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 thirteen 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. 

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. 

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.

Lana Skrtic

Lana graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she earned bachelor's degrees in History and Economics. She also holds a Masters of Science from UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group. Her academic training spans the humanities, social sciences, math, and science. A native of Croatia, Lana loves foreign languages.  She speaks French and Spanish fluently and has studied Italian and Swedish.

Lana has extensive experience helping students with test preparation and writing and editing application essays. She also tutors math, Spanish, humanities, and sciences. Lana is passionate about learning and teaching, and loves to pass on her enthusiasm to her students. With over a decade of teaching experience, Lana has developed a range of pedagogical approaches that she is able to apply in order to best fit the needs of each individual student.

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. 

Karen Wen

Karen Wen graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology. In college, Karen developed a passion for encouraging students to embrace learning. She directed and tutored for the literacy initiative America Reads, sending tutors to under-resourced elementary schools in rural New England, and spent a summer teaching English to refugee youth with the International Rescue Committee. Currently, she works for the Global Health Group at UCSF, where she not only focuses on fundraising and strategy but also develops a global health internship program for high school students. 

Karen has collaborated with students of various ages, backgrounds, and skill levels, specializing in standardizing testing and reading/writing. She enjoys helping students achieve higher SAT scores and perfect their college applications. With extensive experience providing one-on-one instruction, Karen finds it rewarding to guide students in setting tangible goals, developing personalized test-taking strategies, and building confidence in academic abilities. She is enthusiastic to use education as a tool of empowerment to launch young learners toward success.