Ellen is a current graduate student at CUNY Hunter College, earning her Masters degree in Adolescent Education with a certification in Earth Science. During her undergraduate years at Hunter as a Psychology major, she discovered her love of teaching and decided to pursue a life in the world of education. She is very passionate about teaching, tutoring, and helping students of all levels achieve their academic goals through engaging and fun activities. She believes that students learn best when they are enjoying themselves and feeling confident in their abilities. Ellen is especially comfortable working virtually and eager to support your child during these challenging times. Her creative and engaging nature is sure to help motivate your learner to pursue all they can! Outside of work, Ellen has two small children of her own, loves science fiction, and making banana bread! Ellen is very excited to be a part of the Successful Students team and is looking forward to working with students all over NYC!
Kristina always knew she was going to become a teacher when she would play school with her brother and cousins, in her classroom she made at just eight years old. Kristina graduated with her Masters in General Education/Special Education Grades 1-6 from CUNY Queens College. She also obtained her TESOL K-12 from Molloy College and Kindergarten Extension from Touro College. Kristina has been substituting for over a year now in Long Island School Districts, so she has been exposed to different curricula and student populations. Prior to this, Kristina was a Teacher Assistant in the Port Washington School District in a second grade self-contained classroom where she differentiated to meet all student’s goals. Kristina sees the value in strong communication between parents, child and tutor/teacher to meet the learning goals of the student. Kristina loves to use multiple means of modalities for students because she realizes that every student is a different learner. She also saw how important technology is today and became a Google Certified Educator and loves to use different apps to keep her students engaged. In her free time, Kristina loves to work out and read.
Nicole is a passionate teacher who looks forward to helping your child succeed and reach his or her fullest potential. Nicole has worked as a camp counselor, nanny, ABA teacher, and general education teacher. Nicole graduated with a degree in early childhood education from LIU Post, and is also certified to teach Birth-6th grade. Currently, she is going to the City College of New York to pursue her masters degree in special education. Nicole is also on the road to obtaining a TESOL certification. Nicole has taught students from Pre-School to 3rd grade in general education settings in both NYC and schools on Long Island. After school, she works with middle and high school students with special needs in a home setting. Nicole has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and has experience teaching students of all levels, including students with disabilities, students learning English, and students who need enrichment. Nicole differentiates her instruction to provide access to all her students and works hard to ensure that each child becomes confident and successful. She engages students in a way that makes learning fun, and is looking forward to collaborating with you and your family!
Alison spent her life growing up knowing that she wanted to work with children and help them succeed in anything that they put their minds too. She was a babysitter for many years, lifeguarded at a day camp and taught children how to swim for years. She went to SUNY Fredonia for her bachelor's degree which she earned in Childhood Inclusive Education, went to Queens College to further her education in Early Childhood Education and she is currently earning another degree at CUNY Hunter for Adolescent Special Education. She landed her first job as a teacher 4 years ago working for the DOE as an 8th grade special education teacher teaching reading and writing in an ICT setting, and her second year she taught 7th and 8th grade math and social studies in a self - contained setting at P.S. 145. She currently works at P.S. 111 teaching a bridged self – contained class of 7th and 8th graders for all subject areas. When she delivers her lessons to her students, the work is differentiated to meet the needs of her diverse learns and so that all students can be successful.
Emily Gutierrez is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University with a degree in English Creative Writing, and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Fordham University. As a Teach for America corps member, Emily taught 12th grade English for four years at the Urban Assembly for Applied Math and Science, specializing in personal statement writing for college applications. After leaving the classroom in 2018, Emily has worked as an International Studies Advisor for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), helping high school students from across New York City apply for competitive scholarships in order to study abroad. In addition, she continues to teach Critical Reading, SAT Prep, and College Admissions through Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), where she prepares high school students for the college application process. In her free time, she is a freelance writer and plans to pursue a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing this fall.
Krysten is a 4th grade teacher in the Bronx. She is in her second year of working in the ESL designated classroom, where the majority of her students have varying levels of English proficiency. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. She is currently attending graduate school at CUNY Hunter to receive her Master's in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Prior to working in the Bronx, she gained experience on Long Island working in the 4th and 5th grades. She has also worked with special education students with severe developmental disabilities at summer programs. Krysten believes building meaningful relationships with her students is a pre-requisite before any content can be learned. Once this is established, she loves finding different ways to engage and empower students, often by having them take the lead in their learning. She also enjoys figuring out new approaches for students to master tricky concepts. She looks forward to helping your child become a confident, curious, and capable student both in and out of the classroom.
Caryn Levine attended the University at Buffalo from 2004 - 2008. She graduated with a 4.0 GPA and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Upon getting her B.A. Caryn Levine went on to get her Master’s in Education in which she became certified to teach birth through grade 6 general education. After graduating, Caryn could not wait to get into the school system and start applying her knowledge, passion and enthusiasm into teaching. Caryn started working as a long term substitute teacher throughout Long Island and Queens and she continued her education and got her special education certification grades 1 -6. The following year, September 2010, Caryn got her first full time teaching job in East Harlem as a 4th grade self contained teacher. There, she worked with students with emotional disabilities and worked hard with those students to achieve their goals. Caryn has been at this East Harlem Public school for 9 years now where she is known as a trusted, loyal, enthusiastic teacher, colleague, and friend. She has worked with all different ranges of students and she even created a college and career ready theme for the 4th grade. Caryn is constantly making her students aware of what the future holds for them, she never stops working and always pushes herself in order to push her students to be the most successful students they can be. Caryn has been with successful students for 5 years! She feels so fortunate that she gets to work with so many different students and create lasting relationships with families. It’s truly great when she gets that call in September from a parent, that after all their hard work and dedication during the school year, their child that she worked with scored the level 4 they were striving for on a state test, or that they got into their first choice for middle school! It’s very rewarding for Caryn when parents request that she work with their kids year after year and she looks forward to working with new clients too!
Alexis received her Bachelor of Science in Childhood education from LIU Post and became a certified Elementary School teacher. After graduating in 2017, Alexis was a substitute teacher in Glen Cove for one year and went on to teaching first grade in the New York City DOE. Alexis has experience with students in grades 1-6. Alexis is currently working on her Masters degree at LIU Post in Educational Technology. For the last year, Alexis has been working at a non-profit special education program teaching life-skills to students with Autism. Alexis enjoys using technology in her lessons and creating hands-on activities in order to enhance her students' learning experience.
Jenna is a third grade teacher who attended SUNY Oswego where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education (1-6). Jenna continued her education at Touro College, receiving her Master’s in Special Education in 2018.
Jenna is currently in her sixth year of teaching. She has taught in both general education and ICT classrooms, and has tutored students in grades 1 through 6. Jenna creates an atmosphere that encourages new ideas, asking questions, and sharing thoughts. As both a teacher and tutor, Jenna works to instill a love of learning through rigorous and engaging activities, while providing a range of instructional and assessment strategies to meet the different needs of students.
Ellen is a full-time student majoring in Childhood Education and English Language Arts at CUNY Hunter College. After graduation, she plans on going for a master’s in the same field to further her knowledge. She is passionate about working with students and parents to help them reach their educational and personal goals while maintaining that love for learning. Ellen believes that communication with parents, teachers, and tutors to meet the needs of students is what makes them successful. Ellen believes that each child holds different requirements and it is this joint effort that helps them reach their full potential. Outside of school, Ellen has been working as an after school counselor and tutor for elementary and middle school students for the past few years. Over this time, she has worked with students to provide help in homework as well as additional subject learning such as math and English. She has also had the opportunity to study and work with students in public school classrooms to further her experience in students and their education. Through these experiences, she witnesses the academic struggles of students and loves being that guide to provide clarity and improvement for them.
John worked for 5 years as a Special Education Teacher and Instructional Coach at Bronx Bridges High School in the Soundview neighborhood of the Bronx. He served as the founding music teacher at Bronx Bridges, while co-teaching science, math, and english classes for grades 9-12. Prior to his placement there, John earned his teacher certificate through Teach For America, beginning at Fordham High School for the Arts. John attended Cornell University, where he received a B.A. in Psychology, followed by Hunter College, where he received a M.S. in Education, focusing on Students with Disabilities. At Hunter College, John was a Faculty Apprentice for Hunter College's hallmark "Learning Lab," a teaching practicum focused on one-to-one individual tutoring for students with special needs. John also remains connected to Cornell by serving on the board of a bystander intervention nonprofit he founded as an undergrad. In his free time, John enjoys producing and playing live music, as well as time in one of the city’s beautiful parks— and he never turns down an offer to visit an art museum (especially the Guggenheim). He aims to someday become a Dean of Students at a major university and will likely pursue another graduate degree in 2020.
Nina earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University in 2010 with a concentration in Spanish. She taught Spanish full time while simultaneously working on her Master’s Degree at Hunter College. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education grades K-12 as well as becoming certified in General Education K-12. She recently completed her administrative degree at Hofstra University. Nina is currently teaching in a public school on Long Island as a Special Education Teacher in grades 6-8. She focuses on all common core subjects, Leveled Literacy Instruction, and the Wilson Reading System. Nina is extremely knowledgeable on test-prep strategies, and organizational skills used to improve student work and achievement. Along with these test-prep strategies she works extremely well with students with disabilities in order to help them achieve their full potential. Nina prides herself on being able to captivate and motivate her students to do their best and gain an even greater sense of self-confidence with their education and studies.
In 2015, Danielle graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Arts in Special and Elementary Education. Danielle holds a Masters Degree in General Education and Special Education and is currently working on her second Master’s Degree in Leadership and Mathematics Education at Bank Street. Danielle has been tutoring for Successful Students for many years and has experience preparing students for the ELA and Math Common Core NYS exams as well as tutoring for Math and ELA for Middle School. Danielle has had the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds and who have diverse needs. She has taught students with a variety of disabilities including Learning Disabilities, ADHD, Speech and Language Impairments, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Danielle differentiates instruction to meet the needs of the students she is working with through assessing their current strengths and weaknesses and determining the most appropriate effective intervention strategy. Danielle is passionate about providing instruction to all learners and collaborating with parents in order to accomplish this. Danielle is recognized for her ability to form strong relationships with her students as well as for adapting lessons to be engaging and foster a love of learning.
From babysitting to being a camp counselor for numerous years, Ali always knew that her passion was to work with children. After graduating from Towson University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education, Ali taught at Success Academy Charter School for four years, in a First Grade General Education and ICT classroom. Ali then continued to pursue her education in 2014 at Touro College, where she received a Master's Degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Ali is currently teaching for the NYCDOE. She has taught in a Second Grade General Education and ICT Classroom. This year, she will be the General Education teacher in a Second Grade NEST classroom. Ali loves getting the opportunity to teach in different class settings and being able to meet the needs of various learners in her class. Additionally, Ali has been the Math Lead for her grade level for the past three years. Not only does she support the students in her class, but is a team player and supports teachers with the math curriculum so that their students can be successful too! Ali strives to make her lessons as engaging as possible. She is passionate about differentiating her lessons to ensure that all students have access and feel successful in her classroom.
Michelle earned her Masters Degree in Childhood Education from New York University in 2009. She taught for 10 years in New York City public schools (P.S. 151 and P.S.2) in grades 1-5 both in General Education and ICT settings, as well as 1 year in a private pre kindergarten setting (St. Thomas More Play Group). Michelle has also been a private tutor for children ages 2 and up for many years.
As a tutor, Michelle believes that learning should be fun and enjoyable for children. She also feels that if her students gain a love for learning and build a solid foundation early on, that they will become even more excited and encouraged to become lifelong learners. Michelle tailors her lessons based on each child’s individual personality, interests and needs, since each child is unique in his or her own way. She is patient, kind and supportive of the students she teaches, ensuring a very positive learning experience.
Ashley has always had a passion for working with children. She graduated from SUNY Old Westbury with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary education. She then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Special Education from Touro College in 2017.
Ashley has been teaching in the NYCDOE for 3 years. During her first year teaching, Ashley taught 4th grade and has experience prepping for the 4th grade Math and Ela state tests. This upcoming year will be her second year teaching in a 1st grade NEST classroom as the special education teacher. Ashley's passion for working with children allows her to help all students, with various needs, to succeed in the classroom. Ashley devotes a lot of time to planning each lesson ensuring that each lesson is differentiated and engaging for all of her students. Ashley also believes that developing strong trusting relationships with her students is essential to their success. Ashley is happy to be part of the Successful Students Family and can’t wait to work with new families this year!
David is a graduate of Columbia University, where he studied English Literature. He is a NYS licensed teacher and received his master’s degree in education from Hunter College. With over a decade of teaching experience, David applies his knowledge to help students find their passion for learning and reach their goals. As 6th grade lead teacher at Hyde Leadership Charter School, David was very involved in the IEP process, and he has a wide range of strategies to meet students’ varied learning needs. He has also taught SAT and SHSAT programs and offers step-by-step methods to get students ready to rock on test day. Above all, David believes that learning should be joyful and meaningful; he aims to “teach the whole student” and connects instruction to students’ personal interests, hopes, and dreams. He is Educational Designer at Limitless Health Institute, which helps youth develop health and happiness by helping each other achieve wellness. In 2018, he received a fellowship grant to implement LHI’s Song Connects program with NYC students, and he continues to develop this innovative program.
Hello, my name is Melanie Wagner! I teach 4th grade at P.S. 25 The Bilingual School in the South Bronx. I am a 3rd year teacher and have many years of experience in tutoring children of all ages. I am certified to teach grades 1-6 general education and special education. I completed my undergraduate degree at LIU Post and my master’s degree at Hunter College. I am interested in getting my second masters in urban education and literacy. I believe that learning should be fun for all children filled with technology, games and unique experiences. My teaching technique helps make students engaged, excited and confident in their learning.
Ashley always had a passion for working with children. She graduated from Buffalo State College in 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. Shortly after, she began her Master's Program at LIU Post in Special Education and Early Childhood. While pursuing a Master's Degree, she was an assistant teacher on Long Island. Ashley worked in a 1st grade classroom and a self-contained K-2 classroom. After graduating, she started teaching in the NYCDOE Public Schools. She has taught in multiple settings and grades including an ICT setting in 5th grade, 1st grade and 6th grade. Ashley loves teaching in the ICT setting and getting to work with students with all different needs. As an ICT teacher, Ashley loves collaborating with co-teachers, service providers and parents to create a successful environment for all.
Ashley’s goal is to make sure all students receive what they need to learn best. It is important to her to make sure that her students feel comfortable and confident and try their best!
In an overcrowded classroom in Beijing, in front of a sea of 4th-grade students just learning English, Margot Pinckney found that she enjoyed teaching young people. Many years later after working with many age groups and in many different settings, Margot realized teaching was not only an interest, but a passion. After completing her undergraduate degree at Columbia University, she earned her master's degree from St. John's University in special education for 7-12 grade students. She has worked for New York City's Department of Education since 2017 at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the South Bronx. There, she has taught 9th through 12th graders in the classroom; she has lead and pushed into English, global history, physics, and Chinese culture classes to name her most commonly taught subjects. Currently, in addition to high school humanities, Margot teaches an 8th-grade science class and works with all middle and high school grade levels as an extracurricular tutor.
Having created lessons and curriculum both for individuals and small groups, Margot is well versed in tailoring education to the individual needs of a student. She applies research-based learning tools to ensure students have the greatest chance of success. Passionate and full of enthusiasm, Margot is dedicated to helping her students develop academic confidence, improve skills, and find a love of learning.
Christopher O’Sullivan is currently working with 9th and 10th grade students at the Urban Assembly School of Business for Young Women located in the Financial District. He is starting 2nd year at this amazing school that has a staff dedicated to ensuring that young women are college and career ready. While he only has been teaching for a year and half, he has had many field experiences in a variety of environments and even has been tutoring for 5 years! Chris graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelors in Adolescent Education and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics which allowed him to get a license in Mathematics 7-12. He is currently attending Hunter College where he is pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Special Education.He is extremely interested in working with this type of population as the achievement gap is widening for this student population. He also has experience working on Long Island and in Western New York. He has tutored and/or taught most Math courses as well — Math 5, Math 6, Math 8, Algebra I, Intermediate Algebra, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus and even College Calculus. His primary goal is to make sure that your child walks out of my session with a deeper understanding of the material and a different mathematical mindset!
In 2004 Karen realized that working with children has been her calling all along. She was always immersed in education and children. From her days as a counselor at sleep away camp to her father’s 37 year teaching career, children’s success is of the utmost importance. Upon this realization, she immediately went back to school and completed a MA in Early Childhood and a second MA in Curriculum and Instruction. Upon completion she immediately jumped into teaching in NYC. Working as an early childhood teacher for the past 15 years for NYCDOE has been more rewarding then she could have ever imagined. Currently she works in Manhattan as a 1st grade teacher. Throughout her teaching career she has taught in all grades with her area. She believes that all children deserve the best learning experience and focusing on students’ needs as well as their abilities ensures a positive learning experience. In addition to her passion for children, she also understands the importance of communicating with the parents in order to foster a love for learning in both her classrooms and tutoring.
Melissa attended Manhattan College in the Bronx, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. While Melissa originally started in the Broadcasting field, she always had a passion for education and for helping students. After working in the Communications field for a few years, she switched over to study for her true passion; teaching in the special education sector. Melissa has been teaching for the past 3 years at Pave Academy as a Middle school interventionist, specializing in special education in grades 5-6. As an interventionist, she teaches in an ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) Mathematics classroom. During the last two years, while working full time, Melissa attended graduate school to earn her master’s degree. She recently graduated with honors from Relay School of Education, earning her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Before becoming a full-time teacher, Melissa worked in an after-school program located in Queens assisting students with homework and working on long term projects.
Melissa truly loves helping students and supporting them to better connect to the class content. It is an honor for her to see her students flourish and enjoy material that once was challenging. Melissa is the type of teacher who holds her students to high standards and who never gives up, her students not only feel motivated but continue to push themselves to do their best. Melissa looks forward to helping your child as his/her tutor!
Meredyth has been teaching for the Department of Education for 7 years. Meredyth received her Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education 1-6 from Queens College. She also received her Master's degree in Instructional Technology from Touro College and is a licensed Gifted and Talented teacher. Meredyth has been part of the Successful Students family for many years. She has had huge success tutoring for the Gifted and Talented tests for many years as well as helping students learn to read as she is trained in Guided Reading.
Meredyth has taught most elementary grades and is currently a 4th grade teacher in an ICT class at P.S. 197 in Harlem. She is very knowledgeable in the new Common Core Learning Standards and the new testing requirements. Meredyth's main goal is to make sure her students are confident in order for them to become lifelong learners and work to their highest potential.
Megan is a passionate fifth year teacher who aspires to make learning an enjoyable experience for all of her students. Megan attended LIU Post for her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) with a Concentration in English Writing and Teachers College, Columbia University for her Master’s in Special Inclusive Elementary Education.
After finishing her Master’s degree from Teachers College, she hopes to pursue her second Master’s Degree in Literacy. Megan is currently a third grade ICT teacher at P.S. 153 in Maspeth, NY. Megan has taught in grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 (Math and content areas). With experience as a private tutor, Megan ensures that the needs of each of her students are met by working diligently to create exciting yet rigorous lessons adapted to individual student learning needs. Through consistently attending professional development workshops, Megan uses multiple proven strategies to help students succeed.
Alia received her bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and her master’s in Education Policy from Columbia University Teachers College. Alia is a former middle school teacher, specializing in ELA and Humanities where she has experience in both general education and integrated co-teaching settings. Alia currently coaches teachers and principals in New York City public schools to identify and solve problems of practice through classroom observations and structured inquiry. She is knowledgeable of Common Core Standards and current instructional strategies and tools for grades K-12.
As a tutor, Alia provides personalized learning plans where she assess and refines each session to meet student needs and growth. Alia believes in open and consistent communication between the tutor, family, and school in order to provide a cohesive level of support. Alia has a passion for working for and with students to improve educational outcomes and foster a love for learning.
Melissa’s passion for teaching started with an inspiring teacher. Her goal then became to help students reach their fullest potential and have a love for learning. Melissa is a graduate from SUNY Oneonta, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She then went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Special Education from CUNY Queens. Melissa is now completing her School District Leader degree, where her goal is to train teachers to use best practices for students.
Melissa has worked in a variety of classroom settings. She has worked in a self-contained setting where she adapted activities to make them accessible for all students. She specializes in modifying tasks to address the diverse abilities of her students. She is currently entering her 5th year as a 5 th grade teacher at P.S 206 in the ASD Nest Program located in East Harlem, NY. Melissa has also worked as a private tutor in homework help, academic support, and for Math State Exam test preparation. Melissa uses her love of teaching to keep her students engaged and create a challenging yet motivating environment. She is eager and excited to boost the confidence and success of students!
Alyssa earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Binghamton University. Following, she completed her Masters in Literacy and Childhood Special Education from Long Island University, CW Post. In 2011, she began her teaching career with the New York City Department of Education. She has taught integrated co-teaching, as well as self contained classes. Alyssa has experience teaching kindergarten through fifth grade. She is currently teaching an early childhood( kindergarten through second grade) self contained class at an NYC DOE in Manhattan. She has experience teaching students with learning disabilities, ADHD, ADD and on the Autism Spectrum.
Alyssa ensures that all students are engaged, and their learning and social emotional needs are being met. She has experiencing adapting the Common Core Curriculum to make sure that learning and understanding is accessible by all students. Alyssa is passionate about education and strives to make sure all students are successful.
Cathy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors Degree. Following her life long dream, she immediately went on to continue her education at Columbia University, Teachers College where she received her Masters in Special Education. After working a couple of years for the NYC Board of Education, Cathy joined the faculty at Jericho Public Schools as a Resource Room Teacher providing support for elementary aged students acquiring basic skills in reading, writing and math. Cathy specializes in study skills and strategies for becoming independent learners. With over 20 years experience teaching Cathy has enormous experience modifying curriculum to meet the needs of her students and finding unique ways to support all learners!
She has experience teaching students with a variety of disabilities including Speech and Language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cathy has served as a private tutor for students of all ages. She assesses the student in order to develop a comprehensive, personalized and effective plan, She also serves as an intervention specialist, breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier for students to grasp. Cathy provides assistance with homework in all academic subjects, with an emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics. She strives to make each lesson as engaging as possible, helping the student look forward to subsequent sessions. She updates parents by sending detailed emails outlining the areas of strengths and weaknesses. She looks forward to working with you and your child!
Lauren is a graduate from the University of Scranton where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She also continued her education and earned her Master’s Degree in Literacy at Long Island University.
Lauren began working in the New York City public school system in 2005. Throughout her tenure she has worked in the Bronx and Brooklyn teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Currently, Lauren teaches on the Upper East Side of Manhattan as a Media and Technology specialist.
Throughout her fourteen years of working in the public school system, Lauren has developed extensive experience in both teaching and grading the New York State Assessments. She utilizes this knowledge when carefully designing meaningful, individualized instruction that aligns with the current Common Core Learning Standards.
After receiving her MBA in Human Resources, Carly knew she had to follow her passion for teaching. She completed her Masters Degree at New York University in Childhood Education. Ever since, she has taught at PS9 on The Upper West Side. She has had the privilege of working in both a general education classroom and an integrated co-teaching (ICT) classroom, collaborating with co-teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals to provide a diverse group of students with access to curriculum and success with the Common Core State Standards. She teaches English Language Learners and students with a variety of disabilities including Speech and Language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. While at PS 9, she has also become certified in the Orton Gillingham Multisensory Approach of reading and writing instruction.
Carly has served as a private tutor for students of all ages. For test preparation lessons, she assesses the student in order to develop a comprehensive, personalized and effective plan. She provides weekly exercises for the student to practice independently, ensuring that she/he is well-prepared for the material likely to be on the exam. Along with these test-prep strategies, she also serves as an intervention specialist, breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier for students to grasp. Carly provides assistance with homework in all academic subjects, with an emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics. She strives to make each lesson as engaging as possible, helping the student look forward to subsequent sessions. She updates parents by sending detailed emails outlining the areas of strengths and weaknesses. She looks forward to working with you and your child!
Samantha graduated from the University of Delaware’s teaching program, earning a dual degree in elementary education and special education grades 1-6. She has always loved working with children and inspiring them to be the best they can possibly be. In any educational setting Samantha is in, she always puts her best foot forward, encouraging her students to fall in love with learning and reach their upmost potential. Whenever she teaches she always thinks back to her philosophy “Tell me and I Forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin. It is her lifetime goal and desire to give back to her students, to change their lives in more ways than one, and to create a learning environment filled with laughter, joy, and determination as she teaches her students and her students teach her.
Samantha currently teaches 6th grade social studies in a public school at PS/MS 206 in East Harlem. She also is receiving her Master’s degree from Touro College for Literacy Grades 1-12. She has a variety of experience of working with learners of all abilities, including students with learning disabilities, students with emotional needs, and students on the Autism Spectrum. For every lesson she teaches, she modifies and differentiates her instruction in order to meet the diverse needs of her students
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. From middle school to high school, she created a nonprofit organization to help enslaved children in Ghana, Africa. She enjoys giving back to her community and encouraging her students to also help make a difference in the world!
Since she was in elementary school, teaching has always been a dream for Asia. Before her first 6th grade students, her younger brother was her only math student. She made sure that he improved his 2nd grade math skills. After high school, she attended Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Secondary Mathematics Education, and Teachers College and Baruch College for her graduate degrees in Math Education and School Leadership.
Currently, Asia is an 11th year math teacher and a 4th year Assistant Principal at the Urban Assembly School for Applied Math and Science in the South Bronx. She has taught 6th grade math, 8th and 9th grade Algebra, 11th grade Pre-Calculus, and 12th grade AP Calculus. She is passionate and works hard to plan and deliver math lessons that ensure all of her students discover math concepts on their own. She believes that all students can learn math when the teacher differentiates the work to meet the needs of each student. She stays true to these beliefs in her classroom and when she tutors students one-on-one. She has more than 10 years of private tutoring experience and guarantees that she can differentiate instruction for your child and improve their math skills!
Kelly's passion for education first developed throughout her undergraduate studies at Boston College where she double majored in Elementary Education and Human Development, and minored in Special Education. Following graduation from B.C., Kelly was eager to return to New York to gain more experience in the field of education. She worked in Long Island in the North Shore School District as a Substitute Teacher and Teacher Aide in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Kelly later completed a Master of Arts program in Intellectual Disabilities/Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University, and she holds Professional Certification in Childhood Education and Special Education (Grades 1-6).
Kelly first began her teaching career as a Special Education teacher in an ASD Nest Program in the Bronx. She has spent the past three years as a fourth grade teacher in Battery Park City. Kelly has also worked as a private tutor to provide general academic support, assist with homework, and better prepare students for the New York State Common Core ELA & Math tests.
Ashley has a dual Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been teaching Kindergarten for seven years at a school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. On the weekends she provides social, emotional and academic support to struggling learners in both first and second grade. Ashely has experience tutoring struggling students and providing enrichment for grades pre-k to second in phonics, reading, writing, math and social skills. She differentiates her instruction to teach all learners. Ashley believes in positive reinforcement and building self-esteem where students feel comfortable and confident taking risks.
After receiving her B.A. in Psychology and minor in Special Education from the University of Arizona, Chelsea went on to receive a dual masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a M.S.Ed in Literacy at Hunter College.
Chelsea teaches first grade at P.S. 199 in Manhattan. She has a lot of experience in modifying curriculum to meet the needs of her students and finding unique ways to support all learners!
Evelyn has a degree in Elementary Education grades 1-6 and a Masters Degree in Special Education grades 1-12. Evelyn is currently a self-contained, 8th grade ELA teacher for the Department of Education at IS125 in Woodside, Queens. As a self-contained teacher, Evelyn is required to teach students with various academic needs and abilities. She is very familiar with differentiating instruction to accommodate all learning styles, strengths, weaknesses and needs. Evelyn is very outgoing and energetic. She has a love for education and tries to instill that in all of her students.
Meghan Reidy is currently a fifth grade special education teacher in an ICT classroom on the Upper West Side. In 2014 Meghan graduated from Providence College with a Bachelors of Arts in Special/ Elementary Education. She moved back to New York to pursue her Masters of Science in Special/ Elementary Education at Touro College. While getting her masters, she taught Kindergarten in a general education classroom in Queens, as well as third grade in a special education self-contained classroom in Manhattan.
Both her undergraduate and post graduate experiences in the education field have given her the opportunity to work with diverse populations of students and families. She has been able to provide services to enable every child to reach their full potential in various settings.
Meghan believes that every child can be successful in a positive, motivating and challenging environment. By engaging different learning styles with appropriate accommodations and modifications, teachers can give their students the tools to become confident, lifelong learners. As a passionate educator in the New York City public school system, Meghan looks forward to providing individualized instruction to enable students to be successful in and out of the classroom.
Alex earned a dual degree in economics and finance from The College of William and Mary. Later on, for his graduate-level studies, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in finance from the Wharton School and international studies (Latin America focus) from the Lauder Institute. Alex focuses on two areas of tutoring – mathematics and Spanish language. Alex has considerable experience, both in professional and classroom settings, tutoring math concepts (ranging from elementary to high school math, and beyond), fast math tricks, test taking strategies. Alex is also fluent in Spanish, as he has undergone 10 year of classroom tutelage and has extensively lived and worked in Latin America.
Ever since she can remember, Rachel has always had a passion for teaching. Rachel has a Masters degree in General and Special Education in grades 1-6 as well as an Undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Rachel is currently teaching for the Department of Education at IS125 in Woodside, Queens as a self-contained 6th grade math and science teacher. Being a self-contained teacher provides Rachel with the opportunity to teach a classroom of students with a variety of different academic needs, learning styles, strengths, weaknesses and interests. Rachel believes in individualized instruction for her students and believes that all students need strong basic fundamental skills in both ELA and Math. Rachel is an outgoing individual who has the ability to engage students and tailor her instruction to meet students’ individual needs.
Meghan received a dual Master’s Degree in Childhood and Special Education from New York University, where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in American Sign Language. After completing her studies, Meghan began working as a 1st grade special educator in a New York City public school.
Meghan works in an integrated co-teaching (ICT) classroom, collaborating with co-teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals to provide a diverse group of students with access to curriculum and success with the Common Core State Standards. She works with English Language Learners and students with a variety of disabilities including Speech and Language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Meghan is a Math Learning Leader at her school, developing the grade-level math curriculum plan and coaching her colleagues.
After moving to New York City as an undergraduate, many doors opened for Meghan to work with children in different settings. She worked with America Reads as a classroom assistant to a science teacher for students in Pre-K to 2nd grade, and was also part of NYU's Community Team as a 4th grade tutor. This past summer, Meghan worked at a summer school program and helped struggling students reinforce their skills and prepare for the upcoming school year. She has also worked as a coach, head counselor, childcare provider, and Zumba instructor at her school.
Meghan believes that all students can reach their full potential when given the tools and skills to achieve. She is passionate about helping children become confident students who love to learn.
Hilary completed a dual Master’s degree in Elementary and Special Education grades 1-6 from New York University and is New York State certified. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology with a minor in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.
Hilary currently teaches 5th grade special education in an ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classroom at an Upper West Side public school. She is a tenured teacher. She enjoys working with students who have a variety of special needs and provides them with the skills and accommodations to be successful. As the former leader of her school’s Testing as a Genre Committee, Hilary is skilled at teaching Math and ELA New York State test prep strategies across all elementary testing grades and is well versed in the Common Core Standards. Last school year, Hilary served as a mentor for a new, 2nd grade teacher where Hilary supported her by modeling lessons and helping her plan small groups. Hilary has also been a member of her School Leadership Team for the past two years where she collaborates with parents and staff in order to develop ideas for continued school improvement.
During her years in Baltimore, Hilary provided one-on-one tutoring to inner-city children in 1st through 5th grade as part of the Johns Hopkins Tutorial Project. After moving to New York City, she continued to privately tutor, working with a 4th grade student in Manhattan. Hilary also worked at a New York City summer school program teaching 4th grade English language learners and students with special needs. In the winter of 2016, Hilary began working for Successful Students and has been tutoring students from a variety of grades ever since. She also has extensive experience working with children at summer camps as a head counselor and activity coordinator as well as assisting with after-school childcare. Hilary loves coaching her school’s track and cross country teams, and is an avid runner herself. She enjoys seeing Broadway shows in her spare time.
Hilary feels that her friendly and creative nature, and consistent communication with parents, makes for a positive learning experience. She is passionate about helping students build their confidence and improve their motivation to learn in order to achieve their true potential.
From the time she was young, kids have always been drawn to Alli. She volunteered in an elementary school classroom during her high school years, and from that time on, knew that her passion was to be a teacher. Alli continued on to earn a Dual Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education at Indiana University in 2014 and is currently working towards her Masters in Literacy at Hunter College. Alli is New York State Certified in General and Special Education grades 1-6.
Alli is a Kindergarten Assistant Teacher at a Language-Based Disability School in a 12:1:1 classroom. Last year she taught in a first grade classroom at the same school and worked closely with the school literacy specialist to design individualized programs for some of her students. Alli is focused on understanding the way each child learns and adapts each lessons to meet their individual needs. She enjoys putting her own creative touch on each lesson she develops and uses many multi-sensory and hands-on activities to motivate her students. She has experience teaching Wilson Literacy Techniques including the full Wilson Fundations reading program.
During the summer, Alli spends her time as a Group Leader for elementary aged children at a day camp on Long Island. In her free time she enjoys crafting, travel, Pilates and exploring NYC.
My name is Dominic Ciliotta and I am a 5th Grade Teacher within the NYC Department of Education at PS206, located in East Harlem. I am entering my 8th year in education and my 6th year teaching in NYC. Throughout my first two years, I taught 3rd and 5th grade in a charter school in the South Bronx. I am currently working in an ICT classroom where I use the common core standards to guide my instruction. I am a graduate of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. While at SHU, I received my BA in History and my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my SBL certificate at Stony Brook University as I aspire to be a principal in the upcoming years. I look forward to tutoring your child and helping them reach their full potential. My goal is boost their confidence and help them believe in themselves!
Mackenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in Humanities from John Carroll University, a Jesuit school in Cleveland, Ohio. She then earned a master’s of science in Secondary English Language Arts plus certification to teach from the University of Pennsylvania, where she student taught grades 10 and 11 at Julia R. Masterman, a nationally revered public magnet school. Her master’s thesis focused on the researching and applied methods of critical literacy skills. Upon receiving her graduate degree, she remained in Philadelphia, teaching ninth grade English at a private Episcopalian day school in Burlington, New Jersey. She currently teaches 10th and 12th grade English at Rye High School.
Mackenzie specializes in literary analysis, critical thinking skills in literacy, and SAT/ACT reading and writing preparation. She prides herself on the ability to break down material for students to gain holistic understandings of reading and writing. Extremely patient and open minded in approaches to teaching, Mackenzie aims to not only unlock academic success but to bolster students’ self confidence as well.
Randall earned her Masters Degree in Special Education from Hunter College in 2011. She received her Bachelors Degree in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan in 2008 and graduated with Honors.
Randall began teaching High school in Brooklyn and taught grades 9-11 in English as well as Social Studies and Science. She improved passing rates for SPED students on regents’ exams in Earth Science and English by more than 50%, putting students on track for advanced diploma. Although Randall enjoyed working with High school students, she wanted to expand her practice and began teaching Middle school on the UES. She has been teaching 7th grade English Language Arts and Special Education for the past 3 years. In addition, she has worked in an afterschool program called Strategies for Success, in which she supports students struggling in their core subject classes or with general organizational or behavioral issues. She also focuses on teaching students how to take accountability and ownership of their learning through tracking progress and goal setting. She believes students need to develop habits of mind to become strong independent thinkers, and works with 6-8th graders to give them strategies to improve their reading levels and writing according to the common core state standards. Lastly, Randall has worked privately woth children ages 5-15 to build vocabulary in order to improve reading and writing skills to meet grade level standards. She assists children in understanding difficult concepts taught in the classroom, offering multiple strategies and scaffolds as well as additional supports to reinforce skills. She also creates supplemental materials for students to practice independently in order to reinforce understanding of new or difficult skills and/or concepts.
Randall is extremely passionate about teaching and helping her students learn in ways that are individualized and meaningful. She works diligently to ensure her students gain the confidence they need to thrive in the classroom and believes that this ultimately allows them to feel confident in other areas as well.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan, Alison went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Special Education from The City College of New York, and later pursued an additional Master’s Degree in School Leadership and Administration from the Bank Street School of Education. Alison spent four years co-teaching 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ELA and Math, and served as the Special Education Coordinator of her school during that time. She moved on to teach at the high school level, where she has been co-teaching 9th grade Algebra and Biology, and has also co-taught 9th grade Global History and Global Literature. Additionally, Alison teaches Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) classes, where she focuses on individualized and targeted instruction with her students.
Working in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) class setting, Alison specializes in adapting and modifying instruction for the needs of her learners, and is constantly working to find entry points for students with disabilities. Alison is recognized for her patience, kindness, and for the special bonds that she builds with her students. Alison currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and teaches at a high school in the Flatiron District.
After studying Sociology and Child and Family Studies in undergraduate, Samreen went to Teachers College at Columbia University and completed her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently certified in New York State for both General and Special Education. Samreen taught in a variety of settings ranging from preschool, kindergarten, first and second grade as well as at a residential program for children and adults with special needs.
Samreen is currently a full time first grade teacher for children with Autism and other disabilities. She is extremely passionate about working with young children and sees each child as a unique individual with their own learning styles and methods. She loves to teach students by using their own interests and motivating them to take an initiative in their learning.
Christine received a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology as well as Art History from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She has also completed an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education.
Mackenzie earned her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Mercy College. She received her Bachelors Degree with a minor in English from Binghamton University in 2008. She has her certificate as an Assistant Teacher. Mackenzie is a fourth year teacher who teaches in a private school setting with special needs children. She has taught grades kindergarten through Second grade.
Mackenzie believes in the importance of differentiated teaching to help her students improve and meet the needs of all children. Mackenzie is able to adapt to the needs of each child in a group setting, so that they are all engaged and learn to their greatest potential. She has a passion to help children and understands how valuable it is to have patience in the learning environment.
Whitney Waldman, M.S. CCC-SLP, TSSLD
Whitney is a New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Communications and Sciences Disorders from Penn State University and later a Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences from Hunter College. Whitney also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association and is certified as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities.
Whitney currently works in a New York City elementary school, providing services to students from preschool age through adolescence. She evaluates and works with students with a wide range of disabilities, including children with receptive and expressive language disabilities, articulation and phonology disorders, reading difficulties, and students on the autism spectrum.
Whitney enjoys providing children and parents with unique strategies to help students to develop their phonological awareness and reading readiness skills. She strongly believes in helping children to develop confidence in their skills and encouraging poise and independence while in the learning environment.
Since earning her Master’s Degree and New York State Certification in Professional Early Childhood Education from CW Post in 2006, Tracy has taught at a public school in Corona, Queens. Tracy currently teaches kindergarten, working with students on building the foundational reading, writing, math, and social skills.
Tracy believes that the education students receive in the early elementary years can set the tone for student growth and development in the future. She offers a unique approach to the student learning process by incorporating music, a multi-sensory approach, and other methodologies that prompt enthusiasm and caters to each child’s specific needs. Outside of school, Tracy has experience tutoring kindergarten, first and second grade both privately and at Score Educational Centers.
Jana received a Dual Masters degree from New York University in General and Special Education. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Penn State University. As a continuing educator, she completed an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education from Hunter College, and a Fellowship in scientific methods of teaching at The Bank Street College of Education.
Jana is an experienced teacher of early childhood. She has taught kindergarten, first and second grade to children of all ability levels in the New York City Public Schools.
Jana is recognized for her patience, kindness, and creativity. Her ability to implement and design multiple approaches and strategies to core curriculum, motivates and challenges her students to become successful and independent learners. Her greatest joy is seeing children reach their highest potential!
Bria is an avid reader and received her Bachelor’s degree in History, her favorite subject, at Boston College. She went on to receive a Master’s degree in Inclusive Elementary Special Education at Hofstra University. She is certified to teach both general education and special needs students in grades 1-6. She will soon complete a second Master’s degree in Literacy at Bank Street College of Education.
During her time as a NYC public school educator, Bria has worked in both ICT (integrated co-teaching) and self-contained settings. Bria has experience working with students with learning disabilities and specific behavioral needs. Her knowledge of literacy learning is extensive and she strives to integrate literacy in all the content areas, as per the Common Core Learning Standards.
Bria enjoys giving students the tools they need to become independent and successful learners.
Rachel completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education, with a specialization in Learning Disabilities, at Hunter College. She currently holds three New York State Certifications in Early Childhood Special Education, Childhood Education, and Special Education. Rachel has experience teaching in a variety of educational settings such as public schools, afterschool programs, specialized and private preschools, and in the home.
Rachel is knowledgeable in the new Common Core State Standards and her experience includes New York State Test Preparation in both ELA and Math at the elementary level. She has also helped students prepare for preschool and kindergarten entrance exams.
Jaclyn earned her dual Master's degree in General and Special Education from Hunter College. She is New York State certified to teach elementary school students in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade. Jaclyn has worked for private and public schools throughout Manhattan and has been tutoring students for the past three years. She provides specialized test prep for students in 3rd, 4th & 5th grade. For all test preparation lessons, she assesses the student in order to develop a comprehensive, personalized and effective plan. She provides weekly exercises for the student to practice independently ensuring that she/he is well-prepared for the material likely to be on the exam. Jaclyn also provides help with homework in all academic subjects, with an emphasis on reading, writing and mathematics. Jaclyn strives to make each lesson as engaging as possible, making the student look forward to subsequent sessions. She updates parents by sending detailed emails outlining all sessions, including areas of strengths and weakness.
Lindsey Kubera graduated from Ithaca College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication.
She went on to complete her Master’s Degree in General and Special Education at New York University. She began teaching fifth grade at PS 242 and moved to The Lower Lab School where she has taught second through fifth grade for the last three years.
She is trained in the Wilson Reading Program, Orton Gillingham technique, and Hochman’s Basic Writing Skills programs.
She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Bank Street College of Education.
Christina has been working with children in some capacity since the age of twelve when she nannied for a family with an infant and a young boy with special needs. In college, she studied child development and practiced Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy for a young girl with Rett's Syndrome for two years. This is her tenth year as an early elementary educator. She began her teaching career in Baltimore City as a first grade teacher. She taught second grade in Miami and a kindergarten/first grade bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia. She currently teaches third grade in the Bronx and is completing her Masters Degree in Literacy at Touro College. Christina also created and currently runs the behavior program at her school as well as an after school program for at-risk youth. Christina is the third grade team leader and has worked closely with the reading coach to write the English Language Arts Curriculum at her school. She is well versed the Common Core Standards in all subject areas.
Dani received a Dual Masters degree from Touro College in General and Special Education and then went back to receive a Masters degree in Literacy. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Hofstra University. Dani is an experienced teacher. She has taught sixth grade to children of all ability levels in the New York City Public Schools for the past 8 years. She has also tutored students in grades K-8 for the past 7 years.
Dani is knowledgeable in the new Common Core State Standards and her experience includes New York State Test Preparation in both ELA and Math at the elementary and middle school level. She also has experience helping students with study skills and organizational strategies to promote success.
Jessica received her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, and her Master’s degree in Childhood Education at CUNY Hunter College. She has been teaching in the New York City public school system for the past six years, and has experience teaching several grades and subjects. She is currently a 2nd grade teacher in the East Village.
Besides teaching in the classroom, Jessica has tutored students in a wide range of ages; from preschool students preparing for kindergarten admission exams, to middle school students preparing for midterms and finals. She feels that students will be most successful when their specific learning styles are taken into consideration.
Charlotte completed her Master's Degree in Childhood and Special Education from Manhattanville College. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the School of Education at Boston College. Charlotte currently holds New York State Certifications in Childhood and Special Education for students in grades 1 through 6. After completing her degrees, Charlotte taught and coached in Westchester at a private middle and high school for girls. She currently works at a public elementary school in New York City where she has taught both Self-Contained and ICT classes for students in grades 1 through 4.
Charlotte is knowledgeable in the new Common Core State Standards and has helped tutor students to prepare them for the NY State ELA and Math Tests. Charlotte also spends her summers teaching at a co-ed social skills summer treatment camp for children ages 6 to 12 with mild-to-moderate (non-aggressive) difficulties, such as ADHD, Asperger’s, PDD-NOS, NVLD, Anxiety, and Learning Difficulties.
Andrea received her bachelor’s degree from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in Marketing and Accounting. After a short period of time working in business, she left to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher. She received her master’s degree in Childhood Education and Special Education. Andrea currently holds her New York State Certification in both Childhood and Special Education in grades 1-6. She has spent the last several years in a New York City public school co-teaching in an ICT 4th grade class.
Working in an ICT class, Andrea specializes in adapting the Common Core Curriculum to the needs of all learners and finds entry points for students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, speech and language delays, students on the ASD spectrum, behavior and emotional impairments as well as those with executive functioning disorder. Andrea’s primary focus is to teach students the appropriate skills and tools they will need to become more independent and successful life long learners.
Emily is a former New York City Teaching Fellow who began teaching in the public school system eight years ago. Since beginning her tenure as an elementary school teacher, she has taught grades 1-5, but has spent the majority of her time in testing grades. She has experience teaching learners of all abilities, including students with disabilities, and helping them prepare for the New York State tests. Emily received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University at Buffalo and her Master’s degree in Urban Childhood Education from Long Island University. She is certified in both general and special education, grades 1-6.Emily is a passionate teacher whose goal is to help each child reach his or her potential through individualized instruction. Emily currently resides in Brooklyn and teaches on the Upper East Side in Manhattan.
Since graduating from the University of Delaware in 2008 with dual certification in Childhood and Special Education, Lindsay has pursued her passion as an educator. For the first two years of her career, she taught students with disabilities at a highly respected private school on the Upper West Side. In 2010, she was hired by the NYCDOE as a special education teacher at a public school in East Harlem. This is Lindsay’s fourth year at her school and she currently teaches in a fourth grade ICT setting. Lindsay also has experience working in the self-contained setting, working with students who possess a variety of learning and behavioral disabilities.
Lindsay has earned multiple Master’s degrees at Hunter College in both Childhood Literacy K-6 and Special Education. She also holds a NYS certificate for Gifted Education.
Lindsay designs her instruction to align with the Common Core Learning Standards as well as to meet the individual needs of her students. She creates an engaging environment that promotes confidence and builds success and is committed to helping her students achieve their full potential.
Sara graduated from the University of Delaware in 2008 with a certificate in Childhood Education and a Mathematics 7-9 extension. She has taught sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math for five years at a public school on the Upper West Side. In May 2013, she completed her Masters in Middle School Math Education at the City College of New York.
At her school, Sara is a sixth grade academic coach. She holds office hours twice a week to help students set ELA and Math goals and work towards achieving them. Sara also leads a Regents Prep course for eighth grade students working to earn High School regents credit in Algebra I. Since starting at her school, Sara has worked on aligning curriculum to the Common Core State Standards and developing instruction using the Connected Mathematics Project.
Sara believes in individualized instruction and the value of a strong foundation in both Math and ELA. She works with a team of teachers who use flexible groupings and frequent assessments to meet students’ personal needs and build their confidence. She frequently works with small groups of students to improve computational fluency and provide multiple strategies for problem solving.
Melissa earned a Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Indiana University. After completing her Dual Master’s Degree at New York University in Early Childhood and Special Education she began her teaching career at a private school for children with Autism. In 2012 she began teaching in The New York City Department of Education in Manhattan. Melissa has experience teaching students in pre-school through second grade on the Autism Spectrum. She works hard to design an environment for her students which nurtures individual learning as well as social and emotional learning.
Working in a self-contained classroom, Melissa specializes in adapting the Common Core Curriculum and creates and implements individual programs for her students according to his or her Individualized Education Plan. Motivating her students through sensory integration, providing positive reinforcement and constant support allows
Melissa to be engaging and successful with her students. Melissa is passionate about her career as a teacher and always has been. She strives to make each of her students successful by focusing on individualized instruction and actively encouraging parent participation.
LynnMarie graduated from New York University with a Masters Degree in both General Education and Special Education. In addition, she has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Siena College. LynnMarie began her teaching career in the 5th grade however over the past 8 years has experience in grades 1, 2 and 4. She has experience working with general education students as well as students with special needs.
LynnMarie specializes in working with students diagnosed with ADHD, Learning disabilities, Health impairments, Speech and Language Disabilities and Autism. She has spent the last three years working with ELL students in an after school program, helping build language skills, confidence and social skills. LynnMarie is knowledgeable in the new Common Core State Standards.
Betsy earned her Masters Degree in General Education from Hunter College. She received a Bachelors Degree with a minor in sociology from Binghamton University in 2008. Betsy is a fifth year teacher who teaches in the private school setting. She currently teaches at an International Baccalaureate school and received her certificate in level 1 training for the Primary Years Program. Betsy was also previously trained in the Everyday Math curriculum and uses the math program ALEKS.
Betsy designs her instruction to align with the Common Core Learning Standards and the International Baccalaureate approach and standards. She believes in differentiating and personalizing learning for all students and challenging students to their fullest potential. Betsy has always had a passion for teaching and seeing children succeed everyday.
Michael completed his Bachelor's Degree with dual majors in both Adolescent Education and History while completing minors in International Studies and Theology as well. He attended the Honors Program at St. John's University where he is continuing his education by completing a Master's Degree in Adolescent Education.
He currently holds a New York State Teaching Certificate and has been working as a private tutor for a number of years. His experience spans a range of ages from toddlers to adults and focuses on multiple subjects. Over his years tutoring he has worked one on one with a number of special needs students and feels very comfortable in doing so.
One and one sessions and small group instruction really highlight his patience and great attitude that have made him a great tutor.
Jessica received her Bachelors Degree at the University At Buffalo in Early Childhood Education. She received her Master's Degree at Touro College with a Duel Masters in General and Special Education. She also completed a second Master's Degree at Touro College in Literacy.
Jessica is an experienced NYC teacher currently working at her school in Queens for the 9th year. She has taught grades from Pre K through 5th.
Jessica takes pride in encouraging children with her positive attitude and love for learning!
Rachel earned her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Literacy Education from Hunter College. She received a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from The University of Arizona with a minor in Spanish. She has been teaching in the classroom for the past seven years and currently teaches at an Independent International Baccalaureate school in NYC.
Rachel designs her instruction to align with the Common Core Learning Standards and the International Baccalaureate approach and standards. She believes in differentiating and personalized learning for all students to reach their fullest potential.
Rachel has experience working with general education students as well as students with special needs. Her teaching experience includes working with students with ADHD, Learning disabilities, Health impairments, Speech and Language Disabilities and Autism. Rachel strives to make each of her students successful by focusing on individualized instruction.
Meredith is a third year, public school Algebra teacher working in the South Bronx. She received her Bachelors degree from the University of St Andrews in Scotland before achieving her Masters in Special Education from Hunter College through the prestigious NYC Teaching Fellows program. Additionally, in 2013, she was a recipient of the Americorps teaching grant for her work in a high-needs school district.
Meredith is currently the chair of the Special Education Department at her school and enjoys teaching Algebra to 9th and 10th graders. She is experienced in standardized test prep (grades 6 - 12), differentiating instruction and strengthening foundational math skills in students grade 6 - 12.
Chloe earned her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Fordham University and has her New York State Certification (Birth - Grade 2). She has taught 3-5 year olds in both private and public settings, many on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, for the past 15 years and is currently the director of a preschool. Chloe has knowledge of the ongoing school process and many connections in the field of Early Childhood Education.
In addition to teaching and administration, Chloe has extensive private tutoring and child care experience. Chloe has worked with a variety of student populations, each of which have children with a wide range of abilities and talents. She feels that "one on one" attention from the right teacher can help a child to achieve, learn, grow, and reach his/her potential. In addition, she strongly believes that one of the keys to a child's success is a cooperative partnership between educators and parents. Chloe looks forward to meeting and working with you and your child!
After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in English and Criminology at the University of Maryland, Justin went on and received a Masters Degree in Secondary English Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. He is currently certified to teach English to all secondary levels and is a full time 9th grade ELA teacher in the South Bronx. He is well practiced in both general education and special education practices and has a wide range of experiences in differentiation across ability levels. Justin focuses on Common Core Argumentative Writing, Shakespearean literature, effective reading and writing strategies, and Regents based Test Preparation (both Middle and High School state tests).
Justin has extensive experience tutoring across all grades for English Language Arts, specializing in Common Core Argumentative Writing and implementing evidence to support arguments. He excels at helping students make connections with literature within their own writing, and provides organizational structures and practices to help students write in an Academic, Common-Core based manner. Justin greatly enjoys giving students tools to be successful on their own, believing true education does not come from a teacher but from a student’s own desire to learn. He believes in providing multiple access points for students to allow them means of finding success, having seen through experience that the more opportunities a student has to be successful, the more innate education will become for them.
Maire attended New York University, where she earned a degree in Special Education and Childhood Education with a concentration in music for the violin. She attends City College and is working toward her master's degree in biology. Maire joined the Department of Education in the fall of 2012 and has been teaching science for three years. She has experience applying mathematics and literacy in her science classroom and is knowledgeable of the Common Core Standards. Maire has taught in a variety of classroom settings as a science teacher and tailoring her instruction to a wide range of abilities. She has prepared students for both Math and ELA test preparation. Maire believes that the best way to enjoy learning is to get involved—actively, not passively! She looks forward to a vibrant learning environment where students are excited about learning.
Kelly is a New York State certified English and Language Arts teacher for grades 7-12. She received her B.A. in 2010 and her M.S. in English Education 7-12 from Syracuse University in 2011.
Kelly currently works at an independent school for students with language based learning disabilities and has experience teaching grades 9-12. She frequently works 1:1 with students on reading strategies, executive functioning skills and organizing writing. She specializes in working with students with ADHD. Kelly has taught in both the public and private school setting and has worked with students in grades 3-12 as a tutor, homework helper or organizational coach. She is patient and can always find a creative method to help students find what works best for them.
Allie earned a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and graduated with honors. She went on to earn a Masters of Science in Education from Hunter College in School Counseling. She is now in her 8th year as School Counselor at PS 198 in Manhattan and works with children from Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. Although Allie has worked in elementary education thus far, she is certified as a School Counselor for students through 12th grade.
Allie was nominated and recognized as one of the recipients of the "Guidance Counselor of the Year" award in 2011 and honored by the New York City Department of Education for her work. Some of this work includes individual and group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, parent outreach, and leading the Student Council. She has earned continuing education certificates in Life Space Crisis Intervention and Negotiation. Her strengths are her organizational skills, compassion and sensitivity, and she is hard working.
Allie has been the Middle School Choice Process Liaison at her school since she started in 2008. She guides 5th grade students and parents through the middle school application process from September through June each year. She helps to educate 3rd and 4th grade families about the process also in order to promote preparedness. Allie is very familiar with District 2 middles schools and procedures, though she does have some knowledge on other districts. She is happy to utilize her resources and contacts in order to find out specific middle school information for interested families as well.
Evin is a graduate of the University at Buffalo in 2009 and received her Masters degree in 2012 from Hunter College in Deaf Education and a dual certification in general education grades K-6. She currently works with deaf and hard of hearing children ages 5-21 for the past 5 years in schools around Manhattan. Evin works with students on a variety of different levels in both small groups, one on one instruction and inside the classroom collaborating with the teacher. She has experience working with students on reading comprehension, vocabulary, math and test prep for all grades 3rd-12th. Even though Evin works with deaf and hard of hearing students in schools, she has the experience and knowledge to work with children who do not have a hearing loss and can differentiate for all needs depending on the child and their strengths, weaknesses, learning styles as well as what they are interested in. Evin is very outgoing and has a great relationship with all of the students that she works with as well as parents of the students and all of the staff from the different sites. It is very important to her to meet every child's needs and make sure they are getting all of the possible help they can.
I have always had a passion for teaching and working with kids. I received my bachelor’s degree at Sacred Heart University where I studied psychology and continued to achieve a duel masters in General Education as well as Special education (grades 1-6). I coached junior varsity lacrosse on Long Island for 3 years volunteering at the high school I attended after being a division 1 college lacrosse player for four years. I started teaching in a self -contained classroom in Long Island City for two years and then recently made the change to IS 125 in Woodside queens. While at IS 204 in Long Island City I specialized in both math and science. I offer time to the school on Saturdays to try to help better prepare lower level students for the state test in April. I like to do whatever I can to better enable the needs of the students so they are in the best learning environment possible.
Maurine Miller is a graduate of Smith College, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Spanish, with a focus in Museums Education. After graduating Cum Laude from Smith, Maurine continued pursuing education at Touro College, where she received a Master's in Elementary and Special Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Maurine has a diverse background, having taught for the past 4 years as a Lead Teacher in General Education classrooms in Kindergarten, Second, and Third Grade, and as a Lead Special Education in an ICT First Grade classroom. She has experience in preparing students for State Exams and the Smarter Balanced Assessment. She is passionate about differentiated instruction, and is well-versed in flexible planning for a variety of levels. Maurine invests in the whole child, and uses her knowledge of a child's interests, skills, and developmental levels to accelerate their continued growth and lifelong love of learning.
Will is a 2012 graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received his degree in Secondary Education and U.S. History. He also has a masters degree from Touro College in Elementary Education and Special Education. After Vanderbilt Will taught middle school social studies in Texas for two years as well as debate. He moved to New York where he currently works as a middle school history, english, and debate teacher. Willbelieves in teaching critical thinking skills through inquiry based learning. Rather than giving the students the answers, he guides them to their own answers through questioning. He also teaches argumentation skills that can be applied to any subject area. Will has tutored privately for many years in both school subject areas and test preparation.
Jamie is a highly skilled educator with 20+ years experience. She holds a B.A. in psychology, an M.A. in elementary education and an M.S. in administration and supervision. Jamie has taught grades K-5, general education and ICT. She was a school-based instructional coach at an NYCDOE elementary school for 11 years, where she focused on supporting teachers with their literacy instruction. Jamie is currently teaching Pre-Kindergarten at a NYCDOE elementary school in East Harlem.
Hope earned a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education from The Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation, she completed her Masters in special education and applied behavior analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University. In 2016 she began her teaching career with the New York City Department of Education. She has taught in an first grade integrated co- teaching classroom for the past two years. She has experience teaching general education and teaching students with learning disabilities. Hope loves teaching and seeing all students become successful and proud of what they are learning inside and outside the classroom. She has experience with the Common Core standards and is able to adapt lessons and activities in order for all children to meet those standards and feel successful!
Rebecca is currently a 4th grade teacher at a public school in East Harlem. She is a two time alumni of CUNY Hunter College. She double majored in Childhood Education and English Language Arts for her bachelors degree. She most recently earned her masters degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She is currently certified by the state in both Childhood Education 1-6 and English to Speakers of Other Languages PK-12.
She has years of experience with school aged students through working at nonprofit organizations, private tutoring, and teaching. She also has worked with a diverse group of students having worked in New York City's ASD Nest program as well as a Spanish Dual Language program. Working with a range of learners such as students with disabilities and English language learners has equipped her with the tools needed to effectively tailor instruction to the needs of the learner. She has knowledge about aligning her instruction to current Common Core state standards, to ensure that it is individualized. Her passion for education surely comes through when working with her students!
Emily is fortunate to have been inspired by some extraordinary teachers throughout her education and she wants to make a similar impact on the children that she comes into contact with. After earning a dual degree in economics and psychology from Bucknell University, she went on to receive a Master’s degree in Education from Hunter College and graduated Summa Cum Laude. Emily is currently teaching for the Department of Education on the Upper West Side. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated educator who believes that all children have the potential to learn and thrive. Emily has experience tutoring children in grades 1-5. She excels at personalizing instruction and creating a learning environment that is challenging, supportive, and promotes children’s unique set of talents and skills. Above all, Emily’s primary focus is to help children develop the necessary skills and strengths for a lifetime of learning.
James Halpin is a 4th grade teacher with the New York City Department of Education. He has been teaching for 12 years as a 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teacher in the New York City public school system. James’ passion for working with young learners deepened over these years and he has come to appreciate the need to meet each student where they are in order to help them learn, grow and be successful.
James is the father of two young daughters, and has seen in each of them the impact that committed teachers and tutors can have on their development and educational success.
James’ approach to tutoring is the same as his teaching approach: put the student first, identify their individual strengths and challenges, then work with that child to best meet those challenges to learning and grasping the subject at hand.
James earned his masters degree in Early Childhood Education at Hunter College. James looks forward to making a difference in your child’s learning journey and path to success.
Emilia is a Pre-K teacher at P.S. 197M in Harlem. She is a graduate of Hunter College with a dual Masters and certifications in Early Childhood Special Education and General Education.
Prior to becoming a full time teacher, Emilia was a paraprofessional and teacher’s assistant in Queens and Manhattan. She believes that learning should be fun and every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Emilia’s goal is to consistently provide a safe environment where students have the opportunity to grow, explore, and learn with confidence and resilience.
Ciara was born in New York but grew up in Ireland. She moved back to New York 7 years ago, after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Ciara began her teaching journey in the Upper Valley Preschool on the Upper West Side, as the head teacher of a Pre-K classroom. Ciara recently completed her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Ciara now works at the Garden House School of New York as a head teacher of a Pre-K classroom. Ciara is an advocate for learning at this young age, as it is proven that it is crucial from children to learn social, emotional and cognitive skills at 2, 3, 4, and 5, as their neurons are developing so rapidly at this time. Ciara has learned so much from both her experience and her education, and loves working with children and families to share that knowledge and watch their children grow and blossom. Ciara has tutored many families for general tutoring as well as gifted and talented test prep.
Sean Frawley is currently a 7th and 8th grade social studies and technology teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy in Bayside, Queens. He holds a B.A. in History from the University at Albany and a Masters Degree in Adolescent Education for grades 7-12 from Hunter College. Since he began teaching at Academy of American Studies in Long Island City 5 years ago, he has made it his focus to guide students in a productive, respectful, and rigorous learning environment. His teaching philosophy prioritizes getting to know every student he works with individually, to ensure he caters to their learning needs and help them reach their full potential. He specializes in getting students to relate to their work in a meaningful way and he loves to make academics come alive. Sean has an uncanny ability to relate to his students regardless of their strengths and weaknesses, and does wonders for the self confidence of those around him. Most importantly, he is always looking to help as many people as he can and is dedicated to making learning productive, efficient, and fun!
Zach has a passion for teaching mathematics and physics. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently at CUNY-CCNY pursuing an M.S. in mathematics. Zach loves getting people excited in his favorite subjects, mathematics and theoretical physics! Having tutored friends and students for years in undergrad and since graduation, he brings a wealth of experience teaching all ages in math, physics, and computer science. With coursework in Advanced Calculus I-II, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Calculus I-III, and Statistics, he is in a unique position to have mastered mathematics through the undergraduate-level. Outside of class, he has conducted extensive astrophysics research in UNC’s physics department and is currently in the process of submitting an applied mathematics paper to a journal on population behavior modeled using partial differential equations.
Karen began her higher level education at Queens College and graduated with a double major, B.A. in Mass Communications and Spanish Literature. She continued her studies at New York University and was enrolled in the Study in Madrid program. The experience of living and learning in Spain solidified her language acquisition and mastery of the Spanish language and culture. Karen has complemented her language skills with return trips to Spain and travels to several Spanish-speaking countries throughout her career. She also has bilingual work experience prior to teaching Spanish, 2 diplomatic offices and Sony Music Entertainment. Karen started her public school teaching career in Manhattan at Robert Wagner J.H.S. and the Clinton School. Her Department of Education teaching includes being the Bilingual Coordinator at Manhattan Center for Science & Mathematics. She also has experience and expertise in teaching Spanish and E.S.L. at 2 prominent private schools. She enjoys sharing her love and passion for the Spanish language & culture with students of all ages and encourages them to feel comfortable and accomplished in all 4 areas of language skills. Karen tries to take the “foreign” out of learning a foreign language – Spanish and achieve fluency.
In Spring of 2020, Monaca earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies Adolescent Education from the School of Education at CUNY Hunter College. Through her teacher education program, she became New York State certified to teach Social Studies in grades 7-12. Throughout her time in the School of Education at Hunter College, Monaca has worked in four different New York City Department of Education schools, both at the middle and high school level. As an educator, Monaca primarily teaches Social Studies courses such as Global, US History, Civics and Economics. Additionally Monaca has experience teaching a wide range of AP Social Studies courses, Special Education classes, and classes composed entirely of ENL students. As a tutor, Monaca focuses on working with students in grades 6-12 by providing support for all Social Studies based courses. She also provides test preparation support to students preparing for the New York State Regents Exams and the Social Studies based Advanced Placement exams. Additionally, Monaca provides support to students who aim to strengthen their ELA skills. Currently, Monaca is in the process of earning her Master’s Degree in Adolescent Education from CUNY Queens College.
Julia received her Bachelor of Science in Earl Childhood Education from LIU Post and became certified in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, she went on to obtain her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education and began working full time in the Early Childhood setting. Julia now holds additional certificates in Students with Disabilities and Childhood Education, and is currently working on a Literacy Studies program through Hofstra University. She has been a Pre K teacher for the last three years and enjoys creating hands-on learning experiences for her students. Julia has experience working with students with varying abilities and from different backgrounds. She has observed and taught students with a variety of learning needs and creates individualized approaches to help students achieve success. Julia believes that social-emotional development is a strong component of the educational experience so she strives to plan activities that help students build confidence in their capabilities.
Stephanie earned her bachelor’s degree in childhood education grades birth-6th, with a concentration in science, at SUNY Cortland. She graduated in 2018, then began school to gain her Master’s degree in TESOL Education and graduated with her TESOL degree in Summer 2020. Over the past few years, Stephanie has taught 3rd grade ICT, 5th grade ICT and Kindergarten. Stephanie believes that social-emotional learning is just as important as academics, so she makes sure to integrate social-emotional learning and life and career skills into most lessons. Stephanie always knew she wanted to be a teacher and she started her teaching career at a day care center for UPK students. In this program, she taught students foundational skills such as letters and numbers and incorporated these skills into play. Her specialty was having story time come alive by using puppets and having students act out the storyline as she read on. Stephanie has gathered many resources from the three grades that she taught, and she has become proficient in the Teacher’s College curriculum. Because of the experience that she has with ICT classes, Stephanie knows how to differentiate lessons so that all students are able to learn in every lesson and topic. Stephanie also challenges her students by providing enrichment activities. She makes sure to engage students in many ways and teaches in ways that students feel comfortable in. She always makes sure to make learning enjoyable and relatable by adding color, pictures, videos, and movement to her lessons. Stephanie looks forward to working with your family in the upcoming school year.
Tori graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Childhood Education with a concentration in English and a minor in Theater Arts. Her student teaching experience began in a third grade classroom in Newburgh, NY before transitioning to remote learning. Through online teaching, Tori gained valuable experience with new teaching technology that she will utilize in her career. In college, Tori had the opportunity to star in a musical production as well as choreograph a production of Cinderella for high school students. Tori was also the president of two dance teams and was on the Quidditch team (a sport modeled after that played in Harry Potter). Tori will be continuing her education for a master’s degree at CUNY Queens for Teaching English as a Second Language. “Every student hopes for a teacher who truly cares about their achievement and success. I am determined to be the type of teacher who not only educates but serves as a role model, motivator and supporter for my students.”