At Sexton our tutors are what make the difference. All of our tutors come to us with previous teaching or tutoring experience and exceptional talent in their various content areas. We train them and provide them with any materials they need to provide the best service possible to our students. Not sure which tutor is best of you? Give us a call! Sarah knows each of our tutors very well and is an expert at matching students with the best tutor for them.
A lifelong Bostonian, Alessandro graduated from Harvard College with a degree in History. Outside of his major, Alessandro completed extensive coursework across the humanities in English, the Classics, Creative Writing, and Government. He favored seminar courses, which focused on critical reading, discussion, writing, and peer editing. Both Alessandro’s father and grandfather taught in the Boston Public Schools for decades and instilled in him a commitment to education and mentorship, which helped lead him to his current job as Development Associate and Classics Teacher at the Roxbury Latin School. He previously worked at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, where he conducted archival and DNA research, wrote for publications, and consulted on the PBS celebrity genealogy series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Outside of his professional commitments and genealogical interests, Alessandro enjoys traveling, reading, gardening, and diner coffee over breakfast with friends.
Bob joined us after a long career at one of the nation’s preeminent test prep companies, where he taught, tutored, and wrote curriculum for the SAT, ACT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE tests. He obtained an MFA in stage directing from Indiana University, Bloomington and came to New York City to pursue a theater career. In New York, Bob used his natural talent for standardized tests, as well as three years of teaching undergraduates, to begin his career in the test prep industry, where he would eventually become the longest-tenured teacher and curriculum developer at his company. While he has loved being in the classroom as well as presenting online lessons to large groups, nothing brings Bob more satisfaction than working 1:1 with individuals who want to turn the obstacle of a standardized test into an opportunity to achieve a great credential. Bob is still recognized as the winner of one of Jeopardy!’s first Tournament of Champions and a veteran of many subsequent invitationals, clips from which are available on Netflix and YouTube; he is eager to show test takers how to employ the same techniques and mindset to succeed in the testing arena. In his spare time, he serves as the New England theater critic for the popular website New York Stage Review.
Bryan earned his master’s of secondary mathematics education at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, as well as his bachelor’s of science in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently works as college level adjunct math professor. He has successfully worked with diverse age groups of students, from grade-school aged to college-aged. He takes a patient and positive approach to learning with his students, while cultivating a passionate and inquisitive mentality with regards to the subject matters. While Bryan specializes in mathematics tutoring, he also tutors for all sections of the SAT & ACT. When he is not tutoring or teaching, Bryan enjoys running and watching the New England Patriots.
Courtney has provided students with SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT test preparation for over 12 years, covering all sections of each test. She understands the necessity of hard work and focused preparation for these admissions exams to ensure that each student does his or her best; however, Courtney also firmly believes that the college application process should be filled with excitement and possibility rather than stress and anxiety. The test is simply one part of a much larger process. Courtney received a BA in Sociology from Bates College, and an MA in English from Simmons College. She began her teaching career as a high school level math/science instructor for a GED preparation program, and then taught English at an alternative school in Cambridge. She currently teaches writing courses at Bunker Hill Community College and absolutely loves her time in the classroom. Courtney’s test prep experience includes creating practice math and writing questions for an online platform as well as scoring statewide standardized tests through Pearson. Outside of work, Courtney spends time hiking with her chocolate lab, Charlie, reads often, and attempts to cook.
Danny earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University, majoring in English. Since then, he has held a number of positions in Education, including spending four years as a classroom science teacher at a therapeutic school, instructing students with special needs in the areas of Biology, Physics and Environmental Science. Danny earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College, where he received the Dean’s Award for academic excellence. At BC, he majored in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Secondary English instruction, and currently holds MA teaching licenses in Secondary English, Secondary Biology and Moderate Disabilities. Danny previously served as the High School Head Teacher at the Gifford School in Weston, where he oversaw all academic programming and supervised a team of teachers across all curriculum areas. He has extensive experience tutoring for all sections (Verbal, Science and Math) of both the SAT and ACT exams in addition to previous classroom experience teaching each subject covered in the exam. Danny now teaches Advanced College Preparatory English at Wellesley High School. Outside the classroom, Danny enjoys playing basketball, cheering for all Boston sports teams and spending time with his wife, son, and daughter.
Elise was born and raised in Natick, MA and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors Program at Providence College. At Providence, she majored in Secondary Education with Mathematics. Elise spent her free time in college tutoring at a local elementary school, teaching for a local college readiness program, and tutoring students for the PC mathematics department. During breaks from college, Elise continued her pursue her passion for teaching by working as a substitute teacher and as a counselor at a summer camp in Natick. Since graduating college, Elise has worked for the Waltham Public Schools teaching middle school mathematics with a focus on 7th-grade Pre-Algebra. Now in her second year of teaching, Elise is highly involved in her school community and dedicated to helping her students be successful. When not at school, Elise enjoys exploring the city of Boston with her roommates, trying new foods with friends, and spending time with her family. Elise specializes in mathematical tutoring for the SATs as well as grade 6-12 mathematics, including Algebra I and II, Geometry, AP Calculus and Statistics.
Joshua, a Chicago native, has been tutoring since his junior year of high school, when he helped fellow students with mathematics and science. At Northwestern University, from which he graduated with a B.A. in Biology, he had the privilege of tutoring undergraduates in intermediate biology and teaching incoming tutors the weekly material. And during his master’s in public health program at Washington University in St. Louis, he worked as a STAT LAB tutor. He was even requested to tutor professors’ kids! Having tutored for over 10 years, both in school and with national tutoring companies (where he earned a perfect 36 on all four sections of a practice ACT!), Joshua has experience tutoring a wide range of students, including those with learning disabilities. He specializes in the ACT and SAT (all sections), as well as Subject Tests such as Biology, Chemistry, Math II, and Physics. For academic subjects, Joshua can teach mathematics from Pre-Algebra to Multivariable Calculus and science from Biology to Organic Chemistry. In his free time, he loves working on strength & conditioning and taking mini road trips to local and national landmarks.
A New Hampshire native, Laura has lived in Boston since 2008, having moved there to attend Northeastern University, where she earned a B.A. in English and a minor in secondary education. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University in secondary English education, and a graduate certificate in special education from Simmons College. Laura has spent the past five years teaching middle school English and special education in Cambridge, Boston, and Waltham, and holds teaching licenses in middle school math, secondary English, and secondary Special Education. In addition to her teaching experience, Laura has tutored students for the past two years in a variety of subjects including middle and high school English and essay composition, biology, middle and high school math, and English as a second language. Laura believes that all students are capable of achieving success, and works with each student by meeting them at their current level and helping them to identify and make progress towards their goals. When she’s not teaching or tutoring, Laura enjoys singing in a Boston-area women’s choir and teaching herself to code.
Merry currently works as a college guidance counselor and math teacher at Newton Country Day. She graduated from Boston College with a Master’s degree in Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology and a certificate in Positive Youth Development. Merry has been with Sexton since October 2016; however, before coming to Sexton, she volunteered and worked for four and a half years at an SAT and college preparatory non-profit program that provided help and guidance to low-income high school students in the Boston area. Through this program, she tutored both sections of the SAT, and helped students with their personal statements. She also served as the site director for two of the high school’s semester-long programs. During the summer, Merry is the Assistant Director of a summer camp in New Hampshire, where she enjoys teaching sailing, and tennis, as well as mentoring the campers and counselors. Merry has a firm belief that students are worth more than their test scores, which is why she has enjoyed helping so many students stress less about their test-taking abilities over the years.
Quintana earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Family & Human Development from Arizona State University. She has worked as a tutor and teaching assistant for students in grades 2-12 for almost a decade in different subjects, including AP classes and test preparation (SAT, ACT, ISEE and SSAT). After college, she directed her passion for development and teaching into helping students with special needs, working with students whose ages ranged from 18 months to 22-years and delivering ABA services both in home and at school. Quintana moved to Boston for graduate school, earning an M.A. in Psychology from Boston University. Currently, she works as a Research Assistant at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Outside of work, she enjoys watching hockey and dreams of someday having a corgi.
Ricardo graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry-Biochemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). While there he partook in various research opportunities in the fields of education, English, Writing, Bio-Anthropology and Analytical Chemistry. From 2016-2018, Ricardo was the lead chemist and Laboratory Manager for the Gaulin Research Group, analyzing various foods for their fatty acid contents. In the field of education, he has tutored privately since 2013, served as a teaching assistant at Santa Barbara High School chemistry classroom (cp, honors, and AP), and served as a learning assistant in Chemistry for the undergraduate general chemistry labs at UCSB. Currently he is teaching 10th grade chemistry in Dorchester and attending Boston University to receive a Master’s in Education. On his free time Ricardo writes and publishes short stories, poems, and essays. He also enjoys martial arts, playing the bass guitar, cooking, and volunteering.
Roxanna has been a Natick resident for her entire life. She graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Human Physiology and an M.S. in Oral Health Sciences. She is currently attending dental school at Tufts. Her tutoring career began with tutoring her peers as a service project for National Honor Society and also through tutoring elementary aged students in an after school program during high school. She then went on to college where she created a tutoring system in her sorority to match sisters who needed help in a class with sisters who excelled in the subject. Currently she also teaches for a private program in Chinatown and works as camp counselor during the summer. Her subject specialties include Math, the Sciences, Spanish, and the ACT. She has a strong passion for standardized testing because she believes it is very straightforward once you understand all of its nuances. In her free time Roxanna enjoys baking, going to the beach, watching Boston sports and traveling.
Samantha is currently working on her PhD in population health at Northeastern University after getting her MPH at George Washington University. Because of her passion for teaching, she hopes to use her PhD to teach at a university while doing research in public health. She has been tutoring SAT and ACT prep for over four years and finds working with adolescents to be extremely rewarding – she has put in as many as 40 tutoring hours in a single week! Having taken the GRE twice in recent years, she understands firsthand the difficulty of planning and executing a strategy to master a standardized test, and also knows the payoff that comes with hard work and perseverance. Samantha prides herself on student score improvement and her ability to identify and remediate very specific student weaknesses, both in content and strategy. In her free time, she loves to travel, crochet, cook, and hike. She has been to 10 different countries in the past five years!
Steve grew up in Newton, went to Newton North High School, then attended Washington University in St Louis. He has an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an MAT from Simmons College. In 1995, he left his job as a sports journalist in Pennsylvania and started teaching English back home. He has never once regretted the switch. He’s taught at Belmont High School, Newton North High School, and, for the past 15 years, at Wellesley High School. Each year he makes sure he teaches a mix of ages and abilities, from honors seniors to ninth graders just acquainting themselves with the challenges of high school. Steve writes everyday and is passionate about language, about how to read to enrich your mind and life, and about how to craft sentences that are clear and concise, sharp and stylistic. As a tutor, he strives for clarity and directness and loves seeing his students gain knowledge that leads to confidence. When not teaching, Steve cherishes the time he spends with his daughter—they particularly like climbing mountains, walking their dog, Nico, and reading good stories out loud.
Thomas grew up in Chelmsford, where he was a tri-captain of his high school math team, which won repeatedly at the local, regional, and national levels; Thomas even made the second level of the Math Olympiad as a junior. He has an MBA and Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from RPI and a Master’s of Science from University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Thomas has been tutoring at the high school level for twenty-five years, and he enjoys making connections with his students, making the lessons fun, and driving his students to outperform their peers. Thomas loves not only to tutor but to learn, and he keeps his skills up-to-date: he has taken eleven classes at Northeastern University to stay current in computer science; one class at Boston University in Switching Theory and Logic Design; and two at Harvard University, one in Analog Electronics and one in Communications. Outside of tutoring, Thomas enjoys hobbies of archery, gemology (Thomas has collected rocks, gems and minerals since he was a child and has been a jeweler at several stores), and foreign languages, having studied Spanish, Italian and French as well as having worked in Canada and Italy. He has also earned his Triple Crown in Toastmasters – a nonprofit that teaches public speaking and leadership skills – and has held several roles in his club, including multiple terms as President.
Zach grew up in Watertown, graduated from The University of Vermont with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences with a focus in Statistics. He began tutoring math at UVM during his sophomore year and immediately loved it, taking study skills training spring of his sophomore year and going on to teach that same training the following year. During his senior year, Zach began working with a residential program for students with learning differences and worked intensively with a student with a traumatic brain injury. He also spearheaded the new position of Lead Tutor and Head of Outreach at UVM. Also as an undergraduate, Zach served on the Interfraternity Council twice, worked in the new student advising center for two years (one as a Lead Advisor), and was very involved with his the University’s Dance Marathon fundraiser. He continued working full-time at the residential program after graduation until he recently moved back to the Boston area. In his spare time, Zach enjoys rock climbing, watching sports, going to the beach, and spending time with friends.