About Us

private-tutoring-nycEffective tutoring depends on classroom experience. At Teachers Who Tutor | NYC, our tutors foster a love of learning and understand how to motivate and support students to help them achieve their individual academic goals.

Abby Freireich, Co-Founder and Tutor, taught third and fourth grade at Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan for seven years, and has tutored many students from grades 1-12 at a number of New York City independent schools. A native Upper West Sider, Abby attended The Brearley School for thirteen years, and understands the independent school climate both from a student and from an educator’s perspective. A double major in English and art history with a B.A. from Amherst College where she graduated magna cum laude, Abby received her master’s degree, summa cum laude, in childhood education from Fordham University. Abby strives to make learning fun while helping students acquire new skills and gain confidence.

Brian Platzer, Co-Founder and Tutor, teaches seventh and eighth-grade English and history at Grace Church School. He has tutored over thirty students and taught across the country at the grade school, high school, and undergraduate levels. Born and raised in downtown Manhattan, Brian attended Grace Church and Dalton and so, like Abby, he understands the independent school climate both from the student and educator’s perspective. A double major in English and French literature with a B.A. from Columbia, where he graduated summa cum laude, Brian then received his M.F.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins. In addition to being a teacher and tutor, Brian is an award-winning essayist and fiction writer, whose debut novel will be published in Spring 2017 by Atria/Simon & Schuster.

Andrea Bromley, Consultant, has over thirty years of experience in New York City independent schools. She has master’s degrees in learning disabilities and remedial reading from New York University. A resident of the Upper East Side, she has taught at both The Dalton School and at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in the Learning Resource Center, teaching students in all elementary grades from first through eighth. Most recently, she worked for five years in Admissions at Columbia Prep and has a private practice in Manhattan. Andrea has two children who graduated from New York City independent schools before attending college and graduate school.

Karlyn Adler, Tutor, is currently a Kindergarten teacher at The School at Columbia University, where she has also taught third and fifth grade. In addition, Karlyn has taught at The School’s summer program, as a reading teacher for grades K-2. Karlyn earned her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University in Elementary Education, and her B.A. from Colby College in Human Development. She loves helping students feel successful and independent in every area of the classroom.

Michelle Alperin, Tutor, has been teaching for seven years. She currently teaches second grade at the Rodeph Sholom School where she has also taught fourth grade. Michelle also participates in her school’s Homework Helper program as an instructor. Previously, Michelle was an assistant teacher in a Kindergarten classroom at the Anderson School. In 2007, Michelle graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in Communication, and she then earned her M.S. in Childhood General and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in 2012. Michelle builds close personal connections with her students and tries to incorporate their interests in her lessons. In her free time, Michelle loves going to sporting events (Go Yankees!) and Broadway shows.

Hillary Anderson, Tutor, teaches first grade at Avenues: The World School, where she has also taught kindergarten. Before teaching at Avenues, Hillary was an assistant teacher in both kindergarten and second grade at The Brearley School for three years. Versed in Responsive Classroom and Singapore Math, Hillary graduated magna cum laude from William Smith College and holds a dual master’s in general and special education for grades 1-6 from Fordham University.

Katie Arpin, Tutor, teaches sixth and seventh grade English at Avenues: The World School. Katie has also taught fifth grade English at Avenues as well. Prior to teaching at Avenues, Katie taught at Read School in Bridgeport, CT, where she taught seventh grade English. Katie received her B.A in English and her M.A.T at Sacred Heart University and she is currently completing her M.A in the Reading Specialist program at Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Katie has tutored students in reading and writing for four years. She enjoys exploring new cities in the U.S and abroad, exercising, spending time with her family, and reading the latest YA novels along with her students.

Victoria Balducci, Tutor, has been teaching young children across a range of age levels for the past nine years. After graduating with a dual masters degree in early childhood and childhood education from The Bank Street College of Education and post masters coursework in literacy and special education, Victoria became a head teacher for three years in kindergarten and second grade at the Bank Street School for Children, where she also taught as an assistant for four years. Victoria also has experience teaching at The Little Red School House in Manhattan, and The Logan School in Colorado, a school for gifted children. This year, Victoria returned to The Bank Street School for Children as an Admissions Interviewer. An experienced tutor who has taught children with a range of learning support needs. Her work in special education and gifted and talented settings required her to develop individual learning plans for each of her students.

Shabari Banerji, Tutor, teaches seventh and eighth grade Science at Avenues: The World School. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is also the 7/8 STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math) facilitator. Prior to working at Avenues, Shabari taught overseas at an International School in Barcelona. There, she taught sixth grade Math and Science, as well as seventh and eight grade Science. She completed her B.Sc. at Queen’s University and B.Ed. at University of Toronto. Shabari enjoys traveling, all types of cuisine, playing soccer and reading.

Avery Barnes, Tutor, teaches fifth and sixth grade English at Avenues: The World School. In addition to her role as a head teacher in middle school classrooms, Avery also teaches a journalism course for upper school students and serves as the faculty advisor for the upper school publication. In the past, Avery taught seventh and eight grade English at Avenues and high school American literature courses at The Bronx High School of Science. Before moving to New York, Avery spent two years as an ACT and SAT math and verbal teacher at Oakland Technical High School in California. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in English education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. Avery holds an initial certification from New York State in teaching English (grades 7–12) and is a native Spanish speaker.

Erin A. Bauer, Tutor, has been teaching English in New York City since 2002 and is currently teaching courses for 16 – 21 year old students at a transfer high school in Brooklyn, including AP Language and Composition. She has taught and tutored students of all ages, including elementary school students in the greater Boston area, teenagers who were completing homeschool curricula while aboard Semester at Sea (their parents were professors on the ship), Rwandan women who were learning English in order to expand their business opportunities, and South Sudanese men preparing to enter medical school. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University, a master’s in secondary English education from Brooklyn College, and a master’s in global public health from NYU. Erin enjoys traveling and being a life-long learner in addition to an educator.

Andrew Bevan, Tutor, is a fourth grade head teacher at the Collegiate School, where he also was an associate teacher in both fourth and second grade. Previously, Andrew taught fourth Grade at The Town School, and spent one year at New Canaan Country School teaching fifth grade. He completed his M.S.Ed at Bank Street College of Education and B.A. at Colgate. Andrew loves teaching and tutoring reading, writing, and math.

Tim Bosque, Tutor, has been teaching high school math for 30 years. He has taught all levels of math from beginning Algebra through AP Statistics and Calculus. He currently teaches Algebra 2/Trigonometry at New Heights Academy Charter School in Washington Heights. A graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Tim has a unique way of explaining difficult topics in a clear and understandable way. He has organized and supervised tutoring centers each year of his teaching career.

Cassidy Brody, Tutor, teaches second grade at Dwight School, where she has also taught fifth grade. Additionally, Cassidy has taught third and fourth grade at Hillel Day School in Michigan. Prior to teaching, Cassidy graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a Bachelors degree in childhood (K-6) and special education. While teaching, Cassidy earned her Masters in psychology from Columbia University. She has tutored in both language arts and math, and she is well versed in Reading and Writing Workshop, inquiry-based learning, and Everyday Mathematics.

Elizabeth Brus, Tutor, teaches seventh and eighth grade English at Avenues: The World School. Previously, she taught 8th and 11th grade English at Poly Prep Country Day, and eleventh and twelfth grade English at Achievement First, a public charter school. In addition, Elizabeth worked as a Senior Curriculum Associate for Achievement First, and developed a comprehensive writing curriculum network-wide for grades 9-12. In addition, Elizabeth developed curriculum to prepare students for the SAT Verbal. Elizabeth was a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Africa, and spent two years teaching ESL at a rural high school. She has an M.Sc. in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. in English from Columbia University. In her spare time, she works on her fiction.

Kellie Carroll, Tutor, is a head teacher at the Marymount School of New York where she teaches Pre-Kindergarten literacy, math and science. Prior to teaching at Marymount, she taught Pre-Kindergarten at The Garden House School. Kellie graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame with a BA in Humanistic Studies and received a MST from Fordham University. While at Fordham, Kellie was awarded a scholarship which granted her the opportunity to student teach second and third grade at Cedar Place School in Yonkers, New York. It was here that Kellie developed her love for tutoring as she spent a semester teaching a child to read using an Orton-Gillingham inspired multi-sensory approach. Kellie loves spending her free time doing yoga, visiting museums, and exploring the city with her children. She has two sons in college and two daughters who attend an independent school in Westchester.

Wayne Casimir, Tutor, currently teaches sixth grade Social Studies at Growing Up Green Charter School, and previously taught first and third grades at other public and charter schools. Wayne, who is in his seventh year of teaching, holds a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in English Language Arts and a master’s degree in Inclusive Elementary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Wayne has a passion for urban education, loves that the city can be used as a classroom, and enjoys creating scavenger hunts at various museums and city parks.

Dot Cates, Tutor, is entering her 19th year of teaching, and her 14th year of teaching at Friends Seminary in Manhattan. She commenced her teaching career at New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, North Carolina after graduating with honors from Guilford College with a dual B.A. degree in Elementary Education and German. She also graduated with honors from Columbia University, with M.A. and Ed.M. degrees in Curriculum and Teaching with a specialization in Peace Education. She has taught second, third and fourth grades, with the majority of her teaching career being in the fourth grade. She has tutored extensively throughout her career, working with students in grades 2 through 8. In her free time, she enjoys distance running, traveling, reading, playing piano, and spending time with her husband and two children.

Emily Cruz, Tutor, currently teaches third through seventh grade Spanish at Grace Church School. A native Spanish speaker, Emily has taught foreign and dual language immersion students with a range of literacy and linguistic strengths. Emily has both taught and currently tutored high school students, as well. She has her masters from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus on bilingual education.

Brittany Dallal, Tutor, currently teaches first grade at the Dwight school on the Upper West Side. She has been at Dwight for three years and previously taught second grade. Prior to teaching, Brittany graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She then went on to receive a dual Masters in General and Special Education from New York University. Brittany has experience tutoring a range of students in language arts, mathematics, and sciences. When she is not teaching, Brittany enjoys traveling, yoga, and reading lots of books!

Maureen Darcy, Tutor, teaches Middle and Upper School French and Spanish at the Professional Children’s School. She holds a BA in French & Linguistics with a minor in Arabic from New York University and is currently completing an MA in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College. Her passion for teaching and learning Foreign Languages stems from her love of connecting with other people and sharing her passion with others. Before teaching at PCS, she both created the curriculum and taught intensive 10-week Beginning and Intermediate French courses for an adult language school and volunteered as an adult ESL teacher through the New York Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. She has experience tutoring Middle and High School students in not only French and Spanish, but also in SAT/ACT Math Prep, Algebra, and Geometry. In her free time, Maureen enjoys exploring new neighborhoods in NYC, running, and traveling.

Jenn Dare, Tutor, currently teaches Kindergarten at The School at Columbia, where she has also taught first and third grade for the past eight years. At The School’s summer school program, Jenn teaches reading to kindergarten, first, and second grade students, and she has also worked with students from Kindergarten through fifth grade at the Hollingworth Science Camp. Jenn graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a B.S. in elementary education and completed her master’s degree in gifted education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has received training in in the Orton-Gilligham method and the Handwriting Without Tears Program. Jenn attends many professional development institutes hosted by The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and recently co-presented a workshop at The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics conference. In her free time, Jenn enjoys spinning, teaching herself photography, and visiting her hometown of Cape May, New Jersey.

Georgina Emerson, Tutor, currently teaches middle and upper school history at Hewitt, and has been teaching and tutoring middle and high school students for seven years. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a degree in Comparative Religion, Georgina lived for four years in Paris, France where she learned to speak French fluently. In 2011, she completed a Masters in Medieval History at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Inspired by her love of teaching and sharing ideas, she began running an informal lecture series. She returned to the United States in 2012 and completed a Masters in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth. Georgina draws on her range of experiences to inspire a love of learning in each of her students.

Nick Felts, Tutor, has been an early childhood educator for over 10 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in K-12 special education and his master’s degree in Early Childhood Special and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education and Mars Hill University. Nick spent the first five years of his teaching career working with students, who receive special education services. He worked with students with social and emotional differences, learning disabilities, and students with health impairments. An early childhood reading specialist in the New York City public school system, Nick is trained as a Reading Recovery teacher among other phonics programs. Nick has two dogs named Carli and Cody, loves to travel, run, and enjoy the outdoors.

Sharan Gill, Tutor, started teaching high school English over ten years ago and currently serves as the head of grade seven and as a 7th and 8th grade humanities teacher with a focus on English at Avenues The World School. In addition to teaching, she has developed curriculum for English classes for grades six through eight and served as the testing coordinator and admissions counselor for middle and high school admissions. Sharan received a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University and an M.A. in arts and humanities from the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. When she is not teaching or creating curriculum, Sharan can be found traveling around the globe, cooking and catching up with friends.

Carrie Gisondi, Tutor, has taught the third grade for 7 years in a public school in New York City. She has worked with students of all levels and enjoys finding unique strategies personalized to each child to help them succeed. Carrie received her Masters in Education degree from Teacher U at Hunter College, where she graduated with distinction after achieving an ambitious goal of advancing her students 1. 5 years in reading growth. She loves working with students of all ages, and when she isn’t teaching, she enjoys spending time with her 11 nieces and nephews!

Amelia Glauber, Tutor, currently teaches fourth grade at the Collegiate School on the Upper West Side. She has been teaching for the past six years, and has spent three years teaching both second and fourth grade. Amelia received a dual master’s degree in General and Special Childhood Education from Bank Street and a B.A. in psychology and education from Bowdoin College. She has tutored a variety of students from grades K-5 and worked in special education classrooms.

Alena Graedon, Tutor, has more than seven years of experience teaching composition, creative writing, and literature to high school and college students, and currently teaches in Columbia University’s undergraduate Creative Writing Program. A Durham, NC native, Graedon graduated from the Carolina Friends School before continuing on to graduate magna cum laude from Brown University with a B.A. in Religious Studies. Graedon then received her M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. She is also a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Word Exchange (Doubleday, 2014), is being translated into eight languages.

Rebecca Green, Tutor, is currently a 2nd grade special education teacher at The East Village Community School. She earned her Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education with a dual certification in Teaching Students Labeled with Disabilities at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Rebecca has studied with prestigious dance programs including the Joffrey Ballet and the Juilliard School program. Her interest lies in connecting kinesthetic and multi-sensory pedagogy approaches to academic concepts.

Kelly Gresalfi, Tutor, is currently a first grade teacher at The School at Columbia University, where she has also taught third grade. This year, she has worked as a reading tutor at the Northside Center for Child Development. Kelly is currently pursuing a dual­ master’s degree in Teaching Literacy & Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Kenyon College. In her free time, Kelly loves to sing (jazz), go for a swim, or read in the park. Kelly enjoys incorporating movement and games into sessions with students.

Mia Hamamoto, Tutor, has taught Kindergarten for four years at the St. Bernard’s School and has worked with pre-kindergarten students at Little Learning. For the past year, she lived in London, where she completed her MA in Education & Professional Studies at King’s College London and worked as learning support in Third Grade at the American School in London. Prior to teaching, Mia attended The Brearley School for 13 years and then received her BA in Psychology from Stanford University. A New Yorker at heart, she is excited to be back in the Big Apple.

Betsy Harris, Tutor, is a sixth year teacher who currently teaches second grade at the Dwight School, where she aligns lessons with both the International Baccalaureate program and the Common Core learning standards. Before teaching at Dwight, Betsy taught both first and second grades at Rodeph Shalom School for three years. Betsy received her certificate in level 1 training for the Primary Years Program and is trained in the Everyday Math curriculum. Betsy received a Bachelors Degree from Binghamton University and earned her Masters Degree in General Education from Hunter College for first through sixth grades. Passionate about teaching, Betsy believes in differentiating learning as well as challenging students to their fullest potential.

Elizabeth Healy, Tutor, teaches English at LaGuardia High School. Over the past 11 years, she has taught a range of classes and levels, from grades 9-12, including AP Literature. She has particular expertise in the college essay and personal statement, having completed training with Story to College and College Summit and provided one-on-one college essay coaching to hundreds of students. Elizabeth is a graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts and Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She relishes the chance to take in museums, shows and music in New York City and sings in the Manhattan Choral Ensemble.

Catherine Henry, Tutor, is an upper school history and English teacher at the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan. Prior to that, she taught in Scarsdale and Rye Neck high schools in the suburbs of New York City. In her years of tutoring, Catherine has worked with middle and high school students grades six through twelve helping students tackle assignments small and large, as well as developing skills in writing, organization, and critical thinking. Catherine has also worked with students on test prep for advanced placement and SAT subject tests in US, World and European history, as well as literature. In addition to her role as a teacher, Catherine has coached high school mock trial and debate teams. Catherine has a BA in history with a minor in English from Fairfield University, a JD from Boston College Law School and completed her teaching certification coursework at Manhattanville Graduate School of Education.

Ed Herzman, Tutor, teaches 8th grade history and English and 11th grade International Baccalaureate history at Brooklyn Friends School, where he serves as the History Department Chair. Ed received his BA in English from Boston College, where he was awarded the Randall Award for best American Studies essay. He received his Master’s in American History at Hunter College. Ed has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study in Ghana and from the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation to study America’s Reconstruction period at Columbia University. In his spare time, he runs long distances, spins records, attends an occasional Yankees game, and spends time with his wife and two young children.

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

Jocelyn Hinman, Tutor, is a third grade Integrated Co-Teacher at P.S. 276. Prior to working at P.S. 276, Jocelyn was a special education teacher at the Hawthorne Country Day School, an applied behavior analysis school for children with autism and emotional disabilities in downtown Manhattan. Jocelyn was also the head teacher in an integrated preschool classroom in East Harlem for one year. Jocelyn graduated cum laude from Colgate University and has her masters in elementary and special education from Teachers College. In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys volunteering with NY Cares as well as her church and reading as many books as she can!

Jacques Houis, Tutor, has taught French at the Brearley school since 1991 at all levels, grades 5-12. He currently teaches grades 6,7,8,9 and 11th grade Literature and Culture. He previously taught over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Fordham University and as a teaching assistant at NYU. While in graduate school, he administered the Foreign Service Institute test of speaking proficiency in French for the Peace Corps. He is also a writer, editor and literary translator. TLS called The Comic Romance, his 2012 translation of Paul Scarron’s 1651 seminal novel, Le roman comique “[a] readable and entertaining translation [that] is a welcome revival of a comic classic.”

Tracey Jones, Tutor, teaches first grade at Friends Seminary where she has worked for the past 26 years. In addition to teaching first grade, she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Second grade. She has helped developed curriculum for the K-4 technology department, as well as teach programming and basic word processing skills to K-12 students. Prior to teaching, Tracey graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education and she received her Masters in Educational Communication & Technology. In addition to taking many Reading and Writing Courses at Bank Street College, she attends national educational conferences yearly. While teaching, Tracey has tutored many students at a variety of skill levels helping to enhance their reading, writing, and math skills. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Tracy loves empowering children with knowledge and making them feel successful. ​

Gabrielle Kaplan, Tutor, teaches middle school math at The Heschel School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and spent two years teaching at University Heights Charter School in Newark, NJ. A magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University and member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Gabrielle received a B.A. in American Studies and Psychology. She has extensive experience tutoring at both the middle school and high school levels and believes deeply in the pursuit of simultaneously building students’ confidence and skills. Outside the classroom, Gabrielle loves to travel, hike, visit museums, and otherwise take advantage of the myriad opportunities every corner of New York City has to offer.

Brian Kaufman, Tutor, teaches sixth and eighth grade History/World Course at Avenues: The World School. Brian has also taught seventh grade History at Avenues, as well as leading “High Intensity Practice” sessions in writing. Prior to teaching at Avenues, Brian worked at Achievement First in Brooklyn, NY, where he taught sixth grade History, and at the Match School in Boston, MA, where he was a full-time tutor in English and Math. Brian received his B.A in Comparative Religion at Harvard University and his M.A.T at the Relay Graduate School of Education. Brian is an avid world traveler, and is currently deeply engrossed in the presidential election campaign.

Megan Kaye, Tutor, is an eight-year veteran of the middle school classroom, having taught both honors and remedial 5th grade classes at Kingsbridge Heights as well as tutored students from second through eighth grade in math, English, writing, history, and science. Meg earned her undergraduate degree at Georgetown and her masters in education at Pace before being chosen by Teach for America as one of the few Faculty Mentors who train their incoming teachers. In addition, Meg has a great deal of experience working with students on building executive function and organization skills.

Arann Kim, Tutor, has been teaching students from diverse backgrounds, ranging from grades K-6, for over seven years. She is currently teaching the fifth grade at the Speyer Legacy School and is a graduate of Teachers College with an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education. Throughout her teaching career, she has collaborated with literacy and math specialists to differentiate her teaching to meet targeted learning skills and goals specific to her students’ needs. Her passion is to motivate each student to become a life-long learner so that they can achieve success beyond the classroom.

Bryant Kohut, Tutor, is currently a Geometry teacher and the 11th grade leader at Mott Hall V in the Bronx. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from the College of Charleston, a liberal arts and sciences university in South Carolina. Bryant tutors sixth grade math through AP Calculus, and enjoys focusing on problem-solving skills, reasoning, and real-world applications. He excels at helping students visualize and explain their thinking. Currently a NYC Teaching Fellow, Bryant left a career in web development to teach, but still enjoys programming as a hobby. Bryant is also an avid hiker, coffee enthusiast, traveler, and classic film buff.

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

Kara Kreisberg, Tutor, has been teaching Spanish at all levels for ten years. She has a B.A. in Spanish from Cornell University in addition to an M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut and an MSEd in Educational Leadership from Baruch College. Currently a teacher at West Bronx Academy, Kara studied at the University of Sevilla in Spain for a year in college, and now loves to spend her summers directing language immersion and community service trips for teenagers in various countries in the Spanish-speaking world. In her free time she enjoys traveling on her own and planning all the student activities for her school in the Bronx.

Jessica LaFrance, Tutor, is currently a Middle School head teacher at the Cooke Center Grammar School, a school for special needs students in the Lower East Side. Before teaching at the Cooke Center Grammar School, Jessica taught high school students at the Cooke Center Academy as an assistant teacher and tutored third Grade students in math and literacy. In addition, Jessica has taught at the Cooke Center Summer Academy, as a reading and math teacher for grades 4, 5, and 6 for many summers. She also has experience tutoring in the Lindamood Bell Learning Processes program where she worked with students aged 5 to adult, in literacy. Jessica earned her M.A. from Hunter College in General Education and Special Education Grades 1-6, and her B.A. from Skidmore College in Sociology and Anthropology. She is excited to support her students individually, creatively engaging with the curriculum to make any subject fun and differentiated for all types of learners.

Sam McVane, Tutor, has over five years of experience teaching and tutoring Latin with high school students in New York City. He has taught both Latin and ancient Greek to undergraduate students at Columbia University for the last two years. Sam is currently teaching the freshman course in the famous Great Books Core program at Columbia, where he earned his MA and is finishing his PhD in Classical Studies. He received his BA in Classics and Philosophy from The College of William and Mary. Sam was instilled early with a profound fascination with the Classical world and its languages by a series of inspiring teachers, and he aims always to pay it forward.

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

Lauren Miller, Tutor, has been teaching for 14 years. She is currently teaching second grade at a public school in midtown Manhattan where she has also worked as a first, third and fifth grade teacher. Lauren received a B.S. Ed in Early Childhood Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters of Science in Literacy from Bank Street College. In addition, Lauren earned a certificate from Fordham University for Reading Intervention and she is Orton Gillingham certified. She has tutored students in grades K through 7, working on all subject areas. In her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, trying new recipes, and taking pictures.

Margot Miranda, Tutor, currently coaches first and second year teachers throughout New York City as a Manger of Programs at Teach For America. Margot is an experienced classroom teacher and tutor. She has taught reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies in both special and general education settings at the middle school level. Having tutored all subjects for students in elementary through high school, Margot believes in customizing her approach to meet students’ specific needs, and views learning differences as assets rather than obstacles on the road to personal success. Margot graduated with Honors from UNC Chapel Hill with a double major in Psychology and Spanish, and earned a dual masters degrees in General Education and Special Education from Bank Street College.

Cindy Molk, Tutor, is a New York State-certified science educator with over 25 years’ experience in both private and public school settings. She holds a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Cindy has worked with middle- and upper- school students with a wide range of backgrounds and learning styles in a vast array of courses including biology, chemistry, earth science, oceanography and environmental science. A life-long learner, Cindy has worked with scientists on expeditions throughout the Caribbean to study and monitor sustainable practices in ocean ecosystems. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys open-water swimming and kayaking in the waters surrounding New York City.

Joan Moon, Tutor, is in her seventh year of teaching. She teaches sixth grade at a public school and also has experience working with a range of students from Pre-K to seventh grade. Joan received her bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies from Emory University and a master’s degree from Hunter College. She has experience working with students with disabilities and currently teaches an honors class. Joan has a great deal of experience working with students to build organizational and long-term planning skills.

Caitlin Murphy, Tutor, teaches second grade at DREAM Charter School where she previously taught first grade. Caitlin has experience teaching kindergarten and first grade in both New York and Georgia. She received her masters from RELAY Graduate School of Education and her B.A from The College of the Holy Cross. Caitlin has tutored in both language arts and math, and she has extensive experience with Reading and Writing Workshop, inquiry-based learning, and cognitively guided math instruction. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys cooking, practicing yoga and running.

Thea Nunez, Tutor, is entering her tenth year as an elementary school teacher. Currently, she teaches first grade at The School at Columbia. Prior to that, she taught Pre-K through first at Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Academy of the City Charter School and The Dalton School. Thea received her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and her B.A. in Literature from the City University of New York. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked in France where she tutored several children in English. It was during that experience that she found her calling as an educator. Thea loves working with children on a one on one basis, helping to build their confidence and fostering a love of learning. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her 11-year-old daughter and husband, as well as theater, cooking and bicycle riding.

Kim Owens, Tutor, is a native New Yorker with more than thirty years of teaching experience. A certified teacher for NYC’s Department of Education, Kim teaches Kindergarten at P.S/I.S 276 Battery Park City School and is a Homework Help teacher for the Manhattan Youth Afterschool Program at P.S. 276. Kim has a Masters of Education from the College of Staten Island and a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Brooklyn College.

Suhna Pi, Tutor, currently teaches second grade at a public school in New York City. Previously, Suhna was an assistant teacher in a second grade and third grade classroom at Grace Church School. In the summer, Suhna teaches ages six and seven at the Dwight-Englewood School . Suhna obtained a B.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education from New York University. She also completed her M.A. in the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Suhna has tutored students in reading, writing, and math for six years. Suhna enjoys reading, traveling, and zumba-ing!

Amy Proulx, Tutor, oversees the English as a New Language (ENL) Program at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. She currently teaches kindergarten through grade 8 emergent bilingual students. Previously, Amy has taught a myriad of diverse learners at the high school and university levels in Massachusetts, Italy, and the People’s Republic of China. She loves high fantasy and realistic fiction, and hopes to instill a joy of reading in her students from a very young age. Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and her Masters of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College,Columbia University. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys to travel, play basketball, and practice yoga.

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

David Rawitz, Tutor, is currently in his third year teaching fifth and sixth Grade science at The East Harlem School. David has been tutoring and giving science demonstrations to younger students since he was in high school at The Dwight School in New York City and during his college and graduate school years. He tutored students in high school science at the tutoring center Legal Outreach. He taught environmental science to kids on Long Island at the Ernst Marine Conservation Center. David has a B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Johns Hopkins University and a M.S. in Marine Biology from Stony Brook University. His thesis project studied the ecological impact of jellyfish in the Long Island sound. He is currently studying Secondary Education at Queens College.

Jessica Reich, Tutor, teaches pre-Kindergarten at the 92Y Nursery School where she is currently beginning her 5th year. Jessica graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 with a major in Communications and a minor in Psychology. In 2012, she received her Master’s Degree fromTeachers College, Columbia University. An avid reader herself, Jessica relishes the opportunity to instill in young children the love of reading. She has experience tutoring in elementary reading, writing, and math. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with her French bulldog, Frank.

Angèle Renard, Tutor, is chair of the Classical and Modern Languages Department at Ethical Culture Fieldston School where she has taught middle school students for the past nine years. Previously, she taught undergraduate students at CUNY as well as children and adults at the French Institute-Alliance Française in New York, in formal classes, group workshops, and private lessons. Angèle holds a Master of Philosophy in French from CUNY and a Master in Classics from The Université de Haute-Bretagne, Rennes, France. She also has an extensive experience in acting and directing, which she uses to further engage her students in learning activities. When she is not teaching, she loves learning about first and second language acquisition, reading, going to the movies and shows, hiking, rock-climbing, doing yoga, and cooking. She lives in New York with her 9-year-old daughter.

Victoria Rispoli, Tutor, teaches fourth grade at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and is the Special Educator in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. She has tutored across a variety of settings, and worked with students ranging from elementary school to high school ages. Victoria currently works with small groups of high-need students after school to provide individualized support and increase their literacy skills. A double major in Psychology and Communication with a B.A. from Fairfield University where she graduated magna cum laude, Victoria received her master’s degree, summa cum laude in childhood education and special education from Hunter College. Victoria loves engaging students in fun learning activities, while increasing their skills, motivation and confidence.

Emily Rosen, Tutor, teaches ninth grade English at The Churchill School. Before becoming a classroom teacher, she tutored with Huntington Learning Center, taught theater, wrote and directed original musicals at the Play Group Theatre in White Plains, and taught as a substitute teacher at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. While working as an assistant teacher in twelfth grade English at The Churchill School, she took courses through Manhattanville College to gain her New York State certification in teaching Students with Disabilities. Emily has a BA from Tufts and an MA in English Education and Educational Theatre from New York University.

Samuel Rosenblatt, Tutor, teaches 9th and 12th grade biology at Torah Academy of Bergen County, in New Jersey. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Yeshiva University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Samuel completed Harvard University’s post-baccalaureate Premedical Program. He has tutored extensively in chemistry, biology, physics and math. In his free time, Samuel enjoys playing tennis, reading contemporary fiction, and has recently developed an interest in chess.

Arielle Rosenblum, Tutor, currently teaches third grade at the Heschel School. Previously, she taught first and fourth grades at The School at Columbia University and was a Museum Educator at The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side. Arielle received a dual master’s degree in Childhood and Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in Psychology from The George Washington University. Arielle loves spending her free time traveling, cooking, and reading.

Jamie Schlussel, Tutor, teaches Kindergarten at The Avenues School, where she is an associate teacher. She previously taught at Grace Church School in downtown Manhattan, where she assisted in both the Kindergarten and First Grade. A graduate of Syracuse University, Jamie majored in Communication and Rhetorical studies, with a minor in Public Communications and Political Science. Jamie graduated from The Bank Street School of Education where she received a Masters’s degree in Early Childhood Special and General Education. Jamie is also certified by New York state. She has a great deal of experience working with students with varying learning needs and styles. Jamie enjoys working one-on-one with students and tailoring the objectives in order to support the individual child.”

Gary Schmidt, Tutor, teaches Literature and writing at the Grace Church High School in downtown Manhattan. A PhD graduate of Harvard University and the University of California (Berkeley), Gary has 20 years of teaching experience, much of which has been at independent schools. He has also taught English and writing at many prestigious institutions, including Harvard, UC-Berkeley, Boston University, Stanford University, and the College of the Holy Cross.

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

Phoebe Search, Tutor, teaches fifth grade at the Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, New Jersey. Previously, Phoebe taught fourth grade at the Collegiate School, and worked in New York City Independent Schools for the last fifteen years. Starting at the Chapin School, then moving to Friends Seminary, she has complemented her work in the classroom with extensive tutoring experience throughout her career. A graduate from Harvard, Phoebe received her masters’ degree in education from the Bank Street College of Education with honors. When she’s not at school, Phoebe spends all of her quality time keeping up with her twin four-year-olds.

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

Amanda Smith, Tutor, teaches second grade at Williamsburg Northside. Previously, she was an associate teacher at The Collegiate School in both second and fourth grade classrooms. Prior to teaching at Collegiate, she worked as an assistant teacher in first and fourth grade at Brunswick School in Greenwich, CT. Amanda has received her Masters in Teaching for grades 1-6 from Manhattanville College and has her public school certification for New York State. In addition to teaching, Amanda runs a drama games club for kindergartners and first graders, as well as a movie making club for second through fourth graders.

Julie Sokoloff, Tutor, has been teaching in NYC independent schools for the past six years. Currently, she is a head kindergarten English teacher at Avenues: The World School. Julie received her Masters in Education from Bank Street College of Education, and her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development from Binghamton University. She holds dual certification in the state of New York in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, running, and cooking.

Alyssa SooHoo, Tutor, is a head ELA teacher at Cooke Center Academy, a high school for students with special needs in Soho. Prior to teaching at Cooke Center Academy, Alyssa taught second and third grade students with autism in a public school in New Jersey. She also taught fifth grade students at the International School of Paris! Alyssa graduated from a BS/MAT program at The College of New Jersey with a BS in Elementary Education and Psychology and a MAT in Special Education. She also graduated with a double minor in Communication Disorders and Deaf Studies. She is currently continuing her education in a doctorate program at Teachers College. In her free time, Alyssa volunteers as a group leader for Autism on the Seas, a company dedicated to provided families with special needs vacations. She is also a Board Member on the Autism on the Seas Foundation.

Chris Stevenson, Tutor, currently teaches fifth and tenth grade history at Collegiate School.  Before teaching history, he spent three years as an associate teacher in both the third and fourth grades at Collegiate.  Chris completed his M.A. in American Studies at Columbia University and his B.A. in History with a minor in Italian at Middlebury College.  He has experience tutoring students in a variety of grades and subjects, though he is especially passionate about helping students improve their writing and better understand history.  In his free time Chris is a freelance food writer, avid runner, skiier, outdoor enthusiast, and aspiring chef.

Joseph Tadros, Tutor, is currently in his fourth year at Mott Hall V School. Joseph has taught AP Calculus AB, physics and algebra during his time at his school. A graduate of Rutgers University with an Industrial Engineering degree, Joe received his Masters at St. John’s University in Adolescent Education in Mathematics. Joseph’s goal is to make sure student finds excitement and/or purpose in each lesson that he teaches.

Jessica Tan, Tutor, was born and raised in China and moved to New York as a high schooler. She now teaches 9th to 12th grade Mandarin at Grace Church High School. Prior to teaching at Grace, Jessica also taught Mandarin in two other public schools in Lower East Side and worked as a program coordinator to arrange museum tours for pre-k children and their families to promote learning new culture and language. Jessica holds an MA in TESOL & Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from New York University.

Arend Thorp, Tutor, has been teaching for 14 years. For the last 10 years he has been teaching a wide variety of courses at the Beacon School, including Biology, Programming, Anthropology, Data analysis/Statistics, Robotics/Technology, Food Science and 3D Animation. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and his M.S. in Biology, with a focus in Ecology, Evolution and Genetics. He is always learning something new and hopes to share his love of ideas with his students.

Brian Tom, Tutor, currently teaches fifth grade at the Brooklyn Arbor School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A graduate of Hofstra University with a Masters in Education from Hunter College, Brian has taught a wide range of students in both general and special education settings. He particularly has experience working with students who have ADD/ADHD and executive function challenges. Brian has tutored elementary and middle school students of all ages across subjects.

Mo Tsujimura, Tutor, teaches 7th grade Math and Science at Bank Street School for Children. Raised in NYC and educated at some of its most competitive institutions, Mo has also been an assistant teacher in Kindergarten and fourth grade classrooms, worked at several day camps, and served on the faculty of the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Mo holds a BA in Biological Sciences from Columbia and an MSEd in Childhood Education from Hunter College. In addition to being involved in social justice work around education, she spends time outside of school volunteering with shelter animals and composting in community gardens.

Bharti Vural, Tutor, teaches fourth grade at Fieldston Lower in Riverdale, Bronx. She has also taught first and second grade there. Bharti tutors in math at Fieldston once a week. In addition, she has taught rising second graders at Summer on the Hill, an enrichment program at Horace Mann, for six years. Bharti graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Education and Child Study and received her Master’s from NYU in Literacy Education. In her free time, Bharti enjoys reading, traveling, going to sporting events, and cooking!

Dan Wallace, Tutor, is currently a First Grade Teacher at Avenues: The World School. Previously, Dan taught second and third grade at The Anderson School and Manhattan Charter School. Dan has tutored students from grades 1-6 targeting balanced literacy skills and Singapore math. He has also worked at The Dalton After School Program as a homework help instructor. A graduate of Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing, Dan completed his master’s degree in childhood education and special education at St. John’s University. Dan utilizes enthusiasm, humor, and warmth to engage students in learning.

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

Alexandra White, Tutor, currently teaches first grade at the Dwight School on the upper west side of Manhattan. Prior to teaching at Dwight, Alex taught both Kindergarten and first grade at Success Academy in Harlem. She graduated with a Bachelors degree from Sewanee, The University of the South, in 2011 and then earned a Masters in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University in 2012. Alex believes in differentiating instruction and enjoys making curriculum engaging for all types of learners.

Hassan Wilson, Tutor, is science department chair, board of trustee, and eighth grade life science teacher at Friends Seminary. He has taught in lower, middle and upper divisions in his 12 years at Friends, in addition to a couple of years teaching Living Environment in public high school. Hassan completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Brown University (BA in Human Biology ‘01 and MAT in Biology ‘02.) He is also an alum of the all-boy independent school, Allen-Stevenson, located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Hassan has tutored in Biology, Living Environment and Algebra.

Rachel Woolley, Tutor, has been teaching elementary school for the past 13 years. A graduate of the University of Illinois with a Masters from University of Chicago, Rachel has taught and tutored students of all ages, from second grade through high school and is presently teaching eighth grade math and science at a dual language program in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Rachel loves teaching both students and teachers and has worked with the New York City Math Collective for the past 5 years and presented at several education conferences, including her most recent workshop at the International Conference for Math Education. One of Rachel’s favorite hobbies is learning languages; she speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin.

Coralie (Coco) Yang, Tutor, teaches third grade at The Brearley School and has taught in New York City independent schools since 2005. She started her career at Marymount School of New York and then went on to teach Kindergarten and Second Grade at Grace Church School. A native New Yorker, Coco graduated from The Spence School and went on to earn her BA at Connecticut College and her MA in Inclusive Elementary Education at Teachers College at Columbia University. When Coco’s not teaching, she enjoys reading, directing a Cabaret Camp for first graders, and spending time with her beloved Siberian cat named Stinky.

Anya Yurchyshyn, Tutor, graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU and holds and MFA in writing from Columbia. Anya taught academic writing at Columbia for three years, where she also coached new instructors on their teaching practice. Additionally, she spent three years teaching creative writing in Columbia’s Summer High School Program, where her students worked on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Anya has worked extensively with high school juniors and seniors on college admissions essays both privately and in classes, and has tutored students ages 12-18 in writing and Social Studies. An energetic and patient tutor, she strives not only to help her students develop concrete skills, but to develop confidence and a passion for learning as well. Her own writing has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, and she has a memoir forthcoming from Crown.

Emily Zdyrko, Tutor,teaches high school English at Fiorello H. LaGuardia of Music, Art and the Performing Arts, where she enjoys working with a wide variety of wonderful and creative students . Her past teaching experiences have taken her from northern Greece to the Bronx and finally back to her native Upper West Side. A graduate of the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, Emily holds a BA in English from Grinnell College, and an MA in the Teaching of English through Teachers College Columbia University. She is also currently working towards her MA in English through the Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English. When she is not teaching or tutoring, Emily enjoys seeing plays, cooking, and running in the various parks of NYC.

David Zheutlin, Tutor, teaches eighth grade history at Trevor Day School. In addition to serving as the eighth grade Dean, he coaches the middle school boys’ baseball and basketball teams. David has always enjoyed his time in school, even from his early-childhood-to-teenage years at Pine Crest School in Florida, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with new students. A graduate from Amherst College, where he majored in History, David enjoys living in NYC, playing pickup basketball, traveling during school vacations, and attempting to write comedy.

Michael Asher, Testing Specialist, graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, where he studied psychology,English, and computer science, and was an Angier B. Duke Scholar. Michael then joined Teach for America and earned a Masters degree in Special Education from Hunter College while teaching in the Bronx. Michael currently teaches all levels of high school math, as well as computer science and AP psychology. His teaching schedule and masters degree have given him experience working with students of many different abilities and learning styles.Michael loves math and has a passion for making the subject both engaging and approachable.He tutors Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, and all sections of the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and ISEE. When not teaching or tutoring Michael loves reading, ultimate frisbee, Duke football, and the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Caitlin Cassidy, Testing Specialist, specializes in test prep including the SAT, ACT, AP’s, SAT II’s, and ISEE/SSAT. Caitlin is an experienced tutor who has worked with hundreds of students over the past seven years in New York, Massachusetts and Washington D.C., teaching classes and tutoring privately. A graduate of Georgetown University, she holds an M.F.A. from the University of Essex, London. Caitlin has been trained and employed by such leading test prep companies including D.C. Capital Educators, Ivy Insiders and Revolution Prep. Caitlin has guest-lectured on Shakespeare in various private schools across Massachusetts, taught courses in English language and theater under the Tunisian Ministry of Education in Tunis, has extensive experience in ESL education, and frequently gives master classes in theater and music.

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

Clarissa Lyons, Testing Specialist, has over eight years private tutoring and classroom teaching experience with a focus on math and standardized test preparation. A specialist in test prep including the SAT, ACT, and SAT II’s, Clarissa holds a BA with Honors from University of California Berkeley. She also holds Masters of Music degrees from Bard College and the Manhattan School of Music and has performed extensively as an opera singer in the US and abroad. When Clarissa is not working with students or singing opera, she is spending time with her husband and dog named Lennie.

Kyle McCarthy, Testing Specialist, has been tutoring and teaching for eight years. She taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, and has worked with countless students to help them excel at the SAT, ACT, SSAT/ISEE, as well as in academic English, history, math and political philosophy. A magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard University, Kyle received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2010. In addition, she was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Kyle’s diverse teaching experience includes leading classes in English in Thailand, as well as outdoor leadership skills at Harvard.

David Rosenberg, Testing Specialist, has been tutoring students of all ages in the New York City metropolitan area since 2013. David tutors the SAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT, SHSAT, and CCLS tests, as well as the SATII Subject Tests in Literature, US History, and Math I. He also guides students through the college admissions process and teaches college essay writing. He’s led Classroom programs for Harlem RBI and Futures & Options, where he tutored the SAT, and at TECCS charter school for the Common Core elementary exams. He also has experience working with students with learning disabilities, and numerous testing accommodations, including Extra Time, Computer Assistance, and Scribes. A native of Miami, Florida, David graduated from New York University with a double major in Political Science and Drama and is currently attending the Juilliard School’s Master’s program in Acting.

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

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