|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.|
Emile Doak has long called the DC area home. He grew up in Herndon, Virginia, and attended Herndon High School before doing his undergraduate work at Georgetown University. After graduating with a BA in political philosophy and theology, Emile joined Capital Educators as a site director. When he isn't working with students, Emile plays recreational soccer, drives his pickup truck, and devotedly follows the Green Bay Packers.
Erin Faltermeier grew up in Richmond before moving to the DC area. She first started tutoring her friends for the SAT in high school, and then began teaching English as a Second Language in College. Erin studied Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, which pragmatically prepared her for one of the only jobs in the DC area that has nothing to do with the government. When not convincing teenagers of the importance of semi-colons and scatterplots, Erin enjoys cooking, running, and occasionally moving to different continents.
|Sam Holley has been a CapEd Instructor since 2012, and came on as a full time Director in 2016. Hailing from Huntington Beach, CA (a city that sued for the copyright "Surf City USA"), Sam fled to the East upon turning 18 without ever having surfed! He graduated from Georgetown University with an A.B. in Theology and completed a senior honors thesis about human flourishing, a topic he sees as integrally related to education. Sam loves teaching in any capacity -- during college he worked as a Physics TA and a Writing Center Tutor in addition to teaching for CapEd -- and he expresses this passion now by working with students as well as by hiring and training teachers.|
|Courtney Jones has spent most of her life in the DC Metropolitan area. She grew up in Burtonsville, Maryland and attended Paint Branch High School. From there she attended Duke University, where she graduated with a B.S. in Psychology. Throughout her college career, Courtney tutored America’s finest athletes (a.k.a. Duke student-athletes) in Statistics and discovered a passion for teaching that led her to Capital Educators. Since coming to CapEd, Courtney has helped students improve their math, reading, writing, and science skills to master the SAT/ACT. As importantly, she’s shown a sincere willingness to help Maryland fans (a.k.a. notorious Duke-haters) improve their scores!|
|Matt Mangelsen is the Baltimore Program Director for Capital Educators. Matt attended undergraduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in International Relations and Chinese. While at Penn, Matt 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 in 2009. In addition to the SAT courses, Matt also runs the Baltimore Subject Test and Virtual Admissions sessions. Matt is renowned for his Harley Davidson, fascination with Star Trek, and questionable puns.|
|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 two young children and preparing to defend her doctoral dissertation!|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.