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Mara Koffmann, Owner and President

Mara graduated magna cum laude from New York University with a bachelors degree in history and middle eastern studies.  After spending a year in South America teaching English and developing her fluency in Spanish, she returned to NYU to earn a dual masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education with a 4.0 GPA.

With experience as a classroom teacher at the Parkside School, New York's preeminent elementary school for speech and language development, and as a learning specialist and director of the elementary literacy program at the Marymount School of New York, Mara started Smarten Up in 2011 to pursue her passion for crafting creative educational materials and resources.  Smarten Up integrates child-centered games, visuals, organizational tools, and real-world experiences into one-on-one instruction that takes the "school" out of learning.  Mara collaborates with each of the Smarten Up teachers to build this sort of engaging learning experience for every Smarten Up student. 

 
  Ben, Director of Teaching and Learning   Ben graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in literature from Harvard University, where he also studied environmental science. He worked as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in England, teaching Shakespeare to the Brits, among other things, before joining Smarten Up. He loves teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects, from elementary-age reading to college-level philosophy and linguistics. When he's not teaching, he is a writer and actor, and has strayed far from his native Oregon to live abroad in England, France, and Argentina.

Ben, Director of Teaching and Learning

Ben graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in literature from Harvard University, where he also studied environmental science. He worked as the Annenberg Fellow at Eton College in England, teaching Shakespeare to the Brits, among other things, before joining Smarten Up. He loves teaching and learning in a wide range of subjects, from elementary-age reading to college-level philosophy and linguistics. When he's not teaching, he is a writer and actor, and has strayed far from his native Oregon to live abroad in England, France, and Argentina.

  Olivia, Tutor and Project Coordinator   Olivia graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Filmmaking, while minoring in English Literature and Language. Throughout her studies, Olivia pursued her love of language through activities that extended beyond her coursework. She served as a full-time Spanish tutor for other students, volunteered as a language tutor for refugees in the greater Boston community, and traveled to Spain and Portugal as a research-writer for the Harvard-led guide book, Let’s Go. Now, as an actress and filmmaker, Olivia has continued her life-long passion for both language and the performing arts. She hopes to someday produce a film back home in Costa Rica!

Olivia, Tutor and Project Coordinator

Olivia graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Filmmaking, while minoring in English Literature and Language. Throughout her studies, Olivia pursued her love of language through activities that extended beyond her coursework. She served as a full-time Spanish tutor for other students, volunteered as a language tutor for refugees in the greater Boston community, and traveled to Spain and Portugal as a research-writer for the Harvard-led guide book, Let’s Go. Now, as an actress and filmmaker, Olivia has continued her life-long passion for both language and the performing arts. She hopes to someday produce a film back home in Costa Rica!

  Brendan, Tutor   Brendan studied music at Pomona College before doing Master’s work in education at Teachers College at Columbia University. Given this diverse background, Brendan enjoys teaching a broad spectrum of subjects, including math, science, writing, and music. His favorite part of tutoring is figuring out the missing pieces to finally help a student understand a challenging concept, and creating a learning environment where he or she feels comfortable enough to ask any and every question. In his free time, Brendan loves playing piano, visiting the Met, catching a new play or musical, and, when he can get back to his native Colorado, skiing and hiking in the mountains.

Brendan, Tutor

Brendan studied music at Pomona College before doing Master’s work in education at Teachers College at Columbia University. Given this diverse background, Brendan enjoys teaching a broad spectrum of subjects, including math, science, writing, and music. His favorite part of tutoring is figuring out the missing pieces to finally help a student understand a challenging concept, and creating a learning environment where he or she feels comfortable enough to ask any and every question. In his free time, Brendan loves playing piano, visiting the Met, catching a new play or musical, and, when he can get back to his native Colorado, skiing and hiking in the mountains.

 
  Elizabeth, Tutor   Elizabeth graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary and Special Education with a concentration in English Writing. Following graduation, she worked as a special education teacher at the high school level in New Jersey while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School in New York. She is currently working to complete the coursework for the Gifted Education certificate from Rutgers University while also working as a head teacher at The Lang School. While Elizabeth basks in the joy of tutoring across various subjects and grade levels, she especially enjoys helping her students gain confidence while improving their reading comprehension and writing skills. During her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys working out, writing, catching up on reading (or sleep!), and trying new restaurants with friends.

Elizabeth, Tutor

Elizabeth graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary and Special Education with a concentration in English Writing. Following graduation, she worked as a special education teacher at the high school level in New Jersey while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The New School in New York. She is currently working to complete the coursework for the Gifted Education certificate from Rutgers University while also working as a head teacher at The Lang School. While Elizabeth basks in the joy of tutoring across various subjects and grade levels, she especially enjoys helping her students gain confidence while improving their reading comprehension and writing skills. During her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys working out, writing, catching up on reading (or sleep!), and trying new restaurants with friends.

  Hannah, Tutor   Hannah graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a dual minor in Deaf Studies and Communication Disorders. Upon graduating, she joined Teach for America and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Hunter College. Hannah has worked in elementary education with a focus on supporting students with special needs since she began her teaching career. She loves to see young learners put together the pieces to better understand the world around them and strives to make sure each of her students has a lot of fun in the process! Outside of the classroom, Hannah enjoys cooking, baking, and eating her way through new restaurants all over the city.

Hannah, Tutor

Hannah graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a dual minor in Deaf Studies and Communication Disorders. Upon graduating, she joined Teach for America and received her Masters in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Hunter College. Hannah has worked in elementary education with a focus on supporting students with special needs since she began her teaching career. She loves to see young learners put together the pieces to better understand the world around them and strives to make sure each of her students has a lot of fun in the process! Outside of the classroom, Hannah enjoys cooking, baking, and eating her way through new restaurants all over the city.

  Davon, Tutor   Davon graduated with Bachelors degrees in Childhood Education and Spanish before going on to earn his masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Hunter College. He is also working to earn his additional teaching certification for Teaching Students with Disabilities at NYU. Davon has been teaching a 1st and 2nd grade classroom at a school in the east village for the past four years, and what he loves most about teaching is seeing students have an “Ah-Ha Moment” when something they struggled with finally clicks.

Davon, Tutor

Davon graduated with Bachelors degrees in Childhood Education and Spanish before going on to earn his masters degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Hunter College. He is also working to earn his additional teaching certification for Teaching Students with Disabilities at NYU. Davon has been teaching a 1st and 2nd grade classroom at a school in the east village for the past four years, and what he loves most about teaching is seeing students have an “Ah-Ha Moment” when something they struggled with finally clicks.

 
  Michael, Tutor   Michael graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in English before going on to earn a Masters in Special Education from Keene State College. He is going into his fifth year of teaching, with a focus on supporting learners with unique needs at the middle school level. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time outside, biking, and going out to eat.

Michael, Tutor

Michael graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in English before going on to earn a Masters in Special Education from Keene State College. He is going into his fifth year of teaching, with a focus on supporting learners with unique needs at the middle school level. In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time outside, biking, and going out to eat.

  Eric, Tutor   Eric is a writer, educator, and arts administrator. He moved to New York City to become a teacher after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013 with degrees in English and Theatre. He taught 6th-grade reading and writing at a private middle school on the Lower East Side. Since then, he co-founded a theatre company, interned in Manhattan Theatre Club's Education office, and taught playwriting. He has been tutoring students of all ages and abilities for seven years, and he strives to engender fun and respect in learning. In his free time, Eric enjoys seeing shows and working on projects of his own.

Eric, Tutor

Eric is a writer, educator, and arts administrator. He moved to New York City to become a teacher after graduating from the University of Michigan in 2013 with degrees in English and Theatre. He taught 6th-grade reading and writing at a private middle school on the Lower East Side. Since then, he co-founded a theatre company, interned in Manhattan Theatre Club's Education office, and taught playwriting. He has been tutoring students of all ages and abilities for seven years, and he strives to engender fun and respect in learning. In his free time, Eric enjoys seeing shows and working on projects of his own.

  Sophie, Tutor   Sophie studied Modernist Literature at Scripps College and went on to teach English for three delightful years in Houston, TX. Eager to pursue her passion for writing, Sophie moved to New York City in 2011 to earn her Master’s in Poetry from New York University. During her time there, she served as a managing editor of the Washington Square Review, and worked as an adjunct professor in the English Department. Since graduation, Sophie has continued to help middle school, high school, and college students find their voice as writers.

Sophie, Tutor

Sophie studied Modernist Literature at Scripps College and went on to teach English for three delightful years in Houston, TX. Eager to pursue her passion for writing, Sophie moved to New York City in 2011 to earn her Master’s in Poetry from New York University. During her time there, she served as a managing editor of the Washington Square Review, and worked as an adjunct professor in the English Department. Since graduation, Sophie has continued to help middle school, high school, and college students find their voice as writers.

 
  Alexandra, Tutor   Alexandra graduated cum laude from Bates College with departmental honors in English. She coordinated a pro bono law project after college, but she enjoyed tutoring high school students. Tutoring motivated Alexandra to join NYC Teaching Fellows, and she received her Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College. Alexandra teaches AP Literature and 11th grade ELA at a performing arts public high school in Brooklyn. She also advises the school’s yearbook staff and thinks the best part is getting to know her students outside of class. Above all, Alexandra adores teaching because she loves working with a variety of students – especially those who challenge her to think outside of the box!

Alexandra, Tutor

Alexandra graduated cum laude from Bates College with departmental honors in English. She coordinated a pro bono law project after college, but she enjoyed tutoring high school students. Tutoring motivated Alexandra to join NYC Teaching Fellows, and she received her Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College. Alexandra teaches AP Literature and 11th grade ELA at a performing arts public high school in Brooklyn. She also advises the school’s yearbook staff and thinks the best part is getting to know her students outside of class. Above all, Alexandra adores teaching because she loves working with a variety of students – especially those who challenge her to think outside of the box!

  Tree, Tutor   Originally from Portland, Oregon, Tree graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in English and later completed a Master's Degree in music at the New England Conservatory. At Harvard, he worked as an editor for the Harvard Crimson, mentored students through the First-Year Arts Program, and was a staff member of Room 13, a confidential and non-judgmental peer-counseling group. He also won the Harvard English Department's Robert Kiely Award for his junior essay on jazz music and James Baldwin. He is a musician, a teacher, and a lover of words, and has experience working one-on-one with students of all ages. He is passionate about helping learners discover and develop their own strengths and sharpen all facets of their academic lives.

Tree, Tutor

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Tree graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor's degree in English and later completed a Master's Degree in music at the New England Conservatory. At Harvard, he worked as an editor for the Harvard Crimson, mentored students through the First-Year Arts Program, and was a staff member of Room 13, a confidential and non-judgmental peer-counseling group. He also won the Harvard English Department's Robert Kiely Award for his junior essay on jazz music and James Baldwin. He is a musician, a teacher, and a lover of words, and has experience working one-on-one with students of all ages. He is passionate about helping learners discover and develop their own strengths and sharpen all facets of their academic lives.

  Trinity, Tutor   Trinity is an educator, arts organizer, and prizewinning poet. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Creative Writing and taught Pre-AP English in Texas for four years. During her years as a teacher, Trinity coached softball, volleyball, and UIL Poetry and Prose. She also sponsored the National Honor Society and organized a student tour to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. Trinity moved to New York in 2014 and earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School. Since relocating, she has continued to help young people strengthen their academic and organizational skills by working as a tutor and serving as a guest lecturer and teacher at high schools across the city.

Trinity, Tutor

Trinity is an educator, arts organizer, and prizewinning poet. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Creative Writing and taught Pre-AP English in Texas for four years. During her years as a teacher, Trinity coached softball, volleyball, and UIL Poetry and Prose. She also sponsored the National Honor Society and organized a student tour to London, Paris, Barcelona, and Rome. Trinity moved to New York in 2014 and earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School. Since relocating, she has continued to help young people strengthen their academic and organizational skills by working as a tutor and serving as a guest lecturer and teacher at high schools across the city.

 
  Char, Tutor   Char earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in English and English Education from Westmont College. She received her Master’s in the Arts in Childhood General Education and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. Char is currently a Support Services Coordinator for a charter school in East Harlem and has worked in education for over 11 years. When she isn’t teaching or tutoring, Char loves to read, spend time with her dog, Rickles, or run in Central Park.

Char, Tutor

Char earned her undergraduate degree with a concentration in English and English Education from Westmont College. She received her Master’s in the Arts in Childhood General Education and Special Education at Bank Street College of Education. Char is currently a Support Services Coordinator for a charter school in East Harlem and has worked in education for over 11 years. When she isn’t teaching or tutoring, Char loves to read, spend time with her dog, Rickles, or run in Central Park.

  Francisco, Tutor   Francisco attended Boston College and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology before earning a Master's degree of Science in Math Education from Saint John's University, and a certification in Bilingual Education from Hunter College. Francisco grew up in New York City and currently teaches 7th grade math in Washington Heights. He loves how teaching can empower students to analyze the world around them. When he’s not in the classroom, Francisco like to run, especially on trails, and he also enjoys traveling and exploring New York City and beyond.

Francisco, Tutor

Francisco attended Boston College and received his Bachelor's degree in Economics and Sociology before earning a Master's degree of Science in Math Education from Saint John's University, and a certification in Bilingual Education from Hunter College. Francisco grew up in New York City and currently teaches 7th grade math in Washington Heights. He loves how teaching can empower students to analyze the world around them. When he’s not in the classroom, Francisco like to run, especially on trails, and he also enjoys traveling and exploring New York City and beyond.

  Bryce, Tutor   Bryce studied History and English Literature at Skidmore College and began his teaching career through a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Austria. After returning to the U.S, Bryce earned his Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College through the New York City Teaching Fellows. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Educational Leadership at Hunter College. Bryce has taught seventh, ninth, and eleventh grade English to diverse learners over the past seven years in NYC public schools. He enjoys creating a positive learning atmosphere, sometimes through telling corny jokes, and always through celebrating effort and growth. Bryce’s favorite reading spots include the Conservatory Garden in Central Park and any chair on which his one-eyed cat, Captain, decides to curl up.

Bryce, Tutor

Bryce studied History and English Literature at Skidmore College and began his teaching career through a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Austria. After returning to the U.S, Bryce earned his Master’s in English Education from Brooklyn College through the New York City Teaching Fellows. He is currently pursuing a master’s in Educational Leadership at Hunter College. Bryce has taught seventh, ninth, and eleventh grade English to diverse learners over the past seven years in NYC public schools. He enjoys creating a positive learning atmosphere, sometimes through telling corny jokes, and always through celebrating effort and growth. Bryce’s favorite reading spots include the Conservatory Garden in Central Park and any chair on which his one-eyed cat, Captain, decides to curl up.

 
  Anthony, Tutor   Anthony is in his 12th year supporting special education students for the NYC DOE. He prides himself in finding ways to captivate students using their interests, learning styles, and prior knowledge in order to foster a sense of joy in academic mastery. Anthony received his MS from Hunter College through the Teaching Fellows program and has a BFA in Drama from New York University. Anthony spent two summers directing productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a theater camp in Western Pennsylvania. This past year he directed his school’s first musical production, The Lion Kings-Kids. He is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is the IEP teacher at P. S. 24.

Anthony, Tutor

Anthony is in his 12th year supporting special education students for the NYC DOE. He prides himself in finding ways to captivate students using their interests, learning styles, and prior knowledge in order to foster a sense of joy in academic mastery. Anthony received his MS from Hunter College through the Teaching Fellows program and has a BFA in Drama from New York University. Anthony spent two summers directing productions at French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, a theater camp in Western Pennsylvania. This past year he directed his school’s first musical production, The Lion Kings-Kids. He is a certified Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner and is the IEP teacher at P. S. 24.

  Jessica, Tutor   Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Film/Media Studies from the University of Rochester and earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from CUNY – Hunter College. Her love for teaching stems from the many wonderful educators in her life, especially her mom! essica loves to see her students discover new interests, challenge themselves and take risks, and grow into inquisitive, enthusiastic learners. She has done everything from work as a camp counselor and tutor, to teaching as a child guardian on Broadway! In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, photography, drawing, and visiting the city’s wonderful museums.

Jessica, Tutor

Jessica graduated with a B.A. in Film/Media Studies from the University of Rochester and earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from CUNY – Hunter College. Her love for teaching stems from the many wonderful educators in her life, especially her mom! essica loves to see her students discover new interests, challenge themselves and take risks, and grow into inquisitive, enthusiastic learners. She has done everything from work as a camp counselor and tutor, to teaching as a child guardian on Broadway! In her spare time, Jessica enjoys cooking, photography, drawing, and visiting the city’s wonderful museums.

  Corinne, Tutor   Corinne graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s of Science at Syracuse in the area of Inclusive Special Education, Grades 7-12. Throughout college, Corinne tutored students of a wide variety of ages in literacy skills. Corinne currently teaches 7th Grade Science at a public middle school in Long Island City, Queens. She also teaches reading using a decoding and spelling program for small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Corinne loves her job as a teacher because she works with such a diverse population of students. In her free time, Corinne loves to cook, read, travel, and try new things in the amazing borough of Brooklyn!

Corinne, Tutor

Corinne graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with a major in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education. She went on to earn her Master’s of Science at Syracuse in the area of Inclusive Special Education, Grades 7-12. Throughout college, Corinne tutored students of a wide variety of ages in literacy skills. Corinne currently teaches 7th Grade Science at a public middle school in Long Island City, Queens. She also teaches reading using a decoding and spelling program for small groups of students to improve their reading skills. Corinne loves her job as a teacher because she works with such a diverse population of students. In her free time, Corinne loves to cook, read, travel, and try new things in the amazing borough of Brooklyn!

 
  Jacob, Tutor   Jacob graduated from Harvard University, where he designed a special concentration in Dramatic Theory and Practice. He brings patience and creativity to his work with students in all disciplines, and feels a particular connection to kids with attentional challenges. He is an actor, director, playwright, and musician, and aims to tailor specific, creative learning approaches to each individual student’s needs. Jacob has always loved to learn, and works to spread this love as part of his teaching process.

Jacob, Tutor

Jacob graduated from Harvard University, where he designed a special concentration in Dramatic Theory and Practice. He brings patience and creativity to his work with students in all disciplines, and feels a particular connection to kids with attentional challenges. He is an actor, director, playwright, and musician, and aims to tailor specific, creative learning approaches to each individual student’s needs. Jacob has always loved to learn, and works to spread this love as part of his teaching process.

  Juliana, Tutor   Juliana recently graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theater, Dance, and Media. She grew up in Brooklyn and has spent time living in Mexico, Spain, and France. While at Harvard, she helped run the First-Year Arts Program and performed in over a dozen plays. She fell in love with literature when she discovered Shakespeare and realized that reading could be a vital and exciting act of imagination. Juliana is passionate about instilling a love of reading and writing in her students through helping them meaningfully engage with texts and find and hone their own voice in response.

Juliana, Tutor

Juliana recently graduated with honors from Harvard University with a degree in Comparative Literature and a minor in Theater, Dance, and Media. She grew up in Brooklyn and has spent time living in Mexico, Spain, and France. While at Harvard, she helped run the First-Year Arts Program and performed in over a dozen plays. She fell in love with literature when she discovered Shakespeare and realized that reading could be a vital and exciting act of imagination. Juliana is passionate about instilling a love of reading and writing in her students through helping them meaningfully engage with texts and find and hone their own voice in response.

  Anne, Tutor   Anne graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice Performance). Knowing she wanted to go into teaching, she applied to the New York City Teaching Fellows, through which she received a dual M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Pace University. She has been teaching in NYC public schools for the last 7 years, with experience working in grades 1-7, in both general and special education classrooms, and small group settings. She currently teaches 3rd grade ICT at an elementary charter school in Long Island City. Her favorite part of teaching 3rd grade is watching her students develop an understanding of sarcasm, which is both hilarious and adorable! In her free time, she loves cooking, singing, reading, and riding her bike.

Anne, Tutor

Anne graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice Performance). Knowing she wanted to go into teaching, she applied to the New York City Teaching Fellows, through which she received a dual M.S.Ed in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from Pace University. She has been teaching in NYC public schools for the last 7 years, with experience working in grades 1-7, in both general and special education classrooms, and small group settings. She currently teaches 3rd grade ICT at an elementary charter school in Long Island City. Her favorite part of teaching 3rd grade is watching her students develop an understanding of sarcasm, which is both hilarious and adorable! In her free time, she loves cooking, singing, reading, and riding her bike.

 
  David K., Tutor   David graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in History & Literature from Harvard University. While there, he served as Music Editor of the Crimson and as the head tour guide of the Harvard Art Museums. His thesis, "Capture the Rapture: A Cultural History of Malt Liquor, 1950-1980," won a Hoopes Prize for Most Distinguished Undergraduate Work and the Edwin Chandler Cumming Award for Thesis of Highest Distinction in History & Literature. David loves bringing humor and theatricality to each learning adventure at Smarten Up. His specialties include teaching 20th-century American political and cultural history, reading comprehension, expository writing skills, organizational strategies, and time management. Outside of tutoring, David is expanding his thesis into a book and working on freelance creative non-fiction pieces about corporate yoga, 1980s New York real estate, and the speculative novels of author Walker Percy.

David K., Tutor

David graduated magna cum laude with Highest Honors in History & Literature from Harvard University. While there, he served as Music Editor of the Crimson and as the head tour guide of the Harvard Art Museums. His thesis, "Capture the Rapture: A Cultural History of Malt Liquor, 1950-1980," won a Hoopes Prize for Most Distinguished Undergraduate Work and the Edwin Chandler Cumming Award for Thesis of Highest Distinction in History & Literature. David loves bringing humor and theatricality to each learning adventure at Smarten Up. His specialties include teaching 20th-century American political and cultural history, reading comprehension, expository writing skills, organizational strategies, and time management. Outside of tutoring, David is expanding his thesis into a book and working on freelance creative non-fiction pieces about corporate yoga, 1980s New York real estate, and the speculative novels of author Walker Percy.

  Alix, Tutor   Alixandra graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Psychology and a dual minor in Philosophy and Sociology. Upon graduating, Alixandra began working for MAB Community services in Boston. She worked to support teens with traumatic brain injuries and related disorders, focusing on activities of daily living. She later moved to NYC where she received her Master’s in Education and Special Education from Touro College. She worked at a non-profit school for children on the Autism Spectrum for 5 years. She now works at a public school in Manhattan teaching 2nd grade in an ICT classroom. In her spare time, Alixandra enjoys reading, drawing, and visiting her family in the Berkshires.

Alix, Tutor

Alixandra graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Psychology and a dual minor in Philosophy and Sociology. Upon graduating, Alixandra began working for MAB Community services in Boston. She worked to support teens with traumatic brain injuries and related disorders, focusing on activities of daily living. She later moved to NYC where she received her Master’s in Education and Special Education from Touro College. She worked at a non-profit school for children on the Autism Spectrum for 5 years. She now works at a public school in Manhattan teaching 2nd grade in an ICT classroom. In her spare time, Alixandra enjoys reading, drawing, and visiting her family in the Berkshires.

  Sam, Tutor   Sam graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Dramatic Arts. After spending a few years working in professional theatre in Boston and NYC, he decided to transition into the world of education. Sam loves bringing a sense of fun and creativity to his work with students of all ages, and getting kids excited about learning. When he isn’t teaching, Sam spends his time checking out unusual shows, going on camping and hiking excursions, and exploring the city.

Sam, Tutor

Sam graduated from Harvard University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Dramatic Arts. After spending a few years working in professional theatre in Boston and NYC, he decided to transition into the world of education. Sam loves bringing a sense of fun and creativity to his work with students of all ages, and getting kids excited about learning. When he isn’t teaching, Sam spends his time checking out unusual shows, going on camping and hiking excursions, and exploring the city.

 
  Gadi, Tutor   Gadi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Finance and Drama and a minor in Jazz performance. Growing up overseas in London, Jerusalem, and Mexico City, Gadi has gained a global and variegated perspective on teaching - which he applies to each of his students. Gadi’s passion is to prove to the world that everyone can do math. Yes, even his mother. When he isn't tutoring, Gadi works as an actor, producer, and freelance director in NYC.

Gadi, Tutor

Gadi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a double major in Finance and Drama and a minor in Jazz performance. Growing up overseas in London, Jerusalem, and Mexico City, Gadi has gained a global and variegated perspective on teaching - which he applies to each of his students. Gadi’s passion is to prove to the world that everyone can do math. Yes, even his mother. When he isn't tutoring, Gadi works as an actor, producer, and freelance director in NYC.

  Alice, Tutor   Alice is currently the Dean of Instruction at a middle school in East Harlem, where she trains all content teachers and leads the math department. She has taught middle school math, history and science. She earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College, where she double majored in French Studies and Government. Later, she received her Master's of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in mathematics from the Relay Graduate School of Education. She studied in France for a couple of years for high school and college. In her free time, Alice enjoys spending time in her garden and cheering on her husband who is a professional athlete.

Alice, Tutor

Alice is currently the Dean of Instruction at a middle school in East Harlem, where she trains all content teachers and leads the math department. She has taught middle school math, history and science. She earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College, where she double majored in French Studies and Government. Later, she received her Master's of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in mathematics from the Relay Graduate School of Education. She studied in France for a couple of years for high school and college. In her free time, Alice enjoys spending time in her garden and cheering on her husband who is a professional athlete.

  Elyssa, Tutor   Elyssa graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special education (grades 1 - 6), and she went on to earn her Masters degree at Bank Street College of Education, majoring in Literacy and Early Childhood education. Elyssa has been teaching Kindergarten in the East Village for twelve years, and she has tutored children from grades pre-k to fifth in all subject areas. Elyssa’s believes that learning should be fun and enjoys creating hands on games and projects that connect to curriculum. She grew up close to the beach and loves to spend her summer days relaxing in the sun with a good book!

Elyssa, Tutor

Elyssa graduated from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special education (grades 1 - 6), and she went on to earn her Masters degree at Bank Street College of Education, majoring in Literacy and Early Childhood education. Elyssa has been teaching Kindergarten in the East Village for twelve years, and she has tutored children from grades pre-k to fifth in all subject areas. Elyssa’s believes that learning should be fun and enjoys creating hands on games and projects that connect to curriculum. She grew up close to the beach and loves to spend her summer days relaxing in the sun with a good book!

 
  David S., Tutor   David graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and Theatre, Dance, and Media. David was a coordinator for the Mission Hill After School Program, did a dozen shows with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and led orientation trips with Harvard's First Year Outdoor Program. His tutoring experience spans different subject matters and age groups, and he is a firm believer that one can love both the sciences and the humanities! When he's not teaching, you can find David memorizing lines in preparation for an audition somewhere or training for his next road race.

David S., Tutor

David graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and Theatre, Dance, and Media. David was a coordinator for the Mission Hill After School Program, did a dozen shows with the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, and led orientation trips with Harvard's First Year Outdoor Program. His tutoring experience spans different subject matters and age groups, and he is a firm believer that one can love both the sciences and the humanities! When he's not teaching, you can find David memorizing lines in preparation for an audition somewhere or training for his next road race.

  Angela, Tutor   Angela graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, with minors in Community Development and French. She went on to earn a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Angela has spent the past four years teaching in a dual language public school in Manhattan. Angela’s students have a range of needs and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, so an important part of her teaching is creating an environment where all students can feel successful and make progress on their own terms. When she’s not teaching, Angela enjoys sewing projects and spending time with her friends, family, and her cat, Talita.

Angela, Tutor

Angela graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology, with minors in Community Development and French. She went on to earn a dual Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. Angela has spent the past four years teaching in a dual language public school in Manhattan. Angela’s students have a range of needs and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds, so an important part of her teaching is creating an environment where all students can feel successful and make progress on their own terms. When she’s not teaching, Angela enjoys sewing projects and spending time with her friends, family, and her cat, Talita.

  Claudia, Tutor   Claudia graduated cum laude from Syracuse University where she studied Elementary Childhood General and Special Education. After graduation, she retuned to her native New York City and began her teaching career in a small, progressive school in East Harlem. She has been working at this dream school ever since, and is in her eighth year teaching grades 3, 2, and finally landing in her most favorite place, Kindergarten. While teaching, Claudia attended Hunter College and obtained her Masters Degree in Early Childhood; a decision made with the belief that a solid early childhood education and foundational skills are key components to building a successful young person. Other than her passion for teaching, Claudia is an avid photographer, enjoys hiking around the North East as well as Cape Cod, and absolutely loves cats, especially her own, Quinn.

Claudia, Tutor

Claudia graduated cum laude from Syracuse University where she studied Elementary Childhood General and Special Education. After graduation, she retuned to her native New York City and began her teaching career in a small, progressive school in East Harlem. She has been working at this dream school ever since, and is in her eighth year teaching grades 3, 2, and finally landing in her most favorite place, Kindergarten. While teaching, Claudia attended Hunter College and obtained her Masters Degree in Early Childhood; a decision made with the belief that a solid early childhood education and foundational skills are key components to building a successful young person. Other than her passion for teaching, Claudia is an avid photographer, enjoys hiking around the North East as well as Cape Cod, and absolutely loves cats, especially her own, Quinn.

 
  Mark, Tutor   Mark graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, having designed his own concentration in Theater Arts & Performance, and then lived in Berlin, Germany to continue his study of contemporary performance. When he's not tutoring, he works as an actor and artist, performing in and creating theater and music experiences. The son of a lifelong elementary school teacher and an experienced educator of all ages, Mark is passionate about helping his students to grow confident and excited about their academic work by creating plans and strategies that fit each person's unique goals, skills, and passions. Mark also listens to a lot of Fleetwood Mac.

Mark, Tutor

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, having designed his own concentration in Theater Arts & Performance, and then lived in Berlin, Germany to continue his study of contemporary performance. When he's not tutoring, he works as an actor and artist, performing in and creating theater and music experiences. The son of a lifelong elementary school teacher and an experienced educator of all ages, Mark is passionate about helping his students to grow confident and excited about their academic work by creating plans and strategies that fit each person's unique goals, skills, and passions. Mark also listens to a lot of Fleetwood Mac.

  Meg, Tutor   Megan Ryan graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors Degree in English and Education. After that, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education. She is in her third year teaching Kindergarten in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Meg has worked with students of all ages over the past ten years. She loves working with students on developing a strong foundation for learning and helping them learn the strategies and techniques needed to do so. For Meg, there is no greater feeling than watching her students develop confidence and pride in their achievements. In her spare time, you can find Meg reading, shopping, or spending time with family!

Meg, Tutor

Megan Ryan graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelors Degree in English and Education. After that, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Hunter College in Early Childhood Special Education. She is in her third year teaching Kindergarten in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. Meg has worked with students of all ages over the past ten years. She loves working with students on developing a strong foundation for learning and helping them learn the strategies and techniques needed to do so. For Meg, there is no greater feeling than watching her students develop confidence and pride in their achievements. In her spare time, you can find Meg reading, shopping, or spending time with family!

  Dayna, Tutor   Dayna grew up on Long Island, New York, where she attended St. Joseph's College, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education, Speech Communication and Special Education. Immediately after her undergraduate program, she attended Long Island University to receive her Masters Degree in Literacy. Dayna has been working as a teacher in NYC ever since, and has taught English, science, social studies, and coaches her school’s debate team. When she isn’t teaching, Dayna enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.

Dayna, Tutor

Dayna grew up on Long Island, New York, where she attended St. Joseph's College, receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education, Speech Communication and Special Education. Immediately after her undergraduate program, she attended Long Island University to receive her Masters Degree in Literacy. Dayna has been working as a teacher in NYC ever since, and has taught English, science, social studies, and coaches her school’s debate team. When she isn’t teaching, Dayna enjoys reading, trying out new recipes, and taking advantage of all that the city has to offer.

 
  Joseph, Tutor   Joseph graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Musical Theater and is currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Classics at Columbia University. As an actor, Joseph has appeared in ten Broadway shows and at a number of Off-Broadway theaters. While pursuing his performance career, he taught himself Ancient Greek and developed a deep love of reading and writing. He thinks of himself as a lifelong learner and is excited about encouraging students to bring themselves to what they are studying and to make connections across subjects. This process will help them build a deeper relationship to the information and have a greater ability to take in new ideas and develop their own. He loves riding his bike and watching documentaries.

Joseph, Tutor

Joseph graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Musical Theater and is currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Classics at Columbia University. As an actor, Joseph has appeared in ten Broadway shows and at a number of Off-Broadway theaters. While pursuing his performance career, he taught himself Ancient Greek and developed a deep love of reading and writing. He thinks of himself as a lifelong learner and is excited about encouraging students to bring themselves to what they are studying and to make connections across subjects. This process will help them build a deeper relationship to the information and have a greater ability to take in new ideas and develop their own. He loves riding his bike and watching documentaries.

  Priyanka, Tutor   Originally from Baltimore, MD, Priyanka graduated from New York University with a degree in Psychology and French. She earned her Mater’s degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College, and she has taught for the NYC Department of Education for the past five years. She currently teaches 6th grade math at a public middle school in Brooklyn. In her time as a New York educator, Priyanka has facilitated peer tutoring programs, worked with struggling readers through the Wilson program, as well as volunteered with local reading organizations. She is passionate about helping her students feel comfortable in the classroom and confident in their abilities to grow as learners. Priyanka enjoys painting, drawing, biking, board games, and solving crosswords in her free time

Priyanka, Tutor

Originally from Baltimore, MD, Priyanka graduated from New York University with a degree in Psychology and French. She earned her Mater’s degree in Teaching Students with Disabilities from Brooklyn College, and she has taught for the NYC Department of Education for the past five years. She currently teaches 6th grade math at a public middle school in Brooklyn. In her time as a New York educator, Priyanka has facilitated peer tutoring programs, worked with struggling readers through the Wilson program, as well as volunteered with local reading organizations. She is passionate about helping her students feel comfortable in the classroom and confident in their abilities to grow as learners. Priyanka enjoys painting, drawing, biking, board games, and solving crosswords in her free time

  Maureen, Tutor   Maureen graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earning a degree in Economics with a concentration in Neuroscience. After graduation, she decided to pursue her passion for education by becoming a 5th grade math teacher in addition to tutoring. Maureen likes to make learning fun by tailoring her lessons to her students’ unique learning styles and interests, and loves supporting her students and helping them build confidence in their skills. In her free time, Maureen enjoys spinning, reading about wine economics, and exploring restaurants and museums in New York City.

Maureen, Tutor

Maureen graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University, earning a degree in Economics with a concentration in Neuroscience. After graduation, she decided to pursue her passion for education by becoming a 5th grade math teacher in addition to tutoring. Maureen likes to make learning fun by tailoring her lessons to her students’ unique learning styles and interests, and loves supporting her students and helping them build confidence in their skills. In her free time, Maureen enjoys spinning, reading about wine economics, and exploring restaurants and museums in New York City.

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  Christie Ann, Tutor   Christie Ann is a native New Yorker who has lived in seven Brooklyn neighborhoods. She has a BA in English from Hofstra University, an MFA in Poetry from The New School, and a NYS teaching certification from Queens College. Her love of science and nature led her to become a Kerlin STEAM fellow at the Bank Street School of Education and her committment to global education resulted in a new Model United Nations chapter in NYC. She is the author of one full length poetry collection and several chapbooks. She is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Award and a Poets & Writers Amy Award for emerging female writers in New York. Christie Ann has taken part in writing communities around the world including Lithuania, Slovenia, and with  Disquiet International  in Portugal. She is the 2018 first prize poetry winner of the  Fence Magazine/Summer Literary Seminars  writing contest and will be a writer in residence with the organization  Kwani?  in Kenya. Christie Ann currently teaches middle school humanities at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn.

Christie Ann, Tutor

Christie Ann is a native New Yorker who has lived in seven Brooklyn neighborhoods. She has a BA in English from Hofstra University, an MFA in Poetry from The New School, and a NYS teaching certification from Queens College. Her love of science and nature led her to become a Kerlin STEAM fellow at the Bank Street School of Education and her committment to global education resulted in a new Model United Nations chapter in NYC. She is the author of one full length poetry collection and several chapbooks. She is also the recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Award and a Poets & Writers Amy Award for emerging female writers in New York. Christie Ann has taken part in writing communities around the world including Lithuania, Slovenia, and with Disquiet International in Portugal. She is the 2018 first prize poetry winner of the Fence Magazine/Summer Literary Seminars writing contest and will be a writer in residence with the organization Kwani? in Kenya. Christie Ann currently teaches middle school humanities at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn.

  Lismelia, Tutor   Lismelia graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in the History of Science and a minor degree in Romance Languages and Literatures. A native trilingual speaker, her love of language and her passion for medicine brought her to the University of Bologna, where she embarked on a research project about the early eighteenth century experimental science movement. Her love of learning has taken her around the world and she hopes to pass that passion along to her students. While an undergrad, Lismelia was inspired by the great educators in her life to spend four years as a PBHA Keylatch Afterschool tutor and to work as a computer science teaching fellow for Breakthrough New York. She is passionate about making STEM subjects more accessible to students of all ages. Lismelia is also an advent traveler and a self-proclaimed foodie!

Lismelia, Tutor

Lismelia graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor's degree in the History of Science and a minor degree in Romance Languages and Literatures. A native trilingual speaker, her love of language and her passion for medicine brought her to the University of Bologna, where she embarked on a research project about the early eighteenth century experimental science movement. Her love of learning has taken her around the world and she hopes to pass that passion along to her students. While an undergrad, Lismelia was inspired by the great educators in her life to spend four years as a PBHA Keylatch Afterschool tutor and to work as a computer science teaching fellow for Breakthrough New York. She is passionate about making STEM subjects more accessible to students of all ages. Lismelia is also an advent traveler and a self-proclaimed foodie!

  Derek, Tutor   Derek recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, studying Theatre, Dance, and Media and minoring in Psychology. Derek was a Harvard College Scholar and a 2017 Artist Development Fellow which brought him to London to study Shakespeare. There he began to fully understand the beauty of the English language and the power of words. He hopes to help students become passionate about reading and writing, while finding their own unique voice along the way. You can also catch Derek singing and acting his way through NYC!

Derek, Tutor

Derek recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, studying Theatre, Dance, and Media and minoring in Psychology. Derek was a Harvard College Scholar and a 2017 Artist Development Fellow which brought him to London to study Shakespeare. There he began to fully understand the beauty of the English language and the power of words. He hopes to help students become passionate about reading and writing, while finding their own unique voice along the way. You can also catch Derek singing and acting his way through NYC!

 
  Jessica, Tutor   Jessica graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s decree in Childhood Education. Following graduation, Jessica began working as a public school teacher in New York City. While teaching, she began pursuing a Masters in Special Education from Lehman College. Jessica balanced teaching and going to school and graduating magna cum laude. She is currently teaching special education in an elementary school in the Lower East Side. She is an instructor in a multi-age classroom and enjoys meeting the different needs of all of her students. The best part about educating is seeing the progress made by students and watching their confidence grow.

Jessica, Tutor

Jessica graduated from SUNY Cortland with a Bachelor’s decree in Childhood Education. Following graduation, Jessica began working as a public school teacher in New York City. While teaching, she began pursuing a Masters in Special Education from Lehman College. Jessica balanced teaching and going to school and graduating magna cum laude. She is currently teaching special education in an elementary school in the Lower East Side. She is an instructor in a multi-age classroom and enjoys meeting the different needs of all of her students. The best part about educating is seeing the progress made by students and watching their confidence grow.

  Megan, Tutor   Megan graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Philosophy and a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. After college, Megan pursued a dual masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education. Throughout her studies, Megan has experience working in charter, independent, and public school settings in both general education and special education roles. Megan recently moved back to NYC from Silicon Valley where she was working and teaching in the education technology sector. Megan currently teaches 3rd grade in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. She is passionate about education reform and helping students develop a love of learning. In her spare time, you can find Megan at Pure Barre, walking along the Hudson River, or spending time at the beach with her family.

Megan, Tutor

Megan graduated from Haverford College with a degree in Philosophy and a concentration in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights. After college, Megan pursued a dual masters degree in Childhood Education and Special Education. Throughout her studies, Megan has experience working in charter, independent, and public school settings in both general education and special education roles. Megan recently moved back to NYC from Silicon Valley where she was working and teaching in the education technology sector. Megan currently teaches 3rd grade in an Integrated Co-Teaching classroom. She is passionate about education reform and helping students develop a love of learning. In her spare time, you can find Megan at Pure Barre, walking along the Hudson River, or spending time at the beach with her family.

  Morgan, Tutor   Morgan recently graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with a BA in Biology and a Minor in Molecular Engineering. She is currently doing prostate cancer research at Weill Cornell Medicine and applying to medical school. As someone who used to struggle with math, Morgan knows how important it is to have a kind, patient tutor who is able to explain a concept in a lot of different ways until the light bulb finally goes on. She looks forward to helping her students achieve their academic goals!

Morgan, Tutor

Morgan recently graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with a BA in Biology and a Minor in Molecular Engineering. She is currently doing prostate cancer research at Weill Cornell Medicine and applying to medical school. As someone who used to struggle with math, Morgan knows how important it is to have a kind, patient tutor who is able to explain a concept in a lot of different ways until the light bulb finally goes on. She looks forward to helping her students achieve their academic goals!

 
  Jenne, Tutor   Jenne graduated as a summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, she worked as a clinical researcher to identify novel combinations of immunotherapeutic agents for Melanoma. Through this experience, she was inspired to pursue a post-baccalaureate year to complete pre-medical requirements at NYU. Jenne has learned how to study efficiently and effectively. Especially in the sciences, she understands that learning for understanding is the key to academic success. Jenne really enjoys helping other students develop learning strategies that will allow them to excel academically with less stress!

Jenne, Tutor

Jenne graduated as a summa cum laude from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and minor in Neuroscience. After graduation, she worked as a clinical researcher to identify novel combinations of immunotherapeutic agents for Melanoma. Through this experience, she was inspired to pursue a post-baccalaureate year to complete pre-medical requirements at NYU. Jenne has learned how to study efficiently and effectively. Especially in the sciences, she understands that learning for understanding is the key to academic success. Jenne really enjoys helping other students develop learning strategies that will allow them to excel academically with less stress!

  Michaella, Tutor   After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services while minoring in History, Michaella worked at a not-for-profit organization mentoring teen mothers in the foster care system. Before returning to school to earn her Master’s, Michaella taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for two years as a part of an in-school, small group tutoring team. Michaella is currently earning her Master of Social Work at Fordham University. She enjoys creating a positive learning environment through unconditional patience and support, and excitedly celebrating the big or small moments of growth! In her free time, Michaella loves to read mystery and historical fiction novels, plan her next adventure around the world, and explore her new home of NYC.

Michaella, Tutor

After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services while minoring in History, Michaella worked at a not-for-profit organization mentoring teen mothers in the foster care system. Before returning to school to earn her Master’s, Michaella taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students for two years as a part of an in-school, small group tutoring team. Michaella is currently earning her Master of Social Work at Fordham University. She enjoys creating a positive learning environment through unconditional patience and support, and excitedly celebrating the big or small moments of growth! In her free time, Michaella loves to read mystery and historical fiction novels, plan her next adventure around the world, and explore her new home of NYC.

  Jeremy, Tutor   Jeremy graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, with a particular interest in the applications of organic chemistry in medicine. After graduating, he returned to his home borough of Manhattan to obtain a Master's degree in Translational Medicine from The City College of New York. Jeremy is in his second year as a volunteer tutor working with middle school students in math, science, and English, and also served as a peer tutor and teaching assistant in the chemistry department at Bard. Jeremy's favorite part of tutoring is watching students grow to become more confident and seek out their own challenges within a discipline. In his free time, Jeremy is an avid sports fan and recreational basketball player.

Jeremy, Tutor

Jeremy graduated from Bard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, with a particular interest in the applications of organic chemistry in medicine. After graduating, he returned to his home borough of Manhattan to obtain a Master's degree in Translational Medicine from The City College of New York. Jeremy is in his second year as a volunteer tutor working with middle school students in math, science, and English, and also served as a peer tutor and teaching assistant in the chemistry department at Bard. Jeremy's favorite part of tutoring is watching students grow to become more confident and seek out their own challenges within a discipline. In his free time, Jeremy is an avid sports fan and recreational basketball player.

 
  Marissa, Tutor   After getting her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Sociology, Marissa went on to get her Master's Degree in Special Education at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Marissa had the opportunity to work on a research grant studying late-emerging reading disorders and also spent time tutoring at Vanderbilt's Reading Clinic. Since graduating, she has had various roles as a Special Education Teacher, an ICT teacher, after-school test prep tutor, and a participant on her school's Curriculum Development Team. This experience has given her the ability to utilize various reading and math interventions, while also differentiating instruction to best meet all of her students' needs. Marissa loves finding ways to make learning fun and accessible for her students. When she is not in the classroom, Marissa also teaches Pure Barre classes in the West Village!

Marissa, Tutor

After getting her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Sociology, Marissa went on to get her Master's Degree in Special Education at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Marissa had the opportunity to work on a research grant studying late-emerging reading disorders and also spent time tutoring at Vanderbilt's Reading Clinic. Since graduating, she has had various roles as a Special Education Teacher, an ICT teacher, after-school test prep tutor, and a participant on her school's Curriculum Development Team. This experience has given her the ability to utilize various reading and math interventions, while also differentiating instruction to best meet all of her students' needs. Marissa loves finding ways to make learning fun and accessible for her students. When she is not in the classroom, Marissa also teaches Pure Barre classes in the West Village!

  Athena, Tutor   Athena graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History before going on to earn her Master’s in Education with a focus on Secondary Education. Athena holds both a certification to teach History and ESL and she has worked as a classroom teacher with students as young as preschool and kindergarten through high schoolers. She currently teaches English online to Chinese students in addition to working as a tutor. She enjoys working with learners of all ages and loves watching her students grow as learners.

Athena, Tutor

Athena graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History before going on to earn her Master’s in Education with a focus on Secondary Education. Athena holds both a certification to teach History and ESL and she has worked as a classroom teacher with students as young as preschool and kindergarten through high schoolers. She currently teaches English online to Chinese students in addition to working as a tutor. She enjoys working with learners of all ages and loves watching her students grow as learners.

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