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You might say we are a little bias, but we believe we have some of the best tutors around!   Our team, comprised of local residents- many who teach at or are alumni of our local schools- will ensure each student leaves feeling confident and prepared to succeed! Please browse our staff biographies and choose the tutor you want to work with.  

Carrie Thompson

Carrie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education (grades K-12) from Rowan University in 2005. Currently, Carrie is a teacher at a local middle school where she teaches Math, Science and Language Arts. Carrie is qualified to teach Elementary Grades K-5 (all subjects), Middle School Math, Science and Language Arts, K-12 Special Needs and Study/Organizational Skills.

Jamie Swinson

Jamie has been teaching for 12 years (this is my 9th year at my current school, Gill St. Bernard’s)! I love bringing my energy, enthusiasm and love of learning into my tutoring to inspire young students. I graduated from Felician University of New Jersey with my B.A. in English/Elementary and Secondary Education with a minor in Early Childhood. In 2015 I completed my Masters in Education as a Reading Specialist and also received my Administrative Supervisor’s Licensure from Centenary University of New Jersey. I am certified in the Orton Gillingham Approach to Reading and have enjoyed tutoring students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. 

Lauren Baccaro

As a teacher of all of the middle school grade levels for the last eleven years, I am very familiar with the 5th through 8th grade mathematics curriculum. Earning a degree in Mathematics and Science, and a certification in Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities, has given me the wonderful experience to work with all learning abilities.

 As a Basic Skills Math Teacher, I have understood that some students just need that extra time to truly understand & retain the content. I look forward to working with the students & celebrating their progress! 

Melissa Bataille

Melissa earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching from James Madison University as an elementary teacher K-5 as well as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities.

 Melissa loves to teach in a fun, interactive and hands-on way that allows students to take risks within their learning. Currently, she works as a Special Education teacher in Madison in grades 4 and 5. She just finished her first year of teaching and is excited to start the next! 

Albert Fraser

Albert graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology with a BS in Applied Physics. He has a passion for all levels of mathematics and physics and is dedicated to helping students appreciate and understand the concepts and problems presented to them. Currently, along with tutoring, Albert is applying to graduate school for physics.

Madison Mitchell

Madison graduated from The College of New Jersey in May 2018 with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics Secondary Education. While at TCNJ, Madison worked as a tutor of mathematics at Mathnasium, providing assistance to students enrolled in all levels up through calculus. During her clinical experience, Madison taught Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Algebra 2/Trigonometry. She has a passion for mathematics and teaching, and hopes to share her love for the subject while helping students feel more confident in their math abilities.

Jake Mule

Jake graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education in 2017, and a Master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction in 2018. While at UConn, Jake studied abroad in London, managed intramural sports, and participated in the marching and pep bands. Jake will be teaching physics at Kinnelon High School in the fall and is excited to tutor students in physics and algebra!

John O'Meara

John is a recent graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics with concentrations in Digital Signal Processing and Actuarial Science. Being incredibly passionate about both teaching and mathematics, John enjoys the intellectual growth and satisfaction that comes with grasping the initially difficult concepts. His philosophy is that math isn’t incredibly hard, just poorly explained.  

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Courtney Weitzer Barnes

Courtney completed her undergraduate coursework at Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Arts, having double majored in Mathematics and Studio Art. She subsequently earned a Master’s in Mathematics Education from NYU. She worked as an Adjunct Professor of Calculus at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, and most recently worked as an Upper School Mathematics Teacher at The Morristown-Beard School followed by the Academy of Saint Elizabeth. She is entirely committed to her students, doing whatever is necessary for them to understand and appreciate the beauty and intricacies of the subject.

Connor Mount

Connor graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in statistics. Connor grew to love math when it helped him gain a better understanding of how professional sports teams function, and he hopes to help students see ways to apply math to their own passions.  Connor also reports on high school sports as a freelancer for NJ.com. 

Arjuna Kalkunte

Arjuna Kalkunte graduated from the Morris Country Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, as well as attended both Pennsylvania State and Rutgers Universities. He specializes in explaining scientific and mathematical areas of study, including Calculus, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, and any associated SAT/ACT test preparation. 

Courtney Rush

Courtney graduated from Montclair State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a minor in Sociology.  She has been tutoring middle school and high school students for the past three years at Homework Helpers. There is no greater thrill for her than to see her students succeed.  Courtney has helped countless students improve their SAT and ACT scores.  Many of those same students have received assistance from Courtney writing their college essays.  Courtney is available to help students on the SAT(Reading and Writing), ACT(Reading, English, and Writing), PSAT(Reading and Writing), College Essays, Middle School/High School English, and Middle School/High School Essay Writing.

Angelica Vanderbilt

Angelica graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The College of New Jersey in May 2018 as an English and Elementary Education dual major, and is set to complete her Master of Education in ESL May 2019. After student teaching internationally in Rome, participating in a NYC teaching fellowship with middle school students, and tutoring bilingual fifth graders, she is excited to bring her passion for education to Homework Helpers. Her hope is to help cultivate a love of reading, writing, and literature in her students, by integrating inquiry and fun into her approach. She is excited to embark on her first year of teaching this fall.

Michelle McBride

A West Morris Central graduate, Michelle has been teaching English for twenty years from Boston to South Carolina.  Returning to her Long Valley roots in 2006, Michelle has been teaching at Boonton High School. Michelle has tutored students for the SAT and ACT both privately and as a course elective.  She has assisted students with their college entrance essays and is currently teaching Advanced Placement Language and Composition. Michelle has numerous years experience teaching American Literature and British Literature, but has also taught middle school. When not teaching, Michelle can be seen around Long Valley driving her three boys from one sport to another.  

Matt Roga

Matt graduated from Kean University in 2011 with a B.A. in English and began teaching 9th Grade English later that year. He briefly was a part of a Gifted and Talented school where he taught S.T.E.M. and Journalism to students ranging in age from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Matt currently teaches 6th and 7th Grade English in a Middle School. He has also privately tutored students ranging from 3rd to 7th Grade. Matt believes Reading and Writing are a foundation for all learning and is focused to help Middle School students with English Language Arts instruction including but not limited to: Reading Comprehension Strategies, The Writing Process, Creative Writing (especially poetry), and Test Taking Strategies (PARCC).

Anna Roga

Anna graduated from Kean University in 2011 with a B.A. in  Education with a certificate in Special Education Students with Disabilities K-5/5-8 and a minor in English. Anna began teaching in Soehl Middle School in Linden, NJ in September of 2011. Anna started as in In-Class Support teacher for 7th grade math and 8th grade science. In January of 2012, Anna began teaching 6th and 7th grade Resource English to students with disabilities ranging from AD/HD to Behaviorally and Emotionally disturbed. Anna is currently teaching 6th and 8th grade English Language Arts to students with disabilities. Anna is trained in Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and Sonday Reading Intervention Program. Anna believes that the foundation to learning for all grade levels is through reading and writing. 

Tara Goldsworthy

Tara, a Long Valley native, graduated from The University of Maryland in 2010 with a Bachelor's Degree in English Language and Literature. She has been tutoring students in reading and writing for over three years.  In addition, Tara is extremely skilled at helping students improve their scores on both the SAT and ACT. Tara loves nothing more than connecting with students and helping them succeed both in the classroom and on their standardized tests.

Matthew Reidinger

Matt has been teaching world and American literature at the high school level for 15 years  He studied comparative literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University earning his Master's degree in 2008. Matt is available to tutor ACT/SAT, essay writing and reading comprehension.

Robin Citarella

Robin graduated from Drew University with a Doctorate in Modern History and Literature.  Since 2006, she has taught writing, literature, and history classes at several New Jersey colleges. She began tutoring at the same time, helping students prepare for the ACT, SAT (including the SAT Literature Subject test), and AP Language and Literature exams. Robin also assists students with coursework, the research process, and paper writing. Inside and outside of the classroom, she believes that each student’s education experience is unique and that individually-focused assistance can help each student succeed and become a life-long learner. 

Kirsten Whittemore

Kirsten is a Long Valley resident and West Morris Central Alumni. She attended County College of Morris where she graduated with her Associate’s Degree in English. Currently enrolled at Montclair State University, Kirsten is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in English with a dual certification in Secondary Education. She has extensive experience tutoring peers at County College of Morris and at Montclair State University. Kirsten has a passion for Literature and writing. She can work with middle school and high school English students, in addition to working with students for SAT/ACT prep. Kirsten believes that all students learn in their own way, and she works to help them try to understand what methods are most suited to them.

Bekah Katz

Bekah graduated from Swarthmore College in May 2019 with degrees in Psychology and Linguistics. She is currently in her first year at Pace University’s doctoral program in child and adolescent psychology with aspirations to become a child therapist. She is particularly interested in developmental learning and cognition sciences and loves applying the strategies she learns to help guide her students through test prep, essay writing, and language learning!

Elena Rice

Elena is a Peruvian native who has lived and worked in the USA for the last 35 years. She likes to focuses her classes on the needs of the student. Their motivation and comfort is of the highest importance. Elena uses a lot of vocabulary , shown with drawings to show examples. My goal is to make students learn and speak the language in a very natural and easy way.

Robin Savage

Robin earned degrees from Montclair State and the University of Lyon, France. Having studied, lived, and traveled extensively throughout France, she has a strong appreciation and understanding of the French language and the cultures of the French-speaking world. She believes that all students can achieve success in World Language study and that effective tutoring requires encouragement, optimism and patience. Robin’s hope is that all students will achieve proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

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Steve Frangione

Steve graduated from Kutztown University with a degree in Secondary Education with a Concentration in Mathematics. Steve completed his graduate work at Montclair University where he earned a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education with a Concentration in Algebra. Steve has been teaching Middle School Mathematics since 1994. Currently, Steve  teach's 7 grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra in the Sparta school district. Steve is able to help students in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II.  

Barbara Dunn

Barb graduated cum laude with a BS in Medical Technology from St. John's University School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences where she majored in Biology and Chemistry. She prides herself in taking concepts and adapting them to maximize understanding for the learner to help them be successful in the classroom and beyond. Barb tutors in Biology & ACT Science.

Matt Gaudio

Matt graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Connecticut. Matt assists students on a weekly basis with Middle School/ High School Math, ACT/SAT Math, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. An excellent communicator, his ongoing passion for the sciences and math, as well as his ability to connect with his students have made him a valuable member of our team. 

Brian Stobbe

Brian recently completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma and also holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Lafayette College (2011). He has over 5 years of teaching experience at the university level, including general Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and advanced senior level courses. Brian currently tutors all levels of chemistry and ACT science. 

Craig Harlacher

Craig graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology and secondary education teaching certificates in Biology and General Sciences. In 2013, he obtained a Master's degree in Instruction and Curriculum as well as a certification in Chemistry. Craig is currently teaching at Sussex Tech. He has taught Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. Craig is available to tutor Biology, Chemistry & ACT Science.

Marc Papish

Marc Papish graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a B.A. in Biology in 2003. For the past 13 years, I have been teaching all disciplines across 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Middle School Science. Additionally, I hold a teaching certificate for high school Biology. I am available to tutor Biology (through AP), Physics, Chemistry, Middle School Mathematics, as well as intro level Algebra.  My love of teaching stems from knowing I can make learning fun, comfortable, and most of all, help students apply what knowledge I can pass on to them.  

Maggie Crann

Maggie graduated from Susquehanna University in 2017 with a B.S. in Mathematics, as well as Secondary Education.  Maggie is currently teaching high school mathematics at the Academy of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Maggie loves to teach but she also loves to learn from her students in the process. She believes that there is always more learning to do!!

Chris Schul

Chris graduated from The University of Delaware in 1996 with a degree in Mathematics Education. He has been teaching HS Mathematics since February of 1996. Chris is available to tutor Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Calculus and SAT/ACT test preparation. He brings his passion and enthusiasm for Math to every session!

Lynne Obermiller

Lynne( Mrs O.)  is a former West Morris Central Math teacher, who just can't get enough of Math! Recently retired, Lynne brings her enthusiasm and passion for math to each session. She is an integral part of our ACT/SAT program, helping students improve their scores and confidence on the math section. Lynne is also available to tutor all levels of High School Math through Pre-Calculus. 

Gitanjali Rizk

Gitanjali (Ms. G) graduated Magna Cum Laude from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2002 with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Gitanjali continued in her education at NJIT to earn a MS in Electrical Engineering. Currently, she is a Mathematics Professor at County College of Morris. Gitanjali has over 10 years of experience teaching/tutoring and helping students understand math. 

Jenna Koch

Jenna graduated Cum Laude in 2015 with a B.S. in Mathematics from Ursinus College. Jenna currently teaches Math at Morris Knolls High School and has been tutoring since 2014. She is also taking classes to earn her Master's in Education from TCNJ. She enjoys extending her knowledge and love for the subject to students who are struggling. 

Julia Doward

Julia graduated from James Madison University in May of 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. She has been tutoring middle school, high school, and college level math classes between two different colleges and private tutoring. She developed a passion for teaching, especially math material, while she taught this class. Julia plans to attend graduate school and to become a teacher one day. 

Kayla O'Connor

Kayla graduated from Centenary College in January 2014 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and Special Education. She currently teaches 6th grade mathematics in Roxbury Township. Kayla has a love for teaching, and helping students feel confident in math.

Felicia Politi

Felicia graduated cum laude from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Elementary Education, and a concentration in Mathematics. She has certifications in Elementary Education K-6 and Mathematics 5-8. Recently, Felicia completed a Graduate Program through Rutgers University with a Teacher of Students with Disabilities Certification. Felicia has been teaching in Morris Plains for four years. 

Andy Bujno

My name is Andy Bujno. I have been in education for 24 years and have enjoyed teaching children and working with their families to help them strive to reach their full potential. One of the greatest rewards for a teacher is when they can see their students’ faces light up as they’ve grasped a concept in which they’ve struggled with for so long.  I enjoy encouraging students that with those characteristics they can achieve in school as well.

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