We have known Davida Amkraut for several years, as she taught our daughters English and also guided them through the dramatic, transitional middle school years as lead teacher at the Gross Schechter Day School. It was a natural fit, then, to entrust Davida with a key piece of the college admissions preparatory work when our first daughter was ready. We were not disappointed. Our daughter’s success with the English and writing portion of her tests, as well as with her college essay, was an important ingredient in her acceptance to her top target, the University of Rochester. Davida’s ability to cut through the noise and stress and help our daughter with the ACT and SAT’s core elements in these areas was more granular than the approach offered by a traditional testing prep service. Her ability to help our student find her voice, and hone in on the college essay was equally as critical.
Davida is a gifted teacher in two particular ways. First, as a subject-matter expert, she dominates the English language. Her success and long background in developing critical thinking and technical and creative writing skills through literature is unquestioned. The proof is in the high achievement of her former students in high school, university and beyond. Davida’s second gift is her ability to simply make a sustained, deep connection with a teenager. Her street cred with high school juniors is impressive, from her use of social media to her fluency in pop culture. These tools, along with her high EQ, kept our daughter at rapt attention through an otherwise painful right-of-passage. Part technician part psychologist, Davida is built for educational intervention and college guidance counseling at this import time in a student’s journey.
David & Avril, Parent, University of Rochester