Phone: 301.881.7700 or 410.532.9400

Meet the Staff


The Founders

Phil Pine is the President and co-founder of Capital Educators. As an undergraduate at Princeton University, Phil tutored students in preparation for the SAT. He taught American and World History at Princeton High School and The Dalton School before pursuing his MBA at the Wharton School of Business. Over the years, Phil has taken the actual SAT many times, spent thousands of hours researching and writing educational curricula, and published a prominent SAT book. Phil personally trains every CapEd instructor, has helped hundreds of families navigate the college application process, and regularly picks up the phone at headquarters—just like the other directors. Phil has helped hundreds of underserved students receive inexpensive test prep by providing financial aid and running pro bono programs. He sits on the advisory boards of the National Cathedral Scholars Program and Bridges at St. Paul's.
Deborah Pine is the co-founder of Capital Educators. Debbie has a BA in Economics from Trinity College in Connecticut and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. During her years at Wharton, Debbie co-authored the business plan for Capital Educators with Phil. She also worked in admissions, gaining considerable insight into all aspects of the application process. That experience provided the foundation for our Virtual Admission™ college application workshop. Although Debbie currently finds herself spending more time at home with the couple's two children, she continues to teach classes, direct courses, and do strategic planning for CapEd.


 Program Directors


Neha Gupta is as local as they get. Born and raised in Montgomery County, she attended Walt Whitman High School before studying Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She took CapEd’s SAT/ACT course in high school and loved it so much that she decided to return as a Program Director shortly after college. Neha is best known for her love of sports and dancing, excitement at the idea of color-coded notes, and earnest attempts at humor. Even when her “jokes” miss, we always commend Neha for trying!



Matt Mangelsen is the Vice President of Capital Educators and currently directs programs in the Montgomery County area. Before life at CapEd, he grew up in South Carolina and majored in International Relations and Chinese at the University of Pennsylvania. He started teaching CapEd classes on weekends as an undergrad, and came on full time when he graduated in 2009. Throughout his career, Matt has participated in every facet of our programs, from instruction, to administration, materials development, and business strategy. When he’s not at work, he spends time with his wife, two children, and beloved bicycle.
Sai Panguluri is a D.C. transplant who's still adjusting to the concept of "winter" after growing up in Dallas, TX. She graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy and History and a minor in Economics (as well as a healthy love for Blue Devil basketball). As a Program Director, Sai gets to do two of the things she loves the most: teaching, and bossing people around. When she isn't occupied by her CapEd duties, Sai enjoys going to music festivals, debating politics, and spending time with her loved ones.
Andy Schmegel was a high school math teacher and a long time tutor in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi. He is also a dedicated runner who coached his high school cross country and track teams to multiple state championships. Upon moving to DC, Andy enthusiastically joined CapEd as a Program Director for the opportunity to continue teaching while embracing a more managerial role. Besides teaching and running, Andy enjoys playing excessively complicated board games and pampering his three cats. 
Sammy Sammy Sultan  is a proud alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), where she earned two undergraduate degrees, in Dance and Psychology, as well as her Honors College certificate. When she wasn’t dancing, trying to get children to fathom “modern dance,” socializing cats at BARCS, or fussing incessantly with Garageband, Sammy taught CapEd classes and absolutely loved them! She is one of the few CapEd staff members to have held virtually every role in the organization—from HS student to staff assistant, teacher, and full-time Site Director. Sammy is also known for her impeccable penmanship and for being able to do the most push-ups in a row in the office.
Craig Craig Vande Stouwe is the Baltimore Program Director for Capital Educators. Craig attended Johns Hopkins University, where he majored in Applied Math and Economics. While at JHU, Craig began working for CapEd as a part-time instructor, and enjoyed it so much that he became the full-time Director for Baltimore-area programs after graduation. In addition to the SAT/ACT program, Craig also provides students with support with Subject Tests and college applications. Originally from New York, Craig has strong opinions about quality pizza and bagels. He's also an avid movie buff who enjoys karaoke. 


Technology Director



April Albertine Dr. April Albertine began working for Capital Educators in 1998, when she was hired as one of our first math instructors. After graduating from Georgetown University, she worked for several years as the Director of our Rockville courses before transitioning into a more technical role. As our primary software engineer, April designed the software that we use to diagnose students’ strengths and weaknesses based on their practice exams. In her current role as the Director of Technology for CapEd, she continues to develop our diagnostic software to reflect the changing SAT, while overseeing all behind-the-scenes technical aspects of our courses. April juggles these responsibilities while simultaneously raising three young children and consulting on education policy at the World Bank.


Capital Educators has been consistently recognized for our high quality by virtually every major local periodical, including The Washington Post,The Washington Post Magazine, Kiplinger's, and Bethesda Magazine. Although we appreciate this attention, we don’t employ public relations people and we don’t work for press clippings. We focus all of our energy on our students. And we measure our success in straightforward ways: student score improvements, college acceptances, and the consistent praise we receive from families. 

Our History and Philosophy

CapEd was never designed to be the largest educational consulting group in the region, but we have experienced more than a decade of consistent growth. We have been careful not to expand too quickly or spread ourselves too thin. CapEd is unique because of the narrow range of its services: we exclusively help high school students prepare for college. This focus has allowed the company to concentrate on continuously improving our teaching curricula, developing our staff of instructors, and refining our internal systems. This commitment translates into the way in which we interact with our families—when you work with Capital Educators, you will find our staff to be consistently responsive and knowledgeable. 

Small Group Learning

All CapEd programs are conducted in small group settings. In our experience, small groups provide the best environment for most students to prepare for the SAT/ACT/Subject Tests. We never have more than 10 students per instructor and we always form classes according to student scores, and strengths. In this way, we know that we are working on the right content at the right pace for every one of our students. 

What Makes our Approach Best

The test preparation field is filled with many large companies and many private tutors. We offer a unique compromise—a program that combines the research and expertise of the testing giants with the personal touch of a tutor. The upshot is a course that is fundamentally different, superior, and intimate. Because we create a personalized environment that’s tailored to each individual, students do not get lost in classrooms where one size fits all. They are consistently supported and they realize extraordinary score improvements. This makes our approach more successful than those of the testing giants.

How do we stand up against private tutoring?

Although tutors offer individual attention, they often place unrealistic expectations on students. Even the best private tutors will typically work with a student for 60-90 minutes and assign several hours of weekly homework. In our experience, students are unlikely to have the time, energy, or inclination to prioritize SAT homework. Our philosophy is to structure the learning for our students. By attending all classes and taking all practice tests, students complete virtually all of their preparation at our sites in a supervised setting. This translates into very little homework for most students! 

Personalized Advice

We recognize that every student is different. Different students have diverse goals, study habits, and temperaments. For one student, a 150 point improvement may make a pivotal difference in the college application process. For another, we may be realistically shooting for an improvement in excess of 300 points. Some students may need to sit for the SAT as many as three times; others may test only once. To make sure that we provide the most personalized advice, we strongly encourage parents and students to call whenever they have questions! Explore our website to find out more about our course offerings, or reach a director immediately by calling (301) 881-7700 in the Washington area, (410) 532-9400 in the Baltimore area, or emailing us.