Meet Our Instructors
+ Arvin Vohra
Arvin Vohra is the creator of the Vohra Method, and the founder of Arvin Vohra Education. His educational programs have transformed the lives of countless students, and he has inspired audiences nationwide through his speeches, books, and community outreach programs.
Arvin’s passion for educational innovation began while he was studying at the Landon School in Bethesda, MD. Frustrated by the limitations he perceived in standard education, he began to test the limits of a different type of approach. He learned algebra in a few weeks to advance a level in math, and even attended college courses as early as eighth grade. In high school, he received a score of 5 on 10 AP exams to become an AP National Scholar. For 6 of those exams, he did not take the corresponding AP class, and instead relied on intensive outside study. He was also a National Merit Finalist, with the highest SAT and PSAT scores in his graduating class. On the SAT, he received a score of 790 on both the math and verbal sections. He also received a perfect score of 800 on both the Math IIc and Chemistry SAT II tests. For his efforts he was awarded the Rensselaer Medal for Math and Science in his Junior year. During this time, Arvin worked actively as a tutor for younger students, most notably at the North Chevy Chase Elementary School.
Arvin attended Brown University, where his passion for educational innovation continued to grow. He worked as a tutor and teacher as part of the Wheeler School’s Aerie Program. At Wheeler, he designed accelerated and nontraditional curricula for students ranging from second to eighth grade. Later, he worked as a consultant for the Hamilton Institute for Learning Differences. After graduating from Brown University with a B.Sc. in Mathematics and a B.A. in Economics, he received perfect scores on both the GRE and the GMAT, finishing each test with well over an hour to spare. He also passed two actuarial exams in a single testing period while working as an actuary at GEICO.
Managing Director and Chief Curriculum Designer
+ Chelsey Snyder
Chelsey M. Snyder serves as Managing Director and Head of Curriculum Development.
A perfectionist who comes from a family of teachers and military officers, Chelsey had the organized precision to refine Arvin’s initial breakthrough methodology into the surgically precise curriculum we use today. She is also an educational visionary in her own right, and has developed many of the most advanced and specialized parts of the Vohra Academy curriculum, including the IQ testing and spatial reasoning curricula and most of the advanced literature curricula.
Like Arvin, Chelsey started tutoring other students at a young age. But while Arvin started around age thirteen, Chelsey started around age seven, helping struggling students in her mother’s classroom. She later distinguished herself academically, and graduated high school in only three years, but still took more AP classes than Arvin did in four.
In college, she continued to dominate academically, graduating with a B.A. in Economics and a GPA of 3.9 while also working 25-30 hours per week. By this time, she had seen what complete organization, total dedication, and absolute perfectionism could get from standard education. She had seen all that traditional education could offer. And she knew this: she could make something so much better.
She joined Vohra Method in 2014, recognizing the potential of the popular, nation-wide tutoring service. With more students coming in, via Slack, from all over the country, she enhanced and developed the existing curriculum to make better use of the online space. Weekly improvements in technique and content soon became the norm.
Chelsey brings more than just military perfectionism to the Vohra Method. Her insights into educational psychology and cognitive development shape many of our methods and rules, allowing students to accomplish far more in less time.
Staff Director and
+ Mercedes McKeel
Mercedes McKeel serves as the Staff Director and a Lead Instructor at VohraMethod.
Mercedes has been passionate about education since elementary school, when she used to bring home school worksheets to play “school” with her little brother and niece. She soon built on this by working as a tutor with Big Brothers and Big Sisters, as a Math peer tutor, and an independent private tutor. She tutored multiple subjects, including math, routine development, and time management.
In high school, she received multiple major awards, including a Math Bowl championship, the award for “Best Defense” in the County Mock Trial, first place winner for the county Envirothon, the Lion’s Club Service Scholarship, and others. She graduated in the top 5% of her class, with a 4.0 average in high school, along with memberships in the National Honor Society, the National French Honor Society, and the National Society of High School Scholars. She was offered multiple scholarships for college, including the Vance Scholarship and the Presidential Founders Scholarship. Passionate about having a positive impact on the world, she chose to study political science at American University in Washington, DC. There, she dedicated herself to both educational and political pursuits. During one semester, she was working 2 jobs, taking 6 courses, and serving as Editor in Chief of the American Word Magazine (AU’s primary student-run college magazine). As she learned more about political science and public policy, she realized that the best way for her to help the world was through educational innovation and improvement, rather than through policy. She found a natural home for her dedication to education, innovation, and excellence at Vohra Method, where she has helped build major parts of the SAT Math, Reading, Geometry, and Grammar curricula.
Mercedes works especially well with younger students, as well as students who need to build organizational skills along with academic ones. She knows how to help students excel while juggling nearly impossible demands on their time. Her attention to fine detail and personal perfectionism have helped her transform parts of our curricula into the streamlined and targeted worksheets we have today.
and Lead Instructor
+ Terence Htoo
Terence K. Htoo serves as the Communications Director and a Lead Instructor at Vohra Method.
Terence was born in Burma, a country in which the education system was limited and influenced by the dictatorial military regime. Under that education system, critical thinking was punished, and absolute obedience was rewarded. Even in such a limiting situation, Terence was not content with the status quo. He saw that the world around him was not where it needed to be and wanted more.
Terence spoke little English when he immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He faced many obstacles, but he did not let anything stop him from succeeding. He adapted to the changes. He worked smarter than his peers. Eventually, he moved from ESL classes to regular classes, then to honors classes. By high school, he was already taking Advanced Placement courses. He graduated high school with a 4.58 weighted GPA and took ten A.P. courses while being active in several clubs throughout the four years and serving as President of Model United Nations in his senior year.
Terence did not only want to see himself succeed. He wanted to see others around him succeed as well. He began tutoring in middle school when he saw fellow immigrant students struggling in class. He worked with students who were younger, students who were the same age as him, and even those who were in high school!
He started college in the fall of 2014 at American University and began working at Vohra Method as an assistant instructor later in the year. In college, he served as a Programming Coordinator for the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and as a Peer Mentor for Community-Based Research Scholars Program, roles that involved helping younger students thrive academically and socially. In his sophomore year, he wrote a college-readiness guidebook which was distributed to hundreds of students with immigrant backgrounds in the United States. He also served as President of the Youth Fellowship at his church, mentoring individuals ranging from middle school through college. In his senior year, he student taught at Walt Whitman High School in Maryland and Alice Deal Middle School in D.C. During that time, he saw how limiting the traditional classroom can be for students' learning and how individual-based teaching, what we practice at Vohra Method, can unlock so many potentials. Despite being active in various organizations and working over 20 hours a week, Terence maintained his top academic form by graduating with a 3.7 GPA and double majoring in political science and secondary education. He is currently completing his M. Ed. in Education Policy and Leadership.
Terence works well with students because he understands what it feels like to be at the bottom, to be frustrated in class, and to be ignored and left behind by teachers. But he also knows that hard work and determination will get anyone to where they want to be and much more! Alongside his empathy, his enthusiasm to try new things and his relentlessness to go past any barrier have allowed him to play an important role at Vohra Method by taking part in curriculum development and innovations that transform the online class environment into a positive, motivating, and efficient space for learning.
+ Kimya Jamasbi
Kimya Jamasbi serves as an Instructor at Vohra Method.
Kimya was born and raised in Mississippi, currently ranked as the nation's second-worst state in education. From a young age, she found herself surpassing her school's curricula and began tutoring peers who struggled in reading and mathematics. In order to satisfy her own hunger for knowledge, she turned to other educational opportunities. By sophomore year of high school, she had won her state science fair, won her state bridge building competition, placed second in the AASHTO's National Bridge Building competition two years in a row, and held multiple titles in speech and debate competitions around Mississippi.
At sixteen, Kimya left home to attend the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science for her junior and senior years of high school. There she had the opportunity to take college classes, study Russian as her foreign language, and dive into her favorite topic in math: differential equations. During her senior year, she co-led eighth-grade girls in a book club: Women Influencing Lives through Literature (W.I.L.L.). Through W.I.L.L., she was able to combine her love of literature and passion for mentoring to help young girls navigate and prepare for the social issues and hardships that we all inevitably face in some capacity. She graduated with the county's Outstanding Senior Award, and moved to Washington, DC in the fall of 2015 for college.
Kimya attended Georgetown University and began working at Vohra Method during the second semester of her senior year. During undergrad, Kimya continued her passion for education and service by volunteering as an EMT and teaching in her local EMT course, tutoring students for the SAT/ACT, and working as a teaching assistant in Georgetown's Persian Program. Through these teaching experiences, Kimya has been able to expand and adapt her teaching methods quickly and creatively to meet students where they are.
Kimya graduated as a pre-medical student who majored in Russian Studies. In addition to working multiple jobs and being involved in many extracurriculars, she graduated with a 3.7 GPA and completed her Honors Thesis in Russian with Distinction. She is studying for the MCAT and plans to attend medical school in fall of 2021.
Kimya is passionate about education because she believes that education can not only further us academically but also personally. By exchanging passions, learning about topics that are important to others, and catering to each student's needs, we get a glimpse into how our students think and see the world. In this way we learn just as much from our students as they do from us.
+ Megan Hastie
Megan Hastie serves as a Lead Instructor at Vohra Method.
Megan started working at Vohra Method in 2016, right after moving to Washington, D.C. to attend American University. She grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA, IB Diploma, and ACT score of 34. She also participated in National Honors Society, volunteered weekly at the local animal shelter, and took steps to make school safer for all students as the president of GSA.
Although a STEM kid at heart, Megan's love of music, dance, and storytelling has led her to double major in Musical Theatre and Audio Production. She maintained a 3.9 GPA while being involved in theatre productions, taking internships, teaching piano, and working at Vohra Method. Through her internships, she has worked in technical theatre, theatrical education, marketing for theatre, dramaturgy, and directing.
Megan works well with students because of her strong communication skills and empathy, both crucial to any type of art (and she strongly believes teaching is a type of performing art). Her favorite part about working at Vohra Method is seeing students conquer tricky questions they have been working on for a long time. She is also an avid Harry Potter fan and cat lover. She is currently refining Vohra Method's AP Physics curriculum and plans to develop curricula in artistic subjects for Vohra Method in the future.
+ Steven Wetzel
Steven Wetzel currently serves as a part-time Lead Instructor for Vohra Method. He started as an Instructor for Vohra Method in February of 2017 and became a Lead Instructor March of 2019.
Steven's passion for education began with his partnerships with educational NGOs and schools abroad through American University's Alternative Break programs. Through engaging with volunteers at SER Alzira de Aleluia in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and volunteering as a teacher assistant for Phuang Daw Oo Monastic High School in Mandalay, Myanmar, Steven saw firsthand the importance of critical thinking and independent thought as primary pillars of education not only in the face of slanted information and "fake news", but also for the continued growth and empowerment of the student to understand themselves and the world around them.
Steven attended American University and completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics in December 2017, graduating with above a 3.7 GPA. Upon graduation, he accepted a job offer with Amazon.com as an Operations Area Manager I for Wednesday through Saturday overnight shifts beginning June 2018 while continuing at Vohra Method part-time. After getting promoted in March 2019, he was moved to Sundays through Wednesdays day shift. He currently works full-time as an Operations Area Manager II for Amazon.com at their EWR4 Fulfillment Center while continuing to serve as a Lead Instructor for Vohra Method. During his free time, Steven spends time with his friends and family while planning his next domestic and international travel adventures.
+ Benjamin Adarkwa
Benjamin Adarkwa currently serves as an instructor for Vohra Method.
Benjamin was born in Ghana, a country in West Africa. He moved to the United States during the middle of his junior year of high school. This was a crucial point in Ben’s academic career. Not only did he transfer schools relatively late but he had to acclimate to a whole new system of education and start life again in a different country.
He was informed by his academic counselor that to in order graduate on time he would need 26 credits from specific subject areas which were not offered in Ghana. His high school was already two quarters in the academic year leaving him with just two quarters to catch up and pass all the classes. This looked impossible and the easy way out would have been to stay an extra year in high school. But Ben chose the hard way and worked extremely hard to catch up.
Even in Ben’s predicament he was able to take five AP courses during his stay in high school and passed all of them. He earned straight A’s throughout high school and graduated on time with a 4.625 weighted GPA and an SAT score of 1440.
Ben has always found pleasure in helping people from a tender age. This became more delightful to him in high school when many of his classmates would come to him for help in classes such as AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry just to name a few.
He joined Vohra Method in May of 2019. His perseverance, intelligence, and willingness to help others complement him well as an instructor at Vohra Method.
Ben is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park. Ben also serves as a tutor for the Black Engineer society (BES) chapter at the university. In addition to academics, Ben also taught himself how to play lead guitar, bass guitar, and piano!
+ Bradley Han
Bradley Han started working as an instructor for Vohra Method since February 2019.
Bradley comes from a family with a strong math background. His father is a mathematics professor specializing in partial differential equations, and his great uncle has written numerous works relating to financial math.
In high school, Bradley was a very successful student. He took various AP classes including Microeconomics, U.S. History, and European History. He was also part of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) in which he served as the Vice President. With his FBLA club, Bradley also won third place in the state competition.
Outside of academics, Bradley enjoys playing baseball and the violin. His favorite TV show is Game of Thrones because of its deep and hidden meanings beneath its plot. His favorite place to visit is China. He enjoys visiting places such as the Great Wall of China, the Mausoleum of the First Qin Empire (where the Terracotta Warrior Statues are), and the Mogao Caves. He has utmost appreciation for China's history for the role and influence it had and still has on art, science, and architecture.
Bradley is currently an applied mathematics major at the University of Maryland. In addition to working at Vohra Method, he is also working on a financial mathematics project. His complex project involves the use of the programming language C++ in order to develop the mathematical model. The financial aspect of the problem deals with how quants, or quantitative analysts, price various option stocks.
Bradley aspires to pursue future studies and explore careers in either financial math, actuarial science, or machine learning.
+ Bryson Wilder
Bryson started working at Vohra Method in 2018, while studying to finish his degrees in Applied Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He grew up in Towson, Maryland and attended Towson High. While at Towson he avidly pursued every AP class available and when it came time to take the SAT, received a score of 2240 (760 in math 780 reading 700 in writing).
Bryson always had his sights set on STEM, with his first and only declared major at the University of Maryland being Mathematics. During his first year at UMD he saw the opportunity to tutor his peers in Calculus and linear algebra through their program called Math Success. That experience has certainly translated here at Vohra Method. He has also participated in the various problem-solving competitions at UMD, finding some success (and a fair bit of prize money) as a result.
Bryson is an excellent tutor and thoroughly enjoys the breakdown of logic. Taking big complication statements, ideas, or problems and cutting them down into obvious, "simple" statements. Though this process can sometimes be grueling, it always leads to more robust understanding. Currently Bryson is one year away from finishing his degree, where he will then take a job as a data analyst and continue to work for Vohra Method.
+ Jesse Salsbury
Jesse Salsbury graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Statistics minor. Having a strong interest in mathematics, he tutored introductory calculus courses for six semesters. The satisfaction he received from seeing students finally understand a concept, coupled with the pure enjoyment of the material he was tutoring, is what motivated Jesse to continue tutoring after college. Currently, he works as a software developer at a biomedical computing firm. A movie aficionado, Jesse can be found watching some of the greatest independent comedy and drama films. In addition, he enjoys the thrill of a late-night baseball game.
While analytical, Jesse enjoys being conversational with students in order to develop long-lasting relationships that establish trust between the students and himself. During tutoring sessions, he will be sure to ask you to explain your answers, even if they are correct. He considers correct answers obtained from mistaken reasoning to be one of the most crucial things to address with students. An incorrect thought process that leads to a correct answer will, without a doubt, can come back to bite them. If there are any gaps in your reasoning, no matter how minor they may be, Jesse is eager to fill them in.
+ Karsten Skogsholm
Karsten was homeschooled until the age of sixteen, after which he attended Anne Arundel Community College (AACC). From there, he graduated with an A.A. in Creative Writing with a 4.0 GPA and took the SAT, scoring 2270 total with a perfect score in the Writing Section. He currently studies Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he has excelled in his studies.
It was at AACC that Karsten began tutoring students in Math and English. He specialized in tutoring students whose high school education had left them poorly prepared for college courses. Driven mostly by a passion for helping his classmates, Karsten continued to tutor at the University of Maryland. Since most of his new clients needed help in far more complex subjects—Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Thermodynamics—Karsten had learn to break complex ideas into simpler constituent parts and that in order to answer complex, overwhelming problems, students must first learn to answer simple problems. His tutoring methodology has undergone a drastic revolution since starting at Vohra Method.
When Karsten isn’t studying, tutoring, or spending time with his wife and son, he writes science fiction with inspiration from J.R.R. Tolkien and Isaac Asimov, plays strategic board games like Go, and cooks complex meals from lessons learned through Chemistry.