BrainStorm is the brainchild of Scott Doty and Ashley DiPetrillo, local graduates (Ramsey HS ’99 and Ramapo HS ’98, respectively) who saw a need in their community and have worked diligently to meet it ever since. The need is for personalized, tailor-made tutoring built around the student’s schedule and lifestyle–an alternative to the nationalized, impersonal tutoring giants that require yet more class time from the overworked Bergen County student. The need is for dynamic, local tutors who understand what it is to go to “that” high school or deal with “this” local issue. Most important, the need is for academic mentorsacademic mentors who not only teach students crucial academic and life skills, but inspire them to the kind of exuberant learning that will last well beyond test time.
For over seven years, Scott and Ashley have been meeting those needs with Brainstorm. BrainStorm doesn’t dictate the student’s schedule; it works around it. BrainStorm doesn’t impose academics onto a student’s lifestyle; it incorporates them, building bridges of competence and confidence between student, academics, and larger life goals–because, after all, what comes after the test is the rest of your life.
Seven years ago, Ashley and Scott saw a problem, and BrainStorm is their lasting solution.
The Founding Family!
Ashley Doty (DiPetrillo)
[Ramapo HS (1998), B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tufts U. (2002; cum laude), Master's of Engineering Project Management from University of Melbourne, Australia (2005)]
Ashley has loved being a part of BrainStorm from the start. Watching BrainStorm grow and seeing our students succeed consistently has been such an incredible and fulfilling journey! Ashley is an unabashed math & physics nerd and a former Miss Wyckoff. She believes that if it has to get done, it has to get done right (this is why you want her designing your bridges). Ashley adores calculus, cooking, and devoted mother-dom.
Scott is a former National Merit Scholar and winner of the prestigious Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Australia (2005-2006). He comes from teaching stock–his grandmothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, et al are all teachers– so he has the utmost respect for the art of powerful academic mentorship. He loves BrainStorm because it brings together some of the most ambitious & innovative teachers on the Bergen County education scene, creating a truly inspiring atmosphere for “exuberant learning.”