Breakaway Prep Morristown-Randolph
3 Elm Street, Suite 204
Morristown, NJ 07960
Stephanie grew up on her family's farm in the hills of east Tennessee so, of course, it stands to reason that she would spend most of the last two decades in the bucolic Greater New York City area (right?!). She graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University in 1999 and obtained her law degree from Vanderbilt University, and, while she loves going home to the Volunteer State to visit her family and devour her dad's amazing gravy and biscuits and carrot cake (seriously, he could open a restaurant!) and visit her alma mater in beautiful Lexington, Virginia, she is firmly planted north of the Mason-Dixon Line. After practicing law in Manhattan for five years, Stephanie answered the call of suburbia and settled down with husband Anthony Danese in Morris County in 2007. When not practicing law and helping students with their verbal/reading prep, Stephanie loves spending time with Anthony and their son David (already an astronomy expert at age 3!), hiking, writing, reading crime fiction, volunteering with the Washington and Lee University Alumni Association and Alumni Admissions Program, and Dress for Success - Morris County, and, whenever possible, relaxing at Shongum Lake.
College Counseling/Essay Specialist
When Linda’s kids were younger, they could get away with telling a little white lie, but if they made grammatical errors, she’d send them straight to their rooms. Linda is not quite so strict with the students she works with as Breakaway, but you get the picture. Linda’s road to college counseling was an organic one. Originally, friends and family tapped her for college essay help, knowing that she loved to write. As a litigator, she had considerable experience writing legal briefs, but she also had a background in journalistic and creative writing. Linda enjoyed working with high school students so much that she began expanding her knowledge—going on college information sessions, delving into the college application process, and conducting alumni interviews for her alma mater, Cornell. She realized that proper planning, research and great essays were the key ways in which students could position themselves to achieve their admissions goals. Her approach to counseling in today’s uber competitive environment is to work strategically while providing families with the information they need to ease the stress of the college application process. Years after earning her J.D. from NYU School of Law, Linda returned to school and earned her Certification in College Counseling from the University of California-San Diego. She now offers clients the full range of college planning services. In addition, Linda works with students applying to private high schools and graduate schools.
Anthony grew up in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. He graduated from Cornell University in 1996 with a B.A. in Physics and earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Rutgers University in 2003. He currently teaches AP Physics and Astronomy full time and has been tutoring for nearly a decade as a member of the Breakaway Prep team. Anthony played soccer in the New Jersey Champions League and GSSL Semi Pro divisions for many years, and he recently received his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Anthony and his wife, Stephanie Wolfe, live with their young son in the beautiful Shongum Lake community of Randolph.
Courtney is currently an Adjunct Professor of Calculus at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. She earned a Master's in Math Education at NYU following her graduation from Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts, having double majored in Mathematics and Studio Art. In addition to pursuing a PhD at Rutgers in Math Education, Courtney is a licensed Zumba instructor. She has been tutoring for over 10 years and is entirely committed to her students, doing whatever is necessary for them to understand and appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the subject and how mathematics is a universal language which is the stepping stone to all knowledge.
"It should be a given that a college counselor will provide the logistical and organizational support to guide a student and a family through this process, but Breakaway provided so much more to our son -- encouraging him to aim high, supporting him through the grind of junior year and helping him craft a narrative in his essays that reflected his best qualities."Stephen R., Parent of David, Tulane University