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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

4.9 56 reviews

  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Brooklyn Letters was recommended to me through a friend's speech therapist friend in NJ. The articulation evaluation for my daughter went well. We were pleased with Kristin's services.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ a year ago
    Melissa was wonderful. Our daughter warmed to her immediately and by the time she left, had already started "practicing" some of the techniques Melissa had shown her. I will not hesitate at all to reach out to Melissa again, should … More the need arise.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aileen was INCREDIBLY helpful to us, both in assessing possible origins of my grandson's food aversions, as well as informing us of various available interventions to consider.
    I can’t thank you and Brooklyn Letters enough for connecting
    … More us with Aileen. In all our feeding therapy journey we have not gotten anything near the kind of benefit that we did from her. Her knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness have put us on the path of progress with my grandson and has also made us feel genuinely well cared for.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We were amazed with Allison! She met my son at 2 1/2 years old, not speaking much at all, and over a computer, and she was able to develop a bond and friendship, so much so that he would look forward to his weekly computer time with Allison. … More I was not sure how the speech therapy would go- but we are so happy that we tried it out and continued. It allowed my son to gain confidence in his speech, make a new friend :), and also give him the skills and a bit of understanding of how to shape his mouth or where to place his tongue to make the proper sounds. We were extremely happy with Allison- she was fantastic to work with.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously. In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and I have an upcoming conference call. Both my … More neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College. She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ a year ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Highly recommend Jill. She is a total pleasure to work with. After a few months working with Jill, my son is reading above grade level and LOVES to read. Mission accomplished!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Paige was great and we had been really happy with her. I would highly recommend her! I recommend Brooklyn Letters to whomever asks for a speech therapist.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Theo was fantastic with our 4yo son. We were very worried that his progress would fall off when we had to switch to remote sessions, but Theo kept our son happy and engaged through the screen. Highly highly recommend!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We've been working with Theo from Brooklyn Letters for close to 4 months now and the results are apparent; our daughter has vastly improved her speech in a relatively short amount of time. We make "Theo Day" a celebration … More in our house with pancakes for breakfast, and the enthusiasm is matched in the sessions. Theo is fun, patient, professional, and caring, and he gives us the tools to take the lessons beyond the session. Thank you Theo, and Brooklyn Letters, for helping our daughter express herself.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I worked with Alina to enhance my pronunciation, tone, and pacing while communicating socially and in a work environment. She was great to work with and clear about goals and learning objectives. The improvement from day 1 has been tremendous! … More
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Cathy has been excellent with us and our son. We will sorely miss her. He has improved significantly with Cathy’s help. Cathy was a true partner with us, especially as we pursued additional help through our son’s school system.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We really loved working with Alina, she is so fantastic. Patient yet firm, and determined the best course of action very clearly and succintly for us. And it all transitioned so well to Zoom as well. I will definitely be back in touch for … More services for our other child after summer break!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Vera was amazing! My 11 yo daughter made progress so quickly and really looked forward to her sessions. She was kept motivated and engaged.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    The work that Allison P. did with our daughter over the years has been invaluable to us. Our daughter had such a good relationship with Allison, and it allowed them to work really well together - even remotely these past 6 months. This … More year, Allison went above and beyond by helping us throughout the neuropsych eval we did, trying to re-open our daughter's IEP at her school, and eventually landing her at our chosen school. She was in contact with our daughter's teachers, with the neuropsychologist, and made herself available as a reference to speak on behalf of our daughter's learning differences.
    Allison stopped by our house last week to give our daughter cupcakes and say goodbye, and I literally cried with appreciation for what an amazing speech therapist she has been. She has been our daughter's biggest champion. The new families that she will work with this year are lucky to have her.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Sydney was great! Our son was sad to end his sessions with her, which says a lot. We appreciated her honest assessment of his skill level, and he now has materials to self monitor and practice. Thank you!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Michelle Macroy-Higgins. We are extremely pleased with her work with our daughter. I was so grateful for my daughter to have a speech therapist who is a researcher (specialty in late … More talkers), graduate professor and practitioner. Her expertise was clearly evident in our conversations and work with our daughter. She was very responsive to my questions and often sent articles and other materials about language development that I found helpful. Thankfully, my daughter's speech improved tremendously. Michelle developed such a warm relationship with my daughter. My daughter was always excited to see Michelle and would greet her at the door with a big hug. Lastly, I would add that Michelle always demonstrated empathy with me as a mother who was initially worried about her daughter's language development. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with Michelle's work."
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) Standards & Worksheets
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The Five Pillars of Reading

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Just like a house needs strong support and a foundation, developing literacy skills in young learners requires the Five Pillars of Reading. Learn how early literacy benefits from both print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction. When literacy instruction includes all important aspects of literacy and the students are actively engaged in learning literacy, it’s called structured literacy. To learn more about these structures, the National Reading Panel recommends that the best approach to reading instruction include the following pillars:

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. Discover the importance of phonological processing in learning to read and write. Whether you are a young learner or an adult looking to improve your reading and writing abilities, these 12 must-try literacy apps of 2023 help you achieve your goals.

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. Learn about phonemic awareness benchmarks.

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. Learn what is phonology.

 

Phonics

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. Learn what are phonological awareness and phonemic awareness.

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

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).

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Fluency

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.

Discover the important differences between a ‘speech-to-print’ approach to literacy instruction and teaching based on ‘print-to-speech.’

 

Comprehension

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.

Discover some online phonics materials for struggling readers that can help them develop the five pillars of reading. Read Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong (host: Emily Hanford), and watch Blame It On Gutenberg, a powerful film “about the evolving science of dyslexia, dueling theories of how to teach reading, and one family’s landmark struggle with an unresponsive school system.“

Read this article to learn more about dyslexia, recognize the signs, impact, support, and accommodations, how to identify the indicators, and get a diagnosis, post-diagnosis steps, approaches, assistance, how to boost self-worth, and many more!

Learning his or her ABCs is your child’s first step towards mastering reading and writing. But sometimes, teaching such an important skill can be confusing for parents. Do you start with the letter names or the letter sounds first? Is there a right way to teach a child the alphabet? Click here to read what speech-language pathologist Dr. Jan Wasowicz has to say on our blog!

Learning his or her ABCs is your child’s first step towards mastering reading and writing. But sometimes, teaching such an important skill can be confusing for parents. Do you start with the letter names or the letter sounds first? Is there a right way to teach a child the alphabet? Click here to read what speech-language pathologist Dr. Jan Wasowicz has to say on our blog!

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Jill M.

M.S., Literacy Specialist

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Jill M.

M.S., Literacy Specialist
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jill is a highly skilled literacy specialist and math instructor, boasting an impressive 19-year tenure dedicated to educating students spanning kindergarten through 12th grade. Her experience encompasses a diverse range of students with varying educational needs and backgrounds. Recognized for her expertise, Jill is frequently sought after by both parents and educational institutions.

Her certifications include Bilingual Elementary Education (EC-4), English Language Arts and Reading (4-8), Special Education (EC-12), and Principal (EC-12). Notably, Jill possesses specialized training to support dyslexic students in enhancing their reading, writing, and spelling skills through engaging instructional methods that leverage multisensory teaching techniques.

Jill is renowned for cultivating a nurturing learning environment tailored to the unique needs of each student, employing a student-centered approach to learning. Her instructional toolkit features diverse strategies and resources, including hands-on interactive activities, manipulatives, multimodal digital texts, and mind mapping. This ensures that every child acquires the essential academic and socioemotional skills for success. Parents consistently express appreciation for Jill’s instructional style, highlighting its effectiveness and the enjoyment it brings to the learning process.

Jill’s instructional expertise spans phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing, dyslexia intervention, and elementary math. She excels in crafting customized instructional plans designed to maximize each child’s potential, leading to successful academic outcomes.

Beyond her role as an educator, Jill serves as a leader and role model. She has effectively mentored new teachers, assumed responsibilities as a grade-level team leader, delivered staff development sessions on effective literacy instruction to both teachers and administrators, and spearheaded campus literacy initiatives. Jill holds a Master of Science in Education Law from Nova Southeastern University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Reading Education from Texas Woman’s University, underscoring her commitment to ongoing professional development and scholarly pursuits.

LOCATION: Online
TYPE OF SERVICES: Assessments and literacy and math instruction for individual students and groups (2-3 students).
EXPERTISE: Phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing (composition and handwriting), dyslexia intervention, and elementary math.
AGES: Literacy (K-12), Math (K-5).

Tatiana S.

M.S. Elementary Education, Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)

Tatiana S.

M.S. Elementary Education, Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Tatiana is a certified educator with a proven track record of success in achieving outstanding results on the NY state exams, backed by over 7 years of impactful teaching experience in New York City schools. She graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame and is a distinguished alumna of Teach for America. During her tenure as a TFA corps member, she earned a Masters in Elementary Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education and holds a Professional Certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1-6).

Specializing in inquiry-based learning and constructivist teaching methods, Tatiana integrates Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile (VAKT) strategies into her lesson plans. Her approach to teaching math involves the application of Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), while her expertise in reading includes training in Teacher’s College Reading and Writing, as well as Fountas & Pinnell methodologies.

Tatiana places a high priority on differentiated instruction, crafting lessons that are tailored to address the unique needs of each student. Beyond the classroom, she brings a wealth of experience tutoring English as a Second Language to children aged 7 and older. Recently, Tatiana transitioned to a role as an educational consultant, where she coaches teachers and leaders on leveraging data for instructional decision-making and implementing best practices for effective differentiation. Before this transition, she taught 3rd-5th grade on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and later in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

Tatiana’s proficiency extends to test preparation, and she possesses a deep familiarity with the math and ELA Common Core State Standards. Notably, she achieved a remarkable 100% pass-rate on the NY State Math Test for three consecutive years, surpassing the statewide average by an impressive 60%.

LOCATIONS: Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn (preference for Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill)
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction and remediation, building and strengthening knowledge of math concepts (grades 3-6), developing study skills, support with homework, test prep for math and ELA
EXPERTISE: Math instruction for grades 3-6, constructivist teaching practices, test prep for math and ELA
AGES: 3rd through 6th grade

Jayne P.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, MSEd in Childhood Education

Jayne P.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, MSEd in Childhood Education
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jayne is a seasoned educator, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Boston University and an MSEd in Childhood Education from the College of Staten Island. With an impressive 18-year teaching tenure, Jayne has worked across diverse educational settings, instructing students ranging from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. Currently, she is a tenured fourth-grade teacher in an ICT classroom in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where she specializes in literacy and excels in ELA and math test preparation.

Jayne possesses a keen understanding of the unique needs of learners with ADHD (executive functioning), dyslexia, and autism. She integrates educational technology and adaptive learning tools to cater to the diverse needs of her students, particularly focusing on grades 1-3. Jayne has received training in Columbia University Teachers College’s reading and writing curriculum, which emphasizes modeling and inquiry to enhance students’ reading and writing skills.

Her teaching approach involves employing multisensory-based modalities for phonics, phonological awareness, reading, writing, and math. Jayne guides her students through decoding exercises, including tapping out sounds, air writing, and writing words in sand or shaving cream. This method facilitates the development of fundamental decoding skills, positively impacting word reading, text comprehension, and spelling.

Additionally, Jayne is proficient in the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program, assisting students in honing strategies to answer direct and inferential questions in both fiction and nonfiction texts. She incorporates the Savvas “Words Their Way” curriculum for phonics instruction, employing a structured approach that models, sorts, practices, and assesses word knowledge levels, thereby maximizing differentiated instruction for enhanced learning opportunities.

Jayne places a strong emphasis on developing students’ handwriting skills, addressing the four main aspects of handwriting instruction: pencil grasp, formation, legibility, and pacing. This deliberate focus on handwriting contributes to positive outcomes in overall literacy development.

Michelle L.

M.S. CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Michelle L.

M.S. CCC-SLP, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Michelle is a dedicated learning specialist holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science with minors in psychology and disabilities studies from the University of Delaware. Furthering her education, she completed her Masters in Speech and Language Pathology at Hunter College, and in 2020, she attained her Juris Doctor degree from New York Law School, with a future focus on Education Law. During tutoring sessions, Michelle adeptly guides students in developing skills across various subjects, including reading, math, and writing.

In the realm of reading skills, Michelle provides in-home tutoring to nurture students’ phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, vocabulary, and reading comprehension abilities. Her student-centered approach is marked by a thoughtful incorporation of activities aligned with each student’s interests, ensuring sessions are both engaging and enjoyable.

In the domain of writing, Michelle offers tailored support to students from first grade through eighth grade, emphasizing the planning stage and organizational strategies in writing. She guides students in crafting persuasive, narrative, and informative essays, employing a process-based approach that initially focuses on generating full texts and meaningful ideas. Michelle deliberately de-emphasizes spelling, punctuation, and grammar in the initial stages, revisiting these constructs later in the writing process.

With a focus on math, Michelle brings her expertise to first through third-grade curricula. She skillfully aids students in enhancing problem-solving skills and mastering mathematical concepts through the use of tangible manipulatives and visual aids. Her approach prioritizes ensuring students have a comprehensive understanding of early mathematical concepts, laying a solid foundation for tackling more complex equations in subsequent years.

Michelle also excels in helping students strengthen their executive functioning skills. Her in-home tutoring addresses adaptable thinking, assisting students in adjusting to situations when necessary and fostering the ability to see situations from others’ perspectives. Additionally, she has experience enhancing students’ working memory, facilitating efficient retention and storage of learned information for later practical application. Michelle’s multifaceted expertise contributes significantly to students’ holistic development across various academic domains.

Erica S.

Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) and MSEd in Behavioral Disorders

Erica S.

Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) and MSEd in Behavioral Disorders
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Erica graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6). Afterward, she completed her MSEd in Behavioral Disorders at Hunter College. Erica has nine years of teaching experience in various educational settings with students of different abilities and needs for k-5th grades. She has a strong understanding of the needs of students with ADD, ADHD, and students who have difficulty with executive functioning. Her expertise is in grades 3-5. In math, Erica is familiar with TERC Investigations, Engage NY (Eureka Math) and interactive supplements like 3-Act Tasks. She is familiar with various problem-solving methods and helps students use the method that works best for them and their understanding. Erica also works with students to break down multi-step word problems in a way that helps the student understand the problem.

Additionally, Erica also incorporates a variety of instructional strategies in reading and writing. Erica teaches with a strong emphasis on modeling and guided practice to support students with skills such as elaboration and organization. Erica also supports students with homework help and test prep in math and ELA.

Erica has strong training in Columbia University Teachers College’s reading and writing curriculum. This program relies on using modeling and inquiry to help students improve their reading and writing skills. Erica is also trained in the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program that helps students work on specific strategies to improve their ability to answer direct and inferential questions in fiction and nonfiction texts.  Erica begins the tutoring process by getting to know the students on a personal level. Erica strives to create a calm learning environment so each learner feels comfortable and safe. She takes the time to observe and learn about each student’s learning style and create a personalized learning experience. This helps her students feel supported and encouraged while working with her. 

Erica has experience working with students who have different academic backgrounds and needs. Prior to working for the New York City Department of Education, Erica worked as a looping teacher (stayed with the same class for three years) for a Charter School in Harlem, New York. She traveled with her class from first grade to third grade. Currently, Erica is working as a 4th grade English teacher in a French Dual Language program. 

Erica is calm, energetic, and enthusiastic. She makes it a priority to develop positive relationships with all of her students. Erica makes learning about her students a priority and uses their specific interests to plan individualized lesson plans to keep learning fun and engaging. Her goal is to make her students gain more confidence in taking risks and working through the hard parts of learning to get to the sweet parts!

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill  
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction and remediation, building and strengthening knowledge of math concepts (grades 3-5), developing study skills, support with homework, test prep for math, and ELA.
EXPERTISE: Inquiry-based math remediation, reading comprehension and writing about reading, teaching elaboration and writing organization techniques for expository and narrative writing, homework help, test prep.
AGES: 3rd- 5th Grade

Kaitlyn R.

Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Master’s Degree in Special Education (Grade 1- Grade 6)

Kaitlyn R.

Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Master’s Degree in Special Education (Grade 1- Grade 6)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Kaitlyn is a dedicated childhood special education teacher in a Brooklyn public school, specializing in Grades 1 through 5. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) from The College of Staten Island, followed by a Master’s Degree in Special Education (Grade 1- Grade 6) from the same institution. Recently, she completed the CITE program at The College of Saint Rose, earning advanced certifications in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. With six years of experience, Kaitlyn has a proven track record of working with students from diverse backgrounds, including those with ADHD, autism, speech and language impairments, and dyslexia.

Kaitlyn takes pride in her ability to differentiate instruction to address the unique needs of her students, aligning her teaching with both the Common Core Standards and the newly adapted Next Generation Learning Standards. She incorporates the Wilson/Fundation program and applies the Orton-Gillingham approach in her teaching. Currently, she serves as the special education teacher in a 4th-grade ICT setting and has previous experience as a 1st-grade special education teacher. Kaitlyn has also worked as a 4th and 5th-grade test prep teacher at A+ Academy, specializing in math instruction and providing summer school support for the Department of Education in 2018-2019.

Adopting a student-centered approach, Kaitlyn celebrates her students’ accomplishments and focuses on building their self-confidence. She utilizes manipulatives and scaffolds in her teaching, specializing in test preparation skills across reading, writing, and math. Kaitlyn is well-versed in programs such as Go-Math, NY Engage, Envisions, and Everyday Math, teaching students how to apply classroom learning to real-life situations.

Recognizing the importance of communication, Kaitlyn emphasizes its role in forming meaningful relationships with teachers, parents, and service providers to support students’ well-being and development. She firmly believes that every student is a success story, and her teaching philosophy centers around fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: All Areas, Lower Manhattan, Staten Island, New Jersey
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial Reading Evaluation, Individualized reading, writing, and math intervention, Multisensory Reading, Executive Functioning
EXPERTISE: Working with students with disabilities and building their executive functioning, improving  phonemic awareness, decoding skills, and comprehension, improving understanding of math concepts using manipulatives and real world connections
AGES: Kindergarten-6th Grade
TEST PREP: Grades 3-5 ELA and Math State Tests

Lynsey W.

M.S. Literacy

Lynsey W.

M.S. Literacy
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Lynsey is an accomplished educator, holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education (1-6) from SUNY Cortland and a Masters of Science Degree in Literacy (Birth-6) from SUNY Oneonta. With over 5 years of teaching experience, she has taught first-grade general education and currently excels in a fourth-grade inclusion classroom, where she collaboratively instructs both general and special education students. This diverse teaching environment has exposed her to a broad spectrum of intellectual, emotional, and behavioral disabilities, honing her ability to differentiate and scaffold lessons effectively.

Having taught summer school for the NYC DOE over the last 3 years, focusing on second, third, and sixth grades with an emphasis on literacy and math, Lynsey brings a wealth of experience to her role. Additionally, she has taught a STEM after-school program for 3 years, guiding students in utilizing digital tools and devices for enrichment projects.

Coming from a family of educators, Lynsey is deeply rooted in the teaching profession. She strongly advocates for recognizing and catering to the diverse learning styles of each student. Lynsey integrates hands-on, interactive manipulatives to address educational, emotional, and behavioral goals. Her extensive knowledge of the NYS New Common Core learning standards and training in social-emotional support underscores her commitment to providing a well-rounded education.

In literacy, Lynsey employs a variety of techniques, utilizing visuals, hands-on manipulatives, and digital applications to enhance decoding, spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Recognizing the importance of individualized strategies, she tailors her approach to each student’s unique needs. Lynsey places emphasis on repetition and continuous engagement, employing fun and digital methods for learning mathematical skills such as number lines, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Given her experience in an ICT classroom, Lynsey is adept at addressing attention, behavioral, and emotional learning issues. She prioritizes getting to know each student, understanding their strengths, needs, and areas of improvement. Armed with this understanding, Lynsey provides tailored strategies and materials to achieve each child’s educational and emotional goals. Her proficiency in social-emotional support is evident in her use of digital applications and SEL strategies, creating a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment for her students.

Kara W.

Certified Elementary, Special Education Teacher

Kara W.

Certified Elementary, Special Education Teacher
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Kara is a Certified Elementary and Special Education Teacher, as well as a Dyslexia Practitioner, with a six-year history in the public school setting. She proudly earned her Master’s of Science in Education, specializing in learning and behavior disorders, from CUNY Hunter College.

Certified in the targeted Wilson Reading Program designed for language-based learning disabilities like dyslexia, Kara also boasts training in various other multisensory reading and writing programs. Currently, she serves as a dedicated special education teacher in Westchester County, where she supports students grappling with learning disabilities, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, and autism. In addition to her teaching role, Kara provides valuable assistance to students preparing for local and state exams.

Beyond the academic realm, Kara finds fulfillment in her family life, cherishing moments with her husband and 1-year-old daughter, Avery. An advocate for holistic well-being, Kara incorporates regular exercise into her routine and actively participates in The Girls on the Run running program, showcasing her commitment to a balanced and vibrant lifestyle.

LOCATION: Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley
TYPE OF SERVICES: individual & group sessions, evaluations, parent consultations, etc.
EXPERTISE: Language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, etc.
AGES: Kindergarten-6th Grade

Daria M.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education

Daria M.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Daria is a highly qualified, multi-certified teacher specializing in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2) and Special Education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Hunter College and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Brooklyn College. Additionally, she is fully trained in the Orton Gillingham approach, a multi-sensory method designed for struggling readers and writers.

With nine years of teaching and tutoring experience across various educational settings, Daria has worked with students of diverse abilities and needs, ranging from early intervention to 5th grade. Currently, she serves as a special education teacher in a self-contained classroom setting in a New York City public school in Brooklyn. Her expertise extends to working with children ages 2 – 10, addressing challenges such as ASD, processing delays, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, ODD, and speech/language impairments.

Daria employs a comprehensive approach to literacy instruction, utilizing various programs including the Wilson Reading System, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Ready Gen, SRSD, and Orton Gillingham. Rooted in the belief that all children can and want to learn, Daria shapes her teaching philosophy around creating a safe and inclusive environment. She endeavors to meet students where they are and facilitate their progress through personalized, multi-sensory lessons targeting decoding/encoding, fluency, and reading comprehension. Specializing in phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, blending sounds, word memory, and writing, Daria is recognized for her patience, kindness, and nurturing demeanor. Understanding the significance of knowing each child as a whole, she values establishing partnerships with families to provide the best possible support for their child’s educational journey.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Marine Park, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading, writing, and spelling instruction including phonemic awareness, phonics, sight word recognition, fluency, reading comprehension, and decoding/encoding
EXPERTISE: Students with disabilities; Orton Gillingham-based literacy instruction
AGES: Birth – 5th grade

Lauren C.

M.A. & NYS Certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language), Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Childhood Education

Lauren C.

M.A. & NYS Certified in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language), Special Education, Early Childhood Education, and Childhood Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Lauren is a dedicated educator within the NYC Department of Education, boasting proficiency in five NYS Certifications: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Pre K to Grade 12), Students with Disabilities (Birth to Grade 2), Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Early Childhood General Education (Birth to Grade 2), and Childhood General Education (Grades 1-6). She earned her Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) from Hunter College in Manhattan and holds a B.A. in Child Study/Mathematics from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

Currently serving as an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher in Brooklyn, NY, Lauren specializes in working with English Language Learners, tailoring her instruction to ensure her diverse students comprehend the content effectively.

With a rich background working with students representing 27 different languages and diverse cultures, Lauren excels in small-group guided reading instruction, addressing specific needs of individual students. Recognizing the diversity in learning styles, she incorporates a variety of approaches, including visual, linguistic, and kinesthetic methods. When addressing reading challenges, Lauren employs multi-sensory instruction, utilizing hands-on techniques like play-doh, sand writing, air writing, and magnetic letter tiles to enhance word memory and building. Additionally, she engages students in interactive shared reading experiences.

Lauren is well-versed in various assessments and curriculum, including Teacher’s College, Words Their Way, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, Go Math, Metamorphosis Math, and Envisions. She specializes in working with students who struggle with decoding, spelling, and writing, tailoring her approach to build on each student’s current skill level. Lauren brings valuable experience in supporting students with learning disabilities, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Flatbush (Ditmas Park, Flatbush Park South), Williamsburg, Park Slope, Clinton Hill, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park
Queens: Woodside, Astoria, Sunnyside, Glendale, Middle Village, Forest Hills, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights
TYPE OF SERVICE: ENL support, Administering reading and writing assessments, phonics work, individualized reading instruction, providing math help, language building, vocabulary instruction, test prep for NYSESLAT and State ELA & Math exams
EXPERTISE: Working with English Language Learners and helping them build language, Intervention for children struggling with decoding, comprehension, and fluency
AGES: Preschool-4th Grade

Alexa S.

Masters in Elementary Education; Orton Gillingham Trained and Experienced

Alexa S.

Masters in Elementary Education; Orton Gillingham Trained and Experienced
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Alexa is a dedicated childhood education teacher in a New York City public school located in Brooklyn, bringing her passion for teaching since 2015. She earned her undergraduate education degree with a minor in math from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY, followed by a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. Additionally, she is fully trained in the Orton Gillingham approach, a multi-sensory method designed for struggling readers and writers.

Commencing her teaching journey as a second-grade teacher in a Brooklyn elementary school, Alexa has developed expertise in working with children facing processing delays, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and speech/language impairments. Employing a personalized approach, she differentiates instruction for each student, employing multi-sensory lessons to address challenges in decoding/encoding, fluency, math, reading, and reading comprehension. Specializing in phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, blending sounds, guided reading, reading comprehension skills, and writing, Alexa is well-equipped to meet the diverse needs of her students.

Over the past four years, Alexa has been teaching in a general education classroom setting, consistently having an ELL (English Language Learner) class each year, catering to students ranging from beginner to advanced proficiency. Within her school, she teaches ReadyGen, Go Math, and Orton Gillingham.

Known for her patience, compassion, and creativity, Alexa is committed to helping each child grow as a reader, writer, and learner in a way that best fits their unique needs.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Carrol Gardens, Cobble Hill, Marine Park, Coney Island, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend and Borough Park
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in reading, decoding/encoding (spelling), phonics, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing
EXPERTISE: Orton Gillingham, individualized lessons in decoding/encoding, Leveled Literacy Instruction, reading comprehension, writing, and math
AGES: birth through elementary school

Rebecca M.

M.S. . Elementary Education, Certified Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-6 )

Rebecca M.

M.S. . Elementary Education, Certified Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-6 )
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Rebecca is an accomplished elementary education teacher (grades 1-6) within the New York City Department of Education, currently serving as a 1st-grade teacher in Brooklyn. With experience spanning 2nd through 4th grades in various classroom and additional support capacities, Rebecca is dedicated to fostering a vibrant and inclusive learning environment.

She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Northeastern University and a Masters of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Social Studies from Northwestern University. Rebecca is well-versed in diverse teaching methodologies, having received training in the Orton-Gillingham approach (a multi-sensory method for struggling readers/writers), Fountas and Pinnell, Teachers College Reading and Writing, Metamorphosis Math, and TERC math.

Rebecca’s expertise extends to working with students with diverse needs, including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, speech/language impairments, and learning disabilities. Her specialization lies in providing intervention in phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, decoding/encoding, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing.

Utilizing guided reading, Orton-Gillingham practices, and a multi-sensory approach, Rebecca tailors her support to meet students at their current literacy levels, facilitating progress in these critical areas. For upper elementary students, she emphasizes literacy integration, connecting reading fluency, comprehension, critical analysis, and writing skills to enhance overall literacy abilities. Rebecca’s commitment to individualized and comprehensive instruction contributes to a positive and enriching educational experience for her students.

LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, and Park Slope
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding, sight-word recognition, leveled literacy instruction, reading fluency and comprehension, writing, math
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding support, improving reading fluency and comprehension, strengthening writing skills
AGES: birth through elementary school

Mike W.

M.A, NY State Early Childhood & Childhood (Birth-Grade 6), NY State Students With Disabilities (Birth-Grade 6)

Mike W.

M.A, NY State Early Childhood & Childhood (Birth-Grade 6), NY State Students With Disabilities (Birth-Grade 6)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Mike is an accomplished educator with a diverse background, holding a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood K-6th grade from St. Joseph’s University on Long Island. Additionally, he earned a Master’s Degree in Literacy K-6th grade from Long Island University. Mike’s educational journey also involved English studies at Manhattanville University, where he initially pursued a career in law before discovering his true passion for working with children.

With over a decade of experience in both general and special education classrooms, Mike’s teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in creating student engagement to facilitate learning. For the past 4+ years, he has served as a special education teacher in an I.C.T. (Integrated Co-Teaching) classroom and a general education teacher at P.S. 170 in Brooklyn. Drawing inspiration from his parents, both special education teachers, Mike is dedicated to employing effective teaching methods honed over years of exposure.

Mike brings a wealth of knowledge in literacy education, having developed expertise in Fundations and Fountas & Pinnell during his pursuit of a Literacy degree. He seamlessly integrates his extensive knowledge of the NYS Common Core learning standards into each lesson, ensuring a comprehensive educational experience for his students. Committed to student success, Mike utilizes numerous multisensory and interactive techniques to enhance skills in writing, decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension.

In addition to his teaching prowess, Mike has over five years of sports coaching experience, showcasing his versatility and dedication to working with students of all learning abilities and styles. His passion for education and commitment to student engagement make him an invaluable asset to the learning community.

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

Natalie H.

Special Educator; Certified ASD Teacher

Natalie H.

Special Educator; Certified ASD Teacher
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Natalie is a highly qualified and New York State licensed Special Educator (Grades 1-6) who is dedicated to enriching the educational experiences of her students. She earned her Masters of Science in Teaching Students with Special Needs and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College.

Natalie is a certified practitioner of The Spalding Method (K-6), a renowned multi-sensory approach that enhances proficiency in reading, writing, and spelling. Additionally, she holds certification in the Wilson Fundations Program, a phonics-based curriculum designed for young children (K-3).

In her commitment to professional development, Natalie has undertaken comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) training at New York University and through the NYC Department of Education. Acknowledging her expertise, she has been appointed as the lead teacher for the ASD Horizon Program at her public school.

Throughout her career, Natalie has demonstrated a passion for supporting students with diverse needs, including autism, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, speech/language delays, and expressive/receptive language challenges. Her specialization lies in providing targeted reading interventions for struggling readers in grades PreK-5. Natalie’s extensive training, coupled with her dedication to fostering an inclusive learning environment, positions her as a valuable asset in supporting the academic success of her students.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Carroll Gardens
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading intervention and instruction.
EXPERTISE: Supporting children who struggle with decoding, fluency, comprehension, executive functioning skills, expressive writing skills, and expressive/receptive language development.
AGES: Prek-5

Lauren T.

Literacy/Dyslexia Tutor

Lauren T.

Literacy/Dyslexia Tutor
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Lauren is an accomplished independent literacy/dyslexia tutor and instructor, holding a Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Her expertise extends to being a CERI/IDA Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist and a Certified Wilson Reading System instructor. Proficient in both Structured Literacy approaches like Orton-Gillingham and Wilson, and Structured Linguistic Literacy approaches emphasizing spelling as a key to “breaking the code,” Lauren is also trained in The Writing Revolution program. Additionally, she is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor through Mindful Schools and MINDFL.

Specializing in teaching critical literacy skills, Lauren incorporates simple mindfulness activities to alleviate anxiety, enhance focus, and regulate emotions, guided by her motto, “A Calm Mind Is a Mind that Is Ready to Learn.”

Lauren provides targeted tutoring for students in grades K through 8, addressing reading (from decoding to comprehension) and writing (from brainstorming to revision). Her success stories include students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing issues, executive function deficits, ADHD, and high-functioning ASD. Lauren excels in delivering individualized, comprehensive, multisensory, direct instruction, marked by patience and a sense of fun.

Recognizing the value of brief, age-appropriate mindfulness activities, Lauren empowers children who may face frustration due to diverse learning styles. Each session begins and ends with the soothing sound of a small bell and a short mindfulness practice, adding a delightful touch that resonates with her students.

Drawing from personal experience raising her gifted son with ADHD in New York City public schools, Lauren deeply appreciates the immense effort struggling learners invest daily. Her empathy extends to parents navigating the challenges of supporting a differently-learning child, offering guidance through both logistical and emotional aspects. As a seasoned children’s book editor and author of over 30 children’s books, Lauren combines her passion for literacy with diverse interests, including watercolor painting and avidly reading literacy research articles in her spare time.

David K.

Masters in Special Education. Teaching credential in Multiple Subjects (General Education, Elementary K-6) and Special Education (mild-moderate disabilities). Trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to Literacy.

David K.

Masters in Special Education. Teaching credential in Multiple Subjects (General Education, Elementary K-6) and Special Education (mild-moderate disabilities). Trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach to Literacy.
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

David brings a wealth of experience to education, having worked as an elementary school special education teacher in California for four years before transitioning to focus on individualized student support in New York. His dedication spans various age groups, from elementary to teenagers, with a specialization in teaching literacy to students facing challenges like Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, NVLD, and other learning disabilities.

David’s success lies in his ability to tailor instruction to the unique needs of each student. While he has experience teaching full general education classrooms, his favorite practice involves working with small groups of special needs students and conducting one-to-one sessions. Central to his teaching philosophy is the belief that building strong relationships based on mutual trust is a key component of effective education.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and earned his general education teaching credential at Mills College in Oakland. His pursuit of continuous learning led him to complete his Master’s degree in Special Education at California State University, East Bay.

David’s extensive training encompasses 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, and various instructional practices for teaching English language arts, math, and behavior.

When working with students grappling with reading disabilities, David employs a multi-sensory approach to build a robust foundation in phonics. Subsequently, he guides students to enhance their comprehension skills through reading, questioning, and dialogue. Recognizing the uniqueness of each student, David conducts informal assessments to precisely determine their needs.

In addition to literacy, David provides comprehensive support in writing, covering aspects such as handwriting, spelling, sentence structure, editing, pre-writing planning, paragraph structure, story structure, essay structure, grammar, and the development of complex ideas.

LOCATION: Remote
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual tutoring, small groups (2-5 students), IEP consultation
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

Stephen S.

BA in English and History, MA in Teaching, MA in Liberal Studies

Stephen S.

BA in English and History, MA in Teaching, MA in Liberal Studies
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Stephen is a highly qualified educator with a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to student success. He holds a New York State Social Studies teaching license for grades 1–12 and a New York City Department of Education Common Branch license for grades 7–12. His educational journey includes a BA in English and History from Marquette University, an MA in Teaching from Teachers College at Columbia University, and an MA in Liberal Studies from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Throughout his career, Stephen has played a pivotal role in various educational settings. He has founded charity schools in Tijuana, Mexico, and Mzuzu, Malawi, where he taught elementary school and pre-K, respectively. Since 2003, Stephen has been a dedicated educator at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies (BCS), where he teaches middle and high school reading, social studies, and film electives.

As a founding member of both the BCS and The Brooklyn New School communities, Stephen brings a wealth of knowledge and a special gift for building community. He serves as an advisory teacher for a high school “crew,” offering mentorship and guidance in social-emotional learning, scholarly development, and college counseling. Stephen has assisted thousands of high school juniors and seniors in preparing for college, applying his expertise from NYSACAC, the state association of college counselors.

Beyond the traditional classroom, Stephen has extensive experience working with students of varying abilities, including those with IEPs, in general education and Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT) classes. He also contributes to the NYC Department of Education’s after-school Home Instruction Corps, providing in-person and virtual learning for students granted home instruction due to physical and/or social-emotional injuries and conditions.

Stephen is well-versed in multiple teaching methodologies, including the Orton-Gillingham method, Wilson literacy method, Fundations, Running Records, and is a specialist in Phonics and Phonetics. He is also a handwriting expert trained in Handwriting Without Tears. His mission is to re-center the core idea of Phonics in reading and writing education, and he conducts workshops for teachers in NYC on how to teach with Phonics and Phonetics.

Recognizing the importance of executive function skills, Stephen employs a multi-sensory approach to address the unique needs of each student. He is particularly skilled in helping students with organizational challenges, utilizing tools such as google classroom and IXL.

As a teacher and tutor, Stephen’s bedrock strategy is rooted in the belief that every student is someone’s child, possessing special gifts worthy of care, kindness, humor, and level-headed expectations. He strives to know his learners well, engaging them through instruction, discussion, and praise. In his free time, Stephen is actively involved in charity work and enjoys exploring Park Slope with his wife, Randi, a librarian.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope; Clinton Hill; Windsor Terrace; downtown Brooklyn, Ft Greene; Kensington; Bk Heights, Midwood; Manhattan: anywhere on the island: Bergen County on Sundays
TYPE OF SERVICES: Phonics; reading acuity; handwriting; math skills; social studies, science enrichment
EXPERTISE: language improvement; math spiral;
AGES: Grades: 1-6, middle school and high school

Isabel F.

M.S. Education for General & Special Education, NYS Certified Educator of Childhood General & Special Education

Isabel F.

M.S. Education for General & Special Education, NYS Certified Educator of Childhood General & Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Isabel is a dedicated and tenured New York State public school educator with a diverse background in teaching various elementary school grades. Her professional certifications include special education, bilingual education (Spanish), and general education. Currently serving as a 1st-grade teacher, Isabel provides special education teacher support services in both English and Spanish. Her educational journey comprises a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo State College, a Masters of Science in Education for general/special education from Pace University, and an additional advanced certificate in bilingual education from CUNY Hunter College.

Isabel is well-versed in teaching the New York Common Core Standards and has received training in various research-based intervention frameworks, programs, and curricula, including Orton-Gillingham, Wilson, Teachers College Reading/Writing, and Fountas and Pinnell. In her teaching and tutoring approach, she places a high emphasis on delivering explicit instruction, employing a multisensory approach, and tailoring lessons to the child’s learning style and interests to ensure engagement and meaningful learning experiences.

With a track record of success, Isabel has effectively taught students with diverse needs, including those with learning disabilities, ADHD/executive functioning difficulties, processing or auditory delays, speech/language impairments, and delays in early literacy behaviors. She recognizes the importance of adapting her teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles, incorporating fun and tangible tools during sessions, and establishing strong partnerships with families to provide optimal support for students. Additionally, Isabel explicitly teaches organizational strategies to help students improve their grades. Her commitment to creating a supportive and engaging learning environment reflects her passion for ensuring the success of every student she works with.

LOCATION: Brooklyn (Red Hook, Park Slope, Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Fort Hamilton)
TYPES OF SERVICES: leveled literacy intervention, decoding/encoding, fluency, sight word/vocabulary recognition, reading comprehension, strengthening reading/writing stamina, academic/homework help, informal assessments, Spanish tutoring, math tutoring for grades K-3, third-grade test prep
EXPERTISE: working in the Special Education field, individualized, differentiated, and explicit Orton Gillingham instruction, Wilson Fundations grades K-2, public school framework/curriculum
AGES: Pre-Kindergarten 5th Grade

Darielle P.

B.S. in Childhood Education, Masters in General and Special Education (grades 1-6)

Darielle P.

B.S. in Childhood Education, Masters in General and Special Education (grades 1-6)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Darielle is an accomplished elementary school Principal within the charter network in NYC, holding NYS certification for grades 1-6 in both General and Special Education. Her academic background includes a B.S. in Childhood Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters in General and Special Education (grades 1-6) from Touro College. Darielle is deeply passionate about working with children and providing them with comprehensive support.

Throughout her career, Darielle has taught various grades, including 1st, 2nd, 7th, 9th, and 10th grade, demonstrating her versatility. Her teaching experience spans grades K-7 and 9-12, and she has also tutored elementary students in grades K-6. Darielle has a wealth of experience working with students who have diverse needs, including those with ADHD, autism, and speech and language impairments.

Darielle specializes in assisting students with challenges in decoding/encoding, fluency, reading, reading comprehension, and mathematics. Her focus lies in supporting scholars with phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, blending sounds, guided reading, reading comprehension skills, and writing. She is trained in Success For All, a literacy program designed to enhance phonemic awareness, and has received extensive training in best practices for guided reading. In the realm of mathematics, Darielle employs a progressive, hands-on approach, fostering critical thinking skills rather than mere memorization of equations. Her dedication to empowering scholars with a holistic understanding of subjects reflects her commitment to nurturing well-rounded and critical thinkers.

LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Flatbush.

Elizabeth L.

Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Master’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

Elizabeth L.

Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Elizabeth is an accomplished educator with a strong foundation in both Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College and a master’s degree from Touro University, with memberships in both the International Honor Society in Education and Psychology. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has played pivotal roles, starting as a Special Education teacher in various New York City schools. She has excelled in mentoring new teachers, taking on leadership roles such as grade-level team leader, and conducting professional development training sessions for teachers and families. Currently serving as an Assistant Principal at the elementary level, Elizabeth is dedicated to cultivating students’ love for learning while fostering their self-confidence to achieve individualized goals.

As a literacy and math instructor, Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience in mentoring and tutoring children with diverse backgrounds and needs. Her instructional expertise encompasses phonics, phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and elementary math. Elizabeth is well-versed in implementing multisensory programs such as Wilson Fundations, Success For All (SFA), and Guided Reading Leveled Literacy, all designed to promote reading, writing, and oral language development.

Elizabeth is particularly passionate about math, employing a tactile approach to cater to the unique needs of each child. She has successfully implemented programs like TERC Investigations, Go-Math, and EngageNY. Elizabeth’s approach involves designing individualized lessons to maximize student outcomes, utilizing a range of instructional tools, from math manipulatives to technological resources. Beyond her work with students, she places significant value on building partnerships with families. Elizabeth collaborates with families, providing them with effective strategies to support their child’s learning at home. Her holistic and individualized approach reflects her commitment to creating an environment where every learner can thrive academically and personally.

Location: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens
Types of Services: Multisensory Reading Instruction, Multisensory Math Instruction, Formal and Informal Reading Assessments, and Interventions, Behavioral Interventions
Expertise: Working with children with specific reading, writing, and math learning disabilities, working with children with ADD and ADHD, NYS Exam preparation, NYS common core tutoring.

Nicole M.

M.A. in Secondary Education English Teacher Specialization

Nicole M.

M.A. in Secondary Education English Teacher Specialization
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Nicole is a dedicated New York State certified Middle School English Teacher based in Brooklyn, NY, with extensive experience working with diverse students ranging from 5th graders to undergraduate college students. She earned her master’s degree with distinction from CUNY Brooklyn and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in English Honors from Seton Hall University. Guided by the words of the late educator Rita Pierson, Nicole believes that “every child deserves a champion” and is committed to fostering an inclusive, respectful, and safe learning environment where all students receive an equitable education tailored to their individual needs.

With nearly eight years of teaching experience, Nicole has provided support to students with various learning needs, including autism, ADHD, auditory processing disorders, visual processing disorders, dysgraphia, and struggling readers and writers. She has received training in programs such as Engage NY, Google Apps for Education, and Expeditionary Learning. Nicole is a Level 1 Google Certified Educator, having alpha and beta tested Google Classroom during its inception in 2013. In her classroom, she emphasizes students’ intrinsic motivation, inquiry-based learning, student-centered approaches, technology integration, and an enjoyable learning atmosphere.

Nicole specializes in English Language Arts, NYS English Regents Prep, and standardized test preparation tutoring. Her approach involves individualized instruction with leveled texts, connecting lessons to students’ interests, and assessing progress through data-driven methods. She employs various strategies, including dialogue, text questioning, self-to-text connections, annotation, chunking, and summary, to enhance comprehension and strengthen vocabulary skills.

Additionally, Nicole offers coaching in Public Speaking, tutoring in Drama, and assistance with speech writing. With eight years of experience as a high school Speech and Debate coach, her students have achieved notable successes, winning tournaments and achieving high rankings at prestigious events. Nicole’s own performance as St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was praised by a Broadwayworld critic. Her commitment to student success is evident in the accomplishments of her students, who have gained admission to specialized programs and high schools in the NYC area.

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

Diana R.

Masters Degree in Teaching, BA in Creative Writing and Comparative Religions

Diana R.

Masters Degree in Teaching, BA in Creative Writing and Comparative Religions
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Diana Roffman is a tenured Special Education teacher with expertise in the Wilson Reading Program, dedicated to empowering reluctant and dyslexic readers and writers to become confident, independent learners.

Diana earned her Masters Degree in Teaching from Brooklyn College and holds a BA in Creative Writing and Comparative Religions from Eugene Lang College, along with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missoula. Her commitment to fostering engaging learning spaces is evident through her studies in Restorative Justice and Practices and completion of Mindful Schools communication courses.

Currently teaching at Brooklyn Collaborative Studies, K448, in Carroll Gardens, Diana has extensive experience across grade levels, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, 12:1:1 classes, Integrated Co-Teaching classes, and college undergraduates.

Specializing in reading and writing, executive functioning, and organization, Diana supports learners with dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, executive functioning disorders, dysgraphia, and other learning differences impacting reading and writing.

Diana’s approach involves assessing each student’s needs and focusing on developing reading and writing skills. She employs the Wilson Reading Program to address phonics and fluency challenges hindering independent progress. Emphasizing the connection between reading and writing, Diana guides students in gaining agency over their work.

For younger students (fourth through sixth), Diana focuses on reading fluency, pacing, vocabulary, and comprehension. She helps build students’ ‘reading muscles’ and tenacity. In writing, she connects reading skills to short answers, essays, and creative projects, fostering an understanding of sentence and paragraph structure.

For older students (seventh through twelfth), Diana tailors her approach to either building reading level and comprehension or developing deeper comprehension skills and independence in reading and writing. Students work on transition phrases and content-based vocabulary to enhance their writing.

Diana believes in cultivating joyful learning experiences, shaping students into lifelong learners capable of engaging with diverse people, projects, ideas, and questions. Meeting learners where they are, she brings her passion for animals, love of reading, amateur pottery skills, poetry, and exploration of Brooklyn to her teaching.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, and Downtown Brooklyn
TYPES OF SERVICES: Executive Functioning, specialize in reading and reading comprehension, and essay writing
EXPERTISE: Students with reading disabilities such as dyslexia
AGE: Grades 4 through 12

Fotini L.

Master’s Degree in Secondary Education for English

Fotini L.

Master’s Degree in Secondary Education for English
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Fotini holds a Master’s degree in Secondary Education for English and a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Minor in Dance from the College of Staten Island. With certifications in English general education and Special Education, she is dual certified. Over her nine-year tenure with the NYC Department of Education, Fotini initially taught at Franklin D. Roosevelt high school for seven years, gaining experience in self-contained, ICT, ESL, and resource classrooms. Her work included students with emotional disorders, speech and language disorders, ADHD, dyslexia, oppositional defiant disorder, and autism.

Seeking diverse experiences and growth, Fotini transitioned to Dyker Heights Intermediate School, where she has been teaching General Education, ICT, and self-contained ELA, Health, and Drama for grades 6-8 for the past two years.

As an ELA teacher has helped students from grades 6-12 on all levels with decoding, spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension skills, and writing skills. She has prepared students for the ELA regents for high school students and ELA state exams for Junior high school students. Fotini has been given the opportunity in learning how to become an educator since she was eighteen years old. She has been teaching Dance for ages three to adult at various studios till today. This has helped her learn how to differentiate in many ways based on level, age, personality, interest, and skills. She has an open and unique teaching philosophy in teaching Dance, English, and Special Education from her years of experience. This has enabled her to be creative with her instruction by using visual, auditory, tactical, and kinesthetic learning styles to engage and reach all students. She is always reaching out to be as diverse and creative as possible to engage students. She adapts and adjusts her instruction to individual learning styles. One of Fotini’s strong attributes is her rapport with her students. She is there for them for their education and their social-emotional support.

Julie S.

M.S., Dual Certification, NYS Certified teacher

Julie S.

M.S., Dual Certification, NYS Certified teacher
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Julie is a highly experienced NYS Certified teacher with a rich background spanning over 20 years. Holding dual certifications in PK-Grade 6 Common Branch/General Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6, she brings a comprehensive skill set to her teaching practice.

Originally transitioning from a career in business, Julie embarked on her teaching journey in 4th grade, covering ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. This role acquainted her with the intricacies of the NY State tests across subjects. Embracing diverse opportunities, she later taught Math to 4-5th graders, 6-8th grade Science, and 7th grade ELA in a private school. This allowed her to engage with students at various academic stages.

In 2007, Julie joined the NYC Department of Education as a Title 1 Math teacher. Here, she provided small-group, remedial Math instruction to students in Grades 1-8 in both Brooklyn and Queens. Julie adeptly utilized different Math series, employed manipulatives for conceptual learning, and leveraged online resources to support Common Core and Next Generation Learning standards in Math.

Transitioning from the DOE, Julie became a SETSS provider, working with students in grades 1-8 in ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies, with a focus on reinforcing ELA skills. Collaborating closely with students’ IEPs, she endeavors to achieve all goals and accommodate the needs of students to ensure success in their classrooms.

Julie’s passion lies in helping students understand the “why it makes sense” in Math, going beyond rote procedures. She encourages aha moments by fostering an environment where students feel comfortable taking chances and persevering.

Recognizing the intrinsic link between good readers and good writers, Julie places strong emphasis on the value of phonics. She adeptly guides students in organizing their thoughts and ideas, employing hands-on approaches whenever possible.

Julie’s broad experience across grade levels equips her with a deep understanding of the developmental needs and abilities of her students, not only at their current level but also in preparing them for success in future grades.

Location: Queens, Nassau County, Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint
Expertise: strategies for processing, critical thinking, scaffolding and differentiation for different types of learners in Grades 1-8 in Math and ELA/ELA related subject areas.

Christine G.

Handwriting Specialist and an Occupational Therapist

Christine G.

Handwriting Specialist and an Occupational Therapist
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Christine is a dedicated Handwriting Specialist and Occupational Therapist committed to imparting the principles and mechanics of handwriting to children of all ages and learning styles. She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Long Island University in 2014 and currently serves in the Department of Education in NYC, where she supports students with handwriting, sensory processing, fine motor, and visual perceptual needs.

Proficient in the Handwriting Without Tears program, Christine integrates elements of TV Teacher and the Zaner-Bloser Method to craft personalized learning plans for each student, tailored to their skill level and learning preferences. Drawing from her occupational therapy background, she incorporates sensory modalities to teach pre-writing skills and letter formation in a dynamic and engaging environment, ensuring sustained interest and participation.

Christine focuses on improving children’s pencil grasp by addressing fine motor skills and hand manipulation. Recognizing the impact of posture on learning and handwriting, she emphasizes the importance of good posture, incorporating posture-improving exercises and making seating recommendations as needed during her sessions.

With extensive experience working with children with various learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, auditory processing disorder, and visual motor deficits, Christine employs diverse learning techniques to provide necessary adaptations based on individual learning disabilities.

Christine is also well-versed in working with children with special needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and other developmental and intellectual disorders. She is adept at using augmented communication devices with non-verbal children. Trained in the Keyboarding Without Tears program, Christine utilizes various typing programs to teach typing skills to students who may be unable to write or form letters. As children progress, Christine introduces cursive writing, leveraging studies that demonstrate its positive impact on spelling, fluidity, and speed.

Rachel H.

School Psychologist & Reading Specialist

Rachel H.

School Psychologist & Reading Specialist
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Rachel is a dedicated School Psychologist within the New York City Department of Education, holding certification in the Wilson Reading System. Committed to fostering academic, social, and emotional growth in children, she earned a B.S. in Marketing from the Rutgers School of Business and a Master’s in Education with an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College.

In her role as a School Psychologist, Rachel has engaged with a diverse student population in both general and special education at the elementary and middle school levels. Her responsibilities include conducting psycho-educational assessments and providing counseling services. Rachel actively cultivates collaborative relationships, involving children, parents, school staff, and external agencies to maximize students’ potential and create a positive and conducive school environment.

As a reading tutor with Brooklyn Letters, Rachel employs the Wilson (Grade 3 and above) and Fundations (Grades K-2) programs to enhance children’s decoding fluency, comprehension, and spelling skills. Her focus is on establishing a nurturing and supportive learning environment that encourages students to persist and challenge themselves. Rachel tailors lessons to each student’s unique learning style, emphasizing their strengths to create a positive and effective learning experience.

Location: MANHATTAN: All areas; BROOKLYN: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope
Types of Services: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, fluency, and spelling; developing and implementing behavior intervention plans
Expertise: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading and spelling intervention, and instruction

Alyssa L.

M.P.S. ED., NY State Certified Early Childhood and Childhood General and Special Education

Alyssa L.

M.P.S. ED., NY State Certified Early Childhood and Childhood General and Special Education
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Alyssa holds certifications in General Education and Special Education for birth through sixth grade. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College. Alyssa is currently in her fifth year as a Kindergarten Special Education teacher in an Integrated Co-Taught (ICT) class within the NYC DOE. In addition to her experience in Kindergarten, she has also served as a Pre-kindergarten enrichment teacher and taught first and second grade. Alyssa has taken on leadership roles as a Grade Team Lead, where she differentiated lesson plans for diverse learners based on data, and as a New Teacher Coach, guiding new teachers in planning engaging and meaningful lessons. Her diverse experiences include working with English Language Learners, students with autism, ADHD, behavior disorders, speech and language disorders, and other learning differences

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Alyssa holds certifications in General Education and Special Education for birth through sixth grade. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and her Master’s Degree from Manhattanville College. Alyssa is currently in her fifth year as a Kindergarten Special Education teacher in an Integrated Co-Taught (ICT) class within the NYC DOE. In addition to her experience in Kindergarten, she has also served as a Pre-kindergarten enrichment teacher and taught first and second grade. Alyssa has taken on leadership roles as a Grade Team Lead, where she differentiated lesson plans for diverse learners based on data, and as a New Teacher Coach, guiding new teachers in planning engaging and meaningful lessons. Her diverse experiences include working with English Language Learners, students with autism, ADHD, behavior disorders, speech and language disorders, and other learning differences.

Alyssa is known for her friendly, enthusiastic, and caring approach. She constantly seeks to expand her knowledge to better support her students, emphasizing the importance of leveraging individual learning styles and strengths. Alyssa meticulously tracks students’ data and progress to tailor engaging and hands-on lessons, aspiring to inspire her students to become lifelong learners with confidence and joy in learning.

LOCATIONS: Manhattan, Brooklyn (Downtown, Williamsburg) and Jersey City
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading, writing, phonics and math instruction for individuals and groups (two to three)
EXPERTISE: Reading, Writing, (Teacher’s College) Phonics instruction (Fundations, Science of Reading based approaches), Grade level math
AGES: birth through second grade

Emily B.

Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education (Grades 1-6)

Emily B.

Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education (Grades 1-6)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Emily graduated from Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education. She continued her education at Teachers College, Columbia University, earning a Master’s in Elementary Inclusive Education (Grades 1-6). With seven years of teaching experience in various educational settings, Emily has worked closely with English Language Learners, students with ADD and ADHD, and those in need of support with executive functioning skills. Emily incorporates Teachers College’s Reading and Writing Curriculum into her teaching, focusing on modeling and inquiry-based instruction. She prioritizes establishing positive student-teacher relationships, tailoring instruction to students’ strengths and interests.

Emily’s background includes five years of teaching third grade, providing her with a solid understanding of New York State standards in upper and lower elementary levels. She is proficient in using programs like Go-Math, NY Engage, Envisions, and Everyday Math. Emily’s patient, calm, warm, and enthusiastic demeanor aims to build students’ confidence, encourage risk-taking, and nurture their curiosity and love for learning.

LOCATION: Brooklyn – Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Clinton Hill.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in reading, phonics, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and math. ELL support, support with homework, and test prep for NY State ELA and Math exams.
EXPERTISE: Inquiry-based math remediation, reading comprehension and writing about reading, teaching elaboration and writing organization techniques for expository and narrative writing, homework help, and test prep.
AGES: 1st – 4th Grade

Janeese C.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education

Janeese C.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Janeese is a dedicated educator with a robust academic background, holding a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Hartford. With over a decade of teaching experience in New York City public schools, Janeese has demonstrated expertise in catering to students of all ages. Her focus on specialized teaching strategies for students with disabilities underscores her commitment to inclusive education.

Currently serving as a fourth-grade special education teacher, Janeese brings a wealth of knowledge to her role. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she has contributed as a scorer for the Common Core New York State math and ELA exams. Her credentials include a school building and district leader license obtained from the College of Saint Rose.

Janeese’s passion for education is deeply rooted in her understanding of diverse learning needs. Growing up in Rockaway Beach, she developed a profound analogy, viewing people as seashells—some more fragile than others, requiring additional care. This realization inspired her to pursue special education as her field of study.

Recognized as the Teacher of the Year by Community Board Three in 2019, Janeese specializes in employing the science of reading to enhance students’ comprehension skills. Her approach to teaching mathematics focuses on instilling lifelong problem-solving skills, utilizing manipulatives, visual aids, and explicit models to guide her pedagogy.

Currently working with students facing emotional disorders, speech and language disorders, dyslexia, executive functioning disorders, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and autism, Janeese prioritizes adapting her instruction to individual learning styles. She leverages multimedia platforms and innovative tools to create a context for deeper understanding, firmly believing in the uniqueness of every child. Her commitment to fostering a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere reflects her belief that positive elementary education is crucial for shaping successful lifelong learners. On her one-year anniversary, Janeese continues to make a lasting impact in the field of education.

LOCATION: Queens/Brooklyn
TYPE OF SERVICES: One-on-one academic support, Group academic support,
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral and Emotional disorders, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Multiple disabilities
AGES: Preschool through Middle School

Clint K.

Master’s in General and Special Education

Clint K.

Master’s in General and Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Clint is a highly qualified Childhood Education and Students With Disabilities teacher, boasting nearly a decade of invaluable experience in the education sector. He holds a B.S. from Siena College and a Master’s in General and Special Education (grades 1-6) from Touro College, demonstrating his commitment to both foundational and inclusive teaching practices.

Firmly believing in the transformative power of empathy, patience, and meaningful relationships, Clint has served in various roles, including ICT teacher, general education homeroom teacher, and TESOL teacher. His diverse experience extends to working with students facing specific challenges, such as reading, writing, and math learning disabilities, speech and language delays, ADD, ADHD, and general learning disabilities.

Understanding the unique needs of each student, Clint emphasizes personalized education plans tailored to individual differences. His expertise shines in assisting students struggling with decoding/encoding, fluency, reading, and reading comprehension. Clint adeptly supports phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, blending sounds, guided reading, reading comprehension skills, and writing.

In the realm of mathematics, Clint’s proficiency spans second to fifth-grade curricula. He employs tangible manipulatives and visual aids to enhance students’ problem-solving skills and ensure a robust conceptual understanding of mathematical fundamentals. Clint prioritizes mastery before progressing to more advanced material or strategies, ensuring that each student receives a solid foundation for future academic success.

LOCATION: Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
TYPES OF SERVICES: Multisensory Reading Instruction, Multisensory Math Instruction, Formal and Informal Reading Assessments, Interventions, Behavioral Interventions.
EXPERTISE: Working with children with specific reading, writing, and math learning disabilities, working with children with ADD and ADHD, NYS Exam preparation, NYS common core tutoring.

Julia B.

M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education (Grades 1-6), Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6)

Julia B.

M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education (Grades 1-6), Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Julia is a highly qualified educator, having earned her Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) from the State University of New York at Fredonia and her M.S.Ed. in Literacy Education (Grades 1-6) from Nazareth College. With a wealth of experience spanning over nine years, Julia has demonstrated her dedication in working with students with ASD, ADHD, processing delays, and learning disabilities. Her diverse teaching background includes roles in general education settings (ages 5-12), special education settings (ages 4-14), and as a literacy specialist (working with ages 4-14).

Throughout her teaching career, Julia has employed a range of programs, including Orton Gillingham, Wilson Fundations Program, Fountas & Pinnell, Reading Street, Wonders, SPIRE, GoMath, and Math Expressions. In her individual reading sessions as a literacy specialist, she conducts comprehensive assessments of decoding, encoding, fluency, and comprehension skills to tailor future sessions to each student’s needs.

Julia adopts a well-balanced approach rooted in the Five Pillars of Reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency) in her teaching philosophy. Individualized math sessions mirror this approach, incorporating manipulatives and hands-on learning techniques for a multi-sensory learning experience.

Beyond academics, Julia is passionate about creating an inclusive environment where students can comfortably celebrate successes, embrace challenges, and cultivate a love for lifelong learning. She recognizes and supports the unique learning styles of each student through individualized instruction, fostering an atmosphere where they can reach their full potential.

Outside the classroom, Julia enjoys activities such as hiking, rock climbing, exploring new neighborhoods in NYC, and reading. Her commitment extends to tutoring and preparing students aged 12-15, including those with disabilities, for their ISEE exams. Julia’s multifaceted expertise and dedication make her a valuable asset in both educational and extracurricular settings.

LOCATION: Brooklyn- Park Slope, South Slope, Gowanus, Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene
Manhattan- FIDI, SOHO, East Village, Lower East Side, NOHO, Tribeca, Gramercy Park, West Village, Chelsea
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction, developing study skills, support with homework, New York State ELA exam prep
EXPERTISE: Working with students with disabilities to improve reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, decoding, and encoding skills. Has experience writing and implementing IEP documentation.
AGES: Literacy and Math ages 5-12

Alicia C.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Education

Alicia C.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Alicia holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire and brings a wealth of experience as an educator across diverse settings, including public and independent schools, small group tutoring, and personalized 1-on-1 sessions within students’ homes. Her primary focus lies in teaching young children, spanning from toddlers through 3rd grade. Alicia has honed her skills in differentiating instruction, fostering safe learning environments, and assessing and supporting students across all developmental domains.

In her approach to teaching math, Alicia integrates manipulatives like ten frames and double-sided counters. She employs follow-up questions to deepen students’ understanding, and she values discussions on math topics to establish connections between various concepts, enhance retention, and promote reflective thinking (metacognition). Notably, Alicia has utilized programs such as Math in Focus and Bridges in Math.

Alicia’s approach to reading involves multisensory activities that engage sight, hearing, and touch, fostering deeper learning experiences that feel like play for the child. She curates book collections tailored to motivate and inspire each student, aiming to instill a love for reading. Utilizing programs like Wilson/Fundations phonics and Heggerty’s phonemic awareness, Alicia ensures a comprehensive approach to literacy.

Building strong connections with each child, Alicia takes the time to understand their interests, guiding them to build confidence in their skills. She creates an individualized, engaging experience for every child, allowing their curiosity and inquisitive nature to shape the lessons. Prioritizing positive relationships with both families and students, Alicia believes in the innate curiosity and eagerness to learn within every child. Currently teaching at an independent school in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, Alicia specializes in reading, writing, phonics, and math instruction. Her passion for education is evident in her commitment to structuring individualized education plans for students with learning differences, and she finds profound fulfillment in working collaboratively with students and their families.

LOCATION: Queens (Astoria, Long Island City), Manhattan (Chelsea, West Village, East Village, Upper East Side), Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Tutoring, homework help
EXPERTISE: Personalized instruction; Multisensory reading, phonics, writing, and math instruction; Early emergent literacy; Executive functioning skills coaching
AGES: Toddlers – 3rd grade

Evanthia K.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6), Master of Science Degree in Special Education

Evanthia K.

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6), Master of Science Degree in Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Evanthia earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6) from Brooklyn College and later completed her Master of Science Degree in Special Education at Touro College. With a robust career spanning over 20 years, she has served as both a tutor and an early childhood teacher in various settings, including ICT and Dual Language programs. Her expertise extends to working with children facing challenges such as ADD/ADHD, speech and language impairments, and dyslexia.

Evanthia has undergone comprehensive training in various pedagogical approaches, including the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Wilson Fundations Program, Handwriting Without Tears, SRSD, ReadyGen, and Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is also proficient in the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment.

Embracing differentiated instruction, Evanthia tailors each lesson to meet the unique needs of individual students. She employs multi-sensory teaching methods to enhance phonemic awareness, letter name/sound identification, decoding/encoding, sight word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. As a patient and nurturing educator, Evanthia is dedicated to fostering growth in reading, writing, and overall learning for every child under her guidance.

LOCATIONS: Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights,
Queens: Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Douglaston, Little Neck
Long Island: Great Neck, Manhasset, Roslyn, New Hyde Park
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding, sight-word recognition, leveled literacy instruction, reading fluency and comprehension, writing, math
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, reading readiness, decoding/encoding support, improving reading fluency and comprehension, strengthening writing skills
AGES: 3K through elementary school

Julia J.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, Dual M.S.Ed in General and Special Education for grades 1-6

Julia J.

Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies, Dual M.S.Ed in General and Special Education for grades 1-6
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Julia graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies before embarking on her journey with the Teach For America Corps. During her time in the corps, she taught grades kindergarten through fourth grade while pursuing her Dual M.S.Ed in General and Special Education for grades 1-6. With four years of experience in both whole group and small group instruction, Julia has taught a diverse range of subjects, including Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), writing, math, science, and guided literacy in both general and special education settings.

Julia is well-versed in various reading programs such as Amplify, CKLA, iReady, NWEA, STEP tool, and F&P. In the realm of mathematics, she has utilized tools like Zearn, iReady, and NWEA to analyze and tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.

In her current role as a Learning Specialist, Julia exclusively focuses on students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs), addressing processing disorders, learning disabilities, and speech/language delays. She employs consistent data tracking to customize instructional plans aligned with each student’s IEP and personal goals. Julia diligently progress monitors her students to assess their grasp of concepts and identifies areas requiring additional attention.

Julia is a firm believer in leveraging students’ strengths to target their weaknesses. Recognizing diverse learning styles, she advocates for multiple approaches to make concepts memorable. Julia starts by reteaching foundational skills personalized to each student. She employs a variety of methods, including manipulatives for tactile learning, visuals with graph paper and colored pencils for drawing out word problems, audio tools like rhythm and music for auditory processing, diagrams and colored pencils, and games with real-life scenarios to foster authentic engagement and understanding of math and reading concepts.

At the elementary level, Julia has successfully utilized Fundations and Wilson’s to address fluency and phonemic awareness needs, providing a structured curriculum with hands-on resources for reading and writing fundamentals.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Julia enjoys immersing herself in theater in NYC, exploring new restaurants, reading, and indulging in photography during her free time.

LOCATION: Brooklyn (Williamsburg, Park Slope, Crown Heights, Greenpoint) and Manhattan (all of lower Manhattan up to Upper East and West Side)
TYPE OF SERVICES: i.e. Individual tutoring in math and reading, group (2-3 children), state exam test prep
EXPERTISE: i.e. Learning Disabilities, Speech-language delays, Special Education
AGES: i.e. Kindergarten through 6th grade

Maribell G.

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Education, Certificate in Special Education

Maribell G.

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Science in Education, Certificate in Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Maribell earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University at Albany, followed by a Bachelor of Science in Education at Hunter College. Discovering her passion for teaching, she pursued a Certificate in Special Education, accumulating years of diverse experiences working with students with varying needs. Her teaching journey includes instructing grades 2-5, both with and without learning differences. For three years, Maribell served as the lead Special Education Classroom Teacher for Second Grade, including two years as a lead in the United Arab Emirates, teaching 62 Third Grade English Language Learners.

Currently, Maribell is a Primary Years Program Educator at a private school in New York City, dedicating two years to fifth-grade PYP teaching. Her expertise extends to implementing the Singapore Math curriculum, with a focus on reading comprehension and mastery-based problem-solving. Beyond mathematics, Maribell is dedicated to fostering overall student growth, centering her teaching approach on the “WHY” within academic and social contexts. She firmly believes that understanding the purpose behind assignments, problems, or situations makes students’ goals achievable.

Maribell’s extensive background also encompasses roles such as Clinical Instructor at an East Harlem Charter School, guiding new educators in modifying lesson plans for students with distinct needs. Additionally, she served as a Grade Team Leader, facilitating language arts curriculum planning. Maribell holds certification for working with students across the spectrum of 13 disability disorders, viewing teaching not just as a job but as a profoundly rewarding and enjoyable daily pursuit.

LOCATION: MANHATTAN: Battery Park City, Tribeca, FiDi, all neighborhoods below 100th Street (including the East and West side)
BROOKLYN: Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope.
NEW JERSEY: Hoboken, Jersey City
TYPE OF SERVICES: one on one tutoring, Small group tutoring (2-3 students), test prep
EXPERTISE: Elementary math, reading comprehension, writing about reading, Singapore Mathematics, vocabulary, fluency, writing, spelling patterns and word recognition.
LANGUAGES: English and Spanish (fluent, reading, and writing)
AGES: Grades 1 – 6, open to other ages depending on client’s preferences and needs

Lillian O.

MA, NYS Certified in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6

Lillian O.

MA, NYS Certified in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities, Grades 1-6
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Lillian brings twelve years of teaching experience to her role, having taught 5th and 6th-grade ICT for students with mild to moderate disabilities, worked in a 2nd-3rd grade self-contained classroom for students with moderate disabilities, and currently serves as a math and reading interventionist for general education students. Currently serving as the Special Education Liaison and Lead IEP teacher at a public elementary school in Manhattan, Lillian holds a BA from Tufts University in Peace and Justice Studies and a dual MA from New York University in Child Education and Special Education.

Believing in the inherent capacity of all students to learn, Lillian emphasizes research-based methods coupled with compassion, understanding, and engaging instructional approaches. She supports students in reading, writing, math skills, and executive functioning strategies, tailoring her methods to each individual through personal connections. In math intervention, Lillian concentrates on developing number sense and fluency through number talks and games while reinforcing conceptual understanding with manipulatives and tools. In literacy, she focuses on building strong phonics and phonological awareness through multisensory approaches to enhance decoding and encoding abilities. Recognizing the importance of self-perception in learning challenges, Lillian also prioritizes building student self-confidence and advocacy.

Lillian has extensive experience working with students facing diverse learning challenges, including Specific Learning Disabilities, ADHD/ADD, executive functioning needs, ASD, dyscalculia, and other learning issues. She is proficient in Fundations, TC Reading and Writing Workshop, Heggerty, SPIRE, and other literacy programs. In math, she participated in the Algebra For All NYC initiative and possesses proficiency with EngageNY and Metamorphosis strategies.

Outside of her professional commitments, Lillian enjoys reading, attending concerts, indulging in prestige TV, and gardening. Originally from Maine, she now resides in Northern Brooklyn.

LOCATION: Brooklyn (preference for trains off L or G but flexible), Manhattan (Downtown or Midtown), and Queens (Long Island City)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: learning difficulties in literacy and/or math; attentional needs, executive functioning, mild ASD
AGES: Grades K-7

Jennifer P.

M.S. ED., NYS Certified Childhood General (Grades 1-6), English as New Language (Grades K-12)

Jennifer P.

M.S. ED., NYS Certified Childhood General (Grades 1-6), English as New Language (Grades K-12)
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jennifer holds dual certification in general education and English as a New Language (ENL), boasting a decade of teaching expertise. Her professional journey encompasses various educational settings, including general education, English as a New Language, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms, and specialized work with students on the autism spectrum. Proficient in instructional methodologies such as Fundations, Zoo-Phonica, and Fountas and Pinnell, Jennifer is committed to providing a comprehensive and inclusive education. Jennifer is a Hofstra University alumna, holding a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education (Grade 1-6) and an Advanced Certificate in English as a New Language (ENL). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in New York and maintains professional teaching certificates for both Childhood Education and ENL.

Her instructional approach is characterized by the implementation of multisensory-based teaching modalities. Jennifer adeptly covers areas such as phonics, phonological awareness, letter/sound identification, decoding/encoding, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing. A focal point of her teaching philosophy is guiding students through the identification and manipulation of phonemes. Emphasizing fundamental decoding skills, Jennifer believes this foundation enhances word reading, text comprehension, and spelling.

As an ENL teacher, Jennifer employs scaffolding techniques, incorporating visuals, word banks, sentence starters, and sentence frames to effectively deliver content. She aligns grade-level standards with each student’s unique needs and skillfully implements Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. Jennifer excels in working with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, tailoring her approach to identify individual preferences and utilizing positive reinforcement to teach specific skills. Her commitment to personalized, inclusive education underscores her dedication to the success and development of every student in her care.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Park Slope, Bensonhurst and Sunset Park
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial, Medial, and Final informal reading and writing assessments, Extra support with Homework Help, Administration and Analyze of formal and informal Reading Assessments for individual students and groups (2-3 students), teach English as a second language and ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell).
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, encoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing (composition and handwriting), homework help and building positive study habits. Jennifer can also work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and using the ABA methodology. She is also a fluent speaker in conversational Cantonese.
AGES: Kindergarten through 3
rd Grade

Brianne L.

Bachelor degrees in Childhood Education, Special Education, Literature, as well as a Masters Degree in Literacy

Brianne L.

Bachelor degrees in Childhood Education, Special Education, Literature, as well as a Masters Degree in Literacy
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Brianne is a dynamic and empathetic educator with a wealth of experience. Holding degrees in Childhood Education, Special Education, and Literature, she has also earned a Master’s Degree in Literacy. With a decade of teaching in New York City, Brianne has been dedicated to special education, working in both integrated co-teaching and self-contained settings for grades 2-5.

In her work with diverse learners, Brianne has honed skills, strategies, and tools to ensure that students at all readiness levels can access content. She excels in connecting with students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, anxiety, behavior disorders, and dyslexia. Brianne is a specialist in creating accessible entry points for all students by implementing Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies and tools.

Brianne places a strong emphasis on building robust relationships with students, fostering organic connections to learning to make education a personal investment for each individual. As a lifelong reader, she enjoys pairing readers with their new favorite books and dispelling the myth that Math is any less exciting. Parents and students alike have expressed anticipation for sessions with Brianne, appreciating her engaging and effective tutoring style. One parent noted, “Brianne made each tutoring session highly engaging, yet jam-packed with tricks and techniques that my daughter could use independently. As a bonus, we often heard laughter throughout her sessions; all great signs that my little one was happy and invested in the tutoring.”

With training in Wilson, Fountas & Pinnell, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and Reading Rescue, as well as experience with Orton Gillingham and supplemental reading strategies, Brianne’s literacy instruction encompasses decoding strategies, phonological and phonemic awareness, spelling, fluency, and reading comprehension. Her passion for literacy extends to helping students create and solve real-life math problems, emphasizing the fun in foundational math skills.

Believing in play for all ages, Brianne incorporates math games focused on addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, making abstract concepts like decimals and fractions accessible for all students. Through engaging games, students not only deepen their mathematical understanding but also develop a love for learning.

Location: In-person & Online
Types of Services: Assessments, Literacy & Math Instruction, SEL skills; both individual and groups
Expertise: Special Education, Differentiating content to suit individual needs, Elementary Math skills, Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Phonological awareness, Decoding, Spelling, Fluency, Writing.
Ages: Birth through 6th grade

Marielle B.

Dual-certified Elementary and Special education teacher

Marielle B.

Dual-certified Elementary and Special education teacher
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Marielle is a highly experienced and dual-certified Elementary and Special Education teacher, bringing 10 years of classroom expertise to her role. Known for her enthusiastic, caring, and engaging personality, Marielle excels in building meaningful relationships with her students, fostering motivation for learning.

Her extensive experience includes working as a Special Education teacher across kindergarten through 6th grade, catering to students with diverse abilities, including those facing learning, social, and emotional challenges. Marielle is dedicated to infusing fun into the learning process, utilizing creative approaches such as singing songs and playing games. With an unwavering belief in the potential of every child, she strives to support them in becoming the most successful students they can be.

Marielle is well-versed in teaching various subjects, including reading, writing, math, STEM, and social studies. Her expertise extends to being Orton-Gillingham trained, with her school using the OG PAF program daily. Additionally, her school employs the Saxon math program, known for its spiral approach that consistently reviews previously taught material.

Beyond her classroom responsibilities, Marielle has taken on leadership roles, having run after-school programs and served as a mentor to new teachers. Her guidance helps train educators in school systems and policies, showcasing her commitment to supporting both students and colleagues in their educational journeys.

LOCATIONS: Online or Hoboken
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction, building and strengthening knowledge of math concepts, support with homework, reading comprehension
EXPERTISE: K-6th grade reading, writing, and math- general and special education
AGES: Kindergarten through 6th grade

Kevin B.

MS in Counseling, BA in ASL

Kevin B.

MS in Counseling, BA in ASL
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kevin (he/him) is a nationally certified counselor, American Sign Language (ASL) instructor, and interpreter with an impressive 15 years of experience in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing community. Holding an MS in Counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, and a BA in ASL from Western Oregon University, Kevin has a robust educational background.

Kevin’s instructional journey includes teaching ASL courses in the Continuing Education Department at Hudson County Community College, remote ASL instruction through Language Bird, and providing ASL interpretation through the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, the largest deaf-serving nonprofit in California. Kevin’s diverse experience extends to working one-on-one with K-12 Deaf students at the Louisiana School for the Deaf and serving as the director at one of the largest deaf summer camps in the country.

As a language tutor, Kevin adopts an instructional approach grounded in the five stages of second language learning. He also emphasizes the 5Cs of second language acquisition, fostering global competence in the language for learners. Kevin employs various teaching methods, including direct instruction, a sequential, simultaneous structured multi-sensory approach, and learning strategy instruction.

Kevin’s broad expertise spans K-12 and adult learners at different ability levels. He has worked with Deaf/Hard of Hearing students and individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Specific Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and visual impairments. Kevin also possesses extensive experience working with students facing mental health challenges, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder.

Committed to social services and community service, Kevin volunteers for Enterprise for Youth, a career-readiness nonprofit serving youth in the SF Bay Area. In his free time, Kevin indulges in kayaking, hiking, cycling, and exploring national and state parks, showcasing his passion for outdoor activities.

LOCATION: REMOTE
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized language instruction, test preparation, executive functioning coaching, independent living skills coaching, study skills, career coaching
EXPERTISE: American Sign Language, second language acquisition, special education, social/emotional development
AGES: Birth through adult

Taneeka J.

MS School Leadership and Administration

Taneeka J.

MS School Leadership and Administration
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Taneeka earned her master’s degree in School Leadership & Administration from Touro College. With an impressive 23-year teaching career within the New York City Department of Education, she has taught grades Kindergarten through 8th grade, specializing in phonics, English Language Arts, and mathematics. Taneeka serves as both a lead teacher and classroom teacher, leveraging extensive training in phonics and mathematics. As a lead teacher, she employs data-driven strategies, implements best practices, and scrutinizes student data to enhance teacher and student growth.

In her additional role, Taneeka fosters collaborative work among teachers, developing monthly unit plans in phonics, reading, writing, and mathematics. She ensures alignment with The Next Generation Standards, showcasing her commitment to maintaining a high-quality curriculum. Taneeka excels in working with struggling students, using engaging methods to elevate learning outcomes. Witnessing students reach their goals is what fulfills her the most.

LOCATION: Queens, Nassau County, Brooklyn: East New York, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Flatbush, Clinton Hill,
TYPES OF SERVICES: Multisensory  Reading Instruction, Administration and Interpretation of formal and informal Reading and Math Assessments, Math Instruction and Remediation, Executive Functioning, Study Skills, and Common Core Homework Help.
EXPERTISE: Taneeka has experience working with children who have difficulty decoding (reading words correctly) including those with dyslexia, reading fluently, spelling difficulties, reading comprehension, expository and narrative writing instruction. She also has expertise providing grade level and remedial math instruction, homework help,
common core tutoring, building executive functions.
AGES: Kindergarten through 8th Grade

Joan M.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Psychology

Joan M.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood, Special Education, and Psychology
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Joan is a highly accomplished early childhood educator with decades of experience in teaching, supervising teachers, and collaborative work with parents. A graduate of Hunter College with degrees in early childhood education, special education, and psychology, Ms. Maguire’s journey began as part of an interdisciplinary team at The Stanley S. Lamm Institute right out of college. Throughout her career, she has excelled as an early childhood administrator and program director. For 20 years, Joan contributed to the success of The Little Room/Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, a premier mainstreaming early childhood program in NYC. Beyond her teaching expertise, Joan is also a seasoned yoga practitioner, having developed workshops for teachers and related service providers titled “Yoga: A Forum for Creating Early Childhood Curriculum.”

Currently serving as a CPSE Liaison, Intake Coordinator, and Teacher Mentor at an early childhood special education program in Brooklyn, Joan’s previous administrative roles include CPSE Evaluation Coordinator, SEIT Supervision, and Parent Liaison. With extensive experience as a SEIT provider in private and public preschool settings, as well as in-home settings, Joan brings a wealth of knowledge to her current role.

Joan possesses remarkable skills in assessing and evaluating preschool students and is equally adept at developing meaningful, creative intervention strategies and curricula. Her approach to instruction draws inspiration from influential figures such as Dr. Stanley Greenspan, Dr. Stanley S. Lamm, Dr. Margaret Mahler, and Dr. Maria Montessori. Joan’s instructional methods prioritize observing the child’s play, providing creative and developmentally appropriate challenges, continuous ongoing assessment, and addressing the emotional, social, and interactive play needs of each child.

LOCATION: Park Slope and Windsor Terrace
TYPE OF SERVICES: Indiividual therapy, group (2-3 children), speech-language evaluations, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, autism spectrum disorder, feeding and swallowing disorders
AGES: birth through elementary school

Jessica T.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Education

Jessica T.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jessica is a dedicated elementary school teacher with three years of teaching experience in Ireland, covering 4th grade, 1st grade, and special education. For the past two years, she has been teaching 2nd grade in a New York City school. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University College of Cork, Ireland, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Limerick, Ireland. With a focus on assessing children’s learning styles and needs, she strives to find the best approaches to boost their grades and confidence. Jessica employs various suitable teaching strategies and resources to cater to individual needs, creating a positive and safe learning environment. Passionate about education, Jessica utilizes technology, visual aids, games, inquiry-based activities, manipulatives, and graphic organizers to ensure children’s understanding. With four years of experience tutoring children individually and in small groups, ranging in ages from 5 to 12 years old, Jessica provides support for students struggling with mathematics, reading, and writing.

Jessica excels in test preparation and provides study skills to help children succeed. Her instructional expertise spans phonics, phonological awareness, reading comprehension, fluency, decoding, and elementary mathematical skills. She is trained in Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention, and Jolly Phonics. Jessica brings extensive experience working with children facing various needs, including anxiety, ADHD, autism, Down syndrome, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and children for whom English is an additional language. Fluent in Gaelic, she offers tutoring to children interested in learning the Irish language.

Beyond the classroom, Jessica’s passion for education extends to volunteering with various children’s groups, such as The Ronald McDonald House and Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. With nine years of experience as a youth club leader, she has built strong relationships with both children and parents, creating a fun learning experience for the children she serves.

LOCATION: i.e. BROOKLYN: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Dumbo. MANHATTAN: Downtown, Midtown, Upper East Side, Upper West Side. QUEENS: Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Tutoring elementary children (Kindergarten to 5th grade) in academic areas such as math and literacy. State exam preparation services.
EXPERTISE:  Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood Education, Special Education, dyslexia, English language learners.
AGES:  Elementary school- Kindergarten to 5th grade.

Shamica B.

Master’s degree in special education and Master’s degree in Business Management

Shamica B.

Master’s degree in special education and Master’s degree in Business Management
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Shamica holds a Master’s degree in special education from CUNY Brooklyn College and has accumulated five years of teaching experience across various age groups in NYC public schools. Alongside her specialization in teaching strategies for students with disabilities, Shamica currently serves as a second-grade special education teacher. Her commitment to education is further highlighted by her Master’s degree in Business Management from Long Island University.

Understanding the diverse learning needs of children, Shamica is an active member of her school’s instructional leadership team, allowing her to identify and address areas where students may face challenges.

Originally from Guyana, Shamica’s upbringing instilled in her the belief that she needed to be the change she wanted to see. This realization led her to pursue a career in special education. Shamica’s instructional focus lies in using the science of reading to enhance students’ comprehension and fostering a love for mathematics by imparting lifelong problem-solving skills.

Shamica employs a variety of teaching tools, including manipulatives, visual aids, and explicit models, to guide her pedagogy. Working with students exhibiting a range of challenges such as emotional disorders, speech and language disorders, dyslexia, executive functioning disorders, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, and autism, Shamica prioritizes adapting and adjusting her instruction to individual learning styles. She leverages multimedia platforms and innovative tools to create a context for deeper understanding.

Embodying the belief that every child is unique and deserving of a caring, inspiring, and engaging atmosphere, Shamica emphasizes the importance of positive elementary education in fostering successful life-long learners. Her dedication to creating an environment that nurtures emotional, intellectual, and social growth reflects her profound passion for education.

LOCATION: Queens/Brooklyn
TYPE OF SERVICES: One on one academic support, Group academic support,
EXPERTISE: Speech-language delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral and Emotional disorders, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Multiple disabilities
AGES: Preschool through Elementary

Jana U.

B.A. in English Literature and Spanish, M.A. in TESOL.

Jana U.

B.A. in English Literature and Spanish, M.A. in TESOL.
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jana Ulanoff is an accomplished educator with a B.A. in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and an M.A. in TESOL from Hunter College. Her time at Hunter College allowed her to refine her skills in developing multisensory instructional methods and social-emotional skill-building practices. Jana is dedicated to forming authentic connections and creating nurturing spaces where students can comfortably grow and learn.

Having worked in both public and private educational sectors, Jana brings a unique perspective as an ENL (English as a New Language) classroom teacher in NYC’s DOE, supporting self-contained classes of 1st-graders, 7th-graders, and 10th-12th graders. Throughout her career, she has championed accessibility and acquisition by tailoring the curriculum to the differing proficiencies of her English Language Learners (ELLs).

Jana’s commitment to tailored education and connecting with her students led her to private tutoring, where she has thrived for over 5 years. She has experience working with students facing various learning differences, including challenges in math, reading, writing, attention, social-emotional and behavioral skills, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, and Executive Functioning Disorder. Currently, Jana excels in remediating 4th and 5th graders with dyscalculia, employing playful yet strategic multisensory exercises using manipulatives, color-coding, base ten blocks, and 100s charts. Her dedication is evident in her ongoing dyscalculia research to enhance support for her students.

Jana’s tutoring experience extends to neurotypical students aged 4 to 11. From preparing preschoolers for kindergarten interviews to working with upper elementary students, she employs multisensory reading and writing techniques, such as Orton-Gillingham and Handwriting Without Tears. For math, she utilizes real-world examples via manipulatives like math-link cubes to make content more accessible and meaningful.

Beyond traditional education, Jana has taught ELL adult students at Brooklyn College, fostering learning through interactive, role-playing activities based on everyday life skills.

Jana’s teaching methods are built on positive reinforcement and interactive exercises to promote whole-child education. She firmly believes in unlocking the untapped potential within every student, igniting their passions through a mix of research-based tools and personalized strategies. As an advocate for her students, Jana also serves as a transparent and supportive partner to the families she works with.

Outside of her educational pursuits, Jana enjoys engaging her mind with reading and puzzles, exploring NYC with friends, going on walks, baking, and spending time with her two beautiful cats.

LOCATION: i.e. BROOKLYN: Online, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.
TYPE OF SERVICES: i.e. Individualized math instruction (ages 5-12), Kindergarten readiness assessments e.g. phonological and early math assessments, math and literacy private school entry assessments for lower to upper elementary schoolers (ages 5-12), and parent consultations.
EXPERTISE: i.e. Math reading, writing, attention, social-emotional and behavioral skills, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and Spanish.
AGES: i.e. Pre-K (ages 2.5-4) through upper elementary school (ages 5-12).

Christopher M.

B.S in Sociology and his Master’s degree in Special Education and Literacy, Certified Literacy Specialist, Special Education Teacher and General Education Teacher

Christopher M.

B.S in Sociology and his Master’s degree in Special Education and Literacy, Certified Literacy Specialist, Special Education Teacher and General Education Teacher
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Christopher is an accomplished educator with a Bachelor’s degree, with honors, in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Special Education and Literacy from The State University of New York at Albany. Certified as a Literacy Specialist, Special Education Teacher, and General Education Teacher in New York State, Christopher has dedicated twelve years to teaching students in grades K-5 within New York City Public Schools. His roles have included Schoolwide Literacy Specialist, Special Education and Movement Teacher, and extensive experience in tutoring students of all ages.

In the realm of Special Education, Christopher excels in developing specialized instruction, conducting professional development seminars for fellow educators, and employing an individualized approach to learning. He embraces asset-based, social-emotional, and growth-mindset methodologies that recognize and amplify each student’s strengths and interests. Christopher fosters purposeful goal-setting, emphasizing tools and resources to achieve them, while instilling patience, self-regulation, confidence-building, and essential executive functioning skills.

With a decade of expertise in preparing students for New York State standardized exams and a deep understanding of various programs, including the Wilson Reading System, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, SMILE, and current ELA and math curriculum, Christopher ensures a supportive learning environment. Beyond the classroom, he serves as a Teacher Leader for a national nonprofit, integrating music and visual art into English Language Arts, Math, and Social-Emotional learning. In his free time, Christopher enjoys writing, playing guitar, and coaching for the Special Olympics.

LOCATION: IN-PERSON AND REMOTE
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Park Slope, Prospect Heights Red Hook, Fort Greene, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach, Brighton Beach, Midwood
Manhattan: Lower East Side, Chelsea, Financial District, Battery Park, Lenox Hill, Greenwich Village, Tribeca, SoHo, West Village
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administration and analysis of (informal and formal) literacy and math assessments, reading, writing and math instructional support for individuals and groups (2-3 students), Response to intervention services, exam/test preparation, homework assistance, executive functioning, study skills, social-emotional (SEL) skills, parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Early childhood and general education, special education and related supports, literacy (reading comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling fluency, writing composition, reading and writing stamina, etc.), Elementary math skills, social-emotional and behavioral development, New York State standardized and alternate assessments.
AGES: Literacy (Pre-K to Adult), Math (Pre-K – 8th grade)

Taryn T.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Special Education

Taryn T.

Master’s Degree in Elementary Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Taryn’s passion for supporting children with learning differences was ignited during her own struggle with learning at a young age. Inspired by stories of famous individuals overcoming similar challenges, she dedicated her career to making a difference. Taryn began her journey by volunteering at YAI, an organization for children and young adults with developmental disabilities, a commitment she continued for many years.

A graduate of Lehigh University with a degree in Communications and French, Taryn earned recognition as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate with highest honors. Her academic achievements were further acknowledged when she was named a winner of the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers 2007.” Taryn holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Special Education from New York University and is trained in The Orton Gillingham Approach, a multisensory method for teaching literacy, as well as The Judith Hochman method of writing. With extensive experience working with children with dyslexia and behavioral needs, Taryn has become a dedicated advocate for their educational success.

Over the past 23 years, Taryn has held various roles, including reading specialist, headteacher in self-contained 3rd and 4th-grade classes, headteacher in an ICT 4th and 5th-grade classroom, and over 10 years as an elementary school teacher in a private school for children with learning differences. In addition, she has successfully run a tutoring practice for children aged 4 through 12 with various learning needs, including dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning delays, and behavioral concerns. Taryn’s outstanding teaching work has earned her numerous accolades over the years.

Central to Taryn’s approach is a focus on a child’s self-esteem, teaching them at their own educational and developmental level. She firmly believes that a child’s self-confidence is pivotal to their learning journey. Taryn advocates that every child can succeed when provided with the right tools and nurtured with multi-sensory techniques. Embracing child-centered education, she employs techniques that support students both academically and emotionally. Taryn collaborates closely with the entire team, both professionally and within families, ensuring a holistic and effective approach.

Whether working one-on-one with children at home or school or collaborating with teachers to adapt instruction, Taryn’s personal experience as a mother to three boys with diverse learning and behavioral needs enhances her understanding of individual differences. Her dedication extends beyond her professional life, as she is passionate about her family, cherishing time with friends, and helping children reach their full potential.

Location: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope
Manhattan: lower Manhattan
Type of Services: individual, small group (2-3 children)
Expertise: Orton Gillingham, ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Training
Ages: 4 to 12 years old

Jurga C.

Special Education Teacher, Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist

Jurga C.

Special Education Teacher, Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Jurga brings over a decade of experience as an early childhood special education teacher, specializing in various roles such as SEIT, Early Intervention teacher, reading specialist, and special education teacher. Trained in Orton-Gillingham and well-versed in curricula like Wilson Fundations, Eureka Math, Go Math, and Teachers College’s reading and writing, Jurga tailors her approach to meet the needs of students with speech and language disabilities, autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, and other learning challenges.

With a keen understanding of diverse learning needs, Jurga employs a range of approaches, using literacy or math games to make learning enjoyable. Her expertise lies in selecting activities that match each student’s functional level, progressing from basic to more complex skills. Jurga’s commitment to making learning fun and meaningful underscores her dedication to supporting students in their educational journey.

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

Evelyn R.

B.S. Majored in Interdisciplinary Health Services and minored in both Autism Behavioral Studies and Health Care Ethics

Evelyn R.

B.S. Majored in Interdisciplinary Health Services and minored in both Autism Behavioral Studies and Health Care Ethics
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Evelyn holds a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in Interdisciplinary Health Services and minoring in Autism Behavioral Studies and Health Care Ethics. Currently pursuing a master’s in occupational therapy from New York University, she brings a wealth of experience and a strong philosophy as an educator. During her undergraduate years and a subsequent gap year, Evelyn worked extensively with both children and adults on the autism spectrum in diverse settings, gaining expertise in applied behavior analysis (ABA). Her focus extends to individuals of all ages with ASD, ADHD, ADD, and Executive Functioning disorders. Additionally, she has successfully tutored typically developing children in Pre-K and 5th grade, covering subjects such as reading, writing, and math.

Evelyn’s educational philosophy revolves around keeping students motivated through active engagement. She emphasizes understanding the goals of her students and their parents, recognizing that individuals thrive when they have a sense of purpose and comprehension of their tasks. Acknowledging the diversity in learning styles, she prioritizes adapting learning strategies accordingly.

A key approach in her teaching methodology is scaffolding, a method designed to enhance an individual’s independence gradually. For instance, when introducing a new lesson, Evelyn encourages students to think through questions independently, fostering problem-solving skills, self-confidence, and the ability to seek help when needed. This approach aims to empower students towards greater independence.

Evelyn also recognizes the importance of incorporating movement breaks and sensory-stimulating activities to prevent fatigue and enhance engagement. Her ultimate goal is to motivate students to excel while ensuring that the learning process remains enjoyable. With a commitment to active engagement, personalized strategies, and a holistic understanding of each student’s needs, Evelyn contributes positively to the educational journey of those she supports.

Location: Lower Manhattan
Type of Services: Individual tutoring sessions
Expertise: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD
Ages: Birth-Elementary

Gabrielle D.

Masters in Special Education, Kindergarten – 2nd grade

Gabrielle D.

Masters in Special Education, Kindergarten – 2nd grade
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Gabrielle earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island, laying the foundation for her effective and impactful approach to education. Building on this, she pursued a master’s degree in Special Education at New York University, further honing her skills in delivering quality education.

Throughout her career, Gabrielle has been dedicated to teaching first grade in a DOE public school, gaining valuable experience with students ranging from Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Additionally, she has actively contributed to various after-school programs, enriching the educational experience for her students.

In her role as a tutor, Gabrielle specializes in essential areas such as phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, and elementary math. Her expertise lies in making the learning process more accessible for students with specific needs. Trained in the Wilson method of literacy, Gabrielle has successfully implemented this evidence-based program in both whole group and small group settings, providing targeted intervention for students.

Gabrielle excels in explaining math concepts clearly and concisely. She goes beyond traditional teaching methods by helping students develop a strong sense of numbers and offering culturally relevant word problems to enhance understanding.

Employing a multi-sensory approach to math, Gabrielle provides students with tools like manipulatives, counters, and ten frames. Her familiarity with various math curriculums, including Engage NY, Envisions, and Illustrative Math, allows her to tailor instruction to meet the diverse needs of her students.

As both a teacher and tutor, Gabrielle is committed to customizing education for each student, ensuring a tailored approach that addresses individual needs. Her dedication and passion shine through in her role, where she consistently strives to create well-rounded educational experiences for young learners. Gabrielle’s strong commitment to helping all students learn and succeed is evident in her approach and impact.

LOCATION: Manhattan
TYPE OF SERVICES: individual therapy, group (2-3 children), assessments, literacy and math instruction
XPERTISE: phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, and elementary math
AGES: K-2

Zachary Z.

NYS Professional teaching certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6

Zachary Z.

NYS Professional teaching certificate in Childhood Education, Grades 1-6
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Zachary is a seasoned educator with over a decade of experience in the K-2 learning space. He holds an Ed.M. and M.S.Ed from Teachers College, Columbia University, and The College of St. Rose. Additionally, he possesses a NYS Professional teaching certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and a school building leader license.

With a background in teaching first and second grades, Zachary has transitioned to a school leader role, bringing with him extensive expertise in the Science of Reading, foundational skills in early literacy, and math. Over the years, he has consistently demonstrated the ability to make significant improvements in student achievement, particularly for those facing challenges. Zach is well-versed in various curricula, including Success For All (phonics), Reading Mastery (phonics), Great Minds/Eureka Math, Math In Focus, Singapore Math, and Cognitively Guided Instruction. He is trained in the University of Chicago’s STEP Assessment and Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment System.

Zachary fosters a trusting environment that encourages students to take risks and apply their learning. His strength-based approach builds upon the existing capabilities of students. With extensive experience working with children with exceptionalities and neurotypical learners, Zach employs a variety of research-based strategies, hands-on activities, and direct instruction to support each learner. This includes diverse phonics practices focused on decoding/encoding and comprehensive approaches to numeracy, cardinality, and understanding how numbers work in math.

Beyond K-2, Zachary has experience working with upper elementary school students (3rd and 4th grades), preparing them for NYS assessments in both ELA and Math. In addition to coaching students on test-taking strategies, Zach places a strong emphasis on comprehension, ensuring a well-rounded and effective educational experience for his students.

LOCATION: Manhattan:  All neighborhoods, Westchester County, Yonkers, Bronx: Riverdale
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual tutoring, group tutoring, Foundational Skills in Literacy and Math, assessment
EXPERTISE: Increasing fluency and comprehension with emergent readers and mathematicians.
AGES:  Kindergarten through Grade 4

Nicole F.

M.S ED, NYS Certified Early Childhood and Special Education

Nicole F.

M.S ED, NYS Certified Early Childhood and Special Education
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For over two decades, Nicole has found immense joy in working with children, and her commitment to their growth remains unwavering. In 1998, she embarked on her journey into education as an assistant teacher for students with learning differences while pursuing a degree in psychology at Hunter College. Today, Nicole’s dedication to teaching and supporting children remains as strong as ever.

Nicole holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Special Education (Dual Certification) from Touro College (May 2007) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hunter College. She further enhanced her expertise through a Post Graduate certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology. Currently, Nicole is in the process of preparing for the BCBA national exam to become a Licensed Behavior Analyst. Her recent training includes certification from the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA), where she gained the skills to serve as an ADHD and Executive Functioning Coach for both children and adults. As a mother of two children with executive functioning deficits, Nicole’s ADHD coach training has not only strengthened her effectiveness as a teacher but also enriched her understanding and compassion as a parent.

Nicole’s diverse professional background encompasses roles as a Teacher (Classroom, SETSS, SEIT), Supervisor, Behavior Specialist, Consultant, Parent Trainer, and ADHD Coach. She has provided remediation to individuals ranging from birth to young adults in both public and private sectors. Nicole has worked with students facing challenges such as reading, writing, and math disabilities, Autism Spectrum, ADHD, EF Disorders, significant behavior issues, and speech and language delays. Notably, her exceptional skill lies in customizing school curriculums to suit the unique needs and challenges of her clients.

Employing a multisensory approach, Nicole tailors her teaching methods to each learner by integrating approaches like Orton Gillingham, the Hochman Method of writing, and behavioral methods through Applied Behavior Analysis to address maladaptive behaviors and enhance positive ones. Creating a safe and nurturing space is at the core of Nicole’s approach, fostering an environment where students can thrive and build trust.

Nicole’s passion revolves around equipping her students with the essential skills needed for success, drawing from the wealth of resources, skills, and knowledge she has acquired throughout her teaching journey.

Martha S.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s Degree in Special Education

Martha S.

Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Master’s Degree in Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Martha is a seasoned educator with a wealth of experience spanning 16 years, successfully teaching both neurotypical and neurodiverse children. Her teaching philosophy centers around addressing individual needs, creating a positive learning environment, and empowering students to recognize their influence on the world around them.

Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Mathematics from Northeastern Illinois University, Martha has laid a robust foundation for effective teaching. Committed to inclusive education, she earned a Master’s in Special Education from the University of Michigan – Dearborn, accompanied by a Certificate in Special Education from DePaul University. As a licensed teacher in Illinois, Martha stays at the forefront of educational practices.

Martha has undergone specialized training in Orton Gillingham IMSE, covering both Comprehensive and Morphology modules. Her dedication to meeting diverse learning needs is further evidenced by her training in Multisensory Math.

Presently, Martha is making a significant impact in the private sector, teaching 5th-grade math and social studies. She dedicates specific attention to honing the executive functioning skills of twice-exceptional students. Her career has traversed various educational landscapes, working with children at all elementary grade levels (K-5) in schools in Chicago, NYC, and internationally in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil.

Martha is deeply involved in supporting students across a spectrum of needs, including math, reading fluency and comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, writing, attention, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD, ADD, EF, as well as behavioral and emotional disorders. Her approach is characterized by a holistic understanding of each student, fostering an environment where they can flourish academically and personally. Martha’s passion for education and commitment to student success make her an invaluable asset in shaping the futures of the young minds she guides.

LOCATION: Online and in person: BROOKLYN: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Flatbush, Fort Green, Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope, Prospect Heights. MANHATTAN: Battery Park City, Bowery, Chinatown, Downtown Manhattan, Financial District, Little Italy, Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, Tribeca, Wall Street, West Village.
TYPE OF SERVICES: multisensory math, reading fluency and comprehension, phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary, writing.
EXPERTISE: twice exceptional, attention, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ASD, ADHD, ADD, EF, as well as behavioral and emotional disorders.
AGES: K-8th grades (5-14 years old)

Sophia R.

Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Certificate in Special Education

Sophia R

Master’s degree in Elementary Education, Certificate in Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Sophia is an enthusiastic, goal-oriented teacher, dedicated to helping your child fall in love with learning. A New York State certified teacher with a master’s in Elementary education and certification in Special Education from Relay School of Education, Sophia earned her bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University, where she studied government. Currently a first-grade teacher for the New York Department of Education, Sophia previously taught third grade in an ICT homeroom and second-grade science at Zeta Charter Schools from 2021-2023.

Having struggled with engagement as a student, Sophia takes pride in making learning fun and exciting. She believes in a whole-child approach to learning, emphasizing that students require confidence, joy, and trust to be academically successful. Sophia is passionate about building trusting relationships with students and parents, bringing her vibrant presence from the performing arts to the classroom and tutoring sessions.

Sophia’s experience spans diverse learners, including English Language learners, students with various learning disabilities, and general education students. In her ICT classroom, Sophia creates and implements targeted instruction across academic components to meet the needs of her diverse students.

Utilizing a multisensory approach to phonics, reading, writing, and math, Sophia employs decodable texts, sand, sound boxes, foam letters, magnets, base ten blocks, ten frames, foam chips, whiteboards, and number lines. She emphasizes explicit, individualized instruction, making learning “sticky” for her students.

Highly organized, trustworthy, approachable, and detail-oriented, Sophia’s interests extend beyond teaching to activities like running on the West Side Highway, petting every dog she sees, and exploring the best restaurants in the city. An ex-Bostonian who has fallen in love with New York, Sophia brings a dynamic and engaging energy to her teaching approach.

LOCATION: Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn, Cobble Hill, Fort Greene, Dumbo, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Long Island City, In-person and online
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual and group instruction in reading, writing, phonics, math, and science instruction (levels: K through Sixth grade)
EXPERTISE: Phonics and Reading intervention, Reading Comprehension, Writing, Math Skills/Concepts, Wiley Blevins/Science of Reading-based approach, Fontas and Pinnell, and Guided Reading Leveled Literacy 
AGES: K-6th Grade

Mariel G.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education

Mariel G.

Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Mariel is a special education teacher with over ten years of experience working with young children. She graduated from Hartwick College in 2010 with degrees in Music Education and German and then spent three years working at the Henry Viscardi School where she was responsible for creating and distributing augmentative communication options for children with varying physical and cognitive disabilities. She went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Brooklyn College and, subsequently, earned a post-master’s Certificate in Early Childhood Special Education from Queens College in 2016.

Mariel has worked in both public and private schools throughout her career and has spent the past five years working as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT), special instructor, and ABA therapist for children five years old and younger. Mariel teaches children with autism, expressive language delays, and behavioral challenges in New York City. She is a strong advocate for helping all of her students reach their optimum potential and believes in collaborating with parents, school staff, and colleagues in an effort to provide the best environment and interventions to help children have a positive educational experience.

In her work with each child, Mariel employs the use of prompts, errorless learning strategies, and visual cues to help children achieve independence in the classroom and home environments. Mariel uses basic sign language and prompts to help students engage with both adults and peers so that they can effectively communicate their needs and frustrations. With extensive experience in applied behavior analysis (ABA), Mariel is skilled in developing programs and strategies within the child’s natural environment to help them overcome social challenges, reduce inappropriate behaviors, and engage in classroom and family activities.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Special Instruction (SI), SEIT & SETSS; individual and small group (2-3 children)
EXPERTISE: Autism Spectrum Disorder & Speech-language delays
AGES: Birth- 5 years old

Madison P.

Master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, NYS Certified

Madison P.

Master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education, NYS Certified
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Madison brings over six years of invaluable experience to the education sector, specializing in grades K-8. Her commitment to creating a dynamic, inclusive learning atmosphere is evident in her work. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education (1-6) and is NYS Certified, reflecting her extensive educational background.

Her approach to teaching is hands-on and multi-sensory, catering to the diverse learning styles of her students. Madison is known for her warm and engaging manner in the classroom. Her expertise covers essential areas including phonics, early reading skills, letter sounds, writing fundamentals like pencil grip and letter formation, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and elementary mathematics.

As an advocate for inclusive education, Madison has extensive experience working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, ADD, other learning disabilities, and Speech and Language needs. Her empathetic approach, combined with specialized knowledge, has significantly contributed to the development of a wide range of learners.

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Madison has taken on leadership roles within the educational community. She has mentored new teachers, aiding in their professional development and transition into the teaching field. Madison has also served as a literacy coach for her peers and played a pivotal role in spearheading literacy growth initiatives on her campus. Her dedication and experience make her a passionate professional, deeply committed to fostering student success and growth.

Location: Brooklyn and Online
Types of Services: group and individual tutoring in ELA and Math, SETSS, SEIT
Expertise: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, Speech and Language Impairment
Ages: Birth through 4th grade

Tricia Z.

Master’s degree in English Literature, Master’s in Philosophy and Education

Tricia Z.

Master’s degree in English Literature, Master’s in Philosophy and Education
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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters

Tricia is a seasoned elementary teacher with a decade of valuable experience. Holding a Masters degree in English Literature from Queens College, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Tricia’s teaching journey has spanned various independent schools across New York City, where she has contributed to the academic growth of students ranging from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, catering to diverse needs within families.

From the earliest learners to upper elementary school children, Tricia dedicates herself to supporting literacy instruction through personalized one-on-one sessions, small group activities, and comprehensive whole group lessons. Proficient in literary programs such as Orton Gillingham, Fundations, and Spell-links, she employs a range of methods firmly grounded in the science of reading to impart essential literacy skills. Trained in the Writing Revolution, Tricia excels in guiding students through the intricacies of the writing process, including brainstorming, cohesive idea planning, note-taking, sentence structure, syntax, and grammar.

Tricia’s approach revolves around building positive, growth-oriented, and respectful learning environments. She leverages her students’ passions to establish connections both personally and within the curriculum, ensuring they are actively engaged in their own educational journey. Employing diverse learning modes such as kinetic, tactile, and auditory methods, Tricia tailors her instruction to resonate with each student, making the learning experience more engaging and effective. As a continuous learner herself, she actively seeks out additional resources beyond designated learning times to empower students in fortifying and enhancing their skills.

In her leisure time, Tricia indulges in her love for reading, cooking, and exercising. She also finds joy in listening to podcasts that challenge and expand her thinking, as well as those that bring laughter. As a proud native New Yorker, Tricia embraces the opportunity to explore the city, consistently captivated by the joy and wonder it continues to inspire.

TYPE OF SERVICES:  Individual & Group sessions (2-3 children), Individualized reading, writing, and math intervention, Multisensory Reading, teaching elaboration and writing organization
EXPERTISE: Working with students to build phonemic awareness, strengthen decoding and encoding skills, comprehension, fluency, improving understanding of math concepts using manipulatives and real world connections, homework help, Orton Gillingham-based literacy instruction, Wilson
AGES:  4 through 10

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