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About Us

Deborah Bernstein founded John Jay Prep as a place where families can obtain both superior academic tutoring as well as a knowledgeable and caring partner to navigate through the college test preparation process. 

Ellen Stein joined Deborah at John Jay Prep in September of 2012 and took over the business in 2013.   Ellen is passionate about helping students achieve their full testing potential and has worked closely with both parents and students throughout Westchester County, Long Island, New York City, and as far west as Minnesota.

Ellen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Yale University.  She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), winning a Moot Court Award for writing.  In her law career she specialized in appellate law, writing legal briefs for presentation to higher courts. Ellen began teaching seven years ago, tutoring both the Reading and Writing sections of the ACT and SAT.  Ellen loves working with students, motivating them to gain the skills and confidence necessary to improve as scholars, writers and test-takers.

Dave Samel joined John Jay Prep in 2013 as the head math/science tutor. Dave earned a B.A. majoring in mathematics at the University of Rochester and a J.D. degree from Columbia University Law School in New York. Dave had several years of experience tutoring the math sections of the LSAT and GMAT tests. After a career in law, he revived both his college math major and math tutoring experiences. He enjoys working with high school students as they prepare for their higher education and career.