Wilson, Orton-Gillingham, Reading, Writing, ELA Specialists and Tutors

Our experienced team of approximately 20 reading/literacy specialists work with all ages (preschoolers through adolescence), travel to your home in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk), or  New Jersey (Clark, Cranford, Westfield, Rahway, Union). Brooklyn Letters offers professional reading and writing support from passionate, warm, and experienced educators. Our staff has academic training and professional experience working in schools teaching students with literacy difficulties; tutors typically don’t have these qualifications. We understand what causes underlying literacy learning issues, and we  provide decoding and encoding services, Orton-Gillingham support, and facilitate reading fluency and reading comprehension.We also offer one-on-one professional English Language Arts (ELA) support for all grades in the comfort of your Brooklyn home.Our staff provides standardized reading tests to measure progress. Please read below to learn more about our team. We are more than happy to recommend affordable and fun computer games, if needed, to be used at your leisure at home, to help reinforce your child’s literacy goals.

To help you better understand the process involved in literacy tutoring, we recommend that you read the following articles:

From Catch Them Before They Fall: Identification and Assessment to Prevent Reading Failure in Young Children, by Joseph K. Torgesen

Ten Myths of Reading Instruction, by Sebastian Wren

RATES The hourly rate includes travel time. For new clients, as of January 1st, 2018, rates for Manhattan range from $140 to $160 per hour, and for Brooklyn/Queens/Long Island rates range from $115-$140 per hour. Samantha, a literacy coach, charges a reduced rate as low as $100 per hour.

CONTACT
Feel free to call 347-394-3485 and leave a message- just let us know what type of literacy support your child needs, your availability, and your cross streets. A Brooklyn Letters reading specialist will call you back or email the Brooklyn Letters reading specialist directly (their emails are listed under their respective bios.) Otherwise, contact Craig, who will match your child with the right reading specialist-craig@brooklynletters.com.

SHELLEY P., M.S. NY STATE DUAL CERTIFIED

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST

Shelley is a New York dual licensed Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6)/Special Education teacher (K-12), earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Science from Adelphi University. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P). Shelley found her love for teaching by becoming involved in Special Education since an early age, working as a camp counselor in Special Ed camps, and subsequently has taught special needs children and children with reading difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, in various school settings around the country, including self-contained classrooms for elementary grades, resource room for grades K-5, and reading instruction grades 6 through 12. She has also tutored reading at children’s homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Shelley achieved Certified Wilson Instructor status (very few have obtained this status in NYC), including being trained in the Wilson Fundations Program; a phonics-based program for young children (K-3), and supported teachers using this program. Additionally Shelley trained other teachers in the Wilson Reading Program at a K-12 Special Education school, the Child School, located on Roosevelt Island.

The Wilson Reading System directly and systematically teaches students to achieve success in reading. Unlike traditional phonics programs, Wilson Reading instruction is very interactive and multi-sensory, thus teaching total word construction and not just phonics. Students learn to encode (spell) and they learn to decode (take words apart) as part of their reading process. Evidence shows that when a direct systematic, code-based instruction is skillfully implemented by a Wilson Reading knowledgeable teacher, it is the most effective approach for problem readers. This system is based on the multi-sensory language techniques and principals first described by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham (Orton Gillingham philosophy)

Shelley excels at changing the lives of children that have difficulty in reading by allowing them to see how being a better reader can affect many areas of their lives especially in education. Shelley utilizes her skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to maximize the achievements of students in their educational and emotional needs. Shelley really knows how to make learning to read fun and exciting while showing her students all the possibilities available to them when they learn to appreciate the world of reading.

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LOCATION: ManhattanBrooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (she resides in Forest Hills).
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school
CONTACT: shelley@brooklynletters.com

JESSICA S. – MS ELEMENTARY EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

CERTIFIED ORTON GILLINGHAM PRACTIONER; ACADEMIC TUTOR

Jessica is a certified Elementary (K-6) and Special Education (K-8) teacher with over 10 years experience. Jessica taught 3rd-5th grade general education for 8 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten-2nd grade reading and math in a resource center.

Jessica is a certified Orton Gillingham Instructor. Using Orton, Jessica provides her students with individualized, multi-sensory lessons targeted to improve students’ decoding (reading), encoding (spelling), fluency and reading comprehension. Jessica has experience teaching children all aspects of literacy, from letter identification, phonics, spelling, reading fluency and comprehension.

Jessica has vast experience working with students who are struggling to learn to read. This includes students with learning disabilities and dyslexia, attention difficulties and processing delays. She also works with many general education students who need extra support in their classrooms.

LOCATION: Manhattan, mostly Upper East Side
TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, organizational and study strategies, academic help.
EXPERTISE: Phonics, students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning, and processing issues
CONTACT:jessicas@brooklynletters.com

MAGGI P. M.S. TESOL, NYS CERTIFIED

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION (K-6), STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (BIRTH- 2ND), ESL (K-12), SPANISH (7-12)

Maggi is a multi-certified teacher with over 20 years experience teaching students in New York City. Maggi teaches in general education classes as well as integrated co-teaching classes as the special education provider. Maggi also has over ten years experience as an English as a second language provider. In this role, she has successfully worked with a variety of learners with both language acquisition needs as well as reading deficiencies. Maggi trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading as well as Fundations, Leveled Literacy Instruction, and SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Word). She has worked extensively on developing her students’ reading comprehension while working on fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, and sight words recognition. She believes all aspects of reading needs are addressed during literacy instruction. In addition to instruction, Maggi is experienced using both formative and summative assessments to determine next steps for her students. These assessments include TC running records, timed fluency passages, and comprehension checks. Using this comprehensive approach not only helps her keep track of her students’ goals, but it also increases their interest in learning literacy.

In addition to her experience in teaching literacy, Maggi is trained in Go Math (K-5), everyday math (K-3) and Exemplars (K-3).

Maggi is also a professional storyteller, writer, and actor with an improvisational children’s theater. She brings this passion and enthusiasm to her work with students. Maggi provides a safe learning environment where both student and teacher are encouraged to take risks.

LOCATION: Manhattan
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, Fundations, SIPPS, Administer individual assessments in reading and writing, develop student specific learning plans, homework and organization, phonics/phonemic awareness/reading comprehension, ELA test prep, math support (K-4th grade)
EXPERTISE: working with a variety of learners, reading intervention, fluency, extra support in all content areas including organization
AGES: 5-12

CONTACT:Maggi@brooklynletters.com

RACHEL H.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST & READING SPECIALIST

Rachel is a nationally certified School Psychologist and certified in the Wilson Reading System. Rachel is passionate about working with children to promote their academic, social, and emotional growth. Her education includes a B.S. in Marketing from the Rutgers School of Business and Masters in Education with an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College.

As a School Psychologist, she has worked with a diverse population of general and special education students at the elementary and middle school levels, conducting psycho-educational assessments and providing counseling services. She also fosters collaborative relationships in which children, parents, school staff, and outside agencies can work together to maximize students’ potential, and create the most positive school environment that is possible for them.

As a Brooklyn Letters reading tutor, Rachel uses the Wilson program to improve children’s decoding, fluency, comprehension, and spelling skills. She is intent on creating a nurturing and supportive learning environment for her students so the feel most comfortable to persist and challenge themselves. She highlights students’ strengths by tailoring lessons to meet each student’s unique learning style.
LOCATION: Manhattan: Upper East and West sides & lower Manhattan Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Dumbo, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens areas; She resides in Williamsburg
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading intervention and instruction
EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency
AGES: Age 4 through 8th grade

CONTACT: rachel@brooklynletters.com

MELISSA A.-NYS CERTIFIED

KINDERGARTEN- HIGH SCHOOL

Melissa Archer is a certified English teacher who works for the Department of Education. She currently teaches English Language Arts (ELA) at a middle school in Park Slope, Brooklyn. She received a bachelors degree in English from Binghamton University and later received a master’s of science degree in Health Services Management and Policy from The New School University. She has been teaching grades 6-9 for the past 19 years. Her pedagogy includes general education, Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT)/Collaborative Team-Teaching (CTT) , English Language Learners (ELL), advanced placement (AP), and adults high school diploma classes. For the past six years, Ms. Archer has prepared students for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT), as well as guide students through the New York City high school application process. She also prepares students for the New York State English Language Arts exam. Through years of academic experience with hundreds of children and adults, Ms. Archer understands students have unique ways of learning, and it’s her responsibility to teach her students a literacy foundation to help them excel in learning.

LOCATION: Brooklyn (she resides in Midwood)
TYPES OF SERVICES: NYS ELA exam preparation, Specialized High School Assessment Test (SHSAT) prep, ALL writing, reading comprehension
AGES: Kindergarten – High School

CONTACT:MelissaA@brooklynletters.com

DR. SHERI L., ED.D, M.A.

NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K TO 6TH GRADE, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, ACADEMIC TUTOR, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND STUDY SKILLS COACH

Dr. Sheri Lederman is a New York Licensed Teacher and University Professor. She received her Doctorate of Education in human development and educational psychology from Hofstra University. She has an M.A. in elementary education from C.W. Post and a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University. Dr. Sheri is a master educator with over two decades of teaching and tutoring experience working with students with academic, behavioral, and social/emotional challenges. She has extensive experience working with students who have learning difficulties (reading comprehension, dyslexia, writing and math), executive function weaknesses associated with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, and weak social skills. Currently Dr. Sheri is a 4th-grade classroom teacher in a public school on Long Island. She is also a professor at Hofstra University where she teaches graduate level courses in child development and multicultural perspectives on learning.  Dr. Sheri researches and publishes academic articles that focus on the development and application of executive function and the association with academic achievement throughout childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. She specializes in providing assessment and interventions that address the individual strengths and challenges of each student. Dr. Sheri believes that with effective strategies, skills, and developmentally appropriate support, every learner can experience academic and social/emotional success.

LOCATION: Long Island and Queens (Nassau County, Northeast Queens and Western Suffolk County)
TYPE OF SERVICES: reading comprehension, math support (conceptual understanding and problem solving) writing (structure, mechanics, grammar, and elaboration), organization and study skills, executive function skills support in working memory strategies, goal-setting and planning, organization and time management, as well as social skill development for students with ASD, ADHD, and anxiety.

EXPERTISE: Executive function and study skills

AGES: Kindergarten through high school, college students and adults

LETICIA S.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE,

Leticia is a certified Pre-K-6 instructor with over a decade of teaching experience in the New York City school system. She holds a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, a Bilingual Certification from Bank Street College, and studied Spanish and English Literature at the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR, she provided mentorship to students in the Early Academic Outreach program. She is also a founding member of The Coalition of Latino Scholars at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In 2005 she was a scholar at Solexico Language School in Yucatan, Mexico. In 2009 she began taking courses at Teacher’s College, Columbia University in Speech Pathology, and there grew her passion for language development and language based learning challenges some of these children face when acquiring literacy.

Leticia currently works as an elementary school teacher in a Brooklyn public school, and she holds certifications in the phonics programs Fundations (K-2) and Wilson Level 1 (Grades 3-6) and Level 2 (7-12). Additionally she is trained in Great Leaps Program. Her teaching specializations include literacy intervention for children with learning disabilities, phonics intervention, dual-immersion pedagogy, multi-disciplinary student-based projects and bilingualism in the multicultural classroom. She also has facilitated workshops for families interested in acquiring fundamental literacy practices for their children.

LOCATION:Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, Prospect Lefferts-Garden
TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, writing, and study habits.
EXPERTISE: Phonemic Awareness, fluency, prosody, reading comprehension, reading & writing stamina
CONTACT: leticia@brooklynletters.com

RITA C., MS ED.

NY STATE CERTIFIED LITERACY

Rita is a certified literacy specialist with a M.A. from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in Literature from Bard College. She has practiced assessment and tutoring in private and clinical settings. Rita has had classroom experience at Hunter Elementary School as well as in public elementary schools in Queens and Harlem. She has completed Part I of Literacy through Multisensory Teaching (LMUST), an Orton-Gillingham curriculum developed by Judith Birsh. Growing up with a dyslexic sister in a time when learning disabilities were less understood, she has personally witnessed the challenges that struggling readers and writers face. She has also had extensive music and computer experience and has worked in online news and in web design and development. Rita combines her experience in the arts, computers, and education to teach literacy skills such as decoding and comprehension strategies. She has also had success helping students prepare for the New York State ELA exams. Her students have fun following a series of short, engaging exercises while they learn the skills they need. Rita strives to help her students gain confidence by teaching them to direct their particular strengths toward the goal of becoming more independent learners and successful readers and writers.

Read testimonials here.

LOCATION: BrooklynManhattan.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Formal and informal reading assessments (phonological awareness, sound symbol association, decoding strategies, fluency, and reading comprehension, spelling); development of intervention programs to address needs.
EXPERTISE: Developing individualized and prescriptive remediation for struggling readers
AGES: Pre-school through middle school
CONTACT: rita@brooklynletters.com

MIKE W., M.A.

NY STATE EARLY CHILDHOOD & CHILDHOOD (BIRTH-GRADE 6), NY STATE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (BIRTH-GRADE 6)

Mike graduated from St. Joseph’s University on Long Island with a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood K- 6th grade. He also has a Masters Degree in Literacy K-6th grade from Long Island University. While working to attain his Literacy degree, he developed working knowledge of Fundations, as well as Fountas & Pinell. Before graduating from St. Josephs, Mike was an English major at Manhattanville University while studying to become a lawyer. However, he eventually realized his true passion was working with children and turned his attention to teaching. Both of Mike’s parents were special education teachers. His mother taught middle and high school special education as a reading teacher, which helped expose him to years of teaching methods long before he had his own classroom. Now, Mike has over 10 years working in both general education and special education classrooms. For the past 4+ years, he has worked as a special education teacher in an I.C.T. (Integrated Co-Teaching) classroom, as well as a general education teacher at P.S. 170 in Brooklyn. One of his core beliefs is to create student engagement, which helps facilitate learning. He uses numerous multisensory and interactive techniques to enhance students writing, decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension skills. Mike also has extensive knowledge of the NYS Common Core learning standards, which he seamlessly incorporates into each lesson. He also has over five years of sports coaching experience. He brings a passion and willingness to work with students of all learning abilities and styles.

LOCATION: Brooklyn
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in reading, decoding/encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing.
EXPERTISE: Working with students with and without learning disabilities in need of specialized one-on-one literacy support,
AGES: Elementary and Middle School
CONTACT: mikew@brooklynletters.com

ALYSSA B.

MS, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 6) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Alyssa is a New York State dual licensed Elementary Education (Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6)/Special Education teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education with a Concentration in English from Dowling College on Long Island, New York. She received a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education from Touro College, on Long Island, New York. Alyssa has over ten years of experience in mentoring, tutoring and teaching.

Alyssa currently works for the New York City Department of Education in a District 75 setting. She teaches an 8:1:1 third and fourth-grade class for students with autism. Her passion for teaching and working with children began at an early age when she worked as a summer school paraprofessional for students with disabilities when she was in high school. Since then, Alyssa has had experience in working with children with various learning disabilities, including literacy learning challenges, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD), Down Syndrome, and autism. Alyssa is dedicated to her students and their families by explicitly teaching them the tools they need to excel in literacy.

Alyssa has vast experience in working with students struggling with reading skills and strategies. Prior to working for The New York City Department of Education, Alyssa worked as an Academic Intervention Services Provider. She use evidence-based intervention such as, Fundations Levels K, 1, and 2, Wilson’s Just Words, and Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention grades K-5. She is experienced teaching students the strategies they need for learning to learn literacy. Alyssa’s individualized, multi-sensory reading interventions target, decoding (reading), spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. She specializes in teaching letter/sound identification, phonemic awareness, spelling, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.

Alyssa is calm, patient, nurturing, and playful. She develops relationships with all of her students and uses their specific interests to plan individualized lesson plans to maintain her students’ attention, engaging and keeping them excited about reading. Her ultimate goal is to create confidence in reading and writing.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Fort Green, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Bed Stuy

Long Island: Nassau County

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading, writing and spelling instruction and intervention, phonemic awareness, decoding, sight word recognition, fluency, reading comprehension, and leveled literacy interventions.

EXPERTISE: Early and emergent readers, phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing.

AGES: Pre-K – 4th Grade

Long Island –Wantagh, Seaford, Bellmore, Levittown, Merrick, Massapequa, Monday through Thursday 4:30 – 6:30

MICHELLE B.

MS ED. CERTIFIED GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-6)

Michelle has been an educator for eight years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Miami and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Special Education with a specialization in learning disabilities and behavior disorders from CUNY Hunter College. Michelle is skilled at teaching students with mental health concerns, learning disabilities, and behavioral challenges. She is currently working as a special education coordinator at a charter school in Brooklyn. As a coordinator, she works to strengthen inclusive practices across grade levels through teacher coaching and professional development. She works collaboratively with classroom teachers to differentiate curriculum and plan accessible instruction for all students

Michelle is trained in Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Fountas and Pinell, Wilson Fundations, Leveled Literacy Intervention and Recipe for Reading. She is experienced in teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, letter identification/sound, decoding spelling, fluency and comprehension with a multisensory approach. She also has extensive experience in using Jan Richardson’s Guided Reading program to support students’ literacy skills. Dr. Richardson’s program, Literacy Footprints, is “a system designed for classroom, intervention, ELL, and special education teachers as well as support staff who are instructing primary children to read and write. Each of the five kits (Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade) contains sequenced, high-quality leveled texts in a variety of genres. Students will encounter traditional tales, realistic fiction, fantasy, and informational text.” She has worked with a diverse group of students ranging from students with varying learning disabilities and emotional challenges to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Michelle is skilled at building relationships with her students and their families.  She is skilled at creating goals based on student needs and monitoring progress.

Location: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Bedford Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Cobble Hill

Types of Services: working with students with disabilities, working with English Language Learners, individualized learning plans, guided reading, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, building decoding and encoding skills, administering literacy assessments, creating individualized goals

Ages: K-6th grade

MELISSA M.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, CHILDHOOD, SPECIAL EDUCATION AND TESOL (TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES)

Melissa is NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science degree in TESOL. She then furthered her studies and attended Touro College to receive her Special Education and Early Childhood certification. She currently works for the Department of Education as a kindergarten and first grade ESL teacher. Melissa has over 10 years experience impacting students with different needs. She works with students on improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Melissa believes in a multisensory learning environment in order to engage all students. Her expertise includes test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests, homework, school curriculum, and preparing English language learners for the NYSESLAT.

Melissa is trained in the Wilson Reading Program and its early childhood component, Fundations. She uses this approach with her students in order to build phonemic awareness, decoding, and fluency skills in struggling readers. She also has training in Columbia University Teacher’s College Workshop Model. Melissa also has experience working successfully with special needs children in improving their academic and social skills using the applied behavior analysis approach (ABA).
Melissa begins the tutoring process by getting to know the student through formal and informal observations and assessments. This allows her to target student’s specific problem areas and adapt instruction. Creating a risk free environment is important when teaching all students. Melissa provides positive reinforcement to all her students. Her goal is to foster and maintain an open, honest, communicative, and supportive environment in which students feel safe, secure, engaged, and appropriately challenged.

LOCATION: QueensLong Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, individualized reading instruction, progress monitoring.
EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners and speech language delays/difficulties, dyslexia, building phonemic awareness, reading comprehension strategies, balanced literacy
AGES: Preschool through middle school
CONTACT: melissa@brooklynletters.com

ALYSSA S.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Alyssa graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of English and graduated from Adelphi with a Duel Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood PK- 5th grade. Alyssa has over eight years experience teaching, influencing and enriching students with different needs. She has a strong understanding of the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. She teaches students to improving their writing and reading (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension and encoding). Alyssa incorporates a multisensory method to help engage and effectively teach her students. Her expertise includes homework, school curriculum, and test preparation for ELA state tests.

Alyssa is trained in Wilson Fundations, an effective reading and writing program. She uses the Wilson curriculum in order to help students build their decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness skills. Alyssa has training in Columbia University Teacher College’s reading and writing model to help students enhance their writing and reading skills. Lastly, she is trained in Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, which helps children targets their reading goals.

Alyssa begins the tutoring process by administering Teacher College and Fountas & Pinell assessments to better target the needs of the student. Alyssa has an innate ability to connect with and reach all of her students. She creates a risk-free leaning environment and encourages student engagement. She strives to promote and provide students with differentiated instruction and to meet the needs of each student’s learning style. She takes advantage of her students’ strengths and her students feel supported and nurtured when working with her.

LOCATION: Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework
EXPERTISE: working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing
AGES: preschool-6th grade
CONTACT: alyssa@brooklynletters.com

JOANNA B.

NEW YORK STATE-CERTIFIED READING SPECIALIST & CERTIFIED IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Joanna is a New York State-certified reading specialist, early childhood and elementary teacher with seven years of experience teaching and tutoring in New York City.

Joanna earned her M.A. in Elementary Education and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education in Manhattan, and her B.A. in History from the University of Colorado. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham-based multi-sensory approach “Preventing Academic Failure” (PAF) and has worked with dozens of struggling readers, dyslexic readers, and readers needing enrichment across New York City. Joanna has worked in many schools throughout New York City, including private schools, public schools, and charter schools, so she understands the challenges students face in different educational environments. She currently works as a Head Teacher at The Co-op School in Brooklyn.

Joanna will administer comprehensive assessments to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses. She will then create personalized sessions to target specific areas of need. Joanna focuses on building independence by teaching students to use a toolbox of skills and strategies that they can refer to as they read and write.

Joanna has a calm, patient nature and a playful sense of humor that help her to connect with students on a personal level. She believes that interest and motivation are critically important in supporting more thoughtful reading.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Prospect Heights, Ft. Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Downtown Manhattan.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, individualized reading instruction and intervention, writing and spelling instruction and intervention
EXPERTISE: Early readers, assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, fluency and writing
AGES: K-5th Grade
CONTACT: joanna@brooklynletters.com

ANASTASIYA K.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 2) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Anastasiya is a New York dual licensed Childhood (birth-grade 2) General and Special Education Teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching, mentoring, and tutoring students. She holds a bachelor of science from Brooklyn College in Speech Language Pathology, with a minor in Children’s Studies, and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education in General and Special Education from Touro College School of Education. Anastasiya is currently obtaining her second masters degree in School and District Leadership from Touro College. She is presently working as a special education teacher in an integrated NEST second grade classroom, at a highly regarded school in Brooklyn.

Anastasiya has dedicated her career to working in private and public schools, agencies, and home based intervention sites throughout all boroughs. She has experience servicing children grades K-5 with a wide range of disabilities including: speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia, anxiety disorders, and comorbidity of these impairments. Anastasiya has also worked with many ESL students who need assistance in understanding their school’s curriculum and producing grade level work. She utilizes her interpersonal skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to set up effective communication, which is utilized as a powerful tool in helping the child become a successful lifelong learner.

Anastasiya was trained and continues to attend professional developments for diverse programs to meet the needs of all of her students. She is trained in Orton Gillingham, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), ReadyGen, Junior Great Books, TC Writing, and GoMath. She integrates a variety of these program, by creating multi-sensory and differentiated instruction for each child. Additionally, Anastasiya recognizes each child’s interests and strengths and constantly strives to make learning enjoyable, exciting, and personal.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts-Garden, Sunset Park, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Queens, and Long Island.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), Initial, Medial, and Final informal reading and writing assessments.

EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners, individualized instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, extra support in all content areas, homework help, building positive study habits.

CONTACT: anastasiya@brooklynletters.com

GRETCHEN M.

MS. NYS CERTIFIED 1ST -6TH GRADE

Gretchen is a certified 1st-6th grade educator with over 7 years of experience. She is certified in both Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities. She has taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and middle school (grades 6-8) within those 7 years. All of these classes were inclusive classrooms with students of varied ability levels. She holds a master of sciences in Literacy from Touro College and is a certified Reading Specialist.

Gretchen currently works at an elementary school in Brooklyn and has taught there for 4 years. She works in a specialized program that helps children with high functioning autism in an inclusive setting gain access to the curriculum and Common Core standards. She is trained in Orton Gillingham, such as Wilson Fundations, Junior Great Books, ReadyGen, Go Math, Fountas and Pinnell, and the International Baccalaureate Program that focuses on student centered learning in all curriculum areas. Within her current school, she conducts literacy interventions for struggling readers and hosts workshops on positive behavior interventions for her colleagues.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, organizational and study strategies, academic help
EXPERTISE: individualized instruction, phonemic awareness, fluency, prosody, reading comprehension, reading and writing stamina, Autism
CONTACT: gretchen@brooklynletters.com

LAUREN A.

MS ED., NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND GIFTED & TALENTED EDUCATION

Lauren is a New York certified childhood (grade 1-6) general education teacher and gifted education teacher (K-12) with an additional certificate in Special Education from the state of Missouri. She has over 8 years of teaching and tutoring experience, including five years in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom. She holds a bachelor of science in Elementary Education and a masters of science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri and a master’s extension from Hunter College. She has taught both Kindergarten and second grades and has worked with elementary students of all ages. Lauren is currently working as the general classroom teacher in a second grade ICT classroom in Park Slope.

Lauren is trained in the Wilson Reading Program, specializing in Fundations (K-3 component) to teach encoding and decoding. Lauren also teaches phonics to build upon learner interests, preferences, and strengths encompassing a multisensory learning environment including fine and gross motor movement, songs, and authentic practice. She has trained with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and has been using the workshop model for reading and writing.

Lauren believes that the best teaching starts with getting to know a child as a learner and an individual. With your child, Lauren will use assessments to determine areas of strength and areas for growth. She will also use interest and learning surveys to personalize sessions to best suit your student’s individual preferences and needs. Lauren focuses on building independence and encouraging risk-taking and ownership of a student’s own learning.

LOCATION: Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Green, Windsor Terrace

TYPE OF SERVICE: Formal and informal reading assessments, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Wilson Fundations individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, organizational and study strategies, academic help

EXPERTISE: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, students with learning disabilities, twice exceptional (2E), dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, executive functioning, and processing issues

CONTACT: LaurenA@brooklynletters.com

MICHELLE F.

MS ED., NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (GRADES 1-6)

Michelle is a tenured New York City Special Education teacher.  She holds both General Education and Special Education certifications for 1st-6th grade.  She received her undergrad degree from New York University and her Master’s degree from Hunter College.  She has over 6 years of experience teaching students with disabilities in Brooklyn in both inclusive and self-contained classroom settings   She has worked with a wide variety of students, including those with Autism, processing delays, ADD, ADHD, speech and language impairments, as well as learning disabilities.  She has also worked closely with ESL students of varying ability levels.

Michelle currently teaches in an inclusive 1st grade classroom with a wide variety of ability levels helping those with disabilities access the General Education curriculum and Common Core Standards.  She uses multisensory approaches to literacy, such as the Fundations curriculum and Orton Gillingham approaches. She also utilizes Leveled Literacy Intervention (Fountas and Pinnel), Teacher’s College Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop models to help improve decoding, encoding, and reading comprehension skills.

Additionally, she is a member of the School Implementation Team (SIT), which helps develop Behavior Intervention Plans and progress monitors the students with disabilities at her school.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope, Bed-Sty, Clinton Hill, and Fort Greene

TYPES OF SERVICES: Wilson’s Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, reading comprehension skills, reading fluency, writing stamina, developing individualized reading intervention and homework help

EXPERTISE:  Working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing

AGES: 1-5th grade

CONTACT:MichelleF@brooklynletters.com

LANA G.

M.S.ED, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 6) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Lana G. is a New York dual licensed Childhood (birth-grade 6) General and Special Education Teacher. She earned her Masters of Science in Education in General and Special Education from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College. She currently works for the Department of Education as a special education teacher in an integrated (ICT) first grade classroom, at a highly regarded school in Brooklyn. 

Lana has over 10 years of experience teaching, tutoring and impacting students with different needs. She has dedicated her career to working in private and public schools, agencies, as well as home based intervention sites throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. She has experience in teaching children from Pre-K-6th grade in a variety of subjects, including reading, writing, social studies and math.Lana is trained in ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), ReadyGen, Junior Great Books, TC Writing, and GoMath. Lana worked with students with a wide range of disabilities including: speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia, anxiety disorders, emotional disturbance and oppositional defiant disorder. She demonstrates attentiveness, creativity and thoroughness to the unique and individual needs of the children in her care. Additionally, Lana consistently seeks out to better inform her teaching practices, and focuses on providing the best possible education for her students.  

LOCATION: Manhattan: Financial District, Midtown, Chelsea, Lower East side Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts-Garden, Midwood, Marine Park, Sheepshead Bay 

TYPE OF SERVICES: Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), Initial, Medial, and Final informal reading and writing assessments, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis).

EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners, individualized instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, extra support in all content areas, homework help, building positive study habits.

CONTACT:Lana@brooklynletters.com

ELLIE

M.S.ED, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 6) 

Ellie is a multi-certified teacher—General Education (birth to 6th grade) and Special Education (birth to 2nd grade)—with over 10 years of experience. She is currently an Academic Intervention Service (AIS) provider working with grades 2 through 5 to improve math conceptual understandingShe has experience teaching all grades from Kindergarten to 4th grade, including General Education classes and Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms. Ellie is an expert in helping children gain fluency in English Language Arts (ELA) and develop their own customized approaches to math.  

Ellie has trained in several literacy programs, including Columbia University’s Teachers College, Leveled Literacy (Fountas & Pinnell), Wilson’s Fundations, and ReadyGen. Ellie also has extensive experience with the Go Math, enVisionMATH, and Exemplars problem-solving programs to provide support in all areas of math. She specializes in decoding, encoding, fluency, and reading comprehension while creating a structured yet comfortable learning environment. Ellie has seen success through formative and summative assessments with both her General Education and Special Education students.

Ellie attended Bentley College in Boston, where she earned a BS in Marketing with a minor in International Studies. She studied abroad in London and Italy, which inspired her love of travel and exploration. Ellie came to teaching after a few years of working in advertising, joining the New York City Teaching Fellows before earning her Masters in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. She began teaching in 2007.   

LOCATION: BrooklynBushwick, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope, Bed-Stuy, Clinton Hill, South Prospect Park, and Ditmas Park

TYPES OF SERVICES: Wilson’s Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, reading comprehension, reading fluency, reading assessments, State Test preparation (both ELA and math), and homework help

EXPERTISE:  Working with a variety of learners, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthening reading comprehension and extra support in all content areas.

AGES: Kindergarten to 5th Grade

CONTACT:Ellie@brooklynletters.com

KRISTI N.

NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (GRADES 1-6)

Kristi is a tenured New York City Special Education teacher with 10 years of experience. She holds a masters in General Education and Special Education as well as a certification in Early Childhood Education. She also received extensive training in using Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) strategies to be an effective teacher for students with behavioral intervention needs. She acquired her undergraduate degree from SUNY Old Westbury and her Master’s degree from Touro College.

Kristi has worked with a variety of students including those with Autism, Asperger’s ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Emotional Disturbances, ESL/ENL, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disorders, processing delays, as well as speech and language impairments. She worked in a middle school for six years where she taught ELA to 6th and 7thgrade students in a self-contained and inclusion setting. During this time, she used multiple strategies and techniques so that her Special Education students were able to take part in the General Education curriculum and Common Core standards. This was done to ensure success both academically and on the NYS ELA state exam. For the past three years, Kristi has scored the ELA NYS exam for multiple grades and has used what is expected on the state assessment to help guide her students toward improvement on the exam.

She currently is a second-grade inclusion teacher for a public school in Queens. She uses Leveled Literacy Intervention, Fundations curriculum Teacher’s College Reading Workshop, School Wide writing program and Ready Gen in an effort to help students improve reading comprehension skills, fluency, decoding, phonemic awareness, phonics skills and writing.

Kristi believes that all children can achieve success. Her extensive experience as an educator gives her the ability to differentiate curriculum as well as find multiple and engaging ways to teach her students so that they grasp the concepts being taught.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, Crown Heights, Park Slope and Greenpoint, Queens: Astoria, Long Island City, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Glendale, Woodside, Elmhurst and East Elmhurst

TYPES OF SERVICES: Wilson’s Fundations Program, Reading comprehension skills, reading Fluency, Leveled Literacy Instruction, phonics skills, building phonemic awareness, writing stamina, developing an individualized reading intervention, Applied Behavior services, homework help.

CONTACT:Kristi@brooklynletters.com

COLLEEN H.

M.S. ED ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION, NYS CERTIFIED IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

Colleen is a multi-certified teacher- Childhood Education (Grades1-6) and Special Education (Grades 1-6). Colleen attended St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she obtained a B.S. in Elementary and Special Education. For graduate school, she attended St. John’s University and received an M.S.Ed in Elementary Special Education. Colleen is currently working for the Department of Education as a fourth grade ICT teacher. She has over six years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and autism.  She also is experienced working with students struggling with literacy to help improve their writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension). She trained in the Fundations program, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, as well as Fountas & Pinnell. Colleen has extensive experience with the GoMath and Exemplars programs to support learning in math. She is also experienced working with the applied behavior analysis approach (ABA) when teaching social and behavioral skills. Her expertise also includes test preparation for the ELA and math state tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT.

Using a multi-sensory approach engaging her learners and sparking interest are keys to her teaching success. Transferring these skills to the general education curriculum is an essential piece of her tutoring. Colleen is an expert at differentiating instruction helping her target the learning needs of all of her students. Colleen creates a comfortable learning environment where students are encouraged to work hard. She provides positive reinforcement and helps her students build confidence in their work. Her students will be determined to achieve success.

Location: Queens: . Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Woodside Brooklyn: Bushwick and Williamsburg
TYPES OF SERVICES: working with students with disabilities, administering
reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy
instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and
phonics skills, helps with homework, helps with organizational skills, NYS test
preparation (ELA and Math)
Ages: K-6th Grade

NIKKI

M.S. ED ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION, NYS CERTIFIED IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION

Nikki is a New York dual certified Elementary Education/Special Education teacher (grades 1-6), earning both a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and a Master’s of Science Elementary and Special Education from Hofstra University. She also holds a Master’s of Education Administration and Supervision from Hunter College. She has seven years of teaching experience in Manhattan and Brooklyn focusing on meeting the diverse needs of learners in her classrooms. Nikki is also an Orton-Gillingham certified instructor. She uses this multi-sensory approach to meet students individualized learning needs. These interventions target: decoding (reading), encoding (spelling), reading fluency, and reading comprehension. She specializes in teaching letter/sound identification, phonemic awareness, and writing.She has also trained with Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and has been using the workshop model for writing with her students.

She began her teaching career working in a 6:1:1 class, working with students with autism spectrum disorders in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. She has also worked as a special education teacher in an ICT classroom in both first and second grades. She is currently working as a Learning Specialist supporting students in third and fourth grades.Nikki also has extensive experience working with students with various learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder(ADHD), and processing delays.

Nikki is patient, understanding and her lesson plans are fun and engaging. She enjoys building strong relationships with her students and working with them to meet their individualized learning goals. Beginning by assessing your child to determine their individual learning needs, she works diligently to plan engaging and exciting lessons custom tailoring your child’s literacy goals.

Location: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Fort Greene, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill and Brooklyn Heights

Types of Services: Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach, phonemic awareness, decoding, encoding, sight-word recognition, fluency, reading comprehension, writing, formal and informal reading assessments, and Leveled Literacy Intervention(LLI).

Expertise: Phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, students with disabilities, phonics, ADHD, autism, and students with learning disabilities.

YASMINA K.

M.S. NY STATE DUAL CERTIFIED (KINDERGARTEN-12TH GRADE): ENL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST, TRAINED IN ORTON-GILLINGHAM

For over twelve years, Yasmina has been working with kindergarten- 6th-grade students, including English Language Learners and special education students, with varying learning profiles. She provides interventions, including Wilson Reading and Orton-Gillingham, to diverse groups of students, including those with dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, speech & language impairments, and second language acquisition needs. Her skills in differentiated instruction, assistive technology, and multi-sensory teaching/lesson planning equip her to teach grammar, vocabulary development, literature, decoding, phonics, spelling, reading comprehension and writing. She is also a teacher mentor: assisting new teachers in creating and delivering lessons to actively engage students.

Experience has taught Yasmina the value of patience and encouragement while working with her students. She provides individualized support and praises her students’ efforts. She values the connection with family members and specialists involved with her students. Yasmina truly appreciates and learns from every child and every family she works with and is in love with her profession.

LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, (she resides in Astoria).
TYPE OF SERVICES: Diagnostic and instructional tutoring in literacy
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia and ADHD.
AGES: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade

JENNY F.

M.S., NYS CERTIFIED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (BIRTH-GRADE 2)

Jenny graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Communication and graduated from CUNY Hunter with a Masters in Early Childhood Development. She is a New York State certified Early Childhood teacher and has been tutoring for the past six years

Jenny is trained in the Preventing Academic Failure approach (PAF), Sounds in Motion, Story Grammar Marker and will train with a Orton Gillingham fellow this summer to help her work towards an Orton Gillingham Accreditation.

She currently works with kindergarteners at a Manhattan school on developing foundational reading and writing skills, literacy intervention and reading comprehension. Also, she has experience teaching 1st-3rd graders on improving their phonological awareness, phonics skills, reading comprehension, writing, working memory, and math skills. Jenny has experience working with children with ADHD, dyslexia, and language disorders. She believes that children benefit from repetition and multisensory learning. She is trained in the Singapore Math method. It provides children with foundational detailed math skills and number sense, building up their mathematical knowledge from the concrete to pictorial to abstract.

Jenny will begin the tutoring process by developing a relationship with your child and start with a formal comprehensive assessment to create goals. She meets children where they are academically and helps them develop the tools to help them become confident and proud readers and writers.

LOCATION: Brooklyn and Manhattan
TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading assessment, building phonemic/phonological awareness and phonics skills, homework help, individualized reading instruction, progress monitoring.
EXPERTISE: building phonemic and phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension strategies, writing, reading instruction
AGES: Pre-Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

ALEXANDRA

M.S. ED ELEMENTARY SPECIAL EDUCATION, NYS CERTIFIED IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION

Alexandra is a certified Elementary (birth-6th) and Special Education (birth-6th) teacher with eight years experience. Alexandra is a licensed reading specialist and obtained her masters in Literacy and Cognition at St. Joseph’s College. Alexandra provides reading, writing and math intervention services to students K-5. Alexandra is trained in Orton Gillingham, SPIRE (Intensive Reading Intervention for Nonreaders and Struggling Readers) Seeing Stars (Linda Moodbell), and Visualizing Verbalizing (Linda Moodbell). Alexandra provides her students with individualized, multi-sensory lessons targeted to improve students’ decoding (reading), encoding (spelling), fluency and reading comprehension. In terms of her teaching experience, Alexandra taught 4th grade ICT, she worked as an F status reading interventionist, and was a full-time SETSS provider (special education teacher support services). Alexandra is currently working as an IEP teacher/SETSS provider and has been in this position for the past four years. Alexandra also trains and supervises all interventionists and special education teachers at her school to ensure quality control measures. Alexandra also works closely with the guidance counselors and is on the lead team completing functional behavior analysis assessments and behavioral intervention plans for students when needed. Alexandra has experience working with students who are struggling in all areas; particularly in literacy. This includes students with learning disabilities and dyslexia, attention difficulties and processing delays. She also works with many general education students who need extra support in their classrooms.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Benson Hurst, Park Slope)
TYPE OF SERVICES: 
Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), Linda Moodbell Individualized lessons, reading comprehension, writing and math. 

EXPERTISE: Phonics, students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and processing issues

WENDY T.

M.S., EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION AND SPECIAL EDUCATOR (GRADES 1-6)

Wendy is a certified teacher in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6), specializing in learning disabilities. She has 8 years of experience teaching in the New York City Department of Education, primarily with early elementary grades in Integrated Co-Teaching settings. Wendy is also certified in Wilson Reading Systems and trained in Fundations and Orton Gillingham. She teaches children with a wide range of learning needs and has seen tremendous growth in her students using these multisensory, systematic phonics based programs in her classroom. Wendy takes the time to get to know her students’ unique personalities, interests, and academic goals. She effectively plans lessons to target each student’s needs and interests to keep them motivated and engaged. Wendy is very passionate about education and is dedicated to helping her students reach their fullest potential.

LOCATION: Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in reading, decoding/encoding, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, executive functioning, homework help, math
EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners, building phonemic awareness, decoding/encoding
AGES: Elementary

CONTACT:Wendy@brooklynletters.com

MICHELLE C.

M.S. EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION, NYS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFIED

Michelle is certified in both Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hofstra University. Michelle is trained in both Fountas and Pinell and Wilson Fundations. Michelle has a passion for working with children and families.

Michelle is experienced working with a diverse population of general and special education students. She taught preschool and is currently in her third year teaching kindergarten in an ICT classroom for the NYC Department of Education. Michelle works with both general education and special education students. She has experience working with students who are emotionally disturbed, have speech and language difficulties, struggling readers and students with learning disabilities. She teaches small reading groups using a systematic, multi-sensory, phonemic-based approach in order to improve spelling, decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension. Michelle is also trained in the Go-Math program and uses a variety of manipulatives to help students in need of additional math support. She also collaborates with speech & langauge therapists, occupational and physical therapists to best meet each child’s needs. In addition, she is one of the parent/ family involvement chairs in her school and enjoys working side by side with many different families.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Manhattan
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, Wilson Fundations based reading instruction, including individualized reading instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, and math instruction and intervention
EXPERTISE: Working with students with and without learning disabilities and students who need extra literacy support; working with students who need extra math support
AGES: Pre-k-2nd grade

CONTACT:michellec@brooklynletters.com

JACQUELINE K.

MS ED., NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Jacqueline is a New York certified childhood (grades 1-6) general and special education teacher with over 7 years of teaching and tutoring experience. She holds a bachelor of arts from Brandeis University in Sociology and masters of science in education in childhood general and special education from Bank Street College of Education. Jacqueline is currently working as a special education teacher in an integrated second grade classroom at a top public school in Park Slope.

Jacqueline is certified in the Orton Gillingham approach and trained in Sounds in Motion and Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell). She creates multisensory lessons that integrate a variety of reading approaches and her students’ interests to help her students become stronger readers. Jacqueline has experience teaching children phonemic awareness, letter identification, phonics, spelling, reading fluency and comprehension. She has worked with students with a range of disabilities including speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, Anxiety and PDD. She has also worked extensively with English Language Learners with and without disabilities, and is proficient in Spanish.

Jacqueline is also a visual artist who uses her creativity in the arts to help make learning fun for her students. Jacqueline’s greatest asset as a teacher is her ability to form strong relationships with students and to help encourage them to reach their potential.

LOCATION:Brooklyn: Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, Ditmas Park, Kennsington
TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, organizational and study strategies, academic help
EXPERTISE: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning, and processing issues

CONTACT: jacqueline@brooklynletters.com

SAMMY

LITERACY COACH

Sammy is a certified teacher who graduated from NYU with a degree in Childhood Education and Special Education. She is currently attending Bank Street College of Education and working towards a Masters in Literacy. Sammy has been teaching for the past 8 years as a general education teacher and a special education teacher. She has worked with struggling general education students as well as students with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities. Sammy has experience using Wilson, Fundations, and Orton-Gillingham programs to support students in learning to read. She believes strongly in serving the whole child and teaching to how a student learns.

LOCATION: Brooklyn – Park Slope/ Windsor Terrace
TYPE OF SERVICES: Phonics, Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency
AGES: K-4th grade
EXPERTISE: Reading comprehension, working with students with learning disabilities communication disabilities and ADHDs

CONTACT:Sammy@brooklynletters.com

ANDREA S.

NYS LITERACY SPECIALIST (BIRTH – GRADE 6)

Andrea is dual certified by New York State as a Literacy Specialist and Early Childhood/Elementary Education Teacher. She has a B.A. in English from SUNY Albany and earned two master’s degrees in literacy and in childhood/elementary education from Queens College, CUNY. For the past eight years, Andrea has worked as a Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) provider, working with students in grades K-12 who have a variety of learning differences. Based on her student’s needs, her services have ranged from giving basic homework help in all subjects, to designing and implementing individualized literacy and math programs, to preparing students for a variety of New York State standardized tests. She was also a first grade reading teacher in Oceanside, New York, where for seven years she worked to build the literacy skills of her students.

She also completed the coursework at the associate level in Orton-Gillingham reading programs and received training in Wilson Fundations. Andrea’s goal is to help her students attain the two most important ingredients in academic success: independence and confidence. During literacy instruction, she helps her students master a variety of decoding and comprehension strategies and to apply these strategies to better their understanding in all academic areas. To improve their writing, she gives students the opportunity to express themselves in different topics ranging from creative writing to writing based on reading. Her students also learn to improve their spelling and edit their written work. In mathematics, she provides students with strategies to help them understand concepts, and she uses techniques such as manipulatives and reading comprehension strategies to help solve word problems. Through her work, she gives students the tools they need to help them achieve their academic potential.

LOCATION: ManhattanBrooklynQueens
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation, individualized reading and writing instruction, consultation with teachers or other service providers if requested.
EXPERTISE: Reading: Implement a variety of decoding and comprehension strategies to encourage independent reading. Improve reading fluency. Writing: Instruction in writing both short paragraphs and full essays. Improve organization, grammar and encoding (spelling). Work with students with a variety of learning difficulties, such as dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school
CONTACT: andrea@brooklynletters.com