Our Education Consultants

Bridget Allen

Scholar Co. is owned and operated by Bridget Allen. Bridget attended Yale University from which she graduated with honors in Political Science. Bridget has been tutoring and advising on high school and college admissions since her time in New Haven. 

Since Scholar Co.'s inception in 2005, Bridget has established more than fourteen years of full-time experience as an independent admissions consultant in the Bay Area. She specializes in college placement and application support and has extensive background in standardized test preparation, writing instruction, high school advising, and various levels of academic tutoring. 

John Boonin

John is a graduate of New York University, where he received his degree in Theatre. When he moved to Los Angeles after graduation, he began tutoring high school students, initially as a way to supplement his acting income. John quickly fell in love with the process of helping each student maximize his/her academic potential, reinforcing important study habits that match his/her unique learning style. He soon went on to earn his TEFL Certificate, which led to a teaching stint in Peru. This was followed by a move to China, where John became more involved in admissions consulting and built on his prior work providing application support. Over a two year cycle, he handled a caseload of over 80 students attending some of the top independent American boarding schools and looking to continue their educations in the United States.

By addressing each client’s overall studentship and helping his students discover their passions, John has guided many individuals through various stages of decision-making throughout their high school careers and implemented strategies to help them build the strongest student profiles possible. He has also played a key role as a college essay coach, helping each student embrace his/her authentic voice. His students have gained admission to some of America's most prestigious colleges and universities.

John applies a diligent, innovative, and personalized approach when consulting with and providing college application support to students and families within the Scholar Co. community.

Kyla Brown

Kyla graduated magna cum laude from New York University, where she majored in Classics and Dramatic Literature. For her junior year, she went to Paris to study abroad and ended up staying for over six years. In Paris, Kyla worked as a French and English tutor, sharing her love for language, literature, culture, and grammar with her students.

She has worked for Scholar Co. since 2013, and has extensive experience as a tutor in all academic subjects as well as standardized test prep. She specializes as a college advisor, helping students with the entire application process, including school selection, essay writing, resume building and interview prep. 

Sarah Gzesh

Sarah graduated with honors from Bryn Mawr College, double-majoring in English and History of Art, and completed graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and University of San Francisco.  Sarah received her teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University and is a TeachforAmerica alumna.  Sarah has over a decade of experience in teaching, both in the United States and abroad.  Most recently, Sarah attended Columbia University for a Masters in Social Work, and she brings this therapeutic acumen to her work with students.  

Sarah specializes in supporting students and families through the arduous college admissions process, including standardized testing preparation (humanities/social sciences), crafting an informed, well-balanced list of schools, and writing personal statements.  She has mentored thousands of students and their families as an educational consultant, ranging from 6th grade through graduate school. Sarah is passionate about supporting youth in discovering their aspirations, self-actualizing their goals, and cultivating their burgeoning identities as scholars and change-makers. 

LeeAnn Jacobs

LeeAnn is a graduate of Yale University, where she double majored in Theater and Political Science. As an undergraduate, she received several travel grants to conduct research and develop projects in Europe, West Africa, and South America. Upon graduation, LeeAnn moved to Buenos Aires, where she ran a community theater program, taught English to students and corporate employees, and translated academic writing for local universities. She then moved to New York, where she worked for several prestigious tutoring and college counseling agencies.

LeeAnn has been tutoring students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SHSAT, SSAT, GRE, AP, and SAT Subject Tests for nearly a decade. Her passions are helping students to overcome academic challenges and to express themselves fully in their college applications. An exceptionally skilled writer, LeeAnn helps students craft exquisite college essays and gain admission to their top choice schools. 

Alex Ness

Alex graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he majored in Music.  He received fellowships to spend the year after college in India, where he studied North Indian music and the Hindi language.  He returned to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in Music at NYU, on a teaching fellowship.  As a music theory teacher at NYU, Alex received the Dean’s Outstanding Student Teaching Award in the Humanities, underscoring his love of helping students make sense of technical and arcane subject matter.  Beyond academia, Alex worked for several years as the music director for Playground Sessions, a music-education software company.  His job involved designing educational content, facilitating communication between the company’s musicians and programmers, and hanging out occasionally with Quincy Jones.

Alex has experience with students at all levels, helping them not only with music, but also with math, programming, writing, reading comprehension, and preparing portfolios of creative work.  He particularly enjoys working with students to break down complex tasks and problems of any sort—whether technical or creative—into manageable chunks.  He is interested in giving students the tools to stimulate their curiosity, develop their confidence, and support their intellectual development throughout and beyond their formal education.

Natalia Sucher

Natalia graduated from Swarthmore College with a double major in Ancient Greek and Latin. In addition to growing up speaking English, Spanish, and French at home, she studied German and Italian in college. After graduating, she went to China to earn her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate and began to learn Mandarin. She taught English in Beijing and Philadelphia for two years, and has been tutoring English and math for five years. 

Natalia has worked with students from age five to twenty-two from all over the world. She has taught a variety of subjects, including philosophy, art, science, and ancient languages. Using her own depth and breadth of knowledge as an example and resource, she encourages students to pursue their own passions and gain the confidence they need in order to succeed in school, on the SAT, and beyond.