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Executive Leadership

Matthew Pietrafetta

Founder & CEO

Matthew Pietrafetta founded Academic Approach in 2001 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.…

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Brad Kessler

Chief Strategy Officer & General Counsel

Bradley Kessler serves as Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel. In this role, Bradley participates…

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Varun Aggarwal

Vice President of Operations

Varun Aggarwal currently serves as the Vice President of Operations. In this role, Varun leads…

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Amanda Aisen

Executive Director of Education

Amanda Aisen has worked with Academic Approach since 2010. After serving as an Instructor and…

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Erica Porter Walton

Vice President of Finance

Erica Porter Walton currently serves as the Vice President of Finance. In this role, Erica leads accounting and reporting efforts for the organization.

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One-on-One Tutoring

Carla Pedersen

Regional Director

Carla Pedersen currently serves as the Regional Director of One-on-One Tutoring. In this role, she…

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Andrew Ferguson

Director of Client Services

Andrew Ferguson currently serves as the Director of Client Services as well as an ACT…

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Denise Alagna

Associate Director

Denise Alagna currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring in the Clarendon Hills…

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Wade Weeldreyer

Associate Director

Wade Weeldreyer currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring in the North Shore…

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Ben Hendren

Director of Inquiries

Ben Hendren currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One tutoring. Ben joined the Academic…

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Amanda Bressler

Associate Director

Amanda currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One tutoring. Amanda joined the Academic Approach team in 2020 as a tutor and classroom instructor for the ACT and SAT.

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Ali Foley

Associate Director

Ali currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring. In this role, she oversees individual one-on-one programs, helping students and families set up programs and ensuring that those programs are executed.

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Allison Sherry

Associate Director

Allison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Department of Education Curriculum

TJ Sassorossi

Director of Curriculum

TJ Sassorossi currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. In this position, TJ…

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Jaycie Ryrholm

Director of Research and Development

Jaycie Ryrholm joined Academic Approach in 2011. As the Director of Research and Development…

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