Grantly is a Nashville local and University School of Nashville alum. Soon after Graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in economics and studio art, Grantly founded GRANITE®. Fascinated by understanding student motivation, productivity, and goal creation, Grantly has contributed to research studying factors impacting motivation and decision-making (specifically as it pertains to mindfulness) at both Dartmouth College and Vanderbilt University.
Grantly likes to refer to these factors as “Test Taking Intangibles”®; he works to ensure all students at his center have a rich understanding of both standard academic content (math, grammar, etc.) as well as the intangibles of test taking (calm, focus, nutrition, etc.)
Grantly is a certified KORU™ mindfulness instructor and has taught mindfulness classes for stress reduction and academic performance at his home base (GRANITE®), as well as Vanderbilt University and Dartmouth College.
When not working with students, Grantly plays in a couple Nashville area tennis leagues; he loves cooking Indian food, charcoal drawing, and playing guitar. Most of all, Grantly loves talking with families and students about how they can achieve their academic goals!
Director of Education
Landon Funk is a Nashville native and graduate of Princeton University, where she majored in English and African American Studies and was captain of the Women’s Varsity Golf Team. Since college, Landon has dedicated her life to education and wellness in the hopes of making the world a much calmer and more understanding place. She received her 200 hour yoga certification in 2015 and is also a certified meditation instructor and reiki healer.
Landon loves to work with students who are looking to deepen their understanding of English, grammar, math, test prep, and college counseling.
In her spare time, she teaches and practices yoga, reads the latest “Book of the Month,” and goes on walks with her dog, Andy.
Granite’s first hire, Connor Brennan has been an absolute powerhouse in bringing mindfulness-based test prep to his students! Connor has worked with students in preparing for The ACT, The SAT, The GRE AP Environmental Science, precalculus, and more!
Connor’s passion for helping students find calm and build focus through mindfulness paired with his incredible academic background: degrees in physics, math, and medical physics, led him to become one of Granite’s star educators and the math department director at one of Nashville’s finest schools: Templeton Academy.
When Connor isn’t guiding his students to academic achievement through mindfulness, he has an incredibly successful music career! You can find Connor on Spotify, at local Nashville venues, and even as the featured musician at the Nashville High School Art Show!
A Nashville native, Will has spent the past few years in New Orleans where he received his Master’s of Cell and Molecular Biology and Bachelor’s of Neuroscience from Tulane University.
His degrees have given him a breadth of experience in STEM-related subjects as well as a passion for the humanities, particularly in English writing and literature. He has spent much of his life abroad and has a strong appreciation for French language and communication which he enjoys mentoring greatly.
Will’s approach to tutoring incorporates mindful thinking and diligent attention to the material at hand, catering each lesson to best suit the student so that they get the most out of studying.Outside of pedagogy, Will enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and fishing, as well as cooking and photography.
A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Ryan Knight is an alumni of Vanderbilt University. Before GRANITE®, Ryan spent 5 years running an ACT prep clinic in his hometown.
Vanderbilt’s rigorous pre-medical program has allowed him to study and excel in biology, chemistry, physics, and statistics. In order to achieve the fullest comprehension of these fields possible, Ryan has sought out experience working in several research labs and shadowing several doctors. His focus shifted from purely academic achievement to physical and mental wellness as well when a spinal injury required corrective surgery in the summer of 2019. Since then he has been attending yoga and meditation sessions and put an increased emphasis on mindfulness in all aspects of his life, especially education.
Loring grew up on a Christmas tree farm in coastal Maine and graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College.
At Dartmouth, he majored in Earth Sciences and took a lot of math, physics, astronomy, chemistry, and computing classes. Loring has traveled the American and Canadian west studying geology, working for a summer in Yellowstone National Park, a winter in Alaska, and New Mexico.
A longtime student of mindfulness and meditation, Loring knows the importance of mindfulness and Test Taking Intangibles® to academics and life generally.
In his spare time, he likes to read, build things, bike, and explore the outdoors.
Originally from Northwest Florida, Joe is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University majoring in Law, History, and Society. He began helping younger students prepare for standardized tests in high school and quickly developed an appreciation for the way that intangible factors (like motivation and focus) can contribute to academic success. Since coming to Nashville, Joe has worked as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor and as a lab assistant in Vanderbilt’s Biological Sciences department. Particularly interested in the study of environmental law, he has worked to develop a strong command of the English language and competency in the natural sciences and math. He is determined to use these skills to ensure that other students can reach their most lofty academic goals.
Raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Nicky Farren returned to his home state after spending his last 4 years at Santa Clara University. Receiving a bachelor’s in Psychology, along with minors in Spanish and International Business, Nicky is a true academic renaissance man.
Though his studies cover a wide range of topics, Nicky has engulfed himself in the Spanish language and has a strong desire to pass his knowledge of the subject on to his students. His time spent abroad in Spain, in conjunction with his studies in school have given him a deep understanding of the language that he wishes to share with others.
Nicky spends his time at Granite incorporating Mindfulness into his lessons as a way to ensure that students keep their eyes on their progressions over-time, not the struggles they may face in the moment. Nicky is passionate about Spanish education, ISEE test prep, and a host of other academic disciplines.
Reilly McNamara is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance and Earth & Environmental Science.
She has always had a passion for education, tutoring for a variety of subjects from algebra to music theory to chemistry. Her approach to working with students is mindfulness-based, and focuses on cultivating the students’ natural learning strengths so as to maximize educational benefits.
Reilly is beyond excited to be part the team at Granite Test Prep, and looks forward to being a part of your scholastic journey!