LESTER S.

Lester has taught mathematics for the past eight years in both public high schools and middle schools.  He currently teaches Accelerated Math at Ponus Ridge Middle School. He has taught or tutored all levels of math from Elementary (Singapore Math) through Calculus. Lester attended Carnegie-Mellon University where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.  In addition to teaching math, Lester tutors elementary, middle school, and high school math as well as many of the standardized tests including the SAT, ACT, SSAT, and the ISEE.  Additionally, Lester has created enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students.  He believes in building relationships and empowering students with give and take instruction and discourse with the end goal of building self-reliance and confidence.  

NICK P.

Nick Patel is a math and science teacher. Nick began on his teaching path in the winter of 2002 when he began working with the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at New York University.  He earned his BA and MS degrees from New York University with a concentration in biology, chemistry, economics, and general science, and obtained his teaching credentials in science education from Fordham University and City College of New York.  In Nick’s words, “To me, teaching fulfills a higher purpose.  Knowing that the future leaders of this world will face many coming challenges, teenagers and young adults must immediately be guided in such a way that will prepare them for the coming challenges that humanity faces.”  Nick has been actively involved in the education sector for almost fifteen years, teaching in private and public schools, and providing services to educational institutions in the greater New York City area.