About Us

MaranathaEd is the leading Test Prep Company in the Kansas City Metro area. Our company’s mission is to improve the academic achievement of all students by providing a Foundation for Test Prep (ACT/SAT/PSAT/HSPT Prep) that brings about an overwhelming Confidence which leads to Success. Our main focal point is to reach Juniors and Seniors in high school who have not done well on the ACT/SAT/PSAT/HSPT Test and help them raise their scores so they can attend college and/or compete for scholarships. We also focus on students who would like to bring their scores to over a 30 Composite. As a company, Post-COVID, we average an ACT Composite Score of 29 (English 32, Math 29, Reading 28, Science 28). Students who utilize our program have seen 3 to 10 point gains in their Sub-Scores and Composite Scores, 50 to 200 point gains in their SAT Scores.

With our Test Prep program, students go through a full course of ACT/SAT/PSAT/HSPT Prep strategies, test and evaluation. Throughout the course students will learned what their strengths and weaknesses are in each area of the test. At the conclusion of the course the students will have gained ground in all areas.

“We’re a small and growing Test Prep Company. I look forward to meeting you and your student and helping create a foundation to succeed at your ACT/SAT/PSAT/HSPT goals. So, what are you waiting for? EMAIL ME so we can get your student started today.”

Duane A. Joseph Sr., President, MaranathaEd, LLC

Duane A. Joseph Sr.

Master Prep Instructor (English/Reading/Science)

Duane is the President and Founder of MaranathaEd, LLC and heads up the instruction and academic coaching. Prior to starting MaranathaEd, Joseph served in the United States Navy, was a High School Mathematics Teacher for 14 years and worked with Kauffman Scholar Inc. where he was an Academic Coach, Recruiter, Assessment Coordinator and Mentor for the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation from 2008 to 2012. He is a well-known speaker in the field of education and enjoys speaking at educational conferences. Joseph is known as an educator’s educator. He’s a co-author of the ACT Prep Manual, Rule the Kingdom of ACT. His more than 25 years of education experience have been used to serve students and teachers alike. Duane’s passion began early in his career and continues to this day. Everything he does is intentional and that is exactly what his staff, colleagues and students have all come to love and admire about Joseph. His education motto “Students do not want to know how much you know until they know how much you care.” Joseph also gives back to the Kansas City community. He has created “The Backpacks 4 Teachers” & “School Supply Closet Drive” where he and his friends collect school supplies for Teachers in KCPS with community partners like Starbucks, Reece Nichols Realty and Country Club Bank just to name a few. Duane has been featured on many local news stations, magazines and was honored by Kansas City Business Journal as one of twenty-five 2015 NextGen Leaders in Kansas City. He is also a 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City Most Wanted Honoree. Check out his Linkedin profile or duaneajoseph.com for more information.

Ana Anchi Novicic

Master Prep Instructor (Math)

Ana Anchi Novicic was born and raised in Serbia. She attended Rockhurst University on basketball scholarship and received biochemistry degree with a minor in mathematics. Her focus was biochemistry with the intention to pursue research, but had a similar passion for math and became highly motivated about teaching and helping students. Anchi have successfully tutored chemistry and math for over 20 years now. She began tutoring early in high school free of charge and her reward was to see the kids from her village pass their Math, Science, and English. Anchi’s ultimate goal is to help the kids in high poverty schools achieve and find their academic goals and to choose the best life path. Anchi is also the Founder, President and Tutor of Anchi’s Tutoring, LLC. Her company has been serving Kansas City Metropolitan area for over 10 years and the Henderson/Las Vegas area for 3 years. Anchi is also the Co-Author of Rule the Kingdom of ACT and has helped hundreds of students achieve their ACT goals.

Mary Kate Kelly

College & Career Counselor

Mary Kate was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a journalism degree in strategic communication and minors in Spanish and business. Her journalistic background of storytelling and relationship building informed her advising of and advocacy for students. She strives to recognize and appreciate students’ nuanced lives and goals. Mary Kate’s five years of experience in college counseling provides her with a deep understanding of the college process – from admissions to financial aid to majors and degrees – and how to achieve students’ post-secondary goals.