The promise of Summit comes to life every time
one of our tutors walks through the door of a student’s home.
Ben Chesneau is a recent graduate of American University in Washington, DC. In college he taught students as both a camp counselor and teaching assistant. Ben balances his time tutoring for the SAT with a career in media production, and can be found playing his guitar in Central Park on the weekends.
Ben Park graduated from MIT with dual degrees in physics and music. Since then he has focused on music composition and is currently working on his doctorate at the New England Conservatory. In addition to writing music and tutoring and teaching for Summit, Ben also enjoys hiking and baking (though usually not at the same time).
Carol Margolis received a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and an MAT in Secondary English Education from Washington University. She teaches English at Dedham High School, and has tutored for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and subject tests for Summit. In her free time, Carol enjoys traveling and going to the theater.
Cindy Zhao graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a BA in economics. Having worked for the Investment Company Institute, Nielsen, and Westport Writers’ Workshop, Cindy has a strong background that spans from math to reading and writing. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and sailing.
Erin Sinclair graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She later earned her Master of Education in School Counseling from Boston University. Currently, Erin is a high school guidance counselor and also tutors students for the ISEE, SSAT, and SAT. Erin enjoys running; she has completed 7 half marathons to date and looks forward to her next one this October.
Gabrielle Ruggiero graduated from Boston University with a double major in Biochemistry and Psychology. In addition to tutoring with Summit, she is finishing up her PharmD degree at the University of Connecticut. Her free time is spent swimming, skiing, or hiking (depending on the season) and trying to learn Polish.
Jackie Clark studied International Relations as an undergraduate at George Washington University, then attained Master’s degrees in both English and Education. Working as an English teacher for 12 years, she taught a range of courses, including Film Studies and AP Language and Composition. She currently works part-time for Boston Public Schools. In her free time, Jackie enjoys writing short stories and taking classes at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Jonathan Pensak studied Physics at Yale University where he also served as editor of the Yale Scientific magazine. He has worked developing and leading corporate training programs in diverse subject areas, including medicine and business writing. In addition to tutoring, he teaches cross-country skiing and enjoys writing and swimming.
Linda Libert has been a cross-trained Summit tutor since 2006. With degrees in teaching and communication she also does classroom programs and conducts corporate training. Additionally, Linda teaches public speaking courses for a non-profit organization, and
she patrols as “the grammar police“ doing freelance proofreading/editing. When not working, Linda enjoys outdoor sports & travel with her husband, photography, art, choir and frequent servings of gourmet dark chocolate.
Matthew Longo attended Middlebury College, where he received a BA in Religion. In addition to tutoring at Summit, he also teaches at Lauralton Hall. In his free time, Matthew enjoys golfing, reading, and playing piano.
Monica Gray is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in Philosophy, and Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her MA in Developmental Psychology. Having seen three children through college with two now in graduate school, Monica loves to continue to learn through teaching and interaction with students. A grammarian at heart , she takes pleasure in helping students to understand the rules of usage and deconstruct those reading passages! Monica tutors the Reading/Writing portions of the ACT and SAT.
Natalie Harrington received her BA in Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences from Wellesley College. She loves to keep busy: she currently works as a Manager at Johnson String
Instrument in addition to her part-time role as a One-on-One tutor at Summit. In her spare time Natalie enjoys writing, riding her motorcycle, and traveling to car shows around the country.
Neal Dach attended California State University in San Bernardino where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science, and is now a fifth year Ph.D. Student in Neuroscience at Harvard University. Neal tutors math and science on the ACT, SAT, ISEE, SSAT, and subject tests. When not tutoring, he trains and performs as a pop vocalist.
Peter Hynes graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 with a degree in biochemistry. He recently graduated with his master’s degree from Boston University School of Public Health and is excited to start a career in international development. Peter has experience tutoring SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL, SAT subject tests, and the occasional academic subject area. In his free time, Peter enjoys karaoke and winning at trivia nights.
Sofia Berinstein holds a BFA from The Cooper Union and a MS in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT, where she studied the intersection of visual perception, photography, and the philosophy of mind. Sofia began tutoring for Summit in 2012 before joining the company as a program director, but has recently returned to her academic pursuits, as she continues to tutor. When she is not tromping around Japan or the Mongolian Steppe with her large format camera, Sofia likes to bake pies and play fetch with her cat.
Susan has been tutoring for Summit since 2010 in all areas of the SAT, ACT, and SSAT.
She completed undergraduate studies at UMass Amherst, and is now pursuing a graduate degree in Art Education. She enjoys sewing, quilting, and a variety of other creative pursuits.
“I love the students. I love that by teaching them, they learn and I learn, too. Plus, I get to work with caring, insightful Summit colleagues who are always willing to brainstorm over any question or problem I pose. I also get to use Summit's well-written materials to help test-prep students. I feel supported in doing my best.”