The Founders

Meet The Founders

Our founders, Jesse and Sharon, have over thirty five years of combined experience as professional educators in a range of fields. Jesse, our test prep wizard, has helped students increase their scores by 

as much as 500 points on tests ranging from the SAT/ACT to the GMAT and LSAT to the ISEE/SSAT. Sharon has coached countless people in New York City, as well as nationally and internationally online, and is an expert at helping people become better, more confident writers. 

We are compassionate, creative, award-winning educators, screenwriters, and filmmakers, an internationally produced and published playwright, an Integral Yoga Institute Certified yoga teacher, an international volunteer trip leader, and a Clio Award-winning actor, both with teaching experience in public and private schools, both dedicated to bringing not only academic success but also levity and calm to our clients, especially right now. As curious, life-long learners, we seek to spark that joy in others. We are kind and empathetic, as are all those with whom we collaborate. We have worked with thousands of people cumulatively and now come together to amplify our ability to make a positive impact on those we serve.

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Sharon Cooper

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SHARON COOPER is an award-winning educator, a former English teacher, an internationally produced and published playwright, and an expert writing coach for young people and adults. Over the last fifteen years, Sharon has coached countless people in New York City, as well as nationally and internationally online. She is an expert at helping people become better writers. Her passion for writing and compassion as a tutor allows people to grow and become confident writers. In New York City, she has tutored students from Browning, Sacred Heart, Dalton, the U.N. school, Horace Mann, Riverdale (and others) on their analytical and creative writing. As a seventeen-year-old in Chesterfield, Virginia, Sharon wrote her first full-length play in nine consecutive nights and won a state-wide competition that resulted in a workshop and professional staged reading. She’s been writing ever since. Sharon’s plays have been produced in India, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Hungary, Australia, and across the U.S. She is published in The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Reading Literature and Writing Argument, Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, and The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2019. Her work is taught on college campuses around the country, and she is a regular guest professor/teaching artist in high schools and colleges. Sharon believes our lives need balance. She has been teaching yoga for nearly twenty years. She trained at Integral Yoga Institute in Hatha Yoga and has worked with people privately and in groups large and small; she has taught chair yoga, gentle yoga, Hatha Yoga for the general population, yoga for high school athletes, prenatal/postpartum yoga, relaxation/meditation techniques and more. Before moving to New York City, Sharon attended Longwood University, known in the south as a teachers’ college, where she studied English, Theatre, and Secondary Education. At Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts, she won the prestigious Sallie Mae Award and taught English, Creative Writing, Public Speaking, and directed plays. In New York, Sharon directed ten plays at the Browning School for Boys, where she worked with young people from many different Independent Schools and was in charge of every aspect of the productions. Sharon taught English at Convent of the Sacred Heart, where, in addition to teaching analytical and creative writing, she introduced leadership and diversity training for the Independent School community. Sharon has an MA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU, where she designed a degree entitled “Writing as a Means to Create Social Change.” As a filmmaker, she’s made two award-winning short films and has film/tv writing projects in various stages of development. With a background in education, yoga, professional writing, and leadership training, Sharon looks at the wide variety of needs of everyone who works with her.

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Jesse Tendler

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JESSE TENDLER has been tutoring throughout New York City and the tri-state area for the past 15+ years, as well as working with clients around the world via online video conferencing (Skype, Zoom, etc.). He loves teaching and finds education (both of himself and others) highly motivating. In addition to tutoring and academic consulting, Jesse manages an indie film production company, of which he is the founder and creative director. Jesse graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from the School of Engineering and Applied Science. He majored in Materials Science Engineering, Entrepreneurial Management, and Marketing, also adding a minor in Mathematics. Throughout college, Jesse spent a significant amount of time performing, writing, and producing with the Mask & Wig Club, Penn’s premiere performing arts organization and the oldest all-male collegiate comedy troupe in the nation. A natural teacher (and a part-time tutor since high school), Jesse decided soon after graduation to begin working nearly full time as a tutor while simultaneously pursuing a career in the entertainment industry as an actor, director, script doctor, and producer. Over the past fifteen years, while concurrently producing, acting in, and/or directing a multitude of short and feature length films, he has tutored scores of clients for thousands of hours cumulatively. Jesse’s areas of expertise include test prep, admissions counseling, math (through Calculus), science (particularly Chemistry & Physics), grammar and writing skills (including college essay coaching & editing), note-taking skills, organizational skills, and general study skills, among others. He has extensive experience working with students diagnosed with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, executive function disorder, and other learning differences, having been initially trained by an agency dedicated to assisting such students before building his own clientele. He specializes in tutoring for standardized tests, including in particular the GMAT, LSAT, GRE, SSAT/ISEE, ACT, and SAT. Jesse’s ability to address different learning styles and his expertise in explaining several strategies for attacking the same concept, coupled with his contagious enthusiasm for education and problem solving, make him an ideal teacher.