Who Are We?

CPE was founded (1990) and is run by Harvard, Oxford, and Boston College School of Education graduate, Michael J. Youmans, Ph.D., author of Berkshire County Teachers’ Uses of the Internet.

The most important factor in hiring new instructors is that they must LOVE working with teens and their parents.


Dr. Michael J. Youmans, aka Dr. Yofounded CollegePrepExpress in 1990. Click here for complete résumé.

Alisha Cipriano, M.A., has a rich background in education, both as a student and as a teacher, tutor, and college coach. Alisha is a proud alumna of Hall High School in West Hartford and The University of Michigan, where she received her undergraduate degree in History and Political Science. She then went on to earn her Masters degree in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Alisha joined CollegePrepExpress in the fall of 2011, after serving as an instructor and curriculum developer for fours years at Simsbury High School. While there, she taught World History to 9th graders, American History to 11th graders, and AP United States Government and Politics to 12th graders, a course she created for the district. In 2012-2013, Alisha joined the faculty at Loomis Chaffee, where she taught AP US History.

At CPE, Alisha offers the full range of college admissions services we provide: private tutoring in course work and standardized tests (SSAT, SAT, ACT, Subject Tests, and APs), small group tutoring, test prep classes, AP US Mid-Year and Final Review classes, application packaging, interview prep, and general academic coaching. Her students have been raving about her since she came on board! She tutors both out of the main CollegePrepExpress office, and her own home office, both in West Hartford, and online. In addition, Alisha continues to see students by appointment at Loomis Chaffee and is also willing to meet with students in their homes, per private arrangement.