James O.

James earned a BS in World History from Temple University and has been working in education for the past 16 years. He values the connections he makes with students and enjoys helping students understand their learning profiles. His academic expertise is with ELA, essay writing, college essay writing, SAT prep specifically in Reading and Writing sections and executive functioning skills. He is remarkable at supporting students in learning to rely on their strengths. He also has a knack for product design, graphic design, and loves panda bears.

Kristin H.

Kristin Haley is a dedicated educator with a passion for empowering students to reach their full potential. Currently pursuing a certification in education, Kristin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and brings a unique perspective to her teaching approach.

With three years of experience as a long-term substitute teacher in elementary education, Kristin has honed her skills in creating engaging and effective learning experiences. She understands the importance of personalized instruction and strives to tailor her tutoring sessions to meet the individual needs of each student.

Kristin’s journey in education began with her fascination with sociology, where she explored the complexities of human behavior and societal structures. This background enriches her understanding of students’ diverse backgrounds and helps her create inclusive learning environments where every student feels valued and supported.

In her tutoring sessions, Kristin emphasizes building strong foundational skills in reading, writing, and math, while also fostering critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. She believes in empowering students to become confident and independent learners who are equipped to tackle any challenge they encounter.

Outside of tutoring, Kristin enjoys exploring her creative side through cooking and painting. Her enthusiasm for learning and dedication to her students make her a valuable asset in helping students excel academically and reach their goals.

DINA P.

Dina is a highly experienced elementary educator with over 30 years of experience in grades 1-7 in both public and private school settings. Dina received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Master’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education from The Bank Street College of Education. Mindfulness practices and confidence building strategies are part of Dina’s work with children. In her work with children from many different backgrounds and learning styles, Dina strives to identify students’ strengths and interests and works with those assets to develop further success and love for learning. She currently lives in Stamford, Ct. with her two beloved, old cats, Leela and Robby, and enjoys crossword puzzles and walks at the beach.

Maggie M.

Maggie M. holds a M. Ed. and is an accomplished National Educational Consultant with 20+ years in elementary education experience. She has a passion for working with students from a variety of backgrounds. Maggie has been an educator in different capacities; ESL teacher, bilingual teacher, middle school teacher, Title 1 Reading Specialist, and EL Coordinator, then transitioned to work with school districts across the country providing professional development and coaching for educators primarily with effective instructional strategies to accelerate student achievement. She received her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction and her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with several endorsements, ESL, Middle School reading, science and social studies. She is fluent in Spanish as well.

She has a strong dedication in providing a learning environment that is nurturing, employs effective learning strategies that empower students and promote student ownership of their learning and academic growth. Engaging, fun, targeted and cognitive research-based lessons are ways Maggie builds strong relationships with her students and creates a safe, collaborative, and meaningful learning time together.

Maggie has 6 children of her own and is involved in school activities where her children attend. Her hobbies include reading, working out, cooking, traveling, and volunteering at several social service agencies. Maggie also loves dogs and nature.

 

Lauren H.

Lauren is a native New Yorker who spent her life steeped in all the art and culture the city has to offer. She is a born educator, lifelong learner, and giant nerd who is obsessed with music, literature, history, technology, and social justice. Lauren spent her formative years dedicated to writing and visual and performing arts, and still had time to get a perfect score on the SAT. She also worked as the Vocal Director and Science Lab Instructor at a camp for gifted and talented children. While studying studio production and composition at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase she began tutoring students to prepare them for various standardized tests and subjects. Rather than attend law school, Lauren became a full-time tutor, and has been one for over 15 years. Lauren truly loves what she does, and aims for every student to become confident, intellectually curious, and passionate about learning. She believes education is holistic, enthusiasm infectious, and this is what keeps students engaged and excited to pursue their goals as they become better critical thinkers, readers, and problem solvers who are always pushing the boundaries of what is possible. In addition to tutoring and advising, she also teaches a robotics class in which elementary school children build and program their own Lego robots. Lauren’s passions include eating her way across every continent, collecting records, and curling. She has been playing the game, known as chess on ice, for 6 years, is a certified USA Curling instructor, and is also Co-Director of Education at Brooklyn Lakeside Curling Club.

Shannon L.

Shannon is a passionate, caring, and empowering educator certified to teach all subjects from preschool through sixth grade. She completed her BA in Elementary Education at Florida Atlantic University and continued her education at Barry University to obtain a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a certification in Montessori Education. Shannon has over 15 years experience teaching, tutoring, and creating individualized, interactive, and engaging lessons. With additional certifications in ESOL, Reading, Gifted, Montessori Education, and Mental Health First Aide, Shannon is well qualified to meet the needs of a diverse student population and focus on supporting the whole child. She is also uniquely qualified to help students fine tune their skills with organization, study strategies, and executive functioning. She welcomes a challenge and has yet to meet a child that she was unable to build some sort of connection with. Shannon truly has a gift for mentoring and educating that could reach even the most resistant student. In her free time Shannon enjoys exploring the outdoors and homeschooling her three year old son, reading fiction novels, and traveling.

 

Elena S.

Elena is a dedicated and experienced tutor, committed to fostering a love for learning in her students. With a wealth of knowledge and a passion for education, Elena holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Computing Education. Having lived in China, she is fluent in three languages, bringing a multicultural perspective to her teaching approach. She also spearheaded a learning management system in China that is currently used worldwide, showcasing her innovative contributions to the field of education.

Her expertise lies in tailoring lessons to meet the unique needs of each student, ensuring a personalized and effective learning experience. As an accomplished educator, Elena has a proven track record of helping students achieve academic success and gain confidence in their abilities.

Adding a touch of humor to her teaching style, Elena creates an engaging and enjoyable environment for her students. She continues exploring new languages and cultures in her spare time, reflecting her lifelong commitment to continuous learning.

 

Michael K.

Michael K. is a Certified Teacher. He grew up in NJ and completed an Undergraduate Degree from Northeastern University. He completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Education focusing on Middle School Math. He grew up with a deep love of the city and once he decided to move into the city, he never looked back. Michael always had a passion for working with children which led him to his teaching career. Through teaching, he has been able to help students connect their prior knowledge to new topics in Middle School Math. Michael has extensive experience working with neurodivergent students and a variety of curriculums including Engage NY, Singapore Math, and Math in Focus.

Anna S.

Anna S. earned a BA from CUNY Brooklyn College and an MFA from Columbia University. She is a dedicated, adaptable educator who has been successfully providing academic support to students of various grade levels since 2013. While finishing her novel manuscript at Columbia, Anna served as the first Lead Teaching Fellow for her department and completed the Advanced Track of the Teaching Development Program; these experiences solidified her belief that collaboration is essential to effective pedagogy and that guidance is always best offered through a spirit of mutual exploration. She believes that a balance of structure and flexibility is essential to helping students excel. As a writer, she has a special passion for teaching all things related to the English language. She also loves to create tailor-made strategies for test prep— especially the math sections. When she is not teaching or writing, she enjoys playing the flute and making mosaics.

Samantha T.

A true New Yorker, Samantha started her educational journey at the Nightingale Bamford School in NYC before pursuing a degree in Communications at Syracuse University, where she graduated cum laude. Following graduation, Samantha spent over a decade working in Public Relations, where she honed her communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

Now, she has set her sights on a new path, and is attending Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education, where she is working towards her goal of becoming a School Counselor. Fueled by a strong passion for working with children and helping them unlock their full potential, Samantha takes great pride in her ability to simplify complex concepts into easily digestible formats for kids of all ages. As a tutor, her expertise lies in reading comprehension, writing, and executive function skill building. In her spare time, she enjoys going to museums, taking long walks in Central Park, and exploring all that NYC has to offer.