Bryan P.


Bryan fell in love with literature and writing in high school, when he also felt his calling to help people grow through mentoring relationships. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, where he majored in English and Creative Writing and won three prizes for his scholarly and creative writing. After several years teaching in independent all-boys boarding schools, one of them in England, he is now the English Department Chair at an innovative, nationally recognized charter school in St. Louis. Assiduously creative, he has a lot of irons in the fire, including: a memoir, a board game, a collection of essays, a set of designs for living intentionally, and a sequel to The Odyssey that might become a play. For the moment, he’s focusing on a book of poems.

Bryan has experience working with a wide variety of students, from AP scholars seeking college-level challenges to freshmen working to master foundational study skills. To everyone he brings compassion and empathy, and the commitment to collaboratively develop individualized strategies. As a teacher, he has developed original curricula for all his courses, including “AP English Language and Composition” and senior literature electives. He has innovated writing instruction and grading practices to help students hone their development as writers. He has edited over 2,500 student papers, including many college application essays. His specialties are Writing (creative and expository), English, Study Skills, and the SAT & SSAT/ISEE. He has significant experience working with students with unique learning profiles and other challenges. He believes that tutoring, as a form of teaching and learning, is and should be an opportunity for meaningful and lasting intellectual and personal growth.

Bryan loves being outside, especially wilderness canoeing. He’s also really into meditation, cooking, thinking deeply about life, and cuddling with his two crazy cats.

Education & Qualifications
  • Princeton University, BA in English
  • English & Literature
  • Expository Writing & the Essay
  • Creative Writing
  • Homework Help & Study Skills
  • SAT
  • College Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Bryan was nothing but amazing and professional. Bryan managed to limit the stressful aspect of college admissions process and overall made me more excited about my future and application altogether. From day one I felt Bryan’s enthusiasm to bring me closer to the goals I set. Bryan’s suggestions to better my application left me feeling confident and happy when I clicked the submit button."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Jaret, College Admissions)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Working with Bryan was nothing short of fantastic. He made the SAT exam feel so much more approachable and gave me the confidence to feel like I was in charge of the test, not the other way around. He clearly put a tremendous effort into personalizing and helping me carry out my study plan with specifically tailored strategies that definitely made a difference in the end. He had extensive knowledge about the subject matter and helped me take my skills to the next level."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Jad, SAT)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    From the first day, Bryan changed the way I learned. I was never a scholar or good test taker, so my family and I reached out to him to tutor me for the SAT. Bryan made sure that I was always on track, and he knew how to make me work hard but make it as stress-free as possible. Through him, I learned not just how to approach SAT questions, but how to approach my learning as a whole. He demonstrated many skills that I found useful for studying for the test. I will hold and utilize those skills my entire life. Everyday he’d always bring 100% energy and focus, and made sure that, no matter how good or bad a day I was having, I would learn a lot. I couldn’t thank Bryan enough for the improvement I saw on my SAT, as well as my academic career as a whole. I highly recommend anyone who needs an SAT tutor to reach out to Bryan, as my experience was extremely positive.
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Clark, SAT Student)