Kalen Lister

Brooklyn, NY

12 Years Tutoring

Test Prep & Executive Functioning Pro specializing in Early Childhood Ed through High School Admissions


Kalen Lister is an academic and test prep tutor based out of Brooklyn, NY. She has a decade of experience working one-on-one and with small groups of students from pre-K through early high school. Kalen focuses on the psychological needs of each student, stimulates their innate curiosity, and increases confidence as well as ability through a lens of executive functioning. She joined the test prep company Bright Kids NYC at their inception seven years ago, working primarily with Pre-K and K children on school entry exams including the OLSAT, NNAT, ERB, AABL, and Hunter tests. Kalen has a reputation for getting excellent results while making the process as enjoyable as possible for both tutee and parent. Her clients are as loyal to her as she is to them. Kalen’s passion for education began with her own varied educational experiences including Montessori school, public school, home-schooling, prep school, and an Ivy League university. A lifelong learner, she continues her schooling and has earned several on-line certifications. Upon graduating from The University of Pennsylvania, she was accepted to Phillips Exeter Academy’s summer teaching internship program. After completing the internship, Kalen moved to NYC to pursue a career in education concurrent with a career in music. She loves helping young children form a positive relationship with learning while increasing their abilities, confidence, and test scores. Ed Tech Kalen is the co-founder of SCENE, a scavenger hunt app that uses word prompts & illustration to help children engage with the physical world around them. http://www.sceneappforkids.com When not working in the world of education... Kalen writes & performs music. She is a composer, singer, keyboard player, and lyricist. In addition to her solo projects, she is one half of electronic duo Death By Piano and previously lead the rock band Kalen & The Sky Thieves (Ropeadope Records). She has been known to take on unique projects that merge music and education. Check out the YouTube link above to see the anthem she wrote and produced with NYC youth for the non-for-profit Girls Inc. NYC.












The University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Fine Arts,

Visual Arts,

Minor in Anthropology


Languages Spoken

English (native),

Hebrew (beginner),

Italian (beginner),

Spanish (fluent)

Type of Tutoring




Small Groups

Tutoring Age Groups

Children 4-9,


Middle School,

Preteen 10-12,

Teen 13-19,

Toddler 2-3


Let Your Child Be A Rockstar (Extracurricular Growth) Forbes (July 5, 2017); How To Improve Your SSAT Verbal Score The Private School Review (April 4, 2017); The Benefits of Tutoring The Private School Review (Feb. 9, 2017); Test-Taking, Tutoring, And Your Child A Child Grows in Brooklyn Interview by Rebecca Conroy (July 11, 2016)


"Kalen is grounded, articulate, patient and warm and it's this blending of traits that makes her teaching style so effective." — Alisa (Brooklyn, NY; mother of 2)


"Kalen is the perfect balance between patient and firm. Firm enough for my son to sit up and listen, yet patient enough to find new ways of engaging him each week." — Melinda (Manhattan, NY; mother of 3)


"Kalen did an amazing job preparing me for the SHSAT, high school interviews, and high school essays. I got into High School of American Studies at Lehman College, which is a specialized high school." — Jennifer N. (Manhattan, NY; 8th Grade SHSAT, interview prep, & admissions essay writing tutee)


"My kids are both enrolled in highly regarded private schools - I owe so much to Kalen!" — Michele P. (Brooklyn, NY; mother of 3)


"If you are looking for an amazing tutor, Kalen is the one for you!" — Hritika (Tokyo, Japan; 6th grade test prep tutee)