Fabiano Praça, E.I.
    President & CEO

    Fabiano graduated from Ransom Everglades in 2010. He then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in civil engineering at the University of Miami. At U.M., Fabi had the distinct pleasure of being inducted into Chi Epsilon, a distinguished engineering honors society, as well as being on the Dean’s List several times. He has also served as the Vice President of Internal Affairs, Steel Bridge Captain, and Graduate Advisor for the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2014, Fabiano passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and became a certified Engineer Intern, the next step in obtaining his Professional Engineering license.

    Once in college, Fabi began tutoring high school students in math and physics, quickly realizing he earnestly enjoyed helping others understand the intricacies of these notorious subjects. As his students improved steadily, he realized that he wanted to find a way to help as many students as possible. Expanding beyond math and physics, Fabi has applied his strategies to helping students with the SAT and ACT. He understands that these tests don’t necessarily test how ‘smart’ one is, but rather how effectively one can maneuver through the exam.

      JaCee Jarnagin
      Vice President & Director of Secondary Education

      JaCee has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Miami. He was co-valedictorian at Holcomb High School in Kansas in 2010, where he graduated as Class President, National Honor Society Vice President, and a Kansas Honor Scholar. JaCee is also a three-time ACC selection and co-captain for the Hurricanes Cross Country and Track teams. JaCee takes reward in helping others succeed at something they once perceived as difficult or impossible. He finds that tutoring is not entirely about completing the assignment for a particular grade or in a timely manner, but helping the student obtain a foundation and understanding of the material so that they may be more successful and confident in their abilities in the future.

        Richard Vazquez
        Director of Program Development

        Richard graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hialeah Gardens High School in 2013. He then went on to graduate from the University of Miami as a Foote Fellow with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics completing tracks in both Pure Mathematics and Probability and Statistics. While in high school Richard was President of the Guitar Club and Science National Honor Society, and at university he became President of the UM Philosophy Society. With seven years of experience as a professional tutor, Richard is passionate about enabling every kind of student to meet their academic potential as well as their personal goals.

          Brian Pintado
          Director of Internal Affairs

          Brian graduated from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School in 2014. He attends the Honors College at Florida International University where he is pursuing a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering. Brian was involved in various high school academic clubs such as Math, Science, Social Studies, and National Honors Societies, as well as holding the position of Vice President of the Future Business Leaders of America. In his time there, his FBLA state competition achievements included placing first in American Enterprise Project and third in Computer Problem Solving. In addition to being recognized as an AP scholar with Distinction for averaging a 3.5 score over several AP exams, Brian was selected for two IT internships in his high school career. In 2015, he earned an associate degree in mechanical engineering at Miami-Dade College. A well-rounded student, Brian has experience teaching both math and sciences to others through volunteer work.

            Derick Suarez
            Tutor

            Derick graduated with distinction from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in 2013 where he was vice president of The National Science Honor Society, and in charge of the after-school tutoring program. Finding his niche while competing in the SECME balsa bridge building competition, where he ranked nationally, he went on to pursue a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Brown University. While at Brown, Derick focused his studies on solid mechanics and material science, learning the interplay between microstructure and bulk properties. His high marks earned him a spot in the national engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Throughout his four years at Brown, Derick continued teaching by becoming a private tutor and a teaching assistant for various university courses.

              Dylan Bialek
              Tutor

              Dylan graduated from Boulder High School in 2014. Through high school, he competed in baseball, tennis, wrestling, and football, and was an Academic All-American student athlete, completing a total of 12 AP tests during his tenure in Boulder. He currently attends the University of Miami and is pursuing his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Dylan is part of the Pi Beta Tau mechanical engineering honor society. He has over seven years of private tutoring experience and has accumulated more than three hundred hours of experience instructing in a wide range of disciplines. A true proponent of hands-on learning, Dylan combines the usefulness of dynamic conversation and the necessity of repetition to maximize student development.

                Kevin Delamo
                Tutor

                Kevin graduated from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in 2013 and is currently pursuing his Bachelors of Computer Science at Florida International University. Kevin has become well versed in deeply theoretical mathematics consisting of rigorous formal proofs, intensely intricate coursework about the fundamental functioning of computers as a collection of millions of electrical switches, and powerful problem solving techniques from core programming classes. Outside of his core coursework, Kevin has worked at FIU’s High Performance Database Research Center (HPDRC) to test a citywide system intent on alleviating issues related to public transit. Through his experience in research, collaborative software development, and FIU coursework, Kevin has refined his core math and science knowledge, as well as his capabilities to effectively communicate such complex concepts.

                  Kevin Rangel
                  Tutor

                  Kevin graduated from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High in 2014. He then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Psychology, a minor in Computer Science, and a certificate in Japanese studies at Florida International University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was invited to join the Phi Betta Kappa honors society, often regarded as the most prestigious honor society in the country. While in school, Kevin participated in research aimed at helping children with anxiety and phobias. Kevin’s future goal is to become a professor in Psychology, who both has his own private counseling practice, and teaches students at the university level. He wishes to use his passion for teaching to further help tutor students, and fulfill their academic goals.

                    Krystel Alexis
                    Tutor
                    Krystel Graduated Cum Laude from Coral Reef Senior High School as a part of the International Baccalaureate program in 2013. She then went on to graduate from Florida International University with a Dual degree  Biology and Anthropology in 2017. While in high school, Krystel was a member of the National Honor Society and the Key club , and at university became the President of Medically Engaged Diverse Students, a pre Med and pre PA organization on campus and led numerous service trips. She has been a tutor for the 3 years and finds great love in helping students achieve their goals and excel.

                      Leah Dodds
                      Tutor

                      Leah is a native of Dominica who is passionate about helping students to fulfill their potential.  She was the valedictorian of the Convent High School in 2012 and The Dominica State College in 2014. In 2014 She was awarded the GCE A-Level Cambridge Island Scholarship by the Government of Dominica to pursue her studies at the University of Miami. Leah graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Miami in 2018 where she majored in Biochemistry and Nutrition with a minor in Health Sector Management and Policy. Leah is now currently employed as a Research Associate where she studies Breast and Ovarian Cancer at the Miller School of Medicine in her pursuit to become a doctor. Leah has a breadth of science knowledge and is experienced in tutoring, teaching and advising and uses every encounter to mentor and provide support and career guidance to her students.

                        Michelle Perez
                        Tutor

                        Michelle graduated Cum Laude from John A. Ferguson/Academy for Advance Academics in 2010. During her time as a student, Michelle was a writer for the school’s literary magazine, trained in martial arts, and volunteered as a peer tutor. Michelle then went on to study Psychology at Florida International University, where she frequently made the dean’s list. In 2013, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts. Before joining the OPT team, Michelle was a middle-high school teacher and interventionist for 3 years. She aims to incorporate her creativity and years of tutoring experience to create an engaging environment where students can learn to think critically and stay intrinsically motivated to reach their goals.

                          Nicholas Costa
                          Tutor

                          Nicholas graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School in 2015. He is currently attending Florida International University where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration Finance and an Actuarial Studies certificate. Nicholas was a member of his high school’s math club all four years he was there, and was Calculus captain his senior year. His notable math accomplishments include a perfect score in the Calculus division of the Continental Mathematics League, second place Purple Comet team, and making top 10 Pre-Calculus team at nationals. He has been improving his tutoring skills from as early as freshman year of high school by helping his teammates, club members, and other students understand material rather than memorize it. Nicholas is very passionate when it comes to tutoring and hopes that his previous experience will allow him to effectively break down concepts for students when they go opt for help.

                            Ricardo Rendueles
                            Tutor

                            Ricardo graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barbara Goleman Senior High School and was an accomplished student athlete. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at Florida International University and is an active member in the school’s Aerospace Engineering Club. When he is not busy with his studies he is a part time wrestling coach at Hialeah Gardens High School and helps his students balance their academic workload while also giving them the tools to achieve their physical goals.  He enjoys being able to apply his various experiences as a student, athlete, and coach to help others willing to learn and prosper.

                              Yiselys Soto
                              Tutor

                              Yiselys graduated Cum Laude from G. Holmes Braddock in 2012. She then went on to achiever her Associate’s degree in Business Administration in 2016 from Miami Dade College where she was frequently placed on the Deans list. Yiselys is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from Florida International University. Yiselys was involved in high school academic clubs such as The National Art Honor Society, The National English Honor Society, and The Technical Arts Club. Desiring to take her love of more creative ventures to a grander scale, she hopes to seamlessly intertwine both aspects of artistic creativity and business into her students’ curricula.