Elementary Lower School

Elementary Lower School Tutors

  • Sarah Abraham Tutor

    Sarah has been teaching in charter schools and independent schools for the past six years. Born and raised in Westchester, New York, Sarah has had a passion for teaching ever since she was a young student. Sarah pursued her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education at Penn State University and then continued on to her Masters Degree at Touro College, where she earned a dual degree in Childhood Education as well as Special Education (K-5). Sarah has taught Kindergarten, first grade and third grade at Success Academy Charter Schools and is currently teaching fourth grade at The Brearley School. Sarah is trained in TERC Mathematics, Investigations, Fountas and Pinnell, Retrieval Practice, and Lucy Calkin’s Writing Workshop. In her free time she enjoys indoor cycling, cooking and skiing.

  • Kim Abrams Tutor

    Kim is the Middle School Counselor at Grace Church School. Before coming to Grace, she was an Elementary School Social Worker in Brooklyn. Kim graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in Psychology and then moved to New York to receive her MA in School Counseling from NYU. She has a lot of experience working with students on executive functioning and study skills. In her current role as a Guidance Counselor, she is supporting students with all different needs. There are many students who are learning how their emotions affect their learning. By focusing on developing systems around organizing their academic workload, she has found that students feel more confident in their ability to be successful in school. Kim also has experience working with students on core subjects, specifically Expressive Writing and English. She has assisted students with annotating texts, creating outlines for papers and assignments, and proofreading texts. In her free time, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. She is also getting married in December!

  • Naomi Arroyo Tutor

    Naomi is an educator and creative-technologist from NYC. She specializes in K-8 STEAM education and technology integration, including design thinking, engineering, and foundational coding curriculum, as well as elementary reading and writing instruction. Given her diverse background, Naomi is comfortable teaching across a spectrum of learning differences. She has a B.A. and M. ED. from the University of Pennsylvania, and most recently completed her M.A. in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. Her career in education spans almost a decade of teaching and leading in private, public, and charter schools.Naomi believes the role of education is to facilitate equitable learning spaces that foster creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving directly related to students' passions and talents.

  • Brooke Barnard Tutor

    Brooke has taught a variety of student populations in grades Pre-K through 7th, including students with disabilities, children with autism, and gifted and talented students, for the past thirteen years. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Specialization in Literacy from the University of Florida and obtained a second Masters Degree in Special Education at Touro College. She has been trained in the Orton-Gillingham method and has a deep passion for reading and writing. Brooke currently works as a 7th Grade SETSS teacher at 75 Morton, where she helps her students improve executive functioning skills and build academic self-confidence. Additionally, she is a Director of Curriculum and Instruction at The GO Project, a NYC non-profit where she collaborates with teachers to provide positive academic and social emotional experiences to under-resourced and academically-struggling students. When she is not teaching, Brooke enjoys yoga, barre class, historical fiction books, and trying different sushi restaurants around the city.

  • Sydney Bibicoff Tutor

    Sydney is an elementary school teacher who teaches fourth grade at the Windward School. Sydney is trained in Orton-Gillingham's PAF reading program. She works with students with language based learning disabilities. Sydney previously taught at the Bank Street School working with general education students. Sydney is earning her Master's degree in elementary, general and special education at Hunter College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017 with a degree in Psychology. In her free time, Sydney loves to run and enjoy the outdoors, and travel.

  • Allie Blank Tutor

    Allie is a fourth grade integrated co-teacher at Battery Park City School. She has previous experience teaching and tutoring in grades K-4. When Allie taught Kindergarten and second grade, she taught reading to students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class setting. Allie believes in providing each child with the tools he or she needs in order to achieve success. Allie graduated from Cornell University, where she studied Human Development and Education. She earned her Master’s degree in elementary and special education from Teachers College. In her free time, Allie enjoys running and reading.

  • Ekene Botofasina Tutor

    Ekene is a learning specialist from Brooklyn, NY, with 17 years of experience in Inclusive Education. Ekene has taught a wide range of phenomenal learners in grades K-12 across settings such as small group/1:1 SETSS, ICT and General Education. She has been proud to serve families in NYC as a reading/writing interventionist at P.S. 206, KIPP Infinity Charter School, Community Roots Charter School and in private homes. Ekene's areas of expertise include Orton-Gillingham-based reading/spelling intervention methods, the Hochman Writing Method, reading fluency and reading comprehension intervention, and attentional/executive functioning support structures. Ekene has a B.A. in Music & Africana Studies from Tufts University and an M.S.Ed from Hunter College. She has received training in best practices at The Churchill School, The Windward School, Teachers College and the (Intl. Dyslexia Assn.) Everybody Reads Conference. Ekene has served as a staff developer/coach of literacy intervention for the past four years. Ekene enjoys music and taking walks in Prospect Park with her kids on the weekends.

  • Cassidy Brody Tutor

    Cassidy formerly taught second grade at Dwight School, where she also taught fifth grade. Additionally, Cassidy has taught third and fourth grade at Hillel Day School in Michigan. Prior to teaching, Cassidy graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor's degree in childhood (K-6) and special education. While teaching, Cassidy earned her Masters in psychology from Columbia University. She has tutored in both language arts and math, and she is well versed in Reading and Writing Workshop, inquiry-based learning, and Everyday Mathematics.

  • Margaret Brown Tutor

    Margaret is a head teacher at the Dwight International School in New York City, where she teaches 2nd Grade. Margaret has been at Dwight for two years. Prior to teaching at Dwight, she taught Pre-Kindergarten at The Hewitt School and 2nd and 4th Grades at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, Connecticut. Margaret graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with a BS in Applied and Computational Mathematics and a BA in Psychology. She received her Master of Education from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Margaret is a learning-style focused tutor who adjusts her tutoring style to fit all students' needs: kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. She has experience in curriculum design, particularly in mathematics where she is the active grade team lead designer at Dwight. She has received extensive training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing program and the Handwriting Without Tears program. Margaret loves spending her free time running and is a certified running coach. She is often found outdoors hiking or running new routes! Margaret has been enjoying taking virtual cooking lessons over the past year.

  • Michelle Calderone Tutor

    Michelle teaches fourth grade at Hewitt and previously taught first and second grade at Riverdale Country School. She earned her Masters in Literacy Birth-Grade 6 at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology, and has had over seven years of professional experience in K-2 classrooms. She’s trained in the Orton-Gillingham method for students in grade K-5, which uses a multi-sensory approach to support phonics and reading development. She uses Fountas and Pinnell reading assessments and Teacher's College assessment tools to find students’ instructional and independent reading levels to best support them during independent and guided reading. She has had several years of experience with the Heinemann Reading and Writing Workshop curriculum to help students develop independence with targeted strategies. Michelle also has experience teaching ELL students in various public school settings, working closely with 4th and 5th graders in their writing, as well as teaching fluency and decoding skills to 2nd graders. When she is not pursuing her passion for teaching literacy, Michelle loves to play piano, cook, and go for long jogs or walks through her neighborhood park with her dog.

  • Wayne Casimir Tutor

    Wayne currently teaches third grade and previously taught first, second, and sixth grades at various public and charter schools. Wayne, who is in his eleventh year of teaching, holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in English Language Arts and a master’s degree in Inclusive Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Wayne has a passion for urban education, loves that the city can be used as a classroom, and enjoys creating scavenger hunts at various museums and city.

  • Judy Cha Tutor

    Judy is in her fifth year of teaching third grade in an integrated special-general education classroom at the Battery Park City School. She has previously taught 4th and 5th grade at The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City, and has tutoring experience with middle school curricula. Judy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Middlebury College, and a master’s degree in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her free time, Judy enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

  • Annie Cheung-Livhits Tutor

    Annie has 19 years of teaching experience - 17 of them at The Brearley School. She spent two years as an Associate Teacher in kindergarten and second grade, and the rest of the time was devoted to teaching K-6th grade Science. Before that, she taught English at an international school in Hong Kong. Annie has a passion for keeping students curious about the world around them through hands-on, minds-on science investigations. She also enjoys incorporating STEM activities whenever possible. Annie was born and raised in New York City. She graduated with Phi Beta Kappa distinctions from Colgate University, where she got her Bachelor 's degree in Education and Asian Studies. In her free time, Annie enjoys hiking with her family and watching her two boys play hockey.

  • Tabitha Core Tutor

    Tabitha is an enthusiastic and creative 4th grade teacher at the Brearley School. Before working at Brearley, she taught 4th grade at Girls Prep Bronx Elementary Charter School. For two and a half years, Tabitha taught Spanish primary literacy in the Dominican Republic through the Peace Corps, in which she tutored students K-4th in reading and writing in Spanish. This past summer, Tabitha developed a hybrid summer camp and school program for rising 1st and 2nd graders. As a National Teaching Fellow, Tabitha graduated magna cum laude from Elon University with her degree and licensure in elementary education (K-6). She loves games, traveling, hiking, swimming, theater, and walking her Dominican rescue dog, Lucy. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Tabitha loves living in New York and teaching future world leaders, writers, mathematicians, scientists, and great human beings.

  • 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.

  • Leah Cronshaw Tutor

    Leah is an educator who has been teaching elementary school in New York City for 6 years. She is a New York City Teaching Fellow and holds a Masters in Education from Long Island University. She currently serves as the IEP teacher at Brooklyn Arbor School, where she provides reading and math academic intervention services to students in grades K-5. She is trained in SPIRE, an Orton-Gillingham-based reading intervention for struggling readers. Leah specializes in making content accessible and engaging to all types of learners. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and traveling to new places.

  • Brittany Dallal Tutor

    Brittany is currently the curriculum coordinator and a first grade teacher at The Dwight School on the Upper West Side. She has been at Dwight since 2013. Prior to teaching, Brittany graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She then went on to receive a dual Masters in General and Special Education from New York University. Brittany has experience tutoring a range of students in all subject areas. When she is not teaching, Brittany enjoys traveling, yoga, and reading lots of books!

  • 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.

  • Dayanna Davis Tutor

    Dayanna is a seven-year special education teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Rochester and her Advanced Certificate in Literacy from Queens College. Dayanna has taught in 4th grade for one year and 5th grade for six years. She is well-versed in the following curriculums: Ready Gen, Go Math, Teacher's College Reading and Writing Projectä, Engage NY Math, and Passports for Social Studies. Dayanna provides a great deal of small group interventions in mathematics and ELA to target student needs. She believes in the use of manipulatives, pictures, and verbal and written forms of communication to display student understanding of a particular subject. Dayanna is also trained in Fountas and Pinnell, AIR RtI Workshop, and in Restorative Circles.

  • Christine De Roni Tutor

    Christine has taught 2nd grade, 5th grade, as well as 4th grade for Gifted and Talented students in a public school located on the Upper East Side. She has worked with children with a wide range of educational needs. Christine received a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and also completed an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education. She started her teaching career as a Middle School Social Studies educator in West Philadelphia. In addition to tutoring academic content, Christine can help your student become more organized, develop the skills to work with greater independence, and become a lifelong learner.

  • Ashley DeVos Tutor

    Ashley taught fourth grade at Williamsburg Northside School in Brooklyn for three years. Prior to working in fourth grade, Ashley worked with Kindergarten, First Grade, and taught Pre-Algebra and Algebra I at Rumsey Hall School in Connecticut. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Drew University, and earned a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching with dual certification in general and special education K-6 from Montclair State University. In her free time, Ashley enjoys horseback riding, cooking, and hiking with her dog.

  • Jon Early Tutor

    Jon currently teaches third grade at KIPP STAR Harlem, where he has taught science and guided reading the previous two years. In his 15 years of working with children, Jon has taught everything from reading, writing, and math to coaching basketball, swimming, and tennis at both science and sports camps. In his first year of working in NYC schools, 100% of Jon’s students scored 4’s, the highest possible mark, on the New York State Science test. When he switched schools, he founded their 4th grade science program and set a district record for the highest passing rate on that same test. Jon graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S. in Psychology and a Minor in Philosophy. He is currently attending Hunter College for graduate school, where he is finishing his Masters in Childhood Education. In his free time, Jon enjoys distance sports and watching movies.

  • Dani Epherson-Prahbu Tutor

    Dani currently teaches third grade at Friends Seminary. She is a certified educational therapist with experience working in public and private elementary schools in both special education and general education classrooms. Dani earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in Child Development before going on to earn her Master’s in Childhood Education from the same university. Dani is a recent transplant to New York City, and while she misses sunny Los Angeles where she was born and raised, Dani loves exploring her new home and learning about all it has to offer!

  • 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

  • Carmen Farrugia Tutor

    Carmen currently teaches second grade in an ICT classroom at Growing Up Green Charter School in Long Island City. Prior to teaching second grade, she taught third grade math in a departmentalized setting at Harlem Village Academies, Pre-K 4 at Mount Carmel Holy Rosary School, and fifth grade at P.S. 46 Arthur Tappan School. Carmen earned both her B.A. in Childhood Education and ELA, and her M.S. with a concentration as a Mathematics Specialist from Hunter College. She has a professional teaching license for grades 1-6 from New York State. Carmen has been tutoring on the Upper East Side of Manhattan for many years. She has tutored elementary and middle school students in many different subjects. Carmen has a passion for mathematics instruction and truly believes that developing a student’s conceptual understanding of mathematics is of utmost importance for their future relationship with math. In her free time, Carmen enjoys taking care of her vast collection of houseplants.

  • 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.

  • Shelby Gerstenhaber Tutor

    Shelby currently teaches first grade in an integrated special-general education classroom at Battery Park City School. She previously taught first grade, second grade, and K-4 Science at Success Academy Charter School. Shelby graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Human Development and earned a Dual Master’s Degree in Childhood Education/Teaching Students with Disabilities from Touro College. In her six years of teaching, Shelby has gained expertise in various Phonics and Elementary Math curriculums and programs. She believes that all students are capable of reaching their academic goals with the assistance of purposeful interventions and targeted, personalized instruction.

  • Amelia Glauber Tutor

    Amelia currently teaches fourth grade at the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side. She has been teaching for the past six years, and spent three years teaching second grade. Amelia received a dual master’s degree in General and Special Childhood Education from Bank Street and a B.A. in psychology and education from Bowdoin College. She has tutored a variety of students from grades K-5 and has also worked in special education classrooms.

  • Rebecca Green Tutor

    Rebecca is currently a second grade special education teacher at The East Village Community School. She earned her Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education with a dual certification in Teaching Students Labeled with Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Rebecca has studied with prestigious dance programs including the Joffrey Ballet and the Juilliard School program. Her interest lies in connecting kinesthetic and multi-sensory pedagogical approaches to academic concepts.

  • Kristal Greenlea Tutor

    Originally from Long Beach, CA, Kristal has had the pleasure of teaching grades K-7 in settings ranging from Long Beach, CA to Brooklyn to the Bronx. Her experience lies mainly in teaching Math, English and Humanities for grades K-5 and English for grades 6 and 7. She has taught children with a large range of cognitive abilities, and she pours her creative passion into differentiated grade level instruction in order for all students to make progress towards the educational expectations of their grade. She works tirelessly to ensure that through thoughtful planning and relationship building, all children find success at their individual level.

  • Lauryn Grefe Tutor

    Lauryn teaches fifth grade at the East Village Community school in Manhattan. She has worked in an integrated co-taught classroom for seven years. Lauryn also serves as a collegial coach and mathematics specialist for the school. Before becoming an educator, Lauryn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from SUNY Cortland. She went on to earn a Master’s Degree from St. John’s University in Elementary General Education with a dual certification in Teacher English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). More recently, Lauryn completed an additional Master’s Degree from Bank Street College studying in the Math Leadership program. She believes the most important part of education is developing student relationships to best help the child succeed. In her free time, Lauryn enjoys being outdoors and baking.

  • Chelsea Haber Tutor

    Chelsea teaches first grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan. She has been teaching first grade at CGPS for six years and spent one year as an associate teacher at Williamsburg Northside in Brooklyn. Chelsea studied Elementary Education at Pennsylvania State University and received her Master’s Degree in Childhood Special Education from Queens College. She also has experience as a private tutor, working with students in need of reading and math support. In her free time, Chelsea is learning Hebrew and loves to travel, hike, practice yoga, and cook.

  • Carli Jaff Tutor

    Carli is a Second Grade Assistant Teacher at the Riverdale Country School, where she was previously the Early Learning Creative Arts Assistant Teacher for students in Pre-K to 3rd grade. Next year, Carli will be a Kindergarten Head Teacher at Riverdale. Carli has tutored a wide range of students from grades 1 to 9 in math, reading, writing, Spanish, and executive functioning skills. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University with a Master’s degree in Elementary Inclusive Education, Carli also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Colby College in both Educational Studies and American Studies. As a teacher and a tutor, she employs a dynamic, individualized, engaging approach to teaching and learning in order for her students to feel as though they are supported, challenged, and confident in their skills. In her spare time, Carli enjoys taking and teaching dance classes, boxing, volunteering with the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and writing children’s books. This is Carli's fourth year teaching and her sixth year tutoring.

  • Liz Kahn Tutor

    Liz currently teaches K-5 Science at The Brearley School. Liz graduated summa cum laude from Temple University’s Honors Psychology and Neuroscience program. Her studies were focused on fMRI imaging and visual trends. While studying at Temple, she received the Diamond Scholar Award and the Psychology Prize Baccalaureate Award, both for academic excellence and research contributions. After taking a year off from academia to work in fundraising and development at her favorite nonprofit, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, she returned for a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with honors. She has taught as a K-4 specialist in Computer Science at Moorestown Friends School, and also taught Engineering at BASIS Independent Manhattan. She has worked with many students one-on-one to strengthen their skills in computational thinking, confidence and proficiency in STEM disciplines, and reading and writing creatively.

  • Marketa Kawa Tutor

    Marketa taught first grade special education at P.S.340M for three years, and currently works as a substitute teacher at PS 11. Born and raised in New York City, Marketa attended Grace Church School as well as Marymount School. She graduated from Bates College with a BA in Psychology and Theater and a minor in French. Marketa received her MA in Inclusive Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In addition, she is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method and well versed in The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project. In her free time, Marketa loves reading, skiing, and her pet bunny, Mos Def.

  • Noreen Keller Tutor

    Noreen is an advisor and fourth grade humanities teachers at The Chapin School. She has 14 years of experience teaching kindergarten through fourth grade at various independent schools throughout New York City. She received her Masters degree from Bank Street College in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. A dedicated educator, she regularly attends literacy workshops and institutes at Teachers College at Columbia University. Before coming into teaching, Noreen spent her undergraduate years at Colgate University, where she majored in English and Classical Studies.

  • Arann Kim Tutor

    Arann currently teaches fifth grade at the Speyer Legacy School and is a graduate of Teachers College with an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education. Arann has been teaching students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from grades K-6, for more than ten years. Throughout her teaching career, she has collaborated with literacy and math specialists to differentiate her teaching to meet targeted learning skills and goals specific to her students’ needs. Her passion is to motivate each student to become a life-long learner so that they can achieve success beyond the classroom.

  • Emma Coates-Finke Tutor

    Emma has taught 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th grade in public schools in Seattle and New York, including a dual-language (Spanish immersion) classroom. She currently teaches in a 4th grade classroom at the Bronx Community Charter School in Norwood. Prior to her work in elementary schools, Emma taught abroad as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and as a Compton Fellow in Guatemala and Ecuador. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Vassar College and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. As a tutor, Emma collaborates with her students to establish goals and strategies that work for them. Her instruction is child-centered and built on a foundation of social and emotional growth.

  • Niki Leffler Tutor

    Niki is a special education teacher at PS9 Sarah Anderson School, where she teaches second grade. Prior to teaching at PS 9, she taught 5th grade students in an ICT classroom at DREAM Charter School, students with learning disabilities at Stephen Gaynor School, and fourth grade students in an ICT classroom at PS 6. Niki graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and holds a Masters in special education and general education from Touro College. Niki spends her free time taking her goldendoodle puppy to the dog park, running around Central Park, and trying new restaurants in NYC.

  • Casey LoMonaco Tutor

    Casey LoMonaco is currently a 3rd grade teacher at a public school in Brooklyn. She received her Bachelors in Childhood Education (1-6) from SUNY New Paltz and her Masters in Childhood Special Education (1-6) from CUNY Hunter College. Casey grew up on Long Island but has spent the last 5 years living in Brooklyn and then in Queens. She works hard to build strong relationships with her students and strives to push them to reach their fullest potential and to be confident learners. In her spare time, Casey enjoys reading, spending time in nature and staying active.

  • Lydia Malkin Tutor

    Lydia has been teaching in New York City for six years. She is currently a head third grade teacher, and has also taught first grade and Kindergarten. As an educator, she prioritizes working with students to identify and meet their individual needs. She loves to teach reading, writing and math. Lydia attended Indiana University, where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and Bank Street College of Education, where she received a dual masters in Early Childhood General and Special Education.

  • Maura McAssey Tutor

    Maura has been a teacher in New York City for five years. She currently teaches third grade at PS 340 in Flatiron. Maura graduated from Boston College with a BA in Elementary Education and a BA in Economics, and received a masters degree in General and Special Education. Maura’s goal is to create access and increase confidence for all students in reading, math, and writing. She is familiar with many of the curriculums used in NYC schools, including The Teachers College Reading and Writing Programs and TERC Investigations. She also has experience with many programs and approaches that are used with struggling readers and mathematicians. In her free time Maura enjoys reading and running along the West Side Highway.

  • Sara McCarthy Tutor

    Sara is a 6th grade Special Education teacher and has worked with students in both middle and high schools throughout New York City. As a teacher in the South Bronx, she piloted a debate program for middle schoolers and coached them to win several speaker awards in their first year. She currently works at the Community Action School on the Upper West Side. Sara earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Hunter College and a Master’s in the Art of Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education as a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows. As a teacher, she prioritizes fostering relationships with her students while maintaining high expectations. Her background in Special Education enables her to understand and develop a plan to address individualized student needs. When she is not teaching, Sara is an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors.

  • Jade McFadden Tutor

    Jade currently teaches third grade students at the Dwight School on the Upper West Side and previously spent several years as a fifth and sixth grade teacher in California. After four years of full-time travel, long-distance hiking, and volunteering in classrooms around the world, Jade is excited to bring her globally inspired perspective and love for learning to students in New York. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Master’s of Education from California State University, Bakersfield. Jade tutors students in all subject areas and strives to individualize instruction for every student, building strong relationships and foundations by weaving unique experiences and learning into every interaction.

  • Hillary McTernan Tutor

    Hillary is currently a literacy specialist for grades 1-2 at Avenues: The World School. Hillary has a dual master’s in general and special education for grades 1-6 and is trained in Reading Recovery, an early reading intervention program for first graders. She works with students one-on-one or in small groups to improve early reading and writing skills. Hillary was a K-2 classroom teacher for 6 years before transitioning to her new role.

  • Arielle Muller Tutor

    Arielle currently teaches third grade at the Brearley School, and has also taught first, second, and fourth grades there. Prior to that, she taught Kindergarten for three years at Trevor Day School and spent a summer teaching at the GO Project at Grace Church. Arielle earned a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from CUNY Hunter College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Psychology from the University of Vermont. During the summer, she teaches arts and crafts classes on jewelry making and beading through Brearley, and has an appreciation for all things arts-related. In her free time, she enjoys indoor cycling, practicing calligraphy, and cooking.

  • Lauren Murynec Tutor

    Lauren is currently an intervention teacher for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. She previously taught second grade at a public school in midtown Manhattan where she also worked as a first, third and fifth grade teacher. Lauren received a B.S. Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science in Literacy from Bank Street College. In addition, Lauren earned a certificate from Fordham University for Reading Intervention, and she is Orton Gillingham certified. She has tutored students in grades K through 7, working on all subject areas. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, trying new recipes, and taking pictures.

  • Thea Nunez Tutor

    Thea Nunez is currently a 2nd grade teacher at The School at Columbia University. She has been an educator for the past 14 years, in New York City, and taught pre-k through grade 2 in both charter and independent schools. She is also the director of The School's summer cubs program which provides explicit reading, writing and math support to students. As a tutor, Thea has provided support and enrichment experiences to students in pre-k through middle school. She received her B.A. in Literature from the City University of New York and her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bankstreet College of Education. Thea works to support the whole child by meeting students where they are and helping them make progress that is based on individual goals. Fostering a love of learning is an important part of the process and she sees herself as a facilitator in that experience. In her free time, Thea enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking, bike riding and going on walks through Central Park with her dog Rocky.

  • Liz O'Driscoll Tutor

    A former Assistant Principal at a top performing charter school in Manhattan, Liz has also taught in the classroom for 5 years. She fell in love with teaching working first with fifth graders, then fourth graders. Most recently she was responsible for managing grades K-2 and science instruction for the school! Liz has a Masters Degree in Education. Liz’s specialty is literacy and loves engaging readers of all ages and helping them improve their comprehension and increase their love of literature. In her free time Liz does long distance running, loves musicals and reading.

  • Amy Proulx Tutor

    Amy is an English Language Development (ELD) Coach and Educational Consultant. She currently works with several school districts across the country to support teachers and empower ALL (academic language learner) students. Previously, Amy taught third grade at Bushwick Lower Ascend Charter School and oversaw the English as a New Language (ENL) program at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. She has nearly a decade of experience working with English language learners and outside of New York, has taught a myriad of diverse learners at the high school and university levels in Boston, Italy, and the People’s Republic of China. She also supervises student teachers in the TESOL PK-12 Program at Teachers College.Amy loves high fantasy and hopes to instill a joy of reading in her students from a very young age. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and her Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College, Columbia University. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and practicing yoga.

  • Hannah Rau Tutor

    Hannah is a second grade teacher at The Windward School. Previously, she taught first and second grade at The Brearley School. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Occidental College and a master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. Since high school, Hannah has enjoyed tailoring tutoring sessions to each child’s individual needs, all while boosting the student’s confidence. Recently, Hannah has been trained in an Orton-Gillingham based multi-sensory program. In her free time, Hannah enjoys cooking, reading, hiking, and visiting museums.

  • Alejandra Roma Tutor

    Alejandra Roma currently teaches fourth grade math/science at a citywide Gifted and Talented school, and has experience teaching students with diverse learning needs from grades Pre-K to 8th grade. Alejandra graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Nyack College and a masters in Elementary and Special Education from Hunter College. A Google certified educator with dual certification in Special/General Education, Alejandra received professional training in Teachers College Reading and Writing Curriculum, the Metamorphoses Math approach and Singapore Math. Alejandra is passionate about developing healthy habits of mind when approaching all subjects, but especially in math! In her free time, she participates in fun research projects as a research assistant and lifts very heavy weights in Crossfit!

  • Grisha Rudensky Tutor

    Grisha is a graduate of Bard College with a degree in Psychology, focusing on neuroscience and developmental psychology. He has been teaching chess since 2013, working with students one-on-one, teaching clubs, and coaching teams across all five boroughs of New York CIty. He worked for Success Academy from 2014-2018 as a full-time chess teacher and coach, teaching grades K-4, as well as working on the Chess Content team developing the chess curriculum used by the entire Success Academy network. He also coached the Success Academy Bed-Stuy 1 team to a 7th place finish in 2017 and a 5th place finish in 2018 in their section at the National Scholastic Chess Tournament. In addition, he has been teaching children and adults with learning disabilities how to read since 2019. In his free time, Grisha enjoys playing sports of all forms, as well as playing classical piano.

  • Katrina Ruiz Tutor

    Katrina is an Intervention Specialist at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. She currently teaches K-6 students using a variety of specialized programs to assist in student mastery of literacy skills. Katrina has 12 years of experience working with students in both small and large group settings, including a dual language classroom teaching English and Spanish as a Teach For America Corps Member in Miami, Florida. She is also a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, and provides targeted instruction for students (2nd grade and above) with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia or generalized reading difficulties. Katrina earned her B.A. from University of Florida and her Masters in Education with a professional certificate in Special Education from Teacher U at Hunter College. Even though Katrina has focused on literacy as an interventionist for the last four years, she also has extensive experience with cognitively guided mathematics instruction and enjoys tutoring students in both reading and math.

  • Betsy Sahr Tutor

    Betsy currently teaches second grade at the Dwight School on the Upper West Side, where she has been teaching since 2013. Betsy teaches through an inquiry-based curriculum and loves to see students take ownership of their own learning. Before teaching at Dwight, Betsy taught both first and second grade at Rodeph Sholom School on the Upper West Side. She is trained in the Everyday Math curriculum and has years of experience in the Teachers College Reading and Writing workshop. Betsy received a Bachelor's Degree from Binghamton University and earned her Masters Degree in General Education from Hunter College for grades first through sixth. Passionate about teaching, Betsy believes in differentiating learning as well as challenging students to their fullest potential. She has experience tutoring a range of students in all subject areas.

  • Megan Schilling Tutor

    A passionate elementary educator, Megan currently teaches third grade at Marymount School of New York. Previously, she taught fifth grade at a private school in Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies and a Master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Notre Dame. In her classroom and as a tutor, Megan seeks to empower young learners to grow in confidence and to believe in their ability to achieve. When not in the classroom, Megan can be found moderating musical theatre extracurriculars, running in Central Park, and testing out new recipes.

  • Michael Schurr Tutor

    Michael Schurr is in his 15th year of teaching, 12 of which have been spent at Riverdale Country School, a coed day school in Bronx, New York. Michael holds a BS in Early Childhood Education from Ohio University and a MA in Education Organization and Leadership from Columbia University Teacher’s College Klingenstein Center. He is currently a 3rd grade co-teacher as well as a Learning Designer with PLUSSED. Michael assisted in the creation of the Design Thinking for Educators toolkit and served as a Founding Coach with IDEO’s Teachers Guild. Michael has facilitated workshops about design thinking for Michelle Obama’s Better Make Room Summit, NAIS National Conference, Nueva ILC, Stanford's d.school, SXSWEdu, Learning and the Brain, The MET Creativity Now Conference, and independent schools across the country. Michael and his wife, Kristy, live in Westchester and are the proud parents of two boys. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, fishing, cooking, hiking and swimming.

  • Erin Lindberg Tutor

    Erin has taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade in public schools in New York, Seattle and Florida. She is currently teaching in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) special education classroom at Brooklyn Arbor (PS 414). Prior to working at Brooklyn Arbor, Erin taught 4th grade for three years at The Caton School (PS 249). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida with an endorsement in ESOL (English as a Second Language). As a tutor, Erin focuses on guiding her students to set goals and use strategies that work for them individually. Her instruction is student-first and built on establishing a foundation to succeed in the classroom and outside.

  • Tim Steffen Tutor

    Tim Steffen, Tutor, has taught a range of ages and subjects from early childhood through middle school. Currently a humanities teacher at the Head of Middle School at The Stone Independent School in Pennsylvania, Tim also recently taught literacy at Teachers College at Columbia University. He was previously a founding faculty member of Avenues: The World School, where he taught middle school humanities and also taught kindergarten and second grade at Grace Church School. Tim Steffen graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and History and received an M.S. Ed. degree in early childhood education from Bank Street College of Education.\

  • Rebecca Stevens Tutor

    Rebecca teaches second grade ICT at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School, where she has been an educator for over six years. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Elementary Education she taught grades 2, 3, and 4 in Florida. Rebecca is well-versed in Reading and Writing Workshop, Go Math!, and Engage NY.

  • Garrett Teague Tutor

    Garrett currently teaches 7th Grade Math in two integrated co-taught classes at Girl’s Prep Middle School in The Bronx. Prior to his current position, he has worked in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade in both general education and special education classrooms. Over the course of his 12-year teaching career, he has had extensive training with various common core aligned Mathematics and English Language Arts programs. Through his training and experiences, he has been able to create engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environments for his students, which have led to growth and success. This has also allowed him to develop an understanding of strategies for differentiated instruction and the means to address misconceptions that children possess in core subject areas, as well as the ability to design multi-tiered learning opportunities that allow children at different stages of their development to access and master content. He is deeply committed to education and very much enjoys working with students of all ages. He looks forward to helping your child accomplish all of their goals and do their very best.

  • Victoria Tom Tutor

    Victoria served as the IEP teacher at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she worked with small groups of high-need students from grades 2-5 to provide targeted, individualized instruction to develop literacy and math skills. She has received training in the Orton-Gillingham based program SPIRE, and has attended professional development institutes hosted by The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She previously taught fourth grade, and was the Special Educator in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Victoria has five years of experience with preparing students in grades 3-5 for New York State Common Core Exams in classroom and tutoring environments. She has tutored across a variety of settings, and worked with students ranging from elementary school to high school ages. A double major in Psychology and Communication with a B.A. from Fairfield University where she graduated magna cum laude, Victoria received her master’s degree, summa cum laude in childhood education and special education from Hunter College. Victoria loves engaging students in fun learning activities, while increasing their skills, motivation and confidence.

  • Elissa Turshen Tutor

    Elissa 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.

  • 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.

  • Alexandra White Tutor

    Alex currently teaches fifth grade at the Dwight School on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, after several years as a Dwight first grade teacher. Prior to teaching at Dwight, Alex taught both Kindergarten and first grade at Success Academy in Harlem. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from Sewanee, The University of the South, in 2011 and then earned a Masters in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Alex believes in differentiating instruction and enjoys making curriculum engaging for all types of learners.

  • Dan White Tutor

    Dan is a third grade teacher at The Hewitt School. He has a B.A. in American Studies from Kenyon College and an M.A. from Bank Street College of Education. Dan has previously taught fourth grade at The Collegiate School. He is also a Director at Home Run Baseball Camp in Brooklyn. Dan encourages his students to take chances, embrace challenges, and champion effort.

  • Rachel Woolley Tutor

    Rachel currently teaches fourth grade and has been teaching elementary school for the past 15 years. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Masters from the University of Chicago, Rachel has taught and tutored students of all ages, from second grade through high school, and is presently teaching eighth grade math and science at a dual language program in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Rachel loves teaching both students and teachers and has worked with the New York City Math Collective for the past 5 years and presented at several education conferences, including her most recent workshop at the International Conference for Math Education. She attended the Bank Street Math Leadership Program. One of Rachel’s favorite hobbies is learning languages; she speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

  • Julie Zucker Tutor

    Julie has been supporting students as a learning specialist for the past 6 years. She currently teaches grades 3-5 at the Marymount School of New York. Previously, she was on the founding teacher team at KIPP Bold Academy in Newark, NJ, where she taught grades 5-8 English Language Arts. With a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Relay GSE, Julie brings a unique combination of spirit, patience, creativity, and a deep love of reading to all of her tutoring sessions. Her expertise includes training in Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), the Orton Gillingham Method (PAF), Wilson Reading System, and the Judith Hochman Writing Program. Beyond her career in education, Julie has also maintained her love of summer camp serving as a Head Counselor at her childhood camp in the Adirondacks for several years. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her dog, Finn, go for long walks around New York City, and read.

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