Zac is a graduate from Wesleyan University. A football player, an English major, a lover of music, Zac continues to help us to find faster and more efficient ways to bring the lessons home to students. Nearly all of our tutors are old enough to be our students’ parents so it’s essential that we gain a young person’s perspective on how we instruct. Zac was essential in creating PowerPoint Presentations for the math that allow us to cover more ground in math in each class. Prior to this innovation there was not enough time to diagram every problem on the board. Zac was also instrumental in helping create The Essay Clinic. His sense of design and pace is impeccable. That, combined with his self-taught computer skills and longtime interest in teaching and business, makes for a perfect fit at CPP, and we are thrilled that he has joined us full time.
Sarah graduated from George Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in 2003. For the last 10 years, she has worked as a design and production manager, most recently, in the education department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently pursing an MA in art education at the School of the Art Institute. She also volunteers as a writing and critical thinking advisor for Minds Matter, helping high-achieving NYC public high school students craft their college essays. Sarah is an avid reader and devoted beach bum; she is happiest on the sand with a good book.
After graduating from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s in History, Katherine Eyster was hired as a Ford Fellow in Wesleyan’s Writing Programs. In this position, she was responsible for overseeing the university’s distinguished Writing Workshop, training and managing 90 undergraduate tutors, and serving as the university’s chief writing tutor. She has won several prizes and scholarships for her writing. She has also collaborated with several community organizations in order to help develop programming aimed at teaching high school and college students the craft of analytical writing.
Having worked as a reader for the Office of Admissions, she also has unique perspective on how to craft a compelling college essay.
Jenny Honan Smith is currently a writing and literature instructor at Albertus Magnus College, freelance editor and copy writer, and tutor/course instructor/essay editor with College Planning Partnerships. She received her BA in English from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and completed her teaching certification and MA in English at Southern Connecticut State University. In addition to teaching high school and college English, Jenny has privately tutored accelerated students in writing, taught SAT prep classes, scored teacher portfolios for the Connecticut State Department of Education, wrote curricula for district and state guides, and wrote freelance for several local newspapers. When not writing, editing, or teaching, she enjoys sailing with her husband and two boys.
Sam Rosensohn is the founder of College Planning Partnerships, a college prep company that is known for its extraordinary results and the care and attention it gives to each and every student.
Sam has written educational material for the New York Times Learning Network, Prentice Hall, Peregrine Publishers, and the Hartford Courant. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston University. He was a newspaper reporter for The New York Post for 10 years, taught for five years at John Winthrop Jr. High in Deep River, served as the executive editor for five Shoreline Newspapers, and was the academic director for an educational program started by Paul Newman.
A stickler for grammar, Emily received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Emily graduated magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation, Emily relocated to Arizona where she earned her master’s degree in social work. Emily worked in child welfare with at-risk children and families in Arizona. Now a tutor/course instructor/ essay editor with College Planning Partnerships, Emily spends her free time with her husband and young son, reading and finding grammatical errors.
Gary Burgard has been an educator for nearly fifty years. After graduating from Yale in 1959, he taught high school English, worked as an assistant high school principal, became Principal of Wethersfield High School, and finished his school career as Assistant Superintendent of New London Schools. More recently he has worked as a Special Education tutor at Waterford High School and as an SAT and LSAT tutor. He joined College Planning Partnerships in 2004.