Tina Weber

Tina has been conducting college admissions interviews for Tufts University 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.

Additionally, she 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. 

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

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 the teaching field. 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.






    Rachel Shulman

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.




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:


Emma is a junior at Tufts University. She is a history and clinical psychology double major with a 3.91 GPA. At Tufts, she is an admissions blogger, a tour guide, a choreographer for the Tufts Tap Ensemble, and a member of the Tufts History Society. Between blogging and her history classes, she writes a wide variety of pieces, spanning from more academic papers, to less formal writings. She also has experience tutoring several students in reading/writing, and she enjoys sharing her passion for writing and critical thinking with others!


Shira 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. 


I’m at Northwestern University in Chicago and am a man of few words. I graduated from Lexington High School (with a 3.90 GPA). I was on the highly ranked, competitive Debate Team throughout high school, and I was captain of the competitive Ethical Reasoning Team.  I took several AP Classes such as AP Physics, AP US History, AP Government, AP Calculus, and AP French. I also rowed and sculled competitively on the Community Rowing Team.  In my free time, I play guitar and make movies with my friends.


I am currently in the last year of my Master of Arts Degree in English literature at McGill University, and I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree as a double major in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Oregon. In addition, I am a few assignments away from finishing my TESOL certification with TESOL Canada so that I may continue to work in the field of ESL education. My education in (comparative) literature and experience with ESL education have equipped me as a transdisciplinary and transnational student and teacher with unique skills to share with your educational community. I am passionate about the joy that comes with the connective, contagious, and creative curiosity that I attempt to share and inspire by my role as an educator in the context of ESL and the Humanities. 


I am a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry at Tufts University, and I have been on the honour roll every semester. I have been in love with science my whole life, but I also have a passion for French, for which I have taken 8 years of classes. I have lived in Northern Ireland and Australia, so I have been taught a wide variety of learning techniques that have helped me excel in college and beyond. I am always excited to meet new people, and tutoring has given me a great way to share my passions with curious adolescents.