Jen Dillon, Founder & Director of AdeptPrep, has been tutoring students of all ages for more than 15 years. Her tutoring career began when she took a position as an Educational Therapy Aide at the Child Development Center at California Pacific Medical Center while a college student herself. Since then, she has tutored a broad range of students -- from kids struggling with arithmetic to graduate students studying statistics.
Jen chose a career in private tutoring after flirting with academia because it's so fun and because she feels she has an usual combination of qualifications -- love of mathematics and love of spending time with teenagers -- that uniquely positions her to be of service to kids by helping them achieve their personal best on standardized tests and in their math courses, and maybe becoming a better person along the way. At AdeptPrep, she has been able to expand this vision to helping kids with any part of their schooling by recruiting a staff of tutors who are as passionate about their own subjects as she is about math, and who share her passion for helping to develop young humans.
Jen earned a BA in pure mathematics and psychology at Mills College and a Master’s degree in biostatistics at Harvard. She has taught undergraduate statistics at Colby College, Montgomery College, and Northern Virginia Community College.
Jen is proud to have grown up in San Francisco before the dot-com take over. In her free time she enjoys eating good food with friends and taking ballet class (not in that order). Her favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice and her favorite band is Vampire Weekend. She tries to meditate daily.
SUBJECTS: Test Prep, Math
BETTY G. MITCHELL
Betty G. Mitchell is a native of Chile, where she earned a degree in Civil Engineering. She obtained her Masters degree in Spanish Literature at the University of Louisville in 1988, and has taught college-level Spanish from beginner through the most advanced levels. She currently teaches Spanish Language at American University, having previously taught at Loyola University Maryland and The George Washington University. In addition to classroom teaching, she has privately tutored professionals needing to achieve Spanish proficiency for foreign assignments, and students returning from study abroad who wish to continue improving their Spanish language skill. Every summer since 2003, she has participated in scoring the Advanced Spanish Placement Exam. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and walking her Australian Shepherd in the forest where she lives.
Harding is a native of Tifton, GA who has had a lifelong zeal for mathematics. As a homeschooler, he was learning Calculus by age 10 and started tutoring while still in high school. After scoring a perfect 1600 on the SAT, he went on to obtain a B.A. in math from Rice University (cum laude) and has been active in tutoring and teaching since, even taking a full-time job solving textbooks' worth of exercises cover to cover. Harding also spent 7 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and has continued his service part-time as a member of the Georgia Air National Guard since 2014. When he's not flying or doing math, Harding can be found playing spikeball (the next great American sport), tennis, golf or ultimate frisbee, or covering one of his favorite rock songs on the piano.
SUBJECTS: Test Prep, Math
Alexis Valauri-Orton holds a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Davidson College, magna cum laude with honors in Biology. She was the recipient of the Tom Daggy Award, awarded to one biology major in each class for "outstanding achievement, leadership and service, and a love of exploring the secrets of life." She has designed multiple curricula on issues such as toxicology and ocean acidification, and has published papers in academic journals, including a featured article in the American Biology Teacher. In addition to serving as a tutor for Adept Prep, she currently works as a Program Manager at The Ocean Foundation where she leads international trainings for scientists to learn how to monitor and study ocean acidification.
SUBJECTS: Science, Biology
Ellie has a degree in Chemistry from Princeton and is currently a research fellow at the NIH, studying cell cycle arrest, which forms the basis for the development of small molecule anti-cancer therapeutics that cause DNA damage and disrupt critical cellular functions. Most importantly, she has the ability to communicate her knowledge and passion to students, and listen to them to find out how she can best help them. She will be tutoring Chemistry and Physics, and occasionally biology, when Alexis is off saving oceans far from home.
SUBJECTS: Science, Biology
Max started his career as a professional ballet dancer, dancing for Ballet Austin in Austin, TX. After which he began to pursue a Bachelor's in international service at the American University and Washington, DC. After realizing what a terrible mistake that was, he quickly switched his major to philosophy (because that's where the REAL money is). He earned a Master's in the subject, also from AU, and served as a teaching assistant.
While in the process of applying for Ph.D. programs, he accidentally started working in web development, and the damage was done. Though he fought valiantly against the allure of the code, it was too late, and he succumbed to it.
In his spare time, he still enjoys dancing with some of the DC's local companies. And he still enjoys philosophy as well—at least, as it relates to movies of the comic book variety.
SUBJECTS: Test Prep, English
Sara is a native of the DC area and a graduate of the Holton-Arms School. She received her BA in French and Art History from Trinity College, spending a semester studying at the Universite Paris 8, Vincennes-Saint-Denis in Paris. Most recently, she received an MA in Art History from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts before returning to DC to work at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. In addition to being a francophile, she is an avid Baltimore Orioles fan, a student of film and television history and can often be found sitting on her porch in Petworth.
Sima, AdeptPrep marketing intern, is currently an incoming sophomore at Penn State University. She is majoring in cyber-security and is a former student of Jen's. In her free time, Sima loves spending time outdoors and her favorite band is the Grateful Dead.
Felipe started at the University of Chicago as a Physics major and ended up as an English major, mostly because that let him continue to take whichever classes seemed most interesting at the time. When he graduated, he realized his best grades were all in foreign languages, of which he had studied three. To put off applying to law school, after college he started working on curriculum development of r an online education start-up, which eventually brought him to software product management and Washington, DC.
Felipe got a 172 on the LSAT and was accepted to Northwestern Law, where he has twice postponed matriculating--we've got him for at least one more academic year! For our part, we hope he thinks better of attending law school and decides to stay here in the District indefinitely.
Felipe is currently taking a leave of absence, earning his Master's degree in education at the University of Pennsylvania.