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Long Island Literacy rates

  • $120-$155 Per Hour

  • $100-$135 for 45 minutes

  • $100-$115 for 30 minutes (online only)

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)
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SHELLEY P., M.S. NY STATE DUAL CERTIFIED

SPECIAL EDUCATOR AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION & CERTIFIED WILSON READING SPECIALIST

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 L., ED.D, M.A.

NYS CERTIFIED PRE-K TO 6TH GRADE, PROFESSOR OF EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, ACADEMIC TUTOR, EXECUTIVE FUNCTION AND STUDY SKILLS COACH

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

ANDREA P.

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 B

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

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

ALYSSA S.

NYS CERTIFIED IN EARLY CHILDHOOD & SPECIAL EDUCATION.

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

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
AGES: K-5

Anna C.

As literacy and learning with over 25 years of expertise in the field of education, Anna is an accomplished Hamptons tutor for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. Many of her students attend private schools in Manhattan, including special education and alternative schools. She also conducts global instruction online for non-native English speakers who are learning English as a second language.

In addition to tutoring, Anna is a private teacher for children of acclaimed celebrities and actors in the Hamptons and New York City. She is also an on-set tutor for young performers during film and television production, including the shows Billions, The Affair, Younger, Beastie Boy Story, and others. Anna is a former teacher at Ross School in East Hampton, the Middle East, South America, and the French West Indies. She developed and implemented an early childhood program in New York City that was the first of its kind in the country and the recipient of the AAHP national award for its literacy component. She designed a reading initiative in the West Indies to promote cognitive and language development for children suffering from loss and trauma.

Through specialized training and expertise, Anna effectively teaches children who are reaching or exceeding grade-level success, have language-based challenges such as dyslexia or dysgraphia, and are on the Autism Spectrum. She develops impactful curriculums that are tailored to the needs of each student.

As a professional who has a genuine love for teaching, Anna’s goal is to cultivate supportive and trusting relationships to ensure the highest academic potential. Only then will students become self-confident, discover their purpose in life, and fulfill their dreams.

LOCATION: Hamptons

Kate

MS in Special Education from Manhattan College

As literacy and learning with over 25 years of expertise in the field of education, Anna is an accomplished Hamptons tutor for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. Many of her students attend private schools in Manhattan, including special education and alternative schools. She also conducts global instruction online for non-native English speakers who are learning English as a second language.

In addition to tutoring, Anna is a private teacher for children of acclaimed celebrities and actors in the Hamptons and New York City. She is also an on-set tutor for young performers during film and television production, including the shows Billions, The Affair, Younger, Beastie Boy Story, and others. Anna is a former teacher at Ross School in East Hampton, the Middle East, South America, and the French West Indies. She developed and implemented an early childhood program in New York City that was the first of its kind in the country and the recipient of the AAHP national award for its literacy component. She designed a reading initiative in the West Indies to promote cognitive and language development for children suffering from loss and trauma.

Kate believes in using a wide variety of modalities when instructing children. She will prepare, individualize, and incorporate instructional activities that could include movement (kinesthetic), seeing (visual), hearing (auditory), and touch (tactile). She finds children learn best when engaged in activities they find fun and most like “play”. Some of the young learners she has worked with have enjoyed shaving cream writing or sand writing. Others enjoy hopscotch reading, “snowball” fight word reading, or letter identification. Some learners find writing a song to memorize number facts or spelling words helpful while others she has worked with making videos to record themselves recalling vocabulary or multiplication facts.

Kate believes there is no such thing as an “unteachable child.” She believes in uncovering the learner’s strengths, discovering his or her unique interests, and building individualized instruction around that. While instructing students, she believes in using a multitude of different approaches, which are specifically designed to meet the learner’s needs.

LOCATION: Long Island
TYPE OF SERVICES: Individual or group (2-3 children), literacy or math instruction and special education services (SEIT, BIS, ABA)
EXPERTISE: Working with students with disabilities. Increasing executive functioning skills, creating task analysis boards, incorporating behavior intervention strategies to support academic success, Fundations, Orton-Gillingham, and Common Core Curriculum.
AGES: Kindergarten through grade 5

Sohayla

M.S. Elementary and Special Education

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.

LOCATION: Queens, Long Island, and Brooklyn
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.

Adrienne D.

M.A. Childhood Education

Adrienne is a New York State Certified teacher with fourteen years of experience in the field of education. Adrienne began her career as a one-to-one educator for a student with autism. Following this experience, and upon the completion of her Master’s Degree from Adelphi University, Adrienne began her ten-year tenure with private schools on Long Island. Throughout this time, Adrienne was a classroom teacher in grades K, 1, and 4. She also worked as the Academic Intervention Specialist for primary grade students.

As a classroom teacher, Adrienne developed various strategies to assess the student’s progress and determine areas of weakness. Additionally, Adrienne believes that effective education must be tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Each lesson she designs employs the best educational practices in order to achieve desired outcomes.

Although Adrienne has experience teaching all subjects to grades K-4, she specializes in the areas of literacy and mathematics. As a literacy teacher, Adrienne focuses on enabling her students to master the five principles of reading. These are phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension. She has expertise in using the Fountas and Pennell Leveled Literacy program. In addition, Adrienne recognizes the important connection between reading and writing and as such focuses on both as part of her literacy curriculum.

As a mathematics instructor, Adrienne has prepared her students for the New York State Math Assessments. In order to do this, she utilizes the Eureka Math program which meets all New York State criteria. In addition, Adrienne understands the importance of reinforcing basic math principles that are the essential building blocks for future mathematical success. She also understands the importance of reading in today’s math curriculum and as such teaches her students how to read, interpret, solve, and state their answers to math word problems.

Location: Nassau County and Remote Learning
Types of Services: Individual Tutoring and Small Group Instruction in all subject areas
Ages: Kindergarten through 4th grade

Judy

Reading Specialist & Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner

Judy is a New York licensed Elementary teacher (Nursery School-Grade 6) and licensed Reading Specialist (K-12). Judy has been teaching reading for over 25 years, teaching for the NYC Board of Education and for the last 20 years for a school district on Long Island. She has her Bachelor of Science in education and a Masters of Science in Reading from St. John’s University.

Judy is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is currently working on her Orton-Gillingham Associate level certification. Judy is trained in the Wilson Fundations program which focuses on phonics instruction for students K-3. Both are sequential and systematic in their approach to teaching decoding, encoding, fluency, and comprehension. She tutors students of all ages, from kindergarten through high school. This includes working with students who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia. Judy utilizes a multisensory approach in all of her lessons.

Judy has been trained by staff developers at Columbia’s Teachers College in the use of Readers and Writers workshop, along with using Independent Reading Strategies to build fluency and comprehension. She is also trained in Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) which focuses on a balanced approach of a combination of word work, fluency work, and comprehension work. Close reading strategies are implemented in all of her lessons. Students are given explicit instruction in the use of strategies to improve their comprehension skills. These strategies include working on plot and setting, characters, figurative language, and vocabulary.

She has experience working with special needs students which include students with dyslexia and ADHD. Judy has tutored students both in their homes and remotely. She is diagnostic and prescriptive creating individualized lessons to help improve students reading abilities.

LOCATION: Nassau and Suffolk Counties
TYPE OF SERVICES: Initial reading evaluation and reading intervention.
EXPERTISE: Working with children who have difficulty with decoding, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and/or encoding (spelling) issues, including working with students with dyslexia.
AGES: Kindergarten through high school