Certified College Counselor
Neal has been providing academic and college planning services to Westchester County students since 2004. He earned his College Counseling Certification, with distinction, from UCLA Extension.
College Planning of Westchester provides a holistic approach to the academic, college prep and search process. By addressing and assisting with all academic, college planning, application and financial needs, students are supported every step of the way through their pre-college years.
Neal is president of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce and is on the board of the Northern Westchester Business Network. Neal also volunteers at Yonkers High School advising students through the college process. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady. His wife is an optometrist in Westchester County. He has three college graduates who all live and work in NYC.
Neal is a member of NYSACAC and the Higher Education Consultant
Association and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice
SAT and ACT, English
Laura is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School and most recently received her Masters in English Education from Manhattanville. She has been tutoring SAT/ACT and high school English since 2012 in Westchester County. She has a number of published books and essays.
Jim is a long time middle school and high school math teacher of Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. He has been on our staff for over eight years, putting hundreds of students at ease as they succeed in their math and SAT/ACT work.
College Application Advisor; Essays
Stacy has been part of the the CPW team since 2011. She has worked with students to capture and devleop their unique stories into memorable and distinctive college essays. Her 30 years of writing and editing experience, both in the corporate and private sector, make her uniquely qualified to help advise students through the writing elements of the college process.
Additionally, Stacy volunteers in the Yonkers high schools, mentoring students in the college counseling center to help guide them through the college application and essay writing experience. She is a co-chair of the Armonk Outdoor Art Show and Executive Director of the Armonk Chamber of Commerce.
David is a premier ACT tutor with 15 years of experience with this test. David teaches an ACT class at two Westchester County schools: Irvington High School and Iona Prep. Prior to these roles, he worked as an ACT/SAT consultant at Summit School in Nyack and was an SAT tutor in Paris for a top tier U.S. University. Previously, David was a counselor at Bronx High School of Science for 10 years. David holds a bachelors degree from Northwestern University in Sociology and a Masters degree from Columbia Teachers College.
SAT/ACT, English and History
Janel is a New York state-certified social studies teacher with her Master's in history and education. She has been the lead tutor at College Planning of Westchester for SAT/ACT prep, reading, writing, and English since 2004.
David holds a Masters in Education from Manhattanville College in addition to his B.A. in History from Oberlin College. David has tutored and taught for 13 years. He is well versed in using remote tutoring tools like Skype, Google Video, etc. David grew up in Westchester and brings practicality and perspective to his tutoring sessions . David tutors both SAT Math and ACT Math/Science in addition to most high school math subjects
SAT and ACT, English
Tama is a lover of books, language and writing, with a BA from Connecticut College and graduate studies in Latin, English and business. She taught English and Latin for nine years, before changing paths to run a small business. She has since returned to her passion for preparing high school students for their college entrance exams and mentoring their path to winning essays and scores.
Tama brings a fresh and collaborative style to working with students. She is flexible yet focused in her approach, tailoring each session to the individual student's needs and interests.
ISEE and SSAT, Language Arts and Social Studies
Ariel earned her MA in teaching and is New York state certified in early childhood education. She has extensive experience as a student teacher and substitute teacher in elementary schools. Ariel is a qualified reading, writing, and math tutor for younger students.
SAT/ACT, Math and Science, Biology, Physics
Derek holds a B.S. in Marine Vertebrate Biology from Stony Brook University and Derek has had some fantastic field biologist experience working in Alaska, the Bahamas, Seattle and nearby on the Hudson River. Derek is a true outdoor sportsman and worked as a scuba guide in Indonesia.
SAT/ACT, English and Reading, Spanish
Lauren graduated from Fairfield University with both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She currently teaches a public school in nearby Connecticut. Lauren grew up in Mount Kisco and went to the Bedford Schools.
SAT/ACT, Math and Science, SAT
Charlene received her Masters in Education from Fairfield University. Charlene has been tutoring the SAT adn ACT since 1998. She has been a learning specialist at Manhattanville College and started as an English teacher in the Somers School District
SAT/ACT, Math and Science, Biology, Chemistry
Jonathan holds a B.S. in Biology from Stony Brook University. Growing up in a family of educators, he admittedly learned how to teach and tutor from a very early age. Jonathan is extremely thorough and in combination with his ability to connect with so many students, he is still able to get the results students/parents are looking for.