Tina Weber, CEO

ADMISSIONS AND INTERVIEW STRATEGIST

Tina develops admission application strategies and coaches students to create strong, compelling profiles that showcase / demonstrate their unique strengths in their applications. She is passionate about coaching students to become the best version of themselves.

Tina is also passionate about education. In addition to teaching Entrepreneurship at Tufts University’s School of Engineering, Tina also runs the Derby Entrepreneurship Center’s Tufts Venture Accelerator.  She had also previously conducted college admissions interviews for Tufts University and also collaborated with the Admissions Office. For over 10 years, she has interviewed many applicants and has also coached college students in crafting the perfect resumes.Prior to academia, she spent the majority of her career in Consulting and Technology startups, working with enterprise clients such as General Motors, American Airlines, RCI, Gilt Groupe, and Citizens Bank. 

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

Amy Garbis, COO

ESSAY STRATEGIST AND COACH

Amy has helped many students craft successful, creative 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 teaching. She received an undergraduate degree in English literature, post undergraduate degree and certification for Secondary Education, and a MS in Human Resource Development (i.e. pedagogy, instructional design, training, and motivation theory), the latter taking her into corporate training design, development and implementation. She has worked for Fortune 500 companies including pharmaceuticals, human resource, and technology companies.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys fine wine, days at the beach with her family, and spends her spare time baking, biking and outdoors. She also believes in life-long learning.

VANZETTA EVANS, CMO

MARKETING MAVEN

Vanzetta Evans is a strategic communications expert and an accomplished former journalist.

For nearly 15 years, Evans wrote and produced for local and national media outlets in New York, New England, and Georgia. She was as a television producer, digital news producer, and an editor for a top-rated local news website.

Since leaving the news reporting world, Evans has used her writing skills to promote education. She has worked in marketing and communications for Sylvan
Learning Centers, Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine. Additionally, Evans has served on the Public Relations and Communications Committee for the Atlanta University Center and as the Chair of the Marketing and Communications Committee for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Atlanta.

A Massachusetts native, Evans now resides just outside Atlanta. She
holds a B.A. in Public Policy and an M.A. in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. In her free time, Evans enjoys the arts, cheering for her Boston sports teams, and supporting her beloved alma mater. She was also voted Best Aunt in the World by her six nieces and nephews and has the mug to prove it.

Featured Team Members

Simon is committed to helping students improve their academic performance and confidence in themselves. He has tutored SAT Math and English for over 10 years, and has worked with student-athletes at Arlington High School, Tufts University and Lesley University.

Simon also has extensive experience working with youth as a camp counselor, after-school teacher and Youth Therapist/Coach. 

He uses the skills from his extensive experience in athletics, the arts, yoga and psychology to encourage students to find ways to engage their unique passions and talents when writing or learning, and also to cultivate habits of healthy living that make growth and success possible.

Simon has a Master’s in Education with a Counseling/Sport Psychology concentration from Boston University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carleton College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology / Anthropology. While at Carleton, he co-captained the Division III Men’s team and won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s Elite 22 Award as the highest academic performer in the conference championship match. He was also an All-Conference selection and a 1st-Team Academic All-American.


SIMON GINET

COUNSELOR / SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST / ESSAY COACH / SAT TUTOR

Rachel brings more than a decade of passion, skill, and experience as a writing coach. Since 2009, she has guided high school students in mining their life experiences and expressing their strongest authentic selves on the written pages of their college admission essays.

Rachel is the Undergraduate Academic Coordinator for the MIT Energy Initiative where she focuses on developing and preparing students for meaningful careers beyond college. 

A graduate of Bryn Mawr, Rachel also holds an MA in History and an MS in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she also passed her Ph.D. preliminary exams.


Rachel Shulman

ESSAY STRATEGIST

RACHEL HSIN

(Tutor: AP Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry)

Rachel is a Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Education student at Tufts University. Hailing originally from Shanghai, she first started tutoring middle and high school students in math and physics. She also received 5s in AP Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Personally, she is passionate about designing and teaching elementary school engineering curriculums. She spent her gap year last year working with the Tufts Center of Engineering Education and Outreach and LEGO Education to create innovative curriculums and research solution diversity in classrooms

FIONA ROBINSON

(Tutor: Writing/English, Spanish, Math)

Fiona is a junior at McGill University in Montreal studying Anatomy and Cell Biology. She hails from Boulder, Colorado where she received the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to eight AP certificates. She has experience tutoring elementary school through high school aged students in English, Spanish and Math. Fiona has also worked in Boulder Valley School District middle schools and with high school students in a leadership program. She spends her summers outdoors climbing, backpacking, and leading a Junior Ranger crew. She has been exploring her passion for medicine as an EMT and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with more students!

LIZZIE GOLDSTEIN

(Tutor: AP Chemistry, AP AP Biology, French)

Lizzie is a Biochemistry major at Tufts University, and has been on the honor roll every semester. She has been in love with science her whole life, but she also has a passion for French, which she has studied for 9 years. She has lived in Northern Ireland and Australia, has been taught a wide variety of learning techniques that have helped her excel in college and beyond. She is always excited to meet new people and to share my passions with curious adolescents.

MAX GROSSKOPF

(Tutor: Writing/English, Acting/Theater)

Max is a student at McGill University. In fall 2021, he will enter his third year of his degree, majoring in psychology and minoring in English. Max thrives in academic settings, having made it onto the Dean’s Honour List for the 2019-2020 school year. Aside from academics, Max is a passionate actor. He attended a performing arts high school and has been involved in many theatrical pursuits, including teaching a virtual acting class for children grades 5-7 through A Starting Line! In his free time, Max loves reading, baking, and watching as many movies as possible (for acting research, of course…). Max hopes to use the skills he has learned from his educational and extracurricular experiences to help students thrive!