We are Local Education Experts with a contagious enthusiasm to help students of all ages. When you choose

ConnectPrep, you become part of our team and we deliver RESULTS!

The ConnectPrep Approach

We invest heavily in our educators to maximize their ability to deliver a first class teaching experience to each of our students. Each ConnectPrep Instructor is a master educator who understands the local education landscape, curriculum, the needs of each student, and can adapt to any student’s learning style.

Our interview process not only verifies outstanding academic credentials and subject mastery, but also connects us to incredibly devoted and talented instructors. We want to make sure our students have the BEST and most QUALIFIED TEACHERS. We are a driven team who targets each student’s needs and pushes for academic excellence. Our process is not limited to, but includes the following steps:

Individualized Learning

Our instructors build confidence, self-esteem, and lead by example with their students. We pride ourselves in our use of a variety of teaching methodologies to engage all learning styles.

Interactive Learning

We build relationships, are hands-on, and creative. Our students learn how to tackle complex questions and problems to help them succeed at every level.

Progress Tracking

From day one, your instructor will track your progress, measuring what is working and what needs further attention, via our online analytics platform.

Results Driven

We connect all of these components so you can reach all of your academic goals.


With younger students, learning has to be both fun and effective! Your child can successfully learn key strategies to increase confidence, as he or she transitions through each grade level. We have exceptional instructors proficient in all elementary academic subjects, as well as study/organizational skills. In addition, we offer a dedicated reading program designed to help develop a love of the written word.

Middle School

Middle School is filled with many new challenges, both social and academic. A ConnectPrep instructor can help your child stay on track in all middle school academic subjects, as well as essential note-taking and test-taking skills. Many students at this age also struggle with reading comprehension. Our Language Arts Specialists (LAS) can devise a program to specifically improve this important skill. We are also here to help discuss the best strategies with taking advanced/honors courses and tests in middle school for high-level learners.

High School

High School is the most important stage in a students’ pre-college academic career. The challenges are unique and the stakes are high. The goal at ConnectPrep is simple: raise their GPA, prepare them for AP, IB, and state-required exams (eg, NYS Regents Exams/Common Core, CAPT) and national exams (SAT/ACT). A ConnectPrep tutor can help you with any challenge, open doors to the college of your choice and a bright future.

From Algebra to Zoology, we have you covered!

My Instructor at ConnectPrep helped me with my Algebra and all of my other subjects. I was taught what to focus on through a true team approach that took my confidence to new levels. I went on to excel in my subjects. I can’t give ConnectPrep enough praise for connecting me to my Instructor!

– Noah S., ConnectPrep Student

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Connor Barth

IT Team
Connor is a senior Electrical Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He is currently employed as a IT Consultant at the Simon Business School. His main interests include computer technology and wireless communications. As the son of a college professor Connor not only enjoys the benefits of an engaged educational experience, but also understands the importance of learning and finding the correct educational environment. Connor looks forward to using his skills, passion and experience to help the ConnectPrep team succeed.

Yiyuan Wu

Data Analyst Team
I graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics. I have tutored Algebra and Calculus I for undergraduate students throughout my undergraduate years. I am currently studying statistics at Rutgers University. I have a deep passion for education and believe that my mathematical and statistical skills can help improve the quality of education greatly.

Sam Callis

Social Media Team
Sam is a junior at the University of Rochester studying History with a minor in English literature. He has a deep passion for education and hopes to work in the field for the rest of his life.

Borja Rojo

Development Team
Borja Rojo is an Electrical and Computer Engineer at the University of Rochester, ’17, and also studies Computer Science and Audio Engineering. He has a passion for starting projects from the ground up and becomes inspired from reverse-engineering many kinds of systems. Now, he is helping design a portable ultrasound system to help with medical imaging on-the-go. Apart from his academics, you might see him designing a video game or recording his latest song. Here at ConnectPrep, he will be working on creating a web-based platform that automatically generates questions for students to study with and practice their skills.

Philip Fenimore

Development Team
Philip is an undergraduate at the University of Rochester studying Computer and Electrical Engineering. He enjoys realizing ideas through coding, like creating a 3d interactive environment with C# and modeling complex mathematical systems with Matlab. Philip is excited to work for ConnectPrep, using his set of skills to maximum effect on the data analytics team.

David Giannella

Development Team
David is attending the University of Rochester, pursuing a BS in Physics and Astronomy as well as a minor in Computer Science. He has gained knowledge of a number of programming topics including application development, data structures, and rendering. David is eager to use his programming skills to help ConnectPrep vault onto the web.

Matt Dombroski

Development Team
Matthew currently attends the University of Rochester studying for a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He loves to design and build anything that catches his interest, from using only digital logic chips to construct a calculator or verilog code to design and test a CPU. He has also lead one week long science camps for the past two years, teaching young kids the basics of chemistry, physics, and electricity. Matthew is excited to put his talents and interests to use in helping implement the data analytics and graphics engines for ConnectPrep.

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Jon Aho

Development Team
Jon is a Electrical and Computer Engineering student at the University of Rochester. He’s been coding for nearly 7 years, and has a number of comprehensive software and hardware projects under his belt. Currently employed as a Research Fellow at his university, he also works at implementing the ConnectPrep Analytics website.

Deanna Thompson

Data Analyst Team

Deanna recently graduated from the University of Rochester with a BS in chemical engineering and legal studies minor. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as a writing tutor, speaking tutor, trained prospective tutors, and eventually served as the tutoring group’s president. Deanna is excited to work for ConnectPrep, continue to assist the tutoring process, and use her engineering background to help develop ConnectPrep’s analytic programs.

Jason Altabet

Analytics and Social Media Team

Jason has always had a thirst for education, whether it be for himself or for others. He is currently training to be a public speaking tutor for his university colleagues and, in addition, plays a central role on the Committee for Political Engagement, where he works to educate the student body on all matters political. At ConnectPrep he serves as the point man for social media, but when he gets the chance likes to try his hand at everything from analytics programming to web development. In his spare time you can expect to find him practicing fake law as a member of his school’s mock trial team, promoting class council initiatives, or working on his soccer “skills.” Jason currently attends the University of Rochester, majoring in Economics and Political Science.

Scott Luntz

IT Team
Scott is a senior at Purdue University studying Cybersecurity.He works with the IT team and has a passion for Internet security and threat detection. His goal is to use his knowledge in information technology to improve vulnerability analysis and fix any potential cyber issue before it becomes a problem.

Michelle Fine

Director of Operations
Michelle spent several years of her career in the fashion industry, learning about emerging trends in marketing and various aspects of planning a wholesale business. Michelle has had several opportunities to work directly with students, and her most recent transition into the field of education was inspired by her devotion to investing in the future of our youth and the fulfillment she experiences in this pursuit. She is eager to bring her experience and skill set to ConnectPrep to help all students reach new heights. Michelle graduated from the University of Florida with honors.

Kevin Bretthauer

Kevin is the co-founder of Connect Prep, specializing in technology and online services. Kevin is an Oregon native and Stanford University graduate. He has years of experience working in sales and marketing in the petroleum industry and has managed projects involving the promotion of bio-fuels and emissions reducing products. When he’s not working, Kevin enjoys playing golf, traveling, and watching college football. He has a passion for education as well as creating interactive educational software that will be able help more students reach their educational goals.

Jeremy Fine


Jeremy is our education guru. He has years of experience working as an educator with students of all ages, using cutting-edge academic and test-prep curricula to take learning to a new level. He has helped students score in the top percentiles on SAT’s, ACT’s, and receive top marks in many academic subjects. He brings a wealth of knowledge to our company, with a dynamic vision for innovation and market growth. Jeremy earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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