Valedictorian of a high school class of several hundred and a National Merit Scholar, Kalen received numerous speaking awards as a debater and won a Boeing scholarship based on his essay, "Foreign Languages: Jet-Age Tools For World Peace." After majoring in Government and graduating from Oberlin College Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, Kalen attended the University of Michigan, where he served as a Research Assistant at the Research Center for Group Dynamics and a Teaching Fellow in the Psychology Department, co-created a field experience program for undergraduates called Project Outreach, and in due course earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology. Further study culminated in a Master Diploma in Teaching English As A Foreign Language from the International TEFL Institute. Kalen quickly put all this study to use teaching undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Michigan, Boston University, and Rockport College.
Kalen has a lifelong love of learning. He has attended more postgraduate training programs and workshops than he can count, in fields ranging from personal growth to conducting family therapy to software development.
After growing up in Washington D.C., Yakima, Washington, and a couple of suburbs of Chicago, receiving his Doctorate, and a stint of teaching and working as a family therapist/life coach, Kalen travelled the world coaching and training executives and managers at over 50 Fortune 500 companies on 5 continents.
Besides tutoring, Kalen is also a real estate investor: His wife Kari and he have two rental properties in Waterville, Maine. Kalen's favorite activities are learning and teaching. He also enjoys playing schmaltzy cocktail piano (once when he was improvising in a hotel lobby a patron came over and invited Kalen to play at his daughter's wedding!) and Ultimate Frisbee (his daughter Lyrica is a world-class Ultimate Frisbee player). He occasionally dabbles in magic.