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

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST

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

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

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

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

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

RACHEL H. MS Ed.

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST & READING SPECIALIST

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

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

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

Blair C.

M.S. Early Childhood Education

Blair has worked with a wide range of learners spanning Kindergarten through 4th grade. In her eight years of teaching, Blair has supported students with dyslexia, ADHD, autism, expressive and receptive language challenges, and students with math learning difficulties. When teaching and tutoring math, Blair is trained in the following programs: Engage NY, Investigations, Everyday Math, and Math In The City.

Blair tutors and teaches across subjects, and she specializes in literacy support for struggling readers. She uses multiple systems including PAF (an Orton Gillingham program), Fundations, and Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Blair approaches spelling and reading through direct instruction of phonics patterns. She teaches these skills through a combination of multisensory games, repetition, and sequential learning.

Additionally, Blair develops her materials custom made for her students. This approach helps her students master challenging material through achievable tasks. Blair is most comfortable working with the elementary grades; she is comfortable tutoring across subjects from Kindergarten through 5th grade.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Dumbo, Greenpoint, Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens areas
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading intervention and instruction
EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency
AGES: Kindergarten through 4th grade

Mary A.

M.S. in Special and General Education & Certified Wilson Reading Specialist

Mary has been delivering literacy instruction for six years to children ages four to twelve.  She has her dual professional license in Special Education and General Education.  Mary developed her literacy skills while working with students with autism, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and/or ADHD.  She is trained in Fountas and Pinnell and certified in Wilson Reading Level I. Mary works closely with a school psychologist and reading coach to better understand the development of literacy skills at each age.  She has a strong background working with various reading assessments and reading/writing programs such as Fundations, Words Their Way, Teacher’s College Writing Workshop, Alpha to Omega and Toe by Toe.  She has been working closely with psychologists, reading coaches, speech therapists and math specialists to help support students’ individual goals. Mary developed a specialized spelling curriculum for an international school in the Netherlands by using assessment tools based off of Lucy Calkins’s Writing Workshop.  The spelling curriculum was developed to support students whose second or third language was English.

Mary’s goal for each child is to help him/her become a fluent reader, writing, and speller. She incorporates decoding, encoding, and comprehension in each lesson.  The lessons are highly structured and incorporate a multi-sensory approach. Mary begins her process by assessing a child’s strengths and difficulties. Once she has acquired this information, she develops an individualized program that is based on research proven programs such as Wilson Reading Program. Each program is tailored to a child’s individual needs.

Currently, Mary is expanding on her knowledge of how to best teach students with disabilities in Mathematics and Science.

LOCATION: ManhattanBrooklyn, Queens (Weekends)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation, reading and writing intervention and math intervention.
EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for decoding, encoding, fluency, and comprehension using a multi-sensory approach.

AGES: Pre-K to sixth grade

Michelle C., MS Ed.

M.S. Early Childhood Education

Michelle is certified in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6).  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hofstra University.  Michelle is trained in both Fountas and Pinell and Fundations.  Michelle has a passion for working with children and families.

Michelle has experience working with a diverse population of general and special education students.  She taught Preschool for a little over a year , kindergarten for three years, first grade for one year and is now teaching third grade for the NYC Department of Education.  Michelle works with both general education and special education students.  She has experience working with students who are emotionally disturbed, have speech and language impairments, struggling readers and students who struggle in all academic areas.  She teaches small reading groups throughout each day using a systematic, multi-sensory, phonemic-based approach in order to improve spelling, decoding, fluency, and comprehension.  Michelle is trained in the Go-Math program and uses a variety of manipulatives in order to assist each child.   She also collaborates with speech, occupational and physical therapists in order to better meet each child’s needs.  She has experience being one of the parent/ family involvement chairs in her school and enjoys working side by side with many different families.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, Fundations based reading instruction, including individualized reading instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, and math instruction and intervention

EXPERTISE: Working with students with and without learning disabilities and students who need extra literacy support; working with students who need extra math support

AGES: Pre-k-6th Grade

HOURS: After school

Andrea P., MS Ed.

NYS Certified Childhood General and Special Education Teacher, MS Ed

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

Andrea currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a Third Grade special education self-contained teacher. She has over six years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including Autism, students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders. In her 6 years of teaching: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  She is experienced in working with students struggling with literacy, writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension).  Andrea is very familiar with IEP’s and working towards meeting student’s specific goals.

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

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

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

LOCATION: Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island

TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework

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

EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency

AGES: preschool-6th grade

Danya L., MS Ed.

MS Ed., NYS Certified Childhood General and Special Education

Danya is certified in both Childhood Special and General Education. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware, and a Masters of Science in education in childhood general and special education from Bank Street College of Education. She is currently working as a special education teacher in an integrated co-teaching classroom at a public school in Brooklyn.

Danya is trained in Sounds in Motions, Recipe for Reading, Fountas and Pinell, and Wilson Fundations, Engage math, investigations, everyday math, and has extensive experience in using Orton-Gillingham programs to support students in learning to read and progress in math. She has worked with general education students and students with a wide variety of students with disabilities, including those with Autism, ADD, ADHD, speech and language impairments, as well as learning disabilities. Danya has also worked closely with ESL students of varying ability levels. She has experience teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, letter identification/sound, decodingfluency and comprehension with a multisensory approach. 

Danya’s patience and lighthearted sense of humor allows her to connect with her students. She strives to plan her lessons based on the child’s interests and needs to make learning enjoyable and personal.

 

LOCATION: Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, South Slope, Windsor Terrance, and Kensington

TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading comprehension, fluency, writing, initial reading assessment, progressing monitoring, Math

EXPERTISE: Phonics awareness, reading comprehension, English language learners, students with disabilities

AGES: Grade 1 – 4

HOURS: Wednesday and Friday after 3:30

MELISSA A.

NYS CERTIFIED KINDERGARTEN- HIGH SCHOOL

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

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

LETICIA S.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE

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

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

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

DEREK B.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE, NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Derek has a master’s in Professional Studies a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He has the following New York State certifications: Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2: and as a School Building and School District Leader.   Derek has been teaching and tutoring for seven years in many different instructional capacities including a 3rd-5th grade self-contained classroom, an education consultant for grades 2-4, and 4th grade integrated co-teaching classroom (ICT) and general education classrooms.  Currently, Derek is a 4th grade ICT teacher in a New York City public school in Brooklyn.

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

Derek has a strong understanding of how to support children with special needs through his work with parents and other special education teachers. His experience includes advising parents on appropriate services for their children; leading workshops for general education and special education teachers focused on differentiating instruction in the classroom; and presenting workshops for parents on reading comprehension and literacy strategies which provided a plethora of strategies to support their children at home.

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

Location:  Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island

Types of Services: Reading comprehension and fluency, reading and writing stamina, writing organization, structure, and development, spelling, phonological assessments, progressing monitoring, and data analysis

Expertise:  Curriculum modifications, phonological awareness, reading comprehension, writing for general education students and special education students, and data analysis

Grades:  Kindergarten thru 6th grade

RITA C.

MS ED., NY STATE CERTIFIED LITERACY

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

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

MIKE W.

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

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

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

Brittany B.

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

Brittany is a certified Birth to Grade 6 teacher with over five years of experience in the Department of Education. She works with children from pre-kindergarten to grade five. She has taught pre-kindergarten, first, second grade and is currently third-grade special education. She has served as a private tutor for children in kindergarten to grade five. She currently holds a Master of Science in Literacy Education from Alfred University, and New York State Certification in Literacy, Early Childhood, Special Education and General Education. She is a member of Kappa Delta Pi a National Education Society.

 

She began to pursue certification in Literacy Education after recognizing the prevalence of reading disabilities amongst her student population. She then developed a passion for literacy acquisition skills after her son was diagnosed with dyslexia. Brittany currently works in a Brooklyn Public School and also holds certification for the Fundations Phonics program. Her specializations include literacy interventions for children with learning disabilities including ADHD and dyslexia. She also specializes in developing literacy and language acquisition skills for English Language Learners. She facilitates a series of workshops for parents and future educators at St. Francis College in various areas for teaching content to a diverse group of learners.

 

She uses a multi-sensory approach to teach phonics as it reaches all learning styles and gives struggling readers the visual and hands-on instruction they need. Brittany uses a variety of age-appropriate multisensory tools including writing in sand, play-doh, magnetic tiles to build words and sentences, story sticks which allow students to use sight, touch and sound to connect letters and their sounds. Her decoding practices teach children to automatically recognize individual sounds leading them to fluent reading of words and sentences, which in turn will lead to full reading comprehension. Her approach to teaching phonics is explicit and systematic and is especially effective for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Brittany customizes a tool-kit of reading comprehension strategies specific to struggling areas for students including inferring, visualization, questioning, summarizing, activating background knowledge. She uses running record assessments to isolate specific reading comprehension struggles and develop anchor charts, games and activities such as comprehension sticks to address the child’s needs.  In addition, she teaches students to apply their comprehension strategies into other social situations outside of the classroom.

Brittany also teaches math and use a multi-sensory approach to teaching specific mathematic skills. The use of manipulative, acronyms and mnemonic devices are an essential component of my approach to teaching students math. She also utilizes a variety of the reading comprehension tool-kit strategies in order to develop student’s understanding of multi-step word problems.

Location: Brooklyn: Crown Heights, Park Slope, Bed-Stuy, Mill Basin, Canarsie, Sheepshead Bay.

Types of Services: Wilson Language Fundations individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension Phonemic Awareness, fluency.

Expertise: Assessment and intervention for students struggling with deciding, fluency and reading comprehension. Specializing in working with students with learning disabilities and English Language Learners.

Ages:  Grades Kindergarten to Grade 5

ALYSSA B.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island: Nassau County

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

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

AGES: Pre-K – 4th Grade

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

ALYSSA S.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

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

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

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

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

JOANNA B.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ANASTASIYA K.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRETCHEN M.

MS. NYS CERTIFIED 1ST -6TH GRADE

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

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

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

MICHELLE F.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AGES: 1-5th grade

LANA G.

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELLIE M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AGES: Kindergarten to 5th Grade

KRISTI N.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEEN H.

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

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

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

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

NIKKI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alexandra

CERTIFIED ELEMENTARY (BIRTH -6th) AND SPECIAL EDUCATION (BIRTH-6th) TEACHER

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

 

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

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