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1139 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn

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  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Emily Matles ★★★★★ a week ago
    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters T Ainsley ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Natalie Levon ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Colin Peters ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lil Amatore ★★★★★ 7 months ago
    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Heather Liljengren ★★★★★ a year ago
    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Brigid Bower ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Duygu Başaran ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Brooklyn Letters was recommended to me through a friend's speech therapist friend in NJ. The articulation evaluation for my daughter went well. We were pleased with Kristin's services.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kelley Peters-Patel ★★★★★ a year ago
    Melissa was wonderful. Our daughter warmed to her immediately and by the time she left, had already started "practicing" some of the techniques Melissa had shown her. I will not hesitate at all to reach out to Melissa again, should … More the need arise.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters R Elmore ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aileen was INCREDIBLY helpful to us, both in assessing possible origins of my grandson's food aversions, as well as informing us of various available interventions to consider.
    I can’t thank you and Brooklyn Letters enough for connecting
    … More us with Aileen. In all our feeding therapy journey we have not gotten anything near the kind of benefit that we did from her. Her knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness have put us on the path of progress with my grandson and has also made us feel genuinely well cared for.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Christine Weiher ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    We were amazed with Allison! She met my son at 2 1/2 years old, not speaking much at all, and over a computer, and she was able to develop a bond and friendship, so much so that he would look forward to his weekly computer time with Allison. … More I was not sure how the speech therapy would go- but we are so happy that we tried it out and continued. It allowed my son to gain confidence in his speech, make a new friend :), and also give him the skills and a bit of understanding of how to shape his mouth or where to place his tongue to make the proper sounds. We were extremely happy with Allison- she was fantastic to work with.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Saffady ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    My sessions with Karen have been extremely helpful. My speech has improved tremendously. In fact, I just finished 2 hours of conducting interviews with a consulting client via MS Teams and I have an upcoming conference call. Both my … More neurologist and neurosurgeon remarked about how good my speech is. Much of the day it is perfect, although I still have some rough spots when I get tired or speak too quickly. One of my granddaughters is a speech pathology student at Ithaca College. She sat in on 2 sessions while she was home for winter break, and she was very impressed with Karen.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jacob B ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were delighted with Christie. First, and most importantly, our son made great strides under her guidance. So great, that we felt he no longer needed help! She was incredibly patient and kind with him and our son really responded to … More her. Christie was also great with me and my wife. She provided thorough and informative updates on our son's progress and which exercises she was using with him, so we could reinforce what she was teaching him. All in all, we had a fabulous experience with Christie and would highly recommend her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jessica C ★★★★★ a year ago
    Theo was wonderful and his work with my son has produced some progress. I am grateful for the services Theo provided.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Melissa Stevens ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Highly recommend Jill. She is a total pleasure to work with. After a few months working with Jill, my son is reading above grade level and LOVES to read. Mission accomplished!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Demet Evren ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Paige was great and we had been really happy with her. I would highly recommend her! I recommend Brooklyn Letters to whomever asks for a speech therapist.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jeizel Rosenthal ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Isabel was WONDERFUL and our son absolutely adored her, and he is making great progress with his reading and writing.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lesley Duval ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Theo was fantastic with our 4yo son. We were very worried that his progress would fall off when we had to switch to remote sessions, but Theo kept our son happy and engaged through the screen. Highly highly recommend!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Samantha Packard ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We've been working with Theo from Brooklyn Letters for close to 4 months now and the results are apparent; our daughter has vastly improved her speech in a relatively short amount of time. We make "Theo Day" a celebration … More in our house with pancakes for breakfast, and the enthusiasm is matched in the sessions. Theo is fun, patient, professional, and caring, and he gives us the tools to take the lessons beyond the session. Thank you Theo, and Brooklyn Letters, for helping our daughter express herself.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Travis Ricca ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I worked with Alina to enhance my pronunciation, tone, and pacing while communicating socially and in a work environment. She was great to work with and clear about goals and learning objectives. The improvement from day 1 has been tremendous! … More
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Enrico Bermudez ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Cathy has been excellent with us and our son. We will sorely miss her. He has improved significantly with Cathy’s help. Cathy was a true partner with us, especially as we pursued additional help through our son’s school system.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kayne Elisabeth Wilk ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We really loved working with Alina, she is so fantastic. Patient yet firm, and determined the best course of action very clearly and succintly for us. And it all transitioned so well to Zoom as well. I will definitely be back in touch for … More services for our other child after summer break!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Jen S ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Vera was amazing! My 11 yo daughter made progress so quickly and really looked forward to her sessions. She was kept motivated and engaged.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters susie tofte ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    The work that Allison P. did with our daughter over the years has been invaluable to us. Our daughter had such a good relationship with Allison, and it allowed them to work really well together - even remotely these past 6 months. This … More year, Allison went above and beyond by helping us throughout the neuropsych eval we did, trying to re-open our daughter's IEP at her school, and eventually landing her at our chosen school. She was in contact with our daughter's teachers, with the neuropsychologist, and made herself available as a reference to speak on behalf of our daughter's learning differences.
    Allison stopped by our house last week to give our daughter cupcakes and say goodbye, and I literally cried with appreciation for what an amazing speech therapist she has been. She has been our daughter's biggest champion. The new families that she will work with this year are lucky to have her.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Alicia Perez-Katz ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Sydney was great! Our son was sad to end his sessions with her, which says a lot. We appreciated her honest assessment of his skill level, and he now has materials to self monitor and practice. Thank you!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Kristin Ames ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Our experience with Theo was terrific. Theo was great with my son. He developed a positive relationship with him based on sincerity, respect, trust and a deep personal connection. In their lessons, Theo was encouraging, creative and kind. … More He helped our son understand how to differentiate the sounds he made when he spoke, and gave him great exercises to practice every week between lessons. Our son was sorry to have the lessons come to an end, but recognized that Theo had helped him as much as possible and it was time for him to stop. Theo explained to him (and us) how to keep working to get the last 5%, and encouraged him to keep working on the exercises on his own. I have recommended Theo to another parent who noticed my son's improvement and inquired for her own son.
    We are all grateful to have gotten to know Theo, and we greatly appreciate all the work he did to help our son.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Aisha Holder ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    "I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Michelle Macroy-Higgins. We are extremely pleased with her work with our daughter. I was so grateful for my daughter to have a speech therapist who is a researcher (specialty in late … More talkers), graduate professor and practitioner. Her expertise was clearly evident in our conversations and work with our daughter. She was very responsive to my questions and often sent articles and other materials about language development that I found helpful. Thankfully, my daughter's speech improved tremendously. Michelle developed such a warm relationship with my daughter. My daughter was always excited to see Michelle and would greet her at the door with a big hug. Lastly, I would add that Michelle always demonstrated empathy with me as a mother who was initially worried about her daughter's language development. I could go on and on about how pleased we were with Michelle's work."
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Andrea Peartree ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Theo is a wonderful Clinton Hill speech therapist. We were really pleased with him. Our son showed drastic improvement, not only in his speech but in his confidence.
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters mario costa ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Alexa has been an enthusiastic, reliable, well prepared and caring teacher for our 6 year old daughter. She has been able to improve and increase our daughter's confidence lesson by lesson with patience and competence; through varied … More and productive didactic practice. Alexa has engaged our daughter in several activities that always kept her motivated and eager to learn literacy. My wife and I, both of us are educators, feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to observe Alexa's pedagogical skills. Alexa has had a big impact on our daughter literacy growth. Thank you Brooklyn Letters!
  • Google review, Brooklyn Letters Lily Alt ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were absolutely DELIGHTED with Marsha's services. She was wonderful. We found her to be kind, fun, engaging, very knowledgeable. She provided us with clear instructions and additional written handouts each week. She engaged our … More son with different techniques and toys, and showed us how to use her techniques when we were interacting with him. I actually just texted her on Saturday - Our son finally said "more" - one of the target words we had been working on with her. It was a total joy to hear, and I had to share it with her - she wrote back immediately to congratulate us. I am so appreciative of her expertise, and wish we could have seen her for longer. I recommended her to another family in our neighborhood who is looking for a speech therapist.

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The Five Pillars of Reading

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Just like a house needs strong support and a foundation, developing literacy skills in young learners requires the Five Pillars of Reading. Learn how early literacy benefits from both¬†print-to-speech and speech-to-print instruction. When literacy instruction includes all important aspects of literacy and the students are actively engaged in learning literacy, it’s called¬†structured literacy.¬†To learn more about these structures, the¬†National Reading Panel¬†recommends that the best approach to reading instruction include the following pillars:

Backed by studies and scientific research, these five pillars make up the essential building blocks of reading. And by combining these techniques, teachers and parents can effectively introduce the concept of reading and language. Discover the importance of phonological processing in learning to read and write. Whether you are a young learner or an adult looking to improve your reading and writing abilities, these 12 must-try literacy apps of 2023 help you achieve your goals.

Here is a closer look at how the Five Pillars of Reading work to ensure successful reading instruction:

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic awareness refers to the knowledge and understanding that words are built from and can be broken apart into smaller segments of a sound called phonemes. Phonemic awareness is one’s ability to hear, recognize, and manipulate sounds heard in words- think of it as the ears to brain connection. Learn about¬†phonemic awareness benchmarks.

Phonemic awareness can be taught even before a child learns to read or identify printed letters. When babies are born, they are processing phonemes when parents speak and sing to their bundle of joy. In the English language, phonemic awareness means being able to identify its approximately 44 phonemes. Additionally, teaching letter sounds with letter names is an effective way for students to grasp the concept of phonemes. Learn what is phonology.

Phonics

Whereas phonemic awareness refers to one’s ability to recognize sounds or phonemes in words, phonics mastery means understanding that letters (graphemes or printed letters) of the alphabet represent sounds (phonemes)- think of it as the ears, eyes, and brain connection. Learn¬†what are phonological awareness and phonemic awareness.

A child who has mastered phonics can sound out new or unfamiliar words on their own. The child is ‚Äúcracking the code‚ÄĚ and is receiving feedback by listening to oneself sound out words.¬†

Teaching phonics is all about establishing the relationship between sounds and printed letters or printed letter combinations. Starting with the printed letter-sound correspondence, a child then learns how to match sounds to letters and uses this relationship to understand printed words. 

Vocabulary

Vocabulary refers to one’s understanding of words, including their definitions and context. Vocabulary is broken up into oral (speaking), understanding (listening), and print (reading vocabulary).

Needless to say, vocabulary is crucial in strengthening reading comprehension and fluency. In most instances, poor vocabulary can limit and interrupt a child’s learning and reading experience. And while it can grow naturally from daily reading and conversations, it is just as important to explicitly teach and expand vocabulary.

Strategies in teaching vocabulary can include word mapping (graphic display of words/concept relationships), word substitutions, semantic relationships (how words are related), acting out meanings, and focusing on word structure (root words and its derivations).

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Fluency

Learners achieve fluency when they recognize and read words with accuracy, intonation, fluidity, and speed, whether while reading aloud or silently to oneself. Hence, fluent readers are able to read automatically without needing to pause to decode words or look up definitions.

Fluency plays a key role in comprehension and is essential in keeping young learners motivated. When children are reading fluently, it frees up mental resources to allow them to improve their comprehension of what they are reading. 

When developing reading fluency, it is crucial to provide a child with frequent oral reading opportunities and to monitor progress. This involves reading out loud while being guided and receiving feedback from an adult. It is important to provide the student with opportunities to self-correct. This combination of consistent practice and regular feedback is critical in promoting fluency.

Discover the important differences between a ‚Äėspeech-to-print‚Äô approach to literacy instruction and teaching based on ‚Äėprint-to-speech.‚Äô

Comprehension

The ultimate goal for literacy is to comprehend well what one is reading.  Reading comprehension enables a child to predict outcomes, evaluate characters, deduce, and make connections to real-world events. 

A child’s comprehension skills can begin to develop before becoming an independent reader. One way to do this is by reading to a child and discussing the story’s main idea, characters, and setting. Explicit teaching, modeling, and guided practice of comprehension skills are also crucial. This is especially true for students whose reading comprehension skills lag behind their peers.

Discover some online phonics materials for struggling readers that can help them develop the five pillars of reading. Read Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong (host: Emily Hanford), and watch Blame It On Gutenberg, a powerful film “about the evolving science of dyslexia, dueling theories of how to teach reading, and one family’s landmark struggle with an unresponsive school system.“

Read this article to learn more about dyslexia, recognize the signs, impact, support, and accommodations, how to identify the indicators, and get a diagnosis, post-diagnosis steps, approaches, assistance, how to boost self-worth, and many more!

Long Island, Reading Writing Tutors Specialists РLearning his or her ABCs is your child’s first step towards mastering reading and writing. But sometimes, teaching such an important skill can be confusing for parents. Do you start with the letter names or the letter sounds first? Is there a right way to teach a child the alphabet? Click here to read what speech-language pathologist Dr. Jan Wasowicz has to say on our blog!

Anastasiya K.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 2) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Anastasiya K.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED (BIRTH-GRADE 2) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
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Anastasiya is a New York dual licensed Childhood (birth-grade 2) General and Special Education Teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching, mentoring, and tutoring students. She holds a bachelor of science from Brooklyn College in Speech Langugae Pathology, with a minor in Children’s Studies, and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education in General and Special Education from Touro College School of Education. Anastasiya is currently obtaining her second masters degree in School and District Leadership from Touro College. She is presently working as a special education in an integrated NEST second grade clasroom, at a highly regarded school in Brooklyn.

Anastasiya has dedicated her career to working in private and public schools, agencies, and homebased intervention sites throughout all boroughs. She has experience servicing children grades K-12 with a wide range of disabilities including: speech and language impairments, learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia, anxiety disorders, and comorbidity of these impairments. Anastasiya has also worked with many ESL students who need assistance in understanding their school’s curriculum and producing grade level work. She utilizes her interpersonal skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to set up effective communication, which is utilized as a powerful tool in helping the child become a successful lifelong partner.

Anastasiya was trained and continues to attend professional developments for diverse programs to meet the needs of all of her students. She is trained in Orton Gillingham, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), Readygen, Junior Great Books, TC Writing, and GoMath. She integrates a variety of these programs, by creating multi-sensory and differentiated instruction for each child. Additionally, Anastasiya recognizes each child’s interests and strengths and constantly strives to make learning enjoyable, exciting, and personal.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Orton Gillingham, ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), Wilson Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), Initial, Medial, and final informal reading and writing assessments.
EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners, individualized instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, extra support in all content areas, homework help, building positive study habits.

Derek B.

MPS, PD, NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE, NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Derek B.

MPS, PD, NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K-6TH GRADE, NYS CERTIFIED CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
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Derek has a master’s in Professional Studies a Professional Diploma in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. He has the following New York State certifications: Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6; Early Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities Birth-Grade 2: and as a School Building and School District Leader. Derek has been teaching and tutoring for seven years in many different instructional capacities including a 3rd-5th grade self-contained classroom, an education consultant for grades 2-4, and 4th grade integrated co-teaching classroom (ICT) and general education classrooms. Currently, Derek is a 4th grade ICT teacher in a New York City public school in Brooklyn.

Derek has taught students using a multitude of literacy and mathematics programs including Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project, Ready Gen, Lit Life, Go Math, enVision Math, and the Engage NY ELA and Math modules. He has extensive literacy experience using Core Knowledge Language Arts, Orton-Gillingham, Reading A-Z, Read Works, Wilson, Fundations, as well as Edmark for supplemental ELA intervention.

Additionally, he has experience with integrated instructional technology programs such as Lexia, I-Ready, and Achieve 3,000 into his daily small group and individualized classroom instruction.

Derek has a strong understanding of how to support children with special needs through his work with parents and other special education teachers. His experience includes advising parents on appropriate services for their children; leading workshops for general education and special education teachers focused on differentiating instruction in the classroom; and presenting workshops for parents on reading comprehension and literacy strategies which provided a plethora of strategies to support their children at home.

Derek was also a curriculum specialist and instructor for an enrichment tutoring company where he designed, organized, and developed specialized instructional materials for K-8 grade students. His administrative work enhanced students ELA and Math critical thinking skills and improved their state test results. Derek is committed to supporting students and their academic growth.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading comprehension and fluency, reading and writing stamina, writing organization, structure, and development, spelling, phonological assessments, progressing monitoring, and data analysis
EXPERTISE: Curriculum modifications, phonological awareness, reading comprehension, writing for general education students and special education students, and data analysis
GRADES: Kindergarten thru 6th grade

Michelle S.

M.S. ED., NYS Certified Early Childhood and Special Education (Birth ‚Äď 2nd Grade)

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Michelle’s experience over the past 16 years has included working as a math and reading learning specialist, a headteacher in a two-year-old classroom, co-teaching in a kindergarten and first-grade special education classroom, private SEIT work, as well as, leading social groups, providing a safe environment to strengthen social interaction and communication skills for children.

What truly sets Michelle apart from other learning specialists is her ability to connect to children encountering learning differences.  As a child, Michelle struggled with massive learning disabilities.  She attended the Windward school and was personally taught by Dr. Judith Hochman, creator of the Hochman Method.  Dr. Hochman taught Michelle how to learn, despite being ADD, having dyslexia, auditory processing issues, executive function issues, a weak working memory, and retrieval difficulties amongst a long list of other learning differences.  It is this life experience that motivates and allows her the ability to truly understand the frustration children with learning differences encounter.   As a mother of two young girls, Michelle now has the perspective from every angle of learning and child development to be a truly extraordinary educator.

Michelle’s most significant accomplishment throughout her extensive career is the educational consulting firm she started in 2009.  In this position, she works one on one with parents and students ranging from ages two to nine.  Students work with Michelle for a litany of reasons. She specializes in providing remedies to children who may present with developmental delays, fine motor delays, speech and language delays reading, writing and math learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, socialization difficulties, as well as those children who may be confronted with executive functioning, academic delays, anxiety, and any behavior challenges.

Michelle focuses on meeting each child’s individual educational and developmental needs with a multisensory approach.  Her sessions are centered on self-directed learning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and socialization. Based on parent, teacher, and therapist recommendations She provides students with their own specialized programs.  Michelle strongly believes that team involvement is the key to academic growth. She consistently collaborates with specialists across all domains, ensuring the entire team is on the same page.  Michelle believes this is an absolute necessity to ensure strategies, language, and coping mechanisms are carried across the board, solidifying newly acquired skill sets.  Michelle feels young children’s confidence plays an imperative role in emotionally allowing children to be open to learning.  Her goal is to give every child the opportunity to excel with confidence and self-assurance, in order to reach their optimum potential.

Michelle earned a Master of Science in Teaching, Early Childhood Special Education (Dual Certification), (May 2009) From Toro College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications, from Baruch College (May 2005.)  She is New York State Certification, Early Childhood Education, (September 2009) and New York State Certification, Students with Disabilities (September 2009) Michelle is formally trained in the Corrective Reading Program, Wilson Fundations, Wilson Reading System, The Orton Gillingham Approach, Guided Reading Leveled Literacy.  She also has a passion for teaching math and has training in the Stern Arrhythmic program which incorporates both kinesthetic/tactile strategies to reach all learners. Michelle is trained in the Handwriting without Tears, Sounds in Motion Program, and is a member of ATIS (Association of Teachers in Independent Schools.)

Erica

Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) and MSEd in Behavioral Disorders

Erica

Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6) and MSEd in Behavioral Disorders
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Erica graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Special Education (Grades 1-6). Afterward, she completed her MSEd in Behavioral Disorders at Hunter College. Erica has nine years of teaching experience in various educational settings with students of different abilities and needs for k-5th grades. She has a strong understanding of the needs of students with ADD, ADHD, and students who have difficulty with executive functioning. Her expertise is in grades 3-5. In math, Erica is familiar with TERC Investigations, Engage NY (Eureka Math), and interactive supplements like 3-Act Tasks. She is familiar with various problem-solving methods and helps students use the method that works best for them and their understanding. Erica also works with students to break down multi-step word problems in a way that helps the student understand the problem. Additionally, Erica also incorporates a variety of instructional strategies in reading and writing. Erica teaches with a strong emphasis on modeling and guided practice to support students with skills such as elaboration and organization. Erica also supports students with homework help and test prep in math and ELA.

Erica has strong training in Columbia University Teachers College’s reading and writing curriculum. This program relies on using modeling and inquiry to help students improve their reading and writing skills. Erica is also trained in the Fountas and Pinnell reading assessment program that helps students work on specific strategies to improve their ability to answer direct and inferential questions in fiction and nonfiction texts.¬† Erica begins the tutoring process by getting to know the students on a personal level. Erica strives to create a calm learning environment so each learner feels comfortable and safe. She takes the time to observe and learn about each student’s learning style and create a personalized learning experience. This helps her students feel supported and encouraged while working with her.¬†

Erica has experience working with students who have different academic backgrounds and needs. Prior to working for the New York City Department of Education, Erica worked as a looping teacher (stayed with the same class for three years) for a Charter School in Harlem, New York. She traveled with her class from first grade to third grade. Currently, Erica is working as a 4th grade English teacher in a French Dual Language program. 

Erica is calm, energetic, and enthusiastic. She makes it a priority to develop positive relationships with all of her students. Erica makes learning about her students a priority and uses their specific interests to plan individualized lesson plans to keep learning fun and engaging. Her goal is to make her students gain more confidence in taking risks and working through the hard parts of learning to get to the sweet parts! 

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading and math instruction and remediation, building and strengthening knowledge of math concepts (grades 3-5), developing study skills, support with homework, test prep for math, and ELA.
EXPERTISE: Inquiry-based math remediation, reading comprehension and writing about reading, teaching elaboration and writing organization techniques for expository and narrative writing, homework help, test prep.
AGES: 3rd- 5th Grade

Giana M.

NYS CERTIFIED in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)

Giana M.

NYS CERTIFIED in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6)
Giana M.
Giana M.

Giana Marie is from Carle Place, NY, and entering her third year as a 2nd grade Special Education Teacher in the New York City Department of Education. She is certified in Childhood Education and Special Education (1-6). Giana Marie has many years of experience tutoring students with multiple disabilities including autism, learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, and ADHD. Prior to teaching, she worked in a life-skills and vocational program. Giana Marie implements a multi-sensory approach to instruction by providing the students with multiple entry points to learning. This includes assessing children, determining the students’ strengths and areas of need and tailoring instruction accordingly. She has experience with integrating Orton Gillingham strategies utilizing programs such as Reading A-Z, Fundations, Wilson, and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI). Giana Marie assesses her students with a variety of tools including Teacher‚Äôs College running records, LLI, and Fundations assessments.

Giana Marie also has expertise providing quality direct instruction with phonological awareness, sight word recognition, guided reading, writing development, and reading fluency and comprehension. For example, she is proficient with using Teacher’s College and technology programs such as Lexia and Raz-Kids to support her students with phonics, reading fluency, and vocabulary development.

Also, Giana Marie has experience in mathematics instruction where she uses manipulatives and various strategies from the Go Math and enVision curriculum. Furthermore, she uses ABA methodologies, visual schedules, and positive reinforcement systems to support student learning. For instance, Giana Marie uses a token economy system with academic tasks for students who require behavior modifications to support their academic and social-emotional needs.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Elementary reading, writing, and math
TEST PREP: 3-5 ELA and Math test prep
EXPERTISE: Learning disabilities, Speech and Language impairments, ADHD, autism, guided reading, writing development, curriculum modification, assessment, and data analysis
AGES: K-5

Sohayla

M.S. Elementary and Special Education

Sohayla

M.S. Elementary and Special Education
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Sohayla

Sohayla graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education. She is certified in New York State to teach 1st through 6th grade and also has extensive experience working with students all the way up to the doctoral level. Sohayla built her academic career and gained leadership experience during her 5 years as a Saint John’s student. While being an after school teacher, and a graduate assistant at Saint John’s University’s Writing Center, Sohayla has learned the skills necessary to facilitate a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment for all her students. Her experiences as a Writing Consultant have allowed her to view learning through multiple interconnected perspectives. She has held writer’s workshops for elementary age students. Sohayla has an ability to work with students with various ranges of abilities and she is known for her patience and creativity.

Sohayla has worked in various classroom settings including self-contained, inclusive, ICT, and general. Within these classroom settings, Sohayla has taught students using literacy and mathematics programs/strategies including Teachers College, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), Go Math, and enVision Math. Sohayla is familiar with tools such as What Works Clearinghouse and is able to implement evidence-based practices. She also has experience working one-to-one with students or in larger group settings specifically in literacy and math. Sohayla’s teaching style is unique in that it is student-centered and can apply to a wide range of ages and abilities. Sohayla’s top priority is for her students to master new concepts while simultaneously building self-efficacy.

Sohayla knows that each student learns differently. She believes in designing accommodations and modifying content to meet the needs of her students. When it comes to math or literacy, Sohayla focuses on the concepts being taught and works with students to determine their abilities. Sohayla is able to highlight a student’s strengths and uses those strengths to hone their weaknesses in math or literacy. When a student seems to not grasp a concept, Sohayla first analyzes her own teaching and checks to see how she can design a re-teach to meet the student’s specific needs.

Sohayla has proven effective communication through her success with clients, and she updates parents on all significant matters in a timely manner. She believes that her love for student curiosity, coupled with helping others to succeed, makes her passionate and driven in the field. Sohayla works with students to learn their interests and applies those interests within her lessons when appropriate. She works hard to make learning intriguing for her students, and she understands the importance of building teacher to student rapport. Sohayla’s admiration for teaching extends far beyond her own philosophy and exists to help the voices of others be realized and expressed. She believes in order to set students up for success, a positive classroom environment that meets the needs of all learners regardless of race, language, or ability needs to be established.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Literacy, Reading Comprehension, writing, spelling, vocabulary, math skills, and concepts.
EXPERTISE: Specializing in working with students with learning disabilities. Following systematic and explicit instruction. Implementing Evidence-based practices.
AGES: K-6 also works with 12th grade and & students on writing assignments.

Michelle C.

M.S. Special Education

Michelle C.

M.S. Special Education
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Michelle is certified in Early Childhood Education, Childhood Education and Special Education (birth-grade 6). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Hofstra University. Michelle is trained in Fountas and Pinell, Fundations, and Orton Gillingham. Michelle has a passion for working with children and families.

Michelle has experience working with a diverse population of general and special education students. She taught preschool for a little over a year, kindergarten for three years, first grade for one year, and has been teaching third-grade special education since 2018. 

Michelle has been working for the New York City Department of Education since 2014. She has experience working with students who are emotionally disturbed, have speech and language impairments, struggling readers, and students who struggle in all academic areas. She uses a systematic, multi-sensory, phonemic-based approach in order to improve spelling, decoding, fluency, and comprehension. Michelle is trained in both Go-Math and Envisions math. She has experience collaborating with speech therapists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists in order to better meet the needs of each child. She also has a lot of experience working closely with families.

TYPES OF SERVICE: Initial reading assessment, Orton Gillingham-based reading instruction, including individualized reading instruction and intervention in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; individualized instruction in reading fluency and comprehension instruction; writing instruction, and math instruction and intervention.
EXPERTISE: Orton Gillingham-based reading instruction, differentiating instruction for students with and without learning disabilities, and students who need extra literacy support; differentiating instruction for students who need extra math support.

Kimberly

Masters of Literacy, Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education & New York State certified teacher

Kimberly

Masters of Literacy, Bachelors of Arts degree in Elementary Education & New York State certified teacher
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Kimberly is a New York State-certified teacher with over ten years of experience in special education. Currently, she teaches a self-contained class in preschool special education, utilizing her expertise in a kinesthetic, multi-sensory, hands-on approach to maximize her students’ learning abilities. Kimberly graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from St. Joseph’s College and holds general education and special education certifications from birth to sixth grade. Additionally, she earned her Master of Literacy degree through Touro College.

Specializing in supporting students with diverse needs, Kimberly also assists individuals with ADHD and executive function coaching needs. She has worked extensively with children who have Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, and those with undiagnosed differentiated learning abilities. Kimberly actively participates in CPSE and CSE committee meetings, evaluating and assessing her students’ abilities to ensure all needs are met effectively. She strongly believes in incorporating various learning styles for all students, fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Kimberly has worked with students with various learning styles, ranging from primary to intermediate grade levels. She has focused on assisting students in advancing their reading levels to practicing alternative math styles to better suit difficult material. Kimberly has helped support students in intermediate grade levels to tackle the difficulties of common core math with visuals and differentiated material, along with multi-sensory approaches to learning. She also focuses on handwriting and spelling practice with integration of tactile approached for a successful progression rate with her students.
Kimberly provides a warm, safe, engaging learning space to keep alive the fun in learning while facing the challenges of the Common Core curriculum and these unprecedented times. She specializes in foundational reading skills, phonemic awareness, and writing and math skills. Kimberly strongly believes we can make a difference in our world by being a positive role models to our youth and spreading kindness.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized plans for reading, writing, and arithmetic intervention, foundational reading, writing, and arithmetic support, leveled literacy assessments, and interventions, phonemic acquisition.
EXPERTISE: Early and emergent readers, phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing, individuals with different learning abilities and disabilities, individualized instruction
AGES: Prek- 6th

Evanthia

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6), Master of Science Degree in Special Education

Evanthia

M.S., NYS CERTIFIED EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (BIRTH-GRADE 2)
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6), Master of Science Degree in Special Education
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Evanthia received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (Pre-K-6) from Brooklyn College and then completed her Master of Science Degree in Special Education at Touro College. She has over 20 years experience working as a tutor and as an early childhood teacher in various settings such as ICT and Dual Language. She has extensive experience working with children with ADD/ADHD, speech and language impairments, and dyslexia.

Evanthia has solid training in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, Wilson Fundations Program, Handwriting Without Tears, SRSD, ReadyGen, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She is also trained in Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment. Evanthia believes in differentiated instruction and tailors each lesson to meet the needs of each student. She uses multi-sensory lessons to help students with phonemic awareness, letter name/sound ID, decoding/encoding, sight word recognition, fluency, and comprehension.

Evanthia is a patient, and nurturing educator that will help your child grow as a reader, writer and learner.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Orton-Gillingham, decoding/encoding, sight-word recognition, leveled literacy instruction, reading fluency and comprehension, writing, math
EXPERTISE: Orton-Gillingham, reading readiness, decoding/encoding support, improving reading fluency and comprehension, strengthening writing skills
AGES: 3K through elementary school

Danielle

Master’s Degree in Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grades 6), and Health Education (Grades K-12)

Danielle

Master’s Degree in Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grades 6), and Health Education (Grades K-12)
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Danielle graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Cortland and Master’s Degree from Long Island University obtaining her certifications in Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), Students with Disabilities (Birth-Grades 6), and Health Education (Grades K-12). She tutors students ranging from Pre-K through 6th Grade with different ability levels. As a 2nd grade, Special Education ICT Teacher in a Long Island public school, Danielle helps strengthen individualized needs in reading, spelling, writing, math, test preparation, and IEP goals. She provides hands-on experiences by utilizing manipulatives and encourages an interactive way for students to learn. She builds upon phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and phonics to enhance every aspect of reading.  

She has experience working with students of various needs such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and others. She also works with students who require enrichment and extra challenges. Danielle has used programs such as Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model, Fountas and Pinnell, Wilson Fundations, Journeys, Go Math, Math in Focus, and more!

Danielle accommodates the individual needs of her students and is mindful of their learning styles, backgrounds, and interests. The comforting learning environment and strong rapport that she shares with her students allow her to implement innovative, engaging, and rigorous lessons, inviting students to flourish into lifelong learners.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading, math, writing, enrichment, IEP goals, and supporting the needs of students with special needs.
EXPERTISE: Individualizing instruction to meet the needs of all learners by using a multisensory and engaging approach.
AGES: Birth through 6th Grade

Brittany H.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED (1-6) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Brittany H.

MA, NYS CERTIFIED (1-6) GENERAL AND SPECIAL EDUCATION
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Brittany H. is a New York dual licensed Childhood General and Special Education Teacher (Birth-6th grade) who has worked with children in various capacities for over 15 years. She graduated as a student ambassador from New York University receiving her Masters in Childhood General and Special Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in psychology. Brittany currently works as the curriculum coordinator at a prestigious independent school in New York City. Through her tenure, she has had experience as a classroom teacher, a mentor, a small groups instructor, a one-on-one teacher, and now holds an administrative role overseeing curriculum and student development for preschool-grade 5. Other past experiences include working in special education settings, preschools, and tutoring. Brittany has experience supporting students with sensory processing needs, ADHD, learning disabilities, and fine motor delays. Brittany is trained in Orton Gillingham, Wilson Fundations Program, Words Their Way, Singapore Math, Handwriting Without Tears, Teachers College Writing and Word Study, Leveled Literacy Instruction (Fountas and Pinnell), and the IB curriculum (International Baccalaureate).

Brittany utilizes her strong communication skills with students’ families, teachers, and counselors. She has developed and implemented lessons in all subject areas, with a strong focus on differentiation. Brittany understands the importance of providing children with educational and developmental opportunities, and constantly adapts her teaching practices to best fit the

individual child. She has used many approaches in order to achieve her learning goals including manipulatives, multiple entry points, expressive projects, and in-depth discussions that foster explorative learning. 

TYPE OF SERVICES: Individualized literacy and math instruction, literacy and math evaluations, homework support, SEIT
EXPERTISE: Literacy instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding strategies; reading fluency and comprehension instruction, writing and math instruction, homework help, assessments, social skills, developing self-management skills
AGES: Prek-Grade 5

Patti

BA and MS in Elementary Education

Patti

BA and MS in Elementary Education
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Patti is a veteran elementary school teacher and tutor with 30 years experience as a collaborative and inclusion lead teacher in grades 3-5. She has a BA from Penn State and an MS from Long Island University in Elementary Education.

Patti utilizes digital and tactile strategies to remediate and challenge students from various backgrounds, with and without IEPs, in order to help students reach their full potential. She continues to receive professional development in the areas of math, reading, SEL and ENL. She has utilized Engage NY, GoMath, and currently IntoMathin her 5th grade classroom. She has been trained through Columbia Reading and Writing Project and Fountas & Pinnell.

Her comfortable rapport with her students allows them to feel safe asking for help and clarification while instilling clear goals. Her tutoring strategies focus on gearing lessons towards the students interests and abilities.She incorporates games and activities to make learning more fun. She feels it is best for the student to be an active learner and uses a mistake as a springboard for future success.

In addition to math and literacy support, Patti provides test prep, comprehension and vocabulary strategies, writing composition and parental support. She has worked with students with ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, and math anxiety.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing poetry, walking, and listening to music.

TYPE OF SERVICES: individual in person; small group; remote if needed
EXPERTISE: Math instruction; Literacy instruction; Writing Composition; Test Prep
AGES: Math – Grades 2-6 Literacy and Writing Grades 2-8

Patricia S.

M.S., Ph.D., Literacy Specialist

Patricia S.

M.S., Ph.D., Literacy Specialist
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Dr. Patricia is committed to offering multisensory instruction in reading, spelling, writing, and mathematics. Boasting over 25 years of teaching experience and armed with advanced degrees, including an M.S. and a Ph.D., she is adept at designing personalized literacy and math instruction that meets the unique needs of each student, particularly those facing language-based learning challenges. Specializing in assisting children and adults to develop crucial literacy and numeracy skills, she focuses on learners who have had limited exposure to educational resources or are overcoming language-based learning obstacles, such as dyslexia.

Her proficiency in the Orton-Gillingham approach, known for its multisensory learning strategies, plays a significant role in aiding students with dyslexia and other reading and math difficulties. This structured, yet adaptable method is central to her mission to make reading and fundamental math concepts more engaging and accessible. Patricia’s literacy sessions are dynamic and interactive, tailored to match students’ interests and needs. She employs a hands-on approach, utilizing phonics-based instruction, expressive read-aloud sessions, and playful learning activities to encourage active student engagement.

With specialized expertise in Special Education and a focus on autism, Patricia’s teaching style is both nuanced and flexible. She incorporates multisensory techniques to not only meet individual learning preferences but also to support the development of fine motor skills, such as improving handwriting skills.

Patricia has been recognized by both parents and colleagues for her steadfast dedication to her students’ development, creating an educational atmosphere that boosts self-esteem, fosters continuous learning, and promotes active involvement. Her ability to craft culturally respectful educational experiences that acknowledge the diverse backgrounds, strengths, and interests of her students underscores her commitment to the students she services.

LOCATION: In-person or online
TYPES OF SERVICES: Multisensory reading, spelling and writing instruction.
EXPERTISE: Teaching children and adults to read and write who may have limited experience with books, who struggle with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia
AGES: Children and Adults

Melissa A.

Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Masters of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12), NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Melissa A.

Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Masters of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12), NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
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Melissa graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), and a Masters of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12).¬† She then furthered her studies and attended Touro College to receive her Special Education and Early Childhood certification in grades (Birth-2). She is NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).¬† She has worked with a variety of students with diverse educational backgrounds including those with specific reading, writing, and math disabilities.¬† She has over 10 years experience teaching and works for the Department of Education as a kindergarten and first grade ENL teacher where she works with students on improving reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.¬† Melissa believes in a multi-sensory learning environment in order to engage all students.¬† She creates a nurturing learning environment and tailors her instruction to meet the individual needs of each student.¬† Melissa creates hands on activities and uses manipulatives to tailor to each students needs based on their grade level. Her expertise includes test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests, homework help, school curriculum, and preparing English language learners for taking the NYSESLAT exam.

Melissa is trained in the Wilson Reading Program and its early childhood component, Fundations. She uses this approach with her students in order to build phonemic awareness, decoding, and fluency skills in struggling readers.

She also has training in Columbia University Teacher’s College Workshop Model. Melissa has experience working successfully with special needs children in improving their academic and social skills using the applied behavior analysis approach (ABA).

Melissa begins the tutoring process by getting to know the student through formal and informal observations and assessments.  This allows her to target student’s specific problem areas and adapt instruction.  Creating a risk free environment is important when teaching all students.  Melissa provides positive reinforcement to all her students.  Her goal is to foster and maintain an open, honest, communicative, and supportive environment in which students feel safe, secure, engaged, and appropriately challenged.

In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling to new places with her husband and three children.

TYPE OF SERVICES: Reading, writing and math assessments, intervention, enrichment, study skills, homework, test preparation
EXPERTISE: Phonological awareness, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, writing (composition and handwriting), multi sensory teaching techniques, interactive, differentiated activities
AGES: Literacy (Pre-k-6), Math (Pre-k-5), Writing (Pre-k-5) ENL (K-6)

Elizabeth

Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Master’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)

Elizabeth

Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6), Master’s degree in Childhood Education & Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
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Elizabeth is an accomplished educator with a strong foundation in both Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Marist College and a master’s degree from Touro University, with memberships in both the International Honor Society in Education and Psychology. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has played pivotal roles, starting as a Special Education teacher in various New York City schools. She has excelled in mentoring new teachers, taking on leadership roles such as grade-level team leader, and conducting professional development training sessions for teachers and families. Currently serving as an Assistant Principal at the elementary level, Elizabeth is dedicated to cultivating students’ love for learning while fostering their self-confidence to achieve individualized goals.

As a literacy and math instructor, Elizabeth brings a wealth of experience in mentoring and tutoring children with diverse backgrounds and needs. Her instructional expertise encompasses phonics, phonological awareness, decoding, spelling, fluency, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and elementary math. Elizabeth is well-versed in implementing multisensory programs such as Wilson Fundations, Success For All (SFA), and Guided Reading Leveled Literacy, all designed to promote reading, writing, and oral language development.

Elizabeth is particularly passionate about math, employing a tactile approach to cater to the unique needs of each child. She has successfully implemented programs like TERC Investigations, Go-Math, and EngageNY. Elizabeth’s approach involves designing individualized lessons to maximize student outcomes, utilizing a range of instructional tools, from math manipulatives to technological resources. Beyond her work with students, she places significant value on building partnerships with families. Elizabeth collaborates with families, providing them with effective strategies to support their child’s learning at home. Her holistic and individualized approach reflects her commitment to creating an environment where every learner can thrive academically and personally.

Types of Services: Multisensory Reading Instruction, Multisensory Math Instruction, Formal and Informal Reading Assessments, and Interventions, Behavioral Interventions
Expertise: Working with children with specific reading, writing, and math learning disabilities, working with children with ADD and ADHD, NYS Exam preparation, NYS common core tutoring.

Taneeka

MS School Leadership and Administration

Taneeka

MS School Leadership and Administration
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Taneeka graduated from Touro College and received her master’s degree in School Leadership & Administration. Taneeka has been teaching for 23 years for the New York City Department of Education. She has taught grades Kindergarten through 8th grade as a classroom teacher. Taneeka has experience teaching phonics, English Language Arts, mathematics, writing, and handwriting. She serves as a lead teacher and classroom teacher. Taneeka has received extensive training in phonics and mathematics. As a lead teacher, she utilizes data-driven strategies, implements best practices, and reviews student data in order to improve teacher and student growth and development.

Taneeka is also responsible for fostering teachers to work collaboratively, creating monthly unit plans in phonics, reading, writing, and mathematics. Taneeka ensures that the curriculum is aligned to The Next Generation Standards. Over the course of her teaching career, Taneeka has held a myriad of positions. Taneeka is best served working with struggling students where she uses student engagement to increase student learning and outcomes. Taneeka is most fulfilled seeing students reach their goals.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Multisensory  Reading Instruction, Administration and Interpretation of formal and informal Reading and Math Assessments, Math Instruction and Remediation, Executive Functioning, Study Skills, and Common Core Homework Help.
EXPERTISE: Taneeka has experience working with children who have difficulty decoding (reading words correctly) including those with dyslexia, reading fluently, spelling difficulties, reading comprehension, expository, narrative writing instruction and handwriting. She also has expertise providing grade level and remedial math instruction, homework help, common core tutoring, building executive functions.
AGES: Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

Jessica M.

New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a Certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD); SAT Instructor

Jessica M.

New York State Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and a Certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD); SAT Instructor
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Jessica is a multilingual speech-language pathologist with a postgraduate degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a master’s degree with highest honors in Speech-Language Pathology from CUNY Queens College. She holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), as well as her New York State License and Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities (TSSLD) Certification.

As a speech-language pathologist in the NYC DOE public schools, Jessica believes in helping each student find their own path to success. Jessica employs evidence-based strategies to appeal to all learning styles (i.e., visual, verbal, tactile, kinesthetic) ‚ÄĒ and she also believes that everyone learns better when there‚Äôs room for some humor and fun! Jessica collaborates with families to create an individualized treatment plan with goals for each student, and always shares student progress along the way.
Jessica specializes in instructing students in elementary through high school in the area of literacy (i.e., decoding/encoding/phonics, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, morphological awareness (prefixes, suffixes), and strategies for reading comprehension, including inferencing, summarizing, and acquiring vocabulary). She is currently trained in the following reading interventions: Phonics for Reading by Anita Archer, Ph.D., REWARDS by Dr. Anita Archer, Equipped for Reading Success by David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., and the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Curriculum.
Jessica’s breadth of professional experience allows her clients with a variety of needs to succeed in achieving their goals. As a speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals in preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school and life skills programs, Jessica excels at creating and executing individualized treatment plans for students that address the following areas: articulation therapy (speech sounds), pragmatic language/social skills (for individuals on the Autism spectrum), attention abilities (for individuals with ADHD or Executive Function Disorder), skills to address Central Auditory Processing Disorders, and fluency therapy (for individuals who stutter).
Uniquely, Jessica has also been teaching high school students for the SAT exam in reading, writing, and math for over a decade. Because of Jessica’s rare skill set as both a speech-language pathologist and an SAT instructor, Jessica is uniquely qualified to teach executive functioning skills (i.e., planning, organizing, time management, study skills, focusing), so that students can achieve their future educational endeavors. 
Fun facts about Jessica: A lifelong Italophile and Francophile, Jessica graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa (top 2 percent of her undergraduate university’s class) with degrees in French and Italian Languages and Literatures. When she‚Äôs not working, Jessica can be found trying to locate New York‚Äôs closest replica of her Nonna‚Äôs pizza, while plotting her next transatlantic flight.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual therapy, group
EXPERTISE: Phonological awareness/phonemic awareness, reading comprehension, articulation therapy, ADHD, Autism/social skills, SAT (reading, writing, and math)
AGES: kindergarten through twelfth grade

Alyssa B.

MS, NYS Certified (Birth-Grade 6) General And Special Education

Alyssa B.

MS, NYS Certified (Birth-Grade 6) General And Special Education
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Alyssa graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of English and graduated from Adelphi with a Duel Masters of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education for Early Childhood PK- 5th grade. Alyssa has over eight 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 teaches students to improve their writing and reading (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension and encoding). Alyssa incorporates a multisensory method to help engage and effectively teach her students. Her expertise includes homework, school curriculum, and test preparation for ELA state tests.

Alyssa is trained in Wilson Fundations, an effective reading and writing program. She uses the Wilson curriculum in order to help students build their decoding, fluency and phonemic awareness skills. Alyssa has training in Columbia University Teacher College s reading and writing model to help students enhance their writing and reading skills. Lastly, she is trained in Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, which helps children targets their reading goals.

Alyssa begins the tutoring process by administering Teacher College and Fountas & Pinell assessments to better target the needs of the student. Alyssa has an innate ability to connect with and reach all of her students. She creates a risk-free learning environment and encourages student engagement. She strives to promote and provide students with differentiated instruction and to meet the needs of each student’s learning style. She takes advantage of her students strengths and her students feel supported and nurtured when working with her.

Alyssa has vast experience in working with students struggling with reading skills and strategies. Prior to working for The New York City Department of Education, Alyssa worked as an Academic Intervention Services Provider. She use evidence-based intervention such as, Fundations Levels K, 1, and 2, Wilson’s Just Words, and Fountas and Pinnell s Leveled Literacy Intervention grades K-5. She is experienced teaching students the strategies they need for learning to learn literacy. Alyssa s individualized, multi-sensory reading interventions target, decoding (reading), spelling, reading fluency, and reading comprehension. She specializes in teaching letter/sound identification, phonemic awareness, spelling, reading fluency, comprehension, and writing.

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 reading. Her ultimate goal is to create confidence in reading and writing.

TYPES OF SERVICES: Individualized reading, writing and spelling instruction and intervention, phonemic awareness, decoding, sight word recognition, fluency, reading comprehension, and leveled literacy interventions.
EXPERTISE: Early and emergent readers, phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, reading comprehension, and writing.
AGES: Pre-K 4th Grade

Renee P.

New York State Elementary Education N-6

Renee P.

New York State Elementary Education N-6
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Renee is a veteran elementary education educator with over 30 years of experience in a New York City Department of Education school. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and her Master of Arts degree from Adelphi University.

Renee taught grades 3 and 4 for more than 20 years. She has also focused her teaching on Math Intervention for students in grades 3 through 6 within small group settings. She establishes clear goals utilizing the mathematics program being used by the the student. She strives to help her students develop conceptual understanding as well as procedural skills. Renee fosters communication regarding their thinking and problem solving strategies to develop a deeper understanding of math. Renee encourages students to use multiple forms of representations, ie: visual representations, drawings, diagrams, graphs, and manipulatives as tools for solving problems. Renee strives for her students to love math.

In addition to teaching, Renee has worked as the testing coordinator for the NYS ELA, Math and Science assessments (grades 3-5). She has set-up and administered the NYS Science Performance Test for grade 4. Renee has coordinated a Saturday Academy for test preparation and a schoolwide Math night for students and their families. She has mentored new teachers and coached staff members on math instruction. Renee was the grade level team leader and has provided professional development on various math programs as well as testing procedures.

Type of Service: Test prep, Math instruction, Reading Comprehension skills
Expertise: Elementary education
Ages: Elementary school level

Madia L.

Orton Gillingham and S.P.I.R.E. certified, Wilson/Fundations experienced, reading and math intervention for special education student, Twice Exceptional students, and students with ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language Processing Disorder, and Dyslexia.

Madia L.

B.S. in Psychology,  M.S. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education,  M.A. in Educational Leadership
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists

Madia, a highly qualified reading interventionist, believes in the transformative power of literacy. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership, along with certifications in students with disabilities and School Leadership. Her commitment to educational excellence is underscored by various certifications, including students with disabilities (birth to 12th grade) and School Leadership.

Madia’s specialized training in programs such as SPIRE, Fundations, Orton Gillingham, and Sound Sensible reflects her dedication to the science of reading. This comprehensive skill set equips her to empower struggling readers with the tools necessary for success. Madia also has experience assisting students with ADHD and executive function coaching needs, ensuring that all learners receive tailored support to reach their full potential.

As an IEP – Reading Intervention Special Education Teacher, Madia has had the privilege of working with students of diverse ages and abilities, guiding them through significant challenges in reading.

What sets Madia apart as an educator is her unwavering dedication to creating individualized, nurturing, and empowering learning environments. She believes in establishing strong rapport with each student, tailoring instruction to address their unique needs, and adapting teaching methods to ensure continuous progress for every child.

Madia’s organizational skills and attention to detail are evident in her meticulous tracking of student progress. She adjusts interventions as needed to facilitate continuous growth, emphasizing the importance of collaborative relationships with parents and classroom teachers. Madia understands that a holistic approach to a student’s education is essential for success, and her commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of struggling readers is reflected in her comprehensive approach and unwavering dedication to the field of reading intervention.

Type of Service: Reading and Math intervention for individual students.
Expertise: Dyslexic intervention, Orton Gillingham and S.P.I.R.E. certified, reading and math intervention for special education students.
Ages: Pre-K to 6th grade

Joann W.

Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo, Master’s Degree from Columbia University Teachers College

Joann W.

Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo, Master’s Degree from Columbia University Teachers College
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists

Joann has over 35 years of Special Education teaching experience. She has her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s Degree from Columbia University Teachers College, and 75 post-graduate education credits. Her passion for teaching and educating students began when she was 16 years old and volunteered, then worked at a United Cerebral Palsy summer camp. This was the catalyst to her desire to promote learning for students with any challenges they may encounter. Joann immediately began working for Eastern Suffolk BOCES following her graduation from Geneseo and a 5-month substitute position in a High School resource room in upstate New York. This was the beginning of her 35-year career with BOCES. She has taught all age ranges from an infant program to students up to 21 years of age. Her experience and expertise have covered all levels of learning, teaching methods, and diagnoses including; learning disabilities, emotionally fragile, behavioral, and students on the autism spectrum.

One of her strongest attributes has been her ability to adapt and individualize instruction to her students’ needs and to be flexible and creative in order to reach each student’s potential. Realizing that every student learns differently, she has had much success tapping into their individual learning styles. Joann incorporates a multi- modality and interactive approach and specializes in English Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, Writing Skills, Spelling, Vocabulary, and Study and Test Preparation/Test-taking skills.

Over the years she has privately tutored many 9th through 12th-grade students to successfully pass a variety of Regents, standardized tests, and required classes. She offers years of experience, exposure to new and changing methodologies, as well as tried and true techniques, all with the goal of fostering educational, emotional, and social success.

She offers the following: Individual tutoring, individualized and goal-oriented instruction, and remediation: Reading and writing skills. literacy, spelling, vocabulary, elementary math skills. Private Special Education Services for guidance, implementation, monitoring, parent training, and coordination of; IEP’s, behavior management, therapy, and lesson planning Online tutoring, test preparation, and study skills -state, standardized, and classroom, homework Assistance, Contact Us! management, and organization through positive reinforcement to improve confidence, skills, and motivation. Expertise in English Language Arts, Writing, and Reading Skills. Analysis and identification of individual learning needs. Working with all levels of abilities with or without Special Education classification. Behavior Management. Multimodality Approaches to learning and remediation.

Taylor D.

Masters in Childhood and Childhood Special Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Taylor D.

Masters in Childhood and Childhood Special Education, Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists

Taylor brings over seven years of experience in education, spanning both private institutions and public schools.¬† ¬† ¬† With a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, a Masters in Childhood and Childhood Special Education, and an Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, she is equipped with a robust educational background. Taylor has adeptly provided instruction to students across diverse settings, from general to special education environments, aiming to ignite a passion for learning in each of her students.

Over the course of her career, Taylor has demonstrated versatility in catering to the needs of learners with various abilities and learning preferences. She has taught 1st grade general education for three years, 2nd grade general education for one year, and currently excels in teaching 2nd grade special education. Her instructional repertoire encompasses reading, writing, phonics, mathematics, and computer science, with expertise in educational programs such as Orton Gillingham, Teachers College Reading and Writing and Phonics, S.P.I.R.E., Sound Sensible, Wilson/Fundations, Heggerty, HMH Reading and Writing, Envision Math, and GoMath.

Moreover, Taylor has cultivated a nurturing and inclusive learning environment, fostering strong connections with her students and their families. She actively engages parents in school activities, further enhancing the educational experience for all involved. Committed to holistic student development, Taylor prioritizes the cultivation of positive social skills and equipping students with the necessary skills for future academic success.

Taylor’s teaching philosophy emphasizes a balance between structured instruction and student-driven exploration, encouraging inquiry and creativity in her classroom. Her dedication to fostering a love for learning and facilitating individual growth underscores her effectiveness as an educator.

LOCATIONS: Long Island, Suffolk County (Northport, Huntington, Dix Hills, and Cold Spring Harbor) and Online.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Individual tutoring and group (2-3 children).
EXPERTISE: Phonological awareness, reading comprehension, phonics, decoding, spelling, fluency, vocabulary and writing (composition and handwriting), and elementary math.
AGES: ELA (K-6) Math (K-6).

Christina R.

Master’s Degree in Special Education and Bachelor’s Degree in General Education

Christina R.

Master’s Degree in Special Education and Bachelor’s Degree in General Education
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists
Reading Writing Tutors Specialists

Christina is a certified educator with dual qualifications in general and special education, boasting nine years of experience as a classroom teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in General Education from SUNY Oneonta and her master’s in Special Education from Molloy College. Currently, Christina is a devoted special education teacher, specializing in working with students with autism in an 8:1:1 classroom setting. She manages a team of 10 educators, collaborating closely to ensure a safe and productive environment for all students.

Throughout her extensive career in New York City, particularly in Queens and Brooklyn, Christina has served a diverse student body, including those with and without disabilities, primarily in grades K-5. She has extensive experience working with students facing learning disabilities such as Attention Deficit Disorder, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances. Christina excels in facilitating learning that aligns with students’ individual education plans and behavior intervention plans, as well as integrating students in the general curriculum at suitable or accelerated paces.

Additionally, Christina has been active as a parent trainer, helping parents address specific challenges at home and utilizing visual supports for their children on the autism spectrum.

Driven by a passion for advocating for students’ educational and emotional needs, Christina dedicates her spare time to practicing yoga and volunteering at animal shelters across the city. She also enjoys taking her dog on day hikes during trips upstate.

TYPE OF SERVICES: individual sessions, group (2-3 children), parent consultations
EXPERTISE: Learning delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, General Education Curriculum
AGES: 6-14 years old

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