More than a Number
We know that amazing teaching is about more than knowing the material. Our teachers are caring, committed, captivating instructors who work with students to find their best path to success.
Meet our teachers
Here are just a few of our dedicated faculty you may encounter.
Only the best
Our team of teachers and tutors is the foundation of our programs. Each has second-to-none credentials, top test scores, and extensive training and development. Kaplan's teacher certification and development program ensures that our teachers and tutors are authorities on the tests, on score-raising strategies, and on teaching practices to raise test scores.
Niamh attended Brown University, where she studied education and linguistics. Outside of her Kaplan classroom, Niamh is pursuing a masters degree in speech-language pathology at Teachers College.
"I attended the High School of American Studies at Lehman College."
"I love to swim, particularly long distance and butterfly. I even have a swim cap autographed by Michael Phelps in my room!"
"When I was 6 years old, I was on a billboard promoting osteoporosis awareness. I wore my Girl Scout uniform and even had a milk mustache. Got milk?"
Jan has taught for more than 8 years and is one of Kaplan's elite pre-college instructors. As a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, he understands the rigors of attending an elite school and looks forward to the daily challenge of helping other students gain admission. When he's not working, you can find Jan working out or snowboarding in the wintertime.
"I once trained in kickboxing and Brazilian jiu jitsu."
"I worked with a well-known recording artist at my first retail job while I was in high school."
"I was the percussionist in my middle school orchestra."
Arthur has taught for more than 11 years and is one of Kaplan’s elite instructors. When he's not working with students, you can find him biking through the crowded streets of New York City.
"I can recite players' names from almost every Mets team of the past 30 years. The 1986 World Series was the first event I ever saw on television, so my loyalty runs deep."
"I won a school spelling bee in the fifth grade, and came in second in the seventh grade. I lost on the word 'plateau,' which I will never spell incorrectly again!"
Michael Silberblatt grew up in San Diego, CA and is a graduate of Northwestern University. Since moving to New York City in 2014, he has enjoyed working closely with students across all five boroughs to help them successfully achieve their SAT, ACT, SHSAT, SSAT, and ISEE test score goals! Michael has worked at the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholars Program and continues to work with the National YoungArts Foundation to provide high school students in the arts with life-changing experiences and career opportunities.
"I do occasional work as a voice actor for commercials and animated projects! As weird as it sounds, I can actually speak out loud using three different voices simultaneously."
"In 2010, I met President Obama and shook his hand in the White House. Best day ever."
"I am the king of April Fools Day. I even got a well-known celebrity to help me execute an April Fools Day prank in 2016."
Angela attended Ursinus College. She has been teaching with Kaplan for 3 years and aims to bring humor and positive energy to all of her classroom sessions.
"I invested a large amount of time in collecting every available Pokémon in the Nintendo series."
"I studied Italian for eight years in school."
Jabari is an alum of NYU and Yale. He has taught for Kaplan for the past 6 years, throughout New York City and Connecticut, to students aged 9 to 40. His most commonly taught courses are the SAT, LSAT, and SHSAT.
"My name means 'fearless' in Swahili."
"I'm vegan. I tell everyone. It is our law."
Trained to lead
Kaplan's teacher certification and development program ensures that our teachers and tutors are authorities on the tests, on score-raising strategies, and on proven teaching practices. Every instructor completes more than 35 hours of training and development.
Kaplan teachers aren’t just amazing on paper. We put them through a thorough audition and screening process.
It takes a teacher
Seeing strategies on a page is completely different from experiencing them in action. Live, person-to-person learning helps Kaplan students absorb lessons on a deep level.
You may not get to bring your teacher to test day, but you will be hearing her voice in your head, giving you the confidence to do your best.