Foley prep Team 

History

Ron Foley opened his first office in Watchung in 2006. When Steve - Ron's college buddy - joined in, they co-founded the newer, bigger Warren Hub in 2013 that we expanded in 2014. Our students' success is our success, and we will continue to expand and conquer all of New Jersey by opening unique places of inspiration, the Foley Prep Hubs. 

Foley Prep has the perfect team. They are super smart, funny and give me and my parents great advice. Simply put, I vibe with everyone there.
— Will P., Ridge HS Class of 2017, Dartmouth Class of 2021

Professor Foley was inspired to become a tutor at an early age by his SAT tutor, the late Myles Bass, who was a Wharton Professor and all-around great guy. Ron taught for The Princeton Review when he was in college, then spent a decade working for Kaplan and The Princeton Review (when they used to be good companies to work for).  He then went deep into the classroom, teaching Multivariable Calculus, Geometry, and Algebra 1 at Watchung Hills High School for two years before earning his tenure as Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College. 

Over the years, our teachers have built up relationships with families throughout New Jersey and we look forward to cultivating the same kind of deep, caring relationships as we grow into the future.

Philosophy

Students learn better in the distraction-free, relaxed environment of our learning centers that are similar to their school environments in which they will take tests. Studies have shown that students do better when they are conditioned to learning and testing in similar settings.

Above all else, students need to be at ease. A growth mindset can be taught. The world isn't getting simpler, but basic, time-tested methods are available to help students learn how to learn. Learning accelerates when we can consciously "fold back" to prior knowledge while filling holes to build skills. Students and teachers should be free to use their natural language, which, to some, is mere "street talk," but to most kids this is an essential part of igniting their higher reasoning abilities. 

Good writing rocks. Learning how to write well is extremely important and unfortunately kids are not asked to revise their writing enough. 

Funny helps. But forced funny sucks. Every kid is different; we don't do canned jokes. We keep it fresh, but not overly fresh.

Test Prep is worthwhile, but many people go overboard. Take the extra hundred hours you might spend on test prep and learn to ride a horse, get a job, or immerse yourself in a project. Colleges value those things more than the extra 50 points that might result from too much test prep.

Getting into college is just the start. Kids need to be careful about debt and what they are majoring in. This is not a major worry for most of our tutoring students. Nevertheless, we help students make smart, practical long-term decisions in the fast-changing education market.

Ron - Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer Ron passed his qualifying exam in Fall 2016. He is now officially a Doctoral Candidate. While he is still very active as a college consultant, speaker, and Foley Prep Pro, he is enjoying a year-long sabbatical from his tenured professor of mathematics post at his college in order to complete his doctoral dissertation by May 2018. Ron grew up in leafy, lovely, and boring Haddonfield, NJ. He has always thought that his SAT tutor, Myles Bass, had the best job ever. Ron got 770M, 760V on his SAT, which got him into the Rutgers Honors Program on full scholarship. While studying Art and Art History in college, he tutored for The Princeton Review, then served as Director of Kaplan Centers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City before going back to work for The Princeton Review, where he was the college admissions expert in the Admissions and Publishing Division. He has an M.S. in Pure Mathematics and is certified K-12 Math teacher who taught Multivariable Calculus (among other subjects) during his two years at Watchung Hills Regional High School. In 2014 he was tenured and promoted to Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College. He has loved his more than 30,000 hours of teaching teachers and students. After many years of driving, train-ing, and flying to family homes across the country, Ron opened his first Foley Prep office in Watchung in 2006. With Steve's help, Foley Prep then moved to its 9-classroom space in Warren in 2013. In 2017 we expanded and split our Red Bank Hub into the Bell Works Building in Holmdel and also Fair Haven Commons in Fair Haven.

Ron - Co-Founder and Chief Education Officer

Ron passed his qualifying exam in Fall 2016. He is now officially a Doctoral Candidate. While he is still very active as a college consultant, speaker, and Foley Prep Pro, he is enjoying a year-long sabbatical from his tenured professor of mathematics post at his college in order to complete his doctoral dissertation by May 2018.

Ron grew up in leafy, lovely, and boring Haddonfield, NJ. He has always thought that his SAT tutor, Myles Bass, had the best job ever. Ron got 770M, 760V on his SAT, which got him into the Rutgers Honors Program on full scholarship. While studying Art and Art History in college, he tutored for The Princeton Review, then served as Director of Kaplan Centers in San Francisco, Philadelphia, and New York City before going back to work for The Princeton Review, where he was the college admissions expert in the Admissions and Publishing Division. He has an M.S. in Pure Mathematics and is certified K-12 Math teacher who taught Multivariable Calculus (among other subjects) during his two years at Watchung Hills Regional High School. In 2014 he was tenured and promoted to Professor of Mathematics at Middlesex County College. He has loved his more than 30,000 hours of teaching teachers and students.

After many years of driving, train-ing, and flying to family homes across the country, Ron opened his first Foley Prep office in Watchung in 2006. With Steve's help, Foley Prep then moved to its 9-classroom space in Warren in 2013. In 2017 we expanded and split our Red Bank Hub into the Bell Works Building in Holmdel and also Fair Haven Commons in Fair Haven.

Steve - Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Steve grew up in southern New Jersey. While attending the Rutgers Honors Program, he had the misfortune to become friends with Ron. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked on a securities trading floor and attended NYU's Stern School of Business. He received an MBA in Finance and Statistics and moved to southern California, where he managed investment portfolios for professional athletes and worked in quantitative finance. After twelve years in Southern California, he moved back to New Jersey because he missed gray winters, mosquito-infested summers, and aggressive ticketing of minor traffic violations. Oh yeah, he also came back to help Ron expand Foley Prep.

Steve - Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Steve grew up in southern New Jersey. While attending the Rutgers Honors Program, he had the misfortune to become friends with Ron. After earning his undergraduate degree, he worked on a securities trading floor and attended NYU's Stern School of Business. He received an MBA in Finance and Statistics and moved to southern California, where he managed investment portfolios for professional athletes and worked in quantitative finance. After twelve years in Southern California, he moved back to New Jersey because he missed gray winters, mosquito-infested summers, and aggressive ticketing of minor traffic violations. Oh yeah, he also came back to help Ron expand Foley Prep.

 
Melinda - Foley Prep Pro Melinda hails from Keyport, NJ. She is a proud graduate of the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, NJ, after which she attended Stockton University where she was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has been teaching test prep ever since she finished her Master's in Secondary English Education at Monmouth University. She is a life-long member of the grammar police, and a fervent Harry Potter and Doctor Who enthusiast. In her spare time she enjoys knitting while marathoning Netflix and training her cats to perform daring acrobatics.  

Melinda - Foley Prep Pro

Melinda hails from Keyport, NJ. She is a proud graduate of the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, NJ, after which she attended Stockton University where she was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society) and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has been teaching test prep ever since she finished her Master's in Secondary English Education at Monmouth University. She is a life-long member of the grammar police, and a fervent Harry Potter and Doctor Who enthusiast. In her spare time she enjoys knitting while marathoning Netflix and training her cats to perform daring acrobatics.

 

Patty - Foley Prep Pro Patty has been a mathematics teacher and tutor in New Jersey for over 25 years, and has additional experience in educational consulting, publishing, and technology, professional development, research, and test prep. At Bank Regional High School (Go, Bucs!) she was named Teacher of the Year. She earned honors from both Teachers College, Columbia University and Montclair State University (BS in Mathematics, Governors Teaching Scholar). She sojourned at PBS Thirteen WNET and The Princeton Review. Although Patty has explored various careers in the education field, tutoring/teaching is her true calling. Patty is known as an excellent math teacher yet disarms kids with her unrelenting humor and various, kid-like interests.

Patty - Foley Prep Pro

Patty has been a mathematics teacher and tutor in New Jersey for over 25 years, and has additional experience in educational consulting, publishing, and technology, professional development, research, and test prep. At Bank Regional High School (Go, Bucs!) she was named Teacher of the Year. She earned honors from both Teachers College, Columbia University and Montclair State University (BS in Mathematics, Governors Teaching Scholar). She sojourned at PBS Thirteen WNET and The Princeton Review. Although Patty has explored various careers in the education field, tutoring/teaching is her true calling. Patty is known as an excellent math teacher yet disarms kids with her unrelenting humor and various, kid-like interests.

Liam - Foley Prep Pro & Director of Online Tutoring Liam has been a Foley Prep Pro since December 2016 and joined our full time faculty as soon as he earned his degree in computer engineering in May 2017. Ron has known Liam for three years but only recently learned that 1) Liam was the lead singer in a band, 2) was captain of his soccer, swimming, and track teams and 3) has been programming since he was eight years old. Even before hearing that, Ron thought of Liam as one of the smartest, most natural teachers that he's ever eavesdropped on and obvserved. (Yes Ron eavesdrops on teachers who work for him, this is part of the deal working at Foley Prep). 

Liam - Foley Prep Pro & Director of Online Tutoring

Liam has been a Foley Prep Pro since December 2016 and joined our full time faculty as soon as he earned his degree in computer engineering in May 2017. Ron has known Liam for three years but only recently learned that 1) Liam was the lead singer in a band, 2) was captain of his soccer, swimming, and track teams and 3) has been programming since he was eight years old. Even before hearing that, Ron thought of Liam as one of the smartest, most natural teachers that he's ever eavesdropped on and obvserved. (Yes Ron eavesdrops on teachers who work for him, this is part of the deal working at Foley Prep). 

Jordan - Foley Prep Pro Jordan was born and raised in Middletown, NJ and grew up playing sports and volunteering in her local community. She stayed in the beautiful Garden State to study Mathematics at The College of New Jersey and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Passionate about helping others and math, she found that tutoring was an outlet where both interests could be combined. Working at TCNJ’s Tutoring Center was a great experience and she is very thankful that she can continue this type of work with Foley Prep. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, spending time with loved ones, and listening to music. She also loves pizza and hopes to document all her pizza related adventures in a blog coming soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Jordan - Foley Prep Pro

Jordan was born and raised in Middletown, NJ and grew up playing sports and volunteering in her local community. She stayed in the beautiful Garden State to study Mathematics at The College of New Jersey and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Passionate about helping others and math, she found that tutoring was an outlet where both interests could be combined. Working at TCNJ’s Tutoring Center was a great experience and she is very thankful that she can continue this type of work with Foley Prep. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, spending time with loved ones, and listening to music. She also loves pizza and hopes to document all her pizza related adventures in a blog coming soon. Stay tuned for updates.

Dr. Benji - Foley Prep Pro While Benji was originally born in Santa Monica, California, his family's work has taken him to a variety of locations including Montana, Washington State, Chicago, and Arizona. Benji did his undergraduate work at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in American History and Religious Studies. He then went on to Yale University for a Masters degree in American Religious History. Benji completed his educational journey by graduating with a PhD from Drew University in 2016. Benji has been teaching test prep for the better part of a decade in both Northern and Central New Jersey as well as in New York City and Brooklyn. In his spare time, Benji likes to listen to music, watch TV, and write for a variety of online, scholarly venues including the Marginalia Review of Books and The Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Benji - Foley Prep Pro

While Benji was originally born in Santa Monica, California, his family's work has taken him to a variety of locations including Montana, Washington State, Chicago, and Arizona. Benji did his undergraduate work at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in American History and Religious Studies. He then went on to Yale University for a Masters degree in American Religious History. Benji completed his educational journey by graduating with a PhD from Drew University in 2016. Benji has been teaching test prep for the better part of a decade in both Northern and Central New Jersey as well as in New York City and Brooklyn. In his spare time, Benji likes to listen to music, watch TV, and write for a variety of online, scholarly venues including the Marginalia Review of Books and The Martin Marty Center at the University of Chicago.

Josh - Foley Prep Pro Josh grew up in exotic Warren, NJ. He graduated The Johns Hopkins University in 3 years with Honors and a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He recently scored in the 100th percentile on his MCAT, and will be entering medical school in the summer of 2018. While not studying, Josh could be found either working out, eating cereal (at 2am), or editing articles for campus publications. He has been a tutor since middle school, and has worked closely with students with learning disabilities. In his spare time, Josh enjoys reading and writing fiction, as well as more normal things like sports.

Josh - Foley Prep Pro

Josh grew up in exotic Warren, NJ. He graduated The Johns Hopkins University in 3 years with Honors and a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He recently scored in the 100th percentile on his MCAT, and will be entering medical school in the summer of 2018. While not studying, Josh could be found either working out, eating cereal (at 2am), or editing articles for campus publications. He has been a tutor since middle school, and has worked closely with students with learning disabilities. In his spare time, Josh enjoys reading and writing fiction, as well as more normal things like sports.

Henry - Foley Pro in training Henry mans our front desk. He wasn't terribly good at making waffles when he came to us, but he has since been expertly trained. He's currently in his 3rd year at Rutgers University. He scored 35 on his ACT and will become a Foley Prep Pro Forever one day. 

Henry - Foley Pro in training

Henry mans our front desk. He wasn't terribly good at making waffles when he came to us, but he has since been expertly trained. He's currently in his 3rd year at Rutgers University. He scored 35 on his ACT and will become a Foley Prep Pro Forever one day. 

Brian - Foley Prep Pro Brian grew up in nice quiet little beach community of Manasquan, NJ. On scholarship at Rutgers University, he took his undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology. Then he migrated to the TCNJ campus where he achieved his masters in education, completing internships in Lawrenceville and Manville school districts. A certified K-12 Math teacher specializing in secondary mathematics, Brian taught at Watchung Hills for three years and has spent countless hours tutoring students in academic math and test preparation. When not helping students ace their math tests at Foley Prep, he can be found playing chess, scrabble, and card games, avidly watching Mets baseball, and traveling the country following his favorite musicians.

Brian - Foley Prep Pro

Brian grew up in nice quiet little beach community of Manasquan, NJ. On scholarship at Rutgers University, he took his undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology. Then he migrated to the TCNJ campus where he achieved his masters in education, completing internships in Lawrenceville and Manville school districts. A certified K-12 Math teacher specializing in secondary mathematics, Brian taught at Watchung Hills for three years and has spent countless hours tutoring students in academic math and test preparation. When not helping students ace their math tests at Foley Prep, he can be found playing chess, scrabble, and card games, avidly watching Mets baseball, and traveling the country following his favorite musicians.

Sarbmeet - Foley Prep Pro He got his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from CalTech and studied under Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman. After a career in industry, Sarbmeet returned to his love of teaching and won the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award at Brookdale Community College. He loves tutoring physics at all levels and traveled to see the total solar eclipse with his wife, Dr. Kanwal, who is also a Foley Pro.  

Sarbmeet - Foley Prep Pro

He got his PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from CalTech and studied under Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman. After a career in industry, Sarbmeet returned to his love of teaching and won the Outstanding Adjunct Professor Award at Brookdale Community College. He loves tutoring physics at all levels and traveled to see the total solar eclipse with his wife, Dr. Kanwal, who is also a Foley Pro.

 

Trevor - Foley Prep Pro Trevor grew up in Warren, NJ. He studied math and linguistics at Bucknell University, and will be working as a computer scientist in the Maryland/D.C. area. At Bucknell, Trevor enjoyed private tutoring and leading larger study groups for math classes ranging from PreCalculus up to Linear Algebra. Wanting to continue with tutoring, Trevor makes his return to Foley Prep, where he was once just a humble student.

Trevor - Foley Prep Pro

Trevor grew up in Warren, NJ. He studied math and linguistics at Bucknell University, and will be working as a computer scientist in the Maryland/D.C. area. At Bucknell, Trevor enjoyed private tutoring and leading larger study groups for math classes ranging from PreCalculus up to Linear Algebra. Wanting to continue with tutoring, Trevor makes his return to Foley Prep, where he was once just a humble student.

Virender- Foley Prep Pro Dr. Kanwal is Ron's colleague at Middlesex County College, where she has tenure as Professor of Biology. She has her PhD in Biology and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Ron and Dr. Kanwal see each other regularly on the MCC campus, especially during faculty-student mixers where it is obvious that Dr. Kanwal's students adore her.

Virender- Foley Prep Pro

Dr. Kanwal is Ron's colleague at Middlesex County College, where she has tenure as Professor of Biology. She has her PhD in Biology and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Ron and Dr. Kanwal see each other regularly on the MCC campus, especially during faculty-student mixers where it is obvious that Dr. Kanwal's students adore her.

Mike - Foley Prep Pro Mike and Ron have been friends for almost 15 years. While Mike edits down his amazing profile, let's just say that most people in Somerset County already know Mike. He wears a suit by day ... under that suit is a teacher who was awarded "Teacher of the Year" twice and has written books on AP Chemistry and AP Biology. His real love is reading and grammar, however, so don't be fooled. 

Mike - Foley Prep Pro

Mike and Ron have been friends for almost 15 years. While Mike edits down his amazing profile, let's just say that most people in Somerset County already know Mike. He wears a suit by day ... under that suit is a teacher who was awarded "Teacher of the Year" twice and has written books on AP Chemistry and AP Biology. His real love is reading and grammar, however, so don't be fooled. 

Rachel - HR Specialist/Admin Born and raised in East Brunswick, NJ, Rachel is the newest member of our Foley Prep team. She has recently graduated from Rider University, and has found a love for the human resources and administrative work she does. When not working, she enjoys cooking new recipes, petting her rescue cat, and reading

Rachel - HR Specialist/Admin

Born and raised in East Brunswick, NJ, Rachel is the newest member of our Foley Prep team. She has recently graduated from Rider University, and has found a love for the human resources and administrative work she does. When not working, she enjoys cooking new recipes, petting her rescue cat, and reading