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Marc Wharton  is the Assistant Director of the FAU Test Prep department, and an Adjunct Instructor, teaching both the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GRE, GMAT, and SAT, as well as the Verbal Reasoning component  of the MCAT test preparation courses. He has developed test prep programs and taught courses at both the graduate and high school levels in South Florida for over 7 years.  His courses balance a solid grounding in the core English, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning material tested, combined with specific test taking strategies and techniques. Marc received his Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and his B.S. in Marketing Management from Cornell University.








Suzanne Sheber teaches the General Knowledge Math Review and the GRE/GMAT Math Fundamentals test preparations courses. Ms. Sheber has taught standardized test preparation and basic skills courses at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University for over 15 years. She teaches both math and verbal skills along with test taking strategies and approaches. Students find her classroom teaching style to be uplifting and supportive. She graduated from FAU with a B.A. in Humanities and received the Kenneth R. Williams Leadership Award. She studied graduate level coursework in business and in education.


tina Tina De La Fe  teaches the Quantitative, Verbal and Writing portions of the GRE, SAT and GMAT. She holds a Masters Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelors in English and Journalism from Averett College in Virginia. Also a Reading Specialist at a Palm Beach County high school, her teaching style elicits a high level of student involvement and input, enabling her to adjust the pace and coverage of each class to the particular needs of the group. Tina's teaching philosophy regarding test preparation involves a balance of both strategy and content, ensuring students know not only what to do, but how to do it well.





diana Diana Ballou teaches the GRE and GMAT Test Preparation courses. She is a practicing attorney and an experienced teacher who has taught Test Prep at Florida Atlantic University and at Kaplan. She displays a passion for teaching, and students have described her teaching style as enthusiastic, engaging, and effective. Ms. Ballou earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1998 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Juris Doctor in 2001 from the University of Miami. 




Lisa Lisa Byard teaches the GRE and SAT verbal sections. She is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education Leadership program at Florida Atlantic University.   She previously worked as an instructor in northern California.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University and her Masters in Higher Education from Loyola University in Chicago.   Lisa has a passion for teaching and engaging students.






ken dion Kenneth B. Dion, Esq.  teaches the LSAT course.  He is a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He was formerly with the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender. He is currently a sole practitioner representing clients in Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Contract Law, and Corporate Law.  He earned his J.D from Suffolk University Law School, and Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. He also teaches for Palm Beach Community College and for the legal assistants program here at FAU. 






Keith Vinson  teaches the Quantitative portions of the GRE, GMAT, and SAT Test Preparation classes at FAU, both in Boca Raton and Davie. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Miami. He has taught Math and Business classes at local universities for 20 years. His classroom delivery style assures student involvement in the class. He firmly believes that the actively involved student will receive more benefit from his class than will the passive uninvolved one.






Garrett Garrett Smith teaches GMAT and GRE test preparation classes at FAU.  A current PhD. student in Finance at Florida Atlantic University, Garrett also teaches finance at the undergraduate level.  He received his undergraduate degree in BioMedical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and M.B.A. in Finance from Hofstra University. He is approachable and has a strong desire for all individuals in the class to achieve their personal goals.  








Nasim Alavi

Nasim Alavi teaches the Quantitative portion of the GRE and GMAT prep courses. She is a current PhD student in the Educational Leadership Program (ACE) at Florida Atlantic University. She previously worked as the director of a Nuclear Medicine Program in south Florida. Nasim taught and tutored Mathematics and Chemistry at Indian River State College for six years. She earned her Master’s in Adult Educational Leadership from FAU. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Midwifery as well as two certifications in Nuclear Medicine and Pharmacy. Nasim has a passion for teaching and learning.











April Watson

April Watson teaches the verbal and writing portions of the GRE, GMAT, and SAT. She holds a masters degree in Anthropology from Florida Atlantic University, and a bachelors in Anthropology from Florida Gulf Coast University. She worked as a teaching assistant in the Anthropology department of FAU for three years, as well as working as a full time archaeologist. April believes her background in anthropology as well as her enthusiasm and empathy towards students make her a capable and approachable teacher.






inga Nicole Shore teaches SAT test preparation classes at FAU. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. Nicole has spent the last 7 years as a full-time high school math instructor teaching a variety of courses including Geometry, Algebra 2, and AP Statistics.










profile of Test prep teacher     Ian L. Hood, Esq. teaches the LSAT, the FTCE math course, and the quantitative and verbal portions of the GMAT and the GRE. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a J.D from the University of Florida. Although he has an extensive finance and human resources background, he has a passion for education and has taught test preparation for fifteen years.




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