Instructor Profile

Dennis A Ortiz

Senior Instructor - SAT Master Trainer
B.A. Williams College, 1992 M.A. Columbia University, 1994 M. Phil., Columbia University, 1998

Hobbies: Reading and Writing Fiction and Belles Letres. Meditation

Dennis is a MA and MPHIL graduate of Columbia University, New York. He is a The Princeton Review Certified Master Trainer. Dennis has been preparing GMAT students for more than a decade. Dennis has lived in the UAE since 2004 and in that time, has helped many Middle East residents to reach the GMAT scoring goals that gain access to top MBA programs worldwide. He is originally from New York City, but he has been teaching in the UAE for over ten years now. His time in the Middle East has broadened his insight into the unique challenges students from this area face on both the testing and admissions fronts. In his classes, he focuses on identifying weak points in students’ decision-making process for both math and verbal based contexts. He is a Test Prep Expert and certified to teach GMAT, GRE, SAT, GMAT, GRE, ACT, TOEFL and IELTS tests.

Darrell Johnson

GMAT Master Trainer
Bachelor's Degree, University of Arizona

Hobbies: Reading, Solving puzzles, Intense opinions about Professional Wrestling

I've been teaching with Princeton Review for over 7 years. In that time, I've learned what it takes to master many different tests, including the SAT, ACT, GRE, and GMAT. I have also had the pleasure of teaching students of all ages and backgrounds, which has made me keenly aware of the fact that not all students learn the same way. I make it my point to help my students understand both content and strategy, and I constantly evolve the way I communicate these concepts so that they are more effective to more students.

Nikhil Sarawadekar

B.Tech. in Engineering Physics, IIT Bomay

Hobbies: Gaming, Pool, Designing Puzzles

I'm the kind of person who isn't ever satisfied. I am constantly working on bettering myself and taking on new challenges, and I expect that same enthusiasm and dedication from my students. I work at a quick pace, but I also give the individual attention students require to master the test. My focus is to help students who may already be good at math understand the specific strategies that will help them reach their goal score. I teach the SAT Subject Tests for Physics and Chemistry, Advanced Placement, SAT, GRE, GMAT, and SAT.

Saurab Sen

TPR Instructor
B.Sc (Math)

Hobbies: Music

I have been in test-prep since 2002 and have since strived to promote the cause of global education. Hundreds of my students are already well placed at their chosen universities and graduate programs all over the world, which is extremely rewarding to a teacher. I have been an instructor at the best institutes in Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and now in Sharjah, so I bring with my experience of teaching high-achieving students of all types into every class. I am certified to teach SAT, GMAT, GRE, ACT, IELTS, and TOEFL.

Ajay Kumar Gopinathan

B.Sc (Maths, Physics, Chemistry); MA (English); Diplomas in TESOL and Business English

Hobbies: Hiking, Reading

Through more than two decades of teaching, I have learned that maximizing score improvement in any test comes from targeting specific areas. I use this philosophy in my classroom by tailoring sessions to student needs and employing a hands-on approach in every class. I make it my goal to be approachable and easy to get along with so that my students feel comfortable participating and asking questions. I teach and tutor SAT Subject Tests (Maths 2, Physics, and Chemistry), GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, and IELTS.

Nausheen Fida

Verbal Instructor, Academic Head
M.A English, M.Sc Env. Science

Hobbies: Writing poetry

I was a research scientist for many years and now in my second career I am a verbal trainer at Princeton review Qatar. I have taught Princeton review courses in George Town University, Qatar, King Abdullah university of Science and technology, Jeddah, Saudi Aramco, KSA, American School of Doha, and Alkhor international school -Qatar. I'm passionate about what I do and it gives me satisfaction to see students improving and gaining confidence with our teaching methods. Having previously worked in the country where the students were predominantly one nationality, I find teaching mixed nationality classes in Doha very dynamic and interesting.

Christina Norris

Math and Verbal Instructor, High School Territory Manager
B.A., Wesleyan University

Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and writing.

I joined The Princeton Review team in 2011 in Boston, and since then have taught TPR courses in the U.S., Italy, and now Qatar, where I have lived since 2014. In addition to teaching SAT and ACT courses, I also teach inlingua English language and IELTS preparation courses. I teach because I am passionate about helping students expand their knowledge and achieve their goals. My favorite part of the job is witnessing the AHA! moment when a student finally understands something he or she has struggled with for a long time.

Steven .A. Williams

Instructor for SAT/ACT/GRE/IELTS/Math/Verbal
B.A. (Applied Anthropology) and M.A (Applied Anthropology), University of South Florida (Tampa)

Hobbies: Distance Running, Writing Fiction and Poetry

Although new to ScorePlus (and Qatar), Steven is a seasoned veteran in teaching Princeton Review techniques and strategies. He first signed on to teach SAT prep classes for TPR back in the US in October 2009, and worked his way up to being Tampa's premier tutor and classroom instructor for SAT, ACT, and GRE test types. Looking for a change of pace and scenery after earning his M.A. in May 2015, he applied for and was invited to work for ScorePlus in Doha, where he is pleasantly surprised he can take the heat.

Jeffrey Dalton

Bachelor's Degree, New York University

Hobbies: Playing Music (Piano and Guitar) & Racquet Sports (Tennis and Badminton)

Jeffrey's academic career began with an undergraduate degree from New York University in 2006. After receiving a degree in Linguistics and Languages, he moved to Lahore, Pakistan where he taught Math and Language Arts at American International Middle School for 4 years. He has recently brought his expertise in test prep to Score Plus Middle East, but he began working for the Princeton Review of New Jersey. With almost 7 years of teaching experience, Jeff has tutored hundreds of students for the SAT, ACT, and GRE tests, and his students absolutely love him.

Aadarsh Choudhary

Mathematics Trainer (SAT, SAT Subject Level 1 and Level 2, ACT, GMAT, GRE) in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, India

Hobbies: Hobbies: Football, Gymming

I am working as a math trainer with TPR from July 2016, I studied mechanical engineering and graduated in 2015. TPR is a very good platform for the students who want to crack entrance exams for different universities. I believe, if you pay full attention in the classroom and complete the homework then you can easily conquer the exams. The techniques, which we use in the classes are very helpful and beneficial for the students to remember the concepts and to solve different types of questions in the exams. Currently I’m teaching SAT, SAT Subject Level 1 and Level 2, ACT, GMAT and GRE.

Varun Kumar Pamarthy

Chemistry Faculty
M.Sc in Chemistry

Hobbies: Hobbies: Soccer, Travel, & Cooking

I have been teaching Chemistry for SAT II Subject Test, Advanced Placement, and MCAT examinations. Working along with some of the best TPR master trainers, I had an amazing experience with student centered approach, improving our students’ pencil flow and achieving some of the best results in the region.

Meenakshi Kashinath

Senior verbal instructor
BA with Philosophy, Sociology, and English Lit as Majors

Hobbies: Hobbies: Yoga and fitness, Reading, and Gardening

It is my 11th year with The Princeton Review and 15th year in test prep. When I was pushed into a classroom, 15 years ago, it did not take me even a day to realize that I had found my calling. Ever since, I have grown as an individual, learning each day. My favorite axiom- Learning begins in the womb and ends in the tomb. My belief- everyone has equal potential, and as a teacher it is my duty to make as many students believe in themselves and go on to attain their goals.

Haridas Panavally

TPR Math Instructor
B.Tech - Electrical & Electronics

Hobbies: Reading Books, Painting, Listening to Music,Movies

I have around 17 years of invaluable experience in driving Training Excellence in challenging environs in Test Prep Industry.I had worked previously with Princeton Review India,Kaplan before joining Score-Plus Kuwait. Also I think I have an Excellent temperament to multi-task and coordinate various Academic Activities under High pressure and Time Constraints .I believe that The Princeton Review Instructor is the Heart and Soul of The Princeton Review Program and enjoy helping students to adapt and internalize the TPR Strategies.I love teaching at Princeton Review –GMAT,GRE,SAT & ACT Math because of the unique TPR Approach to Problem Solving and Smart Test Taking Techniques. Teaching has always been my passion as it gives me immense satisfaction to help students achieve High Scores. We make learning fun and also help students to imbibe Time management and Stress management techniques.

Hrishikesh Thakoor

Faculty of Maths, Physics, Chemistry (SAT Subject tests), Maths and English (SAT/GMAT/GRE/ACT)
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in EDHEC Business School, Lille, France

Hobbies: Travelling, Sports (Cricket, Table-Tennis, Swimming, Badminton), Music, Films, TV Series

Hrishikesh has been working as a faculty for Maths, Physics, Chemistry for SAT Subject tests and Maths & English for SAT/GMAT/GRE/ACT. He has recently started his association with Princeton Review Kuwait, but during his tenure in Europe and Asia, he was working with Kaplan as well as Manhattan Review. He was tutoring for the tests to group classes / one on one basis in classroom as well as online sessions. He finds that the kind of training each TPR faculty has to undergo is very unique and comprehensive, and the TPR techniques for these exams are really innovative and effective.

Basil Rizvi

GMAT, GRE, General English, IELTS and Business English Instructor
Bachelor of Business Administration - International Business (London ,England)

Hobbies: Travel, Scuba-diving, Performing Arts, Teaching, Yoga

Four years ago, I decided to change my career to spend more time developing my key strengths with my passion - teaching. In 2013, I began working at the American University of Kuwait as a General English and IELTS instructor. Gradually, I was put in charge of GMAT courses alongside Developing Corporate Training programs, teaching the likes of Al- Ghanim , Boeing Systems and many governmental bodies. In 2016, I joined the Princeton Review family, and with the support of this world renowned organization, have further refined my skills. While at university in London, I had a professor who instilled a thought; “If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” - here at the Princeton Review we don’t believe in failure, we prepare to succeed.