Goldstein Test Prep instructors are high achieving, charismatic and deeply invested in their students' success. Our instructors have scored in the top percentiles of test-takers nationwide and achieved an impressive number of accolades. Excellent communication skills and a drive to help others are both essential qualities we look for in each of our instructors in addition to academic talent. Having successfully navigated the college admissions process and gained admission to some of the top programs in their fields, our teachers are in a unique position to act not only as instructors, but also as mentors to their students.

College:
University of Pennsylvania
Major:
Intellectual History
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Academic Math, History, English
Email:
mike.goldstein@goldsteintestprep.com
Bio:
Mike knew early on that he wanted to be a teacher and be involved in education. After graduating from Shady Side Academy in 2003, he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he majored in history and planned to become a full-time teacher. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Penn, he offered his first SAT programs in Pittsburgh during the summer of 2007 in an effort to fulfill his desire to teach and to help those in his community. From 2007-2010, he taught 10th grade humanities at Culver Academies, an elite boarding school in northern Indiana where he also coached football and basketball. While at Culver, Mike developed an educational philosophy focused on skill-driven, student-centered learning, with an emphasis on understanding how students think through the academic challenges they face. He continued running SAT and ACT programs in Pittsburgh during the summers until 2010 when he left Culver to run his preparation programs full-time. From his experience working “in the trenches” with hundreds of students during the past eight years, he developed an approach to SAT and ACT preparation that meets students where they are, understanding the anxiety that standardized testing causes but also helping students to frame these tests as manageable opportunities to succeed and attain their goals. Recognizing that the SAT and ACT are structured to test students on specific types of thinking skills in predictable, standardized ways, he designed Goldstein Test Prep’s programs to empower students by helping them understand what they are being tested on and how to think deliberately through each question type. He looks forward to doing all that he can to help students develop the knowledge, skills and self-confidence to succeed in their aspirations, large and small!
College:
Carnegie Mellon University
Major:
History, Gender Studies
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Literature, US History, World History, Math I Subject Tests
Email:
susan.anderson@goldsteintestprep.com
Bio:
Susan, now entering her fifth year with Goldstein Test Prep, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minor in Gender Studies. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Susan has worked with over 500 students in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Susan specializes in finding the right approach for each individual student and has enjoyed working with students at all achievement levels including those with learning accommodations. She developed her passion for teaching from her experiences and relationships at Oakland Catholic High School, where she graduated at the top of her class. Well versed in all content areas, Susan enjoys helping students to understand the test taking skills that the SAT and ACT require. Her students have experienced success with the tests and have gone on to be accepted into prestigious colleges and universities! Susan has thoroughly benefited from getting to know the many young people she has worked with through the years, not to mention developing excellent navigational skills of the streets and towns of Pittsburgh. Throughout her time in high school and college, Susan rowed on the varsity rowing team and still finds time to spend early mornings on the water. In her free time Susan loves to cook for her friends and family, spend time with the puppy in her life, and is currently training for a half-marathon!
College:
Pennsylvania State University Schreyers Honors College
Major:
Comparative Literature, Asian Studies, International Studies
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Composition, Reading Comprehension, Grammar
Email:
patmkessler@gmail.com
Bio:
Patrick has been an educator since 2008. He began his teaching career as a writing tutor at Penn State Learning. While working on his triple major, he also tutored underprivileged and ESL students in all subjects through Penn State's Comprehensive Studies Center, and student-athletes through MASCA. During a semester abroad in Taiwan, he taught a 10th grade English class to Mandarin speakers at National Chengchi University Affiliated High School. Upon graduating with honors, he taught a summer school intensive English course for Chicago Public Schools, then spent a year teaching 9th grade English and 12th grade Honors English at Western International High School in Detroit's Mexican Town. He and his wife then traveled to Seoul, ROK to teach ESL and test taking strategies for South Korea's premier English education institution, Chungdahm Learning. While teaching at Chungdahm, he developed curricula for advanced classes in literature, nonfiction reading, business English, and adult education, and became a trainer for new instructors. He moved back to the Pittsburgh area in April of 2013 and joined the Goldstein Test Prep team shortly thereafter. He attended Kiski Area High School where he scored a 2250 on the SAT with 770 in Critical Reading, 740 in Math, and 740 in Writing. When he isn't teaching, he can be found cooking for his wife, walking his dog, working on his first novel, or studying foreign languages.
College:
Carnegie Mellon
Major:
Biological Sciences and Neuroscience
Subjects Taught:
SAT
Email:
zfrenchek@gmail.com
Bio:
Zach is a 2010 graduate of Carnegie Mellon where he majored in Biological Sciences. Following his time at CMU, Zach matriculated to the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Utah, where he spent two years working on projects within developmental neurobiology before leaving to pursue other interests. Zach has been a peer-tutor in high school, a Teaching Assistant at CMU, and a Course Tutor for graduate students at the University of Utah. Zach made his way to CMU after graduating from Greensburg-Salem High School, where he was a varsity swimmer, marching band member, and quiz team captain. He scored a 2230 on his SAT with an 800 in SAT Critical Reading and 790 in SAT Math. While not thinking about test-taking, Zach can be found running, motorcycling, or making a fool of himself on the dance floor. He has been an instructor with Goldstein Test Prep since 2012.
College:
University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
Major:
Bioengineering, Spanish (Minor), Chemistry (Minor)
Subjects Taught:
SAT, Math and Science Subject TestS, General and Organic Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Calculus
Email:
dmercader22@gmail.com
Bio:
Originally from Horsham, PA, Dan traveled across the state to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College with a BS in Bioengineering and minors in both Spanish and Chemistry. He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and has also achieved scores of 780 on the math II, and 36 on his MCAT. During his time at Pitt, Dan was heavily involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, and Pitt-B Ultimate. He is currently taking a year off from school before heading to medical school in the Fall of 2017. He has always loved the education field and has worked as both an independent science tutor and a teaching assistant for engineering. Outside of the academic setting, Dan is a major sports fan and can be found playing ultimate frisbee with the Community of Pittsburgh Ultimate most weeks.
College:
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Major:
Medicine
Subjects Taught:
SAT
Email:
eed27@pitt.edu
Bio:
Emily is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She graduated from Cornell University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in biological sciences. She was the highest-ranking student in the College of Arts & Sciences and was named a Merrill Presidential Scholar, awarded to seniors in the top 1% who show leadership ability. Emily was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and was on the Dean's List every semester. At Cornell, Emily was very involved in research, worked as an EMT-B for Cornell's student-run Emergency Medical Service agency, and taught CPR classes. She attended Quaker Valley High School and scored a 2310 on the SAT (780 Writing, 770 Critical Reading, 760 Math). On the SAT subject tests, Emily scored an 800 on Math II, a 780 on Physics, and a 720 on Biology. Outside of school, Emily was very active in lacrosse. She was a team captain, a two-time All-American Honorable Mention, and a two-time Academic All-American. Emily has been teaching SAT preparation programs with Goldstein Test Prep since 2010 and greatly enjoys the time she spends with her students. When Emily isn’t working, she likes to bike ride, go on walks, and ski.
College:
Johns Hopkins
Major:
Philosophy and Chemistry
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Academic Math and Sciences, Writing
Email:
julianschooley@gmail.com
Bio:
Julian pursued Philosophy and Chemistry in undergraduate studies, along with Applied Math and Physics. He has presented papers at conferences including The Pittsburgh Continental Philosophy Group's Duquesne University conference. He did peer tutoring in high school for Calculus and Latin and continued tutoring while an undergraduate with SAT test prep and Chemistry. In reflecting on his favorite teachers and academic writers, Julian points toward an ability to take complex ideas and render them in everyday language. It's a virtue he aims for in his own teaching. He has written freelance on technology, design, and business ethics and is working toward being published as a genre fiction author. He continues his learning as a voracious reader, participating in philosophy conferences, writing about architecture and movies, and experimenting with artistic media.
College:
Duquesne Honors Program
Major:
Physicial Assistant Studies
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Chemistry
Email:
alovre97@gmail.com
Bio:
Annamarie is a Physician Assistant Studies major in the Honors College at Duquesne University. She graduated from Quigley Catholic High School as valedictorian, a member of National Honors Society, and a three-time mock trial state champion. She scored a 34 on the ACT. At Duquesne, she is a chairperson on the service committee for Physician Assistant Student Association, a board member of Consistent Ethic of Life, and a musician for music ministry. In the spring, she presented a research project at the Undergraduate Research Symposium on how the medical system has changed in response to ethical debates. When not studying, Annamarie likes to spend time with her friends and family, work on jigsaw puzzles, and play the piano.
College:
Carnegie Mellon University
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Academic Math and Science
Email:
sdemetri@andrew.cmu.edu
Bio:
Sascha is a student at Carnegie Mellon University where he intends to earn both his bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering. He attended high school at Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel where, in addition to his academic interests, he captained the soccer team and played drums for a jazz combo throughout Pittsburgh. Throughout high school he used his strength in math to work as a tutor for the math department where he taught freshman and sophomores in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. He earned top scores on the SAT and a perfect 800 on the math, as well as a 740 on both the math I and math II subject tests. In college he is a system leader on the formula SAE team which makes an electric racecar and has won awards for being the best designed and most technologically advanced car at competitions. He has worked with Goldstein Test Prep since May 2013. In the past year he has taught classes and tutored students individually for the SAT, specific SAT sections, math and physics subject tests, and academic calculus.
College:
Princeton University
Major:
Global Policy
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT, Pre-Calculus
Email:
grubbs@princeton.edu
Bio:
Chris Grubbs is a student at Princeton University studying history, economics and global policy in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy. He is a native of Pittsburgh and attended Shady Side Academy where he was involved in student government, the environmental club and served as an admissions ambassador. In addition, he was captain of the varsity tennis team which won the Pennsylvania State Championship in 2014. He tutored history in high school and coached tennis at the Fox Chapel Golf Club in the summers. Chris received SAT scores of 770, 770, and 700 on the math, writing and critical reading sections. He also earned 800 on the Math II Subject Test, 750 on the History Subject Test and 34 on ACTs. At Princeton, Chris is a sports writer for the Daily Princetonian, a student run newspaper, involved in Princeton Faith and Action and will be a leader for Outdoor Action, a five day backpacking trip for freshmen before they arrive on campus in the fall. Chris also enjoys playing tennis, hiking, skiing and traveling.
College:
University of Notre Dame
Major:
Neuroscience and Behavior
Subjects Taught:
SAT, ACT
Email:
ividucic@nd.edu
Bio:
Bella is a student at the University of Notre Dame where she is studying Neuroscience and Behavior. She is a native of Pittsburgh and graduated as the Valedictorian of Vincentian Academy in 2014. In high school she was the president of the National Honor Society, captain of the field hockey and lacrosse teams, and a member of campus ministry. She was also and responsible for the organization of a National Honor Society tutoring program through which she tutored underclassmen in a variety of subjects during her senior year. At Notre Dame she is very involved in her dorm council, is a member of campus ministry, and volunteers in a mentoring program for children. Bella scored a 2280 on her SAT with a 740 in critical reading, 750 in math, and 790 in writing. She is an alumnus of Goldstein Test Prep and hopes to be able to share the incredible amount of guidance that she received as part of the program with new students. She hopes to travel the world someday and is very proud of the fact that she is probably the only left-handed vegetarian whose favorite color is yellow that you know.