Middle & High School
Middle & High School Science
Amanda teaches High School Chemistry and Earth Science at the Clinton School in Manhattan and previously taught 7th and 8th grade general science at the same institution. Amanda studied in the honors program at the University of Maryland in undergrad, earning a Marketing degree with a foci in Sports Management and Psychology. She earned her Masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City. Amanda has been tutoring from the time she entered high school, helping to guide across students across all grade levels. It was through tutoring that she realized her passion for education and assisting students, that ultimately led her to pursue a Masters degree in education. In her spare time, Amanda loves to play with her dogs, read and cheer on the Mets.
Jose Mauro Briceño
Jose holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley and both an MS and BS in Physics and Math from Utah State University. He is the author of nearly twenty books on math and science topics and many research papers published in international journals. Over the past twenty-five years, he has taught a variety of math and physics courses: upper and lower division college courses, calculus-based science-engineering, graduate-level courses for college students, and physics courses for high school, and middle school students. Jose has also tutored students from public and private schools in math ranging from pre-algebra to trigonometry as well as in physics. In addition, he worked extensively with middle and high school teachers to update and reinforce science and math concepts, and has collaborated with academics from the University of Iowa and the University of Nebraska to found a research center at the University of the Andes, Venezuela, devoted to the promotion, development, and enhancement of math, science, and technology teaching. Some of his most satisfying experiences as a teacher have come from helping struggling students grasp difficult concepts and doing hands-on projects with middle, high school, and college-aged students. He's currently completing a project based on his previous experience leading workshops for teachers on how to best teach hands-on science and math.
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.
Brittany is a science teacher at the NYC iSchool in SoHo and has experience teaching and tutoring various topics in life and physical science. Brittany also teaches life science classes at the American Museum of Natural History. She loves exploring science in both formal and informal education settings. Brittany received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Delaware and her Master's degree in Secondary Education from City College. She likes running, traveling, and is on the hunt for the best slice of pizza in NYC!
Ari has worked across nearly all middle and high school subjects including test prep—SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, AP Biology, SAT Biology, SAT Math 2, SAT Chemistry, Geometry Regents, and Chemistry Regents—with countless students who attend private and public schools, and has created curricula for students who are homeschooled. A cum laude graduate of Yale College, Ari has tutored students in high school and middle school in all science and math topics. In addition, he taught a range of scientific subjects for the Yale Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center, including Differential Equations, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
Caile Martinez teaches middle school earth science and physical science at Speyer Legacy School, where she coaches track and field and advises the environmental club. She has a B.A. in Biology from Providence College, where she competed on their division I track and field and cross country team. She has experience teaching math at a middle school and high school level as well. Caile lives in the Upper East Side and just recently moved back from Maui, where she worked at Kihei Charter High School teaching field science and Algebra I while instructing the math component of summer programs at the University of Hawai'i. Caile has her Master's degree in Secondary Education and enjoys running and spending time in nature during her spare time.
Arkin has been teaching science at all levels for 5 years. He currently teaches eighth grade Regents Living Environment and General Science in Queens, NY. He has also tutored Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, General Science and Algebra at middle school and high school levels for 9 years. Additionally, he has also tutored students for AP as well as Regents exams. He earned a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Earth and Space Science from Stony Brook University and was enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. His goal in tutoring is for his students to foster an independent understanding and curiosity of the natural world as well as to help them cultivate critical thinking skills. Along with his science tutoring experience, Arkin has tutored in middle school common core math, Algebra I+II and Trigonometry over the last several years. His focus in tutoring math (as well as science) is to demystify challenging and technical topics for students with productive discussion and practice. He also aims to uncover the broader purpose of math principles and concepts so that students can internalize content better. In his free time, Arkin enjoys reading, hiking and traveling.
Tegan teaches science at The Hewitt School, where she currently teaches Chemistry and AP Biology. Tegan has taught and tutored both AP Chemistry and AP Biology courses, among other sciences. She also teaches science courses through the Hybrid Learning Consortium (a blended learning program) in Animal Behavior and Climate Change. She attended Randolph-Macon College where she graduated with honors in Biology and Tufts University, where she received a Masters in Science. Tegan’s vast experience in science also includes working as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, a teaching assistant at Tufts University, and teaching a weekly Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
A graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Biology, Rahul incorporates both classroom and research experience into his lessons. Though he specializes in Environment, Chemistry, and Biology, he is also a gifted test taker, and assists middle school- and high school-aged students on a variety of admissions tests. He has taught 9th grade Living Environment and Health in the New York City public school system. Currently he works with students in temporary housing to ensure their needs are met so they can focus on learning in school. Rahul also brings with him seven years of one-on-one tutoring.
Joe currently teaches chemistry at Millennium Brooklyn High School, located in Park Slope. Along with teaching chemistry, he has experience teaching full courses in Forensic Science and Engineering, focusing on student-centered methods of inquiry-based learning. Outside of his regular classroom teaching, he has tutored students for the chemistry Regents, SAT Subject Exam, and the mathematics sections of the SHSAT, SAT and ACT. Joe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Hunter College, through which he also minored in biological sciences, mathematics, and English, and his Masters of Arts in Teaching Chemistry from Queens College. In his free time, he likes to cook, play with his dog, root for the Yankees, and go to the occasional punk rock show.
Michael has been a teacher for more than 30 years, currently teaching science and Mastery at Avenues: The World School. He has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College in chemistry with a focus on biochemistry, earned a masters at Johns Hopkins in the History of Science and graduated with honors from Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting. He is a student-centered teacher who specializes in helping students pursue excellence in their areas of academic interest, strengthen their abilities in areas of growth, and develop the grit and confidence of life-long learners. He has experience teaching across the curriculum, including math, science, and writing, and he especially enjoys teaching from a multidisciplinary, hands-on, real-world applications perspective. Fascinated by inventing and design challenges since childhood, he has introduced his students to programming for artificial intelligence, the chemistry of molecular gastronomy, and engineering design challenges using 3D printing.
Joe currently teaches AP Calculus AB, Physics and Algebra at Hillside Arts and Letters Academy in Jamaica, Queens. Joe has taught for seven years and tutored for five, serving students in different boroughs across NYC. He's also completed over 80 hours of culturally responsive training to continuously develop his pedagogy. Joe received his Masters at St. John’s University in Adolescent Education in Mathematics and his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at Rutgers University. His goal is to ensure all students find excitement and purpose in each lesson that he teaches. He continues to promote STEM by giving students access to opportunities through mentorship and project-based learning activities.
Mo teaches second, sixth and eighth grade at Grace Church School, and previously taught at Bank Street School for Children. Raised in NYC and educated at some of its most competitive institutions, Mo has also been an assistant teacher in Kindergarten and fourth grade classrooms, worked at several day camps, and served on the faculty of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Mo holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Columbia and an MSEd in Childhood Education from Hunter College. In addition to being involved in social justice work around education, she spends time outside of school volunteering with shelter animals and composting in community gardens.
Claire has been a high school math and chemistry teacher for over 5 years. She has taught in both public and charter schools. She has taught math courses ranging from algebra 1 to AP Calculus AB. Claire has experience tutoring students in math from grades 3 - 12 and in chemistry. Claire graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied chemistry. She earned her Master’s degree in secondary education the University of Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Chinese and is currently learning Spanish. In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking and traveling.
Hassan is science department chair, board of trustee, and eighth grade life science teacher at Friends Seminary. He has taught in lower, middle and upper divisions in his 15 years at Friends, in addition to a couple of years teaching Living Environment in public high school. Hassan completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brown University (BA in Human Biology ‘01 and MAT in Biology ‘02.) He is also an alum of the all-boy independent school, Allen-Stevenson, located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Hassan has tutored in Biology, Living Environment and Algebra.