Our Team

UEA’s team brings together leaders who know what it is like to balance a competitive athletic career with a heavy academic course load. The company was founded to provide academic solutions, not only to elite equestrian athletes, but also to provide educational solutions for students seeking a more flexible and individualized academic plan.  

Leadership Team

Student Support Team


Clementine Goutal - Founder

Clementine graduated from Brown University with a commitment to developing a program for student-athletes that enables excellence in both arenas. Throughout her junior years and during college, Clementine balanced academic success with achieving top results as an equestrian competing globally at the highest level. She is passionate about creating opportunities for students to pursue their personal goals while receiving a high quality education. 

Kate Bomgaars - Partner

Kate’s graduate degrees in Business Marketing and Graphic Communications prepared her to head Operations at UEA. With her own children in mind, she recognized the need for an elementary program that provides continuity and enrichment activities, such as foreign language and music instruction in a supported, child-centered environment. 

Heather Amber - Partner

Heather graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Learning and a minor in French. She enjoys working with parents and students as the preeminent college and academic advisor for UEA. 

Dr. Jennifer Speisman - Sports Psychologist

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Emory University, Masters of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling from Fordham University, and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently licensed as a clinical psychologist in the states of Florida and Kentucky. She is passionate about blending her love for athletics (particularly equestrian sports) with her training and education in psychology and has already seen a tremendous impact on the clients with whom she has been lucky enough to work.  

Ruth Sorrel - NCAA Specialist

Ruth's background with college riding is extensive, having coached for a total of 16 years. She prides herself on developing and nurturing positive relationships with her clients. During her 16 years of coaching, she has learned how and where prospects fit best. She is confident in her ability to prepare students for the next level by providing them with superior guidance. Click here to learn more about Ruth. 

We carefully select educators who reflect the values and mission we so passionately pursue. We seek talented and diverse individuals who have been successful in both academia and professional pursuits to educate and mentor our students.

UEA tutors lead by example: from being at the top of their class, to volunteering in their communities, to representing their country at the Olympics. Most importantly, every tutor is committed to student success. 

Our Tutors


After attending the Chapin School in Manhattan, Natalie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania cum laude with a BA in the History of Art and in French Studies. She then spent four years at Soros Fund Management LLC, a top-performing hedge fund. Natalie earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and after graduating in 2015, founded a consulting business, South Main Capital, LLC, which focuses on qualitative research and due diligence. Natalie loves to read fiction and was research assistant to Martha Hall Kelly on her second novel, Lost Roses. Natalie has authored three white papers and she enjoys coaching students on their writing skills. She has also helped several candidates be admitted to top business school programs and advises high school students on the college application process.

Dr. Melmed

Dr. Melmed’s education includes a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University. He has taught all levels of chemistry at both a high school and college level, and was appointed Science Department Chair for grades K – 12 and Master Teacher by the administration of the private school where he taught for many years. In addition, Dr. Melmed has extensive experience in the environmental sciences, having worked for a corporation that won a contract to serve as a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency for many years.


Richard graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tufts University. He then attended the Sloan School at MIT where he received his Master’s in Industrial Management. At Touche Ross & Co. (currently Deloitte & Touche), Richard worked as a Management Consultant, the Director of Marketing, and then the Director of Health Care Consulting before being admitted to partnership. He was also the Chief Administrative Officer of the U.S. M&A Practice at Deutsche Bank and continues to serve as a Principal in the Triad Advisory Group. Richard tutors Upper Echelon Academy students in Finance, Economics, Statistics, and Accounting.


Laurie earned her bachelor’s degree in computer information systems/business with a 4.0 GPA. After spending two years at home with her three small children, she found her niche as a tutor working with equestrian homeschool students. She has more than 10 years of experience as an SAT/ACT instructor and is now a certified professional Florida math educator.


Emmi graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then completed a Master’s of Science in Medical Sciences from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She has experience working with students from elementary school through college, and specializes in helping students in biological sciences, mathematics, reading, and French.


Sarah is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Ethics and Law. She has completed the boards and classwork of medical school and is currently earning her PhD with the World Health Organization / University of Zurich before beginning clinical work. Sarah specializes in helping students in upper-level biology and sciences. In her spare time, Sarah volunteers at student-run health fairs in the community offering health care and screenings to patients without medical insurance, typically directing the pediatric operations. 


Ivan graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California and was personally recruited by the founder of Kaplan Test Prep to teach the ACT/SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT. He left his prominent role as the Academic Director of Kaplan in the metro area to continue tutoring students, training educators, and writing standardized prep course material. He has personally scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT and LSAT. In addition to preparing students for these exams, he also has experience teaching high school academics (Math, English, History and Science) and guitar/music theory. As you can see, when it comes to teaching, Ivan's pretty much done it all. But that’s not all! Ivan is a talented author and has written shows now appearing on Netflix. 


Vanessa is an educator, mathematician, and engineer who enjoys teaching people how to do and use mathematics to achieve academic goals. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Art degree in Mathematics. Along with years of industry experience in the software engineering field, she also has years of classroom teaching experience with a variety of learners. From those struggling with the material to those who display talent in the subject, to help the students achieve higher grades, pass tests, improve study skills, strengthen work ethic, and subsequently increase self-confidence. She specializes in the subjects of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, and statistics.


Lindsay graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in engineering. Having received a perfect score on 9 AP exams and an SAT score in the 99th percentile, she enjoys preparing students to excel on standardized tests. Lindsay also specializes in mathematics and the sciences and frequently travels to equestrian events with UEA students. 


Lucy graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a specialty in Sustainability. She enjoys teaching humanities and science, and has a particular fondness for Old English Literature. Lucy continues to compete as an equestrian representing the USA, and was a member of the silver medal team at the 2016 Olympic Games. 


Khrysztian received her B.A. in International Business and French with a minor in Spanish Linguistics from the Ohio State University. She has also studied French at McGill University in Montréal, Quèbec and Spanish at the José Ortega y Gasset Foundacíon in Toledo, Spain. Most recently, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and tutoring students in French, Spanish, and Art History from elementary through university levels. In her spare time, she and her family love to travel and go boating.

If you would like to learn how to be carefully considered for an educator position with UEA, please contact Kate at kbomgaars@upperechelonacademy.com.

“UEA helps me stay on top of all my work while being in Florida for the winter and traveling during finals season. The tutors are helpful, attentive, and understand the rigors of juggling a full course load while training and competing. They are concise, competent, and detailed enough to fully explore each subject. Now that I am in my junior year, everyone at UEA is open to help with the college process and is there to alleviate stress in any way they can. Throughout my time at UEA, I have not only thrived academically, but I have also gained experiences and tools that will assist me as I finish high school and begin the college process. UEA has made it easy to stay on a successful academic track while allowing me to pursue my equestrian goals.

- Tessa B.

“I’ve worked with UEA for two years now and they have really helped me with my time management skills for school. They also understand how much the horses mean to me. Before working with UEA, I dreaded school, but they've made schoolwork enjoyable. I really appreciate UEA’s support in and out of the ring, and can't thank them enough for all they do as it’s tough to manage school and riding at this level.”

- Alex A.

“UEA has allowed me to give full effort in both riding and school. Being in an enthusiastic and supportive school environment has helped me reach my goals.”

- Teddi P.

“I’ve been working with UEA for three years now and they’ve helped me manage a difficult schedule that works around competition and training hours, while also getting enough time to do my classes. Working with UEA has taught me time management, flexibility, and has improved my study skills. The tutors make learning fun and easy, yet also manage to keep me on pace in my classes!”

- Bella C.

“I appreciate UEA because of their flexibility and understanding of an equestrian's schedule. The tutors are amazing and you learn so much every time you sit down with them. Also, Heather and Kate are so helpful whenever you need anything - I’m just so thankful to be able to work with everyone at UEA.”

- Ansgar H.