Our Team

  • Executive Leadership |
  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Matthew Pietrafetta

Matthew Pietrafetta founded Academic Approach in 2001 and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.…
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  • Executive Leadership |
  • Resource Management |

Varun Aggarwal

Varun Aggarwal currently serves as the Vice President of Operations. In this role, Varun leads…
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  • Curriculum |
  • Department of Education |

Amanda Aisen

Amanda Aisen has worked with Academic Approach since 2010. After serving as an Instructor and…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Denise Alagna

Denise Alagna currently serves as the Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring in the Clarendon Hills…
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  • School Programs |

Rachel Barry

Rachel Barry currently serves as the Program Administrator on the School Programs team. In her…
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  • School Programs |

Anna Brandes

Anna Brandes is currently the Director of Professional Development on the School Programs team at…
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  • School Programs |

Sarah Burrichter

Sarah Burrichter serves as an Instructional Manager for School Programs. In this role, Sarah provides…
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  • Marketing and Communications |
  • Resource Management |

Shannon Copp

Shannon Copp currently serves as the Director of Marketing and Communications. In this role, she…
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  • Resource Management |
  • Technology |

Jack Duszynski

Jack Duszynski has been with Academic Approach for six years. Currently, Jack is the Product…
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  • Executive Leadership |
  • Resource Management |

Kristen Erbacci

Kristen Erbacci currently serves as the Vice President of Finance. In this role, Kristen manages…
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  • School Programs |

Brian Forster

Brian Forster has worked at Academic Approach since 2015, initially as a one-on-one tutor and…
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  • Operations |
  • Resource Management |

Gabriel Franken

Gabriel Franken currently serves as the Operations Manager. In this role, Gabriel oversees facilities, inventory,…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Allie Freed

Allie Freed currently serves as the Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring. In this role, Allie…
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  • School Partnerships |
  • School Programs |

Jewan Garner

Jewan Garner serves as the Director of School Partnerships at Academic Approach. Jewan collaborates with…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Tim Hacker

Tim Hacker currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring at Academic Approach. In…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Katie Hammen

Katie Hammen currently serves as the Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring. In this role, Katie…
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  • Resource Management |
  • Technology |

Ivan Heemskerk

Ivan Heemskerk currently works as a Software Engineer for Academic Approach and is based in…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Ben Hendren

Ben Hendren currently serves as an Associate Director of 1-on-1 tutoring. Ben joined the Academic…
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  • Department of Education |
  • Research |

Rocio Hernandez

Rocio Hernandez currently works as the Research Associate in the Department of Education. Rocio leads…
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  • Human Resources |
  • Resource Management |

De’Andre S. Holmes

De’Andre Holmes currently works in the Human Resources Department as the Talent & Recruiting Administrator.…
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  • School Programs |

Sadaf Javaid

Sadaf Javaid is Director of School Engagement at Academic Approach. Sadaf joined the team in…
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  • East Coast Team |
  • School Programs |

Alaine Johnson

Alaine Johnson is the East Coast Manager of School Partnerships at Academic Approach. In this…
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  • East Coast Team |
  • School Partnerships |

Dan Josephson

Dan Josephson currently serves as the Associate Manager of Operations. In this role, Dan helps…
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  • School Programs |

Lydia Kay

Lydia Kay currently serves as the School Success Manager on the School Programs team. In…
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  • School Programs |

Will Kazda

Will Kazda currently serves as a Manager of School Programs. Will joined Academic Approach four…
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  • Executive Leadership |
  • Resource Management |

Brad Kessler

Bradley Kessler serves as Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel. In this role, Bradley participates…
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  • East Coast Team |
  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Brian Kirchner

Brian Kirchner joined Academic Approach in 2018 and currently serves as the Lead Director of…
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  • Resource Management |
  • Technology |

James Kriegsmann

James Kriegsmann is currently the Director of Data Management. In this role, he primarily ensures…
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  • Marketing and Communications |
  • Resource Management |

Jim Larralde

Jim Larralde currently serves as Senior Marketing & Communications Coordinator. Before joining Academic Approach in…
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  • Operations |
  • Resource Management |

Adrienne Lee

Adrienne Lee currently serves as the Program Administrator at the Academic Approach Armitage office. In…
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  • Resource Management |
  • Technology |

Brian McAuliffe

Brian McAuliffe currently serves as a Software Developer. In this role, Brian develops new features…
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  • East Coast Team |
  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Ian Milliken

Ian Milliken is an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring in New York City. He currently…
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  • School Programs |

Meagan Moore

Meagan Moore currently serves as the Manager of School Programs. In this role, Meagan works…
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  • Curriculum |
  • Department of Education |

Hayley Notter

Hayley Notter joined Academic Approach in 2015 as a Curriculum Developer Team Lead and currently…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Jeremy Palmer

Jeremy Palmer currently serves as a Director of One-on-One Tutoring. Since joining the team in…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Carla Pedersen

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

Mary Petrassi

Mary Petrassi is the Accounting Manager and has been with Academic Approach for over five…
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  • Operations |
  • Resource Management |

Jasmine Rahman

Jasmine Rahman is currently the Program Administrator at the Academic Approach Clarendon Hills office. Jasmine…
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  • Human Resources |
  • Resource Management |

David Sanchez-Aguilera

David Sanchez-Aguilera currently serves as the Human Resources Coordinator. In this role, David focuses on…
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  • Curriculum |
  • Department of Education |

TJ Sassorossi

TJ Sassorossi currently serves as the Director of Curriculum and Assessment. In this position, TJ…
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  • Operations |
  • Resource Management |

Rachel Sylvan

Rachel Sylvan currently serves as the Program Administrator for the North Shore area. Prior to…
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  • Human Resources |
  • Resource Management |

Phyllis Watson

Phyllis Watson is the Human Resource Manager at Academic Approach. In this role, she handles…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Wade Weeldreyer

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

Sean Wesslund

Sean Wesslund is an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring. Sean meets with new students and…
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  • One-On-One Tutoring |

Mary Wickert

Mary Wickert currently serves as an Associate Director of One-on-One Tutoring. In this role, she…
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We Are

Innovators

We understand that all great things start with a groundbreaking idea/strategy and are followed with diligent and collaborative execution and insight.

Explorers

We relentlessly pursue the knowledge needed to shape and influence student and school performance.

Problem-Solvers

We are dedicated to finding concrete and actionable solutions to the education challenges facing students. We embrace difficulties with optimism and teamwork.

Organizers

We prioritize all our activities around what’s best for students and schools and organize our activities to turn great ideas into reality.

Builders

We are committed to the success of the mission. We believe nothing should be done without purpose and a focus on the future.

Collaborators

We collaborate with schools to understand the unique needs of their students so that we may tailor a customized solution to drive their student achievement.

Every Student is Different

We know our students; each one is unique. That is why our ACT, SAT, and Middle School test prep is customized to each student and school partner.

We improve your students’ standardized testing by tailoring our research-based, expert instruction and curriculum to your needs.

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