Frank Smith, Director of Curriculum

Frank's love of the written word began at an early age, when he would spend many hours studying the oversized pages of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever from his carseat. Frank read his way through peewee soccer games, Cub Scout meetings, piano recitals, Bar Mitzvah parties, summer jobs, and many other activities where the people around him probably would have preferred that he put his novel down for a few minutes. Eventually he studied English and writing at Northwestern University so that his parents could pay $30,000 a year to supplement his reading full time. Frank managed to break into the test prep business after convincing Catalyst's Human Resources department that he's also pretty good at math. After a number of years working suburban cul-de-sacs as an SAT tutor, Frank graduated to a desk job and took on the role of Catalyst's Director of Curriculum. Along with Catalyst CEO and spiritual leader Jared Friedland, he collaborates on the composition of all of Catalyst's textbooks, study guides, manuals, and bootcamps. (He also tutors a few high schoolers each month to stay abreast of the latest developments in text message abbreviations.) Outside of the office, Frank has written prose fiction, plays, critical essays, and a popular live comedy and music show, but he considers his greatest achievement to be his explanation of Dangling Participles on page 72 of The Naked Truth About The SAT.

Why He Works For Catalyst

None of the other test prep companies thought his jokes about Dorothy Parker's drinking habits had a place in their curriculum.

How The Universe Has Punished Him For Being A Freakishly Good Test-Taker

As an "intellectual," he feels obligated to enjoy The New Yorker's Shouts & Murmurs column much more than he actually does.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

RoboCop / Jaroslav Seifert (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1984)