Effective 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.
Evie Alexander, Tutor, teaches a range of sciences (8th grade, ESL Science, Environmental Science, and Advanced Biology) at the Professional Children’s School. Previously, she taught at the Kildonan School for students with dyslexia for two years. There, she not only taught classes, but she also tutored students using Orton Gillingham. Evie graduated from Cornell University and has worked in various research laboratories around the US, focusing specifically in microbiology. Currently, she lives in NYC, teaches during the day, and tutors students in specifically in biology. In her free time, she runs an Instagram account documenting protozoa and microscopic life in water samples around the world.
Diana Arboleda, Tutor, teaches Spanish in Upper School at Avenues the World School in Chelsea. She has tutored a variety of students of all levels in one-on-one lessons and evaluated students through oral proficiency interviews. Diana has extensive teaching experience at the university and high school level throughout and even served as a lead curriculum designer in different schools and colleges. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in History and Humanities: Europe, America, Arts and Language from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, Spain, holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the same institution, and a Bachelor of Arts and diplomate in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Diana has presented at a variety of conferences and has been published in several journals on foreign language acquisition and educational programs throughout Colombia.
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.
Allie Blank, Tutor, is a fourth grade integrated co-teacher at Battery Park City School. She has previous experience teaching and tutoring in grades K-4. When Allie taught Kindergarten and second grade, she taught reading to students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class setting. Allie believes in providing each child with the tools he or she needs in order to achieve success. Allie graduated from Cornell University, where she studied Human Development and Education. She earned her Master’s degree in elementary and special education from Teachers College. In her free time, Allie enjoys running and reading.
Yaffa Borukhova, Tutor, has been an early childhood educator for over 7 years. She tutors reading, writing, and math. She has taught in various schools that practice different philosophies, with her most recent position as a Kindergarten teacher at the Bank Street School for Children. While being sensitive to the needs of the child she is comfortable employing practices that are in tune with the methodology used in the child’s school. Currently she is completing her final coursework at Bank Street College of Education in Early Childhood and Special Education. She is fluent in Russian, and is proficient in Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Aside from her teaching profession, she is a trained opera singer, had taught voice to children, and performed internationally.
Thaddeus Bower, Tutor, has taught a number of high school courses ranging from Journalism and Life Skills electives, to Honors and AP English. Additionally, he has served as English Department Chair and College Advisor. Thaddeus has helped his students achieve great success on the ELA Common Core Regents. He holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.F.A. from Columbia University and a M.S.T. from Fordham University. Thaddeus enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters, cooking and playing golf.
Amanda Briggs, Tutor, has taught literature and creative writing for ten years and has worked for co-educational and single-gender private schools in New York City. Adept at supporting students from various age groups, Amanda is an experienced Middle and Upper school English teacher. At The Hewitt School, she attended numerous workshops at the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, and over thirty of her students garnered recognition from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for analytical and creative work. A double major in English and history with a B.A. from Duke University where she graduated magna cum laude, Amanda received her M.F.A. in fiction from The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Amanda enjoys helping students strengthen their reading and writing skills while encouraging their confidence. She is also a published fiction writer and visual artist.
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.
Judy Cha, Tutor, is currently in her fourth year of teaching third grade in a integrated special-general education classroom at the Battery Park City School. She has previously taught 4th and 5th grade at The Ethical Community Charter School in Jersey City, and has tutoring experience with middle school curricula. Judy received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Middlebury College, and a master’s degree in Intellectual Disabilities and Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Literacy Education at NYU to become a reading specialist. In her free time, Judy enjoys hiking, spending time with her family, and hanging out with her two dogs, Lola and Curly Sue.
Heather Costanza, Tutor, has been an early childhood educator for over 11 years in New York City. For the past 5 years, she has taught pre-kindergarten, first, and second grade at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary School in Williamsburg. In addition to being a classroom teacher, she also tutors small groups of at risk students after school to increase their literacy skills. Heather has an Masters in Early Childhood Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College, and has NYS certification in Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities for Elementary and Early Childhood. Heather has received training in the Orton-Gillingham method, and has attended professional development institutes hosted by The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. The importance attributed to the role of the environment, inquiry based investigations, and the emphasis on children’s many symbolic languages has helped guide her as a teacher.
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.
Lily Diamond, Tutor, is currently a fifth grade teacher at The School at Columbia. She also worked as a sixth grade teacher for Aspire Public Schools, a charter organization based in California. In addition, Lily has taught at The School’s summer program as a reading and math teacher for grades 6-8. Lily earned her Masters in Education from Stanford University and her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Art History. She was also the 2016 recipient of the NCTE Donald H. Graves Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Writing.
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.
Greg Forse, Tutor, currently teaches Science and Social Studies to middle school students at Storefront Academy Harlem. His decision to pursue a career in education resulted from teaching English as a Second Language for one year in Quito, Ecuador, after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in History with Distinction. Greg subsequently received his graduate degree from Fordham University in Teaching Adolescence Social Studies and taught Global History and Literature to high school students at New Heights Academy Charter School for three years. As an educator, his goal is for students to think independently, develop individualized voices, and for them to form their own interconnected narrative of society and the larger world.
Andrea Friedman, Tutor, currently teaches third grade in an Integrated Co-Teacher classroom at P.S 276, where she has also taught Kindergarten. During the summer, she works as a reading teacher for the DREAM summer program. Andrea complete her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Vermont, and completed her M. A. in Intellectual Disability/ Autism from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her free time, Andrea enjoys taking dance classes, making art , traveling, and being outside.
Jennifer Gentle, Tutor, currently teaches high school and has taught all levels of Spanish at Friends Seminary for the past ten years. She previously taught Spanish in Louisville, Kentucky for two years. A gifted and kind teacher, Jennifer received her Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College and has spent a great deal of time studying abroad in Spain.
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.
Kathleen Ginsberg, Tutor, began her teaching career at P.S. 87 where she was a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher. She later managed an education program for the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers before joining The School at Columbia University as a founding faculty member, where she has taught 3rd and 5th grade for the past fourteen years. Prior to her work in education, Kathleen worked as a curatorial assistant at the Metropolitan Museum and later as a graphic designer, specializing in logo design and product development. In addition to being a teacher and tutor, Kathleen is also an accomplished ceramics artist. Kathleen holds a B.A. in Art History from Syracuse University, a M.S. in Communication Design from Pratt Institute, and a M.S. Ed in Museum Education from Bank Street College.
Inez Gonzalez, Tutor, is a native New Yorker who is entering her sixth year teaching. In the fall, Inez will be an early childhood teacher at Metropolitan Montessori School. Inez previously taught Kindergarten through second grade at The School at Columbia, Avenues: The World School, and P.S. 77 in both English and Spanish immersion classroom settings. Inez has an M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature and Latin American and Latino Studies from Fordham University. In her free time, Inez enjoys solving crossword puzzles and going on long walks in the park with her dog, Prim.
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!
Michael Giovacchini, Tutor, currently teaches Earth Science, Writing, Social Studies and Reading at Emma Lazarus High School. He has tutored both high school and middle school students in the humanities, math and science, among other subjects, and has also provided executive function support. A graduate of Dartmouth College with an MA in Teaching Earth Science, Michael was a former professor basketball player. His diverse teaching experience includes working as both an English Language fellow and as a Master Teacher Fellow at Math for America.
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.
Greg Gorraiz, Tutor, has been teaching and tutoring for five years with ages ranging from Kindergarten to 12th grade. He has experience teaching and tutoring in multiple areas, including chemistry, biology, math, reading, and writing. Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2012, and received a master’s degree in education from Relay GSE in 2014. He has assisted students in subjects ranging from basic number sense to organic chemistry, and has assisted students with IB, AP, and Common Core exams. Greg is an avid reader and loves learning new skills. He is currently attempting to learn to draw.
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.
Alix Grossman, Tutor, currently teaches Kindergarten at Collegiate School. In addition, she works at a day camp in Roslyn, NY during the summer with three year old girls and boys. Alix earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education currently at Hunter College. In my free time, Alix loves to play with her dog and knit.
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.
Christine Hazday, Tutor, currently teaches fourth grade Gifted and Talented in a public school located on the Upper East Side. Previously, Christine taught both second and fifth grades. She received a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and completed an Advanced Certificate in Gifted Education. In addition to tutoring academic content, Christine enjoys helping students become more organized, develop the skills to work with greater independence, and become a life-long learner.
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.
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 doctoral candidate in the Health and Behavior Studies Department at Teachers College studying students with intellectual disabilities and autism. Prior to going back to school full time, Jocelyn worked as a third and first grade Integrated Co-Teacher at P.S. 276 for 2.5 years. Before 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. Jocelyn was also the head teacher in an integrated preschool classroom in East Harlem for one year as well as the disabilities program coordinator 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 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.”
Yabome Kabia, Tutor, is in her 14th year of teaching middle school mathematics at the Berkeley Carroll School, where she is also the Assistant Director of the Middle School. She began her teaching career as a New York City teaching fellow at an arts school in the Bronx, where she was the founding high school math teacher. From there, Yabome moved to San Francisco and joined KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy as the eighth grade chairperson and founding Algebra I teacher. She holds a B.A. in economics and sociology from Boston College and an M.S. in mathematics education from City College. Yabome is passionate about project-based learning and inquiry-based mathematics exploration.
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.
Christine Kecskemeti, Tutor, has been teaching in New York City for over 12 years. She has taught all elementary subjects (reading, writing, math, social studies and science) to grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 in New York City public schools. Currently, Christine teaches ESL at Ecole Internationale de New York to grades K to 7. She has a B.A. in Art History and Modern Languages from McMaster University, a B.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s degree in TESOL from Hunter College. In her free time, Christine enjoys learning new skills such as knitting, computer coding, and American Sign Language, and she loves spending time with her son.
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.
Marci Kivo, Tutor, teaches seventh grade Special Education at a New York City public middle school in Queens. Her content areas of specialization include English Language Arts and Social Studies. She has worked in New York City public schools for the past five years, having prior experience in a private Special Education school. Marci received her B.S. in Social Studies Education from The Pennsylvania State University. In addition, received her M.A. from New York University in Social Studies Education. While at NYU, she had the opportunity to take various Special Education courses, leading her to Hofstra University, where she completed coursework for New York State certification in Students With Disabilities 7-12. In her free time, Marci enjoys reading, attending live music events, traveling and spending time with her four-year old maltipoo, Remi.
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.
Niki Leffler, Tutor, is a head teacher at DREAM Charter School where she teaches fifth grade. Prior to teaching at DREAM, she taught students with disabilities at Stephen Gaynor School and fourth grade students in an ICT classroom at PS 6. Niki graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in special education and general education from Touro College. Niki spends her free time taking her goldendoodle puppy to the dog park, running around Central Park and trying new restaurants in NYC.
Ari Livne, Tutor, has worked with countless students who attend private and public schools, and created curricula for students who are homeschooled. A cum laude graduate of Yale College, Ari has tutored students in high school and middle school in all science and math topics. In addition, he taught a range of scientific subjects for the Yale Science and Quantitative Reasoning Center, including Differential Equations, Physics, Biology, Biochemistry, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
Chelsea Martin, Tutor,teaches first grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. She has been teaching first grade for five years, including when she was an associate teacher at Williamsburg Northside. Chelsea studied Elementary Education at Pennsylvania State University, and received her Master’s Degree in Childhood Special Education from Queens College. She also has experience as a private tutor, working with students in need of reading support. In her free time, Chelsea is learning Hebrew and loves to travel, hike, practice yoga, and cook.
Aylin Mehter, Tutor, teaches high school English at Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts where she enjoys working with passionate, fun and creative students. This is her third year teaching, and she has experience with both middle school and high school students. She has privately tutored students in English as well as SAT Preparation. A graduate of Stony Brook University and Queens College, Aylin holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A.T. in English Education, respectively. Aylin is a former NCAA tennis player who enjoys playing and teaching tennis in her spare time. She is fluent in Turkish and loves to travel.
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.
Tegan Morton, Tutor, is the Chair of the Science Department at The Hewitt School, where she currently teaches Chemistry and AP Biology. Tegan has taught and tutored both AP Chemistry and AP Biology courses, among other sciences. She attended Randolph-Macon College where she graduated with honors in Biology and Tufts University, where she received a Masters in Science. Tegan’s vast experience in science also includes working as a teaching fellow at Harvard University, a teaching assistant at Tufts University, and teaching a weekly Science Club for Girls in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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.
Kim Nawrocki, Tutor, has been teaching English in New York City for 15 years and is currently teaching honors sophomores and senior AP Literature and Composition at a specialized high school. She has taught and tutored students of all ages, but has worked mostly with middle and high school students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a double concentration in Composition and American literature, a master’s in secondary English Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and is a National Board Certified teacher. Kim loves incorporating the arts into teaching all aspects of English Language Arts.
Mackenzie Nikolova, Tutor, currently teaches AP Language and Composition and Honors British Literature at Fiorello H. LaGuardia School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts. She completed her bachelor of arts in English literature at John Carroll University in Cleveland and graduated summa cum laude with a masters in Secondary English Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where her graduate thesis centered on critical literacy in the high school classroom. Her literature expertise is in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, and she is especially skilled in the English Regents exam and AP Language and Composition exam. In addition to this, Mackenzie has also previously tutored students in grades 3-8.
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.
Marketa Ort, Tutor, currently teaches second and third grade special education at P.S.130X. Born and raised in New York City, Marketa attended Grace Church School as well as Marymount School. She graduated from Bates College with a BA in Psychology and Theater and a minor in French. Marketa received her MA in Inclusive Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In addition, she is well versed in The Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project. In her free time, Marketa loves reading, skiing, and her pet bunny, Mos Def.
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.
Chelsea Petrozzo, Tutor, teaches Kindergarten at Brooklyn Arbor School. Prior to teaching Kindergarten, she worked at the Westside Montessori School teaching mixed age children from 2.5-6 in a preschool setting. Chelsea earned her MA from Bank Street College of Education, a Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society, and her B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. She herself attended Poly Prep from 5-12th grade and enjoys exploring different parts of New York and foster children’s independence through learning.
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!
Jennifer Preissel, Tutor, teaches secondary mathematics to juniors and seniors at Millennium Brooklyn High School, one of the New York Post’s “eight hidden gems in the NYC school system.” In this role, she designs and implements rigorous inquiry-based curricula aligned to Common Core standards for differentiated learners in inclusive educational environment. She is trained in the instructional practices of ASD Nest Model, a framework for inclusive education for higher functioning children with Autism Spectrum Disorder through ASD Nest Support Project, NYU Steinhardt, Hunter College and the NYC Department of Education. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Studies and English from Columbia University and a Master’s in Secondary Mathematics Education from St. John’s University. She loves travel, cooking and biking throughout all five boroughs of the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remi Rosenfeldt, Tutor, currently teaches third grade at The Ramaz School. Previously, she spent two years teaching at Stephen Gaynor, a school that specializes in children with language-based learning differences. She received a dual-masters degree from Bank Street College of Education in General and Special Education and a B.A. in English from The George Washington University. Remi loves spending her free time at SoulCycle, on road trips, and with friends and family.
Katrina Ruiz, Tutor, is an Intervention Specialist at DREAM Charter School in East Harlem. She currently teaches K-6 students using a variety of specialized programs to assist in student mastery of literacy skills. Katrina has 12 years of experience working with students in both small and large group settings including a dual language classroom teaching English and Spanish as a Teach For America Corps Member in Miami, Florida. She is also a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, and provides targeted instruction for students (2nd grade and above) with language based learning disabilities such as dyslexia or generalized reading difficulties. Katrina earned her B.A. from University of Florida and her Masters in Education with a professional certificate in Special Education from Teacher U at Hunter College. Even though Katrina has focused on literacy as an interventionist for the last four years, she also has extensive experience with cognitively guided mathematics instruction and enjoys tutoring students in both reading and math.
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.
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.
Melanie Smith, Tutor, teaches middle and upper school mathematics at Friends Seminary. Before joining the Friends community she spent 10 years teaching high school math in NYC public schools. During her tenure as a public school teacher, Melanie served as her school’s mathematics department chair and STEM instructional coach. She was twice named a Math for America Master Teacher and was part of the first cohort of NYCDOE Model Teachers. Melanie holds a B.S. in applied mathematics from Columbia University, an M.A. in mathematics education from Teachers College, and has completed coursework in computer science as a non-degree candidate at Hunter College.
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.
Jennifer Squire, Tutor, has been a kindergarten ICT teacher for two years. She has her B.A. in Psychology from Lafayette College and her M.A. in teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. While in graduate school, Jennifer worked as a teaching assistant in Westchester, NY. Jennifer is well versed in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is passionate about teaching students to read. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her friends and family.
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.
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.
Matthew Udkovich, Tutor, is an Upper School French Teacher at Grace Church School. Prior to working at GCS, Matt taught all levels of French at The Chapin School, where he also organized the French exchange program. He graduated cum laudeand Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University, with majors in French and Music, before completing an MA in French Cultural Studies at Columbia University Reid Hall, in Paris. He also holds an MA and MPhil in French & Romance Philology from Columbia University. While teaching French at Columbia, Matt was awarded the Jeanne Varney Pleasant Award for excellence in French Pedagogy. He has lived in France for 3 years, one of which he spent studying at the Ecole Normale Superieure. After his graduate studies, he taught at Yeshiva University where he helped develop the major and minor programs of study in the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures. An avid linguaphile, Matt also speaks Spanish and is learning Arabic. In his free time he enjoys playing the piano and hiking his way through the Grandes Randonnées, having recently completed the tour de Mont Blanc in the Alps and a hike around Toubkal in the High Atlas.
Penina Weiss, Tutor, is currently a Second Grade Learning Specialist at the Rodeph Sholom School where she teaches small groups of second grade students who struggle with math and/or are below grade level in reading. She is also a Morning Math teacher where she provides opportunities for second, third, and fourth grade students to develop a lifelong passion for the power of mathematics. Outside of the classroom, she has worked with individuals privately and at the Dean Hope Center for Educational/Psychological Services. After graduating from Stern College with a B.A. in Elementary Education, she earned her M.A. as a Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University. Besides for working on reading and math skills, Penina loves helping students feel confident and successful in their studies.
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.
Brad Wetherell, Tutor, teaches upper school English at Friends Academy. In addition to teaching grades 9 through 12, he created the Friends Academy Writing Center, where he tutors students one-on-one for their History and English essays. He has instructed academic writing as a Lecturer in the University of Michigan’s English Department Writing Program and creative writing at both Saint Albans School in Washington, DC and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. An English major with a BA from the University of Connecticut, where he graduated magna cum laude, he went on to work in editorial book publishing before earning an MFA from the University of Michigan. In addition to being a teacher, Brad’s own short stories and essays have been widely published. Personal essays are a favorite genre of his, and he particularly enjoys helping students think through college admission essays.
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.
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.
Regis Zaleman, Tutor, is an Educational Technologist at the Dalton School where he has been supporting student learning in the classroom as well as teaching individual labs for the last ten years. Prior to working at the Dalton School, Regis taught technology to Middle School children for three years at the Churchill School & Center for students with language-based learning disabilities. Regis’s method is based on positive reinforcement, with a strong focus on each child’s abilities and personality. Regis moved to the US from France in his late twenties and has a Master of Fine Arts from the Université Paris I – La Sorbonne, Paris, France.
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.
Geoff Kanick, Testing Specialist, is an experienced tutor who has worked with students in New York City and Boston since 2013. He has supported many students with ISEE/SSAT and ACT/SAT preparation, and also tutors in English, history, and math through the high school level. A native of Seattle, Geoff holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Gonzaga University and a Master’s degree from the University of Essex, London. Geoff has worked extensively with students over the last nine years, serving as a program director at Queens College summer program and interim teacher at Gonzaga University, as well as frequently leading master classes in Shakespeare and physical theatre across the Northeast. In his spare time, Geoff enjoys cooking, painting, museum visiting, and rooting for Seattle sports teams.
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.
Hayward Leach, Testing Specialist, excels as a tutor for students in middle school, high school, college, and beyond. He specializes in SAT, SSAT, SAT II, ACT, and AP test prep, as well as English tutoring. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Hayward graduated from Stuyvesant High School and earned a B.A. with Honors in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Hayward is currently pursuing his MFA at The Juilliard School, Drama Division and has taught aspiring young actors and singers across the country. Hayward enjoys working with students to develop their talents, independence, and confidence.
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.