Staff and Counselors

Senior College Counselor

After working in the Westchester area for the last 15+ years, our Senior College Counselor, joined our staff a few years back and is currently working with his team to help many of Expert Tutoring and College Counseling students. Although he works with all students, he also specializes in helping the student athlete. He is presently at a 2 year wait list but will consider special cases for current Athletes.

Carolyn Goodman

Carolyn Goodman has been operating as the owner and President of Expert Tutoring and College Counseling in Wyckoff, New Jersey since 1987. The company's staff of 15 "Expert" tutors prides itself on its commitment to students and enabling them to reach their full academic potential by offering individual counseling and group test prep, as well as covering all aspects of the college acceptance process. Carolyn, fluent in Spanish, is also a seasoned professional in the many aspects of entrepreneurship including human resources, sales and marketing, budgeting, and excellent customer service.

Carolyn also serves in various capacities with Touch the World Ministries, particularly with the James R. Ganley Academia in Juarez, Mexico. She also has done extensive volunteering with other organizations within Wyckoff, and is instrumental in assisting with volunteers for Paterson students in after school programs. Ms. Goodman has a BA in Mathematics and is a certified teacher. She has lived in Wyckoff, New Jersey for the past 22 years.




Vicky Musto

Vicky Musto has been a tutor and college counselor with Expert Tutoring and College Counseling for over 12 years. Throughout those years she has tutored countless students in a variety of subjects. Vicky specializes in all areas of both the SAT and ACT test as well as many of the subject tests and has had students whose scores have increase 200-300 points. Vicky also helps many students throughout high school with subject support and organizational skills. As a college counselor, Vicky has a strong track record for and a very high percentage of acceptances for her students.




Catherine Perna Saum

Catherine Perna Saum has been working for Expert Tutoring and College Counseling for the past 10 years. After attending St. Elizabeth School in Wyckoff and finishing her years there as class president, Catherine moved on to the Academy of Holy Angels and during her free time did volunteer peer tutoring after school at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling. She then left the state of NJ for 4 years and attended Providence College where she graduated Cum Laude and became a member of the Tau Pi Phi National business Administration Honor Society.

Catherine is one of our most valued and popular tutors here at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling. Not only does she prepare students for all areas of the SAT and ACT, but she also has her Orton Gillingham certification which allows her to help students of all ages overcome reading and language difficulties.

As one of our senior private college counselors at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling Catherine counsels all students, helping them navigate through the application process. Additionally, she heads the Students with Learning Disabilities Department and specializes in counseling students who have an Individualized Educational Plan. Last spring, 100% of Catherine’s students were admitted to one of their top-choice schools.




KRIS BOUCHER

Kris earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nyack College in Counseling / Psychology, with minors in Literature and Mathematics.  Following the birth of her children, she returned to the classroom to continue her education at Alliance Seminary,  Her passion for education found its expression in the founding and development of the Wyckoff Christian Preschool in her hometown of Wyckoff, NJ.  With her extensive work with teens in various youth organizations over the last 20 years, Kris was happy to become a part of the team at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling.  

She has taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from middle school children to collegiate adults.  With a love for helping students gain independence in their abilities, she takes joy in watching the bricks of a strong educational foundation take shape.  Kris is one of our most popular tutors here at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling.  Kris is also one of our writing mentors and has helped many students with college applications and essays.



Pam Pappas

Pam has over 20+ years of teaching high school mathematics, and over 12 years of tutoring experience. Pam has a BS in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. After graduating college, she worked for seven years of a software engineer. Pam and her husband have raised a family and are residents of Wyckoff for 24 years. Their sons attended local public schools. Since high school, Pam has always had a passion for teaching and working with students. She has taught from Integrated Algebra & Geometry all the way up to Pre-Calculus and all levels, from special education students to Honors levels. Pam also tutors for ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests Level 1 and 2. 




RACHAEL NEIRA

Rachael Neira has been with Expert Tutoring and College Counseling for the past 10 years. In addition, she has taught in New Jersey’s public school system for the past 11 years. Mrs. Neira holds degrees in Education, Language Composition, Spanish, and Educational Technology and earned her M.A. at Columbia University. At Expert Tutoring and College Counseling, Rachael offers tutoring sessions in Spanish for all levels, Reading Comprehension and Writing for the SAT, Reading and English for the ACT, SSAT/ISEE prep, and general writing skills prep.





MEGAN STILLWELL

Megan Stillwell is a a native of Wyckoff whose first love was books. A former Expert Tutoring and College Counseling student, she studied visual arts and English at Fordham University, where she served as Literary Editor of her school newspaper and won several creative writing awards. She has worked with students of all ages and abilities for the past three years, from assistant teaching in inclusive preschool classrooms to leading reading comprehension workshops for college-bound teens. She specializes in SAT/ACT prep and writing skills and is known for her patience and ingenuity in guiding her students to success. 






Marissa Diaco

Marissa Diaco is a former Expert Tutoring and College Counseling student. While attending high school at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, she spent many hours at the Wyckoff office working with numerous tutors and counselors. With the help of Expert Tutoring and College Counseling, Marissa went on to the University of Notre Dame. Over the past four years, she has been an active member in College Mentors for Kids and the Early Childhood Development Center. Now that she has graduated, she plans to get her Orton Gillingham certification in order to better help students of all ages overcome reading and language difficulties. Marissa also tutors for all 4 areas of the ACT and both sections of the SAT.





Beth Jorgensen

Beth Jorgensen has been affiliated with Expert Tutoring and College Counseling for 16 years. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College at the age of 20, she obtained a Masters of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from the Henry Krumb School of Engineering at Columbia University. During graduate school, she interned at Ford Motor Company and the Rouge River Steel Plant in Dearborn, Michigan. After graduate school, Beth worked for eight years for Exxon Engineering. Highlights of her career included materials specifications for the Rotterdam Flexicoker project in the Netherlands and Materials Liaison for NMP licensees.

A mother of four, Beth is familiar with varied learning styles and tailors her Chemistry sessions to best accommodate the needs of each student. She jokes that she "has to have the right Chemistry” with her students, but is seriously committed to fostering a solid foundation for future success. Instruction in all levels of HS Chemisty (Regular, College Prep, Honors, AP) are offered, as is SAT II Chemistry Subject Test preparation.



Aldo Cascio

Aldo Cascio is a former Expert Tutoring and College Counseling student and a graduate of Monmouth University as well as a Wyckoff native. Aldo has his Masters in the Art of Teaching and is also a State certified Spanish and ESL teacher. He is currently teaching Spanish at Eisenhower Middle School in Wyckoff, New Jersey. As a non-native speaker of the Spanish language, Aldo specializes in getting students to communicate in the Spanish language while developing strategies to help them retain new language content.






Robert Mortorano

Robert Mortorano has always had a passion for working with students with special needs. Throughout his tenure as a teacher, he always strived to enable each child to succeed by reaching his/her fullest potential.  As a principal that currently oversees several special needs schools and programs, Robert aims for student success by uniting parents, teachers, and school districts on a singular mission to create a nurturing, supportive, educational environment that accommodates each student’s individual needs. At Expert Tutoring and College Counseling, Robert will walk parents through the process from the very first evaluation through finding the perfect placement, so that every child with special needs can receive the best possible educational experience and the best possible chance for success.

Services include

-Assistance determining if pursuing an evaluation is right for your child
-Guidance through the initial steps of requesting an evaluation from the school district
-Interpretation of evaluation results
-Development of appropriate Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals, accommodations, modifications, and transition planning                                              
-Advocacy to ensure your child receives any and all entitled services in the most appropriate, least restrictive educational environment         

                                      

Jennifer Redlitz

Jennifer Redlitz is a School Counselor at a highly competitive public magnet school in Bergen County and is excited to bring her college counseling skills to Expert Tutoring and College Counseling.  Among Jennifer’s strong skills is her ability to get to know her students personally and assist them with the arduous process of selecting appropriate college choices.  Jennifer graduated from Rutgers with a double major in English and Psychology and has a strong love and ability in editing, proofreading and essay thesis development.  After her BA, Jennifer went on to pursue her M.Ed in Educational Psychology and received her certification in School Counseling.  Jennifer works hard to make sure her that all of her students engage in meaningful high school activities, complete necessary testing requirements and ultimately, find schools that fit their interests, needs, passions and educational aspirations.



DEBBI STRAUSS

Debbi Strauss is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor.  She provides IQ and psychological / educational testing as well as pediatric, young adult, and parent counseling within Expert Tutoring and College Counseling's suite of offices in Wyckoff, NJ.  Debbi has served as a Supervisor of Special Services and School Psychologist for the Saddle River School District for the past fifteen years.  Through that role, she has helped students from age 3 to 21 and their families with a wide range of concerns.  Debbi's areas of expertise include psychological evaluation, Gifted and Talented IQ testing, childhood and adolescent disabilities and problems, school difficulties, learning disabilities, study and organizational skills strategies, friendship and social interaction skills, assistive technology for students, and transition to college for students with disabilities.



SCOTT WEISMILLER

Scott Weismiller attended St. Elizabeth School in Wyckoff and Don Bosco Prep.  After high school, he was recruited by Bucknell University, graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Literary Studied.  At Bucknell, Scott pole vaulted for their Division I track team and was a teaching assistant for the Biology department.  As an informal tutor for his classmates, teammates, and fraternity brothers, Scott helped many others achieve academic success and develop positive study habits and time management skills.  He is currently working as a part-time research assistant in the Rutgers Athlete Health and Neuroscience Lab to develop an improved concussion protocol.  At Expert Tutoring and College Counseling, he specializes in all levels of high school biology, chemistry, and physics, Scott also has a strong command of math and the English language.




KELLY GUTHRIE CAHILL

Kelly Guthrie Cahill is an experienced speech language pathologist providing a wide range of speech and language services to clients ranging from infants to young adults.  Kelly has expertise in the evaluation and treatment of speech, oral motor, swallowing, and fluency disorders, as well as voice, language, and communication disorders.  Kelly graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She then earned a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology from Columbia University. Kelly is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is licensed to practice in New Jersey and New York. In addition, she is a member of ASHA's Special Interest Group on Fluency and Fluency Disorders. As a mother of three, Kelly knows how to connect with and relate to children in order to build a positive relationship in therapy.

Kelly completed her clinical fellowship year at Hackensack University Medical Center's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  Once she obtained her certificate of clinical competence, she remained on staff to treat both inpatients and outpatients in the areas of speech, swallowing, language, voice, and fluency.

Since that time, she has focused primarily on pediatrics, working in school settings in the Saddle River and Ho-Ho-Kus public schools, and in early intervention for the 0-3 population. Kelly began working in private practice in Wyckoff in 2000 and is now excited to maintain this practice within the offices of Expert Tutoring and College Counseling in Wyckoff. She has obtained additional training through specialized courses in PROMPT, Apraxia of Speech, Sensory Integration, Myofunctional / Tongue Thrust Therapy, Fluency / Stuttering, and Voice and Resonance Disorders.



COURTNEY ZIVKOVICH

Courtney Zivkovich has taught first grade for over nine years. Courtney is a certified reading specialist and has earned a Masters degree in Reading from Montclair State University. Courtney has also served as a Response to Invention (RTI) teacher for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. She has training in Orton-Gillingham methods, Readers and Writers workshop, as well as Project Read. Courtney strives to make each student feel successful by utilizing differentiated instruction; which includes multisensory techniques and activities. Courtney is excited to join the team at Expert Tutoring and College Counseling and looks forward helping students improve their literacy skills and overall self-confidence.






KELLY OBERLE TWEED

Kelly is thrilled to be a part of the Expert Tutoring and College Counseling staff.  A self-proclaimed college nerd, she bought her first Baron's College Guide with her own money in the 7th grade and has been hooked on the college process ever since.  Kelly has a Bachelor's degree in Education from Manhattan College and a Master's of Education from Fordham University in Counseling Psychology.  Prior to leaving the field of education to stay home with her daughter, she worked for 15 years at her alma mater Immaculate Heart Academy.  Kelly started at IHA as a guidance counselor at Psychology teacher, and then moved on to be the school's Director of Admissions, and finally an Assistant Principal for Enrollment Advancement.  She spent many years as the varsity tennis coach, and proudly led the team to four competitive state titles.  Kelly is a member of the Bergen County Women Coaches Association Century Club and a North Jersey Coach of the Year.  Kelly has appeared on CBS News speaking about the financial aid process and in US News and World report in an article about the rise in women seeking college admission.

Kelly is a native and current resident of Wyckoff, she is on the Board for Wyckoff Newcomers and Neighbors, and volunteers her time at St. Elizabeth School.  She is looking forward to helping families navigate all aspects of the college process.




GEENA COCKCROFT

Geena has been working for Expert Tutoring and College Counseling since 2010.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Ramapo College in Mathematics and holds a K-12 teaching certificate.  She was also awarded the Academic Achievement Award in Mathematics from Ramapo College.  She has been teaching full-time at Northern Valley Regional High School since 2013.  Courses she taught include Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Calculus.  She tutors students in a variety of math subjects and also prepares students for the math section of the ACT and SAT. 



 


JENNIFER RUTHA

Jennifer Rutha has worked in client services for the past 12 years within the advertising technology industry.  She has worked on accounts for large brands, such as Sony & L'Oreal, and has been a part of two successful digital startups.  For the past two years and currently, she is working as a Director at a recruitment firm.  She enjoys helping people find the next step in their career.  Jennifer enjoys helping students navigate the next step in their education and introduce them to the exciting world of resumes!  She is excited to help students build confidence when they leave school and enter the workforce.






Jennifer godfrey


Jennifer, a graduate of Pace University, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Child Psychology. She taught first and third grade, elementary science, and Life Skills at School #3 in Paterson. While Jennifer’s children were young, she taught Kindergarten Enrichment, preschool, Pre K and taught various program classes at the Wyckoff YMCA. During this time, Jennifer tutored students in various subjects (specializing in Math) and is very familiar with strategies of the Singapore Math program.

Jennifer is a mom of three who is currently residing in Oakland. She is looking forward to continuing to help children learn through her tutoring with Expert Tutoring and College Counseling.





jayne gilbride bauer

Jayne Gilbride holds a Juris Doctorate, a Masters in Learning Disabilities and certification as a Dyslexia Specialist and IMSLEC Orton-Gillingham teacher.  At Expert Tutoring and College Counseling, she runs group English workshops (such as Jumpstart!), works with students one-on-one to assess their learning styles and academic propensities, and constantly utilizes out-of-the box techniques to get students excited about learning. She is also the founder and owner of All is Well Boutique, a volunteer-run boutique in Wyckoff whose profits are directly donated to those who are undergoing treatment for cancer.


Students from all over

  • Bergen County Academies, Hackensack
  • Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest
  • Ramapo High School, Franklin Lakes
  • Fort Lee High School, Fort Lee
  • Glen Rock High School, Glen Rock
  • Indian Hills High School, Oakland
  • Lodi High School, Lodi
  • Mahwah High School, Mahwah
  • Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Twp.
  • Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey
  • Montclair Kimberly Academy, Montclair
  • Bergen Catholic, Oradell
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Testimonials

 
"I would not be where I am today without the help of Expert Tutoring. Throughout my high school career, my tutors helped me every step of the way. From writing last-minute essays to SAT tutoring, I always knew who to call to help me get the job done. Over the past four years, Expert Tutoring became my second home and the staff became family. My tutors were my support group. They stuck by me on my lows (even when I gave them a hard time with doing my SAT prep work) and celebrated with my on my successes. Most importantly, Expert Tutoring did not just guide me through high school, it taught me many skills and tricks to help me succeed on my own."
-Marissa D, Kinnelon, NJ (Student)