Meet The Team
Adam graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ with a degree in Business Administration – Marketing. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and watching movies with his husband.
Ai graduated from UC Berkeley with a double major in Geophysics and Environmental Economics and Policy. She joined Study Smarter as a tutor for math, physics, statistics and economics. She became interested in tutoring while helping her cousins, who were struggling with a rigorous math and science curriculum, and she hopes to help more students achieve academic success.
Alice graduated from UC Berkeley and tutors ACT, SAT, and Literature and History SAT Subject Tests. In her free time, she loves watching anime with friends and exploring local lakes and swimming holes.
Allan graduated from UC Berkeley and tutors math, chemistry, biology, and physics for Study Smarter. He spends his free time dancing on a few urban hip-hop teams in Berkeley.
Ally is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Spanish. She joined Study Smarter shortly after moving back to the Bay Area. She loves to travel and is a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Althea is a graduate of Stanford University, a comic book artist, a painter, a science fiction writer, a teacher, an explorer, a star-gazer, a warm-hearted pragmatist, a child of Filipino immigrants, a native of nowhere; a person fascinated by the complexity of microorganisms and the vastness of outer space; someone who misses San Diego and loves Oakland.
Andrea graduated from UC Berkeley and joined Study Smarter as an SAT and Spanish tutor. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Joaquin Miller park, Berkeley Bowl, and the salsa scene around Oakland.
Ariel graduated from UC Berkeley. She tutors Spanish, history, sociology, psychology, and the SAT. After living in Mazatlan, Mexico for four years, she moved to San Francisco where she enjoys hiking at Lands End with her husband. When she is not hiking or reading, she enjoys baking and trying out new recipes with her friends.
Dre graduated from UC Berkeley and works as an ACT tutor for Study Smarter. She also tutors students for the Math II and Chemistry SAT Subject Tests. She is originally from Southern California and loves going home to visit her little niece Amelie. She also loves playing soccer and is currently on a co-ed team.
Emily graduated from UC Berkeley and works for Study Smarter as an SAT/ACT tutor and an administrator. In her free time, she enjoys music, dance and yoga.
Gavin graduated from Amherst College and joined Study Smarter as an SAT and ACT tutor. You'll often see him trailed by his little dog Molly, who will follow him to the top of Tilden Park most Saturdays.
Jennifer graduated from UC Berkeley and is now an academic tutor at Study Smarter. She also works as an Emergency Department scribe in San Francisco. In her free time, she likes to play with her pet rats and try new neighborhood taco trucks.
Joel has always had a passion for tutoring and coaching and founded Study Smarter in 1997. When he is not talking on the phone with families about test prep or academic tutoring, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sara, and two boys, Jake and Charlie.
Lauren joined Study Smarter after graduating from UC Berkeley. She is currently a graduate student in applied math at UCSC. She is enthusiastic about cats, pastries, and vegetables. In her free time, Lauren can be found making messes in the kitchen or digging in the dirt outside.
Mariah graduated from UC Berkeley and tutors the ISEE, the ACT, and humanities. She grew up in six different states, has a soft spot for jelly donuts, and has perfected the art of reading while walking.
Megan studies Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley. After working as a tutor for the athletics department at Cal she joined Study Smarter as a math and biology tutor. When she's not working in a research lab you can find her cheering on her favorite Bay Area sports teams.
Nick is a graduate of UC Berkeley and is now a tutor of the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and ISEE. He's a board game and trivia lover and occasionally manages to hit some tennis balls over the net. In about ten years he also plans to tour the world as a harmonica virtuoso.
Nicolo has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley, an MA in integral counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), and is in the final phase of a doctoral program in Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness, also at CIIS. He loves writing and literature–writing philosophy, poetry, and fiction for pleasure–and brings his background in counseling to help support each student to develop his or her own unique vision, voice, and learning style.
Pristine graduated from UC Berkeley pre-med with a degree in Public Health. After that, she lived in Mexico for three months where she surfed everyday and met the perfect fish taco. She tutors the SAT, ACT, Math 2 Subject Test, and academic math. She's also a proud Cali native, and spends her time playing basketball, surfing, cooking up a storm, listening to audiobooks and/or mood music on long drives, and making delicious iced beverages.
Sami graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Integrative Biology and a minor in Physics. Aside from tutoring, Sami spends his time rock climbing, enjoying the outdoors, and keeping up to date with the latest science trivia. He's always happy to hear about new and interesting developments in science and technology.
Sorel graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology with emphasis on biochemistry. He is an academic tutor with Study Smarter, helping students with chemistry, biology, math, and French. On the weekends he enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and other sports. Apart from athletics, he likes playing video games and hanging out with friends.
Taryn has a degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and is an academic tutor in biology, chemistry, English, and history. She also works for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Health Science Researcher. When she’s not at work, Taryn reads nerdy medical journals, is an avid hiker, photographer, serial dog petter, and lover of all things science fiction.
Tin graduated from UC Berkeley and tutors biology and chemistry with Study Smarter. He hopes to attend medical school one day, but for now, he spends most of his time watching Netflix and dancing with his friends. His favorite shows are The Office and Parks and Rec.
Tony graduated from UC Berkeley and works as a science and math academic tutor at Study Smarter. He currently doubles as a biomedical researcher studying proteins. Outside of work, he can often be found jogging through the streets of Berkeley or hanging out near tennis courts.
Vivek is a student at UC Berkeley and tutors math, English, and history for Study Smarter. When he isn't responsibly studying for a class (instead of cramming!), he spends his time volunteering and attempting to stay active.