Lynne Marie Becker, President
Brainiac Tutoring is owned and operated by founder Lynne Marie (Rodell) Becker. Lynne Marie's background is varied and a bit unconventional. Some of her past jobs include managing technical personnel in food processing plants; designing measurement tools and analyzing data for municipal governments; teaching at the high school and college levels; writing and editing educational programs; and managing sales databases.
Most recently, she was on the team at BestQuest Teaching Systems, where she took on a variety of roles in production, research, and sales. While at BestQuest, she was the Senior Editor of the award-winning algebra curriculum, Algebra'scool.
Lynne Marie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Christian Brothers University and a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Saint Louis University. She is a Certified Toastmaster.
She is married to Dr. Leigh C. Becker, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Christian Brothers University. They have four children, all of whose names begin with L.
Lynne Marie Becker
B.S. Electrical Engineering
Helen Toldi, Student Services Director
Helen holds a B. S. in Education with teaching licensure in Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with Elementary Licensure. She taught special education for the Memphis City Schools for seven years. Prior to coming to Brainiac, Helen worked for 16 years for a privately-held company as a one-to-one educational counselor and tutor for students ranging from third grade through high school. Subjects she taught or tutored include reading, mathematics, language arts, literature, history, and finance. In her position, she also coordinated curriculum for students at the intermediate grade level, and coordinated multiple field trips and in house activities for staff and students. She schooled her two children at home in all middle and high school subjects. She enjoys working with students master difficult concepts and become independent learners. Helen joined the Brainiac Tutoring team in 2008 and we often receive calls from new clients who ask for her by name. In 2013, Helen began splitting her time between tutoring our students and serving on our Leadership Team.
M.A. Elementary Education
Leigh C. Becker, Professor of Mathematics
Leigh C. Becker, Ph.D., is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Christian Brothers University. Over his 34 year tenure, he taught a variety of courses ranging from first-year business and liberal arts math courses to Pre-calculus and the Calculus sequence, Real and Complex Variables, Probability, Special Topics, and Senior Seminar. He has also taught at a high school in Illinois for one year and at a gymnasium (high school) in the German school system for two years. His favorite class was Differential Equations, an area in which he specializes. The Differential Equations textbook used at CBU, and which continues to be in use, was authored by Dr. Becker. While at CBU, he was awarded three sabbaticals and several grants. He was honored in 2001-02 and again in 2012-13 with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in Sciences and Mathematics. In addition to tutoring, teaching as an adjunct professor on occasion at CBU and Rhodes College, and updating his textbook, he continues to publish his research in several international journals of mathematics. Dr. Becker holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.