Meet The Team

David Cerniglia, Co-Owner, Tutor

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David has been preparing students for standardized test for more than fifteen years. Formerly a manager for a national test preparation company, he has helped hundreds of students maximize their scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE, and LSAT. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh for graduate school, he owned his own test preparation and college counseling business in Fairfield, CT.

He has taught English at both the high school and university levels and has spent years guiding students through the undergraduate and graduate school admissions process. David holds a BA in English (summa cum laude and with Departmental Honors) from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and he is currently completing his dissertation for a PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies at Carnegie Mellon.

He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, a high school history teacher, and his two daughters.

Phil McCaffrey, Co-Owner, Tutor

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Phil has been tutoring since the third grade, when his teacher turned his desk around to face the class so that he could  give the multiplication quiz she had turned into a game. She wanted to find a way to let someone else to win for a change. Phil says, “It wasn’t that I was the smartest kid in the class, I just knew how to play the game. College testing is very much the same. I learned to play their game and I play to win.”

He started teaching test prep in 1994 for the same national company as David. Keeping students on and off for more than twenty five years, Phil honed his teaching skills first for the U.S. Navy as a college NROTC instructor, a Sunday School teacher, a corporate salesman, and then ultimately as a high school teacher at a downtown Pittsburgh charter school. Helping students achieve top test scores is his true passion.

Phil holds an engineering degree from Penn State, where he attended on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He holds a MBA from Old Dominion, where he taught NROTC. His teaching certificate is through Robert Morris. He lives in historic Old Economy, where the studio is located.


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