Why Us

Here’s what sets us apart from other learning centers.

Estelle Finkel offers a full range of educational services, including tutoring, SAT coaching, college counseling, educational evaluation and diagnostic, psychological and aptitude testing. We are proud to be counted among the most highly regarded and expertly staffed educational service firms in the state.

When it comes to educational services, we are truly expert.

As an independent, locally owned and operated firm, Estelle Finkel is committed to one goal alone: academic excellence. Our executive team is comprised of education experts, teachers, and specialized education consultants, and our mission is to be the absolute best in educational services, not the biggest.

We’re a fixture in the NJ community, and hold ourselves to the highest standards in providing our services to you.

We consider ourselves a partner with the NJ community we love. We’ve been here, committed to delivering the highest quality services to you, since 1984. You can count on us to continue our heritage of helping local students achieve their dreams for many generations to come.

Our tutors and instructors are like no others.

The Estelle Finkel Center for Learning attracts instructors who want to be associated with the highest standards of teaching. On staff are reading and study skills specialists, math and science educators, learning consultants, guidance counselors, school psychologists, elementary teachers and preschool specialists. Most are full time teachers with master’s or doctoral degrees in their specialties.

Our results speak for themselves.

We take great pride in our students’ success, whether it’s a higher grade in a subject area, a personal best on a standardized test, or acceptance into a college of choice. Many of our students improve test scores by hundreds of points, and go on to the most prestigious and competitive universities and private schools in the country. We’re so sure of our ability to help your child achieve his or her academic dreams, we guarantee it.

Management Team

Christopher Patrick, Executive Director

Christopher Patrick, Executive Director, is responsible for the vision, strategy, administration, and general management of The Estelle Finkel Center for Learning. Dedicated to the education profession, Chris posesses a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, and is also a history teacher at Pompton Lakes High School, a position he’s held sincen 1997. Highly respected for his accomplishments in the classroom, Chris has been honored as Teacher of the Year and also serves as Advisor to the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. In addition, he motivates and inspires kids outside of class through his role as Head Coach for the school’s cross-country team. In 1999, he became Executive Director of SEE CAMP, and in 2004 he assumed the leadership role of The Gifted and Talented Institute. As an educator in all of these arenas, Chris prides himself on his ability to motivate his students to grow both as learners and individuals.

Amanda Patrick, Educational Director

As Educational Director for The Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, Amanda oversees the creation, management and constant evolution and improvement of all our educational programs. With a Master’s degree in Instruction and Curriculum Development, she brings over 15 years’ experience as an educator, math specialist, tutor, and human resources specialist to her role. Constantly researching, reflecting, and creating, Amanda channels her passion for improving the educational process and serving the community every day through her work. Amanda has formerly acted as Program Director for The Gifted and Talented Institute, as well as overseeing human resources and communications for SEE Camp.