Jeff Yeagle, Program Advisor
Husband to Kate, father to Leo and Joelle, and bringer of Purina Beggin' Strips to their seven-year-old pug, Sonny, Jeff leads a traditional family life in the suburbs of Chicago, a befitting existence for someone who grew up in Normal, Illinois. Prior to being domesticated, Jeff had long hair, reveled in punk music, and backpacked throughout Europe, an adventure that included getting kicked out of a English pub and being made an honorary Scotsman prior to a World Cup game. But before we go too deep into his European escapades, let's rewind to the 1990s, to Jeff's formative years in the town of Normal, Illinois. The fifth of six siblings, all of whom "pretty much look alike," Jeff sailed through childhood with apparent ease. In elementary school, he was crowned 5th grade geography bee champ. In middle school, he excelled in math and science and began competing in sports. And in high school, Jeff lettered in cross country, wrestling, swimming, and soccer and was even elected Senior Class President and Homecoming King. (Basically, Jeff was exactly like Zach Morris in Saved by the Bell.) After high school, Jeff enrolled at Eastern Illinois University, where he channeled his competitive drive into writing for the college's Daily Eastern News, a distinguished student-run paper that has produced several Pulitzer Prize winners. Though he enjoyed learning about journalism, Jeff decided to forgo a career in the fourth estate in favor of education, working for a variety of companies before finding his way to Catalyst. As Catalyst's Program Advisor in Chicago, Jeff counsels families on the best way to prepare for the ACT and SAT, often trumpeting our tutors as the test prep equivalents of Jordan and Pippen. When he isn't advising students or spending time with his family, Jeff enjoys listening to music ("anything from the Rolling Stones to Otis Redding"), rooting for his favorite sports teams ("the Minnesota Twins and Vikings"), and dancing at weddings (number one request: "Bust a Move" by Young MC).
Why He Works for Catalyst
Sandwiched between "running with the bulls" and "hang-gliding in New Zealand" on his bucket list.
How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker
The Catalyst team member "Most Likely to Be Ridiculed on America's Got Talent," Jeff is such a bad singer that his Mom once offered to pay him to stop singing — in church.
Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate
Spies Like Us / Czeslaw Milosz (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1980)