Middle School Generalists

Middle School Tutors

  • Naomi Arroyo Tutor

    Naomi 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. 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. Given her diverse background, Naomi is comfortable teaching across a spectrum of learning differences.

  • Brooke Barnard Tutor

    Brooke has taught a variety of student populations in grades Pre-K through 6th, including students with disabilities, children with autism, and gifted and talented students, for the past twelve 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 6th 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.

  • 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 currently in her fourth 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. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Literacy Education at NYU to become a reading specialist. In her free time, Judy enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her two dogs, Lola and Curly Sue.

  • 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.

  • Thomas Charroppin Tutor

    Thomas has been teaching Social Studies and Math in New York City since 2007. He currently teaches 7th grade U.S. History at a public school in the West Village, but has spent most of his career teaching high school. He has taught 9th grade global history, 10th grade global history, 11th grade law, 12th grade AP English, French, algebra, geometry, and AP Calculus. His original background is in math, but he ended up earning a BA from NYU in Political Science, and MA from NYU in Social Studies education. Thomas was born in Paris and grew up in France until he moved to the United States at age 17. As a tutor, since Thomas has a background in both math and social studies, he works with students on both numeracy and literacy skills. He also helps students prepare for state tests and Regents exams. He loves robotics, historical true crime books, and STEAM activities on his free time.

  • Emma Coates-Finke Tutor

    Emma has taught 1st, 2nd and 5th grade in public schools in Seattle and New York, including a dual-language (Spanish immersion) classroom. She most recently taught in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) special education classroom at the Ella Baker School in Manhattan. Prior to her work in public 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.

  • Athena Costanza Tutor

    Athen 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.

  • Dayanna Davis Tutor

    Dayanna is a 7-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.

  • Brittney Gerald Tutor

    Brittney is a fifth grade teacher at Dream Charter School. Prior to teaching at Dream, she taught students with disabilities ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade. Brittney has experience tutoring elementary and middle school students attending New York City public and private schools. She graduated from New York University and received her Masters in general education and special education from Touro College. Brittney loves to spend her free time reading, traveling, and exploring different restaurants.

  • 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.

  • Michael Holtzman Tutor

    Michael teaches undergraduate psychology courses at The New School in Manhattan, where he is currently a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology. He has trained in clinical techniques, research theory, and administering and interpreting psychological assessments. Michael received his MA in General Psychology from The New School for Social Research, and a BA in Communications from Northwestern University. He has experience tutoring a range of students, from middle school to graduate school. Outside of the classroom, Michael is an avid biker, chef, baker, and board-games enthusiast! He and his husband live in Park Slope with their rescue dog, Piper.

  • 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. 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.

  • 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 nine 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.

  • Zack Kronstat Tutor

    Zack is a middle school English teacher at Brooklyn Friends School. Previously, he taught middle school English at Trevor Day School and 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.

  • Niki Leffler Tutor

    Niki is a head teacher at DREAM Charter School where she teaches fifth grade. Prior to teaching at DREAM, she taught students with 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 has 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.

  • 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.

  • Rahul Patel Tutor

    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.

  • 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. 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.

  • Indu Ramesh Tutor

    Indu has three years experience in education, first teaching High School Chemistry in Newark, NJ, then working as a curriculum designer in New York City, designing lessons in every subject from College Algebra to Canadian History. She has tutored many students across subjects ranging from Math — from Algebra 1 to Calculus — to science, writing, and SAT/ACT prep. A 2013 graduate of Duke University with dual majors in Biology and English, her diverse experience in education has exposed her to students of remarkably varied learning needs and styles. She’s passionate about the learning process itself, and believes in meeting students’ needs, fostering an open curiosity and love of learning, and emphasizing real-world critical thinking and problem-solving skills. When she’s not tutoring students, you can find her working at a local nonprofit, rock climbing, cooking, doing the NYT crossword, or geeking out over the latest podcast.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sarah Solomon Tutor

    Sarah is the Director of Student Supports at Community Roots Middle School and has over ten years of experience working as a special educator in NYC schools. Sarah attended a magnet high school in the NYC suburbs and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland- Baltimore County with a B.A. in Gender & Women's Studies and Political Science. She received her master's degree in Middle Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities from Hunter College. Sarah builds strong relationships with students and helps them gain independence and develop life-long learning habits.

  • 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.

  • Victoria Tom Tutor

    Victoria is the IEP teacher at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she works 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.

  • Winnie Zhu Tutor

    Winnie has taught a variety of student populations ranging from grades 6-8. Populations including, but not limited to students with disabilities, students with autism, and twice exceptional students. She obtained her Masters of Science in Education for Students with Disabilities from St John’s University. She has a deep passion for working with students from all backgrounds. She has great experience in adapting curriculum to meet the needs of students with disabilities, particularly in the subject areas of math(including algebra), social studies, reading, and writing. Winnie currently works at MS 131 Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School, where she is an ICT and self-contained social studies teacher. In addition to skill based learning and content support, Winnie also specializes in providing executive functioning and organizational support for special needs students. She is fluent in Cantonese and English. Winnie’s goal as a tutor is to bring joy into learning by building a student’s confidence in a subject that they struggle in. Through closely monitored and individually customized support, Winnie develops strategies for her students that foster independence. She has been tutoring since high school, guiding students across all grade levels. When she’s not teaching, Winnie enjoys visiting other countries, reading, gardening, and fitness.

  • 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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