Meet Our Team
Judi Robinovitz is a Certified Educational Planner with more than 30 years of experience in education. Specializing in educational counseling, she is the author of numerous books, articles, and software on test preparation and college planning. Robinovitz has been a featured speaker at national educational conferences and schools. To keep pace with current educational trends, Robinovitz continually travels across America to assess colleges, boarding schools, and emotional growth programs.
During her tenure at Educational Testing Service, Robinovitz served as technical liaison to the College Board, the Law School Admission Council, and the Graduate Record Examination Board. She spearheaded the College Board's SAT prep software and made major contributions to their test preparation books. Frequently taking the SAT, Robinovitz scored a perfect 800 on all three sections of the SAT.
Consulting to two private schools in Boca Raton, Yeshiva High School and Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Robinovitz created their college guidance programs and served as Director of College Guidance to the first five graduating classes of each school.
As an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Secondary School Admission Test Board, Robinovitz is part of a professional network of admission directors, educators, psychologists and other educational consultants. She is also a member of the National Learning Disabilities Association and the Orton Dyslexia Society.
Robinovitz studied at Harvard University, Rutgers University, and the University of Connecticut. She holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, both with highest honors. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Chief Operating Officer/General Counsel
Jason Robinovitz, the Chief Operating Officer of all Score At The Top Learning Centers, oversees each Center’s day-to-day operations, ensuring the delivery of top quality educational support and guidance services to client families. As team leader for our staff of more than 75 tutors, educational consultants, directors, and bookkeepers, Jason is in charge of strategic decision-making, including best practice policies, customer service, staffing, training, marketing, systems, and technology.
Jason is also involved in educational consulting services for college, boarding school, and law school clients. Meeting with students, Jason specializes in directing pre-law and future law-school students toward the extracurricular activities that will help position them for success. Skillfully guiding them through the application and essay process, Jason helps students distinguish themselves from the rest of the applicant pool. He also works with families seeking therapeutic placements for their children, identifying the “best fit” schools and programs for them and interfacing with these schools and programs to ensure successful placements.
As an active member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Secondary School Admission Test Board, Robinovitz is part of a professional network of admission directors, educators, psychologists and other educational consultants.
Jason graduated from the University of Denver with a BSBA in Finance and concentrations in Real Estate and Leadership. Three years later, he graduated from Emory University School of Law with a concentration in business and corporate law. Jason practiced medical malpractice law for five years before joining Score At The Top. He is a member of the Florida Bar.
Jason is the son of Judi Robinovitz, founding owner of Score At The Top Learning Centers.
Head of School: Boca Raton
LeAnn Elder is the Head of School in our Boca Raton location. She is a licensed architect with an extensive educational background – a B.S. from The University of Virginia and a Master's in Architecture from Harvard University. She studied abroad in Vicenza, Italy, while at UVA. At both UVA and Harvard, LeAnn was chosen for a variety of Teaching Assistantships, including a unique opportunity to teach an architecture program to middle school girls. As a result, she went on to design and teach a summer architecture program for high school students while attending Harvard. Her passion for teaching led to community service projects, which included introducing inner-city children to architecture with the help of the Baltimore City Arts Council. Since arriving in Florida, she has taught at FAU, and has passed her Florida teaching exams for all middle school subjects, high school math, technology, and health.
As an architect, LeAnn designed a house that was featured in a magazine (an extraordinary, contemporary design, one into which the Robinovitz family could easily move!) and has worked for firms in both Maryland and Florida. Her background in architecture accounts for her attention to detail and ability to make certain that disparate pieces come together to form a unified whole, no matter what the scale.
Beyond her own lifelong commitment to education and extracurricular activities, including her current interests in playing the piano and lifting weights, she is a mother of two who loves mentoring her own children. They love to learn, play the piano and swim competitively on a swim team. Motherhood for LeAnn brought a shift of emphasis from the computer-dominated world of architecture to those qualities that touched on what she was truly passionate about – education and children.
LeAnn came to Score At The Top with an enthusiasm to succeed and a strong belief in our mission. She was originally hired as the Center Director and Head of School but after 4 years of extraordinary success and growth, she now concentrates solely on Score Academy. She is extremely passionate about our school and leads all of our full-time enrolled students and part-time course for credit students. LeAnn’s position as Head of School has allowed her to fully optimize her strong and enthusiastic commitment to growing and further developing Score Academy and helping to reach as many students as possible. LeAnn oversees all of our professional teaching staff, working collaboratively with our parents, students, and teachers to ensure top-quality educational and support services for our students and their families.
Carlos Andres Tellez
Learning Center Director: Boca Raton
Carlos Andres Tellez directs our Learning Center Director in Boca Raton. Having received his MD in Bogota, Colombia, he decided to complete his residency in surgery here in the United States. While studying for the US medical licensing exam, he started working for Score At The Top as a full time teacher and tutor, bringing together his broad knowledge in sciences and his passion for teaching. He has taught Spanish, chemistry, physics, biology, algebra, and geometry.
After one year with Score, Carlos decided to continue with us in his new position. He fell in love with our mission and beliefs. He loves helping parents and students succeed in educational endeavors.
Carlos not only has an identical twin brother, but two younger fraternal twin brothers! He has been married for 7 years and has a beautiful daughter, Luisa. He has a passion for cars and motorcycles, and loves mountain biking, scuba diving, and skydiving.
As Learning Center Director, Carlos now helps parents and students create specific plans to achieve the grades they are looking for at school. He will help prepare students excel in a variety of tests, including SAT, ACT, GRE, LSAT just to name a few. He joins a great team at our Boca Raton location, where under his guidance great tutors and teachers stop at nothing to deliver the best quality service to our clients.
Head of School: Palm Beach Gardens
Nicole, our Palm Beach Gardens Head of School, brings wonderful skills and rich life experiences to educating children. To her remarkable core knowledge, add an eclectic blend of facts suitable for the toughest game of Trivial Pursuit. One of her most significant attributes is the way in which she encourages connection-making among students, an absolute essential for learning.
A graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Nicole took the unusual step of beginning her career as a mediator for the Judge Advocate General in Misawa, Japan. While accumulating a profound knowledge of international diversity, she helped American service members and their families acclimate to Japanese culture. Her role quickly expanded to include a Family Support and Youth Program – specifically focusing on enhancing the education of children living overseas. Returning to the United States after earning her master’s degree in public administration, she moved to sunny Florida and served as the director for Invincible Boats in Miami. However, with a move north to Palm Beach County, Nicole’s love of teaching and learning led her back to education.
From grading the dreaded standardized essays for Pearson (which provides assessment testing for many states) to teaching, tutoring, and helping students with the college application process at Score at the Top, Nicole has been immersed in education since 2009. In addition, she has completed professional development courses through programs such as Fundations, Wilson Reading, and TESOL certification. Nicole’s passion for teaching has led her to pursue a clinical master’s degree in mental health so enabling her to better support our students . As a mother of three – from pre-schooler to college student – Nicole definitely understands the holistic continuum of a child’s education. Entrenched daily not only in the world of phonics, but also in her daughter’s college application process, Nicole finds education in every part of her life. Claude Lévi-Strauss, whose philosophy Nicole admires, put it succinctly: it isn’t always about “who gives the right answers”; rather, it’s about “who asks the right questions.”
Before becoming Score Academy’s educational leader, Nicole worked as a tutor and then as Director in our Palm Beach Gardens learning center. Overseeing, our private school’s day-to-day operation, Nicole is a visible presence everywhere and embodies our mission of inspiring students’ intellectual curiosity and motivating them to academic success. A team player, Nicole works collaboratively with our faculty, parents, and students to ensure a top quality private-school education in Palm Beach Gardens.
Director of Learning Center: Palm Beach Gardens
Kathy, the director of our Palm Beach Gardens Learning Center, brings an eclectic mix of experiences to the position. Having grown up an army brat with typical family moves from posting to posting, she easily acquired the ability to quickly make anyone feel comfortable and at home.
Her family eventually put down roots in Alabama where Kathy attended the flagship state university University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). She graduated in 1997 with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences and a concentration in Child Development. She has put this degree into practice in her own life: Kathy has homeschooled her two children for over a decade. Immersed at home in her children's education, Kathy understands the effort that goes into creating an engaging, successful education milieu. To the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, and to the challenges of college applications and testing, she adds a wealth of personal knowledge and experience as both educator and parent. She has applied these skills in other domains, too: she and her husband held the position of Student Ministers at their church for many years. In that role, Kathy helped teens and their parents navigate the sometimes rough and stressful waters of adolescence.
Today, drawing heavily on her years of tutoring at Score At The Top, Kathy can put together an educational plan that best meets a student’s academic needs – from struggling learners and children on the spectrum to accelerated and gifted students.
Whether you're seeking tutoring, test prep, or a course for credit, Kathy will be the one to coordinate the process. With her depth of experience, Kathy oversees all support services in our learning center; collaborates with our Head of School when families have an interest in enrolling their students in our private school; and works with homeschooling families in curriculum design, course scheduling, and enrichment planning. In all aspects of her work, she regularly discusses the most effective teaching techniques, materials, and creativity applied to learning. Kathy also stays in close touch with local schools, setting up test-prep workshops and college-planning seminars on their campuses, and organizing AP review sessions, summer-school classes, and courses for academic credit.
You’ll enjoy your partnership with Kathy; she promotes educational performance, helping all students to “learn to love to learn.” Her passion for education is contagious!
Administrator: Palm Beach Gardens
Patty’s perpetual smile greets our students and parents. She’s likely the first eager face you’ll see when you come through our front door. Before joining Score At The Top, Patty enjoyed a 10-year career focused on customer service in the aeronautics and cable industries. Patty and her husband moved back to Florida after a stint in Montana to explore her husband’s retirement dream of fly fishing. Since returning to Florida, they have made Tequesta their permanent home. Patty enjoys cooking, traveling, outdoor activities, and attending local events with her husband.
Executive Director (Emeritus)/Educational Consultant
Barry Mallis served on the executive staff at Score At The Top for over eleven years until his semi-retirement in 2016. A graduate of Oberlin and recipient of a Master’s degree from Middlebury, he brought to us years of independent school teaching experience in English, modern languages (Spanish, French and Russian), and theatre. The recipient of a N.A.I.S. Braitmayer Foundation Fellowship, he studied mime and movement with Jacques Lecoq in Paris, and then used that experience to prepare a curriculum for teaching Mime at the secondary school level.
In addition to his work with students, Barry facilitated strategic business planning workshops with top management teams of Fortune 500 companies in the United States, Mexico, and Germany. His eclectic experience includes membership on the ski patrol of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; service as interpreter for a group of U.S. Rotarians visiting northwest Russian in 1998; high-school varsity soccer coaching (he held a US Soccer Federation “C” coaching license); and certification as a referee instructor and assessor for USSF. His poetry has been published in the Northern New England Review, and his work on strategic management theory appeared in Center For Quality of Management Journal. Barry completed three marathon road races.
Beginning his teaching career in 1968 in New England, Barry eventually joined Score At The Top in 2004, providing in-service programs about SAT testing to teachers in Palm Beach and Broward County public and private schools. In addition, he offered “college night” workshops to parents and students in the region’s public and private institutions. For ten years he was an SAT essay scorer for the College Board, training Score At The Top test-prep tutors to successfully prepare students for the essay and writing/English sections of the SAT and ACT. During the last half of 2015, he worked closely with Judi and others to develop Score’s completely revamped SAT strategy workbook, for which he developed the strategies and wrote the chapters about the redesigned SAT’s reading, writing and language, and essay sections. Travelling farther afield, Barry has led SAT workshops at boarding schools in the Eastern United States and in private schools in South Florida. He has lent an important hand to students preparing their applications and essays for boarding school, college, graduate, law, medical/dental, and business school admission, support he continues to provide (whence the semi-retired status!).
His work with children and adults throughout his career has been marked by dynamism, enthusiasm, and a breadth of knowledge and experience drawn from Singapore to the Amazon basin to Israel.
Barry and his wife Melanie live in the Red Rock Country of Sedona, Arizona, with their pug, Daphne. Their next pug, Yavapai (Pai for short) is probably not far behind.
Director/Head of School: Wellington
Melinda Contreras loves to make Panamanian tortillas, because her father simply loves the thick corn cakes from his country of birth. Although born and raised in Connecticut, Melinda is addicted to them, too! World cooking is a favorite pastime, but that hasn’t kept her from pursuing a professional life in education.
After receiving her B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University, she began a career in medical education as the Continuing Medical Education
Coordinator for Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she researched "hot topics" within medicine and facilitated continuing
medical education programs for physicians. After her tenure at Holy Cross Hospital, Melinda facilitated medical education programs for physicians
– including staring and facilitating a virtual course for them.
Before joining Score at the Top, Melinda worked for Kaplan, Inc. for five years, three as Faculty Manager for Kaplan Test Prep managing 75 staff
members, ensuring that her team was effectively trained for the revised SAT in 2015. She was responsible for Kaplan’s test prep classes in
South Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and parts of New Jersey and West Virginia. Melinda’s work at Kaplan included counseling students and
families to help them select classes and tutors that best met their educational needs. She divided her time between the two college entrance
exams, SAT and ACT, and health-care admission tests, such as the MCAT, DAT, PCAT.
Melinda holds a master’s degree in healthcare management from Marymount University, and will be graduating in June of 2018 from Keiser University
with a doctoral degree in educational leadership.
Having served as adjunct professor at West Coast University and Florida Career College, with special research interests in STEM fields and competency-based
education, she now focuses all her energies on serving our client families through our Wellington school and learning center.
Melinda brings Score at the Top’s mission to life, positively impacting our students and families through encouragement and guidance. In her role
as Head of School and Learning Center Director, she brings a cosmopolitan emphasis that supports not only our local and distance-learning students,
but the influx of families that we serve during the Winter Equestrian Festival. Contagious enthusiasm, academic excellence, and years of successful
involvement in education paint her picture. Our families count on Melinda for the tutoring, test prep, and accredited school offerings that
have marked Score At The Top Wellington’s success since 2002.
At home, Melinda loves to spend time with her husband Gunther and their 3 children, for whom she often writes poems and songs.
Director/Head of School Broward County
As Director and Head of School for Score At The Top’s Broward County locations, Lauren helps ensure your child’s success: discussing in depth your student's needs, creating and overseeing an appropriate support plan, and carefully matching your child to the best possible tutor/teacher based on learning style and personality. Lauren works collaboratively with students, parents, classroom teachers, and Score At The Top instructors to ensure top-quality service to our client families. She is dedicated to helping students gain the confidence they need to maximize their potential both in school and on admission tests ranging from the SSAT, SAT, and ACT to the LSAT, GRE, GMAT, and MCAT.
Lauren brings with her a passion for education and years of experience in tutoring students of all ages. After graduating from Yale with a B.A. in History, she moved to New York City where she spent seven years teaching students one-on-one through a boutique tutoring agency. Lauren took pride in being able to shape curriculum and adapt teaching styles to suit each individual student’s needs – and, in fact, developed expertise in teaching students with learning disabilities. She successfully prepared students for the SAT/PSAT, ACT, SAT Subject Tests, and SSAT, and tutored in several academic subjects. She also worked with students to fine-tune their college application essays. As a graduate of Deerfield Academy, a prestigious New England boarding school, Lauren has also become an invaluable resource for advising families about the boarding school experience.
It’s not only parents and students with whom Lauren interacts. She meets with college counselors, high school administrators, and BRACE advisors to create referral relationships based on the success of our work with students and schools. Lauren adds her voice to our staff of seasoned speakers who provide informative educational presentations at high school college fairs, PTA/PTO meetings, and other community events. On a broader scale, she communicates our array of networked services to students far beyond Florida and the U.S.
After moving to Florida with her husband (a native Floridian), Lauren worked in marketing and communications for a technology start-up involved in online education. While there, she learned how to juggle the many tasks necessary to make a start-up successful. She was responsible for the daily communications with current and prospective clients, and led a small team in developing marketing campaigns. Lauren brings this essential skill-set back to her original passion, education.
Today, Lauren firmly believes in the importance of tutoring and one-on-one educational services for students seeking to reach their full potential in school and beyond. With her remarkable range of education experience, Lauren is thrilled to serve as an advocate for both students and parents at Score At The Top’s Broward County locations.
Lauren lives with her husband in Fort Lauderdale. A self-proclaimed foodie, Lauren enjoys exploring new restaurants, although she is still a novice in her own kitchen!
Assistant Director Broward County
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Therapeutic Educational Consultant
Marcy Dorfman comes to us with more than twenty years' experience working with children, families, and other clinical professionals. She graduated with her Masters in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, spent her early professional years doing family therapy with multi-problem families in upstate New York, then practiced psychotherapy with Jewish Family Services both in Richmond, Virginia, and Miami. She joined Dr. Gary Magid, a Hollywood, Florida, psychiatrist in his private practice, where she remained for twelve years while raising her own family. When Dr. Magid retired, Marcy took a brief sabbatical from her practice to pursue her long-held dream of becoming a children's fiction writer. One result is a middle-grade text currently under consideration for publication. Creativity has always been a part of Marcy's personality and a hallmark of the inventive energy that she brings to Score At The Top.
Marcy now channels her strong clinical skills into the field of therapeutic educational consulting. Her passion stems from her family crisis four years ago, when she made the difficult decision to send her oldest son, then fourteen, to a wilderness therapy program in Utah, followed by eighteen months in a therapeutic boarding school in Idaho. Collaborating with her son’s educational consultant, and using her expert clinical training to insure the best-fit placements for him, Marcy was inspired to blend her professional background and personal experience. Working directly with Judi and Jason Robinovitz to identify appropriate therapeutic placements for families faced with this difficult decision, Marcy has the clinical insight and ability to emphasize placement criteria that are invaluable comforts to our families.
In addition to her role as a therapeutic educational consultant, Marcy also serves on the Best Practices Committee for NATSAP (National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs). As the only educational consultant on the committee, Marcy brings a unique perspective to the table and further assists programs in developing the very best practices for improvement and quality assurance.
When she is not assisting families with their special needs, traveling to therapeutic schools and programs, and connecting with other clinical professionals in the community, she is mom to three boys, the oldest of whom is currently hard at work in college. In addition to her creative writing, Marcy enjoys doing yoga, traveling, cooking, and perfecting her Italian.
Assistant to Judi Robinovitz
As personal assistant to Judi Robinovitz, Leslie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her position at Score At The Top. Raised in New York City, she attended Boston University and earned her BS in Communications with a specialty in Public Relations. Leslie worked in the entertainment industry as a publicist for the music business prior to becoming an executive in her family's business, Beverly Storage Co/ArtPack International, specialists in international logistics. Her company's clientele included four U.S. Presidents, six Governors and countless celebrities. In 1997, Leslie relocated with her husband & daughter to Boca Raton, where she worked as assistant librarian for the American Heritage School of Boca/Delray.
As a former client who successfully used the college-planning, SAT-prep, and academic-support services available at Score At The Top Learning Center for her daughter, Leslie brings a unique perspective to her position. This, combined with her knowledge of the educational landscape and her ability to engage clients, has made her a great asset. Often Leslie is the first contact clients have with Score At The Top, and they have found her to be a warm, welcoming and professional presence, helping them to understand the benefits of relying on Score At The Top for all of their children’s academic needs.
Chief Wellness Officer
Jury Robinovitz, the Chief Wellness Officer for all the Score At The Top Learning Centers, is responsible for spreading love and wellbeing to all. Jury is a Whippet/Labrador mix that was rescued by Jason from Miami Pet Rescue in May 2009. Before joining the family, Jury spent her time tied to a tree, fostering families of ticks and fleas. She is now tick and flea free and spends her days traveling from Center to Center with Jason, playing with all the kids and licking anyone who shows her affection.