Boston Adds Sharfman as Director of Academics
(BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – September 23, 2020) – TPH has announced the addition of Nelson Sharfman as the Director of Academics for its Boston division. Sharfman brings with him many years of experience in education, engineering and business.
Sharfman’s credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Material Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College. He has worked in engineering consulting, product development and engineering/manufacturing management. 15 years ago, Sharfman became interested in the development of people. He then pursued a career that allowed him to do that as Sharfman is certified to teach science and mathematics in Massachusetts. Tutoring and one-on-one education is what excites him the most as he feels that’s where he can have the biggest impact. That’s one of the main reasons why he’s thrilled to join TPH at the Boston Center of Excellence.
“The Center of Excellence gives an opportunity for a lot of one-on-one instruction,” said Sharfman. “I have a lot of experience in tutoring and have worked with a variety of students from junior high through college. The one-on-one learning that you get supporting kids in their educational endeavors is the most stimulating of all. Having the educational platform from Edmentum as the backbone and core element of the education takes a lot of the burden of teaching off and you can focus on some of the concepts the kids need the most support with. I think some of the powerful learning all occurs when there’s direct engagement with another human being. When you’re working with someone one-on-one, you can find the roadblocks to learning specifically and help the student realize what that roadblock is and help them work through it.”
The TPH Center of Excellence creates an excellent balance for student-athletes to study, train and play. Sharfman believe that balance empowers the student-athlete to succeed.
“This academic model where you pair it up with athletics really empowers the people that participate,” said Sharfman. “It gives them a sense of control that they are actively going after something that is important to them. It makes the academics not being trapped in a building, but a task that has to be accomplished in order for them to succeed. For the kids, they can see it as a means to an end, a task that needs to be accomplished. It’s they have to actively complete in order to get where they want to go.”
Sharfman also has experience working in the education portion of a sports academy as he was previously with the North American Hockey Academy. His previous experience in multiple industries, as well as his dedication to education, makes him a perfect fit for TPH and its Center of Excellence.