Susan Zide Safra

Susan Zide Safra, M.Ed. has more than 22 years experience as an educator, author, lecturer, and the owner of Educational Pursuit. Susan has successfully supported the educational needs for over 10,000 students, from those seeking admission to state colleges, Ivy League universities, or trade schools. She is also passionate about working with those who have various learning disabilities, special needs, or test anxiety. Her approach to teaching is simple: she treats every student as if they were her own. Whether using sensory strategies to teach an SAT or ACT class, helping students find the perfect college, or running a massive college tour, Susan always tries to identify the student’s individual strengths to succeed.
Susan is also extremely involved in her commitment to the community as a Business Partner and School Advisory Council member with many schools in the tri-county area as well as a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling and The College Board. With a Master’s Degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from University of Florida, Susan incorporates both of her strengths into everything at Educational Pursuit. She published Beyond Words in 2010 which has been used by thousands of students throughout the nation as the premier for vocabulary instruction method, and she writes a monthly educational blog to help promote knowledge across the borders of all curriculum. Besides balancing her career with her family life, Susan loves chocolate, tiaras, anything pink, and is addicted to her iPhone.

Mark Safra

Mark Safra is the dedicated Business Manager at Educational Pursuit. He attended Florida State University and majored in Business Administration. Mark brings more to the office than just a friendly face and helpful demeanor. Besides bookkeeping, running all communications, troubleshooting computer issues, and scheduling tutoring lessons, he is the students’ number one fan. Whether helping them acclimate to the Computer Skills Lab, preparing them for their lessons, researching testing information, or just providing them with a snack, Mark makes the students feel as if they were in a home away from home. His favorite motto is: You Can Do It!

Patricia Manly

Patricia (Pati) Manly graduated from Duquesne University with a Bachelors and Masters in Education. With 34 years of teaching experience, she spent 28 of those years at Cooper City High School where she served as the English Department Chair. Pati has taught everything from American Literature, to grammar, to English Composition and at all levels including advanced, honors, and AP. In fact, her Advanced Placement Language and Composition class was the most sought after class in the school due to her overwhelming AP pass rate. Besides teaching, students could often find their beloved teacher on the courts as the coach of the tennis team for five years. For the past four years, Pati has been teaching SAT and ACT classes at Educational Pursuit as well as training students in essay writing and how to prepare for the AP exams.