Middle High School English Ela

Middle High School English Ela Tutors

  • Erin Bauer Tutor

    Erin currently teaches AP Language and Composition at a public high school in Brooklyn, and previously taught sixth grade where she worked with many students on a middle school reading level. Erin has been teaching English in New York City since 2002. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University, a master’s in secondary English education from Brooklyn College, and a master’s in global public health from NYU.

  • Eve Becker Tutor

    Eve has taught English, Humanities and writing in New York City for three decades, to K-12 students and educators, most recently as a middle school English teacher at The School at Columbia University. Prior to teaching, Eve was a writer and editor in both print and digital publishing. She was awarded the nationally acclaimed Pushcart Prize for a personal essay, “Final Concert,” and is the author of over thirty published young adult novels. She is the founder and director of Leaf and Pen, an organization that runs writing retreats and workshops for educators. As a one-on-one tutor, Eve has developed a large, flexible and well-tested toolkit of strategies to meet the needs of every kind of learner, and grow capable, confident and enthusiastic readers and writers. Eve truly loves working with young people, and offers the right blend of warmth and structure to help them succeed.

  • 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.

  • Amanda Briggs Tutor

    Amanda has taught literature and creative writing for ten years and has worked for co-educational and single-gender private schools in New York City. Adept at supporting students from various age groups, Amanda is an experienced Middle and Upper School English teacher. At The Hewitt School, she attended numerous workshops at the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, and over thirty of her students garnered recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for analytical and creative work. A double major in English and history with a B.A. from Duke University where she graduated magna cum laude, Amanda received her M.F.A. in fiction from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Amanda enjoys helping students strengthen their reading and writing skills. She is also a published fiction writer and recently received a Merit Scholarship from The Art Students League of New York for her visual art. Her paintings have been exhibited at the Manhattan Borough President's Office and as part of The Art Students League's Community Outreach Program.

  • Madeleine Elfenbein Tutor

    Madeleine has experience working with students from elementary school through the college level. Born and raised in New York’s Morningside Heights neighborhood, she attended St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s and Horace Mann before earning her BA in Social Studies from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She has taught essay-writing to middle-schoolers in Izmir, Turkey and advanced composition to undergraduates in Chicago, where she also taught courses in history and political thought and led pedagogy workshops with the Chicago Center for Teaching. Madeleine is also an experienced tutor for students preparing for the SHSAT, SSAT, ISEE, SAT, and ACT. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students make connections between what they’re struggling to learn and what they already know.

  • Sarah Forer Tutor

    Sarah currently teaches sixth grade Language Arts and Social Studies at The Windward School, a school for children with language-based learning disabilities. Previously, she has worked with children in a variety of settings over the past ten years as a camp counselor, nanny, and tutor. Sarah is trained in using the Orton-Gillingham method, a multisensory approach to support phonics and reading comprehension. She holds a B.A. in Education and Psychology from Bucknell University. In order to continue serving children and their families, Sarah will pursue her graduate education at the NYU Silver School of Social Work beginning in the fall of 2020. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and traveling.

  • Amy Frost Boyd Tutor

    Amy has taught history to 8th through 12th grade students attending the New York City public schools for nearly a decade. Experienced with the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, Amy is passionate about differentiating tutoring instruction based on students’ academic, social and emotional needs. Certified as a Mindful Schools instructor, Amy is equipped to lead students in developing different stress management and focus strategies. She is experienced in working with students one-on-one to emphasize research-based writing. She graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University with majors in Urban Studies and Anthropology. She holds a masters degree in Teaching Adolescent Social Studies from Fordham University and a second masters degree in School Leadership from Hunter College. In her free time, Amy can be found outside playing with her two young daughters, doing yoga or drinking delicious coffee.

  • Naomi Gold Tutor

    Naomi is a 6th grade Humanities teacher at The Heschel School. She previously taught high school and middle school English at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. There, in addition to her standard classes, she taught a Structured Skills English class, focusing on helping students of all levels build the skills they need to become thoughtful and organized readers and writers. She has also taught creative writing at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth summer program in Hong Kong. Naomi earned her B.A. in Communication from Rutgers University, where she discovered her love of teaching while tutoring undergraduate and graduate students in expository writing. She earned her M.A. in Teaching of English at Teachers College, Columbia University. In addition to helping students discover a love of language, Naomi enjoys travel, historical fiction, and stand-up comedy.

  • Alena Graedon Tutor

    Alena has more than nine years of experience teaching composition, creative writing, and literature to high school and college students. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Monmouth University. A Durham, NC native, Graedon graduated from the Carolina Friends School before continuing on to graduate magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Graedon then received her M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is also a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Word Exchange (Doubleday, 2014), has been translated into eight languages.

  • Sofia Groopman Tutor

    Sofia is an English and writing tutor who has taught composition and creative writing to students at the University of Michigan, where she currently runs the reading group that prepares first-year MFA students for their general exams. A native New Yorker, Sofia attended the Spence School for thirteen years, before graduating with honors from Harvard University, where she was a 2011 Harvard Fellow. Sofia received her MFA in Fiction from the Helen Zell Writers Program at the University of Michigan, where she is currently a Zell Fellow. Her writing has won numerous prizes, including two Hopwood Awards and the Chamberlain Award, and has been published in the New York Times, the Paris Review Daily, and Vice Magazine. On weekends, she can be found in Prospect Park with her husband and their mischievous wirehaired dachshund, Roger.

  • Elizabeth Healy Tutor

    Elizabeth teaches high school English at LaGuardia High School. Over the past 11 years, she has taught a range of classes and levels, from grades 9-12, including AP Literature. She has particular expertise in the college essay and personal statement, having completed training with Story to College and College Summit and provided one-on-one college essay coaching to hundreds of students. Elizabeth is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts and Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She relishes the chance to take in museums, shows and music in New York City and sings in the Manhattan Choral Ensemble.

  • Catherine Henry Tutor

    Catherine is an upper school history and English teacher at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. Prior to that, she taught in Scarsdale and Rye Neck high schools in the suburbs of New York City. In her years of tutoring, Catherine has worked with middle and high school students grades six through twelve helping students tackle assignments small and large, as well as developing skills in writing, organization, and critical thinking. Catherine has also worked with students on test prep for the Advanced Placement and SAT subject tests in US, World and European history, as well as literature. In addition to her role as a teacher, Catherine has coached high school mock trial and debate teams. Catherine has a BA in history with a minor in English from Fairfield University, a JD from Boston College Law School and completed her teaching certification coursework at Manhattanville Graduate School of Education.

  • Janie Jompulsky Tutor

    Janie has been teaching ELA to middle school students for the past eight years. Concentrating in Creative Writing, Janie earned her Master's Degree in Adolescent English from Hunter College and a Bachelor's in English from Binghamton University. She has taught students with diverse reading levels, language skills, and writing abilities. Currently she works as an 8th grade English teacher at 75 Morton. On the weekends, Janie is taking classes in Brooklyn to become a school administrator and spends much of her time both in and outside of school hours working towards her internship and degree. When she's not living and breathing education, you can find Janie strolling through the city with her husband Mike, coffee in hand.

  • Brian Kaufman Tutor

    Brian teaches sixth, eighth, and eleventh grade history at Riverdale Country School. In the past, Brian taught middle school history at Avenues, as well as leading “High Intensity Practice” sessions in writing. Brian also previously worked as a full-time tutor in math and English and served as the Academic Director of a summer camp focused on writing and math. Brian received his B.A in Comparative Religion at Harvard University and his M.A.T at the Relay Graduate School of Education. He is an avid world traveler and sports fan.

  • Zack Kronstat Tutor

    Zach is a middle school English teacher at Trevor Day School. Previously, he taught middle school English and first grade at The School at Columbia University. Zack has additional experience tutoring students in reading, writing, and college admissions essays, as well as working one-on-one and in small groups at The School at Columbia’s summer enrichment program. Zack graduated from Swarthmore College with High Honors, and is currently finishing an M.A. in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Outside of the classroom, He has coached volleyball, track and field, and fencing. Zack is a skateboarder, a fan of long New York City walks, and a lover of all kinds of food.

  • Kannan Mahadevan Tutor

    A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Chicago, Kannan earned his M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has tutored in New York at the middle and high school level, specializing in English and the SSAT/ISEE. In addition, he has taught Creative Writing and Composition at the University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College, and every summer teaches Food Writing to University of Maryland students studying abroad in Rome. He has also worked as a passage writer for a major college-entrance assessment company. Kannan recently finished a fiction fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and is at work on a novel.

  • Aylin Mehter Tutor

    Aylin teaches high school English at Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she enjoys working with passionate, fun and creative students. This is her fifth year teaching, and she has experience with both middle school and high school students. She has privately tutored students in English as well as SAT preparation. A graduate of Stony Brook University and Queens College, Aylin holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A.T. in English Education, respectively. Aylin is a former NCAA tennis player who enjoys playing and teaching tennis in her spare time. She is fluent in Turkish and loves to travel.

  • Kerry McKibbin Tutor

    Kerry has been an educator in New York City for the past two decades as a classroom teacher, teacher educator, professional development coach, and learning specialist. She began as a middle and high school English and history teacher in Manhattan, and then moved into teacher education where she worked with classroom teachers on deepening their understandings of and approaches to teaching writing. She has most recently tutored undergraduate students with a focus on developing their writing as well as executive function and study skills. Kerry received her M.A. and doctorate in education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. She lives in the Bronx with her family, thinks old-fashioned letter writing should make a comeback, and loves wandering through bookstores.

  • Mackenzie Nikolova Tutor

    Mackenzie currently teaches AP Language and Composition and Honors British Literature at Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in English literature at John Carroll University in Cleveland and graduated summa cum laude with a masters in Secondary English Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where her graduate thesis centered on critical literacy in the high school classroom. Her literature expertise is in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, and she is especially skilled in the English Regents exam and AP Language and Composition exam. In addition to this, Mackenzie has also tutored students in grades 3-8.

  • Mary Ocampo Tutor

    Mary spent seven years as a classroom English teacher in grades five through eight. She began her career as a public school teacher in the South Bronx through the Teach for America program and has since taught at the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr and Trinity School in Manhattan. She is well versed in Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop and specializes in supporting students as they build critical independent reading skills. Mary received her B.A. in English from Columbia University and her M.S.T. in Teaching English 7-12 from Fordham Graduate School of Education. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, biking, and fiction writing.

  • Caitlin O’Leary Tutor

    Caitlin currently teaches English to sophomores and seniors at an all-girls school in Manhattan. After graduating as Valedictorian from Marymount School, Caitlin matriculated to Harvard, graduating cum laude with a B.A. in English and a citation in French. Caitlin then earned her M.A. in English from Georgetown and her M.A. in English Education from Columbia University Teachers College. Caitlin is passionate about helping students with the writing process.

  • Casey O'Leary Tutor

    Casey is currently attending Teachers College, where he will earn his Ed.M in counseling psychology. Through last year, he taught English and Latin at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. Having grown up in New York City, Casey attended Regis High School and then Harvard College, where he studied Classics, earning a bachelor's degree in the field as well as a citation in Spanish. Since graduating, he has taught Latin, English, math, and ESL for four years. Outside of the classroom, Casey enjoys fitness, films, fashion, and foreign cultures and languages.

  • Shannon Potts Tutor

    Shannon teaches English and serves as the Middle School Coordinator at the Special Music School. She has a BA in English Teaching and an MAT in Secondary Education from the University of New Hampshire. Shannon also holds an MA from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She has tutored students in writing, reading, test prep and organizational support for the past ten years. Shannon has also served as a summer residential staff member and teacher at the Lawrenceville School, Phillips Exeter Academy Teacher’s College REACH Summer Bridge program and Columbia University’s Summer Humanities and Engineering Academy.

  • Gary Schmidt Tutor

    Gary teaches literature and writing at the Grace Church High School in downtown Manhattan. A PhD graduate of Harvard University and the University of California (Berkeley), Gary has 25 years of teaching experience, much of which has been at independent schools. He has also taught English and writing at many prestigious institutions, including Harvard, UC-Berkeley, Boston University, Stanford University, and the College of the Holy Cross.

  • Elizabeth Weckhurst Tutor

    Elizabeth has taught and tutored writing, research skills, and literature for over ten years and has worked with students from pre-K through college and beyond. Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, she received her BA in English and Rhetoric with Highest Honors from UC Berkeley and her PhD in English from Harvard, where she taught large lecture courses, small research seminars, and independent study courses, in subjects ranging from "The Bible as Literature" and "English Literature: 700-1700" to interdisciplinary courses such as "Shakespeare and Music" and "The Graphic Novel." Many of her students and academic advisees received departmental awards in recognition of the quality of their written work and creative projects. Most recently, Elizabeth has worked for Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City leading a team of Content Specialists developing curriculum for the High School ELA Program. In her free time, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic traveler and explorer who loves long walks, spirited conversation, and lofty long-term writing projects.

  • Brad Wetherell Tutor

    Brad teaches upper school English at Friends Academy. In addition to teaching grades 9 through 12, he created the Friends Academy Writing Center, where he tutors students one-on-one for their History and English essays. He has instructed academic writing as a Lecturer in the University of Michigan’s English Department Writing Program and creative writing at both Saint Albans School in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. An English major with a BA from the University of Connecticut, where he graduated magna cum laude, he went on to work in editorial book publishing before earning an MFA from the University of Michigan. In addition to being a teacher, Brad’s own short stories and essays have been widely published. Personal essays are a favorite genre of his, and he particularly enjoys helping students think through college admission essays.

  • Jonathan Wilcove Tutor

    Jonathan is Head of the Upper School English Department at the Chapin School, where he has taught for the past 13 years. Before teaching at Chapin, Jonathan was an Upper School Learning Specialist and English teacher at the Collegiate School for nearly a decade, giving him insight into the different learning styles and needs of students. He graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and received a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Jonathan enjoys working with students and helping them become strong, self-sufficient thinkers, readers, and writers.

  • Gila Yarmush Tutor

    Gila is a NYC public school 7th grade Humanities (ELA and Social Studies) teacher. Prior to teaching middle school, Gila taught high school Global History as a New York City Teach for America corps member. Gila majored in History at Yeshiva University's Stern College for Women and earned her Masters in Teaching from Fordham University. Gila wants to help her students appreciate the process of learning and feel confident in the classroom.

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