Our Team

Our elite team of expert tutors are gifted coaches who simplify what at first appears complicated, and customize their approach to the most effective learning method of the individual student. Below is a selection of our accomplished tutors.

Renee
B.S. Economics & Accounting, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
M.F.A., A.R.T./MXAT, Institute for Advanced Theatre, Harvard University

In addition to helping our students with homework, focus and organization, Renee has extensive tutoring experience working with students in math, reading comprehension, writing, ISEE prep, and on college admissions essays. She enjoys building confidence in her students and empowering them to become involved in their progress. In addition to working regularly as an actor in New York, Boston, and Los Angeles, Renee was a Ford “Salute to Education” Scholarship recipient, a Silver Knight Nominee, and taught dance for several after school programs and at the Harlem School of the Arts. She is a former Miami Heat Dancer/choreographer, and is a graduate of the prestigious Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Renee received her B.S. in Economics and Accounting from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Subjects
Basic Math
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Reading Comprehension
Writing
Structuring Papers
ISEE Prep
SAT Prep
College Application Essays

 

Bianca
B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University
Ed.M. Educational Media, Harvard University
M.B.A. Columbia University and University of California at Berkeley

Bianca is always in search of a good story. As a student journalist at Northwestern University, she loved entertaining readers with offbeat stories from suburban Chicago. After graduating with a master’s from Harvard, Bianca moved out to Los Angeles to work in TV programming and development. While in entertainment, Bianca had the honor and joy of mentoring and championing young, talented writers. She has two M.B.A. degrees, one from Columbia and one from UC Berkeley, as part of a joint program. Bianca also studied at London Business School. She is currently a marketing professional and enjoys helping students identify their perfect college and how to best position themselves for admissions acceptance.

Subjects
Admissions essays
Admissions counseling
Admissions interviews

 

Tyler
Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering,University of Southern California
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Southern California
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California

Currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southern California, Tyler has performed research in both the mechanical and aerospace engineering departments. Having intimately studied kinematics and combustion and now focused on fluid dynamics, his current research at Dryden Wind Tunnel Laboratory is on Novel Aircraft Design (specifically exploring a parameter space of tail geometry and set angles that provides the most practical system for flight efficiency and control) as he looks forward to a career as an aerodynamicist. In addition to Tyler’s academic accolades, he played football as a quarterback for USC during his undergraduate studies, currently tutors for the Athletic Department at USC, and is a member of The Society for Automotive Engineers as well as a member of a Formula Madza race team in the Sports Car Club of America. In addition to helping Aureus students with all levels of math, Tyler is able to tutor students in advanced courses, such as Calculus (all levels), statics, dynamics, engineering physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, differential equations, heat transfer, materials science, fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics, and more. Though he relates incredibly well with students, he believes in giving them quite a bit of responsibility while remaining firm and focused on results.

Subjects
Mathematics
Pre-Algebra up through PDE’s
MATLAB
Physics
Statics
Dynamics
Mechanics

Justin
Ph.D. candidate, Integrative Biology of Disease, USC
M.S. Cell Biology, UCLA
B.S. Psychobiology, UCLA

Justin is currently a doctoral student at USC, pursuing his Ph.D. in Integrative Biology of Disease. He also holds a bachelors degree in psychobiology from UCLA, as well as a masters degree in cell biology. Though Justin’s passion is for both science and education (he has over 8 years of tutoring experience), he is also a UCLA sports fanatic and loves hiking, biking, playing tennis, and enjoying the incredible array of independent movie theaters throughout L.A. His current duties as a faculty member at USC include hands-on instruction in the biology laboratory setting, creating and implementing exams and course content, and welcoming his students during office hours. When it comes to tutoring, Justin focuses on helping students with course work in biology, chemistry, and physics, preparing students for the SAT-II and AP exams in those subjects, as well as prepping students for the SAT-I and ACT exams.
Subjects
Biology
Chemistry
Physics
Basic Math
Algebra I
Geometry
Algebra II
English
Social Studies
SAT preparation
ACT preparation
ISEE preparation
SAT II Biology
SAT Subject Chemistry
SAT Subject Physics
Environmental Science
Psychology

Mike
A.B. Spanish & Portuguese Languages/Cultures, Princeton University
Fullbright Fellow, Princeton in Latin America Fellow
J.D. Candidate, University of California at Berkeley

Mike spent four years as an admissions consultant at an educational consulting firm, gaining students admissions to Princeton, Harvard, Brown, as well as other top institutions. He also taught at a prestigious, international private high school in Seoul, Korea, where he worked with nearly all students on college application statements of purpose. Though he currently works at a law firm based in Pasadena, Mike enjoys spending time working with students on Spanish (from basic to AP) and is part of the Aureus Prep admissions consulting team, with specific expertise in helping students with school choice and penning top-notch essays and applications.
Subjects
College Admissions
Spanish
AP Spanish

Matthew
A.B. Philosophy, Princeton University
Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, UCLA

Matt graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2008 with a degree in philosophy. Alongside his many years of tutoring, his diverse academic background leaves him extremely well-suited to teaching subjects across the humanities and the sciences. In addition to employing a friendly, accessible teaching style, Matt emphasizes the importance of a strong conceptual grasp of underlying concepts, which allows his students to master difficult material. He is currently enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, where he enjoys his role as a teaching assistant and as a consultant at the graduate writing center.
Subjects
SAT
ACT
GRE
LSAT
ISEE
AP English Literature
AP Statistics
Calculus A/B
Physics B/C
AP Computer Science
Calculus B/C
Statistics
Physics B/C
Chemistry
AP Government
AP US History
AP English
SAT English/Literature
SAT Calculus
SAT Physics

Richard (Moon)
B.A. English, Film Studies & Philosophy, Dartmouth College
M.F.A. Film (Screenwriting & Directing), Columbia University

A filmmaker by trade, Moon has been working with students for the past 8 years. When not writing screenplays and making films, Moon stays busy teaching students screenwriting and producing at the New York Film Academy. As part of the college admissions team at Aureus Prep, he helps students brainstorm, develop, and pen essays that clearly stand out from the competition. Moon has received fellowships and grants from the New York Foundation of the Arts, New York State Council of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, Urban Artists’ Intiative/NY, Annenberg, Dartmouth College, and the Rooftop Filmmakers’ Fund. He was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
Subjects
Writing
Literature
Admissions Essays

Adaora
B.S.E. Operations Research & Financial Engineering, Princeton University
Ph.D. Industrial & Systems Engineering, Georgia Tech

Having attended high school in Manhattan Beach, California, Adaora graduated cum laude with a degree in Operations Research & Financial Engineering from Princeton University and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in Industrial & Systems Engineering–with a concentration in Economic Decision Analysis and minor in Economics–from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). During her tenure as a Ph.D. candidate, Adaora tutored high school and college students extensively, served as an NSF STEP Fellow, where she taught Math I and Math II to high school students, and was an instructor for undergraduate courses in Supply Chain Economics. In addition, she earned the Tech to Teaching Certificate from Georgia Tech’s esteemed Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Adaora recently moved back to the Los Angeles area after serving as a Visiting Professor in the Industrial & Systems Engineering department at Georgia Tech. In that capacity, she taught undergraduate courses in Statistics with Applications and Engineering Economy. Adaora has over a decade of experience tutoring and teaching math to high school and college students. She is passionate about education and excited to help make math more accessible to all.
Subjects
Algebra I
Algebra II
Pre-Calculus
Geometry
Calculus
Probability
AP Calculus
Statistics
Confidence Intervals
Regression Analysis
Economics
SAT Math
ACT Math
GRE Math

Scott P.
B.A. Humanities, University of California Santa Cruz
M.A., University of Southern California
Ph.D. Candidate, USC and John Hopkins University

Scott holds an MA in Classics from the University of Southern California, and has completed his Ph.D. coursework and qualifying exams in Classics at both the University of Southern California and Johns Hopkins University. For the past 19 years, he has taught a diverse range of secondary and post-secondary students, both one-on-one and in classrooms. Scott is particularly effective in helping students learn to read more perceptively, develop critical thinking skills, and write coherent and persuasive essays. As part of the Aureus Prep team, Scott tutors history, literature, writing, and test preparation (GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, TOEIC, AP World History, and AP English).
Subjects
GRE (Writing/Verbal)
GMAT (Writing/Verbal)
SAT (Writing/Verbal)
ACT (Writing/Verbal)
TOEFL
TOEIC
AP World History
AP English, History
Literature
Political Theory
Classics
Latin
Writing instruction
Academic essays
Developing Coherent Arguments
Editing and proofreading
Undergraduate & Graduate Applications
Statements of Purpose

Cody
Ph.D., English Literature & Creative Writing, University of Southern California
B.A. Political Science and English, University of Colorado
M.A. English, University of Colorado

Cody is a college professor with a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from USC. He has tutored for over ten years at the pre-college and collegiate levels and specializes in all forms of high school and college writing – from application essays and personal statements to the written portions of all entrance exams. His expertise also allows him to tutor students with coursework in English (literary analysis, vocabulary, sentence correction), History (World and U.S.), social sciences, writing, and standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT, AP tests, CSET, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT). Cody is part of the Aureus Prep admissions team, and has helped students matriculate to Columbia, Georgetown, New York University, among others.
Subjects
Reading
Writing
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Standardized Test Prep
AP History
AP Literature
SAT Subjects: Writing
SAT Subject: Literature
SAT Subject: History

Rachel
M.F.A. Film, Columbia University
B.F.A. Dramatic Writing, Columbia University

Raised in Orange County, Rachel received her B.F.A. with Honors in Dramatic Writing, where she was awarded the Venable Herndon Excellence Award at graduation. She received a certificate from UCLA’s Professional Program in Screenwriting prior to heading back to New York to further her studies. Rachel received her M.F.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program, where she was awarded the Arthur Krim Memorial Award and won the Comedy Central Award for Best Comedy at the 2004 Columbia University Film Festival for her featurelength screenplay. She spent two years as co-chair of the Columbia University Film Festival and was an original, creating team member of ScriptConnect, a forum that introduces agents, managers, producers, and executives to young writing talent. In addition to teaching professionally, Rachel writes for film and television.
Subjects
American Literature
English Literature
Writing & Composition
AP Literature
College essays
Admissions essays

Anna
A.B. Folklore & Mythology and Latin American Studies, Harvard University Magna Cum Laude

Born and raised in Denver, Anna has followed a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. As a classroom teacher and private tutor, she has experienced firsthand the thrill of helping students realize their full potential. Anna has taught overseas with the Harvard Kennedy School, led high school students in language and cultural immersion with Walking Tree Travel, and coached Stanford University Law students in public speaking and performance. Her favorite subjects to tutor are Spanish language at all levels and organization and study skills. Anna received her B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in Folklore & Mythology and Latin American Studies from Harvard University.
Subjects
Spanish Language
(Beginner through College)
AP Spanish
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Humanities
AP English Literature and Composition
College Writing
College Application Essays
Study & Organizational Skills
ISEE prep
SAT Prep
ACT prep

Paul
B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), Government and Italian,Georgetown University

Paul works with Aureus Prep as an SAT/ACT, English, AP History & English, and writing tutor. He has several years of experiencing helping students of all levels achieve their test prep goals via work at top private boutique tutoring firms in Los Angeles & New York. As part of Aureus Prep’s admissions team, Paul has edited and shaped essays that have supported the admissions process for students successfully admitted to top tier undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. In addition to essay composition and editing, Paul spent several years working as an executive speechwriter and communications strategist in the financial services industry. He is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Government and Italian.
Subjects
SAT Prep
ACT Prep
SAT World History
SAT US History
SAT Literature
Admissions Essays

Reema
B.A. Mathematics, Northwestern University
M.S. Global Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine

Reema graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a BA in Mathematics, where she also focused heavily on pre-med courses. Having recently completed her M.S. in Global Medicine, she plans to attend medical school while continuing her work as a tutor, and looks forward to working towards improving health care access and delivery. As part of Aureus Prep’s math, science, and test prep team, Reema’s approach is to teach in ways that best facilitate students’ individual learning styles and to focus heavily on explaining concepts in relatable terms.
Subjects
Basic Math
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Geometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus A/B
Calculus B/C
Statistics
Biology (All levels)
Chemistry
Physics
Organic Chemistry
SAT Math
SAT Science Subjects
GRE Math
MCAT
AP Courses in Math, Science Physics
Chemistry
Biology

Scot F.
B.S. Applied Science, Caltech
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, UCSD
J.D., UCLA

Scot has been a professional tutor since 1996. He works primarily with high school and college students, and his areas of expertise are math, science, English, and standardized exams such as the SAT, LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. He specializes in advanced subjects such as calculus, statistics, economics, and AP physics and chemistry. His high school students have gone on to attend leading universities, and his college students have been admitted to the top graduate institutions in the nation. Two recent GRE students have each posted a 10-point increase on their math scores, on a 30-point scale!

Scot earned a BS in Applied Math from Caltech, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UCSD, and a law degree from UCLA. He has continually scored 800 on the Math and Verbal portions of the SAT, 99th percentile on the LSAT, and a perfect score on the GRE. In addition to his tutoring, Scot has been an adjunct instructor of mathematics at a variety of two- and four-year colleges since 1996. This career has included a two-time nomination for Teacher of the Year at FIDM’s General Studies program.

Scot’s strengths are his complete and intimate knowledge of the subject material, his understanding of the psychology of learning, and his talent for assessing each student’s individual needs. His lessons are always interactive, and he paces each lesson so that the student is productively engaging mental gears at all times.
SUBJECTS
Math (grades 9-12)
Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
AP Math
Physics
Chemistry
PSAT
SAT
SAT Subject: Math
SAT Subject: History
SAT Subject: Chemistry English composition
GRE

Stosh
B.A. English & Film Studies, Yale University

A graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in English and Film Studies, Stosh Mintek currently serves as Executive Producer for the Ghetto Film School (GFS), a non-profit dedicated to training young filmmakers. Prior to this role, he served as Program Director for the same firm, overseeing more than 400 students, and has since led new development and education initiatives, including the launch of an online global partnership with Google.

As part of the Admissions Consultancy at Aureus Prep, Stosh works with students on school selection, interview preparation, and on crafting admissions essays and statements of purpose that allow each student’s unique voice and experience to come to life on the page. In addition to tutoring, Stosh continues to travel and work on a variety of film, music and art projects in the US and internationally.
SUBJECTS
Admissions Consulting
College Admission Essays
Admission Interview Prep
Composition

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