About Novella Prep

Who We Are

With ample college admissions and higher education experiences, coupled with Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Education, Novella Prep brings relevant experience to your student. Located in Mamaroneck, New York and serving Larchmont, Rye, Bronxville, Chappaqua, Greenwich and other towns in Westchester and Fairfield counties and beyond, Novella Prep motivates students to discover their unique path through unmatched tutoring, college planning, and academic advising. 

Founder's Biography: F. Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D.

With over 15 years of experience working in admissions, development, teaching, researching, and counseling, Novella Prep founder and CEO Dr. Di Giacomo brings a depth of relevant knowledge to families in the Westchester and Fairfield county areas. 


Early in his career, Dr. Di Giacomo pursued education-focused degrees and held positions exclusively in the education sector. At Boston University, Dr. Di Giacomo majored in Secondary English Education where he was trained in teaching and mastered the domain of English. During this time, Dr. Di Giacomo also taught English as a foreign language while concurrently coaching urban youth basketball at the Boys & Girls Club and at other local youth centers in the Boston area. Following his undergraduate degree, Dr. Di Giacomo obtained a masters degree (M.Ed) in Policy, Planning, & Administration where he learned about the intersection of the classroom with leadership and policymaking. Throughout his undergraduate degree and following his masters degree, Dr. Di Giacomo worked for the Boston University Office of Undergraduate Admissions in a number of key roles, where he gained a unique insight into the operations of the admissions program. Following this experience, Dr. Di Giacomo worked for the University of Virginia supporting their growth initiatives and working directly with students. These experiences prepared Dr. Di Giacomo for his Ph.D. in International Education Policy at the University of Maryland, where he studied comparative and international education as a foundation for supporting U.S. and international education reform efforts, and has presented at numerous conferences in addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals. This doctoral degree connected what Dr. Di Giacomo learned as a trained teacher to a broader context, which provided him with specialized insights into the whole education system, and provided him with the ability to work with students from many different cultures, backgrounds, and learning needs. 


Concurrent with his doctoral degree, he worked for an education consulting company founded by a former U.S. Secretary of Education. Dr. Di Giacomo then worked at the College Board, a non-profit that owns and operates, the PSAT, SAT, and Advanced Placement (AP), where he broadened his network in the higher education community. He met and collaborated with most university and college admissions directors and staff, and gained insights into the ever-evolving admissions field. He focused his recent work in the Research department at the College Board, where he led and managed research on the SAT, PSAT, AP, and other programs. 


Dr. Di Giacomo then founded Novella Prep, a company in order to meet the holistic needs of students by applying my education expertise to the unique needs of each student.  

Contact Us

Novella Prep

257 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 204, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

914-586-2800

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed

  Serving the following Westchester and Fairfield County communities and beyond:  Armonk; Bedford; Bedford Hills; Bronxville; Chappaqua; Eastchester; Greenwich, CT, Harrison, Larchmont; Mamaroneck; Pound Ridge; Purchase; Rye; Scarsdale; Tarrytown; Waccabuc