Brad Harris

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brad@monumentcitytutoring.com

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Brad is a Co-Founder of Mounument City Tutoring. He is a professional test prep tutor and high school classroom teacher. He holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in Political Science and Theatre/Film and a dual M.A. from New York University in Social Studies Education and Theatre Education. He has taught English, History, Political Science, and Theatre courses at the middle and high school level.

Brad has worked for over a decade in the field of test prep, from international corporations to premier boutique services. He has also worked with students on both ends of the admissions process in the non-profit sector and as member of the admissions office of his alma mater. Brad's students achieve an average gain of 28 percentile points on the SAT & ACT.

Brad's Subjects:

  • SAT math & reading sections

  • SSAT/ISEE

  • GRE

  • AP/SAT II US History

  • AP/SAT II World History

  • AP/SAT II European History

  • AP/SAT II English Lit/Lang

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Essay Writing

  • Executive Function Coach


It was Brad who, after working with [our son] for a few weeks, detected a learning disability. He caught nuances that had eluded 10 years of teachers in a small private school as well as very involved parents. He helped my son develop a set of strategies to take the tests and his scores improved immediately.
— Robert, SAT prep parent

Amy Purtill

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amy@monumentcitytutoring.com

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Amy is an administrator and high school classroom teacher. She holds a B.A. in History and M.A. in Modern European Studies from Columbia University. She has taught English, French, English as a Second Language, and History at the high school level.

Amy's Subjects

  • SAT/ACT reading & writing

  • SSAT/ISEE reading

  • GRE reading

  • AP/SAT II US History

  • AP/SAT II European History

  • AP/SAT II English Lit/Lang

  • IB English

  • IB History

  • Essay Writing

  • Executive Function Coach


Thank you again for the tremendous work you did with my son to improve his ACT Reading score. His overall ACT went from a 32 to a 34 largely driven by an 8 point increase in the reading section.
— Gilman Parent

Cooper Sutton

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Cooper is a professional data analyst for a national healthy housing nonprofit located in Baltimore, MD. He attended Bucknell University where he studied Mathematics and English Literature. While at Bucknell, Cooper’s studies in mathematics focused primarily, though not exclusively, on calculus and algebra theory. His English Literature course-load covered a wide array of the English canon, culminating in a thesis written on the role of nostalgia in modernist poetry. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the school’s student newspaper, The Bucknellian.

Cooper's Subjects:

  • SAT math & reading sections

  • AP Calculus

  • Precalculus

  • Geometry

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • English Lit

  • Essay Writing


Good news! Just wanted you all to know that she beat her goal score by 50 points!!! We are so excited and can’t thank you ALL enough. Cooper, you were just great and really helped her so much.
— Notre Dame Prep Parent

Ashley Pitt

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Ashley is a test prep tutor and as well as a biology teacher. She holds a B.S. from Florida State University in Biochemistry and Psychology. She has taught prep courses for MCAT Biology, SAT, Biophysics and Cell Biology. She is currently doing research in the Bethesda area.

ashley's Subjects:

  • SAT/ACT math & reading sections

  • Pre-algebra

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Precalculus

  • Trigonometry

  • Biology

  • Chemistry


After two sessions with Ashley, she had a math test. When she got her test back, she said that she was so excited she could cry, because for the first time ever, she got a perfect score!
— Walter Johnson High School Parent

Riti Gupta

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Riti is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University where she studies tiny molecular machines that all cells contain. She holds an Honors B.S. in Biochemistry from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon where she also minored in Spanish. She has been teaching introductory science courses at the undergraduate level since 2010. She has also tutored students in Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language.

Riti's subjects:

  • SAT/ACT math & reading sections

  • AP/SAT II Biology

  • AP/SAT II Chemistry

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Precalculus

  • Calculus

  • AP Environmental Science

  • French

  • Spanish


Erica Boehm

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Erica is currently pursuing her PhD in biology from Johns Hopkins University where she is working on her thesis looking into the development of the mammalian sympathetic nervous system. She graduated from the University of New England in 2013 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Neuroscience. While an undergraduate, Erica worked as a peer tutor in Biochemistry, General and Organic Chemistry, and Calculus. Additionally, she has worked as a teacher’s assistant for several lab courses, both as an undergraduate and graduate student. Through her experiences, Erica has developed a passion for sharing her knowledge and excitement for learning.

Erica's Subjects:

  • SAT/ACT math & reading sections

  • AP/SAT II Biology

  • AP/SAT II Chemistry

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Pre-Calc

  • AP Environmental Science


My family successfully used Monument City to help prepare for numerous SAT subject tests, and specifically worked with Erica on several occasions. There is a lot going on during the spring of a student’s junior year, so subject tests only add to the hurly-burly. But fortunately, Erica provided a disciplined, pragmatic approach for prepping— she was a true professional!
— Gilman parent

Brendan Reilly

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Brendan is a high school math teacher in Baltimore County.  He studied  Mathematics and Secondary Education at Towson University.  He has taught Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and College Algebra at the middle and high school level. 

In the classroom setting, a lot of Brendan’s teaching focuses on preparing the students for the SAT, not only with the math skills but also test taking tips/strategies.  Besides teaching those specific courses, Brendan has also tutored students in Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and AP Calculus.

Outside of the classroom Brendan is a varsity high school boys’ basketball coach as well as coaching at a variety of basketball camps in the area.  He spends time tutoring various athletes at his school so that they are prepared and meet all NCAA requirements, no matter the division.

Brendan's subjects:

  • SAT/ACT math

  • Pre-algebra

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • Precalculus

  • AP Calculus


Christy Kontos

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Christy is an English teacher at Catonsville High School. She attended Loyola University where she studied English and Writing before getting her MAT in 2015. She has taught English 12th Grade, and currently teaches English 9th Grade Gifted & Talented in addition to coaching the CHS mock trial team. 

Christy’s instruction focuses on reading strategies, which are aligned with the SAT, in order to improve comprehension. She also emphasizes writing skills including grammar and rhetorical analysis. 

Christy's Subjects:

  • SAT/ACT reading & writing

  • Essay writing

  • AP English Lit/Language and Composition


Alyssa Schardt

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Alyssa is finishing her school psychology internship in Baltimore, MD. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. While in graduate school, Alyssa’s research focused on increasing students’ academic engagement and motivation. She has experience working with students of all ages, and has a particular interest in helping students develop strategies to improve their executive functioning. Prior to graduate school, Alyssa was a high school special education teacher.

Alyssa’s Subjects:

  • ACT/SAT math, reading & writing sections

  • AP Psychology

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II

  • Geometry

  • English

  • Essay Writing

Mark Muth

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Mark is a high school Latin teacher in Baltimore. He holds a B.A. in Classics from Loyola University Maryland, and currently is pursuing his MAT from UMBC. At this time, he teaches Latin I-III, moderates his school’s Mock Trial team, and oversees his school’s student-run in-house news station. As a Latin teacher, Mark focuses on communicative learning strategies to bring Latin to life.

Mark’s Subjects:

  • AP/SAT II Latin

  • Ancient Greek


Pamela Palmer

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Pam is a high school math teacher for Baltimore County public schools. She holds a B.A. in Math from Goucher College and an M.S. in Math Education from Towson University. She has taught Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, College Algebra, AP Statistics, and SAT Prep at the high school level, as well as Precalculus and College Algebra at the college level.

Pamela’s Subjects:

  • Geometry

  • IB Math Studies

  • Statistics

  • Trigonometry

  • Algebra

  • Algebra II