Early Childhood

Early Childhood Tutors

  • Molly Bauml TUTOR

    Molly is a born and raised New Yorker and attended Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School for 13 years. She then went on to receive a BS in Elementary Education and continued with a MSED in Childhood Special Education from Bankstreet College of Education. Molly taught pre-school for 7 years at independent schools in Manhattan and San Francisco. She brings a wealth of knowledge to her tutoring sessions based on her classroom experience. Her goal is to make students feel comfortable and confident in their abilities and to help them reach their goals with scaffolding and support. She likes to utilize a holistic approach by integrating visual, auditory and kinesthetic techniques to help each individual student.

  • Kellie Carroll TUTOR

    Kellie is a head teacher at the Marymount School of New York, where she teaches Kindergarten. Kellie has been at Marymount for six years. Prior to teaching at Marymount, she taught Pre-Kindergarten at The Garden House School. Kellie graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame with a BA in Humanistic Studies and received a MST from Fordham University. While at Fordham, Kellie was awarded a scholarship that granted her the opportunity to student teach second and third grade at Cedar Place School in Yonkers, New York. It was here that Kellie developed her love for tutoring as she spent a semester teaching a child to read using an Orton-Gillingham-inspired multi-sensory approach. Kellie frequently uses this technique with diverse learners. Kellie loves spending her free time doing yoga, visiting museums, and exploring the city with her children. She has two sons who are recent college graduates, one daughter who is in college, and a daughter who attends an independent school in Rye, N.Y.

  • Jenna Chondris TUTOR

    Jenna teaches Kindergarten at a public school in the Bronx. She previously taught first grade at an independent school in the Bronx, as well as Pre-K in Syracuse, and has been teaching for 3 years. Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, studying Child Development with a focus on Educational Studies. She earned her master’s degree from Syracuse University as well, studying Early Childhood Special Education. Jenna has been tutoring children of all ages since high school and has worked with a multitude of varying learners. She enjoys engaging students to enrich their learning experience and helping them to think outside the box. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

  • Athena Costanza TUTOR

    Athena has been an educator for 14 years in New York City, with a focus on secondary education. For the past 13 years, she has taught special education, and subsequently was acting assistant principal in a transfer high school setting. This year, she is a SETSS and SEIT provider, both in the classroom and in the home, helping her students with literacy and numeracy, as well as preparing them for their state tests and Regents. Athena has a Masters in Secondary English Education, as well as a MSeD in Educational Leadership from Brooklyn College, and has NYS certifications in Students with Disabilities from Birth-Grade 12, English as a New Language, Secondary English Education, and School Building Leader. For fun, she likes to hang out with her kids, play the flute and piano, and write book reviews for a geeky website. Her goal is to get children to find reading as much fun as she does.

  • Heather Costanza TUTOR

    Heather has been an early childhood educator for 14 years in New York City. For the past 7 years, she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, first, and second grade at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in Williamsburg. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she founded the Orton-Gillingham Academic Intervention team at her school for students in grades 2nd-5th with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia. She is Orton-Gillingham certified at the Associate Level through the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AGOPE). Heather is also a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist through The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI). She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College, and has NYS certification in Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities for Elementary and Early Childhood. Heather has received training in the Handwriting Without Tears program and has attended professional development institutes hosted by The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. The importance attributed to the role of the environment, inquiry-based investigations, and the emphasis on children’s symbolic languages has helped guide her as a teacher.

  • Jenn Dare TUTOR

    Jenn currently teaches Kindergarten at The School at Columbia, where she has also taught first and third grade for the past 13 years. At The School’s summer school program, Jenn teaches reading to Kindergarten, first, and second grade students, and she has also worked with students from Kindergarten through fifth grade at the Hollingworth Science Camp. Jenn graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a B.S. in elementary education and completed her master’s degree in gifted education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received training in the Orton-Gilligham method, Sounds in Motion and the Handwriting Without Tears Program. Jenn attends many professional development institutes hosted by The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Lesley University. She recently co-presented a workshop at The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference and the Literacy for All conference. In her free time, Jenn enjoys photography, baking, and running. She has been tutoring K-2 students at Teachers Who Tutor for the past 6 years.

  • Alison Dimaria TUTOR

    Alison currently teaches Kindergarten in an ICT classroom at P.S. 276 The Battery Park City School. Alison has been teaching in the NYC Department of Education for 9 years. She previously taught in a two’s program, Kindergarten, and first grade at various private and public schools in both New York City and Westchester County. Alison holds a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and Creative Writing from Manhattanville College, and a master’s degree in Early Childhood and Childhood Education from Manhattanville College. She has experience tutoring a range of students for many years in math, reading, and writing. When she is not teaching, Alison enjoys reading, dancing, traveling, and trying new restaurants!

  • Jordi Fallon TUTOR

    Jordi teaches Kindergarten at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. While at CGPS, she taught Pre-K for four years and has been a head Kindergarten teacher for the past eight years. Jordi has tutored students from Pre-K through fourth grade across subjects. A graduate of Florida State University, Jordi received her B.A. in Elementary Education and a Florida Professional Educator’s Certificate in Elementary Education (grades K-6), a Reading endorsement, and an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. Jordi gained her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College University, and has a NY teaching certification in both Early Childhood Education (birth-2nd grade) and Elementary Education (grades K-6). Jordi’s goal is to make sure every child feels confident and comfortable with what is being taught and leaves feels excited for the next lesson ahead. In her free time, she loves spending time and traveling with her family, which includes her husband, their seven-month-old son Liam, and their rescue pup Boots

  • Nick Felts TUTOR

    Nick has been an early childhood educator for over 10 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in K-12 Special Education and his master’s degree in Early Childhood Special and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education and Mars Hill University. Nick spent the first five years of his teaching career working with students who receive special education services. He worked with students with social and emotional differences, learning disabilities, and students with health impairments. An early childhood reading specialist in the New York City public school system, Nick is trained as a Reading Recovery teacher, as well as in other phonics programs. Nick has two dogs named Carli and Cody, and he loves to travel, run, and enjoy the outdoors.

  • Cara Frey TUTOR

    Cara currently teaches first grade at The Ecole. She has also taught in an international bilingual school in China, as well as in the New York State Public Schools. Cara’s areas of instructional expertise include pre-kindergarten, second grade, fourth grade and sixth grade ELA. She holds a B.A. in Social Sciences: Early Childhood Development as well as a M.S. in Childhood Education and Literacy Education. She has a strong background in working with English language learners and children with special needs. She is trained in using the Orton Gillingham Approach. Cara strives to meet each child’s unique goals, needs and interests, and to encourage them to become critical thinkers and independent learners. In her free time, Cara enjoys yoga and learning new languages.

  • Maren Genow TUTOR

    Maren currently teaches Kindergarten, and has eight years of teaching experience in grades Pre-K to 1. She has a wealth of experience teaching foundational reading and math skills and is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Capella University in 2011, as well as her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Tulsa in 2006. She is familiar with many literacy and math programs currently used in NYC schools. Maren enjoys spending time with her husband and her three kids in Central Park.

  • Donna Griebel TUTOR

    Donna is the founding Pre-K teacher at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School and has provided literacy-based academic intervention, after school, for struggling students and English Language Learners for the past seven years. Prior to that, she was a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), serving students with special needs in private preschools, Head Start programs, and public school classrooms across Brooklyn. Donna has a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education and holds certification in educating Students with Disabilities and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has received training in the interventional programs Sounds in Motion and Learning Without Tears. In an educational climate that can oftentimes be stress- and anxiety-inducing for even our youngest learners, Donna’s goal is to put the joy back in education through multi-sensory instruction and fostering student agency, and to inspire children to become fully engaged in their path to mastery!

  • Alix Grossman TUTOR

    Alix currently teaches Kindergarten at Collegiate School. In addition, she works at a day camp in Roslyn, NY during the summer with three-year-old girls and boys. Alix earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education at Hunter College. In her free time, Alix loves to play with her dog and knit.

  • Leah Hechtman TUTOR

    Leah currently teaches third grade in an ICT (co-teaching) classroom in a Brooklyn public school. She has her BA in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (B-6) from SUNY New Paltz. She received her Masters in Special Education (1-6) from Touro College. Leah grew up on Long Island, but currently lives in Manhattan. She has been a part of the TWT family for two years and has been teaching for four. She enjoys traveling, cooking, exploring New York City, and sushi.

  • Mary Kate Mcgee TUTOR

    Mary Kate teaches first grade at the Windward School on the Upper East Side. After growing up on Long Island, she attended Fairfield University where she received both her B.A.in English with a minor in Educational Studies and her M.A. in Elementary Education. Mary Kate has interned in the Darien Public Schools, taught at the Pre-K level on Long Island, and worked for years as a nanny, camp counselor, and tutor. Through her current work at Windward, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities, she has become immersed in the PAF program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham-based curriculum. Mary Kate is passionate about working with children and aims to help struggling students in any way she can. In her free time, Mary Kate enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family–especially her golden retriever Paisley!

  • Bree Miller TUTOR

    Bree currently teaches Kindergarten at Pilgrim School in Los Angeles. She has experience with Early Childhood students as young as 3 years old and has also taught first grade and second grade. Bree received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Language Arts from the University of Michigan. She has worked as a private tutor and a researcher on student motivation. Bree is passionate about helping her students develop a love of learning and confidence in their abilities. Her favorite hobby is reading, which comes as no surprise to her students.

  • Monique Moore TUTOR

    Monique serves as a literacy coach to early childhood teachers, partnering with them to strengthen the reading, writing, phonics and phonological awareness skills of their students. Within this role, she also provides Reading Rescue literacy intervention. Monique is a trained practitioner in the Orton-Gillingham approach. She is enrolled in training for the multisensory Lindamood-Bell program, which taps into imagery to make connections between sounds, letters and words while emphasizing comprehension. Monique has fourteen years of experience as a classroom teacher of kindergarten, second grade and fourth grade at PS 9 and Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School. During this time, she received extensive training and experience teaching several programs, including Fundations, Learning Without Tears, and The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Monique has taught in general education and in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) special education settings, where she enjoyed fostering curiosity and confidence in learners of all abilities. Monique studied in the honors program at Temple University and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She earned a Masters of Science in Childhood Mathematics Education from Brooklyn College, where she was named to the Graduate Dean’s List. Monique enjoys spending time reading, biking, taking dance classes and improving her Spanish conversational skills.

  • Chelsea Petrozzo TUTOR

    Chelsea teaches Kindergarten at Brooklyn Arbor School. Prior to teaching Kindergarten, she worked at the Westside Montessori School teaching mixed age children from 2.5-6 in a preschool setting. Chelsea earned her MA from Bank Street College of Education, a Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society, and her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She is currently working towards her Early Childhood Special Education certification. She herself attended Poly Prep from 5th through 12th grade. Chelsea enjoys exploring different parts of New York and fostering children’s independent thinking through learning.

  • Emily Rhoda TUTOR

    Emily is currently a Kindergarten teacher at the Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and has been an educator in New York City for over seven years. Outside the classroom, she works individually with students providing both reading and math remediation. Emily has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kenyon College and a Master’s degree in Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She believes in meeting every child where he or she is and enhancing each child’s skills with a differentiated, individualized approach. Emily pulls from her experience and training in a range of approaches including Orton-Gillingham, Fundations, Sounds in Motion, Stern Math and Terc Math. Emily’s hands-on, experiential method of teaching helps students make meaning of the world around them while also developing a love of learning.

  • Jamie Schlussel TUTOR

    Jamie is a head Kindergarten teacher at Avenues: The World School. She previously taught at Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan, where she assisted in both the Kindergarten and first grade. A graduate of Syracuse University, Jamie majored in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, with a minor in Public Communications and Political Science. She graduated from The Bank Street School of Education where she received a Masters’ degree in Early Childhood Special and General Education. Jamie is also certified by New York state. She has a great deal of experience working with students with varying learning needs and styles. Jamie enjoys teaching in a language immersion setting, working one-on-one with students, and tailoring learning objectives in order to support the individual child.

  • Jennifer Squire TUTOR

    Jenny has been a Kindergarten teacher for four years, and currently teaches at East Side Elementary School. She has her B.A. in Psychology from Lafayette College and her M.A. in teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. While in graduate school, Jenny worked as a teaching assistant in Westchester, NY. Jenny is well versed in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is passionate about teaching students to read. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her friends and family.

  • Elissa Turshen TUTOR

    Elissa has taught for seven years, and currently teaches first grade at PS 340 in Chelsea, Manhattan, where she also taught preschool for two years. Prior to that she was a preschool teacher at Preschool of the Arts, also in Chelsea. Elissa is passionate about early childhood education and providing foundational skills–both academic and social-emotional–to young students. Elissa is well versed in the math curriculum TERC and in Columbia Teachers College reading and writing programs. In her free time, Elissa enjoys running, baking and pottery.

  • Allyson Vena TUTOR

    Allyson has been a teacher for four years at a public school in the Bronx. She has taught one year of 2nd grade and 3 years of Kindergarten. Allyson earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Manhattan College. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education at Manhattan College as well. Allyson started tutoring while at Manhattan College at their tutoring center: working as a tutor in Education, an office assistant, and also a graduate assistant. After classes, she tutored young children in the Bronx in various subject areas, with a range of various learning needs. In her spare time, Allyson loves to read, travel, and go to her beach house in New Jersey.

  • Grace Vero TUTOR

    Grace Vero has been a teacher in the NYC public schools for 5 years, teaching both Kindergarten and First Grade in an ICT (co-teaching) classroom as the special education teacher. She also has experience subbing in grades Pre-K through 6 at Riverdale Country Day School. Grace went to Manhattan College and has certifications for Birth-6th Grade in both Special and General Education. She holds two masters degrees, the first from Manhattan College in Special Education and the second from New York Institute of Technology in Instructional Technology, as well as an Advanced Certificate in STEAM. Grace is passionate about children and believes that each child learns in their own way. Her teaching and tutoring practices incorporate a variety of modalities, including visuals and hands-on approaches, which keep kids having fun and engaged while learning. Grace currently lives on the UES and loves incorporating as much movement as she can into her daily routine!

  • Joanna Wesley TUTOR

    Joanna teaches Kindergarten at Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan. While at Grace, she has assisted in the fourth grade for a year and has been in the kindergarten for the last eight years. A graduate of The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Joanna majored in History and was a member of the Teacher Education Program. As part of the Teacher Education Program, Joanna taught high school freshmen and seniors. Joanna graduated from The Bank Street College of Education, where she majored in Early Childhood General Education.

  • Tricia Zephyr TUTOR

    Tricia teaches Kindergarten at The School at Columbia. She also works at their Summer School program, where she teaches literacy to 3rd and 4th grade students, and has experience as a Middle School Debate coach. Tricia earned a B.A. and an M.A. from Queens College in English Literature. Currently, she is in school at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is working towards a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Teaching. In her free time, Tricia loves running, reading, cooking, and laughing at funny jokes.

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