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 her college essay students. But she does urge them to dig deep in order to create memorable personal narratives that “pop” off of the page. Many students say that working with Linda has made them better writers who no longer dread their writing assignments.
Linda’s road to college counseling was an organic one. Originally, friends and family tapped Linda 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 delving into the college application process. As someone who loves solving puzzles, Linda was determined to hone in on what makes a candidate a successful prospect for any given college. Using the wealth of available public information and her own due diligence during campus visits, she keyed in on the stages of the college search process which she believed were crucial, and began offering strategic college planning advice to her clients. Her goals are simple: to ratchet down the stress level for both parents and teens, to guide students as they formulate their goals, and to apply strategic thinking toward achieving those goals.
A graduate of Cornell University’s ILR School and NYU School of Law, Linda conducts admissions meetings for Cornell. She is a contributing writer and columnist for TAP into Randolph. She is excited to join the Breakaway team and hopes one day to incorporate a Vinyasa flow sequence into the summer Bootcamp sessions.
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.
We all agree that test prep with you has been time and money well spent. It's an added bonus that we got to know you in the process!Breck Upper School parent