Team Connect

Meet an amazing team. Unlike any.


One team. Many stories.


Everything that we do at Connect revolves around empowering students. It fits that our team is full of bright, passionate young people who are pioneering the way students learn. Read their stories below. You’ll see that we rely on many great people to create something special.


Our Team

Abraham
Abraham Rizkalla
99.85
Adrian
Adrian Dedic
98.35
Aeeman
Aeeman Ayobi
99.35
Alex
Alex Rafaniello
99.85
Alex r
Alex Ritter
99.95
Alex s
Alex Stella
99.90
Andrew
Andrew Longo
99.40
Anita
Anita Coffa
98.65
Ann
Ann Du
99.40
Cassie
Cassie Lane
99.85
Christine
Christine Jun
99.75
Dafni
Dafni Samuni
99.80
Daniel
Daniel Tan
98.90
Elodie
Elodie Higgins
99.60
Emily
Emily Dao
98.50
Emilyla
Emily La
99.35
Hannah
Hannah Li
99.00
Hanson
Hanson Wong
99.80
Isaac
Isaac Choong
99.60
Jack
Jack Marozzi
99.95
James
James Wong
99.15
James w
James Worsnop
99.95
Jhai
Jhai Manogaran
97.10
Jx
Jia Xiang (JX) Zheng
99.40
John
John Huang
99.55
Jonathon
Jonathon Lum
99.95
Jo
Joseph Friedman
99.40
Joseph
Joseph Huynh
99.65
Kelsey
Kelsey Gannon
98.45
Lachie
Lachlan Hegarty
99.75
Lachlan
Lachlan McRae
99.40
Lauren
Lauren Sibree
99.85
Lee
Lee Filkin
99.65
Lizzie
Lizzie Wiles
99.00
Nathan
Nathan Chua
99.95
Nelson
Nelson Phan
99.80
Nick
Nick Parkinson
99.95
Nicola
Nicola Ziaras
98.9
Nitaya
Nitaya Nicholson
99.90
Norine
Norine Ma
99.95
Olivia
Olivia Roffey
97.05
Pearl
Pearl Paguio
99.85
Phoebe
Phoebe Ding
98.35
Priyanka
Priyanka Kanumuri
98.45
Rama
Rama Sarma
99.25
Renata
Renata Galiamov
99.95
Richard
Richard Ma
98.55
Richard l
Richard Lee
99.10
Richard y
Richard Yan
99.95
Rosie
Rosie Cham
98.90
Sam d
Sam Dimopolous
99.85
Shirley
Shirley Tang
99.85
Sofia
Sofia Zudova
99.70
Somye
Somye Goyal
99.85
Sparsh
Sparsh Ahuja
99.80
Stella
Stella Que
99.80
Swu
Stephen Wu
98.50
Tim
Tim Crowe
99.95
Tom
Tom Blackall
99.45
Tom d
Tom Duke
99.95
Tony
Tony Takla
99.80
Vincent
Vincent Chiang
99.85
William
William Chiang
99.95
Winnie
Winnie Vuong
99.60
Winston
Winston Dzau
99.95
Lex
Lex Ituarte
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Sam
Sam Kothari
99.65
Matt
Matt Phan
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Matt v
Matt Vethecan
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Saurish
Saurish Mody
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Abraham Rizkalla

Ex-Lecturer + Head of Operations


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Doctor of Medicine, University of Sydney

VCE Maths Methods VCE Specialist Maths


Abes is a 2010 Scotch College graduate with an ATAR of 99.85. He has excelled in Mathematics, scoring 49 in Mathematical Methods and 47 in Specialist Mathematics, where he was the subject prize recipient. He also received First Class Honours in UMEP Mathematics.

Abes is one of five 2011 scholars for Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.

In 2016, he enters his third year in the Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney.


Adrian Dedic

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 98.35 · Study: Doctor of Medicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Media VCE Psychology


Adrian graduated as Dux Proximus of Padua College in 2010 with an ATAR of 98.35. He achieved a perfect study score of 50 in Psychology as well as a 47 in Media Studies.

He was one of only two students in his year level who achieved academic excellence awards in all Year 12 subjects.

Adrian undertook the Biomedicine at Melbourne with a major in Neuroscience for his undergraduate degree, and is now completing the Doctor of Medicine at Melbourne.


Aeeman Ayobi

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.35 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Laws, Monash University

VCE Health & Human Development VCE Legal Studies VCE Psychology


Aeeman graduated from Nossal High School in 2014 with an outstanding ATAR of 99.35. She attained perfect scores of 50 in Health & Human Development, Legal Studies and Psychology. For her outstanding efforts, Aeeman received Premier's Awards in both Legal Studies and Psychology, and was a recipient of the Australian Student's prize.

Aeeman studies Arts and Law at Monash University, and aims to pursue a career which combines all the great things she both loves and studies.

The thrill of thrillers, mystique of crime and granduer of fantasy fuel her love of reading, but Aeeman loves nothing more than an article with a good clickbait title.

Must. Click.


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Alex Rafaniello

Lecturer + Product Lead


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE Further Maths VCE Chemistry


Alex graduated as the Dux of Caulfield Grammar School in 2014, with an ATAR of 99.85. He received a perfect score in English, a 49 in Further Mathematics and a 47 in Chemistry, as well as being a recipient of the Australian Student Prize.

In his final year, Alex was Music Captain and a member of the Year 12 Student Committee. He also has a keen passion for music — he enjoys playing trumpet and piano in his spare time, and singing show tunes when no-one's around.

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Science at The University of Melbourne.


Alex Ritter

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE Maths Methods VCE Specialist Maths VCE Physics


Alex graduated as Co-Dux of Scotch College in 2014 with an ATAR of 99.95 and attained perfect scores of 50 in Physics, Specialist Maths and Maths Methods, as well as a Premier's Award in Physics and a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Award.

He is a Chancellor's Scholars studying Science at The University of Melbourne, looking to lead into physics research.

In his final year, Alex was selected as one of five students to represent Australia at the 2014 International Physics Olympiad, and returned with a silver medal. Alex sings with two choirs, and spends his free time drawing and playing with his cat. Unfortunately, his cat isn't a big fan of his singing...


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Alex Stella

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.90 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE Further Maths VCE Economics


Alex completed VCE at Trinity Grammar School in 2015 with an incredible ATAR of 99.90. He attained perfect scores of 50 in English, Further Maths and Economics, for which he received a Premier's Award.

Whilst at Trinity, Alex was School Vice-Captain and a recipient of the Rhodes Prize. He is currently a Chancellor's Scholars studying Commerce at The University of Melbourne, looking to lead into corporate law.

A seriously passionate movie buff, Alex loves nothing more than slinging quotes and references left right and centre, every opportunity he gets.

#thequoteismightierthanthesword.


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Andrew Longo

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.40 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Law, Monash University

VCE English VCE Legal Studies


Andrew is yet another ex-Balwyn High School Captain at Connect. He graduated last year with an outstanding ATAR of 99.40. This included study scores of 50 in English and 47 in Legal Studies.

Andrew was also awarded the subject prize for VCE Legal Studies at Balwyn.

He is now at Monash University studying Commerce and Law.


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Anita Coffa

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.65 · Study: Bachelor of Physical Education/Health, Deakin University

VCE English VCE Physical Education VCE Health & Human Development


Anita graduated in 2013 from Avila College with a stellar ATAR of 98.65. This included stunning scores of 48 in English, 47 in Physical Education and 46 in Health and Human Development.

Anita tried her hand at Biomedicine, but the lure of teaching – her true passion – proved too strong. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health at Deakin University with the aim of becoming a high-school teacher.

A self-confessed sports nut, Anita tends to spend more time volunteering for organisations and community projects than anything else. She is passionate about nearly everything under the sun, but in her eyes, nothing beats feasting on copious amounts of Italian food, and juggling – her greatest achievement in life is mastering the 5-ball juggle.

#jugglinglifeandmore


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Ann Du

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.40 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Economics VCE English


Ann graduated from Ruyton Girls' School in 2014 with an outstanding ATAR of 99.40. This included study scores of 48 in English and 50 in Economics for which she received a Premier's Award.

In her final year, Ann was in charge of organising student-run assemblies, creating videos and working hard to keep the school thoroughly entertained.

She is now at the University of Melbourne studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine and hopes to pursue a career in Medicine.

In her free time, Ann enjoys watching the occasional game of tennis and is known to binge watch season after season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

#bringfriendsback


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Cassie Lane

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Arts, Monash University

VCE Accounting VCE Business Management VCE English VCE Literature


Cassie graduated from Balwyn High School in 2014 with an ATAR of 99.85. This included study scores of 50 in English, 50 in Accounting and 49 in Psychology.

Cassie was also awarded the subject prizes for VCE English, Business Management, Accounting, Psychology, History (Revolutions) and Literature at Balwyn High School.

She enjoys playing soccer, baking and reading crime novels. Cassie is currently studying Commerce and Arts at Monash University.


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Christine Jun

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.75 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE Latin


Christine graduated from Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School in 2014 with an ATAR of 99.75. She earned great scores of 50 in English and 44 in Latin.

Christine volunteers with the Caroline Chisholm Society, likes to read and enjoys 1950s music in her spare time.

She is an aspiring surgeon and currently studies Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.


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Dafni Samuni

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University

VCE EAL VCE Legal Studies


Dafni graduated from McKinnon Secondary College in 2014 with a stunning ATAR of 99.80. Her scores included an outstanding 50 in EAL and a 48 in Legal Studies.

Dafni is an avid reader, sings opera and volunteers weekly.

She is studying Arts and Law (Honours) at Monash University, and hopes to be a Human Rights Lawyer once she graduates.


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Daniel Tan

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.90 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Music, Monash University

VCE Economics VCE Music PerformanceAL


Daniel completed his VCE at Melbourne High School in 2012, achieving an ATAR of 98.90, plus great study scores of 47 in Economics and 45 in Music Performance. Daniel continues to play the violin at Monash University, where has also studies Commerce.

He has always been really into music and violin, starting piano when he was three years old, then violin when he was six.

Other than that, he's greatly interested in current economic issues and civil aviation.


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Elodie Higgins

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.60 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE Maths Methods VCE Physics


Elodie completed her VCE at Lauriston Girls' School in 2015, achieving a fantastic ATAR of 99.60, plus amazing study scores of 47 in Maths Methods and 50 in Physics.

An avid sportaholic, Elodie loves the thrill of the run and aims to complete a marathon by the end of the year. Every athlete needs fuel to perform, and Elodie is no slouch in this regard - she is a self-proclaimed cooking fanatic who one day hopes to feature on MasterChef.

Elodie studies Science at the University of Melbourne, hoping to one day become a vet.

#vetswithoutborders.


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Emily Dao

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.50 · Study: Bachelor of Computer Science Advanced (Honours), Monash University

VCE EAL VCE IT Applications


Emily completed her VCE at Viewbank College in 2015, achieving a fantastic ATAR of 98.50, plus amazing study scores of 48 in EAL and 50 in IT Applications.

A member of her Senior School council in her final year, Emily received Viewbank's Ethos Award for her incredibly advocacy for the rights of her student body. She is now studying Computer Science at Monash University.

When she isn't knee-deep in code, Emily is a passionate cellist, reader, knitter and spends too much time over-analyzing every film she watchees.

#filmsareseriousbusiness.


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Emily La

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.35 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University

VCE English VCE Legal Studies


Emily completed her VCE at Box Hill High School in 2015, achieving a fantastic ATAR of 99.35, plus amazing study scores of 50 in English and 47 in Legal Studies.

A school prefect in her final year, Emily was actively engaged in improving the welfare of her student body. This desire to help others is clear given her professional aspirations – Emily is working towards becoming a lawyer and is passionate about social rights.

When she isn't knee-deep in case files, Emily enjoys swimming, reading and has an unbounded love of dogs.

#goldenretrieverbestretriever.


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Hannah Li

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.00 · Study: Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Monash University

VCE Biology VCE Psychology


Hannah graduated from Korowa Anglican Girls' School in 2015 with an outstanding ATAR of 99.00. This included a perfect score of 50 in Psychology and 49 in Biology.

An avid musician, Hannah was Music Captain in Year 12 and was an active member of various choirs, orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She plays piano and cello and hopes to become proficient in the ukulele someday. She also likes to frequent places with food and possesses a strong passion for anything in relation to this subject.

Hannah is currently studying Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at Monash University and is particularly interested in making contributions to global and children's health in the future.


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Hanson Wong

Lecturer + Head of Systems


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE Physical Education


Hanson graduated from Camberwell Grammar School in 2012 with an excellent ATAR of 99.80. His suite of study scores include perfect scores of 50 in both Chemistry and Physical Education, as well as 46 in Maths Methods.

He received the Australian Student Prize for his fantastic results and is a keen middle distance track athlete.

Hanson is currently studying Science at the University of Melbourne.


Isaac Choong

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.60 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Law, Monash University

VCE English VCE History: Revolutions


Isaac graduated from Camberwell Grammar School as a Scholar of the School in 2015 with an outstanding ATAR of 99.60. This included perfect scores of 50 in both English and History: Revolutions.

Isaac is currently studying Commerce and Law at Monash University, with the aim of majoring in either Mergers and Acquisitions or Public Listing.

Not just the stellar student, Isaac is an incredibly socially-minded individual who was school prefect in charge of the Faith and Social Justice, President of the Rotary Club and helped run the Feel Think Flow Refugee Summit in 2015 to raise awareness for the plight of refugees.

#communityfirst


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Jack Marozzi

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

VCE English Language VCE Global Politics VCE Psychology


Jack graduated dux of University High in 2013 with an ATAR of 99.95. He achieved three perfect scores in English Language (with a Premier's Award), Psychology and Global Politics.

During Year 12, Jack was the head of the Queer-Straight Alliance “Spectrum”, and is now heavily involved with the Stand Out Network.

Jack is a Chancellor’s Scholar studying Arts (Politics and International Studies) at Melbourne, with a concurrent Diploma of Spanish. ¿Por que no los dos?


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James Wong

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.15 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Law, Monash University

VCE Business Management VCE Economics


James is a 2011 Melbourne High School graduate, with a fantastic ATAR of 99.15. He earned a study score of 48 in Business Management, as well as the subject prize for Economics.

James directs NPO consulting projects with the Impetus Consulting Group, and has run leadership conferences with UN Youth.

He now studies Commerce and Law at Monash.


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James Worsnop

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE Biology VCE Chemistry


James was Dux of Xavier College in 2011, graduating with an ATAR score of 99.95. He achieved perfect study scores of 50 in both Biology and Chemistry, which led him to receive Premier's Awards for both subjects.

He was also a recipient of a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Premier's Award for excellent results across all his subjects.

James is currently a Chancellor's Scholar studying Science at Melbourne.


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Jhai Manogaran

Lecturer


ATAR: 97.10 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, Monash University

VCE Physical Education VCE Psychology


Jhai, a School Captain of McKinnon Secondary College, graduated in 2013 with an ATAR score of 97.10. He attained outstanding study scores of 45 in Physical Education and 49 in Psychology.

A member of the Senior School Council for three consecutive years, Jhai oversaw numerous charitable programs which, amongst other things, supplied underprivileged communities in Africa with bicycles.

Jhai is currently a studying Biomedicine at Monash, with the aim of getting into medicine. Or medical research. Failing that, professional soccer. Or maybe even professional Arsenal fan; that's totally a thing.

#GoGunners


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Jia Xiang (JX) Zheng

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.40 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Chinese VCE English


JX is a Scotch College graduate, achieving an ATAR of 99.40 and a fantastic 49 in Chinese.

He was Dux of Chinese at Scotch College and Dux of Chinese Second Language at Xinjinshan Language and Culture School in 2011.

JX is Connect's Schools Director and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne.


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John Huang

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.55 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Biology


John graduated from Scotch College in 2014 with an ATAR of 99.55 and attained a perfect score of 50 in VCE Biology. In his final year, John was selected as one of four students to represent Australia at the 2014 International Biology Olympiad, and returned with a silver medal.

In the past, John has performed in drama productions and also spent four years in the Australian Army Cadets, through which he earned a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.

He currently studies Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, and enjoys running and good music.


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Jonathon Lum

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: PhD in Linguistics, Monash University

VCE English Language VCE Philosophy


Jonathon was the 2008 Dux of Balwyn High School, receiving an ATAR of 99.95. This included outstanding scores of 50 in Philosophy and 49 in English Language, for which he was presented a Premier's Award.

He is an experienced tutor of several years, helping many high-scoring students in Philosophy and English Language.

Jonathon is currently a PhD candidate in Linguistics at Monash University.


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Joseph Friedman

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.40 · Study: Bachelor of Law (Hons)/Commerce, Monash University

VCE Accounting VCE Further Maths


Jo finished high school in 2013, achieving an ATAR of 99.40 at Bialik College. This included 50 in Accounting, 49 in Further Maths, with an average of 90 in Accounting Enhancement Studies at Monash University.

He is super passionate about watching and playing all sports. He’s also a big follower of American politics and law.

Jo is currently studying a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Commerce at Monash University, with the aim of one day becoming a barrister.


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Joseph Huynh

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.65 · Study: Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Physiotherapy Practice, La Trobe University

VCE Further Maths VCE Health & Human Development


Joseph graduated from Marcellin College in 2015 with a stunning ATAR of 99.65. This included perfect scores of 50 in both Further Mathematics and Health and Human Development.

A keen sportsman, Joseph spends his time dabbling in soccer and mixed martial arts. When he’s not out pushing his body to its absolute limit, TV shows and movies are his entertainment of choice.

He is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University, hoping to one day be a sports physiotherapist for a professional soccer club.

#oleoleole


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Kelsey Gannon

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.45 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Biology VCE Australian History


Kelsey graduated in 2015 from St Patrick’s College Ballarat with a fantastic ATAR of 98.45. This included stellar study scores of 48 in Biology and 45 in Australian History.

At school, Kelsey was College Captain and President of the Student Council, and received numerous awards for his leadership. He is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, aiming to specialise in neuroscience and study medicine.

A passionate basketballer, Kelsey represented Country Victoria twice before his promising career was cut short by numerous injuries, relegating him to pursuits less physically-strenuous. Like academia. And guitar.

#nevergiveup #neversurrender


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Lachlan Hegarty

Ex-Lecturer + Humanities Lead


ATAR: 99.75 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE Literature


Lachlan graduated from Melbourne Grammar in 2012 with a remarkable ATAR of 99.75. This included brilliant study scores of 48 in English, 47 in Literature and 45 in Classical Studies.

Lachlan holds an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Prize, awarded for outstanding leadership and service within schools and the community.

He is currently in his third year at the University of Melbourne, studying Biomedicine.


Lachlan McRae

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.40 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Science, Monash University

VCE English VCE Further Maths VCE Physical Education


Lachlan graduated as School Captain of Yarra Valley Grammar in 2015 with a remarkable ATAR of 99.40. This included brilliant study scores of 48 in English and Further Maths and a 50 in Physical Education, for which he received a Premier's Award.

He is currently in his first year at Monash University, studying a double degree in Commerce and Science. Whilst his future career plans are uncertain, one thing is certain – Lachlan aims to wear a ‘hella-dope suit’ to work everyday, wherever his place of work may be.

A self-professed Subway addict, Lachlan spends an absurd amount of money on Subway sandwiches. More specifically, Lachlan spends all his money on Subway sandwiches. All of it.

#flatbreadpizzasubwithcheese


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Lauren Sibree

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne

VCE Business Management VCE English VCE Health & Human Development


Lauren was the Ruyton Girls' School Captain in 2014. She graduated with an ATAR of 99.85, with three perfect study scores of 50 in English (Premier's Award), Health and Human Development, and Business Management.

She is enrolled in Music at the University of Melbourne as a Chancellor's Scholar.


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Lee Filkin

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.65 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University

VCE English VCE History: Revolutions VCE Psychology


Lee attended Billanook College, graduated in 2012, and achieved an ATAR of 99.65. She attained study scores of 48 in English, Literature and Psychology, as well as the state's top score of 50 in History: Revolutions, for which she received a Premier’s Award.

Her interests include fashion and music, and she has also volunteered locally and globally for numerous charities.

Lee is now studying Arts/Law at Monash.


Lizzie Wiles

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.00 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Monash University

VCE Philosophy VCE Psychology


Lizzie graduated from Girton Grammar School in 2015 with an ATAR of 99.00, an amazing result that included two perfect scores in Psychology and Philosophy.

Lizzie is studying a Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Monash University and hopes to one day become a child psychiatrist.

When she isn't philosophising and psycho-analysing everyone she meets, Lizzie enjoys going for runs and consuming copious amounts of tea with her cats by her side.

#felineteaparty


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Nathan Chua

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE Maths Methods VCE Specialist Maths


Nathan graduated Proxime Accessit from Melbourne Grammar School in 2012 with an ATAR of 99.95. This included study scores of 49 in Maths Methods and Specialist Maths, as well as a 48 in Chemistry.

In his final year, Nathan was house captain. He is also an Australian Students Prize recipient.

Nathan is currently studying a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne under the Chancellor’s Scholars Program.


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Nelson Phan

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University

VCE Further Maths VCE Literature VCE English Language


Nelson graduated from Nossal High School in 2015 with an ATAR of 99.80. He achieved perfect scores of 50 in Literature and Further Mathematics as well as a 46 in English Language. He received subject awards in both Literature and English Language.

Nelson was the Communications Leader in the SRC, and was a leader of his school's String Ensemble and Orchestra. He was also able to receive a Service and House award for his contributions to his school.

A passionate musician, Nelson plays piano, violin and flute in various orchestras. He also loves to read and play tennis, as well as pretend he's able to sing.

Nelson studies Arts and Law at Monash University and hopes to become a lawyer in the future.


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Nick Parkinson

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE English VCE Physical Education


In 2014, Nick graduated as dux of McKinnon Secondary College with a perfect ATAR of 99.95, all while taking on the responsibility of school captain in his final year.

He achieved three perfect scores of 50 in Chemistry, English and PE.

Nick is studying Arts at The University of Melbourne under the Chancellor’s Scholars program, and hopes to become a teacher. His passions include music, running and food. Food is cool.


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Nicola Ziaras

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.9 · Study: Bachelor of Law/Arts, Monash University

VCE Philosophy VCE Health & Human Development VCE Physical Education VCE History: Revolutions


Nicola graduated from The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School in 2014 with an ATAR of 98.9. Her highest study scores were 47 in Philosophy, 47 in Health, 47 in Physical Education and 46 in History Revolutions.

Nicola enjoys listening to Angus and Julia Stone, Regina Spektor and Lisa Mitchell. She finds that music is an excellent way to handle the stress that comes with supporting the Richmond Football Club.

Currently, Nicola is studying Law and Arts at Monash University.


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Nitaya Nicholson

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.90 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Law, Monash University

VCE English VCE Further Maths VCE Legal Studies VCE Maths Methods


Nitaya was the 2014 Yarra Valley Grammar School dux, graduating with a brilliant ATAR of 99.90. She earned scores of 50 in both Legal Studies and Further Maths, as well as a 48 in English and 47 in Maths Methods.

In her final year, Nitaya was School Prefect and Firsts Tennis Captain. She is an extremely passionate sportsperson.

Nitaya is studying Commerce and Law (Honours) at Monash University.


Norine Ma

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Maths Methods VCE Chemistry VCE Physics VCE English


Norine graduated in 2014 from Braybrook College with a ATAR of 99.95, and a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Premier’s Award. This included three study scores of 50 in Chemistry, Maths Methods and Physics, plus a 49 in English.

She is currently a mentor for the CHASE (Community Health Advancement and Student Engagement) program.

Norine studies Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne.


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Olivia Roffey

Lecturer


ATAR: 97.05 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Outdoor and Environmental Studies


Olivia graduated from Girton Grammar School in 2014 with an impressive ATAR of 97.05. This included her study score of 49 in Outdoor and Environmental Studies, as well as 42 in History Revolutions.

In her final year, Olivia organised and directed a performance for the final school assembly, which was thoroughly entertaining and humorous, and also maintained her Prefect duties whilst achieving near to perfect scores throughout the year.

She is now at The University of Melbourne studying a Bachelor of Commerce in hopes to pursue a career in either Advertising, Marketing or Journalism. In her free time, Olivia likes to play guitar and has been known to be too attached to Netflix.


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Pearl Paguio

Lecturer + Operations Lead


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE English VCE French


Pearl graduated from Ruyton Girls’ School in 2014 with an amazing ATAR of 99.85. She achieved a study score of 47 in English, as well as the subject prize for French with 45.

In her final year, Pearl was the Student Editor of her school’s yearbook. She also co-created a video that won Make Poverty History’s ‘Share Your Dream’ international film competition.

Pearl is currently studying Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne.

Pearl is also Connect's Engagement Lead, focussing on product quality, student/parent/teacher engagement and new initiatives.


Phoebe Ding

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.35 · Study: Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University

VCE Literature


Phoebe graduated in 2014 from The Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School with an awesome ATAR of 98.35, which included a perfect score of 50 in Literature.

Phoebe was House Captain in her year, and enjoys live classical music, pizza, and Tina Fey.

Phoebe is currently studying Arts and Law at Monash University.


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Priyanka Kanumuri

Lecturer


ATAR: 98.45 · Study: Medicine and Surgery, Monash University

VCE Psychology


Priyanka graduated with a fantastic ATAR of 98.45 from the Mac.Robertson Girls' High School. Her study scores included a perfect 50 in Psychology.

She is an avid volunteer worker who is involved with Lion's Club International. Priyanka is also passionate about dance and sport, and plays competitive tennis regularly.

Priyanka is studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University.


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Rama Sarma

Ex-Lecturer + Ex-Commerce Lead


ATAR: 99.25 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce/Law, Monash University

VCE Economics VCE Legal Studies


Rama graduated from Werribee Secondary College with an ATAR of 99.25. She achieved fantastic study scores of 50 in Legal Studies, 47 in Economics and 45 in Accounting.

She received the Werribee Secondary College Legal Studies Prize and had the honour of being given the Julia Gillard Recognition Award for her achievements.

Rama is undertaking a double degree at Monash University in Commerce and Law.


Renata Galiamov

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE English Language VCE Maths Methods VCE Specialist Maths VCE Psychology


Renata graduated from Cheltenham Secondary College in 2015 with an incredible ATAR of 99.95, a first in her school's history. She attained outstanding study scores of 50 in Chemistry and University Maths, along with a 47 in Maths Methods and 45 in Specialist Maths and Psychology.

In her final year, Renata had the honour of being College Captain - a very rewarding experience, which enabled her to extend her inter-personal and communicative skills.

Having always been fascinated with health sciences, Renata intends to pursue a career in medicine and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne.

Studies aside, some of Renata's greatest loves are playing piano, long-distance running (why and how, nobody knows...) and hitting the dance floor!

#bettermovesthanjagger


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Richard Ma

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 98.55 · Study: Biomedical Science / Civil Eng., Monash University

VCE Further Maths VCE Physics


Richard graduated from Parade College in 2012 with an outstanding ATAR of 98.55.

This included a perfect study score of 50 for Further Mathematics as well as a score of 44 in Physics.

Richard is currently completing a double degree in Biomedical Science and Civil Engineering at Monash University.


Richard Lee

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.10 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Further Maths


Richard was the Camberwell Grammar school captain in 2014, and graduated with an ATAR of 99.10. His VCE included a fantastic 49 in Further Mathematics, and 43 in both Economics and English.

He is currently studying Commerce at the University of Melbourne, planning to major in Economics and Finance.

In year 12 he was awarded the Ivan Smith Memorial Award for Leadership, Scholarship, Games and the Arts. Richard enjoys his sport, playing basketball and passionately following the NBA.

He often wonders what life would be like if he was two feet taller...


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Richard Yan

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE Chinese VCE English VCE French VCE Maths Methods VCE Physics VCE Specialist Maths


Richard graduated from Scotch College in 2014 with a remarkable ATAR of 99.95. More remarkably, this included six perfect scores in Chemistry, English, French (along with a Premier's Award), Maths Methods, Specialist Mathematics and Physics. Oh, and a 47 in Chinese.

In year 12, he was both a prefect and House Captain. But seriously, six 50s...

Richard is currently studying Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne, and aims to eventually end up as a Doctor of Medicine. Whilst Richard's stellar score means he doesn't have to sit the GAMSAT, he may do so anyway just so he can break more aggregate records.

When he puts down the books, Richard enjoys watching sitcoms, playing futsal and all things French. We think he was French in a previous life.

#Stromae


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Rosie Cham

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 98.90 · Study: Juris Doctor, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE Literature


Rosie completed her VCE at Toorak College (Mt Eliza) in 2011 and received an ATAR of 98.90, as well as an outstanding score of 50 for English. Rosie was also awarded the subject prizes for English, Literature and Drama.

She loves student theatre, and was also a prefect for debating and public speaking.

Rosie completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. She is now doing the Juris Doctor at the Melbourne Law School.


Sam Dimopolous

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Juris Doctor, Univerity of Melbourne

VCE Economics VCE Global Politics VCE Legal Studies


Sam graduated from Balwyn High School with an ATAR of 99.85. He received three perfect study scores of 50 in International Studies (Global Politics), Legal Studies and Economics, where he earned a Premier's Award.

He took on the responsibility and leadership of School Captain during his final year.

Sam was a Copland Scholar at the University of Melbourne, studying Commerce with majors in Economics and Finance. He is now doing the Juris Doctor at the University of Melbourne Law School.


Shirley Tang

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Accounting VCE English VCE Further Maths VCE Maths Methods


Shirley graduated in 2015 from Fintona Girls’ School with an ATAR of 99.85. She achieved outstanding study scores of 50 in Accounting (along with a Premier's Award), 50 in English, as well as 47 for both Further Maths and Methods.

A lover of both intellectual discourse and sonic pleasures, Shirley was debating captain in her last year and an avid band member. She can’t resist a good YouTube cover or mashup and is a fan of The Office and American talk shows.

Shirley studies Commerce at the University of Melbourne and hopes that in the future, she will be able to make a social impact and engage with a range of people through her career.


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Sofia Zudova

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.70 · Study: Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

VCE English VCE History: Revolutions


Sofia graduated from McKinnon Secondary College in 2012 with an ATAR of 99.70. She achieved study scores of 48 in History (Revolutions), 49 in English, 47 in Russian, and 45 in Legal Studies.

In 2013, she commenced a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, with the intention of majoring in Political Science.


Somye Goyal

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Accounting VCE English


Somye is a 2012 graduate of Melbourne High School, receiving an ATAR of 99.85. He achieved a study score of 47 in Accounting as well as 48 in English and 46 in Chemistry. He graduated in the top 3% of the school and earned a place on the school honour board, as a top performer at the VCE level.

Somye studies Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Finance in Economics with a concurrent diploma in mathematical sciences focusing on statistics and stochastic processes.

Outside of university, Somye enjoys playing Hockey and Cricket as well as following the Geelong Cats in the AFL.


Sparsh Ahuja

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford

VCE Legal Studies VCE French


Sparsh Ahuja graduated from Balwyn High School with an ATAR of 99.80, including scores of 50 in Legal Studies and 47 in French.

He was the Debating Captain in his final year and manages a student organisation called Feel.Think.Flow.

Sparsh doesn't know what he wants to do in life just yet, but in October he'll be going to the University of Oxford studying a B.A in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Outside of university, Sparsh loves backpacking, cooking, and learning about new cultures


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Stella Que

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Literature VCE Music Performance (Cello)


Stella graduated as dux from Fintona Girls' School in 2014, with a stellar ATAR of 99.80. This included a perfect score of 50 in Literature, and a 45 in Music Performance (Cello).

While at school, Stella was both House Captain and Music Captain, and received numerous subject prizes for her stellar results. Stella is currently studying Commerce at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Economics and Finance.

Beyond academia, Stella has a boundless passion for literature (from Virginia Woolf to chick lit), music (from Baroque symphonies to movie instrumentals) and instant noodles.

Shin ramyun + a good book + some good tunes = the dream.


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Stephen Wu

Lecturer + Operations Lead


ATAR: 98.50 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne

VCE Accounting VCE Economics


Stephen graduated from Camberwell Grammar School in 2014 with an ATAR of 98.50. He achieved outstanding study scores of 49 in Accounting and 45 in Economics, receiving Camberwell's Economics Prize for his stellar efforts.

Stephen studies Commerce at the University of Melbourne, intending to major in Accounting & Finance. He is a keen supporter of the St Kilda Saints, and has great interest in motoring, tennis and technology.

Stephen considers himself to be Tim Cook's biggest fan, and religiously follows Apple's product release cycle. His next purchase? The Apple Watch.

The one Watch to rule them all...


Tim Crowe

Lecturer + Head of Operations


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne

VCE Further Maths VCE Maths Methods VCE Specialist Maths


Tim graduated as Dux of St Patrick's College in 2013 with an ATAR of 99.95. He achieved a perfect score of 50 in each of Specialist Maths, Maths Methods and Physics, 49 in Further Maths and 48 in Literature.

In his final year, Tim was a House Vice Captain, holding positions in the college's student council and student congress.

Tim is a Chancellor's Scholar studying Science at Melbourne, majoring in Maths and Stats.


Tom Blackall

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.45 · Study: Medicine and Surgery, Monash University

VCE English VCE Physical Education


Tom completed VCE at St Kevin's College Toorak where he was Deputy College Captain, achieving an ATAR of 99.45 in 2013. He attained a great study score of 49 in Physical Education, as well as 46 in English.

His school also awarded him the Ken Ogilvie Memorial Prize for outstanding endeavour.

In 2014, Tom began studying a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Monash University.


Tom Duke

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne

VCE English Language VCE Maths Methods VCE Further Maths


Tom was the Dux and School Captain of Girton Grammar School in 2014, graduating with an ATAR of 99.95. He achieved three perfect scores of 50 in English Language, Maths Methods and Further Maths. In recognition of his academic efforts, he received a Premier’s award for English Language, a Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Award and the Australian Student Prize.

Tom is a Chancellor’s scholar at Melbourne University, currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts with a concurrent diploma in Mathematical Sciences. He aspires to major in Psychology and Economics before studying law.

Tom has worked on several community service projects in Australia and overseas. His passions include music, running and breakfast.


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Tony Takla

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.80 · Study: Medicine and Surgery, Monash University

VCE English VCE Biology VCE Health & Human Development VCE Chemistry


Tony graduated from Balwyn High School in 2015 with a fantastic ATAR of 99.80. This included a perfect score of 50 in English, for which he received a Premier’s Award, along with 49 in Biology and Health and Human Development and 46 in Chemistry.

At school, Tony was School Captain and received numerous awards for his leadership. He is a Monash University Scholar for Excellence, and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Medicine/Surgery at Monash University.

Outside the world of academia, Tony enjoys going to the movies, playing the drums, and everything tennis.


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Vincent Chiang

Ex-Lecturer + Head of Vincent


ATAR: 99.85 · Study: English and Philosophy, ANU

VCE English VCE Literature


Vincent graduated from Melbourne Grammar School in 2010 with an amazing ATAR of 99.85. This included outstanding study scores of 50 in Literature (in which he received a Premier's Award) and 45 in English.

Vincent holds an Australian Student Prize, awarded to only the top 500 performers in Australia each year.

He just completed his degree in English and Philosophy at Australian National University, and will be a part of Teach for Australia's 2016 cohort.


William Chiang

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Chemistry VCE Maths Methods VCE Philosophy VCE Specialist Maths


William graduated as dux of Melbourne Grammar School in 2014, with a perfect ATAR of 99.95. This included scores of 50 in Chemistry and Philosophy, as well as 49 in Maths Methods and Specialist Maths.

He is a passionate musician and plays the viola and piano.

William is currently studying Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne under the Chancellor's Scholars Program.


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Winnie Vuong

Lecturer


ATAR: 99.60 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce and Law, Monash University

VCE Business Management VCE Legal Studies


Winnie graduated from Haileybury Girls College in 2011 with two perfect scores of 50 in Business Management and Legal Studies, contributing to a fantastic ATAR of 99.60.

She is studying Commerce and Law at Monash University, and is passionate about consumer technology products and the travel industry. In particular, she is fascinated with aeroplanes and the airline business.

Winnie placed first in the Microsoft Protégé Marketing Competition.


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Winston Dzau

Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.95 · Study: Bachelor of Biomedicine, University of Melbourne

VCE Biology VCE Chemistry VCE English VCE Physics


Winston graduated as dux of Melbourne Grammar School in 2012 with a fantastic ATAR of 99.95. His study scores included 50 in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with 49 in English, Specialist Maths and Maths Methods.

In his spare time Winston loves to listen to music and is part of an a cappella group. Winston is also an avid tennis supporter and volunteers with community organisations like the Smith Family.

Winston currently studies Biomedicine at The University of Melbourne under the Chancellor’s Scholars Program.


Lex Ituarte

Cofounder + CEO



Lex cofounded Connect in 2011. He has been involved in education-focussed startups from an early age, having also created and managed online student communities.

Lex is passionate about education, technology and design, and the connection between these. He is also passionate about coffee; it's basically the only reason he does any work.

As CEO, Lex is focussed on strategy, team culture, key products and partnerships, and communications and customer care.


Sam Kothari

Cofounder + Ex-Biz Dev + Ex-Lecturer


ATAR: 99.65 · Study: Bachelor of Commerce, Monash University

VCE Accounting VCE Economics VCE Further Maths


Sam cofounded Connect in 2011. He has been heavily involved in lecturing and content development, and now oversees business development and strategy.

Sam achieved stunning scores of 47 in Accounting, 50 in Further Maths and 50 in Economics, for which he was awarded a Premier's Award.

Sam graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Commerce. He enjoys playing golf and watching Seinfeld.


Matt Phan

Developer



Matt studies Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, and somehow juggles web development and photography with stacks of university work.

An avid cyclist, Matt endures countless hours of self-inflicted suffering in the saddle each week and calls it 'fun', and is known to make excessive use of the terms aero gains and Strava segment.

Off the bike, Matt spends his time editing photos, watching random YouTube videos, and drooling over new bikes.

Because you can never have too many bikes.


Matt Vethecan

Advisor



Matt studies Commerce and Law at Monash University, and has interned at consulting firm AT Kearney and law firm Allens. Matt assists with operations and provides strategic advice to Connect.


Saurish Mody

Ex-Head of Finance



Saurish was one of the first students to come through the doors in 2011, and now oversees finance at Connect. He has interned in taxation at EY, and has just completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne.

He is a Premier's Award winner, receiving one for his outstanding performance in Economics.


Hired on values. Trained to inspire.


We get hundreds of applications every year, but we’re never dazzled by scores or awards. That’s because we look beyond achievements and focus on people. Connect is a collection of talented and hard-working individuals who care about education. A lot. We invest in building a team that’s laser-focussed on engaging and inspiring students to aim higher.