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


Bobby Bickford, MD

Dr. Bickford has worked as one of the directors of The Grade since its inception in 2006. Originally from Guatemala, he received his B.S. and M.D. at Universidad Francisco Marroquín and went on to complete his residency and subspecialty in pediatric emergency medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.  Bobby has most recently practiced in Texas and New Jersey.  He moved to New York in 2002, and since then has worked extensively in developing and running programs for young professionals, college students, and high school students.  He enjoys playing piano and playing squash.


Jeffrey Pawlick

Jeff is thrilled to work full time this year as an Assistant Director of The Grade. Last year, he finished a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at New York University, where his research focused on cybersecurity for the Internet of things. In 2013 he obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His non-academic interests include baseball, football, and complicated board games.


Joseph Archer

Joe is from St. Louis, Missouri. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Dallas and is currently at Columbia University completing a MS in Electrical Engineering. Aside from his studies, he enjoys reading, running, and playing squash in his spare time.

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Daniel Glasgow

Daniel was born and raised in Olney, Maryland in the greater Washington, D.C. area.  In May 2018, he graduated from the Catholic University of America with a B.S. in Architecture and is now working for McIver Morgan, a Manhattan-based residential architecture firm.  Daniel enjoys field sketching, touring beautiful buildings, and skiing. 


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.


Timothy Kuhnen

Tim is from Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Rice University in 2015 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He currently works as an Investment Associate at Crestline Investors. Tim enjoys skiing, sailing, tennis, and chess.


Sergio leos

Sergio grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in History and a focus on Latin American Studies. As Director of Operations for The Morningside Institute, Sergio helps organize events to help college students in NYC engage more deeply with the humanities. He enjoys opera music and playing dominoes.


joseph obiajulu

Joseph was born in Upstate New York and grew up in Westfield, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics. He currently works as a software engineer at Bloomberg L.P. in New York City. When he isn't programming or mentoring, he enjoys reading, writing, playing almost any sport and keeping up with the world of math.


douglas tatz

Doug is from Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2014 with a B.S. in International Relations & Diplomacy. He works for a research institute at New York University. In his free time, he enjoys going for a run, reading fiction, and brushing up on his Spanish.