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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:

 

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. A decade and hundreds of students later, she proudly boasts an average score increase of 8 points on the ACT and 220 points on the SAT. 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:

 

Marci | Director of College Counseling

After a 10 year career as an attorney, Marci felt she belonged in the world of education, so she earned an ED.M in special education from Rutgers University and taught for 8 years. Then, as her own children were finalizing the college process, she began her counseling degree at Columbia University Teachers College and became a licensed school counselor. College counseling is a labor of love for Marci; she enjoys working with students and families to help them both understand and master the process but at the same time works to help each student uncover their individuality, identify their gifts, and showcase those in both the application and interview stage. Ideally, the process begins in the early high school years, at which time she can best help students plan and position their high school journey to prepare them for college and to stand-out to college admission officers. Her expertise extends beyond simply the applications and essay: she can also help equip students with summer programs, internships, community service, and career shadowing. Every person has a unique story; Marci helps students develop and tell theirs.

 

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.

 

Ryan | Director of Education

Ryan is our Director of Education.  He graduated from the University of Scranton with a BA in History, BS in Secondary Education, and minors in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Literature. His lifelong passion for tutoring started when he was 15, helping fellow students improve grades and test scores. For the past fourteen years, he has had one simple goal: each student walks away knowing he or she can improve. 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. The one firm belief, or essential truth, is that the first step is to face the challenge. Learning to conquer the challenging class, test, or essay is a life lesson that can and should be applied to any and all aspects. Ryan’s goal is to be the one to walk you through the challenges, to better equip any student for his or her future. When he is not watching the Mets lose, Ryan spends his time drawing, reading, or in the deep depths of Netflix.

 

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 | Educational Consultant

Polly is a St. Elizabeth University alum with a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Education. From a family full of educators, Polly developed a love for learning and teaching early on: in high school, after volunteering to help a fourth grade student once a week, she realized the importance of individualized learning.
 
From there, her love of mathematics and problem solving thrived. For over ten years, she has specialized in personalized education using the ideas of philosophers, including Nel Noddings, bell hooks, and Maria Montessori. Her goal: to not only have the student understand the subject, but understand why they need to know the subject. A student who cares is a student who learns.
 
Polly’s vocational journey includes working as an educator for special needs, a classroom teacher for middle school, a supplemental instructor for high schools, and an education coordinator for the Florida State Parks. Her experience with a wide age range of students has molded her own educational philosophy about the importance of the individual.
 
Although her first love is math, Polly also enjoys teaching computer science, art history, statistics, and all things with standardized testing. She wants each and every student to learn to be confident in themselves. She will be with you every step of the way, not only teaching content but also instructing skills that will help in and out of the classroom. She will not hesitate to optimize your learning experience.
 
 
 

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.

 

Charles | 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.

He has worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate physics, a high school substitute teacher, an SAT/ACT seminar instructor, and a personal tutor. When not working or studying, 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.

 

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. 

Kyra | Educational Consultant

Kyra graduated as valedictorian from the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences with a BS in Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior and a minor in Philosophy. Throughout high school and college, she worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for a wide range of subjects, including chemistry, environmental law, biology, math, political science, and psychology. Her favorite aspect of teaching is helping others enjoy the what she loves most – learning. She believes that learning should be fun and exciting, even when the material is tough.  In her free time, Kyra likes to knit, read about environmental justice and urban planning, draw, and go for hikes.

Kyosuke | Educational Consultant

Kyosuke Mitsuishi 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.

 

Jack | Educational Consultant

Jack is a rising sophomore at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. In all three rounds of Summit Prep’s interview process, we were so impressed by him that he became the only tutor hired while still in college; he is on par with the most seasoned tutoring professionals. Both his poise and empathy make students gravitate toward him and look forward to their tutoring sessions.

Prior to joining Summit Prep, Jack gained experience in education through two summers of teaching students computer science & programming. He is trained in Servant Leadership through Boston College’s Jenks Leadership program. While pursuing a degree in Finance and Business Analytics, Jack has developed a passion for a wide range of subjects from statistics to philosophy.

Jack was first introduced to Summit Prep as a student during his junior year at Pingry. Having been on the other side of our services, he has a fresh perspective on the college admissions process and how to best prepare today’s students. In one-on-one sessions, Jack values a personal connection with his students, allowing him to cater the experience to that student’s character and educational needs.

In his spare time, Jack enjoys golfing, skiing, and keeping up with the stock market. He helps guide his students through their most formative years while helping them achieve their goal score.

 

Daniel | Educational Consultant

A National Merit Semifinalist in high school who achieved a top 1% score on the SAT as well, Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Outside of academics, he worked as a tutor and was blessed with the opportunity to represent Scranton on the wrestling mat. It was the combination of tutoring and leadership within athletics that led him to discover a passion for guiding others to success. As a former NCAA athlete, 3x NWCA Academic All-American and President of The HKN Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Dan has a unique and thorough understanding of what it takes to craft and enjoy a rewarding athletic college career. Consequently, he will go above and beyond to ensure his students can do the same.

Dan tutors any level of Mathematics, from Pre-Algebra through multivariate calculus, as well as Physics and American History. He believes that learning is just as much about the journey as it is the destination. As such, Dan strives to make the tutoring process not just educational but engaging, personal, and enjoyable. In his free time, he reads non-fiction and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

 

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.