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 i...

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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 ...

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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 Midwester...

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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.

Whether ...

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Chris Brusznicki

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 ...

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John Cho

John Cho

John Cho- yes, he has the same first, last, and middle name as that guy from Harold and Kumar - decided not to take his first GRE exam the night before his official test date. He had originally planne...

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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 S...

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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 he...

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Chelsey Cooley

Chelsey Cooley

Chelsey first took the GRE while traveling in Singapore, at 8:00 on the morning after her birthday. The fact that she still got a perfect 800/800/6.0 was the first clue that standardized tests were he...

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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 vita...

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Ceilidh Erickson

Ceilidh 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 puz...

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Dmitry Farber

Dmitry Farber

Born into a family of academics, Dmitry Farber has the GRE in his DNA. A credentialed teacher with an M.S. in Education and over a decade of experience, he has taught everyone from preschoolers to unr...

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Eric Garthoffner

Eric Garthoffner

A computer science grad and former NCAA athlete from UCLA, Eric sports 99th percentile scores in the GRE, GMAT, and SAT (and a wicked-awesome jumping ability). Since college, he has engineered...

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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, ...

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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 ma...

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Ilana Hellmann

Ilana Hellmann

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to do well on the GRE. But if you were looking for one, Ilana took one semester of microrocketry long, long ago, and she even still remembers some...

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Ryan Hopson

Ryan Hopson

For over a decade, Ryan has been working with students at all levels, from teaching science to kindergarteners, SAT prep to high schoolers, and ESL to international graduate students. Now he is...

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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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Joe Lucero

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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Joe Martin

Joe Martin

An astrophysicist and geographer, Joe is truly an expert in both the quantitative and verbal aspects of the GMAT. Joe leads rousing classes and pushes for deep understanding of the material, lea...

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Susan Merenda

Susan Merenda

Susan first showed a fascination with standardized tests at the tender age of 12, when she asked her parents to buy her an SAT prep book from the school book order.  They said no, and she se...

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Liz Moliski

Liz Moliski

Born in New Orleans and schooled in New Jersey, California, and Illinois, Liz now lives in sunny Austin Texas with her husband and daughters. She loves working with students and teaching them ho...

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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 underst...

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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 develop the...

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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 to high school and undergraduate students...

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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 uncommo...

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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 hop...

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Noah Teitelbaum

Noah Teitelbaum

Noah has worked in education for years, beginning in 2001 with his first public school class in Harlem. There he learned through painful trial and error the fundamentals of lesson planning, effe...

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Neil Thornton

Neil Thornton

When not onstage telling jokes, Neil Thornton loves teaching you to beat the GMAT. Since 1991, he's coached thousands of students through the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, and SAT, and trained inst...

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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 p...

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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 exc...

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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 P...

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