Teachers

Teachers and Rates for ACT/SAT/PSAT Individual Tutoring

Michael K. Smith, Ph.D. Director, $1350 

Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He is the founder of TESTPREP EXPERTS. He is the author most recently of Playing Fast and Loose: Match Wits with the Author and Guess the Origin of Common Idioms (Authorhouse, 2013) and What Do We Do? Questions on Psychology and Education for Parents (Authorhouse, 2015) with Kathryn R. Smith.

Richard Kendrick, Ph.D.,  Assistant Director, $950 

Dr. Kendrick earned his B.S. in psychology from Northern Arizona University. He completed his Ph.D. in experimental social psychology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2016.  Mr. Kendrick has taught courses in social psychology and research methods and received the psychology department’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year award in 2013. In addition, Mr. Kendrick has also tutored student athletes in psychology at UT, primarily in individual sessions.   He has also presented his research at numerous national and international conferences.   His published work has appeared in several peer-reviewed academic journals.

Charlene Gwin, B. S.,  $750 

Mrs. Gwin earned her B.S. in Education from Tennessee Technological University. Ms. Gwin is currently an Academic Math Coach with Pellissippi State Community College.  She previously taught high school math in Knox County and holds a State of Tennessee Educator License.  She taught continuing education classes through the Knox County Adult Business & Information program for three years.  Ms. Gwin is completing her Masters degree.

Derek Faulkner B. S.,  $650 (special through 9/30/21)

Mr. Faulkner graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Analytics from UTK. He attended Gibbs High School where he graduated in the top five in his class. While at Gibbs, he participated in Scholar’s Bowl.

Nandini Rana (Course Instructor)

Ms. Rana is a first-year student at the University of California – Los Angeles. She lives in Knoxville now and takes Zoom classes for UCLA. She is in the Honors program and studying Financial Actuarial Mathematics. She attended Farragut High School and graduated in the top 1% of her class in 2020. She served as Student Body Vice President and participated in numerous math competitions. Ms. Rana has four years of private tutoring experience (including ACT prep) and currently volunteers at UCLA’s Center for Accessible Learning.

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