We distinguish ourselves by the quality of our consultants and instructors. Finding top-quality instructors is no easy task. We've hand-picked some of the best, including graduates of Ivy League institutions. Meet some of them here.
Director of College Counseling
Junho has led Ivy Global's College Counseling division since 2007. He has personally helped close to 500 students navigate the college admissions process and get into top colleges. He has helped dozens of students gain admission into top colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and MIT.
University of California, Los Angeles
Tiffannie graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in education. She has extensive hands-on experience working in the education sector as an after school tutor for children ages 4 through 13, a camp counselor serving urban high school students from Los Angeles, and an English teacher in Japan. She applies her background in developmental psychology to guide the way she works. Tiffannie also has research experience, having worked at two labs treating patients with autism spectrum disorder and a lab focusing on consumer behavior.
At Ivy Global, Tiffannie hopes to be a mentor to students by helping them in finding their passions and surpassing their academic and personal goals.
Yvonne is currently completing a degree in Engineering at Stanford University, where she participated in Structured Liberal Education, Stanford’s rigorous humanities- and writing-intensive program. Yvonne scored a 2360 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 on the Math section. An AP Scholar with Honors, she received a score of 5 on the AP exams in Calculus BC, English Literature and Composition, Microeconomics, US Government and Politics, Chemistry, and English Language and Composition.
Yvonne enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for learning with her students,
and helps them develop creative and critical thinking skills that build
their confidence and proficiency in their current and future academic
careers. She also enjoys dance and art practice, and competes on the
Stanford Equestrian Team.
Ian B. is completing a B.S. in Physics at Yale University. He has an extensive background in physics and mathematics, including research experience at a laboratory at Columbia University. A Brooklyn native, Ian has tutored students in the New York City public school system on a range of subjects and has prior experience as an SAT tutor.
Ian scored 2290 on the SAT, with a perfect 800 on reading comprehension,
and scored 800 on the Math II and World History SAT II exams. At Yale,
Ian sings and travels the world with the Yale Spizzwinks, Yale’s
oldest underclassman a cappella group. As a classical baritone, he also
participates in the Opera Theater of Yale College.
Clio graduated cum laude from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theater Studies. While at Yale, she acted in a number of productions with the Yale Dramat and the Yale Drama Coalition. In her junior year, she was selected as an O’Neill Playwriting Fellow and worked at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School teaching writing and playwriting to freshmen students.
Clio scored a 2370 on the SAT, a 760 on the U.S History Subject Test, and an 800 on the Literature subject test. She is experienced teaching Reading, Writing, and standardized test-taking skills. She enjoys getting to know her students personally in order to ensure her teaching sessions remain both fun and informative, and focuses on helping her students to develop an independent interest in the material they are working on. When not tutoring, she is a working actor in New York who enjoys running in Fort Tryon Park, reading, and going to the theatre.
Ben Chabanon is currently pursuing a degree from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies. On campus, Ben is on the editorial board of The Harvard Advocate and oversees an agency at Harvard Student Agencies. Ben is involved in the visual arts at Harvard and has worked on several audiovisual projects on campus, including installations, films, and live productions.
Ben scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, achieving a perfect score
in math and being granted National Merit Scholar. He has also achieved
scores of 5 on the AP Exams in U.S. History, European History, English
Language, Literature, French, Calculus BC, Statistics, US Government,
Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science. Working from
a broad range of experience with students of all backgrounds, Ben uses
clear and efficient teaching techniques to help students excel in their
Alex is a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, one of the nation's top liberal arts colleges, where he had a double concentration in Computer Science and Theatre. While in school he performed in numerous plays, readings, and other theatre pieces. He also had the opportunity to design set and sound for several productions, sit on the theatre department Diversity Committee, sing in an all-boys acapella group, and study abroad in London.
Alex scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and achieved perfect scores on the AP Calculus AB exam and the IB Spanish SL exam. In high school he earned his International Baccalaureate Diploma, making him familiar with the IB curriculum. As an instructor, Alex enjoys working with students to help them feel comfortable and confident in their abilities so that they can more readily tackle their academic goals.
University of Pennsylvania)
Dustin Kim graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a degree in Biology and minor in English. After gaining experience as an international education consultant and high school counselor, Dustin went on to further his studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he received a Master's degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education. He has a passion for improving adolescent literacy and is currently working on developing an E-reader application for children's books and graphic novels.
Dustin scored in the 99th percentile for the SAT and also received a 780 in SAT II: Biology and an 800 in SAT II: Math 2. Dustin has a keen eye when it comes to pinpointing misconceptions in his students' knowledge of grammar and math rules and uses focused practice to help them come to the right understanding. His use of humor and positive feedback encourages his students and helps build their confidence. He believes that an awareness of the student's thought process, abilities, and anxieties is the greatest tool in becoming a strong tutor and caring mentor.
Dan is an alumnus of the highly competitive Teach For America program-specifically, the New Orleans '13 corps-through which he acquired his teaching credential (and a healthy appetite for French-Creole cuisine). He's worked as a full-time teacher in some of the nation's most underserved public schools in his four years since receiving his B.A. with Distinction from the University of Virginia. Most recently, Dan even scored a commendable 167 Verbal and 162 Quantitative on the GRE. Dan's tutoring is unique: he combines the insights he's collected from four years of full-time teaching, including an insider perspective on how difficult tests are designed and the same winning preparation methods that allowed him to crack the GRE.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee)
Sarah graduated from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts before earning her MFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. At Boston College, she pursued the true liberal arts experience, furthering her love of math, literature, and art history, and was awarded the Father Larkin, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Theatre. In graduate school, she earned her dual performance and teaching degree, and mentored undergraduates as a teaching assistant.
In order to provide the best and most up to date test prep possible, Sarah sat for the new SAT this past October and scored in the 99th percentile. As a tutor, she uses humor and empathy to help build trust and confidence, allowing her students to articulate and achieve their goals. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys swimming, reading, and watching too much Netflix.
Spencer graduated with honors from New York University, double majoring in Economics and Philosophy and double minoring in Math and French. He participated in the rigorous Honors Economics Thesis program, where he developed econometric models for testing growth strategies of struggling sub-Saharan African countries. In the Philosophy Department, he completed a second honors thesis on Nietzsche and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence each year in the French Department.
Following graduation, Spencer tutored the SAT and PSAT before moving to Taiwan, where he studied Chinese and taught English for three years. His instruction garnered praise, earning a Rookie Teacher of the Year award in 2014, followed by a National Teacher of the Year award in 2015. With a wealth of experience, Spencer's classroom and one-on-one styles are both geared around employing a variety of quick didactic humor and stories to make learning efficient yet enjoyable.
Originally from the central coast of California, Makulumy graduated from Stanford University Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in Music and Earth Systems. Now a theatrical music director and pianist based in New York City, he also serves as a mentor for students looking to maintain and balance academic and artistic elements in their lives.
A National Merit Scholar, Makulumy scored in the 99th percentile on both SAT and ACT tests, and earned top scores on 13 AP exams (National AP Scholar). In addition to academic instruction, he has extensive teaching experience in a variety of artistic fields, including piano technique, music theory, vocal coaching, and Irish dance. Makulumy has an empathetic ear and positive mindset, and is committed to inspiring students to reach their highest potential in whichever field of study they intend to pursue.
Nadia recently graduated from Columbia University Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology and Dance. While at Columbia, Nadia also spent four semesters as a teaching assistant in the Psychology department, worked as a research assistant in a social psychology lab, performed and choreographed for several dance groups, and published her writing in on- and off-campus publications. When not tutoring, Nadia works as a freelance dancer and writer.
Nadia earned a 2360 on the SAT (Critical Reading 800, Math 800, Writing 760) and perfect scores on both the Math II and US History subject tests. As a tutor, Nadia has previously worked with elementary through high school students in test preparation, college applications, and academic subjects. Her approach to teaching prioritizes clear and accessible communication, active student participation, and attentiveness to the particular needs and goals of the individual.