Our Tutors

Our tutors are top 1% test-takers who have graduated from the best schools in the country. They are SAT and ACT insiders who have been uniquely prepared to help students from all backgrounds achieve testing success.

Tom Mallon

Stanford University graduate with B.S. in Science, Technology & Society

Tom Mallon recently relocated to Boulder after graduating from Stanford University in the spring of 2014. During his matriculation at Stanford, Tom balanced his academic pursuits with the rigorous demands of Division I athletics, competing as a member of the track & field team. He graduated with a B.S. in Science, Technology & Society, a field that focuses on how social, political and cultural values affect scientific research and technological innovation, and how these, in turn, affect society, politics, and culture. Tom enjoys working with high school students to help them reach their full potential, and believes that leading by example is the best way to serve this purpose. Outside the classroom, Tom enjoys camping, climbing rocks, running, hiking, reading, studying vocabulary flashcards, and pushing himself to the limits, both mentally and physically.

Brenton Weyi

Scholar, non-profit activist and speaker of five languages.
``He got a 34 on his ACT! You are a great teacher, Brenton. Eric was lucky to have you.`` (IS, parent)

Brenton Weyi is a writer and social entrepreneur. He graduated with honors from Whitman College and earned degrees in Philosophy and History, as well as minors in math and world literature. He has several years of tutoring experience, and has always integrated academic service into his life regardless of context: from his small college campus to his time as a writer for an Asian philosophy school in Thailand. With a deep belief in the power of words and ideas, he founded a startup that works with villagers in Central Africa to create lasting change through providing microlending systems and facilitating the fair trade of resources. He has also been published in various literary journals and popular websites. He can often be found dancing through the streets of Denver.

Cecilia Cardenas-Navia

Bachelors from Yale. Masters from Cambridge. Working on PhD from Yale. 10+ years test prep experience.

J. Cecilia Cárdenas-Navia is an enthusiastic educator, having served as a Yale Young Global Scholars lead instructor and Mellon Mays / Edward A. Bouchet Undergraduate GRE Fellowship academic advisor. A native of Washington, D.C., Cecilia pursed her BA in History of Science and Medicine and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale College; thereafter she has received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge and is currently a Yale PhD candidate in History of Science. She has been tutoring high school and graduate students since 2004, and she has created test preparation coursework and taught a number of one-on-one and group classes. Whether in the arts or sciences, Cecilia is passionate about helping her students achieve their dreams. When she is not writing her dissertation on the history of the sciences of skin color, she enjoys travel, hiking, and Michael Jackson.

Khaled Allen

U. of Chicago graduate
``Khaled is a GREAT tutor and person.`` (KB, parent)

Khaled Allen graduated with an International Studies degree from the University of Chicago, where he was on the Dean’s List for all of his 8 semesters. He has since taught test prep for one year as well as tutoring English in South Korea. He is a strong advocate of the life of the mind and of the innate connection between mental and physical health. In his free time Khaled can be found blogging on any number of intriguing topics or coaching physical fitness and natural movement classes.

Michelle Sirois

USC graduate with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering.
``Clare loves Michelle!`` (KL, parent)

Michelle Sirois was born and raised in southeastern Massachusetts. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. After graduating, she spent two years working as a software engineer for various startups, writing code for web and mobile applications. She is passionate about teaching, and especially enjoys helping students in math and the sciences. Outside the classroom, she can usually be found enjoying Boulder’s scenic roads and trails on bike or foot, or hunting down the best powder to ski.

Amanda Martinez

Stanford University graduate.
``I am certain mindfish made a difference and Jude really liked Amanda. Thank you.`` (AW, parent)

Amanda Martinez is from San Jose, California and has recently graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Earth Systems, with a focus in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. She is passionate about education and has found herself in many different teaching and mentoring roles throughout high school and college, including volunteering as a mentor for various organizations that benefit children with special needs and teaching a student-initiated class at Stanford called “Grow it, Cook it, Eat it”. Amanda considers herself a math nerd and enjoys helping students to break down harder problems in a way that makes them more approachable. In her free time, she loves exploring Colorado, cuddling with her dog, Supai, cooking, doing yoga and playing guitar.

Austin Kellogg

Vanderbilt Graduate, Collegiate Athlete & Coach
``I got 400 points higher on my SAT! Austin was a great teacher.`` (DM, student)

Austin Kellogg is a basketball coach and trainer and recent transplant to Colorado. Born in Ohio, Austin graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a degree that takes 5 minutes to fully explain. A lifelong basketball player, he enjoyed stints as a collegiate athlete in Madrid, Spain, and as a practice player for both the men’s and women’s varsity teams at Vanderbilt. Austin also enjoys hiking, other sports, and mobile device arcade games. His goal is to lead by example, and is constantly pushing himself to improve both mentally and physically.

Jake Noble

Northeastern University Graduate with a double-major in Math & Physics.
``Jack enjoyed working with Jake quite a bit and raised his ACT score from a 27 to a 32.`` (SR, parent)

Jake Noble is a teacher, tennis instructor, researcher and all around great guy.  He double-majored in Math and Physics at Northeastern University, graduating with honors in 2011. Soon after graduation he worked in Cambridge, Massachusetts researching stem cells.  Jake has been tutoring and teaching for over 6 years and is passionate about education, especially math.  Jake loves to teach students of all backgrounds and also has a business teaching tennis in Denver. When the weather is nice you might see him coaching at City Park.

Emily Burgen

University of Kansas honors graduate with degrees in Mathematics & Economics

Emily Burgen graduated with honors from the University of Kansas with degrees in Mathematics and Economics. She is an experienced and powerfully effective instructor and has taught math classes at University of Kansas in addition to being a Math Teaching Fellow for the Denver Public School District. Now in her second year as a mindfish instructor, Emily also spent time as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. When she’s not working with one of her several dozen mindfish students, Emily can probably be found practicing and teaching yoga around the Denver area.

Haley Middleton

Honors graduate of Emory University, mathematician, and medical researcher.

Haley Middleton was born and raised in Georgia and graduated with honors from Emory University with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.  While at Emory, she interned at the CDC and researched the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease pathology. After graduating, she moved to Colorado and taught high school mathematics and science as a Teach For America corps member. She earned a Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from Regis University in 2013. She is an engaging and motivating instructor with extensive experience helping students reach their goals.

Brad Mewhort

Master's degree in computer science. Master of all standardized tests with 3+ years experience.

Brad Mewhort genuinely loves standardized tests and enjoys helping people do well on them. For the last three years he has worked as a boutique test prep instructor in New York City, coaching students to success on the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SAT Subject Tests. Prior to choosing to make teaching and tutoring his primary work, he spent ten years working in the software industry in sales, engineering, and management for both start-ups and multinational corporations. During his career in software, Brad gave sales presentations to executives and engineers all over the world, designed the software systems for multi-million dollar projects, and was the director of a department consisting of teams in seven countries. Brad has a master’s degree in computer science from the University of British Columbia and an undergraduate engineering degree with honors from the Royal Military College of Canada. Brad is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique, which he practices in Boulder.

Roderick O’Dorisio

Computer scientist, recipient of full-ride scholarship, Chinese speaker.
``Wow. Roderick is quite a young man. Extremely impressive.`` (DJ, parent)

Roderick O’Dorisio, a native of Golden, Colorado, is a senior at the University of Denver, set to graduate with honors in the summer of 2015. He is majoring in Computer Science with minors in Mathematics, Economics, and Chinese. He is a recipient of Colorado’s coveted Boettcher Foundation Scholarship and is actively involved on campus at DU and in the surrounding community. As a member of the Pioneer Leadership Program at DU, Roderick has established several self-sustaining volunteer programs with non-profits around the metro area, including the Gold Crown Foundation and Brookdale Senior Living Community. This past fall, Roderick studied abroad in Beijing, China in an intensive, language immersion program at Peking University. If he’s not studying or playing classical piano, you can find him up in the mountains fishing, hunting, hiking 14ers, 4-wheeling, wingsuit flying, etc.