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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.T. Early Childhood and Childhood Education, NY and NJ State Certification in Teaching Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Orton Gillingham Certified Teacher
Tara N. is a New York and New Jersey state-certified teacher in Childhood Education (1-6) and Special Education. Tara attended Fordham University, where she obtained her M.S.T. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education. In addition, she is fully certified in Teaching Students with Disabilities from grades 1-6 in New York and New Jersey. Tara recently earned her Orton Gillingham Teacher Certification (multi-sensory approach for struggling readers/writers) from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Tara began her teaching career in a charter school for students with Autism. After that, she worked in the New York City Department of Education as an ICT kindergarten, ICT first grade, and self-contained special education teacher. She also spent time working at another charter school as a learning specialist for fourth-grade students with learning disabilities.
She has experience working with children with reading challenges, such as dyslexia, processing delays, comprehension challenges, and speech and language impairments. For the past two years, Tara has been working with students from fourth grade through tenth grade. She currently works as a reading teacher at a private school that specializes in teaching students with learning disabilities.
Tara differentiates for each of her students using multi-sensory lessons that help students struggling with decoding/encoding, and reading comprehension. She focuses her reading pedagogy on teaching background knowledge, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, fluency, letter/sound identification, blending sounds, reading comprehension skills, and writing.
Her lessons are based on Orton Gillingham Multi-Sensory Teaching methods as well as concepts that she learned over the years from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Fountas and Pinnell, Common Core, Leveled Literacy Instruction, and Wilson Fundations curriculums.
Tara is kind, dedicated, approachable, and focused on building rapport with students. She treats each child with care and as an individual, while also having fun. She is certain that she will help your child grow in any area of need.
LOCATIONS: Manhattan: Upper West Side, Midtown, Tribeca
New Jersey: North and Central New Jersey
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized Orton Gillingham lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), guided reading, fluency, reading comprehension, writing
Expertise: Working with students who need a direct, multisensory approach to decoding, encoding, and improving comprehension skills
Ages: first through seventh grade
M.S. Elementary Education
Liza is a motivated, goal-oriented elementary education teacher (grades 1-6). She is currently working in a first grade ICT classroom in a NYC Department of Education public school on the Lower East Side. She is from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has 7 years of teaching experience in grades K-5. Last summer Liza spent 6 weeks teaching English overseas to 4th-6th grade students. Liza received a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota and a bachelors degree in Business and Communication from Indiana University. Liza is trained in Wilson Fundations, Guided Reading Leveled Literacy, Fountas and Pinnell, Teachers College Reading and Writing, and EngageNY Math (Eureka Math).
Throughout her career, Liza has worked with students with diverse needs including students with low English proficiency, dyslexia, anxiety disorders, speech/language impairments, autism spectrum-based behaviors and disabilities, ADD, ADHD, emotional/behavior disorders, as well as low cognitive disabilities. She specializes in working with students who need intervention in phonemic awareness, letter/sound identification, decoding/encoding, fluency, reading comprehension, writing, and math skills/concepts. Liza is a creative thinker who encourages student voice and integrates student interest into learning. Liza values meeting academic goals, while also focusing on social emotional learning.
She is trained in mindfulness and supports students in combatting academic anxieties. She uses multi-sensory instruction with various kinesthetic/tactile strategies to reach all learners. She feels passionate about teaching students to advocate for themselves and be intrinsically motivated to learn. Liza prides herself in being organized, compassionate, and dedicated. She has a knack for building strong interpersonal relationships with both her students and their families. Outside of teaching Liza loves to explore new restaurants, go for runs, and pet all the dogs she sees.
LOCATION: Upper East Side/Midtown/Upper West Side
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized instruction in reading, decoding/encoding, reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing, and math.
EXPERTISE: Early and emergent readers, reading intervention including phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, encoding, word-solving strategies, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, and math skills/concepts.
AGES: K-5th Grade
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. 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
NY State Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (B-2)
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.
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.
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
AGES: birth through elementary school
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, Wilson Reading Trained & 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 of experience teaching reading in various school settings. She is experienced and trained in many Orton-Gillingham based reading programs and methodologies. She 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 in helping them to reach their goals.
Ann Marie is experienced with many reading programs and curriculums within the public, charter, private, and progressive school systems. She’s had formal training with all three tiers of the Wilson Reading System (Fundations, Just Words, and the Wilson Reading System) and she also has certification from The Institute of Multisensory Education (IMSE). She is also experienced working with Lindamood-Bell programs (Seeing Stars and Visualizing and Verbalizing). She has experience teaching many curriculums such as Fountas and Pinnell’’s Leveled Literacy, F & P Guided Reading, Reading Mastery, and Wheatley Reading. In addition to teaching reading, she is experienced in teaching basic writing skills (K-12) and Singapore based math (grades K – 2) using the Eureka Math Program. With her knowledge and experience of teaching, she can quickly target gaps and create a program based on the learning profile of each student.
LOCATION: Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester, New Jersey
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
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. 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
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
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)
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 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
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework
EXPERTISE: 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
Certified Orton-Gillingham, M. Ed. in Special Education, Certified Special Education
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
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
Joy is a New York State certified Reading Teacher K-12, Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6). English Grades 7-12, earning a Masters in the Art of Teaching, Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, including Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Manhattanville College. Also, recently receiving her Advanced Special Education certificate from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexic Practitioner (W.D.P) as well as receiving her TESOL certificate from Westchester Community College. Joy has always enjoyed teaching as a Literacy Specialist and found herself working to help students with significant reading delays and difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, students reading below grade level, and those struggling with comprehension. She works with various levels in schools grades K-12. As a lifelong learner and educator, Joy has completed course work in Secondary Education in English for Middle School and High School. Her knowledge of working with students with disabilities has been an asset to her teaching career.
Joy achieved the title of Certified Wilson Instructor in steps 1-6 in which she teaches her students the multi-steps of the Wilson Reading Program using the multi-sensory approach. Her creative ability in teaching literacy provides the students with transferable skills to help the reluctant reader to engage with the text as they become able readers and writers.
Joy is a dedicated, dynamic professional who cares deeply about her teaching, and the individual needs of each of her students. The work that she does inspires and changes the lives of her students every day through methods in response to literature. She especially enjoys instructing those students with disabilities; that has made all the difference. Joy has worked one-on-one with children who have been diagnosed with emotional and behavioral needs as well as learning disabilities. She has assisted children with executive functioning skills.
Joy is trained in phonics, spelling, and decoding skills along with handwriting with her younger students. She has also received training in the “Just Words” Wilson Program for the intermediate grades. When providing literacy instruction, Joy will specifically address the major areas of literacy: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. When providing math instruction, she will work on number concepts, basic computational skills, word problems and use manipulatives for a hands on approach. Joy knows that students learn in different ways and have different learning styles.
Joy is a creative thinker who designs her lessons to fit the learner’s needs. Her specialized reading instruction helps to make the student feel confident and safe while building up his or her student’s self-esteem through her nurturing, patient nature and style.
LOCATION: Upper and Lower Westchester County
EXPERTISE: Creative writing, reading, and learning directives
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual or group (2-3 children), literacy or math instruction and special education children/young adults,
M.S., CCC-SLP, TSSLD, SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST
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 and language support services for elementary and middle-school aged students within the NYC Department of Education (DOE). She has treated students with receptive and expressive language differences, delays, and other language-learning disorders, including those with various developmental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and executive function difficulties, she has worked to help these students to access their curriculum and increase their decoding, reading comprehension, writing, and executive function skills. 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/or professional purposes.
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 aided in the development of their reading comprehension by teaching them to break down multisyllabic words, helping augment their vocabulary though prefix, suffix, and root-word understanding, and by reading through basic annotation of text. She has used and seen positive results for Dr. Anita Archer’s REWARDS Reading Program. Furthermore, Kaaren provided instruction on writing. She modeled and provided guided scaffolding to teach students how to construct a range of sentence types beginning at the basic simple (noun plus verb) sentence level, increasing to compound and complex sentences involving appositives, and culminating in the planning, outlining execution, and even editing of essays.
Kaaren is committed to using evidence-based practices and understands the importance of being part of the interdisciplinary team consisting of other professionals as well as family members to help clients advance toward their individual goals. She strongly believes that caregivers ought to be taught the means to attain the target skills so that they can become facilitators of progress, for the child or adult, and work to achieve generalization of skills at home. While always professional, she keeps her clients at ease with her breezy charm whether providing instruction about tongue placement, or the use of appropriate sentence structure. Overall Kaaren is a proponent for client-centered service delivery models, incorporating the expertise of a multi-disciplinary team and strong caregiver involvement. She affirms that the sooner treatment can begin and with the consistency of service, the greater the likelihood of developing communicative 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: preteen through adult
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