Johnathan Appel has spent his life trying to convince people that his first name isn’t misspelled, that his last name isn’t a fruit, and that he has no direct relationship with the hero of American folklore, Johnny Appleseed. Born and raised in the Big Apple, he graduated St. Bernard’s School on the Upper East Side and Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. He then attended Amherst College, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Phi Beta Kappa distinction. Within the major, he concentrated in institutions and the reproductions of inequalities and completed a senior thesis on rhetoric and domestic welfare policy. During the latter half of college, he became fascinated by theater and participated in four productions (three as the lead) as well as writing and performing in a solo capstone piece. After graduation, he jetted off to Taiwan on a Fulbright English Teaching fellowship where he worked with 2nd through 5th graders at two public schools. Finally back home, Johnathan is currently an education fellow at the Story Pirates, a theater dedicated to encourage young creative writers.

Johnathan has worked as a tutor, teacher, and editor since his junior year of high school. He has worked with students of vastly different ages in several schools around New York City, a university in China, two public schools in Taiwan, and the Hampshire County Jail in Massachusetts. He also has extensive experience helping others brainstorm ideas, edit, and improve their writing as the managing opinions editor of the Amherst College newspaper for two years, where he fell in love with the oxford comma. In addition, he loves to tutor the ISEE/SSAT, SAT, or general study skills.

You might find Johnathan wandering around a bookstore buying everything in sight, standing in the rush line for cheap theater tickets, getting way too excited about Marvel movies, and designing his own dream batcave.

Education & Qualifications
  • Amherst College, BA in Political Science
  • SSAT
  • ISEE
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Political Science
  • ESL
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "[Johnathan] related with my child, [whose grade went from] 89 to 97."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Maria Freckman, Parent)