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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.
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.
Ariel graduated from UC Berkeley. She tutors Spanish, history, sociology, psychology, and the SAT/ACT. 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.
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.
Joelle graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Environmental Studies, and joined the Study Smarter team as an academic tutor. In her free time, she can be found in her vegetable garden or in the kitchen turning the day’s harvest into dinner. Joelle is living in the area for a year or two while she applies to PhD programs in applied environmental anthropology, where she hopes to continue her research on groundwater governance.
Joy graduated from UCLA with a degree in Biology. She is an academic tutor for Study Smarter, who helps students with biology, chemistry, and math. In her free time she can be found exploring local cafes and boba shops and volunteering at the local dog shelters.
Kayla graduated UC Berkeley with a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology and minor in Education. She tutors Biology, Chemistry, and Math at Study Smarter and is exploring the work force before eventually continuing her education. In her free time she runs, cooks, and hopefully by the end of the year will know more than ten words in Spanish.
Kiran graduated from Pomona College with a degree in Physics. He now tutors Math, Physics, Computer Science, and the ACT for Study Smarter. In his free time he enjoys watching the San Francisco Giants, petting his cat Louise, and playing classical guitar.
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.
Lilly has a BA in American Studies from UC Berkeley, and a Master’s of City Planning from MIT. She tutors humanities and writing for Study Smarter, and works as an urban planner in Berkeley. She is an East Bay native, and after four years in Boston, is thrilled to be back in the land of 60-degree winters. In her free time, she likes to paddle board, bake, and run around Lake Merritt.
Mariah graduated from UC Berkeley and tutors the ISEE, the SAT and 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.
Matthew graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in Physics. He is working as a physics and math tutor for Study Smarter while he is applying for graduate schools in the Bay Area. He enjoys playing classical guitar, snowboarding, and homebrewing.
Max is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley, where he studied philosophy and music. An avid singer, skier, guitarist, tennis player, and Oxford comma user, Max can usually be found with his dog, Shadow, or cheering on the Warriors, Giants, and 49ers. When he is not tutoring, Max spends his free time wishing he had more free time.
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 has a PhD 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.
Praveena is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara. She brings her love of science and literature to her work as an SAT tutor for Study Smarter. Her favorite morning drink is hot chocolate, she has a passion for pizza, she enjoys singing in choirs, and she loves coming home every day to her two cats. When she is not at work, she can be found with her nose buried in a book, practicing Pilates, playing chess, or baking up a storm.
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.
Ryley graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology. He is a diehard Lakers fan who is unfazed by the recent Warrior's success. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, lifting weights, and watching stand up comedy.
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.
Sierra is a 3rd-year anthropology student at UC Berkeley and is working as a humanities and study skills tutor for Study Smarter. Before transferring to Cal, she lived and worked in 14 countries for a year and a half, ending up with an incurable case of the travel bug. In her free time she is an avid reader & writer, film photographer, equestrienne, and cook, and she tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
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.
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.
Tori graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Finance. She is an academic tutor for Study Smarter, who helps students with math, English, and Study Skills. In her free time, Tori can be found baking, singing, or indulging in crime TV and podcasts.
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.
Wayde graduated from UC Berkeley and worked in film and computer programming before starting his adventure with Study Smarter. When he is not at work he can usually be found hanging out with his wife, Tiffany, and his kids, Emilia and George.