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The Team

Teaching and Educational Advisory Staff

The Learning Consultants currently retains over 50 top teachers on staff. Our full team includes lawyers, doctors, college professors, social workers, and engineers.

Our teaching staff includes those with expertise in chemistry, physics, French, Spanish, math, English, and history.

Many are considered among the best teachers and educational advisors in Connecticut.

Learn Why Our Teachers Are Better

Our Management Team


Daryl Capuano

Chief Executive Officer

Nationally known education expert Daryl Capuano founded The Learning Consultants to improve student performance and inspire young adults to reach their full potential.  Daryl has become widely known in Connecticut as the go to person for families sorting out college and career issues, parents seeking to motivate their children, and students striving to improve their test scores.

Named to Who’s Who In America and the author of two critically acclaimed and best-selling books, Motivate Your Son and Career Path of Abundance, Daryl has been featured in local and national media for his groundbreaking programs that help students succeed.

Daryl graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University, where he graduated number one in his concentration and was named the Outstanding Student in his department. Daryl simultaneously earned two graduate degrees: a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was named to Who’s Who in American Law Students, and a master’s degree from Penn’s Fels Center of Government.

Daryl also earned a prestigious Equal Justice Foundation Fellowship, for which he served at The Brookings Institute, the nation’s top think tank. After Penn Law, Daryl was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia where he worked on high profile homicide appeals. Thereafter, Daryl moved to Washington, DC and served the United States as an enforcement attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission where he led the investigation into one of the largest financial frauds in history. After serving as an associate with one of the nation’s largest law firms, Daryl became Vice-President and General Counsel for Mindgrow, an A&E television-funded new media-education company.

In order to pursue his interest in education and to focus directly on helping students reach their potential, Daryl founded The Learning Consultants in 2000 which, along with its main subsidiary Career Counseling Connecticut has grown into Connecticut’s largest private educational consultancy.

In addition to running The Learning Consultants, Daryl is a professor of Constitutional Law as well as several other college courses related to law and government.  Daryl is a featured speaker on educational issues on a local and national level.

Daryl, lives in Old Saybrook, CT with his wife and three children, and can be reached at (860) 510-0410 or via email at dcapuano@LearningConsultantsGroup.com.


Jean Card

Director of Student Mastery

Considered the foremost expert in Connecticut on helping students with learning and social challenges succeed academically, Jean counsels and tutors students in a variety of areas and spearheads the Student Mastery Program in the Shoreline, CT, area.

Jean has extensive experience interacting with families and students through her years as a clinical therapist and social worker. Her experience includes counseling students with ADD, depression and other issues that affect performance. Jean received her MSW from Boston College and her B.A. from Colby College.

Blending her social work and education backgrounds, Jean has led the test prep and tutoring programs for the Learning Consultants at The Grove School in Madison, CT, as well as the student orientation and Student Mastery Program at The Williams School in New London, CT

For the past 5 years, Jean has taught the ACT course at Franklin Academy in East Haddam.  Franklin Academy serves students with Nonverbal Learning Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome.  Jean brings her expertise with learning differences to the community at Franklin where she consults with staff regarding student accommodations and students regarding the approaches to the test they should take based on their learning profile.

Jean has given presentations across the Shoreline, CT, area in a variety of areas including Student Mastery, test prep, and general student motivation.

Jean recently has presented at the College Fair in Madison, CT, and to the Guidance Office at Daniel Hand High School in Madison, CT.  Jean lives with husband and three sons in Madison, Connecticut.

Kathleen Brigham

Director of Fairfield County (South), Westchester Couty and Manhattan

Kathleen graduated from Middlebury College and went on to complete a Masters Educational Administration at Columbia Teacher’s College.

She worked as an admissions director for grades K-8 at the Dwight School in New York City and during that time taught art history and grammar classes.Kathleen then moved to London, where she started tutoring at the American School in London in St. Johns Wood. Wanting to have more of a background in special education, she completed the Beve Hornsby Diploma in Learning Differences that taught the Alpha to Omega program.

During her time in London, Kathleen also co-founded School Choice International, an education consulting company that counseled families looking for schools both in the London and Tri-State area. She also taught ESL to foreign business executives and homeschooled children of actors who were abroad for stints of time.


Jesse Brockwell

Director of Middlesex County, CT

Now widely considered the best math tutor in the Shoreline, Connecticut area, Jesse was almost not hired when he applied as a 22 year old (10 years ago).  But several trusted advisors called and said things like “he was the smartest guy who ever went through The Country School during my time there” and “there is no one I know who relates to teens as well as Jesse” since he was tutoring in the Old Lyme school system.

Jesse has received even higher accolades throughout his decade of tutoring and teaching full time. Students from Old Saybrook, Lyme-Old Lyme, and Valley Regional High Schools revere him.  Parents and guidance counselors who are “in the know” from other Shoreline, CT high schools call to grab every one of his available hours. His excellence was recently awarded with his appointment to Director of Middlesex County.  Jesse has successfully run Lyme-Old Lyme’s SAT program and Old Saybrook High School’s SAT program.  Jesse resides in East Lyme, Connecticut.
Stephen Staunton

Stephen Staunton

Director Fairfield County (North), CT

After selling his highly successful investment fund Argosy Asset Management, Stephen decided to focus his professional energies on what had been his long held free time passion: helping others through education. Stephen had tutored for various non-profits for decades prior to joining The Learning Consultants in 2014.  Quickly becoming a client favorite, Stephen immersed himself in becoming what he is now: a top notch teacher and educational expert.  Recently named Director of Fairfield County (North), Stephen brings his extraordinary talent to our clientele.


Lisa Rathe

Director of College Counseling

Lisa earned her B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University and her M.A. in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California. She also earned her J.D. from Delaware Law School.

After exploring careers in public relations for Walt Disney and McDonald’s Corporations and as a trial attorney in criminal and civil litigation, she found a more satisfying career path as an assistant professor in the English departments of two Chicago area universities. In that capacity, she designed a Writing Across the Curriculum program and taught writing, business, and public speaking classes. She was voted Most Outstanding Teacher and served as academic advisor for over 50 students. She also worked for the Educational Testing Service grading GMAT essays and editing standardized test guides.

Since moving back to her home state of Connecticut eight years ago, Lisa regularly teaches a public speaking class at Middlesex Community College. Working with college students for over 15 years and helping local high-schoolers with their financial aid applications, personal statements, and college applications led her to a newfound mission: guiding high-school students to engage in self-discovery to instill a sense of purpose as they pursue academic excellence and promote themselves to achieve college acceptance. With this mission in mind, Lisa is dedicated to helping students maximize their potential and perfect their self-promotion to increase their options of admission into right-fit colleges that meet their financial needs and academic expectations. Her dream of becoming a consultant was recently realized when she received certification in College Counseling from UCLA. Lisa lives in Madison, CT with her husband, and two of their four children. Her two eldest sons are currently attending college.


Dr. Kristina Knobelsdorff

Director of Reading and Writing Programs

Kristina joined The Learning Consultants in 2007, shortly after completing her PhD in English at the University of Connecticut. There, she got her sea legs as a teacher, coaxing undergraduates to think and write critically.

In 2008, Kristina also began doing consulting work for Scholastic, inspired by the company’s mission helping raise literacy rates in urban schools. Over the next decade, she coached hundreds of teachers throughout the Northeast. Kristina quickly became a valued member of her Scholastic team and earned a reputation in school districts for her teaching and coaching expertise. As one teacher wrote, Kristina’s “experience, suggestions, feedback, and leading through examples were second to none.”

In 2015, after Scholastic sold its educational division to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kristina continued with HMH, but began contemplating a career change that would free up more time for writing and the teaching of writing.

In 2018-2019, Kristina successfully led a large-scale HMH project in Middletown Public Schools, part of the Superintendent’s plan to raise students’ math and reading achievement. HMH’s work included 250+ days of coaching for teachers and principals. As Project Manager, Kristina provided both high-level oversight and on-the-ground coaching. She wore other hats too—relationship builder, coordinator, liaison, data analyst, problem solver, and facilitator. Although this was only the first year of a three-year plan, the district exceeded its goals by the end of the year, with unprecedented student growth in both math and reading.

In July 2019, Kristina left HMH and now devotes herself full time to all things writing.

Some of our core teachers include:

Galen Cawley
Galen receives rave reviews for his work with our students. He has been tutoring for us for the last several years and has become so popular that our own staff fights over his time for their children. His capacity to explain high level material in easy to understand manner is remarkable. After graduating Harvard with honors, Galen went to Wall Street and eventually opened his own investment fund.   On the side, he was involved in numerous teaching volunteer activities.  After leaving the Boston area due to his wife’s position at Yale, he relocated to Madison and contacted us about creating an educational non-profit.  We convinced him to teach for The Learning Consultants instead and he’s been an extraordinary find for our clients.

Dr. Dan Hartman is a medical doctor who has a passion and calling for teaching. He tutored test prep for different companies in the Boston area and then we were lucky enough to have him contact us a few years ago.  He runs various test prep classes for us and tutors in all math and sciences.  His clients love him. His good nature and patience, as well as his outstanding communication abilities, have made him a great favorite – which is why he is usually booked.

Donna Brewer, Esq.
After practicing law for more than 20 years, Donna joined The Learning Consultants due to her desire to teach and tutor.  A published author on SAT prep grammar and the lead instructor at Southeastern Connecticut Chinese School’s test prep classes run by The Learning Consultants, Donna is considered one of Southeastern, CT’s top verbal tutors.

The Learning Consultants has experienced rapid growth in Connecticut. We are in the process of hiring top tutors in Connecticut. If you are one or know of any that would like to work for Connecticut’s top tutoring organization and who live in Southeastern, CT, please have them contact us.