John W.

John is an English teacher with a passion for literature and writing. John studied at the Legion of Christ College in Cheshire, CT, where he was the valedictorian of his graduating class. John’s teaching experience is diverse, including a role as a fifth-grade religion teacher at St. Anthony’s Parish in Prospect, CT. During his years in Connecticut, he tutored international students in English, Art history, Biology, Geometry, and ancient languages such as Koine Greek and Latin.

Currently, John teaches high school English literature and Creative Writing at Mary Mother of God School in Toronto. John brings a wide variety of practical experience to his teaching as well. He has contributed a number of literary articles to various publications and also worked as a journalist for The Catholic Register. John combines his experience and education to help his students get excited about writing, literature math, science and art. John’s teaching style is marked by joy and energy, and he seeks to help his students develop their interests along with a love for their studies. He is fluent in Spanish, which complements his academic interests and teaching.



Giuseppe C. (PhD in Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin 2019; MA in the same, UT Austin 2016; BA in Classics, Columbia University 2009) has a decade of teaching experience at the high school and university level. He is comfortable teaching Latin, history, and the humanities at all levels and is capable of tutoring in French and Italian as well. In his spare time, Giuseppe enjoys cooking, archery, Dungeons and Dragons, and historical fencing. Giuseppe strives to create an engaging and inclusive environment and is dedicated to serving the individual needs of the student.


Jacob C.

Jacob is a husband and father of three. He has many years of teaching and tutoring experience. Currently, Jacob is a fourth year doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a lover of learning!

Alain Z.

Alain Zaramian holds a B.A. (Classical Languages, Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto and an M.A. and Ph.D. (Classical Languages) from the University of Texas at Austin, where he also taught Latin and ancient Greek languages and literature. In 2018, he was awarded the Classics Department’s annual award for teaching. He additionally has many years of tutoring experience, working with high school and university students in a broad range of subjects across the humanities and social sciences. He is currently working on his first book, a study of ancient Greek and Roman religious poetry.

In his spare time, Alain loves to read, watch movies, and cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs.


Dr. Naomi Finkelstein received her B.A. in Classical Studies from Barnard College in 1990, her M.A. 1995, M.Phil. 1997, and Ph.D, 2010 from Columbia University in Classical Studies, (Greek, Latin, Ancient History, Art History and Gender studies). In 2006, she received permanent New York State certification in Latin 7-12.

Dr. Finkelstein has taught and tutored students in graduate school and college at Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary, and in high school and middle school at Fieldston and the City School District of New Rochelle.  Throughout her 29-year career, Dr. Finkelstein has helped hundreds of students improve their comprehension, confidence, and performance in Latin and ELA, including AP Latin, the National Latin Exam, ELA essays, and personal statements for both the common and coalition apps.  She has also assisted students in preparing for the English sections of the SAT and ACT.

Not everyone knows this but Dr. Finkelstein is also a yoga teacher. She has continued to build skills to better serve students, with training in yoga, social-emotional learning, and mindfulness. She has a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification and a 25-hour Yin yoga training as well as a Wellness Champion certificate from Breathe for Change.

When Dr. Finkelstein is not teaching, she’s traveling around the world, because travel is the best form of education! Some of her favorite travel experiences have been trips to Athens, Crete, Rome, and Istanbul because of their amazing antiquities.  There is nothing like coming face to face with a 2000-year-old Greek Bronze, or architectural remains like the Parthenon, the lion gate at Mycenae, and the Colosseum!


Parker is presently completing his Ph.D. in Divinity at the University of St Andrews. He has taught high school humanities and has tutored Latin for several years. Parker is passionate about teaching the humanities, especially philosophy, ethics, and religion, and he is excited to help students become stronger thinkers and writers. One of his favorite subjects to tutor is Latin, as a bunch of his time is spent translating dead people’s works! Parker looks forward to helping his students excel in their studies and strives to meet his students at their individual levels.