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Reading Specialists and Tutors, Brooklyn Letters
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Brooklyn Letters is now offering i-Ready math and literacy assessments and fun, child-directed online programs to help supplement your child’s math and literacy curriculum. As you know, many students are falling behind with their math and literacy skills.

i‑Ready experience begins with students taking the online adaptive diagnostic assessment to be taken on your own time. Brooklyn Letters will email you the instructions and the results.  Based on diagnostic results, i‑Ready reports provide detailed information on student performance by domain, clear instructional recommendations, including a personalized instructional path, and aggregate data for spotting trends across groups of students. Here is the research behind i-Ready. You will receive a one-time initial in-depth literacy and/or math report(s). You will then receive i-Ready Personalized Instruction. Log in whenever you want!

For the first 10 parents to sign up for this program, we will waive our $500 annual year subscription fee and offer each program with each assessment for only $100 per year! If you want both literacy and math, it is only $150 per year. If you are not satisfied with this program within the first two weeks of purchase, we will fully refund you back minus the $25 administrative fee.

Please note that this does not include a Brooklyn Letters teacher supporting your child. Brooklyn Letters does offer supplemental and remedial literacy and math in-person and remote instruction independent of i-Ready. Our staff: literacy ? math



Manhattan, Connecticut, Westchester, & New Jersey Rates
  • $150-$185 Per Hour

  • $130-$165 for 45 minutes

  • $100-$135 for 30 minutes
    (online only)

  • $130-$165 Per Hour

  • $110-$145 for 45 minutes

  • $90-$115 for 30 minutes (online only)

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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 pods are not entirely new. But with the new school year approaching and Covid-19 cases still on the rise in many places across the country, more and more families are turning to learning pods to ensure the current health crisis does not hurt their children’s schooling even further. Click here to learn more and find out why pod parents find this new learning method appealing.

For many parents, pod learning is a great way to ensure academic growth without risking their children’s health and safety. If you’re wondering if pod learning is the right option for your family, we’re here to help. Brooklyn Letters and Themba Tutors Director Nicole, a homeschooling mom of four, talks to us about the benefits of pod learning and how to prepare your family for it. Click here to know more!

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The Five Pillars of Reading


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

  • Phonemic awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension
  • Fluency

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

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


Phonemic Awareness

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

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



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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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Jill M.

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

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

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

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

Jill believes in celebrating each child’s strengths and creating a nurturing environment where students can grow and feel empowered to take ownership of their learning as partners in their education.

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TYPE OF SERVICES: Reading and writing intervention.
EXPERTISE: Reading intervention including phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, encoding, word-solving strategies, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing.

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Shelley P.

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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.

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

Dan has worked with a multitude of students implementing multisensory reading instruction and specializes his instruction to students who have difficulties with decoding or dyslexia. He has experience in implementing the Corrective Reading Program, Wilson Fundations, Wilson Reading System, The Orton Gillingham Approach, Guided Reading Leveled Literacy, Novel Studies, Core-Knowledge and the Teachers College Readers Workshop. Dan also has a passion for teaching math and uses kinesthetic/tactile strategies to reach all learners. He has used Go-Math, NY Engage, Everyday Math from the University of Chicago and TERC Investigations. When teaching writing Dan uses a variety of approaches to engage his students which includes the Hochman Method and Word Study/Vocabulary Instruction using Words Their Way.

Dan earned a Master s Degree in Regular Education and Special Education from Touro college and holds a bachelor degree from High Point University in North Carolina. He holds professional teaching certificates for both regular and special education (grades 1-6).


Derek B.

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

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 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
TYPE 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
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Tatiana specializes in inquiry-based learning and constructivist teaching methods. She implements Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, and Tactile (VAKT) strategies in her lesson plans. She teaches math using a Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) approach and, in reading, she is trained in Teacher s College Reading and Writing as well as Fountas & Pinnell. Tatiana s priority is always to differentiate instruction, creating lessons that are individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. Beyond the classroom, Tatiana also has experience tutoring English as a 2nd 7??????????

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Peter W.

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

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


TYPE OF SERVICES: Pre-K 4th grade Orton-Gillingham and qualitative (comprehension) literacy assessment and instruction tailored to a student's individual needs; implementing IEPs; providing test prep for the New York State ELA exam, K 4th grade.
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AGES: Pre-K 4th grade, ages 4 through 10 or 11.

Tamara C.

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

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

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

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

Tamara has experience working with pre-K through fifth-grade math curricula. She supports students in developing all aspects of mathematics using a multi-sensory approach. Students use real-world situations and manipulatives to not only learn the HOW of math concepts, but also the WHY. Tamara has experience working with Everyday Math, Go Math, Singapore Math, and state test prep.

In addition to literacy support, Tamara provides test prep, executive functioning skills coaching, as well as study skills.


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Drew is an early childhood educator with over fifteen years of teaching experience in New York City schools. He is certified by New York State to teach children from birth to second grade. Drew studied philosophy and studio art at Skidmore College, and has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College. While he has worked primarily with Pre-K students, Drew has also taught students in kindergarten and first grade. He has spent his career teaching in independent schools that utilize emergent curriculums. This involves developing classroom activities and learning experiences based upon the natural interests of the child. Drew has a deep appreciation for the enthusiasm and creativity that are involved in this child-centered approach to learning.

Drew believes that the early childhood years are crucial in helping students create a solid educational foundation and a love of learning. He thoughtfully develops activities to address the social and academic needs of each child.

Drew has used Handwriting Without Tears, Sounds in Motion, and inventive spellings strategies to address reading and writing skills. He also supports the development of math skills by exploring patterns, geometry, basic addition and subtraction, skip counting, one-to-one correspondence, simple fractions, measuring, and time concepts. Additionally, Drew has implemented the RULER and Mood Meter systems, developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, to help his students recognize their own feelings as well as the emotions of others.

In his classrooms, Drew has worked with many students with special needs, including students who were receiving speech/language therapy, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), and psychological counseling. By collaborating with SEITs and therapists during the school year, Drew has been able to address the different learning needs of each student across all developmental domains.

LOCATION: New York City (remote services)
TYPES OF SERVICES: individual sessions, group sessions, parent consultation, remote learning assistance
EXPERTISE: Early childhood years- beginning reading, writing, math skills, social-emotional development, creative arts (drawing, painting, sculpting) science and nature, fine motor development
AGES: 3 to 7 years old

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

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AGES: 3rd- 5th Grade


Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Master’s Degree in Special Education (Grade 1- Grade 6)
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Kaitlyn is a childhood (Grade 1- Grade 5) special education teacher at a public school in Brooklyn. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) from The College of Staten Island. She continued at The College of Staten Island to obtain a Master’s Degree in Special Education (Grade 1- Grade 6). Kaitlyn recently completed the CITE program through The College of Saint Rose to obtain advanced certifications in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership. Kaitlyn has six years of experience working with students with diverse backgrounds. She has experience working with students with ADHD, autism, speech and language impairments, and dyslexia. She prides herself in differentiating her instruction to meet her students’ unique needs. She has experience teaching the Common Core Standards and newly adapted Next Generation Learning Standards. Kaitlyn incorporates the Wilson/Fundation program in her teaching and applies the Orton-Gillingham approach. She is currently teaching in a 4th grade ICT setting as the special education teacher and also has experience as a 1st grade special education teacher. Kaitlyn worked at A+ Academy as a 4th and 5th grade test prep teacher specializing in math instruction and summer school for the Department of Education during the summers of 2018-2019.

Kaitlyn works with a student-centered approach celebrating their accomplishments and building their self-confidence. Kaitlyn teaches with the use of manipulatives and scaffolds. She specializes in teaching test preparation skills in reading, writing, and math. Kaitlyn provides support to students with phonics instruction, decoding, developing comprehension skills using a variety of sources. She has experience using the programs Go-Math, NY Engage, Envisions, and Everyday Math. She teaches strategies for students to apply classroom learning to real life.

Kaitlyn teaches that communication is key for forming meaningful relationships with teachers, parents, and service providers in order to support student’s wellbeing and development. Every student is a success story!

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


M.S. Literacy
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Lynsey graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelors Degree in Childhood Education (1-6) and graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Masters of Science Degree in Literacy (Birth-6). Lynsey has over 5 years of teaching experience and has taught first-grade general education and is currently teaching in a fourth-grade inclusion classroom (integrated co-teaching with general and special education students). This has provided her with experiences involving students with a wide range of intellectual, emotional, and behavioral disabilities. Being that she works in an inclusion classroom, she works closely with special education students and has practice differentiating and scaffolding lessons to meet their needs. Lynsey has taught summer school the last 3 years for the NYC DOE where she has taught second, third, and sixth grade, focusing specifically on literacy and math. Lynsey also taught a STEM after-school program for 3 years, helping students use digital tools and devices to complete enrichment projects.  Lynsey’s mother and father are both teachers, as well as her sister, who is a Special Education teacher. Lynsey has been exposed to teaching practices from an early age and comes from a family of educators. Lynsey strongly believes in the importance of understanding that every student learns differently, and it is imperative to find strategies and skills to help students succeed. Lynsey incorporates hands-on, interactive manipulatives to help students meet educational, emotional, and behavioral goals. Lynsey also has extensive knowledge of the NYS New Common Core learning standards, as well as training in social-emotional support. She brings a passion and creative eye to her work with families and students of all learning abilities.

Lynsey has helped students achieve literacy skills such as decoding, spelling, reading fluency, reading comprehension skills, and writing skills by using visuals, hands-on manipulatives, and digital applications to help students learn and stay engaged. Lynsey strongly believes in evaluating each student to see which strategies he or she would best benefit from, whether it is practice with sounding out words or forming paragraphs. Students need repetition and lots of practice when learning new mathematical skills. Lynsey believes in constant and continuous engagement in fun, digital ways to help students learn their number lines, adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and more. Since Lynsey works in an ICT classroom, she has had many students in the past with attention, behavioral, and emotional learning issues. Lynsey believes it is imperative to get to know each student, learning about their strengths, needs, and areas of improvement. Once she has developed a deeper understanding of each child’s needs, she is able to provide the most beneficial and appropriate strategies and materials necessary to achieve each child’s educational and emotional goals. Social-emotional support is her strong suit, and she uses many digital applications and SEL (social-emotional learning) strategies to make the students feel welcomed, safe and supported.


M. Ed. in Special Education, B.S. Elementary Education & Psychology
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Kathleen is an elementary school teacher within the charter network of NYC. Her education includes a B.S. in Elementary Education and Psychology and a Master’s in Special Education from Keene State College, Keene State College has been an NCATE accredited institution since 1954; each education program option meets national standards.

Kathleen has been working within the charter network of NYC for the past five years with experience in grades 1-4 along with experience teaching in ICT classrooms. In the ICT classroom setting she has worked with students with ADHD, autism, and speech and language impairments. She works hard to meet the individual needs of all her students while building upon and celebrating their strengths.

Kathleen uses informal and formal assessments to collect data and learn more about each students’ individual needs then creates goals for students to work towards during tutoring sessions. She can support students with phonics, decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension using a variety of resources including Wilson/Fundations programs and Fountas & Pinnell. Kathleen has experience teaching math through Context of Learning, a math program designed to teach the Common Core Standards within the context of students’ lives, creating a hands-on, stimulating learning environment. By meeting the needs of each individual student and celebrating their strengths and growth Kathleen had 96% of her students from the 2018-2019 school year pass the NYS ELA State Exam and 100% pass the NYS Math State Exam.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Boerum Hill, Bed-Stuy, Borough Park, Brooklyn Heights, Bushwick, Carroll Gardens, Clinton Hill, Cobble Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Gowanus, Fort Greene, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Red Hook, Williamsburg, and Navy Yard

TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, writing, math and literacy test prep

EXPERTISE: Improving decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, and writing skills, providing students with strategies to understand and solve math world problems

AGES: 1st-4th grade

Rachel H.

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As a School Psychologist, Rachel 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 (Grade 3 and above) and Fundations (Grades K-2) programs 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 they feel most comfortable to persist and challenge themselves. She highlights students strengths by tailoring lessons to meet each student's unique learning style.

AGES: Pre-K 6th grade


Bachelor’s of Education with a Minor in Psychology, Masters’s in Educational Leadership
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Danielle is a New York State certified teacher, professionally certified in General Education grades 1-6. Danielle completed her Bachelor’s of Education with a Minor in Psychology at St. John’s University and graduated Cum Laude. She also has a Masters’s in Educational Leadership from Mercy College in the Bronx. She has over ten years of experience teaching students with diverse needs. In her ten years of experience, she has taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. She is experienced in working with students struggling with literacy, writing, and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension). Danielle is very familiar with IEPs and working towards meeting student’s specific goals. She has worked with various types of curriculum that support strengthening kids’ academic skills in reading (decoding, fluency, comprehension), writing (sentence structure, handwriting, essay writing), and mathematics.

Danielle is experienced in test preparation for the ELA and Math NYS tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT. Danielle is able to provide manipulatives for tutoring sessions.


TYPES OF SERVICES: Developing individualized and effective literacy and math instruction, individualized reading instruction, helping with homework.

EXPERTISE: Strengthen reading comprehension and mathematical reasoning

AGES: 2nd-5th grade


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Rachel is an early childhood (birth-grade 2) special education teacher in a New York City public school in Brooklyn. She has been teaching since 2006. Rachel has taught in the ICT setting as well as in a self-contained bridge K-2 12:1 setting. She has experience working with children with Angelman s Syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia, speech and language delays, ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities. In the 2018-2019 school year, Rachel piloted New York City s first ACES (academic, career, and essential skills) inclusion program for kindergarten children who have intellectual and multiple disabilities. Teaching this class provided experience with becoming familiar teaching and communicating through AAC devices. She is passionate about discovering ways to make learning individualized and magical to the young children she teaches. Rachel believes in a hands-on approach to learning and integrates this idea across all content areas.

In 2015, Rachel worked in collaboration with teachers across New York City to write the Passport to Social Studies curriculum. Specifically, she was a writer for the kindergarten curriculum. Additionally, Rachel spent the summers of 2016-2018 facilitating professional development to teachers that would be implementing the curriculum at their schools.

Rachel received training and Orton Gillingham certification through the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. Additionally, Rachel is trained in Sounds Sensible, Fundations, Fountas & Pinnell, Teacher s College Reading and Writing, and Go! Math. While Rachel teaches the younger grades in school, she tutors children of all ages. Rachel believes that there is nothing more satisfying than finding ways to ignite the reading fire in young children, and feed this fire with the tools needed to develop and grow as readers and writers.and Rachel has 4 years of teaching experience in the second grade, both general education and special education. Outside of school, Rachel works with elementary school children of all ages through 5th grade. She uses a variety of materials that are best suited to the age and level of the child. Rachel is experienced in preparing students in the 3rd-5th grade for the NYS ELA exam.

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EXPERTISE: Orton Gillingham, Sounds Sensible, Fundations. Fountas, Pinnell, Teacher’s College Reading and Writing, and Go! Math

Andrea P.??????

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

Andrea 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?4?. 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.


Alexa S.

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

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Alexa is patient, compassionate and creative. She will help your child grow as a reader, writer, learner, in the best way that fits their needs!

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


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Lauren is a NYC Department of Education teacher and holds 5 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 received her Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language) from Hunter College in Manhattan. She also received a B.A. in Child Study/Mathematics from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn. Lauren is currently an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher in Brooklyn, NY. She works with English Language Learners and modifies instruction so that her diverse students can grasp the content being taught.

Lauren has experience working with many diverse cultures and backgrounds, currently working with students speaking 27 different languages. Lauren specializes in small-group guided reading instruction working on specific students’ needs. She understands that students learn in different ways and incorporates a variety of learning styles in her instruction such as, visual, linguistic, and kinesthetic. For reading struggles, Lauren uses multi-sensory instruction with various hands-on techniques (play-doh, sand writing, air writing, magnetic letter tiles) to aid in word memory and building and engages with the students in interactive shared reading.

Lauren is trained using multiple assessments and curriculum including Teacher’s College, Words Their Way, Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell, Go Math, Metamorphosis Math, and Envisions. She works with students who struggle with decoding, spelling, and writing by building on each student's current skill level. Lauren has experience working with students who have learning disabilities, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities.

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Alexis WM??Orton Gillingham?Wilson??

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

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

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

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.
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Leticia S.

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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.


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Kristina M.

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LOCATIONS: Brooklyn Weekdays: Bensonhurst?Bay Ridge?Dyker Heights?Sheetshead Bay?Park Slope?
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Rita C.

MS ED?????????
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LOCATION: Brooklyn, Manhattan.


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


Alyssa B.

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????????????????????????? ? 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????????????????????

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.

AGES: Pre-K 4th Grade
Long Island Wantagh, Seaford, Bellmore, Levittown, Merrick, Massapequa, Monday through Thursday 4:30 6:30

Joanna B.

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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.

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Anastasiya K.

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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.

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Gretchen M.

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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, third 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 a school in Brooklyn and have been teaching there since 2012. 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
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EXPERTISE: individualized instruction, phonemic awareness, fluency, prosody, reading comprehension, reading and writing stamina, Autism

Natalie H.

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

Maddie s approach to reading education is designed to build students confidence and interest in reading while simultaneously developing the skills necessary for academic success. The more she knows about her students, the better she can create lessons that meet their unique needs and areas of strength. She therefore encourages ongoing communication with parents and other s involved in the student's education.

EXPERTISE: Working with students who have learning disabilities; e.g. dyslexia and ADHD. Advancing students reading abilities who are reading below grade level. Preventative literacy skill building for young readers.
AGES: Pre-K 6th Grade

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

MATH CLASSES (1st and 2nd Grade)

READING CLASS (4 and 5 year-olds)


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Lizzie is certified in Literacy (K-12), Childhood Education and Special Education (K-6). She holds a dual Masters Degree in General Childhood Education and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. She also holds an additional Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governor s University. With 8 years of experience working with diverse elementary learners, Lizzie has a passion for helping each child reach their full potential. Currently, Lizzie works as the Director of Learning Supports for an elementary charter school in Brooklyn.

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


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

LOCATION: Weekdays Brooklyn: Park Slope, Cobble Hill, Carrol Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Gravesend.
Weekends Park Slope, Gravesend, Bensonhurst
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Rebecca is an elementary education teacher (grades 1-6) in the New York City Department of Education. She currently teaches 1st grade in Brooklyn. Rebecca has also worked with students in 2nd through 4th grades in both classroom and extra support roles. She received her Bachelors in Economics from Northeastern University and her Masters of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Social Studies from Northwestern University. Rebecca is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach (multi- sensory approach for struggling readers/writers), Fountas and Pinnell, Teachers College Reading and Writing, Metamorphosis Math, and TERC math.

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

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Lauren T., CAS Lit & Lang


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Lauren is an independent literacy/dyslexia tutor and instructor. She has earned the Certificate of Advanced Study in Literacy and Language from the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She is also a CERI/IDA Certified Structured Literacy/Dyslexia Interventionist, a Certified Wilson Reading System instructor, and a Certified Mindfulness Instructor (Mindful Schools). She is also trained in the Preventing Academic Failure program.

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

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

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Lauren’s experience raising her son, who is gifted and also has ADHD, through New York City public schools and other academic settings, has given her a deep appreciation for the great effort that struggling learners put forth every day, and also for the concern that parents harbor about how to help their child. She is a sympathetic guide through the twists and turns, both logistical and emotional, of supporting a differently-learning child. She is also a veteran children’s book editor and a published author of more than 30 children’s books.

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David K.

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David worked for four years as an elementary school special education teacher in California. In New York, David focused on supporting individual students to succeed in school. He worked with all ages of students from elementary to teenager. He specializes in teaching literacy to students with special needs like Dyslexia, ADHD, Autism, and other learning disabilities. Success comes because David tailors his instruction to meet individual students’ needs. David has taught full general education classrooms, but his favorite practice is teaching small groups of special needs students, and individuals one-to-one. David believes that one of the key components to effective teaching is to build strong relationships based on mutual trust.

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



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


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

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

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

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AGES: Grades 2 8


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Isabel is a dual certified special education teacher. She currently works as 1st grade special education teacher at a public school in Brooklyn, NY. She has experience teaching in ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classrooms in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade. Isabel s education includes a B.A. in English from SUNY Buffalo State College and a Masters of Science in Education for General & Special Education, Grades 1-6, from Pace University. She is also an ASD Nest Certified teacher.

Isabel has been trained and has experience teaching the New York Common Core Standards and the following programs: Fountas and Pinell, Wilson Fundations, Words Their Way, Ready Gen, Teacher s College Reading & Writing, Junior Great Books, Eureka Math, Go Math, Envision Math, Number Talks, Bridges Math, VTS, iReady, and Raz Kids. Isabel s knowledge has allowed her to lead morning/afterschool intervention groups for reading, writing, math, and third grade test prep.

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

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

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AGES: Pre-Kindergarten 5th Grade


Masters in Education – MD/DC Certified in Elementary Education and TESOL
(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – (In Process of NYS
Reciprocity) ; Trained in Wilson Fundations (Phonics Instruction)
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Fabiola is currently an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn. Fabiola has worked with a wide range of learners in K-12 in the US and abroad. In her seven years of teaching, Fabiola has supported students with a wide range of needs and has taught in ICT classrooms. When teaching and tutoring math, Fabiola is trained in the following programs: Engage NY, Investigations, and Everyday Math.

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

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

Fabiola uses many approaches to motivate and maintain constructive 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 families and working with them to meet their individualized learning goals. She also develops materials custom made for her students.

LOCATION: Brooklyn and Manhattan
EXPERTISE: assessment and intervention for children needing to improve decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency; Elementary Math Tutoring
AGES: 1st Grade – 4th grade


M.S. Educational Technology, Elementary Education K-6
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Ashley is a seasoned professional with 10 years of teaching experience in a variety of grades and subjects, most recently teaching coding, 3D printing, and digital citizenship at Léman Manhattan Preparatory School. She earned a BS in Elementary and Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in math and science from Grove City College and an MS in Educational Technology from Duquesne University. Ashley is passionate about incorporating STEAM and project-based learning, empathy building, and mindfulness throughout her curriculum. Her experience ranges from working one-on-one with a preschooler on the Autistic Spectrum developing fine motor, math, and reading skills, to differentiating learning in a second-grade classroom for a variety of ability levels including some identified as highly gifted.

She spent most of her career teaching language arts to 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, including many students who were diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. A pod with Ashley would be active and engaging, incorporating student interest when possible. In her teaching and tutoring, she uses ongoing informal and formal assessments to inform her teaching, addressing areas of need on an individualized basis. Ashley is ready to take necessary precautions to provide in-person or virtual instruction to individuals or small groups of up to 6 children from Pre-K to 6th grade. She is local to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, and also willing to commute to nearby neighborhoods.

LOCATION: Brooklyn- Bay Ridge, Fort Hamilton, Dyker Heights, Sunset Park, Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, Cobble Hill; Lower Manhattan or Staten Island on a case-by-case basis
TYPE OF SERVICES: individual tutoring, group/pod learning (2-6 children), in-person or virtual
EXPERTISE: early childhood and elementary general education, technology
AGES: birth to 6th grade


Masters’ of Education for Students with Disabilities, Certified Special Education K-12
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Jessie is a certified Special Education teacher with experience working in a multitude of classroom settings. Jessie has over seven years of childcare experience and has taught, tutored, and assessed students from ages four to twenty-one. Jessie is a member of the New York City Teaching Fellows Program’s Cohort 29. She has taught in and developed learning plans for typically developing elementary students in a variety of settings including summer camps, religious schools, after-school programs, and in-home tutoring. Jessie deeply values social-emotional learning, trauma-informed teaching, and culturally responsive educational plans. She believes in a constructivist approach where students are actively involved in their own learning and become critical, independent thinkers. Through the creation of student portfolios, students working with Jessie will be able to track their ongoing progress and have a role in goal-setting for their own future achievements. She understands that the traditional classroom setting and emphasis on formal assessment can create difficulties for students processing trauma, coping with life changes, or for students who have had negative classroom experiences in the past. Jessie strives to create calming, student-centered spaces in which students’ emotions and backgrounds are prioritized throughout their educational journey. She employs a multitude of strategies to reach students including scaffolded assignments, lessons redesigned around student interests, multisensory lessons, mood boards, using texts leveled to current reading ability, and goal setting and tracking within units. Coming from a musical and theatrical background, she implements song, dance, visual art, and music into the classroom experience.

Jessie holds a Masters of Education for Students with Disabilities from Pace University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies from CUNY Hunter College. She has met a wide range of student needs including ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, and intellectual disabilities. She has experience teaching in District 75, a district of specialized schools in New York City for students with moderate to severe disabilities and has been trained in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI) and trauma response for teenagers. She has written and implemented Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), held IEP meetings with families, and has developed a student-facing IEP guide to help students understand their own IEPs. Jessie has been trained in the Great Leaps Reading Fluency Program. For middle school students, she teaches math, social studies, science, and English. For high school students, she teaches English and social studies.

TYPE OF SERVICES: special education services, reading fluency, reading comprehension, IEP implementation, small group tutoring, individualized tutoring, social-emotional lessons, leveled literacy instruction, writing instruction
EXPERTISE: special education teaching, co-teaching, self-contained teaching, IEP writing, and implementation, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed teaching, reading comprehension, writing
AGES: K-12

Marcy M.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Joanna K.

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

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

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

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

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Saadia M.

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

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

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

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

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

She offers the following: Multiple Intelligence services/varied instructional practices/executive functioning skills/working memory/ESL/ELL instruction/Formal/Informal Assessments/ASD interventions/reading interventions/math interventions/homework assistance, multisensory strategies/balanced literacy/neuropedagogy/data driven instruction/differentiated instruction/reading intervention/math interventions/inquiry and critical thinking skills/behavioral treatment plan writing and implementation/response to intervention/IEP assistance/healthy lifestyle and positive self image.

Kaaren E.

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

Kaaren has provided speech, language, and learning support services for upper elementary and middle-school-aged students within the NYC Department of Education (DOE) and in private practice. She treats students with receptive and expressive language differences, delays, and other language-learning disorders, including those with various developmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, reading and writing learning disabilities, and executive function difficulties. She works to help her students better access their curriculum by improving their decoding, reading comprehension, writing, and executive function skills. In supporting preteen and teen students at the middle school and high school levels to meet the Speaking, Listening and Language components of the NYS Common Core State Standards, Kaaren helps support her students at various levels. Kaaren facilitates the development of her students’ reading comprehension. She teaches her students to break down multisyllabic words and target their vocabulary learning through prefix, suffix, root-word understanding, and teaching annotation of text. She uses Dr. Anita Archer’s REWARDS Reading Program. This program is geared towards students in grades 4–12 who struggle reading long, multisyllabic words and comprehending content-area text. Furthermore, Kaaren provides instruction on writing. She models and provides guided scaffolding to teach students how to construct a wide range of sentence types. Teaching grammar and organization includes teaching basic simple (noun plus verb) sentence level, increasing to compound and complex sentences (involving appositives), and culminating in the planning, outlining execution, and editing (explicitly teaching the mechanics of writing). While working for the NYC DOE, Kaaren helped many students by incorporating Dr. Hochman’s Writing Revolution, where thinking, reading, and writing intersect. She addressed issues from capitalization and punctuation to organization, perspective-taking, and knowing what information to include/exclude when writing.

Kaaren also has experience working with adults, conducting evaluations, and providing short-term therapy for language rehabilitation, primarily to persons who had recently suffered strokes. Additionally, Kaaren provides accent modification services to clients for personal and professional purposes. Kaaren is committed to using evidence-based practices and understands the importance of being part of the interdisciplinary team consisting of other professionals and family members to help clients advance toward their individual goals. While always professional, she keeps her clients at ease with her breezy charm. She affirms that the sooner treatment can begin and with the consistency of service, including caregiver engagement, the greater the likelihood of developing communicative and language learning competence and confidence.

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

Nicole M.

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

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

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

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

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

Lora G.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kathleen F.

M.S. Childhood Education, Orton Gillingham Specialist

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

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

Anthony B.

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Anthony is an experienced elementary educator with 8 years of service in both private and public education. He is certified in Elementary Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-6). Anthony earned a Master of Science in Childhood Special Education from St. John’s University. He is currently pursuing an Advanced Educational Leadership Certificate to obtain his School Building Leader License.
Throughout his career he has worked with students across grade levels in both mainstream classroom settings as well as small group instructional settings. He has worked with students with diverse learning disabilities such as students with social difficulties, executive functioning and attention hyperactivity disorders, math and literacy learning issues. Teaching students to embrace the connections between math concepts and literacy strategies through increased awareness is his biggest asset. He incorporates a variety of hands-on, manipulative and activity based instructional strategies and myriad teaching methods to scaffold instruction to establish foundational skills in core subject areas. Learning is dynamic and fun and he strives to build confidence to motivate students to reach their greatest potential by building strong interpersonal relationships with his students.
His teaching style can be described as engaging, hands-on, and individualized. Anthony uses a variety of resources to meet the needs of his students such as IXL Learning, Go Math, i-Ready Assessments, to name a few. He is perceptive to the educational scaffolds needed to maintain a child’s focus and productive output through his experiences as a pod and one-on-one teacher/tutor. Developing individual educational plans based on learning style, social-emotional needs, and foundational skills are the core elements to his educational philosophy.
Anthony believes in creating a nurturing environment where students can grow and feel confident to take the next step in their learning process while developing independence.


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