Elite Educational Coaching

Specializing in enrichment, test prep, writing, and high-school & college admissions

Sign up now for summer workshops (PSAT, SAT, ACT, high-school entrance exams). 

Harvard-trained professional & former Harvard instructor
  •      A.B., magna cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University
  •      J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  •      Former McKinsey & Co. management consultant and Ropes & Gray lawyer
  •      Insightful, analytical, supportive coaching on test prep and admissions, informed by a decade of experience with hundreds of students
Small-group workshops
  •      SAT, ACT, and PSAT prep
  •      High-school entrance-exam prep (Core Skills for grades 6-8): Chicago Public Schools selective enrollment exam, NWEA MAP, ISAT, ISEE & SSAT (for private schools and boarding schools), HSPT (for Catholic schools)
  •      Enrichment for grades 4-6 (Greek mythology, reading, writing, math)
  •      College admissions workshops (including personal essay workshops)
E-mail me if you are interested in workshops (college admissions; PSAT, SAT, and ACT prep for grades 9-11; Core Skills high-school entrance exam prep for grades 6-8) or in private appointments.

News and announcements

7/18/14: Students are already making reservations for private coaching sessions during the summer of 2015. E-mail me if you would like to work with me next summer; I can accommodate a limited number of private students each summer.

7/17/14: I've posted the final schedule of summer Core Skills Workshops, which will help rising 7th and 8th graders prepare for high-school entrance exams.

7/10/14: I've posted the final schedule of summer PSAT, SAT, and ACT Prep Workshops.

6/19/14: I've posted the schedule and descriptions of summer PSAT, SAT, and ACT Prep Workshops.


6/1/14: To mark the end of my first decade as an educational coach, I launched my blog and Twitter account.

5/31/14: Chicagoist.com featured a photo of me performing on the violin at Make Music Chicago.

April 2014: Congratulations to my seniors who were admitted to Brown, Cornell, University of Chicago, Wash U, Northwestern, Carleton, Pomona, Wellesley, University of Michigan, and Case Western (Presidential Scholarship), among other schools!

4/8/14:  All students applying to CPS selective-enrollment high schools must now take the NWEA MAP, an adaptive computer-based test based on rigorous Common Core standards. Rising 8th graders who attend private or parochial schools will have to take the NWEA MAP this Sept/Oct

Current 7th graders who attend public schools will take the NWEA MAP in late April or early May, at their peak of preparedness during the school year.  To succeed on the NWEA MAP, private-school students will have to overcome the challenges of (a) summer learning loss, b) lack of experience with Common Core standards and content, and (c) lack of familiarity with the NWEA MAP and with adaptive computer-based testing more generally.  Thus, it will be critically important for current 7th graders at private or parochial schools to use the summer months to strengthen their math and reading skills and to gain familiarity with the substance and style of the NWEA MAP. E-mail me if you are interested in having your child work with me this summer, either in small-group workshops in August or in private coaching sessions, to prepare for the Sept/Oct NWEA MAP.

3/10/14:  Three of my students were admitted to Groton School, a highly selective boarding school in Groton, MA.
This year's Groton admit rate was 12%.

8/4/13: I gave a violin and voice recital, together with pianist Tatyana Stepanova, at the Cabrini Shrine in Chicago as part of the "Music in the Shrine" concert series.

7/25/13: I gave a solo violin recital on the main stage at Harpa Concert Hall, the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavik, for an audience of 600. Pianist Dennis Moore accompanied me.

3/21/13: CBS Chicago named me one of the "Best Local Female Musicians" in Chicago.

2/21/13: I spoke at Northwestern University Law School as a member of a panel on alternative careers.


1/13/13: 98.7 WFMT broadcast a performance by the St. James Cathedral Choir, in which I sang.

10/22/12: I performed on the violin at Preston Bradley Hall (Chicago Cultural Center).

8/17/12: 98.7 WFMT (wfmt.com) broadcast a performance of the Brahms Requiem by the St. James Cathedral Choir, in which I sang.