Each Central Park Tutor has a Master’s degree in his or her field from a top institution and at least two years of teaching experience. Equally important, our tutors relate well to students. Many are native New Yorkers who graduated from Stuyvesant, Hunter School, and Brooklyn Tech and all went on to leading schools including Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, MIT, Princeton, and the Sorbonne. We love our tutors. We know you will too, and we will work with you closely to make sure your tutor is the right fit.
AARON POOCHIGIAN earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota in 2006 and is completing an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University. His book of translations from Sappho, Stung With Love, was published by Penguin Classics in 2009, and his translation Apollonius’ “Jason and the Argonauts” was released October 2014. For his work in translation he was awarded a 2010-2011 Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book of original poetry, The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press) was published in March of 2012, and several of the poems in it collectively won the New England Poetry Club’s Daniel Varoujan Prize. His work has appeared in such newspapers and journals as the Financial Times, Poems Out Loud and POETRY.
I’m an avid traveler, voracious reader and apprentice writer. I’ve been teaching for almost 9 years, and I’ve taught English, History and math to students of all ages (kindergarten to adults) in New York City, Guadalajara, and Seoul. I’m insatiably curious and love learning, especially languages. I was born in Bombay and grew up speaking English, Gujarati and Hindi; I started studying Spanish in middle school and fell in love with Latin American literature in college. In my free time, I like to play sports, especially soccer and basketball. I’m a die-hard fan of Arsenal FC, and wake up early on Saturdays and Sundays to watch all the games. My next travel destination: Mongolia, before the steppe gets paved over.
Adina Yoffie earned her Ph.D. in European History from Harvard in 2009 and then held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and New York Universities from 2009 to 2012. She has many years of experience teaching history and writing on the college level, and she has tutored high-school students in SAT, ACT, and AP prep, as well as history, English, writing, and Hebrew. She likes the Giants and the Mets.
I’m a PhD candidate (at Boston University) in computational biology and genetics, with an undergraduate background (from the University of Toronto) in both computer science and biology.
I’ve taught undergraduate introductory statistics classes at Boston University (MA213; co-instructor) and Lesley University (CMATH2142), and have also worked as a teaching fellow in biology (human physiology) and various Computer Science classes. I’ve also worked in a high-school biology classroom as an NSF GK-12 teaching fellow.
In computer science, I’m most fluent in Python, but have also taught in courses that use Java and C. I have expertise in most aspects of bioinformatics and computational biology, applied statistics and machine learning, molecular biology and genetics, and biochemistry.
Amy Feldnov received her B.A. in English from The University of Florida and her M.A. in Comparative Literature from Brooklyn College. Currently, she teaches different levels of English courses, including: ESL, Reading Comprehension, Writing Development and Composition 1. Additionally, she teaches Education courses, including: Special Education for Today’s Teachers and Children with Special Needs at various community colleges in New York and New Jersey as an Adjunct. She has over 7 years of experience in her field. In addition to teaching college students and adults, for the last 3 years, she has worked as a Private Tutor for children and teaches a wide range of subjects (math, science, social studies and reading) and adapts to each student’s learning style. She is extremely patient and understanding and always looks forward to helping each student succeed. Amy enjoys making any space her classroom.
Math and Science Teacher/tutor for over 10 years, in top 1% of 1% in Mathematics in the USA. I have taught at Bronx High School of Science — teaching Math/Science and Chess, as well as Math Olympiad and Science Intel. I have a passion for mathematics and Science, and enjoy teaching. I also show students the importance of Math and Science — that it goes far beyond the homework and tests — but its true application in real life. I have been blessed to have taught past Math/Science Finalists in various National competitions. I have discovered in my many years of teaching that boys and girls are receptive to different approaches of teaching — and I treat each student with that in mind to enable most favorable approach.
Caedra Scott-Flaherty studied Literature, History and Dance at Brown University, and later went on to earn an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. She has taught English and Creative Writing at NYU and The College of New Rochelle, as well as in alternative settings such as museums, libraries, residential pediatric hospitals, juvenile justice programs, and community literary centers. She has been published in numerous literary journals, and performs her multi-disciplinary work throughout New York City. She lives in Brooklyn and is at work on her second novel.
I’m currently a medical researcher in surgery and translational immunology at Columbia University Medical Center while pursuing a Master’s degree in Biotechnology. I graduated from Hunter College High School and Amherst College where I was a college counselor for underprivileged but brilliant high school students across the country. I continued to be a private college counselor upon graduating college. I’ve also tutored students in many subjects and standardized tests. As a travel enthusiast, I’ve taught English abroad in places like Thailand and Native American reservations.
After having spent a career as an Olympic sports writer and editor for Pindar Press, I now teach literature and writing to students who are as wonderfully barmy as any bobsledder and at the same time can probe the deep questions about conscience and human dignity. I teach how to read for complexity, or as one student said, “In previous years, I would read a piece of text without going into depth, but you helped me realize that every little thing an author does is for a reason.” I teach my students how to read for literary devices, how to unpack their first impressions, and then how to turn those observations into a debatable argument with concrete support. I taught several years in middle school and at Beacon High School where I developed methods for writing academic and personal college application essays that stand out because my students harness their creative voice.
I received an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia after graduating Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, and receiving the Blanche Colton Williams Award from Hunter (Honors Program). If you had told me in high school when I was focused on becoming a professional dancer that one day I would be a writer and editor, I would have guffawed. I build confidence in my students so they can be concise, clear, compelling writers from the start.
Chana Morgenstern is a writer, researcher, teacher, academic editor and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at The Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University. She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from Brown University and and MFA in Fiction from Bard College. She is currently at work on a book about the history of literary and cultural resistance in Israel/Palestine and teaches Middle Eastern literatures and cultures at Brown University. Prior to working in academia, she taught literature, essay composition, fiction, poetry, interdisciplinary writing, playwriting and theater in middle and high schools, community organizations and juvenile halls. She was teacher, curriculum designer and co-director of the Creative Writing and Literature Program at San Francisco High School of the Arts and Education Coordinator at Intersection for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous grants and writing accolades including the Miriam Ylvisaker Fellowship in Fiction, The Cooke Prize for Best Academic Essay, and a nominee for the The Joukowsky Award for an Outstanding Dissertation. Her translations and journalistic essays on literature and culture can be found in Words Without Borders Magazine, Fronesis, Zeek and 972, among other publications.
Charlotte Kent is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Mercy College. She completed her dissertation “If You See Something, Say Something: A Look at Experiments in Art Writing” at the CUNY Graduate Center in 2014, and her research continues to focus on the ways that words impact what we see, in order to introduce alternate interpretive possibilities for art and our world. She received a grant to research at London’s Tate Modern gallery, and has published in both academic and general audience venues. She is an active member of The National Arts Club in New York City.
I am an energetic and experienced NYC teacher. I have an extensive background in teaching reading and writing skills and working with students with disabilities. I have received training in both the Wilson system and Comprehensive Orton Gillingham Training from the Institute of Multisensory Education (IMSE) and received The Autism Spectrum Annotation Fellowship from Bank Street College as well as a Fellowship from the Bank Street Teachers College Principals Institute. I enjoy spending my free time with my family and traveling.
My name is Christian Serrano and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of math and the sciences. I am a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, studied civil engineering at the University of Michigan (transferred due to financial constraints), and graduated from The City College of New York with a BA in Economics. I began my teaching career as a TA in a structural mechanics class at CCNY. Over the past 5+ years, I have tutored hundreds of high school and college students in NYC. I am currently working towards attaining certification as a high school math teacher. Some of the subjects I teach include pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, calculus, chemistry, physics, as well as the standardized tests associated with these topics. During my free time I love to travel and enjoy the outdoors. I am an avid hiker, am currently training for the NYC marathon, and also play on a baseball team on the weekends.
I left Italy, where I was working as a science high school teacher and doing research in a immunology and brain pathology lab, to pursue my master’s degree in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College. I am currently conducting a study at Columbia University’s Fear, Anxiety and Biosocial Behavioral Laboratory, where we use sophisticated neuroimaging techniques to take a peek into human brains as they experience different types of emotions. The line of inquiry I am most passionate about explores how socio-emotional skills can be cultivated to promote the development of coping strategies that build resilience and allow people to face stressful and demanding situations in adaptive and productive ways. I’m extremely passionate about science research and there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing this passion with my students, guiding them through the same concepts I struggled with in school and encouraging them to think critically in order to achieve the kind of knowledge that made me want to become a scientist. I strongly believe that each and every student is capable of achieving great results if appropriately mentored. This is why I spend a lot of my free time volunteering with organizations devoted to closing the opportunity gap in education and teaching neuroscience courses in the schools of underserved communities. I also enjoy making art and often use it to turn “abstract” science concepts into 3D models as a means to enhance students’ learning experiences. Oh and I’m a big fan of old school east coast hip hop.
I graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick with a B.S. in Microbial Biotechnology, B.A. in English, and a minor in Biochemistry. My professional background, I have worked as a research scientist at Rutgers University in the Bini Lab continuing studies from my undergraduate Honor’s Thesis on Hyperthremophilic bacteria ability to use alternate carbon sources as an alternative to their primary energy source. As a medical researcher at Mt. Sinai Medical School and Hospital, I worked in the Nephrology department on elucidating the mechanism of DNA/RNA pores in kidney cells. When I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, I became involved in the Rutgers Learning Center, where I tutored fellow students in biological sciences. I enjoyed working with the students in helping them to understand challenging concepts, problem solving skills, and finding academic success. Also, I was a Teaching Assistant for a summer chemistry program at the University, which allowed me the opportunity to work closely with both the students and the faculty. Upon graduation, I have been a private tutor while also taking continuing education classes in various biological sciences to keep up with new concepts and technologies. I am very well qualified and would be an asset to your student because of my industry work experience and my past experience as a private tutor and teaching assistant for the Rutgers University Learning Center. I enjoy tutoring students from all cultures by helping them build confidence in their ability to achieve academically. I have familiarity with various science resources that can be employed in tutoring sessions to aid in the students different learning styles. I have always maintained a good rapport with my colleagues, students, and parents. In addition, I feel my diverse background and skill set enable me to draw upon a variety of resources to help aid in the learning process.
My name is Danielle Addeo and I am the biology teacher at Convent Of The Sacred Heart Private High School, where I also teach environmental science and have taught for the past five years. I have an undergraduate degree in biology and biopsychology and a masters in Science Education from Framingham State University. I also have a second Masters in Biology from NYU.
Before teaching in NYC, I traveled for two years domestically and internationally for Readak Educational Services teaching study skills to middle school and high school students. This position then led me to teach 7th grade Life Sciences at The American School Foundation of Guadalajara in Mexico. This experience afforded me the opportunity to learn Spanish, immerse myself in a different culture, and work with English Language Learners. I now speak Spanish and as a result enjoy practicing and honing my Spanish whenever possible. I also love to salsa dance and spend most of my free time taking dance classes.
I love working with students to especially help them take the mystery out of school. My study skills background really allows me to teach students how to be independent and active learners. I am very excited to be able to share these skills with more students!
Darrah Samuels is an enthusiastic and multifaceted educator with continuous experience in grades K-5 and a consistent exemplary performance record over the course of seven years of teaching. In language arts, Darrah has been trained in and has extensive experience working with the Columbia University Teachers College Balanced Reading Program, as well as in Words Their Way, the Empowering Writer’s Program, and the Orton-Gillingham based Wilson Fundations program. In math, Darrah has extensive training and experience with Everyday Mathematics, the leading math curriculum in the country, and has experience working with both Gifted students and Special Needs students. She has been a teacher in Math and Language Arts at the Park Middle School, The Radburn Elementary School and the Betsy Ross Elementary School. Darrah holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy and her Master’s in Teaching.
I grew up in Plano, Texas and moved to Vermont to study environmental education at Middlebury College. While at Middlebury, I embraced every opportunity to work with local children – I volunteered in classrooms, led tours and eventually planned tours of the college’s art museum, and had an after school outdoors club for professors’ children. During the summers, I was a camp counselor at an overnight YMCA camp.
After I graduated I moved to Wyoming and worked as the Children’s Program Director on a ranch. I took kids hiking, rafting, horseback riding, and on many other adventures. After my stint on the ranch, I moved to New York City and began teaching in an independent school. I have taught first and second grade and K-3 science. In my time in NYC I studied at Hunter College and received a masters in childhood and early childhood education.
In my years teaching and working with children outside of the classroom, I have met lots of children with different needs. I have learned a lot from every kid and developed many different strategies for helping kids.
I love teaching, but in my spare time I enjoy reading, watching basketball and traveling.
Elizabeth Irwin holds a BA from Amherst and a master’s from Harvard. She has taught in Boston, New York, Mexico City and Seoul. She trains teachers for the NYC school system. She is also a playwright and recently completed a fellowship at the Soho Rep Theater. She is an avid traveler and loves making all sorts of creative dishes with her farm share veggies and fruits!
Hello, my name is Emily Smith and I am an experienced tutor and teacher. I have taught at many private schools in New York City, and hold a Master’s Degree in Literacy. A native New Yorker, I grew up on Manhattan’s upper east side, and still call Manhattan my home. I attended Vassar College undergrad, where I majored in Art History and Education. I have taught and tutored children ranging from age 3 to 9th and 10th grade. I look forward to working with and meeting you!
Emily Tuckman has taught at Brooklyn Technical High School as an English teacher for ten years (grades 10-12). She has dual masters degrees in English Education and Theater Education from New York University, (4.0 GPA), and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, minor in Theatre from Haverford College. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study Shakespeare with Folger Shakespeare Institute in Washington DC in 2012.
As a teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, she included SAT preparation, and a unit on college essay writing in her curriculum (for all nine years). Additionally, she tutored with Inspirica for two years (SAT prep, Homework Prep, SHSAT, and SAT II)
Teaching and tutoring mathematics and physics has always been my passion. I earned a BA from NYU in math and physics and an MA in math education from Hunter College. I have 13 years of tutoring experience as an independent math and physics tutor with all levels and all ages; I have tutored extremely gifted students as well as students with disabilities. I have the most experience tutoring college level calculus and statistics –AP Calculus AB and BC as well as college Calculus I, II, III and Statistics at the major universities in NYC. I tutored remedial math in the Mathematical Thinking program at the Courant Institute and taught physics laboratory courses as an adjunct at NYU for 4 years. When I was at Hunter during my masters program, I taught Geometry at Brooklyn Technical HS.
I enjoy telescope making, traveling, learning foreign languages and playing Bach on the piano.
Gabrielle Maisels is a tutor, educational trainer, executive coach, actor, playwright, and acting teacher. She is the writer/performer of two acclaimed solo shows, Two Girls and Bongani, inspired by her family’s experiences in South Africa. Gabrielle studied Political Theory at Harvard and Columbia, acting with Carol Fox Prescott, and playwriting with Matt Hoverman, and along the way authored two books for The Princeton Review — Cracking the Regents: Comprehensive English, 1999 and High School Comprehensive English Review, 1999 — and served as editor of another — Cracking the AP European History, 2005. Gabrielle’s tutoring students have been admitted to every school you could possibly want to go to, achieved perfect scores on several standardized tests or sections therein, and have received personal phone calls from deans declaring their application essays, “the best I have ever read.” You can see Gabrielle in action at her website, www.gabriellemaisels.com, and can even now bring her into your living room in the beautiful movie, Now, Forager, available on iTunes!
I have always loved to teach, but I came to formal academic teaching almost by accident when I was in my mid-twenties. After falling in love with art history as a high school senior at Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, I went on to major in Art History at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After working for a few years in the art world in NYC, I found my real calling as a high school social studies teacher and enrolled in the Masters of Arts in the Teaching of Social Studies program at Teachers College, Columbia University. I fell in love with teaching from the very moment I introduced myself to a class full of eager ninth graders during my fall student teaching placement. That was the first moment that I realized that meaningful work could feel more like a passion than merely a job. I have been teaching high school social studies in New York City ever since and have taught all types of history. Through history and my prior work experiences, I have developed a particular passion for teaching literacy skills, especially writing, as I believe that writing is one of the keys to success in anyone’s chosen field of work or study. I strive to always be the best version of myself, but not to take life too seriously. I believe in a combination of work and play for my students and myself alike.
My name is Giacomo Mancini and I am currently a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Biology department at NYU. My thesis focuses on ants-yes, those insect that crawl all over your watermelon on hot summer days-and how the brains of worker ants change when transitioning to a queen-like caste. I have TA’d undergraduate courses and tutored all three years at NYU. I studied Biochemistry at Rutgers University where I performed research on surfactants (ie: soap). Before starting grad school I worked for three years at Johnson and Johnson, Humigen (NJ), and at the NYU Medical Center. When not studying or teaching I enjoy mountain biking, skateboarding, running, exercising and cooking.
After several years as a lawyer, I realized that my favorite projects were pro bono cases involving social justice and education. So I became a middle school teacher in New York’s public schools. I left teaching after seven years when my son was young, and found that I love tutoring, with its one-on-one relationships and wide variety of subjects.
I earned my BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Towson University, and both my MA in TESOL and my Advanced Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Hunter College. After graduating Towson, I wanted to find a job in business; but after living in Rome, Italy; and tutoring English I felt the call to become a teacher. Even now, I hold a NYS School Building Leader license but choose not to pursue a job as principal because I love teaching too much! The relationships I build with my students while I help them achieve their success are why I love going to work every day. My experience consists of teaching and tutoring for 9 years in two NYC high schools – one very competitive, and the other with a poor inner-city population. As a result, I’m very aware of how to vary instruction based on a student’s needs, skill level, background knowledge, and individual goals. In addition, I have taught and tutored a variety of courses such as ESL (beginner, intermediate, advanced), ELA, Global Studies 9 and 10, U.S. History, U.S. History Regents Prep, and SAT Critical Reading Prep. I enjoy tutoring the content of U.S. History and Global Studies because as a former high school AP student the subjects always fascinated me, and I take pleasure in fostering my students’ interest in the subject as well. However, I also enjoy teaching reading comprehension and writing skills because they are applicable to not only history and English, but other subjects, too. My philosophy on tutoring is that it is a partnership; I provide the content knowledge and strategies for delivering the content in comprehensible and fun manner while the student dedicates his/her time and effort. Finally, I take great pride in my students’ success, and I am their cheerleader and tireless advocate! When I’m not teaching or tutoring, I enjoy going to the gym, studying Italian and Spanish, traveling, taking salsa and bachata classes, being outdoors, meeting new people, and using Groupon to try new things – including those out of my comfort zone. I look forward to working with you!
I am a middle school Special Education Teacher who provides SETSS (Special Education Teacher Support Services) to students participating in the inclusion program in a General Education classroom. My specialty is with students on the spectrum, students with learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. I have helped many of my students navigate the general education curriculum and be successful in the standardized tests. For all my students, both in school and those I tutor at home, I strive to create an individual plan with the student according to their strengths and interest, all in the effort to help them realize their full potential. My passion is children, and I am dedicated to their success!
I grew up in a small town in Maine and attended college at an even smaller town in New Hampshire. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2010, I completed my Masters Degree in Special Education at Hunter College. I have worked in public high schools in Brooklyn for 4 years, mainly in Algebra and English classrooms with students having an extremely broad range of levels and backgrounds. In my free time I enjoy traveling, bowling, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.
Jim attended the University of California at Davis, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Math, and Mechanical Engineering. He has 5 years of tutoring experience in math, science, and test prep. Outside of education, he’s worked with NASA satellites and hydrogen fuel cells, and is nearly as talented with a wrench as he is with a textbook. When he’s not working, he’s most likely on the soccer field.
Jaimie Salkovitch is a graduate of Fordham University where she received her Masters in Childhood Special Education. She has taught kindergarten through 6th grade general and special education classrooms and is currently a special education teacher for grades k-2. Jaimie is excellent at building relationships with children and creating fun, engaging, and differentiated lessons. In her spare time, Jaimie enjoys singing, dancing, spinning, and yoga.
I work at CUNY City College as a Math Adjunct Lecturer where I’ve taught a range of classes from arithmetic and algebra up to calculus II. I’m also currently enrolled in a masters program for Math Education. I’ve been tutoring for almost 4 years now and enjoy the one on one aspect, as well as developing a connection with my students. My philosophy is that having good manners and being very friendly is essential in maximizing tutoring efficiency.
Sometimes people ask if a glass is filled with water half way, Is the glass half empty or half full? I say the glass is not half full or half empty, it should just be cut in half to make a full glass!
On my free time, I enjoy playing guitar ranging from hard rock to classical and flamenco. I’m also quite the tech nerd, as I build my own custom computers and enjoy tweaking and modifying layouts on electronics.
Jeanne was born and brought up in the Cape Ann area of Massachusetts. She has studied and earned degrees in Literature at Wesleyan University and New York University. She has traveled extensively, mostly in western Europe, and has lived for periods of time in both Paris and Cologne. She began her teaching career in 1985 and has worked as a World Languages (French, Spanish, German, ESL) and Studio Art teacher since then in New England, Cologne and New York City.
Jeena was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in New York City from age six where she attended Trinity School and graduated from Barnard College with a double major in French and Philosophy. After time out west in San Francisco working in the field of elementary education, she returned to the east coast where she graduated from Harvard University with a M.A. in East Asian Literature. During her graduate studies, she studied at Seoul National University and traveled throughout the region including trips to Beijing and Tokyo. Now with four years of classroom experience in grades 7-12 as a NYC public school teacher and her M.S. in teaching English from Fordham University, Jeena is excited to be tutoring students one-on-one again. She has three years of previous experience tutoring students in grades 7-12 for the ISEE, ACT, SAT, SAT II Literature exams as well as for general, English reading/essay writing skills. She has particular expertise working with students to improve their writing. As such, she has helped many students find their unique voices on college application essays. When she is not building lego castles with her three-year old son, Jeena can be found on a long walk in Central Park, cooking a new, colorful dish or catching up on her pile of fiction reading!
My name is Jenna and I am excited to be working as a tutor with Central Park Tutors. I am a 25 year old recent graduate from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. I completed my post-baccalaureate degree and some masters coursework in civil engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. Prior to my coursework at Columbia, I completed a double degree in physics and Spanish from Willamette University. Currently I work for Arup, an engineering firm located on Water St. in New York. While I love working as a professional engineer, I have come to miss the world of academia. I have always had an affinity for teaching students of all ages. As such, I have worked as a tutor for nearly five years tutoring in all math based subjects, physics, up through modern physics and Spanish. I have had remarkable success with my students in both math and Spanish tutoring positions. I find I have a great ability to connect complex math to real world application which has helped over 20 students raise their grades and pass their AP tests. Similarly, since I am not a native Spanish speaker, I find I have a better understanding of Spanish grammar than most native speakers. Additionally, through my thesis focused on medieval Spanish literature, I have great knowledge of medieval through modern Spanish literature. Finally, even though I am not a native speaker I have an excellent accent, for which I have been mistaken for being Argentinian.
Outside of academic research and work, I love to run, rock climb, hike, read, swim and cook. I hope my background is a good fit for your child’s needs and I look forward to meeting you!
Jennifer received her PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She is currently a medical student at NYU and is studying to become a physician scientist. Jennifer graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2009, where she double majored in Physics and Mathematics. She worked as a teaching assistant in introductory physics courses at both UPenn and Emory. Jennifer has worked as a private tutor in Philadelphia for the past 5 years and works mostly with high school and college students in math and science courses.
A busy private tutor — having been with Central Park since 2009 — as well as a substitute teacher at several New York private schools and an acting teacher for teens, I enjoy aiding a student’s development of his/her powers of learning. The beneficiary of a very empowering education myself — Montessori, then Sidwell Friends School, then Brandeis University — I focus on unlocking each student’s individual potential for transformative, effective thinking and persuasive means of communicating that thinking. In the past, I have worked as a bi-lingual journalist, specializing in Latin America-related politics and film, and my writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, NYRemezcla, Gotham Gazette, conectom, and other places. I also spent time as a paralegal in the arts; and, for the past eight years I have served as a dramaturge and performer with a 30-year-old experimental-theatre company, where I am now a senior member, often leading training sessions and assisting in leading workshops. I also create and direct original works of performance and serve as a tour guide for student groups and tourists at Lincoln Center. I will start teaching acting for teens at Abrons Arts Center this school year, as I also begin my MFA at Brooklyn College.
Jonathan holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Conn. and a Master’s Degree in Literature from City College of New York. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of English at City College, where he teaches Freshman Composition and Rhetoric. Jonathan is also Writing Center Consultant at City College, a writing workshop teacher at Boys Hope Girls Hope in Brooklyn, and a Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
I graduated from Stuyvesant High School back in 2007 and I received my Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics back in 2011 from Cornell University. Since then I’ve worked as a private tutor / teacher teaching subjects such as grade school math, pre-calculus, AP Calculus, AP Physics, AP Java, and SAT/SHSAT math prep. I’ve taught in numerous settings ranging from private session in person / online to classrooms with over twenty students at once. My teaching style puts a strong emphasis on problem solving techniques and leading students to answers rather than facts and memorization.
Justin hails from gulf coast Florida via metro Massachusetts. He has been tutoring in New York since 2008. A former journalist, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in computational linguistics, a field that combines computer science with language studies to further the development of artificial intelligence. He is a career writer, an experienced math, science and test prep tutor, a fluent speaker of three languages, and an expert Python programmer. In addition to private tutoring, Justin has worked as a classroom teacher in GRE writing, SAT math and overall writing skills and also as the director of an afterschool tutoring center at an educational nonprofit. There, Justin helped hundreds of first-generation college students achieve acceptance to Yale, Swarthmore, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, Brown, Mount Holyoke, NYU and other elite schools. In his free time, Justin enjoys literature, biking, woodworking, travel, nature, puzzles, and board games.
I grew up in Charleston, SC with a younger sister and brother. My brother has learning disabilities and was born with a cleft palate. He didn’t talk until he was 4 year old. I received my bachelors in elementary education from Clemson University. Upon graduating I taught 4th grade in Charleston, SC and kindergarten in Asheville, NC. After 2 years with 20 students I decided I wanted something a little different; so I went back to graduate school and earned my masters in special education from Western Carolina University. I have recently moved to New York from the mountains of Western North Carolina. I love spending time with my husband who was my high school sweetheart and our crazy beagle, Sammy.
I hold a joint PhD from Stanford University’s Department of Drama and the Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a minor in Slavic Studies. I am a recipient of both Fulbright and Mellon Foundation fellowships, and a published scholar with 3 edited volumes with Palgrave Macmillan, as well as various articles and chapters. I have over 10 years’ classroom teaching experience at the college and university level: Yale School of Drama, Stanford University, Colby College, Florida State University, and Bowdoin College. And I am an engaged, compassionate and innovative tutor: Since 2007, I have led one-to-one and small group classes with over 500 students, grades 4-12. In addition, I have over 5 years experience teaching ESL/EFL (including TOEFL prep) both one-to-one and in the classroom, to visiting foreign students at Stanford University, international business people in New York and Paris, and adult learners in the former Soviet Union. I find all age groups equally compelling, and relate equally well with children, adolescents, and young adults. I have particular interest in atypical learners: gifted students; students contending with ADHD and/or reading deficits; and bilingual and second language learners. Tutoring specializations include: Reading Comprehension, Literature Analysis, Essay Composition, Grammar, History, Study Skills and Time Management; and Test Preparation: GRE Language and Literature, SAT and ACT (CR and W), AP and SAT Subject Tests (US, European and World History; English Literature, Language and Composition), ISEE/SSAT/HSPT/COOP and TOEFL; ESL/ELD. As a College Counselor and Essay Support specialist, I help parents navigate the complexities of college admissions, and support students in organizing the application process, and staying on schedule. And I provide expert college essay guidance, helping each student to find his or her own voice and to tell a unique story. I have supported students in gaining admission to MIT, UCLA, Berkley, U. Penn, Stanford, Harvard and other fine schools – as well as such excellent fine arts programs as Carnegie Mellon and the Rhode Island School of Design.
I am a Tenured NYC Public School Teacher with 10.5 years of classroom experience and several more years of private tutoring experience. I have a Bachelors of Science in Education, a Masters of Education in Literacy and Permanent NYS N-6 Teaching Certification. I specialize in assessing students to determine their individual literacy learning strengths and needs and then developing individualized learning activities to build on their strengths and support their needs. Although I specialize in this area, I have a passion for teaching that is evident in my students’ learning in all curriculum areas including math and the range of academics taught in elementary and middle school.
A graduate of Deep Springs College and Columbia University, Lane Sell now works as a tutor, writing coach, and college admissions consultant in New York. His studies have included Classics (in which he holds his undergraduate degree) as well as prolonged engagement with topics in social thought and comparative literature. Lane also runs Shoestring Press, a Brooklyn printmaking collective located in Crown Heights, which provides artistic community, affordable workspace, and opportunities to show work for emerging and established Brooklyn artists.
Lauren is a graduate of Wesleyan University where she majored in the environmental sciences. She taught high school in Oakland, California while earning her teaching credential. Within three years she became a district example teacher for her innovative curriculum. While back in New York Lauren has substitute taught at Ethical Culture Fieldston Academy and Packer Collegiate Institute. Currently, she works privately with students from public and private schools in New York City. Lauren’s speciality is making complex material obviously simple, and helping students to be in the right mindset for academic success. She is an expert at the SHSAT, SSAT, and ISEE, and teaches primarily on Skype.
Marianna has a Bachelors Degree in History Education from the University of Delaware and a Masters Degree in Adolescent Literacy from Hunter College. Currently, she is in her 5th year teaching high school Social Studies and has experience teaching both Global and U.S. history. Marianna knows how essential literacy is in opening doors to new and greater opportunities, so she focuses heavily on reading and writing skills with her students. She has a way of breaking down complex content into manageable pieces so students can gain a greater understanding of material. She is patient and kind and holds high expectations of all her students.
Before arriving in New York last year, Matthew lived in Paris. There, in addition to completing a Master’s degree in International Affairs, he spent his time dancing the Argentine Tango and taking long walks along the Canal Saint Martin. Matthew has also lived in Malaysia, where he supported the education work of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and in Palestine, where he worked as a music teacher. In Palestine, he also organized the first-ever social tango dance in the history of the country. Before all that, Matthew studied music at Yale, and now, in addition to tutoring, he is pursuing a career in classical guitar performance. He loves performing. His favorite book is Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, and his favorite movies are Amelie and the Princess Bride. He also enjoys cooking.
Matthew Futterman is an engineer and writer. He is a native New Yorker who attended Brooklyn Tech, and later Penn State and Georgia Tech where he continued his studies in Mechanical and Bio Engineering. In addition to studying abroad in Poland and France, Matthew’s pursuits have taken him aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder where he conducted experiments in microgravity. He has been published Developmental Dynamics where his paper was highlighted as “new and innovative.” He is now earning his MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, studying Writing for Children, and has been published in several literary magazines.Matthew Futterman is an engineer and writer.
Matt Sumpter has worked for two years as a writing tutor and regularly evaluates SAT essays. He received his BA from DePauw University in English Literature, his MFA in Creative Writing from Ohio State, and is currently a PhD student in Creative Writing at Binghamton University. As a graduate student, he has taught courses in First-Year Composition, Poetry, Intro to Literature, Children’s Literature, and Alternative Fictions. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as The New Yorker, The New Republic, and Best New Poets 2014. After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked for Americorps on trail crews, conservation projects, and disaster relief. He loves sharing his passion for learning with others, and he is always amazed by how much progress can be made when a tutor understands the needs and learning style of a student.
I’m a fifth year PhD student in chemistry at Columbia University, my anticipated completion date is this November. I’ve accepted a postdoctoral position at Stanford medical school, beginning near the end of this year. The focus of my graduate research has been the computational design and biological evaluation of small molecule inhibitors against proteins mutated in cancer. I’ve been involved with a number of different facets of drug discovery; ranging from structure based drug design to in vivo testing in a mouse tumor xenograft model. I have been a teaching assistant for seven courses at Columbia: biochemistry (four terms), molecular biology, organic chemistry lab, and general chemistry. I was the recipient of the “Jack Miller teaching award” for “excellence in teaching by a graduate student” in spring of 2013. My full curriculum vitae and additional references are available upon request. I’m very passionate about teaching and wish to pursue a career in academia to start my own lab. I’m willing to design a custom course to meet the individual needs of my student. My hope is to pass along my knowledge and passion for science to my students and help to inspire and prepare them for any career in the biomedical sciences. It is my goal to utilize my diverse research and teaching background to provide a unique learning experience that is as conducive as possible to development as a young, future doctor or scientist. I am happy to have a no cost meeting to outline a curriculum that best achieve the goals of the student and is compatible with their academic background. I would like to show my students that science is exciting, fun and doesn’t have to be serious all the time. In my spare time I enjoy: lifting weights, yoga, swimming, going to concerts, exploring the city, and trying new things – among a wide range of non-science related interests… and of course long walks on the beach, sunsets and pina coladas. These two quotes provide a pretty good insight into my scientific teaching philosophy:
“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind” – Bill Nye (the science guy)
Mia is currently completing a Masters in English Education at Columbia University. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University where she was awarded a prestigious departmental fellowship. She is also a Fulbright Scholar (in Creative Writing) and a published poet. For over ten years, she has had the pleasure of teaching writing and literature classes (college and high school level). She taught as an adjunct instructor at Fordham University and CUNY, and she was a student teacher at Stuyvesant High School where she especially enjoyed helping students write college essays. Like many of her students, Mia is a New York City native. She attended Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn Heights where she grew up.
Michelle has been tutoring in the NYC area for the past six years, after graduating from Harvard University. She specializes in test prep, including SAT, ACT, SHSAT, ISEE, SSAT, and various SAT Subject tests. She also helps students with various aspects of college admissions such as essays and applications.
In my ten years of teaching, one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve had is helping my students sharpen their reading and writing skills, as they are the avenue for all subjects. My career working with children started in High School tutoring other students, and my love for the profession grows every year. After finishing my Bachelors in Early Childhood education in Ohio, I decided I wanted to pursue my Masters in Special Education in New York, from Hunter College. I have worked with students of varying ages and abilities over the past ten years, both within the public sector and now private. Having worked with students in grades K-8, both with and without disabilities, and covering all subjects, I have developed a wide range of approaches in ensuring all students achieve. When I’m not working I enjoy cooking, elaborate baking for special occasions, being out in nature and partaking in dance classes.
Morenike Lambert graduated with high honors from Fordham University with a B.A. in Communications and Media Studies and a minor in History. In addition to graduating with honors, she also received many academic accolades during her time at Fordham, including the Kavanagh Scholarship. Morenike has been teaching and tutoring since 2007 and she has scored above the 95th percentile for all of the tests she teaches. Along with her work as a tutor and a teacher, she has also worked as a mentor coordinator and participated in Journey for Change’s South African mentor program, featured on CNN’s Black in America 2. Morenike has a well of experience teaching for tests, but she most enjoys helping to cultivate well-rounded students by implementing vital study and organizational tools into her teaching style. In addition to standardized tests, she also provides instruction in US and global history, English, writing, living environment, and K-8 ELA and math.
I am a passionate, student-centered educator who enjoys a rich life in and out of the classroom. Having graduated Middlebury College in 2010 with a Bachelors in Spanish and French, as well as a strong interest in social justice, I became involved in teaching Spanish to students with special needs at Hampshire Country School. Following my boarding school life, I moved to NYC and began graduate work in Bilingual Special Education, earning my certification and then working all over New York as a teacher and tutor. Outside school, I enjoy the outdoors, particularly hiking and skiing, as well as cooking local and organic foods. The catalyst for all my interests, both personal and professional, is the desire to effect and witness positive change in the physical and social environment around us.
Academically, I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and my graduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia. After working as a biochemist, I decided to return to school and am currently earning a Law degree from Fordham University School of Law.
I love teaching. For the past six years, I have been a private tutor for high school students in algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, biology and chemistry. Previously, while in graduate school, I assisted Afghan refugees in re-settling in the United States, including mentoring and tutoring in English and chemistry. As a student at the University of California, Berkeley, I spent one year working as a tutor for disabled students in bioscience subjects including neuroscience, biochemistry, and molecular biology.
I currently teach in Manhattan on the Lower East Side. I work for a District 75 school and teach middle school age students with Autism. Every job I have held, whether in a classroom or at a day camp, has been working with children. I love seeing a child’s eyes light up when the succeed and helping them figure out the best way toward success. I studied general elementary education at SUNY Cortland. I graduated the program in 2009. After completing that program I went and got my master’s in Special Education. At New York University and graduated that program in 2010. This past July 2013 I completed an annotation program at Bank Street with a focus in Autism. Feel free to contact me with any questions!
My goal is to encourage students to feel at ease with math. Our jobs as educators are to help others feel excited about mathematics and allow them to see how math is useful. The fun thing about math is that there can be multiple solution paths to any given problem.
Math is helpful especially when it is taught in a way that makes sense. It provides a way for people to quantify, compare, and also measure variables. Mathematics proves best for solving problems and also finding ways to optimize data. In my perspective, having an open dialectic approach motivates students, by having their input, so we could work to find the best fit strategy together. Due to many years of experience, good math lessons involve solving with the student’s input in mind.
Math Tutoring and Test Prep (2007 – present):
I have been providing instruction in math since 2000. My students represent a diverse cross section of New York City, hailing from throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. In the past, I have gone as far as NJ for a tutoring session. I also had worked in Williamsburg Charter School with regents preparation.
I went to CUNY Brooklyn College majoring in math and Pace University School of Education acquiring Masters in Math Education with concentration in grades 7 through 12. I am also certified to teach math in NYS. In the past, I have had taught math, specifically grades 7th and 8th, and also regents level math.
In my free time, I usually spend my time with family and friends. I also volunteer at my church. In addition, I am a huge fan of board games. I enjoy Scrabble, Words with Friends and Apples to Apples. I also love reading a good book. My current reads are Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain and Point of Purchase: How Shopping Changed American Culture by Sharon Zukin. My favorite esoteric movie would be: Being John Malkovich.
Preeti Potdar enjoyed a successful IT career in the corporate world before she decided that she didn’t want to live in a cubicle and talk to computers all day. So she changed careers and became a lecturer at a CUNY college, teaching her favorite subject: Math. When she was in the 5th grade, Preeti developed a fear of math because of a very strict teacher; 8 years later, an amazing college professor changed Preeti’s attitude towards math, got her to enjoy the subject and excel in it. Preeti understands how crippling the fear of math can be to a student’s self-confidence, and she makes it her mission to help each student conquer that fear and succeed at math. Preeti places emphasis on the basic concepts – she believes that when you start out with a firm grasp on the basics, you can then figure out how to solve any problem before you.
Preeti is working towards an M.S. Education degree with a concentration in Mathematics at Brooklyn College. She holds an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Preeti currently works as an IT consultant with non-profits in NYC and has taught math as a private tutor and college lecturer for over 10 years.
Ravi is a former NYC Teaching Fellow who now also holds an MBA in financial economics from the University of Rochester and a second Masters in Psychology from NYU. He focuses on helping students develop the problem-solving skills and self-confidence to maximize their performance. At NYU, Ravi studied under several experts in the field of child psychology, psychopathology, and neuropsychology. His first education position was with Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, where he worked one-to-one with students with ADD, ADHD, and autism. This experience, in particular, has shaped his general teaching philosophy that building rapport with each individual student and customizing each student program to the particular needs of the student are the keys to successful outcomes. Today, he focussed on teaching the following tests: the SSAT, SHSAT, ISEE, SAT, and the ACT. Having worked as a tutor for various test-prep industry leaders, Ravi has extensive experience with diverse groups of students at all levels of ability.
Hello! As a kid, math and I had a love/hate relationship, until 6th grade when I met the teacher who inspired me to find the fun in math and I have never looked back. I strive to be that teacher for all of my students, and to show them that math doesn’t have to be so scary! I hold an undergraduate degree from Temple University (go Owls!), a master’s in teaching from Fordham University, and have been teaching and tutoring middle/high school math in NYC for the last five years. When I’m not trying to convince students that decimals have a point or natural numbers are better for your health, you might find me running a marathon or reading a good book (hopefully not at the same time!).
My name is Santina Bonsignore and teaching is my passion. I attended Adelphi University’s STEP (Scholar Teacher’s Education Program), receiving a BA in anthropology with a concentration in gender studies and a MA in childhood education with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I am certified in NYS to teach all subjects in the elementary classroom (grades 1-6) and English as a second language to all ages. Throughout college, I worked with a program called America Reads America Counts, tutoring elementary school students in Hempstead, New York. Most recently, I was living in Brazil teaching English to students ranging in age from early adolescence to adulthood. In addition to my passion for teaching, I am passionate advocate for women’s reproductive rights and I am a trained birth doula. In my free time, I love to travel, learn new things, hike, and crochet.
I have been a teacher of Physics and Math in New York City since 1997. I attended Concordia University in Montreal where I studied Physics and I have a Masters in Secondary Science Education from Teachers College at Columbia University. During the school year, I teach at Vanguard High School on the Upper East Side and during the summer months I teach a math course for the Hunter College “College Now” program.
Hi there! My name is Stefanie and I have been tutoring for 8 years. I am originally from Long Island, but wanted to broaden my horizons by studying out of state. I graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington in May of 2014 with licenses in Elementary Education, Special Education and Technology Integration. After graduating from college, I spent a summer teaching 2nd grade in England at an adorable small school on the coast. Now, I’m continuing my studies at Teachers College – Columbia University in the Literacy Specialist Masters Program. This year I am studying with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and learning directly from Lucy Calkins. I have experience teaching 1st, 2nd and 5th grade in my practicum experiences, and I am now interning in a 1st grade classroom at a project school on the Upper West Side. I’m friendly, caring and determined to help my students to be the best that they can be!
Stephanie Mendelsohn graduated from Bucknell University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. She is now a Master of Arts student in the Intellectual Disability/Autism program at Teachers College at Columbia University. She has been a private mathematics tutor for three years. In addition, she worked with students with special needs at The Cooke Center Academy, North East Westchester Special Recreation, at the Whitby School, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Steve is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the City College of New York in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and renewable energy. After completing a dual bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Mathematics at the College of the Holy Cross, he worked as an analytical chemistry research associate at a prominent pharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Throughout his education, he was worked as a teaching assistant in undergraduate chemistry and chemical engineering courses holding recitations and offering one-on-one tutoring sessions. He has mentored students ranging from high school to PhD students and has demonstrated an ability to engage with people of varying backgrounds in their scientific education. His approach to tutoring is to impart not only knowledge, but also the skills and strategies needed to develop effective study habits that continue long after the tutoring session has ended. While a hearing individual himself, he is fluent in American Sign Language.
I’m a writer who has discovered my second passion in life, which is tutoring. I find it fulfilling to work alongside students as they conquer their struggles with certain subjects in school. I take as much pride in their achievements as they do and enjoy the journey we take together as student and teacher throughout the school year.
I’m a graduate of Columbia’s School of Journalism and earned my B.A. in history and international relations from Tufts University. I tutor history, English, writing, social studies, ESL, study skills, homework help as well as standardized tests (including the SAT, SSAT, SAT subject tests, GED and the GRE).
In my free time I like to read, travel and stay active. I enjoy kickboxing as well as playing basketball and frisbee.
I grew up in Michigan, Northern California and Southern France. I went to college at Wesleyan University and received my BA in Neurobiology and Behavior, I finished my undergrad studies at Columbia University. I completed my Masters in Neuroscience and am currently in my 4th year of my PhD at Columbia University. My PhD work is on the neurodevelopmental origins of psychiatric behaviors, focusing on the serotonergic system in animal models of disease. For several years I have participated in a Neuroscience outreach program in which we visited K-8 classrooms and taught classes on the basics of the brain and neuroscience. I have also mentored high school students and done college counseling through a program with the New York City Dept of Education. For several years I participated in another mentoring program in which I taught science to 8th grade students and mentored them on their science fair projects. I find teaching and mentoring very rewarding and love working with students of all ages, and love to share my enthusiasm for science with younger students. As a result of living in France, I am fluent in French and currently learning Spanish on the side. Additionally, I have a brother with severe learning disabilities and therefore have a lot of experience working with dyslexic and learning disabled students.
In my free time I like to do photography and have had my work published in several art journals and online magazines. I also like to ice skate and play ice hockey. In the past I have coached kids in ice hockey. I also like to bike ride, paint and draw in my free time.
Theresa is an experienced elementary and middle school teacher in all subjects. She earned her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, and her Master’s in Education from Hunter College.
I have a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Tulane University, where my dissertation focused on the genetics of human cancers. After completing a fellowship in infectious diseases at Harvard Medical School where I studied the parasite that causes malaria, I now work for the NYC Department of Health as a City Research Scientist. I have been tutoring continuously for over 15 years and have taught biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I’ve always had a passion for science, particularly biology, and I hope to be able to share this interest with the next generation of aspiring scientists.
I received my M.St. degree (in European Literature) from Oxford, and my Ph.D. in Russian and French literature from Boston University. For the last ten years, I’ve worked as a Writing Instructor and tutor at Boston University’s Writing Program, helping native and ESL students of different levels learn the craft of essay writing. I’d be happy to help you with any kinds of difficulties, from generating ideas and organizing an argument to working with issues in grammar, sentence structure, and style.
I am also a jazz singer and guitarist, and I perform with a world music/jazz band.