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Phil Cohen

Phil Cohen has provided educational services and mentoring to students for over 20 years. Prior to joining Prestige Prep in 2009, Cohen created and ran academic and cultural programs designed for Jewish youth.

In 2001, Cohen founded Dugmah, an academic tutoring and mentoring company in New York City. Dugmah provided Jewish cultural and religious education and mentoring to Jewish youth seeking something different than traditional Jewish mainstream education.

Prior to Dugmah, Cohen oversaw the global nonprofit Young Judaea/Hadassah National Youth Movement. Headquartered in NYC, the organization provided national educational programs for over 10,000 Jewish youth.

Cohen also served as National Director of Masada’s Informal Education and Touring Company. Based in NYC, which provided travel programs to Israel for 700-1200 Jewish youth per year.

These experiences helped Cohen form his educational method and policy: challenge students to push themselves while building their confidence and sense of self. To date, Cohen has worked with thousands of students and maintained lasting relationships with many.

Cohen lives in New York City with his wife and their two boys.


MA, Human Resources/Training and Development. New School for Social Research

BA, Social Work UW-Milwaukee

Elie Venezky

EllieA thought leader in the field of educational and test taking, Venezky has over 15 years experience in academic tutoring and standardized test preparation and over 20 years experience working with teens. His work combines neuroscience, educational psychology, neurolinguistic programming, and sales and marketing to move students past self-limiting beliefs and succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

Venezky has appeared on CNN, NPR, and ABC. He is the author of the best-selling Test Prep Sanity, Test Prep Sanity for Students, and Hack Your Brain. In 2015, he received an honorable mention from the World Technology Network for his work on Milestone Math: a online math program.


Venezky received a B.A. in Literature from Wesleyan University and NLP Certification from The International Center for Positive Change and Hypnosis