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SAT- Reading & Writing, ACT- English & Reading, High School English Language Development, US History, World History

Ben is a passionate instructor who loves the English language and he brings that passion to his students every day. He holds an undergraduate degree in English, an MA in English and an MFA in English-Creative Writing. All of his degrees are from San Francisco State University. Ben is an alum of the Kings Academy and grew up in the Bay Area. Ben has been with Insight Education since 2011 teaching numerous SAT boot camps, SAT Classes, AP US History Classes, World History Classes, and private 1-1 SAT & ACT Prep and other private tutoring assignments. Ben is currently also a lecturer at San Francisco State University and Ohlone College.

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SAT and ACT preparation, SAT Subject tests in English, History, and Spanish, and can support coursework in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trig, Biology, English, and Spanish.

Hadar is a recent graduate of Cornell University where she studied Urban & Regional Studies and Southeast Asian Studies. During her time at Cornell, Hadar spent her time consulting on community-based design projects around Ithaca, New York, teaching and facilitating undergraduate courses (topics ranged from education to rock climbing!) and mentoring fellow students. As a Cupertino native and a Monta Vista High School alumna, Hadar believes that approaching the challenging local academic environment with a positive attitude and directed support can do wonders. She teaches 1-on-1 for SAT and ACT preparation, SAT Subject tests in English, History, and Spanish, and can support coursework in Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trig, Biology, English, and Spanish. 


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SAT- Reading, Writing& Math, ACT- English, Reading, Math & Science, All levels of Physics, Chemistry, Biology & Math

Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Master’s degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University. She led various research projects at the NASA Ames Research Center before shifting gears to academics. With more than 15 years of experience in teaching high school academics, Jennifer prides her expertise across all levels of Mathematics, including SAT Math and ACT Math/Science, Math Level-2, Calculus and Statistics. Her knowledge and teaching expertise of high school and university-level science subjects includes Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Engineering, as well as English, History and Economics. Her forte lies in collaborating with the students to support them in achieving their academic goals through personalized approach and instruction.

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ACT- English & Reading, High School English Language Development

Natalie has been teaching English and Reading for more than 30 years after earning her B.A. In English at Yale University and Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Purdue University. After retiring from De Anza College, Natalie specializes in ACT- English and Reading, and High School English Language Development tutoring and class instruction at Insight. She loves to read and believes that reading is one key to contentment and success.

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Math, computer science (Java, C++, Python), SAT/ACT prep, and Engineering topics.

Olivier is a recent Stanford graduate currently working full-time at NVIDIA. Before coming to California, Olivier studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Columbia University. He has held teaching positions in a variety of subjects, and is available for tutoring in mathematics, computer science (Java, C++, Python), SAT/ACT prep, and general engineering topics. 

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