Our Team

Transcend Academy is a team of committed advisors who mentor and help students with test prep and college admissions. Since 2010, Transcend has prepared more than 3000 students for top schools. The key to Transcend’s success is our personal investment in each and every student.

Oliver Crocco
Director of Academic Programs

Oliver (Ozzie) Crocco is a doctoral candidate in Human and Organizational Learning at the George Washington University and has been teaching and tutoring test prep for over three years. Before moving to D.C., Ozzie was the Head of International Campus Life and Lecturer of General Education at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand for four years. He also received his master’s degree in education from Harvard University. As a dyslexic, Ozzie knows what it’s like to successfully navigate the test-prep process with learning differences.

Tina Neville
Managing Director

Tina Neville received her Masters degree from Yale University and has taught at Yale University, Ho Chi Minh City Social Sciences University, the National Cathedral School, and Washington Latin Public Charter School. She has read AP Exams for the College Board and worked as a College Coach and Writing Coach with College Summit at Trinity College and Manhattan College. Prior to education, Tina was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer whose focus was on education and cultural affairs.

Malcolm Rivers
Director of Professional Development

Malcolm Rivers received his Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies and Government from Harvard College. After graduation, Malcolm joined the Teach for America Corps in Washington, D.C. and spent the next 2 years teaching full time while earning his Master’s in Education. After completing his Teach for America service, Malcolm continued teaching in the District of Columbia Public School system for 4 years before joining the Transcend Academy team full time as the Director of Professional Development. In his current role Malcolm develops curriculum, trains Transcend’s advisers and clients, and works with classes and individual students. In his free time Malcolm enjoys cooking and martial arts.

Our Awesome Advisors

Shannon James
sjames@transcendacademy.com
Shannon received a Master's in Education from University of Maryland. Currently, she teaches English at Seneca Valley High School in Gaithersburg, MD. She strives to find creative yet effective strategies for students to get engaged with the coursework that they find challenging and to develop study habits that will benefit them across all academic pursuits. She believes it is crucial to teach students to forge connections between content areas so they begin to use skills from their strongest subject areas to benefit them in their weaker ones. She loves building relationships with students by helping them identify the learning styles that fit them best to help them gain confidence in their own abilities, inside and outside of the classroom.
Christine Ellman
christine@transcendacademy.com
Christine graduated from Yale University with bachelor’s degree in environmental studies. Currently, she is a business consultant and also owns her own photography business entitled Beautifell Photography. She specializes with helping students to find their motivation through goal setting exercises, personalized learning, and ultimately, improvement of test scores.
Benito Nishizawa Rodríguez
benito@transcendacademy.com
Benito graduated from Harvard University and is now self-employed. He works with students from different parts of the world and genuinely enjoys sharing about my experiences at Harvard and Google.
Sarah Timreck
sarah@transcendacademy.com
Sarah graduated with her bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and is currently a master's candidate at George Washington University. She enjoys working with students who need help improving their scores and getting them motivated for test taking.
Mehron Price
mehron@transcendacademy.com
Mehron graduated from Harvard University with her bachelor’s degree and now works as a grant writer and entrepreneur. She specializes is the Reading Section of the SAT and loves helping students improve their writing skills.
Deborah Ou-Yang
deborah.ouyang@transcendacademy.com
Deborah graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University and received her master’s degree from Georgetown University. She currently works at the U.S. Department of State as a Public Affairs Specialist. She specializes in working with students seeking help with time management and/or reading questions more carefully.
Raquel Bird
raquel@transcendacademy.com
Raquel received her bachelor’s degree in english language and literature from the University of Virginia, a master’s in education in early childhood education from Mercer University, and a Ph.D. in literacy middle and secondary from Georgia State University. Currently, she works as a dean and program coordinator at Amidon-Bowen ES in Washington, DC. Her main goal is to help her students improve their scores.
Evelyn Exum
eexum@transcendacademy.com
Evelyn received her master’s degree in Adult Education from Jones International University and her bachelor’s degree in communication from American University. She currently works as a substitute teacher and academic coach for Transcend Academy and specializes in language arts instruction.