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Meet the Foley Prep Pros

Most Foley Prep Pros have been working 40 hours/5 days a week, 49 weeks a year, on salary, for an average of 3 years or more. We are the brightest, best, and largest faculty of permanent, full-time salaried tutors in New Jersey.

  • Brian

  • Brian J

  • Chris

  • Gianna

  • Henry

  • Joanne

  • Karime

  • Katrina

  • Lauren

  • Liam

  • Melinda

  • Melissa

  • Mike

  • Patty

  • Resh

  • Ron

  • Steve

  • Zack

Brian

Brian grew up in the nice, quiet, little beach community of Manasquan, NJ. On scholarship at Rutgers University, he took his undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology. Then, he migrated to the TCNJ campus, where he achieved his master's in education, completing internships in Lawrenceville and Manville school districts. A certified K-12 Math teacher specializing in secondary mathematics, Brian taught at Watchung Hills for three years and has spent countless hours tutoring students in academic math and test preparation. When not helping students ace their math tests at Foley Prep, he can be found playing chess, scrabble, and card games, avidly watching Mets baseball, and traveling the country following his favorite musicians. View Brian's Classes This Week

Brian J

Brian is a native Californian who graduated summa cum laude from UC San Diego with a B.A. in History, and Theatre and Psychology minors. While in San Diego, he enjoyed five minute walks to the beach and tearing his ACL twice while playing for the men’s soccer team. Brian attended law school at UCLA where he received honors for top legal brief submission. More importantly, while at UCLA law, he met his wife who hails from Cresskill, New Jersey. Brian moved from endless sunshine to New Jersey after gaining employment as an associate in a private criminal defense firm in the Bronx. After 6 years of defending hip hop artists, “alleged” mobsters, and celebrities, and accumulating countless stories, Brian practiced employment law and professional malpractice to help lower his blood pressure. At the 9 year mark of his legal career, Brian decided to follow his dream of teaching. He holds certifications to teach Social Studies and Special Education at the high school level. He has taught at Northern Valley Demarest, a Blue Ribbon school in Bergen County, and assisted with soccer coaching. Teaching, mentoring, and tutoring young adults has proven to be Brian’s true calling. Seeing the optimism, candor and dedication in tomorrow’s leaders makes working with students at Foley Prep an honor and a privilege. It has also made New Jersey really feel like home for this once homesick Californian! Now if only his one-year-old and four-year-old would let him sleep for longer than 4 hours... View Brian's Classes This Week

Chris

Raised in Freehold, NJ, Chris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers School of Engineering with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Attending Rutgers on a full tuition scholarship, Chris tutored math through calculus 5, computer science, mechanics, chemistry, biology, and physics. With an MCAT score in the top 10th percentile, he will be going to medical school in the fall of 2020. Until then, he is with Foley Prep full-time, 5 days a week, lighting the place up with his smile and energy. Chris previously held a research and development position at the Colgate-Palmolive company,where he developed whitening toothpaste technologies, and an undergraduate research position in the Rutgers Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, where he studied computational models of DNA-protein binding. In his free time, Chris enjoys golfing, biking, gardening, and playing guitar. View Chris' Classes This Week

Gianna

Gianna, a Colts Neck, New Jersey native, graduated salutatorian in 2017 from Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel. During her time there, she was in four Honor societies, involved in nine clubs, and participated in three sports: tennis, basketball, and softball. Upon graduation, she received the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete of the Year Award and her school’s Women in Sports Award. From there, she took her brains, talents, and perfect 800's on the SAT Math and SAT Subject Math Level 2 to Princeton University where she currently plays Division 1 Softball in the Ivy League and is majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, specializing in finance and trade. She is really excited to be spending this summer at Foley Prep before she returns to the town of Princeton to finish her degree!

Henry

Henry has been with Foley Prep longer than anyone except Ron. He started out as a student in Ron's Watchung office, then clocked a 35 on his ACT, with perfect 36s in Reading and Writing. Oh, and he recently scored 173 on his official LSAT, which is 99th percentile. He was a ranked tennis player for the Bridgewater team and continues to teach tennis in his off-time. Henry has been working for Foley for more than 3 years and packs as much fun and knowledge into every class as anyone can. A History degree from Rutgers is just the start ... with near-perfect LSAT scores, he'll be going to a top law school, unless we can persuade him to stay! View Henry's Classes This Week

Joanne

JoAnne has been a tutor and English teacher in Monmouth County for the past 13 years. Specializing in writing and literature analysis, she has worked with dozens of students to improve their confidence on standardized tests. With a BA in Business, a minor in Writing, a NJ Teacher of English Certificate and just 3 classes shy of an MA in Administration and Policy Studies, JoAnne strives to pass along her enthusiasm for education to all the students that she meets. View JoAnne's Classes This Week

Karime

Katrina

Katrina grew up in northern New Jersey. She attended Wagner College and graduated with a BS in Mathematics with minors in both Philosophy and Physics. She then went on to get an MS in Applied Mathematics from NJIT and did research in detonation and combustion physics. While attending NJIT, she started substitute teaching and online tutoring. In 2015, she moved to Chicago and worked part time for a tutoring company, helping middle school kids with class work, high school kids with test prep, and college students with a range of classes. In addition to tutoring in the evenings, she worked for Starbucks and substitute taught. A common joke among the part time tutors was that they would love life if they could make tutoring a full time job. Well, it happened for Katrina. Missing the ocean and fast pace of the East Coast, she returned to New Jersey in the summer of 2017, and a couple months later was hired by Foley Prep. When not tutoring, Katrina can be found playing video games, educating people about coffee, going on bike rides, and playing board games with friends. View Katrina's Classes This Week

Lauren

Lauren grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to the east coast when she attended Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in Theater Performance. In 2011, she discovered her passion for teaching English, and she graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2013 with an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Lauren spent the final summer of her graduate studies teaching at El Centro Cultural Peruano-Americano in Trujillo, Peru, helping local students improve their English in preparation for college studies. Since graduating, she has done a great deal of private tutoring, consulting, and custom course design, and has taught ESL at many regional colleges and universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, University of Delaware, Camden County College, Atlantic Cape Community College, and Rowan University, where she is currently teaching in the English Language Program.
Lauren has also presented workshops and teaching methods at English language conferences including TESOL international, TESOL Spain, and El Salvador's National Center for the Teaching of English. When she’s not teaching and correcting people’s grammar (ok, she’s always correcting people’s grammar), Lauren enjoys traveling, scuba diving, crafting, cooking, and playing kickball.

Liam

Director of Online Tutoring

Liam has been a Foley Prep Pro since December 2016 and joined our full time faculty as soon as he earned his degree in computer engineering in May 2017. Ron has known Liam for three years, but only recently learned that 1) Liam was the lead singer in a band, 2) was captain of his soccer, swimming, and track teams, and 3) has been programming since he was eight years old. Even before hearing that, Ron thought of Liam as one of the smartest, most natural teachers that he's ever eavesdropped on and observed (yes, Ron eavesdrops on teachers who work for him, this is part of the deal working at Foley Prep).

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Melinda

Melinda hails from Keyport, NJ. She is a proud graduate of the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, NJ, after which she attended Stockton University where she was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has been teaching test prep ever since she finished her Master's in Secondary English Education at Monmouth University. She is a life-long member of the grammar police, and a fervent Harry Potter and Doctor Who enthusiast. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting while show-bingeing and petting her dogs. View Melinda's Classes This Week

Melissa

In 2013, Melissa graduated with honors with a BA in Education from Kean University, specializing in English Education and Special Education. After college, she began teaching British Literature and American Literature at Barnegat High School. During that time, Melissa went back to school in 2016 to receive her MA. In 2018, Melissa graduated with honors from Georgian Court University with a MA in Education with a certification as a Reading Specialist/ Literacy Coach. From there, Melissa taught for two years at Perth Amboy High School as the Freshman Academy Reading Specialist. Currently, she teaches freshman and junior English at J.P. Stevens High School. When not teaching, Melissa can be found spending time with her mom and three sisters, going hiking or running, and attempting to fish. She is an avid reader (shocker), loves a good game of Scrabble, and is guilty of binge-watching a Netflix show or two (...or three).

Mike

Mike and Ron have been friends for almost 15 years. While Mike edits down his amazing profile, let's just say that most people in Somerset County already know Mike. He wears a suit by day ... under that suit is a teacher who was awarded "Teacher of the Year" twice and has written books on AP Chemistry and AP Biology. His real love is reading and grammar, however, so don't be fooled.

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Patty

Patty has been a mathematics teacher and tutor in New Jersey for over 25 years, and has additional experience in educational consulting, publishing, and technology; professional development; research; and test prep. At Bank Regional High School (Go, Bucs!) she was named Teacher of the Year. She earned honors from both the Teachers College at Columbia University and Montclair State University (BS in Mathematics, Governors Teaching Scholar). She sojourned at PBS Thirteen WNET and The Princeton Review. Although Patty has explored various careers in the education field, tutoring/teaching is her true calling. Patty is known as an excellent math teacher, yet disarms kids with her unrelenting humor and various, kid-like interests. View Patty's Classes This Week

Resh

Surresh graduated in 2012 from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, with a bachelor's degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology, along with two minors in Environment and Music Technology. He then launched a life in tutoring academic subjects including Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English, and Spanish (sí!).

Beware - Reshy puts a very heavy focus on mental math and an avoidance of calculators because he loves fractions and has an evil streak.

Reshy has written, recorded, and produced a full-length album called Skywork with his band Far in the Maples. He’s been a drummer for 8 years, bass guitarist for 6 years, and keyboarder for 18 years. He writes songs and uses all the latest software. He’s an artist. It’s in his soul.

At Foley Prep, he makes learning enjoyable and creates an atmosphere that is not simply a "second school" after actual school. One is enough.

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Ron

Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer

Ron passed his Rutgers Doctoral qualifying exam in Fall 2016. He is now officially a Doctoral Candidate. While he works to complete that, he is still very active as a college consultant, speaker, and Foley Prep Pro.

Ron grew up in leafy, lovely, and boring Haddonfield, NJ. He has always thought that his SAT tutor, Myles Bass, had the best job ever. Ron got 770M, 760V on his SAT, which got him into the Rutgers Honors Program on full scholarship. While studying Art and Art History in college, he tutored for The Princeton Review, then served as Director of Kaplan Centers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City before going back to work for The Princeton Review, where he was the college admissions expert in the Admissions and Publishing Division. He has an M.S. in Pure Mathematics and is a certified K-12 Math teacher who taught Multivariable Calculus (among other subjects) during his two years at Watchung Hills Regional High School. In 2014, he was tenured and promoted to Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College. He has more than 30,000 hours of teaching teachers and students.

After many years of driving, train-ing, and flying to family homes across the country, Ron opened his first Foley Prep office in Watchung in 2006. With Steve's help, Foley Prep then moved to its 9-classroom space in Warren in 2013. In 2017 Foley Prep expanded and its Red Bank Hub was split into the Bell Works Building in Holmdel and Fair Haven Commons in Fair Haven. In 2019, 4 more hubs were opened in Freehold, Mountain Lakes, Bernardsville, and Haddonfield.

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Steve

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Steve grew up in southern New Jersey. While attending the Rutgers Honors Program, he had the misfortune to become friends with Ron. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked on a securities trading floor and attended NYU's Stern School of Business. He received an MBA in Finance and Statistics and moved to southern California, where he managed investment portfolios for professional athletes and worked in quantitative finance. After twelve years in southern California, he moved back to New Jersey because he missed gray winters, mosquito-infested summers, and aggressive ticketing of minor traffic violations. Oh yeah, he also came back to help Ron expand Foley Prep. View Steve's Classes This Week

Zack

From Bridgewater, NJ, Zack is a proud alum of the University of Pennsylvania. During his time in college, he spent years tutoring his peers and high school students in subjects ranging from English to biochemistry. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in neuroscience, and minored in both history and chemistry. He plans to go to medical school in the future, but until then, he is excited to work full-time with the Foley Prep students and staff. When not working, you can find Zack raving about the Yankees and the Giants or playing with his dog. Note (from Ron): In June 2019, Zack got his MCAT scores back - they were incredible! We’re lucky to have him and are in the process of convincing him to stay on with Foley and start our office in the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland, where Steve wants to retire. View Zack's Classes This Week

What Makes Foley Better Than the Rest?

We have the largest - and best - full-time, salaried faculty in New Jersey, 70% of whom have masters' degrees or higher. We love coaching students and parents without ever sugar-coating our advice or using scammy tactics found at volume-oriented test prep companies. At Foley, you'll find students working 1-on-1 and in small groups who will tell you that we put the student at the center of the experience. Foley Prep is a great place to work, and it shows in how much our students improve and how successfully we've retained excellent teachers while never compromising on quality.

220
Average SAT point gain
7
Average ACT point gain
15
Full time teachers
3
Average kids per session

“My 3 children got 35, 35, and 1580 at Foley. One got 5s on all of his APs and 800s on SAT Subject tests. Thanks for everything!”

Matthew G, BRRHS father

Philosophy

Foley Prep Pros give clear, relevant advice without sugar-coating or scammy-ness. We are funny, smart, personable, and, like savvy older brothers and sisters, tell it like it is as we make the students work. We realize that the best compliment some parents have paid us is "My son didn't hate going to Foley. We love you for that."

History

Ron Foley and Steve Dechnik met at the Rutgers College Honors Program as underclassmen back in 1987. Ron worked as a tutor for The Princeton Review in 1989, then became an award-winning Director for Kaplan Test Prep before starting his own prep company in 1997. He sold that company to The Princeton Review and was the Director of the Kaplan College Admissions Division for three years. Steve got his MBA from NYU, and after a successful career in finance, joined Ron in 2013 on a mission to create the best test prep and tutoring business in the country - right here in New Jersey. We currently have 7 locations in New Jersey serving more than 2,500 students a year.

+220 points on the SAT! +7 points on the ACT. Proven results for thousands of clients!

We have helped thousands of students get into their top-choice colleges. In May 2019, we gathered the official scores of over 330 recent Foley Prep students and found that 10 or more sessions (or 10 or more hours of tutoring) plus three practice tests were incredibly effective.

Test Prep and Admissions Zealotry!

Professor Ronald Foley is a lifelong student, academic, administrator, and educationalist who grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. He has officially scored thousands of SAT essays for the College Board. Thanks to his SAT tutor, Myles Bass, Ron scored 1540 (scales up to 1580 on today’s test) on his SAT which got him a full scholarship to study Art and Art History in the Rutgers College Honors Program. Myles’ overall positive effect also inspired Ron to become a test prep virtuoso, starting with his first students in Princeton in 1989.

After a decade working as an award-winning Director for Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review (when both companies were decent to work for), Ron earned his M.S. in Pure Math and is now a doctoral candidate at Rutgers. He is a former administrator and currently in his 10th year as a tenured Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College, so he enjoys helping students of all levels, especially those who struggle. He has assembled a team of dedicated, full-time, permanent experts that leverages its strengths and Ron’s methods to help your child maximize his or her score. Foley Prep Pros are experts in each topic and strategy, and continually adapt methods, topics, and questions to address the needs of every group.

The Best & Biggest Faculty in the Best State – New Jersey!

We now have 15 full-time, salaried, permanent tutors on our faculty, working 40 hours a week and 49 weeks a year. Some test prep ‘gurus’ lose perspective, but Professor Foley knows that enabling his teachers to shine sets the right example for our students to do likewise. In this spirit, good teachers need autonomy. Foley Prep Pros have the autonomy to adapt every lesson and instruction to meet the specific needs of students.

Professor Foley has observed, evaluated, and trained more than 500 teachers in his lifetime. Foley Prep Pros are retained for their subject mastery and ability to connect with – and motivate – kids. We add only the best tutors to our permanent faculty of 12 year-round, salaried, full-time Foley Prep Pros. All are committed to your child’s success. What other prep service builds in up to 2 hours of prep time for each teacher, every day?

Practice Makes Permanent: Mock ACTs and SATs

We proctor SATs and ACTs every Saturday and Sunday during the school year and more frequently during the summer. We suggest students take these tests regularly, about every 3-4 sessions, to practice the concepts and strategies they are learning as well as build endurance for the exam. Taking regular practice tests is also a good way to limit the amount of homework we assign. Feedback is immediate and personalized tips and strategies are included. Individual test reviews are arranged by request as hourly tutoring sessions.

Flexible Pricing

Great value on 1-on-1 private tutoring and small-group session packages.

View our pricing information page for more detailed information.

Online Tutoring

Meet your Foley Prep Pro online if you can’t meet at a hub. Some students do both – some weeks online, others in person, while others meet entirely in person, and still others meet entirely online. Your choice!

 

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