SUBJECT AREA TUTORING
the five star approach
Subject Area Tutoring from Five Star Academy is designed to supplement the instruction the student is receiving in school. Expert tutors, specializing in the content, will deliver personalized lessons, aide in assessment preparation, and check for understanding though various techniques. You will see a dramatic rise in confidence, retention, and achievement in no time.
WE OFFER SUBJECT AREA TUTORING FOR:
Math - Elementary to Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics
History - Middle School and High School Social Studies/History
Language Arts (English) - All grades and levels
Foreign Language - Spanish, Italian, and French
Music - Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Composing and Writing
THE HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
PLEASE BE ADVISED
WE ARE SANITIZING & CLEANING OUR CARS BETWEEN EVERY LESSON ON A DAILY BASIS.
SAT/ACT Test Prep
the five star approach
Five Star Academy offers a full-service approach to all of your standardized test preparation needs. Our unique approach and personalized instruction has proven effective in raising scores for all students. All Five Star Academy Tutoring team members are highly qualified in their subject matter and trained using test-taking strategies proven to achieve success on these high-stakes tests. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one and conducted either in-person or virtually (via FaceTime or Skype). We strive to create a custom-tailored tutoring experience that delivers real results.
WE OFFER TEST PREP FOR:
SAT Mathematics, Critical Reading, and Writing
ACT Mathematics, English, Reading, and Science
SAT Subject Tests
AP Subject Tests
PRAXIS, PARCC Tests, Accuplacer, GRE, and others
WHY CHOOSE FIVE STAR ACADEMY:
Students take a custom made diagnostic assessment designed to pinpoint your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses.
Tutoring sessions are then designed specially so that instruction and test prep aligns specifically with your child’s needs.
Work is set at an appropriate pace to optimize retention.
Ample practice tests are given to help your child become acquainted with test structure and timing.
SAT® is a trademark registered and/or owned by the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product. ACT® is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. PSAT/NMSQT® is a registered trademark of the College Board and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation which were not involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product. Test names are the property of the respective trademark holders, none of whom endorse or are affiliated with Boccella Professional Tutoring, LLC.
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MEET OUR TUTORS
My name is Brian Zengewald and I am a mathematics teacher at Rahway High School. I attended The College of New Jersey where I received my degree in mathematics and a minor in education. Besides being a full time math teacher I am also a driving instructor and a real estate agent at Berkshire Hathaway in Westfield. I also have played football, wrestling and track throughout my entire school career and coached when I first became a teacher.
Dave Heilman (Drummer/ Percussionist) earned his Bachelor's degree from New Jersey City University in Music Education and Jazz/Classical Performance while performing in the Broadway shows Swing!, Spring Awakening, American Idiot, Burn the Floor, and the long-running, beautifully creative, hit show STOMP.
He was a founding member of the synth-pop group Jupiter One, which celebrated years of national touring and two full-length albums on Warner Music Group.
He has collaborated and recorded with grammy nominated artists Regin a Spektor, Lars Vaular, Bernhoft, and Sondre Lerche leading to several world tours with performances on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS's Late Night with David Letterman.
Heilman became a mentor of Norway's number one-rated, hit tv show The Voice and continues to perform and record with various artists around the world. He enjoys teaching privately and often returns to his Alma mater of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School as a clinician for the various jazz ensembles.
Sondre Lerche on Letterman "Private Caller" 
Fancy Colors "Island Rose" 
Sondre Lerche on KEXP "Crickets" 
Regina Spektor in Brazil "Fidelity" 
I am a working musician who has been performing and teaching in New Jersey for the past 15 years. Throughout the years I have developed and refined my skills as a teacher and a musician. I have dedicated myself to providing quality education for my students and to have a close relationship with the parents of the students that I teach. My single goal as a teacher is to provide students with the skills that they will need to help them develop into well rounded musicians. These skills include; body posture, scales, chords, sight-reading, music theory, ear training, and appropriate repertoire.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2010 with a degree in English and Creative Writing, Ms. Filannino stumbled upon tutoring while working as a freelance writer for a local magazine. She interviewed a business owner, who loved the article so much that she asked Ms. Filannino to tutor her daughter. She taught her for three years, but her career in teaching had just begun.
Ms. Filannino loved English and writing so much that she decided to go on for an MA in English and Creative Writing, which lead her to teaching at the collegiate level at Kean and Monmouth University, and Union County College, where she has been for three years.
In addition to teaching College Composition, World Literature, and Creative Writing classes, Ms. Filannino also teaches privately and works at a tutoring center for test prep.
Poem published by the English Honor Society:
‘My Father’s Wine’
Nick Afflitto holds a bachelor of music education degree from Montclair State University with a concentration in trumpet performance. He has over 20 years experience as a music educator, performer, recording musician, and composer.
Nick began his teaching career in Elizabeth NJ where he now serves as director of Elementary Bands at the William F. Halloran Gifted and Talented Academy. He also teaches trumpet privately out of his home in Rahway NJ. As a performing musician he has played all over the country in a all variety of musical styles.
Besides the trumpet, Nick is an accomplished guitarist, writer and sound engineer, and produces records out of his studio, Sparrow Recording. He is available for music lessons with a focus on trumpet, but can teach beginners of all instruments. He also offers lessons in music technology, engineering and production.
My name is Sean O'Riordan and I am proud to work as a tutor for Five Star Driving School, the best of its kind in the region! My subject areas comprise basic Spanish and K-12 English Literature/Writing and Social Studies.
I am available nights and weekends by appointment and can meet at your home or in a public place that works for you. I am a father of two and husband, as well as a long time educator, conveniently located in Summit, and willing to work with you based on your location and availability.
Finally, I am available more frequently during the summer months if the need arises.
Looking Forward to Working With You!
Tamara Hart is an English professor who has been teaching composition, literature and creative writing at Kean University, College of St. Elizabeth and UCC. She has worked as an SAT/ACT tutor for the last ten years, both privately and for various centers. She is dedicated to her students and to her craft, as an educator and a writer.