Our specially trained math instructors will teach your child how to understand math in an individual setting; our unique approach enables us to explain concepts really well and lend a helping hand to every student. Our tutors foster a caring, encouraging environment that helps kids thrive and learn! Read below to learn more about our talented team:
Jim Aloisio, Owner/Center Director
Hi, my name is Jim Aloisio. My wife Mary and I have been married for over 26 years and have three great kids who are now grown and in college or pursuing careers. When they were growing up, Mary and I were very active and involved in their education and extracurricular activities. Mary was an officer of our local PTA for many years and I coached soccer and baseball. Being involved in the community has always been an important part of our lives. Over my 27 years as a professional, I have had many diverse experiences from business owner and executive manager, to math teacher and head of the Gloucester High School math department. In 1997 I volunteered my time designing systems to evaluate MCAS data for the City of Gloucester. During this time I developed a strong bond with several teachers and administrators and began to consider teaching. In 1998, I made the leap from businessman to math teacher in the Gloucester public schools. It was one of the best decisions of my life. For ten years, I taught math first in the middle school and high school level, ultimately becoming Department Head for the High School Mathematics Department. During this time I taught every course the department offered. It was a fantastic experience that brought out my passion for teaching and helping young minds grow. As the owner and Center Director of the Mathnasium facility in North Beverly, I will utilize my passion for teaching math and for helping young people. The creator of Mathnasium's curriculum, Larry Martinek, is an insightful math instructor who has "broken the code" for teaching math in a simple way that makes sense to everyone. As Larry often says, "Showing a student that they can succeed in math can change the course of his/her life". Through Mathnasium, I have learned many approaches and techniques for tailoring lessons to a particular student's way of thinking. The underlying math is the same, but how it is presented is terrific in its simplicity and elegance. It is thrilling for me to be heading up the North Beverly Mathnasium and we look forward to working with you and your child.
Frederic Bourgeois holds a M.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Physics. Ever since I started tutoring in Math and Physics during my graduate studies, I have always nurtured a great passion for teaching, whether it be quantum mechanics, non-linear optics or pre-calculus. I have taught students from middle school to college level, individually and to whole amphitheaters. And I found that, as a teacher, the most enjoyable way to share knowledge is being able to connect with my students, one on one, to adapt my instruction to their own skills and strengths, and maybe to kindle an interest, if not a passion, in sciences. That is the Mathnasium Way.
Annaka Carter, Instructor and Director of Fun
Annaka Carter holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Mathematics from Salem State University, where she graduated summa cum laude and was recognized for earning the highest GPA of her class. As part of her senior thesis research project, she performed a meta-analysis and presented her findings at the annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C.
For over ten years, Annaka has been tutoring a variety of math subjects to students of all ages, and prides herself on her ability to connect with students, making the math learning process less intimidating. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a supplemental instruction leader to support students taking a research methods and statistics course. She currently works as a language-based tutor at Marblehead High School, helping students primarily with math and science courses.
As part of the Mathnasium family for over three years, Annaka works not only an instructor, but has also earned the title of “Director of Fun.” She is involved in planning staff and student events, organizing contests and raffles, and carefully selecting the prizes available to students. She takes it upon herself to make sure everyone is having a good time so that stress and frustration never hinder the classic “light bulb moments” students experience.
Dick Woodbury, Instructor
Dick Woodbury is a retired teaching professional who has spent more than 40 years teaching all levels of Mathematics to students of all ages. Currently, he is also a consultant working with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. His undergraduate work was in Accounting and Finance, with a minor in Math and Economics. Dick, also, holds advanced degrees in Mathematics, and another in Mind, Brain and Education (MBE). He is especially focused on how the latest findings in biology and cognitive science bear on fundamental questions of education, such as how people learn and what can we do to improve learning.
As a Math Scholar, Dick writes curriculum bursts and mathematics essays for the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) and the Math for America (MfA) Association. He is also a frequent speaker on various math teaching topics. He is very passionate about math and volunteers on committees to help formulate new approaches to teaching math.
Dick is a family man. He and his wife, in addition to his own children, have opened their home to adopted children. He has also, prior to retirement, coached high school football and baseball for several of the area school systems.
He is patient, kind and a master at teaching math in a way that makes sense to each person. Dick's teaching philosophy fits in perfectly with the Mathnasium approach and he has been very impressed with the techniques he has learned while working with Mathnasium. Inspiring young minds to enjoy mathematics, at Mathnasium is not work, but rather, the fun part of his day. He enjoys challenging their young minds to become more “college ready” and attain more “college knowledge”.
A fun fact about Dick! Dick met Albert Einsten as a kid!
Gina Looby, Instructor
Gina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and worked professionally in this field for 10 years. She has been married for 20 years and has two children who will be attending the Ipswich High School this fall. Gina enjoys crafting pottery, boating on Cape Ann's coastline and volunteering. For the past 9 years, Gina has worked for the Ipswich public school system as a substitute teacher, where she developed a love for the classroom and helping kids learn. Her passion for math led her to obtain a preliminary license to teach mathematics. Understanding and enjoying math is an immeasurable value, achievable by all. She is excited to join Mathnasium, and strives to foster her student's confidence so they believe mathematics can play a significant role in their futures.
Jessica Belleau, Instructor
Jessica Belleau holds a Bachelors Degree in both English and Elementary Education and Masters Degree in Teaching Middle School Math from Salem State University. She holds a MA Educational Licenses in math for grades 1-6 and 5-8 and is currently the 8th grade traditional and SEI math teacher at the Nathaniel Bowditch School in Salem, Ma. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sports and music. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Drama Club at NBS, preparing for a March presentation of “Shrek the Musical!”
Philip Bos, Instructor
Philip Bos graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics from Gordon College in 2004. Since graduation he has worked part-time as a private math tutor and as a freelance math writer. He also manages an on-line shoe store based in Beverly. Philip lives in Haverhill with his lovely wife and 2 daughters.
Phil avidly believes math literacy is something that any student can attain. He greatly enjoys the math-friendly environment of Mathnasium, and being able to help kids see math in an approachable way.
Phil’s hobbies include reading, woodcarving, building LEGO structures with his 2 daughters, and teaching his cat to talk.
Aynsley Dunn, Instructor
Aynsley Dunn has a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and life-long love affair with mathematics. While her favorite math class was usually whichever class she was in at the moment (with the exception of Real Number Analysis...we don't speak of that class), calculus is her time-tested favorite. She's been tutoring informally since her little sister was old enough to have math homework, and formally since high school. Aynsley has been tutoring privately for 10 years in math, chemistry, and symbolic logic.
Megan Clary, Instructor
Megan Clary is an Emmanuel College graduate with a degree in Mathematics. After graduation, she set off to Guinea, West Africa to volunteer for two years in the Peace Corps as a secondary education math teacher. While teaching in Guinea, Megan developed a passion for education and an ability to work with children. With her energy and love for Math, Megan relates numbers and fun in a way that children can understand and can be excited about. Having always liked Math, Megan found that during her time spent abroad, whether being in Europe or West Africa, math is a universal language. She believes that Math is connecting people all over the world and that, is a beautiful thing. During her spare time, Megan enjoys photography, adventuring all over the world and the arts.
Lois Storace, Instructor
Lois Storace holds a Bachelors Degree in Education with a Math Minor from Salem State and a Masters Degree in Education with an Administrative Certification from Emmanuel. She has over 30 years teaching experience in grades k-8, with specialties in math in public, private, and parochial schools. After retiring from the classroom, Lois developed and directed a math enrichment program for Belmont Day School. While living on Cape Cod, Lois missed working with children so she researched various math tutoring programs, and found Mathnasium to have a philosophy very similar to her own. She began working at the Hyannis Mathnasium in 2009, and after moving to the North Shore, Lois was very happy to join the North Beverly Mathnasium Staff in 2012.
Andrew Kwiatkowski, Instructor
Andrew Kwiatkowski has a B.S. in Math and is currently studying to receive his a Masters in Education in hopes of becoming a high school math teacher. Math is his favorite subject because there is always one right answer, but often many different ways to understand how to get there. It’s also hard to beat that great satisfaction you get when you solve a really tough math problem. While he enjoys every kind of math class, Calculus and Geometry are his two favorites. When he's not working or studying, he enjoys running and signing up for races. He has happily been part of the North Beverly Mathnasium team for over a year now, and he loves the opportunity to work with kids and learn different ways to help them understand the greatest subject in school.
Cecilia provides administrative support to the Mathnasium team. Born and raised in Lima, Peru; Cecilia received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Lima. After graduation she lived in Park City, Utah and traveled extensively before moving to Massachusetts. Prior to joining Mathnasium, Cecilia worked in the Hospitality and Human Resources field for over 5 years. This experience gave her appreciation for how to seek improvement between corporations and employees without losing focus on customer service.
Infinity (the dog), Mathnasium Mascot
Infinity is a mix between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle (Golden-Doodle) he is Hypo Allergenic with a very calm friendly temperament. He enjoys going for walks, chasing sticks and tossed tennis balls as well as vigorous belly scratches. Finny usually sits under Jim's desk and greets people as they come in with a big doggie smile and tail wag.