Founder and President
Rachel is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she plans on majoring in political science with a minor in education and public policy. Rachel is a recent graduate of Wheeling High School where she was active in the education pathway. She has interned for a local middle school and currently teaches music lessons to beginners and tutors elementary school students in her community. Rachel also served as the Treasurer and Vice-President of the Wheeling High School chapter of the National Honor Society. Rachel strives to provide an equitable education to students all over the world.
Co-Founder and Vice President
Stephanie is a freshman at Illinois State University where she will be majoring in Secondary History Education. She was highly invested in the teaching program at Wheeling High School, where she interned in local elementary, middle, and high schools. She also has three years of numerous tutoring experiences. Stephanie is employed at Organic Life, Nino’s Pizzaria, and just ended her three year position at the Little Wildcat Daycare. She aims to provide as many students as possible with support and resources, so they may grow as both students and individuals. Stephanie has realized it is not a specific grade she loves, but the act of teaching that she cherishes.
Riley Kramer is a junior at New Trier High School. She hopes to pursue a future career in either law or forensic science. Riley is an avid member of her debate team where she has taken home a state title. Currently, she serves as the social media manager for a student-run debate organization aiming to train new kids. Her other school clubs include the student council, glass art, and DECA. Over the summer, she’s a camp counselor for her local park district. Overall, Riley has spent the last two years tutoring, and she loves the excitement a kid showcases when they begin to grasp a concept.
Makayla Cheng is a rising Junior from Southern California. She hopes to pursue a future career in the STEM pathway, specifically engineering. Makayla enjoys doing anything art related, whether it be graphic design, journaling, painting, or even jewelry making. She loves to meet new people in her free time, and she is also an avid reader who has read over 250 books during quarantine! Makayla has worked as a tutor for a long time, and she truly enjoys helping young kids continue to grow and develop. She believes strongly in helping the future generations flourish.
Selina is a junior at William Fremd High School and is a member of the National Honors Society, badminton team, and Public Forum Debate Team. During her debate season sophomore year, she went to the state semifinals with her debate partner. Outside of school, Selina plays piano and volunteers for a non-profit organization in order to teach piano to younger students over Zoom. She has played piano for 11 years and passed the Level 12 AIM Exam last year. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in law and is taking a seminar at Northwestern University over the summer in order to learn more about it. In her free time, Selina has a passion for photography, digital art, fitness, and baking. She is passionate about working with BST to ensure that all students have quality education and can excel.
Sophianne is a freshman at Rice University. She plans to combine her love for math, biology, and physics as a bioengineering major. Her many other interests include cross-country and track, playing the violin and piano, and, of course, tutoring. In her free time, you can find her hiking, journaling, and reading. Sophianne has had prior experience volunteering as a tutor for John Hersey High School and as a TA for her local Chinese school. She strives to help students believe in their ability to achieve academically and extracurricularly, as well as help provide a step-by-step action plan to do so. Sophianne is passionate about using this philosophy to create opportunities to succeed for students around the world through Best Step Tutoring.
Victoria “Benny” Benavides
Victoria “Benny” Benavides has received a full ride to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and will attend there in the fall. She will be majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. Afterwards, she wants to attend law school and pursue either Criminal Defense or Constitutional law. She attended Wheeling High School and participated in the congressional Debate team, Journalism, the law pathway and AVID. Benny enjoys painting, sculpting, and hiking. In her free time, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee on sunny days with her friends. Benny is passionate about creating an equitable education especially for underrepresented students and believes quality education is necessary for a better world.
Ani is a Freshman at the University of Iowa where she will be majoring in Percussion Performance/Music Therapy. Her love for music has opened countless doors from performing in All-State and All-National jazz bands across the country, to giving drum lessons to children in her area. Academically, Ani graduated highschool with Highest Honors as an Illinois State Scholar and a member of the National Honor Society, in addition to serving her school’s music program as Drum Captain and Percussion section leader for 3 years. Outside of school and music, Ani loves playing board games, taking naps, spending time with her family, and being active. Through Best Step Tutoring, Ani developed a love for working with others, and plans to pursue a career in Music Therapy where she can continue to use music to connect and bond with her clients.
Social Media Manager
Amelia is a senior at Fremd high school and is passionate about making education an accessible and enjoyable experience for everyone. In the future, she plans to pursue a career in teaching and she practices these passions at school by partaking in an internship program that allows her to shadow high school teachers. She’s also Student Council President and a member of the National Honors Society. Another passion of her’s is Public Forum debate, and she and her partner won first place at state in their freshman year. Outside of extracurriculars at school, Amelia also works to help teach martial arts to children at her local Tae Kwon Do school. She believes that education opportunities should be available for everyone and hopes to make that possible through BST!
Jackie is a senior at John Hersey High School. She is a member of National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, and is President of her school’s Latinx club. She has been tutoring for about four years and loves every single moment of it. Jackie is passionate about helping within her hispanic community. She has created a non-profit organization that helps and collects hygiene products that are sent to immigration detention centers in Texas. Currently, she is interning at an immigration law office and aids in legal work within. Jackie wants to inform underserved communities by providing educational support and information that they would not have otherwise. Through BST, she wants to extend that helping hand to those who most need it!