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Our Team of Expert Admissions Advisers & Tutors

Admitster is proud to have a nationwide team of college experts and subject matter tutors who work with students to help them achieve their college dreams.


Director of Education, Rachel Katzman, EdM

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Background

Rachel earned her BA in English and Art History at Skidmore College and the Universite de Paris X Nanterre. She attained her Ed.M at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, researching models of interdisciplinary education. Rachel has over a decade of experience teaching and advising students at many exceptional secondary schools, including: the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School, Phillips Andover Academy, the Oxbow School, and St. Johnsbury Academy. She has been both a mentor and an advocate for students pursuing their post-secondary plans and is compelled by the self-discovery and actualization they achieve through this process. 100% of the families that work with Rachel report being “Very Satisfied” with her work, and would “Definitely” recommend her to other interested families.


Recent Feedback About Rachel: 

“Rachel is very caring, dependable and most importantly committed to searching for the best college suitable for the student’s career aspiration.”

“…she is great and the process is humming along. We had three acceptances before the end of October!”

Rachel can be reached by email at rachel@admitster.com or by phone at 1.800.803.1531. Feel free to call or email her any college admissions question, big or small!


Director of Research & Lead Writing Tutor, Katie Zandbergen, PhD

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Background

Dr. Katie Zandbergen earned her BS at Skidmore College and her PhD in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford. While a graduate student in England, she also spent three years as the Junior Dean at Trinity College and worked as a tutor for undergraduates in the university’s prestigious Philosophy, Politics & Economics Department. After completing her studies, she moved to the Netherlands, where she worked at Amsterdam University College, teaching two undergraduate courses, as a member of AUC’s Admissions Team, and working as an academic adviser. She brings to Admitster over a decade of experience working in academia and is responsible for the content of Admitster’s online community and the success of the Writing Tutoring program. Katie enjoys working with students, helping them to meet their academic goals, and outside of Admitster can be found spending time with her family, kicking the soccer ball around, travelling, or with a book in her hand. Katie can be reached at katie@admitster.com.


Recent Feedback About Dr. Zandbergen: 

“Katie’s detailed feedback helped improve my assignments for school. Her lessons are inspiring and motivated me to be a better writer.”


Founder & Mathematics Tutor, Ron Rubin, PhD

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Background

Dr. Ron Rubin has been teaching mathematics and science his entire life, and continues to tutor and mentor at Admitster. He was on the faculty at MIT from 1998 – 2000, where he was researching quantum mechanics and quantum computation. While at MIT, he taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in mathematics. He earned his PhD from Harvard where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow. In addition, he was awarded two White Prizes for Excellence in Teaching Physics at Harvard, a Kusaka Prize for Undergraduate Physics Research at Princeton, where he earned his undergraduate with highest honors. He has tutored, co-taught, and taught courses in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Introductory Physics, Statistical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and Quantum Field Theory. Ron is also the co-founder of Rubin/Anders Scientific, Inc., a Boston-based scientific talent agency representing scientific thought leaders including Nobel laureates and technology revolutionaries. Ron is also assistant coach of the Brookline High School squash team, and former Massachusetts State Squash Champion. Ron can be reached at ron@admitster.com.


Geometry, Algebra and Algebra II Tutor, Joseph Houchins

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Background

Joe has tutored Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry (Texas state test curriculum) in Austin, Texas, where he coordinated a tutoring program at the high school level. He has also been an Instructor in the Summer Challenge Program at Boston University and a Teaching Fellow for undergraduates. He was was the Lead Teacher for the East Austin College Prep Summer Program, and he has also been Head Soccer Coach at Austin Can! Academy. Joe has an MA from Boston University and a BA from Trinity University in Texas.


In Joe’s Words:  

“For me, tutoring is a kind of sacred occupation. While I have immensely enjoyed classroom
instruction, there is no greater experience than helping a single individual meet the academic
and personal goals they have set out to achieve. I am excellent at connecting with students,
understanding their needs, and attending to those needs with patience, steadfastness, and compassion.”


College Expert and Writing Tutor, Anjali Nadig Devutu

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Anjali, a lawyer by trade, has always had a passion for shaping words into stories. With over 10 years of experience mentoring students on their college admissions journeys, including perfecting their application essays, she is committed to helping students find their unique voice. Prior to working with Admitster, she successfully led a 25-person college admissions consultant team for three years as the Consulting Operations Manager for the Bay Area’s largest educational consulting firm. Her experience there included assisting dozens of students gain entrance into the Ivies and other top institutions through helping them identifying the strongest direction for their overall application based on their varied life experiences. Anjali attended U.C. Berkeley, NYU, and Miami University and holds degrees in doctorate and masters level degrees in law and public policy.


Recent Feedback About Anjali: 

“Anjali helped my child and I navigate the college admissions process. With her guidance, my daughter was able to attend her top-choice school!”

“Anjali’s expertise was so helpful, I’ll continue to reach out to her even in college.”

“She helped me express my thoughts more clearly, and made even my most dry sentences thoughtful and luxurious.”


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Background

Soliana is a college admissions expert with Admitster. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish Literature from Harvard College. She went on to study photography at Parsons Paris and received a Master of Arts in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths College in London. Now she primarily works with sculpture, video and photography. Soliana has been a tutor for the last seven years and has taught English literature, grammar, composition, creative writing, and US history. She loves showing students how to apply what they are studying at school to other areas in their lives like cooking, sports and art.

Recent Feedback About Soliana

“Regarding the Common App, Soliana not only helped me choose my essay topics but reread all of my work and helped me correct it to near perfection. I was also at advantage since I applied for studio art and Soliana happened to be an extraordinary artist and therefore was able to make suggestions about my portfolio.”

“Her work truly shows in my acceptance to multiple prestigious schools such as the Rhode Island School of Design and New York University.”


Greta - CroppedLead Essay Expert, Greta Myers

Background

Greta Myers earned her BA in English and Theater from the University of Washington, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.  She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching from Seattle Pacific University and has been teaching AP English at a college preparatory academy in Seattle for the last seven years where she also served as the English Department Head.  As a teacher of high-school seniors, she walked her pupils through writing their college application essays every year.  She is an expert at guiding students through the personal statement process, mentoring them through brainstorming, crafting, organization, revision, and on through the final punctilious final grammatical tweaks and word-count editing. Because of her background in English literature, Greta pays attention not just to grammar and phrasing, but also content, style, connotation, and tone to ensure that students are presenting themselves in the best manner possible. In recent years, Greta has offered private summer workshops to high-school seniors looking to get a jump start on their college essays.  She has additionally worked as a SAT and ACT tutor. In addition to her teaching, tutoring, and workshop instruction, Greta has consistently mentored high-school and college-age students, both formally and informally, for the last decade. She brings this spirit of mentorship to her editing work, offering thorough, explanatory comments to students as well as encouragement.

Recent Feedback About Greta

“My daughter felt a great sense of relief and resurgence of hope after reading what Greta had written… this was the best $50 we’ve spent this year.”  
“I think she really did get a sense of the true me. …She is an awesome mentor.  Wish I had her for a teacher!”
“It has been such fun to work with Greta that I nearly hate to think there are no more college essays to write that I can think of.”

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Background

Stephanie Throne earned her BA in Spanish and Economics & Business Administration at Kalamazoo College and worked in the business arena as a corporate trainer before beginning her graduate studies.  At the University of Michigan, she earned her MA and PhD in Spanish Language and Literature.  After completing her graduate work, she served as a professor at a liberal arts college and a mid-sized public university.  Stephanie has designed and facilitated online classes at the K-16 level, has written books and articles, and has evaluated various sections of equivalency tests.  Stephanie was a four-year letter winner and captain of the women’s soccer team at Kalamazoo College (“K”), which brought her much joy particularly during her senior year.  She was a member of the first team ever at K selected to participate in the NCAA DIII women’s soccer championships.  In addition to her passion and knack for writing, Stephanie has many years of experience as a copy editor, proofreader, and writing coach.

Recent Feedback About Dr. Throne

“Thank you for the input. I revised the essay following your suggestions. Thank you so much for all your help!!! I was wondering if I could also send you my supplemental essays to review.”

“With consideration of your comments in mind, I decided to change the topic of my essay a bit. I realized that it didn’t represent me well as an individual or why I was a good fit for their school. Thank you so much!”


Blaine Blontz, Financial Aid Consultant

Background

Blaine Blontz is an Admitster financial aid expert. Blaine has helped hundreds of families navigate the complex and sometimes confusing process of financial aid. Prior to his work in private financial aid consulting, Blaine worked as a financial aid counselor at several colleges and universities, among them Millersville University, where he received his B.A. in Education, and La Salle University, where he graduated with his MBA in Finance.