Erika is a California native who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked as a health educator for two years and gave lectures on various health topics. She has been tutoring and teaching the SAT verbal section, along with many other subjects, since 2008. She has been coaching college entrance essays since 2010. She has worked at several prestigious SAT and college prep academies, the most notable being College BluePrint and Elite Educational Institute, where she was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2013. She is a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors) and is an enthusiastic attendee of their annual conference. She has experience with students from a wide range of backgrounds, ages and learning abilities. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and swing dancing.
Joanne earned a Bachelors of Arts at Carleton College, Masters at Harvard University and Juris Doctorate at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a member of the New York State Bar and has over 18 years experience in financial services. Joanne has mentored many new graduates who are just starting their career and has recently expanded her coaching to support high school students and their families as they transition into young adults on their way to college. As an immigrant from South Korea herself, Joanne realized that many students and their parents need advice as they are unfamiliar with navigating the college application process. She hopes to make a difference in students’ lives by providing thoughtful and practical guidance while they are making the first big decision of their adult lives.