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Our Team

Our team has a vision based on providing 30 years of successful academic tutoring to the students of Chicagoland. Patsy has mentored all of the following members of our team and each has a long history of helping students meet and exceed their goals.


Alma Mater:B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne; Talbot Graduate MBA, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with honors
Years of Tutoring Experience: over 20 years
Subjects Tutored:SSAT Math, ACT Math, SAT Math, PSAT Math, SAT II Math I and II, SAT II Chemistry, SAT II Physics, Pre-Algebra through college Calculus; including Linear Algebra and Multi Variable Calculus, All levels of Geometry, All levels of Statistics, Finite Math, Math Analysis, Discrete Math, Accounting, Economics, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics (high school-college), Chemistry (basic through AP Chemistry), Physics (basic through college Physics), GRE Math (Quantitative), GMAT Math (Quantitative).
Fun Fact: Huge Blackhawks fan.


Alma Mater:I attended DePaul University for music degree and The University of Illinois at Chicago for education degree
Years of Tutoring Experience: over 15 years and an ACT Accredited Tutor
Prior work experience:High School teacher in Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago for At-Risk Youth and returning High School Drop-Outs.
Subjects Tutored: Mainly tutors History and English outside of standardized testing.
Fun Fact: I travel the country on a motorcycle and wilderness backpack.


Alma Mater: Northwestern University (B.A.), University of Chicago - School of Social Service Administration (A.M.)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 4 years
Prior work experience:2 years in the film industry, 3 years in social work and mental health
Subjects Tutored:All subjects ACT, SAT, SSAT, PSAT
Fun Fact: I love salsa dancing!


Alma Mater:Degrees include BS from Georgetown University, Masters in Public Policy and Policy Analysis Northwestern University and Masters in Financial Markets and Trading IIT.
Years of Tutoring Experience: Catherine has tutored since her early days as a teaching assistant at Georgetown University and Northwestern. She has quest lectured at numerous financial industry events and related university courses and has volunteered in several outreach tutoring programs in Chicago and other areas
Prior work experience:She has 35 years of quantitative Wall Street experience. Catherine is a former quantitative portfolio manager transitioning to education.
Subjects Tutored: All Levels of Math, Algebra based physics, SSAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT, GRE Quantitative, GMAT Quantitative
Fun Fact: I have so many books that I love that is impossible to count but I love poetry by Seamus Heaney


Alma Mater: Northwestern University
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8 years
Prior work experience:Software developer for algorithmic trading. (Currently)
Subjects Tutored:ACT Math, SAT Math, SAT II Subject Test for Math, SAT II Chemistry, PSAT Math, SSAT Math, Physics, Chemistry, Finite Math, Statistics, Pre Calculus, Geometry, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Algebra and Trig, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, GRE Quantitative, GMAT Quantitative
Fun Fact:: Lifelong Chicago Bulls fan, 1500 Rating on the ELO scale for FIDE. (Worldwide Chess Federation.)


Alma Mater:University of Rochester (B.A.), University of Pittsburgh (Ph.D.)
Years of Tutoring Experience:16 years
Prior work experience:Clinical child psychology
Subjects Tutored:all subjects for ACT, SAT; other high school academics as needed
Fun Fact: I love singing and am a member of a women's barbershop/a cappella chorus


Alma Mater:American University (B.A. Communications and Journalism), DePaul University (M. ed)
Years of Tutoring Experience: 18 years
Prior work experience: 7th and 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher
Subjects Tutored: ACT English and Reading, SAT Verbal


Alma Mater:American University
Years of Tutoring Experience:16 years of Tutoring Experience
Prior work experience:2nd grade teacher in Wilmette School District 39 for 7 years, reading assistant in Glenview/Northbrook District 30 for 2 years
Subjects Tutored:ACT Verbal, Elementary (all subject areas), Middle School (English)
Fun Fact: Favorite Book: The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


Alma Mater:University of IL Urbana-Champaign (BA), National-Louis Univ (MAT)
Years of Tutoring Experience:13 years
Prior work experience:High school English and Journalism teacher
Subjects Tutored:HS. Writing, Reading, English, Editing, History, ACT Verbal, College Essays
Fun Fact: : Love the Chicago Bulls!


Alma Mater:Ohio State University
Years of Tutoring Experience:16 years
Prior work experience: Middle school and High school math teacher
Subjects Tutored:Algebra, Geometry, Algebra-trig, Pre-calc, ACT Math
Fun Fact: Art minor and still love taking art classes


Alma Mater: Bachelor Degree from West Virginia University in Business Administration. Masters- Brooklyn College in Science of Special Education.
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8
Prior work experience:Former Dean of Students
Subjects Tutored: LD Specialist; Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Linear Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/Trig, GRE Math, SSAT Math, SAT Math, ACT Math
Fun Fact: I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu


Alma Mater:University of Notre Dame, B.S. Chemical Engineering Dominican University, M.B.A.
Years of Tutoring Experience:6 years at Huntington Learning Center, Highland Park 7 years at Academic Tutoring Centers, Highland Park
Prior work experience:17 years Pharmaceutical Engineer at two large corporations 1 year Medical Marketer at an on-line company
Subjects Tutored: Elementary school through High School math up to Alg II; SSAT, HSPT Math, ACT Math, Chemistry, Physics
Fun Fact: Favorite Highland Park Restaurant - Bella Via


Alma Mater:University of Illinois at Chicago
Years of Tutoring Experience:16 years
Prior work experience:Telecommunications Project Management
Subjects Tutored:All Mathematical Subjects, ACT, SAT, HSPT, Basic Skills Test, SAT Math, PSAT, EXPLORE, COMPASS, PLAN, Elementary/Middle School English
Fun Fact: Favorite Sports Team to watch on TV: Da Bears!


Alma Mater:Honors English degree from the University of Michigan, MA in English Ed from Columbia University Teachers College
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8
Prior work experience:Taught all four grade levels of HS English in the NYC DOE for 7.5 years.
Subjects Tutored: HS English (including:AP Lit, AP Lang); HS Writing; Editing; College Essays; College Grammar; SAT II Lit; PSAT Verbal, SAT Verbal, ACT Verbal; GRE Verbal
Fun Fact: I have lived in LA, New York, and Chicago


Alma Mater: B.S. Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics,Wisconsin; J.D., Northwestern
Years of Tutoring Experience: 8 years
Prior work experience:Attorney
Subjects Tutored:Elementary subjects, Math: All levels of Algebra, all levels of Geometry, Discrete Math, Finite Math, Trig, all levels of Calculus; PSAT Math; ACT Math; SAT Math. All levels of Physics,SAT II Physics, Engineering, Reading, Writing, College Essays, College Grammar, LSAT
Fun Fact: I've started volunteering with Open Heart Magic!