Our Amazing Team

The Backbone of Our Organization

We couldn’t do half of what we do here at A Starting Line if it wasn’t for our awesome staff. In addition to our own office staff, we also have tutors who help us help our clients. 

We’d especially like to highlight our wonderful tutors and instructors Sam Beeker, Emma Sonnenblick, Ian Plansker, Max Grosskopf, and Lizzie Goldstein.

Tina Weber


Tina is deeply passionate about the future of education, education-technology, and innovation. She teaches Business Planning and Entrepreneurship at Tufts University, and has also taught Creativity and Innovation. She also runs the Tufts Venture Accelerator.

Additionally, she has been conducting admissions interviews for a number of years and also holds workshops for the Tufts University Admissions Office.  For over 10 years, she has interviewed many applicants and has also coached college students in crafting the perfect resume and showcases.

Tina now helps our clients to strategically  create a compelling profile that presents the strongest college admissions package.

In her spare time, Tina enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. She is passionate about cooking, chocolate, and learning new things.

 

Amy Garbis


In her spare time, Amy enjoys days at the beach with her two daughters, and spends her spare time baking. She is a skilled baker and is a wine connoisseur. She also believes in life-long learning.

Amy has helped numerous students craft college application essays and personal statements that work. With her help, her students have gained admissions at colleges such as The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Brown, NYU, UC San Diego, Carnegie Mellon, Johns Hopkins, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Northeastern, Babson and Emory University among others. Amy has over 20 years experience in the teaching field. She received an undergraduate degree in English literature, and then received dual masters degrees in Secondary Education as well as Human Resource Development (i.e. instructional design, training, and motivation theory), the latter taking her into corporate training design, development and implementation. She worked for some Fortune 500 companies as well as pharmaceuticals, human resource, and technology companies.

Emma S.

 

Emma is a sophomore at Tufts University studying history, clinical psychology, and dance. Having recently gone through the admissions process herself, Emma is passionate about helping others find the school at which they will thrive. In her free time, Emma can be found teaching and taking dance classes with the Tufts Tap Ensemble, participating in trivia nights with the Tufts History Society, and writing for the Tufts admissions blog, Jumbo Talk.

Shira G.

Shira Garbis is a student at McGill University in Montreal. She graduated Lexington High School with a 3.90 GPA, having taken both Honors and AP Spanish. She scored a 5 on the Spanish AP and received multiple Gold Medals on the National Spanish Exam. At McGill Shira studies Political Science, International Development and Spanish; she currently has a 3.89 GPA.  Other than academics, Shira has become involved in the McGill community in a number of ways; she plays various intramural sports and serves as an editor for two on campus journals. Shira loves to learn and is looking forward to helping her students improve their Spanish fluency and communication levels skills through creative and fun exercises. 

Jackson W.

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Minerva Holmes

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