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Our Teachers

Our belief is that teacher quality directly impacts student performance so we hire the best teachers, train them intensely, and equip them with a superior curriculum. Our instructors are seasoned classroom teachers who are also among the highest-scoring GRE ® test takers in the world. Each and every one of our teachers has scored a 167 or higher out of 170 on both sections on an official GRE ® exam. Our teachers are superb, and we would love for you to meet them; check out their bios below!

Roman Altshuler

Roman Altshuler

While growing up in Providence, RI, Roman started teaching in high school when he landed a gig as impromptu coach of the debate team, and he liked it so much he decided to make a living out of it. After a four-year stint studying...

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Chris Berman

Chris Berman

Once upon a time in America, Chris Berman graduated from Northwestern with honors in European diplomatic history, a field both unfashionable and tedious to his listeners. He then first took the GRE, back when it was on papyrus. . .er, paper. However, despite 99th percentile scores...

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Michael Bilow

Michael Bilow

Michael has taught in inner-city schools, the mansions of Saudi sheikhs, and a few places in between. He brings passion and a breadth of experience to teaching the GRE, along with folksy Midwestern charm. Michael has over five years of experience teaching test prep...

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Brian Birdwell

Brian Birdwell

With 99th percentile scores on the GMAT, LSAT, and GRE, plus a decade's experience teaching these and other standardized tests, Brian has been around the test-prep block...

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Liz Ghini

Chris Brusznicki

Chris is a master of the test prep universe, having personally instructed nearly 2,000 students in the ways of the GMAT since 2006. Chris is passionate about self improvement and loves helping students...

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Jane Cassie

Jane Cassie

Jane has loved standardized tests ever since taking the IOWA tests in first grade. Probably not coincidentally, that is also the year she decided to become a teacher...

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David Chong

David Chong

Growing up in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley, David first realized that he had a knack for standardized tests in the 7th grade, when he received an unexpected award for his score on the SAT. Despite his academic potential, David was hounded by a nagging boredom, prompting him to leave high school at 16 and join the United States Army the following year...

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Kristen Coe

Kristen Coe

Kristen came to teaching as an undergraduate when she tutored a friend's younger brother through the SAT. He aced the test and is now a doctor - true story! Since then, Kristen has shared her knack for standardized tests with students in three states. She has a Masters in Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Jesse Cotari

Jesse Cotari

Jesse’s first independent science experiment was performed in his kitchen, at age eight. Having seen some explosive science on television, he decided to investigate what happened when vitamins were mixed together in a glass of water. Despite the disappointingly non-explosive results (wet vitamins), his curious nature was unchecked, and led him eventually into the field of research science...

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Céilidh Erickson

Céilidh Erickson

By far, the most frequent question that Céilidh is asked is “how do you pronounce that?” When she tells people that it’s pronounced “kay-lee,” she often gets puzzled looks. (Incidentally, céilidh is a Gaelic word meaning party or gathering – usually one with Irish traditional music and folk dancing. Céilidh took Irish step dancing while she was growing up, and knows various céilidh dances. It’s sort of like being named “Square Dance Erickson.”)

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Chris Gentry

Chris Gentry

Chris is a devoted teacher, and is thrilled to be working with so many people equally devoted to this profession. Chris realized years ago that he loves teaching; especially standardized tests, and now prepares students for the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT tests. The material is approachable for all students (unlike, say, differential equations), and all of the students are committed to the learning experience. He loves that moment when a student realizes that he or she knows exactly how to answer a problem!

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Jessica Hanzlik

Jessica Hanzlik

Having decided that the best way to hone her teaching skills is on the malleable minds of the nation’s youth, Jessica Hanzlik is completing her first year of Teach For America, teaching math, science, and social studies to 8th graders on the southwest side of Chicago. Prior to entering the enthralling world of middle school, Jessica spent two years at the University of Oxford in England, studying particle physics and social policy.

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Ian Jorgeson

Ian Jorgeson

Ian has been helping students prepare for the GRE for 10 years. During this time Ian has worked with hundreds of GRE students in Austin, Boston, and Seoul, South Korea, both in...

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Stacey Koprince

Stacey Koprince

In addition to her teaching duties, Stacey runs her own consulting business in Montreal, specializing in comprehensive corporate strategy. As with all management consultants, she is an expert in...

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Liz Ghini

Joe Lucero

Joe Lucero has been teaching classes with Manhattan Prep since 2010 and has helped thousands of students through his teaching, tutoring, forum postings, and blog updates for the company...

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Liz Ghini

Liz Moliski

Born in New Orleans and schooled in NJ, California, and Illinois, Liz now lives in Chicago with her husband, daughters, and very aloof house cat. Liz enjoyed business school so much that she decided to get a PhD so that she could ...

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Devin Powell

Devin Powell

By day, Devin writes for a science magazine in Washington, D.C. At night, he tutors for Manhattan GRE. Both pursuits have honed his ability to make seemingly complicated material easy to understand...

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Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Chris earned his teaching stripes the hard way -- in the classrooms of America’s high schools. A five-year physics and chemistry teacher and a veteran of Teach For America, Chris helped...

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Emily Sledge

Emily Sledge

Emily began teaching as an undergraduate at Cornell University, where she was a teaching assistant for a freshman lasers and optics lab and a math tutor...

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Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Alex distinctly remembers the palpable excitement he felt as he drove to take the SAT on a sunny Saturday morning during high school. At the time, he didn’t fully grasp exactly how uncommon his affection for the SAT – and standardized tests in general – was. Not surprisingly, it was easy for him to fall head over heels for the GRE...

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Ryan Starr

Ryan Starr

Visionary. Entrepreneur. Risk-taker. Ryan Starr is none of these things and more. In love with standardized tests from an improbably young age (when he spent the majority of his testing time hoping that the standardized-test gods would give him answers in the shapes of Vs like migrating ducks or in long straight lines like running quails), he later monetized this love in order to avoid life on Santa Barbara’s mean streets, which were no fitting home for a young man of such fair skin and gentle sensibilities...

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Neil Thornton

Neil Thornton

When not onstage telling jokes, Neil Thornton loves teaching you to beat the GRE. Since 1991, he's coached thousands of students through the GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and SAT, and trained instructors all over the United States. He scored 780 on a recent GMAT, and 99th percentile on the LSAT and GRE...

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Julia Van Dyke

Julia Van Dyke

Julia is thrilled to integrate her fascination with language and her strength at standardized testing with her interest in how people learn and her desire to give people the tools they need to pursue their goals. A transplant to the East Coast, Julia was born in...

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Tommy Wallach

Tommy Wallach

Tommy is a huge fan of standardized tests, as evidenced by his 99th percentile scores on the GMAT, GRE, and SAT (once upon a time). He has tutored both the GRE and the GMAT for years, and is excited...

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Daniel Yudkin

Daniel Yudkin

Daniel is thrilled to be among the ranks of teachers at Manhattan GRE after a hefty and much-needed respite from academia. After graduating from Williams College in 2008 with a double major in Psychology and Philosophy, Daniel moved to Paris where he worked as a semi-professional...

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Ryan Hopson

For over a decade, Ryan has been working with students at all levels, from teaching scienve to kindergarteners, SAT prep to high schoolers, and ESL to international graduate students. Now he is excited to be passing on to his students the knowledge and strategies that helpled him...

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