Our talented team of tutors is made of teachers and professionals who possess profound knowledge of their content-areas combined with the talent to convey this information to students of all ability levels. By providing focused, individualized instruction in a friendly, stress-free setting, our tutors ensure that their students benefit from every session and enjoy the time they spend at Hilltop. With many decades of combined teaching and tutoring experience, Hilltop Tutoring Center’s tutors are truly exceptional.


DAVE LEMMON

Dave is a licensed English teacher with over seventeen years of teaching and tutoring experience. His initial educational experience came from his nine years teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade language arts at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School. While at the middle school, Dave taught district workshops in classroom management and cooperative learning to both new and experienced teachers. Dave was also a seventh grade team leader during his final two years at LCJSMS. After leaving the middle school, Dave began his own private tutoring business in 2006 and has remained a full-time tutor since then. Dave has over nine years experience teaching private SAT/ACT Test prep courses and has created verbal test prep materials currently being used by numerous instructors and tutors. Dave specializes in college essay and college application assistance. His students have been accepted by nearly every top school in the country including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and Stanford. Dave's combination of content-area knowledge and a relaxed, amiable demeanor allows him to connect with students personally and help them find success.

Expertise In:
SAT/ACT/SSAT/ISEE Test Prep
College Essay and Application Assistance/Editing
Elementary Language Arts
Middle School Language Arts
High School English (including Honors and AP)
Individual Writing Assessment and Development
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Improvement
Study Skills Improvement


BRIAN MILLER

Brian is a licensed mathematics teacher with a master’s degree in computer science and doctorate (ABD) in mathematics education. He has a combined 23 years experience teaching advanced high school mathematics and computer science, and masters level mathematics courses at Montclair State University.  As a tutor, Brian has worked for over two decades creating test prep materials and helping students achieve their AP, SAT, ACT, and SAT Subject test goals.  In addition to tutoring students living in the Summit region, Brian has been very effective at using Skype to provide mathematics, statistics, and computer science assistance to college and private boarding school students.   Brian’s advanced content-area expertise, years of experience, and passion for all things “nerdish” make him highly effective at inspiring his students and encouraging them to reach their peak.

Expertise In:
Calculus AB/BC (AP* Test and College Level) 
Multivariable Calculus
Statistics (AP* Test and Introductory College)
Computer Science (AP* Test and College Level)
Economics
Pre-Calculus
SAT and ACT Test Prep


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FRANCESCA PIZZIGONI

Francesca is currently a math teacher at the Villa Walsh Academy in Morristown, NJ. She holds a teaching certificate in Math Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Pure and Applied Math. After tutoring throughout college, Francesca began working as a Director of Operations at a Sylvan Learning Center and continued there as an advanced math and SAT tutor. Through Montclair State, Francesca participated in a GK-12 Fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation. The fellowship brought integrated math and science lessons to sixth grade students in Kearny, NJ. With over 8 years of tutoring experience, Francesca strives to create independent learners and shed new light on mathematics for her students.

Expertise In:
Pre-Algebra
Algebra I & 2
Geometry
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
SAT/ACT Test Prep 
ISEE Prep
SSAT Prep


MATT SERCUS

Matthew has a love of both mathematics and teaching. He attended Purdue University from 2007-2010 while studying Mathematics and Education, and he has always been someone to whom his peers turned for help. As a result, Matthew has many years of tutoring experience already.  

Expertise In:
College Level Math (Any Level)
Calculus
Pre-Calculus
SAT Test / ACT Test Prep
Geometry
Middle School Mathematics


Alex Saville

Alex is an adjunct professor of English at Rutgers University, where he teaches composition, creative writing, and literature courses. Alex holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism from Rutgers. Prior to his teaching career, Alex worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, and magazine copy editor.

Expertise In:
High School English (Including Honors and AP)
Individual Writing Assessment and Development
Reading Comprehension
Vocabulary Improvement
SAT/ACT Prep
Creative Writing
Elementary Language Arts
Middle School Language Arts
History/Social Studies
Elementary Mathematics
Middle School Mathematics
Study Skills
Homework Coaching


Heather Yaros-Ramos

Heather is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and William Paterson University, where she teaches General Chemistry and Experimental Organic Chemistry. She has taught non-major, introductory and graduate level courses in chemistry and chemical engineering at various institutions, including Skyline College, Santa Clara University, San José State University and University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to teaching, Heather worked as an environmental engineer specializing in Integrated Water Resources. Heather holds a bachelor’s degree and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively.  

Expertise in:
Physics
Chemistry
AP Chemistry
Chemistry Subject Test
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC


Garrett Nieddu

Garrett is a PhD student studying Environmental Management at Montclair State University where he works with faculty researchers in stochastic population dynamics and mathematical epidemiology. Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State in Mathematics and Physics, as well as a master’s degree in Mathematics. Garrett has a love for math and science, and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm. Tutoring has been a part of his education since he was an undergrad, first as a peer tutor, and then as a tutor in the MSU Mathematics Learning Center. Garrett spends his summers as the Physics lab instructor at MSU, as well as an Algebra instructor and math tutor.

Expertise In:
Middle School Mathematics
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Physics
AP Physics
AP Environmental Science


Patty Brownett

Patty has a diverse background having come from the biotech industry before teaching high school for the past 15 years. She has taught biology at various academic levels: from basic and college prep through Advanced Placement. Patty is well versed with the new AP Biology curriculum and her students have achieved success with her guidance and instruction. Her love for the subject matter and passion for teaching helps make learning fun for her students by breaking down complex concepts into enjoyable and understandable lessons. Beyond Patty’s experience in the classroom, she is the mother of three recent college graduates, which has given her a comprehensive understanding of what is expected of students at all academic levels. These experiences have helped her develop a teaching method that has prepared many students to meet the demands of their high school while keeping in mind the goal of gaining them acceptance into the college programs of their choosing. 

Expertise In:
Biology
AP Biology


Ashley Gianfrancesco

Ashley is currently a math teacher at South Plainfield Middle School in South Plainfield, NJ.  Ashley holds a teaching certificate in Elementary Education, Mathematics (all grades), Science (grades 5-8), and ESL.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and mathematics, as well as, a master’s degree in elementary education at The College of New Jersey.  Beginning as a peer tutor at the TCNJ Tutoring Center, Ashley has over seven years of tutoring experience.

Expertise In:
Middle School Mathematics
Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1 & 2
Geometry
Trigonometry
PARCC Test Prep
SAT and ACT Test Prep


Ana M. Solis

Ana is a Spanish language instructor at Rutgers University, where she teaches introductory and intermediate Spanish classes and studies translation. She learned English and French as an adolescent and went on to tutor students learning each of those languages, along with students of Spanish, her native language. Ana holds a Master’s degree in Spanish literature and loves introducing students to the linguistic and cultural idiosyncrasies of the francophone and hispanophone worlds, respectively.

Expertise In:
Spanish
French


Goran Dojcinoski

Goran is an adjunct professor at Montclair State University and Bergen Community College, where he teaches Physics and Mathematics. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State University in Mathematics and Physics with a concentration in Astronomy, as well as a Master’s Degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics. Prior to teaching, Goran worked with research advisors on various topics, such as modeling gravitational waves and ferrofluid monolayers. He has been a tutor since he was a graduate student in the MSU Mathematics Learning Center. Goran spends most summers as a Physics lab instructor at MSU, as well as an adjunct professor at BCC teaching Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
 
Expertise in:
Pre-Algebra
Algebra
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
Probability
Statistics
Bio-Statistics
Physics
Astronomy


Monica Ayad

Monica is currently working as a Middle School Math Teacher, and has been teaching various academic levels of Math for 6 years.  She has earned a Master’s degree in Education from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education, with a Middle School Math specialization.  Prior to her professional teaching career, Monica has tutored students and peers in their math courses throughout their middle school, high school, and college education.  During her years of tutoring experience, Monica has acquired methods of how to help her students make connections to the material they are learning, in order to move beyond memorizing the content, and make it comprehensible to them.

Expertise In:
Middle School Math
Pre-Algebra
Algebra 1 & 2