Our Team

Founders

Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer. Founders of NYC Teachers Who Tutor, a New York City teacher-run tutoring service for children from Kindergarten to twelfth grade.

Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer Co-Founders and Tutors

Abby Freireich and Brian Platzer are weekly education columnists for The Atlantic, and have appeared as experts in The New York Times, on Good Morning America, CBS, CNN, NPR, the CBC, and elsewhere. They both are classroom teachers, tutors, parents, recipients of master’s degrees and the co-authors of Taking the Stress out of Homework. In addition, they are the co-founders and directors of Teachers Who Tutor, New York City’s only tutoring organization that pairs students with classroom teachers.

Early Childhood Tutors

Rita Ashlock

Rita is a head teacher at the Marymount School of New York, where she teaches Kindergarten. She has been at Marymount for five years. Prior to teaching at Marymount, she taught Pre-Kindergarten at St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA, Class I at the Chapin School, and served both as Dean of Students and Kindergarten teacher at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary in Brooklyn. Rita graduated from Harding University with a degree of English and received her MA in teaching at the University of Memphis. With a variety of experience, Rita enjoys working with a wide range of learners and learning needs. She enjoys nothing more than teaching and strengthening a child’s early reading and math skills using a variety of techniques, from Orton-Gillingham inspired phonics to multi-sensory games and activities. Rita loves spending her free time cooking, reading, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.

Molly Bauml

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

Kellie Carroll

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

Jenna Chondris

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

Athena Costanza

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

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

Jenn Dare

Jenn is a learning support teacher at The School at Columbia University. In her 15 years of teaching, Jenn taught kindergarten students for a decade, and previously worked as a first grade and third grade teacher. At The School’s summer school program, Jenn has taught 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. Jenn is currently pursuing an M.Ed. in Language and Literacy at Lesley University. She has received training in the Orton-Gilligham method, Sounds in Motion, Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy, Intervention, Wordtivities, 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 has also presented workshops at The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference and the Literacy for All conference. In her free time, Jenn enjoys photography, baking, and running. She has been tutoring K-2 students at Teachers Who Tutor for the past 6 years.

Alison Dimaria

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

Jordi Fallon

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

Nick Felts

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.

Maren Genow

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

Donna Griebel

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

Alix Grossman

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

Leah Hechtman

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

Mary Kate Mcgee

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

Bree Miller

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

Monique Moore

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

Chelsea Petrozzo

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

Emily Rhoda

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

Jamie Schlussel

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

Jennifer Squire

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

Elissa Turshen

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

Allyson Vena

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

Grace Vero

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

Joanna Wesley

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

Tricia Zephyr

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

Elementary and Lower School Tutors

Sarah Abraham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Margaret Brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Ashley DeVos

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

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.

Carmen El Allali

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.

Jordi Fallon

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

Nick Felts

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.

Mikala Fife

Mikala is a third-grade homeroom teacher at Marymount School of New York with experience teaching students from Kindergarten to third grade. In addition to her 5 years of teaching experience, Mikala has tutored students from preschool to going into fourth grade. With an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Psychology and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College, Mikala’s goal is to create individualized plans that empower students to unlock their potential and gain confidence in their growth. In the classroom, she leads small reading groups, as well as small group phonics work. In addition, Mikala has experience tutoring students in strengthening handwriting and writing skills, as well as math facts and skills-based practice. When she is not teaching or tutoring, Mikala loves to spend time being active through running, hiking, and taking her dog for long walks!

Shelby Gerstenhaber

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marketa taught first grade special education at P.S.340M for three years, and currently works as a fifth grade 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

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.

Alex Klein

Alex began his teaching career as a bilingual second-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Joslin Elementary in Austin, Texas. He subsequently taught math, science, language arts, and writing to 1st-3rd and 4th-6th graders at Magnolia Montessori For All, a public Montessori school in Austin. Alex is also an experienced test prep tutor. He has helped dozens of high school students boost their scores on the ACT and SAT and supported numerous middle school students in a variety of academic areas. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainability in the Urban Environment at the City College of New York while teaching with the NJ LEEP Saturday Scholars program. 

Arann Kim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jade teaches fifth-grade at an Upper West Side private school and tutors elementary-age students (K-6) in all subject areas. She individualizes instruction for students and weaves unique learning experiences into each of her private sessions. Having recently completed four years of full-time travel, long-distance hiking, and volunteering in classrooms around the world, Jade offers families who work with her a globally inspired perspective that builds on her previous experience teaching and tutoring K – 6th-grade students. Check out Jade’s LinkedIn profile to read more about her experience and approach.

Hillary McTernan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alejandra Roma currently teaches fourth grade math/science at a citywide Gifted and Talented school, and has 9 years of 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 master’s in Elementary and Special Education from Hunter College. Constantly improving her teaching skills, Alejandra has and continues to receive professional training in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Curriculum, the Metamorphoses Math approach and Singapore Math. Other teaching experience that she has includes after school Robotics, Test Preparation, STEAM and Maker Space. In her free time, Alejandra supports other teachers in learning about effective ways to teach and learn with technology.

Grisha Rudensky

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.

Betsy Sahr

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

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

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

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.

Rebecca Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Middle School Tutors

Naomi Arroyo

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

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

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

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

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

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 private 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

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 private Spanish 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

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.

Brittney Gerald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Indu Ramesh

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.

Gary Schmidt

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

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.

Victoria Tom

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

Winnie Zhu, tutor, has taught a variety of student populations ranging in grades 6-8, including students with disabilities, students with autism, and twice exceptional students. She obtained her Masters in Science Teaching Degree in Students with Disabilities from St John’s University. She has a deep passion for adapting curriculum to meet the needs of special needs students, particularly in the subject areas of math(including algebra), social studies, reading, and writing. Winnie currently works at Lab Middle School where she is a ICT teacher. Aside from content, Winnie provides 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, build a student’s confidence in a subject that they struggle in, and help them develop strategies to 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

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.

Middle High School English Ela Tutors

Erin Bauer

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

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

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

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.

Amy Frost-Boyd

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

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.

Sofia Groopman

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

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

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.

Brian Kaufman

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

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.

Aylin Lewington

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.

Kannan Mahadevan

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.

Kerry McKibbin

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 history and English 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

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

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

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

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.

Ashleigh Pedersen

Ashleigh has taught in and outside of middle school, high school, and college classrooms for over 15 years, including subjects such as composition, IB English, AP English, and creative writing for both middle school and college students. Ashleigh has also led writing workshops and retreats for adults in Austin, Texas and Moloka’i, Hawaii. Her specialty, however, is one-on-one tutoring with middle and high school students. Ashleigh offers warmth, humor, and fresh insight into the often mystifying and anxiety-provoking process that is writing, working patiently with students to break assignments into small, manageable steps. She also loves supporting students in application essay writing, guiding them through multiple revisions that result in a polished, unique personal essay. Ashleigh holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she held a three-year teaching fellowship, and she is the author of the debut novel The Crocodile Bride (Hub City Press, April 2022). She also acts and paints, and is currently co-writing a play.

Shannon Potts

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

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.

Shannon Azzato Stephens

Shannon Azzato Stephens holds a BA in Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. For eight years, she has been an English professor and writing coach at institutions including Columbia University, Fordham University, Hunter College, and The Fashion Institute of Technology. In these roles, she has taught courses on research writing, literature, essay composition, and ESL; she also co-wrote the course of study for an advanced research-writing seminar at The Fashion Institute of Technology and developed an English Language Immersion course plan for international students at Baruch College. She has also taught academically gifted middle and high school students at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, tutored for the SAT, ACT, and SHSAT with Kaplan Test Prep, and coached high school students through the process of writing their college applications. Her writing has been featured in publications including BuzzFeed and Guernica, and she has recently expanded her interests to include comedy writing while training with the Upright Citizens Brigade. As a private tutor in NYC, she loves guiding students through long-term skill building that they can apply even after succeeding at their immediate goals.

Elizabeth Weckhurst

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

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

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

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 to love learning, appreciate the process of learning, and feel confident in the classroom.

Middle High School History Tutors

Thomas Charroppin

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.

Ari Friedman

Ari is in his eleventh year of teaching high school social studies. For the past six years, he has taught 10th Grade Global History, 11th Grade AP United States History, and 12th Grade Government and Economics. He has also taught 8th Grade American History and 9th Grade Global History. Ari has years of experience working with students in a full classroom and on a one-on-one basis, and devotes a significant amount of his teaching time helping his students develop and hone their historical reading, writing, and analytical skills. Ari graduated from NYU with a B.A. in Contemporary American Politics, and from Columbia University Teachers College with an M.A. in the Teaching of Social Studies (Grades 7-12).

Amy Frost Boyd

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

Naomi Gold 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.

Catherine Henry

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.

Bradley Highfield

Brad previously taught Civics and Economics to seniors at Manhattan Hunter Science High School, who attend their final year on campus at CUNY Hunter College. An alumni of CUNY Hunter College, he graduated with a dual BA in History-Adolescent Education and Special Honors, Bradley recently completed his master’s degree in American Studies at Columbia University, with a concentration in American History and Political Science. Currently, he is working with the educational nonprofit Publicolor, where he engages at-risk students in their education. He has also successfully tutored students in preparation for the New York State US History Regents Exam for the past five years.

Abby Plump

Abby is in her twelfth year of teaching middle and high school social studies. She is currently working as an eighth grade social studies teacher at a community middle school in District 2. She started her career at New Heights Academy Charter School teaching US history for seven years, and then spent four years working at Special Music School teaching Global I, US History, and AP Government and Politics courses. Abby received her B.A. in history from Binghamton University and her M.A. in the teaching of social studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has worked with a wide range of students with varying abilities on organizational skills, thematic and document-based writing skills, advanced placement preparation, research, and strong study habits. Abby’s goal as a tutor is to build strong connections, provide support to elevate student confidence, and develop problem-solving strategies to foster independence.

Gila Yarmush

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.

Timothy Yun

Tim has taught and tutored elementary, middle, and high school students and currently teaches as a 10th grade history/special education teacher at Churchill School and Center in Manhattan. He studied Sociology, Psychology, and English at Case Western in Cleveland, and obtained his Master’s in Secondary History Education at Brown. Tim worked for a non-profit in Los Angeles, and then interned at the White House before teaching English in South Korea under a Fulbright grant. Tim is a native Californian who’s been teaching in New York City for 5 years. He likes biking, running, watching sci-fi films, and scoping out good food in the city.

David Zheutlin

David taught for more than seven years as eighth grade history teacher and grade-level dean at Trevor Day School. He coached sports, led the student council, and spent many afternoons tutoring. Prior to teaching, he was a counselor and athletic director at a summer camp in Maine. David always cherished his time in school, from his childhood years at Pine Crest School in Florida, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with new students. A graduate from Amherst College, where he majored in History, David enjoys living in Brooklyn, playing pickup basketball, traveling during school vacations, and writing for pleasure.

Middle High School Foreign Language Tutors

Diana Arboleda

Diana teaches Spanish in Upper School at Ramaz School. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied linguistics from Pablo de Olavide University in Seville, Spain, where she was recognized with the award of Cum Laude for her Doctor’s thesis, and also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the same institution, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Diana has tutored a variety of students of all levels in one-on-one lessons and evaluated students through oral proficiency interviews for more than ten years. In addition to her extensive teaching experience at the university and high school level, she has served as a lead curriculum designer in different schools and colleges, has presented at a variety of conferences, and has been published in several journals on foreign language acquisition and educational programs. Diana is an expert in teaching advanced students and preparing them to take the AP test in Spanish and SAT subject test.

Spencer Baron

Spencer teaches Chinese in the Upper Division at Avenues: The World School. He teaches grades 9 through 12 Chinese as well as an Eastern Philosophy seminar and Kungfu for WAM (Wellness and Movement). Spencer has over a decade’s worth of teaching experience in martial arts and foreign language as well as his own study of the Chinese language. He also served as a Chinese instructor at the Middlebury College Chinese school. He previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Middlebury School in China (Beijing), a branch of the CET Academic Programs. Spencer earned a B.A. in Chinese studies and Japanese studies from the University at Albany. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, Spencer also speaks Japanese and Hebrew. When he’s not teaching, Spencer loves training Kungfu at the Shaolin monastery in China, studying East and South-Asian religions and playing with every dog he sees.

Kate Billingsley

Kate is a trilingual (French, Spanish, English) professor with a BA in English literature from Georgetown University, and Masters in French from Middlebury College. She has taught in the United States, France and Spain. In New York, she has taught French and Spanish at the Spence School and Mercy College. She also leads improv workshops in French and Spanish, most recently at Loyola Blakefield School in Baltimore, Maryland. She loves travelling and spending time with her nephews.

Cristina Cotumaccio

Cristina teaches Spanish in the Upper School division of Saint David’s School in Manhattan. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude, from The College of William & Mary. During her 10+ years at Saint David’s, she has taught Spanish at all grade levels (pre-K-8) and had a significant role in designing and implementing the current Spanish/FLES curriculum at the school. Cristina has extensive experience tutoring Spanish to private school students in both middle and high school. With a passion for languages, curiosity about other cultures, and an interest in educational travel, Cristina has spent significant time independently studying and traveling throughout the Spanish-speaking world. She has also co-directed several different language and cultural immersion programs for middle and high school students in both Spain and Italy during summer breaks.

Jennifer Gentle

Jen currently teaches high school and has taught all levels of Spanish at Friends Seminary for the past ten years. She previously taught Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky for two years. A gifted and kind teacher, Jennifer received her Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College and has spent a great deal of time studying abroad in Spain.

Jacques Houis

Jacques has taught French at the Brearley School for many years at all levels, grades 5-12. He currently teaches grades 6,7,8,9 and 11th grade Literature and Culture. He previously taught over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Fordham University and as a teaching assistant at NYU. While in graduate school, he administered the Foreign Service Institute test of speaking proficiency in French for the Peace Corps. He is also a writer, editor and literary translator. TLS called The Comic Romance, his 2012 translation of Paul Scarron’s 1651 seminal novel, Le roman comique, “[a] readable and entertaining translation [that] is a welcome revival of a comic classic.”

Danielle Meinrath

Danielle has over ten years of experience as a language tutor and classroom teacher in both New York and London. She previously taught Latin (7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th grades) and ancient Greek (11th-12th grades) at the Brearley School, where she received the 2018 faculty award for her commitment to students and the school community. She holds a first-class B.A. from Cambridge University and an M.St. with Distinction from Oxford, both in Classics. While completing her Ph.D. at Princeton, she was a graduate instructor in Classics and academic writing, and received an award for teaching excellence for her beginners’ Latin course. She tutors online internationally and seeks to bring kindness, patience, and creativity to her interactions with all her students. Alongside teaching, Danielle spends her time training in counseling and writing biographies to help rescued cats find their new forever homes.

Claudie Anna Lantin

Anna is a native of France who has been tutoring French to teenagers and adults for years. She has worked with high school students and adults and has been a freelance tutor both in France (mathematics, sciences, and French) and in the USA (French, French diction). She has also been teaching music initiation in French to young children (Kindergarten and 1st grade). A former aerospace engineer at the French space agency (CNES), Anna has a master’s in genetic engineering from Centrale Nantes, France, and specialized in aerospace engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. In addition to tutoring French, Anna has been a professional opera singer since 2011, and is also fluent in English and Italian. Currently based on the Upper West Side of NYC, Anna teaches online internationally.

Kaori Murata

Kaori has taught Japanese for more than ten years and has worked for a language institute in New York City. She received a B.A. from the University of Tsukuba (Japanese National University) and an M.P.S. degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to Japanese and English, Kaori speaks Mandarin, which she studied at Shanghai Teachers University for two years. She is adept at supporting students from various age groups and all levels of skill, and customizes her study materials to support school textbooks or examinations. She also enjoys teaching students about Japanese culture and customs. Kaori spent two years of high school at Cranbrook Academy and is familiar with independent school expectations.

Anne Saint-Pierre

Anne is a native of Lyon, France, who has tutored French to children and adults with different needs and learning styles. She teaches the mechanics of French grammar with a combination of rigor, creativity and personalized attention, instilling in students self-confidence and a love for the French language and culture. She also tutors Latin (Levels I and II) and coaches college applicants to prepare and present portfolios for admission into top visual arts programs. She holds a Master Degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, magna cum laude.

Kate Scudellari

Kate has been teaching/tutoring since 2009. She started in Manhattan’s Chinatown and Upper East Side, then Long Island’s Friends Academy, where she served as advisor, assistant dean, coach, and Spanish teacher. Kate studied at Brown University, and earned two Master’s degrees in Spanish and Education from Middlebury College in Madrid and Fordham University in NYC. Kate has extensive experience with a wide range of students; she specializes in differentiated learning, organizational techniques, study skills, study abroad immersion, character building, cross-cultural understanding, and Spanish proficiency. Currently a freelance tutor and educational consultant, Kate has a positive demeanor, patient approach, passion for teaching, and excellent understanding of language learners.

Caleb Simone

Caleb has years of experience in teaching and tutoring Latin with upper and middle school students in New York City. He currently teaches ancient Greek and Latin to undergraduates at Columbia University, where he earned his M.A. and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Classics. A native Texan, he obtained his B.A. from Baylor University, where his honors thesis was awarded Best in the Humanities. Having encountered ancient languages at an early age, Caleb enjoys helping students of all levels learn to appreciate the challenging but rewarding study of Latin.

Jessica Tan

Jessica was born and raised in China and moved to New York as a high schooler. She is a full-time teacher, teaching 9th to 12th grade Mandarin at Little Red School House (LREI) in the west village. Prior to teaching at LREI, Jessica also taught Mandarin in two other public schools in Lower East Side and worked as a program coordinator to arrange museum tours for pre-k children and their families to promote learning new culture and language. Jessica holds an MA in TESOL & Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from New York University.

Samantha Thomson

Samantha teaches Spanish and ESL at Millennium Brooklyn High School, and has tutored students of all ages in NYC public and private schools. Trilingual in Spanish, French and English, Samantha has tutored in all three languages. She grew up in Westchester, where she cultivated her love of languages at the French American School of NY. After graduating from McGill University, she spent three years abroad, working for the Chilean Ministry of Education, and honing her Spanish skills. Passionate about teaching, she completed her masters at NYU in ESL and Spanish Education. Samantha had been an enthusiastic educator for over a decade, and particularly enjoys building students’ confidence in their own language proficiency.

Matthew Udkovich

Matt is an Upper School French Teacher at Grace Church School. Prior to working at GCS, Matt taught all levels of French at The Chapin School, where he also organized the French exchange program. He graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University, with majors in French and Music, before completing an MA in French Cultural Studies at Columbia University Reid Hall, in Paris. He also holds an MA and MPhil in French & Romance Philology from Columbia University. While teaching French at Columbia, Matt was awarded the Jeanne Varney Pleasant Award for excellence in French Pedagogy. He has lived in France for 3 years, one of which he spent studying at the Ecole Normale Superieure. After his graduate studies, he taught at Yeshiva University where he helped develop the major and minor programs of study in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. An avid linguaphile, Matt also speaks Spanish and is learning Arabic. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano and hiking his way through the Grandes Randonnées, having recently completed the tour de Mont Blanc in the Alps and a hike around Toubkal in the High Atlas.

Carmelina Zitarosa

Carmelina has been an educator on Long Island for 12 years. She teaches all levels of Italian and Spanish. Carmelina has a Masters Degree from the Università di Firenze and has studied in Spain as well. Carmelina has been a language tutor since high school where she began to realize the impact a dedicated teacher can have on a student. She hopes to educate, inspire, motivate and cultivate not only knowledge, but a love for language and culture.

Middle High School Math Tutors

Eric Abrecht

Eric is a ten-year math educator currently serving as an educational consultant. Eric began his career as a corps member with Teach For America where he taught third and fourth grade math in the Bronx. Following Eric’s time in the corps, he taught at DREAM Charter School and Brownsville Ascend Middle School, where he served as a special and general educator for grades 5, 6, and 7. Eric served multiple leadership roles throughout his school career including Mentor Teacher, Grade Team Leader, Department Chair, and Math Dean of Instruction. Eric loves common core math and considers upper elementary and middle school math a fun puzzle that can be solved in multiple different ways. Eric specializes in differentiated instruction and is true believer in the powerful effects of embracing a growth mindset. Eric earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland and his Masters of Science degree in Special Education from CUNY Hunter College. Outside of the classroom, Eric enjoys traveling, watching soccer, and all things Marvel related.

Megan Butterworth

Beginning in 2013, Megan has taught various subjects ranging from grades 4-12. She specializes in Middle and High School math and has a passion for numbers, having taught pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, SAT Prep, Social Studies and Science. Megan graduated from Molloy College with a Masters in Adolescent Math Education. She is currently completing a program to become an Educational Technology Specialist through Molloy. She has privately tutored students of all ages for over 10 years and works with young athletes doing softball clinics and private lessons. Megan enjoys working one on one with students and looks forward to bringing math from the classroom into everyday experiences.

Thomas Charroppin

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.

Jessica Curley

Jessica has 8 years of professional teaching experience from grades 6 through 12 in New York public and private schools, as well as over 12 years of experience as a NYC math tutor. She has taught in a range of classrooms, from a 1-1 setting to groups as large as 40, and served as the mathematics department head at Fusion Academy for the 2015-2016 school year. Jessica holds a New York State Professional Teaching Certificate for grades 5-9, MAT in secondary mathematics from Relay School of Education, and MS in mathematics from Fairfield University. Currently, Jessica is a Data Science Resident helping instruct a remote Data Science Intensive course, which focuses on programming in Python as well as mathematical topics including statistics, probability, calculus, and linear algebra. Before this, she had been teaching integrated math in the Upper School at Avenues the World School, specializing in the Phillips Exeter math curriculum for high school. She is a proponent of inquiry-based learning and believes that exploring the wonders of math can be integrated with the many passions that students have.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry at Millennium Brooklyn High School in Park Slope, and has also taught Advanced Algebra, Statistics, and College Readiness there. She received her Master’s Degree in Urban Special Education, Grades 7-12, from Long Island University. She also serves as the IEP coordinator and specializes in developing a curriculum that is responsive to various learning disabilities and learning styles and developing the executive functioning skills of her students. Prior to teaching at Millennium Rebecca worked at Brooklyn Institute for Liberal Arts, teaching English, Geometry, Algebra, Economics, History, Literacy, and Public Speaking. Rebecca’s goal as a tutor is to bring joy to learning, build confidence in students and help them develop problem-solving strategies that foster independence, as opposed to rote memorization of steps and facts.

Leah Harris

Leah has taught math to middle school students, or led middle school math teachers, for the better part of the past 16 years to students all over the city in grades 4-9. She currently works as an Academic Dean, supporting math and science teachers to be even better instructors. She has also tutored many middle school students in math and science and helped create and refine mathematics curricula that are now used at charter schools across the country for students in grades 5-8. These experiences have helped her develop a deep understanding of where and why students struggle as well as the approaches necessary to untangle students’ confusion and address their misconceptions. She earned her B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, in French Language and Literature and Economics. She then received her Masters in Education from Lehman College and has been working with middle school mathematicians ever since.

Simon Jarcho

Simon currently teaches tenth grade math at Avenues: The World School in Manhattan and has more than seven years’ experience as a high school teacher of mathematics, statistics, and economics. Simon previously taught Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry, Statistics, and Discrete Math Topics (TSDMT) to high school students at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and AP Economics, AP Statistics, and FST to high school students at Vermont Academy. He has tutored math to students ranging from grades 6-12. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics and English literature from Colgate University, Simon received his masters from Columbia University in quantitative methods in the social sciences (applied statistics). As a tutor, he enjoys working with students in a one-on-one setting, as it allows him to tailor his lessons to their individual needs. He believes that learning should be fun, and takes pride in creating a relaxed and comfortable environment, where his students can learn and build confidence.

Richard Koo

Richard has taught math in New York City independent schools for ten years, working with students in both lower and middle school. He graduated from St. John’s University with a master’s in childhood education. Prior to starting his career in teaching, he worked in the financial services industry and earned an M.B.A. in finance from N.Y.U. Stern School of Business and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University. He discovered his love for working with children while volunteering through Learning Leaders as a parent volunteer at his daughter’s elementary school. He believes that solutions to math problems can be approached from many different ways, and not through just one set algorithm and encourages his students to always test their thinking.

Ari Livne

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

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.

David McDonough

David currently teaches Geometry and Algebra 2 in an ICT setting at Millennium Brooklyn High School in Park Slope. He has worked with students in grades 5-12, in public and charter schools, teaching math, social studies, and ELA in General Education, ICT, and SETTS settings. He received a BA in art from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Science in Urban Special Education Grades 7-12, from Long Island University. As a special educator, David has experience creating individualized student supports, with a particular focus on helping students understand and value their strengths. When tutoring math, David encourages students to find solution pathways they can get excited about through practice, intuition, and creativity.

Arkin Mehter

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.

Benjie Messinger-Barnes

Benjie previously taught Middle School Math at the Friends Seminary School, and High School Math and Economics at the Rutgers Preparatory School the previous four years. He completed his undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Economics at Wesleyan University where he was the captain of the Squash team and active in Wesleyan’s local mentoring program. Benjie has an Ed.M in Mathematics Education from Rutgers University, and approaches mathematics with great energy, enthusiasm, and rigor, all of which he hopes to instill into his students. Born and raised in New York City, Benjie loves snowboarding, running, golf, playing tennis, and anything else that will keep him outdoors and active.

Hannah Morse

Hannah is a sixth-grade math integrated co-teacher at 75 Morton. She previously taught high school math at a special education private school. She has tutored math to students from grades 6 through 12. Due to her special education background, Hannah has experience working with children who are below grade level to help them understand grade level work. She also has had success helping students improve their executive functioning skills and become more confident in their academic abilities. Hannah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in American Sign Language and a Masters Degree in Special Education, both from New York University. When Hannah is not teaching, she enjoys traveling, reading, playing the piano, and listening to music.

Zulamis Narcisse

Zulamis, known affectionately as Ms. Zuli by her students, always knew that becoming a teacher was her calling. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to a Cuban mother and Jamaican father, the importance of an education was always heavily ingrained. Certified as an Elementary teacher, she graduated with her Masters from Touro College and received her Bachelors from St. Francis College. Ms. Narcisse is now the 6th Grade Math Lead at her current school, specializing in Elementary and Middle School Mathematics. Her belief is that “failure is a great teacher” – Justice Sotomayor. Also that “learning happens through different lenses, but it will happen.”

Rahul Patel

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.

Jennie Picconi

Jennie has been teaching in the middle and upper school at Riverdale Country School for the past 10 years. She has taught a variety of courses including Math 6, Algebra I, Geometry, Geometry with Algebra, and Algebra II. She is also a math support teacher for the upper school and meets individually with students throughout the school day. These one-on-one meetings provide a place for students to receive additional math support and build confidence. She strives to create a safe learning space for all types of learners. Jennie stresses the importance of efficiency with problem solving and teaches how to implement strategies and approach multi-step problems. Beyond learning mathematical concepts, Jennie also encourages students to study effectively and efficiently and maintain organization within their math work. Outside of the classroom, Jennie coaches girls’ lacrosse and enjoys knitting, cooking, and traveling.

Jennifer Preissel

Jennifer teaches secondary mathematics to juniors and seniors at Millennium Brooklyn High School, one of the New York Post’s “eight hidden gems in the NYC school system.” In this role, she designs and implements rigorous inquiry-based curricula aligned to Common Core standards for differentiated learners in inclusive educational environment. She is trained in the instructional practices of ASD Nest Model, a framework for inclusive education for higher functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through ASD Nest Support Project, NYU Steinhardt, Hunter College and the NYC Department of Education. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies and English from Columbia University and a Master’s in Secondary Mathematics Education from St. John’s University. She loves traveling, cooking and biking throughout all five boroughs of the city.

Indu Ramesh

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. For the past seven years, 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 rock climbing, cooking, doing the NYT crossword, or geeking out over the latest podcast. She’s also currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Computer Science at NYU.

Jeff Reeder

Jeff teaches math at the NYC iSchool in Soho and has taught high school and college math for ten years. Jeff earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in math from Cal State Fullerton, and taught in California for five years at the high school and college level before moving to NYC. In his free time, Jeff enjoys working out, playing video games, seeing live music/dj sets, and exploring green spaces in the city. He also enjoys traveling around the world, with a current goal of going to every continent (only two more to go!).

Joshua Rosa

Joshua is a high school math/special education teacher at A Philip Randolph. He is currently in his 6th year of teaching. He started out teaching at the middle school P.S. 72 The Lexington Academy before transitioning into a high school setting. He has taught math courses in the middle school level (6 -8), and currently teaches Algebra I & Geometry at the high school level.  Josh completed his undergraduate degree at SUNY New Paltz and obtained his master’s degree from CUNY City College. Josh is fluent in Spanish. When not teaching, Josh enjoys automotive related activities, physical training, along with traveling and trying different foods.

Will Roble

Will is currently a 6th and 7th grade ‘HIP Thinking through Math’ and 7th grade math teacher at Avenues: The World School. He has been a Mathematics tutor for the last three years, covering topics ranging from basic operations to Algebra II and Trigonometry. Prior to taking a position at Avenues in 2017, Will was Senior Director of Middle School for Achievement First Charter schools for five years, an 8th grade teacher and math coach at Achievement First Bushwick Middle School for one year, a 6th grade teacher and math coach at Rise Academy, a KIPP School in Newark, NJ for four years, and a 6th grade math teacher at the Thomas C. Giordano Middle School 45 in the Bronx for two years. He earned his MS in Teaching (grades K-6) from Pace University and his B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in Anthropology and Italian studies. He has worked with students of all academic and socioeconomic backgrounds and loves helping students deeply understand math concepts.

Michael Shorr

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.

Joseph Tadros

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.

Garrett Teague

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.

Dominique Voso

Dominique teaches upper school math at Riverdale Country School. Prior to this, she taught math at Greenwich Academy and coached swimming. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from Harvard University and her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from University of Pennsylvania. She serves as an advisor for the Riverdale math team. Her experience spans the range from middle to high school levels in math, science, and computer science. Her goal as a tutor is to build confidence and thinking skills, and she believes that math problems can be approached in a variety of valuable ways beyond just one set solution path. Outside of teaching and tutoring, she enjoys doing triathlons, cooking, and reading.

Claire Wang

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.

Middle High School Science Tutors

Amanda Bauman

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 Kahn

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 Klimowicz

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 Livne

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

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 Mehter

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.

Joe Petrone

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 Shorr

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.

Warren Tappe

Warren graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Stony Brook with a BS in Mathematics and Physics and MS in physics secondary education. He taught physics and computer science for four years in a public school in Dover Plains, NY, and then spent 21 years at Cairo American College in Egypt where he and his wife raised two children immersing themselves in Middle Eastern culture. There he taught and tutored International Baccalaureate Higher Level/Standard Level Physics and Mathematics as well as courses in cosmology and astrophysics. Warren brought into being the Advanced Science Lab at CAC, dedicated to augmenting science education by providing transformational experiences to K – 8 students. The ASL also included an astronomical observatory where 9 – 12 students could pursue their own independent research. In 2016 he returned to NYC and now teaches and mentors physics, cosmology and philosophy at Avenues: The World School in Chelsea. Warren plays keyboards and percussion and is an avid cyclist and climber when not spending quality time playing GO or Magic the Gathering.

Mo Tsujimura

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 Wang

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.

Test Prep Tutors

Caitlin Cassidy Test-Prep Specialist

Caitlin specializes in test prep including the SAT, ACT, AP’s, SAT II’s, and ISEE/SSAT. Caitlin is a highly experienced tutor who has worked with hundreds of students over the past ten years in New York, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. In addition to private tutoring, Caitlin has taught at Georgetown University and Northwestern University of Qatar, and offered workshops in theatre to students in Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. A graduate of Georgetown University, she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Essex, London.

John DiResta Test-Prep Specialist

John holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University in New York City and an M.F.A in theater directing from Northwestern University. John has 10+ years experience teaching at the high school and middle school level, and worked as a classroom teacher, teaching artist, and director of education for several New York City not-for-profits. His experience as an educator ranges from some of New York City’s most prestigious private and public schools to some of its most underperforming. In addition, John has taught undergraduates theater at Northwestern, Harvard, and Yale. John teaches the verbal, writing and math sections of all standardized tests including the SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, SAT and ACT, as well as the SAT II in Literature and US History, the AP English and US History exam, as well as college essay writing. Subject tutoring: humanities, math through Algebra 2, elementary Spanish and Latin.

Geoff Kanick Test-Prep Specialist

Geoff is an experienced tutor who has worked with students in New York City and Boston since 2013. He has supported many students with ISEE/SSAT and ACT/SAT preparation, and also tutors in English, history, and math through the high school level. A native of Seattle, Geoff holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University and a Master’s degree from the University of Essex, London. Geoff has worked extensively with students over the last nine years, serving as a program director at Queens College summer program and interim teacher at Gonzaga University, as well as frequently leading master classes in Shakespeare and physical theatre across the Northeast. In his spare time, Geoff enjoys cooking, painting, museum visiting, and rooting for Seattle sports teams.

Alex Klein Test-Prep Specialist

Alex began his teaching career as a bilingual second-grade language arts and social studies teacher at Joslin Elementary in Austin, Texas. He subsequently taught math, science, language arts, and writing to 1st-3rd and 4th-6th graders at Magnolia Montessori For All, a public Montessori school in Austin. Alex is also an experienced test prep tutor. He has helped dozens of high school students boost their scores on the ACT and SAT and supported numerous middle school students in a variety of academic areas. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainability in the Urban Environment at the City College of New York while teaching with the NJ LEEP Saturday Scholars program. 

Asher Lack Test-Prep Specialist

Asher works as the dedicated substitute teacher for the English department of Stuyvesant High School, where he has taught since 2009. He has tutored privately for nine years and worked with students across all levels of writing from simple composition to term papers and college essays, as well as math from basic arithmetic to pre-calculus. Asher trained for years with Kaplan and has extensive test prep experience tutoring students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, and SHSAT. Growing up in New York, he attended Stuyvesant High School and received his BFA in screenwriting from NYU’s Tisch School. When not teaching, he enjoys playing music.

Hayward Leach Test-Prep Specialist

Hayward has excelled for over four years as a tutor for students in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. He tutors for the SAT, SSAT, ISEE, SAT II, ACT, and AP test prep in US History, World History, and Spanish, as well as English tutoring. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Hayward graduated from Stuyvesant High School and earned a B.A. with Honors in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Hayward is currently pursuing his MFA at The Juilliard School, Drama Division and has taught aspiring young actors and singers across the country. Hayward enjoys working with students to develop their talents, independence, and confidence with focus and fun.

Ari Livne Test-Prep Specialist

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.

Kannan Mahadevan Test-Prep Specialist

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.

Emily Maretsky Test-Prep Specialist

Emily is the engineering department chair at Energy Tech High School in Long Island City, and has almost a decade of experience teaching math, technology, and ENL classes in schools across NYC, California, Thailand, Italy, and Micronesia. She has hundreds of hours of test prep experience through Kaplan and the Nantucket Learning Group, and has prepared students for the SAT, ACT, ISEE, and SSAT. Emily’s goals as a tutor are to identify students’ strengths/areas for growth and apply targeted practice, as well as help students develop the skills and confidence to teach themselves. Emily holds a BS in Human Factors Engineering and Journalism from Tufts University, and received her MAT in Adolescent Math from the Relay Graduate School of Education. When she’s not in the classroom, she’s usually surfing, playing the ukulele, or hanging with her cats, Max and Jack.

Rahul Patel Test-Prep Specialist

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.

David Rosenberg Test-Prep Specialist

David has been tutoring students of all ages in the New York City metropolitan area since 2013. He began tutoring as a standardized test specialist, but now also works with middle and high school students on subject tutoring, executive functioning and homework help across subjects. David tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and CCLS tests, as well as the SAT II Subject Tests in Literature, US History, and Math I/II. He also guides students through the college admissions process and teaches college essay writing. He’s led Classroom programs for Harlem RBI, A+ Academy, and Futures & Options, where he tutored the SAT, and at TECCS charter school for the Common Core elementary exams. He also has experience working with students with learning disabilities, and numerous testing accommodations, including Extra Time, Computer Assistance, and Scribes. A native of Miami, Florida, David holds an MFA from The Juilliard School, where he received the St. Denis Prize, and a BFA from NYU, where he double majored in Political Science and Drama.

Alex Shaw Test-Prep Specialist

Alex specializes in SAT, ACT, SSAT, SHSAT, and SAT II preparation. For the past seven years, Alex has worked extensively with hundreds of students both one-on-one and in New York City classrooms through Academic Approach’s programs at George Jackson, The Lycée Français, and Spence. A native of St. Louis, MO, Alex received a BA from Columbia University in 2011, and is currently pursuing his MFA in acting at Juilliard. He has worked as an actor here in town and across the country.

Edward Spelman Test-Prep Specialist

Teddy has worked extensively as a test preparation tutor since receiving his B.S. in English Literature from Northwestern University. He specializes in the SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT, and TACHS for middle school students, and the SAT and ACT for high school students. His students have demonstrated consistent percentile improvements across all tests, as well as a retention of content that reaches far beyond the scores. He believes that there can and should be, for every student, joy in learning and the thrill of discovery. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Hunter College, and he volunteers as an instructor with the International Rescue Committee whenever he has the chance!

Jessica Waldman Test-Prep Specialist

Jessica has been tutoring students of all ages in both group and one-on-one settings for over 10 years. A Stanford University graduate with a B.A. in both Theatre and French, Jessica has experience with all-around academic support in grades K-12, executive functioning, and test prep. She has worked with students from all over the globe, from New York and California to Canada, China, and Indonesia. She has guided students through the test preparation process for exams including the SSAT/ISEE/SHSAT, ACT/PSAT/SAT, and AP exams, helping each individual student establish strong study habits and achieve their goal scores. Jessica aims for her sessions to be positive and nurturing learning environments which emphasize the fun of learning. She challenges her students and holds them to high standards while also cheerleading them onto success. Jessica resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where she also teaches yoga. She is passionate about theatre and literature and she loves small fluffy dogs!