Founder & Tutor
Ariel Akselrad is the founder of Your Best Prep, a full-service tutoring company that specializes in high school academics and college preparation, as well as helping students with special needs achieve their full potential.
Prior to founding Your Best Prep, she worked as a private tutor for students 6-18 years old in New York City, New Jersey, and Westchester. She also worked as a tutor and administrator at the Ivy Consulting Group in New York City, where she designed curricular materials.
Ariel has extensive experience preparing students for standardized assessments, including the SAT, ACT, SAT II, SSAT, ISEE, and AP exams, as well as coaching students through the college admissions process. Many of Ariel’s students have been accepted to top-ranked colleges and universities, such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, New York University, and Barnard College.
Ariel has an M.Ed from Manhattanville College School of Education and a B.A. in history from SUNY-Purchase College, where she graduated summa cum laude. While at Purchase Ariel received the President’s Award for Academic Excellence in the Humanities and was a finalist for the statewide SUNY Chancellor’s Award.
Ariel was recently featured in the latest CUNY EdCast. You can watch the video here.
Rick Estrada is a veteran teacher with 10+ years experience teaching Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus to students in grades 7-12. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Baruch College and a Masters in Education from St. Johns. He is passionate about Mathematics and is always looking for innovative ways to teach his students. Rick is a master teacher at the Lafayette Educational campus and is also a proud two time recipient of the Math for America Master Teacher Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional STEM educators. His outstanding work in the field, such as implementing a flipped classroom method, has led to several opportunities to participate as a presenter in conferences. He has facilitated presentations at Math for America, i-Learn, and COSEBOC. Rick lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three children.