Manhattan Literacy rates

  • $140-$160 Per Hour





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



Jessica is a certified Elementary (K-6) and Special Education (K-8) teacher with over 10 years experience. Jessica taught 3rd-5th grade general education for 8 years. She currently teaches Kindergarten-2nd grade reading and math in a resource center.

Jessica is a certified Orton Gillingham Instructor. Using Orton, Jessica provides her students with individualized, multi-sensory lessons targeted to improve students’ decoding (reading), encoding (spelling), fluency and reading comprehension. Jessica has experience teaching children all aspects of literacy, from letter identification, phonics, spelling, reading fluency and comprehension.

Jessica has vast experience working with students who are struggling to learn to read. This includes students with learning disabilities and dyslexia, attention difficulties and processing delays. She also works with many general education students who need extra support in their classrooms.

LOCATION: Manhattan, mostly Upper East Side
TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham individualized lessons in decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling), reading comprehension, organizational and study strategies, academic help.
EXPERTISE: Phonics, students with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning, and processing issues


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

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

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

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

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

AGES: Pre-K to sixth grade

Alyssa C.


Alyssa is a NYS certified teacher who is professionally licensed in Early Childhood and Childhood education.  She received her degree from SUNY Cortland.  She has worked in grades K-6.  Her passion for the social and emotional well-being of a children led her receive her second masters in school counseling from The Sage Colleges in Albany.

Alyssa currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a general education teacher in an ICT setting.  She teaches math and science curriculum to fourth and fifth graders.  Before this position, Alyssa taught third grade for three years.   She has over five years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including autism, students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders.  She also has training in the Wilson curriculum, which helps students build their decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness skills. She also has extensive experience with GO Math and the Exemplar program which helps students break down multi-step word problems.  Since she works in a classroom with students with IEPs and ESL students, she differentiates and scaffolds to help students, based on their capabilities, to master their material.  For each student she works with, she creates specific goals and uses ongoing assessments and data in order to meet those goals.

As a teacher for students who aren’t motivated,  she incorporates positive reinforcement and a reward system for these students efforts.  If a child is not interested or engaged, they are not ready to learn. It’s her responsibility to not only teach children but to build a strong, trusting relationship with them.  She uses assessments and learning surveys to understand how each child learns best and then adapts the lesson according to the student’s learning style.  Once she sparks their interests, students become engaged and more confident as they master the material.

Location:  Manhattan, Queens

Types of Services:  Administering reading and math assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, progress monitoring, strengthening math skills and knowledge, helping with homework

Expertise: Working with students to create individualized reading and literacy support to help with decoding, fluency, and comprehension.

Ages:  Elementary and Middle School



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.

LOCATION: Manhattan
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
AGES: 5-12



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

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

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

Michelle C.


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


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

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens

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

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

AGES: Pre-k-6th Grade

HOURS: After school




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

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



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

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

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

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

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