Tutors


ibidPREP tutors are a special bunch. They’re not teachers in the conventional sense. They are writers and actors and artists and lawyers and physicists and public health experts and journalists and chemists. They are warm-hearted individuals committed to imparting the material, methods and attitude necessary to make their students happy and successful in their studies and their tests.


Stuart Servetar

Stuart Servetar has been tutoring privately for more than two decades and founded ibidPREP in 2006. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in '83 and majored in English Literature and Philosophy. Over the years, Stuart has helped hundreds of students from the finest private and public schools in New York City gain entrance to the best middle schools and high schools in NYC and the best colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad. In addition to his work as a private tutor, Stuart Servetar has worked as an arts and culture journalist (e.g. Art in America, Esquire, Time Out New York) and exhibited his paintings in galleries in New York City and throughout Europe. He lives with his wife and two sons in Manhattan.

 

Associate Tutors

 
 

Dante Belletti

Dante Belletti is a recent New York transplant from California. After growing up in Orange County, he moved to the Bay Area to attend Stanford University, where he received his BA in Political Science and Theater. After College, Dante taught test prep for two years in the Bay Area and grew to love helping students achieve their academic goals. An actor, Dante moved to New York to train with SITI Company and pursue a career in theater. When not acting or teaching, Dante enjoys playing the guitar and seeing as much live theater as possible.
 

 

Andrew Cho

 

Andrew grew up in California and attended UC Berkeley, where he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Biochemistry. During this time, he also worked as a high school math and science tutor for two years. Andrew moved to New York City several years ago to begin working towards an MD-PhD degree in the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program and is currently completing his PhD thesis in cancer research.

 

Olivia Ciacci

Olivia Ciacci has taught at independent schools in Pennsylvania, where she grew up, and Connecticut, where she went to college. Before becoming a teacher, she worked as an improvisational comedian in Philadelphia and enjoys sharing laughs with her students. She earned her BA in English from Yale and her MA in English from Middlebury's Bread Loaf School. Olivia moved to New York to attend Columbia University's MFA program. In addition to her work with ibidPREP students, Olivia currently writes fiction and teaches Columbia undergraduates.

 

Robert Fernandez

 

Robert grew up in New York and graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Philosophy and Music. During his undergraduate studies, he began helping students refine and build confidence in their test-taking abilities. When not tutoring, Robert is an active musician and composer. He writes music for the concert hall, as well as local film and theater productions.

Ian Fiedorek

Ian is a native New Yorker who attended New York University and Stuyvesant High School. He has prepared students for the SAT, SHSAT, ACT, and Regents for the last seven years. An avid composer, Ian's first symphony, Fallout Symphony, was published in 2013. He entered the MFA program in Creative Writing at The City College of New York in the fall of 2014.

 

Grace Finkel

Grace was born and raised on the Upper West Side and attended the Trinity School. She graduated from Columbia University with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior and will be starting medical school at Columbia Physicians and Surgeons this fall. In her year before medical school, she is working with the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Columbia University on research projects and organ transplant procurements. She has taught health and sciences to high schoolers in both a classroom and one-on-one settings. 

Molly Rose Heller

Hailing from sunny Southern California, Molly made the trek out east for her undergraduate studies. She completed college with not one, but two degrees. Molly graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University where she received Departmental Honors for her major in Drama and Theatre Arts. She additionally graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) with a major in Modern Jewish Studies. In addition to tutoring, Molly is pursuing a career in theatre as a playwright, director, and actor.

Nicole Kaiser

Nicole grew up in New Jersey and attended high school at Horace Mann School, where she graduated with honors in Science and History and was awarded the Henry Geldzahler Prize in Art History. She discovered ibidPREP when she was tutored by Stuart for her ACTs. She has over three years' experience teaching science to elementary and middle school students at a local community center and has tutored high school students one-on-one for their Regents examinations through Columbia University's Double Discovery Center. She currently attends Columbia University and is continuing her studies in Art History. When Nicole is not tutoring, she is at the Frick or the MoMA, training for an upcoming cross country race, reading for her book club, or discussing the complexities of the Marvel Universe with her little brother!

Paul Ketchum

Paul grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Denver, where he graduated with a BA in English. He moved to New York City in 2010 to attend the MFA Playwriting program at Brooklyn College. His most recent production, the Harper's Play, which was based on the February 2014 issue of Harper's Magazine, enjoyed a sold out run at JACK in Brooklyn. He's been whipping students' test-taking and writing skills into shape for close to a decade.

Joseph Klebanoff

 

Joseph hails from fifty miles north of Manhattan, in that nebulous "Upstate." He has tutored for all sorts of tests in the Tri-State area, and he always gets a charge out of students' (and parents') shock when scores soar. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where he majored in classical voice. When he isn't tutoring with ibid or singing at freelance gigs, he likes to listen to live jazz, attend poetry readings, and take long walks (for real!).

Leo Liebeskind

Since studying at Hunter High School and Oberlin College, Leo has worked as an assistant teacher at the Hunter Elementary School after school program and as a private tutor to children aged 5-17 in reading, writing, math, and standardized test preparation. A former chess champion, Leo also teaches chess. Lastly, Leo is also a serious musician and songwriter; he spends most of his free time gigging and recording with his band, and includes guitar and music theory lessons in his teaching arsenal. 

Audrey Moyce


Audrey grew up in Northern California and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a BA in Theater. After working as a theater tech, she left New York to earn her MA in Theater and Performance Studies from Stanford University. When she's not working for ibidPREP, Audrey writes theater criticism and other nonfiction, and will sometimes perform in a piece or even sing in a band.

Jessi Stevens

Jessi Stevens hails from Lake Placid, NY. She holds a BA in Mathematical Sciences from Middlebury College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. While completing her master's degree, she taught composition to Columbia undergraduates, wrote mathematics curricula, and tutored students in writing and math. These days, when not tutoring or teaching, Jessi works on her own writing; her stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, the Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, Guernica and elsewhere. 
 

 

Jesse Weissman

Jesse is a native New Yorker who attended the Bronx High School of Science and graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Government and American Studies. Since graduating from college, Jesse has worked as a lead teacher in the New York City charter school system and now works as a private tutor and substitute teacher. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys following the Yankees, reading and watching an embarrassing number of movies.

Ione Wang


Ione was born in Queens and raised between New York and Shanghai. She attended Hunter College High School and graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor's in Visual Arts and Art History. She's lead art workshops and tours in two different museums abroad. These days, she's working at the Museum of the Chinese in America. She writes, she draws, and she pets cats.

Caroline Zola

Caroline grew up in Boston and then studied Linguistics and Anthropology at Barnard College, Columbia University. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She has tutored for many years, specializing in general writing, English, math, French and SAT reading/writing. She is fluent in French and American Sign Language. When not tutoring, Caroline works as the lab manager at Barnard's Language Acquisition and Development Research Laboratory where she works with the Nicaraguan Deaf community to study the development of Nicaraguan Sign Language. She is also an avid a yogi, dancer, gardener and reader.