Our experts include former members of admissions, professional and award-winning writers, former university and high school teachers, admissions interviewers, recruiters, and strategists. We have graduated from the top universities in the world and come from diverse backgrounds. We love our work and are dedicated to providing remarkable service to help you identify, pursue, and achieve your dreams.


Momo originally hails from Tokyo and was salutatorian at Palisades Charter High School. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Yale College in 2004, where she was a Robert C. Byrd Scholar.

Momo received her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She was Managing Editor of the UCLA Law Review and practiced corporate law at the Tokyo and Los Angeles offices of Latham and Watkins LLP. She has advised CEO’s and Fortune 500 companies on billion-dollar deals, including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, securities litigation. She also volunteered on pro bono matters related to adoption, disability and workers’ compensation. Momo brings such experiences to help students think about long-term goals and positioning themselves to find the right career and the right college for that career.

At Wise World Prep, Momo oversees operations and has worked with hundreds of students to pursue their dreams. She especially enjoys the process of working closely with students to identify and write their most compelling stories. During her free time, Momo is a volunteer college counselor at Palisades Charter High School, where she advises students on the college application process.


Originally from Oklahoma, Wes has over 20 years of experience in counseling students on college and graduate school admissions as well as career and life goals. He also taught literature at Harvard for six years, winning the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching numerous times.

Wes graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Psychology, where he was elected First Marshal (President) of the Class of 1994 and awarded the Francis Burr Prize for excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. He also rowed for the championship-winning Harvard Lightweight Crew team.

After graduating from Harvard, Wes traveled to Ghana after being awarded the Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship. He taught in a remote village school and volunteered in a rural hospital. In 2004, Wes earned an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University in England. In addition to rowing for Trinity Hall, Wes also represented Cambridge in the 2004 Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Croquet match. Drawing from his extensive experiences, Wes specializes in advising international students and recruited athletes.

Wes has offered his services pro bono to hundreds of low-income students to ensure they not only gain admission to great colleges, but also complete their degrees and find meaningful work. To help even more students across the world achieve their dreams of a college education, Wes and Momo founded and run Better Angels, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


Ellie has over 25 years of experience in teaching and advising students at all levels, from elementary school to business school. She graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in European History and Fine Arts. She also received her Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ellie has taught writing and literature at Harvard College, Boston College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard Business School.

Ellie specializes in helping students to organize their thoughts and priorities, while guiding, prompting, overseeing, and refining Common Application essays and individual college supplements. Crafting personal statements is a process of discovery and transformation, and Ellie is an expert at teaching students enduring lessons on how to write with clarity and conviction.


Adam has over 15 years of experience helping students to master the standardized tests. He graduated with distinction from Stanford University, where he majored in American Studies and English. While an undergraduate, he discovered a love for helping students reach their goals and connect with the colleges of their dreams. Since then, Adam has been crafting and tailoring an approach which better connects each student’s academic ability and test taking needs. His students’ score improvements rank among the top in the U.S. Adam has also trained numerous tutors and developed curriculum for teaching the tests.


With more than 10 years of tutoring experience, Randy is an expert in standardized testing who has guided students to elite scores in the 99th percentile for both the ACT and SAT. Randy graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering. He also specializes in tutoring math where he has guided students to 5’s in both the Calculus AB and BC tests. He has a passion for working with students, and he works hard to find the most effective and creative ways to help each student find and use their strengths to achieve their goals. When Randy is not tutoring, you may find him indulging in one of his many passions: studying acting, reading comic books, and obsessing about the Oakland Athletics.


Derek has over 15 years of experience tutoring the standardized tests and has won numerous teaching awards. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. 

Throughout his academic and professional career, Derek has worked as a teacher and tutor for some of the largest test prep companies in the nation. He’s developed curriculum and written textbooks for several different standardized exams, and he’s trained hundreds of people to be instructors. Several of his classes have had the distinction of having the largest national score increase in the country.


With over 15 years of experience, Preston is a master teacher of the standardized tests and has trained hundreds of test prep instructors throughout the country. His students’ score improvements have regularly ranked him among the nation’s top tutors. Additionally, he is an experienced content developer and has written original content for a variety of test prep books and course materials. Preston earned his B.S. in Biology from UC San Diego and researched cognition and learning at the Salk Institute.

Preston has served as an AP Biology Instructor at a private high school in Del Mar, CA, where he also directed the after-school math tutoring program. Furthermore, he is committed to volunteer teaching in underserved communities. He recently designed and taught a summer math literacy workshop for inner-city middle school students to prepare them for high school.


Carter has helped hundreds of students write their essays for elite colleges. She earned a B.A. in English Literature from Duke University and an M.F.A. from Columbia in Film-Writing. She’s a wonderful writer and teacher.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Carter has written for major studios and networks, selling original pitches and working on assignment. She brings her screenwriting experience to Wise World Prep, where she casts each student as the protagonist of his or her own Personal Statement. Carter shares classic storytelling strategies in order to heighten the drama (or the comedy!) and make each essay as entertaining as it is informative. She aims to emotionally engage the reader, ensuring that each student makes a memorable impression during the admissions process.

More than just a writing instructor, Carter’s sense of humor, optimism, and patience enable her to provide much needed emotional support. She understands that college essays are more challenging than they seem… Writing about oneself is difficult, writing about oneself in less than 650 words is even harder, and writing about oneself when it feels like your future is on the line often seems impossible. Carter specializes in breaking down the process into easily accomplishable tasks, then cheering on the student each step of the way.


Tiyhannah is originally from Florida, but she decided to venture out to the West coast to join our team after she got her degree in Economics from Yale University.  During college she helped run the newly founded Book Exchange for the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project and worked at the front and back end of business administration, from front desk customer service to helping CEOs best plan future ventures. Beyond working with our operations, Tiyhannah loves to perfect new recipes, find a good anime, chat for hours about life philosophies, and simply enjoy the outdoors.


Talya hails from Istanbul and Vancouver. She moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to attend USC, where she studied Business Administration and Cinematic Arts. She has joined our team as a Project Manager. She is an avid runner, who also loves to hike and cook. During her free time, Talya volunteers at NKLA Pet Adoption Center to look after homeless pets in LA city shelters.


Mari has spent over 15 years as an educator and a mentor, and she is passionate about the power of education to transform lives. Mari graduated from Dartmouth with a B.A. in English Literature and Psychology. She also holds a M.S. in Elementary Education and is in the process of earning an Ed.D. program in Organizational Leadership at Pepperdine. Mari considers herself a Southern California native despite having lived in a number of places including New York, Australia, and Samoa (to name a few). When she’s not working as a Peace Corps Volunteer, turning around under-performing school districts, or helping students pursue their college dreams, she’s likely running an ultramarathon in the mountains, camping with her children in the wilderness, or concocting a gourmet experiment in her kitchen.


Helen finds joy and meaning in helping others pursue their dreams and guiding students through the college application process. Helen earned her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) after graduating from the University of Chicago as an Odyssey Scholar with General and Departmental Honors in Sociology. At Harvard, Helen co-led a storytelling project that won the HGSE Making Caring Common Dean’s Challenge. A Southern California native with a deep curiosity and sense of adventure, Helen enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and has studied and worked in cities around the world, including Beijing and Sydney.


Alexandra graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Mason University in 2013, where she studied English with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Film and Media Studies. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and while attending GMU she had the pleasure of working with a small team to significantly expand the undergraduate literary magazine, Volition, for which she received an award as Volition Staff Member of the Year. After college, she eagerly moved to L.A. to connect with creative people. Outside of her work with us as an administrator, she dedicates her time to mental health and gender-based violence activism, writing poetry, hiking, and spending time with her partner Jake and their dog, Campfire Jones. 


With over 15 years of experience in college admissions, Julian has served as an admissions officer at Amherst College, a college counselor at several U.S. high schools, and an independent consultant to numerous students and families. He enjoys helping students tell their stories in the most captivating way and uses his positive attitude, efficient workflow, and diverse experience to help families embrace the admissions journey with a greater sense of calm and understanding. Originally from Los Angeles, Julian earned a B.A in Religion from Amherst College and his passions outside of education include writing and entertainment, especially stand-up comedy.

Academic Tutoring

Our academic tutors have graduated from top colleges, including Stanford, Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, and Caltech. Our tutors are available to meet in person throughout Los Angeles and via Skype.

We provide academic tutoring for the following subjects*, including AP and IB courses:

English and History:
• Literature
• U.S. History
• World History

Social Sciences:
• Psychology
• Macroeconomics
• Microeconomics

• German
• Japanese
• Korean
• Spanish

General Skills:
• Interview Skills
• Study Skills
• Writing

• Algebra 1
• Algebra 2
• Calculus AB
• Calculus BC
• Geometry
• Pre-Calculus
• Statistics
• Trigonometry

• Anatomy
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Physics

*Subject to change based on availability.

Cancellation Policy:

If you need to cancel a session with a tutor for any reason, we kindly ask that you do so directly with the tutor by 6pm the evening before your scheduled session to avoid a late cancellation charge of one hour.  Thank you for your understanding.


Wise World Prep does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

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