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Our staff are experienced, intelligent, and passionate!

Erin Billy

Erin Billy

Founder and instructor

"Teaching is an art"

Educational Background

  • George Mason University: English Literature, B.A.

Teaching Experience

  • TestMagic, 1998-Present: Founder, Director, CEO, Curriculum Developer, Teacher
  • Teaching in various settings since 1991

Fun Facts

  • Founded TestMagic in 1998
  • Seen or heard on KRON-TV, Google.com, Sing Tao Daily, KSFS-FM

Available for Class In:

  • SAT Reasoning Verbal
  • SAT Subject Literature

Ivy Ng

Ivy Ng

Director

"Follow your passions."

Educational Background

  • San Francisco State University, 2002: Business, B.A.
  • San Francisco State University, 2002: Finance and Banking, B.A.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees chief operations
  • Handles all business concerns
  • Details TestMagic’s services

Fun Facts

  • Native speaker of Cantonese and Taisanese
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin

Annie

Annie Liu

Administrator

"Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought."

Educational Background

  • University of San Francisco: Asian Pacific Studies, M.A. 2010, Asian Studies, B.A. 2009
  • Minor in Chinese, Asian American Studies, and History

Work Experience

  • USA National Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010: Student Ambassador
  • University of San Francisco 2006-2010: Research and Teaching Assistant, Asian Studies Department

Fun Facts

  • Fluent in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin
  • Currently studying Korean

Anton

Anton

Instructor

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Educational Background

  • UC Berkeley, 2004. Rhetoric, B.A.

Teaching Experience

  • OI, 2007-09: English Teacher
  • BC Education, 2010: Tutor

Fun Facts

  • Worked in the US Census Bureau

Available for Class In:

  • Algebra I/II
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • SAT Reasoning Math
  • SAT Subject Math

David

David Ammons

Instructor

"I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world because they’d never expect it." - Jack Handey

Educational Background

  • UC Riverside, 2008: Biological Sciences, B.S.
  • Perfect 2400 score on the official SAT (May 2013)

Teaching Experience

  • UC Riverside, 2007-08: Organic Chemistry Instructor
  • Skyline High School OUSD, 2009: Algebra tutor

Fun Facts

  • National Achievement Finalist

Available for Class In:

  • Algebra I
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • SSAT Verbal
  • SSAT Math
  • SAT Reasoning Math
  • SAT Reasoning Verbal

Hayden

Hayden W.

Instructor

"Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." - Robert Frost

Educational Background

  • UC Berkeley, 2011: Molecular Environmental Biology, B.S. Environmental Sciences, B.S. Dean’s List, Graduated with Honors

Teaching Experience

  • TestMagic, 2012-present: Tutor

Fun Facts

  • Has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
  • Is very peculiar about the way items are arranged in my room and, particularly, on my working desk.
  • My favorite color is green even though I have red- green color vision deficiency.

Available for Class In:

  • SAT Reasoning Verbal
  • SAT Reasoning Math
  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Pre-calculus
  • Trigonometry

James

James Moore

Instructor

"Those who do not move do not notice their chains."

Educational Background

  • University of Southern California, 2006, 1997: International Political Economy, Ph.D (All but dissertation) International Relations, M.A.
  • San Diego University, 1992: Political Science and Philosophy, B.A.

Teaching Experience

  • Golden Gate University, 2005-present: Adjunct Professor
  • Universidade do Agostinho Neto, 1999-2000: Program Director
  • University of Southern California, 1995-98: Teaching Assistant
  • ECC Academy, 1996-98: Teacher

Fun Facts

  • Has lived in both Angola and France
  • Reguarly travels to Africa as a consultant
  • Has surfed for more than 30 years

Available for Class In:

  • SAT Reasoning Verbal
  • SAT Subject Literature
  • Economics
  • European History
  • US History
  • US Government
  • French
  • Civics
  • Political Science

Linda

Linda Pan

Instructor

"'Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt."

Educational Background

  • UC Berkeley, 2011. Molecular and Cell Biology, B.A.

Teaching Experience

  • UC Berkeley Student Learning Center, 2010-2011: Chemistry and Physics Tutor
  • TestMagic, 2011-present: Math and Verbal instructor

Fun Facts

  • Attended Lowell High School
  • Shot for a rifle team
  • Wishes to learn all the major human languages

Available for Class In:

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • SAT Reasoning
  • Math
  • SSAT

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