MathematiCUSE Team

 

Let us do the work of finding a great math tutor  for you!  All tutors must pass a math assessment, an interview, a background check and a tutoring audition.  This ensures our tutors are experts in K-12 mathematics, and that they can relate well to students.  In the tutoring audition we observe each candidate as they work with a student for a trial tutoring session.

Jennifer Snyder is the founder of MathematiCUSE. She is experienced in both teaching math in the classroom and  tutoring privately. She holds a New York State teaching certification in secondary mathematics.  She graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Mathematics and holds a Master's degree in Math Education from New York University.  After graduating from SU, she was accepted into Math for America, a very competitive teaching fellowship program that aims to improve mathematics education in cities across the US. Through this program, she was given the opportunity to teach middle school math in New York City.  After her time in the Big Apple, she returned to central New York, where she continued working with math students by tutoring privately.

   Jennifer opened MathematiCUSE in 2018 because she wanted to create a community where people can come together to learn and do math.  She has always been a "math geek" and has enjoyed being a part of a math community, both as a student and teacher.  From SU's mathematics department to Math for America's cohort of exceptional teachers, a strong math community has played an important role in her education and career.   She wanted to bring this type of community to the public, a place where people enjoy coming to do math in a supportive environment.   She hopes to increase students' confidence in math and allow them to enjoy it outside of the traditional classroom experience. 

Testimonials:

“Before I started tutoring with Jennifer, I was frustrated at my lack of progress with passing my final certification test. I have always struggled with math but Jennifer set me up for success by helping me identify my areas of strength and need. She always made time to meet up and targeted a different skill set every session. In just about two months, she improved my skills and overall mathematical confidence. Jennifer genuinely cares about her students and it’s thanks to her that I not only passed my certification tests but improved my score by almost forty points!” -Hannah W

"Thank you very much for working with Parker over the last school year. He was struggling in geometry. He was rushing through problems and making mistakes. You worked with him weekly and was thorough with making sure he understood the concept. Parker would have never done as well as he did on his regents with a 96 if it wasn't for your tutoring. You have a wonderful disposition and do not get frustrated when he didn't get it right. You listened to him and what he was thinking and helped him think through the problem on his own. I cannot stress enough how great you are and we will be back another year for trigonometry and algebra for my other son." - Nicole T. 

"Jennifer has been a life saver for my son, whom she tutors for middle school math. Jeffrey is dyslexic, and she makes every accommodation to work with his individual needs and learning style. She is very talented, and has a very effective style and warm personality. Jeffrey describes "Jen works slow enough for me, we can work on anything I need help in, and she's easy for me to understand".  - Joan H.

"Just wanted to thank you for a very good introduction to middle school this past year.  Emma's attitude towards math has changed dramatically.  She'd always been able to grasp the subject fairly quickly and clearly but because of you I know she's grown to really enjoy math work much more so than in the past.  On numerous occasions she'd tell me that she liked learning math now and mainly because of you.  Often telling me that "She's a good teacher". I hope all her experiences in MS 104 will be as successful and gratifying as it was having you as her teacher."

-Irene B.

  

Allison Macri received her BS in Neuroscience and Mathematics from St. Lawrence University. At St. Lawrence, she was a science writing tutor and the student assistant director of the Science Writing Center. Allison also participated in several clubs in which she mentored elementary and middle school students and helped them work on their homework after school. This past May, Allison received her MS in Forensic Science from the University of New Haven. During her time in graduate school, Allison was a math and science tutor and the peer tutoring coordinator for the university’s tutoring center. She has achieved Level 3 Tutor Certification through the College Reading & Learning Association International Tutor Training Program. Allison is very passionate about helping students reach their academic goals and is looking forward to sharing her love of math with students!

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Michael Scharvella has a B.A. in Mathematics Education from Wells College and an M.S. in Inclusive Special Education from Syracuse University. Michael has 7 years of classroom experience in middle/high school mathematics and special education programming. With experience in both, he is able to help students who have a hard time making sense out of numbers. Adapting curriculum and materials to suit the needs of all learners has helped many students be successful at math. Michael can help students from elementary school up to high school and is able to diagnose problems that may not be math related, such as reading and comprehension.

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Jennifer Merlob earned both her BS and MSEd in Science Education from SUNY Cortland and has over 10 years of science teaching and tutoring experience. She has experience with Regents Living Environment, Regents Earth Science, Regents Chemistry, Regents Physics, SUPA Chemistry, AP Chemistry and AP Physics.

 

Jennifer is also one of New York State’s Master Teachers which allows her to participate and stay current with the upcoming science standards. She is excellent at ‘diagnosing’ problem areas in science subjects and has a variety of interactive ways to help with students struggling with problem solving as well as overall science literacy.

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Becky Hull received her BA in English from Yale University and her MBA in Marketing/Finance from Columbia University in New York. She has worked in the corporate world, founded a women’s networking group and provided consulting services to early stage entrepreneurs in Newark, NJ. She has been tutoring students for over five years for SAT/ACT prep, SSAT and ISEE prep. Her passion is helping high school students navigate their college journey, through test prep, college counseling and support on their college applications and essays. She recently relocated to Syracuse from Chatham, New Jersey with her husband and very large dog.

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Homeschool consultant Moriah Hamm is in her tenth year of homeschooling her three children. She has experience home educating preschool, elementary, and middle grades, with her oldest now in his high school years. Prior to becoming a homeschool educator, Moriah earned her B.S. in Elementary Education, taught in various preschools, was a remediation specialist, and tutored reading at a national learning center. She also writes children’s literature, is a BSA Scoutmaster, and is a Friends of the Cazenovia Library board member. 

 

     Moriah can aid anyone from the parent just beginning a homeschool journey to a parent who has been on the journey for years.  Discussions can include a variety of topics such as homeschool/teaching styles, curriculums, schedules, organization methods, student activities, and much more. Moriah strives to tailor consultations to each family. 

 

You can learn more about homeschool consultations with Moriah at moriahhamm.com under the “Homeschool Consultations” tab.