Alex Southmayd

Boston, MA


  • Amherst College
  • Boston University (grad)

Alex holds 99th-percentile scores on the SAT and the GRE, having scored perfect 800s on the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT as well as a perfect 170 on the Verbal section of the GRE. He attended Amherst College and taught English language arts for two years as a Teach for America corps member. He earned his Master of Education from Boston University.

Alex found his love for teaching early on. As a middle schooler, he founded a small tutoring company called Kids Tutor Kids that sold educational materials and offered paid and pro bono peer tutoring services for other kids. He discovered a penchant for writing during his high school years, and he spent the better part of his junior year at Groton School writing what would become a published, 190-page self-empowerment guide for adolescents entitled Brain Snacks for Teens on the Go! 50 Smart Ideas to Turbo-Charge Your Life.

While at Amherst College, Alex was selected as a peer tutor for the French and psychology departments. After class, he worked as a lead reading mentor in an Amherst-affiliated literacy organization called Reader to Reader, where he helped organize book drives, tutored local K-12 students, and managed other reading mentors in the fulfillment of their tutoring duties.

After graduating from Amherst, Alex joined Teach for America and taught 7th-grade English language arts and creative writing. During his Teach for America commitment, he held a number of leadership positions in his school and earned his Master of Education in the fields of curriculum and teaching. Following the completion of his two-year commitment, he took a position with Lyft, where he manages business development for the company’s New England markets.

In his spare time, Alex can be found either geeking out or working out. Fluent in French and proficient in Spanish, Italian, and German, he’s a veritable language nerd. Having been a two-year captain of his squash team at Amherst, though, he’s just as likely to be found on the squash court!

What students are saying

“I would definitely recommend Alex to anyone considering Manhattan Prep. He always finds creative ways to explain or walk through a problem when the class reaches a roadblock, and is always welcome to new ideas and ways of approaching a problem.”

What students are saying

“Alex has been great! He’s positive and patient, and has been able to tailor the class to our individual levels despite having multiple people/abilities present. It’s been great working with him and I can tell he is dedicated to his students’ success.”

What students are saying

“Alex was excellent at helping us learn all the strategies and teaching us exam tips. I had a wonderful learning experience with him.”