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English Teachers

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Ms. Gross

English Instructor

Ms. Gross teaches English at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, one of the nation's top high schools. She teaches 9th and 12th grades, and has 15 years of experience teaching SAT English. In fact, Mrs. Gross herself scored an 800 on the SAT English exam when she was a high school student. As such, she is knowledgeable in all components of the SAT English section and is exceptionally skilled at imparting knowledge to her students. Mrs. Gross has helped many Marlboro Learning Center students to achieve top scores, including 1600's, for the most recent SAT examinations. Many of her students have attended Harvard, Yale, Princeton, UPenn, etc. Her teachings greatly improve students' test-taking skills, in addition to building an impressive skill set in reading and writing and that benefits students for the rest of their lives.

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Mr. Rutkowski

English Instructor

Mr. Rutkowski is an SAT expert and a certified teacher who has taught SAT and AP English for over 20 years. Mr. Rutkowski is deeply familiar with the most difficult questions on the SAT English section, and thus he is well-versed in teaching students the proper methods to attain top scores. He discusses key SAT questions on vocabulary, writing, sentence correction, and reading comprehension, in addition to the fundamentals of grammar, critical reading, essay writing and test-taking skills. He focuses on evidence-based reading, words in context, grammatical writing, passage analysis, and many other necessary skills. Furthermore, students are frequently evaluated on their reading/writing capabilities. Numerous tests, reviews, and homework assignments are standard for his classes. Mr. Rutkowski’s SAT students have shown significant improvements: sometimes as much as 300 – 400 point increases. His students not only achieve top scores, but they also learn critical reading and writing skills that will benefit students for the rest of their lives.

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Mr. Simpson

English Instructor

Mr. Simpson has a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, in addition to over 19 years of experience teaching SAT classes. At Harvard, he designed his own curriculum, conducting unique research focused on standardized test instruction and achievement. He has helped thousands of students achieve their testing goals using his test methods and strategies, and hundreds of his students have achieved perfect scores. He has also written ten test-prep books on the SAT and PSAT.

Math Teachers

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Mr. Hwang

Mathematics Instructor

Mr. Hwang is a certified math teacher who graduated from Brown University with a Master's degree in Mathematics. He has taught various levels of high school math over the past 15+ years, including SAT Math, Pre-Calculus, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, and AP Statistics. Mr. Hwang is a true "Math Guru" —he teaches the fundamentals of mathematics to help students to not only do well on exams, but to also build a solid foundation in mathematics to solve real world problems and for future advancement. Mr. Hwang's effective teachings are highly praised by Marlboro Learning Center students.

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Mr. Kouts. (Koutsothodoros)

Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Scienced Instructor

Mr. Kouts. is a professional teacher of Math with Master and Bachelor degrees both on Math and over 14 years of teaching experience on Math, Physics, and Computer Science, including SAT/ACT Math, AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Statistics, Pre-calculus, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Honor Physics and AP Physics C (Mechanics/E&M), AP Physics I/II, and AP Computer Science. He emphasizes on teaching the fundamentals so that students can build a solid foundation on the subject and problem solving. Mr. Kouts knows the SAT and ACT math tests inside and out. He knows the structure and style of questions and has helped hundreds of students reach top/perfect scores. We have received excellent feedbacks for Mr. Kouts.

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Mr. Perry

Mathematics Instructor

Mr. Perry is a certified math teacher with 15 years of teaching experience, an MBA and a master's degree in Computer Science (NYU). He has taught all levels of Math including SAT, SAT II Math 2, Pre-Calculus, AP Computer Science, Algebra I & Algebra II, Geometry and Pre-Algebra. Mr. Perry is well-liked among students for his patient teaching and his ability to meet each student's unique needs. He is an expert at diagnosing and redressing student weaknesses so that they can achieve at maximum potential. Many of Mr. Perry’s students have scored perfect 800's on the SAT Math and SAT II Subject Math 2 exams, in addition to being highly successful in gaining admission to competitive universities.

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Mr. Lopez

Mathematics Instructor

Mr. Lopez has taught a variety of courses and grade levels over 8 years on subjects with in-depth expertise in higher level mathematics, specifically SAT/ACT, Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Geometry, AP Calculus AB and BC, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Multivariable Calculus (Calculus 3), Differential Equations (Calculus 4), and Advanced Calculus for Engineers (Calculus 5). Mr. Lopez works very well with students and can explain and resolve difficult problem very clearly and organized. He has helped numerous students achieving top/perfect scores in school and on standardized tests like SAT and ACT. He has received excellent feedback from parents and students.

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Ms. Wihelm

Math Instructor

Ms. Wihelm is a certified teacher with over 15 year experience

Science Teachers

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Mr. Kovalcin

Physics Teacher

Mr. Kovalcin has coached many students is US Olympiad team. He wrote Physics textbook. He has taught physics for over 36 years at various institutions, including Monmouth County Science and Engineering Center at Manalapan High School. He has been teaching a combination of AP physics, C Mechanics, and Electricity & Magnetism, AP Physics I, II, Olympiad Physics, Honor Physics, and regular Physics. He is dedicated, well-organized, and thorough. Over the last decade, he coached the Manalapan HS Physics team in the National Science League to first place. He can clearly and accurately explain difficult concepts so that they can be easily understood. He can also explain the basis and origin of the laws of physics, as well as their applications. Every class, Mr. Kovalcin spent significant amount of time to focus on individual student’s needs. he uses variety of experiment equipment and tools to help student understand the concepts in Physics. Majority of Mr. Kovalcin’s AP students got perfect score of 5. Minority of students got 4. Very few got 3 if any. Mr. Kovalcin is a teacher you don’t want to miss if you are studying Physics.

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Mr. Milan

Chemistry Teacher

Mr. Milan has a Comprehensive science certificate with nearly 40 years of experience. He has taught AP Chemistry, Honor Chemistry, AP Biology and Honor Biology. Mr. Milan’s experiences teaching multiple sciences allows him to connect concepts common to all the sciences, when students recognize the common themes in science, the class becomes easier to understand.  He is familiar with the concepts that students have trouble with and have developed numerous methods to make the concept clear.  In AP courses he builds students' toolboxes for free response questions, identifying examples that can be used in multiple places. I work on test taking skills and show student to reason an answer with the information that they know and that a correct answer can be derived from a number of directions. Mr. Milan has helped countless students achieving top or perfect scores in AP exams.

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Ms. Janel Powers

Biology Teacher

Ms. Powers, with over 35 years of teaching experience on college and high school Biology, AP Biology, is currently the lead teacher of AP Biology magnet program in the Science and Engineering Center of Monmouth County located at Manalapan High School. Ms. Powers is also the advisor and coach to the Biology teams competing in the NJ State Science League and the Science Olympiad.  Ms. Powers is well-versed on how to prepare students for the AP Biology Exam with the majority of her Science & Engineering students scoring 5's and some 4's. She has a Masters Degree in Life Science and is able to guide students toward being successful with the abundant resources she makes available to them during the course. 

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Ms.Mona Patel

Biology Teacher

Ms Patel, with over 20 years of teaching experience on Biology snd AP Biology and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, specializing in Life Sciences, has developed a skill set directly relevant to teaching different levels of students on Honors Biology, CP Biology, AP Biology, Honors Anatomy and Physiology, and elective Science classes such as Emerging Diseases and Science, Technology, and Society.  She also coaches Science League and have advised Science National Honor Society. Ms Patel thoroughly enjoys teaching these courses with inquiry based Science practices such as cause and effect with CER (claim, evidence, and reasoning) experiments. She knows what it takes to help students succeed in the classroom and earn perfect score in AP exam.

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Mr. Perry

Math and Computer Science Teacher

Mr. Perry is a certified math teacher with 15 years teaching experience with a master’s degree on Computer Science from NYU. He has taught all levels of Math including SAT/ACT Math and Science, Pre- Calculus, Algebra I & II, Geometry and Pre-Algebra, and AP Computer Science. Mr. Perry is well liked by his students for his patient attitude and his personalization of his teaching to meet each student’s unique needs. He is an expert at diagnosing and remediating student’s weaknesses so that they can achieve their maximum potential. Students taught by Mr. Perry have been extremely successful, getting admission to extremely competitive colleges.

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