Team

We know of no other company that provides the level of service that we do. Here is the incredible team that makes it all work.

Jay Bacrania

OWNER & CEO

Jay is the CEO of Signet Education. He has taken a broad academic path that encompasses both the sciences and the humanities. As a high schooler, Jay won awards for chemistry at the state level in his home state of Florida, and at Harvard, he initially studied physics. However, he soon realized he wanted to explore the unknown from a different angle, and graduated with a degree in the comparative study of religion. After graduating, Jay spent two years studying jazz trumpet at the Berklee College of Music.

Jay is values-driven in his approach to both tutoring and running Signet. He believes that education and career are twin pillars vital to building a meaningful life. Jay continually experiments with how best to promote deeper learning and personal growth for himself, his staff, and the students who work with Signet. When he’s not at the office, Jay can be found at his home in Somerville, finding new and better ways to make a cup of coffee and spending time with his family.

Sheila Akbar

PRESIDENT & COO

Sheila joined the Signet team in the summer of 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience teaching SAT, ACT, GRE, literature, and composition in both one-on-one and classroom settings. Sheila loves both teaching and learning, and finds nothing more rewarding than working closely with students to overcome the challenges they face. After graduating from Harvard in 2002, she spent two years working in financial services before continuing her academic career, which culminated in two doctorates. She brings her significant business and academic experience to bear on her current role at Signet, which includes speaking to every client to craft an tailored solution for their needs, managing the administrative team, and providing educational thought leadership for the company. Sheila holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Harvard University and two doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Dayle Lipsky

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
As the first touchpoint to Signet, it is Dayle’s priority to help students receive the best services for their specific needs so they can reach their personal goals. Dayle serves as a conduit to the rest of our Signet team to ensure everyone has an optimal learning experience. Dayle has an extensive background in sales, marketing, and relationship management pertaining to higher education and hospitality. She was an integral part of the successful conversion from in-person to online programming at the Babson College Executive Education Department. Dayle is a graduate of Ithaca College, with a BA in Sociology, and a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.

Andrea West

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF TUTOR DEVELOPMENT

Andrea is Signet’s Director of Operations and one of our top academic coaches. In her administrative role, Andrea makes sure Signet always runs smoothly and is a fun and productive place for all of our employees. When she works as a coach, she takes a student driven approach to encourage introspection and reflection. Her students flourish both inside and outside of the classroom, developing a deeper sense of who they are through coaching.

Before joining Signet, Andrea earned a degree in Psychology from Endicott College and minored in Dance. She still dances and performs in the community and is an acting board member for a local movement company. Andrea currently volunteers for Minds Matter Boston, a local nonprofit offering support to students applying to college, and she previously spent two years volunteering on Boston’s Samaritans crisis line. In her spare time, Andrea enjoys the Food Network, podcasts, Nintendo games, and finding cats to pet.

Holly Schreiber

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Holly serves as Account Manager and Principal Tutor. She supports students in a broad range of subjects, from academic coaching to admissions, test prep, writing support, and subject tutoring in the humanities and social sciences. As Account Manager, she consults with families about their needs to offer tailored solutions, suggest tutor matches, and provide insight on the high school journey. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University, and she has served as a tenure-track professor at the University of Maine.

“Jenny and Signet helped our daughter improve her ACT and SAT scores to realize her wishes to be seriously considered by top caliber schools. We have three other children and we will not hesitate to contact Signet should the need arise for tutoring for them. Thank you.”
— A.S., Parent