BrainStorm Tutoring & Arts is a diverse and highly-skilled network of young professionals who use motivation and mentorship to inspire personal and academic excellence in students of all ages.

Launched in 2006, the company 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.

To learn more about why we exist and how we’re exceptional, read our Manifesto.

Ideal Match Guarantee

We are committed to finding the ideal tutor match for your son or daughter and won’t rest until we do.

In fewer than 2% of our matches, the family requests a different mentor. If you’re part of that tiny minority, we’ll send a new mentor your way for a FREE first session to ensure that your family is thrilled with the experience!

To put it simply: we got you. We really care.


Meet the Bergen County Area Tutors

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Rose Jean

EDUCATION: Bloomfield College, BS Finance

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Finance, Math/Algebra, French

FUN FACTS: I am a former ballerina from overseas and I am trilingual.

Chris Kwon

EDUCATION: Rutgers University, BA in Journalism; Alliance Theological Seminary, MA in Theology and Missions

AREA OF EXPERTISE: SAT/ACT Verbal Test Prep, HS Entrance Exams, K-8, World Religions, Essay Writing

FUN FACTS: I was a full time poker professional for 10 years!

Lisa Giampapa

EDUCATION: Monmouth University MA in English and BA in English and Communication

AREA OF EXPERTISE: English, Resume Building, Test Prep (Math, Verbal)

FUN FACTS: I wrote my master's thesis on Harry Potter!

Evan Rzeznik

EDUCATION: Stevens Institute of Technology, BS Physics

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AP, Pre-Calculus, Algebra

FUN FACTS: I completed the video game "The Legend of Zelda" in 18 minutes and 24 seconds!

Rami Amer

EDUCATION: The College of New Jersey, BS Biology- Premed

AREA OF EXPERTISE: All sciences and Test Prep

FUN FACTS: I have stretchy skin!

Denise Liberty

EDUCATION: Fordham University, Bachelor's in General Science; Master's from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Biology, Algebra I, Middle school math

FUN FACTS: I joined a rappelling team to get over my fear of heights.

Andy Balbuena

EDUCATION: A.B. in Philosophy, Harvard

AREA OF EXPERTISE: English, History, Languages, Test Prep

FUN FACTS: I’m a total linguaphile who invests countless hours into obscure philosophy texts and Twitter.

Michael LaCorte

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Pace (Westchester) and culinary degree from ICE

AREA OF EXPERTISE: All things verbal/English, high school entrance exams, and general school subjects/study skills

FUN FACTS: I just celebrated 10 years at BrainStorm!

Emily Faulkner

EDUCATION: Eastern Nazarene College


FUN FACTS: I lived in China for a year and can speak Mandarin!

John Anthony Pizzi

EDUCATION: NJIT, BS in Civil Engineering

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Physics, Italian, SAT/ACT Math, Algebra 1, Geometry

FUN FACTS: I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports, and reading

Renee Patterson

EDUCATION: BS Portland State University MA in Education, Long Island University (TOH Certificate)

AREA OF EXPERTISE: College Coaching: choices, applications, essays & supplements PSAT/SAT Test Prep (Reading, Writing, Language) ACT Test Prep (Reading, Writing, Language, and Science)

FUN FACTS: I always wake up in time to watch the sun as it rises and my aura is emerald green.

Daniel Cece

EDUCATION: Rutgers University

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Sciences including Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Physics

FUN FACTS: I love to watch sports and listen to music of all kinds.

BrainStorm’s tutors are the most skilled academic mentors in the New Jersey/New York City area.

They are brilliant, accomplished, and rigorously trained super-pros. And even more important: they are some of the most wonderful, soulful, genuine people on the planet.

Meet more of our Franklin Lakes tutors here!

Meet the Manalapan Twp Tutors

Say hello to the brains behind Sportika’s BrainStorm – our location in Sportika’s facility in Manalapan (near Freehold).

Janine Weiss

Janine Weiss is the Director of Sportika’s BrainStorm!

EDUCATION: Ithaca College, BA Psychology

The George Washington University, MA School Counseling

AREA OF EXPERTISE: College Coaching LD Tutoring

FUN FACTS: I have no middle name!

Andrea Forlenza

EDUCATION: College of Staten Island, BA in Psychology

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Tutoring grades K through 5

FUN FACTS: Andrea loves to draw!

Vinit Parekh

EDUCATION: The College of New Jersey, BS Engineering

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Math, science, test prep

FUN FACTS: Vinit went sky-diving and plans to study medicine!

Andrea Giannopolis


AREA OF EXPERTISE: Algebra 1, Geometry, Test prep math

FUN FACTS: Andrea skipped first grade!

Meet the Founding Family

Scott Doty family founders BrainStorm Tutoring Bergen County NJ

Ashley and Scott met at the audition for a musical at college (Tufts University, where Ash studied Civil Engineering and Scott studied International Relations). Ashley, a former Miss Wyckoff, adored Italian cooking and calculus; Scott, a lifelong mischief-maker and non-beauty pageant winner, played a mean piano and was starting striker for the Tufts varsity soccer team. They hit it off.

After they both graduated with honors, Scott won the prestigious Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, sending him to Australia for his Master’s in International Business. Ashley joined him in Melbourne, where she decided to get her Master’s in civil engineering project management. Upon return, they launched their first baby: BrainStorm. A few years later, after getting hitched, they started creating human babies, too: Alejaya (now age 12) and Teadora (now age 10).

Scott & Ashley are thrilled with the impact BrainStorm is having in their lifelong Bergen County-area community. They are committed to continuing to create an atmosphere in which inspired professionals provide “exuberant learning” opportunities for families and students are empowered to experience Dominance on Test Day, Confidence for Life.