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. 

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.

Scott Wellnitz

Scott earned a BS in Biochemistry with honors from the University of Kansas and then earned a PhD for his dissertation work on touch receptors through the Neuroscience graduate program at Baylor College of Medicine. After several years working as an academic scientist, Scott accepted a position at USF through which he discovered his love of teaching.  He has been teaching at the college and high school level since, including biology, chemistry and test prep courses. 

Scott believes that a future that contains more curious, inquisitive, well-educated people is a brighter one. He loves working with individuals and small groups to help them learn, and ideally, to help them learn to love to learn. He specializes in the sciences and mathematics and preparation for standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, APs, and SAT Subject Tests.

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.

Katherine Halper

Kate grew up in San Francisco, where she attended San Francisco University High School. She then moved east, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2017 with bachelors degrees in Biology and English and a minor in Chemistry. She is passionate about a range of disciplines and took the time to delve deeply into each of them during her undergraduate career. She is planning to attend medical school and also works as a medical assistant at the San Francisco Free Clinic. 

Kate loves to work with students and share her academic enthusiasm. She tutors in all academic subjects with a specialty in writing and the life sciences, helps with standardized test prep, and provides college application support. She hopes to instill confidence in her students to pursue and succeed in whatever sparks their interest.

Diana J. Wynne

Diana J. Wynne graduated Phi Beta Kappa at 20 from Vassar College, where she majored in English and Film. She served on the Committee on Curricular Policy, helping to shepherd in the first undergraduate degree in Cognitive Science. A native New Yorker, she moved to Miami Beach with her family at age ten and then settled in San Francisco after visiting on vacation. In addition to coaching high school students, Diana helps software companies make their products easier to use. She has visited more than 60 countries on 6 continents and is closing in on 50 states. She also produced and wrote a documentary on James Joyce’s Ulysses

Diana began coaching other students in high school, first as a math tutor and later as an SAT tutor. Diana works with Scholar Co. students on college admissions, focusing on writing. Her advice to applicants: be interesting.