Meet Your Team

Teachers, Tutors, and Subject Matter Experts

Below is your Teachers Test Prep team of teachers, tutors, and subject matter experts.  They hold advanced degrees from some of the world's top universities and have extensive experience helping students just like you to prepare for, and pass, their rigorous credentialing exams.  There is no better team of Praxis, CSET, CBEST, and RICA test preparation specialists anywhere.  And while their backgrounds and specialties are diverse, they all have one thing in common: they are knowledgeable, caring, and dynamic educators whose goal is to help you succeed!

Barry Mednick, M.S.

Teacher/ Tutor, CSET Multiple Subjects, CSET Mathematics, Praxis 1, and Praxis II Elem Ed

Mr. Mednick has taught at California State University, Fullerton, School of Business and Economics in the Information Systems and Decision Sciences Department and currently teaches math, science, and social studies at a private high school in Orange County. Mr. Mednick holds a BS and MS from Columbia University’s School of Engineering. He has extensive experience helping students prepare for success on the CSET, and also offers tutoring for all areas of the Praxis 1 exam.

Robert Duncan, M.F.A.

Program Director/ Teacher/ Lead Curriculum Designer, CSET Multiple Subjects and Praxis 2 Elementary Education

Robert Duncan began his academic career in the Neuroscience program at UCR, where he went on to receive his bachelors in Creative Writing with Upper Division Honors.  He then received his Masters from the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC.  From 2005-2010, Mr. Duncan was the owner and lead instructor of the CSET Tutor program, which helped thousands pass the CSET, and which is now part of Teachers Test Prep.  Mr. Duncan continues to teach CSET and Praxis classes for Teachers Test Prep, and also serves as Program Director.

Jeff Wurfel, Ph.D.

Lead Curriculum Designer, CSET Science

Jeff Wurfel received his PhD in Neuroscience and his Masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. His area of research was complex motion perception in the human visual system. He has experience teaching and tutoring Math and Science at the high school, undergrad, and graduate levels.  His broad and entensive background in the sciences, along with his background in helping students prepare for standardized tests, allows him to bring a unique level of expertise to creating curriculum for the CSET General Science exam.

Jiro Tanaka, Ph.D.

Lead Curriculum Designer, CSET English

Jiro Tanaka received his Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton (2002) and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard (1993). He has taught at Clark University and Vassar College, where he served as Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. In 2008, he was a Visiting Scholar in UCLA’s program for Human Complex Systems. Dr. Tanaka has published widely on topics in literary theory, German intellectual history, second language acquisition, and “bio-cultural” approaches to the humanities.  Dr. Tanaka has substantial expertise in designing test preparation curriculum for the CSET English exam.

Khodadad Rezakhani, Ph.D.

Lead Curriculum Designer, CSET Social Science

Khodadad Rezakhani was born in Tehran, Iran and has lived in Iran, Europe, and the United States. He obtained his MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics and his PhD in Late Antique History from UCLA. He has many years of experience teaching in England, Iran, and the United States, mostly in the subjects of history and languages. He speaks Persian, English, and German and is familiar with several ancient languages. He has extensive expertise in creating curriculum for the CSET Social Science exam.

Lena Anthony, M.A.

Teacher/ Tutor/ Lead Curriculum Designer, RICA

Lena Anthony is a Literacy Coach for Los Angeles Unified School District. She supports elementary school teachers with the implementation of state-adopted language arts programs and ensures that curriculum and instruction are carefully aligned with the CA State Content Standards and also meet the needs of individual students. Ms. Anthony conducts training for teachers, educational support staff, parents, and private tutors.  She has substantial expertise in the field of RICA test preparation.  Ms. Anthony received her Masters degree from UCLA.

Aditi Mehta Doshi, M.Ed.

Curriculum Developer, CSET Social Science

Aditi Mehta Doshi is a history teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has eight years of teaching experience, both at the middle and high school levels. Aditi holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University (2000) and a Masters of Education from UCLA (2003). She has extensive experience developing standards-based curricula, particularly in the field of American history. Aditi has taught and tutored many students of diverse backgrounds, to help them prepare for standardized exams.

Nicole Fong, M.Ed.

Teacher/ Tutor, CBEST, CSET Multiple Subjects, CSET Social Science, CSET English

After graduating from St. Mary's College with a degree in History/Humanistic Studies, Nicole received her graduate degree in education from Pepperdine University and has since taught English and World History for ten years, including a stint in Oita, Japan and more recently at a Los Angeles charter high school. She loves history, in particular how laws have changed the privileges of the social classes, and was once fluent in Japanese.  

Katie Amos, E.S.C.

Teacher/ Tutor, CSET Mulltiple Subjects and RICA

Katie graduated from Allegheny College with a B.S. in Environmental Geology. She holds a California Clear Special Education credential and is currently working on her Level I Single Subject Science credential. She has been teaching for five years in the Bay Area and currently teaches math, science, literacy and life skills at Civicorps Corpsmember Academy in West Oakland.  She teaches prep classes and provides private tutoring for all three CSET Multiple Subjects subtests as well as the RICA.

Roop Prabhu, M.P.H.

Teacher/ Tutor, CSET Mathematics

Mr. Prabhu has taught Geometry and Algebra at the high school level in the Bay Area for three years. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of California, at Irvine and master's degree in Research Epidemiology from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He worked for 5 years as an Epidemiologist at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and at UCSF before starting his career in teaching. He currently teaches math and science at the Civicorps Corpsmember Academy in West Oakland, and is knowledgeable in all three CSET Mathematics subtest areas.

Abigail Garcia, M.A.

Teacher/ Tutor/ Curriculum Designer, CSET English

Abigail Garcia taught English at Animo Leadership Charter High School for seven years.  She also sat on the Board of Directors for Green Dot Public Schools and served as a member of the Transitional Advisory Committee for Superintendent Tom Torlakson.   Mrs. Garcia earned her Masters in Secondary Education and received her BCLAD credential from Loyola Marymount University.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish from the University of California at Berkeley.  Her expertise is in preparaing students for all four subtests of the CSET English exam.

Jennifer Eggers, M.Ed.

 Curriculum Designer, CSET Science

Jennifer Eggers graduated from the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences. She immediately started the Teacher Credentialing program at Claremont Graduate University. In Claremont, she received her teaching credential and Master’s in Education. Jennifer has taught CSET prep classes at Claremont Graduate for the past 5 years while also working as a high school Biology teacher in the Los Angeles area. Her specialties are CSET Multiple Subject Subtest 2, CSET Single Subject Science Subtests 1 and 2 as well as Biology Subtest 3.

Justin Yaeger, M.A.

Teacher/ Tutor, CSET Social Science

Justin Yaeger was born and raised in the Los Angeles area and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA degree in History.  He also has a Single Subject teaching credential in Social Studies/History and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine.  He has been teaching at the high school level for six years and has taught many subjects in the History curriculum, including US History, World History, Government and Economics.  Justin specializes in preparing students for all three subtests of the CSET Social Science exam.

Rebecca Franke, M.A.

 Teacher, CSET Social Science

Rebecca received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Science with an emphasis on South Asia history, politics, and economics, then went on to UC Berkeley where she completed her Masters Degree with an emphasis on international relations, comparative politics, and Middle East area studies. Since then she has worked in the private sector and more recently spent several years teaching Social Studies at the high school level.

Sharon McCreight, M.Ed.

Tutor, RICA

Sharon is an English Language Learner Literacy Coach and Specialist for Long Beach Unified School District. She supports teachers and staffs with the implementation of core materials as well as California Content Standards for English Language Arts and ELD. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in musicology and received her Teaching Credential from Cal State Long Beach. She has a Masters degree in Reading as well as an Administrative Credential. 

Theresa Summer

Teacher/Tutor, CSET Science

Theresa received her B.A. in Physics and Astronomy from San Francisco State University and has worked in Science education and outreach for over a decade. She has worked as a curator and educator in both traditional schools as well as institutions such as the California Academy of Sciences and Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.

Myeasha Pruitt, M.A.

 Teacher/Tutor, CBEST, CSET Multiple Subjects

Myeasha graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a M.A. in Administration and Leadership both from La Sierra University. She has 9 years of teaching experience in both public and private schools and currently works for the Alvord Unified School District in the cities of Riverside and Corona. She holds Clear Single Subject Teaching Credentials in English and Home Economics and a Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She also holds a Preliminary Administrative Services Credential. 

Kathryn Stevens, B.S.

Teacher, CSET General Science

Kathryn taught middle school math and science for 25 years in LAUSD and has National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. She has presented workshops at the National Science Teachers Association National Conventions as well as UCLA Project X. She has received a number of teacher recognitions, including a Toyota Tapestry Grant and the UTLA Platinum Apple Award.

Cassandra Villa, M.Ed.

Teacher, CSET English

Cassandra Villa is an English teacher/Instructional Team Lead for Green Dot Public Schools. She teaches intervention English and has experience teaching English at the secondary level including AP English Language and AP English Literature & Composition. She has extensive expertise in preparing students for standardized exams, backwards mapping, curriculum design, and instruction. Ms. Villa graduated Cum Laude from UCR with her B.A in English and Sociology, received her Masters Degree from USC, and is currently a PhD student focusing on Education & Urban Leadership at Claremont Graduate University.

Stephanie Grissom, M.Ed.

Teacher, CSET Mathematics

Stephanie earned her B.A in mathematics from the University of Kansas. After graduating, she spent time in South America teaching English then came to Los Angeles as an AmeriCorps VISTA where she worked at a literacy nonprofit. She has been teaching for the past several years in various areas of Los Angeles, including LAUSD and Southern California charter schools.

Hilary Yamtich

Teacher, CSET Mathematics

Hilary earned her B.A. in Pure Mathematics from UC Berkeley and currently teaches at a charter high school in Oakland. She was recently chosen as a Master Teacher by The Better Lesson Project funded by the Gates Foundation.

Michael Maloney, M.F.A.

Teacher/ Tutor/ Curriculum Developer, CBEST, Praxis 1, and Praxis II Elem Ed

Mike Maloney graduated Cum Laude from UCLA with his B.A. in Sociology and English.  He then received his M.F.A. in Writing for Screen & Television at USC, where he was one of only three graduates in his class to receive academic distinction.  He has spent the last three years working on a variety of professional film and television writing projects in Hollywood.  Mr. Maloney is well-versed in all areas of the Praxis 1 and CBEST, including Mathematics, Reading and Writing.  In addition to teaching Praxis 1 and CBEST classes, his work with Teachers Test Prep has also included exam research and writing practice test questions.

Alison Rice, M.A.

Teacher, RICA

Alison began her academic career at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she received her B.A. in English, a minor in Linguistics and both her Single Subject English and Multiple Subject teaching credentials. She went on to receive her M.A. in Language and Literacy and a third teaching credential as a reading specialist from CSU Sacramento. She currently teaches high school for Folsom Cordova Unified School District and literacy courses for the Sacramento campus of Loyola Marymount University. Her expertise is in preparing students for the RICA examination.

Maiesha Kiburi, M.Ed.

Teacher, CSET Multiple Subjects

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Administrative and Creative Team

Below is your Teachers Test Prep administrative and creative team.  These are the individuals who ensure that the services you use are of unparalleled quality and effectiveness, and that you receive excellent customer support when you need it most.  At Teachers Test Prep, our industry-leading test preparation programs are a direct result of the outstanding people who create and manage them.

Justin Hone

Program Advisor/ Lead Graphic Designer

Since 2005, Mr. Hone has owned and operated a graphic art consulting company which specializes in developing corporate images, presentation materials, web design, and marketing materials. He is also a geophysicist and spatial analyst in the environmental forensics field. He earned his BS in geophysics from the University of California and, prior to joining the environmental sector in 2004, Mr. Hone managed product prototyping, business development, and investor support services as president of an explosives detection company’s European subsidiary.

Mark Samuels

Content Developer/ Test Writer

Mark Samuels graduated from Hampshire College in 2003 with a B.A. in International Relations. He spent his first 2 years in Los Angeles tutoring advanced students for the SAT and now specializes in creating materials and strategies to help teaching candidates pass the CSET. He has worked in legal support and also contributes non-fiction writing to various online publications. As a diehard Simpsons fan, he will sometimes utilize Mr. Burns' wisdom to help students learn: "Smithers, I've survived two world wars, a Great Depression, and four years of McKinley-nomics."

Stephen Kowalski

Chief Technology Officer

Stephen Kowalski is a senior technology leader with 15 years experience in Web Development and IT Operations.  He has held a variety of technology management positions at Digital Lava, Interactive Video Technologies, Edmunds.com, and founded Modern Broker.  He graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology, specializing in education and modeling the brain through artificial intelligence and neural networks.  

 

 

Jay Tulathimutte

Lead Developer/System Administrator

Jay Tulathimutte is a senior-level software engineer with system administration skills.  His spends most of his working hours in the terminal ssh'ed to some remote machine.  His favorite programming language is Python.  He's also very good at ping pong and won't turn down a challenge.