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The SIMON Test Prep Team

Amy Simon, Founder and President

Amy_Low-Res_HeadshotAmy Simon has spent nearly 20 years in the field of education as a high school teacher and private college consultant on Chicago’s North Shore. As the founder of Amy Simon College Consulting, Inc., Amy continues to advise hundreds of families on how to maximize their high school student’s chances for admission into the college of their choice and then guides them through the admissions cycle. Amy is passionate about helping students maximize their future educational opportunities and realizes the critical role the ACT plays in this process.

It is this devotion to student success, combined with her expertise as an educator and college consultant, which motivated Amy to found SIMON Test Prep. Amy has extensive knowledge regarding the curricular and pedagogic aspects of ACT test preparation, and also a genuine understanding of the needs of high school students as they approach their college experience. Amy’s professional philosophy of valuing each student as an individual forms the basis of the SIMON Test Prep model, ensuring all students an ACT program responsive and adaptive to their specific needs.

Amy graduated as Valedictorian from the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. Amy was a William Chandler Bagley Scholar, a James Scholar, and a Bronze Tablet graduate, and was named the Kappa Delta Pi Outstanding Senior in Teacher Education. Amy also has a Master of Arts in History from DePaul University, conferred with highest honors.

Glenn Simon, Founder and Vice-President

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Glenn is a veteran high school teacher and Associate Principal whose oversight of SIMON Test Prep ensures that students’ ACT tutoring experiences are of unparalleled quality, whether delivered in a one-to-one setting, in a small group, or provided remotely at a local high school or community center.

For thirteen years as a high school teacher and administrator, Glenn’s passion has been to diagnose his students’ skill deficits and to provide targeted, personalized strategies to help young people achieve and surpass their academic goals. In his most recent professional experience, Glenn improved and expanded the ACT and Advanced Placement programs in a high school serving 2,000 college-bound students. Glenn utilizes his knowledge of curriculum and instruction, and his experience with teacher training, to ensure that our SIMON Test Prep students receive the highest quality ACT tutoring experience.

Glenn brings to SIMON TEST PREP a comprehensive understanding of the ACT testing framework and the role standardized assessments play in the college admission process. He has served as an item developer for ACT, Inc., and has also worked extensively with adult learners as an Adjunct Professor of Secondary Education at National-Louis University.

Glenn earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern University School of Law. After a brief legal career in Chicago, Glenn returned to Northwestern to earn his Master of Science in Education and Social Policy, and obtained a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Roosevelt University.

Paul Haack, Executive Director

Paul applies his managerial expertise to SIMON Test Prep in order to ensure each of our clients the highest level of customer service and logistical support. Paul has an in-depth understanding of the ACT test preparation process and has been instrumental in helping to develop and oversee the SIMON Test Prep model from the very start. He uses this knowledge to help our team create and carry out a targeted, individualized tutoring program for each student.

Paul leads our office team in making certain that each student’s ACT test prep experience is impeccably organized and skilfully executed. He continually creates innovative systems to take our capabilities to the next level, while providing critical logistical support to all SIMON Test Prep team members and clients.

Paul has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Northern Illinois University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in the Honors Program. Prior to joining SIMON Test Prep, Paul began his work in the field of education as a recruiter for Westwood Technical College. For 10 years he served as a year-round member of the Leadership Team at Banner Day Camp as the Transportation Director and Summer Office Manager.

Paul is dedicated to using his management and communication skills to make certain that SIMON Test Prep adheres to the highest professional standards of service and productivity.

Laura Lew, Executive Administrator

Laura’s commitment to providing professional, ongoing, and responsive communication with our SIMON Test Prep families is instrumental to the smooth functioning of our program. Laura is responsible for two of the most complicated jobs on our office team: scheduling and billing. She brings the highest level of commitment and dedication to these critical logistical functions, making certain we take the best care of our families.

Laura has over twenty years of experience as a bookkeeper and customer service representative at a variety of companies including Simplesse, UreSil, Consumer Surveys, Digital Currency Systems, Imada, Financial Clearings, and Data Managers. She earned a degree in Sociology from the University of Iowa.

Laura’s superior organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach to bookkeeping, scheduling, and her many office responsibilities are essential to the efficiency of the SIMON Test Prep office.

Lisa Aronson, Project Manager

Lisa has over twenty-five years of leadership experience teaching and mentoring young adults in educational and recreational settings. She brings her passion for providing young people with exceptional opportunities for success to her work with SIMON Test Prep.

Lisa advances the SIMON Test Prep mission by offering critical support on our office staff and customer communications teams. Her commitment to client satisfaction, and her impeccable organization and project management skills, allow SIMON Test Prep give all of our clients the attention and highly professional experience they deserve.

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois and a Master’s in Elementary Education from National-Louis University. She taught second grade for seven years at Romona School in Wilmette and has served on the Leadership Team at Banner Day Camp for a total of 20 years.

Lisa’s effusive energy and commitment to 100% customer satisfaction help to create an exceptional ACT test prep experience for each client.

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