In 2008, four Jesuit High School alums collaborated to create Academic Impact and provide personalized, academically rigorous tutoring. Brian Geremia and Brent Pottenger (both Jesuit ’02) tutored full-time for nearly three years, recruiting a small network of trusted tutors and working with students and families throughout the Sacramento area on subject-specific tutoring, test preparation, and college admissions essays.
In 2009 and 2010, Academic Impact coordinated Game Plan Academy, a program that offered athletic, academic, and leadership mentoring to high school athletes in Sacramento who would not ordinarily have access these resources.
When Brent Pottenger began medical school (2011) and Brian Geremia began law school (2012), one of Academic Impact’s tutors, Charlotte Glennie, continued to tutor and manage the business until 2014, when she began a Ph.D. in Sociology at UC Davis.
Upon graduation from law school in 2015, Brian Geremia and his law school classmate, Sarah Patterson (Loretto ’03, Pacific McGeorge ’15), developed a college counseling program in order to further assist high school students. Laura Perry (Loretto ’02) also joined the team, adding her expertise in international college admissions.
We are grateful for the chance to share what we have learned with students to help them be successful.
With several of our team members schooled in the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person, Academic Impact approaches tutoring, counseling, and mentoring from a Jesuit, Ignatian perspective with an emphasis on cura personalis (care for the entire person).
The principles of Ignatian spirituality are highly practical with universal application. At its core, Ignatian spirituality encourages individuals to be contemplatives in action, discovering how to engage their unique talents, abilities, and gifts to make the world a better place.
The Jesuits are famous for operating educational institutions throughout the world, including universities like Georgetown, Boston College, Santa Clara, University of San Francisco, and Loyola Marymount, as well as Jesuit High School and Cristo Rey High School in Sacramento.
We greatly value our Jesuit roots.