Pittsburgh Prep



into Academic Leaders



All our decisions at Pittsburgh Prep are focused on the following areas:
  • Build expert content knowledge in core subject areas of Math, Reading, English and Sciences

  • Think critically to make powerful deductions and inferences from given information and complex data

  • Overcome testing anxiety through stronger mindset and overall academic confidence


01. Unconventional Approach

The conventional approach by conventional high school systems and the official testing companies such as the College Board and the ACT is to simply provide practice problems and some attempt at explanation. The official study guides published by the College Board and the ACT, though useful, are hardly adequate for any serious student looking to improve their scores.

Our approach, therefore, is unconventional. Pittsburgh Prep’s core belief is to teach mastery of content (not recite corporate lesson plans), to produce powerful critical reasoning, build competitive test scores, and encourage lifelong learning. We never “teach to the test,” and never engage in shortcuts in lieu of concrete skill sets that provide solid grounding for our students to succeed on all standardized exams.

02. Tailored Curriculum

There are three ways we tailor our curriculum for all of our students:

  • Our entire program is based on an open-plan design, where our adept instructors are encouraged to plan, innovate and implement from our core curriculum. This means that our instructors are able to move laterally to best fit student needs in both large group classrooms and 1-on-1 tutoring sessions.

  • Developed in-house by our expert instructors, Pittsburgh Prep's core curriculum utilizes a powerful set of analytics to identify and resolve weaknesses in testing. From our diagnostics to our practice exams, every piece of data that we obtain results in strong adaptive changes that benefit our students.

  • We also are able to help students with special needs, having built a strong network of testing psychologists since 2006. Much more than obtaining extra time, we are then able to help our students take the exam strategically and confidently, to reach their highest potential.

03. Data-Driven Impact

There are two basic but important measurable items in education: Formative Assessment and Cumulative Assessment. We do both.

Formative assessment is a measure that provides specific guidance to our instructors to adapt and adjust their teachings so that their students will perform better in the very next session. We do this through our specific internally developed in-class constructive quizzes, end-of-class peer assessments, and via weekly staff meetings where master instructors lead and recommend changes to be made immediately. Having already graduated over 1,000 students from our program, we feel that we have demonstrated our impact in guiding students to their highest potential.

Cumulative assessment is a measure that shows the overall progress of the student. These are the previously administered, actual full-length practice exams our students take on a weekly basis. Our goal here is two-fold:

  1. To create a history of success so our students can confidently take the actual test.
  2. And to identify any ongoing issues in our skill set, so that our instructors can help our students break through these problem areas.

Lastly, as a results-based organization, we also boast a strong consistent average increase of 170 points for our students across the board. With over 2000 student graduates from every Pittsburgh county to countries as far away as Australia since our inception in 2006, we are confident in our abilities to guide our students to their highest potential.

04. Passion for Teaching

Simply stated, we love what we do. We’re a small company of dedicated teachers, utilizing research-based pedagogical methods, and we plan to remain this way, without compromise.

Our passion for teaching goes far beyond our curriculum. We take into account student context – sports, extra-curriculars, family obligations, jobs – all factors that can be stressful hindrances to student study. We meet with the parents prior to the start of every individualized program, and create a “goldilocks” scenario of preparation and access.

For group classes, our maximum teacher-to-student ratio is 12:1 during the summer, and 8:1 during the academic year. We maintain smaller classes to better conduct individual assessments throughout our sessions.

We maintain constant contact with our students and parents, communicating progress and challenges in a clear manner, focusing on resolution and score improvement. Teaching students to better comprehend normative exams such as the SAT and ACT, translates into better focus, deeper understanding of the nature of these tests and higher outcomes.

Finally, our instructors engage in professional development throughout the academic year, working both in research and classroom settings, from curriculum development to daily mindfulness. 

05. Experience and Credentials

All of our instructors possess the following:
  • A 99th percentile score in their areas of expertise

  • Individually, over 5 years (5,000 hours) of actual Classroom and tutoring experience

  • A Masters or PhD graduate degree in education

  • A proven track record of guiding students to their highest potential

06. Local Connection

Pittsburgh Prep is a locally focused small business, not another chain in a franchise. Our instructors and staff live in Pittsburgh, work in Pittsburgh, and maintain strong ties with the community and its schools.

We are the first independent test prep organization in the city of Pittsburgh and have become stronger and better every year.

We maintain and build strong relationships with local non-profits and community organizations, including the Pittsburgh Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters Pittsburgh ChapterBloomfield-Garfield Corporation.

To date, we have provided over $150,000 in scholarship in the form of tuition assistance to students and families in need. We never turn down students based solely on finances.


Sunghoon Kim

Hoon, Pittsburgh Prep’s founder, has been teaching since 1997. Having transferred from NYC, Hoon wanted to provide a highly effective place of learning for students of all backgrounds in our fair city of Pittsburgh. He has devoted himself and Pittsburgh Prep to instilling within every student powerful lifelong learning skills applicable to college-ready success and beyond.

In the past, Hoon worked as an options trader on Wall Street, a volunteer with UNICEF and AmeriCorps, a restauranteur, and an edu-preneur. Throughout his life, however, reform-minded education has been his passion. Armed with a B.A. from NYU and an Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hoon co-teaches in just about every class, and oversees the entire operation at Pittsburgh Prep with a singular focus – to develop superior instruction, continually improve the staff’s core knowledge base, and improve outcomes for all students at Pittsburgh Prep.

In his free time, Hoon can be seen raising his two children, enjoying sushi, being choked out in Brazilian Jujitsu, listening to podcasts, and devoting his time to Pittsburgh Prep’s partnerships with local community organizations. Most recently in 2019 amidst the pandemic, Hoon received his certificate in Independent College Admissions Counseling from University of California Riverside. Hoon is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling as well as the Pennsylvania chapter in PACAC.

College Admissions Consultant
Senior Instructor
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Joshua Goreczny

Joshua Goreczny

Josh has dedicated his career and life to helping people improve themselves through education. Growing up in the rural town of Oil City in northwestern Pennsylvania, he appreciated the power of education as a transformative force from kindergarten on.  Josh double-majored at the University of Pittsburgh in Psychology and History, and fell in love with the local food and music scenes. Josh went on to earn a Master’s Degree from Pitt’s School of Education while teaching in the North Hills.

His ten-year teaching career has spanned work with students in public and private high schools, colleges, home tutoring, and at-risk interventions; Josh now fills his commitment to education as a full-time private tutor and instructor at Pittsburgh Prep.  Josh prides himself on his deep, caring manner of teaching, and students appreciate the level of enthusiasm and empathy he exhibits on a daily basis in and out of the classroom. Josh’s SAT classes and private tutoring students average 150-200 point increases on a regular basis, reflecting the overall average improvements at Pittsburgh Prep.

In his free time, Josh enjoys staying in shape with strength training and long-distance running, #nerdingout with technology, (attempting) home repair, and spending time with his wife and adopted pets, Chewbacca and Gordon.

Academic Director

Valeria Antúnez​

Val serves as Pittsburgh Prep’s Center Administrator, and keeps our team on track as we pursue our mission and help our students reach their highest potential. Hailing from Puerto Rico, Val has come to love the Steel City, even if the skies are grayer here.

Before joining Pittsburgh Prep in mid-2018, Val cut her teeth working for her family’s business and studying art & design. Val is a graduate of Cornell’s Operations Management program. She has been an integral part of our team and loves the opportunity to interact with the students and parents that make Pittsburgh Prep great.

When not in the office, Val is an avid climber, animal-lover, painter, and designer. We’re lucky to have a Renaissance Woman like Val to keep us on track.

Operations Manager

Nathaniel Hull

Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh, attending Winchester Thurston School from Kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. He recently graduated from Princeton, having majored in History with a focus on Native American studies.

Before joining Pittsburgh Prep, Nathaniel worked as a Grant Consultant, helping small businesses get access to funding as part of the American Rescue Plan. In the past, he served as a teaching assistant for the Leap@CMU Summer program, teaching high school students advanced computer science skills. He has done exceedingly well on both the SAT and GRE alike and is excited to help the next generation of students achieve their goal scores.

While not at work, Nathaniel enjoys both playing and watching soccer, getting engrossed in board games and books alike, and learning academic trivia as a part of his ongoing obsession with the activity known as Quizbowl.


Sarah Guest

Sarah is a Pittsburgh native. She has traveled and lived all over the world, but she found herself at home back in the ‘burgh.

Sarah received her B.A in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has published short stories in several anthologies, and she is always working on the next draft of one novel or another. Sarah loves to help others hone their writing skills, and she spent four years as an editor for Amazon Publishing. She believes that curiosity and close attention are our best tools to enrich our stories, written and lived.

Sarah also taught English in rural Japan for several years. As part of a flagship English program in Miyagi Prefecture elementary schools, she worked alongside local teachers to develop a new curriculum. On her return to the US, she attended Duke University, receiving her M.A. in Japanese history. Her research brought her back to Japan for a summer, and she still visits whenever she can.

The results might be academic, but Sarah’s motivations are usually pure nerdery. She studies Japanese so she can watch anime and read manga. Her favorite use of storytelling skills is to create D&D adventures for her friends. She writes her historical knowledge into fantasy novels. She thinks there is fun to be had in all learning.

When she isn’t teaching and doesn’t have her nose in a book, you can find Sarah exploring the woods – on foot or on horseback. Sarah loves horses, and her proudest accomplishment is raising and training a Clydesdale mare.

Sarah tutors students in English, writing, reading comprehension, history, and Japanese.

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Sasha Stankovic

Sasha has devoted herself to advocating for youth and building relationships with communities to promote educational opportunities. Sasha has lived in Pittsburgh her entire life, staying close to home for college. She has a B.S. in Business from the Pennsylvania State University, specializing in Management and Marketing.

Before joining the Pittsburgh Prep team, Sasha worked as Lead Case Manager at a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh, managing and supporting youth with college and career opportunities. Additionally, Sasha worked at UPMC, coordinating and managing
transformational integration projects. Sasha prides herself on her commitment to building relationships with youth and communities, providing reliable support to ensure student success.

In her free time, Sasha enjoys being absorbed in books, watching The Office, gardening in the sunshine, and most importantly spending time with her family and many pets.

Community Relations and Project Manager

Russell Grant​

Russell spent his life close to home in Pittsburgh up through his college years, during which he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University while developing an interest in academic tutoring. Upon graduation, he broadened his horizons and moved to China to pursue his newfound passion of teaching and worked in foreign language schools as a chemistry teacher and part-time tutor. He returned to the United States eventually to earn his master’s degree in science education at Harvard University.
He has taught just about every science course available at the high school level at one point or another and currently teaches organic chemistry. Having spent much time preparing for standardized exams independently, he now enjoys helping others to achieve high levels of success as a tutor for Pittsburgh Prep.
When he is not teaching, he can be found playing with his two young daughters, raising them to share in his interests of video games and superheroes, while also readily giving in to their wishes of playing with dolls and dancing. He hopes that he will one day be able to convince his daughters to join him in one of his favorite pastimes – watching videos about math and science on YouTube – but he’s not holding his breath on this one!


Kathy Dickensheets

Kathy Dickensheets loved every minute teaching math at Hampton High School for 35 years and is delighted to be an instructor for Pittsburgh Prep. She is part of the leadership team for the AP Statistics Readings, a 2022 PA Teacher of the Year Finalist, an Educational Consultant for six major publishers, moderates for the New York Times "What's Going on in This Graph" activities, and presents professional development workshops. Kathy loves to spend time with her family and friends, think about math with students, continue to learn, play games, solve puzzles and solve escape rooms.


Lynn Horton

Lynn is a seasoned instructor of biology with a Bachelor's degree from Wellesley and a Ph.D in Cell Biology from Case Western. Her teaching experience has taken her from high schools in Cleveland to professorships to Winchester Thurston, where she teaches a range of subjects that complement her passions.

When Lynn isn't guiding students in sciences or research, she coaches soccer, sings in choirs, and pursues any interest that keeps her active!


Felicia DeRosa

Felicia is our resident and highly accomplished artist, instructor and art portfolio advisor. She holds a BFA in illustration and publication as well as an MFA in studio art, professional practices and art education. She has deep experience guiding students in their portfolio development and advising students in their careers in every art-related field as part of our college admissions team. Her expertise includes following:

  • College programming expertise from State Universities to private 4-year colleges to find best fit for students
  • Career and major exploration in all art-related fields
  • Drawing fundamentals: perspective, composition, golden section/geometry, figurative, and abstract
  • Traditional and digital acuity regarding "tools," styles and techniques such a Adobe creative suite
  • Community enrichment projects: murals and public art
  • Human Anatomy and functions
  • Color theory, color design, color application
  • Critical theory
  • Visual literacy/communication
  • Painting, Sculpture, Illustration, Graphic design, Sequential art
  • Multimedia installations (concepts, and practicum)
  • Curatorial and project development and implementation
  • Creative writing
  • Professional and studio practices

Collegiate Art and Portfolio Advisor

Terri Koprivnikar

Terri has spent all of her life in suburbs near Pittsburgh. After earning her BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice, she worked for several years in the court system as a probation officer. After returning to IUP to complete her M.Ed., she began working in the public school system. Her experiences have taken her from a Pittsburgh Public School to three very different local public high schools. All of these experiences have enabled her to work with a diverse array of students, each pursuing a unique post high school path.

Terri enjoys all aspects of her job at a high school, and sponsors several clubs and activities. Also an avid sports fan, Terri has been involved in hockey for as long as she can remember, and has stayed involved in high school hockey as a PIHL Game Coordinator.

In her free time, Terri enjoys spending time with her immediate family, which consists of her husband of 25 years and two sons in their 20’s and her extended family that is too large to describe. She is also the very proud mom of a spoiled two year old Gerberian Shepsky named Ovi who she rescued during the pandemic.

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Vincent Valenzuela

Vince has spent his entire professional life in the world of admissions. First as a campus tour guide and admission counselor for his alma mater, Monmouth University (NJ), to four years as the southern regional representative for Villanova University. While on the Main Line, Vince was the liaison for the highly competitive seven-year BS/MD program with Drexel and the accelerated seven-year DMD program with the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2002, Vince transitioned from college admissions to managing the enrollment of three independent schools: Rutgers Preparatory School (Somerset, NJ), Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia, PA) and Sierra Canyon School (Los Angeles, CA). Since 2013, Vince has been an independent college counselor as the founder of CW- Princeton LLC near his hometown of West Windsor, NJ. Vince has had the pleasure of visiting 85 college campuses throughout the United States. He has also been a guest speaker at Fortune 500 companies like Dow Chemical, Novo Nordisk, and Pfizer.

In his free time, he and his wife (of 21 years) Colleen, spend time on the tennis courts and at the beach- Sea Isle City, NJ- with their three children. Vince is grateful to be joining and learning from his new colleagues at Pittsburgh Prep.

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Jennifer Tracy

Jennifer is a STEM instructor with twenty-eight years of experience teaching all levels of high school Chemistry, including regular and Honors Chemistry I, Chemistry II, and AP Chemistry. Additionally, she created and taught an electives course in Forensic Science. Her educational experience is lengthy. Earning a BS in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s College, she moved across the street and attended the University of Notre Dame. While there, she taught undergraduates, conducted laboratory research, and earned a MS in Biochemistry. Following a few years working in the pharmaceutical and instrumentation industries, she returned to Pittsburgh to earn a second MS degree in Educational Science from Duquesne University. She has been teaching ever since.

As an avid distance runner, Jennifer loves to run for fun as well as to compete in half and full marathons locally and throughout the country. She enjoys the beach, snow skiing, cooking, grilling, and knitting. She and her husband enjoy their fur-family of two “retired” American Cocker Spaniel show dogs, Simba and Nathan. To keep them from becoming couch-potatoes, they participate in the dog sports of agility and scent work. Jennifer also loves to spend time with her family and friends.


Wendy Matta

Wendy Matta began teaching chemistry in 1994 during the inaugural year of the Undergraduates Teaching Undergraduates (UTU) program in the University of Pittsburgh’s general chemistry laboratory and recitation sessions.   Although originally interested in forensic chemistry, the UTU experience allowed her to find her true passion, teaching chemistry.  She tutored and worked as a small group instructor until graduating in 1997 with a BS in Chemistry.  Wendy returned to Pitt to obtain her Chemistry Teacher Certificate in 1999 while working as a liaison between the School of Education and the Department of Chemistry performing observation and training of the new UTUs.


Seton LaSalle High School provided her first opportunity to teach AP Chemistry and College in High School Chemistry in cooperation with Seton Hill College.   In 2002, she moved to her current position teaching Honors and AP Chemistry at Thomas Jefferson High School.  The early career years were also a time of growth for her family.  Wendy married her high school sweetheart, Tony, and they have two children, George and Paul.   Now that both boys are in college, Wendy spends more time pursuing her hobbies.  She loves to bake, scrapbook, crochet, travel, and she is also pursuing her Winemaking Certification through Penn State University.  Now, with a few hours left in the day, she decided to share her love of chemistry with the students at Pittsburgh Prep.


20+ years in the classroom and Wendy continues to perfect her techniques through additional training.   She is a member of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers and recently completed 3 years of training through the National Math and Science Initiative, focusing on making AP Chemistry more accessible to a wider student population.   For Wendy, understanding chemistry starts with connection.   She believes that students must connect their own experiences to the content, they must feel connected to their teacher/tutor, and ultimately they will see how the chemistry content connects to other coursework and future experiences.    Wendy strives to help students find balance and connection between the qualitative and quantitative observations made in the macroscopic realm, the symbolic language of chemistry,  and the models used to represent microscopic particles and forces which cannot be seen.   She is excited to connect to the students at Pittsburgh Prep to share her strategies for success in chemistry.


June Angelini

June has been teaching in the public schools for 25 years and has taught Mandarin Chinese, AP
chemistry, Biology and ESL. She holds the teaching certificate in Mandarin, English as a Second
Language (ESL), Chemistry, and Biology in the state of Pennsylvania. Her Mandarin Chinese and
Chemistry scores on the Praxis exams qualified her for an Excellence Award from the
Educational Testing Service (ETS).
About ten years ago, with enthusiasm, perseverance, and pride she initiated, built, and
developed the Mandarin program for a local school district.  During the past ten years, she
spent many weekends, holidays, and evenings to create and develop the Mandarin program,
write curriculum, as well as promote the program through many community events.
Additionally, she planned and implemented the trips to China which have provided memorable
and invaluable experiences for her students. As a result, the Mandarin program has grown from
an initial one level ,16 students to five levels and almost 100 students in the district. She often
incorporates culture lessons into the language learning in her class because she believes
language and culture go hand-and -hand. She also sponsors the after school Chinese club where
students could explore authentic Chinese food, culture, arts and crafts. As a world language
teacher, June believes it is her mission to educate her students to become global citizens.
In her free time, June likes to work in her garden, read and practice Tai Chi. She also enjoys
traveling and exploring different cultures and food.


Dana Hardy-Bingham

Dana is a passionate actor, director, and educator raised on Bainbridge Island but a lover of Pittsburgh for the last seventeen years. Dana started her early career pursuing professional acting after graduating from Lewis and Clark College. She spent much of her 20’s doing theater in Seattle and Chicago, joining Actor’s Equity Association, as well as SAG/AFTRA. She then went on to the University of Iowa where she earned an MFA in Acting and a 3-year Arts fellowship. Dana has built an extensive teaching career earned through university-level, high school, middle school and elementary level positions in English, Drama, Public Speaking, Interview Techniques, Speech and Debate, and Mock Trial. For the last ten years, Dana was the Drama Director at Shady Side Academy where she taught many classes in the English department, including a Public Speaking course that she developed, which often had a waitlist for admittance. Dana also built an incredible theater program at SSA including taking students to perform internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016 and 2018, and built a Playwriting program and Original Works Theater Festival. A few of Dana’s professional Pittsburgh stage credits include: Regan in King Lear, Yelana in Collaborators, and Jane Eyre in After Mrs. Rochester (Quantum), Deborah in the world premiere of Umbrella Man / Daisy in Amy Hartman’s world premiere of The Chicken Snake (The Rep), Tessa in 800 Words / Denise in Risk Everything / Linda Rotunda in Savage in Limbo (Caravan Theater), and Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter (Open Stage).


Lam Gray

Lam grew up in Vietnam before moving to the United States to pursue higher education at Franklin & Marshall College and Penn State University. Over the years, she earned a Master’s degree in Physics and taught this subject at school as a tutor and a teaching assistant. She went on to become a chip design engineer for a few years before joining Pittsburgh Prep. Having had many great teachers and mentors in her life, Lam came to appreciate the art of teaching as well as its impact and practice. She aspires to teach with compassion, enthusiasm and encouragement and believes that good, effective teaching should bring joy to learning. At Pittsburgh Prep, Lam is excited to work with students in various subject and testing areas to help them achieve their goals. While not at work, Lam enjoys singing, drawing, and writing a blog. She also enjoys brushing up on her Chinese and Japanese skills if she has extra time. Lam loves spending time with others, especially with her husband and their two dogs, Miiko and Enoch.


Anuj Lele

Anuj grew up just outside Pittsburgh and has always called it home. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Throughout his academic career, he has prided himself on excellence, earning numerous 5's in his AP exams, a high SAT score, and the impressive title of National Merit Scholar. During these years, Anuj developed a love for explaining, connecting, and teaching - strengths that he brings to Pittsburgh Prep. He enjoys all things STEM, but his forte is mathematics where he develops a connection with the student to explain and develop confidence in the subject. His favorite thing about tutoring is the opportunity to explain a topic in a way that a student has never experienced before.

When not with his students, you can find Anuj volunteering at the Carnegie Science Center, spending time with friends, playing basketball, enjoying Pittsburgh's great food options, or cheering on his Steelers or Panthers!


Corey Schultz

Corey grew up in northern NJ and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in both history and neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Through Pitt's Honors College, Corey is a candidate for the Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) degree, with a thesis focusing on the history of community health organizations in Pittsburgh.

He has extensive experience using the knowledge that he learns in the classroom and applying it to the real world.
In high school, Corey was a tutor for math and science classes while also working for an education company to develop AP Chemistry curriculum. He really enjoys making personal connections with his students and working with them to improve not only their subject knowledge, but also their studying and test-taking skills!

In his spare time, Corey is a volunteer at UPMC Children's Hospital, where he works in the transplant unit to bring activities and games to the kids in the hospital. He also enjoys playing video games, watching sports, and trying all the different restaurants around Pittsburgh!


Atharva Barve

Atharva is originally from Chicago but has lived in Bangalore, India for five years, and Pittsburgh for the last six years. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Global and Public Health on a pre-med track with a minor in Business at Cornell University.

Eager to apply classroom knowledge to the real-world, Atharva has worked on a clinical and basic research project on Diabetes and Irritable Bowel Syndrome respectively. In high school, as a captain of the Speech and Debate team, he taught and coached students on speaking and debating skills. Atharva loves making new friends and learning new skills from his peers, colleagues, and students.

When Atharva is not working, you can find him dancing Bhangra for the Cornell Bhangra Team, solving Rubik’s Cubes, playing Chess, or trying different restaurants and cuisines in Pittsburgh or Ithaca.


Michael Aguilar

Michael grew up all across the Southeastern United States before earning an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in English Language and Literature. He followed that with a graduate degree in the field of teaching from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2011. 

A true expert in all things English, he spent the next 8 years teaching at every level of high school in Baton Rouge. Teaching all four grades of high school as well as AP Literature and Composition and developing and teaching his school’s AP Language and Composition curriculum. In 2018 he moved to stay at home with his children full time and joins Pittsburgh Prep to continue to assist young people with their educational goals while maintaining the schedule that full time fathering requires!

Outside of the educational field Michael loves to read, play beach volleyball, do any kind of physical exercise, enjoy the natural beauty that his current residence of Salt Lake City, UT provides, and spend time with his family. He owes all of his success in life to his brilliant and loving wife, Kendall. 

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Christine Dowling

Christine an upper elementary teacher with a passion for nurturing creative and critical thinkers. She has over 10 years experience as an educator and is passionate about developing a dynamic, research-based curriculum that keeps students curiously engaged through play and discovery.

Over her career, she has specialized in academically gifted and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) education with upper elementary and middle school age students. She guides students in the use of technology as a tool to creatively express themselves and develop critical thinking skills. In addition to technology, Christine helps students develop skills and confidence in the arts, entrepreneurship, building, communication, and collaboration!

Christine has been instrumental in developing Pittsburgh Prep’s summer Junior programs. In these programs, Christine has integrated experiential learning, arts, and technology into thematic STEAM-based programs. She is also available for enrichment or remediation private tutoring.

Christine holds a degree in Elementary Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and additionally holds certifications in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Children from Queens University, as well as Educating Global Citizens and Curriculum Differentiation from Harvard University and is a Certified Mentor Teacher.

When she is not teaching, Christine enjoys cooking, sailing, practicing yoga, and traveling. She’s explored all over the East Coast - hailing originally from South Florida, but lived in Charlotte, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. She now calls Pittsburgh home and is enjoying exploring the city!


Atharv Bhave

Atharv grew up in Pittsburgh, attending Canon-McMillan high school. He is currently a second-year student at Penn State, studying Pre-medicine as part of the 7-year guaranteed BS/MD program. 

An alum of Pittsburgh Prep’s SAT intensive course, he achieved perfect scores on the SAT’s math section and on all sections of the ACT. Atharv has also served as a Learning Assistant for collegiate organic chemistry, and enjoys helping students get the results they wish to see.

In his leisure time, he can be found watching sports, learning trivia, or convincing himself to work out.


Allison Rice

Allison is a STEM instructor with eight years of experience teaching at the college level. She has primarily taught General Chemistry Lecture and Labs, Organic Chemistry Lecture and Labs, Physical Science Lecture and Labs, and Everyday Chemistry for nonmajors at the University of South Carolina, Allen University, Wake Forest University, and now at Carlow University. Allison can offer an interesting prospective to future college students as she has taught at both large public and small private institutions. In addition to teaching chemistry, Allison is passionate about developing STEM Outreach Programs. She commonly partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters and local elementary and middle school to bring science to life and rise up the next generation of young scientists.


Allison has a B.S. in Chemistry from Westminster College, followed by a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina. At the University of South Carolina, Allison worked on a research project on graphitic hybrid materials for sustainable energy conversion. Upon completion of her PhD, Allison started a Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship at Wake Forest University where she was able to teach her own class, mentor undergraduate researchers, and research nitroaromatic antibiotics for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases. After various research and teaching experiences, Allison found her passion in teaching and started as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. She also worked as a Chemistry Tutor at Guildford Tech Community College. Since her and her husband are both from the Pittsburgh area, they decided to make the move back north and Allison is excited to start at Carlow University and Pittsburgh Prep.


When Allison is not teaching, she enjoys the beach, charcuterie boards, casinos, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends. 


Alyson Nolte

Alyson is a proud Pittsburgh native, though she also spent time living abroad, including three years in Spain and one year in Australia. She graduated valedictorian of the McAnulty College of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University with a dual major in Spanish and Corporate Communications, and she later received a Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Language from the University of Pittsburgh. To date, Alyson has more than 10 years of experience as a teacher and private tutor of both Spanish and EAL, and she has worked with students ranging from early learners through adults. Currently, she teaches three (soon to be four!) levels of high school Spanish in the Pittsburgh area.

Alyson is a self-described linguaphile and an aspiring polyglot who is fascinated by just about anything to do with words and human communication. She is passionate about the benefits of foreign language education and meeting her students where they are at to push them towards higher levels of proficiency and achievement of their language-learning goals.

When not nerd-ing out about language, Alyson enjoys travelling, hiking, reading, cooking, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and spending time with her family and friends.


Morgan Jackson-Strong

Morgan is a former High School Biology educator who is now pursuing a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh, where she investigates the role of lipid processing/metabolism and inflammatory programming of alveolar macrophages in health and disease. She currently holds a B.S in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Georgia State University. Her passion for teaching began early on when she peer-mentored students in a pharmacy program at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, which she continued for 10 years. Morgan continued to teach throughout her undergraduate career, where she was a teaching assistant for chemistry labs. Following graduation, she began her teaching career which fortified her resolve and love for supporting students in their academic and personal journeys. Outside of science and education, Morgan also enjoys exploring the world with her husband and their son, cuddling with their cats, and practicing healing meditation.