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, Founder & Director, Language Arts Teacher

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.

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Samantha Rowe, Instructor, Chemistry, pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Middle School Math, Financial Literacy, and Spelling/Grammar

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 all grade 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.

Kristen Kern, Dungeon Master, Dungeons & Dragons; Visual Art Teacher; Book Club Leader

Kristen is a freelance illustrator and visual artist working on a range of projects in the greater Boston area. She graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a degree in Art and Art History, and since, has pursued her creative and professional development in a variety of fields. During her years working at the Institute of Contemporary Art, she regularly assisted with, and lead several youth outreach activities, such as children’s book readings and art making activities; this interest has developed into a desire to foster spaces where self expression can lead to natural personal growth. Kristen has been running Dungeons and Dragons games for diverse groups of peers for over eight years, and is excited to lead students through their next adventure. Overall, she aims to help cultivate curiosity and creative problem solving, and have plenty of fun on the way.

Dave Tamasy, World History Teacher

Before joining Symbiosis Dave taught in public schools in Boston, New Bedford and Columbus Ohio specializing in Humanities and History. Dave worked in financial services in various roles prior to the 2008 global financial crisis, when he started his second career in education. In history class he frequently uses the Case Study Method to help students understand the decision-making processes used in throughout history. The course goal is to create an atmosphere of curiosity and higher-order thinking connected to events of social importance. The learning objectives are meant to increase students’ strengths based on the theory of multiple intelligence, which is the eight distinct skills used in problem solving.

Rachel Taylor, Spanish Teacher

Rachel Taylor is a Lasell University graduate with a Bachelor’s in Education Curriculum & Instruction with a minor in Spanish. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Education – Special Education & Moderate Disabilities program at Lasell. Her goal is to become a Kindergarten teacher. Rachel began her career teaching at Pine Village Spanish Immersion Preschool in West Newton. She began taking Spanish classes as an after school program in Kindergarten, and continued to take classes all through middle school, high school, and college, while also travelling to many Spanish speaking countries. In her free time, Rachel enjoys crafting, raising bunnies, reading, and photographing wildlife.

INTERNS

We offer internships for students seeking professional learning experience that offer meaningful, practical work related to a their field of study or career interest. Our internships give students the opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills.

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Jacqueline Zambrano is currently a senior at Lasell University majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Child and Adolescent Studies. Her goal is to one day work as a school psychologist and is excited to work with kids of all ages and abilities. She is in numerous clubs such as Psi Chi National Honors Society, She’s the First, the Hospitality Management Association, and has been part of Paces which works to tutor kids throughout the greater Boston area.

Sydney Brady is a junior at Lasell University majoring in Psychology. She enjoys working with children of all ages, and aspires to become a Child Psychologist. At Lasell Sydney plays on the Women’s Lacrosse team, as well as being a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society. In her free time she loves to be with family and friends. Sydney is excited to intern with Symbiosis this fall! 

Isabel Silva  is currently a senior at Lasell University majoring in Psychology. She has a passion for working with children and teenagers. She is in a group on campus called PDP which stands for pathways to diversity in psychology. Which is a group of student of color, that major in psychology. They work with high school students who have interest in psychology. 

Fall 2019

Danielle Cooper 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. 

SPRING 2020