Dr Jamie Rodriguez - President
Jamie is the owner and creator of JBG Educational Group. She has been tutoring for the past ten years with school systems throughout Massachusetts and worked with a top tutoring company in New York City. She attended the honors program at UMASS Amherst (specializing in clinical and developmental psychology) for her undergraduate degree, Columbia University (degree in psychology with a focus in special education) for her Masters, and the College of William and Mary (degree in Counselor Education and Supervision with a focus on multicultural counseling) for her PhD. Jamie is responsible for all inner workings of the company, handles all inquiries, initial assessment and referrals of all students, and tutors the majority of Special Education students.
Jamie develops all curriculum for the SAT & SSAT classes, hires and trains all tutors, and currently is structuring a new and innovative system to support alternative learning styles.
Stacy Padula - Co-Director
Stacy grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Wentworth, where she studied Architecture and Interior Design. Stacy was a Presidential Scholar and on Wentworth's Dean's List. She received the Academic Achievement Award for Miss Teen Southern New England and was in Who's Who Among American High School Students. Stacy first began tutoring Algebra and English in high school and continued through college and after graduation. Stacy then became a certified academic tutor through the International Tutor Association. Stacy specializes in tutoring SAT & ACT prep, English, and Math. She has a heart for the youth and has taught multiple AWANA and VBS classes. Stacy is passionate about creative writing and has written multiple books on the topics of peer pressure, high school, and Christianity. She is the author of Montgomery Lake High, a young adult book series that will debut in Spring 2010. In her spare time, Stacy enjoys skiing, writing, golfing, traveling, reading, spending time with her family & friends, and volunteering. Stacy believes strongly in encouraging others to use their gifts and talents to reach their full potential.
Brett Holman - Co-Director
Brett grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. While at UMASS, Brett enjoyed several internships and research assistant positions. He also played an active role in the development and management of the non-profit organization, The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. After graduating in 2008, he worked as a senior counselor for YMCA's Camp Norwich where he realized that a career in education was truly his passion. After moving to Boston and spending time in the business world, he has begun to pursue a career in education. In the next two or three years, Brett plans to obtain his MA in Education to eventually teach in a classroom of his own. His tutoring interests include: SAT prep, all levels of Math and college level economics. Brett's hobbies are playing tennis, golf, fishing and cooking.
Andrew Doleman - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Andrew grew up in Dartmouth, MA (where the beach meets the woods meets the farm) and graduated from Boston College in 2009 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a minor in English. While at Boston College he worked as a research assistant and thesis student in the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory studying human emotion. He's also been involved in various neuroimaging research projects at Massachusetts General Hospital's Martinos Center. Outside of research, Andrew has worked at a YMCA summer camp, the Boys and Girls Club after school program, and in the Fall River Public School System. He enjoys tutoring science - specifically biology and chemistry. Presently, Andrew works for a law firm and is planning on entering a Ph.D. program in the near future studying Cognitive Neuroscience. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys going to local concerts, reading, traveling, playing tennis, and enjoying all that sandwiches and beaches have to offer.
Matt Clement - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Matt, originally from Cape Cod, completed his undergraduate work in biology and chemistry at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina while captaining the soccer team. He received top honors from the North Carolina Academy of Science for research and received the Derieux award for excellence in undergraduate research. After graduating he took a position at ThermoFisher Scientific as a research scientist where he helped develop and optimize novel ELISA based platforms. He is currently working for Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the nephrology division where he is involved in many projects including kidney biomarkers and gold nanotechnology. In addition to his research he is also enrolled at Harvard University's masters program in biology. Future plans involve applying to MD/PhD programs in the Boston area. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and soccer.
Emily Levine - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Emily grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor's Degree in Politics from Bates College, where she began to tutor local students in Lewiston, ME.
During her junior year, Emily spent a semester in New York City taking courses at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and teaching in a 7th grade math classroom, where she developed a passion for writing curriculum and designing fun, interesting educational projects to be used as tools for teaching effectively. She subsequently worked as a preschool teacher in Springfield, MA and helped to design and implement grants for an Education Non-Profit. In her free time she enjoys reading, exploring new places, and spending time with family. She is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Education, Policy and Management program.
Liya Escalera - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Liya grew up in Manchester, Connecticut. She attended Stonehill College where she earned her B.A. double majoring in English and Spanish. While studying at Stonehill, she was the executive coordinator of the Monday and Wednesday academic club for kids, offering tutoring to students ages k-12 in all subjects including preparing for the MCAS and SAT. After she graduated, she began working at the New England Institute of Art while attending Simmons College pursuing her M.A. in English. For three years, Liya taught English and Freshman Seminar courses at The New England Institute of Art while working in the Academic Support Center as an advisor and remediation specialist. Liya will attend Harvard graduate School of Education in the fall.
Erin Osborn - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in June 2005. She graduated with Honors in Government after writing her thesis on "The Moral Mission of Schooling: Negotiating Intellectual and Civic Virtue." While at Dartmouth she played Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse, captaining the 2005 lacrosse team and playing in the NCAA Final Four last May. She recently moved to Cambridge to do political organizing work with an Education Reformer and to teach at a public elementary school.
She has much and varied experience teaching and tutoring elementary, high school and college age students. Most recently, she taught English, Math and Science in primary and secondary village schools in Kenya. She also has experience with the SAT I, LSAT and GRE tests as both a test-taker and a tutor. In her free time she enjoys dancing, playing on a coed soccer team, hearing live music, and reading and memorizing poetry.
Chris Adamcik - Academic Tutor
Chris grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. While at Northeastern, Chris utilized the cooperative learning program and was able to work at Bayer Healthcare developing and optimizing assays for cancer detection. After graduating in 2006 he went to work for another major biotech company testing clinical samples. Currently, Chris works as an Associate Marketing/Product Manager at a worldwide biotech distribution company. Chris' hobbies are playing soccer, hiking, and exploring the greater Boston area.
Faith Birnbaum - Academic Tutor
Faith grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut with her younger sister, Paige, and parents Robert and Ruthanne. She was very involved in Model UN and the cross-country team in high school, and attended Brown University. Faith graduated Brown in 2010 with honors and a Bachelors of Science in Human Biology with a track in race and gender. She plans to attend Brown's Alpert Medical School next year and hopes to become a trauma surgeon. In college, Faith tutored the SATs and counseled first generation and underprivileged children through the Let's Get Ready program. She has also tutored women eager to obtain their GED at a women's shelter in Connecticut, fellow Brown peers in genetics and a high school sophomore in all his subjects. Last summer, Faith went to South America for two months and taught English to a school of 120 students in Peru, as well as acting as an English-Spanish translator in a health clinic. This year, she is taking time before medical school to pursue one of her passions, teaching, and also raising her new puppy, Prozac, a mastiff and American bulldog mix. Her other interests include traveling, jogging, Steinbeck novels and cooking.
Sarah Nitsche - Academic Tutor
Sarah is originally from Avon, CT. She attended The University of New Hampshire, where she graduated with Honors in 2002 with her B.S. in Secondary Math Education. She also earned her Masters Degree in Secondary Math Education from The University of New Hampshire in 2003. Sarah taught 4 years in Darien, CT as a 7th and 8th grade math teacher. While in CT she was also a math tutor for all ages and abilities. Sarah moved to MA a year ago and is currently a 7th grade math teacher for the Newton Public Schools. In 2009 Sarah plans to go back to school to earn another Masters Degree in Educational Technology. Outside of teaching, Sarah enjoys running, skiing, travelling, and spending quality time with family and friends. She is very excited to be on board as a JBG tutor.
Patty Yanes - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Patty Yanes grew up in Franklin, Massachusetts. She recently graduated cum laude from Boston College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Management concentrating in Marketing and Finance. While at BC, she was an active peer mentor and advisor to a number of underclassmen and teacher's assistant for a number of years. She recently started her first full-time job as a Marketing Research Analyst for a small marketing firm in Waltham, MA. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, rooting on her Boston sports teams, and knowing all things pop culture.
Heather Perine - Academic Tutor
Heather grew up in Central New York near Syracuse. She attended the State University of New York at Geneseo earning an undergraduate degree in Communication/Journalism. After working a year in the field, she decided to return to school to become a teacher. She attended the State University of New York at Brockport where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Masters of Science in Education. While studying at Brockport she was a Chemistry tutor for a Freshmen Level Introductory Chemistry Course, where she was able to work with small groups and assist the professor in the laboratory. After completing her student teaching and Masters program she moved to Boston to accept a 6th grade middle school science teaching position at Braintree, M.A. She is currently starting her second year in this position. In addition, to teaching 6th grade science, she also has had the opportunity to be a Biology Summer School Instructor for the past two summers. In her free time, she enjoys working out, spending time with friends, and baking.
Evan Coleman - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Evan grew up in Plymouth, MA, but attended The Rivers School in Weston. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2009 with a BA in Psychology. There he volunteered as a tutor and mentor at an after school program for youth in the nearby town. After graduating he soon served a year as an AmeriCorps member with an after school program, which focused on teaching inner city kids literacy skills and the game of tennis. He currently works at an elementary school in Newton as instructional support staff. His future plans involve applying to law school. In his free time he enjoys working out, playing sports, and movie nights.
Kristen Risley - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Kristen is originally from the hills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts and went to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a business degree. She worked in the HIV/AIDS field for a few years while getting a Masters of Social Work from Boston University. She believes it is the combination of the degrees which has contributed to her success as a tutor and which makes her both practical and understanding to the needs of her students and client families. She currently works for an international healthcare consulting firm in Boston. Her strengths in tutoring are in SAT/SSAT/ISEE prep as well as algebra and geometry, and essay writing skills. She has had a variety of tutoring experience over the past 10 years with both adults and a range of children and has worked for the past two years tutoring intensively in greater Metro Boston. Kristen also has a profound love for francophone countries and people, having spent time during college at the Universite de Paris and La Sorbonne. She also tutors French I and II.
Aliza Zenilman - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Aliza grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a BA in Comparative Literature. In college, she enjoyed leading backpacking trips, teaching outdoor education, and eating lots of Italian food. She spent her summers working in a Johns Hopkins research lab, interning for the New York City of Department of Public Health, and working as a ropes course counselor. After working as a camp counselor, Aliza realized her true calling was to work with children. Upon graduation, she made her way up north to Boston to complete the Boston Teacher Residency. She earned a Masters in Education from UMass Boston in Summer 2010, becoming dually certified to teach Biology and Moderate Special Education. She spent the last year working in an inclusion Biology classroom in Roxbury. Aliza enjoys tutoring Biology, English (particularly writing), and High School Math. In her free time Aliza likes to hike, rock climb, swim, cook, read and watch reality television.
Rick Ralphson - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Born in Chicago, and still "painfully" a Bears fan, Rick has lived throughout the United States and Latin America. With a BA in Psychology and Masters Degrees in Philosophy and Theology, he has taught high school for four academic years and has tutoring experience which spans fifteen years. Whether it has been accompanying Lakota children on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, facilitating annual immersion experiences for teenagers in the Dominican Republic, serving as a chaplain at a West Coast Children's Hospital, guiding families through Ropes Course adventures, or tutoring your daughter, son, or student; Rick delights in opportunities to learn from others and enthusiastically yet humbly share his gifts.
His educational philosophy emphasizes the vital importance of respect, encouragement, diligence, compassion, and patience; and Rick tries to live the following: In all things, love and serve. His primary tutoring expertise lies in the Humanities, especially languages such as Spanish, and even some classical Greek and basic Latin; and he has coached many students through their essays and presentations. Rick's hobbies include all types of exercise, flag football, reading poetry, and delighting in the diversity of creation.
Mary Whitcomb - Academic Tutor
Mary grew up in Hanover, New Hampshire. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2004, with a B.A. in English. After graduation, she worked in the medical field for three years prior to applying to law school. She is currently a second year law student at Suffolk University Law School and a member of Suffolk's legal honors society, Phi Delta Phi. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking and reading historical fiction.
Carmela Aguilera - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Carmela was born in Peru, where she spent most of her formative years. She relocated to New York where she attended Iona College and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. During college she worked as a peer tutor for Scope Center, a federal funded program at Iona College. During her freshman year she received an award from the Westchester Chemical Society for obtaining the highest final grade of her class and in senior year she was invited to become a member of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. Though her major is Biology, she has a strong math background. She has worked for a year as an ABE and GED Math Instructor for Ernest Hemingway English Institute in Fall River, a TOEFL Associate Private Educational Center. Carmela teaches all levels of Math from Kindergarten through High School, General Chemistry, Physics and Spanish, which is her native language. She is also a certified nurse aide by the Red Cross of the state of Massachusetts; her future plans include becoming a Registered Nurse. In her free time, Carmela enjoys reading, spending quality time with family and friends and volunteers to help students who cannot afford paying a private tutor.
Elizabeth Falkner - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Liz grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts, where she attended public school. She began studying French in the fourth grade, and continued through high school. Spanish is her third language, which she began in high school and studied for five years. Math has always been a passion for Liz; she was on the math team in high school, and continues to educate herself past the level of calculus. Seeking to understand culture and people more deeply, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University, with a focus on Latin American culture. While at Brandeis, Liz became the principal bassist for the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, and mentored students in her former youth orchestra. Soon after graduation, Liz began teaching synchronized swimming for girls with special needs, and continues to grooming salon, while tutoring mathematics for the Norwell Public Schools. She is working toward a career in veterinary medicine, and seeks to involve canine therapy for children as a volunteer venture. In her free time, Liz enjoys playin double bass, ballroom dancing, synchronized swimming, and training her dog, Tina, to become a Canine Good Citizen.
Melanie MacRae - Academic & Test Prep Tutor
Melanie grew up in Norwell, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Rhode Island where she studied Communications and Marketing. During her studies at URI, Melanie earned recognition in her academics as a dean's list student. She was also published more than once in the University's award winning newspaper. Through internships in volunteerism and non-profit organizations, Melanie discovered and cultivated a second passion; a deep interest in helping others, especially children in the pursuit of education. It was these experiences that served as the motivation behind what has been the next big step in Melanie's career, as she has decided to pursue attaining a Graduate Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. Melanie's tutoring interests include: all general studies at an elementary, high school and collegiate level, as well as SAT prep. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys running, skiing, yoga and pilates, cooking, travelling and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be joining the JBG team.
Stuart Honenberger - Financial Consultant
Stuart Honenberger is originally from Orange, Virginia, and graduated from The College of William and Mary. He began his career in financial planning with Legg Mason. He has spent the last four years with Legg Mason and Smith Barney as a financial advisor and financial planning specialist. He went on and opened an independent firm, The Overy Honenberger Group, which is associated with Raymond James.
At Smith Barney, as a Financial Advisor, Financial Planner and Guided Portfolio Manager, Stuart specialized in financial planning and portfolio construction. What he loves most is assisting families with wealth management, education planning, and retirement planning. He currently works with 250 households in 15 states and 3 countries.
Stuart lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Elizabeth. They were married in June of 2006.
Nancie Finck - Business Manager
Nancie Finck is our business consultant. She graduated from Boston University with a business degree. She brings to JBG Educational Group a tremendous amount of experience having worked with a variety of small business in the set-up stages as well as maintaining the strength of the bottom line. Her strengths are marketing, advertising, billing and developing the future path of companies.
Geno Rodriguez - IT Coordinator
Geno Rodriguez is our IT Coordinator. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a B.B.A. in Operations Management. Geno was a lab instructor for an Introductory course on Business Information Systems while earning his undergraduate Business degree at UMASS. Geno spent two years working for a Fortune 500 Company as a Marketing Coordinator and prior to that, worked as an Assistant Director at a leading educational center in New York.
Kara Scozzari - Intern
Kara grew up in Canton, Massachusetts. She is a senior at the University of New Hampshire where she is studying to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. She spent a semester during her junior year in Florence, Italy studying the Italian language and Fashion Marketing. After graduation in May 2012, Kara plans to look for a job in the marketing industry, or go back to school to become a teacher. In her free time, Kara loves to travel, go to the beach, play tennis, and spend time with her family and friends.
Kristine Fernandes - Graphic Design Intern
Kristine grew up in Halifax, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Bridgewater State College where she was a Dean's list student as well as an artist. Her artwork, which ranged from stained glass pieces to printed materials has been exhibited at the Clement C. Maxwell Library and also at the Wallace L. Anderson Gallery. After she received her B.A. in Graphic Design, she decided to apply her creativity and artistry in the field of kitchen design. Combining design techniques with her pragmatic sense, Kristine now works to create visually appealing functional kitchens. When she is not assisting clients with their remodeling projects, Kristine enjoys challenging herself by scaling rock walls and navigating around foreign cities.