Our tutors are highly trained, with educational backgrounds ranging from the B.A. to masters, doctoral, and professional degrees. All are practitioners in their fields of expertise and professionals dedicated to helping students achieve their fullest potential.
Peter Beaven, founder and director of Beaven & Associates, has nearly 40 years of teaching and tutoring experience. He also founded Passport Exchange, a foreign exchange program for students from Spain, France, and Italy, as well as New England students.
Education: Bowdoin College, B.A., cum laude; Exeter College, Oxford, U.K., extramural studies in English; University of New Hampshire, M.P.A.
Tutoring specialties: standardized test preparation, English, basic math, Spanish and Latin.
Education: Merrimack College, B.S. Mathematics, cum laude.
Tutoring specialties: basic to advanced topics in math, SAT and SSAT.
Education: Yale University, B.A., cum laude, with honors in English; University of California at Berkeley, M.J. (Master of Journalism).
Work experience: 15 years as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press; six years as a freelance writer, reporter, and editor.
Tutoring specialties: nonfiction writing; journalism; crafting a compelling personal essay for prep school, college, or graduate school admissions; LSAT. Other services: editing and copyediting; writing coach; website and business copywriting.
Education: Tufts University, B.A. in English Literature; University of New Hampshire, M.A. in Creative Writing; Vermont College, M.F.A. in Fiction Writing.
Work Experience: Writing teacher at Emerson College, the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and in the middle school at Hampstead Academy.
Tutoring specialties: Individual or group instruction in creative writing for 6th through 12th grade students.
Legal Affairs and Public Speaking Tutor – Justin St. James
Justin St. James is an Andover attorney and award-winning public speaker who offers advice on the law school application process, tutoring for the LSAT, and coaching in public speaking. After more than a decade in broadcasting he changed careers, earning a law degree from the Massachusetts School of Law. He also holds B.F.A. and Master of Science degrees from Boston University. He specializes in civil litigation and is licensed to practice before the highest state and federal courts in Massachusetts. He hosts a local access cable TV show, “The Not Too Stuffy Law Show.”
Photography Tutor – Stephen Alfano
Stephen Alfano is an award-winning photographer and owner of PortraitEFX of the Merrimack Valley. He specializes in family and individual portraits; sports, dance, and martial arts photography; school and group photography; and modeling and fashion portfolio work. He is a credentialed photographer for NASCAR whose race photos are featured in the magazine “Whip’s Wheels.” An honors graduate of the New York Institute of Photography, he also holds his B.S. in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire.