About Arete

About Nikki Geula

Our Coaches

Our Track Record


Arete’s success is in part due to the individualized course of study developed for each student. We believe that students are unique and as such, there is no uniform approach to tutoring. We assess and analyze where each student is at and then fill in the blanks for a more efficient approach. However, part of the magic lies in Arete’s coaches.

We are not simply coaches, but mentors. We try to be examples for our students based on what we achieve and have achieved in our own lives. We believe that academic success is critical to creating a solid foundation for the future. At Arete, our careers are a blend of making a difference for our students as well as pursuing our own dreams. We try to show our students that anything they want to pursue is possible if they establish a strong work ethic and develop the confidence, and the courage, to reach for the moon.

The following list includes a partial list of our roster of coaches:

Nikki Geula
Nikki Geula graduated from Vassar College in 1994 with highest honors in Political Science. She grew up in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and attended the Yung Wing School for gifted children and then The Dalton School. At Vassar, she was awarded the Eloise Ellery Fellowship and the Samuel B. Tilden Award for her outstanding work in Political Philosophy. Her thesis, Arete in Machiavelli’s The Prince: The Prince as Ethical in Light of Plato’s Healthy City received the mark of distinction. She was awarded the prestigious Political Science Internship, a stipend given to the student with the highest GPA in Political Science, to teach fellow students political philosophy.

After graduating from Vassar, Nikki attended the Circle in the Square Professional Conservatory where she received a graduate certificate in acting. Prior to founding Arete, Nikki, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, worked as an actress, landing theatre, film and television roles. Nikki attended the Joffrey Ballet School for nine years and was a founding member of the Circle Players Improv Company. Nikki is a published political journalist and has appeared on CNN for her work featuring the homeless in New York. Nikki is also the author of Refrigerator Art, a book of homeless and abused children’s art. Her screenplay Split Second was co-written with the former chief weapons inspector of UNSCOM, Scott Ritter and focuses on the genocide of Liberia. Nikki’s life-long hobby of making jewelry became more than a passion, as she designed the jewelry for Ralph Lauren’s recent Fall and Spring Collections for Women. Her work is also featured at Net-A-Porter based in the UK and in Podium, the ‘Barney’s’ of Russia.

SUBJECTS: Consultations, College Essay Writing, Law School, Medical School & Business School Applications, SAT’s, ACT’s, SAT II’s, SSAT, ISEE’s, History, English and Career Counseling.

Ali Ahn
Ali graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a degree in History, and received her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. A Los Angeles native, she attended Colburn School of the Performing Arts for piano in conjunction with her studies at Polytechnic School. She has years of teaching and tutoring experience, ranging from voice and speech training to working with children with autism. Ali also created the SAT curriculum for Los Angeles City College’s extension program. In addition to LACC, she has taught classes at Prep for Prep in New York, and at California Institute of the Arts. She has also worked with students with learning disabilities on study and organizational skills.

SUBJECTS: SAT, SSAT/ISEE, Writing, College Essays, History, Spanish, Organizational and Study Skills

Fabienne Anstry
Fabienne was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. She became a student of classical ballet, jazz dance, piano and theater at an early age and performed on a regular basis throughout high school. She spent her summers studying Spanish in Salamanca, Spain and French in the mountains of Switzerland, and then spent 2 months enlisted in the Israeli Army’s scouts program, Chetz V’keshet. In college she turned her attention to journalism and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communication Studies and Art History. During her junior year, Fabienne lived in Paris to study art and work at French Vogue, directly under the editor-in-chief. Since graduating college in 2000, Fabienne has worked for CBS News in New York City, where she produced various national news segments airing on the weekend edition of the Evening News with Dan Rather. She also participated in the 24-hr coverage of Election 2000, 9/11, and most recently, the War in Iraq. Coming from European and African parents, Fabienne has also had the opportunity to travel to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East to visit her extended family. She is bi-lingual in French.In addition to tutoring for Arete, Fabienne is a freelance news producer based out of Los Angeles. In the fall, Fabienne will begin her MBA studies at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

SUBJECTS: English, Writing, Art History, History, Math, Journalism, SAT I, SAT II, French, Spanish

Ana B.
Ana B attended Mount Sinai Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences studying Neuroscience. Previous research experience focused on addiction and depression, however her thesis focuses on microglia, the immune cells in the brain. She attended Boston College and graduated with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. During her post-graduate year, Ana worked at a public high school in California through AmeriCorps doing as a teacher for incoming freshman at at-risk youth.

SUBJECTS: Math, Chemistry, Psychology, Biology

Dana B.
Dana B attended Harvard University where she studied Social Anthropology, with a focus on medical anthropology. During her time in college, Dana tutored students in college pre-calculus and calculus, worked as an ESL consultant for graduate students, and served as the co-director of a campus peer counseling group. She also spent a summer working at Robert Kolej in Istanbul, Turkey, working with Turkish children to improve their English skills. Dana graduated in 2009 with honors in Anthropology granted for her Senior honors paper, entitled: “Fractured Objectivity: Debates Over Data Within HIV Prevention Research”. After graduation, Dana spent two years as a clinical research assistant at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at Brown University. Dana began medical school as part of the inaugural class of the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine in 2011. Dana traveled to Cusco, Peru, where she worked with a non-profit organization that provides free cancer screening to Peruvian women. Dana also devoted a year to conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Russo at the Friedman Brain Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Her current research investigates the interface between the immune and nervous systems and how disorders inherent to these systems may contribute to psychopathologies such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

SUBJECTS: MCAT, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math, English & Spanish

Taryn B.
Taryn B graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Communications and Spanish, and a concentration in Marketing from the Wharton School of Business. She spent a semester in Spain studying at the University of Seville, making The Dean's List every single semester at Penn. A native New Yorker , Taryn has been tutoring & teaching for the past 12 years. She moved to California shortly after graduating from college in search of warmer weather. Taryn has home schooled children ranging in age from 12-18 and is also currently a substitute teacher for select private schools in Manhattan. Taryn's passion & enthusiasm for learning is evident in her patient demeanor and she tries to impart her love of learning on others.

SUBJECTS: Spanish, Math, English, Writing, Life Sciences, History, ISEE, Grades K-9

Ben Beckley
Ben Beckley graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a B.A. in English. His senior thesis, a study of the influence of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde on the work of Tom Stoppard, received the Alan Downer Thesis Prize. Ben was also one of only two students awarded the coveted Director's Prize, for his contributions to Princeton's theater community.

Ben grew up in Lexington, Virginia, where his father serves as a tenured professor (and president emeritus) at Washington and Lee University. Attending Rockbridge County High School and Chapel Hill High School, Ben won a National Scholastic Writing Award, attended Virginia's prestigious Governor's School in Latin, secured a perfect store on the Verbal section of his SATs, and graduated first in his class. He also received perfect scores on both Latin Advanced Placement tests, as well as the U.S. History and English APs.

As an actor, Ben has collaborated with award-winning artists Christopher Durang (author of The Actor's Nightmare) and Robert Wilson (co-creator of Einstein on the Beach) and toured Canada, France, and Austria with the experimental theater collective Temporary Distortion.

"I'm passionate about learning, and I try to instill that passion in my students. I want to allay their anxieties, build their confidence, and empower them to work more effectively and efficiently. Tutoring isn't just about explaining the material; it's also about understanding the particular needs of each student."

SUBJECTS: ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, SHSAT, GRE, SAT 2 and AP, History, Literature, Geometry, Algebra, Latin, Philosophy, Study Skills

Danielle D.
Danielle D graduated summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Theater (Honors) and Comparative Literature and Society. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Mellon Fellow and a recipient of Barnard’s Erica Mann Jong Writing Fellowship. Fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese, she has over five years of tutoring experience and does editorial work and translation in addition to her career as an actor and playwright.

SUBJECTS: Spanish, French, Portuguese, English

Aliza G.
Aliza G manages the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s US Department of Education project investigating the impact of opera-based learning in schools. She works with schools throughout New York City to infuse opera into the curriculum. Previously Aliza held the position of Education Program Manager at Roundabout Theatre Company where she managed Roundabout’s school partnerships. She worked with schools to use theater to build student skills and create educational experiences. She has trained teachers in aligning with the Common Core Standards as well as infusing arts into their curriculum. She volunteers on the literary committee for Philadelphia Young Playwrights helping students improve their writing. Aliza works with various theater companies throughout New York City including Trusty Sidekick Theater Company, a theater company for young audiences. Aliza received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Education and her ED.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

SUBJECTS: Reading, Writing (creative and essay), Math (through Pre-Calculus), Chemistry, early Spanish, History, Arts, Study Skills, SAT.

Josh G.
Josh G. combines years of tutor experience with an extensive academic background. After receiving a Masters (with distinction) from the University of Oxford (which he attended on full academic scholarship) Josh began to work with Arete Education. With Arete Josh has worked with multiple students to improve their scores in ACT, SAT, ICEE and SSAT. Josh’s talent lies in bonding with students, and empowering them to take ownership of their academic experience which leads to increase enjoyment, engagement, and higher scores. Before Oxford and Arete, Josh was the program director of a volunteer after-school tutoring program that he ran while at Princeton University (where he also attended on full scholarship). Before Princeton, Josh won Saskatchewan’s sole provincial scholarship to attend Pearson United World College for his final two years of high school.

In addition to his academic credentials Josh has an extensive background in sports and international affairs. Josh has competed at a varsity level in both rugby and rowing, he has also served as a coach on many youth sports teams. This experience coaching has increased his ability to motivate youth to excel. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Princeton University and is also on the board of the Rugby Endowment. Josh has travelled extensively and worked or studied in three different continents (North America, Europe, and Africa). As a result, he is able to function effectively in various cultural contexts and relate to people from varied backgrounds.

SUBJECTS: ISEE, SSAT, ACT, ACT, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Literature, History, Organization, Study Skills.

Ginna Closs
Ginna Closs graduated from Stanford University in 2000 with a degree in Latin and Greek, and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Ancient Art and Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Menlo School, where she first began studying Latin. At Stanford, she received awards for outstanding undergraduate papers in Classics and Western Civilization, as well as grants for study abroad and archaeological field school on Cyprus. Ginna also spent a semester at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, an intensive program for Classics undergraduates with extensive training in classical languages and literature supplementing the Centro’s featured course, “The Ancient City.”

After college, Ginna spent a year in the Program Department of the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, where she coordinated events featuring high-level speakers (Former U.S. Presidents, current members of Congress, distinguished authors and Nobel laureates, various heads of state) for National Public Radio broadcast and live audiences of up to 1100. At Cambridge, her Master’s thesis research featured a synthesis of textual, epigraphic material evidence related to Rome’s “Great Fire” of 64 and its subsequent memorialization. She was awarded travel grants by the Faculty of Classics and Newnham College, Cambridge for thesis research and two seasons as graduate assistant of Cambridge excavations on the Palatine Hill in Rome, one of the earliest-inhabited sites in Rome and later home to twenty generations of emperors. Her findings and drawings were included in the site report recently published by the project’s director, Henry Hurst, in the Papers of the British School at Rome, a leading journal of Classical studies and Roman archaeology.

In 2003, Ginna began teaching at Sacred Heart Preparatory in Atherton, CA and in 2005 moved to Manhattan to join the faculty of Trinity Upper School, widely regarded as having one of the best high school Classics programs in the country. At Trinity, she has full teaching responsibility for beginning through Advanced Placement Latin and Greek courses in the Department of Classics. Ginna spent the summer of 2005 in Rome and Ravenna, studying monuments and working on the excavations of the imperial harbor at Classe, as part of a program offered by the American Academy in Rome. In 2006, she was granted full funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities for participation in a selective two-week seminar focused on using digital media and computer models as teaching tools for ancient studies.

SUBJECTS: Latin, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Essay Writing, Latin AP, SAT II

Anna Maria H.
Anna Maria H was raised in Maryland where she attended the Key School, an independent school founded by tutors of St. John's College in Annapolis. She excelled in Math and Music as well as being a Varsity Athlete in Soccer and Lacrosse. After being declared a National Hispanic Scholar, Anna Maria went on to pursue a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Pomona College. Throughout her college career she tutored children and adults with Pomona College, KidCare International, and Conviven. During her year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Anna Maria deepened her knowing of Hispanic literature, culture and history while studying at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Philosophy and Letters. Anna Maria volunteered with the nonprofit organization Conviven, which works with children living in 'villas miserias', shanty towns, on the outskirts of the city. Anna Maria taught guitar in La Cuidad Oculta and Art in Laferrere where she spearheaded the organization's art program.

SUBJECTS: Math up to Pre Calculus, Spanish, ACT, SAT, ISEE/SSAT, Geography and English

Justin H.
Justin H graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Classics and a minor in Linguistics. His GPA ranked in the top quintile every semester, and in 2009 he was elected to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Justin’s thesis was an original reinterpretation of the Iliad entitled Putting Homeric Man in his Place: Settlement of the Cosmic Hierarchy in the Iliad.

Justin began studying Latin in the sixth grade and ancient Greek in the eighth. By the end of high school he had earned a perfect score on the Latin SAT II, the Maureen O'Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award, and a perfect score and four gold medals on the National Latin Exam. Enamored with Classics, he spent the following summer in the U.K. participating in both the J.A.C.T. ancient Greek summer program at Bryanston and pursuing an archaeological dig. Later he studied abroad again, this time as a participant in the Paideia Institute's intensive spoken Latin program in Rome.

Justin’s other primary areas of interest and expertise are writing and editing. In high school he earned a perfect score on the writing section of the SAT, the Yale Model Congress gavel for Best Speaker, and the Kitty Harris Literary Award. Moreover, he spent his free time editing newspapers for eight straight years. Ultimately he served as editor-in-chief of The Southerner and Senior Copy Editor at The Daily Princetonian. Even now he knows Strunk & White, the editing bible, like the back of his hand.

SUBJECTS: Latin, Ancient Greek, Grammar/Writing, SAT, ACT

Eric Kubo
Eric Kubo graduated from Yale University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. He then received his Masters in Fine Arts from Tisch, New York University. As an undergraduate, he conducted independent field research in O'ahu on both the linguistic and political status of the Hawaiian language. He also studied under noted Spanish linguist and translator Barbara Harshav and completed a translation and adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s Yerma for one of his senior theses.

Eric served as the captain of the robotics team, competed and won at State level with MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement), and traveled extensively to present on the research he and fellow students were conducting to measure the level of freshwater pollution and PCBs in the San Jose Watershed. He is a published writer, playwright and songwriter.

SUBJECTS: SAT, Spanish, Math (through Calculus), Chemistry, English, and History.

Christopher Miller
Christopher Miller will finish his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Columbia University in May 2008. He his thesis will include new work on black holes and string theory. He attended Columbia University as an undergraduate as well, where he received degrees in Mathematics and Physics in May 2001.

Chris has many passions, including music, travel, and sports. He has studied classical piano from the age of 4, and picked up viola and guitar along the way. Currently, he plays piano in a jazz ensemble. While pursuing his studies, Chris has found time to venture to Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. When he is in New York, however, he spends many weekends playing rugby and tutoring, which he has done for the last ten years.

“Finding original ways to solve difficult problems is what keeps my work in physics interesting. I try to apply this logic to tutoring by making the experience fun for students, while pushing them to realize their creative and analytical potential.”

SUBJECTS: Physics, Math, Chemistry, Biology (any level, and SAT II)

Nicolette Nicola
Nicolette Nicola graduated with honors from Westminster College in Pennsylvania. She studied the romantic poets Byron, Keats and Shelley in England, Germany and Italy. After college she moved to New York City, where she wrote and directed numerous plays for AboutFace Theatre Company. In 1997 she received her MFA from Bennington College where she studied poetry with the current Poet Laureate, Donald Hall.

Nicolette has published poetry and literary reviews in numerous literary magazines and small journals, such as Michigan Quarterly Review and Painted Bride Quarterly. Her web design company, XYLO Web Design LLC, designed many sites for small businesses in Red Bank, New Jersey. She currently serves as Poetry Editor for Post Road (Cambridge, MA).

SUBJECTS: English, History, French, Creative Writing, ACT, SAT I and SAT II (Literature).

Melanie O.
Melanie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and attended Saint Ann’s School for middle and high school. She graduated with honors from Amherst College with a B.A. in English. She began her career as an editor; her first job was at Little, Brown and then she worked for many years at Scholastic in the school market book clubs. She transitioned into teaching with a focus on literacy and earned a M.S. Ed. Dual Certification in Teaching Literacy (birth-grade 6) and Childhood General Education (1-6) from Bank Street College of Education. She has lived and worked internationally for 5 years in Tortola, British Virgin Islands where she worked first as Head Teacher of Lower Kindergarten at Cedar International School and then as a Reading Specialist. Previously she has taught at St. Ann's School, Friends Seminary, P.S. 261, and Greene Hill School. She has also designed curriculum for and taught homeschool. Her graduate thesis, "Using Picture Books with Older Readers: An Annotated Bibliography", combined her passion for literature with her dedication to helping children succeed academically. She has travelled extensively and, during college, she did a semester abroad in Quito, Ecuador. In the summer of 2010, she was a teaching assistant for Bank Street's "Science for Teachers" course which was based out of the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica. She holds New York State Teacher Certification, International Baccalaureate School Certification and is also trained in Everyday Mathematics. She serves as a member on the Bank Street Book Committee which evaluates children’s book titles and selects best books for children across varied age levels and genres. She is proficient in Spanish and also enjoys dance, yoga, pilates, and scuba.

Dan S.
Dan S received his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007. He received his PhD in Physics and Astronomy from Johns Hopkins University in 2013. He was recently awarded the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics Fellowship at University of Chicago and will soon begin there. Dan currently studies dark energy and the accelerating expansion of the universe.

SUBJECTS: Computer programming, ACT, SAT, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math through BC Calculus

Kathleen S.
Kathleen S grew up in Colorado, graduating at the top of her class from an I.B. program in Denver. She won the HOPE Scholarship for her academic excellence and received a National History Day prize for her paper on Stalingrad during WWII. After high school, she journeyed out to California and graduated with honors from Pomona College. Kathleen earned her B.A. in Philosophy in addition to studying English, History, and Religion. At Pomona she was the Captain on two Varsity sports teams and organized social gatherings for the college's events committee. She studied for a semester at the University of Cape Town, getting an intimate experience of South Africa's cultural complexities.

SUBJECTS: Math, Writing, Philosophy, History, Religion, Biology, ISEE, SAT, ACT, SAT IIs (Literature, Biology E/M, Chemistry, and Math)

Felice Schachter
A native New Yorker, Felice earned her B.A. in Semiotics at Brown University. From elementary school through college, Felice managed to juggle her studies with a professional acting career, appearing in films, television programs and plays. At the same time, she studied at the prestigious School of American Ballet, dancing with the New York City Ballet, and the visiting Bolshoi and Stuttgart companies as well.

After years in front of the camera and on stage, Felice moved behind the scenes into film and television production and freelance writing. Throughout her career, she managed to travel and live around the world, gaining fluency in Spanish. Her teaching career began with volunteer tutoring at the East Harlem Tutorial Program and the Red Cross Homeless Shelter, assisting children with reading and homework. These experiences inspired Felice to apply for the New York Teaching Fellows program. As a Fellow, Felice gained hands-on classroom experience working with children with various disabilities, including students with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, speech impairments and emotional disorders. Her students increased their reading and/or math scores, and some were even mainstreamed out of special education classrooms. Because of her success, she was asked to teach the AIS and Newton after-school programs, assisting children in the general community with test preparation. She was also recruited as the summer internship coordinator at the well-known KIPP Academy charter school in the Bronx, providing high school students with career skills building opportunities such as resume writing and interview preparedness.

Felice is currently an ABA therapist in New York City, working one on one with children with autism to build language, social and motor skills. She continues her passion for the arts by serving as an acting coach to professional actors. She is passionate about tutoring and is an ERB specialist. She considers her greatest accomplishment to be that of bringing her son, William, into the world in October, 2005.

“Each child learns differently. I believe in empowering children to overcome their individual challenges in order to achieve their unique potential.”

SUBJECTS: ERB, OLSAT, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Spanish, English and Math.

Rachel Siegel
Rachel Siegel is a graduate of Harvard University magna cum laude, where she studied Fine Arts and German literature. She attended high school at Phillips Academy Andover, where she won the Classics prize, studied organ, and performed in The Marriage of Figaro. During college, she spent a semester in Vienna, studying at the University of Vienna and researching her thesis on Egon Schiele. She received the Bernhard Blume prize for the best thesis in the German department. After college, Rachel was admitted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's three-year acting program, which she completed with honors, as one of only two students in her year. She has appeared in television, film, and theatre roles, including several episodes of Chappelle's Show on Comedy Central, a BBC drama, and the Merchant Ivory film Heights. Notable theatre performances include Polly Garter and Rosie Probert in Under Milkwood at Williamstown Theatre Festival, for which she was named a "Best Performance of 2003", and Enchanted April at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass., for which she was named a "Best Actress of 2006" in the Berkshire Eagle. She is a longtime teacher, and has taught acting at The School of Visual Arts. Her short play Callback was performed at Mixed Company theatre in 2003. She is an enthusiastic and long-time student of Iyengar yoga, and enjoys making art, including medieval manuscript illuminations.

"What I enjoy most about teaching is the relationship that's created-- the challenge of communicating ideas in an individually tailored way. I think students always know more than they think they know, so I aim to create confidence and allow for intellectual instincts to emerge. I think I would have strongly benefited from the organizational help of a coach when I was a high school student-- it's my experience that when good habits are formed early, they pay many dividends down the line!"

SUBJECTS: SSAT, ISEE, SAT I and II (Writing), French (up to and including AP), Math (up to Calculus, Algebra I and II are my strong points, Trig not so much), Latin, German, English, History, Essay writing, Drama.

Danielle Silber
Danielle Silber graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005 with honors in International Studies and African & Afro American Studies. She grew up outside of Washington D.C. and attended the Montgomery Blair Magnet School, known for its Communication Arts Program through which she produced a local television show. Her experience with media production spurred her to use national media to highlight social justice issues ranging from xenophobia to gay rights, including a 20/20 feature story with Barbara Walters.

At Washington University, Danielle’s interests shifted to focus on international affairs. She started an annual International Human Rights Film festival, offering the St. Louis community free access to international films and expert speakers on international affairs. She volunteered with several different HIV/AIDS non-profits in Namibia, Washington D.C. and St. Louis culminating with a research project in Kenya focusing on grassroots women’s movements combating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Her thesis, The History of Politically-Instigated Ethnic Conflict in Kenya, later paved the way for her to start one of the largest community-based organizations raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan. As a senior, Danielle was hired by Washington University to develop an International Leadership Program for freshman students.

After she graduated, Danielle taught a freshman seminar in International Affairs and coordinated all international forums, events, and conferences at Washington University. Danielle moved to NYC in order to work more closely with the UN and cultivate international educational programming for high school and college students.

“When I think about Mark Twain’s quote, ‘I never let schooling interfere with my education’ I always imagine Huck Finn speaking the words. I have seen firsthand how schooling can be incredibly intimidating when youth’s intelligence is quantified by test scores and report cards instead of qualified by curiosity, critical thinking and creativity. My goal is to equip students with the skills to excel on tests and achieve high grades while simultaneously empowering them to enjoy learning and explore bodies of knowledge that impassion them.”

SUBJECTS: History, English/Literature, Math (through Geometry), French, Spanish, SSAT, ISEE, ACT, SAT, Public Speaking, Study Skills and Organization.

Laura Gale Simpson
Laura Gale Simpson graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Honors Program at The Ohio State University, where she earned degrees in Sociology and Theatre. Laura put herself through college, earning countless merit scholarships to fund her studies, including the Drake Leadership Award, the Scarlet Mask Award for Excellence in Performance, awards from the Department of Sociology and the College of Arts & Sciences, and numerous scholarships funding research, travel and production work.

Today, Laura works in New York and across the world as an actor, producer and educator. Laura is the Executive Artistic Director of New York Theatre Experiment (NYTE), an arts organization that develops and produces new work for the theatre. Laura also oversees NYTE's innovative educational outreach program, Lift Every Voice, which offers underprivileged teens the opportunity to collaborate with professional theatre artists to write, direct and perform an evening of short original plays-- all in 24 hours!

Laura has worked extensively with both private and public school students, as a tutor and teaching artist. Laura specializes in the Humanities and Social Sciences, but has tutored a wide variety of subjects and has worked with students ranging from Kindergarten to college level. She also tutors the SAT and provides comprehensive coaching for students tackling the college admissions process.


Rosa T.
Rosa T received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in 2011. After Hurricane Sandy, she worked at a Community Center in South Brooklyn as an Immigrant Outreach Worker (Mandarin Specialist) and Housing Coordinator for two Sandy Relief Programs focusing on undocumented immigrants. For the past year she has been working as a Program Associate and UN Representative for the Tzu Chi Foundation, an International Humanitarian Non-Profit specializing in disaster relief.

In college, Rosa was a 4th grade America Reads tutor, a Project SHINE (Students Helping in the Naturalization of Elders) tutor and a peer-tutor in Mandarin. She spent a semester each at U.H. Manoa and the Prague Film School and toured Bulgaria, Corsica, and South Africa with the Village Harmony world music group.

SUBJECTS: Mandarin, Reading, Writing, Public Speaking, Philosophy, Guitar

Hilary Teeman
Hilary Teeman grew up in Los Angeles, California. As a high school student at Harvard-Westlake School, she was active in the drama department and was an editor on the school's award-winning newspaper, The Chronicle. As a senior, she won the California Young Playwright's Contest, and had her one-act play, After Angie, produced at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, CA.

Hilary attended Princeton University, where she majored in English Literature. For her senior thesis, she researched the role of subversion in the children's literature of Roald Dahl. She graduated magna cum laude, and was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. At Princeton, she served as a peer advisor in her residential college and was one of the founding members of the Organization of Women Leaders. She was also the scholarship chair of her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and a member of the Cap & Gown Club.

She has held several internships, including HBO Films, USA Today and SHAPE magazine. For two summers, she worked at Exploration Summer Programs at Wellesley College, where she served as an instructor, a residential adviser, and a residential director for the academic enrichment program for grades 8-9.

Hilary currently works as an associate editor at St. Martin's Press, a book publisher in Manhattan. Prior to joining SMP, she worked as a literary agent at Trident Media Group. Hilary works on a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books projects, including several recent New York Times bestsellers.

Her experience working with Arete has been wonderful. She enjoys coaching students to succeed and finds incredible gratification in helping her students learn to set goals and surpass them.

SUBJECTS: Literature, History (all levels), SATs (verbal, writing), Expository Writing, Study Skills.

Carling Ursem
Carling Ursem graduated valedictorian from Aliso Niguel High School in 2002, where she had been active in music through her participation in the dance team and orchestra, and was also the president of DECA, an association of marketing students. In 2006 she received a Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular Toxicology. While at UC Berkeley Carling held leadership roles in many student groups, and also participated in volunteer activities through organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Center of the East Bay, the YWCA’s Youth Mentor Program, and Children’s Hospital Oakland. In addition she performed research in the fields of neurology and genetic toxicology.

After graduation, Carling moved to Washington, DC to work at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, where she performed research in the field of computational toxicology. During this time she helped to develop a methodology for computational analysis of the adverse effects of drugs, and authored two papers on the subject.

After leaving the FDA, Carling moved to New York, where she is currently a medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. During her spare time she serves on the student council, as well as enjoys rock climbing and hiking at nearby parks.

SUBJECTS: Biology, Physics, SATI, ACT, SATII Biology, SATII Physics

Evelyn W.
Evelyn W is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Biology through the Tri-Institutional Program of Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University. Her favorite subjects to teach are Chemistry, Math, French and Tae Kwon Do. Before joining Arete, Evelyn taught chemistry labs at her alma mater, Columbia University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. When she is not in her research lab or the classroom, she can be found reading Foreign Affairs, playing the violin or admiring Goya’s paintings in the Met.

SUBJECTS: Math (AP Calculus, SAT, SAT II, ACT), Chemistry (AP, SAT II, Organic Chemistry), ACT science, French (Years 1-2)

Patricia W.
Patricia W Patricia graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. Much of her independent work focused on the interplay between race and education, as well as on the conceptions of malleable and fixed intelligence. She was inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific honor society, for her research potential and achievement. While at Princeton, she took courses ranging from Developmental Psychology to The Chemistry of Magic. Additionally, she studied abroad in Beijing, China, in an intensive, total immersion language program for Mandarin Chinese.

Throughout her life, Patricia has been very passionate about education. At Pearson Education, she helped develop a core Spanish curriculum at the university level, and enhanced the user experience for the MyLabs learning platform. While at DK Education, Patricia worked directly on designing course content for SAT, ACT, and TOEFL classes, including creation of material and syllabi.

Patricia has worked in several different tutoring capacities, from young children seeking early help to adults hoping to earn their GEDs. She has taught everything ranging from elementary education to SAT/ACT test prep. Her love of working with students and passion for education led her to the highly selective program Teach For America, where she taught in Harlem. As a corps member, she provided individualized, targeted instruction to students by examining their work and diagnosing their specific needs.

SUBJECTS: SAT, ACT, Writing, Study Skills, Math, History, English, Psychology, Mandarin Chinese

Alison Weisgall
Alison Weisgall graduated from Columbia University with a double degree in Classics and English. She wrote her thesis, "Non sum qualis eram: Man, Memory, and the Moment in Horace's Odes", under the supervision of Gareth Williams, the head of Columbia's Classics department. While an undergraduate, Alison taught Humanities, SAT prep, and acting at Summerbridge at the Town School, a program for NYC public school 7th and 8th graders. After teaching Latin and tutoring for two years in Washington, D.C., Alison returned to Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts to study with theater greats including Andrei Serban, Anne Bogart, and Kristin Linklater. She received an MFA with honors in Theater. Alison leads a supplemental education program in the city’s public schools. Alison is also a freelance editor for publications such as books, dissertations, and blog articles. A tutor with Arete since 2004, Alison has worked with students ranging from 4th graders through graduate school applicants.

SUBJECTS: Private school/college/graduate school applications, Latin, English (grammar and literature), Critical Writing (college), ISEE, SSAT, PSAT, SAT, SAT IIs (Latin, Literature, Math IC), ACT


Nora Yoo
Nora Yoo graduated magna cum laude and with honors in Architectural Studies in 2006 from Brown University, where she also completed a second concentration in Hispanic Literature and Culture. She studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain during the fall of her junior year, and while at Brown enjoyed working as a tour guide, peer advisor, and teaching assistant for survey courses in the History of Art and Architecture department. She was elected to Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, in her junior year, and to Phi Beta Kappa in her senior year. Upon graduating, Nora was awarded the Harvey A. Baker Fellowship for high scholastic standing and achievement in leadership.

Currently, Nora is a second year student in the Master of Architecture program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

SUBJECTS: English, Spanish, SAT, Study Skills and Organization


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