Melissa is the author of the The Princeton Review's ACT Manual and the editor of The Princeton Review's 1,296 Practice ACT Questions , published by Random House in 2009. Melissa has taught for The Princeton Review since 1994 and also tutors high school students in the Chicagoland area. She has trained new teachers and certified Master Trainers throughout the United States and in our international offices. Melissa tutors for the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and SAT Subject Tests in Math (Levels 1 and 2), US History, and Literature. Melissa has helped students earn National Merit Scholar semi-finalist ranks and she's helped hundreds of students earn entry to their colleges of choice.
Melissa is a Premier Tutor of ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and SAT Subject Tests in Math (Levels 1 and 2), US History, and Literature.
New York City
A teacher, trainer, and admissions counselor for the last decade, John recently served as the National Content Director of Tutoring. In this capacity, he trained hundreds of teachers and tutors across the country and edited and wrote content for nine of the Princeton Review’s books. He frequently organizes seminars on college admissions and has worked as an admissions counselor for students in the New York, Chicago, and London metro areas. John has also worked with hundreds of underprivileged students in New York through the TEAK Fellowship and the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation's program at the Princeton Review.
Outside of the Princeton Review, John is a professional historian, finishing his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, where he has earned a Fulbright grant to Spain, won awards for his undergraduate teaching, and organized a major international conference on Spanish and Latin American history. He has previously worked as a financial analyst for Deutsche Bank and as a technician in a biology lab at New York University.
John is a Premier Tutor of ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, PSAT, TOEFL, SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT Verbal, SAT Subject Tests (Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Spanish, French, Latin, Biology, Literature, U.S. History, and World History), and AP Tests (English Language, English Literature, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History, World History, European History, Art History, Biology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, and Latin). He works as a college and graduate school admissions counselor and often tutors in academic subjects, especially math, writing, history, and foreign languages.
Chris has had a life-long love of both teaching and learning and currently has Texas teaching certificates in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Math. During the first 10 years of his teaching career, he taught a wide-range of subjects during the day but discovered his love of standardized test preparation working as a GED instructor in the evenings. After developing a very successful (but piecemeal) SAT prep course for his own students and completing his Master’s degree, he decided to pursue new challenges in test-prep and joined The Princeton Review in 2006. In 2011, after two years as a high school “College and Career Coach”, Chris decided to stop working in the public school system so that he could focus exclusively on test prep—and he could not be happier.
Chris often gets perfect evaluations from his students in both his classes and tutoring. Although he lives in Fort Worth, Texas, he works extensively with students all over the world via the wonder of Online Learning.
Chris is a Premier Tutor for the PSAT, SAT, ACT and various SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams.
James is the Tutoring Manager for The Princeton Review Boston office. Before moving to New England, he taught and tutored in Atlanta, South Korea, San Francisco, and New York City. He is a former National Teacher of the Year for The Princeton Review and has written material for The Princeton Review’s course manuals and retail publications, including the SAT manual. James taught in the History and Literature Honors Program and Freshman Seminar program at Harvard University for three years, where he won three teaching awards. He has published in The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Paris Review, Esquire, The Atlantic, and other magazines.
James is a Premier Tutor for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams and Academic Writing.
Paige began working with The Princeton Review as an ACT Teacher in 2010. While building her foundations with the company, Paige also taught French in a nearby public school. In addition to classroom courses, Paige tutors and teaches online courses for the company. She has also been nominated for The Princeton Review’s In Blog as one of Louisiana’s Top Five teachers. As ACT Master Trainer, Paige trains new teachers how to effectively teach ACT content and strategy. As the full-time Teacher Manager, she provides further development and support for new teachers for The Princeton Review of Louisiana.
Because she loves to learn new things and meet new people, Paige thoroughly enjoyed her academic studies at Louisiana State University while getting involved with her campus community. In 2006, she founded an organization in her residential community that gathers baby item donations for HIV-positive mothers in the Baton Rouge area. In 2007, Paige organized an online community to help raise awareness for a fellow student with leukemia, ultimately convincing the student’s insurance company to finance a life-saving medical procedure. Paige thrives on challenging learning environments and creative leadership opportunities.
In her leisure time, Paige enjoys practicing art and dance. Her interests include traveling, listening to music, and studying other cultures and languages. She hopes to one day join the Peace Corps and teach children in an underdeveloped country.
Paige is a Master Tutor for the ACT, SAT, PSAT, GRE and MCAT Verbal.
Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley
Alex was originally based out of our New York City office, where she also worked with our Research and Development Department writing our materials. Alex believes that a tutor is a combination of teacher and therapist. Her particular tutoring gift is that she can not only teach a student what he needs but also look beyond to see how the student learns, and have the flexibility to adjust to how he learns. For academic students, the problem is often that the communication between teacher and student is lacking. She acts as a bridge between how a student learns and how his teacher teaches. For test prep, she uses these techniques, but it's more about how a student approaches a test than how a student actually processes information. What she loves most is connecting with students and figuring out how they tick… and having a bit of fun along the way!
Alex is a Master Tutor for the ISEE, ACT, SSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Test Math I and II and GRE. In the area of academic study, Alex tutors math from elementary thru calculus, works with students on English writing assignments and helps students organize and create solid study habits.
Tommy’s most rewarding moment as a part-time teacher with The Princeton Review was receiving a text message at 6 a.m. from an ACT student who achieved the score she needed for both college admission and scholarship. Tommy has taught and tutored students in the ACT, SAT and PSAT tests since 2010, and, in 2013, The Princeton Review of Louisiana named Tommy “ACT Teacher of the Year.” He has a full-time job at the law firm of Adams and Reese in public relations and marketing, and he has 15 years of experience in the field of mass communications, including journalism. Tommy also founded and serves as President of the local Myasthenia Gravis New Orleans chapter, helping people with the neurological disease, and is the communications committee chairman of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Tommy has helped the New Orleans group raise more than $100,000 in the last three years through an MG Walk fundraiser event held every April at Lafreniere Park in Metairie. Diagnosed with MG at the age of 12, Tommy is passionate about raising awareness of and research money for Myasthenia Gravis, for which there currently is no cure.
In 2013, Tommy was named to New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Health Care Heroes”, and in 2012, he was named among Gambit Magazine's “Top 40 Under 40,” recognizing his involvement in the community. Outside of work, he plays softball, is a passionate and life-long Philadelphia Eagles fan, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Whitney, and his two cats, Buttons and JJ, who respectively have Facebook and Twitter pages.
Tommy is a Master Tutor for the ACT, SAT and PSAT.
New York City
When talking to Chelsea, you may think she is as laid-back and California as they come. However, this born and bred Californian turned New Yorker can be extremely type-A. Some of her favorite past times include cleaning, paying her bills on time, and pointing out when you’re invading her personal space.
Throughout college, she spent a lot of time as a teacher’s assistant in elementary schools and tutoring Calculus to high school students which is where Chelsea’s love of teaching and tutoring really blossomed. She has been teaching for The Princeton Review for 4 years now.
Since moving to New York City in early 2014, Chelsea has made it her goal to explore all 5 boroughs on foot to find the hippest, most hidden gems. It wouldn’t be uncommon for you to find Chelsea strolling from her East Village apartment all the way to The Princeton Review’s midtown Manhattan office near Grand Central Terminal in search of the best southern-style biscuits in New York. When she’s not walking the streets of The Big Apple, Chelsea’s idea of a perfect day is a pint of ice cream and endless episodes of Comedy Central’s Broad City, unless it’s between November and early April. Then it’s all college basketball, all the time.
Chelsea is a teacher and a Private Tutor for the PSAT, SAT and ACT.