Meet Team Prepped

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Alexis Avila Prepped and Polished Tutoring

Alexis Avila, Founder/CEO

MA, Cert. in Guidance Pre K-12

About Alexis

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 on Advanced Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills, all through the Landmark School Outreach Program. Alexis regularly speaks nationally about tutoring, test preparation, and students with learning challenges to parents and professionals at schools and conferences across the US, including SEPAC organizations in Dover, Sudbury, and Wayland, MA, as well as the IECA and CollegeWeek Live.

Alexis is the Test Prep Expert columnist for, and both writes and produces videos for his educational blog, which has over 300 videos and podcasts. He interviews educators, mentors, and inspiring leaders on his Prepped and 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 is a member of professional organizations such as 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 member 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.

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Dara Curtis, Admin

BA, Keene State

About Dara

Dara holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Speech Communications from Keene College. After working as a Producer for NECN, Dara spent 10 years in Hotel Sales and Operations for Wyndham Hotels. After being a stay at home mom 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.

Jessie Steinberg, Marketing

BA, SUNY Cortland

About Jessie

Jessie is the marketing associate with Prepped & Polished. She holds a B.A. in History and Art History with a minor in Political Science from SUNY Cortland. After college she worked as a paralegal both in New York and Massachusetts, where she discovered her passion for marketing.

When she is not at work you can find her cooking, crocheting, or drinking cold brew coffee.


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