Brooklyn Letters offers private pay SEIT work performed by licensed special educators. These services are not reimbursable by the Department of Education. Brooklyn Letters also offers private at-school and at-camp professional support services by licensed professionals who have expertise working with students who exhibit attentional, speech and language, and learning delays. The latter does not qualify for Department of Education SEIT work and these services cannot be used to justify support for Department of Education SEIT services. All of our private pay SEIT work is paid directly and weekly from the clients to the professional working with the student.
Stephanie has been working with children and young students for much of her life, starting with volunteering and working in after school and summer programs for children with special needs. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Brooklyn College (2008) and her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hunter College (2010.)
Stephanie is New York State Certified in Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grade 2) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6.) She has taken continuing education courses, in pre-literacy, literacy, math, social/emotional and behavior from top lecturers in their fields.
Stephanie has spent the last 13 years providing SEIT, P3, and private tutoring services. She has worked in private schools, public schools, and children’s homes. Stephanie has vast experience teaching pre-literacy, literacy, and math skills using multi-sensory approaches. She has worked with students from age 3 to age 13. Stephanie enjoys working with children who present with poor focusing, defiant behaviors, emotional dysregulation, and weak social skills.
Stephanie’s energy and enthusiasm is evident during lessons. Her warmth and friendly demeanor results in a natural connection with her students. Her creativity and easy-going personality is apparent in collaboration and parent training. Stephanie takes a quick understanding of environments and situations and uses a whole model approach to address the child’s academic needs and modify problem behaviors.
Christie has over 10 years of experience traveling to different schools and home-based environments as a special education itinerant teacher(SEIT) and early intervention provider(EI). She is certified in Applied Behavior Analysis and has worked in progressive Montessori schools for several years. She is an advocate for an interdisciplinary approach to help children develop knowledge, confidence, self-efficacy, and emotional growth in relation to others and their environment. She is dedicated to meeting each student’s unique needs by developing a personal understanding of them. Christie is able to achieve this by providing hands-on manipulatives, fun activities, and creative approaches to learning to accommodate multiple intelligences.
Christie has worked with a wide range of learning disabilities, which include Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, communication delays, and non-verbal children with rare-genetic disorders. She has hands-on experience of using AAC devices such as Proloquo2go and works closely with related service providers to inculcate their practices into her sessions. Christie believes in cultivating and sustaining strong working relationships with team members to ensure a sense of community and ongoing support. Communication and collaboration with parents are essential in the development of children. Therefore, Christie utilizes communication in the following manner, through emails, updating parents and teachers on the progress and agenda, and through Zoom meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page and plays an equal part on the team.
Christie graduated with her Masters degree in Early Childhood and Special Education at Touro College (Birth-2nd grade) and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Childhood Education(1-6) at Wagner College. In addition to being an educator, Christie is the proud aunt of her niece and nephew(a 2 year old and a kindergartener) and has provided childcare services to various families throughout her career. She understands the importance of building a rapport while updating her practices to continue to grow and develop with each of her clients.
With years of experience as a childcare professional and special instructor, Christie is motivated to provide children with a tailored curriculum to best support their individual needs. She offers private SEIT services which include 1:1 and small group instruction for 2–5 year olds within their classroom and/or home-based environment.
LOCATION: Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Bay Ridge Brooklyn
TYPE OF SERVICES:. Special Itinerant Teacher, Working with teachers to assist students within and outside of the classroom, Individual therapy, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Multiple Disabilities, Communication Disorders
Alyssa G. has been a Special Education Teacher for 17 years and holds her M.S. in Children with Disabilities as well as an M.S. in Childhood Education. She has, additionally, obtained her M.S. in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. Alyssa is ABA trained and has worked very closely with speech-language therapists, psychologists, and BCBAs in order to successfully teach children of all abilities. She also works as a parent trainer through Life’s Worc Agency. From 2006-2021, Alyssa worked in the Great Neck Public Schools as a K-2 Intensive Needs teacher in which she implemented ABA style teaching, discreet trials, and small group learning. She is trained in Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop as well as Orton-Gillingham reading. Alysa is well versed in the Math In Focus math program, as well as the reading and phonics Fundations program.