MS, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 6) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
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LONG ISLAND, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATH TUTORS
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In-home and at-school Long Island private pay math tutoring for K-5 students.
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Alyssa graduated from Dowling College with a Bachelor of English and graduated from Touro College with a Duel Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood PK- 5th grade. Alyssa has almost 10 years-experience in teaching, influencing and enriching students with different needs. She has a strong understanding of the needs of students with learning and physical disabilities. She works with mixed-ability K-5 students to make math fun, interactive, and personalized. Alyssa incorporates a multisensory method to help engage and effectively teach her students. Her expertise includes homework, school curriculum, and test preparation for Math state tests. Alyssa has worked with students to give them a variety of skills and strategies to help improve their mathematic abilities.
Alyssa has vast experience in working with students struggling with math skills and strategies. Prior to working for The New York City Department of Education, Alyssa worked as an Academic Intervention Services Provider. She is experienced in implementing a variety of strategies to teach a single skill and finds the one that best fits her students. needs. Alyssa s individualized, multi-sensory math interventions target Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Number and Operations in Base Ten, Number and Operations in Fractions, Measurement and Data, and Geometry.
Alyssa is calm, patient, nurturing, and playful. She develops relationships with all of her students and uses their specific interests to plan individualized lesson plans to maintain her students attention, engaging and keeping them excited about math. Her ultimate goal is to create confidence in mathematics.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Fort Green, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, Bed Stuy
Long Island: Nassau County
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized and differentiated mathematics instruction, focusing on a variety of strategies and skills to solve equations and word problems.
EXPERTISE: Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Number & Operations in Base Ten, Number & Operations in Fractions, Measurement and Data
AGES: Pre-K 5th Grade
Long Island Nassau and Suffolk County, Saturdays 9:00 – 12:00
Giana M. S.
NYS CERTIFIED in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)
Giana Marie Schenone enjoys teaching math and using different strategies for each specific student. She uses a variety of multi-sensory, hands on and visual ways to meet the needs of each learner. She also uses a variety of manipulatives to see what works best for the specific student. She tutors grades K-3 for and is trained in the following math programs: Go Math and Envisions.
MA, NYS Certified Pre-K-6th Grade, NYS Certified Childhood Education And Students With Disabilities
Derek has nine years of Elementary Teaching and tutoring experience. He is currently a 4th grade teacher in Brooklyn and has been tutoring with Brooklyn Letters over the past two years. Derek has a wealth of experience working with curriculum writers in the area of math, specifically focusing on differentiating math concepts for struggling students. He has presented a multitude of math workshops primarily in the areas of math fluency, integrating math manipulatives and technology, word problem skills, and strategies for Special Education students. In this role, he supported teachers in the building with planning and differentiating lessons and finding ways to build on students math conceptual and word problem skills to be successful.
Derek is proficient teaching Singapore Math, Go Math, Envisions, and knows many instructional technology platforms. He has also worked with math coaches to support students who need curriculum modifications. Additionally, he has taught math academic intervention services for at-risk students in his building. Derek has a multi-dimensional instructional approach to teaching math to various styles of learners in grades K-6.
M.S., Dual Certification
Julie is a NYS certified teacher with 19 years of teaching experience. She holds dual certification; PK- Grade 6 Common Branch/General Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6. After changing careers from business, Julie began teaching 4th grade ELA, math, science, and social studies where she also became familiar with the NY state tests in all subjects. When other opportunities arose to teach 4-5th grade math, 6-8th grade science, and 7th grade ELA came her way in the private school where she worked. Julie was excited about the opportunity to work with students at different stages in their academic lives.
Julie joined the NYC Department of Education as a Title 1 math teacher in 2007 and had the opportunity to work with students in Grades 1-8 in both Brooklyn and Queens providing small group, remedial math instruction. The students Julie was able to work with had different learning issues with math ranging from difficulties with number sense, processing/calculating/fluency, word problem language comprehension, math vocabulary, memory, applying abstract concepts to concrete situations, and anxiety and low confidence.
Julie has extensive experience with GoMath, Engage NY, Finish Line Math, using manipulatives to aid in conceptual learning, and the use of online resources to support Common Core and Next Generation Learning standards in math, Grades 1-8.
Having the experience of working with students at many grade levels has enabled her to understand the developmental needs and abilities of her students not only at their current level but also how and what they need to be prepared for and to be successful in their future grades.
Julie is passionate about the “why it makes sense” in math and not just the steps and rote procedures, and she works with her students so they have those “oh- that’s why!” moments. Her excitement is something her students see and feel from her as she encourages them to take chances and persevere. Julie also believes that ELA has a critical role to play in math instruction as students are required to read and think critically while comprehending math strategies.
Location: Queens, Nassau County, Brooklyn: Williamsburg, Greenpoint
Types of Service: Assessments, math instruction, remedial math assistance, generalized tutoring (both remote and in-person), state testing preparation
Expertise: Math strategies for processing, critical thinking, scaffolding and differentiation for different types of learners
Ages: Grades 1-8.
M.A. Childhood Education
Adrienne is a New York State Certified teacher with fourteen years of experience in the field of education. Adrienne began her career as a one-to-one educator for a student with autism. Following this experience, and upon the completion of her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University, Adrienne began her ten-year tenure with private schools on Long Island. Throughout this time, Adrienne was a classroom teacher in grades K, 1, and 4. She also worked as the Academic Intervention Specialist for primary grade students.
As a classroom teacher, Adrienne developed various strategies to assess the student’s progress and determine areas of weakness. Additionally, Adrienne believes that effective education must be tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Each lesson she designs employs the best educational practices in order to achieve desired outcomes.
Although Adrienne has experience teaching all subjects to grades K-4, she specializes in the areas of literacy and mathematics. As a literacy teacher, Adrienne focuses on enabling her students to master the five principles of reading. These are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. She has expertise in using the Fountas and Pennell Leveled Literacy program. In addition, Adrienne recognizes the important connection between reading and writing and as such focuses on both as part of her literacy curriculum.
As a mathematics instructor, Adrienne has prepared her students for the New York State Math Assessments. In order to do this, she utilizes the Eureka Math program which meets all New York State criteria. In addition, Adrienne understands the importance of reinforcing basic math principles that are the essential building blocks for future mathematical success. She also understands the importance of reading in today’s math curriculum and as such teaches her students how to read, interpret, solve, and state their answers to math word problems.
Location: Nassau County and Remote Learning
Types of Services: Individual Tutoring and Small Group Instruction in all subject areas
Ages: Kindergarten through 4th grade
M.S. Mathematics Education, Professional Certificate in Secondary Mathematics (7-12)
Dwaina is a professionally certified NYC DOE mathematics teacher who has taught grades 6 – 12 over the eight years of her career. She works to grow professionally by engaging actively in several mathematics education communities, most recently as a Math for America Master Teacher and a Knowles Teacher Initiative Fellow. Dwaina received her degree and certification in secondary mathematics education from Queens College in 2013. She continued her studies at Teachers College Columbia University, and earned her Masters Degree in 2015.
Dwaina’s approach to differentiation includes multi-sensory manipulatives such as base ten blocks, algebra tiles, and lab gear. She always encourages students to write out what they know and identify what they need to know, with visual aids to help organize their understanding. Models such as tables, graphs, drawings and counters are some of her favorite ways to enforce content knowledge. While her differentiation is not limited to students with math disabilities, she has had many successes with students who require additional support.
Dwaina has worked in a plethora of classroom situations, including settings with students with disabilities (learning disabled, ADHD, autism, etc.). Her teaching philosophy includes discovery learning and cooperative engaging curriculum. She has taught and tutored since college with a variety of curriculums including iReady, New Visions, Go Math, and Connected Mathematics. She has tutored grades 4 – 12 both one on one and in small groups, and has provided test prep for NYS exams for grades 4 – 8, Algebra 1 Regents and other standardized tests.
LOCATION: Brooklyn: Bushwick, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant, Park Slope, Downtown Brooklyn, Sunset Park; Manhattan: Harlem, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Midtown West, Chelsea, The Village Queens: (all neighborhoods)
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized mathematics instruction, test prep, executive functioning, study skills
EXPERTISE: Secondary education, special education
AGES: Elementary school through high school