A graduate of Amherst College, Johnathan has worked as a private tutor, classroom teacher, editor, and writer 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 loves helping his tutoring students find what they’re passionate about in their writing, reading, and research. In addition, as a high scorer on the SAT himself, he’s eager to help with standardized testing or general study skills.
Born and raised in New York City, Johnathan graduated from 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 BA 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. Johnathan also teaches writing workshops at public and private elementary schools across New York City with the Story Pirates, a theater dedicated to encouraging young creative writers.
Johnathan is a successful humor and satire writer, with multiple published articles in the New Yorker, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other online publications.
You might find Johnathan wandering around a bookstore buying everything in sight, hosting or performing in a comedy show, getting way too excited about Marvel movies. 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.