About Us

Symbiosis: nounany interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, groups, etc. (Dictionary.com)

All of our programs are holistic in the guidance and in the opportunities we provide, but one of the things we value most is the relationship we build with each of our students.  This relationship allows us to develop a deep understanding of our students’ unique strengths, challenges, and goals. Armed with this knowledge, we are then able to individualize our support of each student according to their specific needs.  Moreover, after working so closely with our students over the course of several years, our students virtually become our extended family!

We derive tremendous purpose and meaning through facilitating a holistic support system and assisting our students with developing essential skills.  Therefore, we named our company Symbiosis to reflect and honor the mutually beneficial relationship our program engenders.

Kristine Fringer, Director

Kristine has been working with young adults in a college setting for 20 years. At Mount Ida College, she held the positions Director of the Student Achievement Program, a support program for students with learning differences, and Director of Accessibility Services during three interim periods. In these positions, her number one goal was to ensure that students learned to self-advocate and to realize their full potential.  She believes students need to recognize and understand how they learn before they can navigate the path to their success. She also taught a first year seminar course and psychology at Mount Ida College.  She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French. Kristine has a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from Boston University.  She has received extensive training in Disability Rights in Higher Ed; and led several seminars for faculty on their role in leveling the playing field for students with learning differences.

Jeanne Freeman, DVM, PhD Advanced Tutor Jeanne became interested in veterinary medicine growing up on a small sheep farm.  While attending veterinary school, she developed an interest in the host-vector-pathogen interface as it relates to parasites of human and veterinary importance.  Her interest in parasitology led her to pursue a PhD in veterinary microbiology, where her research focused on tick acquisition and subsequent transmission of bovine babesiosis.  Jeanne has worked as a small animal clinical veterinarian, and as a Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA where she published several manuscripts in the area of vector-borne diseases.  She enjoys working with students to achieve their academic goals and has served as a mentor and teaching assistant for pre-med and pre-vet students enrolled in biology, parasitology, anatomy and physiology, and animal science courses.

Leo Rusinov, Instructor, Math, Financial Literacy, Learning Coach

Leo has been teaching and tutoring since 2010. He is a Massachusetts licensed Mathematics teacher and believes that learning should be engaging and interesting. One of Leo’s favorite math projects was building a business plan with his students, where they developed their own companies and modeled cash flow, revenue, and profits. In addition to teaching academic math, Leo has also taught Microsoft Excel, financial literacy, and personal budgeting. He is passionate about education and has worked with students from various backgrounds including learners with unique needs, IEPs, and specialized learning plans.

Leo also runs his own SAT test preparation company, TutoringBoston, is a Boston University graduate, and is fluent in Russian. In his free time, Leo enjoys playing guitar, chess, and staying active.


Samantha Rowe, Instructor, Biology & Math

Samantha is a teacher, tutor and reading and math specialist. She loves teaching, inspiring, guiding and gently challenging young people to have confidence in themselves and to use their strengths to reach their goals. As a former drug discovery research scientist in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, she is also passionate about teaching science at allgrade levels. Samantha tailors her approach based on the individual in an open, thoughtful manner, working to meet the needs of all students. For the past 10 years, she has worked with students with a variety of learning differences and challenges including those with dyslexia, dyscalculia, anxiety, OCD, giftedness, and autism spectrum disorder. She uses the Orton-Gillingham Approach, a research-proven method to teach literacy to individuals with dyslexia, to teach reading, writing and spelling. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and held research positions at Schering-Plough Research Institute and Amgen, Inc.

Bradley Staeben, Instructor, 3D Design & Printing, Math

Bradley is a teacher who enjoys mathematics and exploring science in very hands on ways.  He loves finding what aspects of a subject students enjoy most and creating ways to harness and amplify that enthusiasm.  Over the last 10 years Bradley has taught his own children and co-founded an educational co-op that focused on STEM based subjects.  Over that time, he has taught classes and tutored students at various levels of mathematics, beginning computer programming, and 3D Design/Printing.  Bradley has worked with students at a variety of ages and learning styles.  He attempts to approach topics in multiple ways, where possible, and enjoys designing personal or small group student projects when opportunities present themselves.  Bradley is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin Stout with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology, with a specialty in Communications.  In his free time, Bradley enjoys reading, rock climbing, exploring new programs and techniques in 3D printing, and is studying Spanish. 

Danielle Cooper, Instructor, Psychology, Cooking 101/Nutrition

Danielle is currently attending Lasell University majoring in Psychology and minoring in sociology. She enjoys working with children of all ages. Some of her hobbies are cooking, meditation, yoga, and listening to music.

She has been a part of numerous clubs such as Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society, Multicultural Club, and The Women’s Empowerment Club, in addition, she has volunteered at her local boys and girls club.

Katie Marotta, Instructor
U.S. History
Intern, Lasell University

Katie is currently a senior at Lasell University majoring in history with a focus in secondary education. She enjoys working with students of all ages and teaching them about history. Some of Katie’s hobbies include reading, listening to music, and baking. At Lasell she is an active member of the Campus Activity Board and has participated in other organizations such as the Barry Price Mentoring Club. Outside of Lasell, Katie has been a summer camp counselor at Camp Thoreau in Concord, MA since 2014 and has worked with children of all ages at camp.