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Founder, Alexis Avila, MA, Cert. in Guidance Pre K-12
Frequently quoted by US News & World Report, Alexis founded Prepped & Polished to help elementary, secondary, college-level, and adult students improve their grades and test scores. While tutoring for several small and large commercial test prep companies, Alexis envisioned growing his own independent educational services company run entirely by educators for the love of education. Alexis and other members of the Prepped & Polished team have traveled a collective hundred thousand miles to educate students in-person, collectively working with well over one thousand families. Described by students as supportive, patient, and enthusiastic, Alexis has helped students and adults gain confidence, maximize their academic potential, and achieve dramatically improved grades and test scores.
Alexis is a certified school guidance counselor, grades Pre K-12, and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (a US News ranked top-five Counseling Psychology program), as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Alexis also spent his junior year living in Seville, Spain through the Cornell, Pennsylvania, University of Michigan Study Abroad program. Alexis completed a two day seminar in Executive Function disorder, as well as a one day seminar in Advanced Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills, all through the Landmark School Outreach Program. Alexis regularly speaks to parents and professionals at schools and conferences across the US, including IECA and CollegeWeek Live.
Teaching Millennials at Wayland High School
Alexis is the Test Prep Expert columnist for Answers.com, and both writes articles and produces videos for his education blog, PreppedBlog. He interviews educators, mentors, and inspiring leaders on his Prepped & Polished Podcast. Alexis leads SAT Math Strategies and SAT Strategy Secrets Workshops at various local high schools, as well as administers the ACT-SAT Test Prep Selector Diagnostic and Evaluation at several college fairs.
Alexis Avila on Radio Entrepreneurs, click the image to listen in
Alexis is a member of professional organizations such as the Wayland Business Association and the University of Michigan Alumni Association (Alumni Student Recruiter); and also non-profit organizations such as Bridge over Troubled Waters, Mass Mentoring, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Community Servings. An active mentor of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America since 2003, Alexis was nominated in 2010 as one of the final five finalists for Big Brother of the Year. Alexis ran in three Boston Marathons from 2012-2014, collectively raising 15,000 dollars for two youth mentoring programs, Mass Mentoring and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Admin, Dara Curtis, BA, Keene State
Dara holds a B.A in Journalism with a minor in Speech Communications from Keene State College. After working as a Producer for NECN, Dara spend 10 years in Hotel Sales and Operations for Wyndham Hotels. After being a stay at home for 8 years, she most recently received her Real Estate License in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Dara enjoys coaching her daughters sports teams and being involved as a Girl Scout Leader for their troops.
Dara is excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Prepped and Polished and assist in the daily activities of the company.
Marketing, Jessie Steinberg, BA, SUNY Cortland
Jessie is the marketing associate with Prepped and Polished. She holds a B.A. in History and Art History with a minor in Political Science from SUNY Cortland. After college she went to work as a Paralegal both in New York and Massachusetts, where she discovered of her passion for marketing. When she is not at work you can find her cooking, crocheting, or drinking cold brew coffee.