Meet the Team
"Look no further! The Prep1on1 group tutors professionally and enthusiastically to help your teen reach his or her potential. We came late to the game and were just thrilled with our son's major increase in every subject score. What we value too is how motivated he is about his future. The tutors at Prep1on1 taught him the strategies for success in reading, writing, math and science. They saw the opportunity to easily take him to the next level and were true partners in his success. This won't be the last of our family...we wouldn't take our daughter anywhere else. Thank you!"
- The Fanaroffs,
Walter Johnson High School
TEAM OF TUTORS
Nancy Merrill is a graduate of East Carolina and George Washington Universities and has a degree in education and recreation. Nancy heads up our verbal department and has been working over 20 years as a private tutor. Her professional experience also includes teaching for Montgomery County Public Schools. She has successfully helped students prepare for the ACT and SAT for the past 12 years.
Wendy Siegel-Baker has a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education from the University of South Florida. Before tutoring full time, Wendy worked as a high school mathematics teacher and at PBS.org Teacherline to create professional development for mathematics educators. Wendy takes pride in her ability to build students’ confidence in mathematics. Through increased confidence, use of technology, and specific strategies to avoid careless errors, students see a big difference in their scores. Wendy tutors students for all SAT and ACT math, SAT Mathematics Subject Levels 1 and 2, SSAT Math, GRE Math as well as middle school and high school math courses.
Haylie Iseman graduated from Cornell University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from Cardozo School of Law with admissions to the Maryland, District of Columbia, and New York Bar Associations. Previously, she worked as an Instructional Assistant in special education classrooms at the Ivymount School, but more recently worked for the Manhattan Family Court and several private law firms culminating in 8 years with Michael Eig and Associates. Haylie has joined Prep1on1 helping students hone their verbal skills as they prepare for the ACT and SAT.
Dawn Fischer is one of our math specialists. Dawn holds a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from Binghamton University, and a Masters in Special Education from Boston University. A certified special education teacher, Dawn has extensive experience in private tutoring, and was formerly a Learning Disabilities Teacher for the Alexandria City Public Schools. She is currently certified by the Maryland State Department of Education, and as a substitute teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. She is also a member of the Westat assessment team for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Samantha Ross teaches both the verbal and the science test taking skills to students preparing for the ACT or SAT. She currently works full time as a teacher in the Prince George’s County Public School System. Samantha graduated from the University of Michigan with distinction and received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude from American University with admissions to both the Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations. Samantha worked in private practice for five years before going back to school to receive her Maryland State Teaching Certification in General Education and Special Education. Samantha focuses on differentiating instructional strategies in order to address the needs of each individual student.
Amy Hunt holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a M.A. in Education from Johns Hopkins University. She has been a high school math teacher in the Montgomery County Public School System since 2005. Amy is well versed in all sections of Geometry, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus in addition to helping students prepare for all math sections of the SAT and ACT tests. She has worked to create and refine math teaching materials in both the school system and at Prep1on1.
Allie Berry holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park in addition to a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University. Allie has held a variety of writing and editing positions with National Geographic Society, the Penguin Group, and various other organizations. Allie has been integral in updating our verbal curriculum to include grammar rules, timed reading techniques, and essay composition.
Lennie Magida holds a B.A. in sociology magna cum laude from Brandeis University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She is passionate about words, reading and communication skills, in addition to helping others be successful and effective in their use of the English language. Lennie has done freelance writing and editing for the Special Olympics, the United Way and many other organizations; she also has extensive experience as a journalist in the mainland U.S., Hawaii, and Asia. Lennie enjoys working with students at all levels, including those who find the verbal sections of the tests to be particularly challenging.
Max Carchman is a welcome addition to the Prep1on1 team and is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in Economics. Before joining Prep1on1, Max previously worked in the field of statistics and data analysis. Max works with students on all sections of the SAT and ACT, plus, special prep for the SAT Mathematics Subject Level 1 and 2 tests. In addition, he assists our students in all areas of high school math.
Erin Futrovsky Gates
Erin Futrovsky Gates holds a B.A in Psychology from Muhlenberg College, in addition to a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker in the state of Maryland. Erin has extensive experience working with students in a clinical setting. She enjoys helping alleviate any stress students might feel regarding the standardized testing experience. Erin tutors students in ACT and SAT verbal and looks forward to developing a unique relationship with each student.
Vickie Strange-Moscoso received her B.S. and M.S in speech/language pathology from Towson University. She has over 30 years of experience as a speech/language pathologist and administrator providing educational services to students of all ages in a variety of settings in Montgomery County Public Schools. Vickie is adept at identifying the individual strengths and needs of students in order to determine the best strategies for success. She is an avid student of reading, language, and writing and enjoys sharing her knowledge and appreciation of these subjects with her students. Vickie provides tutoring for the verbal sections of both the ACT and SAT.
Ryan Derenberger holds a Master’s in English Education and a Bachelor’s in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. He has been teaching and tutoring for 7 years, and currently teaches AP Language and Test Preparation at Whitman High School in Bethesda. In 2016, Ryan will join the team of writers for the national AP Language textbook “The Language of Composition”. He tutors in the verbal sections of the SAT and ACT, and the science section of the ACT. Ryan focuses on tailor-fit strategies and live content for students, and boosting student confidence with each session.
Bernie Shapiro received a B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. He went on to get a Masters of Education at Frostburg State College. He holds a dual teaching certificate for elementary education and secondary mathematics. While now retired, his teaching career centered in Frederick County. Bernie has been tutoring students in Montgomery County for more than two decades.
Hannah Benoit holds a B.A. in English as well as a Master of Education in Reading from Southeastern University. She is passionate about literacy and linguistics and hopes to pass that enthusiasm on to her students. Before joining Prep1on1, Hannah worked as a private tutor as well as in her university’s writing center to work with college students on their writing skills. Hannah tutors students for the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT.
Lissa Levin holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters in Finance from American University. Lissa has worked in a variety of positions at American Express Tax and Business Services and Adaytum/Cognos Software. In addition to tutoring students for the SAT and ACT in math and science, Lissa preps students for the SAT Mathematics Subject Level 1 and 2 tests.
Carol Kurlancheek holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BAE) from The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining Prep1on1, Carol worked as a mechanical engineer in building design, applying math and science skills to practical applications. Carol tutors math and science for the ACT and looks forward to helping students develop confidence in their approach to the test.
Lois Levenson graduated from SUNY Albany, summa cum laude, with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. She spent the early part of her career working for IBM in various technical roles ranging from computer programming/testing, to systems engineering and later left IBM to pursue a career helping students succeed at the ACT and SAT. With over 9 years experience as a private SAT/ACT tutor, Lois enjoys working with all levels of students, helping them to reach and exceed their goals on the math and science portions of the ACT. She makes the tutoring sessions engaging for all students, and provides students the knowledge, confidence, and strategies to succeed at the respective test.
Lisa Tillman has a B.F.A. from New York University’s Dramatic Writing Program. A published author, and former writer and producer of TV news and documentaries, her credits include Court TV and The History Channel. Lisa tutors students for the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT.
Annie Sung is a graduate of University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology, B.A. in Spanish, and minor in Mathematics. She has been tutoring for over 5 years, specializing in math and science. She has worked with a wide variety of students, including SAT and ACT students, UCONN student athletes, and students unable to attend school for behavioral/emotional reasons. She strives to help students gain confidence, discover their full potential, and achieve success. In addition to tutoring, she also works as an ambulance Emergency Medical Technician.
Lori Feitel is a tutor for the verbal sections of the ACT and SAT. She holds a law degree from Duke University and a B.A. in Psychology with high honors from Emory University. Lori practiced as a corporate and business transactions attorney in the DC area for many years with several private law firms. Since leaving the full-time practice of law, she has been a regular volunteer with Montgomery County Public Schools and is a substitute teacher. Lori has recently also served as a court appointed advocate with Voices for Children-Montgomery County, an organization providing pro bono advocacy services for youth in foster care.
Max Rohde graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Physics and Geology. He has worked as a science policy analyst for MIT Washington office and as a research scientist for the Food and Drug Administration. He has authored scientific papers on seismology and gravitational wave physics. Max has extensive experience tutoring mathematics and physics. He teaches the math and science portions of the ACT/SAT, SAT subject tests, and high school coursework.
Nick Slaughter earned his Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland. He has taught college-level courses at UMD and Montgomery County Community College in composition, literature, and cultural studies alongside tutoring for the ACT, SAT, GRE, and GMAT over the years. His focus at Prep1on1 are the Verbal sections of the ACT and SAT—he likes to think of every section of the tests as challenging but rewarding puzzles just waiting to be solved.