Montclair-West Essex, NJ
Breakaway Education Montclair - West Essex
80 Park Street
Montclair, NJ, 07042
Chao is the director of Breakaway Prep’s office in Montclair-West Essex, NJ. He received his fundamental math training in China, and he later graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from University of Maryland with a degree in mathematics. (Go Terps!) His test-prep and tutoring career started when he received a prestigious teaching assistantship at Maryland and began teaching calculus 1 and 2 for the math department. He has been helping students ace their math exams ever since, and yet he still enjoys watching their eyes light up when they have their “Aha!” moments. Chao listens to classical music and believes that a proper car should have manual transmission and three pedals.
Tom has been the language arts tutor for Breakaway’s Montclair-West Essex office since 2016. An avid reader and writer, he is fascinated by the English language and the various ways its writers utilize its structures and conventions. Tom studied English at Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2013 after completing a senior thesis on the intersections of psychoanalytic theory and critical race theory in American literature. He is also a licensed social worker who does clinical therapy with youth and their families. When helping with test prep, he’s ready to cover everything from gerund clauses to test anxiety. In his free time, Tom consumes copious amounts of NBA content, and he always roots for LeBron James.
Where We Are
"Thank you so much for working with our son to prepare for the ACT test. I'm thrilled with his first test results.... this is a direct result of having more skills and more confidence in taking the test, which he has gained from working with you. He's so open and receptive to working with you. You're a great teacher!"Wayzata High School parent