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In-home and at-school Manhattan private pay literacy tutoring for school-aged students. We work with students, of all ages, in private and public schools teaching decoding, spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension skills.
We travel to: Battery Park City, Central Midtown, Chelsea, Chinatown, Clinton Hill, East Village, Financial District, Flatiron District, Garment District, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Hell s Kitchen, Hudson Square, Kips Bay, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Midtown, Murray Hill, SOHO, Sutton Place, Theatre District, Times Square, TriBeCa, Turtle Bay, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, West Village
SHELLEY P., M.S. NY STATE DUAL CERTIFIED
Special Educator And Elementary Education & Certified Wilson Reading Specialist
Shelley is a New York dual licensed Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6)/Special Education teacher (K-12), earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Science from Adelphi University. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P). Shelley found her love for teaching by becoming involved in Special Education since an early age, working as a camp counselor in Special Ed camps, and subsequently has taught special needs children and children with reading difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, in various school settings around the country, including self-contained classrooms for elementary grades, resource room for grades K-5, and reading instruction grades 6 through 12. She has also tutored reading at children's homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.
Shelley achieved Certified Wilson Instructor status (very few have obtained this status in NYC), including being trained in the Wilson Fundations Program; a phonics-based program for young children (K-3), and supported teachers using this program. Additionally Shelley trained other teachers in the Wilson Reading Program at a K-12 Special Education school, the Child School, located on Roosevelt Island.
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The Wilson Reading System directly and systematically teaches students to achieve success in reading. Unlike traditional phonics programs, Wilson Reading instruction is very interactive and multi-sensory, thus teaching total word construction and not just phonics. Students learn to encode (spell) and they learn to decode (take words apart) as part of their reading process. Evidence shows that when a direct systematic, code-based instruction is skillfully implemented by a Wilson Reading knowledgeable teacher, it is the most effective approach for problem readers. This system is based on the multi-sensory language techniques and principals first described by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham (Orton Gillingham philosophy)
Shelley excels at changing the lives of children that have difficulty in reading by allowing them to see how being a better reader can affect many areas of their lives especially in education. Shelley utilizes her skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to maximize the achievements of students in their educational and emotional needs. Shelley really knows how to make learning to read fun and exciting while showing her students all the possibilities available to them when they learn to appreciate the world of reading.
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LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (she resides in Forest Hills).
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school
M.S. ED., NYS Certified Childhood General And Special Education (Grades 1-6)
Dan is a dual certified special education teacher with over 17 years experience. He currently works as a SETSS Teacher at a public school in New York City. 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).
LOCATION: Manhattan: All of Manhattan
TYPE OF SERVICES: Multisensory Reading Instruction, Administration and Interpretation of formal and informal Reading and Math Assessments, Math Instruction and Remediation, Executive Functioning, Study Skills, Common Core Homework Help
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty decoding (reading words correctly) including those with dyslexia, reading fluently, spelling difficulties, showing reading comprehension, expository and narrative writing instruction, grade level and remedial math instruction, homework help, common core tutoring, building executive functions.
AGES: Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Ph.D. in Literacy
Dr. Annalisa first entered the world of education as a specialist in Second Language Acquisition and teacher of Italian. She holds a BA in Italian Studies from the prestigious Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction & TESOL from Concordia University, and completed a doctorate in Literacy from St. John s University. Annalisa is a NYS certified teacher and has worked with CUNY and the NYC DOE for over 8 years. Annalisa specializes in all areas of literacy from grades K-12+ and also enjoys fostering literacy skills through the instruction of additional languages.
Annalisa has worked for over 10 years to help struggling readers and writers blossom into confident learners. She believes in an organic approach that is highly tailored to the learners with whom she works. She specializes in working with learners with specific disabilities in reading, writing and processing and uses evidence-based methods such as Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading and the Hochman Method to provide actionable solutions for the needs unique to each learner. Annalisa also specializes in Executive Function and self-regulation skill building. She understands the value of the individuality of every learner and takes pride and care in her ability to tailor instruction in order to provide results that are more far-reaching than academic successes alone.
Annalisa was a nominee for the International Literacy Association s 2018 30 under 30 and has published articles in several edited volumes as well as in The Oklahoma Reader. She is an associate member of the Association of Educational Therapists (AET) and is currently pursuing full board certification.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading instruction and remediation; Writing instruction and remediation, Literacy skills instruction and remediation.
EXPERTISE: Literacy K-12+; Executive Function; Decoding and encoding; Working with dyslexic readers; Reading fluency and comprehension skill building; Vocabulary building; Organizational planning for writing; Study Skills; Bidirectional literacy transfer; TESOL/ ENL
M.S. Early Childhood Education And Special Education
Maddie is a reading tutor for children pre-k to 6th grade. She holds a dual M.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She is a certified Wilson Reading Instructor, having completed 11 separate graduate credits in the Wilson Program. Maddie has experience working with a diverse population of students, especially those with learning disabilities; e.g. dyslexia and ADHD.
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 specializes in reading intervention and prevention. She uses the Wilson Reading System and Fundations programs to create individualized lessons to teach reading, spelling, comprehension and writing skills. These programs use a multi-sensory approach to systematically teach students how to decode (break words into sounds for reading) and encode (put sounds together for spelling). This multi-sensory approach to reading ensures that all types of learners (e.g. auditory, kinesthetic) can easily access the concepts being taught. When working with younger students, Maddie incorporates lots of movement-based activities into lessons, such as letter-sound hopscotch. Not only do these activities make learning a new reading or spelling concept fun, they also make the new concepts more memorable.
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.
TYPE OF SERVICES: Reading Assessments and Consultations. Reading Intervention and Prevention.
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
MAGGI P. M.S. TESOL, NYS CERTIFIED
Elementary Education (K-6), Students With Disabilities (Birth- 2nd), ESL (K-12), Spanish (7-12)
Maggi is a multi-certified teacher with over 20 years experience teaching students in New York City. Maggi teaches in general education classes as well as integrated co-teaching classes as the special education provider. Maggi also has over ten years experience as an English as a second language provider. In this role, she has successfully worked with a variety of learners with both language acquisition needs as well as reading deficiencies. Maggi trained in the Orton Gillingham approach to reading as well as Fundations, Leveled Literacy Instruction, and SIPPS (Systematic Instruction in Phonological Awareness, Phonics, and Sight Word). She has worked extensively on developing her students reading comprehension while working on fluency, phonics, phonemic awareness, and sight words recognition. She believes all aspects of reading needs are addressed during literacy instruction. In addition to instruction, Maggi is experienced using both formative and summative assessments to determine next steps for her students. These assessments include TC running records, timed fluency passages, and comprehension checks. Using this comprehensive approach not only helps her keep track of her students goals, but it also increases their interest in learning literacy.
In addition to her experience in teaching literacy, Maggi is trained in Go Math (K-5), everyday math (K-3) and Exemplars (K-3).
Maggi is also a professional storyteller, writer, and actor with an improvisational children's theater. She brings this passion and enthusiasm to her work with students. Maggi provides a safe learning environment where both student and teacher are encouraged to take risks.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, Fundations, SIPPS, Administer individual assessments in reading and writing, develop student specific learning plans, homework and organization, phonics/phonemic awareness/reading comprehension, ELA test prep, math support (K-4th grade)
EXPERTISE: working with a variety of learners, reading intervention, fluency, extra support in all content areas including organization
School Psychologist & Reading Specialist
Rachel is a School Psychologist with the New York City Department of Education and certified in the Wilson Reading System. Rachel is passionate about working with children to promote their academic, social, and emotional growth. Her education includes a B.S. in Marketing from the Rutgers School of Business and a Masters in Education with an Advanced Certificate in School Psychology from CUNY Brooklyn College.
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.
LOCATION:Manhattan: All areas
Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope; She resides in Williamsburg
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessments, individualized reading and spelling intervention and instruction
EXPERTISE: Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, fluency, and spelling; developing and implementing behavior intervention plans
AGES: Pre-K – 6th grade
M.S. Early Childhood Special Education
Michelle is certified in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6). She holds a Bachelor s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University, and a Master s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Hofstra University. Michelle is trained in Fountas and Pinell, Fundations, Wilson, Orton-Gillingham and Go-Math. Michelle has a passion for working with children and families.
Michelle has experience working with a diverse population of general and special education students. She has been teaching since 2012. Michelle has taught preschool, kindergarten, first grade and third grade. Michelle works with both general education and special education students. She has experience working with students who are emotionally disturbed, have autism, have speech and language impairments, struggling readers and students who struggle in all academic areas. She teaches small reading groups throughout each day using a systematic, multi-sensory, phonemic-based approach in order to improve spelling, decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Michelle also teaches math in small groups using interactive centers and manipulatives. She also collaborates with speech, occupational and physical therapists in order to better meet each child's needs. She has experience being one of the parent/ family involvement chairs in her school and enjoys working side by side with many different families.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, Fundations/Orton-Gillingham/Wilson based reading instruction, including individualized reading instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, and math instruction and intervention
EXPERTISE: Working with students with and without learning disabilities and students who need extra literacy support; working with students who need extra math support
AGES: Pre-k-6th Grade
HOURS: After school
RITA C., MS ED.
NY State Certified Literacy
Rita is a certified literacy specialist with a M.A. from Bank Street College of Education and a B.A. in Literature from Bard College. She has practiced assessment and tutoring in private and clinical settings. Rita has had classroom experience at Hunter Elementary School as well as in public elementary schools in Queens and Harlem. She has completed Part I of Literacy through Multisensory Teaching (LMUST), an Orton-Gillingham curriculum developed by Judith Birsh. Growing up with a dyslexic sister in a time when learning disabilities were less understood, she has personally witnessed the challenges that struggling readers and writers face. She has also had extensive music and computer experience and has worked in online news and in web design and development. Rita combines her experience in the arts, computers, and education to teach literacy skills such as decoding and comprehension strategies. She has also had success helping students prepare for the New York State ELA exams. Her students have fun following a series of short, engaging exercises while they learn the skills they need. Rita strives to help her students gain confidence by teaching them to direct their particular strengths toward the goal of becoming more independent learners and successful readers and writers.
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TYPES OF SERVICES: Formal and informal reading assessments (phonological awareness, sound symbol association, decoding strategies, fluency, and reading comprehension, spelling); development of intervention programs to address needs.
EXPERTISE: Developing individualized and prescriptive remediation for struggling readers
AGES: Pre-school through middle school
New York State Certified Literacy Instructor, M.S.ed, Wilson Trained
Amy earned her Masters of Education at Bank Street College of Education. She is experienced with students who have a broad array of learning issues including dyslexia, and works one-to-one with students in decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, spelling, phonological awareness, language delays, and with students struggling in math. She also works with general education students needing extra support.
Amy has extensive experience with supporting pre-literacy skills such as letter identification, phonics, kindergarten readiness, and performs formal and informal assessments. She is trained in multiple Orton Gillingham programs including Wilson, Fundations, PAF, and IMSE. In addition to her work with these structured, multi-sensory approaches, she has extensive experience with teaching comprehension skills and filling in gaps for students needing support with specific concepts. She is experienced in Seeing Stars and Lindamood Bell methods used frequently for students needing greater language support.
Amy’s approach to mathematical instruction is to present an organized and structured curriculum using multisensory methods similar to her Orton Gililngam training with literacy. Incorporating review and building on known concepts are an integral part of her philosophy. She’s trained and experienced in Everyday Math K-3. As her role as a Learning Specialist, she pushed in to 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms to teach math.
Amy has a warm, intuitive nature and specializes in individualizing her plan of action for each student. She has experience teaching within Manhattan s private k-3 schools as a reading teacher and learning specialist and has tutored students through middle school. She has worked with students ranging in age from 3-14.
LOCATION: Manhattan, including Harlem
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons, reading comprehension, formal and informal reading assessments, phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, decoding strategies, fluency, and reading comprehension, spelling, sight word recognition, pre-literacy, and kindergarten readiness.
EXPERTISE: Developing individualized remediation for struggling readers
AGES: Pre-school through middle school
Ann Marie O.
New York and New Jersey State Certified Reading Teacher K-12, M.S.ed, Orton-Gillingham Trained
Ann Marie is a New York and New Jersey State Certified Reading teacher for grades K-12. She earned her M.S.ed as a Reading Teacher from CUNY Lehman College and her B.A. in English from Hunter College. She has over 20 years experience teaching reading in public schools, private schools, mental health clinics, as well as to incarcerated youths. She has worked extensively with students on the autism spectrum as well as students with extreme cognitive and emotional challenges. She is experienced and trained in many Orton-Gillingham based reading programs and methodologies and is passionate about helping students learn to the best of their abilities. Ann Marie believes that all children can learn to their fullest potential and that having a deep understanding of a child's learning profile is essential to helping them to reach their goals.
Ann Marie is experienced with many reading programs and curriculums within the public and charter school systems. With her knowledge of and experience teaching reading, she can quickly target gaps and struggles and help students overcome their challenges with reading. As a mother of two children herself in grade school and middle school, she wants what every parent wants for their kids happiness and success in school !
LOCATION: Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester
TYPES OF SERVICES: Formal and informal reading assessments, Cognitive Abilities Testing
EXPERTISE: Working with students with extreme challenges, using assessments to target weaknesses, creating individualized programs for students based on learning profiles, Data driven instruction, multi-sensory approaches
MS Ed., NYS Certified Childhood General, Special Education, Literacy
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.
In addition to comprehensive knowledge to support literacy learning needs (phonics, decoding, reading comprehension, writing), Lizzie also loves to provide support to elementary students struggling with math concepts. Whether working on fluency such as knowing their number facts or helping students crack the code of solving word problems, Lizzie utilizes a variety of approaches to help students master this often challenging learning area. Helping children understand information in content subjects (science, social studies) is another area of expertise.
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 – Manhattan: Tribeca, Soho, Financial District, Union Square
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory instruction, phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, Visualizing, and Verbalizing (comprehension), 95% group comprehension and phonics, math support, writing instruction
EXPERTISE: Pulling together resources and expertise to design individualized instruction for every student in decoding, comprehension, writing, and math (K-5), working with students that have dyslexia, ADHD and other learning disabilities
AGES: K to 8th grade
M.S. Elementary Education, Certified Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-6 )
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.
LOCATIONS: Manhattan: Battery Park City, Tribeca, Soho, West Village, East Village, Chelsea, Midtown West, and Lincoln Center
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding, sight-word recognition, leveled literacy instruction, reading fluency and comprehension, writing, math
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding support, improving reading fluency and comprehension, strengthening writing skills
AGES: birth through elementary school
M.S. . Elementary Education, Certificate in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Tatiana is a certified teacher with a track record of success on the NY state exams and over 7 years of experience in NYC schools. She graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame and is a Teach for America alumna. During her time as a TFA corps member, she completed a Masters in Elementary Education from the Relay Graduate School of Education and holds a Professional Certificate in Childhood Education (grades 1-6).
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 language to children ages 7 and older.
She recently accepted a role as an educational consultant, coaching teachers and leaders on using data to drive instruction and best practices for effective differentiation. Prior to this, she taught 3rd-5th grade on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, then in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Tatiana has extensive experience with test prep material and is deeply familiar with math and ELA Common Core State Standards. She achieved a 100% pass-rate on the NY State Math Test for three consecutive years, exceeding the statewide average by 60%.
LOCATION: Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn (preference for Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, Carroll Gardens and Cobble Hill)
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction and remediation, building and strengthening knowledge of math concepts (grades 3-6), developing study skills, support with homework, test prep for math and ELA
EXPERTISE: Math instruction for grades 3-6, constructivist teaching practices, test prep for math and ELA
AGES: 3rd through 6th grade
M.S., NYS Certified Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2)
Jenny graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Communication and graduated from CUNY Hunter with a Masters in Early Childhood Development. She is a New York State certified Early Childhood teacher and has been tutoring for the past six years
Jenny is trained in the Preventing Academic Failure approach (PAF), Sounds in Motion, Story Grammar Marker and will train with a Orton Gillingham fellow this summer to help her work towards an Orton Gillingham Accreditation.
She currently works with kindergarteners at a Manhattan school on developing foundational reading and writing skills, literacy intervention and reading comprehension. Also, she has experience teaching 1st-3rd graders on improving their phonological awareness, phonics skills, reading comprehension, writing, working memory, and math skills. Jenny has experience working with children with ADHD, dyslexia, and language disorders. She believes that children benefit from repetition and multisensory learning. She is trained in the Singapore Math method. It provides children with foundational detailed math skills and number sense, building up their mathematical knowledge from the concrete to pictorial to abstract.
Jenny will begin the tutoring process by developing a relationship with your child and start with a formal comprehensive assessment to create goals. She meets children where they are academically and helps them develop the tools to help them become confident and proud readers and writers.
LOCATION: Brooklyn and Manhattan
TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading assessment, building phonemic/phonological awareness and phonics skills, homework help, individualized reading instruction, progress monitoring.
EXPERTISE: building phonemic and phonological awareness, decoding, reading comprehension strategies, writing, reading instruction
AGES: Pre-Kindergarten 3rd Grade
MS Cognitive Neuroscience, Orton Gillingham Trained
Lilly is an educational therapist for children, teens, and adults, from elementary school to college and further into adulthood. She has a Masters of Science in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of College London and a Bachelor s of Arts in Psychology with a minor in pre-medicine from Chapman University, California. She is trained in Orton-Gillingham as well as several multi-sensory and evidence- based approaches.
Lilly has experience working with a diverse group of cultures; from California to New York and Paris to London, as well as ages, learning abilities and disorders in order to holistically understand the individual behind the student to best help them meet their individual goals. Her background in cognitive neuroscience gives her unique insight for understanding how each student, with or without information processing disorders, best decodes, encodes and retrieves information. During her time in London she worked for the Neurology and Neurosurgery Hospital in a multidisciplinary team (neuropsychologist, speech and language therapist, nurses and occupational therapist) to create a cohesive plan that allowed students and adults to thrive under the light of new or ever changing diagnoses.
Lilly specializes in incorporating executive and behavioral coaching to reading, writing and other core academic subjects to promote a patterned approach for students. She tailors her lessons to be age appropriate from movement-based activities for younger kids to excel sheets and calendars for adults. It is her goal that every student not only gains academic confidence but also learns invaluable skills that they can push beyond the classroom.
LOCATIONS: Manhattan, South Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Executive function and behavioral coaching as well as reading and writing consultation.
EXPERTISE: Working with students on new or ongoing diagnosis with learning and information processing disorders (ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Autism, and Cerebral Palsy) in order to adapt both academically and socially.
AGES: 1st Grade-College and Adults.
MSEd and NCSP, Special Education Teacher and School Psychologist
Additionally, Kristen has been trained in the Orton Gillingham approach for phonics instruction. She has incorporated multisensory phonics instruction into her literacy curriculum, and has also provided individual/small group phonics instruction to middle school and high school students. Throughout her career, she has helped students prepare for various Regents exams, as well as the NYS exams in math and ELA. Kristen believes in educating the whole child, and enjoys getting to know each child as a unique learner.
LOCATION: Manhattan (East Village, Lower East Side, Union Square, Gramercy)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual tutoring, Orton Gillingham instruction, executive functioning coaching
EXPERTISE: Learning disabilities, Autism, Speech and language impairments, ADHD, Anxiety disorders
AGES: Grades K-12
Special Educator And Childhood Literacy Specialist, PRE-K 4th Grade, MS, PhD
Peter is a special educator and childhood literacy specialist, pre-K 4th grade, the learning to read phase of literacy instruction. He holds permanent New York State certification in special education, a masters in special education from Hunter College (CUNY) and a PhD in urban education from the Graduate Center (CUNY). He has supervised pre-service elementary school teachers at the undergraduate level and taught literacy assessment and instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Peter currently contributes, edits, and reviews book chapters and articles on the history, philosophy, and sociology of education for various academic publications.
Peter is trained in the Wilson Reading System, one of the many Orton-Gillingham approaches to multi-sensory phonics instruction. He has taught in both inclusive and self-contained special education environments (K 2nd grade). He has learned through his experience that multi-sensory phonics instruction braided with robust comprehension modalities is the sine qua non of childhood literacy instruction. Phonics and comprehension are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they must be coupled for effective assessment and instruction.
Peter also has an arts background. He has a BA in dramatic literature from NYU and was trained as an actor and musician (electric bass). He has taught arts in education courses at the undergraduate level. He likes to think that he brings a certain amount of creativity to his work that is rooted in a pedagogy of compassion and open-heartedness.
LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens available Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, all day to 10 pm.
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.
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham-based literacy assessment and instruction (decoding and encoding) and all that it entails beginning with phonemic awareness and ending with fluency; literacy assessment and instruction for comprehension, for example, the Qualitative Reading Inventory (QRI) and reciprocal teaching, respectively. Peter has experience writing and implementing IEPs and using the ELA Common Core as a guide for instruction.
AGES: Pre-K 4th grade, ages 4 through 10 or 11.
M.S. ED., NYS Certified Childhood General And Special Education (Grades 1-6)
Susan is a dual-certified special education teacher working in service of students with learning disabilities since 2007. She currently works as a 4th grade teacher at a public school in Brooklyn. Prior to teaching, Susan worked for a dyslexia organization providing information, advocacy support and tutoring programs to students of all ages. Susan believes that connecting with students over their interests or passions and helping them to tap into the wealth of knowledge they already possess are crucial steps to building a trusting, fruitful teaching relationship.
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.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Downtown BK/Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Ft Greene, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Midwood, Clinton Hill, Bedford Stuyvesant
Manhattan: South of 23rd Street
TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading comprehension and decoding remediation, Writing instruction, Math Instruction and Remediation, Executive Functioning, Study Skills, Test Prep, groups (2-3 children)
EXPERTISE: Inquiry-based math remediation, reading comprehension and writing about reading, teaching elaboration and writing organization techniques for expository and narrative writing, spelling difficulties, homework help, test prep
AGES: Grades 2 8
Master’s Degree In Childhood Education, Orton Gillingham Certified
Carly completed her Master s Degree at New York University in Childhood Education and has since taught at PS9 on The Upper West Side. She has had the privilege of working in general education, integrated co-teaching (ICT), and gifted and talented classrooms, collaborating with co-teachers, parents, the assessment team, and paraprofessionals to provide a diverse group of students with access to and success with the curriculum. She teaches English Language Learners and students with a variety of needs including: Speech and Language Impairments, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. While at PS 9, she has also become certified in the Orton Gillingham Multisensory Approach of reading and writing instruction. Carly also specializes in literacy support for struggling readers. She uses multiple systems including Orton Gillingham, Fountas and Pinnell, Words their Way, and a Teacher s College approach to learning. After strengthening a child's ability to decode words, she focuses on deeper comprehension of texts. She teaches both reading and writing skills for K-6th grade through a combination of multi-sensory games, repetition, and sequential learning. Carly is experienced in preparing students in the 3rd-6th grades for the NYS ELA exam.
Carly takes a hands-on approach to teaching math, making sure the student remains engaged while learning the foundations. She incorporates EngageNY, Everyday Mathematics, TERC Investigations, number talks, and cognitively guided instruction (CGI) to develop an enriched math curriculum that provides entry points and extensions to all students. She has worked closely with students who range from K-6th grade to strengthen their number sense and to apply multiple strategies to solve problems. In addition, she offers test preparation for these ages. After her initial assessment, she develops a comprehensive, personalized and effective plan. She provides weekly exercises for the student to practice independently, ensuring that she/he is well-prepared for the material likely to be on the exam. Along with these test-prep strategies, she also serves as an intervention specialist, breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier for students to grasp.
LOCATION: Westchester County
TYPE OF SERVICES: Reading, writing, and math intervention and enrichment
EXPERTISE: Orton Gillingham, Fountas and Pinnell, Teacher s College, Words Their Way, EngageNY, Everyday Mathematics, TERC Investigations, number talks, and cognitively guided instruction
AGES: K-6th grade
Certified Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
Jurga is an early childhood special education teacher in Manhattan. She has been teaching since 2009 as a SEIT, an Early Intervention teacher, reading specialist, special education teacher in an ICT classroom, as well as a teacher in a self-contained special education classroom. Jurga has experience working with students with speech and language disabilities, autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, and learning disabilities. She believes in every child's ability to learn to read or do math and the teacher s duty to find the right approach or strategy that best fits the child's individual needs. Jurga loves to use literacy or math games whenever possible to lower the child’s anxiety and to enhance learning.
Jurga has completed the Orton-Gillingham training, practicum, and certification through Institute for Multi-Sensory Education (IMSE). She has extensive knowledge of Wilson Fundations, Eureka Math, Go Math, and Teachers College reading and writing curriculum. Jurga s knowledge of a variety of approaches helps her find the right activities for the student, start the work at the student’s functional level, and progress in sequential order from basic to more complex skills.
LOCATION: Bronx, Riverdale, Upper and Midtown Manhattan, Northern New Jersey
TYPE OF SERVICE: Initial reading assessment, phonics, phonemic awareness, blending, syllabication, reading comprehension, fluency, math intervention
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, Eureka Math, Fountas & Pinnell, Teachers College reading and writing
AGES: K- grade 3
M.S., Orton-Gillingham Literacy Specialist
Remy is a professionally certified Special Education Teacher (Birth-Grade 6) and Reading Specialist with over 10 years of experience. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattanville College and a master’s degree from The College of New Rochelle. Remy is trained in Orton Gillingham. Additionally, she is trained in PAF, Fundations, and Fountas and Pinnell.
Remy currently resides in Manhattan where she works as a private SEIT and Reading Specialist for families throughout the UES. In her 10 + years of experience as an educator, Remy has had the opportunity to work as an AIS Teacher, Resource Room Teacher, SETSS Teacher, and a Special Education Teacher in an ABA center-based program affiliated with Teacher’s College. Due to her diverse professional experience, Remy possesses a strong background in working with students with learning disabilities, speech and language delays, ADD/ADHD as well as autism, emotional/behavior disorders, and processing difficulties. In addition to her experience working with a diverse range of learners, Remy has also received 1500 hours of supervision under a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). She has experience creating behavior intervention plans, coaching parents and teachers on behavior management strategies, and utilizing positive behavioral interventions. Given her extensive experience in special education, she is able to effectively differentiate/modify instruction, provide various scaffolds to assist students, and utilize positive reinforcement strategies to help students stay on task throughout instruction.
Remy is truly committed to helping each of her students reach their full potential by providing them with the tools that they need in order to become confident, independent and successful learners. She believes that in order to create an effective learning environment, instruction must be tailored to the individual learning needs of each student based on their learning styles and interests. In order to accomplish this, her programming focuses on a highly individualized and student-centered based approach. Her ultimate goal for each of her students is to foster a love for learning and to have them embrace their unique abilities as learners.
LOCATION: Upper East Side
TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, reading comprehension, decoding, encoding, fluency, phonemic/phonological awareness, sight word recognition, writing, early math skills.
EXPERTISE: Students with disabilities, reading comprehension, decoding, fluency, phonological intervention.
AGES: Grade Pre-K- 4th grade
Learning Specialist, M.S. Ed., Bilingual, Childhood, and Special Education; Ed. M., Language and Literacy
Maria has worked with a wide range of students (grades 3-12) in her nine years as a tutor and educator. She has worked with students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, expressive and receptive language difficulties, and math learning difficulties or challenges. Maria has experience using Eureka Math (EngageNY), Terc Investigations, GO! Math, OnRamp, and Saxon Math. Maria is a Wilson trained learning specialist, with experience using Orton Gillingham, Seeing Stars to remediate students with decoding and encoding difficulties, Visualizing and Verbalizing for students with comprehension difficulties, and the Hochman method for writing. Maria began her reading remediation career working with adolescent students who needed reading support and has expanded her practice since that time. Maria also has experience using the Teachers College and Reading and Writing Workshop and Leveled Literacy Intervention. All of Maria s tutoring programs are catered to the individual student.
Maria has a Bachelors degree from Mount Holyoke College, and two Masters degrees: one from the City College of New York, in Bilingual, Childhood, and Special Education, and one from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Language and Literacy.
Maria has seven years of experience providing successful test prep services for students taking the SAT, SSAT, ISEE, SHSAT (all sections on all tests). She also provides support for the Regents in Living Environment, Algebra, Earth Science, US History, Global History, and English. She holds teaching licenses in Childhood Education (1-6) and Special Education (1-6; 7-12).
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Dyker Heights, Sunset Park, Borough Park, Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Midwood
All of Queens, all of Manhattan
EXPERTISE: Assessment for reading difficulties, Wilson, Orton Gillingham, Hochman Method, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Test Prep
AGES: 3rd through 12th