Each student is assigned a mentor who guides the individual student in finding practical applications of the principles taught in the classes. He is like a coach who teaches, challenges, and encourages each student to reach his best.

Specifically, he helps the student set goals that are important and practical. In an ongoing way, he helps the student track his progress toward these goals. 

Student mentoring sessions typically take place once a month at Southmont or Overlook, on the first or second Saturday of the month. For the sake of continuity, the mentor also tries to maintain contact with the student by phone in between mentoring sessions. 

Mentor Bios


phil moss

Phil Moss is one of the program directors of The Grade. He was on the initial team when The Grade was launched in 2007, and has since worked as a mentor at educational programs in various cities of the country. Phil studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, and afterwards worked in New York for Accenture, an IT consulting firm. After New York, he went to Rome to pursue a doctorate in Theology. He then spent three years in Dallas directing educational programs for high school and college students, and now does the same in New York as the Director of Schuyler Hall. Phil enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing sports, especially squash.


joseph obiajulu

Joseph is thrilled to work full time this year as an Assistant Director of The Grade. For the last two years, he was a 8th and 9th grade mentor while he worked as a software engineer at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City. He grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics. When he isn't programming or mentoring, he enjoys reading, writing, and playing almost any sport.


Dan Carr

Dan is from Dickinson, North Dakota. He received a B.A. in Political Science at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.A. in Politics from the University of Dallas. An educator, Dan began his teaching career at the Heights School in Potomac, Maryland, and currently teaches at Brilla Public Charter Middle School in the Bronx.


anthony giuntini

Anthony was born in Chicago and grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2018. Outside of working as an IT engineer for Robert Derector Telecommunications, Anthony enjoys programming, the outdoors, and eating deep dish pizza.


Anthony Hadford

Anthony was born and raised in Vienna, Virginia. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics, he worked in corporate finance at a renewable energy company. Most recently, he managed finances for a growth startup in the healthcare education industry. In his free time, he enjoys fly fishing, soccer, and squash.


Justin hintz

Justin grew up in Annapolis, Maryland and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Science. He currently runs a company that helps people send money from the U.S. to Latin America. In his spare time, Justin enjoys playing any sport, reading, programming, and following Notre Dame football.


toby Hoonhout

Toby grew up in Smithtown, New York, and is delighted to be back with The Grade, from which he graduated in 2015. He went on to the University of Notre Dame, and finished in 2019 with degrees in the Program of Liberal Studies, a great books program, and Economics. He is currently working as a researcher for a major book project and freelancing his own writing. In his free time, he enjoys reading, all things soccer-related, and debating political philosophy.


sharif younes

Sharif recently co-founded OptimalWork, a startup which aims at helping people work at their best, and is currently programming the website. Prior to OptimalWork, he worked as a data scientist and software engineer at several Boston-area tech startups, most recently Localytics. Sharif grew up in Ithaca, New York, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 2013. Outside of work, Sharif enjoys reading and running.