David Blobaum | Co-Founder & Co-Owner
David Blobaum graduated from the University of Chicago with honors both from the college and in his major, and he received his Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. In college, he took seriously the University of Chicago’s aim of a “Renaissance” or well-rounded education and took courses in 17 different disciplines, ranging from Statistics and Economics to Philosophy and Art History. Since then, he has devoted himself to helping students reach their potential on the SAT and ACT and, more broadly, to help them succeed through education. David is a consultant to schools on SAT/ACT best practices, continually curates and updates Summit Prep’s curriculum, personally trains each Summit Prep tutor one-on-one, and tutors a select few students himself. David not only teaches students the necessary subject matter but also motivates them to continually strive towards their potential.
You can find two interviews of David here:
- “How to Thrive in Quarantine” portion of an episode on the Earn and Invest podcast
- “Why the SAT and ACT are Awesome” on the Tests and the Rest podcast
Eva Addae | Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Eva Addae is a Partner at Summit Prep LLC and a graduate from the University of Chicago. Following some time in the corporate world, she discovered her passion for teaching when she led a few local students in achieving incredible success on their SATs & ACTs. Dissatisfied with the “one size fits all” approach to tutoring, Eva set out to create modern teaching methodologies, techniques and motivating systems that reflect the same process. Along with her business partner, David, they developed the company’s Adaptive Learning Indexes from over 20 years of past SATs & ACTs. Her personal philosophy is “only by knowing how one learns can knowledge be imbued and the joy of education discovered.”
You can find an interview with Eva here:
- “The SAT, ACT, and the Case for Equity” on the Tests and the Rest podcast
- “The Whole Person” on the Let’s Figure It Out podcast
Ryan | Director of Education
Ryan is our Director of Education. After scoring a 36 on the ACT and a 2370 (out of 2400) on the SAT in 10th grade, Ryan went from being a recruited athlete to starting a volunteer tutoring network for athletes. After graduating from the University of Scranton with a BA in History, a BS in Secondary Education, and minors in Mathematics, Literature and Philosophy, Ryan worked in the public school system (PA and NYC) for 6 years teaching AP Histories, English (Lit/Lang), Econ, and Psych. For the past fifteen years, he has had one simple goal: each student walks away knowing he or she can surpass any limit. Whether teaching Math, Science, or English, Ryan will always employ the most personalized approach he can, with a firm belief that every student is fundamentally different and therefore deserves different approaches.
Charles | Executive Educational Consultant
Charles attended Baylor University as a National Merit Scholar for his undergraduate degree, where he studied mathematics, physics, and languages. After graduating, he completed a Master of Studies in Theology (Science and Religion) at the University of Oxford, and then studied for a Master of Science in theoretical physics at Imperial College London.
In high school, Charles scored 1590 on the SAT, a 35 on the ACT, and 750+ on five SAT subject tests. He also took 15 AP exams and scored a 5 in every non-foreign language subject.
It might be shorter to list what he does not tutor for than what he does, but, an abbreviated list of what he tutors for includes the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and virtually any level of Math and Physics. When not working, Charles enjoys board games, playing guitar, reading, writing, and competitive powerlifting, having previously represented the University of Oxford at the Second World University Powerlifting Cup and competed in the British National Bench Press Championships.
Charles firmly believes that any subject can be easy if made interesting and taught well, and he endeavors to always make this the case.
Andrea | Personal Growth Coach
Andrea Reiter, LSW graduated from Boston University in the College of Arts & Sciences and received her Master of Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. With over twenty years of experience working in private practice (first as a psychotherapist and then as a personal growth coach and school counselor), Andrea has dedicated her professional life to helping others live better lives.
Combining her work experiences and education, Andrea is Summit Prep’s dedicated Personal Growth Coach. She helps students develop and focus on their goals and achieve the results they’re striving for so that their stress is diminished, the pressure they feel becomes more manageable, and they can grow the ability to make healthy choices to help them succeed in life.
With a daughter at Washington University in St. Louis, Andrea has recent relatable personal experience helping to guide a teen through the trials and tribulations of adolescence, as well as sharing in her personal growth and triumphs along the way.
Victor | Educational Consultant
Victor holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University, an M.S. in Operations Research from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Cornell University. He has more than thirty years of experience in the Financial Services industry, most significantly in Risk Management, Capital Management, and Investment Analytics. Two years ago Victor co-founded a consulting company which focuses on applications of machine learning to financial decision making.
Over the last ten years, Victor spent a chunk of his limited free time helping his daughters navigate the complexities of High School AP Science courses, Ivy League admissions, and college Applied Mathematics majors. Helping young minds discover new analytical skills is something he has enjoyed very much, and this led to his involvement with Summit Prep.
Victor was President of the Princeton Club on Northwestern New Jersey from 2011 to 2014 and was a member of the UC Berkeley Masters in Financial Engineering Steering Committee from 2004 to 2017.
Pauline (Polly) | Educational Consultant
Meredith | Educational Consultant
Meredith graduated from Ithaca College with a BA in Environmental Studies and concentrations in Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, and Land Management. Her passion for teaching began at age 14 when she provided phonics and math tutoring for families within her community. Since then, her love of teaching has only grown exponentially and she has been a specialized standardized test tutor since 2015. She continues to find approaches to best fit the needs of every student: delivering positive, analytical, and impactful sessions so that students can reach their full potential. When she is not at Summit Prep, Meredith enjoys reading, singing, and dancing.
Kristen | Educational Consultant
Kristen graduated with high honors from the University of Scranton. She holds a B.S. in Biology, as well as minors in Biochemistry and Psychology. Throughout her educational career, Kristen pursued her passion for helping students succeed through working as a peer tutor and private instructor. She is devoted to encouraging students to believe in themselves, their abilities, and their infinite capability to improve. She believes that a successful student blooms from a confident, supported student.
Kristen tutors all sections of the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and HSPT, in addition to the Biology SAT Subject Test, AP Biology Exam, and AP Psychology Exam. She can also tutor students in Mathematics (up to Pre-calculus), all biology courses, psychology, writing, and all K-8 subjects. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling, crafting, solving all types of puzzles, and reading.
Vincent | Educational Consultant
Vincent is a Yale graduate and holds a Ph.D in Mathematics from Stony Brook University. He has done research in Mathematics and Machine Learning (Artificial Intelligence).
He has been teaching and tutoring in Mathematics and the Sciences since he was young. When working one-on-one, he takes the time to get to know each student and is then quickly able to explain topics in ways most suited to each person. He reinforces explanations through repetition and shows students alternative methods to solve each question in order to add to their knowledge base of strategies and techniques. When it comes to preparing students for standardized exams, he additionally teaches students how to find answers quickly yet calmly.
Vincent enjoys running and cycling, has competed at the National level in these sports, and also currently serves as a health and fitness coach.
Keith | Educational Consultant
Keith graduated cum laude from Bentley University with a BS in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Finance. It was there that he first started tutoring mathematics. After spending a year working for a local Montessori School, he moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he received a Master’s Degree in Economics from UNC. After finishing his studies at UNC, Keith worked as a tutor in Chapel Hill for the next six years. He worked as both a private tutor, for Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, and for the athletic department as an Economics tutor for over a hundred UNC athletes (Go Heels!). Helping each student achieve his or her individual goals has always been Keith’s focus in tutoring. He knows every student is different in their approach to not only the subject material but life itself.
Kyosuke | Educational Consultant
Kyosuke graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Mathematics and a concentration in Physics. Before coming to Summit Prep, he worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate physics, tutored at inner city schools for standardized tests, and created an ACT prep course.
Kyosuke discovered his passion for teaching early in high school when he began tutoring middle schoolers that were struggling with math. He was surprised to find out that these students’ difficulties had nothing to do with the subject and everything to do with the often unintuitive methods they were taught in class. Since then, he has loved helping students discover their personal approach to problem solving. When preparing students for standardized tests, he places additional emphasis on efficient problem solving and time management.
In his free time, Kyosuke enjoys playing soccer, reading about science, and finding investment opportunities.
Monica | Educational Consultant
Monica graduated summa cum laude from the University of Scranton with a B.S in Biology, as well as minors in Biochemistry and Spanish. During her time at Scranton she worked as a tutor for three years in Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry. She is eager to help her students with a personal and individualized approach as she encourages all styles of learning. Her focus in tutoring is not only to help students achieve their goals, but to build their confidence in the process. She believes that with a good work ethic, trust, and empathy she can help her students maximize their potential. In her free time, Monica enjoys running, playing soccer, and volunteering at her local hospital.
Nicholas | Educational Consultant
Nicholas is a current fourth year medical student at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. He graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.S. in Chemistry and took numerous Mathematic courses as well. While at Muhlenberg, he was a tutor in all the pre-med courses, including Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Statistics. Due to his grades and accomplishments, he was accepted to 11 medical schools upon graduation and also was able to attend his top choice. Nick has the philosophy that anything is possible by working hard enough for it. He has used this philosophy his entire academic career and hopes to take that mentality in his pursuit of becoming an interventional cardiologist. He is confident he can relay that message to his students and show them that they can achieve their goal score by working for it.
Nick tutors for SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, Delbarton exam, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, Calculus I, Calculus II, any Algebra-based mathematics, and, of course, the MCAT. He enjoys golf, educating himself on investment trading, and Penn State sports.
Ariadna | Educational Consultant
Ariadna (known as Ari by her friends and family) is a native Spanish speaker and resident of the state of Delaware who grew up in Panama. Before moving to the United States, she attended a bilingual elementary and high school and later graduated from La Universidad Nacional de Panama with a degree in English as a Foreign Language and a minor in Education. After her arrival to the States, she obtained an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction at Delaware State University and completed 45+ Education Leadership credits at the University of Delaware.
Ari brings to Summit Prep 20+ years of experience in the field of Education. She started as an ESL teacher and Spanish teacher, then went into administration to become an English as a Second Language program manager, and eventually became an Elementary School Principal of a Dual Language Immersion Program for the Red Clay Consolidated School District in Delaware.
Today, Ari is enjoying her semi-retirement. She loves traveling to Panama to visit family and friends, cooking, reading, doing puzzles, physical exercise, and assisting with translations as needed for community activities. Her passion is languages, and she believes the more you know the merrier. Ari is a believer that everyone should be given the opportunity to learn another language and culture. For her, this is the best way to become a better US and global citizen.
Jeanne | Educational Consultant
With over two decades of experience in education, Jeanne Lucas is a vetted standardized testing expert. Jeanne holds two Bachelor’s degrees in education from Capital University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. As a full-time classroom teacher, she instructed teens in many different venues, including a suburban, private, Catholic high school; an urban, private, alternative high school; and a diverse, inner-city public high school. She also served as an adjunct English instructor and tutor at Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College. In 2003, she began tutoring SAT students and found a love for her truest and best calling: one-on-one tutoring.
Jeanne strongly believes in a growth mindset for both herself and her students. Helping learners of all ages and skill levels reach or surpass their goals is her most important priority. Her elephantine memory and penchant for self-deprecation lead to easy rapport with both students and parents. Loving the chance to make connections with both high-schoolers and younger students, Jeanne tutors all subjects of the ACT, SAT, PSAT, ISEE, and HSPT.
Jennifer | Educational Consultant
Jennifer teaches World Literature, Creative Writing, and College Composition at Kean and Monmouth University. She’s also a published poet and is currently working on a chapbook titled, “Bodily.” As a private tutor for nearly a decade, Jennifer helps her students feel confident in both the written and spoken word so they can succeed in their future endeavors. She believes communication is the key to success.