Chariot Learning offers unparalleled individualized SAT & ACT instruction, academic coaching, and subject tutoring live and in person for students from Rochester to Syracuse and live online everywhere else. Since 2009, we’ve been helping our students earn scores that amaze their parents and impress their target colleges.
Why Chariot Learning?
When you work with Chariot Learning, you can be confident that you’ll be benefiting from massive experience. Mike Bergin, our founder, is recognized nationally as a leader in test preparation. Tens of thousands of students around the United States receive instruction every year in programs he’s developed, directed, or arranged.
Our amazing team of passionate educators, which includes certified teachers and college professors, brings phenomenal test knowledge and instructional insight to every session. Another reason why Chariot Learning is different from any other organization you’ve worked with is our unique methodology, specially designed for individual instruction and focused not just on strategies but on the enduring reading, writing, and reasoning skills your teen will need to thrive in college. We couple the Chariot Learning curriculum with official practice tests to ensure that your teen has every advantage in earning his or her very best score on test day. No wonder our students tend to earn such stupendous score increases.
Our depth of experience means that we can also consult with schools and libraries to provide valuable tools and information to their students. Get in touch to find out how we might work together.
Chariot Learning was founded in 2009 in Rochester, NY by Mike Bergin, a twenty-year veteran in education. Mike started in test preparation as a teacher for Kaplan, eventually rising through the ranks to become Director of Kaplan’s White Plains center, overseeing programs across seven counties. In 2000, Huntington Learning Centers recruited Mike to revamp the company’s SAT program; over nine years as Director of Exam Prep, Mike created, among other things, Huntington’s SAT & ACT curriculum, operations, and training materials and helped manage their implementation nationally.
After so many years in retail test prep, Mike launched Chariot Learning as a response to the limitations and frustrations of most existing programs. Although we started in a new city with no contacts, families we worked with couldn’t help but rave about our powerful, highly personalized preparation. Today, our large and growing team of professional educators is thrilled to work with students, parents, and educational partners in Rochester and beyond.
Tens of thousands of students a year prep for the SAT & ACT through programs Mike Bergin created or organized. After over 20 years of intensive experience in every aspect of standardized test preparation, he knows what works in test prep and what doesn’t. Mike founded Chariot Learning in 2009 to deliver on the promise of what truly transformative, individualized education can and should be. Mike shares his thoughts about the art and science of assessment-oriented education at On Test Prep.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Mike is thrilled to be bringing his two kids up in Rochester, but brings them back to NYC often so they don’t lose their edge!
MOONLIGHTS AS: Nature writer and publisher of 10,000 Birds, the world’s favorite birding blog.
ALSO LOVES: Traveling the world and exploring new places and food; unlocking eloquence.
Patty Camloh, our first Syracuse-area tutor, uses her background in engineering and education to help students achieve their best results. She has worn many career hats, including environmental engineer, high school teacher, and counselor. Most recently, she worked for a college consulting firm and became a specialist in high school to college transition.
When she is not tutoring, Patty likes to lead her community choir and travel to visit her three children in college. Patty and her husband Bill have ridden their bikes around three finger lakes- Cayuga is next!
MOONLIGHTS AS: Community choir director and music teacher.
ALSO LOVES: Road biking, skiing, and volunteering as an advocate for the elderly
Dave Holtzman loves to help students learn. When he isn’t teaching or tutoring medical students, he enjoys teaching Chariot Learning students skills that will help them succeed after high school in addition to doing well on the ACT and SAT.
Dave is a trained neuroscientist that has been teaching at the college level for over 25 years. He received a BS in Biology from Cornell University and a PhD in Neural and Behavioral Sciences from Downstate Medical Center. Dave has taught a wide varied of subjects ranging from Animal Behavior to Neural Development and is currently teaching Immunology and Neuroscience for Oceania University of Medicine.
MOONLIGHTS AS: President and Lead Tutor for AceMedTests
ALSO LOVES: Spending time with his two wonderful daughters, traveling to tropical areas (sometimes with college students), and playing and listening to music.
Brad Kelly is an engineer, writer, and tutor with an enthusiasm for learning and a wide-ranging career. He has served as a transportation technology consultant in Idaho, an educator in the Texas jail system, a copy-editor and publisher, a solar engineer, and a tutor, among other things. He enjoys helping students overcome their challenges and gain the confidence they need to excel.
In 2013, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from the Michener Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has also lived in Colorado, Idaho, and Michigan, but now calls Rochester home.
MOONLIGHTS AS: An engineer working in renewable energy and a published fiction writer working on his next release.
AS LOVES: Traveling to new places and reading great books.
Hilarie Lloyd is a professor and tutor with a passion for teaching law, literature, college writing, and international relations at University of Rochester and Alfred State College. She loves being part of the Chariot Learning team because she likes seeing students improve their scores, open up college admissions choices, and pursue their dreams.
Hilarie grew up in Alfred, NY and attended Duke University and Cornell Law School, working as an attorney for almost a year before deciding to follow her love for teaching and academia by starting her PhD in English at University of Rochester.
After 20 years as one of New Jersey’s most successful and popular tutors and a 33-year career as an executive with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Jim has relocated to Rochester. New Jersey’s loss is Rochester’s gain as we can take advantage of the experience he has gained from preparing thousands of students for the SAT, ACT, GRE and GMAT. A graduate of Columbia University, Jim has spent decades helping students unlock their potential and enthusiastically showing them that studying for the Big Test doesn’t have to be a chore.
MOONLIGHTS AS: An automotive fleet management consultant.
ALSO LOVES: Traveling with his wife, Lisa, especially when it involves a beach or visiting their children. Favorite destinations include the Outer Banks, Captiva, and, of course, the Jersey Shore.
Kaeti Stoss combines her interest in science with her passion for education. When not teaching students, she helps develop Chariot Learning’s research-based curriculum. Kaeti loves seeing the moment when things “click” in students minds, so they can reach their academic goals.
Kaeti is a native Rochesterian who attended School of the Arts and the University of Rochester. After working as an archaeologist in New York State, she switched fields and has been with Chariot Learning since earning her teaching degree in Earth Science and Special Education at SUNY Brockport.
Finding a love for education early in life, Emily Thomas has spent the entirety of her adult life working with students from a wide range of backgrounds. Emily utilizes both her extensive years of tutoring experience and her ability to connect with youth to build quality relationships and increase student performance.
Emily is a “military brat”, calling various places home. While her family landed in Texas for her high school years, Emily soon ventured off to Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she pursued her undergraduate degree in Psychology, focusing on adolescent development. Emily then migrated to Rochester to pursue her Ph.D. in psychology with a concentration in positive youth development at the University of Rochester.
MOONLIGHTS AS: An amateur boxer (ok, maybe that’s wishful thinking).
ALSO LOVES: Music and cooking: great separately, better together
As a tutor for Chariot Learning and math professor at SUNY Geneseo, Amanda Tucker strives to inspire future generations to get excited about how fun and useful math can be! She loves working one-on-one with students and seeing them gain the curiosity, insight, and confidence needed to enjoy math. Amanda is the founder of Flower City Math Girls.
Born in Holland and raised in California, Amanda went to school at MIT and then earned her Ph.D. in math at UC San Diego. She was a post doc at the University of Rochester and has become a loyal Rochesterian.
MOONLIGHTS AS: Finger Lakes wine aficionado.
ALSO LOVES: Exploring all the wonderful vineyards and restaurants upstate New York has to offer.
With the majority of her career spent as a school counselor at Avon High School, Jennifer Zaffuts inspires and empowers students to perform as their best selves. Jennifer created Begin from Within to provide personalized, private assistance for students and families in the navigation of the college planning and application process. She also serves as Chariot Learning’s Performance Coach.
Jennifer received a B.A. in both Spanish and Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, followed by a M.S. Ed. in Counselor Education (School Counseling) from SUNY Brockport. Additionally, Jennifer is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
MOONLIGHTS AS: Wife and mom, College Planning Counselor, and yoga teacher.
ALSO LOVES: Being active and outdoors, practicing yoga, and visiting upstate NY’s beauty, from waterfalls to farmers markets!