A true Manhattanite from head to toe, Sam attended Horace Mann High School before emigrating, in a fit of wanderlust and questionable judgment, to Ireland to enroll in the English Department of Trinity College Dublin. At Trinity, he earned honors and had his poetry and prose published in a Dublin literary journal. After two years there, he returned to his native island and earned his BA magna cum laude in English literature from Columbia University. Sam was a founding editor of the Columbia East Asian Review, the only undergraduate-helmed journal of international East Asia research in America. Since then he has completed his first novel, and had his writing published in the Times Literary Supplement, the Brooklyn Rail, and others. In Fall 2015 he will begin an MFA in fiction-writing at George Mason University.
An expert in the SAT Verbal sections, Sam is Cambridge Coaching's Master SAT verbal tutor, responsible to training all new CC tutors. Prior to joining CC in 2011, he was named an "exemplary tutor" by Kaplan Test Prep, and was regularly invited to give demonstrations of tutoring methods for potential students. He has also worked as an evaluator and grader of SAT essays and has written passages and questions for Verbal sections. Bilingual in French from the age of six and proficient in Mandarin Chinese (after years of intensive study in college, and time spent at Peking University in China), he has taught both languages, at the AP and SAT II level alike, raising students' scores dramatically. As a writer and novelist, however, his greatest pedagogical passion is teaching writing, and is one of CC's longest-serving college and graduate school application consultants.
The day Sam turned fourteen, he looked up how to throw a curveball on the internet, and one month later, struck a kid named Scott out with it; this remains by far his crowning athletic achievement.