Leadership

Alexis Avila - Prepped and Polished

Alexis Avila
Founder/CEO

MA, Cert. in Guidance Pre K-12 alexis@preppedandpolished.com

About Alexis

Frequently quoted by U.S. News & World Report, Alexis founded Prepped and Polished to help elementary, secondary, college-level, and adult students maximize their comprehension and overall growth in a variety of subjects. While tutoring for several small and large commercial test prep companies, Alexis envisioned founding his own independent educational service run entirely by educators whose passion for education acted as the primary driving force behind its pedagogy.

Alexis and other members of the Prepped and Polished team have collectively traveled one hundred thousand miles to educate students in person, working with well over a thousand families. Described by students as engaging and effective, Prepped and Polished’s teaching philosophy has helped students of all ages gain confidence, maximize their academic potential, and achieve dramatically improved grades and test scores.

Described by students as supportive and patient, as well as enthusiastic, Alexis has helped students and adults gain confidence, maximize academic potential, and achieve dramatically improved grades and test scores. Alexis’s desire to better understand his students and meet their needs is central to his working philosophy, which can be seen in a long-time client’s description of him:

“I have known Alexis personally as well as professionally for over 25 years. Since we met at the University of Michigan until now with my daughter receiving tutoring from his company, Alexis has always approached life with a great drive for success, empathy and compassion for others as well as enthusiasm to find the joy and humor in whatever he does.  With these attributes and outlook coupled with his pride for his Puerto Rican family and traditions, Alexis has always looked for and drawn to him a diverse group of individuals in his life. Through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, he has served as a big brother to a young man from Cape Verde for over 20 years, becoming close enough to consider him family. In college, Alexis tutored students at the local middle school. This passion to help young persons evolved into his successful business which has not only tutored thousands of kids but also employed many tutors and grown into a global platform that brings together experts to help students and families cope with countless issues that remain unaddressed or ignored. He is a shining example of how one can have great business and personal success and also have a tremendous impact to the community.”

Alexis is a certified school guidance counselor for grades Pre-K through 12th with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Film from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; furthermore, he acquired a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (a US News ranked top-five Counseling Psychology program). He also spent his junior year living in Seville, Spain through the Cornell, Pennsylvania, University of Michigan study abroad program. He completed a two-day seminar in Executive Function disorder, a one-day seminar on Advanced Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills, and even a 15-hour online course in Study Skills: Strategies to Support Executive Function all through the Landmark School Outreach Program in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Alexis regularly gives speeches regarding tutoring, test preparation, and student learning challenges to parents and professionals at schools and conferences across the U.S. These schools/conferences include, but are not limited to, the SEPAC organizations in Dover, Sudbury, and Wayland, MA; the IECA; CollegeWeek Live; the National Test Prep Association (NTPA); and the BIPOC Business Owner’s Panel presented by the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Alexis also writes and produces videos for his educational blog and podcast, which has over 300 videos and 1 million views/listens.

Some notable guests who appeared on the Prepped and Polished podcast include ex-NBA player and motivational speaker Chris Herron as well as the New York Times Best Selling Author and frequent CNN guest Frank Bruni. Alexis leads SAT Math Strategies and SAT Strategy Secrets Workshops at various local
high schools while also administering the ACT-SAT Test Prep Selector Diagnostic and Evaluation at several college fairs.

A Dedicated Tutor and Leader

Alexis is a member of professional organizations such as the University of Michigan Alumni Association (Alumni Student Recruiter), the Wellesley Community Children’s Center (Board of Directors), the Charles River MetroWest Chamber of Commerce (Scholarship Committee), the National Test Prep Association (NTPA), and also non-profit organizations such as Bridge over Troubled Waters, Mass Mentoring, Community Servings, and Recovery Works. He has been an active member of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America since 2003 and 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. In 2020 and 2023, Alexis was honored to be named one of the 50 most influential business people of color in the Charles River MetroWest Region of Massachusetts.

Director of tutoring Prepped and Polished

Aaron C.
Director, Test Preparation

MA, Boston University aaron@preppedandpolished.com

About Aaron

As Director of Test Preparation at Prepped and Polished, Aaron has developed a teaching approach from over 10 years of dedicated work with a history of maximizing test scores (standardized and classwork) and ensuring academic success. He is also passionate about building accessible learning through one-on-one counseling and development. In this role, Aaron not only works with students, but also manages Team Prepped and coordinates with students and their families.

He trains and develops tutors to maintain the highest levels of excellence in tutoring. Aaron holds a B.A in History from the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities and an M.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Boston University. He also worked in Minneapolis, MN as a high school coach for AmeriCorps’s College Possible.

Aaron currently lives on the North Shore with his wife and two sons, exploring the beaches of New England, learning historical and movie trivia, and enjoying life as a dad.

Boston tutor

Jacqueline O.
Director, Executive Function Coaching

MA, Boston College josterdahl@preppedandpolished.com

About Jacqueline

Jacqueline has been working in academics for over 8 years both in the classroom and through one-on-one instruction. As the Director of Executive Function Coaching, Jacqueline empowers students by recognizing and addressing their specific needs. She accomplishes this by allowing students to dictate the most effective learning style for them, leading students to become more engaged in the educational process . Since completing the online course “Study Skills: Strategies to Support Executive Function” through the Landmark School Outreach Program in Beverly, Massachusetts, Jacqueline has developed an Executive Function training program here at Prepped and Polished.

She wrote and constructed our workbooks on Executive Function, which guides students through a set of modules that address each component of the learning process from organizing workspace and materials to planning and following through on academic assignments. Our program establishes foundational organization and study skills, implementing individualized learning methods to address and support specific clusters of executive function.

Alongside her weekly sessions, Jacqueline trains new tutors, helping them translate their unique skillsets to targeted, one-on-one teaching environments. Jacqueline graduated with honors from the University of Vermont in 2013, earning a Bachelor’s degree in History and English, and went on to complete a Master’s degree in English literature from Boston College in 2016. She currently lives in Boxborough with her partner and daughter, where she enjoys hiking with her dogs and writing poetry.

Boston tutor

Stacie R.
Admissions Specialist

MA, School Counseling sross@preppedandpolished.com

About Stacie

Stacie has over 15 years of experience working with high school students as a guidance counselor. She values relationship building with students and working with them individually. She has a focus on leading students to develop self-actualizing questions that push them to look inward at their own individual values and interests, so they feel empowered in their decision making. She sees the future planning process and college searches to be an invaluable opportunity for young people to begin learning skills they will utilize in their adult lives as they begin exploring careers and their own life pursuits.

Stacie brings into her work her appreciation for Mindfulness and Growth Mindset practices. She has studied and practiced yoga for 20 years which has included 200 Teacher Trainings along with many workshops and retreats.

Prior to becoming a guidance counselor, Stacie worked in radio and tv news while studying architecture and design. She has an Associates in Architectural Technology from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelors in Communications from SUNY Oswego, and a Master’s in School Counseling from Suffolk University. Stacie is originally from Central New York – the Finger Lakes Region – and has been in the Boston area since the early 2000’s. She loves being outside, walking, reading, swimming, design projects, and being with her two goofy German Shepherd dogs.

Tracy S. Assistant to CEO

Tracy S.
Office Director

tstewart@preppedandpolished.com

About Tracy

Tracy joined Prepped and Polished as an experienced Office Director.  She brings with her a 23-year career working across the Middle East and UK. She was an EA for a major Management Consultancy company, and also worked as an Office Manager for 2 startups. Tracy and her family moved to the USA in 2011, bringing her extensive knowledge and experience with her. She lives in MetroWest and is also a keen gardener. Furthermore, Tracy is an avid cook and enjoys hiking with her husband and dog.

Diane F.
Creative Specialist

About Diane

Diane is a graphic designer and illustrator who has worked with many small businesses and organizations to establish and support their visual identities. She earned her BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, and her portfolio includes a broad spectrum of marketing and promotional materials, as well as the development of custom invitations and stationery.

While she enjoys running, hiking, and watching true crime documentaries, Diane is happiest when spending time at Lake Winnisquam and wandering southern Maine beaches with her family. She especially loves cheering on her children during their many extra-curricular activities.

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