus AB and BC and AP Physics. When not at Kweller Prep, Mo can be found at the nearby gym. Over the years, he has researched a lot about health and fitness and has invested a lot of time into developing mental and physical health.
MO Khan has been a tutor in NYC for the past 14 years. He is one of the founding staff members of Kweller Prep and he played a central role in the expansion of Kweller Prep Manhattan. Mo graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). Mo scored 2300/ 2400 on his SAT, with a perfect 800/800 in writing and perfect 800/800 in Math. 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 High School. 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. While in high school Mo, interned at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, conducting clinical research that is now part of 3 published articles. Mo went on to attend New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences for his undergraduate degree. He received a full merit-based scholarship. At NYU, he double majored in Global Public Health and Biochemistry with a chemistry minor while being part of the Presidential Honors Scholars. After graduation, he worked as a researcher at Columbia University’s Timothy C. Wang Lab where he worked with researchers in studying gastro-esophageal cancer remedies in mice with regards to the IL-1beta gene. At the same time, he rose in the ranks at CityMD, where he began as a scribe documenting and saw patients with providers before becoming a scribe supervisor and trainer for CityMD’s corporate office. In those two years he sat for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE, and MCAT scorning a 172/180, a 760/800, a perfect score, and a 515/528 (92nd percentile) on those exams respectively. Mo settled on attending business school in the fall of 2018 at NYU Stern where he was given a full scholarship. While taking on the MBA program, Mo has been employed as an analyst at a Health Care Consulting firm. He finished his two-year MBA degree program in a year and a half, graduating a semester early in December of 2019. At Kweller Prep, Mo has taught groups of students in preparation for the Hunter College Entrance Exam, the SHSAT, the SAT consistently every semester since he started college. Mo has developed over one dozen mock exams for Kweller Prep’s SHSAT and Hunter workbooks, which are also sold on amazon. He has also trained other tutors, including his younger brother Farib, to become experts in teaching such tough materials to ambitious elementary and middle school students. He has also served as a private tutor for those tests as well as subjects in high school Math, Science, History, and English as well as a college essay and application consultant. He is fluent in Bengali and proficient in Spanish. Though Mo works full time at a consulting firm, completed college and graduate school, he still spends any extra time he has tutoring, which he finds extremely rewarding. When not at Kweller Prep, Mo enjoys playing basketball, writing, and exploring New York City.
MOHAMMED is a sophomore at New York University on a nearly full academic scholarship. At NYU, Mohammed is majoring in Computer Science and will potentially minor in Mathematics. He is currently taking Databases, Computer Architecture, Disabilities Studies, and Data Analysis. He has taken Object Oriented programming, linear algebra and differential equations, ethics and technology, and physics II. Mohammed currently has a 3.5 GPA. He hopes to work in the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence fields of CS following his graduation. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School with a 3.8 GPA and was a part of several clubs, including Math Team and several sports clubs. While in Stuy he took AP World History, AP Calculus, AP English, and AP Macroeconomics. He’s worked as a tutor for three years now, the last year having been spent with our great team here at Kweller Prep. While at Stuyvesant, Mohammed has taken several AP courses: A.P. World, A.P. U.S. History, A.P. Macroeconomics, A.P. English, and A.P. Spanish. He has received 4/5 or 5/5 on all his A.P. exams. He scored a 1470/1600 on his SAT, a 33/36 on his ACT, and a 780/800 on his Math SAT 2. Mohammed speaks Bengali and is proficient in Spanish. In his spare time, Mohammed likes playing sports, mostly basketball, and going to either Blink Fitness Gym or the NYU gym.
Nadia graduated from Bard College in May 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in biology, concentration in global public health. She finished her undergraduate degree with a 4.0/4.0 GPA. Nadia attended Hunter College High School (HCHS), graduating in 2016. In January of 2021, she will begin working at a large law firm as a paralegal. Currently, Nadia is studying for her LSAT and working at Kweller Prep Manhattan as one of our in-person Hunter Instructors. Nadia took the old version of the SAT. Her super-score on the 2400 scale was 2340, and she also earned an 800/800 on the Biology SAT subject test. She earned 5/5’s on both the AP Biology and AP French Language & Culture exams and a 4/5 on the AP Computer Science exam. Nadia has over 7 years of tutoring experience, including ESL tutoring, and holds a TESOL certification to teach English as a Second language, which she earned while an undergraduate while at Bard College. At Bard, she maintained a perfect GPA while holding four jobs on campus, served as captain of the varsity women’s squash team, volunteered as an English teacher at local elementary schools, and trained with the Bard College Surrealist Circus. During her summers, Nadia has interned at North Carolina State University, completing an independent microbiology research project, at Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she served as a mentor to high school students for a public health project, and at the National Organization for Women (NOW), a nationally recognized women’s rights non-profit. She taught Kweller’s SAT classes throughout the summer of 2019 and is excited to tutor again before starting her full-time position this January as a paralegal. Nadia is also studying for the LSAT and will apply to law school by 2022. Nadia has lived in Forest Hills since she was 3, and is a proud New Yorker. Her younger sister followed in her academic footsteps and is in the class of 2022 at Hunter College High School (and studying at Kweller Prep for her SAT’s!). In her free time, Nadia loves to read mystery books, take walks, and plan her next travel adventure!
Nancy just completed her first year at Yale College and is now taking a year off to conduct neuroscience research as a Visiting Student at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Nancy graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2019 with an Advanced Regents Diploma, as an AP Scholar with distinction, and as a member of the National Honors Society. She has taken a total of 12 Advanced Placement courses, including AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP United States History, AP World History, AP Microeconomics, AP Language, and AP English Literature. In addition to the AP exams, Nancy has also taken the SAT/ACT/SAT II(Math 2 and Chemistry) and placed in the 99th percentile. As a prospective Neuroscience major on the pre-health track, Nancy spends most of her time as an undergraduate researcher studying neurodegeneration at the Yale School of Medicine. She is also involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale as the Co-director of Partnerships, the Yale Scientific Magazine as a Staff Writer, and the Yale Alumni Fund Student Ambassadors organization as Residential College Co-chair. In her free time, she likes to make Spotify playlists, bake, and draw!
Navila is a 5th year pharmacy student currently attending St. John’s University’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. She is in her 3rd professional graduate year expecting to graduate in 2021. She has maintained the Dean’s List for every semester and 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 the Pharmacist’s Society of the State of New York (PSSNY). She is currently taking her Drugs and Diseases courses in Oncology/Endocrine, Pharmacokinetics, Extemporaneous Compounding, Pharmacy Management, Pharmacokinetics, 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 Boys & Girls Club of Queens, as well as private tutoring in ELA/Math, Hunter exam, Regents exams, and SHSAT. After graduating, Navila plans to work as a clinical consultant pharmacist and one day open up her own pharmacy. When not at Kweller Prep, she loves traveling to different countries, trying new cuisines, watching movies, and hanging out with her best friend since high school, Kweller tutor Naurin.
NEHA is a rising star, a 2L at NYU Law School (ranked #5 in the nation). She has actively immersed herself within the NYU Law community. She is a Staff Editor on the Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Soviet, and was a Student Fellow in the Tech Law and Policy Clinic at NYU, representing a non-profit AIDS activist group. Neha is also involved in several extracurricular activities; she is the Co-chair of the Law Women HS Mentoring Program, Director of Special Projects for Rights over Tech, and is Student Life Chair for the NYU Law Student Body Association. During her 1L summer, Neha worked as a Legal Intern at Google LLC, in their Chelsea office. In her 1L year, Neha took a number of rigorous doctrinal classes including Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Property, Legislation and the Regulatory State, and Criminal Law. During her 2L year, Neha has expanded her academic interests and is enrolled in Corporations, Evidence, Criminal Justice Reform, Digital Currency and Blockchain Technology, Professional Responsibility, and Income Tax. Neha graduated from the 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 biotech 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 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 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 years of high school. We are happy to add that Neha’s family attended Kweller Prep for several years, including Neha’s younger brother Raj, who was accepted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT. Never ceasing to impress, Neha became 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, 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 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 Parker Towers, located in Queens.
NICOLE T. is a second-year law student at the CUNY School of Law. Entering at only age 20, Nicole is the youngest law student in her grade and one of the youngest law students in the school’s history. She graduated cum laude from Queens College in May 2018, receiving a 4-year degree in only 2-years. Nicole majored in Political Science and an honor 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. Nicole’s coursework includes Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure, Family Law and Relations, Contracts in the Market Economy, Liberty, Equality, and Due Process (LEDP), Lawyering Seminars, and Legal Research. In her free time at school, she participates in the International Law Society and Ping Pong Club, where she promotes CUNITY. She graduated from The Queens High School of Inquiry, which is an Early College Initiative High School (and a secret jewel in Queens), 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 College of Pharmacy. Nicole interned at Immigration Equality in 2017 as a JFEW Scholar. Nicole 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/scribe for students with special needs and she volunteered at a donation center and homeless shelter. Nicole aspires to become an attorney because she wants to work toward achieving social justice for the under-served. 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. At Usdan, Nicole served as a bus counselor and Counselor-In-Training. 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. Nicole was hand-selected/pre-screened to work at Kweller Prep as an intern by an organization called Ladders for Leaders. She was the only candidate offered employment at Kweller Prep after Frances Kweller interviewed over one dozen other L4L prospects and found her as the most qualified. Nicole greatly enjoys creative writing. She has taught a number of classes at Kweller Prep and assisted dozens of students with their college applications. Nicole is extremely detail-oriented and has a fierce work ethic. She is a role model in many ways. We are very fortunate to have her as one of our repeat writing class instructors.
Nicole is currently a junior who attends St. John’s University as a Psychology major and a Business minor. She has been on her school’s Dean’s List for the last 2 years and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society due to having a GPA higher than a 3.7. Along with those 2 societies, she is also part of St. John’s chapter of Psi Chi and Beta Alpha Psi. In the past 2 years at St. John’s, Nicole has completed coursework in Accounting, Management Principles, Statistics in Social Science, and Research Methods to name a few. She currently holds a 3.82/4.0 GPA. She graduated from the Carl Sagan Program at Forest Hills High School in 2017 where she graduated with an Advanced Regents Diploma. While in high school Nicole took 4 AP Courses: Environmental Science, United States History, Art History, and Psychology and played on her high school’s tennis and bowling team. While at Forest Hills High School, Nicole was a volunteer for Melinda Katz’s City Councilwoman Campaign and at P.S. 101. Nicole recently completed an internship, at Float/There, a startup clothing rental company. She was a previous student at Kweller Prep where she took classes for the SAT and has been working at Kweller Prep for the last 2 years. Nicole is fluent in English and Farsi, but also familiar with Spanish. Outside of Kweller Prep she enjoys reading, trying new foods, and hanging out with her friends and family.
NILOY is currently in his seventh year of the MD/PhD dual-degree program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his PhD in molecular physiology in 2019 and will graduate from Einstein with his MD in 2021. He previously graduated from New York University in 2013 with a 3.65 GPA and departmental honors as a Biology major. Niloy received a 35R on the MCAT placing him in the 96th percentile nationally. Prior to attending NYU, Niloy attended Stuyvesant High School. He received a 656/800 on the SHSAT entrance exam and a 2250 on the SAT, matriculating to NUY on a full scholarship. Niloy has a proven track record of excellence in scholarship, as he holds over five publications in major academic journals and has been the recipient of government funded research grants for his dissertation work. Niloy additionally holds extensive experience in the academic test prep sector, having served as a tutor and administrator at another NYC Learning Center for nearly a decade. Niloy is extremely passionate about expanding research and medical training opportunities to underrepresented and minority students in NYC and serves as an academic coach and advisor for several pipeline high school and middle school programs in the Bronx. Nilroy is good friends with Yuchen, a longtime tutor at Kweller Prep and fellow classmate in Medical School. When not in the research lab or the hospital, Niloy enjoys spending time at the archery range.
NINA graduated from George Washington University (GW) in Washington D.C., this past spring. While at GW, she earned a Bachelor 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. 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 graduated from Hunter College High School (HCHS). Nina originally started tutoring for the Hunter 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 four years, in addition to private tutoring for it, with an emphasis on the Hunter 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. Nina is extremely professional and able to tie clear, crisp line feedback on students’ essays in an extremely effective way. She’s a gifted tutor, highly meticulous, and we are fortunate to have her at Kweller Prep.
OLGA is currently enrolled as a first-year medical student at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. She graduated from Brooklyn College’s coordinated BA/MD program with a double major in Sociology and Chemistry with a minor in Biochemistry. She graduated from Staten Island Technical High School with a 4.0 GPA. Olga scores a 650 on SHSAT). She scored a 2300/2400 on her SAT and in the 99th percentile for the following subject tests: Biology, Math II, and US History. During her time in high school, she took the following AP courses, scoring a 5 on every single AP test: AP World History, AP US History, AP Language & Composition, AP BC Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and AP Russian Language. Her academic successes in high school were complimented by her deep involvement in student life and cultural organizations. She danced in the multicultural festival four years in a row, founded three clubs, volunteered in a soup kitchen, and invested her time into learning about medicine and shadowing several physicians. In her senior year, she received acceptances to many prestigious universities but decided to enter the BAMD program at Brooklyn College because she was admitted into the Macaulay Honors Program, which provided a full four-year scholarship, along with a $7,500 fund for study abroad opportunities, a new MacBook, and other incentives. During her college career, Olga fostered her passion for both the physical and social sciences, while simultaneously interweaving writing-intensive courses to develop her skills as an academic writer. She serves as a head writer on a participatory action research team advocating for immigrant health in NYC. Furthermore, she is doing clinical research in the Department of Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate. All of the courses she took allowed her to apply her knowledge and score a 521 on the MCAT (out of 528). Olga graduated from Staten Island Technical High School. Olga was a top-performing student throughout high school. She took a variety of Advanced Placement courses, including, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Russian, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Global History, AP United States Government. Olga also took College-Level psychology, sociology, and political science through her specialized high school’s College Now program which partnered with on-campus classes at the College of Staten Island. Olga was part of her high school’s Arista, a branch of the National Honor Society. She was part of the Russian club, the Filipino Club, danced in her school’s multicultural festivals and served as the president of the Do-Something Club, a not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change. Olga has been tutoring for five years now and she has a deep passion for teaching. Olga is a child of immigrants and navigated much of the American school system on her own. Given her detailed academic journey, she understands firsthand the anxieties involved in preparing for standardized exams and the importance of tailoring the curriculum to every student’s personal learning style. She is there for her students as more than just a tutor, but as a mentor. Olga is good friends with fellow longtime tutor Marianna, and they are in the same BA/MD program together. We are honored to have Olga as a SHSAT instructor at Kweller Prep. She adapted to Kweller’s online learning program seamlessly and has served as a mentor for other staff members navigating the best tools to teach online. In Olga’s free time, she enjoys reading, playing the piano, and spending time with friends and family.
PIPER is a senior at George Washington University where she is receiving a BA in Marketing and entrepreneurship and a minor in Music. The classes she has taken thus far include microeconomics, macroeconomics, Biology, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Advanced Statistics, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Business Law and Ethics, and College Writing. Piper attended Hunter College Elementary since kindergarten. She then attended the Interlochen Arts Academy where she was a voice major. Her relevant coursework during her high school career included: AP Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Music Theory, AP Literature, and AP US History. While attending Interlochen, she competed in various competitions including the Young Arts Competition. Prior to attending Interlochen, I performed at Carnegie Hall on multiple occasions as a soloist. Additionally, she has performed in professional operas at various locations in New York City including opera for Martina Arroyo and Harlem Opera. Piper has a 3.9/4.0 GPA and graduated among the top in her class. She scored a 2280/2400 (98%) on her SAT and has been on the Dean’s list throughout her entire undergraduate career at George Washington University. She is currently studying for the GMAT and plans on applying to business school to obtain her Master’s Degree. Piper has tutored students in math in levels as high as Calc 2 while in college. She has helped students develop their essay writing skills through peer reviews. She served as a writing center coach at George Washington University. Outside of academics, Piper is working to improve her musical resume and volunteers for nonprofits that aid those with disabilities as she has worked with students with special needs for several years. Piper is excited about working alongside her sister Laurence at Kweller Prep and enjoys nurturing young minds. We are honored to have this sister duo at Kweller Prep.
RACHEL M. is currently studying at Brooklyn College under the Macaulay Honors Scholarship and the BA/MD program. Rachel is part of an 8-year program that automatically admits students to SUNY Downstate Medical School upon graduation from the college so long as they test well on the MCAT. She is planning on majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry. Rachels’ current coursework includes physics and psychology this summer and she just completed a year of chemistry and biology. Rachel attended the Bronx High School of Science and ended with an overall average of 96. She took a wide variety of subjects that included AP Calculus AB, AP European History, AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP English Language, and all her Regents classes where she scored 90 and above. Rachel took regents in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, English. Rachel had been a student of Kweller Prep for the SHSAT and the ACT where she scored a 33/36. Rachel also prepared for the SAT 2 Math 2 using Kweller books and scored a with a 730/800. After acceptance to the BA/MD program, she started interning at Kweller Prep and then became a tutor. Rachel enjoys working with middle school students. Her favorite classes include the SHSAT, Regents Biology, Chemistry, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2. This is Rachel’s second year as a tutor at Kweller Prep and she has worked with small groups of students and tutored privately one-on-one. Outside of school, Rachel has volunteered at Elmhurst Hospital, interned at Mount Sinai where she focused on an HIV mouse model, and researched at Weill Cornell where she investigated the effect of macrolides on cytokine production. Rachel is committed to a career in medicine and aspired to become a physician. Rachel is also able to help students find science research opportunities. Currently, in college, she is part of the Hillel, where there are countless opportunities for her to volunteer. She is also on the board of a nonprofit organization named Step Up Med, that offers free MCAT tutoring for disadvantaged students. Rachel is proficient in Russian and Hebrew. She attended Solomon Schechter prior to Bronx Science. A fun fact about Rachel is that she is one of four siblings; all are part of the Kweller Prep community. Her eldest sister, Malka is a graduate of Bronx Science and NYU Dental and attended Kweller Prep’s SAT courses ten years ago! Her second eldest sister Leah is now a sophomore at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business and was one of the most requested tutors at Kweller Prep during her senior year at Townsend Harris High School. Leah also hosted exceptional college info nights and informed parents about the college application process at the old Kweller Queens (in the Parker Towers). Rachel’s brother will attend Ramaz for High School and (we hope) he will attend Kweller’s SAT classes as well. Rachel has a pleasant, bubbly, outgoing, and fun personality. She is a happy, cheerful, animated tutor who truly enjoys working with kids.
RAJ will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a rising freshman this Fall with a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship. This past year, Raj was accepted to various prestigious universities such as Princeton and the Fu Engineering School at Columbia, but decided to choose MIT in the end. He recently graduated from the High School of American Studies, one of two specialized high schools in the Bronx. Raj scored in the 99th percentile on his SAT with a 1530/1600, with an 800/800 on the Math section. Additionally, Raj excelled on his SAT 2 tests with a 790/800 on his Math 2 test and a 780/800 on both his Physics and World History tests. Since the 6th grade, Raj attended Kweller Prep for both Kweller’s Hunter and Baccalaureate Prep classes. Raj was ultimately accepted to Baccalaureate (BSGE), but later decided to transfer to HSAS for its small classroom environment and its friendly atmosphere. At HSAS, Raj was top-five in his class with a stellar 99.38 cumulative average and held various leadership positions in his school clubs. He served as a Co-Captain for his school’s Varsity Tennis team and for HSAS’s Model United Nations Team. Raj was also the Treasurer of his Spanish Honors Society, and the Co-Founder of his school’s Math Club. Over the past couple summers, Raj has continued his academic excellence through many prestigious summer programs such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth program, the Summer Humanities and Engineering Academy at Columbia University, and was one of 24 seniors chosen out of thousands to attend the intensive “Brain Camp” neuroscience program at Muhlenberg College, where he learned about neuroscience and led hands-on research studies of the Neural Reuse Theory with his fellow campers. In his spare time, Raj makes it a point to help out those in his community, whether it be volunteering weekly as a Youth Mentor at his local Hindu Temple or helping out his working-class parents in their small greeting cards store. With Raj’s close ties to his culture, he is proficient at Marathi, his family’s native language, and conversationally-fluent in Spanish. On weekends, Raj has found time to tutor at Kweller Prep. He has worked as a homework and essay grader, test proctor, and private tutor. When not at Kweller Prep, Raj enjoys hanging out in Forest Hills and playing tennis.
REDWAN works full-time as a Software Engineer and computer programmer (TCP) at BNY Mellon, a company with $38.6 trillion in assets and with one of the largest data sets in the financial world. Redwan is a full-time coder who creates computer software. At BNY Mellon, he Independently codes and then interfaces with senior-level developers and architects to code, test, and implement application programs. Redwan graduated from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and dual minors in Mathematics and Cyber Security. His coursework at New York University included classes such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Network Security, Applied Cryptography, Real Analysis, Advanced Linear Algebra, and Differential Equations. At NYU, Redwan maintained a 3.5/4.0 GPA, partook in various NYU projects as a research assistant, and acquired the Deep Learning Specialization Certification under Andrew Ng, a leading member of the Artificial & Machine Learning community. While in college, Redwan was a Machine Learning Software Intern for Spheryx Solutions Redwan graduated from the Bronx High School of Science with an Advanced Regents Diploma with AP distinction. His Regents average as 98/100, winning him automatic NYS Regents scholarships. Redwan scored a 2250/2400 on the old version of the SAT, with a perfect 800 in the math section, and a 35/36 ACT score. Red earned a score of 800/800 on several SAT subject tests including Chemistry, Math I, Math II, and Physics. He has also earned a 4/5 and 5/5 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, Redwan was a leading member of the Bronx Science Math Team. As a starter for the team, he participated in many different prestigious mathematics competitions including the American Math Competition (AMC) and AIME/USAMO. He was a part of the Intel Talent Search program (now called Regeneron) with a focus on mathematics and wrote multiple mathematics research papers. Redwan was famously recognized as the teacher of an SHSAT who gained fame in the news and on TV for his acceptance. In, particular, Redwan’s student Sebastian Acevedo was one of only 33 Hispanic students to receive an offer to Stuyvesant. Sebastian beat the odds and was featured in the New York Post. The post article, titled, “Teen gets into Stuyvesant after being told ‘it’s practically impossible,'” showcased Redwan’s SHSAT student’s journey from 14% accuracy to 95%. Redwan is also a talented developer, designer, and formatter of numerous Kweller SHSAT and Hunter exams which were later published by Kweller Prep sold on amazon, and used in Kweller’s diagnostic exams given to students in the class. Redwan became a book publisher and SHSAT exam developer before he was even 20 years old! For fun, Redwan enjoys playing basketball, playing videogames, and going on adventures with friends and family. Redwan speaks English and Bengali fluently. He is a child of Bengali immigrants and the first one to attend a top college and work in the engineering field. At Kweller, Redwan helps students reach their maximum potential by teaching them to appreciate the aesthetics of Math and Science, rather than fearing the subjects. He is currently working on improving his Arabic, Spanish, and Korean. Redwan is excited to teach an in-person coding class at Kweller Queens. He wants to share his knowledge and provide a meaningful class during the pandemic.
Rizwan is attends Columbia University, where he is majoring in Economics-Mathematics and concentrating in Philosophy. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science with a 4.0 GPA and as a National AP Scholar. At Bronx Science, he was a part of the Model UN team for four years, serving as Novice Coach and Crisis Director his junior and senior year respectively, as well as a member of the Mock Trial team for 3 years, serving as starting witness for junior and senior year, and the Moot Court team, serving as starting attorney for senior year. He joined the Social Science Research program starting his sophomore year, going on to complete a research project under the New York University Department of Economics. Throughout high school, his coursework also included: Honors Speech, Honors Geometry, Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, Honors Precalculus, AP Calculus BC, AP World History, AP US History, AP Economics, AP Biology, AP Physics 1, Post-AP Physics: Introduction to Modern Physics, AP English Language and Composition, and AP English Literature: Creative Writing. Rizwan took a number of college courses throughout high school, which included: intermediate macroeconomics, elementary Bengali 1, Masterpieces of Western Literature and Philosophy, and university writing. Rizwan’s SHSAT score was 626, SAT score 1560/1600, ACT score 35/36, SAT II: Physics 790/800, SAT II: Math 2 800/800, and six solid 5/5s on various AP exams. For fun, Rizwan enjoys spending quality time with his good friends and graduates from Bronx Science, many of whom work with him now at Kweller Prep Manhattan.
RUDY is currently pursuing his Master’s in Computer Science at The Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University, located in the heart of Boston. Because his classes are online, Rudy is teaching in-person classes at Kweller Queens (lucky us!). Rudy graduated from St Joseph’s College with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering finishing with a 3.67/4.0 GPA. Rudy attended college on a full scholarship and was even featured in the school’s commercial. Rudy’s college coursework included rigorous classes such as calculus 1&2, physics, physical chemistry, biochemistry, and physiology, all of which he aced. Always striving for more, Rudy has worked a variety of prestigious employment opportunities including Summer Associate position at Nixon Peabody LLP where Rudy handled many high profile clients and Clinician position at NYU School of Medicine in a Breast Oncology trials capacity. Rudy has been tutoring since he was in high school at renowned Archbishop Molloy High school. Rudy received a full scholarship to Molloy High School. He has tutored students successfully for the TACHS exam for over 5 years. His skillset spans myriad disciplines, showcased in the subjects he tutors including GRE, ACT, SAT, SHSAT, TACHS, Legal Writing, Essay Writing, Personal Statement Writing, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Algebra I & II, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Rudy is a proud son of Haitian immigrants born and raised in Queens, New York thoroughly decorated with various scholarships from prestigious foundations such as GEM and institutions such as Archbishop Molloy, Northeastern University, and St John’s University School of Law. Having navigated the educational system and understanding the nuances of administration, Rudy is a pillar of support for his peers and students in need of information and guidance on optimally navigating the high school, college, and graduate school system themselves. Rudy has a calm, pleasant, relaxed demeanor. He is a brilliant tutor who conveys content in a way that students understand. When Rudy teaches, he s in his element. We are delighted to announce Rudy will be teaching live, in-person classes at Kweller Prep’s Queens location for 2020. Students at Kweller Prep Queens are very lucky to have this opportunity.
Sakshi is currently a pre-med student studying at Boston University with a major in Cellular and Molecular Genetics, and a minor in Computer Science. So far her college coursework has included General Chemistry, Statistics, Writing Classes, Python, Ethics, and Psychology. She will be taking Organic Chemistry, Cellular Biology, Java, Anthropology, and Asian Religions. She graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 2019 with a 96 average. She has also taken the following regents: Algebra 1, Earth Science, Spanish, English, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Trigonometry, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, World History, and US History, and received an advanced regents diploma in math and science. She has taken several advanced placement classes such as World History, Biology, Physics 1, Calculus BC, Microeconomics, English Language and Composition, and English Literature. She has also taken several post-AP classes such as Genetics and Linear Algebra and Differential Equations. She started college with a total of 24 credits which was over a semester of college credits! Sakshi was also involved in the biology research program at Bronx Science where she did research at a lab at NYU and received the NYCSEF 3RD Award for her work. She was involved in student government being a class senator, and a member of the judicial board in school. She was also the president of the NASHA of Culture club, and the Captain of the Science Olympiad Team (which she helped coach to become 5th in the city and go to States!) At BU, she is an active member of the BU India Club, a founding member of Alpha Sigma Kappa (ASK) BU’s first and only Women in STEM Fraternity, and an online grader at the Graide Network. She was also the valedictorian at her middle school PS/MS 164. Sakshi and her brother Krish are former Kweller Prep Students who did SHSAT and SAT and went to Bronx Science after studying here. She has dedicated lots of time studying at Kweller Prep and hopes to give back to them by teaching students here that Kweller Prep helped jump-start her future endeavors.
Sam is a graduating medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and has been accepted into an anesthesiology residency at the highly competitive Zucker School of Medicineat Hofstra/Northwell. He graduated summa cum laude from New York University, where he majored in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Upon graduation, he was awardedthe Chair’s Biology Award for excellence in academics and research and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor societyin the United States. Prior to college, Sam attended Townsend Harris High School, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class and was awarded the Wilbur Pritchard Scholarship for Humanities and Physics. He has taken and excelled in numerous AP and SAT subject courses, including Calculus BC, Chemistry, Biology, World History, Psychology, and Macroeconomics. He scored a 2210 on his SAT as well as a 522 on his MCAT, placing him in the 99th percentile. Sam has worked as a tutor in both the private and classroom setting for over 8 years. He’s worked with over 100 students from grades K-12 as well as at the college level, tutoring a variety of subjects and exam preparation, including Regents, SHSAT, SAT, and AP exams. Sam has enjoyed learning from a young age and is always grateful for the opportunity to share his knowledge and study tactics with others.It gives him great pride to see his students succeed, and as such, he makes sure to tailor his tutoring style to each student’s individual needs. He believes that given the proper motivation and guidance, every student has the ability to excel.
SAM is currently a freshman at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering and is majoring in Civil Engineering, and minoring in Urban Informatics with plans to partake in the BS/MS program there. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School with a 3.5/4.0 GPA and received a 1520/1600 on the SAT, with a 780 on the math section and a 740 on the reading/writing. On the SAT Subject Tests, Sam received an 800 on the Math and a 760 in Chem. He was also a member of the Stuyvesant Peglegs football team through most of his tenure there and was also a manager for the Stuyvesant Girls Flag Football team for a year. In addition, Sam was a member of Stuyvesant’s Tech Crew which worked to prepare the set for each show that was held and Stuy Smile, a club whose mission statement was to essentially spread positivity. He also participated in the ACE Mentor Program, which is geared towards helping high school students gain a better understanding of the processes of engineering and design. At ACE, Sam was personally mentored by ten professional engineers from various fields in the industry. Sam also took a number of APs such as AP US Government and AP Calculus AB. At NYU Sam is participating in Concrete Canoe, a club that designs and builds a canoe from scratch. Sam is specifically a member of the construction and paddling branches. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter at NYU. Aside from this, he has also delved into woodworking, most notably building a stool out of maple. Although he is a fairly stem-based person, Sam loves to take pictures, write poetry and cook, and is always open to discussing other’s passions with them.
Sam Finard attends New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences. He intends on majoring in Applied Mathematics. At NYU, Sam’s coursework includes advanced math classes as well as elements of engineering. Sam graduated from The Bronx High School of Science. While a high school student, Sam took several college-level and Advanced Placement Classes including AP Physics, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, and AP Computer Science. On the Advanced Placement exams, he scored a 4.5, 5/5, 4,/5 and 4/5 respectively. Sam scored a 780/800 on the Mathematics SAT Level 2 Subject Test and a 1500/1600 on his SAT. Sam has been learning piano at the Mannes School of Music for over ten years and has been accepted into the Honors Program through a competitive and selective audition process for five years. He won First Prize at the International Competition for Aspiring Young Artists in 2016, and as a winner performed at Carnegie Hall. He has also won Second Prize, Best Italian Sonata, Best Etude, and Best Contemporary Piece in the Cremona International Music Competition and got to perform as a soloist with an orchestra. He performed an Etude by Philip Glass for the composer himself, and has played in many venues around the world, including Italy and Croatia. Sam enjoys tutoring and is excited to teach at Kweller Prep. He tutored his sister in math for years and is excited to help middle school students excel on the SHSAT. When he’s not practicing piano, working, or studying, Sam loves to run, read, and spend time with his irresistibly cute dog, Truffles.
Sam Sabzanov graduated from St. John’s University’s dual degree program. There, he received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in their Biological Sciences program. Sam was on the Dean’s list consistently with a 3.98/4.00 undergraduate and 3.95/4.00 graduate GPA. At St. John’s, Sam received the Scholastic Excellence Scholarship and Huey L. Carey Community Grant in support of his studies. Sam also received the 2019 Dr. Charles Lacaillade Memorial Award, which is given to a Biological Sciences major with outstanding academic credentials and immense research exposure. Sam scored in the 91st percentile (515) on his MCAT, with a 96th percentile Biology/Biochemistry score and a 98th percentile CARS score. While at St. John’s, Sam also served as Chairman of the ABA Health Committee and President of the Biology Students Organization. Sam also has nearly 3 years of biology research experience in the Ruggiu Lab, the molecular bio lab at St. John’s. Some of his coursework here included: Microbiology, Graduate Biochemistry, Graduate Molecular Biology, Graduate Cell Biology, Graduate Microbial Genetics, Master’s Research, Human Anatomy, General Chemistry I &II, Organic Chemistry I & II, and College Physics I & II. Sam received a competitive travel grant to present his original findings from the Ruggiu Lab at multiple prestigious national conferences, such as the Experimental Biology 2019 Meeting in Orlando, and the American Society of Cell Biology 2019 in Washington, D.C.. Sam recently published a research manuscript from his time in the Ruggiu Lab, and is currently working on 4 pending manuscript submissions and expects publication by 2021. His research won the Graduate Admissions Assistance Program Summer 2019 Research Grant for the amount of $2,800. Sam graduated from Bard High School Early College of Queens. Some of his coursework included: General Physiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Organismal Biology, Calculus 2, Calculus 1, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and Algebra. While at Bard, Sam obtained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts as well as a high school diploma. Throughout high school, Sam served as the President of the Sports Analysis Club, Vice President of the Current Affairs Club, and Secretary of the American Red Cross Club. He scored a 2090/2400 on his SAT. Impressively, Sam was able to transfer the 62 credits that he earned through the Bard Early College Program to St. John’s University, where he graduated with his Bachelor’s and Master’s at the ages of 19 and 20, respectively. He was the youngest student in his graduating class at St. Johns. Sam accumulated years of tutoring experience in tough math and science subjects. Sam has a 5.0 rating on the on several tutoring platforms, including Wyzant, where he has tutored students for the MCAT, college-level and graduate school-level Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, General Chemistry, and Physics. Sam also tutors AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Physics, and Living Environment privately and in small groups. He received A’s in all semesters of Chemistry, Biology, and Physics that he took at the undergraduate and graduate levels at St. John’s. Sam received A’s in all semesters of General Chemistry and College Physics, which prepared him to tutor AP Chemistry and AP Physics well. He was also named as one of the best tutors of 2020 by one of the platforms he tutors on. At only 20 years of age, Sam became an Adjunct Professor in Biological Sciences at St. John’s University, where he has taught cohorts of 200 students Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Introductory Biology. He is excited to tutor students at Kweller Prep and break down tough math and science concepts. Sam also speaks Russian and plays the guitar, trumpet, and piano. For fun, Sam enjoys hanging out in Forest Hills with his friends, many of whom work at Kweller Prep.
Samantha is a senior at Archbishop Molloy High School. In high school, Samantha excelled at Molloy, taking advantage of many of the accelerated opportunities the school offers. Samantha took many advanced placement courses throughout her sophomore and junior year. These courses included: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP US History, AP World History, and AP English Language. Additionally, her senior year course-load includes classes in AP Physics, AP English Literature, AP Psychology, and AP Calculus BC. Samantha is a go-getter, committed to excellence in education. She scored a 1540/1600 on her SAT and perfect 36/36 on her ACT. She started the path of preparing for the SAT and ACT early on, at the start of 9th grade, as per Frances Kweller’s (good) advice. Samantha is a student who is consistently on Molloy’s Principal’s List. She also won the 2019 award for Best Research Article Presentation. Outside of school, Samantha volunteers at the Briarwood shelter and at Cohen Children’s hospital. She also writes for a literary magazine, researches the latest neuro-oncology literature, and peer-volunteers with the Molloy guidance department. Last summer, she spent two months at New York University. She served at NYU’s Department of Biology researching protein complexes at cell centromeres. Samantha has attended Kweller Prep since she was in the fifth grade! She participated in the state test, SHSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP test prep at Kweller Prep. During her junior year of high school, Samantha led prospective students from Kweller Prep on a walking tour throughout Molloy HS. She coordinated the entire trip with the Molloy Admissions office, who participated in the tour as well. During the summer of 2020, Samantha was the student representative for a Kweller Prep webinar on Molloy High School. The video can be found on Kweller Prep’s YouTube channel. Samantha dedicated her past summer to tutoring students for the TACHS and Lower Level ISEE exam. She entered high school with three Regents: Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra 1. When not at Kweller Prep, Samantha enjoys reading Stephen King Novels, Face Timing with friends, and drinking bubble tea at Kung Fu in Forest Hills.
SANJANA attends Cornell University, where she is pursuing an Economics major and a French minor in the College of Arts and Sciences. On-campus, she writes for the dining section of the Cornell Daily Sun and is an orientation leader, in which she will guide the incoming freshman classes and serve as a role model for the University. Aside from the coursework required for her major and minor, Sanjana has taken various computer science classes and can code in Java and Python. Sanjana attended Hunter College High School, where she created and grew Hunter’s speech team and was a literary editor for the yearbook. Sanjana excels at writing, having earned numerous Scholastic Art & Writing Award silver and gold keys in poetry, short story, and event photography. She was also a mentee in the Girls Write Now Digital Media Program, a selective writing program for high school students. Throughout her high school academic career, Sanjana took AP Computer Science A, AP Biology, AP French Language and Composition, and AP Calculus AB. She also self-studied for the AP English Language and Composition exam, on which she scored a 5. She scored a 34 on her ACT, a 780 on the SAT Biology (E) Subject Test, and a 740 on the SAT French Reading Subject Test. Her passion for French in high school inspired her to continue it in college, and she hopes to study abroad in Morocco. As someone who aspires to break into the Financial Services industry, Sanjana worked as a Growth Marketing Intern at a startup this summer, where she executed campaigns; completed various creative media projects, such as podcasts; and pitched the company at virtual tech conferences. Last summer, she worked as a tutor in French, English, Math, and taught a group of students in preparation for the Hunter Entrance Exam. She has also worked as an instructor at Kumon throughout high school. Outside of academics, Sanjana enjoys baking extravagant desserts and hanging out with her good friend Amber, a HCHS graduate who also works at Kweller Prep.
Sarah was accepted to Molloy High School’s Honors Program on a half-tuition merit-based academic scholarship. She was also accepted to the Mary Louis Academy as well as St. Francis Prep. For public schools, she was accepted into Bard Queens and Bronx Science, and she chose to attend Bronx Science. Throughout her three years at Bronx, Sarah has taken many Advanced Placement and Honors courses. These courses included: AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Biology, AP US History, AP World History, AP Language and Composition, and Honors Geometry. As of now, her senior year will also include many accelerated courses, which include Post-AP Biology: Evolution, AP Microeconomics, AP Comparative Government, AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature, and Advanced French Conversation. She has received AP Honors with Distinction based on her AP scores. She scored a 1530/1600 on SAT, which she began preparing for in 9th grade. She also scored an 800/800 on the Molecular Biology SAT II. She started prep classes at Kweller Prep as early as 5th grade, preparing for State Tests, Regents, and later the TACHS test and SHSAT exam. Outside of school, Sarah is involved in many extracurricular activities revolving around public speaking. In freshman year, she ran for Bronx Science’s Track and Field team. Currently, she is one of the captains of Bronx Science’s Moot Court and Mock Trial teams and has been involved since sophomore year. She is also a member of her school’s Speech Team, which she regularly competes for. She is a member of the literary magazine club (Dynamo), Key Club, and of the National Honor Society. She has also been a peer tutor for AP Biology in her school. In her senior year, Sarah will be a member of the Bronx Science senior council, where she will help plan all senior events for the coming year. Sarah volunteers her time on Friday afternoons as an assistant for a youth community theatre organization in Forest Hills which she used to attend herself in elementary and middle school. She helps during rehearsals and for the final production which is put on in May. During her summers, Sarah partakes in various internships related to Pre-Law, which she hopes to pursue in college. She has interned at the Queens County Criminal Court as well as for a privately practicing attorney. Her twin sister, Samantha, also used to be a student and is currently a tutor at Kweller Prep. For fun, she enjoys watching movies and exploring the city with friends. She is applying to the following colleges: Brown University, Stonybrook University, Macaulay Honors, McGill University, and Binghamton University.
SATIYA is a first-year law student at The City University of New York Law School, ranked the #1 law school for the public interest. She has served as the manager of Kweller Prep Manhattan for four years and counting. Satiya graduated from St. John’s University summa cum laude, where she was part of the honors program and attended on a merit scholarship. While at St. John’s, Satiya earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Her coursework included classes in legal ethics, civil litigation, legal research, litigation, trial, and appellate advocacy, legal writing, employment law, social justice advocacy, and family law. Satiya also served as the founding member of St. John’s Views, an extracurricular organization dedicated to uniting students with different political views to host campus-wide discussions. Under her leadership, Kweller Prep Manhattan has expanded tenfold. Satiya has served as a liaison for hundreds of Manhattan families dozens of tutors. The previous summer, Satiya managed Kweller Prep Manhattan’s summer programs by day and herself participated in Kweller’s LSAT courses at night. Satiya taught courses at Kweller Prep Queens for one year. She prepared students for the Hunter College High School (HCHS) Entrance Exam, the Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), and the ELA & Mathematics Standardized State Exams. Satiya also worked as a Hunter exam essay grader and conducted mock interviews for prospective Bard and Baccalaureate HS applicants. She is extremely close to and has been trained directly under company founder Frances Kweller.
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Sudipta is currently a third year medical student at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is in the Academic Medicine Scholars program at her medical school and has received a scholarship that covers her tuition for the next 3 years. As a Scholar she prepares and gives medical school lectures to first and second year students, as well as teaches anatomy lab and clinical skills. She also participates in research at the Rogosin Institute associated with Weill Cornell Medical Center as well as at her school and has published numerous abstracts and attended several medical conferences. She completed her undergraduate education at Macaulay Honors Program-Brooklyn College where she received a full scholarship, a free MacBook, and stipend of $7500. She was on the pre-med track and graduated honors with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a minor in Biochemistry. During undergrad, she was founder and president of her own dance team, president of her school chapter of Red Cross, and went on medical mission trips to Panama and Nicaragua with Global Medical Brigades where she helped provide free health care to the underserved community. She attended New Hyde Park Memorial High School where she graduated top of her class with a 4.0 GPA. Sudipta has taken 8 AP courses during high school and received a 5/5 on AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, and AP English. Sudipta is highly involved in the community and volunteers at a community soup kitchen and at the Free Health Clinic associated with her school. When not at Kweller, Sudipta enjoys reading, listening and discovering new music, and attending Zumba classes at her local gym.
TASNIM attends Hunter College. He is in the honors computer science program with a double major in Computer Science and Physics, and a minor in Business Administration. He attends Hunter on a full scholarship. He is taking the following courses towards his major: Discrete Structures, Software Analysis and Design, Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound, Calculus, and Applied Statistics. Tasnim has worked on several websites and other projects for his computer science portfolio. Some examples are MD&Me, Discord Classroom Bot, Relative Pitch Trainer, Beatbox Launchpad. He has interned at different tech startups, such as TREAUU Inc., and has participated in different tech workshops and events, including CodeNow, CUNY Hackathon, and the Round. Tasnim has also participated in STEM-based classes at the American Museum of Natural History. Tasnim graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School. At Brooklyn Tech, Tasnim was in the Software Major and on the A Capella team. He scored a 1450/1600 on the SAT. At Brooklyn Tech, he took AP Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Physics 1, Physics 2, Seminar, and Science Research. He scored a 4/5 and 5/5 on all of his AP exams. He took the following advanced courses while in high school: Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Physics 1, Physics 2, Seminar, Research. He is fluent in English and Bengali. Tasnim is proficient in Spanish. His sister, Jannatul, is also a tutor at Kweller Prep and recommended him to work at Kweller Manhattan. His fabulous sister is a Stuyvesant graduate and attends Macaulay Honors College. They both work weekends at Kweller Manhattan. In his free time, Tasnim likes to code: he enjoys the art of creation, design, and development.
TAMIR is a first year medical student at Hofstra Medical School, on scholarship. He graduated from the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College in 2019 with a 3.98 GPA as a salutatorian, with summa cum laude honor distinction. Being in the Macaulay Honors Program, Tamir received a FULL scholarship to college. As for his major, Tamir was a mathematics major on the pre–medicine track. To apply to medical schools, Tamir took the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam and scored a 519 (98th percentile.) 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. 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 KwellerPrep, Tamir enjoys building computers from parts.
TEDDY (Theodore) graduated from Baruch College where he majored in Corporate Communications and minored in Psychology. Teddy is also 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 the 11th and 12th grades. 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 the 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, Sensation & Perception, and Cultural Anthropology. In May 2019, Theodore graduated Baruch College early, completing only three years and majoring in Corporate Communications and Minoring in Psychology. Within that same semester, he also wrote a twenty-five-page long research paper regarding tribal lawmaking within the culture of the Yanomami indigenous peoples of the Amazon Basin, which was awarded by the Anthropology Department and featured in Baruch’s school newspaper, “The Ticker.” Teddy also 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 2400. Like his fellow Bard classmates at the time, Teddy dedicates two summers to SAT study at Kweller 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, photography and being outdoors whenever he is not busy with academics. He is fluent in both Romanian and Spanish and enjoys studying the histories and applications of various languages within the global marketplace. Teddy is currently studying for his Law School Entrance Exam for the 2020 fall entry year. We are proud to add that Teddy dedicated two summers to preparing for his law school entrance exams at Kweller Prep, one summer as our LSAT course participant and another for the GRE. Teddy has experience preparing students for Bard interviews at Kweller Prep. Teddy’s calm demeanor and attention to detail help put many prospective student’s minds at ease as he develops their interview skills. Teddy is also one on the most important “behind-the-scenes” inventory and support staff members at Kweller Prep. When not at Kweller Prep, Teddy enjoys roaming around Austin Street in Forest Hills; he’s a big fan of Midway and is thrilled that Kweller Prep Queens relocated closer to his home and his favorite movie theater.
Temi is a second-year medical student at the Sophie Davis/ CUNY School of Medicine. She received a full academic scholarship and graduated undergrad with honors with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Temi is the Vice President and editor of The Biograph, her school’s current events publication. She is also an active member of Sisters of Sophie, a club dedicated to the empowerment of black women in medicine. Temi was born in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to the U.S when she was 2 years old. She attended Queens Preparatory Academy and graduated as valedictorian with a 4.0/4.0 GPA. Temi took AP Calculus AB/BC, AP English Language, and AP United States History and scored 5’s. In highschool, Temi was a SALTZ intern at the American Museum of Natural History and taught museum guests about certain exhibits and shared a breadth of scientific knowledge with newcomers. As part of the SALTZ internship program, Temi facilitated science conversations using artifacts, specimens, models, and scientific tools on mobile stations throughout the museum and at dioramas and displays in museum halls with museum visitors. Temi was captain of her high school varsity volleyball team and played as a setter on her travel club team for 3 years. Temi’s passion for English Literature rivals her love for the sciences and she hopes to get her MFA one day. Temi has a fierce work ethic and was accepted to top colleges across the country, including the Brown University PLME, UPENN, Yale, Barnard, Boston College, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, New York University, Vassar College, Williams, College, Sophie Davis, all SUNY’s, All Cunys, Macaulay, Northeaster, and Northwestern. In her free time, Temi enjoys reading, playing volleyball, spending time with friends and family, and re-watching The Office.
VICTORIA is a New York State certified teacher with a license in Elementary and Secondary Education as well as in Special Education. She is currently full-time middle school Social Studies teacher, and has previously taught math and ELA middle school classes for 6 years. Victoria is part of a NYC Teaching Fellowship program and received training as part of a rigorous scholarship with a focus on providing practice-based learning, in addition to tailoring instruction to each individual student. Victoria’s passion is working within high-needs populations where she can provide equal education opportunities to students with a variety of learning needs. Through her work with special needs students, Victoria is quickly able to identify academic strengths and weaknesses, which she then uses to drive her instruction. Victoria received her Bachelor’s Degree from Binghamton University in Psychology and she holds a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education. In addition to teaching within NYC DOE, Victoria has over 12 years of experience providing individualized tutoring in Math and English Language Arts. Victoria can’t wait to prepare students for the ELA and Math state exams at Kweller Prep. This is her second year as a teacher here. A fun-fact is that Victoria is related to Frances Kweller. She is fluent in Russian and lives to cook meals from around the world.
Victoria graduated from Johns Hopkins University and Hunter College High School. At Johns Hopkins, she majored in Medicine, Science, and the Humanities with a concentration in Writing Seminars. She graduated in three years, a year early with a 4.0/4.0 major GPA. While at college, she participated in a myriad of activities, including volunteering at Johns Hopkins Hospital with both Child Life and with the Pediatric Emergency Department. Victoria also participated in psychology research at the Mind Brain Institute studying neural mechanisms of decision making. Throughout her time at Johns Hopkins, she was heavily involved with extracurricular activities, as Public Relations Coordinator with Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Society, President and Vice President of Service of Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, a volunteer coordinator for Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Technical Operations with Eclectics Dance, and a mentor for first year students from under-represented backgrounds with the Mentoring Assistance Peer Program with Johns Hopkins’ Office of Multicultural Affairs. While attending Hunter College High School, Victoria maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout and scored a 2320/2400 on the old version of the SAT. During her years at Hunter, she was also a part of the badminton team, resulting in the team’s championship win in 2017. Prior to working at Kweller Prep, Victoria also spent time as a Medical Scribe at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. In her free time, Victoria enjoys cooking, baking, and graphic designing. She also enjoys getting Thai food with her good friend Dasha, a fellow Hunter High School graduate who told her about the (awesome) job at Kweller Prep. Victoria is conversant in Japanese and Spanish. She aspires to eventually work as a biology teacher at Hunter College High School, her alma mater.
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.
WILL attends the University of Michigan School of Engineering. He graduated from Bronx Science. William plans to obtain a Master’s Degree in Engineering. In high school, he was a member of the Bronx Science Model UN team and captain of the Bronx Science ultimate frisbee team. In his senior year, he took five AP classes: AP Calculus BC, AP Physics C, AP Macroeconomics, AP Latin, and AP Literature and Composition. He chose to take the calculus and physics AP tests that year and scored a 5/5 on both. In his junior year he scored a five on the AP Language and Composition exam, AP Physics 1 exam, and AP US History exam as well. Will also scored an 800/00 on his physics SAT2, and a 760 on his Math Level Two SAT2. On his SAT, he scored a 1530 out of 1600. He scored a 790 out of 800 on the reading and writing section, and a 740 out of 800 on the math section. Will has experience teaching via a job he worked throughout high school as a rock climbing instructor. Last summer he interned at a prominent construction management company and a luxury furniture woodshop as an apprentice. This summer, he was called back by the construction management company and worked closely alongside one of their teams in the field. Outside of school, Will loves to skateboard and make music. In addition to tutoring, he is currently teaching himself how to CAD using Fusion 360, and how to code in languages like C++ and VBA for Excel.
William is the author of Kweller Prep’s AP Physics 1, an in-depth review coursebook he wrote completely by hand, color-coded, and illustrated. William graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with a major in kinesiology and a minor in neuroscience. William also took advanced physics and engineering courses while at UIC. He has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from Rosalind Franklin University and attended medical school at Chicago Medical School. William has had a passion for science and technology since childhood. He performed experiments, built robots, and won science fairs since his elementary years. By the age of 13, he became the youngest certified Tesla Coil builder ever, successfully constructing a 200,000-volt lightning bolt generator. During his freshman year at UIC, William founded a robotics organization known as the Engineering Design Team (EDT). Within its first few years, the organization won numerous national robotics competitions and even participated in the NASA Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. He also interned with the US Department of Energy and the US Department of Defense. William also conducted cellular biology research and co-authored medical publications that explored how weightlifting affected the cells of mice. While in medical school, he founded an educational initiative called Small Changes Counseling (SCC). Small Changes Counseling is a curriculum that teaches medical students the proper way to advise patients through the process of weight-loss. It has been distributed to medical schools on a national scale and was approved by the Assistant Surgeon General, Dr. James Galloway. Throughout his collegiate studies, William always enjoyed teaching. He was a private tutor, a lecturer, and a graduate instructor at his former college. He has also explored different realms of education which ranged from running after-school science programs for elementary school students, teaching high school classes, administrating assorted home-school classes, and writing solution manuals for textbooks. Now William is focused on developing curriculum and materials for us in the home-school sector. He enjoys the creative freedom of designing his educational content as well as building an educational community. He teaches all levels of math from second-grade math up to college calculus. He also teaches project-based science and robotics classes. His goal is to influence education on a much greater scale and hopes his legacy will be one where he helped make access to higher education material more universal. William teaches a variety of physics classes at Kweller Prep. ranging from Regents to Advanced Placement level.
Yakubmier is currently a first year dental student at NYU College of Dentistry. For undergraduate studies, he attended the Macaulay Honors College at Queens College, which is a merit-based full tuition scholarship program that promotes its participants to pursue intellectually rigorous courses. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience-Biology with a 3.95 GPA, a minor in Chemistry, and an honors research track which culminated in a research thesis. His undergraduate course work includes mathematics (calculus I, II, III and statistics), chemistry (general and organic), biology (general biology, microbiology, neurobiology, cell biology, and genetics), biochemistry, general physics, and psychology (general, cognitive, and behavioral). Yakubmier is a graduate of Forest Hills High School, where he was a member of the Carl Sagan research program and the varsity wrestling team for four years; he graduated top 2% of his class. As a Macaulay student, Yakubmier was the recipient of research stipends, and earned a scholarship for a study abroad program in Japan where he took classes in culture and sports business to diversify his coursework. During his junior year, Yakubmier was nominated for the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honor society. Yakubmier was a member of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Honor Societies at Queens College, so he prepared recitations for students to supplement lecture materials and also volunteered for peer tutoring. Math and science courses were always his favorite and he enjoyed helping his peers to understand challenging concepts. As a neuroscience major, he was a member of a QC neuroscience research lab for three years where he co-authored a study on the distribution of perineuronal nets in the rat brain and presented results at several research conferences. At QC, he was 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. Yakubmier 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 entered dental school immediately after graduating Queens College. Yakubmier loves teaching students across a wide range of disciplines, and one of his favorite hobbies is being a Karate instructor at the dojo where he earned his black belt. Yakubmier also really enjoys to read and spend time with family and friends during his free time.
YASH is a junior 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 95/100 GPA. He scored a 1550/1600 on his SAT, playing him in the 99th percentile nationwide. He also received a perfect score of 800/800 on the SAT Mathematics Level 2 subject test and scored a 5/5 on his AP Calculus BC exam. He took 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) his senior year. 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 was the President of the Chess Club and a member of both the badminton and bowling teams at his high school. At NYU, Yash is majoring in finance and actuarial science and is looking towards a career in banking. 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’s parents live in Forest Hills, 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 badminton, travel, and watch Bollywood films.
YEHUDA is a rising sophomore at the prestigious Sophie Davis BS/MD program, which is a combined 7 year medical school program. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA at Sophie Davis, and is an active member of his school’s acapella group. At Sophie Davis, he has taken Cellular Biology, Narrative Medicine, Physics (for two semesters), Chemistry, Population Heath, Science Research, Writing for the Sciences, and Professional Foundations. Yehuda is an alumni of Townsend Harris High School and received a score of 1510/1600 on the SAT, with a perfect score of 800/800 on math. In senior year of high school, Yehuda took 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 all his exams. Yehuda is fluent in Russian, English, Spanish, and Latin, and has received national recognition for his performance on the National Latin Examination. He was 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.
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.
Zaid Sarmad is currently a sophomore at Emory University. There he currently takes Physics II, Biology II, Chemistry II, Comparative Politics, and Statistics. Attending on nearly a full scholarship, he is the Outreach Director for East Atlanta Camp Kesem, an organization that holds a free camp for kids whose parents have cancer. He also is a research assistant for the Social Emotional Ethical Learning Center. Last summer, Zaid volunteered for his local Assemblywoman and continued research at NYU Langone, while working at Kweller Prep. In 2018, Zaid graduated from Bronx Science where he maintained a 4.0 GPA. He took 10 APs, in all the Core Sciences, Calculus BC, and more. He received a 1560 on the SATs and a 35 on the ACTs. At Bronx Science, he was the Director of the Big Sibs Program, President of the League of Presidents, Vice President of Bronx Science’s Amnesty International, a member of the S.O. Cabinet, and the Judicial Board. He has taken the Math Level II, the Biology and Chemistry SAT 2 exams and revived 700+ on all of them. Zaid began working at Kweller Prep in 2018, and since then has tutored in a variety of subjects including all high school level maths & sciences, PSAT, SAT, ACT, SAT 2 Subject tests, and assisted with college applications. During his free time, Zaid likes to listen to audiobooks and to bike.
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.
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.
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.
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