John is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, where he advanced to the finals of the Connecticut State Geography Bee, only to lose on the last question. Heartbroken, John later went to college at Harvard, where he majored in Literature and graduated magna cum laude. After a few years in California, John returned to the East Coast to get his PhD in Philosophy at Princeton. He subsequently taught philosophy at several major universities, including Cambridge University, the Australian National University, and Peking University. He returned to the US to pursue further training in therapy and mental health, and is now an MSW student at Simmons University.
John has a passion for teaching, and a long history with tutoring and standardized tests. While at Princeton, he was a Graduate Writing Intern at ETS, focusing on writing questions for the TOEFL. He continued to tutor students in English and TOEFL while living abroad, and also managed the TOEFL and GRE courses for a major online test preparation company. He loves working with high school, college, and graduate students in order to help them achieve their academic and professional goals.
When he is not studying or teaching, John enjoys exploring New England (especially by foot or bicycle), learning languages, and making yogurt.