I’m Steve Saso founder of Saso High School Prep and
I have over thirty-six years experience teaching high school. I
have had every student imaginable in my classrooms. My sincere
conviction is every student is able to experience academic
success—if they are taught how with proper instruction and
guidance. Everyone is capable of learning.
the past eighteen years I have
tutored middle school students to successfully prepare for high school
math and English and for the High School Placement Test.®
a student tells me they can’t
do math I take it as a personal
challenge to build their
self-confidence by proving them wrong. It is a great joy to
when I work with kids who have been labeled as poor students, and they
experience success. As confidence increases so does motivation. I love
doing this work!
graduating from Bellarmine
College Prep in San José,
CA and Gonzaga
University in Spokane, WA I
began my teaching career at Jesuit High in Sacramento followed by
Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. Moving to San Luis
helped re-open Mission College Prep and was Assistant Principal. Later,
I returned to my alma mater and taught at Bellarmine for more than two
addition to teaching, my wife Patt
and I are authors of two books and national speakers on parenting
issues. To learn more about our work with parents visit parentingteensjustgoteasier.com.
been married for over thiry years and have three children, all in their
I am an avid Oakland A’s fan, love to work in my garden, and
especially to Hawaii.
I'm Brian, Steve's oldest son. I attended Bellarmine for high school
(class of '03) and went on to study at UC Santa Barbara. I graduated
from UCSB in 2007 with a bachelor's in business.
I have been
working with Saso High School Prep for over a decade. I started
teaching Saso HSP classes about two years ago. I helped collaborate on
the writing of curriculum and classwork for the Saso HSPT prep courses,
workbooks, as well as the Math and Grammar classes. In addition, I
helped write our Vocabulary Workbook. In my spare time I enjoy watching
sports especially the Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors.
spent the past thirty-five years here in the Bay Area
teaching literature and writing. There are few things that delight me
helping young people deepen their own love and ability to learn. I
Jesuit High School in Sacramento, University of San Francisco and
in England for my undergraduate studies, and UCLA for graduate work.
years I taught every level of college prep
English at Bellarmine in San José, every course from
freshman English to a wide
diversity of upper class electives to Bellarmine’s Senior
During my years at Bellarmine, I was also varsity basketball coach and
the school’s Wilderness Program. As a teacher I’ve
received a number of local
and national teaching awards, including the National Endowment for the
Teacher-Scholar Award. Now retired from full-time teaching (to dedicate
time to my own writing), I love working closely with small groups of
students here at Saso High School Prep.
wife Debi and I now divide our time between our home in
San José and our backwoods cabin in Big Sur, where I enjoy
writing, hiking, and
working as an advocate for local wilderness and cultural issues. Our
children — Matt, Nate, Caitlin, and Ali — live here
in San José, too.
My name is Anna Priestley. I have been working for Saso High
School Prep since 2009. I specialize in teaching the summer writing
class and assisting students one-on-one with their high school
application essays. I have also assisted in HSPT
I received my B.S.
in Human Development from UC Davis and earned an MA in Counseling at
Regent's College in London. For the past three years I have been
tutoring students from elementary school to college level in a variety
of academic subjects, with a focus on writing and math.
I really enjoy
working with Steve and the other Saso High School Prep teachers, and I
love seeing students invest themselves in their learning and make
progress in their writing ability.
I'm Paul Seliga,
a long-time Bay
Area resident and friend of Steve Saso even longer. I grew up in
Chicago, then moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Loyola High
School. (And no, I'm not a Dodgers fan--as my HSP students wanted
desperately to know.) I have a bachelor's degree in Physics from Spring
Hill College, taught algebra and geometry at Jesuit High School in
Sacramento (along with Steve), and got master's degrees in theology and
computer science. I worked for 30 years in the software engineering
field, in various interesting businesses.
Now retired, I
enjoy producing community theatre plays, singing in the church choir,
running, biking, playing softball, rooting for the Niners, and
volunteering. And I believe good math and writing skills are keys to
self-confidence and success.
I am a lifetime San José native and I
am happy to be working with Steve
Saso in preparing eighth graders to take the HSPT. I attended
high school at Bellarmine College Preparatory, continued my
undergraduate studies at San José
State University and completed my
master’s work at Santa Clara University.
I have worked in
the education field for my entire life and I am entering my forty-first
year of high school teaching and counseling. I have taught math, social
counseling courses. My extra-curricular interests have
included coaching football, performing service and coordinating the
My wife, Jill, and
I have been married for thirty-six years and we have two grown sons
named Brian and Jason. Our favorite activities include
traveling, especially to Italy, going San José Sharks games,
spending time with family. I am very happy to be involved
with Steve Saso and his excellent HSPT Prep classes.