About Us

Our Mission

We pride ourselves in our unique, caring, and successful mission.

We partner with you to create test prep and academic consultation as foundations for long-term learning, not just short-term technique. We are here to remove the stress students feel during admissions time – and replace it with the skills, trust, and results to create ongoing learning strengths for life, through proven approaches such as, 3 Step Method for Problem Solving in Math, Active Reading, 3 Step Method in English, PMR method in Science, etc., to unblock self-limiting beliefs with each student.

Our top-ranked 1:1 educators understand a “skill-level” is only a starting point for each learner’s test prep or admissions coaching. Through our three-step free online process – Consultation, Strengths Assessment, and highly Personalized Recommendations – we build a completely unique SAT, ACT, GRE or academic coaching program for each student, online, across a range of learning differences and needs.

Meet The Teem

Potentia Prep has the most stringent standards for instructors in the nation.

Conrad Macalalad
CEO/Director of Academics

Conrad has a unique knowledge set from Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania graduate studies. He was also the #1 rated SAT teacher out of over 6,000 teachers nationwide.

In the past decade, he has taught over 4,300 students, helping them gain admission into programs such as Stanford, Harvard, and other top-tier academic institutions.

Carly Kennedy
Operations and Program Manager

Carly is the Operations and Program Manager at Potentia Prep. Carly handles the day to day administration, client communication, student scheduling, sales, finances, and employee relations. As a San Diego native, Carly wanted a change of scenery for college and graduated from the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!

After 13 years on the east coast working in sales, management, and corporate retail, she is thrilled to be back in her hometown. When she is not working at Potentia, you can find her leading cycling classes at CycleBar or spending time with her husband and baby boy.

Hanna Lacy
Business Growth Manager

Hanna brings a variety of skills with a background in film, nonprofit management, and event planning. At Potentia, she supports our marketing efforts and growth of the business, such as website design, email campaigns, managing new programs like Start PIE, and producing our webinars.

She truly believes in Potentia’s teaching approach of using positive psychology to help our students find a love for life long learning. Hanna holds her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership for Pennsylvania State University.

Sheera Talpaz
Academic Consultant

Sheera has over ten years of experience serving as an educator and admissions consultant. She has worked with students of all ages as an instructor of college courses, a tutor specializing in standardized testing, and a counselor for college and graduate school admissions.

Sheera recently completed her PhD in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a BA with Honors in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago.

Gustav Nylund
Academic Coach

Gustav has a long history as a STEM educator, with more than 5 years of experience teaching physics, science, and math as an instructor of undergraduate- and graduate-level college courses. A passionate believer in the importance of math and science as the foundation of any education, he enjoys working with students of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels.

Gustav holds a PhD in Physics, a MS in Nanophysics, and a BS in Nanoengineering, all from Lund University in his home country of Sweden.