Our Team

Madhavi Tarugu ( Director)

Madhavi is An Electronics and Communications Engineer with well over a decade of experience in Hardware and Software fields of Information Technology and a great passion for Teaching and Math. Madhavi Started ShineIn Math Academy in 2011  and has been running it successfully producing exceptional results in the areas of SAT , SSAT,  K-12 Math, Science and English Language Arts education. With her experience in the Technology field, Madhavi forms an innovative curriculum taught at ShineIn Math that is a blend of traditional methods that have been proven great formulas for success and technological resources that are used to their optimal best.
ShineIn Math led by Madhavi has been voted Best Of Burlington two years in a row and students of ShineIn Math have achieved perfect scores in their SAT tests and School tests. Recent achievements of ShineIn students at Math Bee competitions and Strong testimonials about ShineIn Math can be found on the Academy’s  website www.shineinmath.org and on its Facebook page
Email: Madhavi.tarugu@shineinmath.org

Amy Baker ( ELA and Summer Camp Faculty)

Mrs. Amy Baker comes with years of experience in teaching and teaches ELA courses leads Summer Camps at Shine In. Mrs.Baker in her own words “ I have spent the past few years working with students at Shine In Academy during summer camps and teaching ELA classes . Activities in summer camps including Math, Writing, Public Speaking, Theater and Creative Arts and Robotics are a unique blend of a well rounded camp curriculum we provide at the Academy. Well-structured English Language Arts classes and the summer camps at Shine In provide me an opportunity to individualize work for students within small groups, which in turn allows me to watch them reach their potential and find AHA moments they don’t always reach in the larger classroom. At the same time our traditional curriculum provides our students with an educational base that so many still need, but aren’t receiving in today’s classroom. I love hearing students come to tell me how they’ve applied what we have done at Shine In, in the classroom and how much it has helped them!”

Stephen Lin ( ELA and Science  Faculty)

Stephen Lin studied Environmental Science and German Studies at Gettysburg College. Stephen comes with years of experience teaching Language Arts and Biology including German . He particularly enjoys working for Shine In because of the enthusiasm that the students bring to the classroom. Having such positive energy is really conducive to a good learning environment. He looks forward in his classes to watch the students achieve their academic goals!

Lorna Brown ( ELA  Faculty)

Lorna Brown is delighted to join the team at ShineIn Math Academy. Originally from Ireland, she moved to Massachusetts six years ago with her husband and three daughters. She has years of experience in teaching and has taught all ages, from elementary school to college graduates. She is very excited by the prospect of mentoring students at Shine In Academy and developing innovative, effective courses that will help her students reach their potential. For Lorna, to teach effectively, the teacher should not only impart knowledge, but instill a passion and confidence for learning that goes beyond the classroom. Lorna has a Masters in Creative Writing from Emerson College. She has had many stories published in literary magazines; one was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her novel is due to be published next year. Lorna loves writing and she loves to share her passion with her students. She has often seen them surprise themselves.

Brennden Winton (Math  Faculty)

Brennden has been working with students ever since he graduated high school from North Middlesex in Townsend, MA. He has held different positions including camp counseling in Milford, NH, being a soccer coach for both Austin Prep School and Winchester High School, and I have had different positions working for Lowell Public Schools as the assistant director of “IDEA Camp”, being an after-school instructor, and a math tutor.

Being a math tutor at Shine In Math  gives him a sense of accomplishment that he seeks in his every day goals. I go home knowing that I help a student understand the problem or concept that he or she is  struggling with. He can see a physical ‘light bulb’ go off in their head once they realize what the error is and how to correct it. That ‘light bulb’ aspect is what has been and will continue to be his favorite thing as he continues to tutor students.


Colin Piper (ELA Faculty)

Educated in an English Grammar School, Mr. Piper has a passion for passing on his knowledge and love of the English language to his students.  Classes focus on correct grammar, sentence structure, comprehension and development of writing skills, all of which are highly sought after by colleges and employers.   Mr. Piper also works as a full time computer software consultant and lives with his wife and daughter in Woburn, MA.

Pankhuri Singhal ( Math and ELA Faculty)

Pankhuri Singhal is a  college graduate from Northeastern University with a bachelors in Neuroscience. Equipped with a strong passion for reading and writing since her childhood, Pankhuri has always been immersed in literary pursuits, either through journalistic writing in the field or working as a publication editor. She teaches English and Reading Comprehension fTest prep classes, as well as English Language Arts and Essay-Writing courses at Shine In Math Academy.  Pankhuri in her own words “I love words— I love the vast potential each and every word holds in conveying exactly what we want to communicate in the English language. My goal is to bring that same sense of wonder to students through Shine In Math Academy’s innovative and interactive curriculum!” Pankhuri is currently a PhD student studying Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Martha Simon ( Summer Camp Faculty

Martha Simon has extensive experience teaching students with a broad range of strengths and challenges.  Her passion is to help each student reach his or her potential by developing the academic and social skills they need to be successful.