At Studyworks, we pride ourselves on hiring the best of the best. A majority of our teachers are full-time educators or business professionals who have a knack for working with students. We employ dynamic teachers who can not only educate, but also entertain.
After going through multiple interviews and background checks, Studyworks teachers receive extensive test prep training. Teachers learn our time-tested curriculum by going through our four-week training program. Our teachers understand the most common mistakes students make on standardized tests and how to avoid the test makers tricks and traps.
Most "school programs" simply hire Math teachers to teach the math subjects and English teachers to teach the verbal subjects, but at Studyworks our teachers focus on test prep strategies that aren't taught in your typical high school classes.
All Studyworks teachers hold a Bachelors degree or higher and have previous teaching experience at either the k-12 or college levels. A majority of teachers hold Masters degrees or higher; we seek experienced teachers and therefore do not hire college students.
LEE FRANKELLee has a Podiatric Medical degree and had his own practice for 20 years. He is currently in medical sales and has been tutoring at Studyworks over 3 years. Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and obtained his medical degree in 1980 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine, ll. He has been teaching with Studyworks since 2003. Click here for student comments.
STAN TYVOLLStan has taught philosophy courses at several colleges and universities, including Seton Hall University (where he presently teaches) and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Stan received his B.A. in philosophy from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. He then went on to earn a Master of Theology degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO, and a Doctor of Philosophy (in philosophy) from Saint Louis University in 1996. In addition to giving lectures at philosophy conferences, Stan has published articles and book chapters in professional peer-reviewed publications. Stan has been with Studyworks for several years, focusing on the Writing and Reading sections of the SAT exam. Stan is known for the passion and enthusiasm he brings to his teaching. Click here for student comments.
NANCY HAVENNancy graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in economics and from Rutgers University School of Law. Her studies at Carleton included a focus on developing strong writing skills though three rhetoric courses. She attained her certification to teach social studies from Montclair State University and has eight years high school teaching experience. She currently teaches history and law at the high school level and is the advisor for her school’s Mock Trial team. She was trained in and volunteered for her local high school’s Writers Room program, which helps students in essay writing.Click here for student comments.
GEORGE SOLIMANGeorge obtained a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Rutgers University in 2006 with a major in computer science and a minor in mathematics. He also obtained a Master's of Arts in Teaching in 2007 from The College of New Jersey with a specialization in secondary school mathematics. Since then he has taught high school mathematics for about a year. He has also taught a mathematics course at Mercer County Community College, and he will teach a mathematics course at DeVry University starting in January 2011. In the meantime, he is currently back at school in Rutgers University looking to obtain a Master's of Science Degree in Statistics & Biostatistics. He hopes to finish those studies by the Fall 2011 semester. In addition to his high school and college teaching experience, George has extensive SAT preparatory experience. He has taught and tutored for The Princeton Review from 2005-2007, and he has been voluntarily co-teaching an annual SAT summer course at his church since 2004. He also voluntarily tutors mathematics at his church. His strong passion for teaching and student success is what drives him to continue teaching and tutoring. He has been teaching with Studyworks since 2009. Click here for student comments.
LYNDSEY PARMANLyndsey graduated from Tufts University in 2004 with a B.A. in Clinical Psychology. She has enjoyed her time as a teacher of English at both the high school and middle school levels, and has developed curriculum for honors, test preparation, and character education (leadership) programs. She believes that challenging expectations and moments of hilarity contribute equally to learning, and looks forward to each of those whenever she meets with students. Lyndsey loves that “A-ha!” moment, and seeing her students experience that in Studyworks classes is one of the many reasons she works hard to stay creative and find new ways for students to engage with the world around them. Click here for student comments.
DYLAN TESTERDylan obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Public Administration from York College of Pennsylvania in 1996. After graduating college Dylan attended Widener University School of Law where he attained his J.D. in law in 1999. Upon graduating Dylan successfully became a member of the New York, New Jersey, Federal District Court of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania bars. Dylan practiced for five and half years as an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson County, New York. Dylan has also practiced civil litigation in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After practicing law for seven years, Dylan decided to follow his passion and become a teacher. Dylan currently teaches social studies at Pioneer Academy of Science in Clifton, New Jersey while pursing a Masters in History. he has been teaching with Studyworks since 2007. Click here for student comments.
KARA CAMPBELLKara began teaching SAT math at Studyworks in 2009 and is greatly enjoying working with the many bright and motivated students she has met in her classes to date. She holds standard teaching certificates in both mathematics and physical science and has four years experience teaching high school math and middle school physical science in New Jersey. Prior to starting her teaching career, Kara worked for 13 years as a consulting engineer in the field of geotechnical engineering. She holds both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers and Virginia Tech, respectively. Click here for student comments.
CLAUDE THOMASClaude has been teaching for nearly 25 years. "Teaching is a passion of mine. I am joyous when students not only tell me that they have learned something, but that they also appreciate my enthusiasm for delivering the material." Claude currently teaches at Essex County College as an Adjunct Professor of Mathematics. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Middlebury College, an M.B.A. from Yale University and a Masters from Yale University in Non-Profit Management and Counseling. Click here for student comments.
Lynnette is a High School Math teacher, she currently teaches at Camden High School in Camden, NJ. She enjoys incorporating technology into her subject matter especially using the Graphing Calculator and the Geometer's Sketchpad. Lynnette has been in the field of education for over 15 years and holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Rider University and has a B.S. in Actuarial Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Click here for student comments.
MICHELLE CHECCHIAMichelle has been in the education field for many years. She graduated with Division Honors from the Education Department from Holy Family College. She then received her Master of Education in general education from Holy Family University. Michelle also has a minor in Business Education. Michelle has an extensive background with SAT prep. She has taught classes of SAT prep at a local Community College. She has worked for agencies providing classes and private tutoring, and has an excellent success rate. Being in the education field has brought Michelle to many different areas in the education field. She was a middle school teacher for many years. She has also worked for ETS (Educational Testing Service) for the last five years as a reader and scorer of teachers’ praxis exams. (These are tests that teachers need to pass in order to receive their certifications.)Michelle also teaches English as a Second language to employees at various businesses in the Philadelphia and Bucks county areas. Teaching is Michelle’s passion. She makes learning fun and relevant. Her enthusiasm makes the time go by very quickly for her and her students. Click here for student comments.
TRACI CONNAUGHTONTraci is an experienced tutor with a background in SAT test prep, K-12 remedial reading and math, writing skills, and study skills. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from The College of New Jersey, as well as an M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Traci has worked in the non-profit field for the past five years as a fundraiser and marketer, and owns and operates a theater company. Click here for student comments.
BOBBIE DOWNSBobbie is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Drew University. She also graduated summa cum laude from Drew in 2007 with her B.A. in Political Science. She recently spent a year as a teacher and administrator Sudanese refugee school in Cairo, Egypt. It was during her time there that she decided to pursue teaching rather than attending law school as originally planned. Bobbie is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as national honor societies for Political Science and German. She hopes to be a high school social studies teacher and plans on becoming involved in urban education policy. She enjoys volunteering and traveling. Click here for student comments.
JEFF KOEHNJeff Koehn was one of the original hires when Studyworks first opened its doors in the Philadelphia area in Jan. 1999. He quickly become a favorite of our Mt. Laurel students. Now in his seventh year, he continues to dazzle his classes with his quick wit and sharp teaching skills. Jeff graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. When Jeff is not teaching for Studyworks, he is traveling the world for his day job as an engineer for a major oil company. Click here for student comments.
CATHY KILLIANCathy is an experienced educator with a career background that includes classroom teaching, textbook editing, SAT test preparation, and engineering. She holds a BS from Villanova University in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, and earned her Masters degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Cathy started her career as a traffic engineer in the State of NJ. She subsequently took a position editing math textbooks for the Houghton-Mifflin Company in Boston and went back to school at night to earn her Masters in Education. After graduating, she went on to teach math at the junior high level. Cathy is currently a certified teacher in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. When her first child was born, she stopped teaching full time and started teaching for Studyworks, where she has been working since January 2004. Click here for student comments.
C. M.C.M. has been tutoring students in various subjects since his high school days back in the 1980's. He graduated in the top of his class at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, PA and it earned him a full academic scholarship to LaSalle University, from which he graduated with honors in 1992. During his college years, he worked as an academic tutor for the Athletic Department. After graduation, C.M. went to Japan as a native English-speaking teacher for the JET Programme, a highly competitive assignment that is the only program of its kind actually sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education. While there, he served both as a cultural representative and a full-time language instructor. C.M. taught daily in a rural middle school and also organized adult evening classes. Upon his return to the US, he continued to be active as an academic tutor. While not a current member, C.M. previously met all qualifications for Mensa membership. C.M. has been teaching tactics and strategies for the SAT since February 2002. He’s tutored hundreds of students in both classroom and individual settings with fantastic results. He is consistently able to raise students' scores on any 800-point section by 50 to 100 points, depending mostly on the motivation of the student in question. Some dedicated students have improved their scores beyond this range. Click here for student comments.
ALEXIS MARCHIO STUMMAlexis graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and a minor in French. During her undergraduate years, she spent spent time studying in both England and France. After college, she earned a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. It was during her years as a law student that she caught the "teaching bug." Currently, she works as an attorney barred in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She truly enjoys working with high school students and prides herself in her ability to relate to them. In addition to tutoring and teaching for Studyworks, she also choreographs her former high school's annual spring musicals. Click here for student comments.
SHANNON MCCLAYShannon is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is certified to teach English in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English, journalism, and a college preparatory class at a public high school in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Shannon has an extensive reading, writing, and editing background. She has edited newspapers in high school and college. She has taught both writing and literature intensive courses, and British and American Literature. Aside from having a great deal of experience tutoring, Shannon is an excellent test taker and writer, which is an asset when tutoring for the SAT. As a senior in high school, Shannon scored a 670/800 on the math portion of the SAT and a 770/800 on the reading portion. She also scored a 5/5 on the AP English Literature exam and was named an AP Scholar with Honor, which means that she scored over a 3.25 average (my actual average was a 3.75) and scored at least a 3/5 on four or more exams. The other exams that she took were AP Biology, US Government, and US History. These exams, unlike the SAT, are predominately essay writing. Shannon has also prepped students for the DSTP (which is the Delaware State standardized test) and for the PSSA exam (which is the Pennsylvania standardized test). These tests, at the high school level, are very similar to the SATs. Click here for student comments.
MEAGHAN JOYCEMeaghan received her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Education from Monmouth University. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Educational Technology at Ramapo College. Meaghan is in her third year of teaching math at Colonia High School, where she has taught Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2 and HSPA Prep. Meaghan greatly enjoys teaching and furthering her students’ understanding of mathematical concepts. Click here for student comments.
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