What do we look for in our tutors?
First, they must currently teach mathematics or science at a very well regarded, competitive school. This insures the tutor will know the curriculum of your child’s specific course, even if that course is taught in a slightly different sequence (as is often the case).
Second, they must have great evaluations from their previous students and department heads.
Third, they have to have attended a competitive undergraduate college or university and majored in mathematics, physics, chemistry or some aspect of biology, gone on to graduate school for whichever subject they teach, and have an advanced degree in that subject. One of our physics tutors, for example, attended Stanford undergrad for Physics, received his PhD in Physics from Berkeley, and teaches all levels of Physics at a very well regarded boarding school.
And lastly, we tend to like people with engaging personalities. When you are teaching physics to a 15 year old it is a must, and if a student really enjoys working with the tutor they do tend to get more out of the session. But, the personality aspect is only considered if a candidate meets the other qualifications, first.
You will see that many of our tutors have extensive academic resumes. We have heard concerns that someone with a PhD in Chemistry is “so far removed from the subject material taught in high school” that they will have trouble communicating that material to a high school student. Hmmm – well perhaps, but that is definitely not the case if the chemistry teacher with the PhD has taught high school chemistry for the last 11 years.
Theana – Mathematics Tutor
Theana grew up on the campus of an academically challenging boarding school in Hawaii, and attended Colorado College for both her BA and MA. She taught high school math in Colorado for several years, before accepting a faculty position in the Math Department at a prestigious west coast prep school. When she is not teaching math (or chasing after her three small children) Theana reads extensively about Japan and Micronesia, enjoys outrigger canoeing and hula and is conversational in Japanese. Theana spent the past year on sabbatical teaching math in Spain.
Courses Theana has taught, and also tutors: several levels of middle school math, Algebra, Precalculus AP Calculus AB and Geometry. Theana also tutors the SAT Subject Tests in Math 1 and Math 2.
Paul – Physics and Computer Science Tutor
Paul began teaching sections in physics even before completing his undergraduate physics degree at Stanford. He went on to earn a PhD in physics from UC Berkeley, and is chair of the math and science department at a small boarding school, where he teaches AP Physics and AP Computer Science in addition to lower level courses. He organizes teams for both math and computer science competitions, and has coached several varsity sports. When not teaching or coming up with challenging problems for his students, you might find Paul hiking with his daughter, playing tennis, or searching for the perfect line down the ski slopes.
Courses Paul has taught, and also tutors: AP Physics and General Physics, with and without
calculus, AP Computer Science A.
James – Biology Tutor
James completed his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at Southampton University in the U.K. He then matriculated at Oxford University, where he completed his PhD; at Oxford, his dissertation research focused on the molecular biology of viruses. James made the move into teaching after graduate school, and his initial training was through the highly-competitive Teach First scheme. He joined the faculty of an independent day school in Oxford, and after three years, made the move to prestigious boarding school where he now teaches.
Outside of teaching he coaches Rugby and Hockey and is part of the pastoral team for one of his school’s boarding houses. In his free moments he loves spending time with his daughter and walking his dogs, occasionally finding time for clay pigeon shooting and badminton.
Courses James has taught, and currently tutors: Biology GCSE, IGCSE, A level and IB Diploma.
Brian – Chemistry Tutor
Brian’s experience as a student at top tier boarding school, coupled with the relationships he formed with his teachers, provided the inspiration for a career in education. Brian earned his B.S. and A.M. in chemistry from Stanford and Harvard, respectively, and has been teaching chemistry at an elite preparatory school for over a decade. In addition to instructing all levels of introductory, AP and organic chemistry, Brian also serves as chair of both the chemistry and science departments. Brian has co-authored a digital textbook on general chemistry. In his spare time, Brian enjoys golf and spending time with his family.
Courses Brian has taught, and also tutors: General Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Advanced AP Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
Chris – Chemistry Tutor
Chris graduated from Cambridge University, UK, with a Masters degree in Natural Science. Chris remained in Cambridge to complete his PhD in Molecular Pharmacology, researching the molecular mechanisms of action of two classes of chemotherapeutic agent. Following four years as a postdoc in the biotechnology industry, Chris switched his career to teaching, taking up a post as a Chemistry and Biology teacher in the UK at boarding school with global renown for academic challenge. Chris is currently both Head of Chemistry and Head of Science, and has ten years experience teaching Chemistry at IB Higher Level and at A level. Chris also teaches the International GCSE Chemistry course.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys playing cricket as well as growing his own vegetables in the garden. He is happily married, with a young daughter and a newborn son.
Courses Chris has taught, and also tutors: Chemistry at IB Higher Level and at A level, as well as International GCSE Chemistry course.
Giuseppe – Physics Tutor
Giuseppe graduated in Physics from the University of Pisa, Italy and completed his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics at the International School of Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy. He has 8 publications with more than 200 total citations in peer-reviewed journals and more than 25 official communications in scientific meetings and invited seminars.
Upon completing his PhD, Giuseppe’s post doctoral research focused on superstring theory and gravitational singularities, including black holes. Following his post-doc, inspired by his former high school Physics teacher, Giuseppe took a position as faculty in Physics and Mathematics at a renowned boarding school in Switzerland with active iGCSE and IB Diploma curricula. He has recently returned to Italy, where he is teaching in a science-oriented high school which includes an international program. He has tutored students both in Mathematics and in Physics, in preparation for their IB Diploma exams and numerous standardized tests. Giuseppe is also a member of the Italian Physics Olympiad committee. He writes and mark the tests for the selection of the Italian team at the International Physics Olympiad and tutors the Italian team prior to the International competition. Giuseppe is an accomplished skier and mountaineer, and when he is not teaching or being dad to his young daughter, you will probably find him heading towards the summit of some mountain, somewhere around the world. Giuseppe is fluent in English, Italian and Spanish.
Courses Giuseppe has taught, and also tutors: All levels of Mathematics and Physics through A Levels and IB at HL.
Julian – Chemistry Tutor
Julian has been teaching Chemistry for the past 15 years in the UK, covering A level, IGCSE and IB (Higher and Standard level). During that time he has been Head of Chemistry and Director of Science at two different schools and now is a senior leader at one of the UK’s top boarding schools. Over those years, many of his students have gone on to study Chemistry at university including a few each year to Oxford and Cambridge. He has coached many students to success in the Chemistry Olympiad, including one student who represented the UK in the international competition. Jules has a PhD in Organic Chemistry at University of Nottingham, UK and graduated with a first class degree. During that time he specialised in Stereochemistry in Organic synthesis and studied 2,3-sigmatropic rearrangements in the synthesis of un-natural amino acids.
Outside of the classroom Jules takes an active role in the use of IT in the classroom, overseas all school trips and is a tutor in one of the boarding houses. When he’s not working, Jules plays Cricket and Football and lives with his wife and two children and their 5 chickens.
Courses Julian has taught and can tutor: All levels of A Level, IB and GCSE Chemistry
Jamil – Mathematics Tutor
Jamil received his B.S. in biomedical engineering from Boston University and then earned a M.A.T. in mathematics education and a M.A. in pure mathematics, also from Boston University. He has spent the last 25 years teaching mathematics at a New England high school, where he is currently the Lead Teacher for his department. In 2019 Jamil won a national teaching award for mathematics teaching.
Jamil believes that anyone is capable of succeeding at mathematics if they are willing to work hard and give their best effort, and he is equally encouraging to students across a wide spectrum of abilities. When speaking with Jamil, one can immediately sense his love for mathematics, and he can often be found after school and on weekends providing extra help to struggling students. Fifteen of his former students have gone on to become mathematics teachers.
Outside of his teaching responsibilities, Jamil has worked closely with his state’s Insight Education as Mathematics Lead Teacher since 2012, and has served as a College Board consultant for AP calculus since 2014.
Courses Jamil has taught, and also tutors: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre Calculus, Trigonometry, AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC.
Marizza – Mathematics Tutor
Marizza has a B.S. and M.S. in pure mathematics from UC Irvine with additional PhD work in Arithmetic Geometry. She has taught at both the high school and university level, and for the last 17 years has served on the faculty of one of the highest ranked STEM schools in the United States. During her long teaching career, Marizza has taught Linear Algebra, Multivariable and Vector Calculus, Complex Analysis, Introduction to Category Theory, AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC, Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Algebra 1.
Marizza was nominated for, and has won, several prestigious national teaching awards during her career. This is really not surprising, given her love of math and her strong belief in the potential of all of her students to understand math and to do well in their classes. In an effort to inspire young minds to discover the beauty of mathematics, she started a mathematics club at her school that introduces students to a range of topics, including number and graph theory. Marizza also has National Board Certification in Mathematics for Adolescents and Youth.
Marizza has published in research journals, co-authoring an article in Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. She has worked as an editor and co-author for the Algebra 2 book currently in use at several very highly regarded STEM schools, and presented at many regional and national conferences. Prior to her teaching career Marizza worked with the Army Corps of Engineers at various hydroelectric plants in Arkansas to develop a system for calculating the arc flash protection boundary and incident energy of the electrical components. This enriched her understanding of how complex analysis is applied to electrical engineering, and gave her some practical applications for all that theory!
Courses Marizza has taught, and also tutors: just about everything except for statistics.
Andy – Mathematics Tutor, Physics Tutor
Andy holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Texas at Austin, where his dissertation focused on aspects of duality in quantum field theory and string theory. While there, he won the “Outstanding Dissertation Award” for best dissertation in physics, by faculty review. He is a formal theorist, most interested in the overlap between physics and mathematics, and in uncovering new mathematical structures hidden in the remarkably rich internal structure of string theory. He currently has 8 published papers with an h-index of 8 and over 250 total citations. He has been an invited speaker at several international conferences.
Following research positions at the Kavli IPMU at the University of Tokyo and in the string theory group at Seoul National University, he returned to the US where he took up a faculty position in mathematics at one of the top-ranked STEM high schools in the country. Here he has taught courses from freshman to collegiate level, supervised student research projects, and continues to publish and attend major conferences. He has taught various undergraduate physics courses while in graduate school.
His approach to teaching has been influenced by a number of world class mathematics and physics teachers, most notably Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979) and Karen Uhlenbeck (Abel Prize, 2019). His teaching is engaging and student-centered, and focuses on a deep understanding of the fundamental principles, solid mathematical reasoning, and fluent computational ability. He makes heavy use of a variety of research-based teaching strategies, most notably inquiry-based learning. His teaching is also personalized and differentiated so that each student is appropriately challenged at his or her current level of ability and preparation, assuring that all students experience consistent maximal growth. Despite the success of his classroom teaching, which includes outstanding standardized test scores, he feels his strongest teaching is on a one-on-one level.
Andy can tutor math classes from the middle and high school level (algebra, geometry, linear algebra, calculus 1-3) to advanced courses (analysis, topology, abstract algebra). Andy can also tutor physics courses from introductory physics to quantum mechanics.
Jocelyn – Mathematics Tutor
Previously a Head of Mathematics at a selective UK boys’ school, Jocelyn is now an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for teaching and learning at an elite UK independent day school. After studying GCSEs and A Levels at the Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Jocelyn went to MIT for her undergraduate degree, where she was selected for the prestigious Cambridge-MIT exchange. Diverse interests led Jocelyn to study a wide range of subjects at MIT, but she found the mathematics underpinning models for natural and social sciences enticing, so the subject was a natural choice to pursue. Indeed, Jocelyn continues to work on recreational mathematics, attending conferences and seminars to work on new problems. She has been known to miss motorway exits while attempting to integrate by parts in her head.
Since beginning teaching, Jocelyn has also completed a Masters degree at the University of Oxford, focusing on mathematics education. She has enormous expertise in pedagogy and combines theories on motivation and learning with recent findings from cognitive science to support her students and design programmes of study. She is passionate about her students’ success and believes that with enough time, effort and support, all students can find success in maths.
When not working on her own mathematics, or reading about pedagogy, Jocelyn can often be found cheering for one of her three boys the sidelines of the rugby, hockey or football pitch.
She has taught courses in: GCSE Mathematics, IGCSE Mathematics, GCSE Further Mathematics, Additional Mathematics FSMQ, A Level Mathematics, A Level Further Mathematics, IB Higher and Standard Level Mathematics (old specification) and is supporting her school’s delivery of the new suite of IB Mathematics qualifications.
Christopher – Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics and Computer Science Tutor
Chris received his PhD at the University of Cambridge, where he studied relic radiation from the big bang while working in the same department as the late Stephen Hawking. He has a Masters degree in Advanced Mathematics from Cambridge (Part III), and Physics from Nottingham (1st class with honours). For the last six years has been on faculty at one of UK’s most selective boarding schools, where he is Head of Astronomy. Chris has taught, in addition to Astronomy, courses in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering, at both IB and A levels. A professional astronomer, he is an elected fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and over the last five years he has lectured around the world on the Queen Mary 2 as part of the partnership between Cunard and the RAS, and has run science festivals, delivered public outreach lectures and stargazing parties all over the UK. Recently he has been part of a team designing a new state-of-the-art observatory in the Caribbean. Chris is also a qualified rugby coach and soccer coach.
Courses Chris has taught, and also tutors:
All levels of IB and A Level Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
Aidan – Mathematics Tutor
In his fifteen years teaching experience, Aidan has worked in some of the UK’s most prestigious independent boarding schools and has taught the full range of the UK mathematics curriculum, as well as teaching IB Mathematics at all levels in the Diploma and Middle Years Programmes. In addition, he has considerable experience in helping students to prepare for STEP mathematics and the MAT. He is now in his tenth year as Head of Department in Maths and has led a number of teacher training courses focusing on Mathematics and Independent Learning. A keen producer of resources and questions, he has written textbooks for OUP and worked with the IB to help develop assessment tasks. A teaching colleague warmly described him as “an outstanding teacher and mathematician”, when first recommending him to our group.
Aidan studied Maths at the University of Cambridge where his mathematical focuses were Analysis, Vector Spaces, and Number Theory; his continuing interest in the subject includes the study of Fractals. In addition to Maths, he also studied Music as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and did a dissertation on Mendelssohn and Schumann. Aidan enjoys playing the piano when not sharing his passion for mathematics.
Courses Aidan has taught, and also tutors: All levels of IB Maths in Diploma and Middle Years Programmes, A Level Maths and Further Maths, and STEP Mathematics I, II and III.
Roxanne – Biology Tutor
When we needed a new Biology tutor, we asked one of our current mathematics tutors who told us “I have someone who is GREAT”, and recommended Roxanne, one of her former teaching colleagues. Roxanne grew up in Mumbai and attended a very academically challenging secondary school where her love for science began. She completed a BSc in Life Sciences from the University of Mumbai, with a specialization in Neurobiology and a minor in Chemistry, and went on to study at University College London, completing a Masters in Environment, Science and Society. Roxanne spent a couple of years working for KPMG in their Sustainability Advisory group before moving back to India and into teaching. She began her teaching career at a prestigious international school in Mumbai, after which she moved to the UK where she now now teaches at an excellent all boys independent day school. She currently teaches iGCSE Biology, IB Biology, Environmental Systems and Societies and Theory of Knowledge. She is very involved in the teaching and learning aspects of her school and runs weekly pedagogy sessions for staff. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and gardening.
Courses Roxanne has taught, and currently tutors: Biology IGCSE, Biology IB HL and SL, ESS IB SL.
Kieran – Economics Tutor
Since graduating from the University of Sussex, Kieran has taught for the last eight years at several prestigious British boarding schools. Currently, Kieran is the Head of Economics at a very competitive private school that sends a lot of students to Oxford and Cambridge. His students respond well to his affable style, and they typically score the highest of any class on A levels and IB examinations. Kieran enjoys working with all levels of students and has discovered many tips and resources to help low attaining students fulfill their potential and reach their required university entrance grades. In the holidays, he enjoys life guarding Brighton’s beaches, yoga, climbing and cruising on his mountain bike.
Courses Kieran has taught, and currently tutors: A level economics (all exam boards) and IB economics.
Jason – BMAT Essay Coach and English Composition Tutor
While we generally don’t provide tutoring outside of STEM subjects, we needed someone for the essay portion of the BMAT (British Medical Admissions Test) and so we hired Jason. Jason was educated at the universities of Edinburgh (undergraduate) and Oxford (graduate), and in addition to coaching the essay portion of the BMAT he is available for tutoring in all aspects of English composition and literature. He has over fifteen years’ experience teaching English at a top UK boarding school, where he is a popular head of department. Currently he runs programmes for the I.B. diploma as well as A-level, and he teaches with international schools during the U.K. school holidays. Alongside all aspects of English teaching, he is responsible for the I.B. Extended Essay at his school, and has a great deal of experience rescuing essays that have gone “off track”. He enjoys writing papers for literary publications in his spare time, cycling to keep fit, and he is a qualified canoe coach running expeditions for young people on British rivers.