About Mahlena

A lifelong advocate of higher education, MAHLENA-RAE JOHNSON coaches students and families on all aspects of the university, graduate school, and MBA admissions process. She also teaches students how to excel on the SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, MCAT, TOEFL, CHSPE, GED, and ASVAB.

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


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. Mahlena is currently working on her fifth book, But You Have No Idea.

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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Want to interview Mahlena about why she's awesome? Email us at mahlenasguide@gmail.com.


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