Born and raised in Monterey, California, Preston grew up playing soccer, going to the beach, hiking up mountains, and reading books.
Preston graduated cum laude from Princeton with a B.A. in Philosophy. As an undergrad at Princeton, he tutored local high schoolers in SAT and ACT prep, college essays, English, math, and political science—among other subjects. Preston also taught English at a high school in Dakar, Senegal, through a university-sponsored gap year program; facilitated week-long courses in New York City high schools on the college application process; helped a Thai NGO design curriculum for a master’s program in Socially-Engaged Buddhism; and taught philosophy classes in prisons near Princeton. At the end of his senior year, Preston was awarded the Class of 1869 Prize for his thesis on responsibility for historic and structural injustice.
When working with students, Preston strives to be more than a homework helper. Of course he wants students to see concrete improvements in their test scores and grades, to get into the colleges of their choice, but he also hopes to be a mentor. He recognizes that middle school, high school, and the college application process can be a stressful and complicated time for students. Preston creates a space of support, offering a listening ear and acting as a sounding board for those with whom he works.
Preston is now living in Berkeley, California, where he tutors students and participates in local politics. In his free time, he likes to go on walks, play the banjo, read, and write.