Mill Valley, CA

Our Location
Our offices are conveniently located in the Camino Alto Safeway Shopping Plaza, across the street from Tamalpais High School. We are available to work with students before school, during their free periods and after school into the evenings — wherever and whenever it’s convenient for you!



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For rising seniors who want to complete their Common Application and the main college essay over the summer

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  • Small group and one-on-one instruction
  • A completed Common Application - each step, from creating your account to finishing every question
  • Strongest presentation of extracurricular activities and construction of a personal activity sheet
  • Multiple primary essay drafts written and edited
  • Individual advice about college list and strategy for early action, early decision, etc.
  • Strategy and timeline to complete remaining application requirements
  • Take-home binder for parents with all materials and student note

SSAT Workshops

In these 4-day workshops, students will learn and practice strategies to help them maximize their scores on all sections of the SSAT -- reading, math and verbal.

Students also have the opportunity to take a practice test at the end of the workshop.

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Workshop enrollment is limited to 6 students.

Session 1:Monday, August 14 – Thursday, August 17, 9am – 12:30pm

Session 2:Monday, August 21 – Thursday, August 24, 9am – 12:30pm


LOCATION:61 Camino Alto, Suite 100-C, Mill Valley, CA.

One-on-One Tutoring

Our tutors will work with your student through our strategy curriculum while getting to know him or her as a test-taker. They will get to know your child’s strengths and weaknesses and test-taking habits and will be able to refine sessions to your child’s needs.

We tutor where and when it’s convenient for you – in our office or in your home!

Sharman Bonus

Sharman Bonus graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics and pursued a Masters of Arts in Literature at Northwestern University. Her career in working with prospective students through the admissions process dates back to the 1980’s, (though thankfully her hairstyle no longer does), when she held various positions in the Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and University of Chicago’s Graduate (now, Booth) School of Business. After an extended detour in corporate and freelance communications and training, Sharman returned to admissions at a co-educational day school in Marin County. There she reconnected with many of those MBA candidates she evaluated in the ‘80s as they navigated the competitive private school admissions process for their children. She now enjoys helping teens and their parents demystify the test prep process.

A native Jersey girl, Sharman made her way to Marin County via South Bend, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. She misses boardwalk pizza from The Shore, bike rides on hot summer nights in Chicago, football season in South Bend and the 10-mile run around the Hyde – Green – Saint James Park loop in London. She is grateful for the weather and the cornucopia of locally grown food in the Bay Area, the San Francisco Giants, summer reunions with her Notre Dame family, and (last on this list, but first and foremost) her two sons.


Laura Webber

Laura, a full-time English and Computer Science teacher for 20 years, earned her MA in English from The University of Michigan and did her undergraduate work at SUNY Geneseo (Honors Program) and Wellesley College. She has taught at independent and public middle and high schools in Connecticut, New York, and Maryland and most recently at Marin Academy where she also served on the Admissions Committee and Diversity Council. Laura lives in Greenbrae and spends her non-tutoring time acting in local theatre and film, cooking, and hiking.
Amy Monaghan

Amy Monaghan has been an educator in the greater Seattle area for more than 20 years, teaching and coordinating one of the largest International Baccalaureate Diploma programs in the Pacific Northwest.  Amy has counseled scores of students on their academic plans and their college applications and written hundreds of letters of recommendations. Amy is well aware of just how challenging and time consuming the Common Application can be and is looking forward to helping Breakway Prep students get it done so that busy seniors can better focus on their coursework and extracurricular interests.  


A native New Yorker, Amy made her way out West and for the most part never returned, though she does miss her family, decent bagels, good cannoli, and the Great South Bay. Amy is a proud graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton where she majored in History and Literature and Rhetoric. She received her M.Ed from Western Washington University and is certified to teach History and Social Studies 4 -12 in the State of Washington. Amy serves on the Board of the Northwest Association of IB World Schools. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA. 


When she’s not working with high school students, she’s cheering her Seattle Seahawks or Sounders or out hiking.


Les Villanyi


Les Villanyi is a first generation Hungarian-American polyglot. Born into a multilingual family it was easy to add languages. He graduated from Cal State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) with a Master’s Degree in French literature, with a minor in mathematics. (“Graduate French classes went into some pretty screwy areas psychologically, and to keep focused and grounded I took calculus classes.”) He taught French at CSULA and, after a number of years in sales and marketing, taught mathematics, French, and English at the high school level. Later he created “Survival French” and “Survival Italian” classes that he taught at various Bay Area junior colleges. He currently tutors all areas of the SAT and ACT exams as well as French, German, Italian, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, and Trigonometry.


In his spare time (hah!), Les has also authored 2 Italian cook books, directs the Coro Allegro Italian chorus in Santa Rosa, and tutors adults in French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Public Speaking.  A native of Pasadena, he now lives in Petaluma with a lovely Sicilian and two challenging cats.


Anthony Kosinski


Anthony Kosinski graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  At Cal, he played on the Varsity Rugby team, helping them secure a berth in the National Championships in 2016 and 2017. Anthony enjoys helping client families with ACT and SAT prep and a wide range of math and science subjects. He looks forward to meeting you!