Meet John LaPlante: Head of Learning at Testive


What are your main duties and responsibilities at Testive? 

I am responsible for overseeing all of the coaches to ensure they are meeting student needs uniformly and effectively. I also create and improve content for questions and lessons, lead Testive’s SAT Study Halls, and coach my own group of SAT and ACT students.

What’s your favorite part about working at Testive?

The people. As a former lawyer at high powered law firms, I speak from experience in saying that the folks at Testive are the real deal. The students are pretty cool, too.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do?

I like to spend time with my family, run, sea kayak, read, cook, and travel.

What’s your favorite food?

Momofuku’s Bo Ssam. That, and pistachios.

What’s your favorite movie and why?

Hmm… I tend to like novels over movies, or at least a good book comes more easily to mind than than a good movie. With that in mind, I liked The Dead, which was a film adaptation by John Huston of a great short story by James Joyce of the same name. I also like The Breakfast Club, because I was 15 when it was released and, well, I could relate to it.

If you had to choose a song that best summarized your personality what would it be?

“Watching the Wheels” by John Lennon.

What quote do you try to live your life by?

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust

Are you a cat or a dog person?

Really neither, since I tend to prefer people over pets, but if pushed I guess I would prefer a dog. I would name it Tramp, in honor of the mutt I had while growing up.

Mac or PC?

I use a Mac and a Chromebook.

If you had one piece of advice to give college-bound students, what would it be?

Don’t go! Or at least, don’t go right away. Take a year or two off before college and do something different; it could be work, it could be travel, it could even be some other type of schooling, but use the time to take a detour. There’s no need to rush into college—especially once you’re admitted—and a gap year can prove invaluable.

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