How Can Your Child Benefit from an Early Childhood Tutor?

Developmentally Appropriate Instruction and Support

Is your young child experiencing difficulties at school or in social situations? If so, an early childhood tutor can help. Perhaps you’ve been told that certain developmental milestones in readingwriting, verbal communication, or math aren’t yet on par with other students their age. Or maybe you’ve noticed that your child is having difficulty mastering tasks such as writing with a pencil, tying their shoes, or experiencing frustration with puzzles, blocks, or other games requiring hand-eye coordination.

By working one-on-one with a professional early childhood tutor, your child will learn to have the additional support and positive reinforcement they require to master the essential skills they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond.

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What Does Tutoring Involve?

Our tutors will help your child work on their academic and executive functioning skills to be successful in grades Pre-K through 1. Because every child is unique, our tutoring environment is customized for your child’s specific needs. From early reading comprehension and writing skills, to improving verbal communication with peers and adults, to reinforcing age-appropriate math concepts, we’ll help your child make progress while boosting their confidence.

Tutors Make Learning Fun!

When young children fall behind their peers in academics or abilities, school can stop being fun. An early childhood tutor who is experienced in working with young children will introduce age-appropriate activities and games that children will enjoy while practicing the skills they need to acquire. Before you know it, your child will be back in line with their school friends and classmates. Our goal is to help your child achieve success in a warm and welcoming environment so that they can become an independent and confident lifelong learner.

At Teachers Who Tutor NYC, our tutors excel in the following skills:

  1. Forging a connection. If your young child is naturally shy around adults, don’t worry! Our team of experienced teachers is skilled in winning them over.
  2. Providing developmentally appropriate materials. Our tutors have numerous relevant activities to support your child in the areas they need most.
  3. Providing accurate, positive feedback to parents. We’ll provide you with comprehensive regular updates of the progress we’re making, as well as actionable next steps for continued improvement.
  4. Relieving anxiety your child may be experiencing. We understand how struggles in the classroom can impact a young child’s confidence, and we’ll do everything possible to build their self-esteem.
  5. Our early childhood tutors help young students meet and exceed developmental milestones and age-appropriate academic benchmarks. From learning to read, write, and speak, to mastering school content in math, social studies, and science, our tutors earn top grades from families!

The #1 Tutoring Service Is Teachers Who Tutor NYC

Our tutors are the most qualified and effective, with professional experience in leading independent, charter, and public schools throughout New York City and Long IslandContact us today to learn more and get started.

Meet Our 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.

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!

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 Master’s 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 Master’s 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.

Jamie Levin

Jamie has been teaching first grade at The Dalton School for 10 years, and previously taught 2nd and 3rd grade at The Hewitt School and kindergarten and 1st grade Dual Language at PS153M. She has also provided after school enrichment and academic coaching in mathematics for grades 3-8. Jamie has a great deal of experience working with emergent readers and is trained in various multisensory literacy instruction methods, including Orton-Gillingham and PAF. In addition to emergent literacy, she is passionate about math instruction and can help develop flexibility and fluency with numbers, as well as a love for the subject through fun and effective games and activities. Jamie prides herself on the rapport she builds with her students and takes their learning needs and personal interests into account when planning each session. In her free time, Jamie enjoys cooking, surfing, biking, and taking her two sons on adventures around the world.

Sharon Marcus

Sharon Marcus has been teaching for the past ten years and is currently in her fourth year of teaching Kindergarten at an Upper East Side public school.

Sharon holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from New York University and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College Graduate School of Education where she is also an Adjunct Professor.

Sharon has tutored students in a variety of subjects including reading, writing, phonics, and math.

When Sharon is not teaching, she is busy raising her two awesome daughters ages 12 and 14. Sharon also is a published writer and is currently writing a children’s book with her daughter.

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.

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.

Caroline Schoen

Caroline grew up in New York and attended The Nightingale-Bamford school for thirteen years. After graduating with a degree in psychology and education from Wake Forest University, Caroline eagerly returned to New York to begin her teaching career. Caroline taught Kindergarten at Kings Elementary in Brooklyn for two years while earning her masters degree in teaching. Caroline now teaches Kindergarten at St. Bernards, where she has taught for the past three years. Caroline whole-heartedly believes in the power of individualized instruction to help her students reach their goals and build their confidence. While making lessons fun and engaging, Caroline uses a variety of techniques to teach early reading, writing, and math skills. Caroline enjoys reading, swimming, and walking her two golden retrievers in her free time.

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.

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 Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Teaching. In her free time, Tricia loves running, reading, cooking, and laughing at funny jokes.