Student Centered Support at Every Turn

We approach each and every student with empathy and compassion 

 (and a little bit of humor goes a long way, too!)

Our Approach to Tutoring Always Begins with Your Student

At Open Door Education, our commitment to you is two-fold: to provide exceptional enrichment and support, and cultivate a love for knowledge in your student. Our team of exceptional tutors helps each and every student who walks their strengths tap into their intellectual curiosity, build academic resilience and, ultimately, succeed in ways they never imaged.

Meet the Tutors Behind Open Door Education!

Alec

SAT/ACT, Math, Physics

Ayres

College Essay Coaching

Bee

College Essay Coaching

Ben

Math, Sciences

Brian

Math, Sciences

Chino

ACT, Math, Sciences

David

SAT/ACT, Math, Sciences

Don

ISEE, SAT/ACT, SSAT, Writing, History, Latin, Economics

Ellen

SAT/ACT, Organization, Writing, Literacy

Emma

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Ingrid

Writing, Organizational Coaching

Isaac

Math, Physics

Jake

Math, Biology

Jazz

SAT, Writing, Organization, Humanities

Jennifer

Writing, Organization, History

Jeremy

Math, Sciences

Leann

SAT/ACT, Math, Biology, Organization, Spanish

Linda

SAT/ACT, Math

Matt

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization, Biology, Chemistry, US History

Maurice

SAT/ACT

Nathalie

Math, Humanities

Naomi

SAT, Math, Humanities

Nora

Math, Chemistry

Philip

Math, Sciences

Piper

Math, French, ACT

Rami

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Ronna

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Organization

Sam

Math, Chemistry, Biology, Writing, ACT

Tom

Spanish, SAT/ACT, SSAT, German, Writing, Organization

Travis

SAT/ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization

William

ACT, Math, Sciences

Meet the Tutors Behind Open Door Education!

Alec

SAT/ACT, Math, Physics

Ayres

College Essay Coaching

Bee

College Essay Coaching

Ben

Math, Sciences

Brian

Math, Sciences

Chino

ACT, Math, Sciences

David

SAT/ACT, Math, Sciences

Don

ISEE, SAT/ACT, SSAT, Writing, History, Latin, Economics

Ellen

SAT/ACT, Organization, Writing, Literacy

Emma

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Ingrid

Writing, Organizational Coaching

Isaac

Math, Physics

Jake

Math, Biology

Jazz

SAT, Writing, Organization, Humanities

Jennifer

Writing, Organization, History

Jeremy

Math, Sciences

Leann

SAT/ACT, Math, Biology, Organization, Spanish

Linda

SAT/ACT, Math

Matt

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization, Biology, Chemistry, US History

Maurice

SAT/ACT

Nathalie

Math, Humanities

Naomi

SAT, Math, Humanities

Nora

Math, Chemistry

Philip

Math, Sciences

Piper

Math, French

Rami

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Ronna

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Organization

Sam

Math, Chemistry, Biology, Writing

Tom

SAT/ACT, SSAT, German, Spanish, Writing, Organization

Travis

SAT/ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization

William

ACT, Math, Sciences

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Alec

he/him

Master Tutor

SAT/ACT, Math, Physics

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, Alec earned both his Bachelor’s of Science (2013) and his Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (2014). Driven by an implacable urge to learn, explore, communicate, and share knowledge with others, Alec offers a unique background and perspective as a tutor. He spent most of his childhood years growing up in Texas, lived abroad for a few years in France, completed high school in New Hampshire, and most recently graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT. Alec has been playing an active role as an educator and tutor for the past several years, administering undergraduate and high school-level courses at MIT and tutoring individual students on (primarily) quantitative subjects: especially math, physics, and computer science. He also tutors SAT, ACT, and AP standardized testing material. Professionally he works in the high tech industry as an integrated circuit design engineer. Recreationally, Alec is an electronics hobbyist and an avid volunteer in his hometown. He enjoys listening to old-school hip-hop, and he cherishes New England winters.

Ayres

He/Him

Open Door Tutor

College Essay Coaching

Ayres loves a good question – in fact, he first became a teacher so he could keep asking questions, and so he could work with people to explore possible answers. And even after 30+ years in the classroom (the last 24 at Concord Academy, where he has been English department chair and mentor to new teachers), questions are still at the core of his work with students: he believes that real understanding comes from figuring out the right question, and then from creating an organized, dynamic structure for sharing the insight that’s discovered in the answers. Ayres graduated from Amherst College and has been married to his best friend for over 30 years; they are enjoying the adventure of living and learning with two amazing college-aged children. In his free time, Ayres loves reading (fiction and poetry), writing (journaling and poetry), bike riding (trails and roads), and spending time with people (laughing and pondering).

Bee

she/her

College Essay Specialist, Master Tutor

College Essay Coaching

It started in her dorm room at Amherst College. Friends would come by to ask Bee to check over their essays, and together they would edit and chat into the night. After college, Bee deferred her doctoral program at Brandeis for a year to live and work at Emma Willard School, and realized that while her research on Jane Austen’s predecessors would certainly be her passion project, teaching English to high schoolers is her calling. In graduate school, Bee tutored students in Boston, and in the summers she taught at The Taft School. Since 2000, Bee has been an English teacher at Concord-Carlisle High School and served as department chair. Every spring at CCHS, Bee leads a college essay workshop for her juniors, and every fall she works individually with her seniors on their writing submissions. In the summers, Bee tutors rising seniors who are eager to get their submission packets complete prior to the start of their last year of high school.

Ben

He/Him

Open Door Tutor

Math, Sciences

Ben is an experienced tutor with a passion for fostering academic growth and success in his students. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in physics from Colby College, a Bachelor of Engineering in mechanical engineering from Dartmouth College, and a Master of Science in medical engineering, also from Dartmouth College. Ben’s journey in tutoring began during his undergraduate years at Colby, where he discovered his knack for explaining complex concepts with clarity and patience.
Following his academic pursuits, Ben ventured into the medical device industry, accumulating nine years of invaluable experience. Throughout his career, Ben has tutored a range of subjects including physics, calculus, and MATLAB. His dedication to his students goes beyond imparting knowledge; he has cultivated skills of empathy and patience, ensuring that each student feels supported and understood.
Outside the realm of academia, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his beloved Labrador retriever named Nugget, practicing meditation, and honing his skills on the golf course. As a kind and patient tutor, Ben is committed to the success and well-being of his students, guiding them towards their academic goals with care and encouragement.

Brian

he/him

Open Door Tutor

Math, Sciences

Brian Mernoff is a passionate life-long learner and teacher who first started teaching swimming at the age of 14 and has since taught a wide range of subjects and skills. He was a high school chemistry teacher and has instructed middle and high school math. At the MIT Museum, Brian served as the Manager for Science Education. Brian obtained an M.S. in chemistry from Tufts and a B.S. and teaching certifications in chemistry and math from Westfield State University.

Brian takes a skills-based approach to teaching, connecting content with student interests to develop transferable skills and tools that students can bring to new problems and other subjects. He works with students using physical models, simulations, and other modalities to help them understand core concepts, which prepare them to engage with more complex ideas.

Over the years he has become proficient at 3D modeling, 3D printing, laser cutting, astrophotography, archery, mountain biking, and puzzle box and board game design.

Chino

she/her

Open Door Tutor

ACT, Math, Sciences

As a rising 4th year medical student and future physician, Chino has dedicated herself to a lifetime of learning and teaching. Chino graduated from Rice University, where she earned her BA in Kinesiology. As an undergraduate, Chino discovered her love for teaching, and she has been tutoring ever since. As an experienced test-prep instructor, Chino has developed a solid understanding of how to curate a learning curriculum for her students that is well-suited to each individual and caters to their style of learning. Personable and engaging, Chino’s biggest focus is making sure that each of her students feels comfortable and heard and is an active participant in their learning process.

Chino recently moved to Massachusetts from Houston, Texas to complete a research fellowship before graduating medical school. She hopes to become a dermatologist, and her interests are centered around hair loss conditions, skin of color, and mentorship. In her free time, Chino enjoys exercising, reading, and exploring the restaurant scene in Boston! 

David

he/him

Senior Tutor

SAT/ACT, Math, Sciences

David’s B.S. in Biology came from Brandeis University in 2016, where he participated in exciting research at the Sengupta Lab as an undergraduate. During his time at Brandeis, David found gratification in helping classmates prepare for exams and has translated that into guiding students past academic hurdles at Open Door Education. David placed 1st in the 2011 Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair, and he enjoys sharing his experience and ideas with students interested in competing in the yearly Science Fair.

Professionally David works as a consultant in genomics and precision medicine and has previously worked in China for a year. When he’s not working, David is passionate about skiing, traveling to new countries, and experiencing new cultures. He is fluent in Chinese and enjoys the challenge of gaining fluency in new languages.

Don

he/him

Master Tutor

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Writing, History, Latin, Economics

Don has been a tutor at Open Door Education since 2016, and he specializes in helping students with writing, history, and test preparation for the SSAT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT. As a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Don majored in Classics before teaching Latin to underserved students in Philadelphia — in an innovative program that increased students’ reading scores through the study of “classical root” words and grammar. Since that time, Don has helped hundreds of young people to become more effective writers, more thoughtful students of history, and more successful test-takers.

Don, who earned his Master’s in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, and an MBA from Boston University, has tutored and advised international students applying to American universities and mentored freshman students at Harvard University. He also managed academic programs at Harvard Business School for more than a dozen years.

In his spare time, Don is a tennis addict and a collector of 60s vinyl. He and his wife, Laraine, have ushered three kids through the Acton school system, and he well understands the many challenges of a highly competitive school system. Don enjoys spending time with his dogs, Abe and Teddy, and, in addition to tutoring, Don also writes and edits strategic plans for nonprofits.

Ellen

she/her

Senior Tutor

SAT/ACT, Organization, Writing, Literacy

Ellen is enthusiastically supportive of a wide variety of learning styles. Her educational experience encompasses public and private settings and students of many ages and backgrounds. She has earned a master’s in Integrated Day Education from Antioch New England Graduate School, and a second master’s from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ellen is licensed as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and prefers to spend her time working face-to-face with individual students.

She leverages knowledge of neurology, organization, technology, special education, and long-term educational outcomes to support students with atypical learning styles. Her tutoring partner has four legs and meows.

Ellen values self-reflection and challenges her own learning in such diverse areas as enigmatology, mycology, costume, international and historic dance, and local history. Becoming a grandmother has confirmed Ellen’s certainty that all children are special.

Emma

She/Her

Open Door Tutor

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Emma graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and minors in Math and History. She worked as a peer-tutor for three years at Hamilton College, finishing in her senior year as the head chemistry tutor. During these years, Emma developed a passion for working with students across many disciplines to help them achieve their academic goals. She believes that tutoring provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their problem-solving skills and build confidence, both of which can be carried forward to future classes and experiences. When not working with her tutees or patients at a small animal veterinary specialty hospital, you can find Emma hiking or mountain biking with her retired sled dog Mia, baking bread, or attending trivia night with her friends.

Fareed

he/him

Tutor Coordinator

Math, Sciences

With over 10 years of experience as a program manager, academic director and tutor/instructor, Fareed has a deep passion for student advocacy. He began teaching while attending Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where he earned his B.A., and never looked back. After graduating, he moved to NYC creating and managing several test prep programs at top-rated schools and nonprofit organizations serving students from under-resourced communities. Through his experience, he has come to understand all the many elements that must come together for a student to thrive – and learned how to meet students where they are. Utilizing a holistic approach, Fareed is an empathetic and patient educator that provides rigorous academic plans to meet the goals of students and families.

In addition to being an educator, Fareed is a music lover, songwriter and producer. Currently, Fareed lives in Detroit, Michigan and enjoys his new hobby of skiing.

Ingrid

she/her

Senior Tutor

Writing, Organizational Coaching

Ingrid earned her B.A. in English from Williams College. Inspired by her experience there as a writing tutor, she decided to pursue a career in education, earning her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the next thirty years, Ingrid taught English, first at Lexington High School and then at Concord Carlisle Regional High School.

Ingrid loves helping young people hone their skills as writers and become more effective and confident as students. She believes that learning to do anything — punctuate a sentence, study for a history exam, craft a persuasive argument — involves strategy and self-reflection and knows how students can blossom when they work through that process with a tutor.

In her free time, Ingrid likes spending time with her husband and two college-aged children, taking long walks with her dog, cooking, and reading.

Isaac

He/Him

Open Door Tutor

Math, Physics

Isaac brings 15+ years of private tutoring and classroom teaching experience to the Open Door team. He has taught math & physics at many levels ranging from high school (including Advanced Placement) to the doctoral level. He believes that math and physics are for everyone, and he enjoys helping students cultivate that belief within themselves.
Isaac earned his Ph.D. in physics from UNC Chapel Hill. His dissertation spanned Cosmology (mathematically modeling the behavior of dark matter shortly after the Big Bang) and Gravitational Physics (the mathematical description of gravity according to Albert Einstein’s theory of General Relativity). Now, Isaac is the Math-Physics Learning Specialist at The Learning Center UNC Chapel Hill, where he runs learning groups in calculus and physics. He also coaches students one-on-one to develop their academic skills, including how to boost test scores, study efficiently, manage test anxiety, juggle multiple assignments, and successfully transition from high school to college.
Away from the office, you can find Isaac at the beach or restaurant-hopping, watching basketball, exercising, spending time with his loved ones, and eating ube-flavored ice cream until his mouth turns purple.

Jake

he/him

Senior Tutor

SAT/ACT, Math, Biology

Jake studied Math and English at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and specifically studied the mechanical relationship between muscle and tendon in an excellent research laboratory, and presented research findings at conferences on the local and national level. After graduating from Concord Carlisle High School, Jake has taken time away from school to focus on writing, recording, and performing music all over New England. When he’s not tutoring or serving up the best coffee in town, Jake can be found hiking, skateboarding, or practicing yoga (but not running any road races, because one was enough).

Jazz

she/her

Open Door Tutor

SAT/ACT, Writing, Organization, Humanities

Jazz graduated as the only Sikh student in her class at Harvard College. She began tutoring as a way to make education more accessible for her local community of underserved black and brown students and immigrants in L.A. Being a filmmaker and storyteller allows her to be innovative and adjust to how each student learns, responds to stress, and thinks about their education. She prioritizes not only teaching educational content but foundational skills like stress management, creative problem solving, goal setting, and articulating needs.

When Jazz is not teaching, she enjoys playing volleyball, roller skating, deconstructing movie scenes, cooking Punjabi dishes, and spending time with her siblings.

Jennifer

she/her

Open Door Tutor

Writing, Organization, History

Jennifer graduated from Bennington College with a degree in drama. She found that her interest in creative problem-solving and collaboration was a perfect fit for the realm of education. She spent six years working in the special education and guidance departments at Concord-Carlisle High School while finishing her MA in school counseling through Lesley University, and she is now a school counselor at Bedford High School.

Her work supporting students at Bedford and CCHS has made Jennifer adept at crafting interventions specific to each student; she is keen on tailoring an approach based on a student’s past history and current needs, but sessions with her will typically included motivational coaching, an in-depth assessment and subsequent adjustment of study habits and skills, and conversations about how to introduce sustainable strategies for maintaining academic performance and confidence.

In addition to being a long-distance runner and an avid baker, Jennifer also holds an MFA from The Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and her first collection of poetry was published in 2023.

Jeremy

he/him

Open Door Tutor

Math, Sciences

Jeremy has been a professional freelance tutor for the past 7 years, and has extensive experience with test prep as well as all things under the STEM umbrella. Jeremy earned his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida. He tutors all levels of algebra, calculus, physics, geometry, and trigonometry. Jeremy understands the importance of communication and organization – he will work with you and your child every step of the way to create a comprehensive plan of action.

Jeremy participated in Mu Alpha Theta (Math Team) in high school and frequently attended math competitions. He was also the president of his debate team and competed on the National Debate circuit. Outside of school, Jeremy founded a startup company designing and manufacturing 3D printed bionic prosthetic upper extremity limbs for amputees. In his free time, he loves to ski, camp, and hike. To sum up Jeremy as a tutor – he is passionate, direct, engaging, realistic, and tenacious.

Leann

she/her

Master Tutor

SAT/ACT, Math, Biology, Organization, Spanish

Leann discovered her passion for education in high school through peer-to-peer tutoring programs and Best Buddies. She worked for several years as a subject tutor at Wake Forest University, where she graduated in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Spanish. Since graduation, Leann has been a zookeeper, rescued abandoned sea turtles, and worked as an educator at the New England Aquarium. She began working at Open Door Education in September 2014. Her experiences have taught her that life is not a linear path, and she uses that knowledge to reassure anxious students.

In her free time, she enjoys making pottery, crocheting, listening to podcasts, reading science fiction novels, and volunteering at Stone Zoo.

Linda

she/her

Open Door Tutor

SAT/ACT, Math

Linda has always had a knack for grasping technical concepts and making them understandable to others, and she has a life-long passion for helping others learn. From her early days as a swim instructor, to college-level teaching assistant, yoga instructor, and eventually to math and SAT/ACT tutor, Linda has always been a teacher at heart. She started off at the University of Rochester receiving a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer, and embarked on a career as a software engineer. Having worked at various high tech companies developing software, she relished opportunities to collaborate and explain difficult concepts to colleagues. Now, as a tutor at Open Door, Linda approaches each student as a unique person, bringing to her tutoring sessions both empathy and a desire for the student to succeed. Outside of work, Linda loves spending time with her family, taking walks in nature, and traveling to new places.

Matt

he/him

Principal Tutor and Founder

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization, Biology, Chemistry, US History

From humble beginnings (helping his younger sisters with their math homework), Matt’s tutoring career quickly blossomed in 2005 when he began tutoring students in math, history and writing in his hometown of Acton, Massachusetts. Since then, he has worked as a private tutor and classroom instructor for various subjects, teaching a 6-month ESL program for high school students in Mexico and, more recently, an SAT/ACT prep course for under-served kids in DC’s For the Love of Children program. Matt now works full-time as an academic and test prep tutor, helping students in the following areas: SAT/ACT/GRE, Math, US History, Writing, Biology and Chemistry. Matt graduated from Williams College in 2004 and earned a Master’s of International Studies at Johns Hopkins in 2010. In addition to cheering/complaining about his beloved Boston Red Sox, Matt enjoys salsa dancing and cooking.

Maurice

he/him

Open Door Tutor

SAT/ACT

After graduating from Columbia University in 2009, Maurice began providing ACT and SAT tutoring for a test prep agency in Greenwich, Connecticut. This experience included both one-on-one and group tutoring, both in-person and online. Once his students started to succeed with these exams, he began receiving requests from parents to tutor their younger students for the ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT, as well as their older students for the GRE and GMAT. Maurice enjoys the process of helping a student gain confidence through structure and discipline while helping them work towards their goals.

Maurice is firm but fair with his students. As a former student-athlete who also used to run his own businesses, he understands the challenges inherent in busy schedules and student responsibilities. Maurice does not believe in excuses, and he works to support students with an emphasis on organization, scheduling, consistency, and resolve. By doing so early on, students trust him and commit to the work habits required to become successful.

Mike

he/him

Senior Tutor

SAT/ACT

Mike grew up near Pittsburgh. Visits as a boy to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History fostered a lifelong love of learning. His family moved to Panama where he spent his high school years SCUBA diving, racing cayucos through the Panama Canal, and hiking across the Isthmus on the Camino Real. Mike graduated from Dartmouth College, majoring in government. He then worked as a police officer. Later, he earned a JD from the University of Maine School of Law and, after a stint as a judicial law clerk to the New Hampshire Superior Court and a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, spent 22 years as a trial lawyer litigating cases throughout New England.

Having passed four bar exams, Mike understands the stress of high-stakes test taking. He mentored many young lawyers and for years coached youth sports. Mike enjoyed doing so, discovered he was a good teacher, and found great satisfaction in helping others. A former licensed history teacher, Mike has worked with several local school districts. He is certified to teach English as a foreign language through TEFL. He is an award-winning thriller writer. In his spare time, Mike enjoys biking, history, reading, movies, and hanging with Smudge, his rescue dog. He also loves spending time with his wife and daughter.

Nathalie

She/Her

Open Door Tutor

Math, Humanities

Emma graduated from Hamilton College with a B.A. in Biochemistry and minors in Math and History. She worked as a peer-tutor for three years at Hamilton College, finishing in her senior year as the head chemistry tutor. During these years, Emma developed a passion for working with students across many disciplines to help them achieve their academic goals. She believes that tutoring provides students with the opportunity to strengthen their problem-solving skills and build confidence, both of which can be carried forward to future classes and experiences. When not working with her tutees or patients at a small animal veterinary specialty hospital, you can find Emma hiking or mountain biking with her retired sled dog Mia, baking bread, or attending trivia night with her friends.

Naomi

she/her

Open Door Tutor

SAT, Math, Humanities

Naomi has been tutoring since she was 15 years old, when she started working with students through an afterschool program at her high school. She continued this trajectory throughout college, working as a math instructor for students in local schools and as a peer writing coach, and even in her gap year, during which she taught English classes to students in Haifa, Israel. Since receiving her bachelor’s degree in sociology, with a minor in prison studies, from Vassar College, Naomi has worked as a math tutor and an SAT and ACT test prep instructor. Her favorite part of tutoring is helping students overcome obstacles and build confidence in their capacities as learners.

Outside of work, Naomi loves cooking and podcasts. She also enjoys reading fantasy novels, watching baseball, and learning more about world history.

Nora

she/her

Open Door Tutor

Math, Chemistry

Nora graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology, as well as a master’s degree in Biochemistry. While in school, she focused her studies on evolution at the DNA level in model organisms as well as in plastic eating bacteria. Nora has worked in a variety of education positions for public schools, including 1:1 tutoring, para-professional, and substitute teacher. She currently tutors in all levels, including honors and AP chemistry and mathematics. Her favorite thing about tutoring is connecting with students and making difficult subjects fun. She originally went to school to study English and discovered the joys of science and math through connections and effective teachers. Nora was born and raised in Massachusetts and doesn’t plan on going anywhere else. Professionally, Nora works in a pharmaceutical company as a scientist on their drug discovery team. Recreationally, she enjoys going to the gym, playing video games, and shopping.

Philip

He/Him

Open Door Tutor

Math, Sciences

Philip earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Chemical Engineering at MIT and subsequently began his teaching career in public schools around the Greater Boston area. His passion for education was instilled through taking classes taught by incredible professors and mentors as well as participating in MIT’s Educational Studies Program, where undergraduate students teach classes to middle and high school students. His philosophy revolves around the belief that every student possesses unique strengths and learning styles, and one-on-one tutoring most effectively taps into those individual qualities to facilitate optimal learning. He strives to create a positive learning environment that encourages students to feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and actively engaging with challenging content. As such, Philip is a patient and supportive tutor who takes the time to tailor his teaching approach to the specific needs of each student. He hopes to impart grit, confidence, and a love for lifelong learning to his students. He has since transitioned out of classroom teaching to work in the biotech industry. Outside of work, Philip can be found making digital art in the form of postcards, running to enjoy nature or to train for a marathon, and, on occasion, figure skating.

Piper

She/Her

Senior Tutor

Math, French, ACT

Piper graduated from Merrimack College with a B.A. in Mathematics and minors in Music and Women’s & Gender Studies. During her time at Merrimack, she discovered her passion for tutoring at the math center where she worked with a wide variety of walk-in students. By the end of her undergraduate studies, she was assisting the Director in leading peer tutor training and making sure the center ran efficiently during unpredictable times. Piper has helped students succeed in math subjects from pre-algebra to AP calculus, and she believes that effective tutoring involves adapting to a student’s specific learning needs through communication and collaboration in order to facilitate a solid understanding of concepts and application.

When she isn’t tutoring, Piper enjoys learning about music and playing just about anything on the many instruments she has taught herself. She has also enjoyed teaching herself various coding languages to support some of her many other hobbies. She loves spending time with friends both online and in person and enjoys taking walks with her Yorkshire Terrier, Lila.

Rami

he/him

Master Tutor

Math, Biology, Chemistry

Rami earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Engineering from Purdue University (2015) and his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Johns Hopkins University (2020). He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at MIT focusing on drug delivery for Osteoarthritis Disease. With a strong passion for teaching, Rami aspires to become an academic professor and believes the act of generating new knowledge through research and teaching others at the same time is a very powerful combination. As his current position at MIT is focused purely on research, Rami decided to become a tutor and build upon his existing teaching career and maintain this researcher-educator synergy. Having previous teaching experience at a university level, he is currently focused on tutoring maths, chemistry, biology and physics to students of all ages. Outside the academic world, Rami is a nationally certified firefighter and EMT and spends most of his free time volunteering at a local fire station.

Ronna

she/her

Senior Tutor

SAT/ACT, SSAT, Math, Organization

Ronna worked in the high tech field for several years before “retiring” to start a family and quickly becoming a high tech dinosaur. It was during those early working years that she had the opportunity to teach computer science at Boston University and discovered a true love of imparting her knowledge to others. This experience sparked her second career as an assistant Special Education teacher in the Acton-Boxborough School System. Ronna’s BA in psychology and sociology from Douglass College of Rutgers University provided her with the foundation for working with individuals and with groups of people and made her transition to teacher and tutor easy. Ronna worked with students in the Acton-Boxborough School System for over 20 years and provided one-on-one tutoring in many academic subjects as well as preparation for college entrance standardized tests. Her Special Education background has given her the tools to work with students on their organizational, academic, and study skills needs. In her spare time, Ronna works on improving her golf game. If it weren’t for her love of teaching and her actual lack of golf ability, Ronna would be a professional golfer.

Sam

she/her

Open Door Tutor

Math, Chemistry, Biology, Writing, ACT

Sam is a current medical student at the Duke University School of Medicine. She graduated from Harvard College with an AB in neuroscience on the mind, brain, and behavior track and a secondary in the studies of women, gender, and sexuality. She discovered her love for education through coordinating an after-school program for immigrant children and tutoring her peers. She continued to work in education during her gap years before medical school as a learning strategist, where she provided tutoring and academic support to first-gen, low-income students. In addition to tutoring, she was a mentor to first-year students and incarcerated youth while in college. She views education as a tool for social change, which is why she is excited to continue her tutoring career at Open Door Education. As a future physician, she hopes to use what she learned in her time as a tutor to educate her patients on their health and well-being.

In her free time, Sam loves to travel, listen to music and podcasts, and go for nature walks, especially with her family and friends.

Tom

He/Him

Master Tutor

SAT/ACT, SSAT, German, Writing, Organization

Tom’s first experience with one-on-one education came through an informal language exchange program in Berlin, Germany, where he lived for parts of 2007 and 2009. For one hour, Tom would teach his partner English, and for the next hour, Tom’s partner would teach him German. It was like platonic speed dating for polyglots, and Tom enjoyed the experience. When Tom returned stateside in late 2009, now fully confident in his language skills, he decided to tutor German to students in the Boston area, and thus blossomed his tutoring prowess, which now includes the ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT, and GRE.

Tom studied Political Science and German at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his BA in 2008. Tom also competed as a Division-1 track and field athlete in the long and triple jump. Since he suspects the reader is wondering, the answer is “yes:” Tom was indeed able to dunk a basketball on a regulation rim. For several years, Tom worked in environmental policy, and in 2012 he completed a Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University, with a concentration in Environmental and Resource Economics.

When Tom is not at Open Door, he pursues snowboarding, patronizes Chipotle, visits family and friends, and travels the US and abroad.

Travis

he/him

Founder and CEO

SAT/ACT, SSAT, ISEE, Math, Humanities, Writing, Organization

Travis Minor founded Open Door Education in 2011 with the goal of providing exceptional educational support and helping students to feel successful.

Travis, who earned his B.S. in Secondary Education at the University of Vermont and his M.Ed. at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, began his teaching career in West Philadelphia, where he became acutely aware of the profound impact of enthusiastic, rigorous tutoring. He saw how one-on-one tutoring could teach content efficiently and effectively, but that it could also provide so much more, from mentorship to organization to a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be an effective student. Travis loves helping students succeed, and he’s grateful that he gets to spend each day doing what he loves.

When he’s not at Open Door, Travis loves listening to podcasts, running, playing basketball, learning to play bass, and going on adventures with his wonderful wife Rebecca and his best friend Dewey, a Bernese Mountain Dog.

William

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Senior Tutor

ACT, Math, Sciences

William obtained a B.A. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He conducted bioinformatics research at the Barnholtz-Sloan Lab throughout his undergraduate career and greatly contributed towards two publications about gliomablastoma (brain tumor) informatics research. During his time at CWRU, William found it rewarding to help other students achieve their academic goals and to see them advance in their various career paths. This enthusiasm for helping others has transferred into helping students succeed at Open Door Education. Additionally, William graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (ABRHS), so he has been through the ABRHS life and can understand the current students’ perspectives.

In his free time, William loves to play basketball, spend time with family and friends, and go hiking on nature trails.

Dewey

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As a Bernese Mountain Dog who attended a puppy kindergarten for Golden Retrievers, Dewey knows what it’s like to not fit in, to struggle to keep up with a fast-paced curriculum, and to perform under the pressure of weekly evaluations. Dewey has nearly mastered ‘sit’ and ‘come’ and is currently working on the Quadratic Formula. His interests include walks, tennis balls, and his own tail.