Luke Heller, Curriculum Developer
One day you'll read about Luke winning the first ever Grammy Award for Best Rap Album By A Nice Jewish Boy From The Suburbs, but today is probably not that day. In the meantime, you should know that Luke was born and raised in Los Angeles where he attended the much-ballyhooed Harvard-Westlake School and had his first stand-up comedy performance during his senior year talent show. After high school, Luke decided to move to the other side of the country for college ("Sorry, Mom… it's not you, it's me"), attending NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. For those of you who attended more Conform With Your Peers type colleges, Gallatin gives students the opportunity to create their own major – an academic freedom that Luke exercised by exploring “the intersection of comedy, philosophy, psychology, and religion.” (He has a great five minutes on Machiavelli’s The Prince if you’re into that sort of thing.) As one of Catalyst's Curriculum Developers, Luke uses his background in comedy to strip away some of the anxiety-inducing mythology surrounding standardized tests, making the preparation process more fun and, in turn, more effective. When Luke isn't making jokes about SAT algebra, he's usually just making jokes about something else… or singing falsetto in the shower.
Why He Works for Catalyst
Because he remembers that episode of Boy Meets World in which Eric struggles with the SAT until Mr. Feeny drops some knowledge on him and changes his life forever. Luke hopes to have a Feeny-type impact on kids’ lives – at least until an NBA team wises up and drafts him already.
How the Universe Has Punished Him for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker
Long story short, Luke is kind of a wuss. Here's a list of things that completely terrify him: heights, roller coasters, eggplant, spiders, the creepy girl from The Ring, girls in general, and forgetting to lock his car. He's actually outside right now checking it for the 10th time today.
Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite Nobel 80s Laureate
Gallipoli / The 14th Dalai Lama (Nobel Peace Prize, 1989)