Our 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

CEO & Co-Founder

Jay is CEO and Co-Founder of Signet Education. At heart, Jay is an educator and entrepreneur, and he has combined those passions in stewarding the establishment and growth of Signet.

Passionate about service to others, Jay has worked closely with the Signet team to build an organization committed to improving the lives of everyone it encounters—clients, students, tutors, staff, and community members. He strives to find the best ways to recruit, train, and nurture incredible educators, with the aspiration (read: obsession) to create the highest-quality education company anywhere. In a past life, before Signet, Jay attended Berklee College of Music and was a jazz trumpeter. Jay is also a 2005 graduate of Harvard College, where he received a BA in comparative religion.

Adrian Jones

Client Coordinator

Adrian has been the Client Coordinator with Signet Education since October 2011. With a long history in client service, he greatly enjoys working with people and ensuring that each client has an impeccable experience. He is motivated by the mantra "treat others as you want to be treated."

Adrian's zest for learning and sharing of new ideas fuels his passion for education, whether in a classroom or through a friendly conversation. Outside of Signet, he may be found enjoying live performances (either as a participant or a concert-goer), reading by the Boston Harbor or on the Charles River Esplanade, savoring a homemade dinner with friends, or trying to subtly tap dance while waiting for public transit. Adrian graduated from Otterbein College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in music and from New England Conservatory with an master’s in music in 2009.

Sheila Akbar

New York Branch Manager & Admissions Coordinator

Sheila joined the Signet team in the summer of 2010, bringing with her a wealth of experience teaching SAT, 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, an experience she brings to bear on her current role at Signet, which includes managing our Admissions business, developing resources and curricula for the SAT and GRE, and spearheading Signet’s expansion to New York City. Sheila holds a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Harvard University and is currently earning two doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Charles Morton

Tutor Coordinator

Charles is the Tutor Coordinator at Signet. With experience in organizational and educational consulting, curriculum design, and quantitative modeling, he is working to create an array of methods to establish tutor-student relationships that enable excellent tutoring sessions and drive progress. In 2009, Charles completed a PhD in biological engineering at MIT, where he studied the metabolic patterns of experimental anti-cancer drug candidates. Charles then completed a postdoctoral program at Tufts University School of Medicine's Center of Cancer Systems Biology, where he published original research using agent-based modeling to assess the theoretical role of cancer stem cells in solid tumor growth. A former Big Brother and a nationally-recognized collegiate volleyball coach, Charles unites coaching and mentorship practices within the tutoring environment.

Andrea West

Operations Coordinator

Andrea joined the Signet team soon after graduating summa cum laude from Endicott College with a degree in Psychology. Her love of helping others and advocating for education made Signet the perfect place to break out into the working world. Her passions extend from education to mental health care, dancing, and hedgehogs.

Aside from working in the Cambridge, Andrea is also an active dancer in the community. She likes to spend her free time taking classes and performing with multiple dance companies in the Boston area.

Andrew Magliozzi

Founder (currently on leave)

(Andrew is currently on an extended leave from Signet as he pursues other projects.) Andrew is founder of Signet Education. A peer tutor since middle school, he has logged more than three thousand hours cultivating young minds at preparatory schools and juvenile prisons alike in subjects ranging from Latin to Calculus. Throughout his pedagogical career, Andrew has made a continual effort to reach out to those who cannot otherwise afford to engage his tutoring services. In addition to the pro-bono work he takes part in, he also founded a non-profit open education website for Harvard students to collaborate, learn and share their knowledge freely with the world. Furthermore, Andrew is a frequent contributor to the shared articles and resources you can find on the website.

Subject Tutoring“Alissa was great! She made our son very motivated without being intimidating. We are very pleased with her and will definitely work with her again. Have nothing but great things to say!”