The Five Pillars of Reading


Just like a house needs strong support and foundation, developing literacy skills in young learners requires the Five Pillars of Reading. Recognized by the National Reading Panel as the “best approach to reading instruction,” these pillars include:

  • La conciencia fonol?gica
  • F?nica
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Fluidez

Backed by studies and scientific research, these five pillars make up the essential building blocks of reading. And by combining these techniques, teachers and parents can effectively introduce the concept of reading and language.

Here is a closer look at how the Five Pillars of Reading work to ensure successful reading instruction:

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness refers to the knowledge and understanding that words are built from and can be broken apart into smaller segments of a sound called phonemes. Phonemic awareness is one’s ability to hear, recognize, and manipulate sounds heard in words- think of it as the ears to brain connection. 

Phonemic awareness can be taught even before a child learns to read or identify printed letters. When babies are born, they are processing phonemes when parents speak and sing to their bundle of joy. In the English language, phonemic awareness means being able to identify its approximately 44 phonemes. Additionally, teaching letter sounds with letter names is an effective way for students to grasp the concept of phonemes.



Whereas phonemic awareness refers to one’s ability to recognize sounds or phonemes in words, phonics mastery means understanding that letters (graphemes or printed letters) of the alphabet represent sounds (phonemes)- think of it as the ears, eyes, and brain connection. A child who has mastered phonics can sound out new or unfamiliar words on their own. The child is “cracking the code” and is receiving feedback by listening to oneself sound out words. 

Teaching phonics is all about establishing the relationship between sounds and printed letters or printed letter combinations. Starting with the printed letter-sound correspondence, a child then learns how to match sounds to letters and uses this relationship to understand printed words. 



Vocabulary refers to one’s understanding of words, including their definitions and context. Vocabulary is broken up into oral (speaking), understanding (listening), and print (reading vocabulary).

Needless to say, vocabulary is crucial in strengthening reading comprehension and fluency. In most instances, poor vocabulary can limit and interrupt a child’s learning and reading experience. And while it can grow naturally from daily reading and conversations, it is just as important to explicitly teach and expand vocabulary.

Strategies in teaching vocabulary can include word mapping (graphic display of words/concept relationships), word substitutions, semantic relationships (how words are related), acting out meanings, and focusing on word structure (root words and its derivations).



Learners achieve fluency when they recognize and read words with accuracy, intonation, fluidity, and speed, whether while reading aloud or silently to oneself. Hence, fluent readers are able to read automatically without needing to pause to decode words or look up definitions.

Fluency plays a key role in comprehension and is essential in keeping young learners motivated. When children are reading fluently, it frees up mental resources to allow them to improve their comprehension of what they are reading. 

When developing reading fluency, it is crucial to provide a child with frequent oral reading opportunities and to monitor progress. This involves reading out loud while being guided and receiving feedback from an adult. It is important to provide the student with opportunities to self-correct. This combination of consistent practice and regular feedback is critical in promoting fluency.



The ultimate goal for literacy is to comprehend well what one is reading.  Reading comprehension enables a child to predict outcomes, evaluate characters, deduce, and make connections to real-world events. 

A child’s comprehension skills can begin to develop before becoming an independent reader. One way to do this is by reading to a child and discussing the story’s main idea, characters, and setting. Explicit teaching, modeling, and guided practice of comprehension skills are also crucial. This is especially true for students whose reading comprehension skills lag behind their peers.



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Jill is an experienced literacy specialist with 18 years of service in public education where she is certified in Bilingual Elementary Education (Pre-K-4), English Language Arts and Reading (4-8), Special Education (EC-12), and Principal (EC-12). Additionally, she is MTA certified (Multi-Sensory Teaching Approach) for assisting students with dyslexia remediation.

Jill earned a Master of Science in Education Law from Nova Southeastern University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Reading Education from Texas Woman’s University to have a greater impact in schools and the community in the area of literacy.

Throughout her career she has worked with students across grade levels with diverse language and cultural backgrounds and specific learning needs such as dyslexia. Teaching students to become fluent readers and skilled writers is her passion. She incorporates a variety of hands-on instructional strategies, interventions, and teaching methods to scaffold instruction so that your child can gain the foundational skills necessary to build confidence in their abilities and to become successful academically. She believes that learning should be fun and strives to motivate kids to reach their greatest potential. Jill’s specialties include spelling and decoding, word-solving strategies, phonological awareness, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing.

Her teaching style can be described as individualized, hands-on, and engaging. Jill utilizes a variety of resources to meet the needs of her students such as Words Their Way, MTA, Fountas & Pinnell, Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Reading A-Z, Writing Without Tears, and much more.

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MS ED., NYS Certified Educaci?n general y especial de la infancia (Grados 1-6)
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Dan is a dual certified special education teacher with over 17 years experience. Dan believes relationship building is the cornerstone of a successful teaching practice and strives to quickly engage his students by exuding expertise and passion within his practice. In his 17 years as an educator, Dan has worked as a resource teacher, inclusive special education teacher, as well as a self-contained special education teacher. Dan has experience working with a wide variety of students including those with specific reading, writing and math learning disabilities, speech and language delays, ADD, ADHD, as well as issues with Executive Functioning. Through his experience as an educator, he has been able to find his own innovative, progressive approach, which allows him to tailor units, lessons and concepts to the individual learning needs and interests of his students.

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Dan obtuvo una maestría en educación regular y educación especial de la universidad Touro y posee una licenciatura de la High Point University en Carolina del Norte. Posee certificados de enseñanza profesional para educación regular y especial (grados 1-6).

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NYS Certified Childhood General and Special Education Teacher, MS Ed
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Andrea is a tenured NYS certified teacher, she is professionally certified in General Education and Special Education grades 1-6. Andrea completed her bachelors of education with a minor in Psychology at St. John s University and graduated Cum Lade. She was also on the Dean s List all 4 years of her undergraduate program. She then completed her masters in Special Education at St. John s University. Recently Andrea furthered her education and completed her 30 and above in education through Midwest Teachers Institute.

Andrea actualmente trabaja para el Departamento de Educación de Nueva York como maestra autónoma de educación especial de tercer grado. Tiene más de seis años de experiencia enseñando a estudiantes con diversas necesidades, incluyendo autismo, estudiantes con discapacidades de aprendizaje, TDAH, dislexia, trastornos de ansiedad y trastornos emocionales / de comportamiento. En sus 6 años de enseñanza: K, 1S t, 2Dakota del Norte, 3rdy 4th. She is experienced in working with students struggling with literacy, writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension). Andrea is very familiar with IEP s and working towards meeting student's specific goals.

Andrea has been trained in the Fundations program, Columbia University s Teacher s College, as well as Fountas & Pinnell. She also has 6 years of experience with the GoMath and Exemplars programs to support learning in math. Along with being trained in these programs, she provides numerous scaffolds to aide children in learning. She will provide manipulatives as well as making charts tailored to a child's specific needs.

Andrea is experienced in test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT. When working with English Language Learners as well as students with learning disabilities, she feels it is extremely important to provide visuals to support their learning.

In her daily practice as a teacher, she uses many approaches to motivate and maintain appropriate behaviors. By getting to know her students it allows her to engage them and best learn their interests. She truly enjoys building strong relationships with her students and working with them to meet their individualized learning goals. When needed, she uses a positive reinforcement and a positive reward system to help with students confidence and self-esteem. She is also trained in applied behavior analysis approach (ABA). She is excited to help your child with his or her literacy and math skills.

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Maestr?a en Educaci?n Elemental; Orton Gillingham entrenado y experimentado
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Alexa is a childhood (birth-grade 6) education teacher in a New York City public school in Brooklyn. She has been teaching since 2015. Alexa attended Iona College in New Rochelle, NY for her undergraduate education degree, with a minor in math. Following that Alexa attended Brooklyn College where she obtained her Masters Degree in Elementary Education. In addition, she is fully trained in the Orton Gillingham approach (multi-sensory approach for struggling readers/writers).

Alexa comenz? su carrera docente en una escuela primaria en Brooklyn como maestra de segundo grado. Ella tiene experiencia trabajando con ni?os con retrasos en el procesamiento, dificultades de aprendizaje, ADD / ADHD y problemas del habla / lenguaje. Alexa diferencia para cada uno de sus alumnos utilizando lecciones multisensoriales que ayudan a los alumnos que luchan con la decodificaci?n / codificaci?n, fluidez, matem?ticas, lectura y comprensi?n de lectura. Se especializa en la ense?anza de la conciencia fonol?gica, identificaci?n de letras / sonidos, mezcla de sonidos, lectura guiada, habilidades de comprensi?n lectora y escritura. Alexa ha estado ense?ando en un aula de educaci?n general durante los ?ltimos 4 a?os, cada a?o ha tenido una clase de ELL (Aprendizaje del idioma ingl?s), que va desde estudiantes principiantes de ELL hasta avanzados. Dentro de su escuela, ella ense?a ReadyGen, Go Math y Orton Gillingham.

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MA, NYS Certified Pre-K-6th Grade, NYS Certified Childhood Education y estudiantes con discapacidades
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Derek has a master's in Professional Studies a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He has the following New York State certifications: Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2: and as a School Building and School District Leader. Derek has been teaching and tutoring for seven years in many different instructional capacities including a 3rd-5th grado aula aut?noma, un consultor educativo para los grados 2-4 y 4th grade integrated co-teaching classroom (ICT) and general education classrooms. Currently, Derek is a 4th maestra de TIC en una escuela p?blica de la ciudad de Nueva York en Brooklyn.

Derek has taught students using a multitude of literacy and mathematics programs including Teacher s College Reading and Writing Project, Ready Gen, Lit Life, Go Math, enVision Math, and the Engage NY ELA and Math modules. He has extensive literacy experience using Core Knowledge Language Arts, Orton-Gillingham, Reading A-Z, Read Works, Wilson, Fundations, as well as Edmark for supplemental ELA intervention. Additionally, he has experience with integrated instructional technology programs such as Lexia, I-Ready, and Achieve 3,000 into his daily small group and individualized classroom instruction.

Derek tiene una gran comprensi?n de c?mo apoyar a los ni?os con necesidades especiales a trav?s de su trabajo con los padres y otros maestros de educaci?n especial. Su experiencia incluye asesorar a los padres sobre los servicios apropiados para sus hijos; liderando talleres para maestros de educaci?n general y educaci?n especial enfocados en diferenciar la instrucci?n en el aula; y presentando talleres para padres sobre estrategias de comprensi?n lectora y alfabetizaci?n que proporcionaron una gran cantidad de estrategias para apoyar a sus hijos en el hogar.

Derek was also a curriculum specialist and instructor for an enrichment tutoring company where he designed, organized, and developed specialized instructional materials for K-8 grade students. His administrative work enhanced students ELA and Math critical thinking skills and improved their state test results. Derek is committed to supporting students and their academic growth.

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EXPERTISE: Curriculum modifications, phonological awareness, reading comprehension, writing for general education students and special education students, and data analysis
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Alexis WM., Orton Gillingham, Certificado Wilson

MS Ed., NYS Certified Educaci?n primaria y especial K-6
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Alexis holds professional teaching certificates in both general education and special education K-6th in NYS. She has a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Learning and received her Masters in Special Education from Rutgers University. She is currently working as a Learning Interventionist for an elementary charter school in downtown Brooklyn.

Alexis is certified in the Wilson Reading System and has extensive training and experience using Orton Gillingham and other research-based intervention programs. She has over 10 years experience teaching students K-12th in a variety of settings. She has experience teaching as a general education teacher, ICT teacher, and a Learning Interventionist for elementary grades. She also has experience serving as a Special Education IEP Coordinator and ELL testing Coordinator where she collaborated with both parents and teachers to get the mandated services that the students need in order for them to reach their full potential. Throughout her career, Alexis has worked with a variety of types of learning differences including dyslexia, dysgraphia, autism spectrum based behaviors and disabilities, ADD, ADHD, emotionally disturbed, physical disabilities, as well as low cognitive disabilities. Alexis has extensive knowledge of childhood development, common core standards, school curriculums, and how to differentiate the curriculum to fit the needs of each student.

Alexis believes that all students learn differently and believes that with the right teaching approach, students of all ages and levels can succeed. She has a passion for working with children to find out exactly how they learn best and to give them the tools to become independent learners. As a teacher and a mom, Alexis knows how important it is to understand each child as a whole and collaborates with families about their child's progress. For each client she works with, Alexis is committed to establishing a partnership with the families to give the child as much academic support as possible.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.
TIPO DE SERVICIOS: Orton Gillingham, Sistema de lectura Wilson, Fundamentos Wilson, intervenci?n fonol?gica, comprensi?n lectora, lectura de palabras, evaluaciones de alfabetizaci?n equilibrada y ayuda con la tarea.
EXPERIENCIA: conciencia fon?mica, comprensi?n de lectura y estudiantes con discapacidades basadas en el lenguaje.
EDADES: desde el nacimiento hasta la escuela primaria

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Leticia es una instructora certificada de Pre-K-6 con más de una década de experiencia docente en el sistema escolar de la ciudad de Nueva York. Tiene una Maestría en Artes en Educación Primaria de Teacher's College, Columbia University, una certificación bilingüe de Bank Street College, y estudió literatura española e inglesa en la Universidad de California, Riverside. Mientras estaba en la UCR, ella brindó tutoría a los estudiantes en el programa Early Academic Outreach. También es miembro fundador de The Coalition of Latino Scholars en Teacher's College, Columbia University. En 2005 fue becaria en Solexico Language School en Yucatán, México. En 2009 comenzó a tomar cursos en Teacher's College, Universidad de Columbia en Patología del Habla, y allí creció su pasión por el desarrollo del lenguaje y los desafíos de aprendizaje basados en el lenguaje que enfrentan algunos de estos niños cuando adquieren alfabetización.

Leticia actualmente trabaja como maestra de escuela primaria en una escuela p?blica de Brooklyn, y posee certificaciones en los programas de fon?tica Fundaciones (K-2) y Wilson Nivel 1 (Grados 3-6) y Nivel 2 (7-12). Adem?s, est? entrenada en el programa Great Leaps. Sus especializaciones de ense?anza incluyen intervenci?n de alfabetizaci?n para ni?os con discapacidades de aprendizaje, intervenci?n fon?tica, pedagog?a de doble inmersi?n, proyectos multidisciplinarios basados en estudiantes y biling?ismo en el aula multicultural. Tambi?n ha facilitado talleres para familias interesadas en adquirir pr?cticas fundamentales de alfabetizaci?n para sus hijos.

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TIPO DE SERVICIOS: Orton Gillingham individualiz? lecciones de decodificaci?n (lectura) y codificaci?n (ortograf?a), comprensi?n de lectura, escritura y h?bitos de estudio.
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Kristina M.

Maestr?a En Educaci?n Primaria Y Especial; Orton Gillingham entrenado y experimentado
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Kristina M. es una maestra con certificaci?n m?ltiple en Educaci?n Infantil (1-6) y Educaci?n Especial. Kristina asisti? a la Universidad Adelphi en Garden City, Nueva York, donde obtuvo su Maestr?a en Educaci?n Primaria y Especial. Adem?s, est? completamente capacitada en Orton Gillingham (enfoque multisensorial para lectores / escritores con dificultades). Kristina diferencia para cada uno de sus alumnos el uso de lecciones multisensoriales que ayudan a los alumnos que luchan con la decodificaci?n / codificaci?n, fluidez y comprensi?n de lectura. Se especializa en ense?ar conciencia fon?mica, identificaci?n de letras / sonidos, mezclar sonidos y escribir. Tambi?n asisti? a un taller llamado Escritura a mano sin l?grimas, donde puede proporcionar instrucci?n apropiada para el desarrollo de la escritura a mano.

Kristina comenz? su carrera docente en una escuela primaria en Brooklyn como maestra de primer grado. Ella tiene experiencia trabajando con ni?os con autismo, retrasos en el procesamiento, dificultades de aprendizaje, ADD / ADHD y problemas del habla / lenguaje. Kristina ha estado ense?ando en un aula de TIC durante los ?ltimos 3 a?os, diferenciando para estudiantes que van desde alto funcionamiento / nivel de grado superior, a estudiantes con dificultades acad?micas. Dentro de su escuela, ella ense?a a diario ReadyGen, Go Math y Orton Gillingham.

Kristina es paciente, amable, amorosa y cari?osa. Ella trata a cada ni?o como si fuera suyo, y siempre se esfuerza por hacer que el aprendizaje sea divertido. Est? extremadamente motivada y conf?a en que ayudar? a su hijo a crecer en cualquier ?rea de necesidad.

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Rita C.

MS ED., Alfabetizaci?n certificada por el estado de Nueva York
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Rita es especialista en alfabetizaci?n certificada con una maestr?a de Bank Street College of Education y una licenciatura en literatura de Bard College. Ha practicado la evaluaci?n y la tutor?a en entornos privados y cl?nicos. Rita ha tenido experiencia en el aula en la escuela primaria Hunter, as? como en las escuelas primarias p?blicas de Queens y Harlem. Ha completado la Parte I de Alfabetizaci?n a trav?s de la ense?anza multisensorial (LMUST), un plan de estudios de Orton-Gillingham desarrollado por Judith Birsh. Al crecer con una hermana disl?xica en un momento en que las dificultades de aprendizaje eran menos entendidas, ella ha sido testigo personalmente de los desaf?os que enfrentan los lectores y escritores con dificultades. Tambi?n ha tenido una amplia experiencia en m?sica e inform?tica y ha trabajado en noticias en l?nea y en dise?o y desarrollo web. Rita combina su experiencia en las artes, las computadoras y la educaci?n para ense?ar habilidades de alfabetizaci?n, como descodificaci?n y estrategias de comprensi?n. Tambi?n ha tenido ?xito ayudando a los estudiantes a prepararse para los ex?menes ELA del estado de Nueva York. Sus alumnos se divierten siguiendo una serie de ejercicios cortos y atractivos mientras aprenden las habilidades que necesitan. Rita se esfuerza por ayudar a sus alumnos a ganar confianza ense??ndoles a dirigir sus fortalezas particulares hacia el objetivo de convertirse en estudiantes m?s independientes y lectores y escritores exitosos.

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UBICACIÓN: Brooklyn, Manhattan.
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Evaluaciones de lectura formales e informales (conciencia fonol?gica, asociaci?n de s?mbolos de sonido, estrategias de decodificaci?n, fluidez y comprensi?n de lectura, ortograf?a); desarrollo de programas de intervenci?n para abordar las necesidades.
EXPERIENCIA: Desarrollo de remediaci?n individualizada y prescriptiva para lectores con dificultades
EDADES: desde preescolar hasta secundaria

Mike W.

MA, NY State Early Childhood & Childhood (Birth-Grade 6), NY State Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 6)
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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.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Instrucci?n individualizada en lectura, decodificaci?n / codificaci?n (ortograf?a), comprensi?n de lectura, fluidez de lectura y escritura.
EXPERIENCIA: Trabajar con estudiantes con y sin discapacidades de aprendizaje que necesitan apoyo especializado de alfabetizaci?n individual,
EDADES: Escuela primaria y secundaria

Alyssa B.

MS, NYS Certified (Grado de nacimiento 6) Educaci?n general y especial
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Alyssa se gradu? de Queens College con una licenciatura en ingl?s y se gradu? de Adelphi con un t?tulo de Duel Masters of Science en Educaci?n Infantil y Educaci?n Especial para la Primera Infancia PK-5to grado. Alyssa tiene m?s de ocho a?os de experiencia en la ense?anza, influenciando y enriqueciendo a estudiantes con diferentes necesidades. Ella tiene una fuerte comprensi?n de las necesidades de los estudiantes con discapacidades f?sicas y de aprendizaje. Ense?a a los estudiantes a mejorar su escritura y lectura (decodificaci?n, fluidez, comprensi?n de lectura y codificaci?n). Alyssa incorpora un m?todo multisensorial para ayudar a involucrar y ense?ar eficazmente a sus alumnos. Su experiencia incluye tareas, curr?culo escolar y preparaci?n de ex?menes para ex?menes estatales de ELA.

Alyssa est? entrenada en Wilson Fundations, una lectura efectiva y programa de escritura Ella usa el plan de estudios Wilson para ayudar a los estudiantes a desarrollar sus habilidades de decodificación, fluidez y conciencia fonológica. Alyssa tiene capacitación en el modelo de lectura y escritura de la Universidad de Maestros de la Universidad de Columbia para ayudar a los estudiantes a mejorar sus habilidades de escritura y lectura. Por último, ella está entrenada en Fountas & Pinnell evaluaci?n de lectura, que ayuda a los ni?os a alcanzar sus objetivos de lectura.

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 learning 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.

Alyssa tiene una vasta experiencia trabajando con estudiantes que luchan con habilidades y estrategias de lectura. Antes de trabajar para el Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York, Alyssa trabajó como Proveedor de Servicios de Intervención Académica. Ella utiliza intervención basada en evidencia como, Fundamentos Niveles K, 1 y 2, Palabras Justas de Wilson y Intervención de Alfabetización Nivelada de Fountas y Pinnell grados K-5. Tiene experiencia enseñando a los estudiantes las estrategias que necesitan para aprender a aprender a leer y escribir. El objetivo de las intervenciones de lectura individualizadas y multisensoriales de Alyssa es la decodificación (lectura), la ortografía, la fluidez de lectura y la comprensión de lectura. Se especializa en la enseñanza de la identificación de letras / sonidos, conciencia fonémica, ortografía, fluidez de lectura, comprensión y escritura.

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.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Fort Green, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Bed Stuy
Long Island: Condado de Nassau
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: instrucci?n e intervenci?n individualizadas de lectura, escritura y ortograf?a, conciencia fon?mica, decodificaci?n, reconocimiento de palabras visuales, fluidez, comprensi?n de lectura e intervenciones de alfabetizaci?n nivelada.
EXPERIENCIA: Lectores tempranos y emergentes, conciencia fon?mica, decodificaci?n, ortograf?a, comprensi?n de lectura y escritura.
AGES: Pre-K 4th Grade
Long Island Wantagh, Seaford, Bellmore, Levittown, Merrick, Massapequa, Monday through Thursday 4:30 6:30

Joanna B.

Especialista en lectura certificado por el estado de Nueva York y certificado en educaci?n infantil
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Joanna es especialista en lectura certificada por el estado de Nueva York, maestra de educaci?n infantil y primaria con siete a?os de experiencia en la ense?anza y tutor?a en la ciudad de Nueva York.

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.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Clinton Hill, Bed Stuy, Prospect Heights, pies. Greene, el centro de Brooklyn, Park Slope, el centro de Manhattan.
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Evaluaci?n inicial de lectura, instrucci?n e intervenci?n de lectura individualizada, instrucci?n e intervenci?n de escritura y ortograf?a.
EXPERIENCIA: lectores tempranos, evaluaci?n e intervenci?n para ni?os que luchan con la decodificaci?n, comprensi?n de lectura, fluidez y escritura
EDADES: K-5to Grado

**Horas de oficina: Los martes y jueves, Joanna se complace en ofrecer tutor?a en su oficina en las alturas de trabajo. / . The address is 650 Franklin Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11238 (near Franklin and st. Marks). It is accessible by the A/C/2/3/4/5 trains and is quiet and free of distractions! It's a shared co working space but you will be working at a private room for tutoring. There are even free snacks. She has blocked out time from 3:15-8:30 on Tues/Thurs.

* Se podr?an aplicar tarifas adicionales por trabajar con ella en su oficina.

Anastasiya K.

MA, NYS Certified (Birth-Grade 2) Educaci?n general y especial
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Anastasiya es una maestra de educación general y especial de la infancia de Nueva York con doble licencia (grado de nacimiento 2) con más de 10 años de experiencia en la enseñanza, tutoría y tutoría de estudiantes. Tiene una licenciatura en ciencias de Brooklyn College en Patología del Habla y Lenguaje, con una especialización en Estudios de Niños y una Maestría en Ciencias en Educación Infantil en Educación General y Especial de Touro College School of Education. Anastasiya actualmente está obteniendo su segundo título de maestría en Liderazgo Escolar y de Distrito de Touro College. Actualmente trabaja como maestra de educación especial en un aula integrada de segundo grado de NEST, en una escuela de gran prestigio en Brooklyn.

Anastasiya ha dedicado su carrera a trabajar en escuelas privadas y públicas, agencias y sitios de intervención basados en el hogar en todos los condados. Tiene experiencia en el servicio a niños de grados K-5 con una amplia gama de discapacidades que incluyen: impedimentos del habla y del lenguaje, discapacidades de aprendizaje, autismo, dislexia, TDAH, trastorno del procesamiento auditivo, dispraxia, trastornos de ansiedad y comorbilidad de estos impedimentos. Anastasiya también ha trabajado con muchos estudiantes de ESL que necesitan ayuda para comprender el plan de estudios de su escuela y producir trabajo a nivel de grado. Ella utiliza sus habilidades interpersonales para colaborar con maestros, terapeutas y padres para establecer una comunicación efectiva, que se utiliza como una herramienta poderosa para ayudar al niño a convertirse en un exitoso aprendiz de por vida.

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.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts-Garden, Sunset Park, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Queens y Long Island.
TIPO DE SERVICIOS: Orton Gillingham, ABA (An?lisis de Comportamiento Aplicado), Programa de Fundamentos Wilson, Instrucci?n de Alfabetizaci?n Nivelada (Fountas y Pinnell), evaluaciones informales iniciales, medianas y finales de lectura y escritura.
EXPERIENCIA: Trabajar con estudiantes con discapacidades de aprendizaje, aprendices del idioma ingl?s, instrucci?n individualizada en conciencia fon?mica, fon?tica y estrategias de decodificaci?n; lectura de fluidez e instrucci?n de comprensi?n; instrucci?n de escritura, apoyo adicional en todas las ?reas de contenido, ayuda con la tarea, desarrollo de h?bitos de estudio positivos.

Gretchen M.

SRA. NYS Certified 1st -6th Grade
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Gretchen es un educador certificado de 1º a 6º grado con más de 7 años de experiencia. Está certificada tanto en Educación Infantil como en Estudiantes con Discapacidades. Ella ha enseñado pre-k, kindergarten, primer grado, segundo grado, tercer grado y escuela intermedia (grados 6-8) dentro de esos 7 años. Todas estas clases eran aulas inclusivas con estudiantes de variados niveles de habilidad. Tiene una maestría en ciencias en alfabetización de Touro College y es especialista en lectura certificada.

Gretchen actualmente trabaja en una escuela en Brooklyn y ha estado enseñando allí desde 2012. Trabaja en un programa especializado que ayuda a los niños con autismo de alto funcionamiento en un entorno inclusivo a obtener acceso al plan de estudios y a los estándares básicos comunes. Está capacitada en Orton Gillingham, como Wilson Fundations, Junior Great Books, ReadyGen, Go Math, Fountas y Pinnell, y el Programa de Bachillerato Internacional que se enfoca en el aprendizaje centrado en el estudiante en todas las áreas del plan de estudios. Dentro de su escuela actual, realiza intervenciones de alfabetización para lectores con dificultades y organiza talleres sobre intervenciones de comportamiento positivo para sus colegas.

UBICACIÓN: Brooklyn: Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Orton Gillingham lecciones individualizadas en decodificaci?n (lectura) y codificaci?n (ortograf?a), comprensi?n de lectura, estrategias de organizaci?n y estudio, ayuda acad?mica
EXPERIENCIA: instrucción individualizada, conciencia fonémica, fluidez, prosodia, comprensión lectora, resistencia en lectura y escritura, autismo

Natalie H.

Educador especial; Maestro certificado de ASD
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Natalie Hale es una educadora especial con licencia del estado de Nueva York (Grados 1-6). Recibi? su Maestr?a en Ciencias en la Ense?anza de Estudiantes con Necesidades Especiales de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York en el Brooklyn College y su Licenciatura en Ciencias en Psicolog?a de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York en el Brooklyn College.

Natalie est? entrenada y certificada en The Spalding Method (K-6), un enfoque multisensorial para ense?ar lectura, escritura y ortograf?a. Natalie tambi?n est? capacitada en el Programa de Fundaciones Wilson: un programa basado en fon?tica para ni?os peque?os (K-3).

Natalie ha completado entrenamientos vigorosos sobre el trastorno del espectro autista (TEA) en la Universidad de Nueva York, as? como directamente a trav?s del Departamento de Educaci?n de Nueva York. Ella ha sido nombrada maestra principal para el Programa ASD Horizon en su escuela p?blica.

Natalie ha pasado la mayor parte de su carrera apoyando a estudiantes con autismo, TDA, TDAH, discapacidades de aprendizaje, retrasos en el habla / lenguaje y desaf?os del lenguaje expresivo / receptivo. Natalie se especializa en intervenci?n de lectura para lectores con dificultades en el grado Prek-5.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Carroll Gardens
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Evaluaciones iniciales de lectura, intervenci?n de lectura individualizada e instrucci?n.
EXPERIENCIA: Apoyar a los ni?os que luchan con la decodificaci?n, fluidez, comprensi?n, habilidades de funcionamiento ejecutivo, habilidades de escritura expresiva y desarrollo del lenguaje expresivo / receptivo.
EDADES: Prek-5

Maddie K.

MS. Educaci?n infantil temprana y educaci?n especial
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Maddie es una tutora de lectura para ni?os de prek?nder a sexto grado. Tiene una doble maestr?a en educaci?n infantil y educaci?n especial. Ella es instructora certificada de lectura de Wilson y ha completado 11 cr?ditos de posgrado por separado en el programa Wilson. Maddie tiene experiencia trabajando con una poblaci?n diversa de estudiantes, especialmente aquellos con discapacidades de aprendizaje; por ejemplo, dislexia y TDAH.

Maddie s personal experience with her own reading struggles as a child has given her a unique understanding of the emotional and social strains that struggling readers often face. Her interest in education began in high school where she tutored elementary school students in reading at The Churchill School and Center and taught children's yoga. After receiving her B.A. in sociology from Guilford College, she began working at The Child School/Legacy High School where she gained experience teaching children with a wide range of special needs. She was trained there in the Wilson Reading Program by Shelly P. (A highly experienced and accomplished teacher and reading specialist, also at Brooklyn Letters). This training led to a position as a reading specialist at The Child School/Legacy High School where Maddie worked one-on-one and in small groups with students (K-12) who were reading below grade level to build their decoding, encoding and comprehension skills. Maddie also worked as a reading specialist at Integrative Neuropsychological Services where she gave reading lessons as part of intensive educational interventions for children (K-8) with special needs. In this position she worked closely with students other service providers (psychologists, speech and language therapists etc.) to ensure that their emotional, physical, and social development were considered in every reading lesson.

Maddie se especializa en intervenci?n de lectura y prevenci?n. Ella usa los programas Wilson Reading System y Fundations para crear lecciones individualizadas para ense?ar habilidades de lectura, ortograf?a, comprensi?n y escritura. Estos programas utilizan un enfoque multisensorial para ense?ar sistem?ticamente a los estudiantes c?mo decodificar (dividir palabras en sonidos para leer) y codificar (juntar sonidos para deletrear). Este enfoque multisensorial de la lectura garantiza que todo tipo de alumnos (por ejemplo, auditivo, kinest?sico) puedan acceder f?cilmente a los conceptos que se ense?an. Al trabajar con estudiantes m?s j?venes, Maddie incorpora muchas actividades basadas en el movimiento en las lecciones, como la rayuela con sonido de letras. Estas actividades no solo hacen que aprender un nuevo concepto de lectura o ortograf?a sea divertido, sino que tambi?n hacen que los nuevos conceptos sean m?s memorables.
Maddie s approach to reading education is designed to build students confidence and interest in reading while simultaneously developing the skills necessary for academic success. The more she knows about her students, the better she can create lessons that meet their unique needs and areas of strength. She therefore encourages ongoing communication with parents and other s involved in the student's education.

UBICACIONES: Manhattan. Queens: Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights. Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Williamsburg.
TIPO DE SERVICIOS: Evaluaciones de lectura y consultas. Intervenci?n y prevenci?n de lectura.
EXPERTISE: Working with students who have learning disabilities; e.g. dyslexia and ADHD. Advancing students reading abilities who are reading below grade level. Preventative literacy skill building for young readers.
AGES: Pre-K 6th Grade

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LITERACY CLASSES (Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade)

MATH CLASSES (1st and 2nd Grade)

READING CLASS (4 and 5 year-olds)

Lizzie S.

MS Ed., NYS Certified Childhood General, Educaci?n Especial, Alfabetizaci?n
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Lizzie está certificada en Alfabetización (K-12), Educación Infantil y Educación Especial (K-6). Tiene una doble maestría en educación general infantil y alfabetización de Bank Street College of Education. También posee una Maestría adicional en Currículo e Instrucción de la Universidad del Gobernador del Oeste. Con 8 años de experiencia trabajando con diversos alumnos de primaria, a Lizzie le apasiona ayudar a cada niño a alcanzar su máximo potencial. Actualmente, Lizzie trabaja como Directora de Apoyos de Aprendizaje para una escuela charter primaria en Brooklyn.

Trained in Orton-Gillingham as well as a multitude of instructional approaches (Reading/writing workshop, Fountas and Pinnell, Core Knowledge Language Arts, Framing your Thinking writing, Teacher s College Writing) and various research-based intervention programs, Lizzie will individualize her approach to your child's needs. Every tutoring relationship beings with a thorough review of your child's strengths and needs as well as interests. Lizzie also identifies what motivates each particular child, whether that is a game at the end of the session, a sticker chart or fun movement breaks throughout, to keep your child engaged and inspired to do their absolute best. Lizzie also prides herself on being very knowledgeable about a variety of children's books helping your child find those they will enjoy reading no matter their skill level or interest.

Adem?s del conocimiento integral para apoyar las necesidades de aprendizaje de alfabetizaci?n (fon?tica, decodificaci?n, comprensi?n de lectura, escritura), a Lizzie tambi?n le encanta brindar apoyo a los estudiantes de primaria que luchan con conceptos matem?ticos. Ya sea que trabaje con fluidez, como conocer sus datos num?ricos o ayudar a los estudiantes a descifrar el c?digo para resolver problemas de palabras, Lizzie utiliza una variedad de enfoques para ayudar a los estudiantes a dominar esta ?rea de aprendizaje a menudo desafiante. Ayudar a los ni?os a comprender informaci?n en materias de contenido (ciencias, estudios sociales) es otra ?rea de especializaci?n.

Absolute belief in every child's ability and the willingness to go to great lengths to find exactly what works for him or her are the core of Lizzie s approach. She loves to collaborate with families to help them support their own child by providing games and activities parents can use in-between sessions.

LOCATION: Weekdays Brooklyn: Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carrol Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Gravesend.
Weekends Park Slope, Gravesend, Bensonhurst
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Instrucci?n multisensorial Orton Gillingham, conciencia fon?mica, comprensi?n lectora, visualizaci?n y verbalizaci?n (comprensi?n), comprensi?n grupal y fon?tica 95%, apoyo matem?tico, instrucci?n de escritura
EXPERIENCIA: reunir recursos y experiencia para dise?ar instrucci?n individualizada para cada estudiante en decodificaci?n, comprensi?n, escritura y matem?ticas (K-5), trabajando con estudiantes que tienen dislexia, TDAH y otras discapacidades de aprendizaje
EDADES: pre-k hasta 5th grado

Rebecca M.

SRA . Educaci?n primaria, maestro elemental certificado (Grados 1-6)
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Rebecca is an elementary education teacher (grades 1-6) in the New York City Department of Education. She currently teaches 1st grade in Brooklyn. Rebecca has also worked with students in 2nd through 4th grades in both classroom and extra support roles. She received her Bachelors in Economics from Northeastern University and her Masters of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Social Studies from Northwestern University. Rebecca is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach (multi- sensory approach for struggling readers/writers), Fountas and Pinnell, Teachers College Reading and Writing, Metamorphosis Math, and TERC math.

Rebecca has experience working with students with diverse needs, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, speech/language impairments, and learning disabilities. She specializes in working with students who need intervention in phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, decoding/encoding, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing. Rebecca uses guided reading, Orton-Gillingham practices, and a multi sensory approach to support students at their current literacy levels and help them make progress in these areas. With upper elementary students, Rebecca also focuses on literacy integration and connecting reading fluency, comprehension, critical analysis, and writing skills to strengthen students literacy abilities.

UBICACIONES: Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Downtown Brooklyn y Park Slope
Manhattan: Battery Park City, Tribeca, Soho, West Village, East Village, Chelsea, Midtown West y Lincoln Center
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Orton-Gillingham, decodificaci?n / codificaci?n, reconocimiento de palabras a primera vista, instrucci?n de alfabetizaci?n nivelada, fluidez y comprensi?n de lectura, escritura, matem?ticas
EXPERIENCIA: Orton-Gillingham, soporte de decodificaci?n / codificaci?n, mejora la fluidez y comprensi?n lectora, fortalece las habilidades de escritura
EDADES: desde el nacimiento hasta la escuela primaria

Lauren T.

Tutor de alfabetizaci?n / dislexia

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Lauren es tutor e instructora independiente de alfabetizaci?n / dislexia. Es intervencionista certificada de alfabetizaci?n estructurada / dislexia certificada por CERI / IDA, instructora certificada de Wilson Reading System e instructora certificada de atenci?n plena (Mindfulness Schools). Tambi?n est? entrenada en el programa de Prevenci?n de Fracaso Acad?mico.

Lauren specializes in teaching critical literacy skills as well as simple mindfulness skills to ease anxiety, regain focus, and regulate their emotions. Her motto is, A Calm Mind Is a Mind that Is Ready to Learn.

Lauren tutors students in grades K through 8 who need help with reading (from decoding to comprehension) and writing (from brainstorming to revision). She has worked successfully with students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing issues, executive function deficits, ADHD, and ASD. She has also effectively supported students who are twice-exceptional, that is, gifted and also struggling learners. She provides individualized, comprehensive, multisensory, direct instruction with patience and a sense of fun. She currently tutors and teaches a remedial reading class through the PS 154 After School program, and tutors privately in students homes.

Ella tambi?n est? certificada por Mindful Schools para ense?ar mindfulness a ni?os y j?venes. Ella ha descubierto que la atenci?n plena es una herramienta especialmente poderosa para los ni?os que regularmente experimentan frustraci?n debido a sus diferentes formas de aprender y comprender el mundo. Cada sesi?n comienza y termina con el sonido de una peque?a campana y una breve pr?ctica de mindfulness apropiada para la edad. ?A los ni?os les encanta esa campana!

Lauren has completed coursework toward an M.S. in Teaching Literacy at the Touro College Graduate School of Education, and is currently enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language through the Institute of Health Professions at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her experience raising her son, who is gifted and also has ADHD, through New York City public schools and other academic settings, has given her a deep appreciation for the great effort that struggling learners put forth every day, and also for the concern that parents harbor about how to help their child. She is a sympathetic guide through the twists and turns, both logistical and emotional, of supporting a differently-learning child. She is also a veteran children's book editor and a published author of more than 30 children's books.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrace, partes de Prospect Heights, Fort Greene y Clinton Hill. Ella vive en Windsor Terrace.
TIPOS DE SERVICIO: Evaluaci?n inicial de lectura informal; instrucci?n individual del Sistema de Lectura Wilson basada en Orton-Gillingham, que incluye instrucci?n individualizada en conciencia fon?mica, fon?tica y estrategias de decodificaci?n / codificaci?n; instrucci?n individualizada en fluidez de lectura e instrucci?n de comprensi?n; instrucci?n de escritura, incluido el proceso recursivo de lluvia de ideas, organizaci?n, revisi?n, edici?n y presentaci?n final; instrucci?n gramatical contextual.
EXPERIENCIA: intervenciones de alfabetizaci?n basadas en Orton-Gillingham. Trabajar con ni?os que tienen discapacidades de aprendizaje basadas en el lenguaje y estudiantes con problemas de funci?n ejecutiva y dificultades de atenci?n (ADD / ADHD). Fortalecer el conocimiento fon?tico, mejorar la fluidez, ense?ar estrategias de comprensi?n, ense?ar a escribir, incluidos los g?neros expositivos, narrativos y de poes?a.
EDADES: K hasta 8? grado

David K.

M?ster en Educaci?n Especial. Credencial de ense?anza en m?ltiples materias (educaci?n general, primaria K-6) y educaci?n especial (discapacidades leves a moderadas). Formado en el enfoque de alfabetizaci?n de Orton-Gillingham.
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David worked for four years as an elementary school special education teacher in California. In New York, David focused on supporting individual students to succeed in school. He worked with all ages of students from elementary to teenager. He specializes in teaching literacy to students with special needs like Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Success comes because David tailors his instruction to meet individual students’ needs. David has taught full general education classrooms, but his favorite practice is teaching small groups of special needs students, and individuals one-to-one. David believes that one of the key components to effective teaching is to build strong relationships based on mutual trust.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of California, Davis. He earned his general education teaching credential at Mills College in Oakland. He earned his Masters degree in Special Education at California State University, East Bay. David is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to literacy, guided reading, Fountas and Pinnell, Barton and Sonday systems, Do the Math, reading comprehension, Assistive Technology, Executive Function and study skills, functional behavioral assessments, as well as a variety of other instructional practices for teaching English language arts, math, and behavior. When working with students with reading disabilities, David typically builds a strong foundation in phonics using a multi-sensory approach first. Then, he will help students to expand their comprehension skills through reading, questions, and dialogue. However, every student is different. He conducts informal assessments to determine the exact needs of every student. David also supports students in writing by building skills such as handwriting, spelling, sentence structure, editing, pre-writing planning, paragraph structure, story structure, essay structure, grammar, and developing complex ideas.


TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: Tutor?a individual, grupos peque?os (2-5 estudiantes), consulta de IEP

EXPERTISE: Literacy and writing for students with dyslexia and/or ADHD, Orton-Gillingham, Executive Function, struggling readers, multi-sensory math, making learning fun and rewarding

AGES: Pre-K through 12th grade

Peter W.

Special Educator And Childhood Literacy Specialist, Pre-K 4th Grade, MS, PhD
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Peter is a special educator and childhood literacy specialist, pre-K 4th grade, the learning to read phase of literacy instruction. He holds permanent New York State certification in special education, a masters in special education from Hunter College (CUNY) and a PhD in urban education from the Graduate Center (CUNY). He has supervised pre-service elementary school teachers at the undergraduate level and taught literacy assessment and instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Peter currently contributes, edits, and reviews book chapters and articles on the history, philosophy, and sociology of education for various academic publications.

Peter is trained in the Wilson Reading System, one of the many Orton-Gillingham approaches to multi-sensory phonics instruction. He has taught in both inclusive and self-contained special education environments (K 2nd grade). He has learned through his experience that multi-sensory phonics instruction braided with robust comprehension modalities is the sine qua non of childhood literacy instruction. Phonics and comprehension are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they must be coupled for effective assessment and instruction.

Peter tambi?n tiene experiencia en artes. Tiene una licenciatura en literatura dram?tica de la Universidad de Nueva York y se form? como actor y m?sico (bajo el?ctrico). Ha impartido cursos de artes en educaci?n a nivel de pregrado. Le gusta pensar que aporta una cierta cantidad de creatividad a su trabajo que se basa en una pedagog?a de la compasi?n y el coraz?n abierto.

UBICACI?N: Manhattan, Brooklyn o Queens disponibles los s?bados, domingos, lunes y martes, todo el d?a hasta las 10 p.m.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Pre-K 4th grade Orton-Gillingham and qualitative (comprehension) literacy assessment and instruction tailored to a student's individual needs; implementing IEPs; providing test prep for the New York State ELA exam, K 4th grade.
EXPERIENCIA: evaluaci?n e instrucci?n de alfabetizaci?n basada en Orton-Gillingham (decodificaci?n y codificaci?n) y todo lo que implica comenzar con conciencia fon?mica y terminar con fluidez; evaluaci?n de alfabetizaci?n e instrucci?n para la comprensi?n, por ejemplo, el Inventario de lectura cualitativa (QRI) y la ense?anza rec?proca, respectivamente. Peter tiene experiencia escribiendo e implementando IEP y usando el ELA Common Core como gu?a para la instrucci?n.
AGES: Pre-K 4th grade, ages 4 through 10 or 11.

Susan V.

MS ED., NYS Certified Educaci?n general y especial de la infancia (Grados 1-6)
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Susan es una maestra de educaci?n especial con doble certificaci?n que trabaja al servicio de estudiantes con discapacidades de aprendizaje desde 2007. Actualmente trabaja como maestra de cuarto grado en una escuela p?blica en Brooklyn. Antes de ense?ar, Susan trabaj? para una organizaci?n de dislexia que proporciona informaci?n, apoyo de defensa y programas de tutor?a a estudiantes de todas las edades. Susan cree que conectarse con los estudiantes sobre sus intereses o pasiones y ayudarlos a aprovechar la riqueza del conocimiento que ya poseen son pasos cruciales para construir una relaci?n de ense?anza confiable y fruct?fera.

Susan has worked in co-taught classrooms as a special educator and general educator for grades 3 through 5 and has provided tutoring to students in 2nd through 8th grade, students with dyslexia, ADD and ADHD, math learning disabilities and struggles with executive functioning. Her approach to teaching is multi-sensory and incorporates creativity, encouraging students to, in the words of the poet Mary Oliver, pay attention, be astonished, tell about it, in their own expressive modalities including the arts and music (which Susan is personally most inspired by).

After receiving a BA in Art History from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, Susan worked in community arts education and as a children's yoga teacher, cultivating a love for teaching and a deeper appreciation for the role of educators in shaping children's lives. Working with teachers, therapists and language specialists at an organization for dyslexia, further nurtured this appreciation and led Susan to achieve an M.S.Ed in Childhood Education, grades 1-6 at Hunter College. Susan furthered her studies in special education at The College of Saint Rose.

As a tutor, Susan specializes in inquiry-based math instruction for grades 3 8, and works with EngageNY (Eureka Math), and TERC Investigations in addition to fun, interactive supplements like 3 Act Tasks and Estimation 180, which help students understand the real world applications of mathematics. Susan works with the Teachers College Reading and Writing curriculum and also designs scaffolds for readers and writers to help organize and outline their thoughts and elaborate on ideas. She has used the Wilson Reading System and Just Words programs with students as well as Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading, and Words Their Way. Additionally, she has experience with test-prep instruction.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn: Downtown BK / Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Ft Greene, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Midwood, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant
Manhattan: al sur de la calle 23
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: comprensi?n de lectura y remediaci?n de decodificaci?n, instrucci?n de escritura, instrucci?n y remediaci?n de matem?ticas, funcionamiento ejecutivo, habilidades de estudio, preparaci?n para ex?menes, grupos (2-3 ni?os)
EXPERIENCIA: Remediaci?n matem?tica basada en la investigaci?n, comprensi?n de lectura y escritura sobre lectura, elaboraci?n de la ense?anza y t?cnicas de organizaci?n de la escritura para la escritura expositiva y narrativa, dificultades de ortograf?a, ayuda con la tarea, preparaci?n para el examen
AGES: Grades 2 8

Isabel F.

MS Education for General & Special Education, NYS Certified Educator of Childhood General & Special Education
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Isabel es profesora de educación especial con doble certificación. Actualmente trabaja como maestra de educación especial de primer grado en una escuela pública en Brooklyn, NY. Ella tiene experiencia enseñando en las aulas de TIC (co-enseñanza integrada) en 1er, 2do y 3er grado. La educación de Isabel incluye una licenciatura en inglés de SUNY Buffalo State College y una Maestría en Ciencias en Educación para Educación General y Especial, Grados 1-6, de la Universidad Pace. Ella también es maestra ASD Nest Certified.

Isabel se ha capacitado y tiene experiencia en la enseñanza de los Estándares Básicos Comunes de Nueva York y los siguientes programas: Fountas y Pinell, Fundaciones Wilson, Words They Way, Ready Gen, Teacher's College Reading & Writing, Junior Great Books, Eureka Math, Go Math, Envision Math, Number Talks, Bridges Math, VTS, iReady y Raz Kids. El conocimiento de Isabel le ha permitido dirigir grupos de intervención matutinos / después de la escuela para lectura, escritura, matemáticas y preparación para exámenes de tercer grado.

Isabel has worked with a variety of students. A few examples include students with: ASD, dyslexia, processing delays, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and speech and language impairments. She is familiar with the creation and implementation of students Individualized Education Plan or IEP s.

Isabel has experience differentiating and scaffolding instruction to students who have different ability levels and range of learning levels. She strives to recognize each child's interest and use that information to make learning engaging and meaningful. Her experience with Wilson and Orton Gilligham allows her to create individualized lessons that are interactive, multi-sensory, and tailored so that students feel successful in every session. This includes working with fun materials such as: magnetic tiles, activity cue cards, gel boards, and sound centers! In addition, Isabel is a fluent Spanish speaker and can also provide tutoring to students in a dual language program or students who are interested in learning Spanish.

UBICACI?N: Brooklyn (Red Hook, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Fort Hamilton)
TIPOS DE SERVICIOS: intervenci?n de alfabetizaci?n nivelada, decodificaci?n / codificaci?n, fluidez, reconocimiento de palabras / vocabulario, comprensi?n de lectura, fortalecimiento de la resistencia de lectura / escritura, ayuda acad?mica / tarea, evaluaciones informales, tutor?a en espa?ol, tutor?a de matem?ticas para grados K-3, tercer grado preparaci?n de prueba
EXPERIENCIA: trabajando en el campo de la Educaci?n Especial, instrucci?n individualizada, diferenciada y expl?cita de Orton Gilligham, Fundamentos de Wilson, grados K-2, marco / plan de estudios de escuelas p?blicas
AGES: Pre-Kindergarten 5th Grade

Marcy M.

Certified Orton-Gillingham, M. Ed. in Special Education, Certified Special Education
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Marcy is a Reading Specialist at a school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities in Brooklyn. Marcy is certified in Orton-Gillingham and is experienced in applying the methodology to address each learner’s literacy skill deficits while continuing to build upon his or her strengths. She is passionate about structured literacy and the science of reading. She believes an explicit, systematic and multisensory instructional approach is essential for helping readers build phonological awareness, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling skills needed for literacy success.

Marcy is certified in special education and has more than nine years of teaching and tutoring experience. She studied psychology and sociology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds a Master of Education in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As part of her master’s program, she completed a research project titled Effects of Orton-Gillingham Strategies on Basic Reading Skills of African American Students with Disabilities. She taught elementary special education for six years in Charlotte, NC, and two years in Charlottesville, VA, before relocating to New York City.

Marcy has experience teaching reading, writing, and math with students in kindergarten through sixth grade. She has worked with students with a wide range of needs including autism spectrum disorders, specific learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, emotional/behavioral disorders, intellectual disabilities, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic impairments, speech-language impairments, and developmental delays. Marcy has implemented a wide variety of literacy and mathematics programs, including Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Corrective Reading, Great Leaps Fluency, Reading Mastery, Words Their Way, Writing Workshop, Expeditionary Learning, Reading A-Z, Investigations, DreamBox, and Eureka Math.

Marcy is knowledgeable about effective practices for building relationships with students and cultivating a supportive learning environment. She has been trained by CT3 in the No-Nonsense Nurturer approach. Marcy can reach and motivate learners who are feeling discouraged and helps them become increasingly comfortable being challenged and taking risks. Marcy believes in making learning as fun and engaging as possible and often incorporates games into lessons. Every success is celebrated, and her students take an active role in tracking progress toward their goals.

LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Administering formal and informal literacy assessments; Individualized instruction in phonological awareness, decoding/encoding (spelling), phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, structured literacy, multisensory strategies, dyslexia, language-based learning disabilities
AGES: Grades K-6


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Darielle is an elementary school Principal within the charter network in NYC. She is an NYS certified teacher for grades 1-6 in General and Special Education. Her education includes a B.S. in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters in General and Special Education (grades 1-6) from Touro College. She is passionate about working with kids and supporting them in any way she can.

Darielle has taught grade 1st, 2nd, 7th, 9th and 10th grade but has worked in grades K-7 and 9-12 within her career. She has tutored in elementary grades K-6 as well. She has worked with students with different needs such as ADHD, autism, and speech and language impairments.

Darielle can help students struggling with decoding/encoding, fluency, reading, reading comprehension, and mathematics. She works mainly with scholars needing support in phonemic awareness; letter/sound identification, blending sounds, as well as, guided reading, reading comprehension skills, and writing. She is trained in Success For All (which is a literacy program) to help with phonemic awareness and has been highly trained on best practices in regards to guided reading. As for math, she uses a progressive, hands-on approach which will help your scholar learn how to critically think about mathematics rather than just memorize an equation to solve!

LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Flatbush. Manhattan: Downtown area, Lower East or West Side, Financial District

Joanna K.

Dual Certified Educator, Master’s in Early Childhood and Special Education
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Joanna Kamouh is a NY State dual-certified educator specializing in Early Childhood and Special Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and her Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from NYU Steinhardt.

Joanna has been working with students in general and special education settings for three years, most recently teaching kindergarten in NYC public schools. Her lessons are student-centered, using both assessment data and students’ personal interests to form targeted lessons that are relevant and engaging. Joanna believes that students learn best through exploration and experience and therefore create learning experiences that are multimodal and interactive, utilizing hands-on and movement-based activities as often as possible.

Joanna particularly enjoys helping students in the area of literacy – not only improving their literacy skills but finding the joy in reading independently. She has a strong belief that phonemic and phonological awareness is the foundation of early literacy and has provided phonics intervention to students from grades K-2.

LOCATION: Remote, Brooklyn
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual Therapy, Small Group/Pods (2-4 clients)
EXPERTISE: Early Childhood Literacy (Reading and Written Language), Phonics Intervention, Decoding/Encoding, Reading Fluency, Math, Number Sense, Common Core Tutoring, Special Education
AGES: Pre-K through 2nd Grade

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Saadia M.

M.S. in Elementary Education, Certified Teacher, TESOL/ESL Teacher
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Saadia is a skillful elementary teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience in the public and private sectors of education. For the past 3 years, she has been serving as a TESOL/ESL teacher for a company that teaches English to students who live overseas. Saadia has taught grades K to 5 and served as a Title 1 teacher to provide interventions and academic support to 5th graders at risk of being retained. She believes that instructional practices should be individualized and the data should be the number one factor to determine a student’s academic path to success.

Saadia has designed and implemented multi-faceted lesson plans to reflect the ever-changing tapestries of student growth. As a kindergarten teacher, her students experienced reading and math success one and sometimes even two years above their grade level, due to her belief in the multiple intelligence theories of learning and her varied instructional strategies that satisfied all modalities of learning. Saadia has served as a mentor teacher to individuals in their Master’s program and trained new teachers within her classroom, when she worked in Brooklyn, on inquiry-based learning/executive functioning skills and curricular alignment with the Common Core State Standards.

Saadia holds her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Justice System Services from Temple University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate studies, she became a member of the NIKE P.L.A.Y Corps (Participate in the Lives of American Youth) and the Black Women in Sports Foundation under the direction of Tina Sloan Green. Within the program, Saadia was guided and mentored under the leadership of WNBA basketball legend, Dawn Staley.

As an Autism Specialist, Saadia designed and implemented behavioral treatment plans for students in the home, school, and community environments. She attended training on Functional Behavior Assessments and Comprehensive Assessment Planning, which allowed her to systematically collect data about children’s behaviors, consequences of the behavior, and actions prior to the behavior (A-B-C) to determine the best course of treatment planning. Saadia believes learning should be fun, engaging, attainable, and accessible to all students. She shares former president, John F. Kennedy’s belief that “Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or an equal motivation, but children have the equal right to develop their talent, their ability, and their motivation.”

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how thrilled we are to be working with Saadia. She brings a depth of clinical expertise that is beyond what I envisioned in this process, and she has a great way with my daughter – a spirited kid who can change modes without warning. My kids have had some good teachers but Saadia is clearly on another level.

Location: Online
Type of Services: Multiple Intelligence services/varied instructional practices/executive functioning skills/working memory/ESL/ELL instruction/Formal/Informal Assessments/ASD interventions/reading interventions/math interventions/homework assistance
Expertise: Multisensory strategies/balanced literacy/neuropedagogy/data driven instruction/differentiated instruction/reading intervention/math interventions/inquiry and critical thinking skills/behavioral treatment plan writing and implementation/response to intervention/IEP assistance/healthy lifestyle and positive self image
Ages: Pre K to 5th




Kaaren E.

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Kaaren is a New York State licensed Speech-Language Therapist. She graduated from Brooklyn College with her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. Kaaren holds a New York State certificate as a Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD), as well as a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Kaaren has provided speech and language support services for elementary and middle-school aged students within the NYC Department of Education (DOE). She has treated students with receptive and expressive language differences, delays, and other language-learning disorders, including those with various developmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and executive function difficulties, she has worked to help these students to access their curriculum and increase their decoding, reading comprehension, writing, and executive function skills. Kaaren also has experience working with adults, conducting evaluations, and providing short-term therapy for language rehabilitation primarily to persons who had recently suffered strokes. Additionally, Kaaren provides accent modification services to clients for personal and/or professional purposes.

In supporting preteen and teen students at the middle school and high school levels to meet the Speaking, Listening and Language components of the NYS Common Core State Standards, Kaaren aided in the development of their reading comprehension by teaching them to break down multisyllabic words, helping augment their vocabulary though prefix, suffix, and root-word understanding, and by reading through basic annotation of text. She has used and seen positive results for Dr. Anita Archer’s REWARDS Reading Program. Furthermore, Kaaren provided instruction on writing. She modeled and provided guided scaffolding to teach students how to construct a range of sentence types beginning at the basic simple (noun plus verb) sentence level, increasing to compound and complex sentences involving appositives, and culminating in the planning, outlining execution, and even editing of essays.

Kaaren is committed to using evidence-based practices and understands the importance of being part of the interdisciplinary team consisting of other professionals as well as family members to help clients advance toward their individual goals. She strongly believes that caregivers ought to be taught the means to attain the target skills so that they can become facilitators of progress, for the child or adult, and work to achieve generalization of skills at home. While always professional, she keeps her clients at ease with her breezy charm whether providing instruction about tongue placement, or the use of appropriate sentence structure. Overall Kaaren is a proponent for client-centered service delivery models, incorporating the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team and strong caregiver involvement. She affirms that the sooner treatment can begin and with the consistency of service, the greater the likelihood of developing communicative competence and confidence.

LOCATION: Brooklyn – Flatbush, Flatlands, Kensington, Marine Park, Midwood, Park Slope, Prospect Park, Manhattan – downtown locations
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group therapy (2-3 children) speech/language evaluations, parent/caretaker consultations, and training
EXPERTISE: Receptive/Expressive Language Delays and Disorders, Decoding, Phonological Awareness/Literacy development, Vocabulary Development, Oral and Written Language Development, Grammar, Sentence Structure, Fluency/Stuttering, Accent Modification, Articulation
AGES: preteen through adult

Nicole M.

M.A. in Secondary Education English Teacher Specialization
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Nicole is currently a New York State certified Middle School English Teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with many different types of budding scholars from 5th graders through undergraduate college students. Her master’s degree was obtained at CUNY Brooklyn, where she graduated with distinction. Also, Nicole graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University with a B.A. in English Honors. Her personal teaching philosophy is rooted in the words of the late, great educator Rita Pierson, “every child deserves a champion.” Nicole strives for a classroom that is inclusive, built on respect and rapport, and serves as a safe space for all learners. Each child deserves an equitable education that meets his or her needs.

Heading into her eight-year teaching, she has supported students with autism, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, visual processing disorders, dysgraphia, and struggling readers and writers. Nicole has been trained in the following programs: Engage NY, Google Apps for Education, and Expeditionary Learning.

She is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator who alpha and beta tested Google Classroom in its inception in 2013. In school, her classroom is marked by students’ intrinsic motivation to learn, the inquiry process, student-centered learning, technology implementation, and fun!

Nicole specializes in English Language Arts, NYS English Regents Prep, and standardized test prep tutoring. Through patience, understanding, and conversation, she seeks to elevate all of her students. Each student will receive individualized instruction that challenges him or her through the usage of leveled texts. Every student’s program will be designed with his or her interests in order to establish a common ground and appropriate entry point for the material. Additionally, each student’s progress will be assessed to ensure the lessons are data-driven. Her students will gain comprehension through dialogue, questioning the text, making self-to-text connections, annotation, chunking, and summary. Vocabulary skills will be strengthened through practice, usage, and connotation study.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Park Slope, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park areas/communities
Staten Island: Bay Terrace, West Brighton, Castleton Corners, Old Town, Great Kills, Westerleigh, Historic Richmondtown, Grymes Hill, and Todt Hill areas/communities
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading intervention and instruction, essay writing assistance, test prep
EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for those struggling with reading comprehension and writing
AGES: 6th grade to undergraduate college students

Lora G.

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Lora is a certified paraprofessional with over 5 years of experience working one-to-one with children with Individualized Education Plans. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Health Education and Promotion while working full-time during her undergraduate years. She is currently enrolled in New York University for her Masters in Occupational Therapy. 

Lora is passionate about working with students with different neurological, behavioral, physical, cognitive, psychological and developmental disabilities. She believes that behind every amazing teacher is a supportive and knowledgeable paraprofessional. Paraprofessionals work very closely with students and give students more one-to-one assistance while the teacher is mainly focused on the class as a whole. On the job, she has worked with different students/groups every year with many different strengths and weaknesses. She has taken many courses and workshops on how to approach students who are struggling with learning disabilities. She is passionate about encouraging students by highlighting their strengths and working on their weaknesses.

As a paraprofessional, she assisted students academically and socially inside as well as outside of the classroom.

She also accompanied students to multiple Speech therapy sessions where she gained knowledge on speech therapy as well as the students she was working with. She has learned programs for literacy such as Fundations and SIPPS. She also assisted in Math programs such as GoMath and Envisions. Her main goal was to assist students and teachers to successfully complete lesson goals.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan
TYPES OF SERVICES: Homework help, individualized reading and writing instruction, phonic skills, math problem-solving skills, reading and math comprehension
EXPERTISE: Working one-on-one with students of all different kinds of disabilities, improving reading, writing and math skills
AGES: Preschool-4th grade

Tamara C.

NY State Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (B-2)

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Tamara is a veteran early childhood educator with over 25 years of experience in the field. She holds an MST and MsEd from Fordham University, an MBA, and an Ed.D from Johns Hopkins University where she researched the impact adults have on children’s social/emotional development.

Tamara taught kindergarten for over 10 years, with experience in Pre-K, and first grade. She has also worked one-on-one with students from 2 to 20 years old in all areas of literacy acquisition, including phonics, phonemic awareness, writing, fluency and comprehension. She has been trained in Wilson, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, the Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, Reading Rescue and Reading Recovery and is currently the Associate Director of Professional Learning for Reading Rescue.

Tamara’s methods of instruction focus on the reading science through a multisensory approach to instruction, as well as on the fun. She prides herself on students LOVING her sessions. She works with students on not only their literacy skills, but also focusing on their self-esteem and comfort level so they are prepared to take their learning back to their classrooms.  She has experience working with students with various needs including ADHD, autism, anxiety, behavior disorders, and dyslexia.

In addition to literacy support, Tamara provides test prep, executive functioning skills coaching, as well as study skills.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights; Manhattan: Upper West Side, Midtown West, Chelsea, The Village, Financial District;  Staten Island; Bronx; New Jersey: Bergen and Hudson counties
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized reading instruction, test prep, executive functioning, study skills, parent consultation and coaching
EXPERTISE: Early childhood education, special education, early literacy acquisition, social/emotional development
EDADES: desde el nacimiento hasta la escuela primaria

Kathleen F.

M.S. Childhood Education, Orton Gillingham Specialist

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Kathleen is a New York State certified teacher and is actively working for the NYC Department of Education in the Autism Spectrum Disorders Nest program. Though she is currently teaching in a special education classroom, she is also certified to teach general education, both in early childhood (birth-2) and elementary level (grades 1-6); having both of these certifications she can serve the needs of all learners. She received her B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University and her M.S in Childhood Education from Brooklyn College. Throughout her decade-long career, she has spent most of that time working with students with Autism as well as students with various learning needs, working in Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classrooms as well as a Substantially Separate classroom. She has worked with students with reading disabilities. Kathleen is able to adapt lessons to meet the needs of all students by using visual supports, graphic organizers, and reading comprehension strategies. Kathleen believes in the use of visuals and tactile supports to help students develop independence within reading and writing. She has received in-service Orton Gillingham training and has experience using OG in her Kindergarten classroom. Kathleen was able to use OG for both large groups and 1:1 work to help her students with phonics and phonemic awareness. Kathleen has been trained in OG for students in grade K-2; she uses these strategies to help her students build a strong foundation in decoding and encoding. She uses this foundation to help build strong and confident writers and readers. She also has experience with Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Remote & Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, and Long Island: Western & Southern Nassau Country
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual sessions, group (2-3 children)
EXPERTISE: Autism, Literacy Support
AGES: Birth through Elementary School

Giana M.

NYS CERTIFIED in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)
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Giana Marie Schenone is from Carle Place, NY and entering her third year as a 2Dakota del Norte grade Special Education Teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She is certified in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6). Giana Marie has many years of experience tutoring students with multiple disabilities including autism, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, and ADHD. Prior to teaching, she worked in a life-skills and vocational program. Giana Marie implements a multi-sensory approach to instruction by providing the students with multiple entry points to learning. This includes assessing children, determining the students strengths and areas of needs and tailoring instruction accordingly. She has experience with integrating Orton Gillingham strategies utilizing programs such as Reading A-Z, Fundations, Wilson, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Giana Marie assesses her students with a variety of tools including Teacher’s College running records, LLI, and Fundations assessments.

Giana Marie also has expertise providing quality direct instruction with phonological awareness, sight word recognition, guided reading, writing development, and reading fluency and comprehension. For example, she is proficient with using Teacher’s College and technology programs such as Lexia and Raz-Kids to support her students with phonics, reading fluency, and vocabulary development. Also, Giana Marie has experience in mathematics instruction where she uses manipulatives and various strategies from the Go Math and enVision curriculum. Furthermore, she uses ABA methodologies, visual schedules, and positive reinforcement systems to support student learning. For instance, Giana Marie uses a token economy system with academic tasks for students who require behavior modifications to support their academic and social-emotional needs.

LOCATION: Long Island, Queens
TYPE OF SERVICES: Elementary reading, writing, and math
TEST PREP: 3-5 ELA and Math test prep
EXPERTISE: Learning disabilities, Speech and Language impairments, ADHD, autism, guided reading, writing development, curriculum modification, assessment, and data analysis


M.S. Elementary and Special Education
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Sohayla graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education. She is certified in New York State to teach 1st through 6th grade and also has extensive experience working with students all the way up to the doctoral level. Sohayla built her academic career and gained leadership experience during her 5 years as a Saint John’s student. While being an after school teacher, and a graduate assistant at Saint John’s University’s Writing Center, Sohayla has learned the skills necessary to facilitate a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment for all her students. Her experiences as a Writing Consultant have allowed her to view learning through multiple interconnected perspectives. She has held writer’s workshops for elementary age students. Sohayla has an ability to work with students with various ranges of abilities and she is known for her patience and creativity.

Sohayla has worked in various classroom settings including self-contained, inclusive, ICT, and general. Within these classroom settings, Sohayla has taught students using literacy and mathematics programs/strategies including Teachers College, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), Go Math, and enVision Math. Sohayla is familiar with tools such as What Works Clearinghouse and is able to implement evidence-based practices. She also has experience working one-to-one with students or in larger group settings specifically in literacy and math. Sohayla’s teaching style is unique in that it is student-centered and can apply to a wide range of ages and abilities. Sohayla’s top priority is for her students to master new concepts while simultaneously building self-efficacy.

Sohayla knows that each student learns differently. She believes in designing accommodations and modifying content to meet the needs of her students. When it comes to math or literacy, Sohayla focuses on the concepts being taught and works with students to determine their abilities. Sohayla is able to highlight a student’s strengths and uses those strengths to hone their weaknesses in math or literacy. When a student seems to not grasp a concept, Sohayla first analyzes her own teaching and checks to see how she can design a re-teach to meet the student’s specific needs.

Sohayla has proven effective communication through her success with clients, and she updates parents on all significant matters in a timely manner. She believes that her love for student curiosity, coupled with helping others to succeed, makes her passionate and driven in the field. Sohayla works with students to learn their interests and applies those interests within her lessons when appropriate. She works hard to make learning intriguing for her students, and she understands the importance of building teacher to student rapport. Sohayla’s admiration for teaching extends far beyond her own philosophy and exists to help the voices of others be realized and expressed. She believes in order to set students up for success, a positive classroom environment that meets the needs of all learners regardless of race, language, or ability needs to be established.

LOCATION: Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn
TYPES OF SERVICES: Literacy, Reading Comprehension, writing, spelling, vocabulary, math skills, and concepts.
EXPERTISE: Specializing in working with students with learning disabilities. Following systematic and explicit instruction. Implementing Evidence-based practices.
AGES: K-6 also works with 12th grade and & students on writing assignments.


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Kate was a classroom teacher for the New York City Public School system for nine years. It was here she found her passion for working with special needs children. She spent the majority of her career working in a self-contained classroom and also has experience in collaborative, team teaching classrooms. After this she began providing 1-1 Special Education services within both the home and school setting. She has worked with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ODD, PDD and ADHD. She has taught children who need assistance with executive functioning and also worked with the speech and language impaired. While providing these consulting services, Kate earned her Response to Intervention Certificate. She has provided parent training, led classroom workshops on working with special needs children, developed successful behavior plans and wrote IEP goals.

Kate is trained in the Fundations program, which is multi-sensory and targets phonics, spelling, and handwriting. Kate also received training in the Orton-Gillingham literacy program and has used NY Engage, Everyday Math from the University of Chicago and GO-math. When providing literacy instruction, Kate will specifically address the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. When providing math instruction, she will work on number concepts, basic computation skills, word problems and use manipulatives for a hands on approach. Kate believes in using a wide variety of modalities when instructing children. She will prepare, individualize and incorporate instructional activities that could include movement (kinesthetic), seeing (visual), hearing (auditory), and touch (tactile). She finds children learn best when engaged in activities they find fun and most like “play”. Some of the young learners she has worked with have enjoyed shaving cream writing or sand writing. Others enjoy hopscotch reading, “snowball” fight word reading or letter identification. Some learners find writing a song to memorize number facts or spelling words helpful while others she has worked with make videos to record themselves recalling vocabulary or multiplication facts.

Kate believes there is no such thing as an “unteachable child.” She believes in uncovering the learner’s strengths, discovering his or her unique interests and building individualized instruction around that. While instructing students, she believes in using a multitude of different approaches, which are specifically designed to meet the learner’s needs.

LOCATION: Long Island
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual or group (2-3 children), literacy or math instruction and special education services (SEIT, BIS, ABA)
EXPERTISE: Working with students with disabilities. Increasing executive functioning skills, creating task analysis boards, incorporating behavior intervention strategies to support academic success, Fundations, Orton-Gillingham, and Common Core Curriculum.
AGES: Kindergarten through grade 5

Adrienne D.

M.A. Childhood Education
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Adrienne is a New York State Certified teacher with fourteen years of experience in the field of education. Adrienne began her career as a one-to-one educator for a student with autism. Following this experience, and upon the completion of her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University, Adrienne began her ten-year tenure with private schools on Long Island. Throughout this time, Adrienne was a classroom teacher in grades K, 1, and 4. She also worked as the Academic Intervention Specialist for primary grade students.

As a classroom teacher, Adrienne developed various strategies to assess the student’s progress and determine areas of weakness. Additionally, Adrienne believes that effective education must be tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Each lesson she designs employs the best educational practices in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Although Adrienne has experience teaching all subjects to grades K-4, she specializes in the areas of literacy and mathematics. As a literacy teacher, Adrienne focuses on enabling her students to master the five principles of reading. These are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. She has expertise in using the Fountas and Pennell Leveled Literacy program. In addition, Adrienne recognizes the important connection between reading and writing and as such focuses on both as part of her literacy curriculum.

As a mathematics instructor, Adrienne has prepared her students for the New York State Math Assessments. In order to do this, she utilizes the Eureka Math program which meets all New York State criteria. In addition, Adrienne understands the importance of reinforcing basic math principles that are the essential building blocks for future mathematical success. She also understands the importance of reading in today’s math curriculum and as such teaches her students how to read, interpret, solve, and state their answers to math word problems.

LOCATION: Nassau County and Remote Learning
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual Tutoring and Small Group Instruction in all subject areas
AGES: Kindergarten through 4th grade


Reading Specialist & Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner
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Judy is a New York licensed Elementary teacher (Nursery School-Grade 6) and licensed Reading Specialist (K-12). Judy has been teaching reading for over 25 years, teaching for the NYC Board of Education and for the last 20 years for a school district on Long Island. She has her Bachelor of Science in education and a Masters of Science in Reading from St. John’s University.

Judy is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is currently working on her Orton-Gillingham Associate level certification. Judy is trained in the Wilson Fundations program which focuses on phonics instruction for students K-3. Both are sequential and systematic in their approach to teaching decoding, encoding, fluency, and comprehension. She tutors students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. This includes working with students who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia. Judy utilizes a multisensory approach in all of her lessons.

Judy has been trained by staff developers at Columbia’s Teachers College in the use of Readers and Writers workshop, along with using Independent Reading Strategies to build fluency and comprehension. She is also trained in Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) which focuses on a balanced approach of a combination of word work, fluency work, and comprehension work. Close reading strategies are implemented in all of her lessons. Students are given explicit instruction in the use of strategies to improve their comprehension skills. These strategies include working on plot and setting, characters, figurative language, and vocabulary.

She has experience working with special needs students which include students with dyslexia and ADHD. Judy has tutored students both in their homes and remotely. She is diagnostic and prescriptive creating individualized lessons to help improve students reading abilities.

LOCATION: Nassau and Suffolk Counties
TIPO DE SERVICIOS: Evaluaci?n inicial de lectura e intervenci?n de lectura.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
EDADES: jard?n de infantes hasta secundaria

DR. Chris

Special Educator, Wilson and Orton-Gillingham Certified, Reading, Writing
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Dr. Chris received a PhD in urban education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received a Masters degree in special education from Hunter College, also of the City University of New York. He has spent much of his 25-year career as a literacy specialist working with students with learning disabilities. He has been a tutor, public and private school teacher, a literacy specialist, an administrator, and a college professor. His focus in all of these positions and stages of his career has been to teach children to read. As a teacher and tutor, he developed literacy skills in children of all ages but mostly older children, between 10 and 18. As a professor, he has taught special education methods with a focus on literacy instruction. He has made it his personal mission to teach his graduate students how to teach children who struggle with basic reading skills such as decoding and fluency and, of course, comprehension. Throughout his career, he has been shocked by how many teachers, special education teachers included, are unprepared to help children who struggle with reading. He has many years of experience using and teaching Orton Gillingham-based decoding methods (Wilson Reading System, Recipe for Reading, etc.) and reading comprehension instructional methods such as Reciprocal Teaching, Visualizing and Verbalizing, among others. He is also experienced in writing instructional methods such as Basic Writing Skills (Hochman), and Framing Your Thoughts (Project Read). He is also versed in helping children develop executive function skills.

Natalie L.

Orton-Gillingham Trained
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Natalie Lombardo is a New York State Licensed Literacy Specialist (ages birth-grade 12) and Elementary Education Teacher. She holds a Bachelors of Science Degree and Masters in Literacy from St. John s University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She has training from Columbia Teachers College Program as well as Orton-Gillingham.

Natalie has worked with students for over 16 years and has a passion for working with students struggling to read. She has provided instruction using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Wilson Fundations Program, Learning Without Tears, Fountas & Pinnell, Journey s Literacy Program, Go Math and Everyday Math. She is a part of her school’s instructional team and is involved in curriculum planning and writing.

Natalie believes that ALL children can learn and uses a multisensory approach and individualized instruction to ensure success. She uses her training, evaluation of the student’s needs and experience to develop a curriculum tailored to each child. She keeps her students engaged by using multisensory materials and student interest. Natalie also specializes in Executive Function Coaching. She assists students to focus, develop organizational skills, plan and prioritize, and time management. She helps students set individual learning goals and works with the parents to help her students achieve these goals and develop a love for learning.

UBICACI?N: Staten Island
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, reading intervention, ELA instruction (phonemic awareness, decoding, comprehension, fluency & writing), test prep, elementary school math instruction & intervention, ELA & math enrichment
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, students with dyslexia, math intervention & enrichment
AGES: Pre school through Grade 6

Amy H.

New York State Certified Literacy Instructor, M.S.ed, Wilson Trained
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Amy earned her Masters of Education at Bank Street College of Education. She is experienced with students who have a broad array of learning issues including dyslexia, and works one-to-one with students in decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, phonological awareness, language delays, and with students struggling in math. She also works with general education students needing extra support.

Amy has extensive experience with supporting pre-literacy skills such as letter identification, phonics, kindergarten readiness, and performs formal and informal assessments. She is trained in multiple Orton Gillingham programs including Wilson, Fundations, PAF, and IMSE. In addition to her work with these structured, multi-sensory approaches, she has extensive experience with teaching comprehension skills and filling in gaps for students needing support with specific concepts. She is experienced in Seeing Stars and Lindamood Bell methods used frequently for students needing greater language support.

Amy’s approach to mathematical instruction is to present an organized and structured curriculum using multisensory methods similar to her Orton Gililngam training with literacy. Incorporating review and building on known concepts are an integral part of her philosophy. She’s trained and experienced in Everyday Math K-3. As her role as a Learning Specialist, she pushed in to 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms to teach math.

Amy has a warm, intuitive nature and specializes in individualizing her plan of action for each student. She has experience teaching within Manhattan s private k-3 schools as a reading teacher and learning specialist and has tutored students through middle school. She has worked with students ranging in age from 3-14.

LOCATION: Manhattan, including Harlem
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons, reading comprehension, formal and informal reading assessments, phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, decoding strategies, fluency, and reading comprehension, spelling, sight word recognition, pre-literacy, and kindergarten readiness.
EXPERTISE: Developing individualized remediation for struggling readers
EDADES: desde preescolar hasta secundaria

Ann Marie O.

New York and New Jersey State Certified Reading Teacher K-12, M.S.ed, Wilson Reading Trained & Orton-Gillingham Trained
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Ann Marie is a New York and New Jersey State Certified Reading teacher for grades K-12. She earned her M.S.ed as a Reading Teacher from CUNY Lehman College and her B.A. in English from Hunter College. She has over 20 years of experience teaching reading in various school settings. She is experienced and trained in many Orton-Gillingham based reading programs and methodologies. She is passionate about helping students learn to the best of their abilities. Ann Marie believes that all children can learn to their fullest potential and that having a deep understanding of a child’s learning profile is essential in helping them to reach their goals.

Ann Marie is experienced with many reading programs and curriculums within the public, charter, private, and progressive school systems. She’s had formal training with all three tiers of the Wilson Reading System (Fundations, Just Words, and the Wilson Reading System) and she also has certification from The Institute of Multisensory Education (IMSE). She is also experienced working with Lindamood-Bell programs (Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing). She has experience teaching many curriculums such as Fountas and Pinnell’’s Leveled Literacy, F & P Guided Reading, Reading Mastery, and Wheatley Reading. In addition to teaching reading, she is experienced in teaching basic writing skills (K-12) and Singapore based math (grades K – 2) using the Eureka Math Program. With her knowledge and experience of teaching, she can quickly target gaps and create a program based on the learning profile of each student.

LOCATION: Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester, New Jersey
TYPES OF SERVICES: Formal and informal reading assessments, Cognitive Abilities Testing
EXPERTISE: Working with students with extreme challenges, using assessments to target weaknesses, creating individualized programs for students based on learning profiles, Data-driven instruction, multi-sensory approaches
AGES: K-12

Jurga C.

Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
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Jurga is an early childhood special education teacher in Manhattan. She has been teaching since 2009 as a SEIT, an Early Intervention teacher, reading specialist, special education teacher in an ICT classroom, as well as a teacher in a self-contained special education classroom. Jurga has experience working with students with speech and language disabilities, autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, and learning disabilities. She believes in every child's ability to learn to read or do math and the teacher s duty to find the right approach or strategy that best fits the child's individual needs. Jurga loves to use literacy or math games whenever possible to lower the child’s anxiety and to enhance learning.

Jurga has completed the Orton-Gillingham training, practicum, and certification through Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE). She has extensive knowledge of Wilson Fundations, Eureka Math, Go Math, and Teachers College reading and writing curriculum. Jurga s knowledge of a variety of approaches helps her find the right activities for the student, start the work at the student’s functional level, and progress in sequential order from basic to more complex skills.

Jurga was trained in the Judith C. Hochman‘s Writing Revolution course Advancing Thinking Through Escritura that covers complete sentences and sentence fragments, use of basic and subordinating conjunctions, scrambled sentences, sentence types, developing questions, using appositives in writing, sentence combining, note-taking, sentence expansion, single-paragraph outline, summary sentences, and multiple-paragraph outline.

LOCATION: Bronx, Riverdale, Upper and Midtown Manhattan, Northern New Jersey
TYPE OF SERVICE: Initial reading assessment, phonics, phonemic awareness, blending, syllabication, reading comprehension, fluency, math intervention
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, Eureka Math, Fountas & Pinnell, Teachers College reading and writing
AGES: K- grade 3

Remy S.

M.S., Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
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Remy is a professionally certified Special Education Teacher (Birth-Grade 6) and Reading Specialist with over 10 years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College and a master’s degree from The College of New Rochelle. Remy is trained in Orton Gillingham. Additionally, she is trained in PAF, Fundations, and Fountas and Pinnell.

Remy currently resides in Manhattan where she works as a private SEIT and Reading Specialist for families throughout the UES. In her 10 + years of experience as an educator, Remy has had the opportunity to work as an AIS Teacher, Resource Room Teacher, SETSS Teacher, and a Special Education Teacher in an ABA center-based program affiliated with Teacher’s College. Due to her diverse professional experience, Remy possesses a strong background in working with students with learning disabilities, speech and language delays, ADD/ADHD as well as autism, emotional/behavior disorders, and processing difficulties. In addition to her experience working with a diverse range of learners, Remy has also received 1500 hours of supervision under a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has experience creating behavior intervention plans, coaching parents and teachers on behavior management strategies, and utilizing positive behavioral interventions. Given her extensive experience in special education, she is able to effectively differentiate/modify instruction, provide various scaffolds to assist students, and utilize positive reinforcement strategies to help students stay on task throughout instruction.

Remy is truly committed to helping each of her students reach their full potential by providing them with the tools that they need in order to become confident, independent and successful learners. She believes that in order to create an effective learning environment, instruction must be tailored to the individual learning needs of each student based on their learning styles and interests. In order to accomplish this, her programming focuses on a highly individualized and student-centered based approach. Her ultimate goal for each of her students is to foster a love for learning and to have them embrace their unique abilities as learners.

LOCATION: Upper East Side
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, reading comprehension, decoding, encoding, fluency, phonemic/phonological awareness, sight word recognition, writing, early math skills.
EXPERTISE: Students with disabilities, reading comprehension, decoding, fluency, phonological intervention.
AGES: Grade Pre-K- 4th grade


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Joy is a New York State certified Reading Teacher K-12, Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6). English Grades 7-12, earning a Masters in the Art of Teaching, Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, including Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Manhattanville College. Also, recently receiving her Advanced Special Education certificate from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexic Practitioner (W.D.P) as well as receiving her TESOL certificate from Westchester Community College. Joy has always enjoyed teaching as a Literacy Specialist and found herself working to help students with significant reading delays and difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, students reading below grade level, and those struggling with comprehension. She works with various levels in schools grades K-12. As a lifelong learner and educator, Joy has completed course work in Secondary Education in English for Middle School and High School. Her knowledge of working with students with disabilities has been an asset to her teaching career.

Joy achieved the title of Certified Wilson Instructor in steps 1-6 in which she teaches her students the multi-steps of the Wilson Reading Program using the multi-sensory approach. Her creative ability in teaching literacy provides the students with transferable skills to help the reluctant reader to engage with the text as they become able readers and writers.

Joy is a dedicated, dynamic professional who cares deeply about her teaching, and the individual needs of each of her students. The work that she does inspires and changes the lives of her students every day through methods in response to literature. She especially enjoys instructing those students with disabilities; that has made all the difference. Joy has worked one-on-one with children who have been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral needs as well as learning disabilities. She has assisted children with executive functioning skills.

Joy is trained in phonics, spelling, and decoding skills along with handwriting with her younger students. She has also received training in the “Just Words” Wilson Program for the intermediate grades. When providing literacy instruction, Joy will specifically address the major areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. When providing math instruction, she will work on number concepts, basic computational skills, word problems and use manipulatives for a hands on approach. Joy knows that students learn in different ways and have different learning styles.
Joy is a creative thinker who designs her lessons to fit the learner’s needs. Her specialized reading instruction helps to make the student feel confident and safe while building up his or her student’s self-esteem through her nurturing, patient nature and style.

LOCATION: Upper and Lower Westchester County
EXPERTISE: Creative writing, reading, and learning directives
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual or group (2-3 children), literacy or math instruction and special education children/young adults,
AGES: K-12

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