Our Math Addvantage tutors have an unmatched level of math expertise and include teachers, engineers and mathematicians. Beyond their technical understanding of mathematics, they are able to teach difficult concepts in a variety of ways. Our ACT Addvantage tutors are professional experts in their respective fields — Math, Science, Reading and English ACT.
To ensure peace of mind for our parents, we professionally screen all of our tutors prior to hire.
Our expertise, coupled with our understanding of a student’s unique learning style, set us apart from other tutoring services.
Meet Our Team
Lisa Finke is the director and founder of Math Addvantage and ACT Addvantage. With over 30 years of tutoring experience, she currently specializes in teaching the science and math portions of the ACT as well as high school math. She has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University.
“I enjoy getting to know each student and watching him or her become competent in a subject that was once difficult. I am particularly perceptive about how to teach students with different learning styles. It is important to me to establish a caring and fun environment at the center for all the students. Tutoring is my passion!”
Laura Petersen has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 5 years in both manufacturing and design engineering of computer systems. She has been tutoring at Math Addvantage for 21 years.
“I feel fortunate that I have gotten to know so many students from tutoring — our students are the best! I am always inspired by the students who come to us so frustrated but continue to work really hard to gain understanding. Tutoring is really rewarding to me.”
Sue Knight attended St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities where she studied psychology and education. She worked for 18 years in the travel industry before taking time off to raise her three children. She has been with Math Addvantage for 17 years.
“I love working at Math Addvantage! I consider it a privilege to help students improve their math skills while getting to know each as a unique individual. I strive to help each student gain confidence in his/her math abilities and believe that this in turn assists in their gaining further understanding. It’s extremely exciting and rewarding to observe a student arrive at an ‘I got it’ moment.”
Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where she also worked in the Writing Center on campus. She worked as an Editor at Thomson Reuters before taking time off to raise her three children. She also volunteers in the library at her children’s elementary school, and in the classroom, reading one-on-one with 1st grade students. Jessica started tutoring with ACT Addvantage in 2014.
“I feel so fortunate to work at ACT Addvantage, where we have such amazing students and staff! Studying for the ACT exam can be a very intense and stressful time in a student’s life, and I really enjoy working with these young adults and helping them gain not only the skills, but also the confidence needed to succeed. I believe that the one on one attention we give our students, in addition to the fun and caring environment we foster, really sets ACT Addvantage apart from other tutoring centers!”
Will graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Mathematics. Will is our expert in the Math PLUS program, helping our youngest students do well. He has a strong love of Math and Science and is planning on pursuing a teaching degree. Will joined Math Addvantage in 2015.
“I love the challenge of math but also understand the frustration it can bring. Being the oldest of four siblings has taught me a lot about patience and persistence, especially when helping with math homework. If I can make a student smile while learning a subject they might not necessarily enjoy then I’ve done my job correctly.”
Mathew Boehlke graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a degree in Mathematics. While there, he earned several scholarship awards for performance in Mathematics. Mathew has worked with students of many different ages in the past, from working with elementary students in after school programs to tutoring undergraduate chemistry students while at WLC. Mat started working at Math Addvantage in 2015.
“I love to see the gears turn in a student’s mind. Mathematics is not only relevant in our lives, but helps us develop problem solving skills, which are crucial no matter what we do. I am happy if I can be a part of helping students succeed and not get discouraged, which is why I am grateful for the chance to work with Math Addvantage.”
Anne Fry has a Bachelor’s Degree from Bryn Mawr College and a PhD in Physics from the University of North Carolina. She worked at Lifetouch, Inc. before taking time off to raise her son. She has worked as an elementary school reading and math support paraprofessional and develops Android apps as an independent developer. She is excited to return to Math Addvantage in 2016 after a 8 year hiatus.
“I am excited to be returning to Math Addvantage! It’s a joy to get to know the students, while helping them learn and become more confident in themselves and their math skills.”
Kelly Wong has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina. She worked for 15 years at Northwest Airlines leading the international revenue management departments before leaving to pursue her own interests in consulting and tutoring. Kelly began tutoring at Math Addvantage in 2016.
“Working at Math Addvantage has been incredibly rewarding. I really enjoy getting to know the students and seeing them gain confidence in their math and problem solving skills. I also appreciate the collaborative atmosphere at Math Addvantage. The tutors are all amazing–we all learn from and share teaching strategies with one another.”
Laura Souther graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 2018. She plans to continue towards a degree in either teaching or biomedical engineering. She has worked as a teacher’s assistant for a math instructor which sparked her interest in a career as a math tutor. Laura joined Math Addvantage in 2019.
“My favorite part of tutoring students is discovering each of their learning styles in order to adjust the lesson in a way that makes sense to them. I love being a part of the moment when a student finally understands a concept that has been difficult to grasp. I know how daunting math can be, but I strive to make it as fun and accessible for all my students as possible.”
Emma Lokensgard graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Elementary Education. She completed her student teaching in the the 2nd grade, but has always had a passion teaching math in all the younger grade levels. She is excited to begin her journey with the students of Math Addvantage! Emma joined Math Addvantage in 2021.