Tina Weber

Tina conducted college admissions interviews for Tufts University for a number of years and also held 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:


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! 


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.