Tom Pabin, President/Founder
Tom is the founder and owner of Class 101. His career as a business owner and college/financial planner has spanned almost two decades. In that time he has helped students and families save millions of dollars on higher education. In Kentucky, Tom has worked with learners from over 70 high schools conducting financial aid workshops, one-on-one college planning, ACT/SAT prep classes, and facilitating visits to universities across the country. Working with students across 16 states and doing direct consultation with over 20 high schools, he’s helped more than 2,200 students find their way to college and significantly improved their scores on over 6,000 tests. In his spare time, Tom enjoys traveling and being involved with his sons’ basketball teams; he is husband to Christie and father of two boys, Matthew and Thomas.
Winni van Gessel, Franchise Owner
For 25 years, Winni has taught people of all ages, from Pre-K to graduate students. Most recently, he was the Interim Headmaster and College Counselor at the Montessori High School of Kentucky. With a Masters in Education from the University of Kentucky, Winni’s extensive work and research experience has allowed him to use his passion for education in unique ways for Class 101. He enjoys working directly with students, helping them improve their ACT/SAT test scores, and motivating them toward academic success through personalized education environments in which they can thrive. He lives in Lexington with his wife Ania, and his two daughters, Corie and Veronica.
“I just made over $170,000 from improving my ACT at my top 4 colleges. Best investment of my life, even though my parents paid for your services.”
“I highly recommend that any parent at least seeks Class 101’s advice on the process. From what I have experienced they not only managed my daughter’s applications but also dramatically increased the funding she accessed which more than covered the cost of their service. Without a doubt, a must do!”
“I needed a professional, and I got an adviser, friend, mentor and someone who always believed in me. Thank you Class 101. You’re the best!”
“As high school counselors, we see one aspect of our job as assisting students in their post-secondary planning. It is both challenging and rewarding. Class 101 has been a much-used resource that we can point students and parents toward. For over 10 years, We’ve been able to rely on the Class 101 folks to provide intensive one-on-one attention to students in areas of test preparation, essay writing/polishing and college visits. In the competitive world of college admissions, this helps gives peace of mind to parents and students alike.”
“You have made a difference in my future and life.”