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  • SAT and ACT Instructors

  • Lisa Liberati

    Lisa Liberati has proven through her record of consistently high score improvements and high referral rates to be a cut above the rest. In fact, in 2005 she was named The Princeton Review's Teacher of the Year. Lisa graduated from Dartmouth in 1983, and taught her first SAT course for The Princeton Review in 1987. She is deeply committed to giving her students the best test preparation experience available. Her teaching style is effective, efficient, and enjoyable.

    Perhaps the greatest testimony to Lisa's preeminence as a teacher/tutor is that once she starts with a family, they choose her to tutor every sibling, and she has students who have worked with her on the HSPT or ISEE in middle school, the ACT, SAT, AP, and Subject tests in high school, and then the LSAT or GRE while in college.

    Tom Ito

    Tom started teaching for The Princeton Review in 1998, soon after graduating summa cum laude from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Psychology. He continued his education at UC Irvine where he received an M.A. in Social Ecology. Tom is currently one of The Princeton Review's highest level instructors for the SAT, and also trains incoming teachers as a Master Trainer.

    Tom's philosophy of teaching is based on the idea that building knowledge is a team effort. He believes that the best lessons are learned when the student has to work for them, so true progress is made when a hardworking student is paired with a patient but demanding teacher. Tom's years of teaching experience allow him to fine-tune the test prep experience for each individual student, thus giving the student the greatest chance of meeting his or her goals in an efficient way. As Tom says, "My aim is to provide knowledge and lessons that transcend this specific time in their lives. I want all of my students to learn skills that will help them do well on the SAT, in their college studies and beyond."

    Tom prepares students for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests for Math I and Math II, ISEE and SSAT. Tom tutors primarily in the Orange County area.

    Adrian Sanchez

    Adrian won the Princeton Review's December 2010, Western Region MCAT Top Teacher Award. Adrian became involved with The Princeton Review after taking an MCAT course in 2001. He was so impressed with the quality of his intructors that he decided to try out as a teacher himself. Adrian was accepted as a full-time instructor after graduating from UCSD's Revelle College, and began teaching and tutoring MCAT biology. He later branched out to become the only Princeton Review instructor on the North American continent officially certified in all 4 sections of the MCAT. To broaden his horizons in the teaching world, Adrian also achieved certification to teach and tutor for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, DAT/OAT, and SAT Sciences Subject Tests. While in the public sector, he earned his CBEST license and California Teacher's Credential to implement and teach AP Math & Sciences in low-income and under-represented schools in the San Diego area.

    Adrian entered a graduate medical program in Boston and continued to teach and tutor. While residing in Boston, Adrian taught up and down the northeastern seaboard, feeding his love of travel. In 2007 he returned to San Diego's climate and began graduate thesis work with UCSD and the Salk Institute in Medical Sciences. He always looks forward to the relationships he'll forge with his students in the classroom and the prospect of working with the next generation of up-and-coming professionals and scholars.

    Jay Hilsenbeck

    Jay began teaching SAT courses for The Princeton Review while still an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University. In his eleven years with the company, he has appeared on "Good Morning America" to discuss changes in the SAT, contributed to multiple Princeton Review publications, and tutored countless students. In addition to working as a Polymer Scientist, Jay is a master trainer and tutor and admits that while (maybe) nerdy, he does standardized test questions for fun the way some people do Sudoku.

    Avital Rachmilevitch

    GMAT & GRE
    B.A. Religious Studies, Summa Cum Laude, DePaul University
    M.A. Jewish Studies, Graduate Theological Union, University of California –Berkley

    Avital has been teaching for The Princeton Review since 1999. She is a master GMAT and GRE tutor in the northern Chicagoland area. She scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and 98th percentile on the GRE. Avital also trains Princeton Review SAT and ACT teachers for the Chicago office. Avital has been involved in youth services for several years and is currently the Director of Community Education for a North Shore social services agency.