John Moscatiello has been a teacher, tutor, and author for the past 17 years. His career began at the Princeton Review, where he taught the SAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, AP Exams, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT Verbal, and TOEFL. John has trained hundreds of teachers, written content for 13 test preparation books, and worked as a college admissions consultant. He starred in more than 200 educational videos for the Princeton Review’s SAT, ACT, and GRE self-paced courses. John’s academic career began as a Spanish major at NYU, where he used AP credits to graduate a full year early. He then pursued graduate degrees in history from Fordham and Notre Dame, where he taught undergraduate students. He was a Fulbright scholar to Spain in 2012. John’s academic work has been published in both English and Spanish.
Akil Bello is an educator, speaker, entrepreneur, and nationally renowned expert at teaching people how to distinguish between A, B, C and D. Going on his third decade in the shadow education industry, he has developed dozens of admissions and test preparation programs, trained hundreds of teachers, and helped thousands of students prepare for standardized tests from the APGAR to the LSAT.
Described as a refreshing mix of brilliance and foolishness, Akil is a public intellectual who combines deep research with a sardonic wit to inform the public about issues of testing, equity, and educational access. He’s been featured in national newspapers, at conference keynotes, in front of the movie camera, on the computer screen, and even on your mobile phone, where his legendary Twitter pseudonyms and hatereads have earned him thousands of followers (or bots).
After selling Bell Curves, a socially responsible test preparation company he founded with his brother, Akil served as the Director of Equity and Access for The Princeton Review, where he continued to work to increase access to education for disadvantaged communities. In his current full-time job as Senior Director of Advocacy and Advancement at Fairtest, Akil works to end his more lucrative part-time job as a highly paid test prep tutor. Akil lives in the birthplace of hip-hop with his wife, two sons, and internet daughter, Enid. Akil graduated with a degree in Architecture from THE Hillman College.
Alayna Vernon is the daughter of a college professor and middle school math teacher, so it is no surprise that Alayna has chosen to be involved in the education industry. Alayna has been a tutor for the past 14 years and an instructor for the past 5, specializing in math, science, and language arts subjects for high school students. In her senior year at the University of South Florida, Alayna was invited to teach at the Princeton Review, where she taught test preparation for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, AP Exams, SSAT, GRE, and GMAT. Alayna has also been seen on-screen as a life-style model for the last 10 years and enjoys marrying this passion with that of teaching. Alayna brings her love for her students and her perspective as a mother of four with her every moment that she teaches, whether it is in the classroom or on the set of Marco Learning.