Teachers

Cornelius McShaneCornelius McShaneMath Coach: SAT MATH, Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, MOEM, AMC 8, AMC 10
MA, Secondary Mathematics, Montclair State University
BA, The College of William and Mary

Currently teaching as a High School Math Teacher at Saddle River Day School teaching Geometry, Pre-Calculus & Calculus. Taught at Jersey City’s public school system, Ridgewood High School as a Math teacher and Math coach. Former President of Bergen County Math League from 2000-2006. Coached Bergen County Team participating in the ARML National Math Competition at Penn State University.

Christian ReccaEnglish Coach: SAT Critical Reading, Writing, Debate
BA English, John Hopkins University, Michael Bloomberg Scholarship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

John Hopkins Honors Graduate with experience as a Princeton Review-qualified SAT verbal test-prep instructor and junior college English lab tutor.
Tutoring of college students in expository writing via online platform for more than 30 institutions.
Freelance Movie, Music and Film Critic

Hana YunElementary Coach: K-3 Elementary Reading, Writing and Math
MA, Elementary Childhood & Elementary Education, Rutgers University
BA, Psychology, Rutgers University
NJ State Teaching Certificate in K-5, P-3
Joseph GianiEnglish Coach: K-12
MAT, Secondary English, NJCU
BA, English & American Literature and Language, Harvard University
7th/8th Grade English Language Art Teacher, Jersey City Public Schools
Gifted and Talented (K-3), 6th Grade English Language Arts Teacher, Hoboken Public School
Laura Amico
M.A. University of Michigan
B.S. Eastern Michigan University
Teaches English Literature, reading comprehension, test preparation, writing, speech, and drama.

After more than 20 years teaching in NJ schools and Ohio colleges, Ms. Amico joins NJ Academy with both classroom and private teaching experience. An experienced performer and writer, Ms. Amico focuses on building writing and speaking skills for all ages.

Melissa Mack
Melissa Mack is a Brooklyn native with undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, and a Masters in Education. Melissa has taught at schools across the tri-state area for 9 years. Half of her teaching career was spent as a member of the Mathematics
department at Brooklyn Technical High School. Tutoring is a great opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young students learning math. What I love most about being a tutor is the creative freedom that I have to teach and reteach math concepts.
Min Koh
Graduate of Bronx High
B.A. Mount Holyoke College, Theatre Arts
M.A., Sunbridge College, Elementary Education K-5
NJ State Certified
Waldorf Teacher Certified

Teacher in private, public and alternative schools for over 10 years.
Background in Waldorf Education, PBL and Homeschool Learning Pods.
Enjoys blending her knowledge and experience in theater arts, fine arts, science, math and technology to incorporate lessons that are engaging and fun for the students.

Jean Huh
Office Manager
B.A. Rutgers University, Psychology

With over 10 years of experience teaching students K-6th grade in Math and English and over 20 years of experience around children, Ms. Jean enjoys the challenges and rewards that come with the operations of an office and classroom setting. Her educational background in psychology and past experience combined with her passion for the development of children and love for public service make her a great part of New Jersey Academy’s team.

S.Y.
Bachelor’s in Pure Mathematics
Bachelor’s in Computational Sciences
at California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)

15 years of experience tutoring high school math and science courses including AP. He will help to prepare students for the Olympiad exams which includes math, chemistry, physics and computer science. SY has qualified for the AIME since 4th grade and USAMO since 7th grade. He has also represented the US at some international math competitions as well. He looks forward to helping students reach their goals with his experience.

Joseph Kwon
Master of Science in Education – Adolescent Education Mathematics, Pace University
Bachelor of Science in Engineering – Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan

Currently a math teacher for the New York City Department of Education. Mr. Kwon delivers rigorous and engaging lessons using differentiated instruction for his students. With his dual certification in Adolescent Education Mathematics & Special Education for grades 7-12, he fosters a safe, encouraging and meaningful classroom environment.

Mei Cheng
Math Coach: SAT MATH, Algebra I, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AMC, Math Kangaroo, Math CountsSAT Reading and Writing Coach
BS, Management Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Taught SAT Math, Reading, Writing as well as teaching middle and high school mathematics for many years. Coached students in Math Counts, Math Kangaroo, AMC competitions and helped them get into competitive Math Camps across the nation. Patient and empathetic teacher, passionate about education and seeing students grow year to year.

Orane Foster
Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics, Kinematics, Dynamics, Waves, Electromagnetism

M.S, Mechanical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology

BA, Physics, Mathematics, Drew University

Math is Fun! So is Physics!! They form the lens to see the beauty of the universe. I currently teach Honors Physics and Algebra II. I have several years of teaching and tutoring topics in Math and Physics such as Algebra I, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Kinematics, Dynamics, Waves, Electromagnetism, and much more. I believe that a fun and analytical approach to these subjects is the best way to learn.”

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM DIRECTOR

Welcome to the New Jersey Academy of Learning! As an instructional leader, I am proud to offer a learning environment that reflects rigor, relevance, and respect for each student enrolled in the New Jersey Academy of Learning. Our faculty and staff are eager to assist students in making their experience here a productive one. In order to personalize the learning experiences for each student at the New Jersey Academy of Learning, our professional learning community designs lessons using data-driven decision making along with a strong focus on improving academic abilities.

Through our connections, we can provide students with lessons and assessments that are aligned with those requirements from the State and district so that students will remain on track to complete their educational goals.

At the New Jersey Academy of Learning, our students do not fear success; they embrace it!

Sincerely,

Jenny Lee