At Studyworks, we pride ourselves on hiring the best of the best. A majority of our teachers are full-time educators or business professionals who have a knack for working with students. We employ dynamic teachers who can not only educate, but also entertain.
After going through multiple interviews and background checks, Studyworks teachers receive extensive test prep training. Teachers learn our time-tested curriculum by going through our four-week training program. Our teachers understand the most common mistakes students make on standardized tests and how to avoid the test makers tricks and traps.
Most "school programs" simply hire Math teachers to teach the math subjects and English teachers to teach the verbal subjects, but at Studyworks our teachers focus on test prep strategies that aren't taught in your typical high school classes.
All Studyworks teachers hold a Bachelors degree or higher and have previous teaching experience at either the k-12 or college levels. A majority of teachers hold Masters degrees or higher; we seek experienced teachers and therefore do not hire college students.
MICHELLE SENKMichelle has been teaching SAT and ACT prep for the past 7 years. She is comfortable with all aspects of each test. She is comfortable teaching students privately as well as in a classroom or small group environment. Michelle has a Masters degree in Computer Science from Villanova University and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Drexel University. Prior to starting a family and discovering a talent for standardized tests, Michelle worked in the corporate world, designing and developing large system software for multiple clients. Many of the skills needed to adequately design software transfer to decoding and negotiating standardized tests. Michelle routinely takes the SAT and ACT to ensure that she stays in touch with the experiences of her students.Click here for student comments.
MICHELE DAVIDSONMichele started as a tutor at Studyworks after practicing law in Philadelphia for over ten years. She is currently employed by Wissahickon School District as a special education teacher. Ms. Davidson received undergraduate degree in Journalism from Temple University in 1992, and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She was awarded a master's degree in Education from Temple University in 2012. Click here for student comments.
AUSTIN HALLAustin graduated from Temple University with a BA in Economics and received a MBA in Management from La Salle University. Austin worked in the college admissions field for over 10 years and has volunteered as a tutor for SAT test preparation programs for Philadelphia public and parochial students for 7 years. Austin's personal mantra to his students, "Let me help you get to where you want to be". He is an avid Philly sports fan and computer geek, who loves spending free time with family and friends. Click here for student comments.
TRAN CHAUcoming soon. Click here for student comments.
GRAHAM PHILLIPScoming soon. Click here for student comments.
LYNETTE WASHINGTONLynnette is a High School Math teacher, she currently teaches at Camden High School in Camden, NJ. She enjoys incorporating technology into her subject matter especially using the Graphing Calculator and the Geometer's Sketchpad. Lynnette has been in the field of education for over 15 years and holds a Master's Degree in Education Administration from Rider University and has a B.S. in Actuarial Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Click here for student comments.
MICHELLE CHECCHIAMichelle has been in the education field for many years. She graduated with Division Honors from the Education Department from Holy Family College. She then received her Master of Education in general education from Holy Family University. Michelle also has a minor in Business Education. Michelle has an extensive background with SAT prep. She has taught classes of SAT prep at a local Community College. She has worked for agencies providing classes and private tutoring, and has an excellent success rate. Being in the education field has brought Michelle to many different areas in the education field. She was a middle school teacher for many years. She has also worked for ETS (Educational Testing Service) for the last five years as a reader and scorer of teachers’ praxis exams. (These are tests that teachers need to pass in order to receive their certifications.)Michelle also teaches English as a Second language to employees at various businesses in the Philadelphia and Bucks county areas. Teaching is Michelle’s passion. She makes learning fun and relevant. Her enthusiasm makes the time go by very quickly for her and her students. Click here for student comments.
TRACI CONNAUGHTONTraci is an experienced tutor with a background in SAT test prep, K-12 remedial reading and math, writing skills, and study skills. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from The College of New Jersey, as well as an M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Traci has worked in the non-profit field for the past five years as a fundraiser and marketer, and owns and operates a theater company. Click here for student comments.
BOBBIE DOWNSBobbie is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Drew University. She also graduated summa cum laude from Drew in 2007 with her B.A. in Political Science. She recently spent a year as a teacher and administrator Sudanese refugee school in Cairo, Egypt. It was during her time there that she decided to pursue teaching rather than attending law school as originally planned. Bobbie is a member of Phi Beta Kappa as well as national honor societies for Political Science and German. She hopes to be a high school social studies teacher and plans on becoming involved in urban education policy. She enjoys volunteering and traveling. Click here for student comments.
MICHELLE PATRUNO-BLUMERMichelle received a BA from Penn State University with a major in Advertising/Communications and a minor in Italian. She received her MA from the University of Texas with a major in Comparative literature. She has also completed her PhD course work in Italian Literature at New York University. Michelle has taught college level English and Italian courses for the past 14 years at various institutions including Bryn Mawr College, St. Joseph’s University, Community College of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania and New York University. She has also presented research papers at various graduate conferences. Click here for student comments.
JEFF KOEHNJeff Koehn was one of the original hires when Studyworks first opened its doors in the Philadelphia area in Jan. 1999. He quickly become a favorite of our Mt. Laurel students. Now in his seventh year, he continues to dazzle his classes with his quick wit and sharp teaching skills. Jeff graduated with honors from Mississippi State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. When Jeff is not teaching for Studyworks, he is traveling the world for his day job as an engineer for a major oil company. Click here for student comments.
DHAVAL GOSALIAcoming soon. Click here for student comments.
CATHY KILLIANCathy is an experienced educator with a career background that includes classroom teaching, textbook editing, SAT test preparation, and engineering. She holds a BS from Villanova University in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, and earned her Masters degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts. Cathy started her career as a traffic engineer in the State of NJ. She subsequently took a position editing math textbooks for the Houghton-Mifflin Company in Boston and went back to school at night to earn her Masters in Education. After graduating, she went on to teach math at the junior high level. Cathy is currently a certified teacher in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. When her first child was born, she stopped teaching full time and started teaching for Studyworks, where she has been working since January 2004. Click here for student comments.
C. M.C.M. has been tutoring students in various subjects since his high school days back in the 1980's. He graduated in the top of his class at Bishop Kenrick High School in Norristown, PA and it earned him a full academic scholarship to LaSalle University, from which he graduated with honors in 1992. During his college years, he worked as an academic tutor for the Athletic Department. After graduation, C.M. went to Japan as a native English-speaking teacher for the JET Programme, a highly competitive assignment that is the only program of its kind actually sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education. While there, he served both as a cultural representative and a full-time language instructor. C.M. taught daily in a rural middle school and also organized adult evening classes. Upon his return to the US, he continued to be active as an academic tutor. While not a current member, C.M. previously met all qualifications for Mensa membership. C.M. has been teaching tactics and strategies for the SAT since February 2002. He’s tutored hundreds of students in both classroom and individual settings with fantastic results. He is consistently able to raise students' scores on any 800-point section by 50 to 100 points, depending mostly on the motivation of the student in question. Some dedicated students have improved their scores beyond this range. Click here for student comments.
ALEXIS MARCHIO STUMMAlexis graduated from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and a minor in French. During her undergraduate years, she spent spent time studying in both England and France. After college, she earned a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law. It was during her years as a law student that she caught the "teaching bug." Currently, she works as an attorney barred in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She truly enjoys working with high school students and prides herself in her ability to relate to them. In addition to tutoring and teaching for Studyworks, she also choreographs her former high school's annual spring musicals. Click here for student comments.
CHRIS KEARNEYcoming soon. Click her for student comments.
SHANNON MCCLAYShannon is a graduate of the University of Delaware and is certified to teach English in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. She currently teaches English, journalism, and a college preparatory class at a public high school in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Shannon has an extensive reading, writing, and editing background. She has edited newspapers in high school and college. She has taught both writing and literature intensive courses, and British and American Literature. Aside from having a great deal of experience tutoring, Shannon is an excellent test taker and writer, which is an asset when tutoring for the SAT. As a senior in high school, Shannon scored a 670/800 on the math portion of the SAT and a 770/800 on the reading portion. She also scored a 5/5 on the AP English Literature exam and was named an AP Scholar with Honor, which means that she scored over a 3.25 average (my actual average was a 3.75) and scored at least a 3/5 on four or more exams. The other exams that she took were AP Biology, US Government, and US History. These exams, unlike the SAT, are predominately essay writing. Shannon has also prepped students for the DSTP (which is the Delaware State standardized test) and for the PSSA exam (which is the Pennsylvania standardized test). These tests, at the high school level, are very similar to the SATs. Click here for student comments.
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