About Us

AllPencilsDown is a partnership owned by George Mizzell and Laura McDanal. After approximately 15 years of providing ACT/SAT test preparation classes and one-on-one tutoring services, we have diligently studied dozens of former ACT tests to pull together everything students need to know in order to perform well on test day.


About the Instructors

George Mizzell is a 1979 graduate of UAB Engineering School - specializing in Electrical. George has a strong passion for helping students understand Math and Science. He was employed almost 15 years as an engineer with Alabama Power, and he has spent the past 13 years consulting in areas which include, but are not limited to, engineering, programming, organizational effectiveness, and marketing functions. George has developed a wide range of Hands-On Science classes, and these classes have been quite successful and enjoyed by thousands of energetic students. He has taught as a volunteer in Vestavia Hills schools for the past 15 years. George has been tutoring one-on-one and teaching ACT/SAT preparation for the past decade and works with about 1,000 students a year in classes and one-on-one sessions.

Laura McDanal is a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University--Central, South Carolina with a BA degree in English and a Master's degree in English Education from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Laura is a State Certified Teacher with experience teaching 11th and 12th grade English--Hoover High School. She has almost 10 years’ ACT/SAT tutoring experience with a strength in writing skills, grammar mechanics, reading effectiveness coaching, and vocabulary building. She also has experience with English as a Second Language students, specifically Japanese students.

Please email Questions/Problems to questions@allpencilsdown.com