About Mahlena

A lifelong advocate of higher education, MAHLENA-RAE JOHNSON coaches families on the college admissions process, teaches high school students how to excel on the ACT and the New SAT, and advises business school candidates on all aspects of the MBA application process.

Mahlena’s students have been accepted to top colleges and universities, medical schools, business schools, and other graduate programs, including Auburn, Berkeley, Brown, Chicago, Indiana, MIT, Notre Dame, UCLA, and UT Austin.

To help MBA candidates and other Grad School applicants get into their dream schools, Mahlena is developing a new online course: How to Increase Your GRE Verbal Score (for Non-Native English Speakers). This course speaks to the needs of ESL and International students struggling with American vocabulary and phrases found on the GRE.


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Mahlena grew up on the mean beaches of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. During her senior year of high school, she was named Most Likely to Kidnap a Backstreet Boy.

After earning her BA and graduating with Honors from the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University, Mahlena decided to stay in Los Angeles to build her career. In 2007, she founded Mr. J Media and published her first novel, Steve the Penguin. She later elected to continue her overeducation by attending business school at the University of Southern California and earning an MBA in Marketing.

When she isn’t working smart to help her students achieve their educational and career goals, she likes to attend events sponsored by her local Mensa chapter and indulge in reruns of Murder, She Wrote and The New Adventures of Old Christine. You can read more of her deep musings and witty quips at Mahlena.com.

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