We are leading college admissions specialists offering tutoring AND COUNSELING in Los Angeles and across the US via Zoom.
VALLEY PREP TUTORS
Since inception, Valley Prep has represented over 100 tutors and counselors with degrees from all eight Ivy League institutions and dozens of similarly highly selective universities. Valley Prep offers carefully vetted tutors and counselors, having invested focused time to train them so they are ready to help get your student where they want to go. Before you enroll your student to receive our tutoring support, you receive a photo/bio of the staff member personally recommended based upon information gathered in your complimentary exploration session.
Keep in mind that only 20% of our clients are based within thirty minutes of our Burbank office. A full 45% of our clients are from neighborhoods across the greater Los Angeles area, and more than a third access our services online from San Diego, Denver, Chicago, New York and beyond. International services are available, with many members of our team bilingual in Spanish, Mandarin, and other popular languages.
Here's a bit about our administrative team at the Burbank office.
Nationally recognized college admissions specialist Pamela Donnelly is the founder and director of Valley Prep Tutoring Services.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Columbia University in the City of New York with her degree in Literature/Writing and Secondary Education. With over 20 years of experience, she leads a team of highly trained educators offering in-home and virtual counseling and tutoring services for GPA support, test prep, essays coaching and more.
Her first book, SWAT Team Tactics for Getting Your Teen Into College, went to #1 on the Amazon best-seller list in Education. Following the release of her second book, 4 Keys to College Admissions Success, Donnelly has become a nationally-recognized media expert with both tips for parents/teens and political analysis of the shifting landscape of what it takes to access America's colleges.
She has been featured in and interviewed by many of the most prestigious publications in America, including Time Magazine, The New York Times, NBC, ABC, CNN and more. Committed to championing underserved populations, Ms. Donnelly is presently completing her PhD at Pepperdine University and writing her dissertation on college access. Discover more at www.pameladonnelly.com or @pamelamdonnelly on LinkedIn.
Pamela raised her three daughters (left to right) Lily, Annabel, and Hannah while attaining her college degrees and building her businesses. If you love animals, be sure to check out her oldest daughter's advocacy work as @KittenLady. Pamela is is one of over a million followers of Hannah's on social media. See www.KittenLady.org.
STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR
Bridget Barstow is a secondary education specialist, and holds her Master of Education degree from Bridgewater State University.
Prior to joining the Valley Prep team as Student Services Coordinator, she taught in both public and private high schools for 25 years.
She has proven outcomes in mentoring 9th-12th grade students, and enjoys guiding their parents through the college admissions process. Her expertise includes editing and reading/writing/teaching Latin.
Bridget has proven demonstrable student outcomes for more than two decades related to strategizing GPA support, test prep, admissions essays, and college counseling. In her free time, she loves to read and volunteer.
She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, as a softball coach for Burbank Parks and Rec, and as a volunteer for the JBHS Vocal Music Association. She is a mother to four busy daughters: Hannah, Molly, Caroline, and Bridget.
Jonathan Cardinia earned his Bachelor of Science degree at St. Alexius College.
Honors included Dean's List and numerous academic awards and achievements.
He is an experienced customer services professional with many years of work and training in the medical field before joining the team at Valley Prep Tutoring in 2013.
In addition to enjoying providing excellent administrative support, he loves reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family.
HISTORY OF THE COMPANY
Starting in Sherman Oaks, our headquarters moved to Burbank in 2014. Since 2012, Pamela has been training the Valley Prep Tutoring team to take teens from C's and D's to A's and B's. In 2019, by popular demand, Valley Prep established its college counseling services team. Counselors help build right-fit schools lists, advising on your student's right-fit majors, essays, financial aid, and more. We turn stress into success.
We specialize in helping teens access selective colleges without overpaying for tuition. Our tutors help your student secure major point gains on the SAT or ACT. With top scores, students secure more than enough merit aid to offset enrollment in our services.
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