Advantage Testing is a group of educators specializing in academic tutoring and test preparation. Our faculty consists primarily of high honors graduates of leading colleges and universities. Many hold graduate or professional degrees. Of the hundreds of applications we receive regularly, we select only a few dozen for interviews and ultimately hire just a few. As Crain’s New York Business noted in 2003, “This year, 900 people applied for positions at tutoring firm Advantage Testing. Five were hired.”
Director, Advantage Testing of Houston
Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics, University of Houston, thesis research at Rice University. Graduate of Princeton University. B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Physics program. Member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and clarinetist for the Princeton University Orchestra while at Princeton. Seven year international career as a petrophyscial engineer for Shell Oil. NASA Space Grant Fellow and Sigma Pi Research Honor Society Award while in graduate school. Former triathlete and current avid cyclist. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams in Math, Chemistry, and Physics, LSAT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and academic Math, Science, and Writing Skills.
Houston, TX Tutor Hena Bajwa J.D., South Texas College of Law. Graduate of Northwestern University. B.S. in Economics. National Merit Finalist. Served as volunteer tutor for Louisiana Charter School Association in New Orleans. Legal experience includes corporate tax and intellectual property litigation. Volunteer for Houston Area Women’s Center and Child Advocates of Houston. Fluent in Urdu. Interests include cooking, viola performance, and travel. Tutor of SAT, ACT, LSAT, ISEE, and academic subjects.
M.A. in Education, the University of Connecticut. Graduate of the College of William and Mary. B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science. Certified Secondary Science Teacher with experience teaching Biology and 8th Grade Science. Created curriculum and taught 8th Grade Health. Coach of middle and high school cross-country and track and field. Studied abroad in Germany for a semester in high school. Certified Fitness Professional and founder and owner of Fit Armadillo, LLC. Volunteers for Memorial Assistance Ministries (MAM) and The Houston Center for Literacy. Tutors of SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and academic Biology, Chemistry, and Math.
B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Public Administration, minor in Theology, University of St. Thomas. Dean’s list. Member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society. Studied theology in Italy. Interests include travel, sports (especially baseball), ballet and jazz dance, animals, and crafts. Proctor. Tutor of the ISEE, SSAT, HSPT, and academic subjects.
Romy Cassack – Full-time Tutor
Graduate of Drake University. M.A. in Journalism, B.A. in English with a minor in Psychology. AOS in Culinary Arts. Texas Certified Teacher in Language Arts 6-12 with 9 years private school experience. Subjects taught include Reading, Computer Literacy, Journalism, and Creative Writing. Interests: reading, music, traveling, and cooking. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, SAT subject tests, ISEE, SSAT, and academic subjects.
Graduate of Rice University. B.A. in English and Religious Studies. Student at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. M.F.A. to be awarded Spring 2014. Taught drama, fiction, English composition at UH. Edited two books with faculty mentor as Rice Century Scholar. Founding editor-in-chief of English department literary journal, R2: The Rice Review. Four-time gold medalist, National Latin Exam. Interests include film, books, travel, photography. Tutor of SAT, ACT, ISEE, GRE, GMAT and academic subjects, including writing, English, history, and Latin.
Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University. A.B. in Social Studies and Philosophy with a minor in Psychology, and certificate in French. John Harvard Scholar. M.A. in Philosophy in Progress, University of Houston. Presented paper at the 2013 international conference for the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. Four years of improvisational comedy; performed with comedians such as Jason Alexander, Jeff Garlin, and Wayne Brady. Two years as staff writer for The Harvard Lampoon. Avid fiction writer. Tutor of SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and academic English, Literature, Writing, Math, and Psychology.
Garvin Gaston – Full-time Tutor
Graduate of Emory University. B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Mathematics. Three years private school experience. Subjects taught include Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. Organized student art auction in February 2010, which raised over $8000 for Haitian earthquake relief. Extensive travel in East Africa, including three months working for a safari company in Tanzania. Skates with Houston Roller Derby. Interests include short fiction writing, travel, flying, and wade fishing. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, and academic subjects.
Jasmine L. Jenkins – Tutor
Cum laude graduate of Loyola College in Maryland. B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. Studied abroad at the University of Alcalá in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Chaired the Loyola College Honor Council. Recipient of the John D. O’Bryant Think Tank National Scholarship. Recognized in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities. Former Bilingual 4th grade teacher in the Alief Independent School District.Current teaching assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of Houston. Fluent in Spanish. Interests include travel, reading, theatre, and music. Tutor of the SAT, PSAT, ACT, ISEE, and academic Spanish.
Cyndi Jones – Full-time Tutor
Completed Ph.D. courses in Victorian Literature, 19th Century American Literature and Medieval Literature, University of Tulsa; M.S. in College Teaching and English, Northeastern State University. Graduate of Northeastern State University. B.A. in English Education. Designed and instructed grammar courses at the Court Reporting Institute of Houston. Instructed grammar, composition, and reading courses at Tulsa Community College and Northeastern State University. Interests include reading, movies, theater, and animals. Tutor of SAT and PSAT (Verbal), ACT (Reading, Writing, and Science), and academic Literature, Grammar, and Writing.
Dejan Krunic – Full-time Tutor
M.S. in Structural Engineering, Stanford University. Summa cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas. B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Tutored students with special needs and learning differences at University of Arkansas. Stanford Graduate Fellow. Tutored and taught academic subjects at Stanford University. Professional engineer and strategy/risk consultant. Part-time horse trainer and riding instructor. Volunteer social worker. Interests include decision sciences, international relations, travel, and horse breeding and training. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, US History, and World History, SSAT, ISEE, GRE, GMAT, and academic Math, Statistics, Science, Grammar, and Writing.
Christopher Saad Mahmoud
Graduate of Rice University. B.S. in Electrical Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Recipient of the Vice President’s Appreciation Award at Rice University. Currently works for NASA on space communications systems. Studied German and Russian. Tutor of SAT, ACT, SAT Subject exams and academic subjects.
B. Kelly McDowell – Business Development Director/Tutor
Graduate of Princeton University. B.A. in Latin American History. Letterman in Varsity Basketball. 15 years of teaching and tutoring experience (3 years in Managua, Nicaragua). Teacher of the Year, Burnet (HISD). Fluent in Spanish. High School Varsity and Middle School basketball coach. Interests include all things sports, guitar and music, Latin Ballroom dancing, meteorology, yoga, outdoors, traveling, and Zen. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, GMAT, GRE, ISEE, SSAT, WPPSI, WISC and academic subjects of Math, English, Writing, History, and Spanish. A gifted teacher, excels working with students of ALL ages: pre-school (for the WPPSI or WISC), elementary and middle school (ISEE), high school (PSAT, SAT, ACT), and graduate (GRE and GMAT).
Jason Mishaw – Tutor
Graduate of Rice University. B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, B.A. in Economics. National Merit Finalist and AP scholar with distinction. Interests include Accounting, Finance, football, basketball, and backpacking. Received perfect scores on Biology, Chemistry, US History, Modern European History, English Language, English Literature, and Latin: Vergil AP exams. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT subject tests in Math, Biology, and Chemistry, academic Math and Science.
Graduate of Harvard University. A.B. in Anthropology with a certificate in French. Acted as student member of Harvard Foundation. Former member of Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus. Mellon Mentored Fellow in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Served as Co-Director of Franklin Teen Mentoring Program. Alliançe Française diplôme de langue and Chambre de Commerce et L’Industrie de Paris diplôme de français des affaires (business French) both with mention “très bien”. Lived in a francophone canton of Switzerland. National Achievement Scholar. Former Jeopardy! Contestant. Six years classroom teaching experience, including two with KIPP. Member Harvard Club of Houston schools and scholarships committee. Volunteer for Houston Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and Buster’s Friends animal rescue. Tutor of SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, ISEE, and academic subjects including French.
Graduate of University of Michigan. B.A. in English Language and Literature. M.Ed. in Instruction and Learning from University of Pittsburgh. Secondary teaching certification in English and Psychology. Current teacher of AP English and Psychology courses and college guidance counselor at The Emery/Weiner School, Houston. National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar with distinction. Interests include running, stock market investment, and contemporary literature. Tutor of SAT, ACT, AP English, SAT Subject Test in Literature, and academic English and writing.
J.D., University of Texas School of Law. Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. B.A. in Psychology. Phi Beta Kappa. Practiced law for several years before raising triplets as a stay-at-home mom. Tutor of KAPP and academic kindergarten and first grade subjects.
M.Ed. in Elementary Education from University of Houston. Cum Laude graduate of Trinity University. B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Marketing. Dean’s List. Recipient of President’s Scholarship. Nine years of elementary teaching experience, specializing in early literacy. Texas certified teacher in PK-6, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, and Reading Recovery. Spent eight months in India working for a variety of non-profit agencies. Former marathon runner. Interests include travel, knitting, and non-profit work. Tutor of SAT, ACT, ISEE, WPPSI, WISC and academic subjects.
Graduate of Princeton University. B.A. in Economics. Pre-medical student at the University of Houston. National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society member, and Phi Beta Kappa Scholar. Former energy policy analyst. Interests include health and fitness, psychology, animals, and karaoke. Tutor of SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, SSAT, HSPT, ISEE, and academic Math, Science, Reading, and Writing.
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, Texas A&M University. Texas Certified teacher of grades 1-6 with 10 years teaching experience in grades 5 and 6. Subjects taught include math, reading, language arts, science, and social studies. Has tutored students in grades K-7 in Math for 4 years. Interests include theology, psychology, travel, and design. Tutor of WPPSI, ISEE, and academic subjects through 7th grade.
Katherine Wingfield – Full-time Tutor
J.D., cum laude, University of Houston; M.P.H., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; B.B.A., Economics, summa cum laude, Loyola University, New Orleans. Served as President and Coordinator of tutoring activities for Residential Life Tutoring Services at Loyola University. Former member of the New Orleans Symphony Chorus. Worked as the Ethics Intern at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Interests include choral music, gardening, cooking, travel, and bioethics. Tutor of LSAT, SAT, PSAT, ACT, and SAT Subject Tests in Math and Biology.
Jarek Zborowski – Full-time Tutor
Graduate of the University of Houston: B.S. in Physics, minors in Math and Philosophy, Ph.D. and M.S. in Physics. National Deans List. Golden Key National Honor Society. Research scientist, University of Houston Semiconductor Physics Lab. Physics lecturer, University of Houston. Instructor, Emery/Weiner High School, Houston. Tutor of SAT, PSAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, US History, and World History, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, and academic Math, Science, and World History.