dana stepleton

Dana is a West Point graduate and former Army captain who has earned a 780 on the GMAT, in addition to 99th percentile scores on the GRE, SAT, and ACT.


While at West Point, Dana tutored her peers in subjects ranging from calculus to language arts, obtaining the Army’s official CRLA tutoring certificate in 2011. (Editor’s note: to attend West Point, the U.S. Army’s most elite service academy, you need a nomination from a member of Congress. By comparison, getting into Stanford is easy. So… Dana > Charles?) After graduating, she continued to coach, train, and mentor others as she served in positions of increasing responsibility, from leading a platoon of combat medics to guiding wounded warriors as they made their transition to civilian life.

As an Army officer, Dana became a Master Resilience trainer and was selected among the top five percent of instructors to attend the Level II course and become “train the trainer” certified. She is passionate about teaching mental toughness, and is committed to maximizing her students’ potential on the GMAT by helping them employ resilience skills.

After serving in the Army, Dana spent a year traveling the western United States, followed by a four-month stint as a volunteer at a children’s hospital in Cambodia. Now that she is back in the United States, she spends her non-tutoring hours skiing, playing volleyball, and spoiling her dog, Chloe.