We all share a passion for teaching, a focus on helping our students achieve their best,
and a commitment to uphold the highest ethical standards. We focus on helping our students become independent learners, and we aim at working ourselves out of a job. You can read about the individuals who make up our team below.
Rachel is a passionate teacher, and her students often comment that this passion and excitement for her subject makes them more interested, sometimes in spite of themselves. Since January 2009 she has tutored over a hundred students, helping them to achieve their goals in all three AP History classes and both AP English classes, as well as on the Reading Comprehension and Writing sections of both the ACT and SAT. While most of her students have been in high school, she also has experience preparing middle schoolers for the SSAT/ISEE, and in basic English grammar and usage. Since the fall of 2010, she has edited almost 300 college application essays, working both independently and “behind the scenes” for private educational consultants. She currently works as the “essay guru” for two private consultants in the Boston area, and looks forward to being able to provide these services to others.
While Rachel has been known to geek out over new textbooks, and she finds it hard to suppress her urge to share the importance of certain supreme court cases, the proper use of the subjunctive mood, and how to craft a tightly written essay or paper, she also finds time to enjoy inventing new recipes and haunting her local farmers’ markets, attending live concerts and shows, and getting to the beach as often as she can.
High School, Riverdale Country School, 1995
AB, Bryn Mawr, History, 1999
MA, History, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, 2007
MS, Library and Information Science, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, 2008
After earning degrees at the Universities of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, Jeremiah Hill began a teaching career that has included schools large and small, as well as tutoring individual students and small groups. In every context he teaches his students to make connections between the subject matter and the larger world, using film, music, comic strips, current events, world languages, and anything else that may help them learn. His students have commented on his “careful guidance and measured advice”; one elaborates, “he is one in a very short list of people who taught me how to write clearly, concisely, and logically.”
In addition to being a passionate teacher, Jeremiah is also an avid reader, cook, tinkerer, film buff, and banjo player.
BA, Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison, Philosophy, 1995
MsED, University of Pennsylvania, 2000
Eli has been a tutor for students from 5th to 12th grade in the Boston area for six years, and tutored college students for two years before that. He has worked with students of all ages in mathematics, from basics like arithmetic and geometry through college-level calculus. He has also tutored middle and high school students in reading comprehension and writing.
Much of Eli’s tutoring has aligned with his passion for social justice. He has three years of experience helping underserved Boston 8th graders apply for and enroll in selective high schools. He has also trained over 500 high school students to be tutors for younger children. Besides that, he has tutored groups of students ranging from 7th-12 grade, in a wide variety of subjects including tap dance, hands-on science, statistics, Chinese energy work, and environmental stewardship.
Eli’s passion is for working with students for whom school is a little too slow or a little too fast. A core component of his tutoring is the building of self-confidence and personal work ethic, which in his experience are top growth areas for most kids.
When he’s not taking standardized tests like the SAT, ACT, or ISEE for fun, Eli enjoys practicing Tai Chi, reading science fiction, swimming, and baking bread − though, to his regret, he can still only do these things one at a time.
BA, Oberlin College, Music History and Theory, 2005
MEd, Lesley University, Curriculum and Instruction, 2009
After earning her BA in Mathematics from Wesleyan University, Kate Charles returned to the classroom to train as a biological scientist. While working on her Master’s at the Harvard Extension School, she gained a deep respect and appreciation for students from non-traditional backgrounds and students with special challenges. Kate began teaching as an Associate Instructor at Indiana University while a PhD student in Biology, and discovered a passionate interest in science education and in teaching strategies that work with the students’ backgrounds and goals.
When she isn’t teaching or working on her dissertation, Kate may be knitting, baking, or playing her ukulele – though somehow she often finds herself spontaneously teaching people to knit, bake, and strum. At no time, however, does she stop being a science nerd.
BA, Wesleyan University, Math, 2000
ALM, Harvard Extension School, Natural Sciences, 2007
Ph.D, Indiana University, Biology (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior), 2013 (expected)
Aaron, a graduate of Haverford College, has been a technical writer, gossip columnist, freelance editor, and marketing communications expert. He has more than 10 years of experience in refining and clarifying written materials.
He has edited college application essays for Shulman & Hill and as a volunteer at the AVID program for California youth “on the bubble” of college eligibility. He has written and edited technical manuals for O’Reilly and for Pearson Education, and his book of poetry, When the Voice Speaks, is available at the Harvard Book Store.
BA (Honors), Haverford College, Spanish, 1999