About Us

For more information about the test and test preparation, follow our blog at - allpencilsdown.blogspot.com where we will answer questions and share advice about getting your student ready for these tests.

AllPencilsDown is a partnership owned by George Mizzell and Laura McDanal. For over 10 years of we have been providing ACT/SAT test preparation classes and one on one tutoring services, we have studied over 40 former ACT tests to pull together everything students need to know in order to perform well on test day. The classes in our area frequently reach maximum capacity, so many students enjoy participating in our online class. Students can work threir way through the class videos and through the homework and get the preparation they need whereever they are located. We have had students go through our courses from China and India as well as all over the US. We would love to have your students join our class without having to travel:).

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About the Instructors

Laura McDanal is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University--Central, South Carolina with a BA degree in English and a Master's degree in English Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Laura is a State Certified Teacher with experience teaching 11th and 12th grade English--Hoover High School. She has over 10 years’ ACT/SAT tutoring experience with a strength in writing skills, grammar mechanics, reading effectiveness coaching, and vocabulary building. She also has experience with English as a Second Language students, specifically Japanese students. NOTE: Laura is not tutoring at this time because she is enjoying the demands of being "Mom".

George Mizzell is a 1979 graduate of UAB Engineering School - specializing in Electrical. George has a strong passion for helping students understand Math and Science. He was employed almost 15 years as an engineer with Alabama Power, and over 10 years consulting in many areas such as engineering, programming, organizational effectiveness, and marketing. George has developed a wide range of Hands-On Science classes, and these classes have been quite successful and enjoyed by thousands of energetic students. He has taught as a volunteer in Vestavia Hills schools for the over 20years. George has been tutoring one-on-one and teaching ACT/SAT preparation for the past 15 years and works with about 1,000 students a year in classes and one on one sessions.


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Laura and George

We’ve learned that prior to committing to actual practice and instruction, students and parents often have general questions and concerns about the nature of the test, about the productivity of preparation, and about the feasibility of practicing online. We’ve established a video based question/answer segment to help you get started and to help you gain more knowledge about those normal concerns.