About Us

 
 
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AllPencilsDown is a partnership owned by George Mizzell and Laura McDanal. After approximately 10 years of providing ACT/SAT test preparation classes and one on one tutoring services, we have diligently studied dozens of 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, which has placed us in the unfortunate situation of turning students away. In an attempt to solve this problem, we concluded that a packaged deal in a video format on the web was the best way to reach all students who wanted help.
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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 almost 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 for family reasons.


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 he has spent the past 13 years consulting in areas which include, but are not limited to, engineering, programming, organizational effectiveness, and marketing functions. 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 past 15 years. George has been tutoring one-on-one and teaching ACT/SAT preparation for the past decade and works with about 1,000 students a year in classes and one on one sessions.

 

Resources we recommend for students and we use these in class and in our tutoring as well:

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.