Millburn, NJ

Rick Michalak

President, Breakaway Prep

Rick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he majored in economics. He later returned to Northwestern to get his MBA and today likes to use fancy business terms like “brand-awareness,” “fixed costs,” and “delegation.”

Linda Kern

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.

Anthony Danese

Tutor

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.

Courtney Weitzer

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.

Tom Newman

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.