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.
“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."
Nolan Esser tutors Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science. He is currently finishing his masters degree in Data Mining at Central Connecticut State University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. In addition, he has experience teaching math in a high school setting, and working with a wide variety of students from elementary students learning addition and subtraction to college students learning advanced calculus. Nolan believes that everyone can learn more math even if it seems difficult. Nobody knows all the math in the world; we all will struggle with it eventually and we can all improve. There’s always more math to learn and enjoy!
Kathleen Corcoran has had her own business tutoring Mathematics for over 30 years, and she enjoys making math fun for students. She specializes in K-College Mathematics. In addition, she can tutor SAT and ACT Mathematics, Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry and Accounting. She has an Associate’s degree in both accounting and engineering science from Onondaga Community College, where she also worked in the Math Lab.
Maria Oliva is a junior accounting major at Le Moyne College’s Madden School of Business. She has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.96 and is the recipient of The James M. Phillips Medal in First Year Accounting. She is an active member of Le Moyne’s Peak and Manresa programs, which focus on personal and professional development. Maria has experience tutoring children of all ages and math levels. She enjoys playing the flute in the Le Moyne Symphony Orchestra and participating in club soccer. Maria encourages students to approach math like a game or a fun puzzle to solve. She believes that regardless of the difficulty, if one breaks down the steps and understands the concepts, a solution will reveal itself. Maria looks forward to supporting local students in their quest to build stronger mathematical foundations.
James Lee received his BA in Economics at Emory University, his MA in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and his PhD in Philosophy at Syracuse University. He has taught various philosophy courses, including Introduction to Formal Logic, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Philosophy, and Introduction to Ethics, for over ten years. He has also taught SAT and GRE preparation both privately and for Kaplan Test Prep for over five years. James is passionate about teaching and participates in cutting edge research in pedagogy, having published about best teaching practices in well regarded journals. James is currently an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.
Salvatore Zarrella graduated from Canisius College with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He plans to attend medical school and hopes to open his own family medicine practice in the future. He has experience working with students of all ages including college level. He is available to tutor Chemistry and Biology, in addition to Mathematics. In his spare time, he enjoys singing and playing piano and organ.
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.