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.
Heather is a recent graduate of Salem State College with a Masters in Education and a major is Mathematics. Heather has a passion for teaching and working with people of all ages to help them understand mathematical concepts. Her hobbies include Knitting and taking care of her 4 dogs. She is a big sister and loves working with kids.
I received my PhD and MS degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering, BS degrees from The University of Rochester in Optics and Biomedical Engineering, and a certificate in ethnomusicology from The Eastman School of Music. I have 10+ years experience teaching students of all ages; throughout my schooling, I was a teaching assistant for advanced mathematics, physics/optics, and engineering classes, and privately taught violin. In October 2011, I moved to Lynn, Massachusetts, where I co-founded the biotechnology firm NanoPulse Biosciences LLC. A feeling of emptiness from not working with students, led me to join Mathnasium in January 2012. I have a great passion for teaching mathematics, for it is a hugely important subject in anyone’s life that should not be a barrier to ones’ success. It is my hope through tutoring, that I can excite students to keep with and enjoy math and help influence students to its many applications in engineering and science. A lot of the time, I can be found at a local coffee shop reading, composing music, or developing a new nanotech idea for my startup. I also love playing classical and rock violin and hanging out with my two cocker spaniels at local parks.
Annaka recently graduated from Salem State University with a B.S. in psychology and a minor in mathematics. During her years as an undergraduate, she tutored high school students taking algebra, geometry, pre-calculus, and statistics. She was also involved in Salem State’s Supplemental Instruction program, providing help to psychology students taking a research methods & statistics course.
Annaka comes from a family of musicians, to which she attributes her math skills and love of music. She believes students learn best when the material is presented in a way that relates to their own interests and she is excited to use Mathnasium’s fun and engaging approach to explain mathematical concepts to students of all ages and competency levels.
For over 20 years Rob effectively instructed and led people with Fortune 500 organizations Tiffany & Co., Verizon, and the Walt Disney Company. Now pursuing a life’s ambition, he has transitioned from the professional realm into public education. Over the past three years Rob has taught math and business with local school systems at both the high school and middle school levels and tutored math students as young as second grade.
“I pride myself on having a high sense of empathy which allows me to understand and relate to the student’s perspective, identify any barriers to learning, and find ways to work around them. For some students math is like a foreign language. They ask, ‘What do you mean X is a number?’ I get that. I can help with that. In my prior career I was often called upon to translate complex technical concepts into laymen's terms for a mass audience, or as I liked to say, I speak Geek.”
Dick is a retired teaching professional. He has spent over 25 years teaching all levels of Mathematics to students of all ages. He is passionate about math and volunteers his time to work with the council of mathematics educators in formulating new approaches to teaching math. Dick is a family man with 7 adopted children and has coached 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.
Gina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, and worked professionally in that field for 10 years. Transitioning into a second career, she worked the next 10 years in the north shore area schools, where she developed a love for the classroom and helping kids learn. She holds a middle school mathematics teaching license from Gordon College where she continues to work towards her master's degree in education. Gina is currently teaching in Beverly. Understanding and enjoying math is an immeasurable value, achievable by all. She's embraced the Mathnasium philosophy, and strives to foster her student's confidence so they believe mathematics can play a significant role in their futures. Gina has been married for 23 years and has two children. Gina enjoys crafting pottery, boating on Cape Ann's coastline and volunteering for various non-profit organizations.
"I hold a MS in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD 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.”
Megan graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A. in Mathematics. During her time at Emmanuel, she participated in various varsity sports and cultural clubs.
After graduating, she volunteered for two years in the Peace Corps as a Math teacher in West Africa. Teaching in West Africa helped her learn different methods of teaching while fine-tuning her own Math skills. In her spare time, Megan enjoys photography and traveling and helping students learn to love math.
Lois has 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 is a senior at Gordon College. He is a math major and would one day like to be a High School math teacher. He has tutored in Algebra and is excited at the opportunity of being on the Mathnasium team and helping kids learn in all levels of math. He has two older brothers, one who is on his way to becoming a PhD in Math, so he is sure to go to his brother if he needs homework help. When not studying math, Andrew is an avid runner and can be seen on the track or doing local road races.
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 my desk and greets people as they come in with a big doggie smile and tail wag.