Our elite tutoring team specializes in one-on-one academic coaching, personal coaching, test prep, and college consulting. Our tutors go through the most rigorous tutor training program – learning how to be charismatic, enthusiastic, and patient with our students. Some of them have completed over 2,000 hours of tutoring. We believe in making sure our tutors are mentors and can relate with your child to inspire them to succeed in school! We also believe in making sure your child is in a safe and protected environment, and have performed a detailed background check on ALL of our tutors.
Various Team Members Have Had These Qualifications:
- Have attended Harvard
- Have attended top 10 schools across the country
- Top 10% at Episcopal High School
- Graduates of St. Johns School
- All Honors and AP at Episcopal High School
- Graduates of River Oaks Baptist School
- Graduates of University of Texas at Austin Plan II Honors Program
- Graduates of Rice University
- Graduates of Rice University Business School
- Graduates of Baylor College of Medicine
- Entrepreneurs with “get it done” attitude
- Commencement speakers at their high school graduations
- Have helped students get into top colleges through our college admissions program process
- Have helped students raise grades from D to A+
- Have helped students on academic probation
- Have helped students who left school for long periods of time
…and more! Our team has seen it, and done it all. We want to make it easier for parents to enjoy their kids and enjoy family time, rather than trying to be experts at every aspect of their child’s educational career.
Meet Our Team
The greatest team in the whole world
Founder & CEO
Head of Client Happiness
Amanda is our client specialist that helps to enroll and onboard our newest clients. She manages all of the scheduling to ensure any customer service issues are handled immediately. She also makes sure to answer any questions regarding billing and is here to make sure our clients are extremely happy with our services.
Vice President of Sales
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Noah comes from Johns Hopkins and is originally from New York City. He graduated in the top 5% of his class and has helped numerous students get into top Ivy League schools. Just a bit about Noah’s passions, he was Captain of the Debate Team, where he was the top scoring competitor in the State Debate League, President of Model UN Club, Secretary and co-Founder of Quiz Bowl, and a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar. Noah knows exactly what it takes to get into a top university and loves mentoring students. He also helps students achieve incredible scores academically, on the SAT and ACT, and inevitably get into the best colleges.
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Ivy League Consultant and Tutor
Dominic comes from Cornell University and has extensive work experience at other college admissions agencies. In addition, he has worked for Senator Cory Booker and high-profile campaigns such as the 5th Congressional District races in 2014 and 2016. He has interned at Parano and Associates, a political consulting firm, as the Deputy Millennial Outreach and Intern Program Director. Dominic combines his political experiences with an out of the box approach to work with college applicants on presenting themselves in the best light. He knows what it takes to get into Ivy League level institutions and achieve the best grades in a myriad of subjects, SAT and ACT scores, and shine in the application process.
Chief Technology Officer
Cecile is the CTO of College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors. A ninja at anything development related, she has helped to develop our website, online courses, and any page that you see on this very site. She brings over 10 years of experience to our team, and serves as a front end and back end developer for sites that helps to ensure College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors is effectively serving our audience. She creates elegant and original designs, writes code, and offers the highest quality in customer support.
Head of Online Marketing
Brice has worked over the last ten years in helping to create brand awareness and engagement. Brice specializes in helping College Shortcuts reach over 1 million parents online every year. After creating his own successful online business, he discovered the power of online advertising and marketing.
Natalie is a Literature and Writing graduate with further work towards her Master’s in Education. Natalie has taught all ages of students, but prefers to work with high schoolers. She finds her true passions to lie in the art of working with the written word. Natalie is a native Californian, but has studied abroad in Oxford, England and Hawaii. Natalie has edited over 1,000 essays and is extremely detailed in her work. She has helped numerous students get into over 200 colleges over the last few years. She believes that all students can get in with the right editor by their side.
The most world-renowned writers have editors, so why would you send off your college essays without one? Susanne, a former middle, high school and college teacher in a New York City and south Florida, earned a master’s degree from New York University in education and creative writing. Believing that the importance of a well-written essay, a student’s one and only chance to come off the page as more than test scores and resumes, often brews unnecessary pressure; Susanne relishes the chance to bring peace to the world by alleviating some of the college application stresses.
Public Relations and Media Specialist
Natasha is our public relations specialist who keeps in contact with media, speaking engagements, and the press. She has written globally for top newspapers, Forbes, and much more. She has gotten us featured in major publications, podcasts, and helps to build our brand awareness globally from America, Europe, Central America, and Asia. People and their stories have always been her biggest passion. She loves to facilitate meaningful connections and enjoys the look of confidence and excitement in people eyes when their story is heard by the right people.
Head of Social Media
April manages the College Shortcuts and Elite Private Tutors website and social media pages, ensuring that fresh and highly informative content is curated properly to reach our huge community. She ensures the we keep proper interaction with our online followers and sees to it that updates are made regularly. April is greatly passionate about the team’s advocacy to guide and help parents and children in acquiring the best education possible as she herself values it very much. If you see comments on our social media pages – it is her focusing on helping parents and students in achieving their dreams.
Palvasha recently graduated from Rice University with a degree in Economics and will be attending medical school in the fall. Originally from Midland, Texas, she was actively involved in Speech and Debate, played the violin and piano, and volunteered at a children’s grief center and local hospital. While at Rice, Palvasha had been actively involved in education improvement, having served as a teaching assistant for General Chemistry and Neuroscience courses and as a representative on the Committee for Undergraduate Curriculum. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Houston restaurant scene, connecting with friends, painting, and traveling. She looks forward to serving others as both a tutor and future physician!
Dr. Loretta is an experienced science educator and enjoys teaching a vast number of science courses. While at Texas Southern University she was an Instructor and worked in the Department of Biology and Chemistry as an Independent Teaching assistant. She taught Human Anatomy and Physiology to students of Pre-med/Pre- Pharm, as well as Pre-nursing and other health tracks, and also taught general chemistry. Currently she is an Adjunct Faculty in the Dept. of Biology at Lone Star College teaching Environmental Science and a Faculty Tutor at Houston Community College tutoring all biology related subjects. She has been educating for almost 5 years now and believes that everyone has some greatness within and just needs some guidance.
Al is passionate about math and science and attended both Yates and Debakey High School for Health Professions. Loving majored in Biology, he is obsessed with teaching math and science to students. In high school, he played basketball, football, baseball and ran track as well and before sports, Al played the violin in middle school. In high school, he received numerous academic awards from the city of Houston including student of the year at DeBakey HSHP. He also earned athletic awards in high school. In college, he received the president’s/ dean’s list certificates and awards within the honors college.
Azra received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Houston and is currently enrolled in a dental hygiene program. She aspires to ultimately become a cosmetic dentist. As a graduate of DeBakey High School for Health Professions, she has a strong foundation in both math and science. Her family has always encouraged her towards a future in medicine, causing her to truly value the minds built by education. Her background in tutoring is rooted in teaching her younger sister–younger by 11 years– throughout her grade school career and continues to tutor her during her current semester at University of Houston. Azra is working towards a future of creating smiles and hopes she can create a few now by helping students achieve their fullest potentials.
Coach Cierra attended a magnet high school which taught her to always strive for academic excellence. She received two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, one in Art History and the other in Spanish. In May 2017, Cierra graduated from the University of Houston with a Master’s degree in Art History. During her graduate tenure, Ciera ran a writing mentoring program for the School of Art. She worked with hundreds of students on their term papers, largely focusing on strength of argument (thesis) and related support, research and citations, as well as general stylistic and grammar points. Cierra loves helping students develop an idea into a successful research paper.
Alley is a graduate of Rice University, London School of Economics, and Columbia University. She absolutely loves education is very passionate about helping kids achieve their dreams. If there is anyone that is a cool, hip, nerd, it is Alley. Alley loves to work with kids and mentor them. Her favorite subjects include Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and English. She loves to mentor students and also help them in their college admissions process. She has two sisters and a cute dog named Brooklyn.
Daniel comes from Rice University and specializes in Education. Daniel is passionate about teaching Math and English, hoping to become a professional educator after graduating college. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he spent high school as a national Academic Decathlon champion and an amateur boxer. He has also excelled in co-curricular academics, earning perfect scores on the SAT and SAT II tests. At Rice, Daniel serves as a student coordinator for Camp Kesem, a non-profit that serves children whose families are affected by cancer, and teaches a course on the history of hip hop.
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