About

Get to know the outstanding people at Test Preps!

 

Tutors

 

Erin Kausner

B.S. Education – SUNY College at Buffalo
Professionally Certified Teacher

Erin spent the first five years out of college teaching in Hawaii, leading one of the school’s first inclusion classrooms. She also mentored college-level students, modeling lessons and guiding their first attempts at their own instruction. As a full-time tutor with Test Preps for the past 14 years, Erin focuses on all the details while working to build students’ self-confidence as they make measured steps towards their goals. She would tell you that she loves helping students navigate the college testing process and being able to then apply to schools they may have only dreamed of.

When she’s not teaching, Erin is a mom to six busy kids! Free time is limited but she tries to find an hour or two for volleyball, a work-out at the gym, or a Bills game. Erin would love for Joanna Gaines to re-decorate her entire house.

Leslie Koral

B.A. – SUNY College at Oswego
MBA Finance – State University of New York at Buffalo
MS Ed. – SUNY College at Buffalo
Permanently Certified New York State Teacher

For the past 13 years, Leslie has been teaching in various settings for the Williamsville Central School District, with a focus on differentiated instruction in a small group setting. Naturally, Test Preps was the perfect fit for her, incorporating personalized instruction while teaching strategies and tactics that work for students at all levels. As a Mom of two college athletes, Leslie understands the rigors that balancing school and sports entails and helps students find ways to manage their workload while still participating fully in something that they are passionate about.

If you’re out in the community, you might catch Leslie running with her 2 dogs. She also enjoys travel, cooking, gardening, and supporting Buffalo sports teams. Let’s go Sabres!

Jamie Williams

B.A. History; Concentration in Elementary and Special Education, Nazareth College
MS Ed. Reading Specialist/Reading Education, SUNY Fredonia
NYS Permanent Certification in Social Studies, Special Education, Reading, and Elementary Education

For the past 23 years, Jamie has taught Social Studies and Special Education at the Middle School and High School levels while raising a family in the hometown where she grew up. As an advisor for numerous clubs and school organizations, Jamie encourages students to balance their free time along with maintaining high academic standards, which is one of the keys to successfully preparing for the SAT and ACT. Jamie exudes confidence and students find that contagious.

When she isn’t traveling the country, you can find Jamie gardening, walking her dogs or enjoying a live concert with her husband.

Julianna Zippiroli

B.A.Secondary Math Education – SUNY College at Buffalo
A.S. Mathematics and Science – SUNY College of Technology Alfred State
NYS Initial Certification in Mathematics (Grades 7-12)

As a math and science teacher/enthusiast, Julianna has been designing and implementing creative out-of-school programming for over 15 years. She is currently teaching 5th grade Science at Buffalo Collegiate Charter School. She loves teaching STEM and creating leadership opportunities for her students in and out of the classroom. She wholeheartedly embraces the strategies, individualized attention, and support that we offer at Test Preps and fully enjoys the interaction with our students during classes and with private tutoring.

In her free time, JZ loves playing sports – football, golf, floor hockey – you name it, she’ll play. She also volunteers with the Amherst Youth Foundation and Buffalo B Team, giving back to the community she grew up in and loves!

Stephanie Acker

B.S. Sociology – Arizona State University
MS Ed. Mathematics – Arizona State University
MS Applied Mathematics – West Texas A&M University (currently attending)
NYS Teacher Certification

Stephanie is currently a high school Math teacher in Buffalo, with experience teaching elementary through college levels. She started her career in Arizona before moving to New York in 2016. Lucky for us, she has been instructing SAT and ACT classes for several years already! Stephanie also mentors new teachers from local colleges. In the classroom, her goal is to successfully help her students increase their conceptual understanding of mathematics and strengthen their test-taking strategies to be applied across all subject areas.

When Stephanie is not spending time with her other half and two sons, she enjoys soccer, reading, cooking, math work, and her violin.

 

 

Support Staff

Joanne Herberger

B.S. in Elementary Education, SUNY College at Buffalo
 
Joanne has led a life of mentoring and educating children of all ages; as a Preschool Teacher, a volunteer catechist at church for grades 3 and 5, and more recently as an Educational Aide in the guidance office at a Williamsville high school for thirteen years. In 2014, she joined the awesome Test Preps team as our Administrative Assistant, bringing a wealth of skills to the table with her business background from working many years in a family-owned company. At Test Preps, she manages all the behind-the-scenes operations that set up our tutors and students for success!
On her days off, Joanne loves being an active grandma to her amazing 3 grandchildren and enjoys cooking, baking, and gardening.
 

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