Long Island Literacy rates

  • $120-$155 Per Hour

Long Island neighborhoods we travel to
Mineola Garden City Manhasset Great Neck Garden City Park Stewart Manor Floral Park Franklin Square West Hempstead Roslyn East Williston Carle Place Westbury Old Westbury Mineola Valley Stream Rockville Center Oceanside Woodmere Inwood Long Beach Port Washington Roslyn Glen Cove Oyster Bay Wantagh Seaford Massapequa Bethpage Hicksville Syosset Jericho Plainview Woodbury Centereach Farmingville Selden Smithtown Hauppauge Sayville West Sayville Bluepoint Bayport Oakdale Bohemia Patchogue Medford Port Jefferson Port Jefferson Station Nesconset Setauket South Setauket St. James East Islip and more!
We also travel to Hamptons (summer speech language therapy)




Shelley is a New York dual licensed Elementary Education (Pre K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6)/Special Education teacher (K-12), earning a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Buffalo State College and a Masters of Science from Adelphi University. In addition, she is a Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner (W.D.P). Shelley found her love for teaching by becoming involved in Special Education since an early age, working as a camp counselor in Special Ed camps, and subsequently has taught special needs children and children with reading difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, in various school settings around the country, including self-contained classrooms for elementary grades, resource room for grades K-5, and reading instruction grades 6 through 12. She has also tutored reading at children’s homes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island.

Shelley achieved Certified Wilson Instructor status (very few have obtained this status in NYC), including being trained in the Wilson Fundations Program; a phonics-based program for young children (K-3), and supported teachers using this program. Additionally Shelley trained other teachers in the Wilson Reading Program at a K-12 Special Education school, the Child School, located on Roosevelt Island.

The Wilson Reading System directly and systematically teaches students to achieve success in reading. Unlike traditional phonics programs, Wilson Reading instruction is very interactive and multi-sensory, thus teaching total word construction and not just phonics. Students learn to encode (spell) and they learn to decode (take words apart) as part of their reading process. Evidence shows that when a direct systematic, code-based instruction is skillfully implemented by a Wilson Reading knowledgeable teacher, it is the most effective approach for problem readers. This system is based on the multi-sensory language techniques and principals first described by Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham (Orton Gillingham philosophy)

Shelley excels at changing the lives of children that have difficulty in reading by allowing them to see how being a better reader can affect many areas of their lives especially in education. Shelley utilizes her skills to collaborate with teachers, therapists and parents in order to maximize the achievements of students in their educational and emotional needs. Shelley really knows how to make learning to read fun and exciting while showing her students all the possibilities available to them when they learn to appreciate the world of reading.

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LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (she resides in Forest Hills).
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school



Dr. Sheri Lederman is a New York Licensed Teacher and University Professor. She received her Doctorate of Education in human development and educational psychology from Hofstra University. She has an M.A. in elementary education from C.W. Post and a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University. Dr. Sheri is a master educator with over two decades of teaching and tutoring experience working with students with academic, behavioral, and social/emotional challenges. She has extensive experience working with students who have learning difficulties (reading comprehension, dyslexia, writing and math), executive function weaknesses associated with Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety disorders, and weak social skills. Currently Dr. Sheri is a 4th-grade classroom teacher in a public school on Long Island. She is also a professor at Hofstra University where she teaches graduate level courses in child development and multicultural perspectives on learning.  Dr. Sheri researches and publishes academic articles that focus on the development and application of executive function and the association with academic achievement throughout childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. She specializes in providing assessment and interventions that address the individual strengths and challenges of each student. Dr. Sheri believes that with effective strategies, skills, and developmentally appropriate support, every learner can experience academic and social/emotional success.

LOCATION: Long Island and Queens (Nassau County, Northeast Queens and Western Suffolk County)
TYPE OF SERVICES: reading comprehension, math support (conceptual understanding and problem solving) writing (structure, mechanics, grammar, and elaboration), organization and study skills, executive function skills support in working memory strategies, goal-setting and planning, organization and time management, as well as social skill development for students with ASD, ADHD, and anxiety.
EXPERTISE: Executive function and study skills
AGES: Kindergarten through high school, college students and adults



Melissa is NYS certified in Early Childhood, Childhood, Special Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). She graduated from Saint John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, and a Masters of Science degree in TESOL. She then furthered her studies and attended Touro College to receive her Special Education and Early Childhood certification. She currently works for the Department of Education as a kindergarten and first grade ESL teacher. Melissa has over 10 years experience impacting students with different needs. She works with students on improving their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Melissa believes in a multisensory learning environment in order to engage all students. Her expertise includes test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests, homework, school curriculum, and preparing English language learners for the NYSESLAT.

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 also 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.

LOCATION: Queens, Long Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Initial reading assessment, individualized reading instruction, progress monitoring.
EXPERTISE: Working with students with learning disabilities, English language learners and speech language delays/difficulties, dyslexia, building phonemic awareness, reading comprehension strategies, balanced literacy
AGES: Preschool through middle school


NYS Certified Childhood General and Special Education Teacher, MS Ed

Andrea is a tenured NYS certified teacher, she is professionally certified in General Education and Special Education grades 1-6.  Andrea completed her bachelors of education with a minor in Psychology at St. John’s University and graduated Cum Lade.  She was also on the Dean’s List all 4 years of her undergraduate program.  She then completed her masters in Special Education at St. John’s University.  Recently Andrea furthered her education and completed her 30 and above in education through Midwest Teachers Institute.

Andrea currently works for the NYC Department of Education as a Third Grade special education self-contained teacher. She has over six years of experience teaching students with diverse needs including Autism, students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety disorders and emotional/behavioral disorders. In her 6 years of teaching: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  She is experienced in working with students struggling with literacy, writing and reading skills (decoding, fluency, reading comprehension).  Andrea is very familiar with IEP’s and working towards meeting student’s specific goals.

Andrea has been trained in the Fundations program, Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, as well as Fountas & Pinnell. She also has 6 years of experience with the GoMath and Exemplars programs to support learning in math.  Along with being trained in these programs, she provides numerous scaffolds to aide children in learning.  She will provide manipulatives as well as making charts tailored to a child’s specific needs.

Andrea is experienced in test preparation for the ELA and Math state tests and for preparing English language learners for NYSESLAT.  When working with English Language Learners as well as students with learning disabilities, she feels it is extremely important to provide visuals to support their learning.

In her daily practice as a teacher, she uses many approaches to motivate and maintain appropriate behaviors. By getting to know her students it allows her to engage them and best learn their interests. She truly enjoys building strong relationships with her students and working with them to meet their individualized learning goals. When needed, she uses a positive reinforcement and a positive reward system to help with students’ confidence and self-esteem. She is also trained in applied behavior analysis approach (ABA). She is excited to help your child with his or her literacy and math skills.

LOCATION: Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework
EXPERTISE: working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing Assessment and intervention for children struggling with decoding, reading comprehension, and fluency
AGES: preschool-6th grade



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.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island
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



Sonia is a tenured New York City elementary school teacher. She holds both an early childhood Education certificate and Special Education certificate. She has over 10 years of experience teaching in General Education and Integrated Co-Teaching classrooms. She has worked with a wide variety of students, including those with autism, processing delays, ADD, ADHD, speech and language delays, as well as various other learning disabilities. She also works closely with ESL students of varying ability levels.

Sonia currently holds an Academic Intervention Services (AIS) position in which she helps struggling students meet or exceed the learning standards by supplementing the curriculum and providing small group instruction both in and out of the classroom.

She teaches students with varying levels of ability by using different approaches to literacy, such as the Fundations curriculum and Orton Gillingham approaches. She also utilizes Leveled Literacy Intervention (Fountas and Pinnel), Teacher’s College Reading Workshop, ReadyGen and Writing Workshop models to help improve decoding, encoding and reading comprehension skills. Sonia has seen tremendous success with these approaches in a one to one environment.

LOCATION: Garden City, Roslyn, New Hyde Park, Manhasset, Great neck, Floral Park.
TYPES OF SERVICES: Wilson’s Fundations Program, Leveled Literacy Instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, reading comprehension skills, reading fluency, writing stamina, developing individualized reading intervention and homework help
EXPERTISE: Working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing
AGES: Pre-k-5th grade



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 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 improving 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 leaning 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.

LOCATION: Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Administering reading and writing assessments, developing individualized and effective literacy instruction, individualized reading instruction, building phonemic awareness and phonics skills, helping with homework
EXPERTISE: working with all students with disabilities, improving decoding skills and reading fluency. Strengthen reading comprehension, and writing
AGES: preschool-6th grade



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 Language 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 teacher in an integrated NEST second grade classroom, at a highly regarded school in Brooklyn.

Anastasiya has dedicated her career to working in private and public schools, agencies, and home based intervention sites throughout all boroughs. She has experience servicing children grades K-5 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 learner.

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 program, 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.

LOCATION: Brooklyn: Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Park Slope, Prospect Lefferts-Garden, Sunset Park, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Queens, and Long Island.
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.

Giana M.

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

Giana Marie Schenone 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 needs 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’s 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.

LOCATION: Long Island, Queens
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


M.S. in Literacy and Cognition

Danielle is a New York City Department of Education Special Education teacher with 9 years of experience. She holds a Masters Degree Literacy and Cognition as well as two Bachelors Degrees in Speech Communication and Elementary Education from Saint Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. She is a multi-certified teacher and holds New York State Professional Teaching Certifications in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), Elementary Education (Grades 1-6), Early Childhood Education for Students with Disabilities (Birth – Grade 2) and Elementary Education for Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6). Danielle is trained in Wilson Fundations for grades K-2 as well as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

Danielle is currently teaching in a Second Grade ICT class in Queens, New York but has taught in multiple grades throughout her career. She has taught in ICT and Self-Contained classroom settings as well as in General Education classroom settings for after school activities. During her time as a teacher she has worked with a variety of students including students with: Autism,  ADD/ADHD, ESL/ENL, Emotional Disturbance, extreme behaviors, Dyslexia, learning disabilities, processing difficulties, auditory impairments, anxiety, as well as students with speech and language impairments. Danielle strongly believes that all students regardless of abilities can make progress and achieve success. She believes in educating the whole child, including social/emotional growth as well as academic growth.

Danielle is familiar with and works with Leveled Literacy Intervention, Fundations, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project to help students improve phonics skills, comprehension skills, fluency, decoding, phonemic awareness and writing. Danielle is skilled at differentiating instruction and tasks on many levels. Danielle believes in using a multi-sensory approach to teaching students, especially struggling students, to engage learners and meet the needs of her students. Danielle is an expert at differentiating instruction and creating a warm and comfortable environment for students to grow and learn. She uses positive reinforcement and strives to build students’ confidence levels and accountability as well as academics.

LOCATION: Queens: Ridgewood, Forest Hills, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, Kew Gardens, Bayside, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks
TYPES OF SERVICES: working with students with disabilities, developing individualized literacy instruction, phonemic awareness, phonics skills instruction, homework help, test prep, organization skills, behavior management, building frustration tolerance and stamina for work
AGES: Preschool – 6th Grade

Wendy T.


Wendy is a certified teacher in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Special Education (Birth-Grade 6), specializing in learning disabilities. She has 11 years of teaching experience, primarily with early elementary grades in Integrated Co-Teaching settings, and has worked with children in many different capacities for 20 years. Wendy is certified in Wilson Reading Systems and trained in Fundations, Recipe for Reading, Preventing Academic Failure, and Orton Gillingham. She uses these phonics based programs along with her Orton Gillingham training to teach reading and spelling. Lessons are structured in multisensory, systematic manner in which students are given the opportunity to learn and review sounds and spelling patterns in isolation and within words, sentences, and decodable passages. Part of each lesson is focused on decoding, reading fluency, sight word recognition, and reading comprehension. Another part of each session is devoted to encoding, spelling, and even grammar. We also spend some time with non-decodable and/or grade level texts, so students can learn ways to apply these skills in the classroom.

LOCATION: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island (she resides in Forest Hills).
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding (deciphering letters when reading), reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school

Eva S.


Eva is an Educational Therapist and specializes in reading tutoring and intervention (spelling, phonemic/phonological awareness, writing, fluency, and comprehension). She has been tutoring since 2010 and has experience working with a variety of learners, including those with ADD/ADHD, Autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, speech and language delays, and receptive and expressive language disorders. Eva is passionate about out-of-school learning, and has worked with education-centered nonprofits in designing, leading, evaluating, and managing K-12 programs in cultural institutions and afterschool settings. From 2015-2018, she served as Associate Director at READ 718, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that provides reading remediation to students from low-income backgrounds. At READ 718, Eva developed a wide skillset in supporting children who are struggling with reading, as well as helping families understand and advocate for their children’s learning needs.

Eva is attentive to the social processes that support each student’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional wellbeing. As a credentialed Educational Therapist, she helps students understand their learning needs, develop skills and strategies that support their success, and manage emotional issues that come up around learning. Her instruction is dynamic, strategy-based, and designed in collaboration with her student. Eva believes that enjoyment in reading is key to students’ success and does her best to provide reading materials that will be of interest. She enjoys collaborating with caregivers and schools to ensure that students receive the support they need, and to help demystify learning disabilities. For each of her students, Eva works closely with families to share information about student progress and help foster a literacy-rich home environment.

Eva holds a B.A. in English with a concentration in Poetry from Kenyon College, and an M.S. Ed. In Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. As a museum educator, she has expertise in multimodal learning and informal learning environments. Since graduating, she has completed training in Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell Language Processes, Teachers College Reading & Writing, Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), and Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD). She is dedicated to promoting children’s literacy skills through participation in the arts and science, as well as fostering family literacy. Although Eva’s academic background is in adolescent education, she is comfortable working with students in early elementary through high school. In addition to supporting fundamental reading and writing skills, Eva is available to tutor in English Language Arts, Social Studies, test taking strategies, study skills, and executive functions.

LOCATION: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Long Island
TYPES OF SERVICES: Reading and writing assessments, individualized literacy instruction, phonemic and phonological awareness, spelling, writing skills, homework help, study skills, subject tutoring (English Language Arts and Social Studies), executive functioning coaching, parent coaching, IEP review, neuropsychological evaluation review, special education planning, demystification of learning disabilities
EXPERTISE: Working with students with language-based learning difficulties, Leveled Literacy Instruction, individualized literacy instruction, parent coaching, family literacy, special education advocacy, multimodal learning, multisensory instruction, experiential learning
AGES: 6-18