Our A+ Philadelphia Test Prep and Tutoring Team

A+ Tutors are:

  • Top 10% scorers on the SAT and ACT exams
  • Knowledgeable
  • Professional
  • Highly trained
  • Patient and caring
  • Dedicated to your child’s success
Our tutors represent a wide range of professions, from retired teachers, to writers and editors, to engineers and medical students.
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More About Our Team...

Our team is here to make your tutoring and test prep experience enriching and worthwhile. Our main office in Jenkintown is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and can be reached via phone or email, or visited in person.                                       

Our Client Service Directors Anne Stanley and Susan Ware can help answer any questions you may have about our tutoring programs and policies as well as help identify tutors to work with your student and your schedule.

Our President, Dan Ascher, is available to discuss or help identify any special learning requirements and objectives, as well as determine a custom tutoring program tailored to an individual’s learning goals.

Our tutors come from a diverse background of industries and are among the best vetted in the Greater Delaware Valley.

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Meet Our Professional Tutors

  

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EMILY BACON-Picardi

Experience & Background

B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Temple University                        
Career: Autistic Support Paraprofessional
 

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Algebra 1, Geometry, Reading K-8, Math K-8, Science K-8 

Interests

Teaching, Crafting 

Commendable Qualities

Analytical; creative problem solver; organized
 
Beth Bantley A+ Tutoring

I like meeting kids where they are and helping them learn.

-Beth Bantley

Beth Bantley

Experience & Background

M.Ed., Arcadia University
B.A. in English, the University of Delaware

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), English, Writing, Writing Better Essays program, French  

Interests

Cooking, Gardening, Tennis

Commendable Qualities

Energetic; enthusiastic; mother of two teenage sons 
 
Laura Boulton A+ Tutoring

I enjoy making math easier for the students.

-Laura Boulton

Laura Boulton

Experience & Background

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

Career: Chemical Engineer

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Algebra, Geometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics, Environmental Science, Chemistry

Interests                                                                                   Biking; Hiking; Swimming; Tennis 
 

                               Commendable Qualities

                                          Patient and kind; great understanding                                             of math and science. 
 

I like that "aha" moment, when a student realizes and overcomes the tricks of a question.

-Gordon Breish

Gordon Breish

Experience & Background

B.A. in English, College of William and Mary 

Career: Accountant

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math) 

Interests

Cooking, Outdoors, Camping, Watching Sports (especially hockey)

Commendable Qualities

Patience; humor; experience/know-how
Catherine Bristow

I like helping students to understand their work and gain confidence.

-Catherine Bristow

Catherine Bristow

Experience & Background

M.A. in English Compostion, Rutgers Univeristy
B.A. in English Composition, the University of Pennsylvania

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), English, Writing, various math subjects

Interests

Reading, Playing Piano, Gardening

Commendable Qualities

Patience; content knowledge; reliability
 
 
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I enjoy watching children learn and grow; and tutoring allows me to be part of both those processes.

-Dorothea Brown

Dorothea Brown

Experience & Background

M.A. in Psychology, Temple University
B.A. in Psychology, La Salle University

Disciplines Tutored

Academic Subjects K-8, Study Skills, Wilson Reading Program 

Interests

Reading (particularly non-fiction), Caring for my several pets (all shelter-rescued), Learning new things

Commendable Qualities

Kind; patient and understanding
 
 
 
Fran De La Torre A+ Tutoring

FRAN DE LA TORRE

Experience & Background

M.S. in Special Education, Saint Joseph's University
B.S. in Education in Reading/Writing/Literacy; Reading Specialist, University of Pennsylvania
 

Career: High School Learning Support Instructor

Disciplines Tutored

Wilson Reading System, Reading, Language Arts

Interests

Live Music, Cooking, Travel, Dogs

Commendable Qualities

Relatable, flexible
Lauren Ellenberg
 

I like seeing my students grow, become more confident and learn- Lauren Ellenberg

 

LAUREN ELLENBERG

Experience & Background

B.A. in Scientific Illustration, Arcadia University
B.S. in Mathematics, Arcadia University
 
Career: Tutor, Artist 

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Algebra, Geomety 

Interests

Art, Reading, Video Games, Gardening 

Commendable Qualities

Patience; experience with art and visual learning; love of math and science
 
 
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It's rewarding working with someone face-to-face, one-on-one, where you learn just as much from working with a student as they do from working with you.

-Rob Gelb

Rob Gelb

Experience & Background

B.S. in Economics and B.A. in English, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Executive Function Coaching, various math subjects

Interests

Long Distance Running, Guitar, Improvisational Comedy

Commendable Qualities

Light-hearted, enthusiastic, flexible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brian Gillin A+ Tutoring

Students are often phobic about learning — with regard to math, for example — and it’s a joy to help them get over that phobia, and help them to understand that they often know more than they realize they do.

-Brian Gillin

Brian Gillin

Experience & Background

B.S. in Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology, Villanova University

Career: Freelance Writer

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and test prep (math and verbal), Algebra, Elementary Mathematics, Geometry, Math Booster Program, SSAT test prep (math and verbal), Vocabulary Booster Program, Writing Better Essays Program 

Interests

Concert Band, Community Theatre, Puzzles, Sports

Commendable Qualities

Recognizing people's differences; putting ideas into words; wanting to help
 
 
 
 
 
Patsy Graber A+ Tutoring

I enjoy the contact with students and their families; and seeing a student “get it”.
Likes to make tutoring fun!

-Patsy Graber

Patsy Graber

Experience & Background

B.A. in Spanish, Washington University
PA Certified K-12, Chestnut Hill College

Career: Spanish and Language Arts Teacher

Disciplines Tutored

English, ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), Spanish 

Interests

Music, Art

Commendable Qualities

Consistent; dedicated; encouraging
 
 
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It is very rewarding to help those who are struggling with concepts/information that I myself used to have trouble with

-Patrick Halkett

Patrick Halkett

Experience & Background

B.A. in Physics with Astrophysics Specialization, Statistics minor, University of Chicago
 
Disciplines Tutored
ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Algebra, Astronomy, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Physical Science, Physics, Precalculus, Probability & Statistics  

Interests

Computer building, golf, graphic design/animation,
wrestling/lifting

Commendable Qualities

Ability to express one concept in multiple ways/manners, consistency/reliability, amicable and approachable
 
 
Anson Han A+ Tutoring

I enjoy the contact with students and their families; and seeing a student “get it”.
Likes to make tutoring fun!

-Anson Han

Anson Han

Experience & Background

B.S. in Computer Systems & Electrical Engineering, Boston University

Career: Web and Applications Developer 

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Algebra, Calculus, Chemistry, Geometry, Latin, Physical Science, Physics, Precalculus, Probability & Statistics, SSAT test prep (math and verbal), Study Skills, Trigonometry  

Interests

Mountain Biking, Running, Skiing; Reading, Traveling, Website Development

Commendable Qualities

Motivational; problem-solver; amicable
 
 
 

                       ARIF HIDAJAT

                            Experience & Background

                                           M. Div. in Theology , Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando
                                           M.A. in Economics, Michigan State University
                                           B.A. in Economics, Calvin College

 

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KEVIN HOLSOPPLE

Experience & Background

M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
B.S. in Nuclear Engineering, Penn State University
 

Career: Investment Analyst/Consultant

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), various math subjects

Interests

Fitness, Golf, Stock Market

Commendable Qualities

Intellectually curious; patient; possess a wealth of practical experiences to draw from which helps to illustrate applications of concepts being discussed/taught.

                       ALLISON LEVINE 

                                           Experience & Background

                                           M.Ed., Arcadia University
                                           A.B. in English, Princeton University

                                           Career: Teacher - High School English, Drama 

                                           Disciplines Tutored 

                                           ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), English, Writing, Writing Better Essays

                                           Interests 

                                           Crossword Puzzles, Hiking, Knitting, Reading, Scrabble, Yoga

                                           Commendable Qualities

                                           Flexibiilty; patience; sense of humor

  

Barbara Lommer A+ Tutoring

I enjoy tutoring because it provides a never-ending intellectual challenge. No two students, no two sessions are ever the same and it is up to the tutor to identify the most effective approach to fill the needs.

-Barbara Lommer

Barbara Lommer

Experience & Background

Ph.D. in Microbiology/Structure-based Drug Design,                       University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S. in Biology, Technical University of Munich
 
Work experience in science outreach programs for high school students, continuing education programs for science teachers, and science writing.
 
Career: Freelance Writer

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Physical Sciences and college-level Chemistry and Biology, Algebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Trigonometry, and SAT subject tests in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Math). Executive Function Coaching

Interests

History of Science, Conservation, Hiking, Fiber Arts

Commendable Qualities

Analytical; detail-oriented; creative; passionate;
eight years plus experience in one-on-one teaching
 
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I love tutoring because I can plan lessons to fit a student's needs and see their progress.

-Bridget Mason

Bridget Mason

Experience & Background

M.A. in Science in Education, Holy Family University
M.A. in German, Bowling Green State University
B.A. in German and Secondary Education, Saint Joseph's University
 
Career: Educator

Interests

Zumba

Commendable Qualities

Flexibility; patience and preparedness
 

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   Experience & Background

     M.S. in Community and Regional Planning, Temple University
     B.A. in Sociology with a Minor in Business, Temple University

     Career: Assistant Zoning Officer

                             Disciplines Tutored

                                            K-8 Reading and Math

                             Interests

                                            Running, Reading, Basketball, Disc Golf

                             Commendable Qualities

                                            Patient; good listener; adaptable 

 

I love getting to know the kids. It is exciting when they begin to understand something new.

-Anne-Marie Mettus

Anne-Marie Mettus

Experience & Background

M.S. in Genetics, Penn State University
B.S. in Biology; Allegheny College
 
Career: Geneticist/Photographer

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Algebra, Biology, Calculus, Geometry, ISEE test prep (math and verbal), SSAT test prep (math and verbal), Trigonometry 

Interests

Photography, Piano, Reading, Cooking, Gardening

Commendable Qualities

Patient; caring; good listener 
Pamela Milligan A+ Tutoring

I love tutoring because of the students with whom I work. I always learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

-Pamela Milligan

Pamela Milligan

Experience & Background

B.A. Eastern University

Career: Teacher

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), Biology, Earth Science, English, History, Literature, Reading, Study Skills, Wilson Reading Program 

Interests

Reading (especially about history and word origins), Gardening

Commendable Qualities

Hard working, great sense of humor
 
 
 
 
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I love to see the student, previously so frustrated, start to realize that they “get it”, and then I know I have done some good. I have not only helped them find a way to connect to and understand the material, but I’ve helped the student believe it’s still possible to learn the subject.

-Julie Mueller

JULIE MUELLER

Experience & Background

M.A. In Literature, University of Wyoming
B.A. in Premed; Literature, University of Michigan
 
Career: Teaching position at Bucks County College

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal) Academic Coaching, Algebra, Biology, Chemistry, Geometry, Literature, Physics, Trigonometry, Writing Better Essays Program

Interests

Reader and Book collector (I even read the dictionary), Gardening, Writing (sometimes even on paper)

Commendable Qualities

Making a connection to any kind of student; diligent to understand each students' learning style and preference; cultivating a positive, can-do attitude within each student
 
 
 
 
Christina Myers A+ Tutoring

I like getting to know the students and being a part of their progress.

-Christina Myers

Christina Myers

Experience & Background

B.A. in Music, Azusa Pacific University

Career: High School Learning Center Instructor

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal) Elementary Mathematics, Math Teachers Press, Reading, Wilson Reading System Program 

Interests

Reading, Crafts, Music, Grandchildren 

Commendable Qualities

Committed; caring; creative 
Melissa Nash A+ Tutoring

I enjoy working with students on a one-to-one basis where it is possible to really get to know a student’s personality, strengths, and weaknesses. It is rewarding to see the student’s realization of his or her full potential.

-Melissa Nash

Melissa Nash

Experience & Background

B.Des. in Architecture and Master's in Architecture, University of Florida, M.A. in Architecture History, Princeton University

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Academic Coaching, ACT test Algebra, Elementary Mathematics, Geometry, HSPT test prep, ISEE test prep, Math Booster Program, Pre-algebra, Vocabulary Booster Program, Writing Better Essays Program 

Interests

Gardening, Reading, Travel

Commendable Qualities

Patience; creative; flexible
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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I enjoy it when students grasp difficult concepts and achieve personal educational goals. It pleases me to know that I had a hand in the process.

        -Brandon Presley 

BRANDON PRESLEY

Experience & Background

B.S., Chemistry/Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry, Temple University                                               
Career: Chemist/Forensic Chemistry

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Math - all levels, Chemistry, Environmental Science   

Interests

Music; sightseeing; animal observations

Commendable Qualities

Ability to simplify complex concepts, close attention to detail, ability to teach students in the way they learn best
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The best moment is when the student learns something
and successfully applies it to a real problem.

-Kurt Reimer

Kurt Reimer

Experience & Background

B.S. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Career: Information Technology & Systems Administration
 
Disciplines Tutored
ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), various math subjects

Interests

Reading, Cycling, Origami, Running, Gardening

Commendable Qualities

Patience; Listening ability; Knowledge of the material
 
 
 
Carolyn Scott A+ Tutoring

I really enjoy the actual working WITH students, the experience of seeing how THEIR minds work.

-Carolyn Scott

Carolyn Scott

Experience & Background

B.S. in Education/English, Bloomsburg University
 
34 years of teaching English at Springfield Township High School

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), English, Language Arts skills, Reading skills, Wilson Reading Program, Writing, Writing Better Essays Program 

Interests

Reading, Recycling and Environmental "green" Practices, Gardening, Films, the Outdoors, Animals

Commendable Qualities

Sense of humor; fairness; willingness to speak out
 
 
 
Tom Spencer A+ Tutoring

I like taking the anxiety away and seeing excitement take over.

-Tom Spencer

Tom Spencer

Experience & Background

B.S. in Mathematics, Bucknell University

Career: Software Development Management and Consultant

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Trigonometry, Executive Function Coaching 

Interests

Piano, Biking, Gardening, Cooking

Commendable Quality

Ability to see from my students' perspective and identify where their challenges are. 
Christine Sweger A+ Tutoring

I like tutoring because it gives me the opportunity to find something within a student that allows him/her to access his/her full potential.

-Christine Sweger

Christine Sweger

Experience & Background

M.S. in Counseling, Holy Family University
B.A. in History, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal), History, Executive Function Coaching

Interests

History, Politics, Fantasy, England, Travel

Commendable Qualities

Good listener; funny; organized
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elizabeth Sweger A+ Tutoring

The opportunity to help young people learn and grow so each individual student fulfills his or her innate potential is what drew me to tutoring and what makes it so rewarding.

-Elizabeth Sweger

Elizabeth Sweger

Experience & Background

M.S.in Counseling, Holy Family University
B.A. in History, Penn State University

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (verbal) History, Executive Function Coaching

Interests

History and Politics, Reading Literary Classics and Fantasy Stories, Community Service, Traveling, Quality Films and Documentaries, Listening to Film Score Music

Commendable Qualities

Creative; compassionate with a desire to make a difference
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sai Tikkani A+ Tutoring

The opportunity to help young people learn and grow so each individual student fulfills his or her innate potential is what drew me to tutoring and what makes it so rewarding.

-Sai Tikkani

Sai Tikkani

Experience & Background

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering/Computer Science, Villanova University 

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Math K-12, PSAT test prep (math), Science K-12, SSAT test prep (math) 

Interests

Traveling, Movies, Coin and Stamp Collecting

Commendable Qualities

Good listener; positive attitude; high expectations for each student
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bob Wolpert A+ Tutoring

Looking and learning together using the vehicle of mathematics to connect to a fellow learner. I love the human to human experience- the essence of teaching.

-Bob Wolpert

Bob Wolpert

Experience & Background

B.A. in Math and Geography, Ohio Wesleyan University
Certification in Secondary Education

Career: Math Teacher

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math), Algebra, Geometry 

Interests

Exploring the World, Learning, Nature, Writing, Sports

Commendable Qualities

Creativity; a love of learning; ability to get along with everyone (I value the richness of diversity) 
Kristine Ziller A+ Tutoring

All day I work as an emotional (behavioral) support teacher. I adore all my students, but motivating my students to want to learn is a daily battle. When I tutor, I get to interact with students who really want to learn the information and who put effort and care into their work. I don’t always get that at my daytime jobA+ Tutoring Smile

-Kristine Ziller

Kristine Ziller

Experience & Background

M.Ed. in Special Education, Temple University
B.S. in Psychology, College of New Jersey
 
Career: Middle School Teacher 

Disciplines Tutored

ACT and SAT test prep (math and verbal), Language Arts/Reading, Middle School Math, Spanish 

Interests

Reading, Swimming, Playing with my Dogs, Family

Commendable Qualities

Patient; outgoing; good at assessing needs and learning styles of students