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Our Instructors

Matt Benet

The founder of edRev, Matthew Benet is an award-winning gifted educator. First through private tutoring, then through CTY, and now through edRev, Matt has taught, mentored, and guided over 200 gifted students since 2016 both one-on-one and in a class format.  

Matt has taught a variety of classes for both CTY online and at CTY’s on-campus summer program. Within 6 months of joining CTY Online as a Competitive Mathematics instructor, he was awarded the Sarah D Barder Fellowship for excellence in gifted education. While at CTY, Matt helped redesign the three highest level competitive math classes CTY offers. Recognizing the importance of gifted socialization, Matt also designed, ran, and iteratively improved CTY’s High School Competitive Math Club, CTY's most social offering, which still runs to this day. 

As an expert in virtual education, Matt was enlisted by MIT’s Educational Studies Program to design and direct their first virtual program after COVID hit. The first of its kind, this program served over 2000 students from around the world, and served as a basis for how future virtual MIT programs could run. Matt has also designed an interactive VR classroom for teaching Physics (built by some great people from RecRoom). 

In July 2022, Matt founded edRev to provide gifted socialization and tutoring, with a focus on helping gifted students achieve their potential. Running edRev is Matt’s full-time devotion, and he strives to help gifted students thrive and develop skills to address asynchronous development – a common trait among the gifted. In his own words, "giftedness is a double-edged sword; I aim to  teach gifted kids how to sharpen one edge and dull the other."

He claims he can "teach anything", and challenges you to test this claim.

Nick "Stro" Palastro

Stro started working with gifted students in 2012 as a teaching assistant for a CTY cryptology course. Recently, he has been learning programming and development while teaching an online linear algebra course. His academic interest is in measure theory, higher math about how big things are and if a thing has size at all. He also runs the weekly meetings for the D&D club.

Adam Dormier

Adam is a math-nerd-turned-game-developer with a love for teaching. He has been working with gifted students since 2018 as a teaching assistant for Probability and Game Theory at CTY. During the day, he works as a software engineer at Rec Room, where he works on Circuits, a node-based programming language has helped introduce thousands of kids (and adults!) to programming in a way that is approachable and fun. He is particularly excited about the prospect of teaching in virtual reality one day.

Clio Batali

Clio is a hardware research engineer at IBM by day, and a dice-maker by night. A Materials Science and Engineering alum from MIT (with a minor in art history!), she is fascinated by all things past, present, and future. Whether judging middle school debate competitions, teaching food science classes to high schoolers, or giving a TEDx Talk on chocolate, her passion is to share curiosity about the world with anyone and everyone.

Stephen Foley

Stephen is a proud nerd and a veteran educator of the gifted and talented. He began working with gifted students in 2008 through the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and he taught classes or helped administer their programs through 2021. He also served as the academic dean for the Summer Institute for the Gifted's Princeton location in 2017. In 2021, Stephen was a fellow of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development at the University of Iowa. Stephen teaches at The Linsly School, and when he is not working or thinking about teaching, he loves word games and Dungeons & Dragons.

Melanie Becker

Melanie is currently a Master's student of computer science at Northeastern University,and hopes to use her degree to develop technologies that make learning more fun. She has been teaching and tutoring for seven years, supporting students in Spanish, Computer Science, Writing, Psychology, and Math. Melanie has a passion for gifted education and has worked both one-on-one with gifted students and as a lecturer to larger classes. In her free time, she loves to play ukulele, sing, and learn languages.

Joshua Keller

J. D. Keller is a writer and scholar residing on the East Coast. His pedagogy emphasizes heuristics, learning by doing, and experimentation within the continuity of critical reading and creative writing. His archive centers on Transatlantic Modernism, Postmodernism, and Contemporary Literature. He has been teaching at the college level for 12 years and has worked with gifted secondary ed students for seven years.

Isabel Mormile

Isabel is a former CTYer and current PhD student in biological anthropology. In 2022, her academic journey came full-circle when she worked as a teaching assistant for CTY's Paleobiology course. She is passionate about science education, and has taught classes on human anatomy and evolution to gifted kids, high schoolers from historically underrepresented backgrounds, college undergraduates, and first-year medical students alike. She also has an endless supply of life sciences trivia to share!

Kate Teran

Kate is a non-profit professional in activist and advocacy spaces, based in Northern California. She began working as a teaching assistant with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth's International Relations courses in 2017. Kate has worked providing operational and strategic support for advocacy organizations including Dream Defenders, La Defensa, Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Poder Latinx, Community Justice Action Fund, New Brookwood Labor College and many others.

Kate is excited to support the next generation of activists in learning how to make a difference in their communities. In her free time Kate enjoys watercolor painting, getting outside, and taking naps with her Russian Blue cat, Max.

Jesse Broce

Jesse is a paleontologist who specializes in early animals and the chemical/biochemical processes that cause the fossilization of soft tissues. He has a PhD in Geology, with experience teaching geology courses at the college level and Paleobiology at CTY. His main occupation is field work, surveying for paleontology and archaeology in the Great Plains region.

Brenden Smith

Brendan is an upcoming Post-Baccalaureate student in Mathematics at Tufts University with a background in Philosophy of Science, Physics, and intercultural Religious studies. He began teaching as a History of Science tour guide in his Junior year of high school, and was a Teaching Assistant in both Physics and Philosophy during his undergraduate studies. He wrote his senior thesis, A History of Causality from Heraclitus to Hume, on the interconnected histories of philosophy and physical science up till the Early Modern period. He spent a year teaching high school Geometry and Precalculus, where he also coached the Math Team, Robotics Team, and Philosophy club. In his free time he enjoys hiking, appreciating deliciously weird coffee and tea flavors, studying languages, and reading math books on the beach.

Anna Moss

After earning a BA in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Anna taught English and SAT/ACT prep all around the world for five years, spending summers as a cognitive psychology teaching assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

She followed her passion for the science of learning to the University of Cambridge, where her MPhil thesis research focused on improving educational equity via linguistic dialect-sensitivity on the SAT.

When not teaching, Anna can be found reading about sociolinguistics, baking interesting desserts, and traveling.

Bryan Malumphy

Bryan has been a Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science tutor for gifted students and motivated adults alike for eight years. He is a Senior Software Engineer working on Android and iOS Applications with a particular affection for Audio Video, embedded USB, and Bluetooth Low Energy Applications. Prior to working as an engineer, he worked with the ACT Collaboration at the University of Pittsburgh’s Physics Department on investigating Fast Radio Bursts and Modified Theories of Gravity. He also has a never ending list of ideas he wants to build and totally could, but never enough time to finish them all. He hopes that by teaching he can give other people this same problem.

Daina Neithardt

Daina is a linguistics nerd turned Planetary Science major at MIT. Besides the intensive course load at MIT, they currently teach linguistics for edRev. They've participated in the North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition (NACLO) and International Linguistics Olympiad. They’ve also taken many linguistics classes at MIT, including 24.901 (Language and Its Structure I: Phonology), 24.902 (Language and its structure II: Syntax), and 24.903 (Language and its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics), among others.

Julian Espada

My name is Julian, and I've been involved in the tutoring and education scene for around 6 years alongside my studies and career. A lot of my involvement has been through MIT's Educational Studies Program by teaching for some of their various programs from 2019-2022. I've also done a good bit of tutoring both freelance and through the MIT Talented Scholars Resource Room (TSR^2) in chemistry, math, and computer science. I'm currently employed in the software engineering industry in the finance sector, but I still harbor some passion for education alongside my career.

Joan (Rosi) Rosebush

I adore working with students! The longer I teach, the more I love it! I enjoy the challenge of keeping students engaged in their education and in taking pride in the work they do! I enjoy getting to know students as people. In other words, I care what else they have going on in their lives.

Courtney Edman

Courtney is passionate about empowering people to pursue their dreams and build the life they want, no matter the obstacles. Courtney masterfully blends her personal background with a professional passion for coaching students, parents, and adults and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others who face challenges, uncertainties, and obstacles that are related to physical, mental, neurobiological, and/or neurochemical factors. Courtney earned her Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a licensed physical therapist who specialized in Early Intervention (birth to three-year-olds) as well as treating patients with chronic, life-shortening pulmonary disease. In 2020 she chose to bring her skills, knowledge, experience, and expertise gleaned from over 20 years as a parent, physical therapist, executive director, and lifelong learner to a new career, coaching people with complex learning profiles and their parents. Courtney has been on a mission to bring awareness and know-how to the world about neurodiversity and the skills, affirmation, and strategies that neurodivergent people need to thrive in the world. Courtney is the founder and President of 2tametheshamE, Inc. where she not only coaches people of all ages and their parents but also works to educate, inform, and advocate for the needs of neurodivergent individuals. She produces a bi-weekly newsletter and has recently launched the SEE ME podcast with host Patty Lubold. Courtney also serves on the advisory boards of the Chris Walsh Center for Families and Educators at Framingham State University, the Inattentive ADHD Coalition, and the MA DESE Special Education Panel. She is a trained SENG Model Parent Group Facilitator and a graduate of the PCTI of the MA FCSN as well as a member of MAGE, CHADD, AAPCA, and SENG. Courtney has 3 young adult children, one of whom is neurodivergent, and she lives in Framingham, MA with her husband and faithful walking companion and dog, Baxter. When not coaching, she can be found competing on the tennis court, enjoying travel, or spending time with family and friends, preferably at the beach!

Gilford Ting

Hi! My name is Gilford -- I'm a sophomore studying electrical engineering + computer science at MIT, but those are far from my only interests. Whether it's CS, math, physics, chemistry, economics, psychology, or literature, I love learning new things and then teaching them to others. I believe that educating others is the responsibility of knowledge, and I've also learned so much from my past students -- I'm excited to see what I learn from you all as well :)

Alyssa Hill

Alyssa is a high school student with a passion for advocacy and all things science. She founded a program offering STEM enrichment to middle schoolers and testified in front of state committees several times to share her expertise and passion in those areas. In her free time she enjoys crocheting, reading and coding.

Krista Landgraf

Krista Landgraf is the President-Elect of the California Association for the Gifted and the Advocacy Chair. She has been a GATE teacher for over 26 years. She is an adjunct instructor for UCR’s GATE Credential Program. She has earned the CAG- Distinguished Service Award, Johns Hopkins CTY Fellowship and Teacher of the Year for Chino, CA from the State Assemb

Google Software Engineer

A Google Software Engineer, and long-time STEM education advocate. He has run robotics courses at the JHU Center for Talented Youth for many summers, rewritten those curricula and invented new courses for the program. He has worked with local libraries across the country to educate kids on computer science fundamentals, using robotics as a visualization and engagement tool. He leads coding activities for local school groups in NYC, and gives CS lectures at universities. At home, he's often working with his full-time students (2 daughters under 5), discussing geometry, prime numbers, and logic gates over dinner and helping them build microscopes and hydraulic lifts in his living room.

MIT Computer Science Student

I'm a student at MIT studying computer science! I'm currently working on research in human-computer interaction, and also have interests in cognitive science, machine learning, and the social/ethical concerns around technology. Outside of classes, I help run programs at the MIT Educational Studies Program and enjoy learning how to knit and crochet.

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