Meet Our Tutors

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
– William Butler Yeats

Organization & Study Skills Tutors

Becky McGeehan

Becky McGeehan
Organization, Study Skills, Learning Support
Becky received her B.S. in Special Education from Bloomsburg University in 2001 and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Special Education from West Chester University. Her teaching career began at Penncrest High School, where she served as the learning support science teacher for four years. Becky has been a private tutor since 2002, working with elementary, middle and high school students on their organizational, time management and study skills to improve their grades in all academic areas. In her free time you will find Becky outside playing various sports with her husband and three sons.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.
Writing, English, SAT Prep, and Organization & Study Skills
April received her B.A. in English and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Dickinson College and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University. She has also earned her teaching certificates in Literature (K-12) and Mathematics (7-9). April’s experiences range from volunteering for Philadelphia Reads to interning at NBC Channel 10 and working for TV Guide magazine. After several years in public relations, April taught for the School District of Philadelphia in both elementary and middle school.
She is currently a member of Haverford High School’s English Department where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. When she’s not busy teaching and tutoring April enjoys reading, writing, and long-distance running.

Dana Shaffer

Dana Shaffer
English, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Dana received her B.A.from Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on children and teens in 2004. She went on to earn her teaching certificate in English (grades 7-12) from West Chester University in 2006, and is currently pursuing her masters degree and Reading Specialist certification from St. Joseph’s University. Dana taught ninth-grade English, American Literature, and research writing at Haverford High School. She enjoys working one-on-one with students with writing, organization & study skills, and reading strategies.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, M.Ed.
Reading, English, History, Study & Organizational Skills
Carol earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern College, her M.Ed. as a reading specialist from Arcadia University, and a K-12 Principal’s Certification from Villanova University. Carol has many years of experience working with gifted students in the Haverford Township School District and from these students, she has learned to “think outside of the box” when working with students of all ages. Carol’s teaching and personal experiences have been with students of varying ability levels. Helping students succeed brings Carol great joy. In her free time, Carol is an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, loves to read, and enjoys all aspects of family life.

Carol Taylor

Mathew Fisher, M.Ed.
Elementary & Secondary Learning Support & Study Skills
Mat earned his B.S. with Pennsylvania certifications in Elementary Education, Special Education and Middle School Math, Language Arts & Social Studies. He taught in the Philadelphia School District and the Rose Tree Media School District before his current position in the Avon Grove School District. Mat went on to earn his M.Ed. in Multicultural Education and currently teaches in a middle school setting as well as participating in REACT(After school experiences in various social settings for students with disabilities). His experience working with special needs students and knowledge of the IEP process makes him a valuable resource for Learning Support students and their families.

Alana Mellor

Alana Mellor, M.Ed.
History, AP Government, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Alana received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, NY. After internships with the British House of Commons in London and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., she spent a few years working in Pennsylvania State Government. In 2004, Alana earned her M.S.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been a member of the Social Studies Department at Haverford High School where she teaches classes in European History, World History, and Government. Alana has worked privately with students of all ages, and especially enjoys helping students with research, essay writing, note taking, and AP test preparation. Alana resides in Oreland, PA with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Alana enjoys reading, running, and going to the beach.

Alana Mellor

Erin Mormile, M.Ed.
Organization & Study Skills, Reading Specialist
Erin received her B.S. Elementary Education from West Chester University in 2004, Teaching Certificate in Special Education in 2005 and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Reading from West Chester University in 2010. Erin started working for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in 2006 as a Special Education Teacher. She continued her career working at Colonial School District. In her free time you will find her outdoors with her two sons, Michael and Anthony.

Cindy London-O'Donnell

Cindy London O’Donnell, M.Ed.
Study Skills & Organization, Writing, English
Cindy holds a B.A. in psychology from Penn State, and an M.Ed. from Temple University. She taught English at Haverford High School for many years and was a legendary yearbook advisor, winning the Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Medal three consecutive years. She has tutored students privately for over 30 years. Cindy specializes in organization and study skills in all content areas. Through her work with students from middle school to college, including many of the area high schools, Cindy has developed an unprecedented knowledge base of the specific assignments and requirements for each school. In addition to her vast experience supporting students with study skills, organization and direct instruction on assignments, Cindy has become an expert in helping students write high school research papers and college application essays.

Kate Cesarini, M.Ed.

Kate Cesarini, M.Ed.
Organization, Study Skills, & Reading Specialist
Kate received her B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from West Chester University in 2008 and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Education from Holy Family University. Kate is also certified in Mid Level Mathematics, Secondary English and is a certified Reading Specialist. Kate started working for the School District of Haverford Township in 2009 as a Learning Support Teacher. Since 2010 she has been working at Haverford High School as a learning support English teacher and provides direct reading instruction to students with literacy needs. Kate has been a private tutor since 2013, working with elementary, middle and high school students on their organizational, time management, study skills and literacy needs. Kate is involved in various extra curricular activities at Haverford, including coaching the girls Volleyball team. In her free time you will find her outdoors with her two dogs, Jada and Chevy!

Ellen Kennedy

Ellen Kennedy, M.Ed.
Writing, English, Study Skills & Organization
Ellen earned her B.A. in 2005 from the University of Notre Dame, with a double major in English and Film, Television and Theatre. She then went on to earn her M.Ed. in Secondary Education English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Ellen has taught both middle school and high school Language Arts and English courses. Ellen has been a private tutor since 2012, working with students on their literacy skills, writing skills, and organizational and study skills.

Sarah Crispin

Sarah Crispin, M.Ed.
English, Writing, Organizational & Study Skills
Sarah received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s University in 2008. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy with an opportunity for Reading Specialist certification from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also earned teaching certifications in English (7-12), Social Studies (7-12), and Communications as well as a certification from the College Board for teaching AP Literature & Composition. Sarah is currently a member of Haverford High School’s English Department where she teaches Media Studies, American Literature, and AP Literature & Composition. When she is not busy teaching or tutoring, Sarah enjoys traveling, reading, and the beach.

Keith MacConnell

Keith MacConnell, M.A.
English, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Keith received a B.A. in English with a minor in communications from Villanova University in 1997 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Villanova in 2004. Keith spent eight years in the English Department at Conestoga High School working with every level of student teaching writing, research, literature analysis, and communications. Keith currently works as a teacher and media specialist at Haverford High School. In addition to his career in teaching, Keith worked as a business management consultant with firms in New York and Philadelphia for more than eight years serving Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare industry. Keith enjoys exploring restaurants in Philadelphia, hiking, skiing, traveling, trail running and spending time outdoors with his wife Meghan and three children.

Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle, B.A.
English, Writing, SAT & ACT Prep and Organization & Study Skills
Caitlin received her B.A. in English and Theater from Colgate University and is currently completing her M.Ed. She is a member of the English department at East High School in the West Chester Area School District. Caitlin has been a private tutor since 2013, working with students on literacy, writing, organizational and study skills, as well as SAT and ACT prep. Outside of her teaching career, Caitlin is an avid traveler and horseback rider.

Patrick Romano

Benjamin Behrend, B.A.
English, Writing, History & Social Studies, Spanish, and Organization & Study Skills
Benjamin received his B.A. in Intellectual History with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He has been a freelance tutor since high school, and is thrilled when students overcome a challenge, whether it’s how to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or having a conversation in Spanish. Besides tutoring, Benjamin is a theater artist in Philadelphia, primarily focused on acting and writing for the stage and screen. For fun, Benjamin enjoys swimming, cycling, and relaxing at the beach with a big book in hand.

Mathematics Tutors

Courtney Rindgen

Courtney Rindgen, B.A.
Mathematics, specializing in Calculus
Courtney received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas in 1995. Her degree focus was Mathematics and Business applications. After working as a sales manager for several years, Courtney earned her teaching credential in California in 1997. While student teaching, she began private tutoring in high school mathematics. After teaching upper level and AP mathematics and physics in both California and her home state of Texas, Courtney taught at Lower Merion High School before leaving to stay home with her two sons. She now works exclusively with high school students one on one. In her free time, Courtney enjoys reading, gardening and exercise.

Courtney Rindgen

Sean Martin, M.S.
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Sean earned both his BS in Physics (2012) and his MS in Transformative Education and Social Change (2017) from West Chester University. He started his educational career in Los Angeles while tutoring for Ellen Richards Education in 2008 and afterwards decided to pursue a career as an educator. He has over 10 years of experience as a one-to-one tutor in subjects such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and SAT and ACT prep. For the last 5 years, he has taught AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) and Honors Physics at West Chester East High School.

Katy Heuisler

Katy Heuisler, M.Ed.
Mathematics and SAT & ACT Prep
Katy Heuisler earned her Secondary Education degree with a concentration in mathematics from Penn State University in 2004, and her masters in Educational Strategies from Wilkes University. She has been a math teacher at Haverford High School for 10 years. In addition to her mathematics background, Katy was also trained to tutor for the SAT’s at a Princeton Review course and has been tutoring for the SAT’s/ACT’s for over 10 years. Katie recently started teaching a course at Haverford High School called Test Taking Skills which helps students improve their scores on the SAT’s and ACT’s.

Thomas Furmanak

Thomas Furmanak, B.S.
Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics
Thomas Furmanak graduated from Ursinus College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in biostatistics. Tom is currently earning his M.S. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally Tom is the Senior Biology Laboratory Coordinator at Delaware County Community College. At the college he works directly with the faculty in Biology and Chemistry to improve, develop and expand the curriculums. Tom also mentors and tutors multiple science students at the DCCC to help them cope with the rigors of college and ensure their success in the science program.

Science Tutors

John Scholtz

John Scholtz, M.Ed.
Physics
John earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from The University of Delaware in 2001 with a minor in leadership. After working in engineering sales, John decided to pursue his true passion for teaching and obtained his certificate in secondary education from West Chester University in 2003. John has been a teacher at Haverford High School for the past 10 years where he has taught physics at the college prep, honors and AP levels. John is currently developing the AP B Physics course at Haverford High School and obtained his master’s degree in education from Wilkes University in May 2012. During his free time, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, gardening, running and cultivating honey.

Courtney Rindgen

Sean Martin, M.S.
Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
Sean earned both his BS in Physics (2012) and his MS in Transformative Education and Social Change (2017) from West Chester University. He started his educational career in Los Angeles while tutoring for Ellen Richards Education in 2008 and afterwards decided to pursue a career as an educator. He has over 10 years of experience as a one-to-one tutor in subjects such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and SAT and ACT prep. For the last 5 years, he has taught AP Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism) and Honors Physics at West Chester East High School.

Chris Greb

Christopher Greb, M.Ed.
Biology, Chemistry & Physics
Chris received his B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Delaware. He also earned his M.S. in biomedical chemistry from Thomas Jefferson University, as well as his M.Ed. in Secondary Chemistry Education from Cabrini College. Chris’s research interests and past projects centered on protein purification and characterization, particularly with the antioncogene. Currently Chris teaches chemistry, biology, and conceptual physics classes at Haverford High School.

Kurt Engleka

Kurt A. Engleka, Ph.D.
Biology
Kurt received his B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from George Washington University. Currently, Kurt teaches in courses for first-year medical and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania covering topics in cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology. He conducts research within the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology also at the University of Pennsylvania and is involved in the laboratory training of graduate and medical students. Kurt is author or co-author of multiple research publications, including reviews and book chapters. Kurt and his wife reside in Wallingford, PA with their two sons. Kurt tutors high school students enrolled in AP Biology and also individuals planning to complete the SAT Subject Test in Biology.

Thomas Furmanak

Thomas Furmanak, B.S.
Biology, Chemistry & Mathematics
Thomas Furmanak graduated from Ursinus College in 2010 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in biostatistics. Tom is currently earning his M.S. in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Thomas Jefferson University. Additionally Tom is the Senior Biology Laboratory Coordinator at Delaware County Community College. At the college he works directly with the faculty in Biology and Chemistry to improve, develop and expand the curriculums. Tom also mentors and tutors multiple science students at the DCCC to help them cope with the rigors of college and ensure their success in the science program.

Kim Goetz

Kim Goetz, B.S.
Biology
Kimberly earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from West Chester University in 2010. Her teaching career began at Caesar Rodney High School in Dover, Delaware, where she taught 9th grade Biology. In 2012, she moved back to Pennsylvania and is currently teaching all levels of Biology, academic to Advanced Placement at Haverford High School. Kimberly earned her AP certification in Biology from LaSalle University in the summer of 2015. Kimberly resides in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania with her fiancé, their dog Brutus and cat Merlin.

Megan Marshall

Megan Marshall, M.Ed.
Environmental Science & Biology
Megan graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2004 and earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in secondary science education in 2006. She has been teaching environmental science (AP, honors, and academic levels) and biology (honors and academic levels) for over 10 years and is currently a teacher at Haverford High School. In Megan’s spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and going to the shore.

Katy Heuisler

Laura Diksa, M. Ed.
Science
Laura graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. in chemistry in 2003. While working in the pharmaceutical industry, she attended Cabrini College and soon began her teaching career, earning her Masters degree in 2005. In 2006, she earned her AP Chemistry certification from La Salle University. She currently teaches AP chemistry, chemistry and environmental science at Penncrest High School and has experience working with all academic levels. Laura lives in Havertown with her husband and Boston Terrier, Dexter, where the trio spend their free time enjoying a variety of out-door activities.

Katy Heuisler

Colleen Pompetti, M.A.
Chemistry & Biology
Colleen received her B.S. in secondary education with chemistry certification from West Chester University in 1999. She began her teaching career at Coatesville Area Senior High School, where she taught all levels of Chemistry and Environmental Studies for 4 years. In 2002, Colleen received her M.A. in Teaching from Marygrove College. She has been a private tutor since 2007, working with students to improve their academic performance in chemistry and biology. Colleen is currently a chemistry and forensic science teacher at Haverford High School.

English & Writing Tutors

Ben Danson

Benjamin Danson, M.A.
History, AP Gov., Writing, SAT II, SAT
Ben received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has 15 years of experience teaching US History, and currently teaches the AP US History and AP American Government and Politics classes at Penncrest High School in Media, PA, where he also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair.

James Zervanos

James Zervanos, M.F.A.
Advanced Writing
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he earned his BA and MA from Bucknell University, where he was an Academic All-America baseball player and won the William Bucknell Prize for English, upon graduation in 1992. After interning as a journalist and attending law school for three semesters, he settled on writing fiction and teaching.

Jim Zervanos has taught English at Penncrest High School in Media, Pennsylvania, since 1995 and has taught creative writing at Drexel University since 2007. He has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is a graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. For a year he lived in Athens, Greece, where he finished writing LOVE Park, his first novel. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia’s Art Museum Area.

Jim’s fiction has appeared, most recently, in the Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, and Philly Fiction, a collection of short stories featuring Philadelphia writers. His fiction has also appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Hawaii Review, Cream City Review, Failbetter.com, and Folio, which recognized his short story “Church Camp” as the journal’s best of 1999.

The late author Helen Papanikolas wrote of Jim Zervanos, “I have often wondered why we Greek Americans have not produced writers like the young Saul Bellow. I think we now have one.”

www.jimzervanos.com

Cindy London-O'Donnell

Cindy London O’Donnell, M.Ed.
Study Skills & Organization, Writing, English
Cindy holds a B.A. in psychology from Penn State, and an M.Ed. from Temple University. She taught English at Haverford High School for many years and was a legendary yearbook advisor, winning the Columbia Scholastic Press Gold Medal three consecutive years. She has tutored students privately for over 30 years. Cindy specializes in organization and study skills in all content areas. Through her work with students from middle school to college, including many of the area high schools, Cindy has developed an unprecedented knowledge base of the specific assignments and requirements for each school. In addition to her vast experience supporting students with study skills, organization and direct instruction on assignments, Cindy has become an expert in helping students write high school research papers and college application essays.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.
Writing, English, SAT Prep, and Organization & Study Skills
April received her B.A. in English and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Dickinson College and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University. She has also earned her teaching certificates in Literature (K-12) and Mathematics (7-9). April’s experiences range from volunteering for Philadelphia Reads to interning at NBC Channel 10 and working for TV Guide magazine. After several years in public relations, April taught for the School District of Philadelphia in both elementary and middle school.
She is currently a member of Haverford High School’s English Department where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. When she’s not busy teaching and tutoring April enjoys reading, writing, and long-distance running.

Kristin Luther

Kristin Luther, M.Ed.
English, Social Studies, Writing Skills & SAT Prep
Kristin received her B.A. in English, with minors in religion and secondary education from the University of Richmond in 2001 and went on to earn her masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Kristin began her teaching career in Richmond, Virginia as a high school English teacher. After moving to Pennsylvania, she worked as an 8th grade English teacher and gifted support teacher at Haverford Middle School. Kristin is currently enjoying her time at home with her daughter and three sons, working as a private tutor. In her free time, Kristin enjoys running, cooking and reading.

Dana Shaffer

Dana Shaffer
English, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Dana received her B.A.from Pennsylvania State University in Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis on children and teens in 2004. She went on to earn her teaching certificate in English (grades 7-12) from West Chester University in 2006, and is currently pursuing her masters degree and Reading Specialist certification from St. Joseph’s University. Dana taught ninth-grade English, American Literature, and research writing at Haverford High School. She enjoys working one-on-one with students with writing, organization & study skills, and reading strategies.

Alana Mellor

Alana Mellor, M.Ed.
History, AP Government, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Alana received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, NY. After internships with the British House of Commons in London and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., she spent a few years working in Pennsylvania State Government. In 2004, Alana earned her M.S.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been a member of the Social Studies Department at Haverford High School where she teaches classes in European History, World History, and Government. Alana has worked privately with students of all ages, and especially enjoys helping students with research, essay writing, note taking, and AP test preparation. Alana resides in Oreland, PA with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Alana enjoys reading, running, and going to the beach.

Ellen Kennedy

Ellen Kennedy, M.Ed.
Writing, English, Study Skills & Organization
Ellen earned her B.A. in 2005 from the University of Notre Dame, with a double major in English and Film, Television and Theatre. She then went on to earn her M.Ed. in Secondary Education English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. Ellen has taught both middle school and high school Language Arts and English courses. Ellen has been a private tutor since 2012, working with students on their literacy skills, writing skills, and organizational and study skills.

Sarah Crispin

Sarah Crispin, M.Ed.
English, Writing, Organizational & Study Skills
Sarah received her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s University in 2008. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy with an opportunity for Reading Specialist certification from the University of Pennsylvania. She has also earned teaching certifications in English (7-12), Social Studies (7-12), and Communications as well as a certification from the College Board for teaching AP Literature & Composition. Sarah is currently a member of Haverford High School’s English Department where she teaches Media Studies, American Literature, and AP Literature & Composition. When she is not busy teaching or tutoring, Sarah enjoys traveling, reading, and the beach.

Keith MacConnell

Keith MacConnell, M.A.
English, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Keith received a B.A. in English with a minor in communications from Villanova University in 1997 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Villanova in 2004. Keith spent eight years in the English Department at Conestoga High School working with every level of student teaching writing, research, literature analysis, and communications. Keith currently works as a teacher and media specialist at Haverford High School. In addition to his career in teaching, Keith worked as a business management consultant with firms in New York and Philadelphia for more than eight years serving Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare industry. Keith enjoys exploring restaurants in Philadelphia, hiking, skiing, traveling, trail running and spending time outdoors with his wife Meghan and three children.

Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle, B.A.
English, Writing, SAT & ACT Prep and Organization & Study Skills
Caitlin received her B.A. in English and Theater from Colgate University and is currently completing her M.Ed. She is a member of the English department at East High School in the West Chester Area School District. Caitlin has been a private tutor since 2013, working with students on literacy, writing, organizational and study skills, as well as SAT and ACT prep. Outside of her teaching career, Caitlin is an avid traveler and horseback rider.

Patrick Romano

Benjamin Behrend, B.A.
English, Writing, History & Social Studies, Spanish, and Organization & Study Skills
Benjamin received his B.A. in Intellectual History with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He has been a freelance tutor since high school, and is thrilled when students overcome a challenge, whether it’s how to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or having a conversation in Spanish. Besides tutoring, Benjamin is a theater artist in Philadelphia, primarily focused on acting and writing for the stage and screen. For fun, Benjamin enjoys swimming, cycling, and relaxing at the beach with a big book in hand.

Patrick Romano

Janet Zinser Arey, B.A.
English & Writing
Janet Zinser Arey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and an English minor. She spent much of her administrative career in higher education writing training manuals, policy memos, and annual reports. Currently, she participates in ongoing AWA (Amherst Writers and Artists) workshops and is working on the second of two murder mystery manuscripts.

History & Social Studies Tutors

Ben Danson

Benjamin Danson, M.A.
History, AP Gov., Writing, SAT II, SAT
Ben received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has 15 years of experience teaching US History, and currently teaches the AP US History and AP American Government and Politics classes at Penncrest High School in Media, PA, where he also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, M.Ed.
Reading, English, History, Study & Organizational Skills
Carol earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern College, her M.Ed. as a reading specialist from Arcadia University, and a K-12 Principal’s Certification from Villanova University. Carol has many years of experience working with gifted students in the Haverford Township School District and from these students, she has learned to “think outside of the box” when working with students of all ages. Carol’s teaching and personal experiences have been with students of varying ability levels. Helping students succeed brings Carol great joy. In her free time, Carol is an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, loves to read, and enjoys all aspects of family life.

Kristin Luther

Kristin Luther, M.Ed.
English, Social Studies, Writing Skills & SAT Prep
Kristin received her B.A. in English, with minors in religion and secondary education from the University of Richmond in 2001 and went on to earn her masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Kristin began her teaching career in Richmond, Virginia as a high school English teacher. After moving to Pennsylvania, she worked as an 8th grade English teacher and gifted support teacher at Haverford Middle School. Kristin is currently enjoying her time at home with her daughter and three sons, working as a private tutor. In her free time, Kristin enjoys running, cooking and reading.

Alana Mellor

Alana Mellor, M.Ed.
History, AP Government, Writing, Organization & Study Skills
Alana received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester, NY. After internships with the British House of Commons in London and the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., she spent a few years working in Pennsylvania State Government. In 2004, Alana earned her M.S.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been a member of the Social Studies Department at Haverford High School where she teaches classes in European History, World History, and Government. Alana has worked privately with students of all ages, and especially enjoys helping students with research, essay writing, note taking, and AP test preparation. Alana resides in Oreland, PA with her husband and daughter. In her free time, Alana enjoys reading, running, and going to the beach.

Alana Mellor

Robert Simpson, M.Ed.
AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology
Rob received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Drexel University and his Masters in Education from West Chester University. Rob has over 20 years of experience teaching Social Studies, AP European History, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics and AP Psychology classes at Penncrest High School in Media, PA. In addition to his teaching experience, Rob has also worked for the College Board as both an essay grader and curriculum development consultant, giving him insight to how students’ advanced placement tests are graded.

Patrick Romano

Benjamin Behrend, B.A.
English, Writing, History & Social Studies, Spanish, and Organization & Study Skills
Benjamin received his B.A. in Intellectual History with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He has been a freelance tutor since high school, and is thrilled when students overcome a challenge, whether it’s how to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or having a conversation in Spanish. Besides tutoring, Benjamin is a theater artist in Philadelphia, primarily focused on acting and writing for the stage and screen. For fun, Benjamin enjoys swimming, cycling, and relaxing at the beach with a big book in hand.

SAT, ACT, AP Exam & Subject Test Tutors

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller, M.A.
SAT & ACT Prep
Ms. Miller is the founder and director of Katherine I. C. Miller Educational Consulting and Tutoring which she began in 2000. She was formerly the Director of The Education Division for Main Line Clinical Associates of Wayne, Pennsylvania.For more information on Ms. Miller you can view her profile page.

Ben Danson

Benjamin Danson, M.A.
History, AP Gov., Writing, SAT II, SAT
Ben received his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and a Masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. He has 15 years of experience teaching US History, and currently teaches the AP US History and AP American Government and Politics classes at Penncrest High School in Media, PA, where he also serves as the Social Studies Department Chair.

Alana Mellor

Robert Simpson, M.Ed.
AP European History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology
Rob received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from Drexel University and his Masters in Education from West Chester University. Rob has over 20 years of experience teaching Social Studies, AP European History, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics and AP Psychology classes at Penncrest High School in Media, PA. In addition to his teaching experience, Rob has also worked for the College Board as both an essay grader and curriculum development consultant, giving him insight to how students’ advanced placement tests are graded.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.

April Forgeng, M.Ed.
Writing, English, SAT Prep, and Organization & Study Skills
April received her B.A. in English and a certificate in Women’s Studies from Dickinson College and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University. She has also earned her teaching certificates in Literature (K-12) and Mathematics (7-9). April’s experiences range from volunteering for Philadelphia Reads to interning at NBC Channel 10 and working for TV Guide magazine. After several years in public relations, April taught for the School District of Philadelphia in both elementary and middle school.
She is currently a member of Haverford High School’s English Department where she teaches English Literature and Creative Writing. When she’s not busy teaching and tutoring April enjoys reading, writing, and long-distance running.

Kristin Luther

Kristin Luther, M.Ed.
English, Social Studies, Writing Skills & SAT Prep
Kristin received her B.A. in English, with minors in religion and secondary education from the University of Richmond in 2001 and went on to earn her masters degree in Multicultural Education from Eastern University. Kristin began her teaching career in Richmond, Virginia as a high school English teacher. After moving to Pennsylvania, she worked as an 8th grade English teacher and gifted support teacher at Haverford Middle School. Kristin is currently enjoying her time at home with her daughter and three sons, working as a private tutor. In her free time, Kristin enjoys running, cooking and reading.

Katy Heuisler

Katy Heuisler, M.Ed.
Mathematics and SAT & ACT Prep
Katy Heuisler earned her Secondary Education degree with a concentration in mathematics from Penn State University in 2004, and her masters in Educational Strategies from Wilkes University. She has been a math teacher at Haverford High School for 10 years. In addition to her mathematics background, Katy was also trained to tutor for the SAT’s at a Princeton Review course and has been tutoring for the SAT’s/ACT’s for over 10 years. Katie recently started teaching a course at Haverford High School called Test Taking Skills which helps students improve their scores on the SAT’s and ACT’s.

Dann Furia

Dann Furia, A.B.
SAT, ACT, PSAT Prep
Dann earned his A.B. from Princeton University in 1999 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, where he was also a member of the varsity Swimming and Diving team. Dann has successfully tutored hundreds of students in SAT and ACT preparation, as well as many other standardized and entrance exams, including the ISEE, SSAT, and SAT II. Dann is an accomplished artist, musician and producer, with four albums already released.

Caitlin Boyle

Caitlin Boyle, B.A.
English, Writing, SAT & ACT Prep and Organization & Study Skills
Caitlin received her B.A. in English and Theater from Colgate University and is currently completing her M.Ed. She is a member of the English department at East High School in the West Chester Area School District. Caitlin has been a private tutor since 2013, working with students on literacy, writing, organizational and study skills, as well as SAT and ACT prep. Outside of her teaching career, Caitlin is an avid traveler and horseback rider.

Foreign Language Tutors

Meghan MacConnell

Meghan MacConnell, M.Ed.
Spanish Level I-IV
Meghan received her B.A. in Spanish and secondary education from Muhlenberg College in 2004 and a Master’s degree in multicultural education from Eastern University in 2010. Her studies included a year living and studying in Seville, Spain. Meghan has been teaching Spanish for eleven years with the past nine spent in the World Language Department at Haverford High School. Meghan has worked with every level of student teaching Spanish I-IV. Meghan has also enjoyed time working individually with students as a private tutor for many years. Meghan enjoys exploring restaurants in Philadelphia, hiking, skiing, traveling, and spending time outdoors with her husband Keith and three children.

Patrick Romano

Benjamin Behrend, B.A.
English, Writing, History & Social Studies, Spanish, and Organization & Study Skills
Benjamin received his B.A. in Intellectual History with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. He has been a freelance tutor since high school, and is thrilled when students overcome a challenge, whether it’s how to write an essay on a Shakespearean play or having a conversation in Spanish. Besides tutoring, Benjamin is a theater artist in Philadelphia, primarily focused on acting and writing for the stage and screen. For fun, Benjamin enjoys swimming, cycling, and relaxing at the beach with a big book in hand.

Elementary & Reading Tutors

Kate Cesarini, M.Ed.

Kate Cesarini, M.Ed.
Organization, Study Skills, & Reading Specialist
Kate received her B.S. in Special and Elementary Education from West Chester University in 2008 and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Education from Holy Family University. Kate is also certified in Mid Level Mathematics, Secondary English and is a certified Reading Specialist. Kate started working for the School District of Haverford Township in 2009 as a Learning Support Teacher. Since 2010 she has been working at Haverford High School as a learning support English teacher and provides direct reading instruction to students with literacy needs. Kate has been a private tutor since 2013, working with elementary, middle and high school students on their organizational, time management, study skills and literacy needs. Kate is involved in various extra curricular activities at Haverford, including coaching the girls Volleyball team. In her free time you will find her outdoors with her two dogs, Jada and Chevy!

Karen Walker

Karen Walker, M. Ed.
Reading Specialist, Study Skills, Learning Support
Karen has 31 years of experience as a Learning Support teacher at Penncrest High School. She received her B.A. in Special Education and her M.Ed. in Reading from East Stroudsburg University, PA. She is a certified Reading Specialist and has taught Wilson Reading for seven years to 9th through 12th grade students. Presently Karen co-teaches 10th grade language arts and works in the achievement center with both learning support and regular education students. Karen is available to tutor students in grades K-12 in reading, study and organizational skills, basic math and writing skills and Algebra I. Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult daughters. She loves to read and travel.

Carol Taylor

Carol Taylor, M.Ed.
Reading, English, History, Study & Organizational Skills
Carol earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Eastern College, her M.Ed. as a reading specialist from Arcadia University, and a K-12 Principal’s Certification from Villanova University. Carol has many years of experience working with gifted students in the Haverford Township School District and from these students, she has learned to “think outside of the box” when working with students of all ages. Carol’s teaching and personal experiences have been with students of varying ability levels. Helping students succeed brings Carol great joy. In her free time, Carol is an avid Philadelphia Phillies fan, loves to read, and enjoys all aspects of family life.

Carol Taylor

Erin Mormile, M.Ed.
Reading Specialist, Study & Organizational Skills
Erin received her B.S. Elementary Education from West Chester University in 2004, Teaching Certificate in Special Education in 2005 and went on to earn her M.Ed. in Reading from West Chester University in 2010. Erin started working for the Delaware County Intermediate Unit in 2006 as a Special Education Teacher. She continued her career working at Colonial School District. In her free time you will find her outdoors with her two sons, Michael and Anthony.

Sydney is doing so well with Mindy. They are connecting academically and socially – which is equally important to us. We like Mindy and appreciate that she has been available to us for more than one session a week when we think that Sydney needs the additional support. We are seeing an upward trend for Sydney in her math work and know that is a direct correlation to Mindy.

– Parent, Bala Cynwyd Middle School

 

I cannot rave enough about Carol, she is skilled, knowledgeable, warm and couldn’t be a more perfect fit for [my daughter]. She has been able to help a child who feels dumb, overwhelmed and avoidant feel a little bit less of all of those things in only three meetings, and has been in communication with her teacher and keeps very close contact with my husband and me. I am so grateful that you put together this match!

– Parent, Lower Merion School District

 

April has been wonderful to work with and she and Philip seem to be quite compatible. I especially like her demeanor. She is assertive and direct, yet doesn’t come across as preachy in any way. Philip has responded positively to her and has followed through with her suggestions. She is flexible in her approach and recognizes the need to identify systems that work for each student. I’ve also appreciated her scheduling flexibility. She realizes that families are busy and has been as flexible as possible in accommodating our preferred meeting time. All around, our relationship with her is going very well and Philip seems to enjoy working with her.

– Parent, The Shipley School

 

John seems to be a good fit for [my daughter]. He is very energetic and enthusiastic about their sessions. He is also very proactive in set up times to meet which has been helpful. [My daughter] got a 68 on her first Physics test (before working with John) and she just got a 82 on her most recent test so I’d say we are making great progress.

– Parent, Episcopal Academy

 

I wanted to jot a note to tell you how much we appreciate the tutoring service that Jodi has provided to our sons. Jodi is an excellent professional. She is always punctual, prepared, organized and extremely pleasant and dedicated. I would recommend Jodi to other middle school families.

– Parent, The Shipley School & The Haverford School

 

I’ve been waiting and waiting through the tortuous process of college decisions and it’s finally come to an end. A few days ago, I was accepted into MIT! I’m really excited to go and the whole situation is very dream-like still. But without Tim and your help with the essays, the resume, and “golden” ideas, I don’t know where I’d be right now. Your help hasn’t been limited to essay writing and organization of resumes — I also think that the time we spent together allowed me to look back on how far I’ve come, and it has been a part of my transition from a silly high school kid to the mature person I am today. So I want to sincerely thank you and Tim for the hard work and tireless effort you guys put in to make my dreams possible. Thank you so much for everything, and I’ll be sure to do my best in college to utilize what our efforts have achieved.

– Student, The Haverford School

 

I just want to thank you for all you are doing with [my daughter]. I was a little taken aback by how she was being last week with you, and I suspect you have much more space for it than I do as it’s probably not uncommon. That being said, you were wonderful with her and Kathryn and I have had some good conversations since then and I think we got her all sorted out. I think you will find she’s in much better shape now. Thank you again. I can’t imagine navigating this without you!

– Parent, The Shipley School

 

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