Teachers and Rates for ACT/SAT/PSAT Individual Tutoring

Michael K. Smith, Ph.D. $1150

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.,  $500 or $750

Mr. 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.,  $500 or $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 has plans to work towards her Masters degree in the near future.

Kristen Holvey,  B. A., $500 or $750

Ms. Holvey graduated May 2017 from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors in Psychology. She will be entering a Masters in Education program in Fall 2017. Ms. Holvey plans to teach mathematics at the middle or high school level. She has taken many advanced math courses to help with this goal. She graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2013. She tutored at Testprep Experts in her junior year.  While at UT, she has been a member of The Pride of the Southland Band, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, and the VolsTeach program.

Pooja Shah, B. S.,  $500 or $750

Miss Shah graduated from ETSU in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences with a Concentration in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish. At ETSU, she was in the University Honors Scholars program, worked as an Orientation Leader, and served as Student Body President. She plans to enter medical school in Fall 2018. She graduated from Bearden High School and tutored with Dr. Smith while at Bearden.

James Civis,  M.A., Director of Writing 

Mr. Civis coordinates all essay scoring (ACT and SAT) for Testprep Experts. Mr. Civis graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English and Economics. He earned a M.A. in English from the College of Charleston. His post-graduate research focused on adapting and applying narrative theory to nonfiction literature. Mr. Civis has taught courses in composition, fiction, and American literature at the University of Tennessee. He also has tutored students at the University of Tennessee and the College of Charleston in both one-on-one and small group sessions. Mr. Civis is currently working as a proposal and technical writer for a government contractor in Maryville, TN.

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